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David Cameron Says Brits Should Be Taught Imperial Measures

TangoMargarine Re:FP? (764 comments)

Yeah, and I'm 788,400,000 seconds old, give or take.

I swear, sometimes metric people are purposely trying to make things impossible for me to visualize intuitively.

3 hours ago
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David Cameron Says Brits Should Be Taught Imperial Measures

TangoMargarine Re:FP? (764 comments)

Too :)

105 by 68 metres (115 yd × 74 yd)

Who came up with these numbers? Ew. They don't work out nicely in either scale.

And why is it a "pitch"? It takes place outside, on grass. I would think "field" would make more sense than a word that refers to a kind of tar.

3 hours ago
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Which Cars Get the Most Traffic Tickets?

TangoMargarine Re:Study is quite incomplete (223 comments)

To paraphrase Serenity (a quote for every occasion!), "Well, what [the law says] and what takes place ain't ever exactly been similar."

We got into a drag-out fight last time, so I'll just leave it at that.

4 hours ago
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David Cameron Says Brits Should Be Taught Imperial Measures

TangoMargarine Re:FP? (764 comments)

I'm surprised nobody has mentioned that AFAIK in most U.S. cars, the MPH scale numbers are usually bigger and on the extreme top edge of the dial. I'm sure I would be constantly catching myself having to squint down at the smaller KPH scale squished underneath, which would take longer and by definition be more dangerous.

4 hours ago
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David Cameron Says Brits Should Be Taught Imperial Measures

TangoMargarine Re:FP? (764 comments)

re-educating people to think of fuel consumption in litres/100 km

I'm waiting to hear why anybody thought using such a wacky form of measurement was a good idea. "X over 1Y" (miles per 1 gallon, or gallons per 1 mile would work too, technically) is as simple to use for converting as possible because you don't have to muck around with an arbitrary scalar.

4 hours ago
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Tetris To Be Made Into a Live Action Film

TangoMargarine Re: The Last Blockfighter (128 comments)

Only one man would dare to give me the raspberry jam.

4 hours ago
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Tetris To Be Made Into a Live Action Film

TangoMargarine Re:April Fools? (128 comments)

*canon

Although technically Tetris doesn't have cannons, either.

4 hours ago
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Which Cars Get the Most Traffic Tickets?

TangoMargarine Re:Study is quite incomplete (223 comments)

Because generally when someone is boring up on your tailpipe, it doesn't help to slow down.

Admit it, you prefer to go faster than the speed limit and not slower. You're probably the guy that tailgates and has to pass the person going 1 mph below the speed limit arent cha?

I go 60 on a 50-55 commuter highway when I can and there are still a fair number of people that rip past me going 10 faster still. But yeah, obviously *I'm* the problem.

4 hours ago
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Which Cars Get the Most Traffic Tickets?

TangoMargarine Re:Study is quite incomplete (223 comments)

Were you the guy awhile back who said there was no reason to ever violate the speed limit ever?

4 hours ago
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Man Walks Past Security Screening Staring At iPad, Causing Airport Evacuation

TangoMargarine Re:Sigh, mods still on crack. (213 comments)

Practically speaking, yes. My point was that you might want to stop and reexamine *why* you keep getting modded down instead of trying to drown them out.

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AT&T Proposes Net Neutrality Compromise

TangoMargarine Re:Net Neutrality is Good.... why? (243 comments)

so, why shouldn't the internet work the same way? can someone please help me figure out why so many seemingly smart people scream murder when anyone proposes something (packet prioritization) that seems so completely logical?

Probably because the guys at the top making all the money will decide which categories "we" "want" and there is zero chance of us actually coming out ahead. It's most expensive for them to transmit video? Bzzt. No more video. Now what's the next-most expensive thing? VOIP? Bzzt. No more VOIP.

It's like SecureBoot. There's nothing wrong with the concept *in theory;* the entire problem is who is in charge of the system.

yesterday
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AT&T Proposes Net Neutrality Compromise

TangoMargarine Re:Net Neutrality is Good.... why? (243 comments)

i don't ship everything at the post office using the same "speed of service"

Okay, now imagine that you pay for overnight shipping on all packages you send, and only once every blue moon do you actually get the speed you paid for. We *already* have this with their "up to" bullshit. They just want to tighten the valve even tighter and charge us even more.

Or how about why all kinds of phone companies offer "unlimited data" but it's a fucking lie EVERY SINGLE TIME?

Find and replace "net neutrality" with "stop fucking around and provide exactly what you agreed to--no more, no less."

yesterday
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Google To Require As Many As 20 of Its Apps Preinstalled On Android Devices

TangoMargarine Re:worse than crapware (408 comments)

Sorry people... you lost your privacy years ago so why cripple yourself now?? Privacy and Security are an illusion. The faster people realize this the better this world will become.

"Well, you're in the future now, so you'll finally be treated with dignity. Now strip down and get on The Probulator, Fry."

yesterday
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Google To Require As Many As 20 of Its Apps Preinstalled On Android Devices

TangoMargarine Re:Mobile number roadblock (408 comments)

Guess I'm glad that I signed up for facebook and Gmail before they required a phone number, then. They can continue biting my shiny metal ass as long as they want. Fuck no I'm not going to give them a RL phone number to track and market.

yesterday
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Google To Require As Many As 20 of Its Apps Preinstalled On Android Devices

TangoMargarine Re:It's sad (408 comments)

I think you're supposed to argue that it wasn't abuse, not that the abuse was okay.

yesterday
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Man Walks Past Security Screening Staring At iPad, Causing Airport Evacuation

TangoMargarine Re:actually Australia does have some sanity (213 comments)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/9...

Three buildings in the World Trade Center complex collapsed due to fire-induced structural failure.[96] The South Tower collapsed at 9:59 a.m. after burning for 56 minutes in a fire caused by the impact of United Airlines Flight 175 and the explosion of its fuel.[96] The North Tower collapsed at 10:28 a.m. after burning for 102 minutes.[96] When the North Tower collapsed, debris fell on the nearby 7 World Trade Center building (7 WTC), damaging it and starting fires. These fires burned for hours, compromising the building's structural integrity, and 7 WTC collapsed at 5:21 p.m.[97][98] The Pentagon sustained major damage.

So, #96-98:
http://articles.orlandosentine...
World Trade Center Building Performance Study, Ch. 5 WTC 7 – section 5.5.4
Final Report on the Collapse of World Trade Center Building 7, p. xxxvii.

yesterday
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Man Walks Past Security Screening Staring At iPad, Causing Airport Evacuation

TangoMargarine Re:Sigh, mods still on crack. (213 comments)

The attempts to censor my posts are terrible. I've got plenty of Karma to burn, how many mod points have you got left?

Because the correct response to being modded down is to keep posting the same thing and go for volume. Jerkass.

yesterday
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Man Walks Past Security Screening Staring At iPad, Causing Airport Evacuation

TangoMargarine Re:No he didn't (213 comments)

What they don't tell you was that it was a Golden Apple.

yesterday
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Bash To Require Further Patching, As More Shellshock Holes Found

TangoMargarine Re:Time to retire bash! (326 comments)

Since it's javascript, all our front-end developers are comfortable writing system admin utilities.

Ummm...are you saying that's a good thing? I strongly suspect that if I passed that comment by the few systems guys I know, they would start twitching.

2 days ago
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Bash To Require Further Patching, As More Shellshock Holes Found

TangoMargarine Re:Whistling past the graveyard. (326 comments)

many eyes make all bugs shallow.

Doesn't specify a time frame. And 25 years is still sooner than never if the Microsoft dev team don't catch it themselves.

2 days ago

Submissions

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Machining A TI-89 Aluminum

TangoMargarine TangoMargarine writes  |  more than 4 years ago

TangoMargarine (1617195) writes "Sometimes, expensive calculators hit the floor. It’s happened to almost anyone with a graphing calculator from TI or HP. Sadly, they don’t always bounce. After this happened to [Howard C.], an Industrial Engineering student from U. of Iowa, he decided to spend $50 on milling his own replacement case out of aluminum rather than trashing the device over a broken battery compartment."
Link to Original Source

Journals

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"Zero Day"

TangoMargarine TangoMargarine writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Wikipedia has this to say about "zero day exploits": A zero-day (or zero-hour or day zero) attack or threat is a computer threat that tries to exploit computer application vulnerabilities that are unknown to others or undisclosed to the software developer. Zero-day exploits (actual code that can use a security hole to carry out an attack) are used or shared by attackers before the software developer knows about the vulnerability.

I wish every exploit could just be called an exploit (sans "zero day" in front of everything) unless it's specifically 1) a vulnerability the company has chosen not to fix, or 2) a vulnerability some guy somewhere knew about but hadn't used in order to keep it valuable. It's like if we were to start calling Microsoft Office "Microsoft Office for Windows" incessantly. It's assumed, unless you're specifically on a Mac or running it in WINE or something.

I'm pretty sure. Amiright?

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Ha, You're A Horrible Person!

TangoMargarine TangoMargarine writes  |  more than 4 years ago

What is up with the term Homophobia? It's an alarmist umbrella term for anyone who disapproves of homosexuals for any reason, while in every other use, the suffix "phobia" only describes an irrational fear. From Wikipedia:

Phobia: "an intense and persistent fear of certain situations, activities, things, animals, or people"
Homophobia: "a range of negative attitudes and feelings towards homosexuality and people identified or perceived as being homosexual. Definitions[1][2][3] of the term refer variably to antipathy, contempt, prejudice, aversion, and (irrational) fear"

I disapprove of homosexuality, but I don't have an irrational fear of it. So I would probably be labeled homophobic.

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