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Bionic Eye Patient Tests Planned For 2013

Temujin_12 Geordi? Is that you? (59 comments)

Just think of the possibilities when the eye is given the ability to see beyond the optical wavelengths.

more than 2 years ago

Time to Review FAA Gadget Policies

Temujin_12 'bout time!! (292 comments)

The last time I flew on an airplane I took out my Android phone and turned on an app that uses GPS to track your elevation, speed, direction, pitch etc. It was a blast to watch how fast the plane accelerated down the runway, pitch as we would turn, and what the take-off, cruising, landing speeds. I then switched to google maps and watched as I zipped across states. It was a ton of fun.

And guess what? No ill effects on the airplane.

more than 2 years ago

Iran War Clock Set At Ten Minutes To Midnight

Temujin_12 They got it wrong... (315 comments)

It would have been funnier if it counted towards Dec. 21, 2012 rather than just midnight.

more than 2 years ago

The Numbers of a Life

Temujin_12 Facebook porn (98 comments)

I think it is safe to say that this data could be considered Facebook porn.

more than 2 years ago

North Korea Agrees To Suspend Nuclear Activities

Temujin_12 Re:Still in violation (221 comments)

neither of which will be effected by us giving them food aide.

+1 for proper use of *e*ffected in that sentence.

more than 2 years ago

Library.nu and Ifile.it Shut Down

Temujin_12 They're thiefs.... sorry (336 comments)

If you copy media you purchased, you're smart.

If you copy media you didn't purchase, you're cheap.

If you copy media you didn't purchase AND you make a profit off of it, you're a thief.

We do have to be careful that this doesn't turn into a slippery slope but, c'mon, making a profit off of other artists material which you don't have the rights to is just good old fashioned stealing no matter how you slice it.

more than 2 years ago

The Future of Battle Tech

Temujin_12 We're doomed... (122 comments)

A flying humvee with retractable rotor blades which can seed an area with a network of smaller robots all while staying in the air for 5+ years?!

God help us all!

more than 3 years ago

Facebook Launches Suicide-Prevention Effort

Temujin_12 Called... (159 comments)


more than 3 years ago

Google, Facebook Upset By Ad-Injecting Apps

Temujin_12 Re:A new browser interface for a website? (282 comments)

Yeah, sheeple. I see the way some of you react strongly to that term, like you can't stand it.

No, I can't stand that term because it has lost all meaning and is generally used in a very hypocritical manner.

Here ya go:

more than 3 years ago

Why Android Upgrades Take So Long

Temujin_12 Re:Compared to what? (226 comments)

I learned this lesson the hard way with the Motorola Cliq XT. I bought it a while back (2 yrs?) despite it only having 1.6 on it because I was told they were already working on a 2.0 upgrade that would be coming. I waited, and waited, and waited. Eventually they canceled the upgrade and sent an email out recommending a new phone (quite the slap in the face).

Once I saw that no upgrade was coming, I rooted my phone and installed cyanogen mod. I have 2.1 on my phone and it works great (only minor bugs). Plus my phone doesn't have that CarrierIQ spyware on it. I figure that they broke their contract when they canceled the upgrade and left me hanging.

This experience taught me:
1) Cell phone makers simply don't care about software. They have almost zero incentive to put effort into it and often have incentive NOT to invest in software.
2) Never run the stock install from the phone maker. Root it and install a custom mod that is much closer to vanilla Android as possible.

more than 3 years ago

Obama Orders Federal Agencies To Digitize All Records

Temujin_12 Dunder Mifflin (186 comments)

Dunder Mifflin is gonna be pissed...

more than 3 years ago

Baker Has to Make 102,000 Cupcakes For Grouponers

Temujin_12 Do the math (611 comments)

My wife owns her own photography business (just her and an employee) and she had been toying around with the idea of using Groupon and LivingSocial. As much as she hates spreadsheets, I made here sit down and model what the deal looked like and what her break-even points were. Talk to your Groupon/LivingSocial rep. to get stats about similar deals (as much as they can give you)--quantity, conversion rate, customer conversion, etc and be conservative since the rep will definitely paint a rosy picture. After doing that, she made some very important changes to the structure of the deal she made with LivingSocial that protected her against some run-away scenarios that would have cost her money like this person ran into and the LivingSocial deal has been a great success.

The other thing, hinted at by the owner of the bakery is your brand. If all you're concerned about is pushing product and volume, then a low-end price for the Groupon/LivingSocial deal is the way to go. But be aware that the lower the barrier to entry the less the customer values you or your services. For service-based businesses (like my wife's photography company), a higher price for the deal is more likely to bring customers who value service and quality. You can still offer good discounts while having a higher price point by carefully choosing what you discount and what they are purchasing up front.

Bottom line: know who your optimal customer is and do the math or you're likely to get burned.

more than 3 years ago

SOPA Hearings Stacked In Favor of Pro-SOPA Lobby

Temujin_12 Re:Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) (302 comments)

The reason SOPA isn't defined is it actually stands for Satanic Overlords and Pedophilia Association. No wonder they have a hard time getting people to listen to them.

more than 3 years ago

Student Loans In America: the Next Big Credit Bubble

Temujin_12 College should = work (768 comments)

I left college with $5000 in student loans (2006). I also worked full-time every summer as well as all of my junior and senior year (part, to 3/4 time freshman and sophomore year). My social life consisted of dorm-LAN parties, on-campus complimentary student body activities, and splurging once in a while to go to the dollar theater to see campy movies or movies that were already out on DVD.

What surprised me when I went in to get a loan for my last two quarters is that I could borrow as much as I wanted (way more than anyone would need just for school) and the restrictions and accountability about how the money was spent seemed way too lax. I'd be curious to see studies about how much students spent in total on school vs. how large their loans are.

Not saying the way I did it was best, but I wouldn't trade the work ethic and freedom I've got from how I did it.

more than 3 years ago

Google Releases Geothermal Potential Map of the US

Temujin_12 Re:Geothermal issues (401 comments)

about as much change as a fart in a hurricane

Yes, but imagine a fart for every man, woman, and child, all at the same time in the same hurricane. Not because it counters your statement--just because it is funny to imagine.

more than 3 years ago

How Do You Educate a Prodigy?

Temujin_12 Two words (659 comments)

Answer (2 words): You don't.
Alternative (2 words): Khan Academy.

more than 3 years ago

NASA Tries To Save Hubble's Successor

Temujin_12 NPR donation model... (134 comments)

Someone enlighten me if I'm clueless here, but here's my thought:

Why not have a section when people do their taxes to donate to specific programs directly. I know you can donate to the IRS in general, but I never heard of them making high-level programs available for specific citizen-targeted donations. Another possibility is to have a portion of individual citizen's taxes be customized by them so they can control somewhat where their tax money goes (this could only work as a small percentage).

This would provide a way for the public to voice their priorities/opinions by donating to programs which they find most beneficial. In this instance, it would allow the public to make up for the inane budgeting cuts as politicians think they are qualified to judge the scientific merits of different programs within NASA.

Politicians could also find out real quick what programs are most popular with the public.


more than 3 years ago

What's Needed For Freedom In the Cloud?

Temujin_12 Start with the basics... (81 comments)

How about we start with sustainable database connections?

more than 3 years ago

Netflix Deflects Rage Over Price Increase

Temujin_12 Don't underestimate the local library (722 comments)

Seems to me like they are just writing off their DVD business model (at least in the long-term)--which seems to be a good idea. With media, the money is in streaming more than it is keeping inventory and managing the logistics of physical goods.

For my family, my wife and I turned off cable 3 years ago and have been Netflix/Hulu(+)/Redbox ever since. We have 3 little kids, so we hardly ever go to the theater except for once or twice a year. Now, we'll just get new releases from Redbox and cancel our DVD service with Netflix. I went through our DVD history and found that for DVDs that aren't available via Redbox or streaming from Hulu/Netflix (ie: foreign films & documentaries), nearly all are available through my local library system (Seattle public library). I already pay for the library (taxes), I might as well use it.

more than 3 years ago


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