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Developer Loses Single-Letter Twitter Handle Through Extortion

Tenek All right, I'll bite. (448 comments)

I will assume since it hasn't come up already that there is some reason Twitter can't just give him back the handle. What is it?

about 8 months ago

We The People Petition Signature Requirement Bumped To 100,000

Tenek Waste of time (337 comments)

You can't raise the threshold high enough to weed out the stupid ideas because a lot of them are popular - the Texas succession petition got 125k. That said, the petition system was never going to be useful in the first place, so at least we're not using anything valuable.

about a year and a half ago

Man Physically Assaulted At McDonald's For Wearing Digital Eye Glasses

Tenek Re:is it real (1198 comments)

That's why when I mug somebody in the US, I make sure to shoot them first.

more than 2 years ago

Earthscraper Takes Sustainable Design Underground

Tenek Moria 2.0 (269 comments)

Construction will have to be stopped after they dig too deep and release the Balrog, though.

more than 2 years ago

Blow-By-Blow Account of the Fukushima Accident

Tenek I wonder... (259 comments)

How long are we going to be using the phrase "worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl"?

more than 2 years ago

US's Most Powerful Nuclear Bomb Being Dismantled

Tenek Oops (299 comments)

The final components will be accidentally dropped Tuesday at the Amarillo Crater...

more than 2 years ago

HP Rethinking Wisdom of Spinning Off PC Division

Tenek The obvious name... (239 comments)

Well, somebody has to use the Quikster name, might as well be them.

more than 2 years ago

Human "Cloning" Makes Embryonic Stem Cells

Tenek Re:Excellent (111 comments)

Nobody with any sense complains about embryonic stem cells either, just the people who think humans can be single-celled organisms.

more than 2 years ago

S&P's $2 Trillion Math Mistake

Tenek Re:as a European. (1040 comments)

Everybody knows the explosion of the deficit has nothing to do with Obama

No. No they don't. There are a lot of people trying very hard to prevent everybody from understanding the actual problems, and they're doing a pretty good job of it.

more than 3 years ago

Piracy Is a Market Failure — Not a Legal One

Tenek Re:Maximize profit (591 comments)

Joel Spolsky pointed out the problem with this a few years back: When your unit production cost is small, you're better off (as much as possible) to adjust the price based on the ability of the consumers to pay and get something out of the poorer ones instead of nothing.

more than 3 years ago

Carriers Delay Paying Japan's Texting Donations

Tenek Re:Not only the carriers, also the NGO's (235 comments)

My grandfather always used to tell me that he would die before he ever gave to the Red Cross. When he was in Korea, the Red Cross used to show up and sell soldiers coffee and donuts (at a profit, no less). No money meant no coffee and donuts for you, G.I.

I'm not disparaging their work (I don't know enough to comment on that). I'm just saying that they need to be much more upfront with people about where their money is actually going.

Ten seconds on Snopes;

There is truth to one of the rumors, however. During WWII the American Red Cross did indeed charge American servicemen for coffee, doughnuts, and lodging. However, it did so because the U.S. Army asked it to, not because it was determined to make a profit off homesick dogfaces.

more than 3 years ago

Volkswagen Unveils 313 MPG XL1, Slates Production For 2013

Tenek Re:MPG Difference Explained (417 comments)

Woo, 10.5 feet per gallon.

more than 3 years ago

Facebook Images To Get Expiration Date

Tenek Re:Cracked! (306 comments)

That's not the point. You were already allowed to see the image. What it tries to reduce is the ability of someone unrelated to find it n years later. You had to remember to save a copy at the time. Unfortunately, you're probably more likely to do so if it's an interesting picture.

It's not useless, and it's not perfect. Not a terrible idea though.

more than 3 years ago

Facebook Images To Get Expiration Date

Tenek Hmm... (306 comments)

Sounds great, but the more interesting/risky/incriminating/etc the picture, the more likely it is that someone's going to keep an unencrypted copy around, no?

more than 3 years ago

Wireless GeForce Graphics Card Announced

Tenek Re:Yay, more Input Lag (202 comments)

Only in the future would you care about having 60,000 fps, though.

more than 3 years ago

Large Hadron Collider (LHC) Generates a 'Mini-Big Bang'

Tenek Re:Next step... (570 comments)

Was there any evidence you could have provided that would have provoked the response "Oh. I guess it's not true after all"?

more than 3 years ago

'Cellphone Effect' Could Skew Polling Predictions

Tenek Re:Vote or Die (836 comments)

Nothing happened yet. You will get all of those things eventually because McCain didn't win, die after 3 months in office, and have Palin start WWIII.

Or maybe you won't. But please don't confuse "Obama isn't perfect" or "Obama is flawed" or "Obama has serious problems" with "Obama is worse than the alternative."

more than 3 years ago

The Strange Case of Solar Flares and Radioactive Decay Rates

Tenek Just to pre-empt it... (408 comments)

No, this does not get you down to a 6000-year old Earth. Sorry.

about 4 years ago

Union Boycotts LA Times Over Teacher Evaluation Disclosure

Tenek Re:Depends who you thnk teachers work for (629 comments)

The funny thing is, you sound exactly like the people who want to impress toxic social morals on their kids.

about 4 years ago


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