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Harry Potter Blamed For India's Disappearing Owls

Wanado Parents or children or rituals? (252 comments)

demise of wild owls in the country as children seek to emulate the boy wizard by taking the birds as pets.

Ah, silly children.

there seems to be a strange fascination even among the urban middle classes for presenting their children with owls

Oh, so it's the parents' fault.

Researchers found that a growing number of owls were being trapped, traded or killed in black magic rituals. [...] Diwali, one of the biggest Hindu festivals, [...] It said owls were sometimes sacrificed on auspicious occasions.

Oh, right. We were talking about black magic. This article is really easy to follow.

more than 4 years ago

Las Vegas Hotel Vdara an Accidental Death Ray

Wanado As Predicted in 2008 (218 comments)

From a preview article showing the building/pool design in 2008, the author said:

I'm extremely worried that the synergy of the energy reflection is going to turn this pool deck into a frying pan. Think ants + magnifying glass. [...] Perhaps CityCenter's crack team of architects have done enough mathematics and simulation tests to have figured out a solution. Perhaps they haven't. We'll find out August 2010.

more than 4 years ago

The DIY $10 Prepaid Cellphone Remote Car Starter

Wanado Re:Title? (454 comments)

Mod up parent. A title with DIY and $10 is annoying and a waste of my time if the thing really costs upwards of $100. Author probably knew DIY $100 remote car starter just isn't very noteworthy.

about 5 years ago

A New Explanation For the Plight of Winter Babies

Wanado Re:That means... (276 comments)

This is exactly how I see it. It isn't the month of birth that is causing the "life with less means". It is the teenage mother-to-be with less means that is getting laid at prom. Do the math. Class dismissed.

more than 5 years ago

Google Losing Up To $1.65M a Day On YouTube

Wanado Re:Greedy Capitalists! (290 comments)

No, a loss of $2M a day assumes that their current dollar amount that they bring in continues. If they didn't bring in a single dollar, they would be burning through that cash to cover expenses very quickly. Their current income covers their expenses so that they don't have to burn through their cash on hand. If you take away all revenue, you're left with expenses and that wad of cash goes bye bye in much less than 21 years. For instance, they spent $2.7B on R&D in 2008. You can turn off that bill without firing everyone. Then there's $3.7B on General/administrative expenses. I think they'd have to shut down their operation if they were to hope to run for 21 years, which kind of defeats the purpose of existing if you have to shut down and fire everyone.

more than 5 years ago

The Secret Lives of Ubuntu and Debian Users

Wanado What Secret? (501 comments)

Where's the secret? The title said "secret" but nothing is mentioned of a secret. Even in the article the only use of the word "secret" is in the title. Bogus.

about 6 years ago

$30B IT Stimulus Will Create Almost 1 Million Jobs

Wanado misleading title (809 comments)

Should read A $30B IT Stimulus Could Create Almost 1 Million Jobs.

Then I wouldn't have been lead to believe there was news here about a real stimulus package.

about 6 years ago

Barack Obama Is One Step Closer To Being President

Wanado Re:Advertisements (601 comments)

People click on these ads?

more than 6 years ago

Photos of the Damage To the Large Hadron Collider

Wanado Re:Good news ... (106 comments)

Unfortunately, luck would have it that that universe is full of beautiful women that will discover our planet and destroy us with lasers, OR full of disgusting aliens that force us to mate with them. I've seen it before.

more than 6 years ago

NFL's First Broadcast In 3-D, Still Has Work To Do

Wanado Here's the one sentence regarding issues found. (178 comments)

Not a lot of technical discussion in the article. I would have liked to hear more about what they did and why it left people a bit cross-eyed. Did the camera angles not line up with each other? Do they pan back and forth on a fixed track? Are the two camera lenses close to each other or far apart? Are they synchronized mechanically to each other and/or part of the same camera?

"On Thursday, some systems at a Salt Lake City location had to be rebooted to restart the satellite feed and some camera crews performed pans that ended up leaving the viewers a bit cross-eyed, Modell said."

more than 6 years ago

EA Recommends Hilarious Work-Around For RA3 CD-Key

Wanado Re:Circumvention? (Yes it is) (301 comments)

circumvention: "to avoid or get around something; to bypass" http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/circumvent

Yes, it's circumventing EA's production error. That's why they call it a "work-around". But it isn't circumventing a copy protection meaure because you're the rightful owner of the game and are using the game in an acceptable way.

Would it be bypassing a security measure to forget the last character of your bank login password and then guess the last character?

Would it be breaking and entering if you locked yourself out of your residence and found an open window to get through?

more than 6 years ago


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