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Australian Billionaire Plans To Build Titanic II

XPulga Proof of Unsinkability (289 comments)

To properly prove this design to be unsinkable, they should hire Francesco Schettino to captain it.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Good, Useful Free Software For Gifts?

XPulga Pathetic (377 comments)

If giving a cheap flash drive full of crap is your idea of a nice Christmas gift, then the best gift you can give to your family and friends is dying.

more than 3 years ago

Microsoft Killed the Start Menu Because No One Uses It

XPulga On Killing Seldom Used Features (862 comments)

Let's do a quick exercise in Microsoftian design: The week has 168 hours.

Shall we assume the typical adult male has 4x 15-minute sexual intercourses per week ? It's probably pushing a bit, but fine, let's exaggerate. That'll be 1 hour per week.

Shall we assume the typical adult male urinates 8 times per day (once every 2 hours while awake), and each event lasts 1 minute ? That'll be 8 minutes per day, 56 minutes per week. Let's round things up and call it 1 hour. We're exaggerating anyway.

166/168 = 0.9880. On our typical adult male, the penis is idle and unused 98.8% of the time. If the human body was designed by the Windows 8 design team, we would be dickless.

more than 3 years ago

Is Apple Moving iPad Production to Brazil?

XPulga Re:Thank god i don't buy Apple (148 comments)

Brazil provides huge tax breaks for products *assembled* in the country with local workforce, even if all the components are manufactred elsewhere. So the big manufacturers just import the component kits from China and assemble them here. This is true for Sony notebooks, the Xbox360 (recently started to be assembled here, and will start selling cheaper than the Wii for that alone), and the same goes for electronics such as phones, monitors, TVs, etc. Foxconn isn't starting up a facility out of nothing, the Sony vaio line is already assembled by them in Brazil.

Recently the legislation was changed to include tablets in the tax break law, and local assembly of ipads here will start soon. That is not a rumor and has been on the brazilian news for months, with official word from both the government and Foxconn. How much of the global market will be "served" from the brazilian output is the actual question. I wouldn't be surprised if the entire iPad 2 assembly transitioned to Brazil while the chinese sweatshops move to the iPad 3. With local economic treaties, it will be no surprise if the brazilian output of tablets starts serving the entire South America market right away.

Regarding the Argentinian coward's opinion on the quality of brazilian goods, there is no such perception of bad quality in the internal market, save for the automotive sector -- where the national industry is heavily protected and gets away with exorbitant profit margins on cars with considerably less features than cars from european and asian competitors.

more than 3 years ago

FBI Overwhelmed With 'Solutions' To Encrypted Note

XPulga Very Reliable (137 comments)

This being FoxNews, it's debatable whether there is actually any Dan Olson who works on the FBI. If there is, it's hard to know what he really told FoxNews. Assuming the report is accurate, is interesting that "a bunch of responses" is "flooding the FBI's bandwidth".

more than 3 years ago

The Simpsons Reviewed For Unsuitable Nuclear Jokes

XPulga Duke Nukem Forever (374 comments)

I'm willing to bet that some retarded german politician will see a relation between "Duke Nukem Forever" and nuclear power and issue a ban on it before it's even released.

more than 3 years ago

Stanford Robot Car Capable of Slide Parking

XPulga Re:Three Points (265 comments)

Ah, of course it would be unamerican to develop anything that had some practical use or used resources sparingly. Hooray for unapplicable tire-burning screech-parking robots!

more than 4 years ago

Stanford Robot Car Capable of Slide Parking

XPulga Three Points (265 comments)

1. The proper reference is the Blues Brothers movie, not James Bond.

2. Parking like this is stupid and wears down the tires unevenly and too fast.

3. Uneven pavement, potholes, wet pavement, oil puddle: pick your disaster.

more than 4 years ago

George Washington Racks Up 220 Years of Late Fees At Library

XPulga Re:Quirk Books Already on It (146 comments)

Well, the city previously known as New York. In the alternate reality it could be Stinky River, Lotsofbridgestown, or the french equivalents of these.

more than 4 years ago

George Washington Racks Up 220 Years of Late Fees At Library

XPulga Quirk Books Already on It (146 comments)

After "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies" and "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter", I'm pretty sure Quirk Books must already be working on a tale that involves Mr. Bookman (from Seinfeld, season 3) travelling back in time, terminator-style, to charge late fees on George Washington. That modifies the course of history. Last scene on the book, Bookman is back to the 20th century and the country formerly known as USA is now part of Canada. In the place of the Statue of Liberty, a huge green statue of Celine Dion greets the New Yorkers.

more than 3 years ago

I know X people with diagnosed H1N1 flu, where X is:

XPulga Re:Where is the option (423 comments)

I do work at a hospital. And the answer is still "None at all".

about 5 years ago

Universal Phone Charger Approved By UN Body

XPulga Re: SIP? a single RFC? LOL! (220 comments)

Mostly agreed. Still, it is possible to write a SIP endpoint based on a couple of well delimited RFCs (SIP, authentication, RTP), while even decoding the hierarchy of an H.323 message is a mess.

As for the culture of writing in a language developers can't read, and charging for access to standards: if it depended on the ITU the Internet would not exist and sending bits across continents would be considered an expensive technological miracle, much like international phone calls 30 years ago.

more than 5 years ago

Universal Phone Charger Approved By UN Body

XPulga Re:ITU, the folk who should run the WWW. (220 comments)

Hell, no! ITU has a known history of

a) writing unreadable standards (such as G.711, the a-law, mu-law telephony codec)

b) retarded protocols (H.323, where messages are formatted according to an hierarchy defined in 3+ different standards, and call initiation sequences have so many alternatives that it is common to have two certified H.323 endpoints refuse to talk to each other. Implementing H.323 involves thousands of lines of code. While SIP (a non-ITU protocol) uses text headers similar to email and http, can be understood from a single RFC and can be correctly implemented in a few hundred lines.)

c) favoring patented cash troll codecs such as G.729 instead of similar patent-free ones. (Meanwhile, a lot of international phone traffic is performed in roughly-uncompressed G.711, using 10x the bandwidth because the licensing fees of G.729 are outrageous)

That's ITU for you, and these people should be forbidden from publishing any standard whatsoever.

more than 5 years ago

To What Age Do You Expect To Live?

XPulga Re:Retirement Plan (575 comments)

omg, these poor peop^H^H^H^H ACs going after 5-digit slashdot UIDs

more than 5 years ago

Open Source Shooter Nexuiz 2.5 Released

XPulga World of Padman is way better than this (309 comments)

World of Padman is an open source FPS, and has better looks, graphics and music than Nexuiz. Oh, and has a name that doesn't sound like cough medicine. http://www.worldofpadman.com/

more than 5 years ago

Did Bat Hitch a Ride To Space On Discovery?

XPulga Re:it's now a dead bat (422 comments)

This bat is no more! He has ceased to be! He's expired and gone to meet his maker! He's a stiff! Bereft of life, he rests in peace! If you hadn't nailed him to the perch he'd be pushing up the daisies! His metabolic processes are now history! He's off the twig! He's kicked the bucket, he's shuffled off his mortal coil, run down the curtain and joined the bleeding choir invisible!! THIS IS AN EX-BAT!!

more than 5 years ago

Google And Microsoft Cross Swords Over Yahoo!

XPulga Re:Yahoogle (181 comments)

I find it disturbing that yahooglesoft.com has actually been registered by Yahoo in 2006:

[Querying whois.internic.net]
[Redirected to whois.melbourneit.com]
[Querying whois.melbourneit.com]

Domain Name.......... yahooglesoft.com
Creation Date........ 2006-11-16
Registration Date.... 2006-11-16
Expiry Date.......... 2008-11-16
Organisation Name.... Yahoo! Inc.
Organisation Address. 701 First Avenue
Organisation Address.
Organisation Address. Sunnyvale
Organisation Address. 94089
Organisation Address. -
Organisation Address. UNITED STATES

more than 6 years ago


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