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French Cabbies Say They'll Block Paris Roads On Monday Over Uber

XxtraLarGe Re:Out with the old... or not? (295 comments)

Gee, lets do the same with everything. No government regulation for anything. After all, you can choose what is an acceptable risk. So what if you didn't know that Uber drivers aren't properly insured? Why not unregulated food manufacturers who can sell you bacteria-laced meat? Why not unregulated cars that are unsafe at any speed?

Yes, food & automobile manufacturers have a strong incentive to kill their customers. It's good for long-term profits.

Why not unregulated medicines that are as likely to kill as to cure?

Vioxx was FDA approved, and killed 60,000 people. Meanwhile, effective drugs are unnecessarily kept off of the market by the FDA, like Provenge. And those are only 2 examples.

And unregulated banks that can take your money and run?

Or the regulated banks that can do that legally.

Hey, go all the way - allow the issuing of unregulated currencies

Why not? The Fed has done such a bang-up job.

the use of non-credentialed teachers from the local state pen, and everything else?

Yes, credentialed pedophiles that the teachers' union support are much better.

The fact is that regulations are supposed to ensure that the consumer doesn't have to spend hours investigation who is and who isn't competent themselves, as well as provide a feedback mechanism when the regulations are broken.

There are a boatload of ways to find out about what products are good and which businesses provide competent employees, such as the Better Business Bureau, Consumer Reports, Underwriters Laboratory, as well as review web sites, etc. I'm not saying unregulated markets would be perfect, but I believe that they would by and large be a better solution than the current regulatory morass we have in this country.

2 days ago
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How Birds Lost Their Teeth

XxtraLarGe Re:Anthropic principle (137 comments)

If birds had teeth, they would evolve into mammal-eaters and pose great threat to any mamal that lives above surface.

Eagles, hawks & owls all eat mammals.Sure, they're mice, rabbits, small cats, etc., but they're still mammals.

2 days ago
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French Cabbies Say They'll Block Paris Roads On Monday Over Uber

XxtraLarGe Re:Out with the old... or not? (295 comments)

Shouldn't it be up to the consumer to choose if the risks using Uber are acceptable? Why does the government need to be involved?

2 days ago
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Apparent Islamic Terrorism Strikes Sydney

XxtraLarGe Re:Fake (862 comments)

The "terrorists are cowards" meme is absurd. Whatever their misguided reasons, someone who is prepared to risk death or lengthy imprisonment for a cause is not a physical coward.

It's absurd from the sense that the terrorist that is carrying out the attack is not a coward, however the terrorist leaders that order them to go out and carry out the attacks tend to be cowered away in safety.

2 days ago
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Apple Antitrust Case Finds New Consumer Plaintiff

XxtraLarGe Dear Judge, (39 comments)

You'll find your bag of money on the basement level of the parking garage behind the garbage can in the southwest corner.

Sincerely,
The Trial Lawyers

4 days ago
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Apple's iPod Classic Refuses To Die

XxtraLarGe Good for video too... (265 comments)

I used to have an 80 GB iPod up until about a year ago. I was able to load up a whole boatload of movies, and connect it to a TV using an RCA cable that plugged into the headphone jack.

4 days ago
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Once Again, Baltimore Police Arrest a Person For Recording Them

XxtraLarGe Here's an idea (512 comments)

Yet it continues to happen, and in a rather violent matter. What can people do to curb this problem?

How about putting police who violate peoples' civil rights in prison?

5 days ago
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2 Futures Can Explain Time's Mysterious Past

XxtraLarGe Re:Time travel (107 comments)

Don't bother, it will have been boring.

I was the only one there, but I found myself to be quite entertaining.

about a week ago
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New Effort To Grant Legal Rights To Chimpanzees Fails

XxtraLarGe Re:Agree with court (341 comments)

Please first demonstrate to me that chimps and other animals value bodily liberty, and only then we can talk to give them the right.

Everybody's talking about animal rights, but nobody ever mentions animal responsibilities.

about two weeks ago
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Open Source Craft Brewery Shares More Than Recipes

XxtraLarGe Shares More the Recipes (50 comments)

All your the base are belong to the us.

about two weeks ago
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Google, National Parks Partner To Let Girls Program White House Xmas Tree Lights

XxtraLarGe Re:Sexist, but not in the way people are thinking. (333 comments)

This is sexist in that it extends an invite for girls to code - for something pretty, something cute, something showy. Something typically associated with girls.

I agree. They should put them on a project that's less showy but more important. Perhaps they could reprogram the White House's security system. It's not like they could do a worse job than is already being done. And if they did? Oh, well.

about two weeks ago
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Physicist Kip Thorne On the Physics of "Interstellar"

XxtraLarGe Re:Total Boondoggle (289 comments)

Does that cover the government projects where they bail to private companies that are to big to fail?

Yes. They should have let them fail, but then they wouldn't have gotten the golden parachutes.

about two weeks ago
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Physicist Kip Thorne On the Physics of "Interstellar"

XxtraLarGe Total Boondoggle (289 comments)

The technology required for wormholes is so far removed from our current and plausible near-future capabilities that to throw lots of money at it would almost certainly be a total boondoggle.

So basically what he's saying is we might as well dump the money into a black hole. Sounds like most government programs.

about two weeks ago
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Supreme Court To Decide Whether Rap Lyric Threats Are Free Speech

XxtraLarGe Re:Oh, the irony!! (436 comments)

Who wants to bet that Obama and Holder were great First Amendment supporters back in 1992 during the Body Count "Cop Killer" brouhaha?

Freedom of speech, just watch what you say.

about two weeks ago
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BlackBerry Will Buy Your iPhone For $550

XxtraLarGe Re: Loose Tips Sink Ships (120 comments)

It didn't help that it was about 15 degrees outside when I typed it.

about three weeks ago

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Senate Republicans are getting ready to declare war on patent trolls

XxtraLarGe XxtraLarGe writes  |  about a month ago

XxtraLarGe (551297) writes "Regardless of party affiliation, I think this is probably one thing most of us on Slashdot can applaud:

Republicans are about to take control of the US Senate. And when they do, one of the big items on their agenda will be the fight against patent trolls.

In a Wednesday speech on the Senate floor, Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) outlined a proposal to stop abusive patent lawsuits. "Patent trolls – which are often shell companies that do not make or sell anything – are crippling innovation and growth across all sectors of our economy," Hatch said.

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John McAfee Wanted for Murder

XxtraLarGe XxtraLarGe writes  |  more than 2 years ago

XxtraLarGe (551297) writes "Antivirus pioneer John McAfee is on the run from murder charges, Belize police say. According to Marco Vidal, head of the national police force's Gang Suppression Unit, McAfee is a prime suspect in the murder of American expatriate Gregory Faull, who was gunned down Saturday night at his home in San Pedro Town on the island of Ambergris Caye."
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Codecademy Now Offering Python

XxtraLarGe XxtraLarGe writes  |  more than 2 years ago

XxtraLarGe (551297) writes "I received this e-mail from Codecademy yesterday:

Today, we're pleased to announce the arrival of a new programming language: Python!

Python is a great language with applications in many different fields. Its clean, readable syntax makes it a favorite for beginning programmers – say goodbye to all of those braces and semicolons.

Python is currently in use at places like Google, NASA, and Disney Animation. Also, it has an active community of developers and offers great module support — this means you can easily use code that others have written to accomplish all kinds of tasks!

Codecademy originally started out by offering JavaScript. I wonder if this is a move to try and become a serious competitor to Udacity?"

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Playing Video Games Makes Kids More Creative

XxtraLarGe XxtraLarGe writes  |  more than 3 years ago

XxtraLarGe (551297) writes "A study by Michigan State University finds that kids who play video games are more creative. FTA: "Not only are (video games) not all bad, there's some 'intellectual' good to be found in playing them," says the project's lead investigator Linda Jackson, a professor of psychology at Michigan State. "We are the first to look at creativity and technology use, finding that no other technologies except video games was positively related to creativity.""
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Al Gore confirms new iPhones in October

XxtraLarGe XxtraLarGe writes  |  more than 3 years ago

XxtraLarGe (551297) writes "Apparently there will be an iPhone 5 and a cheaper iPhone 4s, which will be Apple's budget offering to compete with cheaper Android phones. Al Gore was quick to note that this was a plug. FTA:

"Adding heavy weight to the rumors that Apple plans to release more than one new iPhone model this year, former Vice President Al Gore, a member of Apple’s board of directors, said today that Apple has “new iPhones” due for an October release, reports The Next Web. Gore’s statement, which confirms long-standing rumors of multiple iPhone models set to come out this year, was made today during the Discovery Invest Leadership Summit (DILS) in South Africa."

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New MacDefender Defeats Apple Security Update

XxtraLarGe XxtraLarGe writes  |  more than 3 years ago

XxtraLarGe (551297) writes "Apple released a security update yesterday (May 31) designed to rid Macs of the menacing MacDefender malware that has plagued users for nearly a month. But mere hours after the update, cybercriminals released a new variant of the malware that easily defeated Apple's belated security efforts.

That didn't take long..."

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Configuring a MacBook for a High School Grad?

XxtraLarGe XxtraLarGe writes  |  more than 5 years ago

XxtraLarGe writes "My stepson just graduated high school last week, and for his graduation gift we're buying him a MacBook. We plan to buy him the 2.13 GHz model. He will be studying computer animation & graphic design next Fall, and they use Macs in many of his classes. I need some advice on RAM, HD & setting up Boot Camp, and setting up user accounts.
  • RAM: This model comes with 2 1GB SO-DIMMs. Will this be sufficient, or do I need to upgrade? I know Apple's RAM is pretty expensive ($90 for 2 2GB SO-DIMMs), but I haven't found any deals on RAM that were a lot cheaper. I'm thinking it will just be more convenient to have it shipped with 4 GB unless I can save some money.
  • HD & Boot Camp: This model comes with a 160 GB HD. I plan to install Vista, I'd like him to have the Windows option if he has any classes that require windows specific hardware. Will this HD be sufficient for 2 OS's, or should I drop another $45 to get a 250 GB HD? How big of a partition should I give it for Vista & MS Office?
  • User Accounts: Should I create 2 user accounts (one admin & one standard user), or should I just set his normal account as the Admin. The only experience he has is on computers where he's a standard user and doesn't have any admin rights. I don't want him accidentally installing any Trojans, etc.
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Apple's iPhone emerges as gaming platform

XxtraLarGe XxtraLarGe writes  |  more than 5 years ago

XxtraLarGe writes "Could the iPhone and iPod Touch pose a real threat to the DS & PSP? From the article: "Some say the iPhone's unique features — GPS capability, connectivity, a touch screen — and sheer variety of content gives it an edge over its more established handheld console competition, Nintendo's DS and Sony's PSP." I found a few games I already own for the DS for the iPhone & iPod Touch on the iTunes store for about $5 versus the minimum $20 that you'd pay for the DS. After seeing this, I've decided to sell my DS and use my iPod Touch as my mobile gaming device of choice."
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Will Web 2.0 efforts help candidates in Iowa?

XxtraLarGe XxtraLarGe writes  |  more than 6 years ago

XxtraLarGe writes "How much impact will the internet have in tonight's Iowa caucuses? According to ComputerWorld:

"Some candidates — most notably Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) — are using the Internet effectively to translate grass-roots support into successful fundraising. But Paul and most of the other candidates (with the possible exception of Obama) have failed to translate online interest in social networks like MySpace and Facebook into offline efforts to gain votes."
The question is, how can they say this before any actual results have been reported?"

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Apple, AT&T unveil monthly iPhone plans

XxtraLarGe XxtraLarGe writes  |  more than 7 years ago

XxtraLarGe writes "Apple and AT & T have unveiled pricing for the iPhone, and it seems very reasonable. $59.99 gets you 450 minutes, 5000 night & weekend minutes, plus includes Unlimited data, Visual Voice Mail, 200 SMS text messages, Rollover minutes and unlimited Mobile to Mobile. Other plans are $79.99 for 900 minutes and $99.99 for 1350 minutes. A nice chart can be seen here."
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XxtraLarGe XxtraLarGe writes  |  more than 7 years ago

XxtraLarGe writes "As both a technician for my college's Distance Learning program and as an avid gamer, I have been tasked with investigating Second Life as a possible way for us to extend and enhance our online classes. I've done a lot of research, reading about what other schools have done. While I personally think it is a really cool idea, I am somewhat skeptical of the actual practicality and value of what seems to be a glorified chat room. I'd like to hear from other Slashdotters about their education experience in Second Life particularly if you've been involved in setting up any online classes or taken any online classes. What sort of training would be required for faculty, etc., and is it really worth it?"
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XxtraLarGe XxtraLarGe writes  |  more than 7 years ago

XxtraLarGe writes "As if coffee wasn't enough, now it seems that we can look forward to caffeinated doughnuts and bagles. According to the AP "Doctor Robert Bohannon, a Durham, North Carolina, molecular scientist, has developed a way to add caffeine to baked goods, without the bitter taste of caffeine. Each piece of pastry is the equivalent of about two cups of coffee." Dr. Bohannon claims it took a while to come up with flavors that would mask the bitter taste from caffeine. Now he has a placeholder web site trying to hock it off to chains like Dunkin' Donuts, Krispy Kreme & Starbucks. Would you really want a "buzzed" doughnut to go with your double espresso in the morning?"
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XxtraLarGe XxtraLarGe writes  |  more than 8 years ago

XxtraLarGe writes "According to Reuters: Yale University said on Wednesday it will offer digital videos of some courses on the Internet for free, along with transcripts in several languages, in an effort to make the elite private school more accessible. The 18-month pilot project will provide videos, syllabi and transcripts for seven courses beginning in the 2007 academic year. They include "Introduction to the Old Testament," "Fundamentals of Physics" and "Introduction to Political Philosophy." The courses won't be for credit, but still it's a pretty good show of support for distance learning as the wave of the future."

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Ron Paul conspicuous by his absence on Slashdot

XxtraLarGe XxtraLarGe writes  |  about 7 years ago The guy raises $6.1 million in a single day on the Internet. His campaign is based largely on social networking sites like YouTube, Facebook, MySpace, and Meetup. I realize Slashdot doesn't want to turn into Digg or Reddit, but when somebody does something this monumental, why isn't it reported? If a presidential candidate running a campaign largely on the internet breaks a single day fundraising record isn't "News For Nerds" then I don't know what is.

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