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The Misleading Fliers Comcast Used To Kill Off a Local Internet Competitor

_anomaly_ Re:Nonstop comcast rate hikes (250 comments)

I know. That's why, just about every year, I have to either change to a similar plan with less benefits or bump up my deductible to keep it from going up much. The only time I didn't have to do that was last year, when I did a "risk re-evaluation", which turned out in my favor.

2 days ago
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The Misleading Fliers Comcast Used To Kill Off a Local Internet Competitor

_anomaly_ Re:Nonstop comcast rate hikes (250 comments)

No other "utility" even comes close.

No, but my health insurance (individual, not through my small-business employer) goes up about 30% per annum... but I digress...

3 days ago
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The Misleading Fliers Comcast Used To Kill Off a Local Internet Competitor

_anomaly_ Re:Comcast should run for office (250 comments)

Well, if you do it right (run for office), you aren't footing the bill, your supporters/constituents are.

3 days ago
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Raspberry Pi Gameboy

_anomaly_ Re:Now I wish.... (60 comments)

He did use the original inputs (control pad and buttons, power slider).

about a week ago
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Ebola Outbreak Continues To Expand

_anomaly_ Re:Scale? (168 comments)

I think it's the infection rate that is all the hubbub, to put it lightly. 67 new cases and 19 deaths in the span of 3 days (July 15-17)?

Then, posted not long ago, an update: 45 new cases and 28 deaths from July 18-20.

about a week ago
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For Half, Degrees In Computing, Math, Or Stats Lead To Other Jobs

_anomaly_ Re:Incomplete data (174 comments)

Yeah, the first thing I thought of was: how many people who graduate with any 4-year degree stay in their field of study? Without having anything to compare this to, how do we know that the numbers for STEM graduates are abnormal?
I would guess that those figures for the STEM graduates aren't too different from any other field.

Also, it would have been more meaningful if they had limited the time after graduation. For example, if 50% of STEM graduates were working in an unrelated field 10 years after graduation, I'd say that says a lot more than just "currently". Seems to me a significant number of people "retire" from their main field of study and then take on another, completely unrelated, but more satisfying job in their golden years (i.e. retiring from a management position to work at a golf course).

about a week ago
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Mathematicians Solve the Topological Mystery Behind the "Brazuca" Soccer Ball

_anomaly_ Re:why new balls (144 comments)

I may have not completed my thought and main point, although it may be obvious enough... the shots in the video being further out will end up having much more curve on them by the time they reach the goal. The same shot closer to the goal won't have as much noticeable curve, of course.

about three weeks ago
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Mathematicians Solve the Topological Mystery Behind the "Brazuca" Soccer Ball

_anomaly_ Re:why new balls (144 comments)

Good question, but I'd argue it's more about shot selection than anything. Most of those goals were well beyond the 18 (the penalty box). If you're comparing to recent games (yeah, I'm in the US, I still call them games, shoot me), like in the World Cup, you see very few shots outside the 18. An extreme example would be the Netherlands-Argentina game where they both played very defensive games. Even in games like Germany-Brazil, it seemed Germany was more about finesse and getting the ball deep inside the box to increase chances of the shot going in the back of the net. Even on free kicks near the 18, not many are even an attempt on goal, but rather crosses.

I used to play, and IMHO shot shaping is more about technique (and shot selection) than the design of the ball. You'll notice in your video a lot of them were hit with the outside of the foot, right or left, and that's the easiest way to get it to curve to the outside. You don't see many players these days even attempting those.

about three weeks ago
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A Physicist Says He Can Tornado-Proof the Midwest With 1,000-Foot Walls

_anomaly_ Oh Geeez (501 comments)

That might have been where they went, but it's not where they're going...

about a month ago
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Cisco Spending Millions of Dollars Secretly Purchasing New Juniper Products

_anomaly_ Re:But didn't their patents protect them? ;D (120 comments)

Yeah, true. The show's OK so far. Has more potential to interest me than most of the other stuff on TV these days.

about a month and a half ago
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A Look at Smart Gun Technology

_anomaly_ Re:Tech isn't there yet (765 comments)

I agree with the point you're making, in this post and others, but what if the smart gun manufacturers erred on the side of an operational, not disabled, weapon? In other words, if the battery dies or fails, or if it's determined that a fingerprint scan couldn't be gathered successfully (if it's using fingerprints), then default to an enabled state?

This would still put the onus of making the gun safe on the gun's owner, much like making sure a trigger lock is in place, requiring that the battery be checked frequently, and so on.

I realize that there are still other fail cases that would reduce reliability (like, in the case of fingerprints, a scan was successfully gathered but is not correctly identified), but eliminating the power failure, among others, by defaulting to an enabled state would no doubt get much closer to your high reliability target, would it not?
The way I see it, this would likely prevent more accidental shootings while getting closer to that reliability target.

about 3 months ago
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Ben Starr Answers Your Questions About Sustainability and Kitchen Tech

_anomaly_ Re:Beer with bacon fat and maple syrup (46 comments)

You must be talking about Voodoo Doughnut Maple Bacon Ale by Rogue. I had it a couple of years ago while visiting the brewery near Portland, OR. It's interesting, but a bit too interesting to have more than a pint, IMHO.

about 3 months ago
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"Smart" Gun Seller Gets the Wrong Kind of Online Attention

_anomaly_ Re:Gun nuts (1374 comments)

I'm sure there are parts of the Brady Bill that should be revised, re-worded, or even taken out, but I'm not going to get into that, or argue about semantics.

However, you may be able to say that a flash suppressor has no affect on the function of the weapon in a literal sense, but I'd argue it completely changes the weapon's intended use. A weapon intended for target practice, sport, or self defense has absolutely no need for a flash suppressor. This type of "feature" is intended for covert use of the weapon, which I'd argue falls under what most would categorize as an assault weapon.

about 2 months ago
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What Apple's iWatch Can Learn From Pebble

_anomaly_ Re:WTF? Pebble is not "progenitor" (97 comments)

More than one year before the Pebble there was Metawatch [metawatch.org] (which uses exactly the same display type), and ages before the Pebble there were much, much more advanced "smartwatches".

Like the inPulse watch? You know, made by Allerta, who became Pebble?

about 4 months ago
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Peanut Allergy Treatment Trial In UK "A Success"

_anomaly_ Re:Standard practice... (192 comments)

1,000 peanuts and 70,000 people

;-)

about 6 months ago
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Atlanta Gambled With Winter Storm and Lost

_anomaly_ Re:Heard a story on NPR this morning... (723 comments)

Yeah, I should have added a disclaimer that it, of course, is highly dependent upon the school district and/or individual school. I just thought I'd bring up the possibility that there may have been that caveat when it comes to cancelling schools in the area.

about 6 months ago
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Atlanta Gambled With Winter Storm and Lost

_anomaly_ Re:Learn to freaken drive. (723 comments)

No doubt this false sense of security (and driving talent/experience) comes standard with most 4WD/AWD/4x4 vehicles.
When I had a 4x4 SUV, I even found myself having trouble keeping in mind the fact that I wasn't invincible.

My girlfriend and I were in Illinois a few Christmases ago when we found ourselves having to begin our 5-6 hour drive after 5-6 inches had already fallen. Even in IL, those country roads were not cleared one bit. We were in a Hyundai Sonata (4-door sedan, front-wheel drive), going maybe half the speed limit. We encountered numerous vehicles in the ditch, almost all of which were SUVs. We did end up doing a 180 in the middle of a straight road (presumably hitting some hidden ice under the snow), but we were able to at least make it to a major city in Indiana where we gave up (having gone half our distance in 5-6 hours) and stayed the night.

about 6 months ago
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Atlanta Gambled With Winter Storm and Lost

_anomaly_ Re:Canadian driving (723 comments)

They do that here in Kentucky, too. I believe it's just streams of highly-salted water, where the water evaporates and leaves those lines of salt, which won't be "brushed" off the road by traffic like normal salt crystals tend to be.

about 6 months ago

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