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Code.org Resurrects 'Flappy Bird' As Programming Lesson

a_big_favor Gui Coding (72 comments)

It's really tough to do. If you want to make a for loop, I'd really rather write it than drag the block. Making anything moderately complex is hard to make. I saw one that had multiple types of for, while, ifs and forget nested loops. Variable become hard to keep track of and I felt like I had so many extras. I can't believe anyone actually makes games that way.

about 5 months ago
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Tesla Model S Catches Fire: Is This Tesla's 'Toyota' Moment?

a_big_favor Re:heh. (388 comments)

Brakes are for squares

about 10 months ago
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New Smartphone Tech To Alert Pedestrians: 'You Are About To Be Hit By a Car'

a_big_favor I would love to use this app (136 comments)

  1. 1. Walk down the street sending fake honda GPS signal
  2. 2. Find idiot
  3. 3. ???
  4. 4. Profit

about a year ago
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Obama on Surveillance: "We Can and Must Be More Transparent"

a_big_favor It would take a lot of bombs. (537 comments)

The program is still classified, so it does not exist. Just like drones bombing several countries do not really exist.

How many bombs are being dropped on countries so that they no longer exist?

about a year ago
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Interviews: Ask James Gosling About Java and Ocean Exploring Robots

a_big_favor If you could change 1 thing about Java? (87 comments)

If you could change one thing in Java what would it be and are there any criticisms that bother you or you would like to respond to about language syntax or security?

1 year,17 days
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Exposed SSH Key Means US Emergency Alert System Can Be Hacked

a_big_favor Re:Hard-Coded? (86 comments)

Those defaults are hardcoded...The blurb is only kind of misleading.

1 year,19 days
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The Physics Behind Waterslides

a_big_favor Explain This (79 comments)

"We know from Galileo that all objects near the surface of the Earth accelerate downward at the same rate," he says. "But you also have to think about air resistance. That's why a bowling ball and a piece of paper don't fall at the same rate. You accelerate at a certain rate, but the force that's pulling you down depends on that number and your mass."

Everyone knows this. But then...

As for rides with steep drops instead of curves, heavier riders do go faster, he says.

Now I am confused. Is this assuming heavy riders have more friction with the slide/water or more air resistance or that Newtonian Physics can suck a fat one?

1 year,20 days
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Microsoft Pushing Bing For Search In Schools, With Ad-Removal Hook

a_big_favor Re:Google it (158 comments)

Never. I do love to make the annoying high pitched "BING" noise though.

about a year ago
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EA Takes Over Scrabble App, Wipes Player Histories and Switches Dictionary

a_big_favor They screw up all that BUT (197 comments)

They didn't change the scoring of the letters.

about a year ago
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Facebook's Complaint Process Is Arbitrary — But So Is Campaigning

a_big_favor Dear Mr. Bennett Haselton (114 comments)

some anti-women and pro-rape pages on Facebook... humorless feminists.

We have different senses of humor.

about a year ago
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Wii Street U Uses Google Maps to Create 'An Immersive Experience' (Video)

a_big_favor Why hate on Wii U? (84 comments)

I saw a video and assumed this was another Slashdot advertisement disguised as a story but surprise! Why all the Wii U hate?

about a year ago
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Justice Department Calls Apple the "Ringmaster" In e-book Price Fixing Case

a_big_favor Re:Fair Vertical Price Fixing (192 comments)

The Supreme Court has set aside nearly a century of antitrust precedent that condemned minimum resale price maintenance (“RPM”) agreements as illegal without regard for their effect on competition. RPM agreements typically are those in which a manufacturer and its retail customer agree that the retailer will resell the products it purchases from the manufacturer only at or above an agreed price floor. In a landmark 5-4 decision, Leegin Creative Leather Products, Inc. v. PSKS, Inc., 06-480, the Court overruled Dr. Miles Medical Company v. John D. Park & Co., 220 U.S. 373 (1911), and held that the legality of vertical price fixing agreements should now be judged under a “rule of reason” in which courts balance the procompetitive and anticompetitive effects of such agreements on a case-by-case basis. http://winston.com/siteFiles/publications/SupremeCourt_RuleofReason_07_02_07_v3.html

We change laws in America. I know the case is about RPMs but now ALL vertical price fixings are no longer illegal per se

about a year ago
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Justice Department Calls Apple the "Ringmaster" In e-book Price Fixing Case

a_big_favor Re:Fair Vertical Price Fixing (192 comments)

Is there any case where a price floor has been found to be illegal? Apple is providing them with a "service" of advertising and purchasing. They aren't forcing companies to sell their product on the iStore.

about a year ago
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Justice Department Calls Apple the "Ringmaster" In e-book Price Fixing Case

a_big_favor Re:Cartel (192 comments)

The separate pieces of paper is just to clarify that the agreement is between apple and the publisher, not publishers with other publishers and apple because that would be collusion between publishers. Could you please link the witness testifying? Because it sounds like this isn't illegal price fixing.

about a year ago
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Justice Department Calls Apple the "Ringmaster" In e-book Price Fixing Case

a_big_favor Re:Cartel (192 comments)

"agreement" among competing firms.

But they don't fit the definition of cartel. The agreement is not between Amazon and Apple. It's between Apple and someone selling an eBook.. If Apple and Amazon had an agreement, as in a Horizontal price fix, then it would be a cartel. If I were to have a book on the store, I could prize my book at $20 on Amazon, and if tell apple they can sell it at $25, they have the right to not allow purchases through their store. Im not sure why someone would do that other than the hope people probably blindly buy things without price checking on some sites more than others.

about a year ago
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Justice Department Calls Apple the "Ringmaster" In e-book Price Fixing Case

a_big_favor Fair Vertical Price Fixing (192 comments)

Vertical price fixing pertains to arrangements between a manufacturer, distributor, supplier or retailer. Horizontal price fixing, which would involve competitors colluding to set prices, remains illegal. Courts have held that vertical maximum price fixing, like the majority of commercial arrangements subject to the antitrust laws, should be evaluated under the rule of reason. Therefore, suppliers of goods and services don't necessarily violate antitrust laws by setting maximum prices their retailers can charge.

http://definitions.uslegal.com/p/price-fixing/ I don't like Apple, as in refuse to buy their products and services, but this seems like Vertical price fixing which seems fair as this agreement guarantee's Apple prices are fair within the market of that particular eBook.

about a year ago

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