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A 16-Year-Old Builds a Device To Convert Breath Into Speech

aardvarkjoe Re:IP Stolen (67 comments)

Stephen Hawking can only communicate at about 1 word per minute. Using morse code may be slow compared to speaking, but it still could represent a pretty substantial improvement for some people.

about a week ago

Surprising Result of NYC Bike Lanes: Faster Traffic for Cars

aardvarkjoe Re:Bikes lanes are nice (213 comments)

Exactly. It looks like the change that actually helped was that, near to intersections, they replaced a lane used for parking with a left turn lane. I don't know why anyone would be surprised that adding a traffic lane would help improve traffic flow.

The only thing that the bike lanes apparently have to do with it is that adding bike lanes was the reason why they decided to change the lane layout.

about two weeks ago

Raspberry Pi Gets a Brand New Browser

aardvarkjoe Re:Awesome (107 comments)

What's an extra $10-20? One or two pizzas.

Maybe I'd rather have the pizzas than waste money on something that I don't need?

about three weeks ago

Latest Wikipedia Uproar Over 'Superprotection'

aardvarkjoe is just another bulletin board (239 comments)

A petition with 13 signatures is not worth mentioning. Any idiot can set one up.

You mean any idiot with 12 idiot friends.

about 1 month ago

Figuring Out Where To Live Using Math

aardvarkjoe Re:Check your arithmatic (214 comments)

Anyone and everyone that has walked in much hotter temperatures, surely would.

It's making blanket statements like this that is making you sound like an idiot. I know very few people that consider 85F to be a comfortable temperature, let along "nice and cool."

The average person finds their comfort range for room temperature to be in the low- to mid-70s; and when exerting oneself (even to a small extent), the comfortable temperature will generally be lower than that. While I'm sure there are some people that prefer temperatures as high as 85 F, they are certainly outside the norm.

about a month ago

Apple's Diversity Numbers: 70% Male, 55% White

aardvarkjoe Re:Stupid (561 comments)

Wow. So, we're modding up straight up racists now?

There is no evidence of racism in the post you replied to. It is obvious that he objects to a particular culture, not a particular race.

about a month ago

Ask Slashdot: Life Beyond the WRT54G Series?

aardvarkjoe Re:+1 for this Post (427 comments)

It's funny; I was actually looking into a replacement for my WRT54G (using DD-WRT) last night. It's been great for a long time, but during the past couple months it periodically craps out and stops responding. Unfortunately, it seems like the only router that everyone can agree on being good is the WRT54G series itself.

But there's some good leads from this post. Brings me back to the days when Ask Slashdot was actually frequently useful or interesting.

about a month and a half ago

Senior RIKEN Scientist Involved In Stem Cell Scandal Commits Suicide

aardvarkjoe Re:Case closed (127 comments)

Not everyone bothers with these distinctions. To say that the debate is one rife with ignorance is to master the skill of understatement.

It's not the religious fundamentalist groups that are the ones that typically purposefully conflate the two.

about a month and a half ago

Law Repressing Social Media, Bloggers Now In Effect In Russia

aardvarkjoe Re:Context (167 comments)

Russia has had authoritarian governments for 500 years. What's the US's excuse?

Well, we haven't existed for 500 years, but give us some time -- we'll match that record!

about 1 month ago

Jesse Jackson: Tech Diversity Is Next Civil Rights Step

aardvarkjoe Re:What Jesse wants (514 comments)

"Why can you not see the Moon during the day?"

I'm really curious as to the answer you came up with for this question.

about 2 months ago

AP Computer Science Test Takers Up 8,000; Pass Rate Down 6.8%

aardvarkjoe Inconceivable! (119 comments)

So they've found that encouraging students to take CS courses based on their skin color or genitals is less effective than encouraging students who have an interest or aptitude for the subject? Gee, I never would have guessed that result.

about 2 months ago

Wikipedia Blocks 'Disruptive' Edits From US Congress

aardvarkjoe Re:I wonder who is doing the actual posting. (165 comments)

I hope this is coming from some over zealot unpaid interns, working for the congress. Not from the actual congressmen themselves.

I hope this is coming from the congressmen themselves. They're much less likely to cause damage trolling Wikipedia rather than if they're attempting to pass legislation.

about 2 months ago

UK Users Overwhelmingly Spurn Broadband Filters

aardvarkjoe Idiot Slashdot editors again... (115 comments)

The article linked in the summary requires you to answer survey questions or post it to your google+ / facebook before you can read it.

Don't put up with that crap. It's even worse than forcing you to watch advertisements before reading something. Filter out with your hosts file or whatever other method instead.

about a month ago

FTC To Trap Robocallers With Open Source Software

aardvarkjoe Re:Really? (125 comments)

Same here. I always press "1", which transfers to a live operator, and then I play along for a few minutes. Then I ask her what color underwear she is wearing. Most hang up at that point. but a few continue the conversation. If we all waste a little of their time, then these business will no longer be viable.

Or if you don't want to be stuck talking to them, just play along until they ask you for your credit card number, tell them, "oh, I have to find my wallet" -- and then set the phone down and do something else.

I once got one of them to waste fifteen minutes on me by picking up the phone every few minutes and making some new excuse.

about 2 months ago

US House Passes Permanent Ban On Internet Access Taxes

aardvarkjoe Re:November? (148 comments)

do you think you should have to pay a nickle everytime you log in to the government???

Gee, I wish I had a login for the government...

about 2 months ago

Comcast Customer Service Rep Just Won't Take No For an Answer

aardvarkjoe Re:Once the user cancels, you have lost (401 comments)

The alternative is to not have broadband at all -- which isn't an option for me.

In other words, you value having broadband very highly.

I don't blame you for wishing prices were lower, but there's nothing unethical about a company charging what you're willing to pay.

about 2 months ago

Comcast Customer Service Rep Just Won't Take No For an Answer

aardvarkjoe Re:Once the user cancels, you have lost (401 comments)

(though if you did that with me, my reaction would be to cancel on principle because you ripped me off all the time, if you can lower your rate now, why couldn't you before? And I certainly have zero reason to continue business with a company that very obviously has no problem with ripping me off)

Presumably, if you're paying a particular rate in exchange for service, that's because you believe that the service has at least that much value to you. As long as that's the case, then the company providing the service isn't "ripping you off."

As a customer, there's going to be some upper limit to how much you're willing to pay for a service. For the company, there's some lower limit to the price that they can afford to offer. Obviously every customer would like the price to be set at that lower limit -- so skewed as much in the customer's favor as possible -- but it's not unethical for the company to set their pricing elsewhere.

about 2 months ago

Mozilla Doubles Down on JPEG Encoding with mozjpeg 2.0

aardvarkjoe Re:Hard to get excited. (129 comments)

Most videos (at least those linked to from meme-based image sites) are stored in GIF format...

While I don't disagree that the storing videos in GIF format is incredibly inefficient (and annoying), I somehow don't think that "meme-based image sites" are actually a significant fraction of internet bandwidth use compared to websites that use more standard video formats.

about 2 months ago

'Hidden From Google' Remembers the Sites Google Is Forced To Forget

aardvarkjoe Re:Awesome! (163 comments)

You mean other than the fact they're a complete joke?

Even if you believe that the be the case, how does another complete joke of a law fix anything?

about 2 months ago

The Least They Could Do: Amazon Charges 1 Cent To Meet French Free Shipping Ban

aardvarkjoe Re:Why the assumption.... (309 comments)

I don't think you understand what "voting with your wallet" means, because it's exactly what you are doing when you choose to order online rather than buy locally for any reason. It doesn't matter if that reason is price, convenience, merchandise selection, political views, or anything else. You are choosing which business receives your financial support, and will therefore be more successful. That is fundamentally what voting with your wallet is.

And if you don't think that people choosing to spend their money online rather than at a local retailer is a problem, then why are you complaining about it?

about 2 months ago



aardvarkjoe aardvarkjoe writes  |  more than 7 years ago

aardvarkjoe (156801) writes "I'm doing a short project on the RIAA and its impact on society. A considerable part of this project has been looking into people's perceptions of the music industry and the heavily negative bias of that perception. Since Slashdot is one of the world's forefront leaders on RIAA hatred, I wanted to know: just why do you hate the RIAA? Please be as descriptive and as thorough as you like. Counter arguments and positive comments are also appreciated.

I've got a hundred of these questions, keep posting them!"


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