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Nokia To Release Lumia Case Design Files For 3D Printers

alcmaeon Re:Awesome (129 comments)

Agreed, Nokia has just stolen the geek cred from Android and this is just one example of why Windows Phone 8 will eventually kill Android, if Google doesn't kill it first.

about 2 years ago
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What "Earth-Shaking" Discovery Has Curiosity Made on Mars?

alcmaeon Re:I really hope... (544 comments)

Excellent! Mod this up.

more than 2 years ago
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Decentralized Social Networking — Why It Could Work

alcmaeon Re:The reason why it won't work (128 comments)

Everything Google does (search, Gmail, Google Docs, Android) is designed to collect data which Google then sells to its real customers, the advertisers, and I suspect, governments. Users of free services are not customers; they are self-organizing, self-reporting data points.

more than 2 years ago
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Texas Scientists Regret Loss of Higgs Boson Quest

alcmaeon Re:Texas eh? (652 comments)

Nice try at the revisionism, but that shit don't fly in the age of Google.

Here was the Senate vote:

Kill it:

  • 26 Dems in favor, 29 against, 1 vote not cast
  • 31 Repgs in favor, 13 against, 0 uncast

Source

more than 2 years ago
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The Mathematics of Obesity

alcmaeon Labor is the problem (655 comments)

See, McDonalds works not because you couldn't buy the raw materials cheaper than the finished product at McD's, but because you incorrectly assume your, or your wife's, labor is worthless. Now, if you factor in the labor cost of the meal at home, and the transportation costs of getting it all there, your healthy hamburger meal at home is probably approaching $500.00, depending upon your billable rate. I'm figuring 2 hours of time at my rate of $250.00/hr. YMMV.

There is no way I can truly make a hamburger for less than McD's can.

I eat at home not because it is cheaper, but because I want to spend the time with my family, I want to eat clean, healthy food, and I don't want to be a big strapping fat-ass with a smorgasbord of diet-related, diseases, not the least of which is e.coli.

more than 2 years ago
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The Mathematics of Obesity

alcmaeon Re:Junk food is the problem (655 comments)

For most of the world, and most of human history, one of the most vital statistics economists measure is calories-per-person. When you graph things like that against, say, economic freedom, there's a clear, strong relationship.

So if we graph an objectively measurable quantity (calories-per-person) against a subjective, fuzzy, undefined concept (economic freedom) we find a "clear, strong relationship."

Right. Sure we do. In the same sense that if I graph Gross Annual Income against invisible pink unicorns, I get a "clear, strong relationship." Hell, its my fantasy and my chart, so why not.

more than 2 years ago
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UK Home Secretary Bans US Martial Arts Expert

alcmaeon Chuck Norris (440 comments)

Let's see those limey bitches try to ban Chuck Norris. They should count themselves lucky this was some no-name pansy they were messing with.

more than 2 years ago
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Last Bastion For Climate Dissenters Crumbling

alcmaeon Re:Last bastion (963 comments)

surveys show a solid 30% or so of Americans still believe that life was created by God 6000 years ago.

Wow, is it that low? I had heard statistics of well over 50%. Maybe the great idiot die-off has finally come to America.

more than 2 years ago
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German Authorities Find Al Qaeda Plans Disguised In Porn

alcmaeon Re:Stego (332 comments)

Of course, a terrorist group wouldn't use one of the most widely-distributed types of video to conceal information in plain sight, knowing that communication with the actual target would be concealed by the tens, if not hundreds, of thousands of others downloading it.

According to the story, the video wasn't on the internet in plain sight but on a digital storage device "concealed" in his underwear. Now, going from just what we know about Pakistan, coming from that country, wouldn't the porn movie be the most conspicuous thing on the disk, not the least? I suppose he could have made this slightly more obviously suspicious by tying the memory disk up in a condom and slipping it in a full bottle of tequila, but only slightly.

Even for a low IQ wannabe terrorist, would it not have been better to not put the memory card in the shorts, and, instead, hide the information steganagraphically in family pictures, a movie of a Pakistani wedding, or in an electronic Qur'an--none of which would have screamed "I'M TRYING TO HIDE SOMETHING! LOOK AT ME! LOOK, LOOK!" to the equally low IQ "security" screeners?

I call bullshit on this one.

more than 2 years ago
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Mad Cow Disease Confirmed In California

alcmaeon Curse you (274 comments)

Curse you and your logically impeccable math. This is propaganda, dammit, we don't need your stinkin' maths.

more than 2 years ago
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Sergey Brin Says Facebook, Apple and Gov't Biggest Threats To Internet Freedom

alcmaeon Re:Wait a minute! (500 comments)

Yeah, he better not say that in Arizona, or he will end up in jail for internet trolling.

more than 2 years ago
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Have Online Comment Sections Become Specious?

alcmaeon Re:Use forums instead (429 comments)

I'm like you, when I read that his websites were iO9, Gawker, and Gizmodo, I wondered how the quality of the comments could possibly be below the quality of the actual articles.

If you serve slop, don't be surprised if your guests are pigs.

more than 2 years ago
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Lawsuit Claims NASA Specialist Was Fired Over Intelligent Design Belief

alcmaeon Re:Man whose job relies on the scientific method.. (743 comments)

ID is no less rational than aliens at Wright Pat, but neither should be fireable offenses.

Actually, ID probably is quite a bit more irrational that aliens at Wright Pat. At least in the case of the aliens, we have a number of eye-witnesses who claim to have seen the aliens or to have seen artifacts or to have seen technology they could not explain in terms of our current technology. That is the same type of proof we would rely on in criminal prosecutions. I don't know of any ID proponents who claim to have eye-witness knowledge of the creation of anything.

more than 2 years ago
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Chinese Spies Used Fake Facebook Profile To Friend NATO Officials

alcmaeon Re:Facebook is secure against hackers? (117 comments)

Remember, you need to pay trillions of dollars in taxes for defense, so the idiots we put in charge of defense can friend enemy spies on Facebook.

more than 2 years ago
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Battleheart Developer Drops Android As 'Unsustainable'

alcmaeon Actually... (649 comments)

This sounds like a complaint from a guy who is basically saying "Development is hard, and I don't want to work to make things good". Just as well he's calling it quits, shape up or ship out I say.

Actually, what I think he is saying is that he makes 95% of his revenue from iOS yet spends 20% of his development time bug fixing Android versions, so he is dropping support for Android because it represents an insignificant market for his software. That's a financially reasonable position to take.

Even if his position were, "I'm a shitty developer who doesn't know Linux, but I know iOS, and I make 95% of my money from iOS so I'm dropping Android, that would still be a financially reasonable position to take.

I'm sure you didn't buy his software anyway, though I did on iOS, and quite enjoy it, so what's your bitch?

more than 2 years ago
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Apple Unveils New iPad

alcmaeon Re:Someone take that awesome display... (989 comments)

And put it in a netbook with a Thinkpad-style trackpoint... I'd buy that right away.

No you wouldn't because it would cost several million dollars to have Lenovo specially develop and build it for a market consisting only of you.

more than 2 years ago
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Master Engineer: Apple's "Mastered For iTunes" No Better Than AAC-Encoded Music

alcmaeon Nothing to see here, move along. (312 comments)

FTFAS:

Shepherd compared three digital music files, including a Red Hot Chili Peppers song downloaded in the Mastered for iTunes format with a CD version of the same song, and said there were no differences.

If there are no differences between a Mastered for iTunes format song and a CD version of the same song, what's the bitch? Does he want better quality from a downloadable version?

more than 2 years ago
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Amazon Blocks Video Streaming On BlackBerry Tablet, Blames Apple

alcmaeon Suck attack (128 comments)

This seems like a typical suck attack. Adobe sucks, Amazon sucks, RIM sucks, so instead of trying to fix the problem, they just all stand around in a circle pointing at one another, sucking hickies on one another's spotty bottoms, and blaming Apple.

It may not be very effective, but its a hell of a lot easier than actually making products that work. Leave the toil and sweat up to Apple. Bottom feeders can always make a few bucks off cheap, knock-off lookalikes.

more than 2 years ago
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Google Close To Launching Cloud Storage 'Google Drive'

alcmaeon Re:Yay! (205 comments)

Woah, this is Slashdot, bitch! You don't talk down Google here. Google has a "don't be evil" policy, don'tcha know. Are you a heathen? Are you a non-believer, a Google-kafir?

Seriously, though, you are absolutely right. What reason at all do people have for trusting Google? Google has demonstrated a consistent disregard for their own "principles" much less users' privacy. Google's entire business model is based on collecting, knowingly or not, information about users and selling it. Now that they are facing stiff competition from Facebook who has actually done an even better job of mining personal information, Google has even more incentive to trawl deeper.

You probably do want to prepare your asbestos underwear, though, because the butthurt Google fanboys will send a flaming shit-storm your way for pointing this out.

more than 2 years ago

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