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Statisticians Study Who Was Helped Most By Obamacare

allcoolnameswheretak Camps mixed up (739 comments)

Many of the poorest and most rural states in the country tend to favor Republican politicians.

I've observed this myself. Quite baffling that those who would profit most from social reforms mostly advocated by the left are very often politically oriented towards the right.

And then you have the super rich, who are strongly favored by right-leaning policies, asking the government to tax them more...

Crazy world.

about a month ago
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As Prison Population Sinks, Jails Are a Steal

allcoolnameswheretak Re:Prison population (407 comments)

They are too busy playing GTA on the XBOX.

about a month ago
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Lockheed Claims Breakthrough On Fusion Energy Project

allcoolnameswheretak Re:Of course! (571 comments)

Everybody is joking, but this news update on fusion energy coming from an established, well known corporation is pretty serious. Isn't this the first time a respected company is claiming a breakthrough, a working prototype of fusion energy?
Do you realize what implications this has, if it is really fusion energy as they claim? It's a world changer.
I got goose bumps just from reading "Lokheed, breakthrough, fusion energy"....

about a month and a half ago
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Lego Ends Shell Partnership Under Greenpeace Pressure

allcoolnameswheretak Re:Fuck Greenpeace (252 comments)

So it seems we have the following actors:
Shell: Lawful Evil, Lord of the Dark Resource
Greenpeace: Chaotic Good, Sea Ranger
LEGO: Lawful Neutral, Merchant

And what you're saying is:
Good > Evil
But!
Lawful > Chaotic

So it follows that:

2x Lawful - 1x Evil > 1x Good - 1x Chaotic
= 2x Lawful - 1x Good > 1x Evil - 1x Chaotic

Meaning
Lawful > (Good + Evil - Chaotic) / 2
Good Good - Chaotic - 2x Lawful

So for your assumption to be true, assuming a neutral moral stance of Good == Evil, it would have to be that:

Law = Moral - Chaos / 2
Moral = Law + Chaos * 2
Chaos = 2x (Law + Moral)

Which doesn't make any sense at all, so I strongly believe you have no freaking idea what the hell you are talking about.

about a month and a half ago
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No Nobel For Nick Holonyak Jr, Father of the LED

allcoolnameswheretak Re:The Nobel Prize Committee blew it (276 comments)

Wrong. The original intention of the Nobel Prize was to spur human progress through innovation and development. That's one of the main reasons why it is not awarded posthumously - it's too late to motivate someone who is already dead.

The Nobel Peace prize for Obama was in this spirit. It should not be understood as a reward for anything he did, but as a motivational calling to deliver. And a moral message to the President, a reminder of the impact his decisions can have on the whole world.

about a month and a half ago
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No Nobel For Nick Holonyak Jr, Father of the LED

allcoolnameswheretak Re:The Nobel Prize Committee blew it (276 comments)

Nobel prizes are only awarded to living people. Your argument is invalid.

about a month and a half ago
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Mystery Gamer Makes Millions Moving Markets In Japan

allcoolnameswheretak Re:It doesn't take a genius (113 comments)

I think what people mean is that daytrading has much in common with gambling. And there are a lot of gamblers. One of them is bound to win the lottery at some point, thanks to pure chance and luck. The difference is, if you win at the stock market, people think you are smart, and write articles about you.

I tend to see it both ways. If you are smart and know what you're doing, you can give your luck some nudges in the right direction, but you will still need to be lucky to succeed.

about 2 months ago
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Blizzard Has Canceled Titan, Its Next-gen MMO

allcoolnameswheretak Re:What where they copying? (155 comments)

I have been a Warcraft fan from day one, when my small, young and eager hands got hold of a copy of Warcraft: Orcs and Humans. Back then I didn't have so many games to choose from, so I guess I played it at least three times (Demon/Water Elemental spam 4 teh win!). Warcraft 2 I played at least two times, and Warcraft 3 three times again.

Yet I never touched World of Warcraft, at all. I was intrigued at first, but when I started hearing about how the MMO mechanics work, my interest faded fast. I much prefer enjoying a tailored single player experience to the streamlined multiplayer questgrinding typical of MMOs. Also I like to play games in my own sweet time and not have to make appointments or reserve a regular time slot for that. This creates a pressure to play, which completely sucks out the fun for me.
Also, I don't like how MMO's "feel". Recently I tried the Elder Scrolls Online Beta, and movement and combat in it is so "floaty", it makes everything feel fake. You can walk through NPC's and most of the items and objects in the world are static, as if glued in place. In single player Skyrim dishing out and receiving blows actually feels physical, NPC's get in your way, items can be moved around... the game experience is just vastly superior.

The only MMO I spent some considerable time with was The Old Republic, because I heard that you can essentially play it as a single player game and that it has a very good plot. Both of these are true, but the technical shortcomings of being an MMO persist. I also don't like the monthly subscription model. I wish companies would charge me for the amount of time I actually play. Sometimes I can only play a game for a couple of days a month, because I'm on business trips or have other assignments. Then the subscription I just bought is almost wasted, discouraging me from buying the next.

I guess MMO's are not ready for me yet

about 2 months ago
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DuckDuckGo Now Blocked In China

allcoolnameswheretak Re:A Big Compliment! (82 comments)

It may be Chinese law, but at the same time, isn't it protectionism? Some Chinese search engines out there will certainly be profiting from the Google ban, where as Google is being blocked from doing business in China.

Why isn't there a lawsuit against this practice? No complaint in the WTO (where China is member)? In the age of information technology, censorship and free market don't really work with each other.

about 2 months ago
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Extent of Antarctic Sea Ice Reaches Record Levels

allcoolnameswheretak Re:It's getting hotter still! (635 comments)

Well, let me tell you that this does not mean global warming isn't happening, and in fact, it makes perfect sense that this should be happening.
When you have ice breaking off due to global warming, that ice will slide off its base and drift into the ocean, thereby increasing the water surface that is covered with ice.

about 2 months ago
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Report: Microsoft To Buy Minecraft Studio For $2bn+

allcoolnameswheretak Worthy investment (368 comments)

Microsoft
Minecraft

Both start with MI and end in FT. Both are 9 characters long. Further lexical analysis shows that the mismatched infix "croso" and "necra" strings contain the common substring "cr", leaving "oso" and "nea" after the 2nd reduction. Osonea will be the next game developed by Mojang under Microsofts stewardship. It will make 2.5 billion dollars. Earning Microsoft immediate return on investment of 25%.
qed

about 3 months ago
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Report: Microsoft To Buy Minecraft Studio For $2bn+

allcoolnameswheretak Re:No. (368 comments)

Given 2 billion dollars for Mojang, I would have sold. No question about it.

But it does make Notch's indignant reaction to Facebook buying out Occulus look even sillier now.

about 3 months ago
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The American Workday, By Profession

allcoolnameswheretak Re:9 to 5 is a myth (146 comments)

Maybe the companies you've worked for sucked. I always book 40 hour weeks, because I can't be bothered to keep exact record of when I arrived at work, when I left for lunch, when I returned from lunch, and when I went home. Most of the time during normal operation I work less, closer to 7h than 8h days. But when necessity demands it, I've worked 12h days for weeks, and still only booked 40h at the end of the week. The important thing to me is getting the job done, and I consider the money I receive by booking 40h the cost to have me do that, whether it actually takes more or less time is irrelevant.
On average, I think I work less than the 40h weeks I always book. But I do my job well, I have a reputation, and nobody questions me.
I think it's more honest. I want to be payed for the quality of my work and not for the time I hang around in an office. It would be easy to hang around until the hours sum up, but I would be wasting my time and fooling my employer into thinking I'm actually doing something during that time. Sometimes I've completed the task for the day in 6 hours of concentrated work, and I'm not in the mood or mind to start something new. I pack my things and leave.
Nobody has ever raised an issue with my work hours so far, probably because I'm very good at what I do. And if somebody ever did, I'd probably get a new job. I don't want to compromise on how I do my job, and if I go, it's mostly their loss, not mine.

about 3 months ago
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Eye Problems From Space Affect At Least 21 NASA Astronauts

allcoolnameswheretak Re:yeah, i'm not interesting in going to space (109 comments)

Thanks for one of those rare, massively informative and to the point posts.

If you consider that zero-g is an environment that is utterly alien to us, which we have zero adaptation for, I'm actually surprised how relatively well homo sapiens is able to cope with it.

If you compare it to other alien environments, like too much or too little pressure, too much or too little Oxygen, too cold or too hot... usually these great differences from our natural environment are very quick to kill us.

about 2 months ago
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2 Galileo Satellites Launched To Wrong Orbit

allcoolnameswheretak Re:Proves point (140 comments)

The satellites were brought up by Russian Soyuz rockets.

I'm sure this mishap has nothing to do with EU sanctions against Russia and the crisis in the Ukraine.

about 3 months ago
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Berlin Bans Car Service Uber

allcoolnameswheretak Re:liability coverage is needed (341 comments)

September has 30 days.
So that "immediately prior" to October 1st, should probably be September 30th.
Not September 29th.
Just sayin.

about 3 months ago
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Wiring Programmers To Prevent Buggy Code

allcoolnameswheretak Re:Get rid of the distractions (116 comments)

There will always be non-avoidable bugs

That's what I was thinking. Some bugs are practically impossible to avoid, because it is almost impossible for a single programmer to have the entirety of a software system in his head, with all possible cases and side effects. Without complete knowledge of a system it's impossible to know the perfect solutions.
At some point it's up to testing and quality control to take responsibility and weight off the programmers shoulders.

about 4 months ago
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Valve Discloses Source 2 Engine In Recent DOTA 2 Update

allcoolnameswheretak Re:HL3? (97 comments)

Are you sure we are talking about the same game when we speak HL2?

about 4 months ago
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Valve Discloses Source 2 Engine In Recent DOTA 2 Update

allcoolnameswheretak Re:HL3? (97 comments)

Wow. Do you play all your games like that? You must have raced through the game, blasting everything in your path. I realize that official speedruns of HL2 are probably way faster than 3hrs, but it still must have been a hectic run through the game.

I like to be sneaky, explore the environments, enjoy the views, smell the roses and listen to the stuff the NPC's have to say before moving on.

about 4 months ago

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91% of Germans would vote Obama

allcoolnameswheretak allcoolnameswheretak writes  |  more than 2 years ago

allcoolnameswheretak (1102727) writes "While the presidential candidates are running a tight, head to head race in the U.S., the federal election is a non-contest in Germany. According to a recent poll by ARD DeutschlandTREND, a program by the main German public TV station that analyzes current and future trends in Germany, 91% of Germans would vote for Obama (German) if given the choice- up 4 percent since last months poll.

How do you explain this stark disparity between U.S. and European opinion on who is the better man for the job?"

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Where is the weak dollar?

allcoolnameswheretak allcoolnameswheretak writes  |  about 7 years ago

allcoolnameswheretak (1102727) writes "How is it that even though the Euro is about to hit the 1.5 U.S. Dollar mark, prices on videogames and other U.S. products in Europe seem to be translated from Dollars to Euros 1 to 1? Compare the price for Halo 3 for example on Amazon.de and the same product on Amazon.com the prices being 59.99$ and 59.45 EUR respectively. What is this? How can this price be considering the US $ — Euro exchange rate? Are europeans being ripped off?"
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allcoolnameswheretak allcoolnameswheretak writes  |  more than 7 years ago

allcoolnameswheretak (1102727) writes "Based on a comment made by Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor, it seems that UMG counterbalances "having to discount" pop music by charging high prices for records of bands that have a "true fanbase".

Quote from nin.com:

As the climate grows more and more desperate for record labels, their answer to their mostly self-inflicted wounds seems to be to screw the consumer over even more. A couple of examples that quickly come to mind: * The ABSURD retail pricing of Year Zero in Australia. Shame on you, UMG. Year Zero is selling for $34.99 Australian dollars ($29.10 US). No wonder people steal music. Avril Lavigne's record in the same store was $21.99 ($18.21 US). By the way, when I asked a label rep about this his response was: "It's because we know you have a real core audience that will pay whatever it costs when you put something out — you know, true fans. It's the pop stuff we have to discount to get people to buy." So... I guess as a reward for being a "true fan" you get ripped off."

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