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China Starts Censoring Phone Calls Mid Sentence

armareum Re:That irony can be so ironic sometimes (366 comments)

Nice FUD; the link works perfectly well and one can read the entire article without a subscription.

more than 3 years ago

Why IP Laws Are Blocking Innovation

armareum Re:Welcome to the real world, hippies (348 comments)

How can the summary (and presumably article too) say that you can't have both [innovation and prop up old business models], but then talks about a balance between the two? A balance would be somewhere in between, allowing for *both*...

Oh well.

more than 3 years ago

World of Warcraft Can Boost Your Career

armareum Re:Incredibly useful human group dynamics experien (272 comments)

Had exactly the same thing happen for me a few years back. 5 minutes of aftercall/wrapup work at the end of each call, but got through more calls than others by being better at my job. Was left with a higher percentage of aftercall (translated as non-productive) work at the end of the day than the idiots taking 3 times as long to complete calls.

I was working for a UK government department.

more than 4 years ago

Believing You Are Very Good Or Evil Boosts Your Physical Capabilities

armareum Re:Midichlorian testing to come soon (192 comments)

It's not that they *use* quantum entanglement per se; it's that the electron transport chain present in choloroplasts has evolved to be as efficient as it can, which happens to take advantage of quantum effects.

more than 4 years ago

Kojima Predicts the End of the Console

armareum Re:Doubtful (195 comments)

I believe Dust 512 due to come out next year will look to achieve just that

more than 4 years ago

Amazon Battles Apple By Arm-Twisting Publishers

armareum Re:Amazon is fighting for their life here, remembe (137 comments)

Personally, I would certainly be offended if someone said, "You will sell this product at a price we dictate, and only take 15%. You cannot charge more to make more money; you cannot try to maximize profits through selling more by offering it for less. And if 15% of an arbitrary price we set isn't enough for you to make profit -- or even enough for you to run your business, tough." And I'd fight it as best I could.

What the hell are you referring to? The publisher *is* allowed to set the price - and so clearly they *are* able to vary their profit per unit.

more than 3 years ago

Screwing Food Into Your Mouth

armareum Re:seems legit. (33 comments)

The news here is that milk is sold in metric litres. WTF?

more than 4 years ago

A Hyper-Velocity Impact In the Asteroid Belt?

armareum Re:Its Chang (114 comments)

Worst Slashfiction Ever

more than 4 years ago

New Study Shows Youth Plugged In Most of the Day

armareum Re:For those too lazy (157 comments)

how does the moderation system manage to work without directors such as yourself spelling out your inane opinions?

more than 4 years ago

Kernel Contributor Corbet Says Linux Community Is 'Intimidating'

armareum So.. (177 comments)

was his.

more than 3 years ago

The Trousers of Reality

armareum Re:Indeed (63 comments)

He didn't coin anything, ever.

more than 4 years ago

Colliding Auroras Produce Explosions of Light

armareum Re:Minus 1, Troll) (30 comments)

this link is even SFW! take a look at this halloween parody..

more than 4 years ago

Supreme Court Takes Texting Privacy Case

armareum Re:Absurd (184 comments)

read it again. it says informal policy.

more than 4 years ago

Nvidia Announces 3D Blu-ray Format For 2010

armareum Re:New players AGAIN? (178 comments)

Like you can see in 3D with your one eye anyway. What do you think you are missing out on exactly?

more than 4 years ago

Monkeys With Syntax

armareum Re:It's an interesting point (197 comments)

AFAIK the most recent suggestion is that Neaderthals needed more calories per day, and hence couldn't find enough food to survive when homo sapiens lived through the last ice age.

more than 4 years ago

Canadian Blood Services Promotes Pseudoscience

armareum Re:Teach the Controversy Riddle-runes (219 comments)

That isn't an original idea by Terry Pratchett you know.

The combination of tortoise and elephant is present John Locke's 1690 tract An Essay Concerning Human Understanding, which references an "Indian who said the world was on an elephant which was on a tortoise "

more than 4 years ago


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