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Beer Price Crisis On the Horizon

barakn Re:So I was all "Social contract, move to Somalia" (397 comments)

Gay rights are not state rights issues. They are fundamental human rights every bit as important as the civil rights fought for by the Civil Rights Movement that peaked in the 1960s. The fact that you think otherwise suggests you're just another useless bigot.

4 days ago

First Glow-In-the-Dark Road Debuts In Netherlands

barakn Light Pollution (187 comments)

Seeing as how all of the light is directed upward, this adds to light pollution, which some people blame a lot of problems on: http://darkskyinitiative.org/

about two weeks ago

Facebook Shuts Down @Facebook Email System

barakn Re:You had me at (149 comments)

And the company's FAQs could be stored in WhatsApp.doc.

about 2 months ago

Are Bankers Paid Too Much? Are Technology CEOs?

barakn Re:Pay is exactly where it should be (712 comments)

I'm trying to figure out why you think paying a teacher $28,000 a year to work 10-hour days is "artificially higher than it should be," and I can only conclude that you are a dimwitted, sheep-shanking idiot.

about 2 months ago

Astronomers Make the Science Case For a Mission To Neptune and Uranus

barakn Re:Cut food stamps; send useless probes (134 comments)

Since this is a EUROPEAN proposal, it is apparent that you did not RTFA.

about 2 months ago

Astronomers Make the Science Case For a Mission To Neptune and Uranus

barakn Re:Uh... no. (134 comments)

Since this is a EUROPEAN proposal, you come off as another under-educated conservative shooting his mouth off without having all the facts.

about 2 months ago

Virtual Boss Keeps Workers On a Short Leash

barakn Why is it (664 comments)

This device, by monitoring employees, allows bosses to defer their responsibilities to the device. It therefore allows one class of employee to become worse at their job by ensuring another class becomes better at theirs. So the one group of people that needs this technology applied to themselves the most is bosses, those lazy fucks.

about 3 months ago

Virtual Boss Keeps Workers On a Short Leash

barakn Re:In otherwards (664 comments)

Which is why the South capitulated immediately and there was no Civil War. Those slaves weren't productive at all and weren't a crucial component of the southern economy.

about 3 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Are AdBlock's Days Numbered?

barakn What's missing from the discussion (731 comments)

I'd warrant (but don't have the statistics to back me up) that the typical ad-block user would be less prone to click on ads if forced to see them than a typical surfer. I don't see why these crybaby advertisers are so desperate to reach a market that would have low click-through rates. The advertisers win by not needing the extra bandwidth necessary to serve up ads to people that wouldn't click on them anyways.

about 3 months ago

Creating Better Malware Warnings Through Psychology

barakn Oxymorons (85 comments)

"concrete, specific warnings" and "not technical"

about 4 months ago

Do Non-Technical Managers Add Value?

barakn God forbid (249 comments)

Oh, please spare the developers from having any contact with the outside world. It's not like the clients or individuals in other departments ever discover any bugs or have anything relevant to say about design features or the future of the product.

about 4 months ago

Coldest Spot On Planet Earth Identified

barakn Re:How long can you survive there? (182 comments)

At temperatures even warmer than that, people need special snorkels with heat exchangers to avoid freezing their lungs. Death would be by asphyxiation in mere minutes unless blood freezing in the skin caused some sort of high blood pressure event that triggers a heart attack first.

about 4 months ago

Fearful of Reader Reaction, Facebook Delays Video Ads

barakn Re:...will never work. (120 comments)

Clearly you do not have the same FB friends as me.

about 9 months ago

How much I care about GMO food labeling:

barakn Re:Ignorance (461 comments)

Gluten-free is a huge fad fueled by people who either experience a placebo effect or whose avoidance of gluten leads them to a diet lower in processed carbs. They feel better, but not because of the absence of gluten.

1 year,9 days

Facebook Knows If You're Gay, Use Drugs, Or Are a Republican

barakn Re:Turns out (473 comments)

Shaq.. because devotion to an enormously huge black man is surely a sign of heterosexuality.

about a year ago

Texas Rangers Use Internet To Breathe New Life Into Cold Case Homicides

barakn They don't need a website (73 comments)

They just need Chuck Norris. He'll close every cold case with his fists.

about a year ago

How To Stop Prediction Market Manipulation

barakn The market prevails (129 comments)

Bennett's supposition is that an uncapped market could be manipulated, and then arbitrage trading between that and a capped market could cause the value of the capped market to swing away from some true value. The problem with this thesis is the assumption that both markets have equal trust. The capped market should be trusted more, and arbitrage trading between the two markets will tend to bring the two prices closer to what the capped market's original value was.

about a year ago

How To Stop Prediction Market Manipulation

barakn Re:Opposite effect (129 comments)

In that case, one would manipulate the market in favor of the candidate one wishes to lose, causing that candidates supporters not to go to the polls because they think the candidate is a shoe-in. And in case you haven't noticed, people hate political advertising more than they hate cancer and North Korea. This manipulation would be much stealthier.

about a year ago

Current favorite still-image camera type:

barakn Re:Canon A720IS (316 comments)

EF lenses were originally made for film cameras and now work on digital, so exactly what lens options are you referring to? And my Canon 5D has ISOs ranging from 50 to ~3200. If you need a higher ISO, you are doing something pretty darn crazy. Perhaps your knowledge stems from the 1990s.

about a year ago


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