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The Largest Ship In the World Is Being Built In Korea

barc0001 Re:Ho-lee-crap (258 comments)

> But wouldn't that have been harmful to South Korea? You seem to be valuing the interests of Denmark over the interests of South Korea. Do you have a rational basis for doing so?

Are you trying to be deliberately disingenuous? You're asking a Danish national why a Danish company shoudn't source work in Denmark if it means less money for a country 1/3 of the way around the globe?

Have you ever given a family member money? If so, why? That would seem to be valuing the interests of your family over the neighbors you've never met. Do you have a rational basis for doing so?

yesterday
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Despite Patent Settlement, Apple Pulls Bose Merchandise From Its Stores

barc0001 Re:Bose is overpriced crap and always has been (313 comments)

"my Mac can kick your PC's ass in most ways"

Except upgrades. Try updating your video card after a year and let me know how that works out for you. One of the strengths of my PC is that I replace a couple hundred dollars worth of parts couple of years and remain modern. The Apple upgrade cycle is a tad more costly. Step 1. Time machine everything. Step 2. Take paycheck(s) to Apple vendor. Step 3. Restore backup from Time Machine to new Apple machine. Step 4. Craigslist/Ebay old machine after wiping to recoup a percentage of your outlay on new Mac.

2 days ago
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Apple Announces iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3, OS X Yosemite and More

barc0001 Re:Confucius say: (352 comments)

You bought a Dell laptop. Might as well have just taken that money out in ones and lit them on fire in your back yard. Would have been entertaining in a horrific way and at least you wouldn't have had any expectations crushed afterward. Dell makes OK servers and workstations, but their laptops are hit or miss to the point that we haven't bought them in years.

Buy a decent Lenovo or Asus laptop and you'll be far more satisfied.

4 days ago
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Google To Require As Many As 20 of Its Apps Preinstalled On Android Devices

barc0001 Re:It's sad (427 comments)

"popular" is a relative term. If 0.001% of all Android devices out there had Cyanogen running on them at this moment I would be floored.

about three weeks ago
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Scientists Seen As Competent But Not Trusted By Americans

barc0001 Re:SubjectsInCommentsAreStupid (460 comments)

>Right now if they ground up the waste and vented it into the atmosphere it would be less damaging than that caused by coal mining, megawatt for megawatt.

The Fukushima and Chernobyl exclusion zones would show that to be extreme hyperbole. Grab a tent and go live for a month a mile from a coal burning plant in a field, and then try the same thing a mile from Pripyat and let me know how that goes for you.

about three weeks ago
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Scientists Seen As Competent But Not Trusted By Americans

barc0001 Re:Fox News? (460 comments)

Reality has a well known liberal bias. That's why Fox News is out to destroy it.

about three weeks ago
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Miss a Payment? Your Car Stops Running

barc0001 Re:Could be improved (907 comments)

I know, it's terrible. Something like 88% of the US buys the wrong car. I fully believe that all tests to get licensed should be conducted in manual transmission vehicles unless the subject has a medical exemption and has to drive an automatic.

Manuals have several advantages including better fuel efficiency, greater control over the vehicle, and reduced costs. And in rare safety incidents like the rare cases of "throttle stick" manuals are much safer. Newer automatics at highway speed will not let you shift into neutral if the throttle is sticking, but with a manual you just press the clutch pedal and move to the shoulder, then turn off the engine. Disaster averted.

about three weeks ago
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Miss a Payment? Your Car Stops Running

barc0001 Re:Could be improved (907 comments)

I can still see a safety issue with the ignition being shut down arbitrarily. Imagine the car is a stick shift and the driver sucks at stick shifting. So they go to take off after the light turns green and manage to stall it instead, rolling it 40-50 feet into the intersection. Then the interlock stops the car from being started again . And the intersection happens to have train tracks. And here comes a freight train a couple of miles away...

If the behavior of the shutdown circuit could include logic like "don't activate unless the car has been off for at least 90 seconds" or something then that would be a lot safer.

about three weeks ago
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Miss a Payment? Your Car Stops Running

barc0001 Re:Solution? (907 comments)

This isn't 25 years ago. I just got rid of my 12 year old car that had a blue book value of ~$1000. It wasn't the prettiest thing, the trunk latch needed a bit of fiddling to get to open as the spring in the external latch handle was worn out, it leaked oil (slowly, about a liter per month) and it had a few other minor issues with it, and someone had backed into the driver's side door in a parking lot, leaving a dent about the size of a dinner plate. I traded it in, but if I sold it privately I realistically would have gotten about $700-$800 for it on the open market based on comparables for sale in the paper and on Craigslist at the time.

The reason I got rid of it wasn't that it was unsafe or it wouldn't start or run, it was that to bring it back to 100% would cost a couple of thousand dollars that I figured would be better spent getting something newer and fancier that I can afford to do. It was still mechanically sound aside from the small oil leak and pretty much the most dependable car I've ever owned. If selling it privately wasn't such a hassle, I would have been happy to see it go to some college student or other person who needed good basic transportation for not too much money.

There are lots of cars in the $1000-$2000 range these days that are sound and dependable, their only sins are that they are old and cosmetically challenged.

about three weeks ago
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Now That It's Private, Dell Targets High-End PCs, Tablets

barc0001 Re:Mind boggling (167 comments)

You're talking about targeted research within their existing product line. Bell Labs, Xerox PARC and others existed to do research on things that weren't even close to core business. The simple fact is there are almost no publicly traded companies today who can dump even a small fraction of their money into researching something that is not directly related to their product line without a shareholder revolt. What exactly do you think Microsoft's shareholders would do if MS announced they were getting into gigabit fiber buildouts like Google is doing?

about a month ago
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Nvidia Sinks Moon Landing Hoax Using Virtual Light

barc0001 Re:You can't sink a conspiracy (275 comments)

Yup. They have a special mindset. Reminds me of a podcast of This American Life I heard a few months back:

http://www.thisamericanlife.org/radio-archives/episode/293/a-little-bit-of-knowledge

If you listen to Act Three, you hear this in full effect. Bob Berenz the electrician is CONVINCED he has found a problem with the understanding of physics and anyone who tries to prove otherwise is not paying attention to what he says, "doesn't get it" or is in on maintaining the "big science" status quo. The reality is he's made several basic errors in his own version and is unwilling to accept any explanation of them.

about a month ago
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Is the Tesla Model 3 Actually Going To Cost $50,000?

barc0001 Re: Still pretty affordable (393 comments)

The countries that have *actual* government run healthcare shake heads sadly watching the spectacle.

about a month ago
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Is the Tesla Model 3 Actually Going To Cost $50,000?

barc0001 Re:Who to believe? (393 comments)

From Wikipedia:

"In March 1999, Musk co-founded X.com, an online financial services and e-mail payment company.[13][14] One year later, the company merged with Confinity,[32][34] which operated a subsidiary called PayPal.[32] PayPal and X.com each had a person-to-person email-based payment system.[32] The original intent was to merge the two systems, but it never happened.[citation needed]

Musk strongly favored the PayPal brand over the X brand. After initially co-branding PayPal with the X brand, including making X.com a subdomain of PayPal,[32] he moved to officially remove the X.com brand for good. Following this, the board appointed PayPal founder Peter Thiel as interim CEO.[32] PayPal's early growth was due in large part to a successful viral growth campaign created by Musk.[35] In October 2002, PayPal was acquired by eBay for US$1.5 billion in stock, of which $165 million was given to Musk.[36] Before its sale, Musk, the company's largest shareholder, owned 11.7% of PayPal's shares.[37]"

TL;DR. Musk didn't create PayPal, he cofounded a company with a competing service that merged with the company that owned PayPal and while at the merged company pushed to use the PayPal platform as it was better. Then he left in 2002.

I really don't think we can lay the lion's share of PayPal's shittyness at his feet based on that. By that logic, Windows 8 should see Bill Gates hanged...

about a month ago
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Turning the Tables On "Phone Tech Support" Scammers

barc0001 Re:How about (210 comments)

"why not take that time to toss in some viagra information for you to listen to"

Now you're just being silly.

"if you don't care about them, then let these scammers have their fun, what do you care?"

Oh, it's FUN! Scamming vulnerable people out of money is FUN! Scaring the shit out of some grandmother and then scamming her out of most of her food budget for the month is FUN!!! Can I have your grandma's number? It's all in fun...

about a month ago
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Turning the Tables On "Phone Tech Support" Scammers

barc0001 Re:How about (210 comments)

Why not both? But you're not getting this, or you don't really care if anyone else gets scammed. Which is fine, but I also hope you don't expect other people to be altruistic towards you or your family. Because that would be hypocritical.

about a month ago
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Microsoft Paid NFL $400 Million To Use Surface, But Announcers Call Them iPads

barc0001 Re:Or, Apple could be fearful of comoditization (405 comments)

Not in my experience. The 300-500 segment of the market is split around 50/50 in my peer group and extended family between iPads and Android 7"-10" tablets. I've even seen the fanboyism catch on such to the extent that my entire immediate family only buys Samsung tablets and phones. And I with my 2013 Nexus 7 are an outcast heathen....

about a month ago
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Microsoft Paid NFL $400 Million To Use Surface, But Announcers Call Them iPads

barc0001 Re:football can cause brain damage (405 comments)

But also to be fair, the Surface Pro has more than enough horsepower to run full Photoshop just fine. Unless of course people are now saying that a quad core i7 with 8GB of RAM is not sufficient to run Photoshop.....

about a month ago
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Microsoft Paid NFL $400 Million To Use Surface, But Announcers Call Them iPads

barc0001 Re:football can cause brain damage (405 comments)

"And a Surface is nothing more than a crappy overpriced under performing laptop that wants to be a tablet."

Lies. The top end Surface tablets are actually excellent tablets and nearly top marks in the 'being a laptop' department as well. I used to think like you do about them until one of the guys at the office took the plunge and bought one and I got to use it. It's very good and if I didn't have to use a corporate-imaged (and locked down) laptop for my portable device I'd buy one in a heartbeat. In fact I'm trying to think of a way to justify the company buying me one even though it's not on the "approved devices" list.

about a month ago
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Turning the Tables On "Phone Tech Support" Scammers

barc0001 Re:How about (210 comments)

That's not really correct. That only works if everyone in the world calls their mother, father, aunt, grandma, etc, which is obviously never going to happen. So again, all you've done is moved the scammer on quickly to his next target. Think of it this way: if it takes this guy an hour to scam someone, he spends an average of 30 minutes finding each new mark that leads to a cash scamming, and he works 8 hours per day, on average he will scan 5 to 6 people per day. If you waste an hour of his time, you've saved someone else from getting scammed that day.

about a month ago
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Restoring Salmon To Their Original Habitat -- With a Cannon

barc0001 Re:Pet Peeve (147 comments)

"people in the region do pay for it"

I think you mean the first generation of people during/after construction. I live a 10 minute walk away from a water system capped by 2 70+ year old dams and have never once had them have an adverse effect on my life. In fact, looking at the electricity rates for our friends to the south in the US, it seems the American national average cost of electricity is 12.97 cents/kwh. Because of these dams and others like them in my province, I pay about half of that. And the recreation areas they create are a pretty nice side bonus.

Still looking to see what ongoing "costs" to the residents of the area there are, haven't found any.

about a month and a half ago

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