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CowboyNeal Locked In Basement For Opposing Slashdot Beta

betterprimate Dev here... (23 comments)

I can contribute my time too.

about 7 months ago
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Build an Open-Source Electric Car In About One Hour

betterprimate Re:I think (188 comments)

I was not suggesting an enforcement, but encouraging all to withhold posting comments of value and for the moderators to mod-up posts of protests.

about 7 months ago
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Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!

betterprimate Re:Why? (2219 comments)

This. This is how web development is (or should be) phased. It's even how Google does it. Dice's approach with the beta site is taking (however poorly) influences from other sites and not the tried-and-tested features that makes /. great. Dice really doesn't seem to get why their website works. They demonstrated this by scrapping the entire comment section for the beta site; they failed to understand that this is the single primary feature on /.

If they want to make changes to /., fine. But do so in a evolutionary manner and not revolutionary. Improvements can be made, but do so incrementally and rely on data analysis to know when they work and when they fail. The UI needs to be cleaned up and made more accessible for mobile devices. Start with this.

about 7 months ago
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Build an Open-Source Electric Car In About One Hour

betterprimate Re:I think (188 comments)

I have a better idea. Let no one comment or let all moderator points go to those who protest the beta site.

about 7 months ago
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NPR Labs is Working on Emergency Alerts for the Deaf (Video)

betterprimate Re:Prairie home companion. (89 comments)

I enjoy Beethoven and Chopin (not Schubert and Griffes), but I cringe when I listen to Prairie Home Companion. Prairie Home Companion relies heavily upon a broad nostalgia in its storytelling. Younger generations won't have the same appreciation for it.

about 7 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Do You Do If You're Given a Broken Project?

betterprimate Step 2, go back to Step 1 (308 comments)

+1

Another lesson the OP needs to have learned from this situation is that every project needs a billable assessment phase, a paid evaluation. The assessment phase is needed to address the company's business and project requirements.

about 7 months ago
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Confessions Of an Ex-TSA Agent: Secrets Of the I.O. Room

betterprimate Re:Ageless Wisdom (393 comments)

"It was a job that had me patting down the crotches of children, the elderly and even infants"

Never make a job of what you love.
In the end it's still just a job, and you've ruined your hobby.

Um, does that mean his hobby is patting down the crotches of children and the elderly?

about 7 months ago
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US Forces Coursera To Ban Students From Cuba, Iran, Sudan, and Syria

betterprimate Yes! (306 comments)

Because everyone knows knowledge and education breeds intolerance!

about 8 months ago
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Surrey Hit With Catnado

betterprimate Re:Hello I'm british (95 comments)

Yip. Tornados occur when two fronts collide, typically north and south.

Because of this, tornado season varies for all states. In Kansas and Oklahoma, tornado season is primarily in late spring to mid-summer. Other states, like Ohio, may have tornados in August through October.

If I recall correctly, in tornado alley they typically form on the south-east side of the two colliding fronts, at least on this hemisphere. So when you have the two fronts collide, the funnel will almost always form at the "end" of the storm.

about 8 months ago
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Surrey Hit With Catnado

betterprimate Re:Hundreds or thousands (95 comments)

I am inclined to think that even thousands is understatement. We still do not have an adequate apparatus to predict tornados. We still rely upon 3rd person accounts.

about 8 months ago
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Surrey Hit With Catnado

betterprimate Re:Hundreds or thousands (95 comments)

As for someone who has been raised in "tornado alley" and has seen over 100 tornados before the age 7, I find this hard to believe.

about 8 months ago
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Surrey Hit With Catnado

betterprimate Re:Hundreds or thousands (95 comments)

Britain is an island. Per unit area is not an appropriate way to justify this statement: "The UK has the most tornados in the world per unit area."

Having been raised in "Tornado Alley", the majority of Tornados go unreported. They are too commonplace. Plus, we have had tornados one mile in circumference. So if your'e going to use per unit area (since Britain is an island), you need to include the unit area of the tornados themselves. For instance, a one mile wide tornado that is on the ground for an hour will make the recorded history of *all* tornados occurring in the UK irrelevant.

Let me know when you see this...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

That day, over 50 tornados were reported. I personally saw 7.

about 8 months ago
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Surrey Hit With Catnado

betterprimate Re:Hundreds or thousands (95 comments)

I have never heard of tornado-like weather being native to England. Perhaps our British brethren can elaborate on how this story is unique.

about 8 months ago
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RNC Calls For Halt To Unconstitutional Surveillance

betterprimate Re:The law of unintended consequences (523 comments)

I found this to be the only effective argument with Republicans during W.'s administration.

about 8 months ago
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Protesters Show Up At the Doorstep of Google Self-driving Car Engineer

betterprimate Re:The problem with Google Bus (692 comments)

+1 Finally, a sensible post.

about 8 months ago
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Hacker Says He Could Access 70,000 Healthcare.Gov Records In 4 Minutes

betterprimate Re:Okay, but... (351 comments)

What testing utility did you use?

about 8 months ago
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U.S. Teenagers Are Driving Much Less: 4 Theories About Why

betterprimate Re:Murica Fuck yea! (635 comments)

Who in their right mind would spend 30 minutes in a store? You don't have to do that Europe. Most of your shopping consists of little artisan shops that provide local produce, cheese, wine, meats, and takes you only a minute to order. You then proceed on your way unless you want to socialize.

In Europe, you can buy fresh homemade pasta, the best cheese in the world, great wine without taxation, the best chocolate in the world. If you live in Italy, you can stop for gelato on your way home.

If you live your life going from point A to point B, you will find it severely lacking. You miss out on the good stuff. You will consequently have fewer friends, less sex, and fewer thoughts.

Case in point: When I lived in Europe, I got a little something extra from the baker's cute daughter. :)

about 8 months ago
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U.S. Teenagers Are Driving Much Less: 4 Theories About Why

betterprimate Re:Murica Fuck yea! (635 comments)

I know you think this may take up a lot of time, but frankly it's worth it -- for the better quality of fresh food.

I bake my own fresh bread. Can't be more fresh than that. Takes about 5 minutes to mix the ingredients for the machine. Cost: hard to measure. A comparable loaf from the store will cost you $3, and it will contain ingredients that you do not need or want (such as those that preserve freshness for weeks.) When I make my own bread I know exactly what goes into it.

Yes it can, and it is. In France, you pick up your daily baguette, still warm, for 1 euro. Made fresh with local ingredients. You don't have to spend time parking, waiting to check out. The entire exchange, unless you want to socialize, will take you ten seconds. I would rather walk 30 meters on a cobblestone road to my local shop, surrounded by thousand year-old architecture, then spend 30 seconds in a car suffocated in concrete and traffic.

In a 3 block radius (small European blocks), you will have your baker, your butcher, your fromager, your wineshop, and sometimes even your own local chocolatier. The food too is not even comparable for the crap that passes in the U.S. In Europe, you can be relatively poor and live like a king.

And time-wise... yes, it is important. Use a stopwatch and time the visit to the store. I don't think I can do it faster than in 15 minutes, considering parking, walking, selecting goods, standing in line, paying, loading the purchases into the car, and leaving the parking lot. 15 minutes * 20 days * 12 months = 60 hours of your life or almost three days per year spent standing in lines in a store! What a joy! Wouldn't you find some better use of that time? We do not live forever, and your time is not free to waste. Buying in bulk also costs less, and refrigerators are quite a handy invention.

No. I wouldn't want to spend my time elsewhere. Shopping in a European hill town or city is easier, faster, cheaper, and social. Almost everything you purchase is locally grown, locally made, and locally sold. It's a completely different way of living that Americans don't understand. In essence, it *is* living and is just as an enjoyable process as cooking and eating.

In Europe, if you like to bake, you can actually make a healthy profession out of it.

about 8 months ago
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Blowing Up a Pointless Job Interview

betterprimate Never Burn Bridges (692 comments)

You can be selective with who you work with, but don't burn bridges. If the interviewer is not capable of accessing the position or your capabilities, then the politely and assertively ask to speaking with someone who can.

about 8 months ago

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