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Is a "Wikipedia For News" Feasible?

bigdavex Re:US Centric? (167 comments)

Would you be willing to share an example event and a link to the false reporting?

about three weeks ago
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Duke: No Mercy For CS 201 Cheaters Who Don't Turn Selves In By Wednesday

bigdavex type of assignment (320 comments)

I'd like to know what type of assignment this was. If it's small and specific, there might be only a few basic working solutions. That is, the similarity stems from being correct.

If it's a larger project with creative design decisions, then I'm less sympathetic.
 

about a month ago
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Reactions To Disgusting Images Predict a Persons Political Ideology

bigdavex Re:Immigration is not the problem. (330 comments)

No USA base Muslim group of any statistical significance (or other group) is anti-democracy in the USA (and the USA is about 20% Muslim, so we would notice if it was a primary agenda).

According to Pew Research, Americans are 0.6% Muslim.
http://religions.pewforum.org/...

Where did you find 20%?

about a month and a half ago
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Computer Scientist Parachutes From 135,908 Feet, Breaking Record

bigdavex Record (175 comments)

Computer Scientist Parachutes From 135,908 Feet, Breaking Record

What's the record for EEs? I might have a shot at that.

about 2 months ago
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You Are What You're Tricked Into Eating

bigdavex Re:High Fat Low Carb, Paleo/Primal (499 comments)

The grain growers wanted to mass produce and sell the stuff, and some politicians liked a "heart healthy" message (despite scientists protesting that more research was needed before jumping to conclusions) and so the whole "heart healthy" movement was born, which emphasised high carb foods like cereals, by demonising fat.

It would be better for the grain growers if you ate animals that were fed grain, as this process is less energy efficient. This is a lousy conspiracy theory.

about 8 months ago
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In a Hole, Golf Courses Experiment With 15-inch Holes

bigdavex Personal Experience (405 comments)

My grandfather asked me to go golfing with him when I was about 7. There was some conversation among the adults concluding that, based on my age only, I was a hazard to the green and therefore would have to just watch. So I followed around old guys for an hour on grass that I was not worthy to putt on. I realize this is an antecdote. Fuck golf.
 

about 8 months ago
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How much time do you spend gaming compared to 10 years ago?

bigdavex Re:Gaming? (270 comments)

I am not one of those people. I disagree with the notion that sports are too serious business to be considered games.

 

about 10 months ago
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How much time do you spend gaming compared to 10 years ago?

bigdavex Gaming? (270 comments)

I'm guessing this poll means video games, but I play board games and sports, you insensitive clod. I find it a little weird that "game" has been narrowed to mean specifically video games to the "gaming" subculture.
 

about 10 months ago
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Snapchat Users' Phone Numbers Exposed To Hackers

bigdavex It's OK (69 comments)

But the phone numbers disappear after 10 seconds, right?

about a year ago
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Sherlock Holmes Finally In the Public Domain In the US

bigdavex Character Depth (207 comments)

I'm not sure this really matters. (Caveat: I'm not a fan and haven't read the books since I was very young.)

The BBC Benedict Cumberbatch/Martin Freeman incarnation is closer kin to the show Monk than to the Robert Downey Jr/Jude Law incarnation. Using the name Sherlock Holmes is more of a marketing decision than a creative one. Basically, the original stories donate two things: the pairing of a genius with a more ordinary sidekick and the names.

Meanwhile, there have been decades of stories with Holmes influence, which have suffered very little if at all from using different names.

about a year ago
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Sherlock Holmes Finally In the Public Domain In the US

bigdavex sigh (207 comments)

Great, now he'll never write any more.

about a year ago
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India Cautions Users On Risks Associated With Virtual Currencies

bigdavex Re:Bitcoin isn't a currency. (121 comments)

Its a commodity. Like gold, or silver.

Why?

What need or want does a bitcoin satisfy?

about a year ago
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Property Managers Use DNA To Sniff Out Dog Poop Offenders

bigdavex Re:Nothing else to do but whine? Try planning ahea (234 comments)

Besides, why the heck do you allow animals if you aren't willing to put up with the results of your decision? Charge a fee for animals and pay somebody to come around and clean up the poop, there are services that do that very thing.

Dog poop on the lawn is a result of dogs and not picking up the poop. If the poop is cleaned any less often than continuously; people will step in, fall in, and roll through (with a wheel chair) dog poop. Owners should pick up dog poop from common spaces.

1 year,19 days
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EPA Makes Most Wood Stoves Illegal

bigdavex Re:Which company bought this 'new' rule? (1143 comments)

There's a reason that the private sector isn't willing to give credit to some people. There's a cost to the treasury in the form unpaid loans and collection costs.
 

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Attracting Developers To Abandonware?

bigdavex Re:Welcome to Linux (321 comments)

It's properly referred to as Free Cell/Windows.
 

about a year ago

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Google omits Aborginal flag in Liscensing Dispute

bigdavex bigdavex writes  |  more than 4 years ago

bigdavex (155746) writes "January 26 is Australia Day, which marks the colonization of Australia by the British. In recognition of more inclusive national identity, Google chose a child's artwork featuring native animals and, notably, the Aboriginal flag to adorn their google search page in Australia. But in a strange twist, the creator of the flag and Google couldn't come to terms to license the image of the flag. Read the story in the Sydney Morning Herald."
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