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Fake Engine Noise Is the Auto Industry's Dirty Little Secret

codepigeon Awesome idea (815 comments)

Can you make my car produce the sound of the Jetson's flying car? I would pay for that!

about a week ago
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Microsoft Reveals Windows 10 Will Be a Free Upgrade

codepigeon Rent seeking (570 comments)

indicating Windows would be software that users subscribe to, rather than buy outright

No thanks. Just like with Adobe CS, it looks like it's time to buy up some licenses before they dissapear. I have no interest in renting my software.

about a week ago
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Is 'SimCity' Homelessness a Bug Or a Feature?

codepigeon Re:Games versus reality (393 comments)

I know my sig says "hire me", but I have had offers in real-life and turned them down because I didn't agree with the what/how the employer produced.

I took a two minute glance at your blog. I read your comment here and a little bit of your other writings. You sound like you have a decent level of intelligence. I am gonna go out on a limb and assume that you are young (20 - 30). At some point in your life you are going to realize your wasted potential. When that moment of clarity hits you,... it is going to hit you like a stone to the head.

Part of 'being a man' is doing the work you don't want to do. It is the daily struggle so you can provide for a family; not living under a bridge so your values can remain intact. We are all idealistic at some point in our lives, but, there comes a time to grow up. Don't wait until it is too late.

my $.02

about two weeks ago
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Netflix Cracks Down On VPN and Proxy "Pirates"

codepigeon What purpose is there for regions blocking (437 comments)

I keep seeing these kinds of stories pop up about region blocked dvds, streaming, etc. What is the purpose of it again? Is there some sort of competition in other regions that movie studios are trying to fight for revenue? I honestly don't even understand why it is a 'thing'. Wouldn't you want to sell your product to as many people and as quickly as you can??

How do american studios benefit from region blocking?

about a month ago
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Bots Scanning GitHub To Steal Amazon EC2 Keys

codepigeon I guess i am old (119 comments)

I guess i am too old to understand how loose people treat the internet these days. 'I posted my credentials openly on the internet and am now shocked that I have been taken advatage of'... no way! You shared the keys to your kingdom and someone abused it?? Shocking.

As a complete side note: I hate when people like the author don't know the difference between 'where' and 'were'....fuck, no wonder he was easy fodder

about a month ago
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Google Suggests Separating Students With 'Some CS Knowledge' From Novices

codepigeon Its half of a good idea (307 comments)

I think I could buy into the intimidation theory. It seems feasable. The other side of the problem is what pisses me off: why are charging me three credit hours' + book amount of money for something I have already mastered!? ...

about a month and a half ago
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The Cashless Society? It's Already Coming

codepigeon My pedantic comment (375 comments)

A single credit card, for places that have not embraced, but soon will

So do you have a separate card for places that have not embraced and never will?

Here is a (funny) anecdote, a couple years ago I went to a small comic book store with my son. I hardly ever have cash on hand. When we went to checkout I asked the guy if he took credit cards, and he puffed out "not until they outlaw cash!". ... We ended up going to a nearby ATM so I could by the comics.

about 2 months ago
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Sony To Take On Netflix With Playstation Vue

codepigeon Re:De facto a la carte cable (130 comments)

I welcome another streaming service. Why? Because it increases the alternative options for cable customers.
Consider:
Netflix ($9) + Hulu Plus ($8) + Amazon Prime ($8.25) + Sony ("competitive") = ~$35
Comcast's Digital Preferred (where I live): $86 (not counting taxes) + $10 HD fee + $8 DVR fee = $104

Lets project that into the future:
Netflix ($9) + Hulu Plus ($8) + Amazon Prime ($8.25) + Sony ("competitive") + Comcast SuperFriendlyLoveCustomer Internet service ($86) + Comcast Modem fee ($10) = ~ $131

Yeah, I am looking forward to the future /s

about 2 months ago
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Comet Probe Philae Unanchored But Stable — And Sending Back Images

codepigeon sending pictures while it can (132 comments)

Those aren't pictures from the surface(as of right now). They were taken by rosetta from orbit.

about 3 months ago
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Microsoft Losing the School Markets To iPads and Chromebooks

codepigeon Who is ubmfuturecities? (219 comments)

I have never heard of this website before. I read the story and didn't see any links to data to support the authors observations about usage rates; just some anecdotal comments.

Having said that, my son's school uses Chromebooks to replace all text books and paper homework/assignments. I have to say I am very impressed. I like that all homework and assignments are available to the teacher at any time and the teacher can intervene if they detect the student is falling behind or doing poorly. I have some worries about Google probably mining and cataloging his work though.

I don't see the usefulness of an iPad in a classroom unless it comes with a keyboard and the infrastructure to support them (no clue about what apple provides for "cloud" services for schools). My company issues iPads with a Logitech keyboard to managers. In this case it seems more like an excuse for them to check their mail while they are supposed to be paying attention to the meeting.

about 3 months ago
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Assange: Google Is Not What It Seems

codepigeon Re:Oh yeah, that guy (289 comments)

That was a quote from an Adam Sandler movie....

about 3 months ago
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Texas Health Worker Tests Positive For Ebola

codepigeon Re:worker wearing full protective gear (421 comments)

Does anyone know how the virus can penetrate a hermetically sealed suit?

It cant, but when the health worker does not use care to disinfect and properly remove the gear, he/she may not as well have worn the suit in the first place.
One of the workers infected in africa admitted that that was the cause of their infection; accidentaly touching their bare skin with the outside of the suit.

about 4 months ago
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Startup's Open Source Device Promises Gamers "Surround Sound For Your Eyes"

codepigeon Redshift (43 comments)

I found this tool a while back. In a matter of minutes I could feel my eyes sigh in relief:

http://jonls.dk/redshift/

about 4 months ago
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Satellites Reveal Hidden Features At the Bottom of Earth's Seas

codepigeon Re:Dive! Dive! Dive! (54 comments)

How deep is a league? about 3,000 fathoms

about 4 months ago
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First Shellshock Botnet Attacking Akamai, US DoD Networks

codepigeon Re:Open Sores is Insecure (236 comments)

I guess you cocksucking faggots should have used Microsoft Windows Server instead of something as insecure as Linux. For best results use Microsoft Windows, faggots!

Oh man, this comment has me pissing my pants laughing. Its so over the top. it should be in a Will Ferrel movie. If you are not trying to be funny, that would make it even more hilarious. Hehe.

about 4 months ago
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Secret Service Critics Pounce After White House Breach

codepigeon What has changed? (221 comments)

There was a time that a citizen could walk right up to the white house. What has changed with our society that our president needs to live in a castle with a moat and defense force?

about 4 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Smartwatch Apps Could You See Yourself Using?

codepigeon Re:Discreteness (471 comments)

not looking like a douche with your face in your phone all the time

No, you will just be the weirdo who is constantly picking at his watch. :)

about 5 months ago
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China Pulls Plug On Genetically Modified Rice and Corn

codepigeon Off topic (152 comments)

I have been a daily slashdot visitor since about the year 2001. Just now I was redirected to a full page ad that I would associate with crappy, suspicious websites.

I don't want to be another complainer, but this site is begging me to stop visiting. I am not very happy.

about 5 months ago
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2 US Senators Propose 12-Cent Gas Tax Increase

codepigeon Re:Good! (619 comments)

Using Average Income is dishonest/misleading. You should use median income:

1993: $48,000
2014: $52,000

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Household_income_in_the_United_States

about 7 months ago
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Lego To Produce Three Box Sets Featuring Female Scientists

codepigeon Is this lady taking credit? (208 comments)

I heard this story on NPR yesterday and they said the idea came from a 7 year old Dutch girl who wrote LEGO a letter complaining about the lack of girl figurines doing the cools things the boys figures where doing.

about 8 months ago

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