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I estimate my radiation dose for my day as ...

colmore Re:Errors, Errors everywhere... (256 comments)

Goddammit!

How can I delete my account?
You can't. The system needs to keep track of the users, so accounts are permanent. Don't sweat leaving unused accounts hanging around. It doesn't hurt anything.

more than 3 years ago
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I estimate my radiation dose for my day as ...

colmore Re:Errors, Errors everywhere... (256 comments)

Truly this will go down in history as THE worst poll. Until the next one.

Not only does it make no sense and show about 3 minutes of thought, but it's also hilariously, almost autistically, insensitive. I can only figure that they were trying to spark some kind of discussion about radiation measurement systems, like this was an episode of xkcd or something. This is easily the laziest news publication that anyone takes even halfway seriously.

They have a tremendous and valuable readership and a brand name, and their work is of lower quality than second rate blogs about reality tv. Lazy, lazy, lazy lazy. It's been fun, guys. Been here since high school; you can take this 5 digit ID and shove it.

more than 3 years ago
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The Case of Apple's Mystery Screw

colmore Re:You know (845 comments)

And old arguments are always wrong. Clearly.

more than 3 years ago
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The Case of Apple's Mystery Screw

colmore Re:A quick google search (845 comments)

1. Possible, though I doubt that's the primary reason. I could be wrong.
2. Unlikely. Phillips head screws are far more numerous and widely manufactured, it's unlikely that an unusual screw that only comes from one or two suppliers will be that much cheaper.
3. I think Apple is too big of a fish to be playing nepotism with a screw supplier.
4. That's what the void clause of the warranty is for.
5. Funny.

6. Apple has a history of tightly controlling the way their products are used, are fundamentally opposed to openness, and have long screwed aftermarket service providers.

more than 3 years ago
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Electronics In Flight — Danger Or Distraction?

colmore Re:Obey the rule simply because its the rule (532 comments)

There are a few unjust and unreasonable laws in America (hellllooooo drug war!) but normal safety regulations (even those of the obnoxious TSA) are not those. I know we're supposed to be a nation of fearless individualists waving our guns and protecting our property from the hordes of Others, but managing the safety of hundreds or even thousands of people in a tight situation with the occasional need for rapid response to sudden problems is complicated and involves everyone showing a little team spirit and just doing what the people in uniform say.

more than 3 years ago
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Electronics In Flight — Danger Or Distraction?

colmore Re:For the Nth time now! (532 comments)

You are a jackass.

What does it say about a person if they can't turn off their toy for 10 minutes to follow official directions that do in fact save lives every single year. Your iPod isn't more important than safety, no matter how much of an invincibility illusion you maintain.

more than 3 years ago
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The Case of Apple's Mystery Screw

colmore Re:A quick google search (845 comments)

So explain the switch. If they aren't doing this to screw the aftermarket and do more costly repairs themselves, why the change?

more than 3 years ago
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The Case of Apple's Mystery Screw

colmore You know (845 comments)

If Microsoft did this, there would probably be some sort of legal action.

more than 3 years ago
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Crunch Time For WebOS, BlackBerry

colmore Re:Not too late! (178 comments)

A whoooole lot of the market is conservative, old, never reads tech news, and has very limited interest in apps. The people who line up at 4:00 AM are good press, but they don't actually count any more than any other consumer.

Blackberry has a market that is wary of switching. If they're smart they should be able to survive and grow.

more than 3 years ago
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WikiLeaks Should...

colmore Re:quit with the gossip (469 comments)

I think they'd be a very different organization if they edited their leaks beyond basic redactions.

Wikileaks publishes and journalists decide what is relevant.

more than 3 years ago
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Curious NASA Pre-Announcement

colmore The Mars Rock (286 comments)

Last I heard, interpretation the Mars rock was "inconclusive."

Maybe they've figured something out.

more than 3 years ago
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Did the Windows Phone 7 Bomb In the US?

colmore Re:Yet another MS flop (609 comments)

There's the XBOX, they make money of their servers and related products, and they do a lot of business with various products and services related to Exchange.

And they make a damn fine mouse.

But in the consumer world, there's Windows, Office, and XBox. Everything else they've tried to do has failed.

about 4 years ago
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Bees Beat Machines At 'Traveling Salesman' Problem

colmore Not for long... (394 comments)

Hah! They may be on top now, but thanks to CCD we won't have to be #2 for long. Goooooooooo humans!

more than 4 years ago
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The Case For Apple Buying Facebook

colmore Re:Not that stupid (255 comments)

Myspace had a bunch of teenagers. Facebook has managed to actually attract working semi-tech-literate adults to use their gee-whiz web 2.0 service. They're basically the only company that has done that. It will be very hard to move their entire network effect onto a competing service.

more than 4 years ago
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Zuckerberg's Side of 'The Social Network'

colmore poor guy (217 comments)

I really feel for these poor misunderstood billionaires.

more than 4 years ago
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Generic PCs For Corporate Use?

colmore Re:$1000 a PC? (606 comments)

I buy 100 machines from Dell, I get fired, I can be replaced by anyone who has worked with Dell before.

I build 100 machines, I get fired, the company is screwed. Ergo, I don't get fired.

I think it's pretty clear which way is smarter.

more than 4 years ago
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How Should Poll Numerical Increments Be Set?

colmore Re:How about ... (311 comments)

God they really are bad at this aren't they?

I don't pay so much attention to the polls. I hadn't really noticed.

more than 4 years ago
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Word Processors — One Writer's Further Retreat

colmore Re:The essence of hipsterism: (391 comments)

In defense: Holga cameras take really interesting looking pictures, and fixie bikes are good for...

um...

bike polo i guess.

more than 4 years ago
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Word Processors — One Writer's Further Retreat

colmore Isn't this what a typewriter is for? (391 comments)

Writing forward with no editing or deletion, while still getting to read what you wrote yesterday. They still make new typewriters and a no-frills manual model goes for like $90.

But unlikes some sourpusses around here, I appreciate the appeal of using weird tools to do common tasks. So if ed is really your thing, ignore the haters.

more than 4 years ago
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Court Rules Against Woman Who Didn't Like Search Results

colmore This isn't idle. (173 comments)

This is a somewhat important story. It isn't idle.

The interesting thing here is that her suit worked. I just searched google and yahoo for Beverly Stayart, and none of the kind of websites she was talking about came up.

more than 4 years ago

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Webcomic flicks off Windows Vista

colmore colmore writes  |  more than 6 years ago

colmore writes "The not normally geek-themed Overcompensating today features a reaction to the Windows Vista experience.

The blog post associated with the comic is good too: "...This god dang thing sucks, y'all. It's like somebody just took a good-lookin' car that ran good and there was nothing wrong with it, and they came in and screwed a bunch of fancy-looking crap to it and redid the wiring so none of the gauges or lights work.""

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