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US Senator Blasts Microsoft's H-1B Push As It Lays 18,000 Off Workers

coolsnowmen Re:Free market economy (529 comments)

These two things are not at odds with each other. Most recently well documented in "A place at the table", it is quite possible to be obese and poor and malnurished in a 1st world country. In the united states, acquiring certain foods is pretty easy: refined grains, while aquiring healthy foods like vegetables can be almost impossible.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Correlation Between Text Editor and Programming Language?

coolsnowmen Re:If the editor really matters (359 comments)

I used to agree with you, and then came Java, and I got tired of writing a bunch of crap by hand just to prove I could.

Use the right tool for the job. You _can_ build that house with just a hammer, but, there are nice tools that save you a lot of time for specific jobs.

about a month ago
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San Francisco Bans Parking Spot Auctioning App

coolsnowmen Re:Gotta agree with it being illegal (404 comments)

How long do you think such a service would last if all it did was sell "information" about where someone was leaving a parking spot?

As long as it wants. THAT'S. ALL. IT. DOES. The app doesn't hold parking spaces. It doesn't do anything illegal. If the people using it violate the law, that's their business. But as I understand the law, the app isn't doing anything illegal.

Ask napster how well that argument worked out

about a month ago
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San Francisco Bans Parking Spot Auctioning App

coolsnowmen Re:Communism (404 comments)

The only place I've lived that was parking permit on public [city] roads I did pay for my parking permit. It was dirt cheap for the first one (requiring proof of address), and pretty expensive for the second one. The point is when a city gets so popular that the people that live there can't park anywhere near their own rowhome, this is a common solution.

about a month ago
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Man Arrested For Parodying Mayor On Twitter Files Civil Rights Lawsuit

coolsnowmen Re:Shut up and take my money (163 comments)

My parents.

about a month and a half ago
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Clueless About Card Data Hack, PF Chang's Reverts To Imprinting Devices

coolsnowmen Re:Here we go again (142 comments)

Again, chip-an-pin would be less work that rolling out imprinting devices, and would be much more secure.

Except not by PFChangs. The whole point is to be able to get money from customers, but, PF Changs's US customers don't have a CC with chip&pin. It has to come from the credit card companies.

about a month and a half ago
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Virginia DMV Cracks Down On Uber, Lyft

coolsnowmen Re:Seems reasonable... (260 comments)

LOL! This is EXACTLY like when I pay for internet and then netflix also has to pay Comcast. (except it's completely different, but I thought it was funny)

about 2 months ago
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Microsoft Confirms Disconnecting Kinect Gives Devs 10% More GPU Horsepower

coolsnowmen Re:Controllers for PC? (174 comments)

They might, but they are not necessarily right. And simply cannot be for the general case of "gamming".

The keyboard / mouse are direct position inputs, this clearly has some benefits in certain game

The controller isn't less accurate though, it is a completely different input device, it is a rate input (think velocity)

The classic counter example would be flying/vehicles. It is simply easier to fly and drive aroudn given the ability to control the derivative and not the abolute position.

And it still gets more complicated in competative gaming. Clearly the point and click of the rts the mouse is suprior by an order of magnitude. But in FPS, when man is running across your screen, the ability to match his rate of movement (angular velocity) is much better with a controller. though, at the same time, in an insta-kill headshot type game, a man running at you, a mouse will let you pin point the head over the center of mass better

about 2 months ago
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GnuTLS Flaw Leaves Many Linux Users Open To Attacks

coolsnowmen Re:C strikes out again (127 comments)

I don't know in this particular case. But in general, C compilers are much easier to write than c++ compilers; so they exist on more platforms.

about 2 months ago
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Apple Says Many Users 'Bought an Android Phone By Mistake'

coolsnowmen Re:In other news (711 comments)

Sure, but vendor lock-in is much less of an issue right?

about 2 months ago
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Study: Royalty Charges Almost On Par With Component Costs For Smartphones

coolsnowmen Re:Shoulders of giants (131 comments)

Which has happened multiple times in history; and has not been that hard to prove.

about a month ago
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Study: Royalty Charges Almost On Par With Component Costs For Smartphones

coolsnowmen Re:Shoulders of giants (131 comments)

if it was simple enough to copy quickly, then your invention wasn't so revolutionary anyway.

I disagree. The innovativeness of an idea is almost completely independent of the challenge of reproducing the work.

about 2 months ago
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Why You Shouldn't Use Spreadsheets For Important Work

coolsnowmen Re:What you're really saying is (422 comments)

Props to the email server admins that handle ~100MB attachments.

about 2 months ago
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The Major Theoretical Blunders That Held Back Progress In Modern Astronomy

coolsnowmen Re:Error in first example (129 comments)

I disagree that one could consider this an error. It is a mountain, and its name is "Palomar". The order is scientifically irrelevant.

about 2 months ago
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Has the Ethanol Threat Manifested In the US?

coolsnowmen Re:ok if your car is new (432 comments)

What happens when the oil does run out and these regulations weren't put in place?

How long did it take us to develop e85 capable cars? (I'm guessing not that long since the original cards ran on it)

How long will we see a massive oil shortage coming?

about 2 months ago
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Glenn Greenwald: How the NSA Tampers With US Made Internet Routers

coolsnowmen So where to get my routers from? (347 comments)

So, as a business I ness US made routers so the chinese slave labor me out of the market, but in my home I need chineese made routers so the NSA isn't hacking my local computer.

Or I just get both, and put them back to back, and hope the US NSA never cooperates with the chineese NSA [equivalent]

about 3 months ago

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