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Popularity Trumps Privacy For Many On Facebook

cwiegmann24 They've got it backwards (99 comments)

There's some people in the world who crave acceptance because, to be honest, they're socially awkward. They seem to lack certain social skills that others take for granted. Those people are the ones who feel the need to post about everything they do, where they are, etc. I know some of these people, and they're a pain in the butt to see on your facebook news feed, because they dominate it. Seeing all of those posts makes you want to de-friend them, or at least block their posts from your feed. Thus the person feels neglected, which causes them to seek more attention, creating more posts about stuff no one cares about. It is a cycle of social ineptitude, and that is the cause behind this study's findings.

more than 3 years ago

Gates Foundation Plans To Invest $10B Into Vaccines

cwiegmann24 Re:Birth Control (477 comments)

Well, this has the potential to help that. The places with the most human suffering have a high rate of infant mortality. In order to combat this, people have lots of children. By helping more of their children survive, they may decide to have less. Of course, the healthcare will need to be available to give them condoms or perform vasectomies.

more than 4 years ago

Simulation of Close Asteroid Fly-By

cwiegmann24 I could've sworn... (148 comments)

...that the odds were 4 in a million...

more than 4 years ago

Going Head To Head With Genius On Playlists

cwiegmann24 Re:Wow. (174 comments)

If there's a reason to the music I like, I would like the computers to tell me. I like all sorts of music, from acoustic folk to pop to alternative rock to christian rock to screamo. I'll even listen to some country now and again. If a music recommender can understand that by my admission to enjoying 38th Parallel and Blindside, that I'd also enjoy something by Jack Johnson, I'd be amazed.

more than 4 years ago

NASA Discovers Giant Ring Around Saturn

cwiegmann24 Re:Esoteric Naming System (255 comments)

I wonder if they were named in sequence (A, B, C ... ) as they were discovered, not as they lie from closest to farthest. I could understand as equipment got better, NASA was able to send spacecraft closer, etc., more rings would be identified.

more than 4 years ago

Microsoft Research Shows Off Multi-Touch Mouse Prototypes

cwiegmann24 Leave it to Microsoft... (137 comments) try and reinvent the wheel.

more than 4 years ago

Heart Monitors In Middle School Gym Class?

cwiegmann24 Re:Pickle Ball (950 comments)

I loved pickle ball at my school, then again it was because I schooled everyone at it...

about 5 years ago

White House Panel Seeks Input On Spaceflight Plans

cwiegmann24 How about... (224 comments)

We create a huge solar array, big enough to cause a solar eclipse, and position it so it happens every other week or so. It would really freak India out...

more than 5 years ago

White House Panel Seeks Input On Spaceflight Plans

cwiegmann24 They have to expect the consensus to be... (224 comments)

Go to Mars. Most of us would agree that there are much more beneficial endeavors, probably more profitable as well. But the fact of the matter is nothing else would get as much attention from the general public as going to Mars.

more than 5 years ago

Valve's Newell On Community-Funded Games

cwiegmann24 Re:Requirements? (176 comments)

First off, a weekly build is asking a lot. So much in fact, that it would hinder development. If every week the development team was just trying to produce another working demo, no features would be completed. I worked on a program in college over an entire semester to control a model train set. We spent 130+ hours per team member on the project, and didn't have a working demo until 3 weeks before the end of the semester. If we were required to have a working demo within a week, we would've never been able to work out other features (stopping collisions, allowing the train to reverse, change switches, sound a horn, etc.)

Most builds of the current game status would be unplayable. You wouldn't be able to do much other than look over the code.

As for requesting changes, you would have to invest much more than just the price of the final game before you could be taken seriously. If it were me, I would listen to the guy who paid me $1,000 rather than the person who paid $50 and expects a free copy of the game when it's completed.

more than 5 years ago

Something May Have Just Hit Jupiter

cwiegmann24 Re:Yep, that's why God put em there (299 comments)

I think it's clear at this point that the earth wasn't made in a week, and religious fundamentalists are trouble.

Just like the earth isn't round and the sun isn't the center of the solar system, right?

Certain ideas may seem ridiculous, until you take the time to really look at them objectively.

more than 5 years ago

In Defense of the Classic Controller

cwiegmann24 Watch a kid play Mario for the first time... (251 comments)

I remember laughing watching my friends and sister play Super Mario for NES for the first time. Every time they wanted to jump, they'd press A and pull up on the entire controller. Like they were trying to use motion controls when they weren't even part of the game! I understand that buttons will never go away, but motion controls can provide some nice additions to gaming.

I swear that Mario jumped farther when you flailed about madly when he was in the air. (at least my 5-year old mind thought so) When I first played Super Paper Mario for the Wii, and you used motion controls to combo hits on enemies, I laughed out loud. I remembered my first experience with Mario and how it had all come full circle.

It's not that motion controls are better, that isn't my argument. They're just much more intuitive.

more than 5 years ago

Download Taxes As a Weapon Against File-Sharing

cwiegmann24 Re:Yes, it would be tax evasion... (451 comments)

That's how they got Al Capone - regardless of the legality of your income, you still need to pay taxes on it.

That being said, if the retail value of a DVD is $10, and a state has a 6% sales tax, I could download a hundred movies and owe...six whole dollars. No prosecutor in his right mind is going to prosecute for that.

Um, check your math. You'd owe $60. It'd be 60 cents for each movie.

more than 5 years ago

Successful Launch of ESA's Herschel and Planck

cwiegmann24 Herschel and Planck? (121 comments)

I understand that they're named after some famous scientists, but how are these names any better or more notable than Colbert? It's not like I'm going to remember Sir William Herschel and Max Planck any better because they have a spacecraft named after them. I had to look both up cause I didn't know who they were.

more than 5 years ago

Repairman Steals Hard Drive And Charges To Reinstall It

cwiegmann24 Re:Criminal masterminds... (181 comments)

Or the cops showed up at his house, where he was putting away all the clothes he stole. Perhaps into a dresser.

more than 5 years ago

Let's Rename Swine Flu As "Colbert Flu"

cwiegmann24 Why don't we... (607 comments)

Have a worldwide online poll to name it, and allow write-in submissions...

more than 5 years ago

Minnesota Latest To Try To Block Gambling Sites

cwiegmann24 Come on... (138 comments)

5 to 1 odds they have to back down within a week.

more than 5 years ago


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