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The Guy Who Unknowingly 'Live-Blogged' the Bin Laden Raid

dave1791 Re:"Three years ago today" (142 comments)

You are trolling, but I'll still bite.

While living in a cave...

We're talking about the same country who got its ass kicked by vietcongs for at least two decades (while using Napalm). Ass kicked in Afghanistan by people using weapons the CIA gave them back in the late '70s when Brejnev invaded their country and IEDs. .

Interestingly, this is is a time honored methodology for fighting against a much stronger force and is exactly how I would fight against the US, NATO, Russia, China, etc. if I were in a small country. Take to the hills, don't expose yourself to pitched battles that you will lose anyway and subject your opponent to death by a thousand paper cuts. Americans themselves successfully used this methodology against the British between 1775 and 1781.

The only real ways to fight against it are to either make yourself more popular among the populace than the resistance force (VERY difficult to do) or go full Ghengis Khan.

but was the only one to use them... Twice... Hiroshima August 6th 1945... Enola Gay...Little Boy...Gun Type 16kT. Nagasaki August 9th 1945... Bockscar...Fat Man...Implosion type 21kT.

Other designs were planned. We're talking about weapon testing... If the war wasn't over back in the old countries, they would *never* have dropped a nuclear weapon in europe.

So..... its the summer of 1945. YOU are Harry Truman. The war has killed, what 50 million people so far. The battle of Okinawa has just finished and it killed.... oh about 200,000 people. (about half being soldiers of the two side and the rest civilians). That was essentially the dress rehearsal for the invasion of Japan itself. You've just been told about these new kinds of bombs. What would you do? Try to finish the war off by using them and then bluffing the Japanese by saying you have a thousand (you don't. you have two) or go ahead with the invasion?

about 3 months ago
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44% of Twitter Users Have Never Tweeted

dave1791 Re:It's a good service (121 comments)

Slashdot was the place to get modded down for going against the hive mind, before Reddit made getting modded down for going against the hive mind cool.

about 3 months ago
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Physics Forum At Fermilab Bans Powerpoint

dave1791 Re:Any tool can be misused. (181 comments)

This does not refute the GP. All of those 50 bling buttons are like a honey pot for bad designers. And if MS did not offer them? People would whine about them not being in.

I'm a product manager for an IDE. The tool offers no component for adding gauge graphics to the app being built. What do customers ask or? How do you think they'd react to "gauges are chart junk and you'll just use them to create design abominations"? So yeah, gauges are on the roadmap. *sigh*

about 5 months ago
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Health Exchange Sites Crushed By Demand; Shutdown Blanks Other Gov't Sites

dave1791 Re:Ridiculous stunt (565 comments)

Why should it be free? The infrastructure costs money and they have a right to make a profit on it. TV is not a necessity - if anything, its a vice - , so you can't even make an argument that it should be subsidized for the poor.

Nothing is free, ever! Even things that may look free... like say roads, schools and clean water, cost money. People like me pay for them. I pay a mountain of taxes; much more than I eve get back. I'd rather do that than live like a king in a third world shithole.

And I never tried to steal cable TV either.

about 10 months ago
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Congress Voting On Amendment to Defund NSA Domestic Spying Tomorrow

dave1791 Re:I would, but... (276 comments)

It is probably more insidious, given the nature of the allegations in Germany against the BND. Suppose you are a spy agency and want to spy on your own population, but are thwarted by laws about that pesky due process? No problem! Simply cut a deal with other spy agencies. "You spy on our people, because spying on foreigners is your job. We spy on your people, because spying on foreigners is our job. It all goes into the same database and no laws were technically broken".

1 year,1 day
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Major Find By Japanese Scientists May Threaten Chinese Rare Earth Hegemony

dave1791 Re:Glomar Explorer (189 comments)

When I saw this headline, my snarky alter ego asked if the Chinese had lost a sub in that area. The Glomar Explorer was my first thought.

about a year ago
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In Wake of Poor Reviews, Amazon Yanks SimCity Download

dave1791 Re:I wish I had pirated it lol (511 comments)

Seriously, if I have a project where I can reduce development and maintenance costs OR use efficient design methods, then those efficient methods are not so efficient.

about a year ago
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Shorter '.uk' Domain Name Put On Ice

dave1791 Re:F.and S (110 comments)

I am totally registering goats.uk if they do this.

about a year ago
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Facebook Ordered To End Its Real Name Policy In Germany

dave1791 Re:Why should Facebook have to do anything? (471 comments)

What about those of us who live in Germany and like it just the way it is or was.

I lose if Facebook ceases to operate here. I have friends and family spread all over the world; Germany, Sweden, the US, India, etc. and it was always a lot of work to keep in touch with everyone. Facebook makes this easy.

I also lose if people started to use pseudonyms. Have you ever tracked down an old friend, or been tracked down by an old friend via Facebook?

about a year and a half ago
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Insurer Measures Driver Safety With Smartphone App To Calculate Premiums

dave1791 Re:Some game theory problems (345 comments)

I think you are partially right. I’ll presume that when the insurance company manages to rid itself of the bottom half of its driver pool, its payouts decrease more than its collected premiums. In effect, the insurance company is defecting against its competitors by sticking them with the higher cost customers.

about 2 years ago
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Ecuador To Grant Assange Political Asylum

dave1791 Re:And..."I suppose it was only a matter of time." (432 comments)

People who refuse to do anything about a greater evil, lest they accept a smaller evil, piss me off. Suppose that the greater evil would win by one vote if you stayed home. Your choice in this case is to vote for the lesser evil, which is still evil, or not vote; which in this case is the same as voting for the greater evil. If Gore had been president in 2001, we’d not have had Dick Fucking Cheney using 9/11 to push the US into the Iraq war. Would we have had rendition? Torture? Since Cheney actively supported these things and was their biggest cheerleader, it made a BIG difference between having a smaller or bigger evil and in this case, we got the bigger evil.

Those people who voted for Nader in 2000, because “voting for the smaller evil is still evil” have the blood of the Iraq war on their hands!

about 2 years ago
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Does Grammar Matter Anymore?

dave1791 Re:It's like this. (878 comments)

i can write just fine in my utilkilt with no undies

about 2 years ago
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Microsoft Office 2013 Not Compatible With Windows XP, Vista

dave1791 Re:still using Office 2000... no point in newer... (711 comments)

So I guess valuing the (usually) smaller size of the archived xml marks me as clueless then.

Actually, from my perspective, there have been significant improvements in every version of Office. Then again, I'm also someone who writes a lot of VBA macros and the occasional c# .net plugin.

about 2 years ago
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Conservatives' Trust In Science Has Fallen Dramatically Since Mid-1970s

dave1791 Re:Obvious (1128 comments)

There is also a Green Party in the US. Interestingly, the Greens are classified as a "left libertarian" party and its platforms do overlap with the larger, but still insignificant, American Libertarian party.

more than 2 years ago
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Apple Loses German Court Bid To Ban Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1N, Nexus Phone

dave1791 Re:As an nexus owner... (193 comments)

There should be a moratorium on gesture patents. Right now, we're in a state where we can't say that any new developments would be non-obvious to an expert. You could make a list of a million gesture controls over a couple of beers.

more than 2 years ago
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Apple Loses German Court Bid To Ban Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1N, Nexus Phone

dave1791 Re:Any surprises here? (193 comments)

Goodness gracious! I'll grant the hardware similarities, but that link is comparing an old feature phone's OS UI with a not-heavily skinned Android phone. Those icons and that layout are stock Gingerbread. Aside from that and the use of gestures, the usage paradigms for iOS and Android (at least as of 4.0) are quite different and "how things flow" is also quite different.

Samsung's best defense here is probably a quick rollout of a 4.0 update.

more than 2 years ago
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The Un-Internet and War On General Purpose Computers

dave1791 Re:Free market? (266 comments)

If I had mod points today, you'd get'em. This is the same thing that goes through my mind whenever I read someone lamenting that too many people are ignorant of some aspect of computing; e.g. security.

Oh and its not just Americans, but "people" in general.

more than 2 years ago
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Do You Really Need a Smart Phone?

dave1791 Re:Shocked. (851 comments)

Mod the parent up.

My smartphone“ (an iPhone in my case, but to be honest, something running WebOS, Android or Windows Phone would also work) is a lousy phone. My cheap Nokia work phone is far better. In fact, every cell phone I’ve ever owned has been a better phone. I don’t really care because I average 1 minute a day talktime and most of that is with my wife and kids; logistical syncing stuff. I was late to the smartphone bandwagon because I lived like the OP for many years; using an old clamshell with a dirt cheap voice only plan.

Holy cow! I’ll never go back!

I’m increasingly finding that my phone is replacing my laptop. Many tasks that I used to crack open the laptop for, I can do perfectly fine on the phone and for serious work, I’ve always preferred desktops for real work anyway. So basically, it’s a substitute laptop that fits in my pocket, has internet access wherever I go and a GPS built in. And that GPS has a standardized API, so many of the applications on my little pocket laptop are location enabled; from the useful (such as finding the highest rated restaurant within walking distance, or checking on traffic info) to the useless, but fun (such as finding out about that airliner flying overhead; which airline it is and where it is going).

I could even put an ssh terminal on it if I had need of one.

And I pay about €20 a month for it. Are service plans really so expensive in the US?

more than 2 years ago
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Augmented Reality's Disruptive Potential

dave1791 The funny thing is (126 comments)

Yes, being able to display a google earth layer over the camera on my phone would be cool. In theory. The problem with AR is that it combines cheap in-phone GPS results with low quality solid state compass data. I’ve got an app called “go sky watch”. It’s really cool in that it can show me where constellation, individual stars, elliptic line and the current locations of the sun and moon are. Too bad that more likely than not, it thinks my phone is pointed to a different part of the sky than it actually is. Wikitude suffers the same problem and is most useful in overhead map mode, where it is reduced to being a not as good as google maps, google maps clone.

For the foreseeable future, AR is just going to be a gimmick that” will become the next big thing sometime soon”.

more than 2 years ago

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