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At CIA Starbucks, Even the Baristas Are Covert

demonlapin Re:What's so hard about using the time-honored (241 comments)

I grew up in an area of the South where the w-/wh- distinction is preserved by many people (including me). College friends from the Northeast found it bizarre.

2 days ago
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Statistician Creates Mathematical Model To Predict the Future of Game of Thrones

demonlapin Re:Hodor (125 comments)

Miss Clarke is quite attractive, but if it's boobs you want, Natalie Dormer has her beat.

2 days ago
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Yahoo Shuttering Its Web Directory

demonlapin Re:RIP (115 comments)

You know what I mean.

2 days ago
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Yahoo Shuttering Its Web Directory

demonlapin Re:RIP (115 comments)

This is probably one of the few fora left where you have a substantial portion of users who remember the early days, outside of The Service of Which We Speak Not. The one that predated Google Groups.

3 days ago
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Yahoo Shuttering Its Web Directory

demonlapin RIP (115 comments)

Sad to see one of the last vestiges of the Old Web die.

Oh, who am I kidding? The modern version kicks the old one's ass seven ways to Sunday. I've been an Internet user for over twenty years. Yahoo was amazing at the time, but Moore's Law reigns supreme, and thank FSM for that. akebono.stanford.edu, anyone?

4 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is iOS 8 a Pig?

demonlapin Re:Alright smart guy (504 comments)

I like CM as much as the next Android fan, but I'm also capable of using Odin or RSD Lite to fix a phone that won't boot if it goes wrong, and CM certainly has variable support for specific models. The thing is, CM users will put up with the odd quirk here or there to get what they want, and if they really need the camera, or Bluetooth, or whatever to work, they'll just go back to a rooted stock image. Manufacturers don't have that luxury.

about two weeks ago
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A DC-10 Passenger Plane Is Perfect At Fighting Wildfires

demonlapin Re:Hmmm .... (112 comments)

I've certainly noticed that many aircraft continue to be used for freight long after passenger airlines have moved on to more efficient vehicles. Why is fuel consumption so much less important in freight operations?

about two weeks ago
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WD Announces 8TB, 10TB Helium Hard Drives

demonlapin Re:Leakage? (296 comments)

It was hellaciously slow, though.

about three weeks ago
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Apple Announces Smartwatch, Bigger iPhones, Mobile Payments

demonlapin Re:Trust us with your payments (730 comments)

So is Apple getting a cut of every merchant fee? That's the part I haven't figured out yet.

about three weeks ago
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3 Recent Flights Make Unscheduled Landings, After Disputes Over Knee Room

demonlapin Re:Anthropometrics (819 comments)

Internationally, this is true. Unless they've replaced the whole domestic fleet's seating in the past year, though, not the case there.

about three weeks ago
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3 Recent Flights Make Unscheduled Landings, After Disputes Over Knee Room

demonlapin Re: cram lots of people in a confined space (819 comments)

Interestingly, when you fly in first class, almost nobody reclines their seat.

about three weeks ago
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3 Recent Flights Make Unscheduled Landings, After Disputes Over Knee Room

demonlapin Re:Anthropometrics (819 comments)

It's a lot more than $10, but you're right.

I only fly first class for this reason. Interestingly, my experience has been that people in first class almost never recline their seats at all, and when they do so, they only go back a little.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Are the Strangest Features of Various Programming Languages?

demonlapin Re:Lua[0]? (729 comments)

Well, crap. Posting to undo accidental redundant mod. This is insightful.

about a month ago
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Changing the Rules of a 15-Year-Old Game: Quake Live Update Causes Controversy

demonlapin Re:Doom by boredom (170 comments)

There's a straightforward solution for this, a la the English football league balancings: if you keep winning, you get bumped up, and if you keep losing, you get bumped down. Requires an Xbox Live-style central matching mechanism, but it does make griefing less rewarding.

You just have to have a way to keep players at different levels from even seeing each other.

about a month ago
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Uber Now Blocked All Over Germany

demonlapin Re:Anti-competitive behavior is a big deal (312 comments)

UberX may violate those rules, but Uber Black and SUV are standard liveried car services with commercial driver's licenses and insurance. The difference between them and taxis is that taxis can be hailed from the street, while car services have to be dispatched.

about a month ago
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Reported iCloud Hack Leaks Hundreds of Private Celebrity Photos

demonlapin Re:Where are these photos? (336 comments)

No, it doesn't imply that it's immoral. I don't care if you take pics of your boobs. But if the photos exist, you'd better have complete faith in everyone you share them with. And that includes whoever does your backups.

about a month ago
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Reported iCloud Hack Leaks Hundreds of Private Celebrity Photos

demonlapin Re:Where are these photos? (336 comments)

Privacy is an illusion. If you don't want pictures of your tits online, don't let anyone take pictures of your tits. This applies whether you are a starlet or a Juggalette.

Now the important question: why are Jennifer Lawrence 's tits the headliner when we have photos of Kate Upton's full equipment? Katniss is cute, but she's not an SI swimsuit model.

about a month ago
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3 Congressmen Trying To Tie Up SpaceX

demonlapin Re:What? (393 comments)

By this logic, the Soviet Union should have succeeded, and government corruption should be irrelevant.

Your analysis doesn't allow for deadweight losses or economically unproductive overhead. Some activity is productive. Some isn't, even if it's necessary to allow the productive activity to occur. The more of your economy is spent on nonproductive (or even negatively productive) activity, the weaker it will be. Ideally, you would have nonproductive activities reduced to the point at which they exactly pay for themselves - if they spent more, they would begin to detract from productive activities, and if they spent less, they would be overlooking potential productivity improvements. The more hands money passes through, the more instances of unproductive activity you will have to deal with.

about a month and a half ago
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3 Congressmen Trying To Tie Up SpaceX

demonlapin Re:What? (393 comments)

No one argues that the government does not create specific jobs. The argument is that because the government must get its money from either borrowing or taxes, it is either bidding up the price of money or taking it directly from taxpayers' wallets. In either case, it makes it more difficult for private citizens to do what they want with their money by either increasing the cost of borrowing or directly taking it from them.

In this case, the fact that Congressmen are willing to fight very hard to keep a steady stream of federal money flowing into their districts does not mean that spending that money is a wise idea, nor that the federal government is spending that money in a more job-creating way than the taxpayers from whom it was taken would have.

about a month and a half ago

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How I choose my /. friends, or, Why did this idiot pick me?

demonlapin demonlapin writes  |  more than 10 years ago I'm reading through /. and, on any occasion that a political topic comes up, befriending people who oppose leftism. Doesn't mean I think you're a True Conservative (because I'm certainly not); doesn't mean I necessarily agree with you. It just means I think you're part of a badly underrepresented community here on the Dot, and I'm doing my little part to band some of us together. Think of it as a sort of net-only ProtestWarrior.

Anyway, look through my list of friends, and I'll look through yours. I don't plan to make any further posts to the Journal, so this will always be the top post. I'll check it once a week or so for comments.

Update: Heavy preponderance of low UID's here. Could be an interesting research project for someone - differences in political opinions based on when you first went online.

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