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WD Announces 8TB, 10TB Helium Hard Drives

demonlapin Re:Leakage? (296 comments)

It was hellaciously slow, though.

about a week 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 a week ago
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3 Recent Flights Make Unscheduled Landings, After Disputes Over Knee Room

demonlapin Re:Anthropometrics (812 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 a week 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 (812 comments)

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

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

demonlapin Re:Anthropometrics (812 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 two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Are the Strangest Features of Various Programming Languages?

demonlapin Re:Lua[0]? (728 comments)

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

about two weeks 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 two weeks 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 two weeks 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 two weeks 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 two weeks 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 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 ago
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For Fast Internet in the US, Virginia Tops the Charts

demonlapin Re:And yet here I am (98 comments)

... not because they're black. Because they're idiots.

Kinda like the Ashe statue on Monument. The neo-Confederates didn't want to put it up because he was black. The professional complaint class wanted it there because he was. Nobody ever just came out and said to throw it away because it's a fugly piece of shit.

about a month ago
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For Fast Internet in the US, Virginia Tops the Charts

demonlapin Re:And yet here I am (98 comments)

Installation costs (tearing up the street rather than stringing on poles), plus - if the Richmond city council is anything like it was twenty years ago - nobody is going to make the company provide service at bargain-basement rates to all low-income areas before they're allowed to run the first line in the West End?

about a month ago
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New Process Promises Ammonia From Air, Water, and Sunlight

demonlapin Re:Actual entropy explanation (117 comments)

On the advice of an ex-girlfriend, my lab partners and I got together and had Irish coffee the morning of our final PChem class, the one where the professor did a sort of view-from-orbit of everything we had learned during the second semester (quantum mechanics). She was right, it did make more sense if you were slightly drunk.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Life Beyond the WRT54G Series?

demonlapin Re:+1 for this Post (427 comments)

Factory firmware is a lot more capable now than it was ten years ago, since the developers have been cribbing from DD-WRT, OpenWRT, and Tomato over the intervening time. Ten years ago, the stock firmware was much less capable than the hardware it was controlling; today, that's not nearly so much the case. However, if you want to, there's Shibby's tomato, or Merlin, or even DD-WRT itself. All support popular modern routers.

about a month ago
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Harvesting Energy From Humidity

demonlapin Re:Oblig. StarWars (89 comments)

What you're saying is that Owen and Beru were running a massive grow op?

about 2 months ago
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Train Derailment Dumps Two 737 Fuselages Into Clark Fork River

demonlapin Re:It is safer to fly (187 comments)

A 737 costs around $90 million. And a 767 is close to two hundred million.

about 2 months ago
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Train Derailment Dumps Two 737 Fuselages Into Clark Fork River

demonlapin Re:It is safer to fly (187 comments)

You're talking about a final product selling for hundreds of millions of dollars. Transportation is a rounding error.

about 2 months 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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