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Verizon Adds $2 Charge For Paying Your Bill Online

e4g4 Re:Ah, America! (562 comments)

The American Express charge card does the same thing, and yet it is not called a credit card for a reason. You are expected to pay the monthly bill off in full each month; you are not allowed to carry a balance. Taking advantage of a bank floating you the cost of sundry goods purchased on a credit or charge card, then paying the bill off in full each month (thus avoiding any interest charges) is sound financial practice. Being able to leave your money in a (admittedly low-rate) savings account for a period of time after purchasing something means that you are in effect getting a discount for the item purchased. This is a win-win scenario, as the bank makes money via transaction fees, and you make money because the bank is floating you the money for the purchase. While this is not optimally profitable for the bank (which is why credit card companies make it very easy for you to carry a balance from month to month on their cards), it is sensible, and good for both parties, to take advantage.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Ergonomic Office Environment?

e4g4 Re:No chair (235 comments)

You needed something like a chef mat

more than 3 years ago
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Book Review: CoffeeScript: Accelerated JavaScript Development

e4g4 Re:What's wrong with jQuery? (100 comments)

Except the author of the book isn't the creator of coffeescript.

more than 3 years ago
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Wall Street Predicts Merge of OS X and iOS

e4g4 Re:Never going to happen. (258 comments)

Why else would they cripple Lion server?

I'm hoping it's because they realized that OS X as a server is only good as a toy server. People trying to get shit done on servers wouldn't touch it with a 10 foot pole. OS X is (and has been for quite some time) an excellent client OS. It has never been worth even 1/10th of what it costs as a server.

more than 3 years ago
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Is Twitter Rendered Obsolete By Google+?

e4g4 Re:Twitter exists to do less (456 comments)

If you follow the right people on twitter, it is an excellent source for news, announcements, system status change updates, etc. It is hands down the most efficient way to rapidly convey new information to a large number of people. Don't follow people who tweet their bowel movements - not everyone uses twitter as a trivial, personal diary; many actually use it to impart (or at the very least relay) new, relevant information. I felt the same as you for a very long time, until I was forced as a condition of employment (at a startup very dependent on social media) to create and use a twitter account. I learned very quickly that if you choose the people you follow well, you can get a great deal of value out of twitter (and maybe even provide some yourself).

more than 3 years ago
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Will Capped Data Plans Kill the Cloud?

e4g4 Re:Fair payment (530 comments)

That would only be fair if the ISPs themselves were paying per unit of transfer, which is not the case AFAIK.

more than 3 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Web Site Editing Software For the Long Haul?

e4g4 Re:Notepad (545 comments)

TextMate is close enough on the very basics that I always get annoyed when I try to "control excess". It doesn't do two stroke shortcuts, and so I always end up with a search box.

more than 3 years ago
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Google Asks 'Who Cares Where Your Data Is?'

e4g4 Re:Obligatory XKCD (241 comments)

Hat Guy has all your data. How is that not about privacy and security?

more than 3 years ago
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Google Asks 'Who Cares Where Your Data Is?'

e4g4 Re:Obligatory XKCD (241 comments)

He didn't get the joke because he didn't RTFXKCD. ACs on slashdot don't RTFA, why would you expect them to click on a link in a comment?

more than 3 years ago
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Time Lapse Video of the VLT In Chile

e4g4 Re:Why not link to the original video? (105 comments)

The most amazing view I've seen of the night sky was from the Daintree Rainforest in Australia. The view of the milky way (and the night sky, in general) is far better in the Southern hemisphere than it is in the Northern. I'm jealous of everyone who gets to see it every night. Mind you, as I currently live in NYC, there are still loads in the Northern hemisphere who've got it better than me.

more than 3 years ago
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Tweeter To Be Prosecuted, Twitter Now Censoring?

e4g4 Re:Slashdot is not UK based (195 comments)

Ryan Giggs [...] Ryan Gifts

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Sent from my iPad

more than 3 years ago
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Netflix Subscriber Base Eclipses Comcast's

e4g4 Re:There's a big difference, though (333 comments)

Netflix also isn't providing the pipe upon which they're delivered. Nevertheless - as one paying the same 2k/year to another cable company, I feel your pain.

more than 3 years ago
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RSA Says SecurID Hack Based On Phishing With Flash 0-Day

e4g4 Re:And then people wonder (153 comments)

Your tense is wrong. You *could* jailbreak it by going to a web page, but that is no longer possible. Now, you need to drop your device into DFU mode and jailbreak it via USB.

more than 3 years ago
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Google Starts Testing Google Music Internally

e4g4 Re:Ehrm,... (119 comments)

Or not because the chances of anyone with a brain ever agreeing to such a service are nil!

Which leaves a large portion of the population who will.

more than 3 years ago
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My $200 Laptop Can Beat Your $500 Tablet

e4g4 Re:Who thinks this? (789 comments)

Yeah, putting that cellphone processor into a case ten times as big as a phone and charging $500 for it sure is a bargain, huh?

Sure is, when the previous gen processor with a much smaller screen and the same amount of ram at ~$650...(when you factor out the contract subsidy). Oh - and the market is clearly wiping the floor with Apple, what with the Xoom priced at $600.

more than 3 years ago
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Microsoft On List of Most Ethical Companies

e4g4 Re:No, co's that most WANT you to think them Ethic (465 comments)

So is Alcohol.. first of all Alcohol is one of the first antiseptics humans made, has important medical scientific uses; has spurred many innovations. The product is not a bad one, and also, many "green fuel" producers are Alcohol companies (also referred to as Ethanol)

Indeed. I mean, how many people owe their very existence to alcohol?

more than 3 years ago
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17-Year-Old Wins Intel's $100K Science Prize

e4g4 Re:U jelly? (271 comments)

I can't draw for shit

Neither can Randall Munroe, but that didn't stop him.

more than 3 years ago

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The Science of Sarcasm

e4g4 e4g4 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

e4g4 (533831) writes "The New York Times has an interesting article up about how humans actually detect sarcasm. It turns out that sarcasm detection is actually a high level process that takes place in the parahippocampal gyrus. Interestingly, this part of the brain is not in the left hemisphere where most of the hardware for processing language and social interaction resides. So the next time your sarcasm is lost on some other commenters, maybe damage to the right hemisphere or semantic dementia is the culprit. To paraphrase Comic Book Guy, "Ooh a parahippocampal gyrus, that's real useful.""
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HD-DVD is dead. Long Live Bluray

e4g4 e4g4 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

e4g4 (533831) writes "At long last the format war is over. Engadget is reporting that Toshiba is throwing in the towel in the HD-DVD/Bluray war and is ceasing production of HD-DVDs. Kudos to Toshiba for acknowledging that a format war is bad for consumers, and not prolonging the battle a la VHS v. Betamax."
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Nuclear Energy, Global Warming, and Jane Fonda

e4g4 e4g4 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

e4g4 (533831) writes "Stephen J. Dubner and Steven D. Levitt (authors of the book "Freakonomics") penned a very interesting article(registration req'd) for the New York Times Magazine attributing at least some of our current climate problems to the coincidence of the movie "The China Syndrome" starring Jane Fonda, and the accident at Three Mile Island in 1979. The remarkably short time between the release of the movie and the incident at Three Mile Island (a mere twelve days) skewed public opinion strongly against the widespread adoption of nuclear power, or so argue Mr. Dubner and Mr. Levitt.

More information about the research behind their article can be found on their blog"
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e4g4 e4g4 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

e4g4 (533831) writes "Researchers at Manchester University have apparently discovered the formula behind the well known "Beer Goggle" effect. The research, commissioned by Bausch and Lomb PureVision, has determined that the quantity of alcohol consumed isn't the only variable that contributes to the "Beer Goggle factor", smokiness of the room and a person's visual acuity also come into play. (Yeah, the article's a little over a year old, but Science + Beer == Fun)."
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e4g4 e4g4 writes  |  more than 8 years ago

e4g4 (533831) writes "Universal is suing MySpace over alleged copyright infringement, stating that because MySpace reformats submitted content (music videos, etc) and enables these files to be shared with other users, they are willfully participating in the infringement. MySpace claims that their procedures and policies are fully in line with the DMCA."

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