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Tesla Wins One Over Chinese Trademark Troll

emm-tee Re:"Free Trade" (103 comments)

"U.S. sugar industry has enjoyed trade protection since 1789 when Congress enacted the first tariff against foreign-produced sugar"


1 year,19 hours

UK Men Arrested For Anti-Semitic Tweets After Football Game

emm-tee Re:Perhaps not (598 comments)

But where do you draw the line? If the government has the authority to arrest someone for hating Jews, then why can't they also arrest you for hating Republicans?

They don't have the authority to arrest someone for hating Jewish people. They have the authority to arrest someone for inciting hatred against Jewish people (or any other ethnic group).

"Where do you draw the line?" is a reasonable question, but you can't use it as shorthand for "this is a stupid law": You can be arrested for killing somebody, so why can't you be arrested for looking at me funny? Where do you draw the line?

Obviously, Republicanism is a political alignment, which can be debated and will change during your lifetime. Your ethnic background simply depends who your parents were and is eternal.

about a year ago

Third 2012 US Presidential Debate Tonight: Discuss Here

emm-tee Re:Socialist agenda on full display tonite (529 comments)

Way to go! Instead of using your vote to keep out the worst possible outcome for everyone (Romney), you're throwing it away. Or are you let down because Obama is just a good president, but can't walk on water like you wanted?

more than 2 years ago

Third 2012 US Presidential Debate Tonight: Discuss Here

emm-tee Re:Socialist agenda on full display tonite (529 comments)

The rich in the US are only interested in their own wealth, and not the longterm wealth of their country. So they don't want to ensure that all citizens have a good education and are able to get healthcare they need. This results in the US having one of the worst social mobility ratings in the developed world. Land of the opportunity for the filthy rich to become even richer, and most of the rest to rot.

more than 2 years ago

Tata Intends To Sell Air-Powered Car In India

emm-tee Re:NEVER (398 comments)

I don't disagree with your comment per se, but I think you missed the point of Nursie's comment.

sanman2 said "India's poor" are "turning their noses up" at the Nano.

However, 32.7% of Indians live in poverty. Because of this, Nursie rightly pointed out that "India's poor" probably have bigger concerns than which car to buy.

If sanman2 had said "members of India's lower middle class are already turning their noses up at the Nano" there would be no argument here.

I have been to India several times in the last 10 years and seen huge numbers of people sleeping on the streets and in shanty towns.

more than 2 years ago

Mercury Turns Out To Be a Weird Little World

emm-tee Andromeda Strain? (90 comments)

It reminds me of the superb 1971 film The Andromeda Strain directed by Robert Wise. The virus in the film came from space and under a microscope is seen to grow. The new image of Mercury in the National Geographic article looks eerily like the growing virus... Sadly I can't find an image for this at the moment.

more than 3 years ago

Air Force Wants Hundreds of Fake Online Identities

emm-tee Re:What is the problem? (124 comments)

Exactly, it is. But who doesn't have a fake facebook account ?

Logic failure. Just because you have one account for social use and one for business, one of which you could call "fake", and you consider that "okay", doesn't suddenly mean that you have to accept that all fake Facebook accounts have to be "okay". Fake accounts for the purposes of astroturfing or propaganda are definitely not okay.

In my company's sales team most everybody has at least a "commercial" and a private account. That means our company "has" euhm ... a dozen facebook accounts perhaps, something like that. You could call it "astroturfing" probably, because it kinda is. Everybody does it.

Just because some of your peers do it doesn't necessarily make it okay. http://news.slashdot.org/story/09/07/15/1351204/Internet-Astroturfer-Fined-300000

more than 3 years ago

Geekiest Marriage Proposals Ever

emm-tee Geeky proposals to non geeks (96 comments)

The weird part is that some of these geeky proposals seem to have been sprung on total non-geeks. For example, having to sort out an accidentally-minimised window, or having to drive them to a PC... Doesn't this seem a bit self-indulgent of the person doing the preposing?

I wonder how red the recipients of these proposals went when their friends asked how the question was popped?

more than 3 years ago

'No Refusal' DUI Checkpoints Coming To Florida?

emm-tee Stupid (1219 comments)

Posted by timothy on 2011-01-01 1:02
from the ends-justify-the-means dept.
schwit1 writes "With New Year's Eve only days away,

about 4 years ago

Optical Camouflage Puts Kinect Into Stealth Mode

emm-tee Re:The background doesn't change (60 comments)

Can't speak for GP but I've done better using just a JPEG of a background. You can't see when I move at all.

Are you joking? The whole point is to be able to see when he moves. It's a special effect to show a sci-fi kind of "cloaking". Sure you could implement something similar with a standard webcam, but the novelty here is that he seems to use the Kinect's depth information to work out how much distortion/lensing effect to apply. Hence when he stands against the bookshelf in the background, he disappears completely.

more than 4 years ago

Facebook Leads To Increase In STDs in Britain

emm-tee Re:What? (270 comments)

lolwut? facebook/myspace/craigslist/etc/etc/etc.

But hey, a lot of people are on facebook, let's blame it on that.

You do realise that Britain is not part of the United States, don't you?

From http://www.clickymedia.co.uk/2009/07/uk-social-network-statistics-july-2009/ :

Facebook has long been the UK’s most popular Social Networking site and now has over 19 million active users. In May 2009 alone Facebook.com received 23.9 million visitors in the UK. Other popular social networking sites continued to struggle to keep up with Facebook – Bebo followed as the second most visited UK Social Network (8.5 million visitors), then Windows Live Profile (6.9 million visitors) and MySpace Sites (6.5 million visitors)...

more than 4 years ago

Is the Line-in Jack On the Verge of Extinction?

emm-tee Re:Not sure what you're looking at... (411 comments)

Macbooks ship with a line in jack. Macbook Pros use the same 1/8" jack for either input or output. You just have to go to the Audio preferences and set it for the mode you need at that time.

Apparently the audio in/out ports are also combined on the MacBook now.

From http://www.apple.com/macbook/specs.html:

Combined optical digital output/headphone out (user-selectable analogue audio line in)

The line-in functionality could be easily missed though, as the symbol next to the socket is just the headphones symbol.

It's not much of a problem for video/audio calls (e.g. Skype) as there's a microphone, video camera and speakers built in to the MacBook, and they work very well.

I just hope they never remove the optical out, as I use that all the time to connect to my amp, in preference to the analogue line-out.

more than 4 years ago

Apple's "iPad" Out In the Open

emm-tee Re:What is the point? (1713 comments)

The only way to listen to podcasts that aren't in the iTunes store is to sync the device with a desktop computer running the full-blown version of iTunes. The iPod Touch is a portable wifi-enabled computer in its own right, I shouldn't have to sync it with [..] anything just to get content onto it. I have no computers that iTunes will run on, and of course, Apple encrypts communications to and from the device so no open-source software can connect to it either.

You must have missed the requirements list when you bought it. It requires iTunes to work, that's the way it's designed to work.

The word "pod" has always meant something detachable, long before Apple existed. It's designed to detach from your main system so you can take part of your stuff with you. It's not meant to be a computer in it's own right. For most people this works better than having entirely separate devices because synchronisation is automatic and straightforward.. you're not duplicating the management effort.

Convenient and valuable? Feh, I say.

You ignored the requirements and bought the wrong product, I'm afraid.

more than 4 years ago

The Technology Behind Last.fm

emm-tee Re:No thanks, last.fm (125 comments)

I'm not sure if you've really missed the point, or are just trolling (making me an idiot for replying..).

The idea of putting the "most popular" tracks on SSD is to make it more efficient to stream the tracks that are more likely to be requested.

It's optimising the efficient use of their hardware. It doesn't have anything to do with last.fm's suggestions algorithms and does not at all mean last.fm will force these tracks on you.

You're amusingly uninformed considering you're throwing around terms like "sheeple".

more than 5 years ago

Moving Decimal Bug Loses Money

emm-tee Re:Not helping! (420 comments)

...it's worth clarifying whether they're using the decimal or comma convention in the summary itself!

Yep the submitter got it wrong. Given that he is posting in English, to an American website, it makes no sense to use the comma as the decimal separator and the period as the thousands separator (unless the idea was to intentionally cause confusion to prove the point).

With a few exceptions (e.g. South Africa), the rule of thumb seems to be that if you're using English, you use "." as the decimal separator.

Wikipedia has a very long article on these things http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Decimal_separator, but most interesting is the diagram showing which countries use which. I found it surprising how many use "," as the decimal point. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:DecimalSeparator.png

more than 5 years ago

Easing the Job of Family Tech Support?

emm-tee Re:Correct User Access (932 comments)

I've found the best thing is to treat them like a corporation. Make sure their accounts are only user level, and either hold on to the Administrator password or make sure they know the real reason to use it. Done that with a few family friends I do work for and the amount of trouble i've had has dropped drastically.

Absolutely, I did this for my brother's machine, compared to my parents machine it's remained extremely tidy and worry free!

The only issue is Firefox updating. On Windows XP, Firefox cannot update itself when running in a non-admin account. (Bugzilla:407875) Probably means my brother is running a months-old Firefox..

Makes me wonder if Internet Explorer would actually be safer for him, at least it would get updated automatically.

more than 5 years ago

Regulator Blocks BBC DRM Plans

emm-tee Re:BBC Bias (177 comments)

I suppose it wouldn't be a good idea to point out the blatant contradiction between "good example of the BBC covering a BBC-related story in a balanced manner" (my italics) and "It contains more quotes from people opposed to the plans than in favour of it."

Have you missed the point?

The greater number of comments against the BBC's plans which are included in the BBC article represents the greater number of comments/arguments against the BBC's plans, and goes some way to explaining why its plans were rejected.

more than 5 years ago

Low-Energy Laser Etching May Replace Fruit Labels

emm-tee Re:Dude (475 comments)

For a technology site, most of the comments here are surprisingly anti-technology.

A new graphics card comes out? Commentors will gripe that old school games with shitty graphics are better anyway.

Darn kids! Get off my lawn!

On topic... I hate those stickers. They end up stuck to random things. Some people seem to stick them to things (e.g. in a line around the edge of their monitor). I find them a bit disgusting, in a similar way to chewing gum that gets stuck everywhere. Weird and irrational, I know. :)

more than 5 years ago


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