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Why India's Mars Probe Was So Cheap

furby076 Why the cost? (200 comments)

Well, I'd imagine the cost difference is because we have engineers/developers/etc who make about 10-20 times the amount of their Indian counterparts. Yes, NASA pays exhorbinant costs (take a look at how much private companies are paying for their shuttles vs NASA) . You also have to compare American cost of labor/parts vs India. Now can someone run the metrics of cost of services/goods of India vs America? Take that factor into account and give us an adjusted price difference

about 2 months ago
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Amazon's Plan To Storm the Cable Industry's Castle

furby076 Re:All hostages to the last mile providers (85 comments)

I agree with the last mile comment. Google, however, is not going to build out more than a few markets. For them this is an experiment, to show that prices can be cheaper and the product can be of better quality - as far as they can demonstrate in a few tiny markets. Try and build a national infrastructure - with data centers sending out that much content, with cables being lined through every city/town/neighborhood - this is an astronomical and mind-blowing logistics nightmare. The barrier to entry into this market is not gov't, it's the cost and willpower to get in. For google to become a competitor they will actually have to expand to major markets. While I wish they would, they can't - it's incredibly difficult. Once they do so, their costs will go up substantially. Again, I hope they do manage to do this, but I am not holding my breath - and nobody else should

about 3 months ago
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Why Phone Stores Should Stockpile Replacements

furby076 Refurbs aren't crummy (253 comments)

While I prefer new to refurb, and was once infuriated where my brand new (35 day old phone) which broke was replaced by a refurb, the refurbs are actually really good. These phones have been re-serviced and look new. When you get your refurb, other than knowing it's a refurb, there is no difference. They replace the body, and any broken components. It's like a new phone, except they can't claim it as new. Yes it's frustrating to wait a day to get the phone (possibly more if over weekend and holiday), but without increasing costs (dramatically) they will not keep in stock every single phone they keep. First off, it could be a 2 year old phone that is no longer produced. Do you think they will keep 100 of those laying around? Multiply that by every phone the store has sold and you can see where it would become a logistics nightmare, and really expensive. Meaning, your costs would go up. The phone companies are not stupid - if they could keep the phones stocked and not overnight you a phone (which definitely costs money) they would do so.

about 3 months ago
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Gamers Pay To Play With Girls

furby076 Re:I wish to Christ this was a joke (408 comments)

Shame on the organisation behind it for creating it. And every one of you assholes who immediately started joking about it, you disgust me.

It's a microsoft product

more than 4 years ago
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Laptop Computers Detect and Monitor Earthquakes

furby076 Re:Call from Quake-Catcher (78 comments)

S: "We clearly read a 0.1 Richter reading in your apartment last night around 10PM, but we can't confirm this with any other data."

fix't

more than 4 years ago
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Filming For The Hobbit Begins In July

furby076 Re:Sequel (298 comments)

That doesn't mean this will suck. There is no reason to not give something a chance other then to be a naysayer. BTW, not that I read them, but I know many people who are huge fans of the star wars and star trek books...fans which some like the star wars/trek movies and some do not.

In the end, instead of saying "this is gonna suck" without any basis (and none of us have ANY basis since the author hasn't even written it) we should give it a shot. I am looking forward to this. I enjoyed the LOTR movies and hope to enjoy these two hobit ones.

more than 4 years ago
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3-D Printer Creates Buildings From Dust and Glue

furby076 Beyond 2000 comes to life (139 comments)

I remember the tv show, beyond 2000, back in the early 90s. One of the items they talked about was being able to fax someone objects. So you would scan it, and it would send (over the phone lines) a fax to someone who had a similar machine and the machine would create the object.

Is this step 1 to that?

more than 4 years ago
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Filming For The Hobbit Begins In July

furby076 Re:Sequel? No, give us Silmarillion (298 comments)

A sequel NOT written by Tolkien? Ew. How about instead another prequel taken from The Silmarillion? That would be full of awesome, almost guaranteed to win several internets.

Funny, your message and writing style seem remarkably like this guy Copy So did you copy from this guy, or are you dual accounting?

more than 4 years ago
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Filming For The Hobbit Begins In July

furby076 Re:Sequel (298 comments)

How is the above insightful? How is that poster anymore then a standard nay-saying fanboy? The person is shooting down a sequel BEFORE it is even written let alone time for him to read it before it is filmed.

I swear we wonder how we get people in congress who shoot down ideas or pass retarded laws that make no sense - when they have no clue about the subject matter (e.g. IP, copyright, net neutrality, patents)....well don't wonder anymore - our local politicians are doing the same thing the OP is doing speaking before they know what the subject matter entails...

more than 4 years ago
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Filming For The Hobbit Begins In July

furby076 bluray (298 comments)

I've been holding off on getting LOTR set for bluray until this came out. I was wavering and even a week ago thought "maybe i should just buy it, there won't be a hobit movie"...glad to know my stubborness is paying off.

more than 4 years ago
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Professor Ditches Grades For XP System

furby076 Re:Balance? Yeah, right... (311 comments)

They're interested in getting the most effort out of their employees for the least possible reward

Oh, that's quite easy. "Bring me a bag of gold...your reward...a ration". Failing = death, not doing the quest equals finding new work (e.g. being fired and getting a new job, assuming you meet the level requirements aka skillset)

more than 4 years ago
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Sony Begins Selling HD Movies On Its PSN

furby076 Re:Titles to "own" (153 comments)

To "own"? Let's not kid ourselves here... there's no real ownership involved unless there is a way to get DRM-free files in 720p off the device using anything other than your eyeballs. I seriously doubt there is, which makes this just a really expensive rental service. I'm sure there are already lots of services which feature renting movies from all 6 major studios while taking your money and laughing about it.

Really - your eyeballs can get files off a device? So should I call you Jordi LaForge?

Not that I would use this service (I prefer having the physical media), but if I get to d/l it to my computer, and it resides there as long as I so choose to keep it then I own the right to view the movie as much as I want. I don't own the movie, that ownership resides with the company that released it...but I own the right to view it. Same thing if I buy a dvd from a store. It's about preference. My friend prefers to have his movies on hard drive, i prefer to keep it on disk.

more than 4 years ago
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The 10 Most Absurd Scientific Papers

furby076 Re:TOO MUCH EINSTEIN! (127 comments)

It's a funny looking picture. How many famous scientists put out a picture like that? He is also one of the most recognizable faces in the science community. Yes there are more famous people - but do we know what they look like? How many of these scientists have multiple movies based on their lives? It's more then his political agenda.

more than 4 years ago
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The 10 Most Absurd Scientific Papers

furby076 It's not absurd (127 comments)

Scientific studies performed without a reason have historically produced results that we can apply to practical applications. This doesnt' always happen and then someone comes around saying "but why are we wasting money on X worthless study"....but what if that study gave us some new piece of knowledge that helped us in some way? What if that study will help someone five, ten, fifteen, one-hundreed years from now?

So studies that seem worthless today may be great tomorrow. The studies may return immediate useful results. Then there is always - because we are curious and satisfying our curiousity and feeding our brains (we are explorers) is a good thing.

more than 4 years ago
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Accidental Wii Suicide

furby076 Re:Suicide? (1343 comments)

RTFA It was an obscure 3rd party controller from overseas that, according to the article, Nintendo had no idea existed. The sheriff's office could barely track it down on the web it was so obscure.

I did RTFA...and let me explain something to you....NONE OF THAT MATTERS. Nintendo is a huge company. Lawyer wants payday. Family is distraught and wants to blame somebody (except themselves). Lawyer capitalizes on this and goes to sue Nintendo, hoping that Nintendo will settle for a few million (which the layer gets 50% of).

more than 4 years ago
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Accidental Wii Suicide

furby076 Re:I wonder... (1343 comments)

You are so going to hell for that comment...And I hate you for making me laugh....now I'm going with you.

more than 4 years ago
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Accidental Wii Suicide

furby076 Re:Suicide? (1343 comments)

This is manslaughter. Whoever left a gun near a 3-year-old needs locking up.

WRONG! It is clearly Nintendo's fault for making their contoller look "similar" to a gun and obviously the family should sue Nintendo for negligible homicide and reap millions.

What...you don't believe me? Just wait until the family gets a lawyer telling them practically the same thing and how the family was wronged by Nintendo.

more than 4 years ago
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Man Threatened Spam Attack In $200,000 Extortion Plot

furby076 Re:What nobody says about this article... (77 comments)

How did the insurance company screw him out of his life insurance policy? He hasn't died yet.

more than 4 years ago
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Man Threatened Spam Attack In $200,000 Extortion Plot

furby076 Re:Target selection FAIL (77 comments)

Once they started shooting the French said "Welp, okay" and blew them out of the water.

Wait the French didn't surrender? Are you sure it was the French?

more than 4 years ago
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US Gamers Spend $3.8 Billion On MMOs Yearly

furby076 Re:Corporate Shills (177 comments)

Me: "/globalwhisper Hey bill, long time no"
Global Whisper from Bill: "Hmm, where did your message go"
Me: "/re Sorry bout that, almost got backstabbed by that jackass kid dave. He's always trying to kill me when I'm barely paying attention...Too bad i beat his n00b ass"

more than 4 years ago

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Doctors Invest in eLearning

furby076 furby076 writes  |  about 3 months ago

furby076 (1461805) writes "Doctors at Jefferson are investing in blended learning by utilizing flipped classroom technology. This is an incredibly important part of education as it will improve the knowledge gained and retained. Educational medicine is antiquated with updates coming slow and only through the effort of young doctors. While few, there are some professors who embrace technology and want to improve the quality of doctors — you know those kind folk who give us drugs. Read here"
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86% of Win7 PCs Maxing Out Memory - Debunked

furby076 furby076 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

furby076 (1461805) writes "Some of you may remember the story posted yesterday stating that 86% of Win7 PCs are maxing out their memory. In this article Behind the Windows 7 memory usage scaremongering posted at Ars Technica we read that it just may not be so. There is the saying "Lies, damned Lies, and statistics" — well it sounds like we ran into another example. You read, you decide."
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Win7/Vista/XP in Europe Allows Browser Options

furby076 furby076 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

furby076 (1461805) writes "Ars Technia writes about Microsoft attempting to avoid EU fines by pre-empting changes which seem to initially make the EU commission happy by allowing Win7, Vista and XP users to choose a different browser to install utilizing a "browser ballot" screen. In addition to this Windows 7 users will be able to fully disable Internet Explorer utilizing. Going one step further Microsoft promises their Windows update online services will be compatible with non-IE browsers for Windows Vista/7 users. The new balloting system will display the top ten browsers (only one per vendor)."
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AntiTrust Target: Google

furby076 furby076 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

furby076 (1461805) writes "Chris Anderson at CNN writes an article about Google possibly being the US governments next target with regards to anti-trust laws. The person leading this offensive is Christine Varney who is responsible for anti-trust cases in President Obama's administration. Christine is concerned that Google has obtained a little too much clout and can influence what information is presented to the consumer — essentially pushing their agenda. Google's response, in the past few weeks, has been "emphasizing how easy it is for consumers to switch to other search engines and how small it is compared to other companies that have been in a similar position in the past, such as Microsoft, AT&T and IBM.""
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What if Napster Worked with the Music Industry

furby076 furby076 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

furby076 writes "Ars Technica has an interesting article about a what-if scenario. Something akin to an alternate universe straight from a comic book, the head of the UK musc trade group, BPI, discusses the mistakes the major labels made by not teaming up with Napster. According to the article this mind-set is not new and other RIAA executives are thinking about the subject and what could have happened if they embraced peer-to-peer a decade ago."
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Cooking Food In A Cardboard Box

furby076 furby076 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

furby076 (1461805) writes "While some people are trying to solve important issues like cancer, war, & food shortages using complex and very expensive technologies Jon Bohmer has designed an oven using nothing more then two card-board boxes, some paint, tin-foil, and plexi-glass. Total cost $5. This new device is geared for third-world nations to help people cook food and has the benefit of saving trees from being cut down."
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Convert organic trash to fertilizer, & fuel

furby076 furby076 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

furby076 (1461805) writes "Utilizing very old concepts, we're talking hundreds of years old, a company has developed a way convert biomass into fertilizer pellots, electricity, gasoline, and some pharmaceutical products. According to CNN the company, Eprida, says this technology is here and ready to be used. Maybe it's time to recycle our poop?"
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Time Warner sets up Customer Feedback e-mail

furby076 furby076 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

furby076 (1461805) writes "Want to complain to Time Warner about their new bandwidth caps? Well according to Ars Technica TW is asking people to send e-mails to realideas@twcable.com instead of users who have public facing e-mail addresses. They promise to read your complaints. I also promise to buy everyone a Ferrari for Christmas."
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Conficker.c worm Activated Today

furby076 furby076 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

furby076 (1461805) writes "Conficker.c worm has activated today but so far there have been no reports of mishap, according to CNN. This doesn't mean you should let your guard down. An easy way to check if your computer is protected against Conficker.c is to make sure your Windows box has been updated since October 2008. Also make sure your favorite anti-virus program is up-to-date."
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Sony to charge $ for PS3 demo content

furby076 furby076 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

furby076 (1461805) writes "Ars Technica writes that according to a leaked memo, which MTV Multiplayer was kind enough to release, Sony is going to charge game developers a fee for demo's downloaded from the PlatStation Store. This new cost structure will be 16 cents per 1 GB (duration depending on paid/free content) How will this affect game developer companies? They will probably release fewer demo's and probably no free content."
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Microsoft Offers Bounty on Hackers Heads

furby076 furby076 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

furby076 (1461805) writes "It's not the first time this has been done, but Microsoft is offering a whopping $250,000 bounty for those who turn in the hackers who created the Conficker or Downadup virus. To get this prize money the hackers need to be arrested and convicted. You can read more about this article at CNN . So two questions: Would you turn in a friend for $250,000, and if you are a hacker — do you really trust your friends not to turn you in?"
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GOP Releases Wasteful Stimulus Spending

furby076 furby076 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

furby076 (1461805) writes "Monday, February 2, 2009 the House GOP released a list of the spending, from the Senate, they believe is a waste. While some we can agree with, $246 million tax break for Hollywood producers to buy motion picture film, they include items like $400 million for the CDC to screen/prevent STDs, $1.4 billion for waste disposal, $200 million for public computers in community colleges, $500 million for state/local fire stations and more as wasteful spending. I guess we don't need to take out the trash, screen/prevent diseases, allow the poor to get onto the Internet, and help fire stations do their jobs."
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Do you let others use your computer?

furby076 furby076 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

furby076 writes "Invariably someone is going to come up to you and ask, "Can I use your computer". This get's even more tricky if said someone is a significant other, a parent, or an older sibling that can beat you up. So you acquiece and allow the person to use your computer — most likely giving them a guest profile so they cannot install software onto your computer. You then realize, three months down the road, that your computer is not working properly and you have to reformat it. You know why your computer is now broken — your loved one. How do you deal with this situation? How do you gently tell your loved one that they cannot use your computer? If they did use it, and break it, how do you inform them that it is there fault? Yes this did happen to me, and yes my girlfriend started to cry when I informed her the computer is broken because of her."

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