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Vinyl's Revival Is Now a Phenomenon On Both Sides of the Atlantic

hawk Re:Novelty Media is Novelty (278 comments)

It's a sensitive clod, you marathoner.

No, wait, that's not right.

In soviet marathon, natalie porter grits you!.

No, that's not it.

hmm.

hawk

about three weeks ago
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Putting a MacBook Pro In the Oven To Fix It

hawk Re:May want a disclaimer here... (304 comments)

If I put an apple in the oven at 340F, I"m not wasting the effort on a computer.

(pass the cinnamon! )

hawk

about a month ago
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CIA on UFO Sightings: 'It Was Us'

hawk Re:I'm not saying it was aliens... (197 comments)

> I wonder what the rest were? Especially the silent ones flying in formation with large panels on their
>bottoms flashing bright primary colors that I saw go right over my head at night at perhaps 50 feet off the
>ground in the direction of Mt. Rainier,

lysergic acid diethylamide :)

hawk

about a month ago
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Drunk Drivers in California May Get Mandated Interlock Devices

hawk Re:How about mandatory felony sentences instead? (420 comments)

>And what some people are going to hate is, this approach works in the UK and Australia.

>DUI in Australia carries a mandatory license suspension in most cases.

That is the case in most (all?) US states.

> The only way you get away with just a fine is if you're just over the limit and
>it's your first drink driving infraction in 3 years...

Nevada isn't that lenient . . .

hawk, esq.

about 1 month ago
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Drunk Drivers in California May Get Mandated Interlock Devices

hawk Re:DUI - lose the car (420 comments)

The license? How about a reflective Scarlet D on the car, to warn other drivers?

Then again, I want a permanent license suspension on a second DUI conviction, never again to be licensed for anything but a moped.

hawk

about 1 month ago
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Should Video Games Be In the Olympics?

hawk Re:NO (232 comments)

If golf, bowling, and baseball are sports . . .

hawk

about a month ago
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An Automated Cat Litter Box With DRM

hawk Re:sigh (190 comments)

>Not everybody's cats are as dumb as mine

Yes they are.

It is a Statistical Mystery as to how 99% of cats are it the bottom quartile of intelligence.

It may have to do with having a brain the size of a walnut . . .

hawk

about a month ago
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An Automated Cat Litter Box With DRM

hawk Re:sigh (190 comments)

> I can make an adapter for a Gillette razor if I
> wanted to without breaking any DMCA laws.

When I was in college, Safeway's generic/house brand used the same head.

I bought those, and pulled off the heads to snap on to the better handle . . .

(these were made with nice hard metal, unlike the bic disposables which would cut my face the first time I used them)

hawk

about a month ago
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An Automated Cat Litter Box With DRM

hawk Re:What's next? (190 comments)

One of my partners bought one of these for the office.

Then we found reusable filter canisters that we could load with better coffee.

Then it broke.

Our staff makes better coffee without having to clean several of those a day.

hawk

about a month ago
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Uber Pushing For Patent On Surge Pricing

hawk Re:not original (190 comments)

Not just obvious, but prior art.

Just about any market does this; the change of price brings other players in, or causes them to leave.

I wrote code for a simulation in '95 or so that had the simulated merchants applying a quadratic equation to the amount that their sales missed the sell-out quantity. It was trivial to cause markets to clear, on just that one piece of information. (In fact, at one point, due to a coding error, the product was a "bad" rather than a "good"--and it still cleared at a negative price.

The algorithm for Uber would be trivial: once the wait time goes above or below its usual band, the price adjusts by some portion per time unit (e.g., 1%/minute) until the wait time is normal. Or include lagged time periods to damp oscillations.

This is just plain trivial. I, or any other computational economist, could sit around all day kicking out new algorithms for this.

It's really pretty simple: if you sell out to quickly, or can't service all your customers, raise your prices; if you have excess, lower them. Doing it by algorithm is nothing new; the trick to patentability would be to find an algorithm that not only hasn't been done before, but is actually better than the other trivially reachable algorithms.

I drove the demand in that model various ways, whether constant, sine waves, stochastic, saw tooth, and probably others I'm not recalling off-hand. A rather simple genetic algorithm rapidly converged in all cases. Mathematically, that method was probably mathematically equivalent to large classes, possibly all, other second order and lower and lower methods or solutions--and the method rather clearly could be extended to nth order . . . (second order methods tend to be sufficient for most things).

hawk

about a month ago
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Amazon "Suppresses" Book With Too Many Hyphens

hawk Still missing the point . . . (292 comments)

It's not the hyphens.

*ANYTHING* that cuts another vampire/zombie/werewolf book needs to be viewed as a goodthing . . .

hawk

about a month ago
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Behind the Scenes With the Star Trek Fan Reboot

hawk Re:The bane of fan made series - the acting (106 comments)

Anyone who refers to Star Trek by a three letter acronym is just plain not the target audience.

(Unless, perhaps, it's TRO, for "The Real One")

Star Trek and its spinoffs have a minimal amount in common.

hawk

about a month ago
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Seagate Bulks Up With New 8 Terabyte 'Archive' Hard Drive

hawk Re:Yay! (219 comments)

>Seriously. I just went through a stack of 5 Seagate
>HDDs, from different customers, with a sledge
>hammer. They all died with S.M.A.R.T. failures.

I've got to admire a firmware that can report

Error 215: Struck with sledge hammer.

hawk

about a month and a half ago
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Seagate Bulks Up With New 8 Terabyte 'Archive' Hard Drive

hawk Re:Ok, let's hear all the stories how Seagate suck (219 comments)

That's why modern drives use helium instead of protons . . .

That sequel went straight to video. Other than watching him become Darth Squeaky after it got torpedoed, there was really nothing worth watching.

hawk

about a month and a half ago
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NetHack: Still One of the Greatest Games Ever Written

hawk Re:Don't foget (186 comments)

>Don't forget the original Hack on which Nethack is based - (basically) the same game, but on ASCII terminals (yes, I'm that old).

"tiles" is not nethack . . .

*proper* nethack is ascii only.

It was too easy to escape a two-doored shop in hack . . .

(and to this day, the "graphical" variants on nethack are gaming the ascii-based underpinnings)

hawk

about a month and a half ago
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NetHack: Still One of the Greatest Games Ever Written

hawk Re:Don't foget (186 comments)

Yeah, but you fell for a troll.

"one of the . . ."

who would fall for that???

nethack is the *only* game that *matters*

hawk

about a month and a half ago
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Pluto-Bound Spacecraft Ends Hibernation To Start Mission

hawk Re:A thousand KBOs discovered, not dwarf planets (77 comments)

Not only that, but as the probe has approached, it discovered . . .

They're right. That's no planet . . . it's a fully armed battle station!

Get us out of here . . .

Unfortunately, the minimal fuel reserves are no match for a tractor beams, and our little friends are going to die . . .

hawk

about 2 months ago
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Apple DRM Lawsuit Might Be Dismissed: Plaintiffs Didn't Own Affected iPods

hawk Re:Subject, object, schmubject, schmobject (141 comments)

machines are more like people than we thought . . .

next, someone needs to write, Of iPod Bondage.

hawk

about 2 months ago
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Orion Capsule Safely Recovered, Complete With 12-Year-Old Computer Guts

hawk Re:The word "powerfull" is rather missleading (197 comments)

I had a couple of those, first a 35" or 45" sony, iirc and then my father in law's 55" (?) monster.

Especially on the first one, the hardware handled an insufficient number of simultaneous colors (think back to 8 bit video cards).

So watching football, most of the colors would get used on the first couple of lines. After that, it needed to use the nearest available green for any more it hit. So I would end up with huge lines separating patches of monochromatic green, looking like a video game rather than a real picture.

(still a good enough picture that my cat would sit and watch, wanting to pounce one of the players . . .)

Much better on the later television, but it had a 700 line screen, so it had to extrapolate from the 450 or so out of the 525 that are actually broadcast with picture, and the jaggies were more pronounced than the mere color artifacts . . .

hawk

about 2 months ago

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hawk hawk writes  |  about 10 years ago

>(This will go down on your permanent record)

So? I'm a professor--I can make change them!

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