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America 'Has Become a War Zone'

hexadecimate Re:Absolutely disgusting (875 comments)

So, yeah. In 2012 the entire country of Canada recorded 543 homicides. There were 414 in New York City alone. Almost 15,000 in the US as a whole. Ten times the population, but almost 30 times the number of murders.

Violent crime rates have been trending down everywhere in the industrialized world for the last couple of decades, but relative to the other countries in the G8 the good ol' U.S. of A. remains a pretty violent place. As someone pointed out upthread, it's a big, messy cultural problem with no easy answers or solutions.

about 3 months ago

Science Magazine "Sting Operation" Catches Predatory Journals In the Act

hexadecimate Re:Science is the new religion (194 comments)

C'mon. Won't some of you out there with mod points rate this funny? Just to up the ante.

about a year ago

New Doctor Who Companion Announced

hexadecimate Re:Male companion (255 comments)

As a friend of mine once pointed out, if Canada ever joined the US, the Presidency and the HofR would be dominated by the Democratic party for at least the next two decades. Canada would have more electoral votes than any state but California, and enough left-leaning congressional districts to tip the balance. In Canada Obama would be considered a moderate conservative, and Rick Santorum would be institutionalized and kept under heavy government-subsidized sedation.

more than 2 years ago

Apple Announces Most Profitable Quarter in History

hexadecimate Please let me be the first to say (761 comments)

Apple is doomed, I tell you. DOOOOOOOMED.

Sooner or later. Unless a big-ass meteor crushes the Earth, in which case we're all doomed and I'm right on a technicality.

>When all is said and done, right now Apple is rather aggressively destroying value as it tilts at windmills.
>Sure, they might get away with it in the short term or figure out a way of avoiding it in the long,
>but eventually this sort of behavior catches up with a company.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: What Can You Do About SOPA and PIPA?

hexadecimate Re:Spread the word (1002 comments)

A useful link [techdirt] to send to anyone defending or even ambivalent about SOPA. It's legislation designed by a lobby group to service their agenda, and damn any unforeseen consequences. If you think the RIAA and MPAA give a shit about the free speech and due process of *others* balanced against their desire to maximize profits, you've been asleep for the last twenty years.

more than 2 years ago

Tensions Over Hormuz Raise Ugly Possibilities For War

hexadecimate Re:Already done, and the US lost (969 comments)

The real question is, has Blink been translated into Persian? If so, I'm afraid we're sunk!

more than 2 years ago

SMH Outs Copyright-Violation Hunters As Porn-Pushing Brothers

hexadecimate Re:And they say romance is dead! (80 comments)

So when you're drugged into unconsciousness and then ass-raped you'll be just fine with that. Silence = consent, after all. Right.

Here's hoping you get to put those principles of yours to the test!

more than 2 years ago

OS X Notifier App Growl Goes Closed Source

hexadecimate Re:Extract money from the lazy? (270 comments)

Growl's a good product. I have used it for years. Somehow paying $1.99 for a piece of well-written software that helps me get stuff done seems...reasonable.

more than 2 years ago

Watch 200 Years of Global Growth In 4 Minutes

hexadecimate Re:What horrible graphics (270 comments)

Jesus H. Christ.

He created a short, informative video that synthesizes complex statistics into a compelling visual display and over a million people have watched it on Youtube in the last MONTH but no, you don't think he knows much about presentation. Maybe you can give him lessons and make him better at what he does? If we could just harness your ego to power electricity we could power the continental United States.

He's had a real impact on health in the developing world. He's made a huge difference in the lives of real people using -- yes! -- science and statistics, and now he's reaching a huge audience with clever and insightful presentations that attract audiences in the hundreds of thousands.

Oh, but he wasn't able to impress you. And you've accomplished...what, exactly?

more than 3 years ago

Apple Announces New iPods, iTunes 10, Social Network, AppleTV

hexadecimate Re:appletv = fail (579 comments)

Oh, MrHanky. So indignant and so totally clueless. It's almost like you are sounding off about something you know nothing about. If only there were some web site or something where you could learn about the device before making stupid comments.

It will stream mpeg-4 and h.264 files from my computer to my TV. I don't actually know if I need a gizmo to do this, as it's not too hard for me to plunk my laptop beside the TV and attach a simple cable, but for some people it might seem like a worthwhile device.

If you could stop foaming for a second and educate yourself before you spout off, maybe you won't come across as such an idiot.

about 4 years ago

Apple Announces New iPods, iTunes 10, Social Network, AppleTV

hexadecimate Re:Honda Civic = fail (579 comments)

Yes, the device is a fail at doing things it was never designed for. Most devices are. My pencil, for instance, is an epic fail when my toilet gets clogged.

That's a shitty analogy.

about 4 years ago

The Coming Onslaught of iPad Competitors

hexadecimate Re:iPad competitors are not competitive (497 comments)

Do you really expect app developers to target all these obscure, unsupported, docs-written-in-mandarin slabs of fail ?

I have a nagging sense your question is rhetorical.

more than 4 years ago

The Coming Onslaught of iPad Competitors

hexadecimate Re:Doesnt solve the problem. (497 comments)

I can build a relatively high-end gaming computer for that much. There's no reason a pad should cost that much.

Sure, you go do that. Oh, and give it a touchscreen while you're at it. And a battery that lasts for 10 frickin' hours. And make it weigh a pound and a half. For $500.

What exactly is your point? I could build a deluxe two-story treehouse for $500, and it would have more in common with an ipad than your "relatively high-end gaming computer."

more than 4 years ago

'Bloatware' Becoming a Problem On Android Phones

hexadecimate Re:I know! (415 comments)

*latest*, dammit, LATEST.

I'm drinking too much.

Or maybe not enough.

more than 4 years ago

'Bloatware' Becoming a Problem On Android Phones

hexadecimate Re:I know! (415 comments)

Not to worry. They removed that functionality in the lastest version.

more than 4 years ago

A Windows Phone 7 For Every Microsoftie

hexadecimate Re:Call the employee daily (298 comments)

You, sir, are a genius.

An evil, twisted genius.

more than 4 years ago

Facebook Wants Ownership Case Thrown Out

hexadecimate Re:Orkut? (266 comments)

"How many users does Orkut have?"

"A Brazilian!"

That one absolutely never gets old.

more than 4 years ago

Facebook Wants Ownership Case Thrown Out

hexadecimate Re:make sense? (266 comments)

If you take legal advice from people on slashdot even if they claim to be a lawyer you are an idiot.

Thanks for the advice!

more than 4 years ago


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