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It's Banned Books Week; I recommend ...

jackspenn Re: To Kill literacy (402 comments)

They don't burn or destroy the books when they remove them from the library. They sell them to patrons or on eBay or on Amazon, etc. The WORDS live on.

5 days ago
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Apple Yanks iOS 8 Update

jackspenn Re: Just don't update it that way. (203 comments)

You don't know what the extent is. You just have a small number of examples

Which, is why we're opening up the latest /. challenge.

We've slashdotted web sites before, but not retail stores. So what if in the name of science we go to Apple stores and test for ourselves? (We can publish experiments and their results on YouTube ... Oh the iRony)

Think of how helpful this will be; not only Apple designers, but for consumers as well.

Let's test the iPhone 6+ in tight pants, really tight pants, European tight pants, blue jeans, front pockets, back pockets, shirt pockets, skirt pockets and dare I suggest some of the boys over at the Scottish Apple store (or administrators of System V based Unix) try testing kilt pockets.

iLearn by example, so remember we need a control. Somebody is going to have to go to the NYC glass cube, buck naked. We need to know if your iPhone 6+ gets bent or not when the police choke hold you from behind.

about a week ago
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Users Report Warping of Apple's iPhone 6 Plus

jackspenn Re: Third option (421 comments)

So apple fanboys would be best serviced by thick stiffies in tight pants?

about a week ago
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Users Report Warping of Apple's iPhone 6 Plus

jackspenn Re: Third option (421 comments)

Spot on commentary.

You are saying what many Android users are saying around the virtual water cooler ... aka Google hangouts.

"So how the hell did Apple release a phone with the camera sticking out the back, especially when increasing the thickness would have allowed for bigger battery and stronger case?"

about a week ago
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Users Report Warping of Apple's iPhone 6 Plus

jackspenn Re: is that an iPhone in your pocket? (421 comments)

FPF - Front Pocket Failure. You are hilarious. Thank you for making me laugh. That is awesome post.

about a week ago
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My resting heart rate:

jackspenn Re:0 if dead, more if alive. (169 comments)

I consume 12 cups of coffee before 10AM (I have a hug poop around 10:30 like clockwork, aka a "billable dump" in the consulting business).

I drink four or more large glasses of soda or iced tea at lunch (I pee right after lunch and about 30 minutes later like clockwork).

At 2PM, I go to the local Starbucks with my co-worker Randy. Where he orders his usual and I pointing to his order and say "I'll have a Randy as well, but with WHIP on top." The employees laugh as they proceed to make two venti Java Chip fraps with +7 espresso shots, one with the whip crème mixed in and the other with it on top (This drink costs more than my lunch). The drinks are gone before we walk the block back to the office.

Then around 6:30PM after most people have left, I make four cups of coffee and spit it with the girl who works late in the office next to me, I make 6 if Randy is still there. (I poop and drive home)

My heart rate is generally between 98 and 110 beats per minute given the amount of caffeine I consume. My brother who does not drink caffeine, same weight, same height, has a heart rate of 36-40 bpm.

about two weeks ago
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Extent of Antarctic Sea Ice Reaches Record Levels

jackspenn Re: It's getting hotter still! (635 comments)

Here is basically how science works, you make a "guess" or write mathematical "equation(s)" or develop a "theory" or you build a "model" to explain some part of the real universe we live in.

You then compare your guess against real world observations. If your guess fails to predict or describe reality, it's WRONG.

Every global warming model has failed in this regard. Now, You should be presenting to skeptics how your model correct fits. Not demanding they disprove your guess.

However, I'm game. So just a warning, this is going to sting really bad, but here is proof the global warming models are SHIT, I mean really WRONG. I.e. they suck at describing the real world, fall flat on explaining the last 13+ years of no warming, etc., while the skeptic models, where CO2 is not given an invalid force multiplier do work and match reality.

Climate Scientist Murry Salby Demolishes the Globâ¦: http://youtu.be/HeCqcKYj9Oc

about two weeks ago
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Apple Edits iPhone 6's Protruding Camera Out of Official Photos

jackspenn Re: Parallax. (425 comments)

By MILF, I assume you are referring to the Media Input Lense Feature.

We are still talking about Apple, right?

about two weeks ago
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Extent of Antarctic Sea Ice Reaches Record Levels

jackspenn Re: It's getting hotter still! (635 comments)

The models/predictions have failed to fit real-world observations? That being umm, a huge component of science.

about two weeks ago
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Extent of Antarctic Sea Ice Reaches Record Levels

jackspenn Re: It's getting hotter still! (635 comments)

Could not agree more regarding climate models and state of Antarctic ice. The cooler temps over last decade+ and increased ice doesn't change anything with models. The models are just as irrelevant and flawed today as they were yesterday and in the 90s.

about two weeks ago
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Extent of Antarctic Sea Ice Reaches Record Levels

jackspenn Re: It's getting hotter still! (635 comments)

What about when he said in his movie "Inconvient Truth" that next year we'd have a record number of hurricanes and we had ... 1?

about two weeks ago
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Extent of Antarctic Sea Ice Reaches Record Levels

jackspenn Re:I'm not sure why this stuff gets modded up. (635 comments)

Are you supporting this conspiracy theory of a "global warming hoax?" If you know something, speak up, it could be one of the greatest upsets in the history of science.

Yes, it is a conspiracy.

The best and simplest source is the climategate e-mails, not a news or wiki summary, the actual e-mails. I've read them all. Just a few of the contents (but again, read them yourself):

Conspiracy example 1: There are several "respected" scientists who talk about how they are using site numbers in Siberia instead of geographic locations or latitude/longitude markers, and moving the sites south each year to ensure temp. increase. So basically they say Site 1 was 2.1 degrees Celius at this time in 98, and Site 1 was 2.3 degress in 99. But the site numbers from year to year are not the same location. There are a bunch of e-mails from people trying to peer reveiw the data asking for the exact postions of each site and some very harsh and presonal responses like, "How could you question us?" and "Why would you need this?", to "You have the data you need, others have signed off, validate it already".

Conspiracy example 2: There are several e-mails between a few guys fudging anything from tree ring data, to CO2 multiplier numbers, to the creation of the hockey stick graph (remember that?). So basically, in these e-mails, one of the guys is not against making up false data, but rather he is concerned about making the data to radical. So he is against presenting the hockey stick graph and a few other computer models with a CO2 multiplier that they basically know is BS. His arguement to this group of corrupt people is basically, if we say tempuratures are going to go up this fast in the next ten years, when they don't people will know and the house of cards will fall down. The reply from one professor is "No, if we can get it in people's heads and we can make in an emergency that needs to have government backed research, then by that time we can play off those who disagree as irrational." He continues by suggesting (correctly) that the political funding of research by that time will lead to increased researchers supporting this view becasue they need to in order to keep their funding. Finally he says in the absolute worst case all they have to do is say that it did not get hotter, because of the preventative steps people took that helped, and now we need to do more.

Conspiracy Motivation: In these "scientific" e-mails they often openly refer to the creation of world bodies to regulate and set socialistic policies and other BS. They state the end goal is to restict and control various sectors of world economy.

about two weeks ago
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High School Student Builds Gun That Unlocks With Your Fingerprint

jackspenn Re: to answer your last comment first (600 comments)

That handgun can carry 16+1 rounds. But I carry it with 15+1 rounds. My backup gun, can carry 7+1 and I carry it that way. Yup, I carry a second gun so I can lend it to someone if needed.

How did you get the magical number of 12? Why not 11?

My five year old daughter has a 17 round 22 rifle. It is a training tool in my view, but, a "weapon of war" to you. My four year old daughter has a 22 rifle that only holds 1 round and is pink, so we can agree it is a training tool. She has been shooting since she was three and is a good shot with great fundamentals. My 21 month old and 2 day old don't have guns ... yet.

I introduce firearms, not at a set age, but when I feel they are ready. I have a process of reviewing safely rules and shooting concepts long before guns are introduced. Shoot with my brother who helps teach girls. One of us can tech shooter, other can ensure others at safe. My hope is they become better with guns than me by their early 20s.

Just last night my 5 year old and I were waiting for a fox that has been messing with our chickens, will do the same tonight until we get him. Ran him off few months back with intentional warning shot right under him. I was hoping to not have to kill him, but he's back and he is to comfortable around house and barn. By letting him live that one time, three chickens have died. Sadly he'll have to go so chickens can live. I cannot use traps because lots of baby deer and I don't want to catch them (until they are bigger and more delicious).

I think my safety mechanisms work better than any smart gun ever can.

about two weeks ago
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High School Student Builds Gun That Unlocks With Your Fingerprint

jackspenn Re: Not comparable (600 comments)

On 9/12/2014 at 12:10AM a skunk in my garage was going to spray me as I rushed in and the door closed behind me ... I was holding my wife's cloths and supplies for the hospital as her water just broke.

Silly me, I thought that I used a tool when, I dropped bags, drew my handgun (which, is by design for defense) and shot the skunk as it was turning around to spray.

Silly me, I had no idea I was using a weapon of war. That really changes my entire presentative on the event.

Given hospital is 40 minutes away and baby arrived by 1:36AM, upon reflection, I sure wish I didn't have that "weapon of war". I wish the skunk Iived and I had simply to wash myself off and find replacement supplies for my wife.

You know when you think about it, computers are a weapon of war. In fact, the first computers, Enigma and Eniac were designed with war purposes as the motivation.

If I had a smart gun and it delayed for a half second before firing or failed to recognize me as a valid user, do think that HS kid would recognize and accept liability?

about two weeks ago
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High School Student Builds Gun That Unlocks With Your Fingerprint

jackspenn 99.99% isn't workable (600 comments)

Is this kid going to accept liability when his guns failure results in somebody being murdered or raped?

How does the added cost help poor people in high crime areas?

What is effectiveness when it is covered in dirt or blood? How efective is it when a hand is broken, smashed, or cut? How effective does it work when person is under high stress? Having to put in all ten digitals, cuts down on the 999 claim.

Smart guns are one of the dumbest ideas ever.

about two weeks ago
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If Tesla Can Run Its Gigafactory On 100% Renewables, Why Can't Others?

jackspenn ... why can't Tesla? (444 comments)

If other companies can survive and suceed without millions and millions in tax breaks, do not require state and federal sponsorship (i.e. corporate welfare*), as well as not depending on government subsidized rebates to move their inventory? Then why can't Tesla survive without state sponsorship and compulsory citizen funding?

* See the insane price Nevadans are paying to get a Tesla battery factory.

about three weeks ago
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Does Learning To Code Outweigh a Degree In Computer Science?

jackspenn Yes (546 comments)

... and I didn't have to read the article to know that. Real world experience is better than "untested outdated group think", I mean "progessive college theory" any day. I know may people make 6 figures programming who decide "I'll go to college now, to learn even more about programming" and after a semester or two they all say the same thing "I corrected my professor, he said you cannot do X or Y in JAVA, I tried to explain how we do it all the time by doing Q and R, but he just looked at me and said 'if you don't say it is impossible on the exam, you will not get credit.'" And they stop going. It's terrible when you think about the fact that more discovery and learning is going on during meetups and company events or small hack-a-thons among friends for free or little cost, than at schools charging $25,000 or more a year.

Good Will Programming

about a month ago
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Climate Damage 'Irreversible' According Leaked Climate Report

jackspenn Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt (708 comments)

I haven't see this much FUD since Eric S Raymond published the Microsoft Halloween Documents in 1998.

Which, is interesting given that the temperature recordings since 1998 have been flat and every climate model projection for that period has been wrong, and "scientists" are now trying to stuff the missing heat from failed computer models into the only place they can, which is similarly flawed computer models with "heat" trapped deep in the oceans, orginally, convient because there was limited historic data, but now this flaw is turning out to be equally untrue. Plus, the whole CERN Climategate docs.

about a month ago

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