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How would you use science to innovate upon sports?

jbarr Eliminate blackouts (253 comments)

There has to be some way to eliminate game blackouts.

about 9 months ago
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I wish my cell phone was...

jbarr Moto X rocks, but Verizon is very expensive (495 comments)

My previous phone was a DROID Bionic. My new Moto X blows the doors off the Bionic in performance, speedy network acquisition, features, and battery life. It's hands-down a much nicer phone to use.

I just wish my Verizon service costs less.

about 10 months ago
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First New Top-Level Domains Added To the Root Zone

jbarr Doesn't this really amount to extortion? (106 comments)

Doesn't the addition of all these domains mean that companies that keep a tight leash on their trademarking (like Coke, Pepsi, Microsoft, etc.) will have to shell out hundreds of new and ongoing registration fees just to ensure that some obscure domain isn't hijacked with their name? This seems more like a cash cow for ICANN than a thought-out expansion.

about a year ago
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MS Targets Google With Another Smear Campaign

jbarr Re:Speaking of "Smear Campaigns"... (513 comments)

Because Gmail is free, and ads help support it.

Would you pay for Gmail if it was ad-free?

about a year and a half ago
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I'd like us to explore with greatest emphasis ...

jbarr How about "Anything"? (352 comments)

The patriotism of WWII, the urgency of the Space Race, the fear in the Cold War, the shock of 911--all these instilled a sense of pride and drive to accomplish specific and strategic goals as a nation. While you can debate the ethics behind and what came out of these endeavors, you really can't deny that the United States came together, pooled its resources, and focused on getting things done. We are so stagnate and complacent as a country these days that we have lost that drive, that pride in being great.

about 2 years ago
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$1,500,000 Fine For Sharing 10 Movies On BitTorrent

jbarr Question: Am I really sharing THE ENTIRE WORK? (339 comments)

Let's say I have a file seeding on Bittorrent, and I am one of a number of seeders. Am I really sharing the whole file? Or am I really sharing multiple pieces of a file?

What I mean is that when someone starts getting a file via Bittorrent, he may be getting one or more parts of the file from me, and other parts potentially from countless other seeders. So if a copyright troll says that I'm making files available for download, in theory, aren't I only serving out "parts" of a whole, not the whole?

Obviously, there is no guarantee that a leecher isn't downloading EVERYTHING from me, so why not create a modification to Bittorrent that only makes a portion of the whole file available? THis way, no one could ever say that I am making THE ENTIRE FILE available?

IANAL, of course, but it seems to me that "the industry" thrives on splitting hairs and riding on legal fine lines, so why not exploit that ourselves?

What do you think?

about 2 years ago
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GUI nostalgia draws me back to ...

jbarr Re:GEOS! (654 comments)

Yep. I remember using GEOS on my C-64 back in College. I had a 300 baud modem attached, and was able to download a "GEOS Programming Guide" text file from Quantum Link. It took several hours to download, and when I printed all 70+ pages on my Star Micronics dot-matrix printer.

Those were the days of patience!

GEOS was later incorporated into the Casio Zoomer/ZPDA, a handheld PDA that came out about the same time as the original Apple Message Pad. It was the precursor to the Palm Pilot.

more than 2 years ago
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Majorana Fermion May Have Been Spotted At TU Delft

jbarr Marijuana Fermion?!? (73 comments)

I honestly read it as, "Marijuana Majorana Fermion May..." not "Majorana Fermion May..."

Too much on my mind, I guess.

about 2 years ago
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The Convoluted Life Cycle of a News Story

jbarr News Writing vs. Reporting (75 comments)

To me, the biggest problem is that most news outlets are "writing" news instead of "reporting" news. Today, it's all about spin and market share. OK, so this is certainly nothing new. Heck, the "Oh the humanity!" reporting at the Hindenburg disaster was probably nothing new at its time. Maybe I'm just Old School, but when I see a newscaster reading a story on the 11:00 news, I have an expectation that what he is saying is as factual as the reporters were able to determine, and that opinion and editorial are left out. Unfortunately, that's an expectation of the past.

more than 2 years ago
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Columbus Blamed For Mini Ice Age

jbarr Prior art: The Norwegians (420 comments)

Leif Ericson made it to America some 500 years before Christopher Columbus.

more than 2 years ago
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iOS 5 Update Available

jbarr Device compatibility (473 comments)

iOS5 is compatible only with these models:

  iPhone 3GS
  iPhone 4
  iPhone 4S
  iPod touch 3rd generation
  iPod touch 4th generation
  iPad
  iPad 2

more than 2 years ago
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Phelps Clan Tweets Intent To Picket Jobs Funeral Via iPhone

jbarr Re:Why spread the vile? (699 comments)

Don't dismiss "free press" so quickly. I personally do not agree with their message or method of delivering their message, but they have a Constitutional right to speak their message, just as you or I have the Constitutional right to voice our disagreement with it. Liberty and freedom don't come cheaply.

more than 2 years ago
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Phelps Clan Tweets Intent To Picket Jobs Funeral Via iPhone

jbarr Re:Patriot Guard (699 comments)

Oh how I SO WISH I had some moderator points!

Touche!

more than 2 years ago
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Phelps Clan Tweets Intent To Picket Jobs Funeral Via iPhone

jbarr So what? (699 comments)

Do Westboro's actions in any way diminish the innovation that Steve Jobs contributed to the technology industry?

Any answer other than "No!" should be considered very naive.

Let Westboro have their day of protest--which will be very short-lived. Conversely, Steve Job's legacy will live on far longer than theirs ever will.

Besides, it is their Constitutional right to protest, just as it is mine to disagree with them.

more than 2 years ago
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Can Relativity Explain Faster Than Light Particles?

jbarr Um, maybe it's the laws that are flawed. (315 comments)

I'm certainly not disputing the legitimacy of science, but in this current age of misinformation, people need to realize that science is a discipline in constant flux. Nature and the Universe tend to stay constant, following their own laws--it's Man's perceptions and understanding that are continually changing. As we learn more and more, we tune our theories, hypotheses, and laws to better understand nature's hidden mysteries.

That the observation of a sub-atomic particle appears to confound or violate established scientific law really only means that it science has yet another mystery of nature that it does not yet fully understand. Maybe the methodology is flawed. Maybe the law is flawed. But that it happens at all should certainly not surprise any scientist--it should motivate to gain a better understanding.

more than 2 years ago
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Amazon Kindle Fire Surfaces

jbarr Buy 'em all for less than an iPad! (521 comments)

If you buy one of everything (wifi models only) that Amazon announced today, it is cheaper than the low end iPad.

about 3 years ago
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Discovery Brings Us One Step Closer To "Milking" Pigeons

jbarr Um, eeewww! (190 comments)

I'd rather drink human breast milk. At least the source is more appealing.

about 3 years ago
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Netflix To Lose 1 Million Subscribers

jbarr Wrong f*cking problem! (349 comments)

I'm a streaming-only customer with no intention of subscribing to Netflix's DVD service. My prices have not changed, yet because of the small percentage of whining customers who will need to incur a $6 per month price hike, I get screwed because investors now see all this whining and media hype as a major problem. But it's the wrong problem that the media and all these whining customers have been focusing on.

Prices go up, and as DVD subscribers goes down, costs to manage the remaining DVD subscribers will go up. Postal rates will go up. Studios charge more for DVDs. It's how things work. But that's NOT the problem.

The real problem is that Netflix used to have a great deal going, then the studios finally realized that they should get their cut, and they aren't happy with a small cut. So they in turn screw Netflix by either hiking their rates, or not renewing contracts because they can go elsewhere. Meanwhile, the media and "oh so pained" customers get the attention, but this real issue gets brushed aside.

about 3 years ago
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Microsoft Releases Windows 8 Developer Preview

jbarr How do you keyboard-navigate the Metro Start page? (266 comments)

The Metro style UI is definitely optimized for a mouse and for touch screens. Does anyone know how to navigate the Metro Start page using a keyboard?

Intuitively, I figured that you could just use the arrow keys to move around, but they do nothing.

about 3 years ago
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"Wi-Fi Refugees" Shelter in West Virginia Mountains

jbarr Is it my imagination... (627 comments)

I'm 45, and while the likes of the Internet and mass-media obviously provide significantly more information than we ever had in the past, I just don't remember so many people having food allergies, aversions, ADD, "sensitivities", or other maladies that are so abundant today. Is it because we are less ignorant and more informed of what were otherwise "hidden" issues, or have we physically evolved into people weaker constitutions?

about 3 years ago

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Office 365 "On Demand" gone?

jbarr jbarr writes  |  about 7 months ago

jbarr (2233) writes "Back in December, I paid for an Office 365 Home Premium subscription. One of the selling features (which is still being advertised as a feature) is the Office On Demand feature. You open a Web browser, login to your Office 365 account, and click on an "On Demand application (like Word, Excel, Access, outlook, etc.) and it launches a "streamed" instance of the application. It's like a Remote Desktop or Citrix session that provides access to a full version of each Office application from any Internet-connected Windows 7 and Windows 8.x box.

On Demand is not to be confused with their "Office Online" feature which are Web Apps of most Office applications (except Access and Publisher.) These versions are limited in function, whereas the On Demand versions were full, streamed instances of the application.

About a week or so ago, I signed in, and the ability to launch the On Demand applications was gone, effectively locking me out of an important feature that I paid for. I did a Google Search, and found several threads discussing this, yet no one seems to know what's going on. There is one kind soul who presented a workaround to launch Word and Excel On Demand which is great (thank you!) but to no fault of his, it doesn't address launching other On Demand applications.

I paid-for a feature that is still advertised, and it is now not available without notice. And there is no explanation. If servers are down, fine. Post a message stating it. If you are adding or changing features, then post a page stating it. But as it stands, all On Demand functionality has simply been stripped out with no explanation rendering my Access databases useless. Yes, I can locally install Access 2013 from my Office 365 Home Premium subscription, but that misses the point that a paid-for feature has been removed without explanation or compensation."

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Spiderman's Politically Correct Replacement

jbarr jbarr writes  |  more than 3 years ago

jbarr writes "The Daily Mail in the UK reports that in the latest Marvel Comic series "Ultimate Fallout", Miles Morales replaces Peter Parker of Spideman fame has been killed off, and will soon be replaced by a half-black, half-Latino teen. And the creators haven't ruled out that he might be gay. Toby McGuire's gonna be pissed."
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jbarr jbarr writes  |  more than 7 years ago

jbarr writes "Just in time for the Firefox v2.0 rollout, the Firefox Add-ons site has had a facelift. It still offers the same extensions and themes, but is updated with a slink new design. The front page includes a "Featured Add-on" with links to extensions themes, search engines, and plugins. The page is typically accessed from a link at the bottom of Firefox's Tools > Add-ons window."
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jbarr jbarr writes  |  more than 7 years ago

jbarr writes "Warrentless wiretapping on one hand brings up huge privacy issues, while on the other hand has reportedly effectively aided in stopping specific terrorist plots. What types of solutions would the /. community propose to allow a government to effectively provide protectionto its citizens, yet still remain accountable to its citizens and its constitution?"

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