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The Best Parking Apps You've Never Heard Of and Why You Haven't

jeffmeden Re:Fill your head with crap (162 comments)

When deciding on an app there are only so many variables that come in to play that can allow someone to compare apps:
1. Number of downloads
2. Average review
3. Specific feature list
4. Price
5. "Editor's choice", top search ranking, "top apps" chart, etc

How each are weighted, in which ecosystems, and by demographic would start to expose where the knowledge gap lies and how to close it. Since you sound more like you are interested in a thesis to solve the problem, you should start from the problem and work backward. You need to know what drives purchase decisions before you hope to influence them.

yesterday
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OpenBSD Team Cleaning Up OpenSSL

jeffmeden Re:Backport\Upstream? Seems unlikely (252 comments)

It's a fork specifically for OpenBSD. Why would they keep support for other OSes?

You only fork when you want to put distance between the original; there is nothing stopping them from making changes/"improvements" to the original OpenSSL project except for scope constraint (i.e. if they just want OpenBSD to be secure) or ego. Either one stinks of selfishness. I cant criticize them directly since they are still doing all of their work for "free" and are publishing it freely, but it has to be pointed out that they are choosing the greater of two evils.

yesterday
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Mathematicians Use Mossberg 500 Pump-Action Shotgun To Calculate Pi

jeffmeden Re:um.... (303 comments)

":...being a mathematician, they turn to you."

You're not much of a mathematician if you don't already know the value of Pi out to several decimal places without the need to expel valuable ammo in an experiment. /john

It might be beneficial to claim to not have a lot of knowledge in your head though, since zombies (per common folklore) prefer higher quality brains and therefore acting like an idiot who cant remember a short set of numbers *essential to almost all of math* might be a good survival tactic.

2 days ago
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Mathematicians Use Mossberg 500 Pump-Action Shotgun To Calculate Pi

jeffmeden Re:a bunch of dead zombies (303 comments)

AND a bunch of dead zombies.

What's a dead zombie? Is this some kind of recursion?

(Getting old has a lot of advantages, but one of the disadvantages is that it's harder to keep track of popular memes. I mean, I never understood the whole "vampire" thing, and now we're on to zombies. What's next?)

In the case of the "zombie apocalypse" the commonly held belief is that a communicable disease (possibly man-made) turns a normal person into a zombie without them dying first, and is then spread via contact/biting/etc so that a significant part of the population is a zombie. In that scenario zombies are near-dead (at least their cerebral cortex); dead bodies turning into zombies are part of Vodou beliefs and since there arent that many Vodou followers it is not likely that a zombie apocalypse will come to pass as a result of that particular method.

2 days ago
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Mathematicians Use Mossberg 500 Pump-Action Shotgun To Calculate Pi

jeffmeden Re:Um, no? (303 comments)

Or maybe they're smarter than you think:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?...

Hahahahahahaha there aren't enough +1s in all of youtube to express how cool that is...

2 days ago
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The Best Parking Apps You've Never Heard Of and Why You Haven't

jeffmeden Re:Fill your head with crap (162 comments)

Bennett, I like all of your stuff and this is well-written but...

Troll! Get him, boys!

These apps are just going to increase mass neurosis. We don't need our heads filled with this crap. We need to spend more time thinking about important issues, not the trivia.

I think the more important issue is the general inefficiency in the marketplace for apps (as well as ideas and intellectual property in general). That was my main point. I wouldn't have written the article just to tell people about the parking apps, although I hope some people find that useful.

If that's the issue then why wouldn't you (serious question, not asking rhetorically i promise) gin up a Turk quiz about how app markets are perceived and participated in? It seems like you already knew the answer to "does anyone know about all these cool parking spot apps?" so just get on with the bigger question. The one I have spent a lot of time pondering (non-scientifically) is what could an app store possibly offer by having >1,000,000 apps? Or even >500,000 apps?

At some point ( i would guess its somewhere down around the 10,000 mark) there has to be a diminishing return on the quality of the apps in the store, and I absolutely never understood why advertising "our store has a zillion apps! yay us! come buy our shiny! pick from a zillion apps, like you will ever have a chance to try even a tenth of a percent of them!!!" was ever thought of as effective.

2 days ago
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The Best Parking Apps You've Never Heard Of and Why You Haven't

jeffmeden Re:Bicycle! And motorcycle. (162 comments)

When I want to go somewhere and it's too much trouble, I make procrastinate until it's too late to make it to whatever appointment I was going for, and that way I don't even have the bother of traveling anywhere at all.

instead of make procrastinate, for your next appointment you should try make clean; make depmod; make procrastinate; make install; make clean. Its way more efficient.

2 days ago
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Google: Teach Girls Coding, Get $2,500; Teach Boys, Get $0

jeffmeden Re:Sex discrimination. (672 comments)

Wrong. Businesses descriminating against customers based on gender is absolutly against the law. The reason that 'Ladies Night' isn't a problem isn't because it is legal. It is because the law is not equally applied. Try putting a sign in the windows of your business that says "No Blacks Allowed", and see how long it takes for you to get your ass handed to you in court.

Citation: http://www.nytimes.com/1994/05...

Agreed, "Ladies Night" has indeed been found to be illegal in most jurisdictions that have heard serious cases regarding it.

5 days ago
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Google: Teach Girls Coding, Get $2,500; Teach Boys, Get $0

jeffmeden Re:Sex discrimination. (672 comments)

There is a quantifiable distinction between an employer (someone offering compensation in exchange for labor in any number of quid pro quo arrangements), a public accommodation (like public drinking fountains, public schools, etc) and a private group like a yoga studio or country club. This article should clear things up for you: http://blogs.findlaw.com/tarni...

5 days ago
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Google: Teach Girls Coding, Get $2,500; Teach Boys, Get $0

jeffmeden Re:Sex discrimination. (672 comments)

Regarding bathrooms, except for public restrooms, they are all private. Many establishments will not let the general public use their restrooms.

Oops almost forgot:
What you point out is entirely about private property law and not at all about discrimination. Show me a private establishment that allows only one specific gender to access the bathroom without paying while denying the other...

5 days ago
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Google: Teach Girls Coding, Get $2,500; Teach Boys, Get $0

jeffmeden Re:Sex discrimination. (672 comments)

No money changes hands in those examples...

There certainly is a lot of money changing hands in the scouts.

I suppose i should have been more clear, the gender specific participants are not compensated solely for their participation, i.e. being a Boy Scout is not a job in the same way that being a Northwestern football player is (ha! i beat you to that one).

Society has decided that sometimes discrimination is bad, sometimes it is unpleasant but necessary, and sometimes it is even good. There is no black and white here.

Golf clap.

5 days ago
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Google: Teach Girls Coding, Get $2,500; Teach Boys, Get $0

jeffmeden Re:Discrimination of girls is bad and unethical (672 comments)

Well, the problem is seeing sick people in the hospital and thinking the doctors are making people sick. Correlation is not causation.

Nope, its not the doctors dummy, every nurse I saw in the hospital was a _woman_.

5 days ago
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Google: Teach Girls Coding, Get $2,500; Teach Boys, Get $0

jeffmeden Re:Discrimination of girls is bad and unethical (672 comments)

So lets have some discrimination of boys to fix it!

Makes perfect sense.

Are girls being discriminated against? Where? Says who? They aren't trying to "fix" gender discrimination, they are trying to "fix" lopsided attendance and interest. That being said they are probably still going about it wrong. Their money would go a lot further by simply putting it toward fostering more involved volunteer/nonprofit groups (coder camps geared toward girls, for example.)

5 days ago
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Google: Teach Girls Coding, Get $2,500; Teach Boys, Get $0

jeffmeden Re:Sex discrimination. (672 comments)

Not all jobs and not all applicants are created equal, and that is where the notion that "well every team should be half men and half women" falls apart.

The 3 all important questions to ask at each of those firms are:
Who applied for the position in question
What were their qualifications
Who was ultimately hired

If (taking one of your anecdotes as an example) that when there is a grocery cashier job available, 15 females and 2 males apply, and of them 10 females and 1 male have comparable and sufficient qualifications, then it would not be unusual to see a cashier team made up of 10:1 women to men. This would not be illegal or even unusual in any way. If it were the other way around, that 10 qualified men presented themselves for every 1 qualified female and yet the team was still staffed at 10:1 females to males, then yes you have rather clear-cut (likely illegal) discrimination going on.

5 days ago
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Google: Teach Girls Coding, Get $2,500; Teach Boys, Get $0

jeffmeden Re:Sex discrimination. (672 comments)

Yes, the protected class in these laws is gender, not women, meaning "Sexual discrimination is not legal"

Nope. Gender discrimination is illegal in hiring, firing, pay, and promotions, none of which apply here. This might be illegal if the gender of the teacher was considered, instead of the gender of the students. If you really believe there is a law against gender discrimination in the private provision of classroom incentives, then please provide a specific reference.

Tell that to proprietors (both male and female) who operate "Ladies Night" type promotions on their premises... Its not always cut and dry that it's legal just because employment isn't on the line.

5 days ago
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Google: Teach Girls Coding, Get $2,500; Teach Boys, Get $0

jeffmeden Re:Sex discrimination. (672 comments)

Tell that to the Girl Scouts. Or the Boy Scouts for that matter. Mens rooms, ladies rooms. I don't know how history will judge us, but currently society is quite comfortable treating men and women separately.

No money changes hands in those examples... The question of legality/discrimination is who benefits, and why. See the colorful history of "Ladies Night" in various states (sadly its not gone to the Supreme Court yet) for a perfect example of how this plays out in court. Discriminating via quid pro quo (unequal pay/compensation/remuneration in this case) is often decided to be illegal.

5 days ago
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Navy Debuts New Railgun That Launches Shells at Mach 7

jeffmeden Re:IANA Physicist, So... (630 comments)

It's not entirely clear what the advantage of a railgun would be, it's very hard on the cannon.

Its in TFS FFS. The main advantage (aside from being a super fucking cool way to shoot/destroy something and being cheaper to procure per round) is that it requires no explosives to be stored on board the ship. Explosives are a huge risk, especially during combat, since your enemy can sink you with one very lucky hit if things get out of hand below deck.

about a week ago
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New Service Lets You Hitch a Ride With Private Planes For Cost of Tank of Gas

jeffmeden Re:Having a private pilots license (269 comments)

I don't know, aside from a few mountains that mostly stay put there's nothing to hit in the air except other planes, and there's a LOT more room to maneuver than on the street. The riskiest part of a flight is typically the take-off and landing, other than that the only real risk is equipment (or pilot) failure, which shouldn't be dramatically affected by the number of other planes in the sky. Obviously if you had 1000x as many planes in the air you'd need to get a little more aggressive about adhering to flight lanes, but adding additional lanes is almost free. The only thing you'd really need to change is increasing the number of airports to avoid creating dangerously dense spots of air (and runway) traffic.

It'd probably also help if we updated the antiquated and error-prone air-traffic control systems. I know there's several far more intuitive systems that have been designed, but I think they mostly haven't seen widespread deployment yet.

Run out of gas in a car? Put put put putttt.... walk. Run out of gas in a plane? AerrrrrrrrrrrRRRRRRRRRR... CRASH! And that's the consequence of a benign failure mode. Imagine the swift and merciless outcome of a more dramatic failure like a spun bearing or broken crankshaft. Powered planes and gliders have basically nothing in common, even though the public likes to imagine that running out of gas in a plane means soaring gently until you land on a convenient 4-lane road or meticulously preened grass field.

about a week ago
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Scientists Solve the Mystery of Why Zebras Have Stripes

jeffmeden Re:Terrible summary (190 comments)

Biting flies, like the zebra, certainly do evolve... typically at a much faster rate than large mammals.

That would make the idea of evolving insect repellent coloring even more amazing.

For proof like in the pudding, the biting flies would have to be shown to exert selection pressure on zebras that is not present where equines without stripes flourish.

It could be the striped coat offers an amalgam of advantages. Hindering attacks from predators trying to pick out a single quarry in a sea of seizure-inducing undulating stripes should not be considered mutually exclusive from hindering insect bites.

Predator logic...
A few stripes: bite like hell until my mouth has food in it
A shit-ton of stripes: bite like hell until my mouth has food in it

about two weeks ago
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Scientists Solve the Mystery of Why Zebras Have Stripes

jeffmeden Re:Terrible summary (190 comments)

You know, if you're going to just copy and paste part of the article as your summary, you might as well post the last paragraph, and get to the actual explanation:

Zebras have stripes because biting flies have an aversion to landing on striped surfaces.

Yep, or put another way:
"Getting bitten by flies because your hair is too short? Fuck longer hair, let's get some stripes! Because evolution!"

about two weeks ago

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Motorola sticks to guns on locking down Android

jeffmeden jeffmeden writes  |  more than 3 years ago

jeffmeden (135043) writes ""These aren't the droids you're looking for" proclaims Motorola, maker of the popular Android smartphones such as the Droid 2 and Droid X. At least, not if you have any intention of loading a customized operating system, according to Motorola's own Youtube channel used to show off upcoming products. Motorola:"@tdcrooks if you want to do custom roms, then buy elsewhere, we'll continue with our strategy that is working thanks." The strategy they are referring to is a feature Motorola pioneered called "e-fuse", the ability for the phone's CPU to stop working if it detects unauthorized software running. More information available via a story at Android blog site AndroidCentral"
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Hosting Provider The Planet offers 500 free hosts

jeffmeden jeffmeden writes  |  more than 4 years ago

jeffmeden (135043) writes "The folks over at The Planet are into recycling, but are giving it quite a twist by putting 500 retired servers back into use for the first 500 developers to come to them with a worthy idea. A nice server and 10mbit of bandwidth are up for grabs, apparently perpetually (or at least, we would hope, until the idea starts turning a profit). Data Center Knowledge describes it this way: "The program, known as Sand Castle, was conceived by Chairman and CEO Doug Erwin of The Planet. The company has a stockpile of recycled servers that are no longer being used by its dedicated and managed hosting customers, but still have useful life." Additional info available directly from The Planet."
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Smartphones receive holy blessing

jeffmeden jeffmeden writes  |  more than 4 years ago

jeffmeden (135043) writes "Plow Monday is normally for blessing laborers and their tools; as the name suggests it is aimed at those that work the land. A church service in London, England Monday decided to go after a more modern audience: office workers and their modern communication gadgets. From the Times article: "The congregation at St Lawrence Jewry in the City of London raised their mobiles and iPods above their heads and Canon Parrott raised his voice to the heavens to address the Lord God of all Creation. 'May our tongues be gentle, our e-mails be simple and our websites be accessible,' he said.""
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Microsoft order to pay $388 million in patent case

jeffmeden jeffmeden writes  |  about 5 years ago

jeffmeden (135043) writes "BusinessWeek reports today that Microsoft suffered a loss in federal court Monday. The judge rendering the verdict ordered Microsoft to pay $388 Million in damages for violating a patent held by Uniloc, a California maker of software that prevents people from illegally installing software on multiple computers. Uniloc claims Microsoft's Windows XP and some Office programs infringe on a related patent they hold. It's hard to take sides on this one but one thing is certain, should the verdict hold up it will be heavily ironic if the extra copies of XP and Office sold due to crafty copy protection end up not being worth $388 million."
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AMD semiconductor sales fell 22% for 2007

jeffmeden jeffmeden writes  |  more than 6 years ago

jeffmeden (135043) writes "TGDaily is reporting that the new numbers from the semiconductor industry are in, and AMD has dropped 22% in sales for 2007, ranking them #11 worldwide. This is likely the result of a major push by competitor and #1 ranked semiconductor supplier Intel, which has been aggressively producing dual and quad core chips. This is a major turnaround for AMD, who up until now had been making steady progress in winning market share away from Intel."
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-1 overrated

jeffmeden jeffmeden writes  |  more than 9 years ago

Last week a few of my extremely accurate and well on-topic posts relating to the X-box got moderated, from the 1 which i post at, to 0, due to a -1 overrated. What tool motherfucker mods a comment at 1 'overrated'??? for extremely valid posts??? if you have something against me you better say it, hiding behind mod points will get you nowhere (i can post way more than you can mod, i guarantee). that's all.

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