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Bacteria-Killing Viruses Wield an Iron Spike

jidar Re:*THIS* is exploration (97 comments)

Man this is stupid.

Newsflash to the hippie new agers: Natural isn't better be default. Nature doesn't give a shit about your health and will quite readily make things that kill you.

more than 2 years ago
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Why We Love Things We Build Ourselves

jidar The IKEA effect? Are you serious? (263 comments)

The IKEA effect? Are you serious?

I'm from a poor background where we always had cheap crappy furniture we bought at [insert department store] and put together ourselves, this also continued for a bit into my adulthood until I had my career going, and at no point have I ever taken pride in that stuff, and I certainly never valued it more than good hand made furniture.

Is this really happening? Are people really excited that they put pegs into side B and tightened down the lock nut?
Man I think you have to have come from a well off background to think that way in the first place. Either that or this is an entirely made up thing.

more than 2 years ago
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Debt Deal Reached

jidar Re:How much they earn (844 comments)

You really need to educate yourself on effective tax rates. When half the guys in the top 10 are saying it's not fair then maybe your argument is on a losing side.
The political system in this country is for sale, and they have the most money so they bought it. Get with the program.

more than 2 years ago
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Debt Deal Reached

jidar Re:This is why we don't listen to your rants (844 comments)

I can't believe there are still people who make this argument without getting laughed out of the room. Firstly just one second thinking about it points out how dumb your statement is:

1% of the wealthy pay 38% of income taxes... yet we have established already that they have 90% of the wealth. So..

90% of the wealth is paying 38% of the taxes
the remaining 10% is paying 62% of the taxes.

Also, look up effective tax rates. The wealth PAY THE LEAST by percentage and everyone knows it, except you apparently.

more than 2 years ago
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Swede Arrested For Building Nuclear Reactor

jidar Re:"Hello police (410 comments)

Oohhh "radioactivity", that makes it a million times as bad, right? No, there was no potential for any radiation danger to his neighbors here (unless he actually built a working reactor, which he was quite far from).

You might want to familiarize yourself with the case of David Hahn. A 17 year old kid who tried to build a nuclear reactor in his moms shed and dangerously exposed his entire neighborhood.

more than 2 years ago
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Sydney Has 10,000 Unsecured Wi-Fi Points

jidar Really? That many? (176 comments)

So what you're telling me is, over 97% of users secure their wifi networks?
Honestly I never would have thought we could get the percentage that high. That's good news.

about 3 years ago
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Developer Blames Apple For Ruining eBook Business

jidar Re:Your poor business decisions are not Apple's fa (660 comments)

First off, grats on being the 50th person to make that obvious but not well thought out observation.

Secondly, it's completely wrong. Starting a business with a narrow focus is typically what you do and it's what is preached in schools. Find something that you think can make a profit, focus on it, and do it well. In this case they had something until Apple decided they wanted it.
You can't blame them for trying.

more than 3 years ago
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Gamer Banned From Dragon Age II Over Forum Post

jidar Re:Violated Wheaton's Law, chose to be a dick (469 comments)

You should be able to express your opinion "That EA sold their souls to the devil" without losing access to the games you bought. A forum ban I could see, but this? Come on.

more than 3 years ago
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Firefighters Let House Burn Because Owner Didn't Pay Fee

jidar Re:Insane (2058 comments)

I'm amazed at how many people are (t)rolling out the line "If everyone could pay on the spot then they'd only pay $75 when they needed it".

Don't you think the policy makers would involve some sort of penalty?

They tried that first. $500 bills after the fact. Not enough people paid so they stopped.

What is wrong with everyone in a society all paying for something that nearly everyone benefits from? Like fire protection? Newflash, the free market just doesn't work for everything.

more than 3 years ago
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Firefighters Let House Burn Because Owner Didn't Pay Fee

jidar Re:But we will arrest you for free (2058 comments)

Did the police pay? Yes, with taxes. Or more to the point everyone paid for it, which is why it worked.

more than 3 years ago
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Video Showing Half a Million Asteroid Discoveries

jidar Re:Needs a caption (154 comments)

Uh... so they see an asteroid, it pops up on the video and then continues in it's observed orbit. How is that observation not a discovery? What's the difference?

more than 3 years ago
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Geek Squad Sends Cease-and-Desist Letter To God Squad

jidar religious groups getting preferential treatment (357 comments)

This really shouldn't even be a story. How is this guy using the Geek Squad trademark to promote his business any different from someone using it to promote their door to door vacuum sales? It's not and he should be stopped, but yet here we are arguing the merits.
Don't give me any of that non-profit crap either, I know a lot of small business owners who get by on a lot less than this guy probably does.

more than 3 years ago
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Genre Wars — the Downside of the RPG Takeover

jidar Re:WTF? (248 comments)

Bioshock is System Shock done better. I say that and I loved System Shock.

more than 4 years ago
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Genre Wars — the Downside of the RPG Takeover

jidar Re:WTF? (248 comments)

"games currently suck".

I don't agree with MW2 not having dedicated servers, in fact I think it stinks, but that statement is just flat wrong.

There are games made for every taste in every style imaginable from huge rpgs backed by $20million dollar budgets down to simple indie games made by some guy with some spare time and a great idea. We not only get these games on PCs, we get them on consoles, we get them on our mobile devices, we have new ways to control things, we can integrate in facebook, the list goes on. Meanwhile you cannot name me one genre that someone isn't making a game in right now. Okay so the $20million dollar games are no longer point and click adventure games like Myst, well big deal, if that's what you want you can find it. Platformers, arcade shooters, rpgs, first person shooters, strategy all being made at all levels of development and you can probably multiplayer most of them too.

So mr. jaded Internet forum guy, It's my opinion that if you can't be happy with the way gaming is right now, then you will never be happy with it in the future and never would have been happy with it in the past. Maybe the problem is you.

more than 4 years ago
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Porn Surfing Rampant at US Science Foundation

jidar Re:bad idea... (504 comments)

Porn causes psych issues? Perhaps it just exposes them, particularly in people who judge people for looking at porn.

more than 4 years ago
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Schooling, Homeschooling, and Now, "Unschooling"

jidar Wow. I can't even believe you're serious (1345 comments)

I know this is slashdot so anything that is anti-authority is going to garner interest, but come on. Leaving kids to learn to read, write and do math in a vacuum? I like to be open minded, but let's apply a little bit of common sense here and realize that this idea is dumb beyond words. I can't believe a serious discussion about this is even occuring.

more than 4 years ago
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Xbox 360 Failure Rate Is 54.2%

jidar Re:Regardless (607 comments)

Not everyone is a gamer. What are you doing in this thread anyway?

more than 4 years ago
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Xbox 360 Failure Rate Is 54.2%

jidar It needs to be said. (607 comments)

I'm seeing a lot of different opinions about why Xbox 360 users are experiencing such a high rate of failure and yet still want to stick with the platform. Most of these opinions are from people who don't seem to have any first hand experience though so I'll share my thoughts on the matter since I'm on my 3rd 360.

There are 2 primary reasons why people still would buy another one and they are

1: People don't have much trouble getting them fixed. No manufacturer of any product that I'm aware of has ever responded to hardware failure this way. You call a number and tell them your 360 got the RRoD and they will pay shipping both ways and repair or replace your console, no questions asked. They shipped me an empty box and I put my 360 in it and shipped it back. I was on hold for about 2 minutes, the total phone call didn't take more than 5 and from the time the 360 broke until I had a replacement unit in my hands was a total of 10 days.

But even with that great experience it still sucks that we had to do it at all to be honest, and it wouldn't be good enough except...

2: It's a great gaming platform. I have owned and played nearly every major gaming platform and many of those I played into the ground and I have never logged this many hours on any other console, not even close. The game library is tremendous and blows the competition out of the water, the Xbox Live experience is top notch, the Xbox Live Arcade downloads are awesome and frequent and the media capabilities of the platform are just short of a htpc. This is why when my replacement Xbox went out 2 years later I decided to just buy another 360 (I wanted the new Jasper board) and try to fix the first one myself so I would have two. (which worked btw)

So when looking at the 360 platform, yes the hardware issues suck and despite what everyone in these threads seem to think Xbox owners know this, it's just that everything else about the platform is so damned excellent it doesn't matter.

more than 4 years ago
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The Decline of the Landline

jidar Re:why would you ... (435 comments)

The cell towers need power. They usually have a battery system that can keep them going for a few hours, but most cell towers do not have backup generators. During serious power outages that affect a very large area it's not unusual for cell phones to not work.

more than 4 years ago

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