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The Schizophrenic Programmer Who Built an OS To Talk To God

kamapuaa Re:Sure, why not? (448 comments)

Holy shit! It was all a lie! Thank you, Internet atheist who posts to a technology website!

2 days ago
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Top Counter-Strike Players Embroiled In Hacking Scandal

kamapuaa Re:God no... (219 comments)

Lance Armstrong used almost the exact same argument.

2 days ago
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Married Woman Claims Facebook Info Sharing Created Dating Profile For Her

kamapuaa Re:Why, oh, why (188 comments)

Because they talk with their friends on Facebook, and totally impersonal conversation would be a little weird?

3 days ago
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Married Woman Claims Facebook Info Sharing Created Dating Profile For Her

kamapuaa Same problem (188 comments)

I had the same problem, I clicked the wrong button and Facebook loaded up all these photos of my ex-girlfriends! Hopefully if I show this article to my wife she will take me back.

3 days ago
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Doubling Saturated Fat In Diet Does Not Increase It In Blood

kamapuaa Re:Calories in/out, but nobody measures OUT (251 comments)

Your body is extremely efficient at digesting calories. Do you look down at your shit and see undigested pieces of hot dog? If not, congratulations, your body has digested the food you ate (and supposedly competitive eaters get that after 9000 calories or so). Micronutrients are different than macronutrients. Iron, like you mention, or many vitamins are only fat soluble. However, they have basically no calories to them and should not have been brought up.

If there's any efficiency, it's in using calories to digest calories. Your body has to supply your stomach with calories, after all!

5 days ago
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The EU Has a Plan To Break Up Google

kamapuaa Re:In an unrelated news item... (331 comments)

I'm a little confused how your answer is a response to "Europe disappeared from the worldwide web." What you're replying to is a joke that google would get rid of all Europe links in retaliation, not a nationalistic claim that Google should abandon all business in EU nations. It's like you're deeply offended by something nobody is actually saying.

about a week ago
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Three-Way Comparison Shows PCs Slaying Consoles In Dragon Age Inquisition

kamapuaa Re:Mods anyone? (227 comments)

There was some game where a girl went to an abandoned house and it turns out her sister was a lesbian. It was like reading a young adult novel.
Kastle Krashers was OK for 10 minutes but the gameplay didn't have much depth.
Papers Please was an interesting gimmick where the gameplay got old fast.
Ilomilo (actually, on the XBox store) is a fun puzzle game, but something I just pick up every once in a while.
And probably a few others I can't think of right now.

Just in general, what I've seen hasn't convinced me there's a whole new world of great games I'm missing out on. Also, it seems like a lot of them can be played on even a really old non-gaming PC.

No interest in mods, really.

about a week ago
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Three-Way Comparison Shows PCs Slaying Consoles In Dragon Age Inquisition

kamapuaa Re:Consoles should just go away (227 comments)

Gaming PCs already exist. Everybody knows about them. A lot of people choose not to buy them. What's to be gained by taking away options from consumers?

Personally I enjoy my XBox very much, and have about zero interest in getting a gaming PC. If I was into MMORPGs or was a hard-core FPS player that would probably be different.

about a week ago
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Sweden Considers Adding "Sexism" Ratings To Video Games

kamapuaa "Swedish Video Game." (641 comments)

Well it's about time...the vast cultural influence of Swedish video games here in the United States has just been too much. My brother got hooked on "Lutefisk Avenger," like he just can't stop playing it. I thought it was a bad sign when he re-designed his kitchen to look more like an IKEA showroom. Then he put mayonnaise in a toothpaste tube! If he starts becoming a computer hacker who fights Nazis I am going to have to take away his Super Nintendo.

about two weeks ago
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Australian Courts Will Be Able To See Your Browsing History

kamapuaa Re:makes no sense (182 comments)

Because if they ever starred in some kind of sordid sex act, and the act ever found its way onto the internet, the court knows it's probably in your internet history.

about three weeks ago
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Australian Courts Will Be Able To See Your Browsing History

kamapuaa Re:makes no sense (182 comments)

Because if the defendant ever starred in some kind of sordid sex act and it ever found its way to the internet, they know it's probably in your internet history.

about three weeks ago
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Nearly 700 Genetic Factors Found To Influence Human Adult Height

kamapuaa Good news. (68 comments)

Hopefully in the future mankind can weed "manlets" from the gene pool. Even women are often six feet tall nowadays, if you're a man under six feet tall you're pathetic.

about 2 months ago
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Apple Sapphire Glass Supplier GT Advanced Files For Bankruptcy

kamapuaa Re:How can you (171 comments)

They realized they wouldn't be able to deliver on the contract?

It's not like free money.

about 2 months ago
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Microsoft's "RoomAlive" Transforms Any Room Into a Giant Xbox Game

kamapuaa Re:It amazes me (66 comments)

Because who the heck needs a 3D scanner? Only a small percentage of people have a 3D printer and only a small percentage of those people would want a hacked 3D scanner.

about 2 months ago
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Maps Suggest Marco Polo May Have "Discovered" America

kamapuaa Re:Big Old Liar (276 comments)

This is a little stronger than "ha ha I forgot to mention, you don't have to leave tips!" He (essentially) wrote a book about China, and didn't mention chopsticks, foot-binding, or tea? But does mention a race of men who had dog-heads instead of human-heads? He also claimed to be governor of Yangzhou and other obvious bullshit.

Centuries before Marco Polo, Arab Traders were well-established in China, Italians had extensive contacts with the Persian and Arab world, and it seems very likely that Marco Polo just compiled stories he had heard. We know his stories were full of BS, exactly how much is BS is impossible to say.

about 2 months ago
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Utilities Should Worry; Rooftop Solar Could Soon Cut Their Profit

kamapuaa Re:The industry will NEVER allow you free energy.. (517 comments)

Currently, of course the government is actually heavily subsidizing solar power for the home. Not taxing it out of existence.

about 2 months ago
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Debian Switching Back To GNOME As the Default Desktop

kamapuaa Re:Why not KDE (403 comments)

I've used OS X for 4-5 years and have used Unity since it came out, and I find them very similar. There's differences, but they're much more like each other than they're like Windows. My wife, who isn't a computer person and has always used Macs, occasionally uses Unity on my laptop, and finds it almost the same as Mac except the colors are different.

Jeff

about 2 months ago
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Now That It's Private, Dell Targets High-End PCs, Tablets

kamapuaa Re:Mind boggling (167 comments)

Shareholders are very happy with risk, as long as the potential profits justify the risk. Nobody would invest in junk bonds if they didn't pay better rates, nobody would invest in Amazon if there wasn't the possibility that it will one day become the largest company in the world...

Amazon is an excellent counter-example. It's a publicly traded stock with ambitious plans that has made money in just one of the previous eight quarters, and yet the stock market values the company at $150 Billion, because they see the value of its long-term plans over the value of short-term profits. Even when it has bizarre public plans like drone delivery or entering the cell phone business or a huge network of redundant warehouses.

about 2 months ago
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Is Alibaba Comparable To a US Company?

kamapuaa Re:Comparable? Not really. (126 comments)

Sure, it's a lot of luck to day trade stocks, you might as well go to Vegas. However, over time the US economy and stock market has consistently gone up. Just buying and holding a broad spectrum of stocks or a good mutual fund has long been a way for average investors to make a pretty good return, just for doing nothing with their money.

If you simply bought an incredibly boring total market mutual fund 5 years ago and held on to it, your money would have doubled already.

about 2 months ago

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Companies using new technology to track cars.

kamapuaa kamapuaa writes  |  more than 4 years ago

kamapuaa (555446) writes "MVTRAC, is one of several new companies in the process of automatically tracking car license plates to make private databases. They're for use in helping banks re-possess them, or helping police find stolen cars, or really whatever the companies feel like, as the new-found industry lacks government oversight. The New York Times has an article about how it's changing the car repo industry"
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Average gamer is 35, fat and bummed

kamapuaa kamapuaa writes  |  more than 5 years ago

kamapuaa (555446) writes "According to a study published in the upcoming October issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, US Video game players average 35, are fatter than average, and tend towards depression. Specifically, women video games players tended towards depression, while male video game players tended towards large BMIs. While the study itself points to several conclusions, one researcher noted: "habitual use of video games as a coping response may provided a genesis for obsessive-compulsive video-game playing, if not video-game addiction.""
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Radiohead vows not to repeat music giveaway

kamapuaa kamapuaa writes  |  more than 6 years ago

kamapuaa (555446) writes "Radiohead has said they will not repeat their marketing stunt of giving free copies of their album over the Internet, while merely asking fans to leave money in a virtual tip jar. '"I think it was a one-off response to a particular situation," Thom Yorke said of the band's decision last October to let viewers pay what they wanted for digital downloads of the new album "In Rainbows."'"

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