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Lectures Aren't Just Boring, They're Ineffective, Too, Study Finds

madsenj37 Sherberts (166 comments)

My accounting teacher at UCSC would give us Sherberts, like you would have orange sherbert between a mulitple course meal to cleanse your palette. It was an unrelated quick discussion multiple times in a class and it worked well.

about 3 months ago

People Become More Utilitarian When They Face Moral Dilemmas In Virtual Reality

madsenj37 Re:Utilitarianism is correct (146 comments)

One of the great takeaways (read few) from Catholic School for me was learning about omission and commission. Omission being inaction in your description. I doubt other teenagers across the country learned about omission.

about 7 months ago

Online Gambling Site Bets On Bitcoin To Avoid U.S. Laws

madsenj37 Re:Another idiot buying into the bitcoin scam. (347 comments)

The US has a vast supply of gold and land backing its currency, at least theoretically it has something backing it. I realize what a fiat currency is, i am just pointing out that it could pay creditors.

about a year and a half ago

What Should Start-Ups Do With the Brilliant Jerk?

madsenj37 Manage them accordingly (480 comments)

Find managers that can bridge the communication gap between jerks and the rest of the business. There are plenty of business people who know how to talk with someone like a specialized programmer for instance, without having any practical programming skills themselves. Every business success or failure is about finding the right people, culture, etc. Productivity is only one measure and people must be in place to motivate and communicate with all types of people.

about 2 years ago

Mac OS X 10.6.6 Introduces App Store

madsenj37 Re:I can't wait to buy things!!! (408 comments)

10.4 and 10.5 will still be just as useful. They will not be any less productive. Using those OSes means that you are likely on hardware that is at least 4 years old for 10.5 and longer for 10.4. You clearly have known how to get software for a while, so continue doing it that way.

more than 3 years ago

Playstation 3 Code Signing Cracked For Good

madsenj37 Re:Epic Fail? Hardly. (534 comments)

Only on the original models. Slim has never had this option.

more than 3 years ago

Firefighters Let House Burn Because Owner Didn't Pay Fee

madsenj37 Re:A Libertarian World (2058 comments)

Actually, in a Libertarian world, the fire department would have most likely accepted payment in the range of thousands of dollars, preferably in cash or precious metals such as gold and silver. Although this scenario is plausible in a Libertarian world, it is more of a bureaucratic ideal. Most Libertarians would want repeat business and to prosper financially, while bureaucrats want to avoid freeloaders and liabilities.

more than 3 years ago

Nuclear Energy Now More Expensive Than Solar

madsenj37 Thorium (635 comments)

What is its price compared to uranium?

about 4 years ago

iOS 4 Releases Today

madsenj37 Re:Unfortunately (702 comments)

You can buy an iPhone without a contract, so your quoted price of $3000 is off. A $200 iPhone w/contract is sold for 3-4 times the unsubsidized price if you really want one without a contract. Still your point is valid for those willing to carry two devices, but your prices are off by a good $2000+.

more than 3 years ago

A delicious steak should be ...

madsenj37 Re:Medium well. (763 comments)

Then why do they export so many to the Middle East where others do eat them?

more than 4 years ago

National Academy of Science Urges Carbon Tax

madsenj37 Re:*sigh (875 comments)

or suffer the consequences. It was implied.

more than 4 years ago

Cows On Treadmills Produce Clean Power For Farms

madsenj37 Re:Food? (640 comments)

Taste was secondary to health concerns in his question. So, yes perhaps the beef becomes less tasty, but we the consumers of beef and beef itself, becomes healthier with the beef on exercise and a grass-fed diet. I would much rather see grass-fed as the dominant food source and pay more. End corn subsidies now.

more than 4 years ago

An Animal That Lives Without Oxygen

madsenj37 Re:Strange (166 comments)

Although it might seem strange, these are not the first organisms on earth currently living that do not breath oxygen. The implications for life on other planets have already been discussed based on that fact. They live in extreme climates without light and seem to exist off of the rocks they live on. There is also anaerobic bacteria. However, the articles mentions the first multi-cellular organisms that do not require oxygen on earth. There are implications however, they are a different set.

more than 4 years ago

Talk of an Apple Search Engine To Thwart Google

madsenj37 Re:This will fail - because Apple only does UI (276 comments)

SearchMe is up for sale. Very Apple like. Great for a smaller interface. Combine this with some other licensed technology and you have an Apple home run. Let someone else like Yahoo do all the optimizations and algorithms and Apple can fine tune the interface. Wow, in a month they can be in the search game.

more than 4 years ago

Netflix Streaming Arrives For the Wii

madsenj37 Re:You need a disc? (171 comments)

You will need the disc until Microsoft's exclusive agreement runs out. Same for PS3.

more than 4 years ago

Netflix Streaming Arrives For the Wii

madsenj37 Re:Not to sounds like a video snob ... (171 comments)

My PS3 can stream in 720p when Netflix offers a video at that resolution. Not everything is offered at that resolution (yet?). Otherwise I am in 480p/480i anyways. Secondly, the point is that anything that streams is meant to supplement what comes in the mail. It is not meant to replace it. Things like old TV shows and movies may not have been shot in HD, either. As others have pointed out, not everyone has a HDTV, or at least a their Wii is not hooked up to one. Not everyone has broadband that plays nice with HD bandwidth requirements. Not everyone has a laptop, spare computer, Xbox 360, PS3 or Roku, etc to stream in better resolution. If you have not gathered by now, there are many reasons and points to the Wii streaming. Not to mention that many people (read children, elders & non-technophiles) do not need HD to be satisfied.

more than 4 years ago

Scientists Use Sex-Crazed Bugs As Pesticide

madsenj37 Re:Death by Snoo-Snoo (107 comments)

Fry: Goodbye, friends. I never thought I'd die like this. But I always really hoped.

Zapp Brannigan: We need rest. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is spongy and bruised.

more than 4 years ago

Pirate Bay Legal Action Dropped In Norway

madsenj37 Re:Meh... (223 comments)

In the case you present, the profit models need to change. Free music can lead to better more people buying merchandise and going to shows for example. Or pioneering technology like 3D that is too expensive and/or not available and gives an experience that pirating cannot. Ways of profiting are there, they have just changed.

more than 4 years ago

Pirate Bay Legal Action Dropped In Norway

madsenj37 Re:Meh... (223 comments)

As long as they price things out of a range you consider reasonable, i.e, you not only have enough money to purchase and you desire to purchase at that price, you are not what they consider a customer anyways. They cannot expect you to buy and should not consider it lost revenue. Maybe that is just my business school education talking though; I have never been to law school.

more than 4 years ago


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