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How much do you spend yearly on mobile apps?

magarity Refuse to be nickel and dimed to death (240 comments)

I don't install apps with in-app purchases just to avoid the whole problem in the first place. I'd rather spend $5 or $10 right up front and get it all than get hooked for free and dribble out $.99 from time to time.

about two weeks ago
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If Ridesharing Is Banned, What About Ride-Trading?

magarity Re:Free market (353 comments)

As long as the new services operate under the same constraints as taxi companies, I see no reason why they should't be allowed to operate since, as you say, that's a free market at work. But they shouldn't get to skip over all of the costs of business that taxi companies absorb -- things like driver background checks, driver training (in some cities), insurance requirements, car maintenance requirements, etc.

Because there's a special fee on top of all that just for a taxi license that's usually in the tens of thousands of $$ and all it does it keep out competition. If insurance, maintenance, background check and some small fee anyone with a car in the first place could pay to become a taxi under one of these apps then that would be great; instead the purpose of the taxi license is to prevent competition.

about three weeks ago
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Million Jars of Peanut Butter Dumped In New Mexico Landfill

magarity Re:And so this is Costco's fault? (440 comments)

In every state an expensive lawyer can find a reason why there's liability anyway.

about three weeks ago
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Transhumanist Children's Book Argues, "Death Is Wrong"

magarity Talk about insulated (334 comments)

Wow, I get the strong impression the author has only lived and traveled in developed nations his entire life. Its fun to wish for the things he writes about but they're unrealistic given human history.
It's especially awkward how he keeps saying he's not espousing a libertarian view and then does just that.

about a month ago
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43,000-Year-Old Woolly Mammoth Remains Offer Strong Chance of Cloning

magarity Re:The Crichton Diet (187 comments)

I don't know. These things were basically hunted to extinction. So they may be pretty delicious or it might just be that a Mammoth hunt was a comparatively easy way to get the whole tribe fed all at once, with left overs to store.

For people who lived on the prehistoric tundra, anything they could get was pretty delicious.

about a month ago
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43,000-Year-Old Woolly Mammoth Remains Offer Strong Chance of Cloning

magarity Re:Shouldn't they start out small first? (187 comments)

Its not as if they cloning lab gets charged by the pound.

The heck they don't; any idea how much a mammoth eats?!

about a month ago
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43,000-Year-Old Woolly Mammoth Remains Offer Strong Chance of Cloning

magarity Re:"LONG extinct"? Hah. (187 comments)

Would a nearby supernova that happened to sterilize Earth be evil?

Depends on whether your definition of "evil" requires malicious intent or is just anything that turns out really badly for you. A natural supernova would be extremely unfortunate. Aliens causing the supernova to wipe out competition would be evil.

about a month ago
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Top U.S. Scientific Misconduct Official Quits In Frustration With Bureaucracy

magarity As director he should have directed otherwise (172 comments)

What good is it to be director of the agency if he couldn't streamline their processes? Don't like frivilous reports? Give bad performance reviews to people who write them. Don't like meetings? Remove all the chairs from meeting rooms. Etc.

about a month ago
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Whole Foods: America's Temple of Pseudoscience

magarity Re:Probably... (794 comments)

..because despite catering to psuedoscientists, Whole Foods tends to stock quality (if overpriced) food.

Overpriced, I'll agree with, but quality? Almost all the fresh produce has "conventially grown in Mexico" in very small print under the high price. The majority of the organic food there is in the packaged and preserved sections.

about 2 months ago
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I'd prefer military fiction books that are ...

magarity Re:Not at all (236 comments)

Science fiction fans say they enjoyed Starship Troopers because they haven't read Haldeman's The Forever War.

about a month ago
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US Plunges To 46th In World Press Freedom Index

magarity Re:How does press freedom drop because of leaks? (357 comments)

This is a common misconception; reporters are free to report anything, but must face consequences if they choose to report state secrets and that includes who gave the reporter state secrets. Lately the whole question of what makes up a legit state secret comes into play and that's become a rather serious issue. But the reporters and their sources are not like Catholic confessional.

about 2 months ago
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US Plunges To 46th In World Press Freedom Index

magarity How does press freedom drop because of leaks? (357 comments)

Wait a minute, they're complaining that press freedom has dropped because of Manning and Snowden? Who exactly doesn't know about that because as far as I can tell the press ran wild with it. Seems press freedom worked rather well to uncover quite a lot.

about 2 months ago
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Facebook Debuts New Gender Options, Pronoun Choices

magarity Re:What's the difference? (462 comments)

Because modern society isn't Balkanized enough along racial lines, we desperately need these gender classifications to further assign people into labelled groups.

about 2 months ago
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Star Trek Economics

magarity Re:Wow (888 comments)

Not much room for lots of admirals and diplomats at the top.

Are you kidding? It seems every episode that needs an admiral has a different one. Star Fleet always seemed remarkably top heavy.

about 2 months ago
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Star Trek Economics

magarity Re:Wow (888 comments)

If you can convert energy to matter and have a near limitless source of energy, where's your limitation?

Creating the energy in the first place is the limitation. Where do they get all that anti-matter? And while exploding anit-matter against matter releases a lot of energy,even if the energy to matter conversion process were lossless it would take whopping piles of it to make any noticable amount of matter.Create 5 pounds anti-matter by unknown process, convert it to heck a lot of energy, converted to 5 pounds normal matter seems like a lot of hoops to jump through.

about 2 months ago
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Best Valentine's Day gift (as recipient):

magarity Heatbaker (197 comments)

Got me a coupon for heart shaped take-n-bake pepperoni pizza, woo-hoo! She'll sure be surprised!!

about 2 months ago
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Google Earth's New Satellites

magarity Re:WTF (118 comments)

Because the military finds out some company is launching a satelite that can take pictures at a certain resolution and simply contracts to exclusively access that. It's a great money maker for Google or anyone else who can launch one.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Should Developers Fix Bugs They Cause On Their Own Time?

magarity Re:Builder = Business != Individual (716 comments)

The analogy is incorrect.

It's incorrect all right, but not for the reasons you mentioned. If a software developer sees the problem with the proverbial bricks at the bottom and wants to fix them, the manager will say there is no time for that right now and get to on with the project plan.

about 2 months ago
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The Death Cap Mushroom Is Spreading Across the US

magarity Re:Why the hype? (274 comments)

My in-laws from China are always wanting to pick mushrooms out of the yard to eat. It's amazing what living through the Cultural Revolution will do to make you save every penny and eat anything you can find not nailed down.

about 2 months ago

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How much coverage of the Paralympics did you watch

magarity magarity writes  |  more than 5 years ago

magarity (164372) writes "The Para-what?
Less than of the Olympics
Same as of the Olympics
More than of the Olympics
Too busy competing to watch
I'm blind, you insensitive clod!
Only CoyboyNeal's victory in the 1000 meter one legged hurdles"

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