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Apple Outrages Users By Automatically Installing U2's Album On Their Devices

mark_reh You gotta love rappers. (556 comments)

"Other reactions include rapper, Tyler, The Creator, saying that having the new U2 album automatically downloaded on his iPhone was like waking up with a STD."

They're so straight-to-the-point, and really put things in terms that all of us can relate to.

yesterday
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The Challenges and Threats of Automated Lip Reading

mark_reh Jesus H Christ! (119 comments)

We're all going to have to start wearing Burkas if we want any privacy at all.

2 days ago
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Hidden Archeology of Stonehenge Revealed In New Geophysical Map

mark_reh It turns out Stonehenge is actually the (28 comments)

penthouse floor of a 100+ meter tall tower that was used to direct ancient spacecraft as they created crop circles.

5 days ago
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The Five Nigerian Gangs Behind Most Craigslist Buyer Scams

mark_reh Re:One way to avoid (160 comments)

If you fall for this scam you're nothing but a dope and you deserve to lose your money.

It isn't about understanding how checks work. It's about understanding how buying and selling work. If you accept a check for any item you sell, you're taking a risk that the check is bad- either fake or insufficient funds in the account to pay the check. If someone wants to write you a check for more than your selling price and then wants you to send them money, you're an idiot if you do it. Period. You're giving them money and whatever you're selling to accept the risk of a bad check from them. That's nuts! No, it's stupid!

The people they recruit to pack and ship the stuff are idiots, too. They get "paid" the same way. They get a check for $1000 or whatever and are told to deposit it, then go get , pack, and ship the "purchased" items, then send excess funds back to the buyer. These people are equally stupid and deserve to lose their money.

about a week ago
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3 Recent Flights Make Unscheduled Landings, After Disputes Over Knee Room

mark_reh Re:Wait a minute, a few years ago I recall and AA (811 comments)

So I should pay 3-5X for a ticket so I can get a few more inches of leg room?
So the majority of seats on a plane are intended for children and dwarves? Ah! I see!

Yes, the free market solves ALL problems!

about a week ago
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3 Recent Flights Make Unscheduled Landings, After Disputes Over Knee Room

mark_reh I see two possible scenarios: (811 comments)

1) At some point the cost of diverting flights will exceed the profits generated by cramming more seats into the planes and the problem will correct itself.

2) The airline will figure out a way to shift the cost of flight diversion onto the passengers and the problem will just get worse.

My money is on #2

about a week ago
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3 Recent Flights Make Unscheduled Landings, After Disputes Over Knee Room

mark_reh The whole industry needs to rethink pricing. (811 comments)

Ticket prices should be based on a combo of flying weight and space. Flying weight is passenger plus baggage weight. Space is a function of height/weight of the passenger and dimensions of their bags. If you're really tall, and/or really fat, you're going to pay more for a comfortable seat, but you will get a comfortable, safe seat, and those around you will, too.

It shouldn't be too hard to make aircraft seating configurable for passengers of different weights/heights.

It seems likely to me that cramming seats so close together is a safety issue. I wonder what the wreck stats show about leg injuries.

about a week ago
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3 Recent Flights Make Unscheduled Landings, After Disputes Over Knee Room

mark_reh Re:Today's business class is the 70s' economy clas (811 comments)

That was an advertising photo. You don't think it bore any relationship to reality, do you? Look at airline ads these days. Full of happy, smiling passengers. When was the last time you saw anyone smiling on a plane?

about a week ago
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3 Recent Flights Make Unscheduled Landings, After Disputes Over Knee Room

mark_reh Wait a minute, a few years ago I recall and AA (811 comments)

ad campaign in which they bragged about refitting their planes with more leg room because "they care about their passengers" implying that the other airlines didn't. At that time I was wondering why, if they care about passengers so much, did they put the seats so close together in the first place. Now they're taking the room out again, demonstrating once again exactly how much they care about their passengers.

This is a great example of how the free-market solves problems. Now that people are complaining, some small airline is going to start providing more leg room and the other will have to follow suit. Once they've all provided reasonable space, they'll start taking it away again. It is a repeating cycle and I believe we are near the bottom of this one.

What is really needed is for the feds to regulate the minimum space allowed per passenger so the airlines can't cram us in like the hold of a slave ship.

about a week ago
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Getting Into College the Old Fashioned Way: With Money

mark_reh Re:Impact of foreigners on the education of Americ (161 comments)

That sort of interaction is EXACTLY what makes the education at that school an education. Try to imagine what your education would have been like if you had gone to a university where you had difficulty with the language in which the classes were taught. Those foreign students got into that school with your nephew by being smart and maybe/probably well-connected (i.e. they come from wealthy, well educated families in their home countries).

Does your kid end up doing a lot of the documentation of the group work? Sure- his mastery of English is probably better than the foreign students. That's how it goes. So what? Some of the group members don't contribute much? So what? Do you think that if all the kids in the group were white, English speaking Americans there wouldn't be any lazy asses the other group members would have to carry? Group work teaches productive people how to be productive when confronted with the harsh reality of unmotivated group members.

I'd say your nephew is getting an education.

about two weeks ago
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Getting Into College the Old Fashioned Way: With Money

mark_reh Re:Wow those fees... (161 comments)

perhaps not as prestigious as MIT, but more than sufficient for most people.

Sufficient for people who want to become a cog in the machine. Those people who are paying for the application service for top ranked schools want to go to those schools because they don't want to become cogs in the machine, they want to own the machine. It is a completely different mindset from "most people".

That push to get into those schools is the same sort of push they apply to the rest of what they do which is why they end up owning businesses instead of working at one. The ideas that those schools are too difficult to get into, they cost too much, I don't come from the right family, are reasons not to bother applying for most people. For the others they are reasons to work at overcoming all those obstacles. Admission to those schools is a filtering process. If you manage to jump through the right hoops you'll have access to a lot of people with brains, money, and power.

If you want to achieve big things you have to think big, have long term goals, and act accordingly.

about two weeks ago
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Getting Into College the Old Fashioned Way: With Money

mark_reh Re:I agree but .... (161 comments)

Your definition of rich is a poor man's definition. Owning a Lexus doesn't make you rich whether you paid cash for it or not. Lexus is, for the most part, a middle-class car brand.

Having a million dollars doesn't make you rich. It makes you middle class, with a loooong way to go to rich. Having a million dollars doesn't mean you can quit working unless you're about 80 years old, especially if you live in the US where the healthcare system is designed to bankrupt you before you die.

about two weeks ago
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Music Training's Cognitive Benefits Could Help "At-Risk" Students

mark_reh Re:Yes, but what will close the gap (58 comments)

Unfortunately the powers that be don't seem interested in fixing anything education-wise. A poorly educated population is easily manipulated and they like it that way.

One of the major parties in the US owes its continued existence to the fact that they have targeted every nut-job fringe group in the US that's willing to vote for someone based on single issues such as abortion, gun ownership, evolution, birth control, etc. Naturally, that same party wants to shut down the Dept of Education. The dumber people are, the more votes they'll get.

about two weeks ago
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Music Training's Cognitive Benefits Could Help "At-Risk" Students

mark_reh Yes, but what will close the gap (58 comments)

between at-risk students and more affluent students who take music lessons?

about two weeks ago
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Hidden Obstacles For Delivery Drones

mark_reh Re:Is this some kind of secret code? (215 comments)

Crank posts in internet forums are the modern day equivalent of the numbers stations on short wave radio.

Thank goodness we have the NSA scooping all this stuff up and looking for patterns!

about two weeks ago
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Hidden Obstacles For Delivery Drones

mark_reh Re:What problem does this solve, again? (215 comments)

You've got your political speechifying down pat!

In classic political style speech, you repeat "Obama" over and over when a single mention of his name and one sentence would have been adequate to state all your "Obama" points. Listen to any preacher, politician, Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, Jesse Jackson (who likes to throw in a lot of rhymes bcause it makes it easy to remember) or other professional blow-hard- this is exactly how they speak publicly. I believe it is based on the principle that if you repeat a lie loudly and often enough it becomes equivalent to truth in the minds of the listeners.

While you may have the style figured out, your content is very weak. I won't bother taking apart your "arguments" point by point- they're just silly. Keep practicing- you may eventually get good enough to be a live caller on Rush or Fox "News".

Does your caretaker know that you got on the internet again?

about two weeks ago
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Robot Printer Brings Documents To Your Desk

mark_reh Great! (64 comments)

Another reason not to get off our fat asses!

Can this robotic thing actually be less costly than simply putting a $50 laser printer at each desk?

about two weeks ago

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Linux replacement for Playon Media server

mark_reh mark_reh writes  |  about 2 years ago

mark_reh (2015546) writes "I am tired of dealing with Windows and want to go 100% linux. There is one app that I have yet to find a linux replacement for- Playon media server. Is there a roughly equivalent Linux program that makes streaming web content as easily accessible from the TV?

PS3 media server is nice for streaming from my HDD but doesn't have the easy web content accessibility that Playon has."

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Ask Slashdot: moving out but need to keep up with

mark_reh mark_reh writes  |  more than 2 years ago

mark_reh writes "I am forced to move to another state where I can work. My wife and son will be staying put. I need to go over my son's homework with him every night. Is there a decent tool that allows collaborative screen sharing accompanied by voice/video? His computer will be running Win 7 and mine will be on whatever is required, preferably linux."
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How are photos controlled on the internet?

mark_reh mark_reh writes  |  more than 3 years ago

mark_reh (2015546) writes "When you search for images via Google Images you see a bunch of pictures, but how is the availability of images controlled? For example, where are all the swimsuit pics of Sarah Palin when she was in beauty contests? How does the Palin organization or any other celebrity, or anyone else for that matter, manage to control availability of images on the web? If such control is possible, how do sex videos of celebrities manage to fall outside that control, or do they?"

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For the love of God, will someone tell me why

mark_reh mark_reh writes  |  more than 3 years ago

men who drive pickup trucks insist on backing them into parking spaces? What is the point?
The bigger the pickup, the more likely it will be backed into a parking space.
If it has a trailer hitch, it will be backed up so the hitch hangs over a sidewalk, just waiting to knee-cap someone walking by.

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