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Google Aims To Be Your Universal Translator

mister_playboy Re:English to American (122 comments)

first floor in British English = second floor to Americans, first floor in American English = ground floor to Brits.

Does this difference also occur in elevator controls?

about two weeks ago
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Newest Stealth Fighter's Ground Attack Sensors 10 Years Behind Older Jets'

mister_playboy Re:War Nerd on the F-35 (279 comments)

Decent rant, but he contradicts his own argument about how the USAF only likes sleek, fast air-to-air planes when he rambles on about how they loved the ugly, slow, air-to-ground F-117.

about a month ago
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Newest Stealth Fighter's Ground Attack Sensors 10 Years Behind Older Jets'

mister_playboy Re:the problem with stealth technology (279 comments)

Plenty of Iraq pilots got shot down by missiles far beyond the 100miles range without even ever noticing the F-15 or F-16 that shot the missiles.

Bullshit.

The only operational US missile to have sort of range was the Phoenix, which was carried by neither the F-15 nor the F-16.

It was launched exactly twice in its service history on the F-14 with no hits scored.

about a month ago
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Tesla Roadster Update Extends Range

mister_playboy Re:Cd of 0.36 in the 21st century??? (128 comments)

2 factors come to mind:

Sports oriented vehicles often sacrifice Cd to obtain downforce, since top speed is not advertised as heavily or reached as easily in many modern designs.

Short body length vehicles have less space to adopt Cd optimized forms than longer vehicles. The larger Model S has a claimed 0.24 Cd.

about a month ago
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Peter Sunde: the Pirate Bay Should Stay Down

mister_playboy Re:the pirate bay is important (251 comments)

The liberal Democrats of 2000 are not the liberal Democrats of 1940. Why didn't you call them neoliberals, you moron?

The fact that the core missions of Democrats and Republicans have varied wildly over the existence of both parties just shows how limiting and misleading the whole R/D /. debate is.

about a month and a half ago
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Peter Sunde: the Pirate Bay Should Stay Down

mister_playboy Re:I still use it (251 comments)

When Slashdot first gave me the option of disabling ads I had the same reaction...

"This site has ads?"

about a month and a half ago
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Google Chrome Will Block All NPAPI Plugins By Default In January

mister_playboy Re:Why Chrome when you can use Chromium? (107 comments)

Google has never provided binaries on their Chromium site and that has always seemed like a very deliberate choice to deter would be users.

To run Chromium (on Windows) you must to dig through third party sites which may or may not have the latest version of Chromium available and may or may not bundle adware garbage installers.

Chrome binary download links, in contrast, are featured prominently on many sites. It is heavily advertised.

about 2 months ago
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Eizo Debuts Monitor With 1:1 Aspect Ratio

mister_playboy Re:Hooray! (330 comments)

Finally get back some of the vertical space lost when every laptop and desktop downgraded to "HD".

It's time to retire this complaint because the fact is that screen resolutions have started to increase again

Your old 1200 pixel tall non-16:9 display isn't anything to brag about anymore. 1440p is quite cheap nowadays and 2160p is gaining traction.

about 2 months ago
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The EU Has a Plan To Break Up Google

mister_playboy Re:In an unrelated news item... (334 comments)

It's among the worst nationalistic hogwash misconceptions ever, easily on par with North Korea rambling about its moon base.

Pretending that the EU is a singular nation in the way that the US or North Korea are is itself "hogwash".

about 2 months ago
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Google Announces Image Recognition Advance

mister_playboy Re:what would be useful (29 comments)

And runs the comparison over several thousand files (or even hundreds of thousands, or millions)

Ah yes... the joys of Internet Art collecting!

about 2 months ago
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Firefox Signs Five-Year Deal With Yahoo, Drops Google as Default Search Engine

mister_playboy Re:Scrap heap (400 comments)

True, but I have never seen anyone argue that "the main advantage of Firefox has always been the plugin system".

about 2 months ago
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Blowing On Money To Tell If It Is Counterfeit

mister_playboy Re:Life lessons from craps (114 comments)

That's a halfhearted moisture application. Have her put them in her mouth instead so you get the full luck application.

about 2 months ago
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Blowing On Money To Tell If It Is Counterfeit

mister_playboy Re:Wouldn't be adopted by the U.S. (114 comments)

The US might adopt this tech.

The kinds of fraud that have Washington Consensus stamps of approval don't involve physical bills and will not be impacted.

about 2 months ago
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Firefox Signs Five-Year Deal With Yahoo, Drops Google as Default Search Engine

mister_playboy Re:Scrap heap (400 comments)

The main advantage of Firefox has always been the add-on system, and these aren't getting ported to ARM. They're all x86. They're even having problem convincing add-on makers to recompile them for x64 version of the browser which is why it has remained a non-starter so far. ARM recompiling is basically "not going to happen" land, which means that Firefox on phones is just another browser that has no advantages over most of the other ones.

This is false. Firefox addons are interpreted Javascript, not compiled code. They work the same on all FF browsers. On Linux we've been running 64-bit for many years with no addon problems.

about 2 months ago
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Firefox Signs Five-Year Deal With Yahoo, Drops Google as Default Search Engine

mister_playboy Re:...Feeling (400 comments)

It looks like you are experiencing a sensation.

Would you like help?

_Get help with experiencing the sensation.
_Just experience the sensation without help.

_Don't show me this tip again.

about 2 months ago
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After Four Days, Philae Team Gets to Rest

mister_playboy Re:RTG (88 comments)

It's worth pointing out that the cause of this shortage is a political issue rather than a technical one. It started with a non-proliferation bill during the Carter era.

about 2 months ago
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Will Lyft and Uber's Shared-Ride Service Hurt Public Transit?

mister_playboy Re:It's only worth it (237 comments)

I have read that half of the USA's total daily public transportation ridership is found in a single city... New York City

This one factoid portrays our public transport situation very well...

about 2 months ago
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No, You Can't Seize Country TLDs, US Court Rules

mister_playboy Re:damn (120 comments)

but we won't say who we are, eh?

Canada, is that you?

about 2 months ago

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Anti-piracy group uses infringing font in logo

mister_playboy mister_playboy writes  |  about 5 years ago

mister_playboy (1474163) writes "TorrentFreak reports that Hadopi, the French agency charged with handling file-sharers’ copyright digressions, has just made a huge infringement faux pas of its own. Last week the group unveiled the logo which is set to represent this bastion of copyright righteousness, but embarrassingly it was designed with unlicensed fonts. Hadopi called the infringement an "error of manipulation" (article in French). The font's designer is considering legal action against Hadopi. Strike number one for the 3 strikes anti-piracy group!"
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Why the FSF Cares About RIAA Lawsuits

mister_playboy mister_playboy writes  |  more than 5 years ago

mister_playboy (1474163) writes "In one of the RIAA's high profile cases the Free Software Foundation backed defendant Joel Tenenbaum, much to the dislike of the music industry lobby. John Sullivan, Operations Manager at the FSF explains in a guest post at TorrentFreak http://torrentfreak.com/the-war-on-sharing-why-the-fsf-cares-about-riaa-lawsuits-090513/comment-page-3/#comment-560645 why they think these cases impact not just music, but also free software and its technology."

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