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Cops 101: NYC High School Teaches How To Behave During Stop-and-Frisk

mooingyak It doesn't both (464 comments)

er me that much.

yesterday
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Big Talk About Small Samples

mooingyak Request for Bennett to look into (243 comments)

I'd like to know what percentage of people at Burning Man are offended by various women breastfeeding, and also how we can optimize the queues so that everyone can see it happen without waiting too long.

about a week ago
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Comet Probe Philae To Deploy Drill As Battery Life Wanes

mooingyak Permanent problem? (223 comments)

Is the shadow a permanent problem? Or will it potentially get back into the sunlight at some point as the comet reaches a different part of its orbit?

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft To Open Source .NET and Take It Cross-Platform

mooingyak Re: Desparate Microsoft pulls a "Sun Microsystems" (525 comments)

I don't think they are legally bound to keep that promise

My layman's legal understanding is that it is to some degree binding. They can withdraw it at any point, but anyone who acted on that promise can't then be held liable for having done so. IANAL, etc, consult one of your own if you really need to know.

about two weeks ago
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What Happens When Nobody Proofreads an Academic Paper

mooingyak Re:Big woop (170 comments)

or perhaps because world events went through a sort of unusually calm period in the 80s and 90s

sure as shit ain't that...

or perhaps it's as simple as the notion that we were mostly sheltered by our parents as children to some extent and didn't truly open our eyes to the reality of the world until we got older.

and that's where I'd put my money.

about two weeks ago
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Computer Scientists Ask Supreme Court To Rule APIs Can't Be Copyrighted

mooingyak Re:APIs can be creative works; we need another pla (260 comments)

If the copyrightable APIs that you desire existed at the time then Linux could never well have come into existence and we would only have proprietary Unix which would have never would have taken off like Linux has since the primary attraction of Linux is the open source nature of it.

What?

Linux ate proprietary unix's lunch.... which could not have happened unless proprietary unix had a lunch to eat. They had already taken off.

about two weeks ago
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The Largest Kuiper Belt Object Isn't Pluto Or Eris, But Triton

mooingyak Re:No it isn't (61 comments)

The guy who writes these articles gets excited! Really excited! And he wants to show us all how excited! With exclamation points!

Name should be "Endswithabang!"

about two weeks ago
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Most Planets In the Universe Are Homeless

mooingyak Look at all the exclamation points! (219 comments)

I tried to read the article. But then I got to the end of a sentence, and there was an exclamation point! They should be reserved for truly remarkable things. If you have more than two in an article that size, you're devaluing them! I stopped counting at five! Just got annoying.

about three weeks ago
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Technology Group Promises Scientists Their Own Clouds

mooingyak Sounded awesome (45 comments)

This sounded pretty cool until I realized they didn't mean "Technology Group Promises Scientists Their Own Clouds" literally.

about a month ago
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Creationism Conference at Michigan State University Stirs Unease

mooingyak Re:Why at a place of learning? (1007 comments)

Seems like once you've got the world creation piece down pat the rest should be easy enough.

about a month ago
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Creationism Conference at Michigan State University Stirs Unease

mooingyak Re:Why at a place of learning? (1007 comments)

Just a matter of adequate storage then.

about a month ago
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Creationism Conference at Michigan State University Stirs Unease

mooingyak Re:Why at a place of learning? (1007 comments)

do you know how fucking hard it would be to resurrect someone... like, really? the persistence of consciousness alone... or magic. a world with magic is not compatible with the world we think of ourselves in.

It's just a matter of restoring from a backup. That's what backups are *for* anyways.

about a month ago
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Rite Aid and CVS Block Apple Pay and Google Wallet

mooingyak Re:Good luck with that. (558 comments)

By the way; what the fuck are Rite Aid and CVS?

They're two large drugstore chains in the US. CVS has locations in almost every state (looks like about 5 or 6 don't have one).

And, quoting from Rite Aid's site

With approximately 4,600 stores in 31 states and the District of Columbia, we have a strong presence on both the East and West Coasts. Rite Aid is the largest drugstore chain on the East Coast and the third-largest in the United States

about a month ago
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Computer Scientist Parachutes From 135,908 Feet, Breaking Record

mooingyak Re:Being a computer scientist (175 comments)

That's the only one that bothered you?

about 1 month ago
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U.K. Supermarkets Beta Test Full-Body 3D Scanners For Selfie Figurines

mooingyak Re:Do wee wee... (165 comments)

If you're fat enough, that's not really a problem.

about a month ago
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Developers, IT Still Racking Up (Mostly) High Salaries

mooingyak Re:Hold on a minute (198 comments)

In rural Illinois you'd pay $500/month mortgage on a reasonable 3 bedroom home in a safe middle class neighborhood, in Dallas you'd pay maybe $700, in Albuquerque you'd pay $800, in Miami you'd pay $1200. So, the biggest gap there is $700/mo. That's $8,400 a year.

I paid around $1300 / month to rent a 2 bedroom apartment roughly 30 miles east of Manhattan. Was a decent but not great neighborhood. And this was 10 years ago. Mortgage + taxes for a decent sized house in NYC suburbs can easily run you over $3k / month. Now your biggest gap is $2500 / month, or over $30k a year. Other expenses add up as well. I've often joked that the nice thing about being a tourist from the NYC area is you barely notice how much you're getting gouged for food at tourist traps. It's a comparatively small markup.

about a month ago
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Developers, IT Still Racking Up (Mostly) High Salaries

mooingyak Re:Hold on a minute (198 comments)

And your sister might make that, but the average salary for a teacher in the US (across all levels of experience) is close to $50k.

Going to quote a bit selectively from various spots for a second here...

My sister-in-law is a teacher for a high school in NJ, and makes over $80k a year.

If those high salaries are in Silicon Valley or New York, though, they might not seem as high as half the same rate would in Omaha, or Houston, or Raleigh.

Emphasis mine.

If the highly paid programmers are skewed towards certain high cost of living markets, then it's fairer to compare salaries against other professions in those same markets, and not nationwide averages.

about a month ago
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How Lobby Groups Rejected the Canadian Government's Plan To Combat Patent Trolls

mooingyak What "uninteded consequences" ? (57 comments)

Are these concerns listed anywhere? I don't want to assume they're unreasonable or far-fetched without having seen them. Or is "unintended consequences" about as much details as was given during lobbying?

about a month ago
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If Your Cloud Vendor Goes Out of Business, Are You Ready?

mooingyak Re:AWS losing $2 billion a year? (150 comments)

Yeah, couldn't help but notice that the basis for the whole article is also the piece with nothing to back it up.

about a month ago
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Interviews: Ask Florian Mueller About Software Patents and Copyrights

mooingyak Re:Who can you think of that is less popular? (187 comments)

That would at least be interesting. And you might even get some straightforward answers. Though I think the overall hostility might be greater. Florian isn't getting questions like "How do you think your enemies will kill you?"

about a month and a half ago

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