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Scientists Discover Biggest Star

oddTodd123 what does 265 solar masses mean? (202 comments)

I need that in units I can comprehend:

The mass of the sun is 1.99x10^30kg. The average mass of a book is 340g. There are 21,814,555 books cataloged by the Library of Congress. So, 265 solar masses * 1.99x10^30kg/solar mass * 1000g/kg / 340g/book / 21,814,555 books/LoC = 7.1x10^25LoC. Therefore, the new star is equivalent in mass to 71YLoC (yotta Libraries Of Congress). Wow, that's a big star!

more than 4 years ago
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Vaccine Patch Removes Needle Pain

oddTodd123 Re:Genius (250 comments)

Yeah... that and a 6'3 415lb body builder with wild eyes being held down by 6 people to have blood drawn with a needle.

Ha! I call B.S. Any real bodybuilder would already be injecting steroids in his ass on a weekly basis!

more than 4 years ago
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Leaving a Comment? That'll Be 99 Cents, and Your Name

oddTodd123 Re:Kiss another paper goodbye. (377 comments)

Kiss another paper goodbye.

Um, the paper is going from no commenting at all to use-your-real-name-and-pay-a-one-time-tiny-fee-to-prove-it commenting. Whether or not the paper survives is going to be independent of this decision.

more than 4 years ago
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Chile First To Approve Net Neutrality Law

oddTodd123 Re:I love the wording in the above translation. (293 comments)

And I love when someone nitpicks legislative language from an unofficial translation.

Considering your feelings, it's a good thing they don't actually use the word "legitimate" in the law. They use the Spanish word "legal". Now, IANACL (I am not a Chilean Lawyer), but I'm pretty sure "legal" means something like "allowed by law", or, more accurately, "not explicitly disallowed elsewhere in our laws".

Now, if you are concerned that they may, at a future date, make it illegal to use P2P (or, for you Spanish speakers out there "ilegal"), don't you think that would supersede the net neutrality law, whether it said "legitimate" or "legal"?!

more than 4 years ago
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Implantable Eye Telescope Finally FDA Approved

oddTodd123 Re:I feel gipped... (112 comments)

Not trying to be a racial-slur-nazi, but it's Gypped. Although I see that 'gip' is acceptable, why not strive for authenticity?

Not trying to be a Nazi-Nazi, but it's Nazi, not nazi.

more than 4 years ago
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Inside the Fake PC Recycling Market

oddTodd123 Re:For the record (320 comments)

If the junk didn't go to China or Africa, where did it go?

None of it even left the tri-state area during the whole process.

So... New Jersey.

more than 4 years ago
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SketchUp 7.1 Architectural Visualization

oddTodd123 Re:multi-million-pound?! (62 comments)

How come the dumbest people always post anonymously? Is it because you are too dumb to figure out how to register?

more than 4 years ago
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SketchUp 7.1 Architectural Visualization

oddTodd123 Re:multi-million-pound?! (62 comments)

We measure buildings by stories

Are you the same fools who start counting your floors at 0 instead of 1? (The first floor in America being the "ground floor" in Britain.)

more than 4 years ago
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SketchUp 7.1 Architectural Visualization

oddTodd123 multi-million-pound?! (62 comments)

Robin de Jongh is a consulting engineer and designer who has successfully used SketchUp for multi-million-pound new developments, and a whole bunch of smaller projects, from steel staircases to new product prototypes.

When did they start describing buildings by weight? Because those are certainly some heavy buildings.

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Struggling To Bridge the Casual-Hardcore Game Gap

oddTodd123 Re:baloney! (185 comments)

Fine, put Zelda in between. Mario Galaxy has quests, btw. And Diablo can be quite simple if you want it to be. Click to kill.

more than 4 years ago
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Verizon Makes Offering Service Blocks a Fireable Offense

oddTodd123 Re:Surprise? (370 comments)

the EVP of sales didn't respond to her own email mail... she sent it to a lackey

If anyone wants this EVP's contact information...

So, you're saying if we want to get in touch with the EVP's lackey, you'll send us that contact information?

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Struggling To Bridge the Casual-Hardcore Game Gap

oddTodd123 Re:baloney! (185 comments)

That's not the point. The question is, are there "transition games" that would encourage people to move from line 3 to line 4, in your example? The fact that different people have interest in different types and complexity of games is a given. The article is hypothesizing that such games need to exist, that if only there were games that were slightly more complex/hardcore than Wii Sports Resort but less complex than Super Mario Galaxy, we would see the people currently playing the former eventually playing the latter.

more than 4 years ago
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Struggling To Bridge the Casual-Hardcore Game Gap

oddTodd123 baloney! (185 comments)

From most casual to hardcore:

Farmville, Mafia Wars
Plants vs. Zombies, Bejeweled, Tetris
Wii Sports, Cooking Mama
Mario games, racing and sports games
Serious Sam, Diablo
Assassins Creed, Halo
GTA, Rainbow Six
Dragon Age, Total War series

Where's the gap?

more than 4 years ago
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Stem Cell Tourist Dies From Treatment In Thailand

oddTodd123 Re:Aim for the real problem. (451 comments)

You do realize that many thousands of healthy adults agree to allow their bodies to be used by science after they die, right? How is a to-be-discarded fertilized egg different from an actual living human in your morality?

more than 4 years ago
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Google Street View Wi-Fi Data Includes Passwords, Email Content

oddTodd123 passwords?! (292 comments)

Where can you even log in any more with an unencrypted connection?

more than 4 years ago
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Falsehoods Programmers Believe About Names

oddTodd123 Re:Taking time to consider. (773 comments)

You know, for a perfectionist, you sure did a lousy job understanding what the story was about before writing your little rant about how you couldn't cut it as a software developer.

more than 4 years ago
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FCC Vote Marks Effort To Take Greater Control of the Web

oddTodd123 Re:Take Control? (323 comments)

To follow up my previous comment, an example of a program started with good intentions that has made things worse would be the DHS or any of its agencies (esp. TSA).

more than 4 years ago
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FCC Vote Marks Effort To Take Greater Control of the Web

oddTodd123 Re:Take Control? (323 comments)

The Post Office is only bankrupt because of the internet. Medicare and Social Security are losing money because of improvements in life expectancy. The fact that government programs are not keeping up with technological advances is not a fault of the program per se, but rather of subsequent generations of legislators inaction in updating the program. Amtrak was created precisely because existing passenger rail programs were going bankrupt. Its intent all along has been socialized train travel. Plus, you'd be hard pressed to argue mail delivery is worse now than it was before the creation of the post office, or that retirement for Americans is worse now than it was before Social Security and Medicare.

more than 4 years ago
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HP and Yahoo To Spam Your Printer

oddTodd123 donotwant! (397 comments)

I am dumbfounded by HP's decision-making here. "What we discovered is that people were not bothered by it [an advertisement]," Nigro said. "Part of it I think our belief is you're used to it. You're used to seeing things with ads."

That sounds like a ringing endorsement for the printer. "Buy our printer! It will make you feel all warm and cozy because it has ads, like everything else in your life!" Ugh. It's appalling.

more than 4 years ago
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X Prize Foundation Wants AI Physician On Every Smartphone

oddTodd123 Re:As a non AI physician (245 comments)

Doctors are notoriously stubborn and arrogant about their abilities, and they refuse to believe that a significant share of medical practice can be routinized to be performed by much lower skilled and educated people. From simple hand washing to using checklists, doctors have steadfastly resisted any change that implies they could be doing their job better, or that someone with less training could do the same job.

Nobody is suggesting the smartphone perform open heart surgery, but if it can use image recognition on a rash to tell you to try calamine lotion before going to see a dermatologist, that can save everyone a lot of time and money. Or, to use a personal example, after I fell on my shoulder, it could guide me through a series of tests (of the type "does it hurt when you do X?") and suggest I may have an AC joint separation and I should see an orthopedist. In the last example, I was originally diagnosed over the phone (by a non-orthopedist doctor) after exactly that experience. The default choice in a case such as mine would be to go to the ER. That would have turned out to be an inefficient and expensive choice and wasted a lot of people's time.

more than 4 years ago

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