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Bill Gates Patents Detecting, Responding To "Glassholes"

onkelonkel Envy (136 comments)

I see a lot of envy fueling the hate. I can't afford a $1500 pair of uber-nerd glasses so I will hate on the select few who can.

If (when) the tech catches on (it may or may not) then the price will inevitably drop, and a lot more people will have them. When "glass" type displays are as common as headphones, I hope people will at least be embarrassed about the rage they were spewing. The tech is at such an early stage that the possible applications haven't even begun to be explored. I see so many people walking heads down and texting, I can certainly see a way to walk and text and see what's in front of you at the same time catching on.


Hacking Charisma

onkelonkel Re:Charlatan (242 comments)

"Authentic" is my new trigger word. I see it everywhere now and it sends the bullshit meter clanging into the red end of the scale. Almost by definition anything advertised as authentic is not authentic. Your $200 blue jeans are authentic? Great, except, aren't they made in the same Bangladesh sweatshop factory where Walmart's $25 jeans are made?

about three weeks ago

Weev's Attorney Says FBI Is Intercepting His Client's Mail

onkelonkel Re:Sweet revenge (109 comments)

"eye for an eye, tooth for a tooth" - that comes from Hammurabi. Commonly misunderstood. It is a legal reform of the existing justice system at the time. It is a limit on punishment to make it not exceed the original crime (and thereby lead to a spiral of ever increasing retribution). "eye for an eye, tooth for a tooth" is harsh, but is a lot better than "head for an eye, hand for a tooth"

about three weeks ago

Getting Misogyny, Racism and Homophobia Out of Gaming

onkelonkel Re:Remove fear labeling to start objective discuss (704 comments)

Ok, lets be objective. Science, while not 100% settled on this topic, tell us that sexual orientation is determined before birth. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/B....

In other words people are born gay (or straight), If you want to provide evidence that this is not the case, feel free. That is an objective discussion of the facts.

Objective discussion doesn't allow for religious or moral arguments, since these are personal and subjective.

Assuming we accept the science, discriminating against people who are born with different sexual orientation ought to be no more acceptable than discriminating against people born with different skin color.

You are entitled to believe anything you like. (Isn't this a great country we live in!). However, if you believe that it is not "ok" to be black and say so out loud people will call you a racist. And, if you believe that it is not "ok" to be gay and say so out loud people will call you a homophobe (dumb word, I agree but it's all we have). Either way, you are a bigot.

about a month ago

MtGox Finds 200,000 Bitcoins In Old Wallet

onkelonkel Re:Thieves (227 comments)

Textbook example is the car thief. I was told that around here thieves will steal a car and move it no more than 2 or 3 blocks and then park it. This avoids any problems with LoJacks or similar silent tracking systems. If the car is still parked a day later, a tow truck will haul it to its final destination (chop shop or loaded into a container.)

about a month ago

Elon Musk Addresses New Jersey's Tesla Store Ban

onkelonkel Open their own dealerships (229 comments)

Forgive me if this is answered somewhere else, but why can't Tesla open their own Tesla dealerships? Have the incumbents rigged that too?

about a month ago

Measles Outbreak In NYC

onkelonkel Dead Babies (747 comments)

The only thing that gets through to people who run their lives based entirely on emotions is ....wait for it.... emotions.

Sadly, this will require the deaths of a few infants from vaccine preventable diseases. Once those hit the news parents will be more afraid of the disease than the vaccine.

An artificial vaccine shortage will help. If parents are afraid they might not be able to get vaccines before "the supply runs out" they will panic and stand in line for hours to get their kids immunized.

Mod this "Sad, but true"

about a month ago

It's True: Some People Just Don't Like Music

onkelonkel Re:Jazz (268 comments)

Is that like people who don't like beer so they drink Coors Light instead.

about a month ago

Whole Foods: America's Temple of Pseudoscience

onkelonkel Different Words - same BS - Boiled Cane Syrup (794 comments)

My SO buys a box of instant oatmeal packages at Whole Foods "because it's healthier than the Safeway cereal". The nutrition label says 12 g sugar for the Safeway oatmeal, 12.5 g sugar for the Whole Foods (more or less the same), Under ingredients the Safeway box says "sugar", the Whole Foods box says "Boiled Cane Syrup". I guess some people must believe there is a difference between "Sugar" (made from boiled cane syrup) and "Boiled Cane Syrup" (which is sugar).

about a month and a half ago

Will Peggy the Programmer Be the New Rosie the Riveter?

onkelonkel Re:Todd the Teacher.. (333 comments)

The reasons make sense, but they don't excuse what is basically sexist bigotry. There is at least some awareness of the issue now.

about 2 months ago

Woman Attacked In San Francisco Bar For Wearing Google Glass

onkelonkel Re:Simple solution (921 comments)

So the bar should ban recording devices. Everybody drops their smart phone off at the coat check before they go in. That way everybody is happy.

about 2 months ago

Will Peggy the Programmer Be the New Rosie the Riveter?

onkelonkel Are Techies Bigger Jerks than Lawyers??? (333 comments)

A common assumption I read here is that the male dominated culture is keeping women out of engineering and programming.

Let us indulge in a little thought experiment about two male dominated fields.

50 years ago Law schools and Engineering schools had less than 5% women. Today, Law schools are 50+% women and Engineering schools are maybe 10% women. We can therefore conclude a) Techie men are much bigger jerks than lawyers, or b) something else is causing this.

about 2 months ago

Will Peggy the Programmer Be the New Rosie the Riveter?

onkelonkel Re:Todd the Teacher.. (333 comments)

This is a huge problem for elementary (Grade 1 to 7 ) schools. Any male teacher who wants to work in elementary schools and isn't a specialist (Librarian or Music Teacher) is viewed with great suspicion.He must be some kind of pedophile. The school I went to as a child had 5 male teachers out of 25 total. Now 25 years later my kids are there, and there are no male teachers at all and 35 women.

about 2 months ago

Tesla Used A Third of All Electric-Car Batteries Last Year

onkelonkel Just Like Digital Cameras 20 Years Ago (236 comments)

This whole discussion on electric cars reminds me of digital cameras when they first came out. People act as if no technology ever improved over time. The first cameras were about 320 x 240 or so. Film purists were laughing. In order to get the same resolution as 35 mm film, you would need 5 MEGAPIXELS!!! which considering cameras were barely .1 Megapixels seemed purely ridiculous. No way is digital going to replace film! Of course the camera resolution doubled year after year and now digital cameras are ubiquitous and film is almost extinct.

EV batteries will get cheaper and more powerful over time. Range will go up, vehicle prices will go down. Economies of scale and technological progress will see to that. As they get cheaper and better, they will make more sense to more people. People who might not buy a $40k car with a 120 mile range may well buy a $25k car with a 200 mile range.

about 2 months ago

House Committee Approves Bill Banning In-Flight Phone Calls

onkelonkel Re:Cue the fat jokes... (366 comments)

I was going to reply with a rant about my last trip and the passenger of unusual size who tried to wedge himself onto the seat next to me, to our great mutual discomfort, but instead I'll just ask a question.

Standard economy class seats on United are about 18" between the armrests. What would make someone who had to be at least 30" across the hips, think he could fit into that seat? Was he hoping for an empty seat next to him? Did he think he could lift the armrest and take half the adjacent seat? What is the thought process here?

about 2 months ago

Audience Jeers Contestant Who Uses Game Theory To Win At 'Jeopardy'

onkelonkel Re:Stupid people confused (412 comments)

110 Million people tuned in to watch the Superbowl. Is that not at least similar?

about 2 months ago

Animal Drug Investigation Reveals Pet Medication Often Doesn't Work

onkelonkel My Dog Loves Me!!! (279 comments)

Belief - "My dog is my best friend. My dog loves me!"

Reality - "You live alone with your dog. Your dog will be eating your remains 8 hours after you drop dead."

about 3 months ago

EU Secretly Plans To Put a Back Door In Every Car By 2020

onkelonkel What could possibly go wrong? (364 comments)

About 5 minutes after this is implemented, the protocols will be cracked. About 5 minutes later some prankster will be broadcasting the "kill" signal to every car in Paris from a lunchbox portable radio from the top of the Eiffel tower.

about 3 months ago

Canadian Music Industry Calls For Internet Regulation, Website Blocking

onkelonkel Re:Not a Canadian... $800 ipod nano (198 comments)

There is a levy on blank CDs. (I can't remember the last time I bought a spindle of CDs). It used to be about 30 cents a disk, which is insane considering bulk CD-R cost about 25 cents. At least they didn't go full retard and charge for MP3 players. At the time the levy was introduced, MP3 players were about 128 to 256 MB capacity and I can recall fees of $5 to $10 on MP3 players (based on 5 cents/Megabyte) being considered. The music industry would love to collect $800 on a 16GB ipod nano.

about 3 months ago


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