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Berlin Bans Car Service Uber

painandgreed Re:Average people just don't like hipsters. (341 comments)

A hipster is somebody who would suddenly get a different taste if (and because) you'd like their taste.

It doesn't necessarily contradict your statement, but from living for two decades in the "hipster part of town", I can pretty much say that a hipster is pretty much any early college age person doing what all the other 20 somethings are doing, just like they pretty much always have. The title stays the same as the looks, clothes, and music all continue to change. The people that most often use the term are usually no longer 20 somethings who are not in touch with youth culture any more, if they ever were.

about two weeks ago
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Entire South Korean Space Programme Shuts Down As Sole Astronaut Quits

painandgreed Re:begs FFS (186 comments)

It's not evolution it's erosion, we are losing the original meaning and gaining nothing.

We still have the original meaning, but it is has pretty much been limited to college logic classes for most of the last century. Giving pedants and excuse to bitch on the internet has probably boosted the original meanings usage an order of magnitude. If anything, the new meaning has probably saved the old meaning from obscurity and erosion.

about two weeks ago
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3 Congressmen Trying To Tie Up SpaceX

painandgreed Re:Are they "small government" republicans ? he he (393 comments)

It stands for RINO - these clowns are being bought off by ULA (http://www.ulalaunch.com/) just like the bought and paid for dems (http://www.opensecrets.org/orgs/summary.php?id=D000057934) . SpaceX is threat for those that suckle at the big government teat...

The Republicans, the party of Lincoln that preserved the Union, has never been a small government party. The only RINOs are the Dixiecrats that joined the Republican Party under Nixon, were cultivated for their money and votes by Reagan, and now call themselves the Tea Party. How else do you think there came to be a Republican party that rules the South, claims to be state's rights, and is angry there is a black man as president?

about two weeks ago
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3 Congressmen Trying To Tie Up SpaceX

painandgreed Re:Are they "small government" republicans ? he he (393 comments)

The tea-party needs to be their own party, not a group trying to change the republican party.

They had one. They were called the Dixiecrats. Nixon invited them to join the Republican party as part of his campaign plan.

about two weeks ago
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Silicon Valley Doesn't Have an Attitude Problem, OK?

painandgreed Re:Steve Jobs set the standard... (262 comments)

Found a record of the interview: "Rickover tells one applicant he has 10 seconds to make him mad or flunk the session. The midshipman hears Rickover tick down the seconds, then suddenly sweep’s half the contents of Rickover’s desk onto the floor. “I’m mad,” Rickover concedes before hiring the young officer."

about two weeks ago
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Silicon Valley Doesn't Have an Attitude Problem, OK?

painandgreed Re:Steve Jobs set the standard... (262 comments)

I dunno if I'd have left. It would have been an interesting change to work for someone who is very obviously more insane than me.

I think I would have just answered the questions, even if to say I didn't want to answer them due to personal nature. They were pretty simple questions and if somebody can't answer them pretty simply, they probably aren't the person for the job where they might want thinking outside of the box. Reminds me of the story about when the navy was looking for a captain of the first nuclear sub. Figuring that the needed somebody who could think quick on their feet, the admiral's interview was non-standard and timed as "You have five minutes to make me angry." Most interviewees fumbled and didn't know how to act with a superior officer demanding that they make him angry. The guy that passed looked around, grabbed an award off the admiral's desk and smashed it on the floor.

about two weeks ago
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Do Dark Matter and Dark Energy Cast Doubt On the Big Bang?

painandgreed Re:The Bullet Cluster Makes it Unlikely (225 comments)

Re: "Models like this have been considered such as MOND (MOdified Newtonian Dynamics). These models were largely shot down by the aptly named Bullet Cluster"

Have you considered that there is more than one possible interpretation for the Bullet Cluster?

At this point, while there might be some sort of MOND out there to describe what is going on, currently it would be such a bizarre and complicated theory that nobody can come up with a theoretical set of equations that fits current observational data, let alone could be otherwise tested. And trust me, there are plenty of grad students and other people working on the issue, that would love to find such and get their Nobel if not just playing with it as a mental exercise.

about two weeks ago
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Do Dark Matter and Dark Energy Cast Doubt On the Big Bang?

painandgreed Re:2nd law [Re:microwave bright [Re:Oh good lord.] (225 comments)

If a civilisation could create a Dyson sphere, don't you think they'd have some use for all the wasted energy "radiating in infrared"?

If they can get usable energy out of waste heat, they have a means of getting around the second law of thermodynamics. It's hard to guess what a technology with that much sophistication can do, but if they can do that, they don't need to surround a star with a shell to harvest energy.

In one of Stross's novels, it's computonium, a material that absorbs energy and uses it as computational power. The sun is surrounded by successive layers of Dyson spheres with each outer layer absorbing the waste heat of the layer inside of it and radiates off increasing wavelengths of radiation. Subsequently, each outer layer runs at a slower rate than those father towards the interior and are the slums of the virtual society that exists inside all those layers of computonium.

about two weeks ago
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MIT Considers Whether Courses Are Outdated

painandgreed Re:This is a thing already (205 comments)

Most schools have this already, essentially. It's called a liberal arts degree, or a Board of Trustees degree, if they want it to sound official.

You pick courses that you want to take, take X amount of hours and are awarded a degree. In theory, students specialize in areas the school doesn't offer degrees in, to thereby personalize their education that much further.

In reality it is a junk degree awarded to D students and sports players who don't want to take anything above a 300 level course.

I have college professor friends that have discussed things like this because we also have Evergreen College in the area where all their degrees are like this, all coursework is worked out as the student basically designs their own degree. Yes, it has the reputation for being a useless degree and lots of hippies and similar people go there and end up with underwater basket weaving degrees. The funny thing is that they highly recommend it for the exact opposite type of people, namely those like police officers and military personnel that have self discipline and are taking continuing education for their career path. In such cases, a college where professors help you to form you own course work to fine tune it to exactly what you want and need would be perfect. Meanwhile, they are trying to direct pot smoking teenagers into the normal colleges because they need to learn some discipline and structure before hoping to actually achieve a degree.

about three weeks ago
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MIT Considers Whether Courses Are Outdated

painandgreed Re:Part of it is because (205 comments)

90% of what they teach you in any University or College is useless drivel. I mean did I really NEED to take sociology? An a la carte option would have appealed to me way back then.

What they are talking about wouldn't get you out of such requirements. What they are discussing is breaking up courses into more and smaller courses. You'd still need 3 credit hours of humanities that you filled by taking sociology, but now, instead of one course worth three credit hours, you'd take three courses of 1 credit hour. That way you could hopefully at least take something dealing with sociology that you might use or at least find interesting.

about three weeks ago
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MIT Considers Whether Courses Are Outdated

painandgreed Re:We already have modules (205 comments)

We call them COURSES.

Yes, but if you read TFA, you'll see that what they are really discussing is if courses would better serve people and education as a whole if they were further broken up into several smaller courses. Instead of a course lasting a semester or quarter, a course would basically be a month. The former course being broken up into several separate sections that still might have pre-reqs for each other but would otherwise stand seperately.

about three weeks ago
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Inside BitFury's 20 Megawatt Bitcoin Mine

painandgreed Re:20 megawatts (195 comments)

but this is the perfect example of american greed the most pure and wasteful greed i have ever seen.

If you'd taken ten seconds to click over to TFA, you would've learned it's in this Georgia, not this Georgia, you America-bashing twat.

Now, now. They're probably not bashing America, but probably are American and just dumb.

about a month ago
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The Milky Way Is Much Less Massive Than Previous Thought

painandgreed Re:With this dark matter thing (119 comments)

Is it possible that other stars are just hidden behind other stars and that contributes to a large portion of the missing mass?

No. If hidden by dust, we'd see more infrared heat in space as light emitted by stars has to go someplace. If hidden directly behind other solid objects (besides being so astronomically against the odds that things are only hidden from us), it wouldn't account for observations of galaxies rotations speeds that we see along the axis of rotation rather than against the edge. Even for the galaxies we see on edge, if they were all weighted with the mass on the other side of where we are, the rotations speeds, lensing, and other observational data would be different than what we see.

Don't think that dark matter is some quick answer to explain things away. All the obvious choices such as "it's all normal matter behind other normal matter", "it's just non-radiating normal matter", or "the laws of gravity might be different on the galactic scale" have all been suggested, tested, and found not to hold up first. Dark matter is the only real solution left standing at this point and the astronomers and scientists of the world had to be drug to that conclusion, kicking and screaming, over the decades, long before the public started hearing about it.

about a month ago
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Comcast Confessions

painandgreed Re:Want more profit? Just do right by the customer (234 comments)

I don't know any Comcast customer who has had a positive experience with their customer service.

I have. I'd been having issues with my internet service going up and down and getting worse over a period of months. I finally called. I got a woman who listened to my problem, my troubleshooting steps and advised me to go to the connect, follow it back and see if there was a splitter. There was. Asked me to remove it and connect it directly to the internet box and everything worked perfectly. She then explained the various ways of how to get a new splitter, but as I only really use my Comcast for internet, didn't need one considered everything fixed. Listening to how I described the problem, she was able to get it fixed in the first troubleshooting step.

That being said. Having worked those type of phone technical support jobs before (at Adobe), it sounded like she'd been there a while and had seen this issue a lot. No doubt, she has gone off to a better job by now because those tech support jobs don't pay enough to keep around smart people who know what they are doing, and has been replaced by somebody who has to follow the script because they don't know the issues yet.

about a month ago
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Satellite Images Show Russians Shelling Ukraine

painandgreed Re:Methane Anyone? (582 comments)

Putin is an idiot. He started playing games with Ukraine and never saw the long game.

I disagree. I think he sees the long game and is even perhaps winning at it. He's pushing for all he can get and doing a decent job of it. He may have lost all of the Ukraine, but East Ukraine is still up for grabs and at this point, even if he had to fold, he'd walk away with Crimea. This is probably all about EU sanctions as the US won't do anything without the EU, and as long as the EU isn't going to put up some serious sanctions, they certainly aren't going to flex their military muscles. So he'll probably push up to the serious threat of sanctions and then ease off just enough to keep them from happening.

about a month ago
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Finding Life In Space By Looking For Extraterrestrial Pollution

painandgreed Re:Pollution as in atmospheric O2 ... (95 comments)

Nowadays with Wikipedia at our fingertips, "If I remember correctly" is an euphemism for "I'm too lazy to double-check".

It's often not so much as the poster being lazy as the readers on a time wasting site just not being worth the effort of doing the fact checking.

about a month ago
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Finding Life In Space By Looking For Extraterrestrial Pollution

painandgreed Re:Advanced? (95 comments)

By "advanced", I assume the summary meant "technologically advanced". How would any civilization reach a high level of technology without going through industrialization?

given a world that didn't have vast resources of stored energy in coal and oil! I imagine it would begin how ours began! with hydro power. Advancement would probably be slower. Wind and eventually solar added to the mix. Possibly even significant amounts of geothermal. Technology would probably advance in different routes as the ICE and even steam engines would play a minor role in things. They might even have their own ecological disasters by deforestation (or equivalent ) to fuel steam engines. The shift away from ICEs and natural gas based fertilizers would change the ag tech and affect the societies significantly.

One of my least-favorite sci-fi tropes is an alien race which is simultaneously technologically adept enough to build starships and aggressive enough to spread through the galaxy meets (much less technologically advanced) humans for the first time and sadly remarks on our lack of environmental consciousness and our propensity for violence.

It doesn't bother me much. After all, it's how most westerners look at the Middle East And even Asia now, and we're the same species. Even discounting physical and psychological diff fences, aliens will most likely find their culture vastly superior or they wouldn't be living like that. This could be because of racial preferences or because of the demands of future society or tech that we couldn't support with our current culture but will required to go beyond what we have now.

about a month ago
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Microsoft FY2014 Q4 Earnings: Revenues Up, Profits Down Slightly

painandgreed Re:Who would still want to work there? (66 comments)

They have this compatibility pack which proclaims it gives the ability to open newer format files in older versions of office; not sure as to its success level: Microsoft Office Compatibility Pack for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint File Formats.

I haven't used it for Office 2000, but did have it deployed for years for Office 2003. In general it works, but those new features and changes that require a new year version have their toll. The newer files will open up in compatible versions and the original can't be edited and saved in the new format. Sometimes formatting might change or bigger problems. Typically if you are reading or dealing with occasional later version files , it will get you through in most cases. Sometimes, you might have to ask for a saved back version from the original sender to get all information. However between two groups collaborating, it would typically be a constant pain only resolved by upgrading or saving everything at a lower version.

about a month ago
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MIT's Ted Postol Presents More Evidence On Iron Dome Failures

painandgreed Re:5% 0%. (454 comments)

DDoS attacks generally rely on multiplier effects, getting someone else to do most of the work for you. Botnets, service vulnerabilities like the NTP reflection attack, that sort of thing. Hamas don't appear to have any such advantage.

Hamas is the "someone else" in this case.

about a month ago
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No RIF'd Employees Need Apply For Microsoft External Staff Jobs For 6 Months

painandgreed Re:How's that supposed to work anyway? (282 comments)

I mean, if they were laid off, then that tends to mean that they *can't* be hired back on... at least not immediately. My understanding is that "laid off" means that the person is being let go because there isn't enough work to justify paying them, so how could they even *think* of hiring back anyone?

At Microsft, it was most likely because of some re-org that cut your projects size if not delete it completely. That being said, Microsoft is huge and divided up into many fiefdoms, and because the Microsoft Bob department has just been axed doesn't mean that x-box or some other part of Windows OS doesn't need more people. So people laid off in the phone app project might not have skills needed anywhere else. The common MS layoff consists of being relieved of all duties (and probably access to everything but email) for a couple of months where your only job is to find another job someplace at Microsoft.

about a month ago

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