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New Nigerian ID Card Includes Prepay MasterCard Wallet

radarskiy Your vote of confidence in the Nigerian Government (39 comments)

Clearly there is so little actual malfeasance on the part of the Nigerian government these days we are reduced to speculating on fictional malfeasance of the future.

1 hour ago
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New Nigerian ID Card Includes Prepay MasterCard Wallet

radarskiy Re:Bank account in Sweden (39 comments)

Americans get a glimpse of how the civilized world operates, and the only word they have to describe it is "witchcraft".

1 hour ago
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New Nigerian ID Card Includes Prepay MasterCard Wallet

radarskiy Re:Placing all your eggs in one basket (39 comments)

I seem to have missed the part where Nigerians were prohibited from having any other financial instrument. Could you please quote that part?

The actual problem was Nigerians who couldn't get access to *any* instrument at all, i.e. they didn't even have one basket to put anything in, so now they are guaranteed at least one. There is nothing here stopping those who can get something under more favorable terms from doing so.

1 hour ago
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Time Warner Cable Experiences Nationwide Internet Outage

radarskiy Re:shoot the admins (133 comments)

" I was scheduled to work from home today so I could be here for a service appointment"

Was it a service appointment with Time Warner?

4 days ago
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Statistics Losing Ground To CS, Losing Image Among Students

radarskiy A new field of inquiry (113 comments)

How to lie with data structures

4 days ago
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Magnitude 6.0 Quake Hits Northern California, Causing Injuries and Outages

radarskiy Re:Not really "Bay Area" (135 comments)

"Causing unnecessary panic and fear by calling it in the wrong (but more highly populated) area is just lazy, sensationalist journalism."

It's much better to cause unnecessary fear and panic in Redding and Yreka, as opposed to places *where they actually felt the earthquake*.

5 days ago
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Magnitude 6.0 Quake Hits Northern California, Causing Injuries and Outages

radarskiy Re:Not really "Bay Area" (135 comments)

People outside the Bay Area think of it as the Bay Area.
People inside the Bay Area don't need to be told that they are in an area where an earthquake just occurred.

about a week ago
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3 Years In, a "B" For Tim Cook's Performance at Apple

radarskiy Re:As a non-fanboy I like the Cook Apple better. (90 comments)

" All the advantages of your Lightning cables"
Except for being actually available.

" As a tech moving around yoru file system is more of a pain than it's worth"

"open /path/to/show/in/Finder" from a shell. Or just use the shell and skip the Finder.

"Drop the artificial restrictions on OS updates "when it was manufactured" isn't a good yard-stick for install eligibility and everyone knows it. "

a) If they let you install then people will complain that Apple is deliberately showing their machine down to try to force them to buy a new mode, even if there is no measurable showdown. This is not a theoretical scenario, since it already happens with systems that are in the "artificial restrictions".
b) If they try to be more precise in their definition of an upgradeable system then people will complain that they couldn't figure out if their system was upgradeable or not.

about a week ago
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New EU Rules Will Limit Vacuum Cleaners To 1600W

radarskiy Re:They've gone nuts with Wattage. (336 comments)

"Bigger power motors are bigger (surprise) and are capable of withstanding more heat because of it."

The problem isn't that the motor can't withstand more heat but that that it CAN withstand more head then is stored near other items before ti has cooled.

If the motor itself could not withstand the heat then it would be more obvious that there was a problem.

about a week ago
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2 Galileo Satellites Launched To Wrong Orbit

radarskiy Re:Stupid metric system (139 comments)

"How many inches in a mile? I'd have to think about it or memorize it. "

How many radians in a complete revolution? You CAN'T memorize it, it's an irrational number with an infinite number of digits.

about a week ago
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"MythBusters" Drops Kari Byron, Grant Imahara, Tory Belleci

radarskiy Re:"Fan favorites"? (362 comments)

"Kari was hired to be the tits"

Kari was hired to be the welder.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Where Can I Find Good Replacement Batteries?

radarskiy Re:Not that hard (131 comments)

"This really isn't that hard."
Reading the submission isn't that hard, yet you failed to do so. The submitter specifically mentions a problem with using reviews.

about two weeks ago
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The 2014 Hugo Awards

radarskiy Re:I am stupid (180 comments)

By reading the official category definition for the body overseeing the particular award. For the Hugos, see the World Science Fiction Society Constituion Section 3.3 http://www.wsfs.org/bm/const-2...

about two weeks ago
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The 2014 Hugo Awards

radarskiy Re:Gravity isn't SF (180 comments)

" There's no speculative science, predictions of the future"

The cascading debris storm was certainly speculative, as well as transiting large distances by suit only. Also, the whole idea of a *rapid* orbital emergency is new... most orbital problems are slow.

about two weeks ago
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The 2014 Hugo Awards

radarskiy Re:Informative winners list (180 comments)

"And are no longer moving."

This did not occur in the movie being discussed.

about two weeks ago
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NASA's Space Launch System Searches For a Mission

radarskiy Privatize the profits, socialize the risk (53 comments)

This is the down side of the great work done by the private launch outfits: they are free to NOT compete for certain missions. NASA still needs a craft for those missions so the traditional built-to-order model is still necessary but for fewer cases which could have amortized the fixed costs. Now you have either makework or are stopping and restarting the line, making the per-mission cost grow.

about two weeks ago
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Why Chinese Hackers Would Want US Hospital Patient Data

radarskiy Re:Time for medicare for all in the usa (171 comments)

"Yes, because the single payer systems in Europe of trouble free right?"
1) Where did the OP claim that it was trouble free?
2) Why does it have to be trouble free before it can be useful?

about two weeks ago
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Why Chinese Hackers Would Want US Hospital Patient Data

radarskiy Re:Less likely government (171 comments)

1) That is a hypothesis, not an opinion
2) The summary states "...the data, which didn't include credit card information...", which contradicts half of your hypothesis.

about two weeks ago

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