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Researchers Accidentally Discover How To Turn Off Skin Aging Gene

ravenscar Umbrella Corporation (170 comments)

I'm pretty sure I played a video game that started out just like this. Maybe they'll do Dobermans next. The fact that I live north of Seattle leads makes me a little unnerved about Vancouver as Raccoon City. On the bright side, who doesn't want the chance to waste some zombies?

yesterday
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Will Your Next Car Be Covered In Morphing Dimples?

ravenscar Re:If dimples have this big an effect (138 comments)

I would guess that most aircraft travel at a speed where the dimples are detrimental rather than beneficial. The article notes that, if golf balls traveled fast enough, they would be better off with smooth skin. Probably, 400-550 mph is above the threshold of "fast enough".

about 5 months ago
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Will Your Next Car Be Covered In Morphing Dimples?

ravenscar Re:11% fuel efficiency improvement (138 comments)

I know I'm feeding the trolls, but I'll venture that English is not Max_W's first language. Don't be an asshole. Or, if that's too hard, just be an asshole by yourself. No need to trumpet it online.

about 5 months ago
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Man Booted From Southwest Flight and Threatened With Arrest After Critical Tweet

ravenscar Re:Southwest Boarding Policies (928 comments)

Are you kidding? You must not have had status with any other airline. Trust me, other airlines treat their frequent fliers much better than SW treats theirs. Expedited security, special customer service numbers, the ability to choose (weeks in advance) the best seats on the plane, early boarding (without the ridiculous need to race to the computer and check-in 24 hrs ahead of time), free alcoholic beverages, frequent flier status bestowed on anyone traveling with me on the same reservation, free access to airport lounges... I get all this and more in exchange for my loyalty (and 60 or so flights per year). I would never consider SW anymore.

I did fly SW (and was relatively happy with them) when I was 22 and wanted a sub-$170 round trip ticket to Vegas or something. I only flew now and then and had no issues with being treated like livestock. THAT is the kind of customer SW has catered to for forever. Heck, when they started, they were designed to compete against regional bus transportation (think Greyhound). I'm not making this up. You can find it in any SW case study.

They've just started trying to appeal to business fliers and they're adding loyalty programs to attract them. IMO, they are a very long way from really competing in that space at all.

SW is a well-run business and I'm sure if they commit to being successful with frequent business travelers they will be.

about 5 months ago
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Comcast Customer Service Rep Just Won't Take No For an Answer

ravenscar Re:My Cancel experience with Comcast (401 comments)

Yes - this exactly. I did the same. The lady that helped me was quick, courteous, and clearly not a trained sales person. Saving me as a customer wasn't in her job description. Getting things done quickly and efficiently in order to help the next customer in line was. If you have a Comcast service center in your area this is the only way to go (not to mention it makes equipment returns much easier).

about 5 months ago
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White House Punts On Petition To Allow Tesla Direct Sales

ravenscar Not a duty of the Executive Branch (382 comments)

These White House petitions drive me a little nuts. I appreciate that they bring publicity to an issue, but they also demonstrate a fundamental misunderstanding of how the US Government is designed to work. The issue is state and local laws. These laws don't contradict federal laws. What do people want the President to do about it? If people are upset about their local laws they need to work at the local level - petitioning state law makers.

The argument could be made that this is interstate commerce. Great, then work with your national representatives to propose federal legislation that would overrule the local laws. It very likely would have to stand up to a court challenge, but the courts have been exceptionally liberal in their interpretation of interstate commerce. If the local governments fail to comply THEN the executive branch will get involved in enforcement.

It seems like people want the Executive and Judicial branches making the laws. This isn't how it's supposed to happen - for good reason. This reflects not only a bad approach to government, but it is also a sign of just how completely broken Congress is. How said that the only ones who seem able to push any sort of legislation through Congress are big businesses. Everyone else is stuck looking for some sort of alternative. Sadly, those alternatives, should they end up successful, will just result in a less representative, more authoritarian government.

about 5 months ago
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Three-Year Deal Nets Hulu Exclusive Rights To South Park

ravenscar Hulu: Television for Women (138 comments)

They must be trying to attract a male audience. I took a look at Hulu. All I saw was the crappy, prime time network crap that has been engineered for middle aged women of below average IQ. Revenge, Hell's Kitchen, The Kardashians, etc. The shows that might be interesting (Doctor Who and a few others) aren't exclusive and can be seen sans annoying commercials on Amazon and/or Netflix.

When I think of the South Park audience I don't think Hulu. That's probably what Hulu was thinking - what a way to attract new subscribers! Here's the thing. People who want to watch South Park still aren't going to Hulu. They'll just torrent the episodes (sans commercials) for free. I can't imagine that 80 million is going to net much for Hulu, but good for Parker and Stone.

about 5 months ago
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Scientists Have Developed a Material So Dark That You Can't See It

ravenscar Paint it on stairs (238 comments)

I want to see this painted on stairs. It would remove all sense of depth. I bet it would be really odd to watch somebody walk up them. Heck, an escalator would be cool to. Imagine what something like this could do for live theater, rides at Disney, etc. Also imagine what it would be like to be in a room with all surfaces covered in this material - seeing someone laying on a bed or sitting in a chair...

about 5 months ago
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Aereo Embraces Ruling, Tries To Re-Classify Itself As Cable Company

ravenscar Re:It's only fair (147 comments)

Says someone who clearly has never, you know, had a ton of fun playing a sport. I can see your criticism of spectator sports, but playing a sport is totally different.

about 5 months ago
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Amazon Seeks US Exemption To Test Delivery Drones

ravenscar Re:Government control of our lives... (155 comments)

While I agree with the spirit of your post in many ways, this is different as it involves airspace. If you own property, you have certain rights to the air over it. When flying things were an obvious link to the future it became necessary to think about the world in a new way. It wouldn't be practical for flying things to obtain rights of passage from every property owner. Similarly, the rights of property owners to the sanctity of their airspace had to be considered. Someone had to think about how to govern the air. Congress could, but it would be far too involved and require far too many frequent changes for Congress to do an effective job. As such, provisions were made to delegate this authority to the FAA. This is similar, in spirit, to the FCC which also governs things (radio waves) that enter your property with or without your permission.

I agree with your concern about concentration of power in the Executive Branch, but with the pace of change in this particular space, I just don't see a preferable alternative. Perhaps dividing the organizations - rules created by a committee that is appointed by and reports to Congress with enforcement remaining in the Executive Branch. Still, I imagine this would result in unacceptably slow rule changes and updates by the rule makers.

about 5 months ago
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Aereo To SCOTUS: Shut Us Down and You Shut Down Cloud Storage

ravenscar Re:How many? (342 comments)

Ahahahahaha! Are you joking? Comcast and Time Warner ARE content companies. That's the whole problem. Content providers should be completely separate from internet providers. When they aren't, the internet/content providers have incentive to make sure their content is unfairly promoted/protected on their networks. If you think Comcast/Time Warner will ever stand up to content companies I've got some wonderful property in the Everglades in which you might be interested.

about 8 months ago
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Tested: Asus Chromebox Based On Haswell Core i3

ravenscar Re:Definitely not for power users (103 comments)

I completely agree. I picked up a Chromebook just to try it out. It has these things going for it: Cheap, acceptable display, great battery life, boots from a powered off state in around 10 seconds, and is pretty solid at internet browsing. I don't store anything on it and it was $200 so I'm not overly concerned if it's lost, broken, or stolen. I find myself using it frequently around the house for light internet tasks where a keyboard is desired (which is fairly often).

A big plus that I didn't expect - remote desktop works really well. In the event that I'm sitting on the couch and I find myself needing to do something that requires different software or more processing power, I just remote into my home server and do the work there.

I can't say that I have any complaints at the price point. Of course, I don't expect to do things for which it wasn't designed.

about 9 months ago
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IAU To Uwingu: You Can't Name That Martian Crater Either

ravenscar Re:Let's democratize this (125 comments)

Exactly. The IAU might be able to create the name by which scientists refer to the craters (so that they have the same name in all languages). In real life, the craters will be called whatever people decide to call them popularly. It's like the bellis perennis. You might hear scientists refer to it that way. To the rest of the English speaking world it's a daisy.

about 9 months ago
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ISP Fights Causing Netflix Packet Drops

ravenscar Re:Chromecast Vs. Roku (289 comments)

Upgrade your Roku. I had the same issue. Upgrading to the newest Roku made a world of difference. I'm not sure why, but I would guess Netflix has updated their streaming protocol and that making the most of what it has to offer requires more hardware than the original Roku has on tap. If nothing else, you get a much nicer Netflix interface on the new Roku.

Side note - my solution worked for me, but might not for you. Fortunately, Rokus are fairly common so perhaps you could have a friend or neighber drop by with theirs so you could see if there is a difference.

about 10 months ago
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Startup Out of MIT Promises Digital Afterlife — Just Hand Over Your Data

ravenscar Arnold Rimmer sir... (241 comments)

Reporting for duty.

"Smoke me a kipper. I'll be back for breakfast."

about a year ago
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IBM Dumping $1 Billion Into New Watson Group

ravenscar Re:New York City? (182 comments)

Brokers don't make their money trading. They make their money selling. Large commissions on selling the next best investment. That may be stocks, bonds, forex, dirivitives, etc. In the long run, it's a sales job. It's probably a while before Watson is good at sales.

about a year ago
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USA Today Names Edward Snowden Tech Person of the Year

ravenscar Re:The press and the people... (228 comments)

I think you've seen one too many movies about the glories of revolutions. I've read a bit about the phenomena. With few exceptions they share a common theme - they are bloody, cruel, and frequenly result in regimes worse than those they hoped to replace. So let's see what awaits in revolution:

1. I face death from battle, exposure, starvation, disease, etc. on an almost daily basis.
2. It is highly likely that at least one of my kids would lose their life. Not to mention that all of them would be pulled from the education system and have their childhoods ripped away and replaced by a nightmare of death and destruction.
3. There would likely be significant damage to the country's infrastructure that would last well into the future - prolonging the issues from numbers 1 and 2.
4. We'd probably end up with a regime far less concerned with freedom than the one with which we started.

I type this from a warm home, stocked with food and medicine. My family is close by. Police, fire, EMT are all here at a moments notice if there is a problem. I have access to more information than has ever been amassed in human history - at my fingertips in seconds. My kids go to great schools. We can use roads to get anyplace we wish for hiking, biking, skiing, hunting, fishing, etc. In short, I (and most Americans) live a life that is the stuff of dreams for all past generations.

You are saying that we should give up all the things in the second paragraph in favor of all the things in the list? Because someone is reading my email and searching me before plane flights? You go first.

I completely agree with your sentiments regarding the government overstepping its bounds. Talk of revolution, however, just seems absurd (at least from my station in life).

about a year ago
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Public Domain Day 2014

ravenscar Re:And none ever will again (225 comments)

Which is funny since Disney made their fortune remaking stories that were already in the Public Domain:
Cinderella
Sleeping Beauty
Snow White
Beauty and the Beast
Frozen ...

The list goes on.

about a year ago
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AirPlay Alternative Mirrors and Streams To TVs and PCs

ravenscar Re: Video latency (62 comments)

Maybe, like me, you have an AMD-based video card(s). AMD has yet to release (non-beta) drivers that support Miracast for my video cards. It's been talked about for months on the forums. I believe Nvidia provides the support for the majority of their recent cards already.

1 year,7 days
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The First Phone You Can Actually Bend: LG's G Flex

ravenscar Flexible screens - scratch city (92 comments)

If you are going to have a flexible screen one would think you wouldn't use glass to cover it. You would need a material that also flexes. If it flexes it isn't going to be very hard and is likely to accumulate scratches like the old-school plastic screens. Not to say the tech is useless; it just seems to have limited applications in today's standard rectangle phones. Perhaps the tech will evolve enough to inspire a new phone design. Until then, meh.

about a year ago

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