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All-Electric DeLorean Car To Hit the Streets In 2013

sideshow Re:Why? (366 comments)

More like the past; I'm not sure about 125mph, but I believe electric cars were doing over 100mph in the 19th century. But then people realised they sucked and switched to gasoline instead.

More like barely 20mph, but thanks for playing.

http://gas2.org/2009/04/19/9-electric-cars-100-years-old-or-more/

about 3 years ago
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Fired IT Worker Replaces CEO's Presentation With Porn

sideshow Re:So... (316 comments)

How did the presentation go?

It went okay.

more than 3 years ago
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Netflix CEO Hesitant To Fight Cable

sideshow Re:Comcast isn't a monopoly everywhere (366 comments)

FIOS is a Verizon product, so if you're looking for at&t to offer it too you, you'll be waiting a long time.

more than 3 years ago
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Facebook Introduces One-Time Passwords

sideshow Fees are probably higher for these transactions. (215 comments)

I can't say for sure for these one time CC #'s, but the difference in fees for "regular credit card" vs "gift card" can be up to 100%. That means 2.5% in fees to the merchant for regular, 5% for gift card. This is to cover the perceived change of fraud. Transactions where the card is swiped vs. ones where the number is punch in manually will have different fees as well.

Of course, the merchant can just decide to deny any card that causes them higher fees. That's probably what Blizzard was doing to you.

about 4 years ago
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Femtocells To Replace Parts of the 3G Network

sideshow Re:Where to buy? (83 comments)

The weirdest thing is it has to get a GPS signal to activate.

This makes sure you aren't full of shit when you put in the device's physical mailing address. When you call 911, att wants to make sure the paramedics go to the right place. If the address doesn't match the GPS cords, then the microcell doesn't work.

about 4 years ago
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Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx Benchmarked and Reviewed

sideshow Re:Upgrading in place from the previous LTS? (164 comments)

I did this with no problems. However, I did it on a "server" type machine so I didn't have to worry about X, GNOME, etc.

more than 4 years ago
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Bank Employee Plants Malware on ATMs

sideshow Re:Poor Diebold ATM programming (171 comments)

Never, ever deposit money into an ATM in that manner, especially a Diebold ATM.

The ATM the poster refers to does not accept envelopes. In fact, it does a count of the cash right then and there and asks for approval. Then, it rights the bill count and total right into the receipt. If it's before 8pm (at least at BofA) you get immediate access to those funds.

However, I agree about depositing envelopes full of cash into the old-style ATMs. Not so much because of mechanical errors, but because of bank workers pocketing the cash and then say "Gee, the customer deposited an empty envelope!"

more than 4 years ago
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How Did Wikileaks Do It?

sideshow Re:occam's razor (973 comments)

How about shooting the van with the wounded? What does Occam Razor say about that?

more than 4 years ago
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Toyota Acceleration and Embedded System Bugs

sideshow Re:Help me benefit from media hype (499 comments)

In SoCal, a bunch of models have 0% interest on 60 month loans. I'm holding out for this deal to extend to 4Runners so hopefully this hype goes on a bit longer.

more than 4 years ago
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Infinity Ward Lead Developers Axed Unexpectedly

sideshow You can go from fry cook to executive management (276 comments)

In fact, the money they make isn't bad considering what their job involves

Plus, McDonalds is one of the few places you can start out at the bottom and work your way practically to the top.

My brother-in-law started out as a fry cook as recent immigrant with practically no English skills. 20 years or so later, he's a director responsible for 500+ stores.

more than 4 years ago
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Why the IRS Should Automatically Fill In Returns With What It Knows

sideshow Re:Funny that you mention California (613 comments)

Yeah, let us know how the "Fuck you CA I'm not paying my taxes" works out for you. I hear they already have too much money and have no motivation to find people who owe them.

more than 4 years ago
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Google Envisions 10 Million Servers

sideshow Re:new ad campaign? (169 comments)

before long it'll be: "Google: Billions and Billions of Servers." Of course, McDonald's just might have a problem with that,...

Also, Carl Sagan.

about 5 years ago
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High-Tech Gadgets Can Pose Problems At Mexican Border

sideshow Re:FTFA, It's for the Children, of Course (447 comments)

Why does this American Federal employee talk like Speedy Gonzales?

Oh, I get it, besides being ignorant on how people in Mexico speak, you were too lazy to look up who the CBP is. Here's a hint, the first two words in the full name are: United States: http://www.cbp.gov/

about 5 years ago
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Murdoch Says, "We'll Charge For All Our Sites"

sideshow Re:What a nice gift to progressives (881 comments)

So what you're saying is that when they do "it", it's bad. But when we do "it", it's good.

Got it.

Nick

more than 5 years ago
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Apple's WWDC Unveils iPhone 3.0, OpenCL, Laptop Updates, and More

sideshow Re:Today's news = sad days for new iphone3g owners (770 comments)

it would be different if they said, "in 1 year, there will be this blah blah blah phone for $199" because that would have given the consumers a chance to decide if they want to go ahead with the massive $199 purchase or wait to get something that is better for the same price.

Yeah, so people like you would hold off on buying a phone for 5 months? Why would Apple do that to themselves? They much rather have you buy a phone in Feb and then the newer one a year later.

more than 5 years ago
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Swiss Banks Making Concessions On Secrecy

sideshow Re:Stop the Presses... (325 comments)

No, I think we should collaborate and listen.

or even, HAMMERTIME!

more than 5 years ago
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How To Be A Geek Goddess

sideshow Re:Well, duh. (349 comments)

I've always found it puzzling how a group of people (geeks/nerds) who have traditionally been given such a hard time as a kid growing up (picked on at school, picked last for the kickball team, etc) seem to be almost universally intolerant to women within the geek domain. It seems almost counter intuitive. If you have felt the pain of ostracization and lack of acceptance why turn around and inflict it on others? Is it a simple lack of social skills? Regressing to playground "pull the hair of the girl you like" behaviour? I don't get it.

One persecuted minority taking out their frustration by persecuting an even smaller/weaker minority is common and universal through humanity. And, even if there is no active persecution, there is often an apathy to the struggles of others.

more than 5 years ago
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We're Just Not That Into You, iPhone Apps

sideshow Re:It's shareware all over again. (205 comments)

I just used twitter for the first time this morning. What the fuck is the point of that website? Even the 'official' twitter feeds were stupid & had no content....

How's is your lawn? And, do you want us to get off it?

more than 5 years ago
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Restauranteurs Say Yelp Uses Extortion To Ply Ad Sales

sideshow Re:That's not extortion (202 comments)

Or rather, it's only extortion if Yelp itself is generating the negative reviews.

From TFA, emphasis mine:

Indeed, Yelp does pay some employees to write reviews of businesses that are solicited for advertising. And in at least one documented instance, a business owner who refused to advertise subsequently received a negative review from a Yelp employee.

more than 5 years ago

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