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Judge Says EA Battlefield 4 Execs Engaged In "Puffery," Not Fraud

slackoon PUFFERY? (75 comments)

from ars technica...

Puffery is a well-defined term by the FTC, but still ends up as a "know it when you see it" thing sometimes. Here's an FTC handout discussing it with consumers. The basic point is that if a company says that something is generically awesome, that's probably just puffery and not actionable. If they use measurable numbers, talk about specifics, or directly compare it to one or more competitors, that can require proof and be actionable. Note that comparatives "our product A is better than B" are more likely to be actionable than superlatives "our product A is the best."

10 hours ago
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Speed Cameras In Chicago Earn $50M Less Than Expected

slackoon Perspective (390 comments)

let’s put this into perspective

1. population of Chicago is approx. 2.9 million
2. "earn 50M less than expected"

so a little math...50,000,000 / 2,900,000 = $17.24
$17.24/365 = approx. 4.7 cents per individual in Chicago per day.

Now what's the price of a coffee at Starbucks again?

as part of a solution I would propose dummy cameras. Only a small percentage of the camera's actually need to be active. Just the presence of a potential camera will slow most people down. So put the camera's in a case so that you can't tell if there is actually a camera in there or not. have 100 cases but only 20 camera's.

Budget reduced, traffic is still slowed, # court cases reduced and if they weren't making money anyway and the true goal was to slow traffic...well then...

2 days ago
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Microsoft's "RoomAlive" Transforms Any Room Into a Giant Xbox Game

slackoon Training and Simulation (66 comments)

Training and Simulation coudl really use this technology. Although there already exists augmented reality training, having a company like Microsoft advance the technology can only be beneficial. Just imaging the perks of having special forces, police, first responders, etc. Being able to scale real stairs in buildings but battle artificial flames or artificial enemies. All the realism without the risk (insert argument of whether or not that's actually possible here). Another advantage would be that others could view, live or recorded, the events taking place!

about two weeks ago
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Robot Arm Will Install New Earth-Facing Cameras On Space Station

slackoon Re:Canada needs to up their game (40 comments)

The new version is biofuel-powered: it runs on space-grade maple syrup. So there's progress to be proud of!

Maple Syrup...Maple Syrup. it's not like that stuff grows on trees...oh wait a second... seriously though, just send up good old Canadian Astronauts Chris Hadfield. Those guys have maple in the blood. His sweat alone would power those cameras for years

about three weeks ago
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Facebook Apologizes To Drag Queens Over "Real Name" Rule

slackoon Re:Why only LGBT? (280 comments)

Why would LGBT members require more of an apology than heterosexual cisgenders who desire to use another name?

perhaps it's firewall, or perhaps the more likely 18" error, PICNIC error or PEBKAC error but I can't score the comment. so I'll just say AHMEN!!!!!!!

about three weeks ago
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MIT Considers Whether Courses Are Outdated

slackoon learning management (205 comments)

So what about the requirements to manage this modular system. It's not as easy as just splitting up courses into modules and letting students pick and choose. There have to be requirements for a degree, progressions built into learning in terms of difficulty and complexity. History, for example, is better leaned in some sort of chronological order. Immagine studying the beginning of the second world war with no understanding of the treary of versailles because you "didn't want to take that module". So now we're talking about having to add pre-requisites and curriculum requirements to these modules in order to manage learning in a way that makes sense. Wait...that's what we have now!! I think this idea does have some merit. However, to say that it can be implemented for all learning, at all levels, in person or online may be somewhat crazy.

about 3 months ago
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Giving the Blind Better Web Access

slackoon Good intentions (168 comments)

I realize that there are good intentions behind this and that is truly admirable, however, it was though of from only one side. Those who would like this kind of access will certainly benefit but the companies will suffer. It will cost more to make websites and devices compatible and people will not be willing to pay more. Ask yourself, honestly, are you willing to pay more? Of course some people are but most are not. That means that the manufacturers will have to either eat the cost or force it back onto the consumers.

about 4 years ago
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Keeping Pacemakers Safe From Hackers

slackoon Winning the hearts and minds (167 comments)

One half of winning the hearts and minds of the people could be done using only a wireless PDA

more than 4 years ago
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Harsh Words From Google On Linux Development

slackoon Next poll (948 comments)

What's more likely: Standardization (which involves Microsoft working in cooperation with apple and Linux developers) or North Korea just saying "oh sorry, my bad, here's the nukes". Not too sure where I'd vote!!

more than 5 years ago
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Google's Amazing Browser Experiments

slackoon What's the point (234 comments)

So I can throw a ball from one browser window to another, so I can have the Google home page fall to the bottom of my screen in a heap....WHAT'S THE POINT?
Firefox and it's addons allow me to do anything that I want and more. Although I do like Google chrome I'm sticking with Firefox. They develop for the sake of improvement and not just for the sake of "look at me!!" like apparently Google does.

more than 5 years ago
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DHS To Use Body Odor As a Lie Detector

slackoon My Creed (206 comments)

1. This is my odor. There are many like it, but this one is mine.
2. My stench is my best friend. It is my life. I must master it as I must master my life.

more than 5 years ago
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DHS To Use Body Odor As a Lie Detector

slackoon My creed (206 comments)

1. This is my odor. There are many like it, but this one is mine. 2. My stench is my best friend. It is my life. I must master it as I must master my life.

more than 5 years ago
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DHS To Use Body Odor As a Lie Detector

slackoon detection speed (206 comments)

I wonder about detection rate. If someone is lying, how long would it take to detect the lie based on body odour, it's not like it would change in a second. This makes me wonder just how useful this would be?

more than 5 years ago
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First Touch-Screen, Bendable E-Paper Developed

slackoon Re:Sounds cool (174 comments)

not that I don't agree that there is a point to a flexible, paper-like, touch sensitive screen but they already have something that does what you describe. Look up smartboards, they're amazing and do all that you mention!

more than 5 years ago
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I would install the following technology in my current/future children:

slackoon internal fusion reactor? (549 comments)

An internal fusion reactor...judging by my kids energy level, they already have one!!

more than 5 years ago
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US District Ct. Says Defendant Must Provide Decrypted Data

slackoon Changing their minds (767 comments)

Simple, "The fifth amendment protects witnesses from being forced to incriminate themselves". There is no need for further explanation..oh wait...maybe it should read "The fifth amendment protects witnesses from being forced to incriminate themselves unless we say otherwise"

more than 5 years ago
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Microsoft Unveils Windows 7 File-Sharing Beta

slackoon Re:Warning - concealed terms of service (230 comments)

true but did anyone actually intend to use this in a business environment? If they did I say they deserve what they get!

more than 5 years ago
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Microsoft Unveils Windows 7 File-Sharing Beta

slackoon Thanks MSFT (230 comments)

Thanks MSFT for allowing the average user to host his/her own porn server for all their friends!!!!

more than 5 years ago
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Rogue Anti-Malware Pushes Fake PCMag Review

slackoon false advertising (90 comments)

They just keep getting better at screwing us over. Rihgt now it's false advertising for false products, next it will be advertising for real products and then they will make us actually but the product. The scam artists of hte future are licking their collective chops!!

more than 5 years ago
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Arctic Ice Extent Understated Because of "Sensor Drift"

slackoon why they don't use the data (823 comments)

From the summary:'We do not use AMSR-E data in our analysis because it is not consistent with our historical data.' Is that the same thing as saying "We do not use AMSR-E data because it proves that we've been wrong all along!'

more than 5 years ago

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Racism row over chimp cartoon

slackoon slackoon writes  |  more than 5 years ago

slackoon writes "From an article on CNN
" Reactions are as varied as they are strong to Tuesday's New York Post cartoon that depicted the police shooting of a chimpanzee. Two police officers, one with a smoking gun, are near the chimp's bullet-pierced body. "They'll have to find someone else to write the next stimulus bill," one officer says.

The Post's Sean Delonas used a typical editorial cartoon trope of linking two current news stories: the shooting of a chimp after it mauled a Connecticut woman and President Obama's signing of the stimulus bill." So /. readers, do you think it's racist?"

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World War II

slackoon slackoon writes  |  more than 6 years ago

slackoon writes "What was the most effective weapon of World War II? 1. The tank 2. Artillery 3. Infantry 4. Aircraft carrier 5. Airplane 6. Information 7. Who cares, as long as they took out Cowboy Neal!"
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slackoon slackoon writes  |  about 8 years ago

slackoon writes "Poll: Do you think that having Cowboy neal involved in every poll is: 1. Obsurdly stupid 2. A big waste of time 3. Annoying 4. Childish 5. Who cares 6. Cool"

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