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Chrome For OS X Catches Up With Safari's Emoji Support

stoploss Re:Who gives a fuck (104 comments)

A) No one here uses emoji
B) No one here gives a fuck if you can enter emoji into a text field.
C) Why the fuck is the fact that you cant put emoji in a TEXT field considered a bug. Its a fucking TEXT field.

It will seem ironic to the community when Dice rolls out emoji support in Slashcode while still forbidding most Unicode characters.

You know it's coming.

about two weeks ago
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Rare Recalled NES Game Stadium Events On Ebay For $99,000

stoploss Re:God-damn. (138 comments)

Time to put my flame suit on.

Done.

You want to know why they hate us? *THIS* is why they hate us. $100K for an effing OLD VIDEO GAME?

Well, given this has been bid up to this level by a troll eBay account, they likely hate us for nothing because that's what this will amount to.

Then again, maybe they *should* hate us because we have so many trolls that we can no longer have nice things.

PS. Did you happen to bite your tongue when your knee jerked so hard? I'm guessing it hit your chin. Hope you're okay!

about two weeks ago
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Unbundling Cable TV: Be Careful What You Wish For

stoploss Re:Paradigm shifts without a landline (448 comments)

It turns out you guessed correctly. We do in fact wear a lot of pants without pockets, which we'd have to throw out.

I don't think I own a pair of pants, shorts, or a swimsuit without pockets. Where do you put your keys and wallet when you're out? Do you carry a purse or something? Regardless, put your phone where you put your keys/wallet and so forth, and consider discovering the magic of pockets.

What should I have said to make my intent clearer?

Many of the questions you posed seemed like they had obvious answers (especially the hands/carrying down the stairs thing). Sometimes trolls act deliberately obtuse to try to goad people. Unfortunately, the presence of these people means that the possibility lurks in the back of one's mind. I prefer to presume people are asking in good faith.

Landline: Varies from Frontier. The actual monthly price depends on how many outgoing long-distance calls we make. (Local, toll-free, and incoming calls are unmetered.) Flip phone: $5/mo each from Virgin Mobile, which includes 20 minutes per month that roll over. When I priced Virgin's smartphone offering a couple years ago (2013, not 1995 as you mention), smartphone service started at $35/mo.

Like I said, look at ting rates, and realize there is no contract or commitment, and you are only billed for the amount you use each month (no stupid estimates, overages, or gimmicks). Note that everyone sharing the account pulls from the same bucket. There's no nonsense like rollover minutes or whatever. 1,000 text messages in a month costs $5. If you use Google Voice like I do, then that's $0 for text messages.

Presumably you already have internet at home, so you associate your smartphone with your WiFi and it automatically routes packets through that when in range. Our three smartphones together use less than 500 MB of mobile data a month, so that's $12 per month on Ting total for the whole family. You can set limits in the Ting control panel to prevent lines from using too much; however, this really isn't a concern... mobile browsing, IM, email, etc don't really add up to much. Streaming music *will* for example.

Used smartphones are inexpensive. Once you have one you will find it indispensable to have instant ubiquitous internet access, email, and easy text input.

Which cable company in which area?

Cox in the Midwest. Netflix costs $8.55/month anywhere in the US. We got a free cable modem from Cox, but even a high end DOCSIS 3 modem costs under $100. You are getting gouged if you are agreeing to pay $8/month to rent a modem. Buy a modem on Amazon and put the monthly savings toward your Ting bill.

about two weeks ago
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Unbundling Cable TV: Be Careful What You Wish For

stoploss Re:Paradigm shifts without a landline (448 comments)

When you're carrying something upstairs or downstairs with both hands, how do you carry the phone as well?

Well, my family doesn't lounge around the house in the nude. In many circumstances I am carrying my phone in a pocket. Pockets are an ideal solution for carrying keys, wallets, phones, etc, and they also allow you to free your hands for necessary tasks. I would be more likely to miss a phone call on a landline because I would have to hear the ring on the other side of the house, travel to another room to answer it before the person hangs up, etc. Conversely, I am rarely more than 2 meters from my smartphone at any point during the day... I reach down into my pocket, look at the number, and decide whether to answer or to send the caller to "fuck you voicemail" (i.e. voicemail that picks up in under 4 rings, implicitly letting the caller know you have rejected their call).

To preempt your next predictable objection: if your phone falls out of your pocket on a regular basis or your pants lack pockets, then get different pants. If your family lounges in the nude, then change that policy for sanity's sake.

I have a flip phone that I use for occasional calls out of the house. I tried texting with T9 and found it slower and more painful than voice.

Yes, that is painful. Don't do that. Get a smartphone... typing is far better on a smartphone. It's not like smartphones are expensive if you are willing to take a hand-me-down from a friend, buy a used phone off eBay, or pick up a previous generation phone from Walmart or something like that.

Until you're away from home and public Wi-Fi. Or until you need to call your ISP to troubleshoot why the Internet is not working.

Now I'm trying to decide if you're trolling. Go to ting.com and look at the rates they charge. Our family's total monthly bill from Ting for three smartphones with data plans is $44 plus tax. What is your family paying for your landline and your flip phone plans?

Phone calls or Skyping are scheduled affairs.

Unless you're, say, trying to get a ride from a family member on Sunday, when public transit has the day off.

No, even then. We send each other a text message or an IM. You send them a text, IM, or email because they have their phones with them or within earshot. They are more likely to respond to a text, IM, or email because you can do that even when they can't speak on the phone and would otherwise send you to voicemail they might not listen to for hours or a day. Conversely, they will receive a notification of these text-based messages' delivery within seconds.

And trouble calls to your ISP aren't scheduled; prepare to pay dearly to your carrier to hear "Your call is important to us and will be answered in the order it was received" for half an hour.

Um, okay? I refer you once again to ting.com for an example of what competitive cell phone rates are these days. Other providers offer similar rates if you are savvy enough not to be exploited. It's not 1995 anymore.

If your kid is old enough to be home alone, they are old enough to have an inexpensive cell phone.

I'm not sure what you mean by "inexpensive", and I don't know anything about the law where you live, but where I live, there are a few years between the age at which a child is old enough to be home alone and the age at which a child is old enough to have a job to earn the money to pay for a cell phone. I must be missing something fundamental.

$6/month is the marginal cost for a kid's cell line on Ting... I said this in my last post. The fundamental aspect you are missing is that you ostensibly don't charge your small children for the food they consume, either. Pay for it with part of the savings you get from dropping your landline. If you're Mormon or Catholic then you are facing larger issues, such as funding college for those 15 children your poor wife had to gestate.

I imagine that the school bus driver is responsible for contacting emergency services should a genuine emergency occur.

Yes, well, I hope my kids are intelligent enough that when 911 needs to be called they will ignore brain-damaged policies like the one you mentioned. Our school doesn't allow cell phones to be on during school hours, but kids can have phones with them. My point is that you can't cherrypick "downsides" of kids not having a landline available at home without also admitting that there are similar downsides to your kids not having a cell phone.

And Internet via what? Satellite Internet has harsh monthly caps, and DSL from the phone company in many areas often isn't fast enough for multiple HD streams. Cable companies have been offering bundle discounts that make Internet + pay TV cheaper than Internet + Netflix + Hulu Plus + Amazon + Dish ESPN.

Cable internet + pay TV that has an equivalent on-demand library to Netflix/Amazon Prime is *not* less expensive than cable internet + Netflix (we pay about $40/month for 100 mbps cable internet service and Netflix streaming).

Amazon Prime streaming stuff is free from our perspective because we subscribed to Prime for the shopping benefits for years before they offered free streaming. Hulu is free. We don't watch sports, but for my friends who still have cable the last remaining draw for them was the need for access to football. As I said, ESPN via dish on a PAYG basis is a bellwether for the industry.

about two weeks ago
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Unbundling Cable TV: Be Careful What You Wish For

stoploss Re:saw this coming (448 comments)

Cable TV is nearly as passe as POTS. Even my Boomer parents have dropped their landline and went cell-only.

Cell-only has a practical problem. If your cell phone is on the first floor of your home, and you're in your bedroom on the second floor, you likely won't hear it ring.

My parents have a large house and this isn't a problem. *I* never have this problem because not only do I keep my phone with me, but also my generation rarely makes or receives phone calls. We communicate via text, email, IM, whatever. Phone calls or Skyping are scheduled affairs. I literally get no more than one unscheduled phone call a month, and unless I recognize the caller number I don't even bother answering.

Regardless, the drawbacks of having a landline far outweighed any benefit my parents might have been receiving from it, which is why they canceled it.

And what will your children use for important calls between when they get home from school and when you get home from work?

This is a nonissue. If your kid is old enough to be home alone, they are old enough to have an inexpensive cell phone. Ting costs $6/month for a line. Besides, if your kids *don't* have a cell phone then how will they call 911 in an emergency while they are traveling home from school and aren't at home yet?

Likewise, Netflix and Amazon Prime have a practical problem: no NFL.

Not an issue for me (cf. my two chosen ala carte channels). Further, given Dish's offer of ESPN via internet this is a bellwether for sports being live streamed on the internet. People are already doing this via geolocked services intended for expats by using VPN services with gateways sited in other countries. It's only a matter of time before these stupid pretenses are dropped.

about two weeks ago
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Unbundling Cable TV: Be Careful What You Wish For

stoploss Re:saw this coming (448 comments)

Been saying this as long as /. was around, few agreed but most argued.

I think that savings will materialize, just not for the average subscriber. I would have taken exactly two channels last time I subscribed to cable (which was a decade ago)... History and Sci-Fi. Literally no other channels. I think my bill would have decreased had this been offered unbundled.

However, technology has advanced and now I would take 0 channels. I want everything I watch to be on demand, commercial free. So, that means Netflix, Amazon Prime, and possibly that HBO offering in the future.

Cable offerings are irrelevant to me. I won't go back to watching commercials or being forced to wait for something to air rather than viewing it when it's convenient for me (no, DVRs aren't equivalent). Cable company value to me is exactly equal to how reliably they provide high bandwidth/low latency internet access—well, plus customer service, but let's be realistic about that.

Cable TV is nearly as passe as POTS. Even my Boomer parents have dropped their landline and went cell-only. The writing is on the wall for cable.

about two weeks ago
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Gunmen Kill 12, Wound 7 At French Magazine HQ

stoploss Re:umm... (1350 comments)

i guess im still relatively new enough to not realize that this comment was cliche, so apologies for that (i guess) but i still fail to see why this is 'stuff that matters'.

No need to apologize. This kind of story would have never made it to the site pre-11 Sep 2001. When posting a story about the WTC and Pentagon attacks, CmdrTaco mentioned he would not normally include something like that on the site because it wasn't topical but decided to make an exception.

However, the thousands of comments made on that story opened their eyes to the possibility of using stories like this as clickbait for ad impressions and to inflate traffic numbers. Thus, they proceeded down the path to the dark side, and the community came up with this "stuff that matters" semantic retcon to justify posting anything at all, even though in the past stories nominally had to satisfy both constraints ("news for nerds AND stuff that matters").

Looks like Dice is working on retiring slogan altogether. A more honest version currently would be "Tech News or Whatever We Think the 'Audience' Might Flame War Over. Oh, and Your Car Insurance Hopes You'll Never Guess This One Neat Trick That Happened Next..."

about three weeks ago
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65% of Cancers Caused by Bad Luck, Not Genetics or Environment

stoploss Re: Initiators vs promoters (180 comments)

Imagine someone trying to publish a paper on aneuploidy->tumorigenesis (or any other "alternative" process) with someone having your attitude as a reviewer!

I'm sure they would get a warm reception for an intriguing paper.

However, if the content of the paper made it clear that they were ignorant of even the basic, undergraduate-level concepts in the field that they were "overturning", I doubt I would take the time to try to tease out what they meant to say when they fail to properly execute their "refutation" of established knowledge. I mean, after all, it's not like I would be getting co-author credit or receiving tuition for providing their education.

Ask yourself how seriously I would be taken if I submitted a paper to a mathematics journal claiming I had a 256 step algebraic proof of Fermat's Last Theorem and I made it apparent in the opening paragraph that I didn't even have a competent undergraduate background in set theory and therefore mangled my claims by misapplying the Axiom of Choice.

I will give you credit, though for at least digging up something off PubMed. Far too many "skeptics" just want to play the move the goalposts game.

Okay, one ostensible show of good faith deserves another. Here's a discussion of how certain HPV strains cause cancer: Mechanisms of Human Papillomavirus-Induced Oncogenesis

(I warn you, though, if you try to demand citation after citation that HPV can cause cancer then we're done, because all you'll get is lmgtfy.com links)

Here's your basic education meta-background, again presuming you aren't just trying to troll. Only some HPV strains cause cancer. High risk strains of HPV produce proteins that act equivalently to mutations in the genome because they bind and inactivate tumor suppressor proteins like p53 and pRB. By removing the functional product, this is equivalent to two-hits of point mutation and therefore results in an inactive gene product (bound and neutralized product is equivalent to nonexistent product).

HPV E7 is equivalent to a mutation in a protooncogene. It interacts with cyclin dependent kinase inhibitors and therefore acts to initiate replication.

Also, you might find this 1994 paper interesting as well: Oncogenic activation of human R-ras by point mutations analogous to those of prototype H-ras oncogenes

Mutations were introduced into the R-ras gene at codons 38 or 87, analogous to positions 12 and 61, respectively, responsible for H-ras oncogene activation. [...] Transfectants expressing either R-ras mutant formed colonies in soft agar and were tumorigenic in vivo.

about three weeks ago
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65% of Cancers Caused by Bad Luck, Not Genetics or Environment

stoploss Re: Initiators vs promoters (180 comments)

Sorry to burst your bubble, but the burden of proof lies on you when you contradict the preponderance of established knowledge.

You could read about oncogenesis in HPV, the mechanism of which is well elucidated, but I doubt you will even admit that viruses can cause cancer. I'm not going to play your "guess where I will move the goalposts next" game, especially as you seem to be applying some new "appeal to ignorance as a form of authority" fallacy. No doubt eventually you would demand evidence that cells exist at all and reject any citation showing otherwise.

Put up credible evidence to corroborate your contradiction of established knowledge. Right now your speculation is about as credible as a counterclaim that Russell's teapot is the ultimate cause of all cancer.

about three weeks ago
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65% of Cancers Caused by Bad Luck, Not Genetics or Environment

stoploss Re: Initiators vs promoters (180 comments)

If the narrative you subscribe to is correct, people should be able to take a normal cell, introduce the point mutations, and observe it transforming. They can't...

[citation needed]

Reputable, peer-reviewed journal articles only, please.

I still suggest you educate yourself, even though you seem to have already convinced yourself of the (dubious) veracity of your speculation. You might then understand, for example, about oncogenes, tumor suppressors, and cancer inducing viruses. Yes, scholasticism is not science, but ignorance is no virtue.

about three weeks ago
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65% of Cancers Caused by Bad Luck, Not Genetics or Environment

stoploss Re: Initiators vs promoters (180 comments)

Also how do you explain the effects of non mutagens such as asbestos? The claim that two hits to a oncogene and suppressor are REQUIRED is surely too strong.

Don't take this the wrong way, but you really should familiarize yourself with basic concepts in the field before trying to speculate.

For example, two hits are required on a tumor suppressor gene but only one hit is required on a protooncogene. This will be obvious if you understand the mechanisms involved. Once you learn why that's the case, you can probably also learn from proximate educational material why persistent irritants that cannot be cleared by the body (asbestos is the classical example) can cause cancer. These are far from unexplained mysteries at this point.

Oh, you might also enjoy learning how certain viruses cause cancer even without using a lysogenic/retroviral approach (c.f. HPV) and what that is equivalent to in terms of tumor suppressors & oncogenes.

Happy learning!

about three weeks ago
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65% of Cancers Caused by Bad Luck, Not Genetics or Environment

stoploss Re: Initiators vs promoters (180 comments)

You appear to be performing the act you advise me not to do.

Haha, no, I merely misphrased. As I said before, cancer requires a mutation in a protooncogene and a two-hit to disable a tumor suppressor gene.

Perhaps only mutations that lead to stable aneuploidies are an issue.

Feel free to back up that claim. I'm sure you'll understand why less weight is given to speculation from an AC that seems to contradict both Occam's Razor as well as current understanding in the field.

That is how I meant to phrase it. Sorry for the confusion.

about three weeks ago
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65% of Cancers Caused by Bad Luck, Not Genetics or Environment

stoploss Re: Initiators vs promoters (180 comments)

However 95% to 100% of tumors are reported Aneuploid.

Yes, chromosomal duplication, wholesale deletion, transposition, etc, do tend to happen in cancer due to accumulated errors in a positive feedback loop. For example, the most famous human cancer cell line for lab use is HeLa (taken from Henrietta Lacks' cervical cancer back in the 1950's) have 70-80 chromosomes rather than the normal human 46.

However, in a larger sense your point isn't well-made because we are discussing oncogenesis and you are talking about sampling cells from an, ipso facto, established cancer. You can't make claims about what triggered the cancer by sampling a cell that definitely had many generations of cancer evolution before a detectable tumor was formed.

about three weeks ago
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65% of Cancers Caused by Bad Luck, Not Genetics or Environment

stoploss Re:Initiators vs promoters (180 comments)

You seem to misunderstand: cancer requires more than a single mutation. At a bare minimum cancer needs a protooncogene mutation, and then typically also requires Knudson two-hit on at least one of the tumor suppressor genes. That, together, gets cancer started.

The angiogenesis and metastasis mutations (among others) happen later due to natural selection. Cancer is just evolution.

To restate: I have never heard of a single DNA point mutation from wild type that can cause cancer. Multiple mutations of specific types are required. The odds of this happening are increased because most adult cells are on "pause" in the cell cycle, so mutations can accumulate without causing immediate triggering of apoptosis.

about three weeks ago
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Neil DeGrasse Tyson Explains His Christmas Tweet

stoploss Re:Kind of disappointed in him. (681 comments)

At the very least, we should also despise Newton if anyone who ever favored him committed a crime.

Based on the number of people who use weapons based on Newtonian physics to kill, Newton may be the biggest mass murderer of all time.

Haha, I was just going to post that, with the emphasis on how Newton masterminded the only historical deployment of nuclear weapons against civilian population centers.

about a month ago
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Drunk Drivers in California May Get Mandated Interlock Devices

stoploss Re:How about mandatory felony sentences instead? (420 comments)

Wow, so we've now gone as far as drive while drunk once, and get the death penalty? Wow...

Worse than that. These people aren't thinking clearly. In fact, I wonder if they may be excessively fatigued.

Have any of these people advocating extreme punishments for victimless DUI have ever driven while tired? Because, if so, they are likely hypocrites.

Cognitive impairment after approximately 18 hours awake is similar to that of someone with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.05%. After about 24 hours awake, impairment is equivalent to a BAC of 0.10%, higher than the legal limit in all states.

http://www.cdc.gov/Features/ds...

I'm guessing most of these people calling for draconian punishment for DUI are merely neo-Prohibitionists. They haven't built a solid case for why these punishments are deserved, whereas other driving impairments that can induce driving impairments equivalent to the 0.08 BAC level such as cell phone, eating, screaming kids in the back seat, etc, are not.

Let's be consistent! First offense, driving while tired: summary execution via rectal impalement, on the side of the road, followed by gibbeting until the corpse is dismembered by wild animals! That will *definitely* work and is a proportional punishment. Those tired fucks deserve whatever we give them, because they've... and... ... yeah!

about a month ago
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The Interview Bombs In US, Kills In China, Threatens N. Korea

stoploss Re:Why would I buy it when... (288 comments)

Pirates don't buy.

Of course they don't. They're too cheap to pay for something someone has produced and believe they are entitled to take what they want. [...] They obviously believe the product has some value or they wouldn't have stolen it.

Not really. I'm actively considering pirating the Interview then immediately deleting it, unwatched. I could easily afford to pay to stream the movie, but I hate Sony only slightly less than I hate the influenza A virus.

If one doesn't believe something have value, why steal it in the first place?

On principle. I don't actually want to see this movie. "Free" is a price too high for this. I imagine I would want to take a shower after viewing it, and I have no desire to invest a fraction of my life in watching such drivel.

However, I strongly believe we should not be cowed into self-censorship by threats. Therefore, I feel a compulsion to access this movie in defiance of said threats, a goal which is in tension with my strong desire to give Sony nothing of value.

Ergo, the degenerate solution of pirating and deleting the movie unwatched. It's a logically consistent position.

about a month ago
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The World of YouTube Bubble Sort Algorithm Dancing

stoploss Re:Call me conervative, but (68 comments)

I don't think we should be teaching our kids exponential running time O(n^2) algorithms.

Call me liberal, but I don't think we should be teaching our kids improper definitions for "exponential" *or* myths that O(n^2) algorithms like bubble sort are bad.

Quick: which is going to be faster to sort a list of 4 items, bubble sort or randomized partition merge sort? What's that you say? Proper algorithm selection requires more than knee-jerk application of platitudes? Exactly.

about a month ago
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65,000 Complaints Later, Microsoft Files Suit Against Tech Support Scammers

stoploss Re:Once a week forever (246 comments)

It won't work. They are war dialing all of North America.

Works just fine for me, and I perceive no reason it wouldn't work for others. Do you wish to restate your objection?

I have never given out either of my last two real phone numbers. Hell, I don't even know what my current "real" phone number is. I get zero calls on it. If I ever were to get such a call, I wouldn't answer. In fact, if I don't recognize the number I let it ring through to voicemail or use GV screening to decide whether to answer it as the caller leaves their message.

For all intents and purposes, GV is my "real" phone number. I don't get spammed... more precisely, I can only tell if I get slammed when I look inside the GV "spam" category once or twice a year. These calls get black holed.

about a month ago
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65,000 Complaints Later, Microsoft Files Suit Against Tech Support Scammers

stoploss Re:Once a week forever (246 comments)

That way any sales call in itself would be a felony if that special prefix is not displayed clearly.

Hey! We could stop crime by passing a law to make it illegal! That would definitely keep those criminals from calling.

Bonus points for going directly to making this a felony. I'm bothered by the stench of my neighbors' preparing fish head stew. Can that be a felony, too? What about if they paint their front door red? I hate that.

Rather than pointlessly inflating the number of felonies in this country, I suggest that you instead obtain a Google Voice number and start giving that out instead of your real number. With GV, you can mark callers as spammers and they will get a "number disconnected" tone if they call back. You can also block people so they go straight to voicemail while others ring through.

about a month ago

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