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Elite Violinists Can't Distinguish Between a Stradivarius and a Modern Violin

suprcvic What's in a name? (469 comments)

New violins don't have cool names like Stradivarius though. That name is so epic, it could make anything look or sound high brow and expensive. Stradivarius Coffee, home of the $75 latte. Stradivarius Bounce House, let your kids bounce around for only $125/hr. Stradivarius Water, Anything less, will dehydrate you, only $49.99 per 8oz bottle made out of the finest Stradivarius plastics. With a name like that, people will pay anything.

about two weeks ago
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Can Science Ever Be "Settled?"

suprcvic Not according to my microbiology instructor (497 comments)

He insists that since scientists just attribute whatever they can't explain to "random chance" (Can't recall ever hearing one actually utter those words) there must be an intelligent designer. Yeah, I'm dropping the class and complaining to the department head. 'Merica.

about a month and a half ago
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NASA Scientists Find Evidence of Water In Martian Meteorite

suprcvic Another misleading title (41 comments)

I read the title and thought they'd actually found water, only to find out it was hundreds of millions of years ago that it was there.

about a month and a half ago
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Spotify's Own Math Suggests Musicians Are Still Getting Hosed

suprcvic Everyone always seems to forget... (244 comments)

Middlemen aside, everyone always seems to forget that you have to price a product at what the customers are willing to pay for it while still making a profit for yourself after paying royalties, salaries, etc.... If the artists feel they aren't getting paid enough through this medium, they need to branch out to other mediums and find other ways to make money on their product. They can't just say "I want X amount of dollars each month or X amount for each play" and expect any sane businessperson to take them seriously without factoring in the costs associated with offering the service.

about 4 months ago
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File-Sharing Site Was Actually an Anti-Piracy Honeypot

suprcvic VPN (225 comments)

That is all.

about 6 months ago
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DoD Declassifies Flu Pandemic Plan Containing Sobering Assumptions

suprcvic So are Preppers still crazy? (337 comments)

Shutting down interstate travel, social distancing, sequestration. Seems like I may need to start stockpiling that water, food and ammo.

about 7 months ago
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Class-action Suit Filed Against Microsoft Over Surface Write Off

suprcvic Re:How does this help anyone? (212 comments)

But if we are going to start suing businesses for poor business decisions and a little bit of lying - hell, there are a LOT of businesses that need suing.

As a business owner, you are correct. Every business lies, we just sugar coat it by calling it "control of information."

about 8 months ago
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SF Airport Officials Make Citizen Arrests of Internet Rideshare Drivers

suprcvic The new 'Merica (510 comments)

Using the governments ability to threaten violence in order to protect your job security. 'Merica.

about 9 months ago
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MS To Indie Devs: You Have a To Have a Publisher

suprcvic What is a publisher even for? (463 comments)

Why do dev companies even need publishers? Serious question, what do publishers bring to the table?

about 10 months ago
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Google Fiber: Why Traditional ISPs Are Officially On Notice

suprcvic Re:Oy. (408 comments)

I pay ~$45/year for a VPN service that doesn't keep logs of anything it's users do on top of a DNS encryption service which is free. Privacy restored.

1 year,6 days
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Massive Email Crash Hits Canadian ISP Shaw

suprcvic Things like this (150 comments)

Are one of the reasons I don't use ISP hosted email. Main reason is portability.

about a year ago
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Groupon Still Losing Money, CEO Is Fired And Leaks Final Email

suprcvic Ok, it's my fault he left. (207 comments)

I unsubscribed from all future emails from Groupon yesterday. Pretty sure that was the straw that broke the camels back for him.

about a year ago
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Nvidia Tegra 4 Benchmark Results

suprcvic Useful desktop applicatoins? (42 comments)

Could these recent mobile phone processors be adapted to the desktop?

about a year ago
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Piriform Asks BleachBit To Remove Winapp2.ini Importer

suprcvic At least consult a lawyer (305 comments)

A good lawyer will give you an initial consultation for free. I sought out a lawyer for a contract dispute with my business and he gave me the advice I needed for free though I offered to pay. He said it was a simple issue and he hoped I would return to him in the future for something more complex.

about a year ago
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Credit Card Swipe Fees Begin Sunday In USA

suprcvic Re:I'm curious to see how many retailers actually (732 comments)

As a retailer I already pass the surcharge on. I know what I want my profit to be on a product or service and then I pad that for overhead and credit card fees. Only difference between what I do and this "new rule" is that even cash payers pay the extra.

about a year ago
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Valve's SteamBox Gets a Name and an Early Demo at CES

suprcvic Re:Nope, ain't happening (328 comments)

My PC is 5 years old and the only upgrades I've done are more memory and new video cards periodically. Build a beefy enough system up front and upgrades later are minimal.

about a year ago
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Using Technology To Make Guns Safer

suprcvic Re:Guns are not unsafe... (1013 comments)

I see this so often and I think it is inherently false. Case in point: Guns are designed to kill. Cakes (or cars, or ....) are not.

Guns are not sentient beings therefore they are not responsible for the actions of those who control them. When you can put a gun on trial for killing somebody, well I will bow to our new firearm overlords.

about a year ago
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Using Technology To Make Guns Safer

suprcvic Guns are not unsafe... (1013 comments)

Handlers are unsafe. There is no such thing as an "accidental discharge", there are only negligent discharges. Basic rules of firearm safety:

  1. 1. The gun is always loaded. Even if you know beyond the shadow of a doubt that there are no rounds in the magazine or chamber, you always treat a gun as if it is loaded.
  2. 2. Never point a gun at anything you aren't willing to destroy.
  3. 3. Finger OFF the trigger until you are ready to fire.

There are more, but those are the most basic and most important. Guns aren't responsible for violence anymore than cakes are responsible for fat people.

about a year ago
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Apple Axes Head of Mapping Team

suprcvic Re:Was it justified (372 comments)

Wishing I had some mod points to so I could mod this down.

about a year ago

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