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I'm most interested in robots that will...

surd1618 Re:Basic jobs, but not to avoid talking (306 comments)

Let's see, what do I want to do today? Wash windows and dishes and laundry, or go to my ESL class and spend time with my son? Decisions, decisions...

about a week ago
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Overbilled Customer Sues Time Warner Cable For False Advertising

surd1618 Re:Comcast tried to steal $50 from me (223 comments)

The *only* reason to offer some sort of price promotion later instead of just giving you the discount up front and making you sign a contract (even for three months of service) is so that they can roll the dice on customers signing up after being enticed by the promotion, and then not claiming the promotion. Rebates work the same way.

Partly agreeing with others here have said, I can think of two other reasons. One is to get customer information. The other is to hold money a little longer, so that there is more money available for the company to use.

about a week ago
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Germans Can Get Free Heating From the Cloud

surd1618 What About Bitcoin Mining? (148 comments)

If you live in a small space, maybe bitcoin mining could be a little closer to profitability if it heats your space.

about two weeks ago
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The Math Behind the Hipster Effect

surd1618 People Are Defined By What They Do (176 comments)

Everything else is like alms, except for attention instead of money. The amount of vitriol directed at people for putting on a front to get noticed a little bit, is silly, when you consider what really matters in life. It might seem like a geek's pipe-dream, to think that the day will come when people are defined by what they do instead of what they consume. However, the truth is, that this day has already come, and in fact the (tiny) amount of attention we collectively pay to people for how they dress or spend their free time is just a pittance that we put forth to keep the world from being a very very hard place for most people to tolerate. So, I like hipsters a little, but mostly I am just concerned about myself and what I am doing or can do. I would probably espouse some hatred for their ilk conversationally, but I don't really mean it.

about two weeks ago
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President Obama Backs Regulation of Broadband As a Utility

surd1618 Re:ISPs don't want to take Cogent's money (704 comments)

Residential broadband networks were never engineered as video delivery systems.

Damn the cell phone networks for needing to be upgraded to accomodate people who quit using landlines!

about two weeks ago
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Buying Goods To Make Nuclear Weapons On eBay, Alibaba, and Other Platforms

surd1618 I hope this doesn't lead to gallium regulation (260 comments)

I'm still in university, and I might want to do grad work in semiconductors. I hope I don't need special permissions to get a hold of gallium, which is a pretty innocuous material (unless you're an aluminum can).

about three weeks ago
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Apple Doesn't Design For Yesterday

surd1618 Re: I don't follow (370 comments)

After all, serifs were inherited from Roman techniques for carving letters into giant stones, not in writing: I doubt Roman sculptors would have added things that seemed to decrease legibility to monuments.

I can think of some analogies between chipping away at stones and pushing pixels. Not the least of which is that I it often seems just about as tedious.

about a month ago
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FBI Says It Will Hire No One Who Lies About Illegal Downloading

surd1618 Re:Ok, but (580 comments)

It's spelled asinine, which is weird because MW says "from asinus, ... of or like an ass."

about a month ago
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FBI Says It Will Hire No One Who Lies About Illegal Downloading

surd1618 Re:Ok, but (580 comments)

Poor people have tons of computers. I help at a soup kitchen. Many have newer smartphones than I do (but I'm not a early adopter).

about a month ago
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Is an Octopus Too Smart For Us To Eat?

surd1618 Re:the camoflauge is bullshit too (481 comments)

If that's what their low-level circuitry can do, think of what their brains are about.

about a month and a half ago
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Statistician Creates Mathematical Model To Predict the Future of Game of Thrones

surd1618 Re:Let's save a lot of time. (127 comments)

Daario is secretly making friends with the dragons locked in the dungeon. When Daenerys dies (in an unrelated and surprising way), he's going to unleash the dragons and take over.

about 2 months ago
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Energy Utilities Trying To Stifle Growth of Solar Power

surd1618 Re:Survival (488 comments)

I have read a good bit about this. I found that server farms have a lot of problems with it, but I think the problems are mostly connected to the limited number of flywheel systems that have been made. I suspect that this will become increasingly viable, even maybe the dominant technology, in coming years. But limited engineering, production, and deployment have not favored flywheels yet. So, right there with ya.

about 2 months ago
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Energy Utilities Trying To Stifle Growth of Solar Power

surd1618 Re:Fine. Legislate for externalities. (488 comments)

Everyone I've known who's had solar has had a decent bank of batteries. Shoot, if my neighbors had solar we could go in on them together.

about 2 months ago
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Miss a Payment? Your Car Stops Running

surd1618 Re:Mod parent up. (907 comments)

You can get to your job, for a while anyhow. I bicycled to my poverty wage FT night job, all winter last year. 12 miles away. In the rainiest metro area of the contiguous US. I took the bus sometimes, but preferred not too, since the last bus dropped me off an hour early, and I had to wait 2 hours for pickup on Sundays. Overall, it made me wonder how compassionate people are. By the end of it, I had gotten my driver's license and a car that worked for 3 weeks. I lost that job when I could no longer stay away awake at work. I still don't have a car, but I'm a great cyclist!

I think this story, overall, is about people who think they deserve more money than they already earn (the financial institutions that encourage predatory lenders), and people who don't have the time or resources to keep cheap cars working (people who work FT like me).

about 2 months ago
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Miss a Payment? Your Car Stops Running

surd1618 Re:These people are doing it to themselves (907 comments)

And if you're really in medical need, ambulances will come pick you up.

Hmm, should I pay $300 to take my daughter to the hospital and subsequently have my car work for another month, or $600 for one ambulance ride? Hmmm....

about 2 months ago
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Where Whistleblowers End Up Working

surd1618 Re:They are doing it wrong ... (224 comments)

You just get to decide if you are the random unknown civilian who has a car crash during his morning commute or the famous whistle-blower barricaded in an embassy.

I'm not sure you get to pick.

Then again, Hastings might have died of paranoia.

about 2 months ago
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U2 and Apple Collaborate On 'Non-Piratable, Interactive Format For Music'

surd1618 Re:confused (358 comments)

Can't wait for in-brain DRM. "Sorry, you're not allowed to see The Eiffel Tower without paying for a Paris Sightseeing Trip package. Would you like to view options to purchase one today?"

about 2 months ago
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U2 and Apple Collaborate On 'Non-Piratable, Interactive Format For Music'

surd1618 if it sends data to my audio device (358 comments)

I.e. if it works on Linux... I can pirate it.

about 2 months ago

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