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Disarm Internet Trolls, Gently

tentimestwenty Especially difficult with product-centred forums (417 comments)

I used to post on a number of forums regarding audio equipment. I'd say about 50% of the people were open minded and logical, 40% were set in their ways and would take light offense if you disagreed, but they had good things to say often and 10% were out to completely destroy everyone's opinion -- trolls. I make a living in audio and consider myself an expert in the field, in the same way an experienced high level mechanical engineer might, and I have a lot of practical experience to back it up. Even with well thought out explanations, and with cases where there were irrefutable answers to questions, those 10% of people would inevitably shout incorrect answers or make personal attacks and derail everything. It was just a question of the loudest and most frequent yeller. Have you seen the movie Idiocracy where the main character is trying to convince the government that plants need water, not Brawndo? Exactly like this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Vw2CrY9Igs

I stopped posting on all these forums because it's just not worth it. Those people have way more free time than any productive person. It's a real shame though, because when people like me are driven away, the majority of people who just want an honest answer are getting completely screwed by these yahoos. There's no accountability so even if you call them on an argument, they just shut up until the next post a day later. Their energy to cause shit seems to be endless.

more than 3 years ago
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RockMelt — Right Browser, Wrong Platform?

tentimestwenty The interface is pretty bad on top of it all (48 comments)

It basically looks like Chrome with facebook grafted on the left and right sides. The only problem is that the layout is not nearly as good as the full facebook page. It's actually much easier keeping another tab open with facebook then to use the Rocketmelt interface. The friend list didn't even recognize my groups settings and the icons of most of my friends have nothing to do with their actual face so it was just a bunch of useless things down the left side. The news feed on the right loaded noticeably slow - i.e. it wasn't just "there" when i wanted it. What's the point of having to wait when I can keep the page open in the tab?

more than 3 years ago
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HDCP Master Key Is Legitimate; Blu-ray Is Cracked

tentimestwenty Re:G'huh? (1066 comments)

It only takes one really good reencode which is then uploaded. That's 2 hours per blu-ray. I know it's not 10x or 20x read but it's still insignficant for one person somewhere to invest the 2 hours and produce a nearly indistinguishable copy.

more than 3 years ago
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HDCP Master Key Is Legitimate; Blu-ray Is Cracked

tentimestwenty Re:G'huh? (1066 comments)

So you record the stream from the player to the display. No big difference.

more than 3 years ago
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Gubernatorial Candidate Wants to Sell Speeding Passes for $25

tentimestwenty German drivers and cars are simply better (825 comments)

It will be obvious to anyone who has driven with a German driver in Germany that the reason why they can drive fast and not die. The vast majority of German drivers are highly skilled, highly respectful of the laws AND are motivated to get from A to B as quickly as possible in a purposeful manner. They also fastidiously maintain their cars which are generally very well built to begin with. American drivers by comparison are unskilled, disrespectful of basic laws (like stop signs), distracted and they drive inferior automobiles in worse condition. I'd rather see an advanced driving test instituted. You pay $50 to take it and if you pass you can drive as fast as you want. Your car gets inspected once a year. Done. Privileges for those who are skilled and responsible.

more than 3 years ago
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Consumer Reports Can't Recommend iPhone 4

tentimestwenty Coat the steel at the factory (507 comments)

The problem is most likely that your hand creates electrical contact with the steel or bridges the 2 antenna parts on the lower left. Either way you just coat the steel with plastic resin or something transparent/matte and the problem is solved. I'll be the factory has already done this on new models.

about 4 years ago
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Price Shocks May Be Coming For Helium Supply

tentimestwenty There are not infinite sources of energy (362 comments)

We have already tapped all the easy forms of energy available to us. Your argument doesn't apply. If the Romans didn't have anything else to find after they used up all the trees, then they damn well should have rationed them. By conservative accounts, we've got 50 years of oil left at our current use, solar and alternative energies will never provide more than 10-20% of world consumption. Even if we were to conserve massively now, there would have to be a major population reduction. Damn right we should be rationing right now. The majority of us live in complete luxury, with artificially cheap everything but there is nobody consuming rationally. It's not in our nature.

about 4 years ago
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Made-For-Torrents Sci-Fi Drama "Pioneer One" Debuts

tentimestwenty Re:Bandwidth will end up costing us more than Cabl (321 comments)

No, actually the ISPs will make all the money. Small shows like Pioneer will continue to be given away, while large producers will have exclusive deals with the ISPs (or will own the ISPs) to take a percentage of bandwidth revenue.

more than 4 years ago
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Made-For-Torrents Sci-Fi Drama "Pioneer One" Debuts

tentimestwenty Bandwidth will end up costing us more than CableTV (321 comments)

I think in the next 10-15 years the large internet providers are going to put a strangle hold on subscribers and basically charge out the a$$ for bandwidth. If content producers can't charge for content (realistically), they can get the equivalent charges from the raw bandwidth. Notice how the content producers are making closer and closer ties to the service providers? Vertically integrated markets here we come.

more than 4 years ago
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The Movie Studios' Big 3D Scam

tentimestwenty Re:Avatar pains (532 comments)

3D gives me motion sickness. Surely the day will come when I and many others won't be able to watch a regular 2D movie in a theatre. If you ask me, it's 1 step forward, 2 steps back from an overall marketshare standpoint.

more than 4 years ago
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What Is Time? One Researcher Shares His Exploration

tentimestwenty Everything moves, thus everything has time. (578 comments)

Everything moves, thus everything has time. The trick is in the measuring. One must observe, which on a large scale is easy, but as you get to basic particles the energy of watching is always slightly greater than the energy of movement so you will always be behind in measuring "time". You can certainly predict what might happen but I don't think it's ever possible to see it happen or measure it at this scale.

more than 4 years ago
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Man Tries To Use Explosive Device On US Flight

tentimestwenty Re:Why did he not succeed ? (809 comments)

Or, it's some basic cultural misunderstanding where he thought it was appropriate to celebrate with firecrackers on Xmas. If this the biggest terrorist threat of the year then America can sleep soundly.

more than 4 years ago
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Pacific Ocean Garbage Patch Worries Researchers

tentimestwenty Where do you put it? (296 comments)

And where do you put it? It was dumped in the Ocean for a reason, because it was not convenient or possible to dump it anywhere else. Did you read the size of the garbage patch? Would you want that in your back yard? The point is that we are making too much garbage! Any 5 year old can tell you that's the real issue.

more than 4 years ago
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Replacements For Adobe Creative Suite 3 Apps?

tentimestwenty Re:Nice FUD on the front page editors (270 comments)

You might be used to Windows or Linux upgrades which are typically slower and more feature laden than their predecessors. In this case I'd agree, the OS does very little to increase productivity if you have specialized needs like graphics creation. However, OS X is generally getting faster with each release, the OS gets "smarter" and by nature the multi-window-one-toolbar orientation of OS X lends itself to some nifty interface advantages for people who have 20 or 30 windows open and active at a time across multiple programs. I would say each OS X release has given me 5% more productivity because of speed and window management/file management features they've added. The #1 reason I want Leopard is for this same reason. It's supposed to be faster, require less disc space and the new UI advancements will save me lots of time, maybe 30 minutes a day if you calculated it.

more than 4 years ago
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Elude Your ISP's BitTorrent Blockade

tentimestwenty Canada is basically monopolized too (308 comments)

If you want broadband you've got basically 2 companies to choose from depending on where you live. Both suck. It won't be long before they really put the screws to people. Prices are going up and so are restrictions.

more than 6 years ago

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