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"Barbie: I Can Be a Computer Engineer" Pulled From Amazon

tgeek Re:Ah The Irony (561 comments)

As a matter of fact, I do like boobs . . . a LOT. But the point I'm making (or failing to make) is how many people here who are decrying the book are actually real life nerds helping perpetuate the stereotypes (either the Barbie-type-who-needs-help or the nerds slipping and sliding in their own drool to help out the hot chick in the department)

about a month ago
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"Barbie: I Can Be a Computer Engineer" Pulled From Amazon

tgeek Ah The Irony (561 comments)

Be honest now - how many of the people commenting here are actually people who would've been boob-tranced into helping poor little Barbie finish her project? (I'm raising my hand!)

about a month ago
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Steve Ballmer Gets Billion-Dollar Tax Write-Off For Being Basketball Baron

tgeek Who Cares About The Taxes , , , (255 comments)

, , , I'm more interested if he'll hire Bobby "The Chair Chucker" Knight to be head coach . . . They certainly share the same style . . .

about 2 months ago
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Google Announces Inbox, a New Take On Email Organization

tgeek Here's A Novel Suggestion For Mail (173 comments)

Why not try doing like the US Postal Service has been doing for approximately the past 230 years? Put the damn mail in the users inbox and leave it the fuck alone! Don't try to sort it . . . don't try to organize it . . . and certainly don't open it to see what kind of other mail the recipient might like to receive!!!!!

about 2 months ago
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End of an Era: After a 30 Year Run, IBM Drops Support For Lotus 1-2-3

tgeek Re:Oh rly? (156 comments)

Multiplan did have one big thing going for it . . . it ran on *nix boxes. In fact, many of the old termcap entries were created for MS Multiplan.

about 3 months ago
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Will Windows 10 Finally Address OS Decay?

tgeek Re: Here's the solution (577 comments)

Are you sure about that? It;s been my experience that the "Install for this user only" option usually just places the program's Start Menu items into the individual users' Start Menu rather than the All Users. Possibly the same with the registry settings - never looked that close. But AFAIK, the actual executables still installed in their normal places,

about 3 months ago
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Utilities Should Worry; Rooftop Solar Could Soon Cut Their Profit

tgeek Here We Go Again . . . (517 comments)

One of the main purposes of the study was to evaluate measures that could be pursued by utilities and regulators to reduce the financial impacts of distributed photovoltaics

Another effort by the government to prop up an industry that could be be obsoleted, or at least significantly diminished, by technology.

about 3 months ago
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U2 and Apple Collaborate On 'Non-Piratable, Interactive Format For Music'

tgeek Re:Expert. (358 comments)

I thought Sonny Bono died in a skiing accident a few years ago.

about 2 months ago
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German Court: Google Must Stop Ignoring Customer E-mails

tgeek Re:The End Result . . . (290 comments)

My point is if Google simply changes their automated reply to something less arrogant that doesn't promise the consumer will be ignored, will that satisfy the German court that the issue was addressed? Regardless of whether Google actually changes any process upon receiving a consumer support request. I have absolutely zero experience with German courts, so I don't know (in the US in all likelihood this would be enough)

about 3 months ago
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German Court: Google Must Stop Ignoring Customer E-mails

tgeek The End Result . . . (290 comments)

On the surface this sounds like a great decision for the google users in Germany. But do you really think Google is going to change their ways? Or spend one dime to appeal this ruling? Nope! They'll just change their automated reply to "Thank you for your issue/concern. We'll look into it and get back to you if necessary."

So instead of being allowed to honestly say "Thanks! But we're going to ignore you" they're simply going to be required to lie to their users and say "Thanks! We might get back to you". And no, I don't approve of this and wish they did have to give a meaningful reply to every legitimate user concern/issue . . . but that's just not how big business works.

about 3 months ago
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33 Months In Prison For Recording a Movie In a Theater

tgeek Re:The real crime here (465 comments)

Now is a 33 month prison sentence fair for gross stupidity? /shrug I've heard of worse . . .

Fair? Put fair aside a moment. What will the result of putting him in prison be? Will it improve society in any way? Odds are sharply against it.

Who said prison sentences are supposed to improve society? Yeah, it'd be great if somehow they did. But the reality is in most cases it's to deter or prevent some action from occurring again. That action may be something affecting society as a whole, or could be as specific as an individual.

For example, let's say some otherwise rational guy has some personal grudge or vendetta against ME and ME alone. Every night he comes and breaks out one of my windows. Police catch him and give him a warning. Next night the police catch him breaking another one of my windows. Why shouldn't he get some jail time for that? It's not affecting society as a whole, just me.

Now, do I like the MPAA/RIAA or the laws supporting their failing business models? Nope. But when somebody like this Philip Danks is caught and warned that he needs to stop doing what he's doing, and he flagrantly ignores such warnings . . . then I suppose those groups have a right to expect the laws to be more strongly enforced (regardless of how I feel about the groups or the laws)

about 4 months ago
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33 Months In Prison For Recording a Movie In a Theater

tgeek Re:The real crime here (465 comments)

Nah, the real crime here is . . . STUPIDITY:

1. He failed to sufficiently anonymize his upload and got caught (I'm unclear if he was caught from his p2p or physical sales though).
2. When he DID get caught, he didn't cease doing something that would land him in jail
3. We can (and have!) debated all day long about the morality of p2p sharing . . . but he went a step further and was monetarily profiting from his acts (albeit via physical media as opposed to p2p sharing). I think it's safe to say most people don't agree with this.

Now is a 33 month prison sentence fair for gross stupidity? /shrug I've heard of worse . . .

about 4 months ago
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Why TiVo's Founders Crashed and Burned With Qplay

tgeek Re:what's an iPad? (50 comments)

Let me just clarify, that sure fine, Apple developers earn more money from apps. But when your developing a free app that is purely an interface for your hardware it's best not to disclude 90% of the market because you bought a first gen iPad from Steve Jobs for $900.

Nicely said. It never ceases to me amaze me how so many app developers think the millenia old business strategy of "expand your markets" doesn't apply to them.

about 5 months ago
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Heinz Zemanek Passes At 94

tgeek Father of Computer Puns? (52 comments)

Maybe that's his greatest contribution. Possibly he's what inspired the Unix name to be a play on Multics, C to be a play on BPL, and the literally uncountable other successor puns (in the *nix-verse alone!)?

about 5 months ago
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How Vacuum Tubes, New Technology Might Save Moore's Law

tgeek Re:Discovered? (183 comments)

Yep! Leave it to our government to totally bypass the faster-than-light propulsions systems, advanced life support and other amazing alien technology and go straight for the techs to make cheap, pocket-sized AM radios! (probably subbed the research out to GE)

about 6 months ago
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Amaya Gaming Buys PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker For $4.9 Billion

tgeek Re:This ban on gambling, porn, etc (52 comments)

With all due respect, I don't think you've known very many gambling addicts. Gambling can be a very real addiction - very similar to alcohol or other chemical dependencies. It's not simply a matter of financial irresponsibility or needing to "learn a lesson". Financial ruin is no more or less likely to help a problem gambler than a DUI conviction or loss of a job will help an alcoholic. Sure, it *might* provide that moment of clarity needed to realize they need help . . . or it may send them deeper into their addiction.

about 6 months ago
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What qualifications should the 'driver' of a fully autonomous car need?

tgeek First Aid Certification (301 comments)

. . . the missing choice.

about 7 months ago
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Should companies start using drones for common tasks, like package delivery?

tgeek Re:This is going to be fun to watch... (378 comments)

What do you mean "exit dense urban spaces"? This sounds like a service designed for the wide open, upper class suburbs where the purchaser wouldn't blink at paying a premium charge for drone delivery - chances of it being practical in an urban setting are virtually nil.

1 year,14 days
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NASA's Next Frontier: Growing Plants On the Moon

tgeek Re:How much will it cost me? (193 comments)

Pretty cheap since the first thing they'll do after delivering the plants is apply for farm subsidies . . .

1 year,27 days
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In an arcade with only the following games ...

tgeek Re:Mmmm.... Pinball (283 comments)

Going with pinball for similar reasons . . . and hopefully the choice of machines would be from, what for me, is the Golden Age of pinball: late 70's to mid-80's when the machines were still all mechanical but the scoring was electronic. A few favorites from my rusty ol' memory: Alien (damn it seemed wide!), Six Million Dollar Man, and Playboy. Seems all the "current" -- gotta put that in quotes because I'm honestly not aware of when the last new machines were produced -- are all too gimmicky and convoluted. (If the rules don't fit on that little paper card near one of the flipper buttons, it's too complicated! LOL)

about a year ago

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