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Dropcam CEO's Beef With Brogramming and Free Dinners

the Gray Mouser Re:100 percent of 1 is 1 (400 comments)

Many start up restaurants do exactly this.

No one wants to eat at an empty looking restaurant.

about a year ago
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Creationist Bets $10k In Proposed Literal Interpretation of Genesis Debate

the Gray Mouser Re:Easy... (1121 comments)

"Sola Scriptura" does not exclude recognizing similes, metaphors, allegories, parables, taunts (one of the most misunderstood and misinterpreted 'literary devices' as we don't really have an equivalent in English, or other literary devices. It means believing that Scripture is inspired by God, not that every word was dictated and must be literally true no matter what the context.

When Jesus said, "I am the vine and you are the branches", it doesn't mean that His followers are green and leafy.

about a year and a half ago
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Gov't Report: Laser Pointers Produce Too Much Energy, Pose Risk For the Careless

the Gray Mouser Having been 'blasted' by one (260 comments)

I can say that toning them down may not be a bad idea.

I was managing a Radio Shack at the time. I was helping customers near the counter, another associate was helping someone over with the 'gadgets', and the next thing I remember I'm picking myself up off the floor. Thankfully, I don't think my eyes suffered permanent damage, but my eyesight is so bad already I don't know if I could tell anyway :(

I'm sure it was nothing malicious or intentional, just one of those freak things that happen, but I sure wouldn't wish it happening to someone else. So long as they can still do their job as pointers, which is to make a dot on a presentation board or wall in a relatively bright room, toning them down a bit doesn't bother me.

about a year and a half ago
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Driver Trapped In Speeding Car At 125 Mph

the Gray Mouser Re:It's called the key (1176 comments)

For those who don't know, this is otherwise known as "Georgia Overdrive" - (Kentucky Overdrive in older models).

Truckers do this all the time.

about a year and a half ago
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J.J. Abrams To Direct Star Wars VII

the Gray Mouser The Real Question (735 comments)

Will Ahsoka Tano be alive?

about a year and a half ago
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The World Remains Five Minutes From Midnight

the Gray Mouser Bush plan and proxies (301 comments)

Here's a question I've never seen an answer to in regards to the 'Bush' plan for social security:

Who would vote all the proxies for the stocks bought for the 'private sector' option?

It can't be the actual people - unless you wanted to have a national election for each of the Wilshire 5000 every year - so somebody in the Federal government would have that power. And with the amount of money you're talking about with Social Security, that means the Federal government would soon have the power to appoint boards of directors and make fiscal decisions for many small cap and even mid cap companies.

There's also the little matter of how to replace all the money that would be diverted into private investment - as currently pretty much all the money goes to pay current retirees/disabled persons. Your retirement will be paid for by people much younger than you - but that's actually a minor point to me compared to the above.

about a year ago
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How Do You Detect Cheating In Chess? Watch the Computer

the Gray Mouser Re:Simply put.. (328 comments)

Chess is a game of perfect knowledge - as such it has been mathematically proven to

a) Have a solution - a line of 'best play' for both sides

and

b) That solution is 'solvable'.

I fully expect the game of chess to be solved within my lifetime.

about a year ago
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How Do You Detect Cheating In Chess? Watch the Computer

the Gray Mouser Re:Simply put.. (328 comments)

Yeah, for all the press the Kasparov vs. Deep Blue game got, most didn't tell the whole story.

In one game Kasparov made a 'finger fumble' - he moved the wrong piece in an opening - Deep Blue just followed his preprogrammed lines well into the middlegame at which point Garry didn't stand a chance.

In another game, Kasparov resigned from a known drawn position.

about a year ago
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Congressman Introduces Bill To Ban Minting of Trillion-Dollar Coin

the Gray Mouser Re:Can't America get its acts together ? (1059 comments)

To 'clarify' your post further:

FICA funds the current beneficiaries Social Security benefits.
Your Social Security benefits (for those not already retired or collecting disability) will be funded by future people's FICA payments.

That is a fact. Not political spin or economic bullshit.

If you tried to set up a 'payment program' like that in the public sector, it would be labelled a 'Ponzi scheme' and you'd go to jail, but with Social Security it does work because of mandatory enrollment. The baby boomers are throwing a wrench into the works currently, but if all else fails raising the retirement age (to the point where the money coming in equals the money going out) would work. I'm not saying that's the best solution - but it WOULD work.

Personally, I'm disabled - for real, I've tried going back to work, my body/mind just can't handle it.If it wasn't for one really good year and a half I had working right off Wall Street my family would be well and truly fucked. What's really screwed up, is I'm in the position where if I made any more household income, I'd also be screwed.

Last I checked an extra $100/month income for me would take away close to $1000/month of benefits (mostly, but not entirely, for my prescription medications and doctor's visits - so while you can debate what those actually should cost, that's what they would cost ME if I had to pay full price for them - which I would during the 'donut hole' which I'd hit pretty quickly). So I have a teenage daughter, that I can't allow to go out and have an 'over the table' part time job...

about a year and a half ago
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Most Kickstarter Projects Fail To Deliver On Time

the Gray Mouser Re:Penny Arcade Kickstarter Scam (179 comments)

Depends entirely on the contracts Penny Arcade signed with the ad providers.

This may be a case of the left hand not knowing what the right is doing...

about a year and a half ago
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Most Kickstarter Projects Fail To Deliver On Time

the Gray Mouser Why not stick to the plan and keep the profit? (179 comments)

From the summary, it's the influx of extra money that throws a wrench into the works.

Stick to the plan, deliver what was promised - and only what was promised, and pocket any change left over.

You don't even need a step 3 to Profit!

about a year and a half ago
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Why The Hobbit's 48fps Is a Good Thing

the Gray Mouser Re:Why? (599 comments)

The question is not "Are tubes better?", but "Which sound better to you - EL84's or SLS's?"

Oh, and vinyl isn't distorted, it's compressed (so the needle won't jump out of the groove).

about 2 years ago
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Steve Jobs Was Wrong About Touchscreen Laptops

the Gray Mouser Re:It's very possible (526 comments)

If you think ALL it is is a thin sheen of snot, then you're the one in denial.

Unnecessary validation: I'm a parent too :)

about 2 years ago
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Activists' Drone Shot Out of the Sky For Fourth Time

the Gray Mouser Re:Over private property? (733 comments)

What about if you're using a goosegun?

about 2 years ago
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Activists' Drone Shot Out of the Sky For Fourth Time

the Gray Mouser Re:hunting? (733 comments)

Actually it goes way back to William the Conqueror.

It was a class thing, but not out of envy - the people who worked in the kitchens spoke French, so they used French words for everything they cooked (and presented out to the court as food). The common people - people who actually raised the animals, spoke English (as did most of the actual members of the court who were allowed to hunt), so they used English words for the names of the animals.

The dichotomy was absorbed into English like we've absorbed parts of pretty much every language.

about 2 years ago
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German City Says OpenOffice Shortcomings Are Forcing It Back To Microsoft

the Gray Mouser Open Office can't even open an .rtf file properly (480 comments)

There may be a bunch of things it can do well, but there are some it can't do at all. And when something as basic as handling .rtf files doesn't work properly 'out of the box' the program is still 'not ready for prime time'.

Yes, people still do use .rtf files: professional authors use them quite a bit actually.

I can easily imagine how this German town ran into similar problems along the way - maybe file formats, maybe localization, maybe something else.

about 2 years ago
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Lawsuit Challenges New York Sugary Drink Ban

the Gray Mouser Just give me my GD soda! (642 comments)

Screw the politicians!

I want my Dr Pepper dammit, and I want to buy it in a size that will last me the whole trip while I run errands.
Laws like this serve no purpose other than to irritate the common citizen. People and going to drink what they
like, and it's not the governments job to tell me what I can and can't eat.

Thank the Goddess I live in a state where I can still get a medium rare cheeseburger. Just north of me is
a state that lets children drink a beer at a bar as long as their parent buys it and hands it to him. Hopefully
we'll get that one implemented soon.

Yeah, I get that obesity is a problem that ends up costing everybody because of the health care costs
involved. A much better solution would be to encourage people to exercise. The government loves to
build things (like more prisons), so let them build health clubs that people can join free of charge. Or
sponsor sports programs so adults can participate, rather than the current system where once you're
in high school you're only allowed to play if you're good at it and there's pretty much nothing after that.
Castro's an evil dude, but he got that right - we should copy Cuba's model of sports for everyone.

Now I'm going to go out and buy myself a Route 44 sized cup of Dr Pepper, cause all this writing
has tired me out and I need to get me some energy ;)

about 2 years ago
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Jury In Apple v. Samsung Case May Have to Agree on 700 Points

the Gray Mouser Re:Consider this. (111 comments)

Actually, at the time the "wage" was set, I'm sure $5 was a decent days pay.

They just never adjusted the pay.

about 2 years ago
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Jury In Apple v. Samsung Case May Have to Agree on 700 Points

the Gray Mouser Re:Consider this. (111 comments)

I think getting paid minimum wage is probably the best thing they can do.

I served jury duty in New Jersey years ago.

The pay has never been raised in something like over a hundred years. You get $5 a day.

They keep you in a room with a small booth in the back that serves lunch. The hamburger, drink, and chips costs more than $5.

about 2 years ago
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EA Sues Zynga For Copying Sims Game

the Gray Mouser I play The Ville - EA has a good point (197 comments)

It's not just that you control people building houses and placing objects. The views, even (and especially) the music are VERY reminiscent of playing The Sims. The way you interact with items and other people. Not exactly, but very, very close. You've even got the Needs to take shower, wash hands, etc...

At best, it's a sim clone, the way Torchlight is a Fate/Diablo clone. At worst, it's infringement and Zynga is going to be zapped.

more than 2 years ago

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the Gray Mouser the Gray Mouser writes  |  more than 7 years ago

the Gray Mouser (1013773) writes "Fox News is reporting the story of a New Hamsphire man "holed up with armed supporters in his fortress-like house after being convicted of tax evasion."

"I want people to realize that there is no such thing as an obligation to pay income tax," said Edward Brown. "It has nothing to do with the Constitution.""
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the Gray Mouser the Gray Mouser writes  |  more than 7 years ago

the Gray Mouser (1013773) writes "Fox news is reporting that maps printed from the Google Maps website have been found during raids of terrorists' homes. The map had a British base at Basra palace marked with exact coordinates plotted out.

Interesting to note is that some soldiers stated they had considered suing Google if mortar shells had dropped on them."
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the Gray Mouser the Gray Mouser writes  |  more than 7 years ago

the Gray Mouser (1013773) writes "The AP is reporting problems with election voting machines forcing poll workers to go with paper ballots.

And even where the machines were working correctly, the poll workers weren't: "In Indiana's Marion County, about 175 of 914 precincts turned to paper because poll workers didn't know how to run the machines, said Marion County Clerk Doris Ann Sadler. She said it could take most of the day to fix all of the machine-related issues.""
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the Gray Mouser the Gray Mouser writes  |  more than 7 years ago

the Gray Mouser (1013773) writes "It is being reported that not only is Bully the violent video game everyone was expecting, but you get to make out with other boys as well.

"Bully" stars 15-year-old Jimmy Hopkins, who must navigate cliques, fights and young love at his new boarding school, along the way winning brawls, completing missions and plying girls with candy and flowers in exchange for kisses. But Jimmy can also use the same approach with boys.

This may cause far more controversy than anything brought up about the game so far, but not in a good way."
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the Gray Mouser the Gray Mouser writes  |  more than 7 years ago

the Gray Mouser (1013773) writes "Fox News is reporting "A hacker known for cracking the copy-protection technology in DVDs claims to have unlocked the playback restrictions of Apple Computer Inc.'s (AAPL) iPod and iTunes music products and plans to license his code to others."

Maybe now we won't have to burn before we rip."

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