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Philips Releases 100W-Equivalent LED Bulb, Runs On Just 23 Watts

toetagger Re:This is why they passed the law (529 comments)

Feel free to make & sell your own designs for $29 a piece - I would be one of your customers, unless someone else is cheaper than you.

more than 2 years ago

Zimmerman Charged With 2nd-Degree Murder

toetagger Re:Good luck with that fair trial thing (995 comments)

Interesting take. If that is so, why didn't Marin call the police for help? Maybe some hints in the bottom half of this?

Maybe because he was on the phone with someone already (his girlfriend) at the time, and thought he had better chances to run than to call the police that may show up in 15 minutes, when its too late?

more than 2 years ago

1981 Paper's Predictions for Global Temperatures Spot-On

toetagger Re:You asked for it! (371 comments)

I guess for that to happen, you would need a story about a prediction from 30 years ago that turned out to be wrong. And guess what, then everyone would say that's redundant because there were thousands of those from that year. Now, wouldn't it be interesting if both those studies were done by the same people/institute/method/etc?

more than 2 years ago

Why Gay Men Are Worth So Much To Facebook

toetagger By this logic (270 comments)

We should ban any weapons or other tools those people use as well, including cars, bats, and dogs

more than 2 years ago

Do you like your cell phone?

toetagger Re:About 2 years ago (396 comments)

Phones used to be there to call people. For that, you need a network. If people don't know anyone else on the network, many will not even consider it.

Now, if you would market it as a "mobile internet service that can also make some phone calls" - I think it would work today. Maybe 2 years ago was still too early - iPhone was only with AT&T, and Android was not wide spread yet.

It sounds like you had a good idea, but your timing was just a bit too early.

more than 2 years ago

Obama Pushes For Cheaper Pennies

toetagger Re:PLASTIC (825 comments)

I think even means something different than what you think it means

more than 2 years ago

Launch Your Own Nanosatellite Into Space

toetagger Re:Great!!! (119 comments)

Why do you think that a "nanosatellite" needs to control its attitude?

more than 2 years ago

US Threatens Spain For Not Implementing SOPA-Like Law

toetagger Re:Dear US of A (508 comments)

The questions is: Will the people living int he US finally elect a competent set of leaders, or will this worsening problem require an external solution? I guess another alternative would be a revolution? How many more years like this?

more than 2 years ago

Microsoft 'Hut' Opens Outside Seattle Apple Store

toetagger Re:Nevermind that... (262 comments)

one for each customer, of course! Do you know how long it takes to install & configure one PC?

more than 2 years ago

How To Catch a Laptop Thief?

toetagger Re:Well, there is a way to get the police interest (485 comments)

If I were the thief, I would claim that those pictures were already there before, and deleted them when I first saw them. Doesn't sound like great plan...

more than 2 years ago

Australian Malls To Track Shoppers By Their Phones

toetagger Re:rename "Airplane mode" "Shopping mode" (236 comments)

So they have your picture from camera, they can see how you walk and move from video, they know your car's license plate, they know which shops you go to, when and where you pay (via your phone), and if you pay with credit card, they know who you are as well. Who cares if this is PII or not? A marketer has everything they need. Example: "Oh wow, it looks like this person is a shopaholic, they are spending money like crazy! Let's toe their car to the other side of the mall so that they spent more time here!" Next thing you know, the shops sales team will start running after you on the parking lot...

more than 2 years ago

Australian Malls To Track Shoppers By Their Phones

toetagger Re:The whole is greater than the sum of its parts. (236 comments)

What do you think happens when you pay with your credit card? Or when you pull onto the parking lot with your car's license plate on camera? Oh, if they are not sure which one of those family members it is, then just ring the biggest suspect's phone, and see if they pick up - simple!

more than 2 years ago

Boeing To Deliver First 787 Today

toetagger Re:Good luck guinea pigs! (366 comments)

Why do you want to fly in the first one that will crash?

more than 2 years ago

Australian Court Rules Google's Search Ads OK

toetagger Re:Advertising on a competitor's name (38 comments)

There is a difference between a key word that triggers an add, and the text in the ad. It's not (and shouldn't) be admissible to use competitor's registered trade names in advertisements in order to deceive a consumer. Google provides a way to protect registered trade names in ad text. However, Google also provides a way to dynamically insert search terms into the ad text. It's this situation where a competitor's trade name was placed in an ad text by Google - and hence the lawsuit.

Simple solution: Registered trade names (via the method Google already has) cannot be substituted dynamically into ad text. Or: If a registered trade name is in the keywords, then the option for keyword insertion is disabled for that ad group's ad texts.

more than 2 years ago

Bing More Effective Than Google?

toetagger Instant Search? (385 comments)

So when I google for "google" with instant search, will it count as a search for:

That's 6 searches, and I may click on none, realizing I'm already at the page that I was looking for.

more than 3 years ago

Student Suspended For Posting On YouTube

toetagger Re:Fuck everything about this (375 comments)

A spokeswoman for the Durham District School Board ... obliquely explained the school’s actions: “If something is considered detrimental to the positive moral tone of the school, it doesn’t necessarily have to happen inside the school [for us to get involved],” said Andrea Pidwerbecki.

Looks like at least one more person to add to the list of people who should be fired!

more than 3 years ago

Student Suspended For Posting On YouTube

toetagger Re:Not funny (375 comments)

In your opinion, what is an 18 year old supposed to be doing, other than growing up? I think he's learning something very valuable right now - for example: It pays standing up for your own rights against authority - something most other grown ups have never dared to try themselves.

more than 3 years ago


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