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Soylent: No Food For 30 Days

twebb72 Re:Calories (440 comments)

EVERYONE'S bodies behaveexactly the same to identical diets (eventually)

Not true. Thyroid, autoimmune issues (certain diseases like Crohn's), gut flora,... can absolutely have a significant impact on metabolism or one's ability to properly digest foods. The body often compensates by either burning/storing more or less depending on certain circumstances. Even environmental conditions contribute to the big picture. Its an oversimplification of the metabolic process to say everyone responds the same to the same diet.

about 10 months ago
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Why Is Broadband More Expensive In the US Than Elsewhere?

twebb72 Re:Why? (569 comments)

Look on the bright side, if you carve off select states, namely anything south of the mason-dixon line and east of new mexico, we do rocket up the list in education.

about a year ago
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Who should have the most input into software redesigns?

twebb72 What the hell is wrong with your people!? (262 comments)

At my job, the customers have the input for the software specifications. You see, I take the specifications from the customer and bring them down to the software engineers.

Well... not me personally... my secretary does that... or they're faxed.

about a year and a half ago
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Real-Time Gmail Spying a 'Top Priority' For FBI This Year

twebb72 Re:Some conversations are for illegal activities (283 comments)

[Privacy] is expected, and protected by the constitution of the United States - you know, that pesky little document you swore to uphold and defend, not mutilate and destroy.

Actually, the constitution doesn't touch on privacy rights, however, the Bill of Rights does reflect some of the spirit of the right to privacy in the sense of freedom of speech (1); privacy of the home (3); privacy from searches and seizure (4); abuse of government authority and due process (V) -- however there is no amendment that specifically states a right to privacy.

I'd agree though that the judicial branch's interpretation of the Bill of Rights is grossly out of whack. While they extend the privacy of the home (3) (specifically worded as 'No Soldier [can] be quartered in any house without consent') as extending to mean 'No agents of the State'; severely restricting law enforcement from entering the home in (nearly) any capacity. Meanwhile they interpret "nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law" as 'we can read your emails, personal conversations, and Netflix recommendations on demand, and if you're doing something we don't like, expect us to bust down the door.'

Moreover, the supreme court ruled in Olmstead v. United States (back in good ol' 1928) that a wiretap violated neither the 4th or 5th amendment; this set the precedent that has turned into the status quo for the government law enforcement branches... Bush then passed the Patriot Act to make us safe from the terrorists. Then the Library of Congress gets to decide that unlocking cell phones isn't allow[comment truncated due to anti-American propaganda]

about a year and a half ago
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Real-Time Gmail Spying a 'Top Priority' For FBI This Year

twebb72 Re:Also talking (283 comments)

True, but the FBI has recently issued translators for pig Latin -- rendering your face to face encryption technology useless!

about a year and a half ago
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Lamenting the Demise of Hangups

twebb72 No more horse shoe'n for me. (215 comments)

we don't get that satisfying crash and clatter when hanging up on somebody to make a point.

We also don't have to get up early to shoe our horses anymore. Bummer.

about a year and a half ago
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Do Patent Laws Really Protect Small Inventors?

twebb72 Re:Of course it protects the small investor (267 comments)

The landscape may have changed, but the law has not. I was speaking to the law.

This cuts to the core of my original ('poor attitude') comment. International royalty / licensing fees increased from US$2.8 billion in 1970 to US$27 billion in 1990, and to approximately US$180 billion in 2009 – outpacing growth in global GDP. When you have a nut that skips an order of magnitude every decade, based upon intellectual property alone, we're left with crazy disparate ownership of IP on the side of businesses.

IIRC, around 1980, only about 60% of US companies were IP based. Now its over 95%. Basically, the entire US economy now runs on IP. Its not individuals who are benefiting from this increase in business owned IP. Enforcing your patent, on a big business, is like bringing a knife to a gunfight. They would likely settle out of court, or bury you depending on how much your asking for, perhaps both. Yes, the law is on your side if you are victim of legitimate patent infringement, and in the 1980s, you might have had a shot at enforcing your patent, up to and including jury trial. But now, the court system itself is where enforcement of ownership now comes to die, instead of an reasonably affordable and speedy trial.

Its turned into a poker game, where big business holds all the chips, and individuals barely have enough for the blinds to even play.

about a year and a half ago
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Tax Peculiarities Mean Facebook Paid No Net Taxes For 2012

twebb72 Re:Peculiarities? (307 comments)

Huzzah! A job creator! We should cut his taxes!

about a year and a half ago
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The US Redrawn As 50 Equally Populated States

twebb72 Re:Tyranny of the majority (642 comments)

Washington warned against the two party system. It only took about a 20 years after his death that the two party system was instituted. It was never the direct intention of ANY of the founders that we have a two party system, yet nobody questions it now.

about a year and a half ago
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The US Redrawn As 50 Equally Populated States

twebb72 Re:Map is pretty cool (642 comments)

Yet Foxwoods is a English name. Its as if people naming these places don't give a damn.

about a year and a half ago
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The US Redrawn As 50 Equally Populated States

twebb72 Re: Place names (642 comments)

Hippopotamus Voting Rights bill was just filibustered; the youtube video of them flinging poop was too controversial, as the GOP currently holds the poop flinging record.

about a year and a half ago
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Do Patent Laws Really Protect Small Inventors?

twebb72 Re:Of course it protects the small investor (267 comments)

On the other hand, if you saw something you thought could be improved and worked on it in your own time, that is yours.

Until you realize that the court fees will bankrupt you because you're being sued by McDonald's. I think this thread has totally lost the spirit of the article.
If you patented an invention that was remotely related to McDonald's, while on the clock or off the clock, while being employed by them or not; you LOSE in court. Period.

about a year and a half ago
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Is 'Brogramming' Killing Requirements Engineering?

twebb72 Re:Brogramming??? (432 comments)

Not even going to start on how accurate the movie is to real software engineering (hint: it's not).

You're right, cause in real life all those Facebook programmers did cocaine.

about a year and a half ago
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As Music Streaming Grows, Royalties Slow To a Trickle

twebb72 Re:Hard to feel sorry for her... (665 comments)

164k a year... and she's complaining about not being paid enough?
I'm gonna go throw my panties at a band who deserves it!

about a year and a half ago
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Australian Scientists Discover Potential Aids Cure

twebb72 Bring back Freddie (232 comments)

Now, if we can only figure out how to clone Freddie Mercury...

about a year and a half ago
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Linus Chews Up Kernel Maintainer For Introducing Userspace Bug

twebb72 Re:Arsehole (1051 comments)

He's like a real life Samuel L Jackson character.

"Yeah, Linus! As in, father of FOSS? Mt. Linux? Don't f*ck with me or I'll shove a penguin up your ass! LINUS!"

about a year and a half ago
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30 Days Is Too Long: Animated Rant About Windows 8

twebb72 Re:First World Problems (1110 comments)

The ribbon UI is so awesome, that Visual Studio doesn't have it (thank God) So the people who actually *write Microsoft software* don't like the ribbon.

So there's that.

When notepad gets a ribbon -- that's when I start to have deep concern for Microsoft's design choices.

about 2 years ago
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30 Days Is Too Long: Animated Rant About Windows 8

twebb72 Re:Saw what he wanted to see. (1110 comments)

The fact that the "magic button" to close full screen apps is an archaic key combo from windows 3.1 is a key indicator of how bad this interface is. I mean alt -f4 is a great shortcut key, but for that to be the great "answer " for closing full screen apps. Yes, I count that as a fail.

How is alt-f4 an 'archaic fail'...? From windows 3.1 all the way up to windows 8, you can control everything/anything, keyboard only; fairly impressive from a design standpoint. Few other GUI based OSes can claim this long standing keyboard only functionality. You forget that circa windows 3.1 there weren't standardized input/mouse drivers, it was often a requirement to know how to operate the OS entirely from a select set of standardized keyboard types. If you were lucky enough to learn windows 3.1 using a keyboard, you should be thankful that they haven't changed the shortcuts almost 20 years later.

about 2 years ago
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The Internet Has Transformed Modern Divorce

twebb72 Re:increasing divorce or honesty? (277 comments)

Economic situations have a far FAR greater affect on divorce rates than twit-face ever will. Tons of studies available. End of thread.

about 2 years ago

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Google announces upvotes for SERP listings

twebb72 twebb72 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

twebb72 (903169) writes "From the google blog:

"Today we’re taking that a step further, enabling you to share recommendations with the world right in Google’s search results. It’s called +1—the digital shorthand for “this is pretty cool.” To recommend something, all you have to do is click +1 on a webpage or ad you find useful. These +1’s will then start appearing in Google’s search results."

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Youtube requires gmail account

twebb72 twebb72 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

twebb72 (903169) writes "In the never ending consolidation of social media sources, youtube now requires a gmail account to be linked to your login. However, the registration seems to be flawed. Soon after completing the re-registration process, I received a 303 'Redirect that will never complete' error."
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