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Landfill Copies of Atari's 'E.T.' End Up On eBay

warm_warmer ebay pictures (107 comments)

Those are some of the worst pictures I have seen for ebay listings...

about 3 months ago

Windows Tax Shot Down In Italy

warm_warmer Re:Separate hardware from software (421 comments)

The reason it's sold together is because people want it like that. There is obviously a demand for bundled software (given how prevalent it is), and the reasons for that demand probably range from "I don't care what goes on my computer" to "I'd rather my computer cost $2 less to have it include what essentially amounts to adware."

Many mom-and-pop shops can build computers without it, but it costs more and people aren't willing to shell out for it, which is why there are many fewer mom-and-pop computer stores out there now.

about 4 months ago

What's After Big Data?

warm_warmer Logically (87 comments)

Big Spock

about 5 months ago

The Last Three Months Were the Hottest Quarter On Record

warm_warmer Keep it honest (552 comments)

The Heartland Institute skews the data by taking two points and ignoring all of the data in between, kind of like grabbing two zero points from sin(x) and claiming you're looking at a steady state function.

Playing devil's advocate: it's kinda like pointing out that the last 3 months have been the warmest on record in an attempt to convince people that there's a warming trend.

Single data points cannot be used to make an argument - on either side - even if you're actually right. Intellectual dishonesty on both sides of the debate has made global warming/climate change a toxic topic.

about 6 months ago

BBM Protected: New secure instant messaging for business

warm_warmer The linked "original source" (1 comments)

... does not have a link to a product announcement by BlackBerry. It just dead-ends at the linked site. Do you have a direct link to the BlackBerry announcement?

about 7 months ago

Google to Ban Ads for Legal Gun Accessories & "Dangerous" Knives: Threatens

warm_warmer Direct link to the policy page (1 comments)

It's buried in the "original source" page (a ranting blog post).

While Google has every right to make this change, it seems overly broad, and I can understand why vendors of these types of parts would be upset. This doesn't take effect until September, so I hope the affected customers are able to make their voices heard before then.

about 7 months ago

New study suggests patent trolls really are killing startups

warm_warmer Impact on entrepreneurs (1 comments)

I wonder how many entrepreneurs hesitate or outright fail to start out of fear of being sued by a patent troll.

It's personally been discouraging - has anyone else felt the same way, or am I an outlier?

about 7 months ago

Intuit, Maker of Turbotax, Lobbies Against Simplified Tax Filings

warm_warmer Re:Not even much money (423 comments)

True capitalism at work, everything is for sale, even the laws.

When the laws are for sale, it's no longer capitalism. Capitalism cannot exist without the free market, and free market disappears when laws (backed by coercive force) are changed to discriminate against people and businesses.

about 9 months ago

Mathematician Gives Tips On How To Win $1 Billion On NCAA Basketball

warm_warmer 96th percentile? (76 comments)

"...has helped several Davidson students score in the 96th percentile (or higher)"

If he had only 25 students, just by random chance I'd expect 1 of them to be in the 96th percentile.

about 10 months ago

Austin Has Highest Salaries For Tech Workers, After Factoring In Cost of Living

warm_warmer Re:Tech hubs? (285 comments)

That does seem like a serious oversight.

Perhaps TriNet's definition of "tech hub" is along the lines of "places where TriNet has many tech companies as customers." I'd never heard of TriNet until I moved to Atlanta (from Seattle).

about a year ago

Austin Has Highest Salaries For Tech Workers, After Factoring In Cost of Living

warm_warmer Re:Property tax (285 comments)

Having just moved from the Seattle area to the Atlanta area for work, I'll share my tax-related findings:

  • -Property tax rates are about the same in Seattle and Atlanta (living in Atlanta, bought a very similar condo at a very similar price to what I had in Seattle metro)
  • -Seattle has 9.5% sales tax on non-food purchases - Atlanta has 8% sales tax on non-food purchases and 4% sales tax on food purchases
  • -Seattle (through WA) has no income tax, and Atlanta (through GA) has 6% income tax on virtually all income (very quick progression to 6%)

I'd wager that the 1.5% sales tax difference between Seattle and Atlanta is roughly a wash given Atlanta taxes food, so any cost of living differences between Atlanta and Seattle must aggressively be made up for through things being cheaper here, since my over-all tax burden is significantly higher (through the income tax) in GA than it was in Seattle.

Also, Seattle really does rock - I'd love to move back there one day :-)

about a year ago

Iconic Predator-Prey Study In Peril

warm_warmer Re:Taking it too far (84 comments)

Can you imagine what would happen to the Earth if humans weren't here to ensure that nothing changes, ever, from exactly the way things are now (or whenever some system was initially measured)?

From reading some of these pieces, you might think that the Earth is an extremely fragile place where the slightest human touch (direct, or indirect) ruins ecosystems from their pristine states. Granted, humans do mess up quite a few ecosystems, but the Earth has been, and will continue to be, an ever-changing, destructive place for life.

Pieces like this stroke our enormous collective egos (everything Earth does differently is because of something WE did!), and a select few are able make their living from finding "problems," proposing solutions, then "solving" the problems.

about a year ago

Proof-of-Concept Malware Captures Every Tap On Smartphones Or Tablets

warm_warmer Re:No valid distribution method... (39 comments)

In the particular case linked above, yes, the NSA required physical access to the device. However, the article noted that "a remote version of the exploit is also in the works."

Regardless, there is ample attack area for someone determined to get into a phone (or your computer, or just about any connected device really), and the government pays big money to find exploits before they're publicly known to do just that.

I would be very hesitant about claiming that the NSA couldn't figure out how to root the phone - it likely was just the easiest way for this particular program.

about a year ago

Proof-of-Concept Malware Captures Every Tap On Smartphones Or Tablets

warm_warmer Re:No valid distribution method... (39 comments)

Meanwhile, you can continue to install apps like those made by Silent Circle and pretend like you're having private conversations with people with phones that are apparently easy to complete own.

about a year ago

Feinstein and Rogers: No Clemency For Snowden

warm_warmer Re:And what good would that have done? (504 comments)

The current admin aggressively discourages whistle-blowers, so if Snowden wanted to inform the people for whom the US government supposedly works, he did the most logical thing.

about a year ago


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