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Mark Zuckerberg's Big Facebook Mistake

xgr3gx Re:Don't overcomplicate this (418 comments)

Indeed, I'm a little hesitant to invest in a social media company who could potentially tank at the whim of millions of tweens who decided FB isn't cool anymore and move on to the next thing. Facebook probably has a better thing going than MySpace, but it still stuns me at how fast MySpace fell out of favor. Who says the same thing won't happen to Facebook, privately held or not?

more than 2 years ago
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A Cashless, High-Value, Anonymous Currency: How?

xgr3gx Prostitutes and drugs (400 comments)

How is one supposed to pay for these things with digital currency? Pimps and drug dealers love paper trails!

more than 2 years ago
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Report Says Schools Need 100Mbps Per 1,000 Users

xgr3gx Re:Grumpy old man. (292 comments)

My take on it is the only classes that should have computers, are the classes that are teaching something about computers. You need a computer to learn how to type, or for writing and compiling code. You don't need a computer for your core stuff like history, math, english, etc. Computers and electronics in the classroom are just distractions.

more than 2 years ago
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Computer Opens Unmanned Store For Holiday

xgr3gx Re:Only in NZ (333 comments)

I was surprised to see 'dickhead' in an official response. Is it a less vulgar term in NZ than in the US?

more than 3 years ago
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iPad Just Another TV Set?

xgr3gx Re:Get a clue, Olde Skoolers (270 comments)

That's true. It's might also be in their interest to allow ala-carte pricing. But it is their content, and they can distribute it how they choose. Since they also distribute it on the Internet (barring any illegal content providers) they can pretty much offer it however they want on any medium.
The only way for them to fight illegal downloaders it to make legitimate downloads/streaming as easy or easier than illegal downloads. That would mean no DRM (or a least a good implementation of it) in a cross platform format consumable by all types of devices.

more than 3 years ago
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iPad Just Another TV Set?

xgr3gx Re:Get a clue, Olde Skoolers (270 comments)

"Throwing the gauntlet" worked so well for the music industry. They probably could have made so much more money, much more easily if they had embraced digital media from the onset.
Television needs to get on board with the digital age. If they fight it they are just going to fall behind as users find better alternatives to traditionally TV.
Perhaps it's time to offer ala-carte channel selection. Why should I have to buy a package from my cable company when I can just find what I want online.
The harder they fight it, the faster they will lose viewers. Especially now that TVs have Youtube and Hulu apps embedded, making it much easier for the average user to watch online content.

more than 3 years ago
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Arizona Governor Proposes Flab Tax

xgr3gx Re:Tax junk food (978 comments)

I'd agree with you on the caloric intake. You can get fat from eating Broccoli and grilled organic skinless chicken breast if you ate 5000 calories worth of it, the same as if you ate 5000 calories of candy and fried cheese and burned less than the number of calories consumed.
However, nutritionally speaking I'd have to say that eating processed food full of preservatives, and artificial flavoring etc has got to be worse for your body than eating something that simply grew from ground.
I keep seeing these news stories that say "did you know that eating can help reduce the risk of ".
Humans evolved eating only stuff that came from the ground. The earth provides nutrition needed by a humans (not to mention every other species).
Not to say that processed food is devoid of nutrients, but there is no doubt that fruits, veggies, and grains balanced with a moderate quantity of meat is what the human body will thrive on.

more than 3 years ago
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Electromagnetic Automobile Suspension Demonstrated

xgr3gx I'll keep my old shocks (274 comments)

I wonder what the price tag would be. Of course, if you never have to replace them that would be a plus.
What I would really like to see is shocks that could generate electricity that recharge the battery in a hybrid/electric vehicle.
It could probably work somewhat akin to those generators that harness power from ocean waves. Not sure how much power you could get from the motion generated by 4 shocks moving a few inches in each direction.

more than 3 years ago
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Talking To Computers?

xgr3gx Re:background chatter (395 comments)

Indeed, who wants to listen to people dictate commands to their computer, that would be the most annoying thing in the world. If you think hearing a one sided cell phone conversation is annoying, wait until you hear the douche making a snarky status update. No thanks.

more than 3 years ago
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Has the Second Dotcom Bubble Started?

xgr3gx Re:dotcom bubble (298 comments)

I have never heard anyone describe a myspace page so perfectly! That is exactly how it should be described, haha. I love it.
As for face book, I wasn't sure if it killed myspace or not. All I know is facebook rose up and myspace fell.

more than 3 years ago
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Two Slightly Used Space Suits For Sale

xgr3gx Free shipping? (60 comments)

Can I get free shipping if I use "Buy it now". What about local pickup?
Oh, and can you post picture of the back of the suits?

more than 3 years ago
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Has the Second Dotcom Bubble Started?

xgr3gx Re:dotcom bubble (298 comments)

Facebook is an advertisers dream. I don't think it could be any more perfect from an advertisers perspective, and I'm sure facebook charges a premium for this kind of consumer data. However, targeted advertising only works when there are targets...what happens when/if facebook goes the way of Myspace and Live Journal (not that LJ was a behemoth like facebook or myspace).
  It seems like myspace was king for a few years, then tanked and facebook filled the void. I'm not sure what caused myspace's drop in popularity, but one has to wonder if facebook will see the same thing. Seeing as how "every one" read - everyone's parents/grandparents, are on facebook, you have to wonder if the people who fueled facebook's uprising (the college age crowd) will packup and move to the next big social net where nobody's parents are there to see the kind of debauchery in which they take part.
Then facebook is left with millions of square feet of data center space filled with thousands of idle servers. Cell phone company stop bundling facebook apps out of the box, and companies and news stations no longer update their facebook pages, because they too have moved on to follow the masses to next big thing.
If I were to invest in facebook, I would ride that wave for a very short time. Maybe I'm wrong, the world is much different than it was in 1999.

more than 3 years ago
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Adding an Olfactory Dimension To Games

xgr3gx Re:Forget the Obligatory Lava Level (108 comments)

Not to mention all the War and Zombie games out there. Mmmm...scorched and rotting flesh. I love getting the urge to barf when I play my games.

more than 3 years ago
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T-Mobile Slashes Fair Use Policy, Says Download At Home

xgr3gx Re:slow network? (364 comments)

To quote their US commercial "The new MyTouch 4G, video chat with out needing WiFi. On America largest 4G network" (please don't use the video chat feature, it's killing our network)
It's like the high speed internet providers who run all these ads touting how fast their service is, and how easy it is to "download music, and watch streaming video" then they go and cap you from downloading too much music and streaming video. I understand they have to manage their bandwidth capacity, but come on.

more than 3 years ago
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Scientists Advocate Replacing Cattle With Insects

xgr3gx Re:More allergenic? (760 comments)

Grass fed is the cow's natural diet. Cows are not supposed to be eating corn and grain. It messes with the ph levels of their stomachs, causing issues with the balance of bacteria. That warrants more medication to treat ailments caused by the bacteria levels being off.

more than 3 years ago
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The Continued Censorship of Huckleberry Finn

xgr3gx Re:We'll Have to Agree to Disagree (1073 comments)

Yeah, while we're at it, lets edit all of Shakespear's works. Nobody says "thou art" anymore. Old English is dead.
s/'thou art'/'you are'/g

more than 3 years ago
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Factory To Make Biodiesel From Chicken Fat

xgr3gx Re:Better (207 comments)

Sounds like a win-win to me. Buy stock in KFC - everyone will always have cravings for fried chicken after the ride home from work.

more than 3 years ago
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Facebook Knows When You'll Get Dumped

xgr3gx Re:The corollary is,,, (474 comments)

I think he was implying that no partner=no sex, so Kleenex would be used for cleanup after a solo.

more than 3 years ago
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Facebook Knows When You'll Get Dumped

xgr3gx Re:So why the Pre-Christmas Spike? (474 comments)

People dump their bf/gf before spring break so they can drunkenly bang sluts in Cancun guilt free.
An Christmas is a no brainer - if you're not that into the person, why spend any money on them, or get stuck with them over the holiday instead of people you really want to be with.
Also to drunkenly bang sluts at New Year's eve parties guilt free.

more than 3 years ago

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Chevy Volt gets 230 mpg city epa rating

xgr3gx xgr3gx writes  |  more than 5 years ago

xgr3gx writes "GM CEO Fritz Henderson announced today that the Chevrolet Volt extended range electric car has been given an official EPA rating of more than 230 MPG city and a combined city/highway average fuel economy of more than 100 MPG.
This ends the mystery of the TV ads showing the number 230 on a plain green background.
Read more at the gm-volt site:
http://gm-volt.com/2009/08/11/chevy-volt-gets-230-mpg-city-epa-rating/"

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Chevy Volt test drive has a positive review

xgr3gx xgr3gx writes  |  more than 5 years ago

xgr3gx writes "The blogger who started the website gm-volt.com had an opportunity to test drive a Chevy Volt at the GM proving grounds with Chevy Volt project manager, Greg Ceisel.

From the post:
And then with one small step for man and one large step for mankind and with the collective goodwill of the thousands of you GM-Volt readers on this journey with me, I depressed the accelerator.

Instant silent and sustained torque ensued.

The car had considerable brisk acceleration and power. It was smooth as silk and utterly quiet. It was truly a marvelous thing of beauty. I sailed up hills and muscled around the curves of the sterile and peculiarly industrial landscape of the proving grounds. The car handled marvelously. Greg told me that this car wasnt near final refinement yet and that the production Volt would handle even better. Hard to believe.
http://gm-volt.com/2009/04/28/gm-voltcom-Chevy-volt-mule-test-drive-w-video/"

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Building with rotating floors can chase shape

xgr3gx xgr3gx writes  |  more than 6 years ago

xgr3gx (1068984) writes "New York-based architect David Fisher's Dynamic Group to build an 80-story Dynamic Tower, described as the "world's first building in motion."

Each floor would be capable of rotating independently, powered by wind turbines fitted between each floor.

"You can adjust the shape the way you like every given moment," Fisher said. "It's not a piece of architecture somebody designed today and that's it. It remains forever. It's designed by life, shaped by time."

Here is the full article:

http://www.cnn.com/2008/WORLD/meast/06/25/duibai.tower/index.html"

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UFO siting in Texas

xgr3gx xgr3gx writes  |  more than 6 years ago

xgr3gx writes "I noticed on my local news station Texas UFO siting scrolling by on the news ticker this morning.
Reports say several groups of people from different areas reported seeing a large hovering object with lights flying low and fast.
Interesting that the story was picked up by other news stations. Insert a slownewsday tag."
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Schedules direct lowers subscription price

xgr3gx xgr3gx writes  |  more than 7 years ago

xgr3gx writes "I've been upgrading my mythtv box to get it ready to use schedules direct feeds instead of zap2it feeds. This afternoon is saw an announcemnent from the schedules direct mailing list:

September 13, 2007 Price Lowered and Memberships Extended! We have now passed our second milestone and are lowering the membership fee to $15 for 6 months, effective immediately. For existing members, you'll notice that the expiration date of your account has been extended an additional three months. To thank you all for getting us to this point, we've also added an extra day for each day you've had a paid membership. It's our way of showing our appreciation for your confidence in our organization. Our next goal remains to sign up enough subscribers to reach $20/yr.
You go SD! I hope you do well!"

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Emmy awards team up with Microsoft Silverlight

xgr3gx xgr3gx writes  |  more than 7 years ago

xgr3gx (1068984) writes "I just saw a TV ad on E! for the upcoming Emmy awards. To my surprise, much of the ad talked about "a new media experience for the Emmy's powered by Microsoft's Silverlight Technology" with a big shiny Microsoft logo flying by on the screen.
I have no problem with product promotion, but how many people watching the Emmy awards care about the technology powering the streaming media?
That's seems like a very misdirected plug. It would be like seeing a commercial for incontinence medication on MTV. It just doesn't make sense. It's mentioned on Silverlight.net and on etonline.com:

You're about to click your way into a revolutionary new platform to view video and ET is taking you there first! We've been working with Microsoft Silverlight 1.0 to provide you with an interactive rich media experience with crystal clear video streams.
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Schedules direct.org now taking membership

xgr3gx xgr3gx writes  |  more than 7 years ago

xgr3gx writes "Looks like schedules direct is ready to go! Saw this on their site:
http://www.schedulesdirect.org/

Schedules Direct is happy to announce we're ready to take memberships!

We still have a temporary Privacy Policy and Web Terms of Use posted. If you're not comfortable with the current versions, please wait to sign up until they're replaced with the final version. We plan on discussing drafts of the new documents in the forum.

When the new policies take effect, you will be notified via email and will need to sign in to read and accept the updates on the Schedules Direct account status page. If you do not agree to the terms you will be able to cancel and obtain a refund.

There is a known problem with over-the-air channels in Canada. Tribune is working on it. If this is a major issue for you, you may want to wait until this is resolved before signing up. Please check the Announcements forum for updates.

Check the support channels of your application for the status and difficulty of using Schedules Direct with a non-upgraded version of your application — they may have a workaround you may use for the time being. We expect you'll be able to get about 14 days of data from Zap2IT labs through 8/31."

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Schedulesdirect.org subscriptions go live

xgr3gx xgr3gx writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Looks like schedules direct is ready to go! Saw this on their site:

Schedules Direct is happy to announce we're ready to take memberships!

We still have a temporary Privacy Policy and Web Terms of Use posted. If you're not comfortable with the current versions, please wait to sign up until they're replaced with the final version. We plan on discussing drafts of the new documents in the forum.

When the new policies take effect, you will be notified via email and will need to sign in to read and accept the updates on the Schedules Direct account status page. If you do not agree to the terms you will be able to cancel and obtain a refund.

There is a known problem with over-the-air channels in Canada. Tribune is working on it. If this is a major issue for you, you may want to wait until this is resolved before signing up. Please check the Announcements forum for updates.

Check the support channels of your application for the status and difficulty of using Schedules Direct with a non-upgraded version of your application - they may have a workaround you may use for the time being. We expect you'll be able to get about 14 days of data from Zap2IT labs through 8/31.

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Gentoo Linux 2007.0 Released!

xgr3gx xgr3gx writes  |  more than 7 years ago New Gentoo Linux release, found on http://www.gentoo.org/
The Gentoo Release Engineering project is pleased to announce the much-delayed release of Gentoo Linux 2007.0, code named "Secret Sauce". This release met with several delays due to an abnormally high number of security vulnerabilities in large packages which had to be rebuilt using the newer, secure versions of the packages. There was also a complete resnapshot done about half-way through the release period due to the release taking so long and the packages becoming stale.

You can find out more information about the release in the official press release: http://www.gentoo.org/proj/en/releng/release/2007.0/2007.0-press-release.txt
To get the new release, grab it from http://www.gentoo.org/main/en/where.xml

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