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The Olympic Live Stream: Observations, Recommendations, Predictions

zegota Re:NBC did a great job (82 comments)

OP's comment was obviously trolling, but your analysis doesn't make a lot of sense, considering getting atheletes through to the Olympics is an achievement in and of itself. If you're going to try to base who "won" off of anything other than pure medal count, the best way to go is obviously medals per capita, in which case, I believe Grenada soundly defeated the rest of the world (1 gold medal, 100,000 population).

more than 2 years ago

Publishers Warned On Ebook Prices

zegota Re:Market Analysis (352 comments)

Yup. If an eBook is more than the paper copy, I'll just buy the paper copy and pirate a digital copy if I really want it on my Kindle. And I say this as an author.

more than 2 years ago

House Kills SOPA

zegota Re:Internet wins... (495 comments)

I'm a hardcore liberal hippie and even I know that a lot of the hardcore liberal hippies are on precisely the wrong side when it comes to piracy measures. The reason? The entertainment industry is a massive donor to left-wing causes.

more than 2 years ago

Kindle Touch Gets World's Simplest Jailbreak

zegota Re:What's with the epub comment? (161 comments)

Absolutely they are. I use Calibre, and I have absolutely no trouble reading whatever I want.

more than 2 years ago

Are You Better At Math Than a 4th (or 10th) Grader?

zegota Re:Maybe this is just me (845 comments)

What you should have done in that one problem was not used a calculator, but looked at the sizes of the numbers given in the multiple choices, and then picked the choice where the magnitude was in the correct ballpark.

Uh, no. If a test question says I can use a calculator, I'm using a calculator. For some of these tests, there's too many questions not to. Obviously, this one was trivial, but you catch my drift. In *most* cases, a calculator is more efficient (yes, you can find some edge cases where realizing the "trick" is faster than typing the equation)

more than 2 years ago

Is There an Institutional Bias Against Black Tech Entrepreneurs?

zegota Just a sec (645 comments)

"Is There an Institutional Bias Against Black..." I'm going to go ahead and stop you there. Yes.

more than 2 years ago

Tough Tests Flunk Good Programming Job Candidates

zegota Re:Amen (743 comments)

Commonly referred to as Jewish math problems. Problems that have trivial, or exceedingly simple, solutions, that are impossible to find on their own. The Soviets used them to weed out Jews from the universities while pretending they weren't. They gave the normal problems to most of the kids, and the Jewish problems to the Jews. If anyone questioned them, they could say "Hey, look. It's an easy solution. It's not my fault they didn't get it."

more than 2 years ago

Censored Religious Debate Video Released After Public Outrage

zegota Re:Dialog is good and all... (717 comments)

Agnostics like myself maintain that, if there is a god (and most of them think there's probably not), it would be impossible for anyone to ever know that. That's the usual definition of agnostics -- that we *can't* know if god exists, not just that we *don't* know.

more than 2 years ago

Music Copyright War Looming

zegota Re:Maybe, maybe not. (243 comments)

You really think a significant portion of the electorate is going to vote based on whether or not Billy Joel should be able to retrieve the rights for his songs?

more than 3 years ago

Google's New Design

zegota Re:Hearing negative feedback over the toolbar (294 comments)

"People I know, myself included, aren't happy with the change, but that seems to be Google. They tend to change things and users get used to it." I think that's the case here. Google's counting on the fact that once you go black, you never go back.

more than 3 years ago

Star Wars Books Released As Ebooks

zegota Re:I own a copy of Splinter of the Mind's Eye (70 comments)

It doesn't fit with the movies mainly because it was written before most of them. It was intended to be the sequel to Star Wars in the event that the original movie didn't do well enough to warrant a film sequel. Thus, there are some plot points that seem hilarious to us now, mainly that Luke and Leia have quite a few romantic thoughts about each other. The fact that Lucas allowed this should be pretty good proof that Luke and Leia were not siblings from the beginning.

more than 3 years ago

How To Write Like Mark Zuckerberg

zegota Re:Not a Reliable Method (139 comments)

That's actually the proper way to write Internet, according to most style books. Grammatically, I'm not sure it matters.

more than 3 years ago

Duke Nukem Forever Demo Released

zegota Re:Daikatana was worth the wait too (188 comments)

You realize this is being made by the same people who made the "bit shitty" Borderlands, right? And I find it very interesting that the fact the HL series guides the player instead of leaving them utterly confused makes it a *worse* game in your eyes.

Anyway, it's not really correct for the OP to say this has been in Development Hell for that long. Gearbox basically bought the name and built a new game using it.

more than 3 years ago

Ask Slashdot: How Should Sony Compensate PSN Users?

zegota Re:WHAT I WANT (386 comments)

Some things: 1) FF7 has not been updated or remade. 2) FF14 is not yet out on PS3, but it is free, as far as I know, on the PC because of how terrible it was and how slow they've been on fixing it.

more than 3 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Do I Give IT a Login On Our Dept. Server?

zegota Re:Obvious question from their perspective (1307 comments)

What the heck? "I'm surprised that you'd trust Google apps more than an internal server known to hospital IT." You're surprised that I'd trust Google Apps not to leak information THAT IT DOESN'T HAVE (patient records) over an unsupervised machine that has access to the internal network? Really?

more than 3 years ago

Amazon's Cloud Player: We Don't Need a License

zegota Re:As I and many others pointed out yesterday (539 comments)

Reasonable accommodations can be made. If a username/password is being used 50 times a day from 50 different IPs, you can reasonably assume something fishy is going in.

more than 3 years ago

12-Year-Old Rewrites Einstein's Theory of Relativity

zegota Re:Evolution.. (588 comments)

Or maybe, you know, different people are different, and we need a diverse mix to build an efficient, progressive society. But no, you're probably right, human society would be much more advanced if we got rid of the whole socializing thing.

more than 3 years ago

Facebook Bans AdSense In Apps

zegota Re:Facebook Apps and privacy (130 comments)

Nah, it's because the way Facebook sets up it's privacy. You can't really have the user do *anything* social unless you rape their privacy. Want to allow your player to transfer his name and profile picture over to the game? You have to access his pictures and his profile information. Want to allow him to invite his friends? You have to access his friends list. And there's not really a reason to put the game on Facebook if you're not utilizing the social aspects. It'd be wonderful if there were some sort of option whereby an app could allow you to see a list of your friends, invite them, etc, without the actual app being able to see that information, but Facebook doesn't really provide that level of detail. To be fair, there's probably not a lot of demand; the crossover between people who have a huge desire to play Farmville and the people who are strongly concerned about their privacy is not likely to be large.

more than 3 years ago


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