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Comment: Re:So ... (Score 5, Funny) 52

by sexconker (#46788793) Attached to: Samsung's Position On Tizen May Hurt Developer Recruitment

So basically they're just throwing everything at the wall and seeing what sticks? I suppose that's one way to avoid choosing the wrong platform ...

Anything that makes "wearables" die out faster is good in my book. Keep releasing different models all running different OSes and all doing different versions of nothing useful. Manufactured product pushes are like diarrhea. The sooner all the products exit the pipeline, the sooner corporate sees that marketing was blowing smoke up their ass when they told them "wearables" were going to be hot, the sooner I don't have to hear about them and, hopefully, the sooner that marketing dipshit is fired.

The same goes for the asshole who decided that Wendy's, Carl's Jr/Hardees, and Sonic all had to jump on the non-existent pretzel bun bandwagon. Oh wait, nobody actually wanted those? Better jump on the ciabatta bandwagon! That failed too?! Well what about brioche? Still no boost in sales? Revert back to our "classic" buns to save money and leverage our brand!

Comment: Re:What a waste of time and resources (Score 0) 53

Martin and Erik Demaine are professors, not students.

Erik Demaine, in particular, is widely considered to be a genius, so perhaps it's fortunate that you have no administrative power over your alma mater.

Being professors just makes a much worse waste of time and money.
Oh, he's a "genius", is he? Good for him.

Comment: missing the point? (Score 4, Insightful) 53

Traditionally, typeface designers have considered legibility and aesthetics in their work (in addition to typesetting limitations). Apparently those factors are optional now as well.

OK, these are interesting intellectual exercises. But don't try to sell them as examples of typeface design, because that's a creative discipline that goes beyond mathematical questions of "can it be done?"

Comment: Re:Scalded (Score 1) 117

by sexconker (#46784167) Attached to: Steam's Most Popular Games

Best Buy would have made a decent effort to please an upset customer by offering free Geek Squad support to the point of diagnosis / asking Chris to look into it (instead of Frank, who's just does sales), but not free repairs/upgrades. Best Buy would have jumped at the opportunity to upsell him some Geek Squad if possible after that first assessment.

Regardless of it being open, he can return it and get an exchange for the same item easily in the US, and for store credit fairly easily in the US.
He can return for a full refund in whatever form of payment he initially made in many countries, including the one he's in.

Comment: Re:power cars? technically no (Score 1) 165

by sexconker (#46782423) Attached to: 'Thermoelectrics' Could One Day Power Cars

Fuel. You've been bitching about the use of the word "power" when you're the one who's using it wrong. The word you want is fuel.

Thermoelectrics generate power in the presence of heat.
Internal combustion engines deliver power when shit explodes inside them.

Gasoline is a fuel, not a power source.

If you built a car engine that delivered power by causing fuel to explode, you'd change the world. Car engines work through deflagration, not detonation. Detonation releases way, way more power. It's hoped that it will be the replacement for scramjet engines... envision a jet being driven by a series of explosions. No one has admitted to successfully making one, though. I've spent years doodling different ideas about how you might make one if we had the materials necessary, but it's like building a space elevator... fun to think about, but you'd need materials far stronger than anything we have available.

Car engines run on boring old combustion. The difference in scale between combustion and detonation is not dissimilar to the difference between a compost heap and a bonfire.

An explosion is anything that involves an outward motion and accompanying noise. It comes from the Latin explodere.
You can try to split hairs about burning, exploding, and whatever the fuck else you want, but ICEs run on exploding fuel. The expansion from the explosion is literally what drives them.
You would have had a better chance if you had tried to correct my usage of the word "shit".

Comment: Re:Scalded (Score 4, Interesting) 117

by sexconker (#46775153) Attached to: Steam's Most Popular Games

so if you went to bestbuy, bought the (physical) game box, took it home, installed it and figured out it wouldn't run, would you have called your c/c company to withhold the payment to bestbuy until you were able to run the game? What does Valve have anything to do with a game working or not working? It's not that physical stores allow you to take back opened software nowadays either...

If he had gotten it from Best Buy he'd have basic consumer rights to refund, a working product, etc. enforced by policy and executed by a human (be it a sales associate, manager, whoever).
If he had gotten it from best Buy he would have received actual human interaction when first complaining about it. Best Buy may be a joke and the Geek Squad may be a ripoff, but the mere presence of a human being who has some idea of how to troubleshoot shit, or at least whose job it is to keep customers happy, is about 87 miles ahead of Steam's "support".

Steam support simply doesn't exist unless you threaten to issue a chargeback or sue. No human at Valve even SEES your support ticket until 2 automated "solutions" are generated and spit out - 1 blaming your ISP and 1 telling you to delete clientregistry.blob or reinstall Steam. After that they blame the developer and close your ticket.

Comment: Re:power cars? technically no (Score 1) 165

by sexconker (#46774977) Attached to: 'Thermoelectrics' Could One Day Power Cars

Fuel. You've been bitching about the use of the word "power" when you're the one who's using it wrong. The word you want is fuel.

Thermoelectrics generate power in the presence of heat.
Internal combustion engines deliver power when shit explodes inside them.

Gasoline is a fuel, not a power source.

Comment: Re:The sad part here... (Score 1) 264

by tverbeek (#46774521) Attached to: Nokia Had a Production-Ready Web Tablet 13 Years Ago

Yeah, I saw the low UID, which is why I wondered how you could be online and yet so unaware of what so many people were doing on the Web in 2000. Sure, it was mostly dial-up or bad DSL, but it was hardly just "hardcore geeks". They were e-mailing and chatting and looking at (still-image) porn and shopping and selling garbage on eBay, and talking about what a bust Y2K had been. There was that whole "dot-com bubble" that everyone was talking about (but not calling it a "bubble" yet because it was still the latest Big Thing). The following September, I distinctly recall everyone at my office flocking to news web sites trying to learn what was happening in New York on a Tuesday morning. So I have to figure that you were too preoccupied doing stuff with the geekier parts of the internet to notice that yes: the Web was already kind of a a big thing in 2000.

Comment: Re:Kids are Retarded, News at 11 (Score 1) 351

by sexconker (#46772699) Attached to: Kids Can Swipe a Screen But Can't Use LEGOs

"Children today are retarded - physically, mentally, and emotionally, and they come from retarded parents."
False, by every measure.

True, by every measure.

Look at rates of life-long diseases - from obesity to asthma to peanut allergies - and general fitness in children . After vaccinations for polio, mmr, etc. we should be raising the most fit generations of kids ever, yet here we are with kids who can't do a single pull up to pass the presidential fitness test because they spent their early childhood eating shit and staying inside.

Look at the rates of kids who have behavioral disorders - autism, add/adhd, anxiety, etc. An ever-increasing number of kids are simply unable to cope with the outside world, or are only able to do so while on mind-numbing drugs (which create all sorts of other problems).

Look at the pathetic math and language test scores and real-world abilities. Look at the pathetic life skills high school and college graduates end up with - the current generation of kids can't change a light bulb let alone a tire, can't manage a budget, can't file their taxes, and have mommy go to their fucking job interviews with them.

Comment: Re:The sad part here... (Score 1) 264

by tverbeek (#46772255) Attached to: Nokia Had a Production-Ready Web Tablet 13 Years Ago

Was the web on its own interesting enough in 2000 to make this a killer device?

Yes, it was. Were you still wading on CompuServ and Usenet or something at the time? :)

Also, what OS does it run, can it do anything but surf the web?

EPOC could do lots more than surf the web; it had apps for all the obvious personal-assistant functions (calendar, notes, to-do, contacts) and had a decent ecosystem of third-party apps. It powered the Psion PDAs (clamshells with decent thumb keyboards and stylus input), and was head-and-shoulders bettter than PalmOS or WinCE (its contemporaries) in terms of stability and ability to run on low-power hardware. I nursed one of the later Psions along for years after they were discontinued, until the iPhone came along and there was finally another pocket computer worth switching too. The devices' main weakness (other than nonexistent marketing) was the state of mobile connectivity in their day: slow-n-crappy cellular data, hard-to-find local wireless, and dial-up.

Comment: Kids are Retarded, News at 11 (Score 0) 351

by sexconker (#46771157) Attached to: Kids Can Swipe a Screen But Can't Use LEGOs

Children today are retarded - physically, mentally, and emotionally, and they come from retarded parents.
The situation is going to get worse, not better, despite how many PSAs or "First Five" programs you trot out.

It takes a village to raise a child, but parents don't trust the village so they try to do it all themselves.
Then they realize it's too much fucking work for 2 people, 2 people who both need to keep their jobs, 1 person (since single parents are more common than not), or 1 person who's working a full-time job (or two). So the kids get plopped in front of the TV, a tablet, etc. and vegetate. Outside is dangerous, so kids don't play, they Google Play and get fat. When they enter school, the state becomes the sitter. Education and social interaction are to be avoided - the goals here are to not get sued and to try and make money off of attendance records and performance on standardized tests.

There are only 3 simple steps to solving this:

1: Stop having kids you when you can't handle kids (financially, mentally, temporally).
2: Stop having kids with people when you aren't both committed.
3: Stop wasting time coddling the broken kids in school - leave them behind in the bad schools and dumb classes and let decent kids get an education based on learning, not on administration.

Of course, none of this will happen because it involves people taking responsibility for themselves and their kids.

Thus spake the master programmer: "When a program is being tested, it is too late to make design changes." -- Geoffrey James, "The Tao of Programming"

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