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Comment: Re:That's nice, but (Score 1) 134

by Alarindris (#35089690) Attached to: Competition Aims To Make Cybergeeks Cool
I completely agree, but you still have to remember that there are maybe I don't know, 6000 pro athletes in the entire country and they have to fight even harder for jobs while also sacrificing any kind of plan B. Compare that to maybe 600,000 scientists who will get a decent paying job no matter what.

Yeah athletes get paid a ton, but they entertain millions and there are not very many. It's like winning the lottery.

Anyway, go scientists!

Comment: Re:Mark my words (Score 1) 174

by Alarindris (#34908106) Attached to: Milky Way May Have Dark Matter Satellite Galaxies
Think of it this way: In day to day life, for everyday objects, x = 2y describes gravitational interaction. Test it over and over, and it works just fine.

Now, when we look way out into the universe at galaxies, x = 2y doesn't quite work, but if we use the formula x = 2y + .01 everything falls into place. And it works over and over.

We don't know what the .01 is, so we call it dark matter. Someday we'll figure out what it is, for now we call it dark matter. That's it.

Comment: Cmon (Score 1) 257

by Alarindris (#34872296) Attached to: Virgin Mobile To Start Throttling Broadband2Go

Keep in mind, 5GB is A LOT of data. To give you an idea, it's about 250 hours of web browsing or over 500,000(!) emails. So this change shouldn't affect you unless you're a heavy downloader/streamer/etc.

So, if you use more than email you are a heavy user? If that's all people used the web for, I doubt it would even exist anymore.

Comment: Re:What Do You Do When Demand Is Satisfied? (Score 1) 161

by Alarindris (#34761316) Attached to: Oversupply Sends DRAM Prices To One-Year Low

Perhaps the most obvious example are gas stations very close to each other, it's mostly a single price broadcast on a big billboard and you can be sure it takes only minutes before they know their competition has changed their prices. They follow each other like a man and his shadow.

There is a reason for this! I used to work at a gas station, and law requires that we are within X cents of our nearest competitor and can only change prices once every 24 hours. Most stations opt then to do it right away in the morning before there is a steady stream of customers. These laws went into effect right after the gas crisis in the 70's to prevent price gouging.

Also, there is a good chance that all the gas stations in town buy from the same distributor anyway, so they all have the same cost of buying gas in the first place. Just because it's a Mobil for example, doesn't mean they by "Mobil" gas. The name really doesn't mean anything.

Comment: Re:Meh (Score 0) 230

by Alarindris (#34654752) Attached to: Top 10 Things You CAN'T Have For Christmas
Well if that's what people think, then fuck 'em all. I'm not a christian, and I think christians continually fuck up the world in the name of Gosh, and have turned a holiday honoring their team captain into guilting everybody into a gift buying fuck fest.

I'd rather just celebrate the solstice with friends, fire, food, and booze and that's what I do.
Might I remind you that historically THAT is The Reason for the Season.

In summary:
1. Fuck christmas.
2. Fuck religion and the people who think I am a dick for not participation in their bullshit beliefs.
3. Fuck giant corporations who make shit that we don't really need.
4. Fuck materialism, I know Jesus would agree.
5. Fuck you for once again making ME have to justify something that really doesn't need to be justified.

Happy new year.

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