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Comment: Re:So! The game is rigged! (Score 1) 443

by BitZtream (#47565161) Attached to: 35% of American Adults Have Debt 'In Collections'

Yes ... you scammed them, except you didn't.

Since the company you're buying things from has raised its rates by 3 to 5% in order to cover the charges the credit card company charges them on transactions.

At no point does the credit card company not make extra money from your transaction, you're just not smart enough to realize you're paying for that case back yourself in the cost of the items you're buying.

Product A costs $1.00 to make a proper profit, company raises the rate to $1.05. You use a credit card to buy it and think you're awesome for getting $0.02 back from the purchase.

Comment: Re:You needn't charge anything (Score 1) 443

by BitZtream (#47565133) Attached to: 35% of American Adults Have Debt 'In Collections'

No need to look up how FICO works, no one actually uses FICO when considering you. There are many many systems to calculate a credit score and if you go apply for a loan/credit card/anything that gives you a score from 5 different places the same day you'll get 5 different credit scores and the difference has nothing to do with recent credit inquiries.

Comment: Re:When going into business with Friends (Score 1) 168

by BitZtream (#47556543) Attached to: How Gygax Lost Control of TSR and D&D

They aren't your friends if it does.

Relatives are a little different depending on who they are and what your relationship with them is.

I've had no problem mixing the two but then again, if someone can't behave themselves in the business relationship I don't really consider them a friend so I can't really consider it any sort of loss of a friend either.

Comment: Re:Not to sound rude, but .... (Score 1) 33

by BitZtream (#47553221) Attached to: A Credit Card-Sized, Arduino-Based Game Device (Video)

Those are called training wheels.

And reinventing something thats been done to death is neither a challenge or fun for most of us.

Why are you posting on your own story? Story can't stand on its merits so you have to swoop in and try to defend it?

Hint: You're just re-enforcing his point, this is a stupid story to post to slashdot. WTF is wrong with you guys?

You seem to be impressed because he's trying to sell something for $50 which most of us made in one form or another 5 years ago in the earlier days of Arduino while were were dicking around on the weekend, bored. Worse still is that its about $45 over priced.

Comment: Red Bull (Score 1, Troll) 490

Did you seriously just call Red Bull a gateway drug?

Tim Lord, you're a moron. Stop posting stories, this isn't your personal blog. And no, writing them and then having Roblimo or another slashdot editor post the stories doesn't make it any better. Just stop, we don't want your thoughts.

Comment: Re:and what would i do with it? (Score 1) 127

Except you'd spend more on electricity than you'd have spent to just buy it.

Thats not including source material.

Thats not including the fact that the part you printed is going to be so weak, relative to the mass produced part that it doesn't stand a chance of being useful.

You only think its a good idea because you have absolutely no real world experience with 3d printing.

3D printing at home is a joke for anything other than AT BEST making lost-PLA (i.e. lost wax but with PLA) style molds that you can fill with a metal, and even thats HIGHLY specialized.

Note: I have both a 3d printer and a CNC machine, and 9 times out of 10, I CNC it rather than print it and do a pour. Nothing printed at home has enough strength to be useful. If you think even a 3d printed phone case would be useful, you really don't have any idea. One won't even last you through the work day before its coming apart.

Comment: Re:Linux, a miracle (Score 1) 710

by BitZtream (#47546539) Attached to: Linus Torvalds: "GCC 4.9.0 Seems To Be Terminally Broken"

Linus doesn't generally 'yell' at competent, talented developers.

Thats where you're confused.

Linus yells after someone repeatedly argues with him that they aren't wrong or that its his fault and he has proven otherwise, then they come back and do it again.

Linus is generally very easy to convince he's wrong ... when he's wrong and he'll acknowledge it quickly. He expects the same from everyone else. When you repeatedly ignore his proof that you are incorrect he reacts this way.

Great things in this world aren't built by people who are more concerned with being politically correct than doing the right thing, sorry to burst your bubble.

Comment: Re:It's not just the OS (Score 1) 277

... Then something else is wrong with your phone. I have a 3G thats been running the latest version it will upgrade to continuously for months at a time since my son was born over a year ago, the iPod functionality opens nearly instantly.

That is not normal behavior, but hey, rather than assume you have some sort of issue, just assume that level of performance retardation is expected ...

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