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Comment: Re:Most unlikely technology in 1981: Handheld GPS (Score 1) 275

much of it was already in use (at a minimum) by the military.

I think you're missing the point. Sure the army may have had the precursors to Handheld GPS since the first satellites were launched in the 70's. But in 1981, the thought of billions of people having access to it in their pocket on a device that gets thrown away every 2 years was probably about as unfathomable as people commuting by SR-71 blackbird (built a decade before "The" GPS was conceived).

Comment: Re:Top Gear was worse. (Score 2, Interesting) 544

by CaptainLard (#46650023) Attached to: 60 Minutes Dubbed Engines Noise Over Tesla Model S
Yeah I hate seeing stories of massive success, in progress. If there is anything we don't need right now with all the economic uncertainty and political strife, its a positive story showing that greatness* can still be achieved /snark. Despite conventional wisdom, a story can be complementary and objective at the same time.

*Yes, turning two "crazy" ideas into $billion companies in 10 years with most of the population doubting, if not openly thwarting you, is a great achievement.

Comment: Re:Limit order? (Score 1) 246

If you're setting up some sort of combination, you enter the triggering parameters in advance, and you don't even need to see what was being done on screen

But I would certainly like to know if the stock was selling for less than my buying price or more than my selling price...or if the price of the stock changed halfway through execution of my carefully planned order which is what is happening here. People who make tons of money doing that see all sorts of benefits from it, everyone else who's not in on the take rightfully considers it a scam.

HFT ensures that both styles of trading benefit.

...for a small fee...that no one asked for.

Comment: Re:80% of market in terms of what? (Score 1) 125

by CaptainLard (#46573289) Attached to: Google Glass Signs Deal With Ray Ban's Parent Company
That would be 80% in terms of clear or tinted eye coverings secured by a frame resting on the nose and ears. Luxottica doesn't just own rayban. They own all the "designer" brands too. They also do the actual designing. Burberry, calvin klein, etc are all produced and designed by luxottica (albeit with some input from said brands). When Oakley resisted a luxottica buyout their stock plummeted, forcing them to sell. If I needed glasses I'd be concerned that my clear vision depends entirely on a single company based in Italy.

Comment: Re:WTH is Bill Nye? (Score 3, Insightful) 220

by CaptainLard (#46543277) Attached to: How Did Bill Nye Become the Science Guy?
Oh don't get your bloomers in a bunch ol' chap. I don't bother when TopGear has some random nobody (otherwise known as a British Celebrity) on as their guest or continues to use the word Lorry. Perhaps you can convince Brian Cox (who is no slouch) to do a "how did I become a physicist" over some tea and crumpets and then that story will be posted too. Do you feel at home now? (note: I'm assuming you're British since both of your "international presenters" are from England. Apologies if you're a true international citizen).

Comment: Re:I don't know.. How did Neil deGrasse Tyson... (Score 1) 220

by CaptainLard (#46543053) Attached to: How Did Bill Nye Become the Science Guy?
Spoiler Alert! The Ph in PhD is for philosophy. The D is for Doctorate. In reality, NGT has a PhD in Astrophysics, which didn't stop him from becoming my favorite philosopher. He's also lectured and directed at several prestigious astrophysics positions around the country. Sorry to ruin what was clearly a joke aimed at the "Bill ain't no science guy without no science degree" crowd. Funny how most of the comments in stories about college have the theme "college is worthless, learn in the real world" and here we have someone that seems to have done just that but gets no credit because he doesn't have a science degree.

Comment: Re:And the US could turn Russia into vapor (Score 1) 878

Yeah Russia did such a great job, stalling for years while supporting a dictator actively killing his own citizens until they were able to fall into a solution based on an off-hand remark describing a completely unrealistic scenario. Way to see that one coming.

Comment: Re:And the US could turn Russia into vapor (Score 1) 878

I'm fairly sure that Obama wouldn't have the balls to push the Red Button

Translation: Obama is not a moron. And thank goodness for that. Personally I have something to live for and could care less about Putin waving his around (but I do feel for the Ukraine who is staring at a deep dark hole) . Furthermore, I think humanity is a worthwhile endeavor despite everyone's ability to "talk".

Comment: Re:Religion... (Score 1) 529

by CaptainLard (#46496649) Attached to: Religion Is Good For Your Brain

I don't think you understand what religion is.

Well duh, one of the reasons why I'm not religious.

athiests simply don't believe in your fairy tales.

Probably true. I'm a parkour master in most of them.

believing in something is NOT anywhere close to being a religion, in itself

Isn't it if you reeeeeeeeeaaaaaaalllllly believe in it? Perhaps I should clarify. What I'm talking about goes beyond your simplification. More like: "Surviving in the woods was his religion" or even "I go to large regular gatherings to be part of something bigger than myself with a bunch of like minded people" ( and "I need to impress my beliefs on others who aren't asking for it" ( If the only thing separating all that from true "religion" is my parkour fairy tails, then the new freakin awesome catholic pope has a lot more to worry about than conservative pundit backlash to his "keepin it real". On a side note: As some one who is not Catholic or religious, the new pope seems to be exactly what the catholic church needs.

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