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Comment: Amazon Car Service (Score 1) 334

by CrashNBrn (#48012403) Attached to: State of Iowa Tells Tesla To Cancel Its Scheduled Test Drives
Hmmm Amazon Car Service...I've never thought about that.

It would go something like this:

1) File Service Ticket online & Describe Issue.
2) Repair Service comes to pick up or tow the car.
3) A temporary car is left for you to use in the interim.
4) When the car is fixed you get an invoice.
5) When paying the bill, you choose delivery time within 2-24 hours (when you will be home).
6) Car is returned. Temporary vehicle is picked up.

Comment: Re:LastPass and a sentence-key-phrase (Score 1) 191

by CrashNBrn (#47991669) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How To Keep Students' Passwords Secure?
LastPass, and make your master key be a sentence-like phrase. Thats what I use, but then I run the sentence-phrase through a generator I wrote which outputs things like:
Of course we are on slashdot, almost none of the high-ansi characters will display.

Comment: Re:Google Stock Split 04/14/2014, 2 Classes of Sha (Score 1) 167

by CrashNBrn (#47987051) Attached to: Now That It's Private, Dell Targets High-End PCs, Tablets
Yes, two-share types (or multiple share types) are much more common now.

Similiar to what was mentioned in regards to Alibaba, except I think it's only one share type - of which the "Alibaba shares" are actually in a holding company with no voting rights.

I wish more founders kept control of their companies -- they tend to give a shit about "the company" and "the employees" compared to need-to-be-more-rich Board's of Directors.

Comment: AHK doesn't obey all the script-lang "rules" (Score 1) 165

by CrashNBrn (#47985225) Attached to: Rosetta Code Study Weighs In On the Programming Language Debate
I wouldn't want to make too close of a comparison to scripted-langs and non-scripted, but this part that you reference

The difference, as the summary noted, is that when using a scripted-language, you are trading all your compile-time (build breaks) for runtime errors that your users will see.

Is not true for all scripted languages. AutoHotkey for instance gained a #warn flag, that among other things:
1) Tells you when you have a local variable with the same name as a global. The local trumps the global, unless it's a forced/hard Global, but it lets you know so as to be aware.
2) Tells you when you reference a variable that hasn't been assigned a value, prior to the reference.
3) Warn when an environment variable is automatically used in place of an empty script variable.

AHK is written in C++. Supports normal braces usage {}. Has an interesting take on Objects, as well as things like Regexp Match objects. Can pass functions as variables to functions, ByRef variables, varargs, etc. AHK Can be compiled to an .exe instead of just run-time interpreted.

Lexikos has done some pretty cool stuff with it since ~2007; AHK2 is shaping up. More info here for anyone interested.

Note: has been subverted by a f'ing wanker that wont give up the domain-name and is pushing an agenda. He also only provides a version of AHK that hasn't been updated in 7 years (from 2007).

Comment: Re:Google Stock Split 04/14/2014, 2 Classes of Sha (Score 1) 167

by CrashNBrn (#47984341) Attached to: Now That It's Private, Dell Targets High-End PCs, Tablets
I read something about that recently, but I don't know its veracity --- that the way capital gains taxes were done (or changed) made it better for companies to play the overseas shell games and focus on stock growth than to pay dividends. Of course the stock growth aspect isn't always necessarily "real value" and when it auto-corrects/adjusts you can be left holding a bag oh shit.

Comment: Google Stock Split 04/14/2014, 2 Classes of Shares (Score 4, Informative) 167

by CrashNBrn (#47979409) Attached to: Now That It's Private, Dell Targets High-End PCs, Tablets
In April Google also did a stock split, and started offering Class-C shares that trade under "GOOGL", they have 0 voting rights. Granted you can still purchase class-A shares, as before...but even before this stock split there were still two classes of shares:
Class-A :: available to the public, and Class-B :: - primarily held by Larry Page, Sergey Brin, and Eric Schmidt.

Class-B shares have 10 times the voting rights of Class-A, and gives the Class-B holders 61%+ of the voting rights.

Comment: Nova on Catholic scientists (Score 2) 133

by CrashNBrn (#47968313) Attached to: "Big Bang Signal" Could All Be Dust
One of the more interesting Nova episodes I watched, a few years ago now, focused on a group of Catholic scientists priests (Astronomers, Physicists, Biologists, etc). It was refreshing to see that even within the Catholic Church there is room for faith and science, as they are sanctioned and paid by the Church.

There are a lot of "nutters" that do abuse Religious doctrine and pound the shit out of their bibles. At least the official stance of the Catholic church acknowledges and respects science, and doesn't discount it out of hand.

It really does shine a bad light on those fringe states that continue to push for their creationist agenda in schools, when not even the Catholic Church has that stance.

Comment: Re:Not like Ebay or Amazon (Score 1) 122

by CrashNBrn (#47960003) Attached to: Is Alibaba Comparable To a US Company?
Haven't dealt with Alibaba, or its smaller subsidiaries... though I was tempted quite a few times. Ebay is probably fine for physical goods, but a crap-shoot for software. Ebay prices really don't impress me, as once you factor in shipping, bidding or even insta-buy - it's almost always been a better deal to just buy from Amazon and get it in 1-2 days. Just wish we could buy from for a few things.

Amazon customer service is the best I've encountered ever, anywhere. They respond to inquiries and suggestions within 12 hours. Returns are never refused, even for reasoning like, "didn't like it, wasn't suitable."

Comment: Re:They Do Not. (Score 1) 324

by CrashNBrn (#47950799) Attached to: Canadian Regulator Threatens To Impose New Netflix Regulation
The ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX, and PBS stations that are provided via Cable may or may not have "some" Canadian content. Most-likely not. They are not local stations. Your local cable company has made a deal with an American affiliate to carry that channel. Except for when Global, ATV, CTV, ASN, or CBC simulcasts a show the Ads aren't even changed from what that American affiliate airs.
I lived in Canada for 39 years, the only "Canadian-Content" I ever saw on American television Networks was the odd time they would cover a Canadian news story. Less than a half-dozen of the countless Canadian television shows ever made it to the US. More than likely as America always does, they would take scripts/ideas and redo the whole thing instead of airing the original.

Comment: Insulin Response from actual Sugar, Honey, etc (Score 4, Informative) 294

by CrashNBrn (#47938077) Attached to: Study Finds Link Between Artificial Sweeteners and Glucose Intolerance
The other part is satiation, and insulin response. Higher levels of fructose do not trigger a normal insulin response, and while food sweetened with sugar vs HFCS will have a similar caloric value --- you wont "feel" satiated due to the unbalance and irregular insulin response. Thus you are more inclined to continue to consume more.

Coca-cola for example, anywhere else in the world, except the U.S. is made with sugar. You will (should) feel satiated after consuming a bottle of a sugary beverage. Whereas with HFCS you will be more inclined to have another.

This information has been known for more than a decade. This article Consumption of sugars and the regulation of short-term satiety and food intake, is from 2003.

I imagine the Corn Industry lobby has done their best to suppress this information. The corn industry is heavily subsidized in the US, along with Sugar having import tariffs.

Hell, a few years back know their was a campaign to rename HFCS to Corn Sugar --- as HFCS has gotten too much bad press. I think it didn't get past the FDA

The only possible interpretation of any research whatever in the `social sciences' is: some do, some don't. -- Ernest Rutherford