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Comment It's just adjective inflation, nothing more (Score 1) 80

The same way that things went from being "neat" or "cool" became "awesome," and how a few years back all "fails" became "epic fails." Nowadays one can't be a "good" coder, or an "excellent" coder. One must be a "rock star." People who aren't rock stars aren't merely "below the median," they are "fucking retards."

My city has been trying to get some dubious development lately (casinos and the Olympics). The politicians and developers, seeking to get voter approval for revised laws, tax breaks, and other asshattery, love to throw around terms like "world class." I saw an ad on the subway that used the phrase three times. It's like listening to Donald Trump imitators throw around superlatives "the classiest, most gold-plated, marble-encrusted codpiece you ever saw."

Comment Little value for the home user (Score 1) 91

This device makes sense for situations where arranging the food is where the effort liesâ"delicate cookies shaped like snowflakes and portraits of the bar mitzvah boy sculpted in chopped liver. But for things like a pizza or ravioli or cookies that can be laid out in no time with a spoon or a pasty bag it's a waste of time.

It's not like you load the thing with food elements like flour, eggs, cheese, and spices and ravioli comes out. It doesn't make food, it only squirts out food that's already made. The video's enthusiasm about how one is eating all sorts of wonderful fresh ingredients is irrelevant because one has to make that stuff anyway before it goes in the machine.

I can see this being an interesting tool for fancy restaurants that would like to make breadsticks that look like coral and other instances where people pay for presentation for itself, but being adopted in homes like the microwave was? I just don't see the value.

Comment Re:Taken to the cleaners... (Score 4, Insightful) 132

Agreed. Touching a competitor's setup at a trade fair is bush league.

I don't buy that "testing" defense for a second. If you're a company that large you test by buying a machine anonymously at retail, take it to your labs, complete a test plan, then take it apart the see the build and components. Just randomly poking at stuff before a trade show isn't even going to give you much data.

Comment How long have you tried wearing them? (Score 1) 464

I ask because I first started with progressive lenses about five years ago. They helped me immediately with small print and the computer, but it took at least a month to get used to wearing them around and I was very conscious of tilting my head to get the angle right for distances. Sometime in the second month I stopped noticing (the head tilt must have become automatic) and they've been fine ever since. I wonder if you're experiencing something similar, just reversed.

For what it's worth, I use two 24" monitors at work and have no problems.

Comment I love Microsoft (Score 0) 39

Every year or so you read about all of these brilliant researchers working on fascinating projects for them. The rest of the time, it's just one mediocre release of Windows and Office after another.

It's like a Michael Crichton book: Some guy brings dinosaurs back and all he can think to do with it is open an amusement park.

Help! I'm trapped in a PDP 11/70!

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