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Comment It's always manipulating the results.... (Score 3, Interesting) 138

It's always manipulating the results....by design. Google will show you the links that it thinks the majority of people are looking for, based on your search term. It might even adjust them a bit if it knows more about you. So if I'm a minority candidate in an election, with a weak online campaign, there is a chance my content is filtered out simply because Google thinks I'm noise. Or I'm pushed several pages down in the listings. As a person using google, I can tweak my search to find better results, but only if I know the results are there to find." What color of lipstick does Trinity wear in the matrix" will get me a vastly different answer from "What color lipstick do movie stars wear?" Same for politics - "What candidate supports gun control" will get you a different result from "What candidate is looking to limit the caliber of rifles to .22". Both could get me a politician, but the first is going to get me a far more generic "popular" link then the much more specific second. And if I don't know I'm looking for the second guy, I might stop at the first.

Comment I'm at a loss for words. (Score 5, Funny) 658

How is this possibly of any use to anyone. Hey, TSA! I have this rock that keeps me safe from terrorist. To date, it's be 100% effective at protecting me and everyone else I interact with from terrorism. It's also had zero false positives! I'll be happy to sell you my rock at the bargain price of 250 Million dollars. For another 50 million, my rock will also protect you from vampires, space aliens and Bears (The football team, not the animal.)

Comment Back in my day... (Score 1) 311

Back in my day, we didn't use any sort of "books" or "writing" to remember stuff. If we needed to remember we did! And if someone else needed to know, they came and they asked the person who did! All these books are going to do is rot your memory! Besides, how do you know if that book is true or not? People are going to believe 100% of what some damn fool writes in that book! Then what will happen! Everyone in the village will have no memory and be believing a bunch of lies, that's what!

Comment I've been robbed... (Score 2) 645

I've been robbed, and I'm not even sure what they have stolen. I've had my PS3 for years, it collects dust most of the time lately - But I'm sure I setup a PSN account back in the day. So, I know they have some data. I have a pretty good idea what that data is - But I can't be sure. And since their site is down, I can't go in and check. Wonderful. And I'm getting this info from the media - Where's my letter saying "Hey, we got robbed, they took this and it was yours." Or some sort of note. Anything. Sony...Hello?

Comment Too good (Score 5, Interesting) 1162

Honestly, the quality is too good - You can see the wizard behind the curtain. Real life example: My geeks friends and I were all standing around watching Iron man 2 on a super huge LCD screen at best buy. It was the scene where Tony escapes his captors in the clunky MKI armor. We all noted that the suit looked like plastic, not metal. That you could see where the joints didn't quite connect. In short, the illusion was shattered. I haven't bought a blue ray video since. (I have a PS3, I own a few blueray films that I got for the extra features - But I prefer to watch plain old DVDs.)

Comment Wrong market - Wrong target audience (Score 5, Insightful) 202

This baby is not for gamers or engineers. It's for marketing and sales. Remote screens at trade shows and in a show rooms pumping out messages while all the ugly boxes are tucked away in a room elsewhere. No un-slightly wires to trip over or to run. Funky little kiosks that float in the open air. That kind of thing.

Comment WoW authenticator - But for everything. (Score 1) 277

Why not a universal authenticator? At the very least, I could see a common system setup by the banks here in North America allow the use of any debit card to work on almost every debit machine.

I'm not sure why my video game character is the most secure bit of digital data I have.

Comment Why not just take driving away? (Score 4, Insightful) 1065

Seriously, it seems to me the #1 cause of accidents is the bag of meat behind the wheel. Automate the whole damn system. It would help cut traffic problems as well. Sure the system might flip out now and then and a few hundred people could die, but really, it would still be less then the number of people who get killed on the road in any given month.

Comment Re:This has all happened before. (Score 1) 602

I'm skipping most of the earth stuff in Stargate Universe....Additionally, they need to figure out who the audience is supposed to be identifying/cheering for - Other then the gamer nerd, everyone on that ship is a jerk. Currently, I'm cheering for Rush, because at least he gets sh!t done.

As for Caprica, that writing universe lost me with the BSG final. The Final was the writer's chance to prove that the last couple years weren't a total waste of my time.

Comment Re:Wait... (Score 5, Insightful) 779

You're not supposed to have free time - Any time that you're not working in the fields for your King/Leader/Authority figure you should be spending in contemplation on how awful a person you are, and begging for forgiveness for that. At least that's my understanding of the situation.

The confusion of a staff member is measured by the length of his memos. -- New York Times, Jan. 20, 1981

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