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Comment: Repeating memes makes you sound stupid (Score 1) 403

by GrumpySteen (#48092709) Attached to: Fuel Efficiency Numbers Overstate MPG More For Cars With Small Engines

we should be using gallons-per-mile instead of miles-per-gallon, too.

Wrong. Neither is inherently better.

I have half a tank of gas (6 gallons) and want to know how far I can go before I have to get gas. I get 40 MPG or .025 GPM. 6 * 40 is an easy calculation that most people can do in their heads. 6 / 0.025 is not an easier calculation for most people.

There are specific cases where one or the other figure makes the math easier, but neither is universally better in all cases. Arguing that one figure is better just proves that you haven't thought the question though.

Comment: Re:If yes then what ? (Score 4, Insightful) 389

by GrumpySteen (#48072361) Attached to: Is It Time To Throw Out the College Application System?

No, there is still only one answer; the current system.

The college admissions testing business is worth about half a billion dollars a year right now and the two major test providers, ACT and ETS, spend quite a bit of money to make sure that they remain the two major test providers.

You posting on slashdot telling people to get started on a better solution as if it were as simple as doing your laundry just shows that you're clueless about what would be required.

Comment: Re:This is typical of the "Jobs era" Apple (Score 1) 135

by GrumpySteen (#48059801) Attached to: Apple To Face $350 Million Trial Over iPod DRM

Because managing files in a hierarchical system is not what people care about. Seriously with other MP3 players before the iPod you had to do this as there was no other choice.

Actually, that isn't true. Diamond Multimedia started introducing those features at least 2-3 years before the first iPod came out. Shoddy build quality, inept marketing were and the need for a huge-ass adapter that plugged into the parallel port on your computer prevented it from becoming the hit that the iPod was a few years later.

Comment: Re:You underestimate football's popularity (Score 1) 242

by GrumpySteen (#48056947) Attached to: Senators Threaten To Rescind NFL Antitrust Exemption

Definitely more stupid. As dumb as sci-fi shows may be at times, they can still offer up social commentary in their plots and explore new ideas for how technology could influence our lives.

And as thin as that rationalization is, football doesn't even offer that much value to society.

Comment: Science_afficionado doesn't understand science (Score 2) 534

by GrumpySteen (#48035445) Attached to: Are the World's Religions Ready For ET?

At the current rate of discovery, astronomers will have identified more than a million exoplanets by the year 2045. That means, if life is at all common in the Milky Way, astronomers could soon detect it.

It means nothing of the sort. The methods that we're using to identify exoplanets cannot detect life on those plants.

Comment: Re:conveniently leave out Xerox, Apple (Score 2) 96

I didn't conveniently leave anything out. I highlighted the introduction of the idea and the demand from people that existed before any company (including PARC) started developing the idea into an actual product.

The Dynabook concept was introduced two years before PARC was created, so it's a bit ridiculous to suggest that they created the idea.

Comment: Re:trying to buy ipad and Makerbot in 1980? (Score 2, Interesting) 96

Neither of those scenarios happened, so you are remembering wrong.

Pad-like devices showed up in science fiction first. Some of the most visible examples are Star Trek (1966), 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (1978). Millions and millions of people were introduced to the concept of handheld computing devices through fiction and lots of those people wanted one.

One of those people was Alan Kay, who was a PhD candidate at the time. He developed the idea more fully into something he called a Dynabook in 1978, long before any company had even thought about anything of the sort.

Science fiction authors gave us the idea and it was so appealing that people wanted it to exist. Companies eventually recognized the demand for those devices and worked toward creating them, but they didn't create the idea or the demand.

Comment: Re:Oh good (Score 4, Informative) 907

by GrumpySteen (#47995919) Attached to: Miss a Payment? Your Car Stops Running

http://dealbook.nytimes.com/20...

From the NYT:
Some borrowers say their cars were disabled when they were only a few days behind on their payments, leaving them stranded in dangerous neighborhoods. Others said their cars were shut down while idling at stoplights. Some described how they could not take their children to school or to doctorâ(TM)s appointments. One woman in Nevada said her car was shut down while she was driving on the freeway.

From the summary:
Some borrowers say their cars were disabled when they were only a few days behind on their payments, leaving them stranded in dangerous neighborhoods. Others said their cars were shut down while idling at stoplights. Some described how they could not take their children to school or to doctor's appointments. One woman in Nevada said her car was shut down while she was driving on the freeway.

HughPickens.com may not be able to write for crap, but he can plagiarize like a motherfucking champ.

Comment: Re:Structural Fatigue (Score 2) 34

by GrumpySteen (#47870283) Attached to: Architecture That Changes Shape In Response To Heat

Oh look, a 370 year old house made of wood.

Building a house out of wood doesn't automatically mean that it'll fall down in 10 years. If a wood framed structure fails that early, the fault lies either with the architectural planning or the use of low quality wood that isn't suitable for construction.

I'd rather just believe that it's done by little elves running around.

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