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Comment: Re:My opinion on the matter. (Score 1) 826

by INeededALogin (#47753473) Attached to: Choose Your Side On the Linux Divide

That's right, you can iterate through service "$X" status on everything, and do a restart on anything that has terminated, but that's just a hack, and something that can be done infinitely superior within the software handling the service startup... namely, upstart or systems.

The fix to a crashing process is not to simply start that process back up.

Comment: Re:Probability abuse (Score 5, Funny) 122

by INeededALogin (#42105695) Attached to: Sub-Ice Antarctic Lake Vida Abounds With Life

That means it is a statistical certainty that there is at least one planet somewhere that has at least one farm animal because: p = 1 - .5 x .5 x .5 ....

Simple mathematics tells us that the population of the Universe must be zero. Why? Well given that the volume of the universe is infinite there must be an infinite number of worlds. But not all of them are populated; therefore only a finite number are. Any finite number divided by infinity is as close to zero as makes no odds, therefore we can round the average population of the Universe to zero, and so the total population must be zero.

Thank you Douglas Adams:-)

Comment: Re:Needs a name (Score 3, Insightful) 321

by INeededALogin (#41520563) Attached to: The US Navy's Railgun Program

... they are, after all, just a bunch of weirdly drawn cartoons... I know the white man-toddlers... like to call it "anime"... they are cartoons. For kids.

You do know that it is the Japanese who call it anime and that anime is short for animation so yes... by definition of the word "anime" they are cartoons. Good attempt to try and attribute the anime term to white fanboys.

Oh, I don't even watch anime, but people enjoy it so why be a douche about it.

Comment: Re:What did he expect? (Score 2) 826

by INeededALogin (#41095839) Attached to: Booted From Airplane For Wearing Anti-TSA T-shirt

But is it really necessary to mock TSA in the open...
Taunting them and expecting them to let you actually proceed with your plans is pretty dumb. There's a time and place to protest and make fun of idiotic behavior of our government. When you want get on a plane, that's not the time.

You fail to understand the point of protests. If you protest in the bottom of a locked filing cabinet stuck in a disused lavatory with a sign on the door saying 'Beware of the Leopard'... Nobody is really going to hear you. What the guy did is a form of Civil Disobedience. Nobody is suppose to protest the government security while going through the security. The herds are suppose to get in line and just take it. You should be applauding this guy for doing what you are too scared or too worried about missing a flight to do.

Comment: Old thinkgeek rm -rf /bin/laden shirt (Score 3, Interesting) 826

by INeededALogin (#41095729) Attached to: Booted From Airplane For Wearing Anti-TSA T-shirt
Bought the shirt back in the post 9/11 days and accidentally wore it coming home on an international flight. I saw it as a patriotic shirt, but wife saw it and flipped out while we were at the airport. Got asked about the shirt by TSA, explained that it was technically a patriotic shirt and was good. An anti-TSA shirt is technically a patriotic shirt as well. Sad day:-(

Comment: Rip-Off (Score 1) 114

by INeededALogin (#40820099) Attached to: Legend of Zelda NES Nintendo Prototype On Sale For $150K
This is a US localization prototype... with no differences which means that it most likely was a release candidate. The fact that they are advertising this as the only one is just marketing. Just because they haven't seen another one doesn't mean it doesn't exist. If it sells for 150k... I would expect to start seeing some real prototypes to start being found by Nintendo Employees from the 80s.

Comment: Re:Nokia has great packaging too! (Score 1) 639

by INeededALogin (#40699221) Attached to: Apple Gets the Importance of Packaging; Why Doesn't Google?

My point being...perhaps the packaging doesn't have much difference to the success of the company as you think...

It is part of the total package was the point of the article and it worked for me. When I bought my first iPod back in 2002, I had never seen a product packaged in such a pretty way. A company that cares about that much detail amazed me. First impressions are a mighty thing.

Comment: Re:Good news (Score 3, Interesting) 61

But seriously, who *actually* reads journals any more?

Only the best scientist and researchers in the world.

All we need to do is latch on some peer review and ranking system onto the arXiv (or similar) and we get rid of all of these outdated journals.

Sounds like a restricted wikipedia and we all know that wikipedia is immune from mis-information. Honestly, I don't see any issue with journals. They are peer reviewed and most are digital and fully-indexed these days. Journals provide about the only reliable, authoritative documentation on the internet.

Comment: Re:I'm postponing buying toothpaste (Score 2) 291

by INeededALogin (#40603257) Attached to: Why Were So Many "Crazy" Higgs Boson Stories Published?

There's a guy in town that uses a laser to get the plaque off

My dad did laser dentistry back in the early 90s to zap cavities. It was really cool because the laser would intensify when you ran over dark spots(he used a black business card to demonstrate it). Overall, it was a 50k machine that was apparently way ahead of its time since we don't really see laser dentistry everywhere(or the insurance problem that you stated).

It's hard to think of you as the end result of millions of years of evolution.