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Comment: Re:Brand? (Score 1) 179

It was huge blocky moster of metal and wood

Some early remotes had several tuning forks inside. Pressing down a button would "flick" one of them. It sounds (heh) like that's what you were seeing. A side effect was that occasionally something else in the house would create vibrations on one of the frequencies, messing with the TV.

Comment: Re:2x Price Reduction (Score 1) 311

by Paradise Pete (#49608915) Attached to: Tesla's Household Battery: Costs, Prices, and Tradeoffs
Many people simply don't know how to describe quantitative comparisons. "Three times faster," for instance. Is that four times as fast? If it's supposed to be equivalent to "three times as fast," then logically "one times faster" would mean "the same speed."
A good rule of thumb is that if your comparison does not contain the word "as", you're doing it wrong. It's not perfect, but it goes a long way.

Comment: Re:Very very very poor multi-tab open (Score 1) 239

by Paradise Pete (#49607677) Attached to: Chrome Passes 25% Market Share, IE and Firefox Slip

Chrome is truly awful at opening multiple tabs at once on my mac. unbelievably slow loading times compared to Safari.

Not my experience, for whatever that's worth. I use both, and each has its own annoyances, but I haven't seen a dramatic difference in performance. I keep a lot of tabs open, so a problem there would be a show-stopper for me.

Comment: Re:give it up (Score 3, Insightful) 84

Why the desperation to declare that infringement == stealing? The only reason I can see is to invoke the connotation that stealing has. "Infringement" doesn't sound strong enough, so you want to call it something that does.
You're playing word games. "Theft of service" has a specific meaning, in much the same way that infringement does. But you want snip out the "theft" part and treat as a stand-alone word, so that you can then equate it to stealing. Then you want to tie that back to infringement.. It's a parlor game. Start with any word, then take a reasonable synonym for it. Now find a synonym for the new word. Continue to repeat this game and you can "prove" that black is white.

Comment: Re:flooding in 3, 2, 1 ... (Score 1) 126

by Paradise Pete (#49590557) Attached to: Obama Announces e-Book Scheme For Low-Income Communities

This. Does anyone think this is going to help them in any way?

I do. It may not help most, it may even help only a small portion, but out of that small portion will come some students that are better educated and better able to help shape the next generation. And that would be a success. Education is always a bargain relative to the costs of not doing so. So what if a bunch of those readers end up on ebay?

Beware of bugs in the above code; I have only proved it correct, not tried it. -- Donald Knuth