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Comment Make someone's day, every day. Or be a dick. (Score 3, Interesting) 670

With 2.5 Billion Dollars? I'm too lazy to do the real math, but im guessing you could pick one random person and give them $100,000 every day for the rest of your life and still have enough money to live comfortably.

OR you could hire enough people to completely buy out the next iDevice release on opening day, and light the whole batch on fire, just to watch the hipsters cry about it. 453 retail Apple stores, 100 people per store, 20 devices per person, $700 average retail would cost you just over $634M. You wouldn't completely buy them out, but it'd be enough to make a pretty little dent. (This seems to be an XKCD "What if" submission waiting to happen... "What would it take to buy every iPhone available on release day? And what could I do with them once I bought them")

Comment Re:Lying scum (Score 2) 303

because she was in charge of the people who were managing this

I find very hard to believe that she was directly in charge of the people who were managing this. I'm willing to bet there was a layer in between her and the server admins doing the executive level "translating". I picture it like the CIO and CEO role. I'm willing to bet my CEO wouldn't know what a "server wipe" is, much less care what it is. That's not his job, he has smart people hired to handle stuff like that. I imagine the conversation went something like this: Clinton:I need to make sure my e-mails are secured. IT:Sure ma'am, we'll do perform a DoD level wipe on the hard drives. Clinton:Um, ok, that sounds good. I guess. Whatever, just make sure it's secured.

Is it just me, or when they say "private e-mail server" does any body else mentally picture an old Dell desktop PC sitting in a broom closet somewhere?

Comment Re:False positives (Score 1) 258

I have plenty of friends who have stories of doing it when they were growing up.

Aaaah, the "My buddies did it, and I'm not aware of anything bad happening" defense. How many of those 10th graders got pregnant? I'm sure there weren't any, none that you and your buddies are aware of anyway. And you're right, it didn't cause your world to collapse. How about the girls' worlds? Oh, that's right, not that you're aware of.

Thump your bible harder/

I don't need a book to tell me what is right and wrong. I'd love to see a compelling argument as to how a bunch of frat boys telling 16 year olds "I love you" to get into their pants has not caused harm to anybody.

Maybe someone who actually cares will hear.

Maybe something bad happened, maybe you all got lucky and nothing ever came of it. That doesn't change the fact that you're a selfish prick.

Comment Re:False positives (Score 1) 258

I'm curious of your definition "casual adultery", and how that is any less damaging than a more formal adultery.

And your implication that 20 year olds having sex with teenagers isn't harmful to society strictly because it hasn't been discovered yet is a little more than slightly disturbing.

Comment Re:Hopefully, yes... (Score 2) 519

Yup, the internet was paid for by paying for the internet itself

Yeah, the network is supposed to be paid for by your internet subscription. The "problem" is that the Internet isn't like a Cable subscription. Part of your Internet payment doesn't go to the content providers. Without content the Internet would be pretty useless, and you have to pay for the content somehow. Sorry, ads are a necessary thing.

My problem with them is that they have become overly aggressive. Pop-ups, ads with sound, ads you can't close, paging through 12 pages to read on paragraph of text, etc. If they wouldn't have abused that, most people wouldn't have installed an ad blocker.

Comment Best line is the last line (Score 1) 73

“There’s a message here for TrackingPoint and other companieswhen you put technology on items that haven’t had it before, you run into security challenges you haven’t thought about before.”

They waited till the end of the article to put the most important part? "If you ware going to hook something up to any network you might want to at least think about security"

Comment Re: ... and the hype for Windows 10 begins.... (Score 1) 405

Ha, yeah, should have pointed that out. 8.1 on my home PC and Surface. My comment was directed toward the Metro/Tile interface in general. The original intent was to point out the quantity of "stock" tiles being the problem, and it devolved into bitching about their replacement for the start menu. My bad. Actually looking forward to trying 10, just don't have a spare machine at the moment and wasn't brave enough to just dive in sight unseen.

Comment Re: ... and the hype for Windows 10 begins.... (Score 2) 405

Personal opinion, the stock Metro Tiles that are there the first time you fire up your computer or Surface tablet are just too much, literally there are just too many of them there. I like the concept of the live tiles, and actually find them useful, but having to scroll through 10 horizontal pages of apps to find what you want is incredibly off-putting. After spending a significant amount of time paring them down to only the ones I find useful, it's actually a usable launch pad.

The "Apps" View, their attempt at giving us the start menu back, I have been unable to make useful. Sorted by name, where is Word? Is it under "W" for Word? Just Weather. How about under "O" for office? OneDrive and OneNote. "M" for Microsoft Word? Nope. That's Mail, Maps, Money, and Music. Oh, you have to scroll over a screen to get to "Microsoft Office", there's Office 2010. Hope you weren't looking for Word 2013, cause that's in the next section over "Microsoft Office 2013". The only time it comes close is if you sort the apps by usage. The Category or by Install Date aren't too horrible, but still not incredibly intuitive.

For the most part, I've given up on visually looking for a program to open. I've found the searching function to be far more useful. Hit the Windows key, start typing, pick the application I want to run out of the results. Which works great if you have a keyboard. On the Surface, without the keyboard, swipe from the right side of the screen, touch "search", touch in the search box (because the soft keyboard doesn't come up automatically), the type "Word"...

Comment Re: Inspire a generation's interest in math, scie (Score 1) 248

Wow. Who pissed in your gluten-free cornflakes this morning?

Fusion won't work. Fission is on the way out. Fossils are running out. Renewables won't be enough.

Sounds like you just named 4 excellent reason why we need people that are smart in science and math.

Comment Re:Transparency (Score 1) 220

That said, it is pretty stupid that Space X has not been testing random parts to confirm they meet the requested specifications.

From the article:

That led the company to test what Elon Musk described as an “enormous” number of struts, where they found another strut that failed under the same conditions.

How many struts would they a have to randomly test to catch the two out of an "enormous" amount that actually failed? And do you honestly think they aren't already testing parts?

But, clearly you know better than they do, so here, go show em. Maybe there is "strut tester" in there somewhere.

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