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Comment: Cut Down On Olympic Bloat (Score 4, Interesting) 228

by rnturn (#48668473) Attached to: Should Video Games Be In the Olympics?

Get rid of the sports that cannot measure the success of the competitors using the Olympic motto: higher, faster, stronger. That means no figure skating, no synchronized swimming, and, especially, no more rhythmic gymnastics. Essentially, nothing that requires assigning a number to a performance via a panel of judges. (I'm a little torn about any sport that chooses winners based on the points that they score on a particular day but when I think about the excessive coverage given to beach volleyball in the last few Summer Games I lean hard to the "drop them, too" side.)

Just think how much less expensive it would be to hold an Olympics would be if all those judged "sports" were taken out. The potential sites for the games would mushroom without a need for all the additional venues for the judged events. Cities that hold the Games can rarely afford to and the citizens wind up footing the bill for facilities that will rarely see use after the closing ceremonies. Plus, if it would get Bob Costas' interviews with prepubescent gymnasts off the air, we all win.

Comment: Re:um.... (Score 1) 156

by rnturn (#48647309) Attached to: Can Rep. John Culberson Save NASA's Space Exploration Program?

Maybe, just maybe, if the USPS wasn't required to prepay the retirement benefits for employees who haven't even been born yet (and their children who may become postal workers), they'd be able to make a profit. That wasn't mentioned in the article you referenced. My guess is that providing the reader of that little tidbit of information would interfere with their "USPS = inefficient govt. agency" narrative.

Comment: Can't you just call it broken? (Score 1) 130

by rnturn (#48620933) Attached to: Research Highlights How AI Sees and How It Knows What It's Looking At

I mean an AI that looks at static and says it's a school bus 99.99% of the time seems to be about as broken as could be. The researchers have to be the most optimistic folks in the world if they still think there's a pony in there. I'd be seriously thinking about scrapping the software (or, at least, looking for a bad coding error) and/or looking for an entirely new algorithm after achieving results that bad.

Comment: Re:The Pirate Bay (Score 1) 302

by bughunter (#48613789) Attached to: The Pirate Bay Responds To Raid

Your reading comprehension fails you miserably.

My attitude is clearly stated, "I'll watch it and be happy to pay you a fair price. Try to rip me off, then deal's off. You went there first, I didn't."

Now we're playing the ripoff game. The copyright owner started it, but if I win I'm a criminal?

Why is it fair and legal for the copyright owner to rip me off for an amount several orders of magnitude over the incremental cost?? Sure, that's fine, but if I pay that cost to make a bootleg then I'm a federal criminal.

Right. That's fair. </sarcasm>

Fuck that.

Comment: Re:So No Space Elevator ??? (Score 1) 187

by bughunter (#48611249) Attached to: Graphene: Fast, Strong, Cheap, and Impossible To Use

He has made or is repeating a deduction based on the fact that the part of the foreskin removed is known to contain a significant number of nerve endings. He made his deduction and moved on.

It may or may not be a correct one, and it's a debate that will never end, but most people replying to him are shoving political crap into the discussion rather than criticizing his logic.

Comment: Re:The Pirate Bay (Score 1) 302

by bughunter (#48609927) Attached to: The Pirate Bay Responds To Raid

I can overlook most of those things in exchange for the big screen and opportunity to view it on first run.

Additionally, I have a 10 year old son. To him, waiting a month or two and viewing GotG at home on Netflix (or bootlegged, regardless of the timing) is NOT the same.

I did have to watch The Avengers from behind a railing because it was the last pair of seats left in the entire theater. That was the only time I felt ripped off. I couldn't believe they even put a seat there.

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