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Comment: Re: You probably have one, though... (Score 0) 288

by PseudoCoder (#48924715) Attached to: The iPad Is 5 Years Old This Week, But You Still Don't Need One
Yup. Took a stroll down down there myself. Someday I'll post a photo I took of some clown holding a protest sign getting his shoes shined, another clown wearing the commie fist on her shirt, and another with a sign asking for donations for tobacco because he'd run out of smokes. A true circus of ignorance that is a fertile ground for useful idiots.

Comment: From their own mouths... (Score 1) 288

by PseudoCoder (#48924157) Attached to: The iPad Is 5 Years Old This Week, But You Still Don't Need One

Congratulations on being a useful idiot.

From the Occupy DC planning meeting of August 2012:

Here's another one from their own organization meetings with a former NYT "reporter" saying how they don't want to "out themselves" by explicitly stating their goals of overthrowing capitalism.

Comment: You probably have one, though... (Score 1, Troll) 288

by PseudoCoder (#48923809) Attached to: The iPad Is 5 Years Old This Week, But You Still Don't Need One

Even if you still don't need one. That's why Apple gets to be the company with one of the highest net worths ever and posts the biggest corporate profits ever. I'm glad to have done my part. My wife's iPad sits next to her MacBook by the bed.

Stand by for Occupy Wall Street to protest obscene profits at Apple's headquarters, in three, two; uh nevermind.

Comment: Returning to their roots & getting with the ti (Score 4, Insightful) 314

by PseudoCoder (#48821525) Attached to: Radio Shack Reported To Be Ready for Bankruptcy Filing

They could have "gone back to their roots" by dumping all the common electronics that you can get anywhere and addressing the do-it-yourselfers by hopping on the robotics/Arduino bandwagons. Turn the retail floorspace that used to be occupied by crap TV's with a robot combat ring or workshop, focus on hands-on projects again, have in-store Arduino workshops and local demos of user projects and robotics competitions. Connect with the local high/middle-school to supply robotics/coding extra-curriculars, sponsor robotics workshops and have those kids drag their parents into the store after class to build their own projects. I don't even participate in most of that stuff, but I could see those would have been great paths to pursue a new market share.

They would still need to close many locations and better compete with the mail order business, but they would have created a different customer segment that would be more enthusiastic than the "I need another charger for my phone" crowd rather than reduce their own business to carrion for the vultures. This was a missed opportunity.

+ - U.S. Central Command Twitter, YouTube, Facebook Accounts Hacked by ISIS->

Submitted by PseudoCoder
PseudoCoder (1642383) writes "From The Blaze:

The avatar and background image for @CENTCOM was overtaken with the words “CyberCaliphate” and “I love you ISIS,” and the account put out a number of threatening tweets to U.S. military members... U.S. Central Command’s YouTube account was overtaken with the same pro-Islamic State avatar and several videos.

From The Weekly Standard:

The hacker is claiming to be ISIS — and claimg to have personal information of U.S. military personnel."
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Comment: Re:Better way (Score 1) 289

by PseudoCoder (#48749175) Attached to: Extra Leap Second To Be Added To Clocks On June 30

Of course, there's a better way. Just ignore the small error until it adds up to an hour, and then skip a DST transition.

That will lead to more and bigger instances of being affected by the error. The error is always there to a degree, no? But you are only affected by the error when you read the clock and produce a "bad calculation" based on that reading.

Not sure what the answer would be software-wise, but maybe more use of elapsed time routines (vs absolute time) that would account for the corrected clock.

Comment: Re:But an unborn baby is not a person. Riiiiiight. (Score 1) 187

by PseudoCoder (#48655387) Attached to: Argentine Court Rules Orangutan Is a "Non-Human Person"

Assuming that you're referring to actual babies that have been born...

It seems you too are missing the point, just like the aptly named Anonymous Coward above. Why was this actual baby born, or why should it not be? The criteria used to answer this question is at the heart of the matter, and you're standing on legal definitions.

"Congratulations, new human! We've decided not to run you through the blender! Since you've made it this far, here are your inalienable rights!"

Comment: Re:But an unborn baby is not a person. Riiiiiight. (Score 1, Flamebait) 187

by PseudoCoder (#48655011) Attached to: Argentine Court Rules Orangutan Is a "Non-Human Person"

Law? How shortsighted! No; it's about what we value, and how we make choices about life and death, and what makes us human.

That woman opened up her body to her mate and that little person ended up there through no fault of its own. Mommy and daddy decided to ignore basic human physiology and now it is, in fact, the end of the story for that kid that ends up like it went through a blender. Your hand is a part of your body; ever tried to put your hand in a blender?

Comment: But an unborn baby is not a person. Riiiiiight... (Score 2, Interesting) 187

by PseudoCoder (#48654191) Attached to: Argentine Court Rules Orangutan Is a "Non-Human Person"

Wondering; what are these "basic human rights" that actual human babies are denied at the rate of 50 million a year?

Take for example the right to freedom. Nobody has to take care of the orangutan for it to exercise this right. But for a baby to exercise its right to freedom, it has to be nurtured for around 18 years or so, and that's much too inconvenient. It takes work and selfless sacrifice, both of which suck. (Speaking as a parent of one, and another on the way)

So how exactly does this make us more compassionate people? When we're willing to free a monkey because it's easy, and prefer to to stop a human heart because keeping it alive is harder?

Comment: What's with this separation of powers thing? (Score 1) 137

by PseudoCoder (#48434179) Attached to: Aereo Files For Bankruptcy

"The U.S. Supreme Court decision effectively changed the laws that had governed Aereo's technology..."

De-facto trampling of the separation of powers seems to be the order of the day. If I go into a bank with a weapon and tell a cashier I'm going to take money without declaring and announcing I'm committing a bank robbery, I'm still robbing the bank, right? Doing something informally or explicitly has the same effect. Maybe it should open up the possibility of an appeal.

From the President, to Congress, to the Supreme Court, nobody seems to be taking seriously the bit about defending and preserving the Constitution. It seems that when you come from the Ivy League you don't need to keep your oaths, or even think about what they mean because you know better anyways. "Why should I obey boundaries and go through a process when I can affect change right now with the stroke of a pen! That's getting things done!" That's only part of the problem and there's plenty of blame to spread around.

Comment: Re:Bad sign. (Score 1) 222

by PseudoCoder (#48425857) Attached to: Lessons Learned From Google's Green Energy Bust
It's good old fashioned human pride. Ignoring human experience to inflate our own egos. We have so much more useless information and new ways of sharing it now that there's no way we can't make things better. We're doing it with politics, education, social/cultural norms, etc. We don't need the insight of history when we have all this information and an infinity of new ways of connecting our collective ignorance. And we call it "progress".

Comment: Well, well we want to get some work done now... (Score 2) 127

by PseudoCoder (#48377515) Attached to: Senate May Vote On NSA Reform As Soon As Next Week

The Democrat-controlled senate hasn't scheduled any votes for some time now, and even other Democrats have been complaining that senate Dems aren't doing anything, for fear of votes coming back to haunt them in the elections. If it's good policy, why do you have to fear your how your electorate will respond at the polls?

Now all of a sudden it's time to get something done? That's what happens when you play politics with public policy. Now we know you were too busy looking out for your own hide and not serving the public. And check out Landrieu all of a sudden being a "driving force" in passing Keystone pipeline in the face of a tight runoff election. This would be hilarious if it wasn't such a sad reflection of the state of the US.

Factorials were someone's attempt to make math LOOK exciting.