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Comment Re:Trip to Japan (Score 1) 246

From the Kickstarter page:

2 months of living and office space at Genshin Souzou in Aichi, Japan. We have a room and working space specifically for visiting creators/developers/makers and our office has a shower and a ktichen. You can even drive the company car (international manual license required)!

I saw this, too, and was thinking that it might almost be worth it for the experience

Comment Re:You should have told me it existed! (Score 5, Insightful) 187

The focus of was largely on refurbished equipment, but when your customers have options like Amazon, Overstock, and Newegg, it is hard to compete. I've been following them for a couple of years, always getting notices of their latest deals in my inbox, and it seemed like they had a lot of the same sorts of products on sale: 1TB internal hard drives, 23" monitors, and always a ton of the same Dell desktop computers that had features that might would have been acceptable in an office environment a couple of years ago (limited RAM and hard drive space, sometimes with a basic Windows install). They recently started offering a lot of first-generation iPads for a couple hundred dollars each as well.

Part of the problem is that customers new to Geeks will quickly lose interest if they bought one of those items because the inventory never really changed, and the deals were always around the same price points. In a market where newer items often sport better features and tend to get cheaper over time for the amount of power and functionality you get, there's less incentive to turn to a refurbished marketplace, especially for such a limited selection of hardware.

Comment Re:First and third (Score 3, Interesting) 290

I'm glad the NSA has an excuse to collect data on everyone. It's almost certainly harmless to Average Joe, so it is okay, apparently.

Nevermind the fact that this "potential stuff" of the NSA using blackmailing tactics has actually been employed to attack individuals, even without an otherwise just cause. Or the fact that it's illegal for them to even do this to begin with. Or even the fact that the NSA is showing no disregard for anyone's right to privacy. It's likely not going to be used against you personally, so we might as well not even bother thinking about it.

Comment Re:Dissidents (Score 1) 70

I do. Their interface isn't too bad and the spam filter is accurate enough to sort out most garbage messages. I've had my account for over a decade and don't see much of a reason to change because they keep it up to date. Sure, Outlook is more elegant in its interface and Gmail is more robust in its features, but Yahoo Mail gets the job done just as well.

Comment Re:creeper (Score 1) 160

Considering this was a booth for what sounds like an interesting product, it's perfectly reasonable to expect someone or something to be at that booth to illustrate what it is, exactly. Having an empty booth is a waste of floor space and of people's time.

Comment Re:With all due respect... (Score 1) 56

Alan Turing, for one. I'm pretty sure this is mentioned in the book The Mechanical Mind in History in the essay "Alan Turing’s Mind Machines" by Donald Michie (unless I'm mistaken; it could have been in the biographical film Codebreaker, too. I recently read/watched both). Turing knew of Babbage, but may not have been aware of the particular details of either the Difference Engine or the Analytical Machine. Though, I really wish I had more sources to back this up.

Comment Non-Religious Prophet (Score 1) 1142

It's clear to anyone who's seen your work that you have a strong passion for biological science. Like anyone who has an affection for something, you want to be able to share it with other people, but religion has been a major roadblock for this. What I have been wondering is, if religion wasn't such a large force in driving people away from science, do you think that you would have been such a strong proponent against organized faith?

Submission + - Microsoft Surface Now Available For Preorder (

Rizimar writes: "Microsoft is now taking preorders for their new tablet, the Surface. This computer comes pre-loaded with Windows RT, Microsoft Office 2013 RT2, and various Xbox apps. Prices range between $499.00 for a 32 GB device to $699.00 for a 64 GB version with a black touch cover. The price is comparable to the Apple iPad which also ranges between $499.00 to $699.00 depending on the Wi-Fi model. Both devices also offer a one-year hardware warranty and tech support for 90 days."

Use the Force, Luke.