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Comment: Re:Bad Management (Score 1) 387

A lot of the blame for Win8 can be shouldered on Steven Sinofsky, who by all accounts thought himself as a cross between Steve Jobs and Napoleon. He was given free reign over Win8 due to his perceived success with MS Office (and the ribbon interface).

Yeah, everyone loves that.

Comment: Re:You know what they call alternative medicine... (Score 1) 517

As is always said in these situations, find at least one scientifically rigorous study showing any alternative medicine works.

Nope. You have to find at least two such studies, the one reproducing the results of the other to a high degree of similarity. Otherwise it's not scientifically rigorous.

Comment: Re:To be fair... (Score 4, Insightful) 653

by Rudisaurus (#46525951) Attached to: $30K Worth of Multimeters Must Be Destroyed Because They're Yellow
Totally agree. What's more, you can't be in the multimeter business and NOT be aware of Fluke; they've been prominent players and frontrunners in that business for literally decades. Sparkfun had to be aware of Fluke's product line, but they went ahead and chose a yellowish-orange border colour anyway. "Army of consultants or attorneys" indeed! Serves 'em right.

Comment: Re:Effects on all Americans overseas, not just NZ (Score 1) 134

by Rudisaurus (#46154657) Attached to: NZ Govt May Gut Privacy Laws For US Citizens and Ex-Pats

In short, I am forced to obtain citizenship in my country of residency, and give up my citizenship in the United States.

Not so fast, Round-Eyes. Before you can renounce your US citizenship, you must sign an oath to that effect at an embassy or consulate outside the US, pay a fee of $450 and settle up with the IRS first! Only when the latter have agreed that you have nothing outstanding may you no longer call yourself an American. Otherwise, sorry, Bud -- you're still in!

Comment: Re:Intent of the Prize Criteria? (Score 4, Informative) 58

by Rudisaurus (#44254855) Attached to: Aerovelo's Human-Powered Helicopter Wins $250,000 Sikorsky Prize
The AHS publication of the Sikorsky prize regulations, Flight Requirements 4.4.3, states that "a reference point on the non-rotating part of the machine will be established as a means whereby the observers can judge that the machine stayed within the confines of the 10-meter square", thereby clearly indicating that one point on the machine must remain within a 10 m x 10 m square, not the entire machine.

Comment: Plus ça change ... (Score 2) 491

by Rudisaurus (#43038049) Attached to: Bradley Manning Pleads Guilty To 10 Charges
... plus c'est la meme chose.

Wasn't there a case something like this one back in the 19th century? Spurious accusations, suppression of evidence, unjust convictions. Some guy named Dreyfus, I think ...

I wonder if our collective social conscience is as responsive as it was back then, so long ago.

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