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Comment: Re:Just use a damn tape measure! (Score 1) 154

by Spacezilla (#38046042) Attached to: iOS App Acoustically Measures Distances Up To 25 Meters

I tried out the app just now, at the range of 22 inch (width of my monitor)

I'm 99.6% sure you got it right, considering this is slashdot and all, but you're sure your monitor is 22" wide, aren't you?

(Just checking in case you're thinking you have a 22" monitor, so it must be 22" wide. Unlikely all things considered, but I still have to ask.) :)

Comment: Re:Bargain (Score 1) 735

by Spacezilla (#37656374) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Does Being 'Loyal' Pay As a Developer?

I used to get $77k, which my boss increased from $64k just a couple of months before, because he was very pleased with my work (Excel VBA). Our competitor approached me and offered me $128k. I didn't know whether to tell my boss, but I did, because when in doubt I always pick honesty, and he said: "So what did you tell them?", so I said I told them I'd think about it. He said: "I would too, that's a lot of money!" He asked me what it would take for me to stay and I said: "I don't know, at least $100k?" He said I could have the $100k if I agreed to adding to my contract that we both have three months more notice (I had one before, they had four) and I agreed. That way he knew that if I decided to leave, they still had me for four months while they found a replacement and I trained him. If they decide to fire me, I get full pay for seven months. It's been a bit more than year now and I'm still with the company and very happy with how everything turned out. :)

Comment: Re:faster than the speed of light??? (Score 1) 412

by Spacezilla (#37516176) Attached to: Faster-Than-Light Particle Results To Be Re-Tested

2. What if it was a single atom? If you "push" an atom, does the other side move immediately or is there a small delay? I'm guessing there's a small delay, or we'd be able to transmit data faster than the speed at light, albeit only at relatively small distances, such as the width of an atom.

Comment: Re:Already did this study a long time ago (Score 1) 185

by Spacezilla (#36982506) Attached to: AptiQuant Browser/IQ Study Was Likely a Hoax

They hope someone else will think for them on set concept. This goes not just for computers, but also for the medical field, food industry, or anything else where it is "too complected" for set people to really give a care.

You should watch this if you haven't already, which basically says you're right. :)

Comment: Re:How will drop tables be affected? (Score 1) 384

by Spacezilla (#36957286) Attached to: Blizzard Reveals Diablo 3 (Real Money) Auction House

So I'm assuming that such drops will be controlled by a weekly budget. If not regulated in such a manner it's just a matter of time until the economy comes crashing down.

Two things:

1. Yes, it's just a matter of time before everyone will get the best weapon in the game on the same day. However, it's extremely unlikely that will happen in the next billions of years.
2. Even if it happens, it won't matter much to Blizzard as they have never promised they will buy your items for a certain prices. You will just put your awesome sword in the auction house and no one will buy it and Blizzard will add a better sword that is unlikely to drop for everyone else at the same time in the next billions of years.

Comment: Re:Perception and Testing Procedures (Score 1) 277

by Spacezilla (#36868322) Attached to: Public AAC Listening Test @ ~96 Kbps [July 2011].

Also, is it really fair to test two codecs by listening to one and then immediately listening to the other? Even if you can tell a difference, that doesn't mean that you're get a better listening experience. I think these tests should be done by a person listening to one codec and rating it on a scale. Then the person should take a break, wait a few hours, listen to another codec and rate that on the same scale. Then we'll see if the listening experience has really gotten better or worse, not whether the person can just tell the two codecs apart while listening to one and then immediately the other, which you would never do when just listening to music.

Comment: Re:US taxes are designed to punish the responsible (Score 1) 642

by Spacezilla (#35849864) Attached to: Need a Receipt On Taxes? The Federal Tax Receipt

What I like to ask the wealthy whiners is; if you're getting treated so unfairly while these freeloading, poor, sub-human, cradle-to-grave ghetto-dwellers are living the high-life off of your tax dollars, you should be happy to trade places, right? Right?

Now let's say I started out with had nothing. I then worked really, really hard for many years and now I have a lot and no longer have to work. Now the government says I have to give half my fortune to, say, some guy who doesn't like working. Am I not allowed to be unhappy about that without wanting to switch places with him?

... though his invention worked superbly -- his theory was a crock of sewage from beginning to end. -- Vernor Vinge, "The Peace War"