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Comment: Apology shows questionable understanding (Score 1) 190 190

I read the exchange on Ars, and I'm not convinced IMAX has properly understood their egregious error. Their apology said, "... in this situation we acted too quickly without truly understanding the reference to our brand. ... we will try to be better at taking compliments ...". That reads to me like they still think the take-down request would have been appropriate if the reference was uncomplimentary. But, as Ars pointed in their open response to the request, it would still have been an inappropriate action in that case for many reasons; and so the IMAX lawyer was (and is?) demonstrating unforgivable ignorance or disregard of the relevant laws.

Comment: "reatlowing beacons"??? (Score 2) 49 49

Quoting from the Planetary.org article: "While there are countless questions about Ceres, the most popular now seems to be what the bright spots are. It is impossible not to be mesmerized by what appear to be reatlowing beacons, shining out across the cosmic seas from the uncharted lands ahead." "reatlowing" doesn't appear to be a real word, and I can't figure out what was meant. Any ideas?

Comment: Not always hilarious... (Score 3, Informative) 185 185

If you find it hilarious, you've been fortunate. I tried opening a online CD with Nationwide Bank by calling them, and they asked me questions about my background which they believed the "real" me could answer, and I couldn't. I later realized that the questions were based on Trans Union's error years earlier, when they were incorrectly convinced I had a certain second name and address several states away. I (after much willful stupidity and/or incompetence on TU's part) had gotten that sorted out, but the error had apparently propagated (with further garbling) to whatever source Nationwide was using and unwisely treating as gospel.

Comment: Re:Confusing summary - here's my version (Score 3, Informative) 74 74

The summary was not clear so here is my version based on my understanding of the work:

...

The research advisor Thomas E. Mallouk suggested trying it without the oxidizer. The researcher Nina Kovtyukhona was reluctant to perform this experiment as she thought it would be a failure. Her advisor persuaded her to try it by making a bet that he would pay her $100 if it succeeded, and she would pay him $10 if she failed. The experiment was a success, and researchers now have a new avenue to explore for synthesizing graphene.

From the article:

"I kept asking her to try it and she kept saying no," Mallouk said. "Finally, we made a bet, and to make it interesting I gave her odds. If the reaction didn't work I would owe her $100, and if it did she would owe me $10. I have the ten dollar bill on my wall with a nice Post-it note from Nina complimenting my chemical intuition."

Looks like you got it backwards in your version.

Comment: Re:Anthropometrics (Score 1) 819 819

one answer is to offer wider seat spacing for a little extra price on some flights

At check-in, United Airlines offers economy seats with much better legroom for a modest upcharge. On a transcontinental flight it's usually around $60 - $70. I travel a lot for business (60 segments so far this year), often in Economy Plus, and there are usually many seats in E+ available, even when sardine class is completely packed. People simply refuse to shell out the coin for additional comfort. I think if E+ *were* full you'd see United expanded it until eventually their entire aircraft had room leg room at a higher price.

$60-70? I wish. On a United transcon (IAD-SFO) 3 weeks ago, they charged $89. That's out of the "modest" range, IMHO.

Comment: Re:Thanks for the tip! (Score 1) 448 448

This of course assumes they can get in the door to see the necessary people and convince them it actually works. I remember an old SF short story about a guy who stumbled onto a way to cheaply build an anti-grav device. He was unable to get anyone who mattered to believe him. He was in despair until inspiration struck: he advertised the gizmo in comic books and made a mint. So... Kickstarter is today's comic book ad page?

Comment: Uh-oh! (Score 3, Funny) 448 448

I'm confused. I have one of your early prototypes, and when I aim it at your post it blinks like crazy!

That means your post is a scam. But if your post is a scam, my device shouldn't be blinking. But my device is blinking...so your post must be a scam.....but...

... backing slowly away from the imminent head explosion as the logic circuits overload ...

Comment: My essentials for home Windows PC (Score 1) 531 531

Emacs
Firefox
Dexpot (best multi-desktop tool for my needs, out of several I've tried)
IZArc (7zip's GUI just annoys me for some reason)
vlc
ClamWin
Agent Ransack (I'll admit I've not tried the alternatives)
Cygwin
(I haven't got a clear favorite for music yet -- Foobar2000 or MediaMonkey, usually, but might give MusicBee a try)

This is clearly another case of too many mad scientists, and not enough hunchbacks.

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