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Comment: Ray, you're above embargos (Score 1) 23

by SuperBanana (#49497757) Attached to: Recon Instruments' Sports-Oriented Smart Glasses Now Shipping

Nothing like releasing your review the day after units start shipping, ie when it's too late to find out the unit's faults.

Goddammit I hate embargos...the only reason they exist is to hide flaws and problems from people who could get a refund. Ray, stop being the industry's bitch. You have a ton of readers, tell gadget makers to pound sand if they tell you that you can't release a review before it ships.

Comment: if he was mentally ill, why didn't it end there? (Score 1) 297

Why didn't the FBI say "this person is mentally ill", and simply get him mental health services? Oh, right. That doesn't get you commendations for "stopping a terrorist attack."

A Muslim cleric isn't a mental health counselor or psychologist. They're a religious leader.

Comment: Re:One way to drum up business... (Score 1) 56

by SuperBanana (#49412581) Attached to: US NAVY Sonar/Lidar Editing Software Released To the World

The link provided actually requires even more personal info.

Here's a way that doesn't require any.

magnet:?xt=urn:btih:0f76f9cb970aaa105843230c556cda28b7418369&dn=PFMABE&tr=udp%3A%2F%2Fopen.demonii.com%3A1337&tr=udp%3A%2F%2Ftracker.coppersurfer.tk%3A6969&tr=udp%3A%2F%2Ftracker.leechers-paradise.org%3A6969

Comment: here it is without the asshole-y email collecting (Score 4, Informative) 56

by SuperBanana (#49412575) Attached to: US NAVY Sonar/Lidar Editing Software Released To the World
Not really sure why someone felt entitled to hide all this behind a mailing list subscription for a consulting company's email spam list, so here it is via free magnet download. I only included the "required" dataset in addition to the source and required libraries.

magnet:?xt=urn:btih:0f76f9cb970aaa105843230c556cda28b7418369&dn=PFMABE&tr=udp%3A%2F%2Fopen.demonii.com%3A1337&tr=udp%3A%2F%2Ftracker.coppersurfer.tk%3A6969&tr=udp%3A%2F%2Ftracker.leechers-paradise.org%3A6969

That should paste into most torrent clients, watch for CR/LFs though.

Comment: such a tired myth (Score 3, Interesting) 223

by SuperBanana (#49185897) Attached to: <em>Star Trek</em> Fans Told To Stop "Spocking" Canadian $5 Bill

First off, Canada != US, fellow American.

Second: people and businesses can limit the forms of payment they'll accept for practical reasons all the time. As in: no bills over a certain amount, or refusing payment in pennies. Coins CAN be legal tender, but no merchant or private party MUST accept a particular form of currency. Don't want to accept $1 bills, only $5 and $10? That's fine:

  http://www.snopes.com/business...

"Legal tender is the default method of payment assumed in contractual agreements involving debts and payments for goods or services unless otherwise specified."

Third: the currency is defaced. That is the whole point - it's potentially not legal currency if you've drawn all over it. If you interfere with security features in the bill and it becomes more risky to trust as valid (such as, counterfeit bills that meet other security features elsewhere on the bill)...then they are right to refuse it.

I'm kind of shocked Canada doesn't specifically outlaw defacement of the currency; the US sure does.

Comment: fortunately, you don't need showers (Score 1) 304

by SuperBanana (#49167907) Attached to: I ride a bike ...

Fortunately, you don't need showers. Bicycling != sweaty. And sweaty !=stinky.

People stink because they cover themselves in chemical perfumes (perfumes, soaps, shampoos, moisturizers, etc) that have limited 'life' before they start to decompose. People stink because they use fabric softener on their clothing (see above...also, fabric softeners are basically fat. Which goes rancid...) People stink because they toss their sweaty clothes into a hamper instead of airing them out.

I'm American. I ride a bike every day, in a city that goes from 0 degrees to 100+ degrees. I don't understand this obsession with sweat. If I'm going somewhere and can't show up sweaty, I slow down, or I get there a few minutes early and cool off/dry off just by...uh...standing around...

People seem to forget that biking is more efficient and thus for the same energy used walking, you can go several times faster, which means for the same energy you are less likely to get sweaty.

Comment: naming scheme is going to drive people to drink (Score 5, Insightful) 355

by SuperBanana (#48955855) Attached to: New Multi-Core Raspberry Pi 2 Launches

Good grief is the naming scheme tiresome.

Did anyone think about problems this goofy naming scheme causes? The ease of searching supplier's catalogs, googling, etc? Hell, just talking to another person? "Oh yeah, I've got the Pi 2 Model B plus", versus "I've got a Model D." Did anyone concern themselves with the fact that a lot of resellers may not ID the revision at all? How are you supposed to google for an issue you're having with the latest model?

Comment: reflects political environment, more like it (Score 1) 145

by SuperBanana (#48878997) Attached to: Doomsday Clock Could Move

It's more that the clock reflects the current global political climate.

Ie when Pakistan and India, both nuclear powers, are duking it out, the clock goes closer to midnight.

I strongly suspect that the announcement is due to strong rhetoric from russian leadership - I believe recently either Putin or one of his lackeys declared that they could "raze" the US. There's also been increasingly aggressive "patrols" by Russian bombers along the US and Europe, the recent sub incident in Sweden, and of course the invasion of Ukraine.

Comment: strawman; nobody's asking him to be "PC" or "nice" (Score 3, Insightful) 361

by SuperBanana (#48838977) Attached to: Linus On Diversity and Niceness In Open Source

Linus is playing the "people want me to be PC" card, and mixing it in with some anti-American-ism for popularity.

Nobody's asking him to be PC. Not many people are asking him to be friendly or polite. People are asking him to not be publicly abusive, to not be a bully, and to recognize the impact his words have on others. It is perfectly possible to be an effective manager and leader without being abusive and bullying. Stick to the facts, among other things.

Ie:

"Your code check-in appears to cause a bunch of compile errors, so I've rolled it back. Also, I've noticed that this isn't the first time. We're a large-scale project and it is helpful if contributors extensively validate their contributions."

Not:

"Don't you know how to validate your code? Stop wasting my time! Come back to me when you've evolved past a chimpanzee." ...and also not:

"Hello! Thank you for your code check-in! Now, I'm sorry to have to be the bearer of bad news, but there's a small problem with your code. If it's not too much trouble...." etc etc.

"There is such a fine line between genius and stupidity." - David St. Hubbins, "Spinal Tap"

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