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Journal: Mars, Ho! Chapter Forty Five

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We both woke up around seven, still cuddled up on the couch. We'd been asleep for fifteen hours on that thing. We cuddled a little while more, then Destiny started coffee while I took care of the ship's air and corrected the course, since I was sleeping when the generator came back online.
We took another shower together after drinking a little coffee and she told the cook to make pancakes and sausage, and we watche

Comment: Re:ICREACH? (Score 1) 203

The problem with the free press is that it is not an independent press. The press that matters is owned by companies that are often the cause of the problem.
Furthermore the press is a marketing tool for their customers. That are the companies who buy advertisement places or times. And those

The people are the product that is being sold.

Comment: Re:In The States (Score 1) 51

by houghi (#47748763) Attached to: Aussie Airlines To Allow Uninterrupted Mobile Use During Flights

No more needing to rush to find outlets in layover airports!

I do not understand why not more companies use this as an advertising opportunity.
One place I saw this was in Madrid where they had a big screen TV with chargers under it. This ment that all those people who would be charging their hardware, would also be sitting in front of said TV.
That should be a advertisers wet dream: people who will watch your 5 minute clip over and over again.

In Brussels I saw some electrical company placing bicicles where you could charge your phone/portable while you were cycling. You can also go to the Telenet places that are intended for your PC and a (wired) connection and to be used as a selling place for the Internet service. Just plug your device in and do whatever you desire.

I understand that airports are not offfering it, because they are only interested in renting out whatever is possible. I don't understand that marketeers do not use it more often. Either provide it free or some sortr of 'marketing price'. e.g. Join us on facebook and get free energy or 'fill out this form'.

That said, I always carry a 3-way power connector, so when I see somebody who uses a power outlet, I can ask to unplug, plug in the connector and we BOTH can charge and I can charge both phone and PC. Cost is well below 5EUR and they also come in handy in many hotels where they do not have enough connectors at the desk.

Comment: Re:Problems getting merchants to accept it? (Score 1) 78

by houghi (#47743839) Attached to: Major Delays, Revamped Beta For Credit-Card Consolidating Gadget Coin

Technically, I see how it works but why would a merchant accept this thing?

Because it helps making a sale. Just like they already accept varous other forms of payment.
Yes, it is a bit chicken and egg. Obviously it won't be vailable everywhere wihen it starts.

Comment: Re:Not at all (Score 1) 190

by houghi (#47743531) Attached to: Slashdot Asks: How Prepared Are You For an Earthquake?

In Japan we had earthquake drills of the housing community one time per year, and one time per year in the company.

Just curious, do companies in the US do this?
In Belgium we have a yearly firedrill, because that will be the most likely disaster. So do US companies in earthquake country have drills or do companies in "Tornado Alley train for that?

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Journal: Mars, Ho! Chapter Forty Four

Journal by mcgrew

I pulled out my fone and called the fleet commander who I was amazingly boss of and told him about our little power problem, then asked the computer what the robots were doing about repairs. Or tried to, anyway.
"Computer, what is the, uh... status of..." and the God damned machine interrupted me, of course. Who programs this junk anyway?
"All cargo unconscious except specimen in com

Comment: Re:OK, fine, do it already. (Score 1) 82

by houghi (#47742197) Attached to: Sources Say Amazon Will Soon Be Targeting Ads, a la Google AdWords

I'm OK with targeted ads. I just wish they would figure out how to target them.

Targeting in Marketing is done in two ways.
The first is the one that we talk about here on /. the most. It analyzes what you are interested in. They will analyze what you have seen and bought, They will then assume what you might be interested in and show you these items.
e.g. a new TV when you have a high intrest in movies and tv shows and console games.

The other way is to assuming you do not know certain products, so they want you to learn about the product and will try to entice you to buy said product.
e.g. a new TV when you have never shown interest in movies, tv shows or console games.

Comment: Lies, damn lies and statistics (Score 3, Insightful) 272

by houghi (#47741279) Attached to: Among Gamers, Adult Women Vastly Outnumber Teenage Boys

Statistics like these challenge the definition of "gamer."

No they don't. The chalange the understanding of statistics.
The information given is useless. First statistics do not change definitions. If you have a definition of a gamer and the outcome is unexpected, you do not change the definition. You change your perspective.
Secondly 'outnumber' in absolute numbers in a group that in itself outnumbers the other group and then make a conclusion is stoopid.
Car example : The number of adult female Ford drivers vastly outnumbers the number of 18 year old Bugatti drivers.

So first you must turn the numbers into percentages. e.g. X% of teenage boys are gamers. Y% of adult females are gamers.
Next you must clearly state WHAT a gamer is.
Depending on that definition, you might also need to include frequency.

And again, even if the outcome is 99.9% of +65 old women are gamers, it does NOT change the definition of gamers. It might change your perspective of gamers, but not the definition.

Comment: For 3rd party batteries, I've had good luck with (Score 5, Interesting) 131

by aussersterne (#47733373) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Where Can I Find Good Replacement Batteries?

Anker products.

As you note, the problem with batteries is there's just so much undifferentiable import crap. Lots of it has fancy packaging.

Anker is no doubt trafficking in generics as well, but they do have their own design department (even goods like their Qi chargers that are made out of glass and metal have logos embedded in them and don't look like everyone else's generics) and when I posted a lukewarm review on Amazon ("Seems to work, nothing impressive, but good that it works.") about a phone battery, a rep with native English contacted me immediately and asked if there was anything they could do or offer to improve my experience from lukewarm to stellar.

So that at least is indicative of a company that cares. Note that I don't work for Anker, but since that experience (the phone battery was my first purchase of their products) I've purchased a number of subsequent products and none of them performed more poorly than the original OEM equipment, so that's at least something in this world of mostly fake batteries.

Comment: Re:Feh (Score 1) 10

by mcgrew (#47729669) Attached to: Funny? Racist, dishonest hypocrisy.

It IS about race, you stupid fucking racist. Brown wasn't a thug, he had never been in trouble with the law and was enrolled in college to learn engineering.

The protests started peaceful, and only turned into rioting when the idiotic, racist Ferguson police acted like the racist morons they are.

People (and I use that word grudgingly) like you are the problem. I'm a white man who grew up in the St Louis area, and can tell you from experience that Missouri is indeed the most racist state in the union.

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Journal: Mars, Ho! Chapter Forty Three

Journal by mcgrew

"Hold on, Destiny," Tammy said, "we're still in trouble."
I got it. Finally, even being so tired that my brain wasn't working right. God, what a dumbass I was! I really needed some sleep, but I wasn't going to get any for a while. "Computer, lock all doors," I said. "She's right, Destiny, We're in trouble. I finally get it. She left them short of drops and told them the pirates stole them. They're not even human a

At work, the authority of a person is inversely proportional to the number of pens that person is carrying.