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Comment: Re:It's about damn time (Score 0) 1051

by ThomasFlip (#39894505) Attached to: Rand Paul Has a Quick Fix For TSA: Pull the Plug
Mod this down please, this is completely retarded. Do you really think corporations are going to grope grandmothers, senators, and people with colonoscopy bags if there is a profit motive involved? If a private security firm is doing a bad job, there is recourse by customers to boycott them or choose a different provider. There is NO recourse with the TSA. A private firm will also more than likely have actual hiring standards.

Comment: Re:Today's dose of fearmongering... (Score 5, Insightful) 609

by ThomasFlip (#39244517) Attached to: Iran's Smart Concrete Can Cope With Earthquakes and Bombs
Typical retarded arguments. First off all many Arab nations and people question the existence of Israel, that doesn't mean they want to nuke the entire country and kill all of its citizens, it just means they don't recognize Israel as a legitimate state. Kind of like the U.S. doesn't really recognize Palestine as a legitimate state. Second of all, even if Iran got the nuke, do you really think they are going to start lobbing nukes into Tel Aviv? Their entire military and leadership would be annihilated in a day and a U.S. puppet government would be installed. North Korea has arguably the most fucked up regime in the entire world and even they're not stupid enough to start nuking Seoul because the Korean war "never ended". Third of all, the only country that's every actually nuked anyone is the United States and they had arguably already won WWII. Fourth of all, Iran's actually signed the nuclear non-proliferation treaty while Israel hasn't. You can argue they're violating it but it's clearly pure hypocrisy. I could go on and on with more points.... People need to stop buying into neo-con propaganda at face value and do a little critical thinking. This whole thing reminds me of the Iraq war all over again.

Comment: Can we end the CRTC already (Score 4, Insightful) 404

by ThomasFlip (#38792221) Attached to: Outgoing CRTC Head Says Technology Is Eroding Canadian Culture
I'm a native born white Canadian living in one of the most multicultural cities in the world and I can't stand the CRTC. Living here for 25+ years, I don't even know what Canadian culture is, let alone why we need a bureaucracy to defend it. The only people the CRTC are serving are hacky television writers whose shows get put on CBC and cancelled a year later. They are completely out of touch with reality and need to go.

Comment: Re:Valuable lesson in currency... (Score 1) 709

by ThomasFlip (#37762236) Attached to: Value of Bitcoin "Crashes"

If a large fraction of the value of gold was based on it's technical uses, the gold price should be more stable IMHO.

My understanding is that the opposite is actually true. Silver for example has a lot more industrial uses than gold but the market is much more volatile. Admittedly part of the reason is that the silver market is much smaller than the gold market, but another major part has to do with the business cycle.

For example, if there is a huge economic downturn, silver will get hit harder since industrial demand will drop as the economy contracts (i.e. less people buying audio wires). Since there is little industrial gold demand, the price will actually be more stable.

Comment: Tablet as Monitor (Score 1) 262

by ThomasFlip (#36822024) Attached to: Do Two-Screen Laptops Make Sense?

You can currently hook up a tablet to your laptop as a second monitor. My understanding is that depending on the software your using though, it can be a bit laggy. It would be nice if someone decided to design a tablet specifically for use in conjunction with a laptop.

Does anyone know what the best laptop/tablet solution is?

Comment: Financial Industry (Score 5, Insightful) 133

by ThomasFlip (#36306886) Attached to: Taking a Look At High-End Programmer Salaries

From my understanding, programmers making 300 - 400 thousand in the financial industry are typically quantitative analysts or financial engineers with masters degrees or Phds in these fields. Their primary duties are things like modeling complicated financial scenarios or finding statistical anomalies to exploit in high frequency trading. Yes they code their strategies but I don't know if I'd put them in the same category as your typical programmer.

Comment: Re:Still can't beat a console. (Score 2, Interesting) 226

by ThomasFlip (#33521540) Attached to: GoogleTV, AppleTV and the Battle For The Living Room
This is why I think we may see Apple (even Google) move into the console gaming market. Apple probably won't create a console with bleeding edge hardware to compete with Sony and Microsoft, but what I do see them doing is throwing in decent 3d graphics capabilities into an AppleTV or something similar, and potentially competing with the Wii. I think with Apples app distribution network, it's too good of an opportunity to pass up. And as a side note, look at They already have a section for iPhone games.

Google Acquires Metaweb 63

Posted by Soulskill
from the nothing-to-do-with-neal-stephenson dept.
eldavojohn writes "A startup called Metaweb (looks like an ontological, entity-based approach to Web 2.0 tagging) has been acquired by Google. You can find out what they're about from a super marketing fluff video they put together. The neat thing about Metaweb is that the database of entities it has is free. Will Google be able to make Metaweb work on their omniscient scale, or was this just Google making sure a startup doesn't become yet another player in search?"

Money will say more in one moment than the most eloquent lover can in years.