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Comment: Experienced it recently (Score 1) 611

by Vrallis (#48603697) Attached to: Waze Causing Anger Among LA Residents

My brother and I were actually heading down to the Sunset Strip a couple weeks ago for a concert and my brother decided to try the Waze route. We spent far longer than we would have taking that route, back through the hilltop Hollywood neighborhoods--tight windy roads up and down steep hills, tons of low to no-visibility corners, single-lane available width a lot of the way. Seriously dangerous, particularly since it was at night and was raining hard.

Yeah, never again.

Comment: Re:good (Score 1) 364

by Vrallis (#47736637) Attached to: "MythBusters" Drops Kari Byron, Grant Imahara, Tory Belleci

Oh hell, Jamie and Adam are guilty of the same thing - missing the obvious. I just watched the stripped down version of testing the myth that being in the presence of an attractive member of the opposite sex 'dumbs you down'. Test was read the color of the word and not the text. On the second time through, both sexes' scores improved. and J&A were surprised. Wow. The same people taking the same test a little later in the day (usually called practice) improved. They simply concluded the myth was busted and didn't at all consider the practice session. There are a number of other episodes where the obvious was ignored as well.

If I remember correctly, the claim made, which they said was backed by other studies of this particular test, was that due to the nature of how the brain worked--the whole point of this particular test--studies showed practice had little to no effect.

Comment: Price (Score 1) 306

by Vrallis (#47571415) Attached to: Amazon's eBook Math

I still want to know why the fuck an eBook with virtually zero cost of goods is near twice the price of an actual paperback with serious manufacturing, storage, and distribution costs.

If eBooks were sold with the same profit margins as paperback they'd probably be about $2. I refuse to pay much more than that for one.

Comment: Firearms ARE safety devices (Score 3, Insightful) 1374

by Vrallis (#46891317) Attached to: "Smart" Gun Seller Gets the Wrong Kind of Online Attention

A firearm IS a safety device in and of itself.

To add another 'feature' to impede in the ability of a safety device to function properly is insane.

Imagine if the brakes on your car had such a 'feature.' Need to slam on your brakes? Ooops, you were reaching your right arm out to grab your coffee, watch now out of range, no brakes.

Now imagine the same thing, but in a mugging. You and your attacker go to the ground, including your gun. You manage to reach it with your off-hand. Oops, no bang--your watch was on your other hand. Or, to go with their scenario, the bad guy gets the gun. You grab his wrist, trying to push the gun out of your face--oops, you just stuck your watch within 10 inches of it...bang, you're dead.

Comment: Gmail/Google bug (Score 1) 388

by Vrallis (#45929029) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What To Do With Misdirected Email?

I have a feeling you're dealing with the same issue I am. I've reported it to Google, but years later it still isn't fixed.

I have a normal username (made up example: This other user apparently has "". I don't know if they get any mail at all, but I get lots of theirs. I even tested it, sending an email to my address with randomly-inserted periods, and they all end up coming to me.

Comment: College Education (Score 1) 768

by Vrallis (#43939955) Attached to: Seeking Fifth Amendment Defenders

There is a common phrase in my neck of the woods: "...a level of stupidity that can only be attributed to a college education."

It isn't a knock on the education so much as it is about the sheltered lives far too many college students have led until that point.

The 5th Amendment is yet another example of our founding fathers' attempts to curb tyranny.

The trouble with being punctual is that nobody's there to appreciate it. -- Franklin P. Jones