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Comment: Re:Top Gear was worse. (Score 1) 544

by badpool (#46652853) Attached to: 60 Minutes Dubbed Engines Noise Over Tesla Model S
Come on now, the three of them fucking love Ford and don't hide it. Jezza also clearly had a blast driving the Tesla Roadster. On the other hand, they bash electric cars at every opportunity so this was all about the Tesla being electric. Which is stupid, yes, but not anti-American in the slightest.

Comment: Re:well doh. keep it cheap and simple. (Score 1) 276

by badpool (#42031761) Attached to: Nintendo Wii U Teardown Reveals Simple Design

I completely agree with you.

What annoys me is how the term "hardcore" has been co-opted to imply violent and adult-themed content. The best way to add value to and glorify this type of content is to make it look more realistic, which necessitates more processing power. Therefore, more powerful consoles become associated with "hardcore" gaming, resulting in an army of inflated egos preaching the downfall of anything that won't improve the graphics of their favorite military shooter. It is a shame.

Comment: Re:*different* scores for *standardized* tests (Score 2) 622

by badpool (#41969715) Attached to: With NCLB Waiver, Virginia Sorts Kids' Scores By Race

The end result of this policy is a society where different ethnicities are held to different standards, which will only exacerbate the economic inequalities between light-skinned people and dark-skinned people. It addresses the symptom rather than the root cause (which seems pretty typical of how we North Americans deal with most of our problems).

It is terrible policy.

Comment: Re:Real power? (Score 1) 188

by badpool (#41779675) Attached to: Nintendo's Wii U Will Be Sold At a Loss
I suppose it depends on what the developers are comparing. I've read the GPU is pretty well ahead of current console hardware, but the CPU is not. The power consumption should be lower as well, which won't make games look prettier, but might factor into the whole "how advanced the hardware is" issue. The statements have been so ambiguous, it's hard to tell...

Comment: Re:Translation (Score 3, Insightful) 866

by badpool (#41683131) Attached to: Parent Questions Mandatory High School Chemistry

I think it would be detrimental to society to have people specialize at such an early age. First, many excel at subjects that they were forced to repeat earlier in life. Second, even if the student never makes direct use of the knowledge, it provides them a better understanding of our society. Put another way: It's ok to suck at chemistry - it's not ok to not know what chemistry *is*.

I think people need to be more comfortable with failure (or lack of excellence, for that matter). There's really nothing wrong with not being great, just do what you like and try your best.

Comment: Re:No surprise to us: Thats the real story (Score 1) 168

by badpool (#41611031) Attached to: Once Valued at $1.8B, OnLive Was Sold For Only $5M

He wasn't arguing in favor of public investment. Don't know why you're in such a huff.

This single event doesn't indicate a failure of "capital markets" (as an idea). It does, however, indicate that the analysts and investors involved made a [huge] mistake. When taken into context of the last 10-15 years, I think it points to the general inability of analysts to provide accurate, or even remotely rational, valuation of tech firms. But hey, that's just me.

Comment: that name (Score 1) 285

by badpool (#41303627) Attached to: 8th Circuit Upholds $220,000 Verdict In Jammie Thomas Case
Despite the current and past crappy rulings on this case...the first thing I think about is what kind of name is "Jammie" anyway? Is it pronounced like "Jaimie", or like some weird singular form of the slang for pajamas ("Ja-mee")? Either way, I wonder wtf is wrong with parents and naming these days. For me, this is a hard case to read about.

Byte your tongue.