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Comment: Re:Hmm, maybe (Score 1) 213

by balbus000 (#49096481) Attached to: Sony Offers a "Premium Sound" SD Card For a Premium Price

That site... it's hurting my brain. I don't know whether to laugh, or cry, or huddle in a corner and start sucking my thumb. Carbon HDMI cable

There are significant, audible differences between HDMI cables. We're not sure how this is possible, since HDMI is purported to be a purely digital interface, however, the sonic differences are repeatable and consistent from system to system. A better HDMI cable makes a better digital audio cable, period. This is as true for music as it is for movies.

Comment: Re:Automation is your friend (Score 1) 136

by balbus000 (#49017157) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Is There a Web Development Linux Distro?

One thing this chart doesn't take into account is how many other people would find the automation useful. That changes the calculation significantly, especially if it is something that could be sold to others.

However, for this particular question, the number of other people who would use the automated solution is likely zero.

Comment: Re:Size (Score 1) 324

by balbus000 (#48885175) Attached to: What Will Google Glass 2.0 Need To Actually Succeed?

Disclaimer: I could probably be classified as a Google fanboy, but I do not own Google Glass.

I think these types of arguments are silly, because they take an already existing issue and then pretend that Glass is the only cause. Seriously, look around the next time you're in a restaurant. There are always people pulling out their cell phones to snap a picture of their food or friends, and of course people they don't know will be in the background of the photos. This is really what you're worried about with Glass? This already happens.

Do you think that the problem will be worse with Glass? If so, why? And how much worse?

Comment: Holy Shit (Score 1) 190

by balbus000 (#48612161) Attached to: Why Didn't Sidecar's Flex Pricing Work?

Who gave Bennett unlimited mod points?

Let's take a look at comments modded as Troll in past Bennett articles:

2014 Geek Gift Guide 2 comments marked Troll, both of them by Bennett

An Algorithm To Prevent Twitter Hashtag Degeneration 5 comments marked Troll, 3 of them by Bennett

Clarificiation on the IP Address Security in Dropbox Case 1 comment marked Troll

Big Talk About Small Samples 2 comments marked Troll, both of them by Bennett

Debunking a Viral Internet Post About Breastfeeding Racism 0 comments marked Troll

We Need Distributed Social Networks More Than Ello 0 comments marked Troll

An Algorithm to End the Lines for Ice at Burning Man 0 comments marked Troll

Now look at the mods on comments in this article - 40 comments have been marked as Troll. And most of them are comments badmouthing Bennett. Slashdot, you have some 'splainin' to do.

Comment: Re:Head (Score 1) 130

by balbus000 (#48609365) Attached to: No More Foamy Beer, Thanks To Magnets
I visited London over the summer, and went on a tour of Fuller's brewery. It was amazing. I wish that cask ale was more popular here in the States. I'm not aware of a place within 150 miles that I can get it. At least I still have a bottle of Fuller's Vintage Ale (bottle conditioned) that I brought home to save for a special occasion.

Comment: Re:Ironic: if you "OK" the manifesto it shares on (Score 1) 167

by balbus000 (#48220909) Attached to: Ello Formally Promises To Remain Ad-Free, Raises $5.5M

I imagine the intent is to make people who currently use the other social media sites comfortable with migrating to Ello. This way a user could start using it even though none of their friends are on it yet.

If Ello catches on and becomes popular, then users could stop doing the auto-push to other networks.

I haven't looked at their site, but hopefully they allow easily toggling that option. And hopefully they make signing up easy without tying it to your existing accounts.

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