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Comment: Re:Free market economy (Score 1) 529

These two things are not at odds with each other. Most recently well documented in "A place at the table", it is quite possible to be obese and poor and malnurished in a 1st world country. In the united states, acquiring certain foods is pretty easy: refined grains, while aquiring healthy foods like vegetables can be almost impossible.

Comment: Re:If the editor really matters (Score 1) 359

I used to agree with you, and then came Java, and I got tired of writing a bunch of crap by hand just to prove I could.

Use the right tool for the job. You _can_ build that house with just a hammer, but, there are nice tools that save you a lot of time for specific jobs.

Comment: Re:Gotta agree with it being illegal (Score 1) 404

by coolsnowmen (#47338827) Attached to: San Francisco Bans Parking Spot Auctioning App

How long do you think such a service would last if all it did was sell "information" about where someone was leaving a parking spot?

As long as it wants. THAT'S. ALL. IT. DOES. The app doesn't hold parking spaces. It doesn't do anything illegal. If the people using it violate the law, that's their business. But as I understand the law, the app isn't doing anything illegal.

Ask napster how well that argument worked out

Comment: Re:Communism (Score 1) 404

by coolsnowmen (#47338821) Attached to: San Francisco Bans Parking Spot Auctioning App
The only place I've lived that was parking permit on public [city] roads I did pay for my parking permit. It was dirt cheap for the first one (requiring proof of address), and pretty expensive for the second one. The point is when a city gets so popular that the people that live there can't park anywhere near their own rowhome, this is a common solution.

Comment: Re:Here we go again (Score 1) 142

Again, chip-an-pin would be less work that rolling out imprinting devices, and would be much more secure.

Except not by PFChangs. The whole point is to be able to get money from customers, but, PF Changs's US customers don't have a CC with chip&pin. It has to come from the credit card companies.

Comment: Re:Controllers for PC? (Score 1) 174

They might, but they are not necessarily right. And simply cannot be for the general case of "gamming".

The keyboard / mouse are direct position inputs, this clearly has some benefits in certain game

The controller isn't less accurate though, it is a completely different input device, it is a rate input (think velocity)

The classic counter example would be flying/vehicles. It is simply easier to fly and drive aroudn given the ability to control the derivative and not the abolute position.

And it still gets more complicated in competative gaming. Clearly the point and click of the rts the mouse is suprior by an order of magnitude. But in FPS, when man is running across your screen, the ability to match his rate of movement (angular velocity) is much better with a controller. though, at the same time, in an insta-kill headshot type game, a man running at you, a mouse will let you pin point the head over the center of mass better

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