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Comment: Re:2x Price Reduction (Score 1) 108

by Paradise Pete (#49608915) Attached to: Tesla's Household Battery: Costs, Prices, and Tradeoffs
Many people simply don't know how to describe quantitative comparisons. "Three times faster," for instance. Is that four times as fast? If it's supposed to be equivalent to "three times as fast," then logically "one times faster" would mean "the same speed."
A good rule of thumb is that if your comparison does not contain the word "as", you're doing it wrong. It's not perfect, but it goes a long way.

Comment: Re:Very very very poor multi-tab open (Score 1) 191

by Paradise Pete (#49607677) Attached to: Chrome Passes 25% Market Share, IE and Firefox Slip

Chrome is truly awful at opening multiple tabs at once on my mac. unbelievably slow loading times compared to Safari.

Not my experience, for whatever that's worth. I use both, and each has its own annoyances, but I haven't seen a dramatic difference in performance. I keep a lot of tabs open, so a problem there would be a show-stopper for me.

Programming

Bill Gates Owes His Career To Steven Spielberg's Dad; You May, Too 143

Posted by timothy
from the our-fathers'-fathers'-fathers dept.
theodp writes: On the 51st birthday of the BASIC programing language, GE Reports decided it was finally time to give-credit-where-credit-was-long-overdue, reporting that Arnold Spielberg, the 98-year-old father of Hollywood director Steven Spielberg, helped revolutionize computing when he designed the GE-225 mainframe computer. The machine allowed a team of Dartmouth University students and researchers to develop BASIC, which quickly spread and ushered in the era of personal computers. BASIC helped kickstart many computing careers, include those of Bill Gates and Paul Allen, as well as Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs.

Comment: Re:give it up (Score 3, Insightful) 76

Why the desperation to declare that infringement == stealing? The only reason I can see is to invoke the connotation that stealing has. "Infringement" doesn't sound strong enough, so you want to call it something that does.
You're playing word games. "Theft of service" has a specific meaning, in much the same way that infringement does. But you want snip out the "theft" part and treat as a stand-alone word, so that you can then equate it to stealing. Then you want to tie that back to infringement.. It's a parlor game. Start with any word, then take a reasonable synonym for it. Now find a synonym for the new word. Continue to repeat this game and you can "prove" that black is white.

Comment: Re:I WISH he was a candidate (Score 1) 362

by squiggleslash (#49603597) Attached to: Bernie Sanders, Presidential Candidate and H-1B Skeptic

Registered Democrats in many areas of Florida in 2000 (and to a certain extent today) are Dixiecrats, not people to the left of the editorial columns in the Washington Post. They tend to vote Republican for everything except local politics. They may vote for a Democratic Senator, Congressman, or State Governor, but only if the candidate is a Dixiecrat too.

Comment: Re:He's also an interesting candidate for this (Score 2) 362

by dpilot (#49602405) Attached to: Bernie Sanders, Presidential Candidate and H-1B Skeptic

I'm generally in favor of free market capitalism, but sometimes I'm not sure that's what I'm seeing right now. I also think that problems arise when revenue and profit become the number one goal, especially at the expense of the products and services that are supposedly being sold for that revenue and profit.

+ - Bernie Sanders, H-1B skeptic

Submitted by Presto Vivace
Presto Vivace writes: Will the Vermont senator raise the visibility of the visa issue with his presidential run?

The H-1B visa issue rarely surfaces during presidential races, and that's what makes the entrance by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) into the 2016 presidential race so interesting. ... ...Sanders is very skeptical of the H-1B program, and has lambasted tech firms for hiring visa workers at the same time they're cutting staff. He's especially critical of the visa's use in offshore outsourcing.

Comment: I found it works on Slashdot (Score 4, Funny) 34

by squiggleslash (#49602121) Attached to: Researcher Bypasses Google Password Alert For Second Time

Surprisingly, with Chrome, if you enter your Google password in the Subject box of a new comment and then press the "Submit" button, the warning dialog comes up and your post won't get sent until you confirm it. Only discovered that because my Google password is (well, was) "systemd?".

Comment: Re:Motive (Score 3, Insightful) 184

Yeah I thought the summary's equation of "Protestors" and "Rioters" (headline uses the latter, main text the former, apparently referring to the same people - for the record, the number of protestors in Baltimore last week was some figure conservatively estimated in the tens of thousands; the number of rioters was less than 2,000 - probably much less, being made up largely of local gangs) was rather reflective of the kneejerk reaction against any politicial activity by "the masses" in this country.

The other day I mentioned the (thankfully debunked) neo-urban-legend about a nearby Florida sheriff saying it was OK to run over protestors if they get in your way to some people in the office. At least one was fully in favor, giving a whoop when he heard it.

I was brought up in the UK, moving to the US when I was 25. The idea of treating political protests as something horrific astounds me, it's normal activity over there, you'd expect it to be accepted and supported in the country that invented the first amendment. But apparently not.

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