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Comment: Re:Multi-touch (Score 2, Interesting) 434

by hoooocheymomma (#31332214) Attached to: Apple Sues HTC For 20 Patent Violations In Phones

"Pinch to Zoom" is a gesture. Why should it be possible to patent a hard-coded gesture? People have been writing gesture-based solutions for EVER. On a touch screen, all you have are gestures made up of touching and dragging. Does it make much sense to force users to use different gestures on different devices?

Comment: Re:Joke (Score 1) 1721

by hoooocheymomma (#29692415) Attached to: Barack Obama Wins the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize

Uh.. fuck yeah? Also, bush had been in office for 9 months before 9/11 happened, and he hadn't done ANYTHING remotely violent at that point, or even by the point in his term that we are at in Obama's current term. All he did was hang out at the ranch and spout off "i'm a uniter not a divider". And he could have dragged out our role in Yugoslavia that Clinton gave him. So based on current performance, Obama could have yanked our troops from Iraq, and that would arguably be a more "peaceful" action.

So far, Obama is LESS peaceful than Bush with regard to violent actions over time served in office.

Sure, Obama will probably prove to be a far more peaceful president once he's been in office for more than a YEAR. But how on earth can you award a president for less than a year of hardly doing any work? He's got four to eight more years to either fuck up or not. Nobody can know what he'll do.

Shit I hate to godwin this, but how long did it take hitler to start rounding up jews? Was all that done before his tenth month in office was up?

Comment: Re:At the Risk of Sounding Like an Apologist (Score 1) 832

by hoooocheymomma (#29135337) Attached to: Poor Design Choices In the Star Wars Universe

also note that venus fly traps only need the flies because their soil is deficient in nitrogen. they don't NEED to feed if they can get sufficient nitrogen from their soil. why can't the sarlac work that way? the answer: because the people criticizing this element in star wars have no imagination.

Same with asteroid worms. A worm sits in a hole in an asteroid that will in all probability never see another space ship other than the millennium falcon. Completely improbable. Now, enter imagination: perhaps the worm doesn't eat space ships, but the asteroid? Perhaps the worm was not trying to eat the ship, but attack it, because it was potentially a threat, or perhaps simply because it was perturbed by the ship (they did shoot the worm in the mouth)?

Comment: Re:A Waste of Developer Time (Score 1) 212

by hoooocheymomma (#28694283) Attached to: <em>Aion</em> Shaping Up For US Launch

If you're a guild leader then you're probably so hardcore into the game that you're already hooked to the game and you're willing to fumble through horrible management UIs.

Game developers don't need to get your attention. They need to get the attention of a bunch of half-witted 12-year-olds and a bunch of 28-year-old guys' girlfriends in order to build up a big enough subscription base in order to earn the first 'M' in MMO.

I think you're making the mistake of assuming that what is right for a minority such as yourself is what will save a fledgeling MMO. I would bet good bones or clams that you're wrong.


Cats "Exploit" Humans By Purring 503

Posted by kdawson
from the frequently-mistaken-for-a-meatloaf dept.
An anonymous reader notes a BBC report on research recently published in the journal Current Biology, indicating that cats manipulate humans by adding a baby-like cry to their purring. "Cat owners may have suspected as much, but it seems our feline friends have found a way to manipulate us humans. Researchers at the University of Sussex have discovered that cats use a 'soliciting purr' to overpower their owners and garner attention and food. Unlike regular purring, this sound incorporates a 'cry,' with a similar frequency to a human baby's. The team said cats have 'tapped into' a human bias — producing a sound that humans find very difficult to ignore."

Comment: Re:I guess I should prepare for extinction then (Score 1) 422

by hoooocheymomma (#28639551) Attached to: Standalone GPS Receivers Going the Way of the Dodo

Yes, yes, and I'm sure only a fool would think that no general purpose computer will ever be able to replace the mainframe either, right? I'm sure nobody will ever be able to read books on smart phone, browse the web on smart phones, or watch movies on them either, right? For every mobile task that exists, there must also exist a dedicated device right?

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