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Comment: Rewritten (Score 1) 92

by markdavis (#49555495) Attached to: Apple's Next Frontier Is Your Body

>"[watch/body]Alongside the company's new frontiers, like the car and the home,"

Oh yes, Apple, save us. Because somehow Apple is or will be first and/or most innovative in those spaces just like the concept of the smartwatch they just invented, or the larger phone screen, or pull-down notifications, or touch screens, or auto-updating apps, or handwriting recognition, or all-in-one computers, or windowing! Or whatever the media wants to currently declare Apple created.

I love how when it involves Apple, somehow history is always re-written. And yes, I will scream the next time someone asks me, again, if my 8-month-old Moto 360 I wear every day is "the new Apple watch!!!!!" Funny how almost nobody noticed it until recently.

Comment: It hurts! (Score 4, Funny) 146

by markdavis (#49553079) Attached to: Random Generator Parodies Vapid Startup Websites

OK, I am in pain from laughing so hard!

Some of my favs include:

* Effortify! "Share your favorite efforts and discover new ones."

* Sprayit! "Spray like never before."


* Insectify! "The evolution of the insect"

Comment: Re:Cinavia hasn't been broken (Score 1) 296

by ncc74656 (#49550599) Attached to: Microsoft, Chip Makers Working On Hardware DRM For Windows 10 PCs

Cinavia HAS been cracked.

[citation needed]

(Not that it really matters to me, as none of my playback hardware pays any attention to it: not my TVs, not my OpenELEC boxes, not my surround-sound receiver. Maybe the Blu-ray players care about it, but they mostly gather dust while the OpenELEC boxes stream from a media server.)

Comment: Re:Feminism ruins society again... (Score 1) 599

>"Why would view a program intended to help girls as a put-down on men?"

And here is your answer:

We are in a class and I am a teacher. I give candy to all the girls, not because they did anything good. But give nothing to the boys, and not because they did anything bad. Have I rewarded the girls, or have I punished the boys?

Substitute any other situation or groups into that situation and ask the same question.

Comment: That's odd... (Score 1) 294

by Alsee (#49478069) Attached to: Denver TSA Screeners Manipulated System In Order To Grope Men's Genitals

indicate to the scanning computer that the party being screened is a female. When the screener does this, the scanning machine will indicate an anomaly in the genital area and this allows (the male TSA screener) to conduct a pat-down search of that area.

That's odd, when I went through the screening and they mis-entered me into the scanner as female, it didn't report any anomaly.


Comment: Re:Constitution (Score 1) 216

Indeed. But the Fed has no right to do that. Education funding with or even without stings attached is still contrary to the Constitution. The States should collect the money they need for education and then it remains in their respective States.

Medicare and Social Security also have no basis in the Constitution, either and should be State programs (if they must exist).

Interstate roads is a bit different, since they really are between states and really are commerce.

Comment: Constitution (Score 2) 216

Please show me in the Constitution where the Federal government has the power to impose laws about education.

Oh yeah, there is this:

"The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people."

Comment: A little is a lot when it is from YOUR POCKETS (Score 1) 370

by markdavis (#49427049) Attached to: How the Pentagon Wasted $10 Billion On Military Projects

>"In the past decade, the Pentagon's Missile Defense Agency has wasted $10 billion on defense projects that were either impractical and impossible."

And to put that in perspective, this "tiny" example of federal waste in a never ending huge bucket of waste is probably over $800 for every active taxpayer (depending on how many or few Americans are actually paying meaningful taxes)... not counting the compounded interest on the debt it, no-doubt, incurred.

Comment: Re:Pi (Score 2) 39

by ncc74656 (#49424569) Attached to: Getting Started Developing With OpenStreetMap Data

I spent days getting the wrong results until I realised the problem was pi. i had been using pi=3.1415926535

Why are you trying to represent an irrational number with a rational number of unnecessarily limited precision? If pi isn't defined as a constant in whatever language you're using, calculate it yourself and store it in a variable for future reference. 4*atan(1) is fairly common and simple for this purpose, and you'll get as many digits as the underlying datatype will support.

Comment: Re:Interlacing? WTF? (Score 1) 113

by PotatoHead (#49423335) Attached to: Turning the Arduino Uno Into an Apple ][

C64 used a non-sequential scheme that mirrored it's character display.

8 bytes sequential on most machines means a linear series of pixels on the same scan line.

On the C64, those bytes got stacked up to form a character, each byte on a sequential scan line, assuming one starts at a character boundary.

Comment: Re:Yawn (Score 1) 94

RE 2) Apple uses a proprietary cable/disc with magnetic device to inductively charge. Meanwhile, the 360 uses standard, multi-vendor QI wireless inductive charging. So, yes my original posting point 2 was flawed. Sorry. It is still nothing new or innovative- just proprietary and likely more expensive.

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