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Comment: Re:Habaneros (Score 1) 285

by jizziknight (#46575649) Attached to: I prefer my peppers ...
I had them in pots on my deck in Miracle Gro potting soil in full sun watering them almost daily. I also mixed some Osmocote into the soil. They grew well, and I had quite a few peppers per plant. Some were insanely hot (to the point where eating one didn't burn, it was just straight pain), and others hardly had any heat at all. But all of them had little to no actual flavor, or simply tasted like chemicals. My friend's dad grew some as well, the same way (not sure what soil he used or what, if any, fertilizer/plant food), and his turned out a little better. They had a little flavor, but nothing that I would call a good flavor, and still had a chemical aftertaste to them.

Maybe you're right, and the imported ones are better. Besides the ones that I knew were grown locally, I don't know where the rest I've had came from. I've also never had them fire-roasted. Could be that's the trick to getting the flavor to come out.

Comment: Re:To make it easier: (Score 1) 285

by jizziknight (#46575093) Attached to: I prefer my peppers ...
While I do agree that people have varying tolerances for spicy foods, just like people have varying tastes for different things, I still think people who act like eating a jalapeno is like eating lava to be ludicrous, especially when they have never had anything hotter. If you're going from never having spicy food at all to eating a jalapeno, sure that could be impressive. But to say that anything above a jalapeno is impressive? No. Cayenne and tobasco peppers are about 6-9 times as hot as jalapenos. I would barely consider those impressive for someone who regularly eats spicy food. They are in tons of food. People probably eat those without even realizing it.

Comment: Re:*Was* considered evil? (Score 1) 294

by jizziknight (#41252957) Attached to: Google Patents Profit-Maximizing Dynamic Pricing
It didn't work for Saturn either. They had a strict no-haggle, what-you-see-is-what-you-pay pricing system at their dealerships. Turns out people like to haggle when buying cars, even if they end up paying no less than the MSRP anyway. They still feel like they got a deal, and that's what is important to them.

Comment: Re:News to me (Score 2) 672

by jizziknight (#39125015) Attached to: Have Bad Cars Gone Extinct?
Another one for the Saturns. I had a 1992 SL2 that I bought from my brother around 2004/2005-ish (he bought it brand new). When I got it, it had about 190k miles on it, and ran great. It had maintenance issues, mostly a few troubled parts that seems to go bad every couple years, but other than that, it ran great. It had a slight oil burn because the piston rings were fried. It still got 30+ mpg, and was very reliable. At 255k miles, I had the engine and transmission rebuilt, because at the time, I didn't see myself affording a new or used car of the same quality at any point in the near future, and I wanted to make sure the car lasted a lot longer. I traded it in last year because I needed a truck, but I have no doubt that it could have gone another 250k miles with a driver who took care of the car and did regular maintenance.

I hear a lot of people claiming Saturns aren't reliable. I've found that only to be true if you don't change the damn oil regularly. Those engines are very intolerable of dirty oil.

Comment: Re:What does this chart consider a major version (Score 1) 770

by jizziknight (#37862522) Attached to: Android Orphans: a Sad History of Platform Abandonment
If I had mod points, I would mod you up. I can't agree more that they are using the wrong definition of major version. Now, it may be true that if they said minor version the chart might still look the same, with the iPhones being green the whole way across. However, I don't think minor versions are a big thing to showcase here, as the minor versions don't have that much differentiation. Maybe some UI changes, but that's about it. And the UI is up to the manufacturer in a lot of cases (HTC and Motorola for instance).

If you go by actual major version, and exclude 3.x, then the original Motorola Droid is just now one major version behind. I'd be willing to bet that this is the case with a lot of the other phones as well.

Also, release schedule should be a factor in this as well. iOS has had their major version releases about one year apart for each release. All of which I think have been released with a new version of the iPhone. Android major releases have had a similar release schedule (except for 3.x, but as we're not considering that a major version for phones, we shouldn't consider it here, either), but the phones have come out on a much faster release schedule (not to mention there are a hell of a lot more of them).

One last thing to consider about this chart is the scale between phones on the timeline. It's technically correct, but is positioned in such a way to lead the viewer into seeing that the iPhones have been on the latest version more than the other phones. It might come off better if the chart spanned the 4 years that it actually spanned, with the phones positioned where their 3 years actually took place, and showed some sort of "unknown" color for the portion of the three years that has yet to happen.

Comment: Re:You Did It to Yourself (Score 4, Interesting) 659

by jizziknight (#37664432) Attached to: How Do You Educate a Prodigy?
I don't think it's entitlement so much as a lack of curiosity and drive. I'm in no way a prodigy (intelligent, sure, but not beyond normal levels), but went through much of the same in high school. In grade school and middle school, most things were new and interesting, so I was almost always engaged in what I was doing and did very well. In high school, I attempted to push myself by taking honors classes or higher level classes. I quickly found out that for history and literature, I just flat out didn't care, and my grades in those classes suffered as a result. It wasn't because the material was tough, because it wasn't; I was just more inclined to actually do the work for my math and science classes. When I dropped back down to the normal level of history and literature, I was still bored, but could largely ignore the classes and still get decent grades. In my senior year of high school, I simply became bored with everything, and just skated by. It was never because the work was too difficult; it was always because it was boring and I just didn't want to do it. Fast forward to college, and things were new and interesting again. I excelled at the classes because I was learning new things, and things I wanted to learn.

The point is, someone can be the most intelligent person in the world, but if they have no drive or don't want to achieve greatness, no amount of pushing and prodding is going make them do so.

"Religion is something left over from the infancy of our intelligence, it will fade away as we adopt reason and science as our guidelines." -- Bertrand Russell

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