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Comment Re:Let's get this out of the way (Score 1) 447

A class action suit was filed today against BugMeNot, who has -- to date -- posted 4,625 negative reviews on Yelp4People.
"Doesn't this guy ever log out?," asked Dennis Rodman, the hardest hit so far by BugMeNot
Barbra Streisand has stated "I plan to sue BugMeNot into oblivion" but it is unclear if the Gulf Islands can support a lawsuit of this magnitude.

Comment Re:Population/Area has to be a factor (Score 1) 278

But perhaps that's the problem. San Francisco has a low-enough density that drivers can get some speed up with which to kill pedestrians, whereas in Barcelona there are just so many people...

Right, and I think this would be reflected in some sort of "average speed limit per mile of city streets" metric.

I mean, 30 years ago, whenst last I drove through the downtown of actual SF, there was a 5-lane honking freeway slicing thru the heart of it. I was honestly terrified as we drove mile after mile at breakneck speed, side by side with four other lanes of cars. Most car-centric city I've been in. [And no I've not been to LA or NYC]

Comment Re: Find a new way to make money (Score 3, Interesting) 351

Some ads are ok. For example. there are ad paragraphs on the front page of slashdot that invite you to read the articles they summarize. We normally call them stories, but they are also ads.

So then it becomes, what is an ad? If I am on a web site, how can I complain -- or worse yet, want to block -- that site from promoting some of their other web pages. At the most, I can get upset if they are too flagrant in promoting other articles. But some promotion of other content is entirely reasonable.

So "other content" ads are ok, on some level.

At the other extreme, a site trying to sell someone else's random product is not something I want to waste time looking at. But what about a banner promoting some comparison of products? The hardware sites do this kind of thing all the time. I think it is fine if the comparison article is related to what I am looking at, and less fine if it is unrelated. But this sort of thing is a lot grayer.

My personal standard or measure is "Does the site host everything itself?" If so, it is reasonable for them to promote it. But if they do too much self-promotion, I will grow tired of their site and go elsewhere.

So, slashdot promoting their own stories/comment threads on their home page is reasonable and would't be blocked (if that was possible). Whereas, slashdot running ad text/graphics for random products is not something I want to read or look at and I will probably block, or try to block.

Comment Re:This looks fishy (Score 1) 35

My understanding is that not every type of sonar is damaging to whales, just some types.

I have never heard about "types" of navy sonar. All I am aware of is that the navy has jacked up the volume of their sonar to catch those stealthy Russian subs that don't exist any more.

As this page explains, they use ultra LOUD sonar. 235 decibels...with every 10 dB being ten times louder...and 120dB being a jet taking off. Let's say a trillion times as much sound energy (per area) as a jet taking off. Yeah, that might be a tad more than whales would prefer to hear.

Comment Re:Cause and effect (Score 1) 73

I would say a genius is good at turning their mind to a variety of tasks.

Whereas a nerd is lopsided. Interested in starfish, or firewalls, but doesn't like potatoes, or clowns. Yes, he is good at something because he devotes a whack of time to it, but he can't help it -- it's Minecraft or nothing.

Re: Einstein, which came first? I imagine him being schooled in music from an early age. His remarkable insights came later, with progressively older thoughts being more insightful.

Comment Re:Cause and effect (Score 1) 73

And then there is Philippe Kahn. The genius behind Sidekick, and Borland International. To me, other than his programming genius, the only other thing that stands out is how musical he was. Insert a thousand other examples. I mean, why exactly was Defender used as a hiring tool? To find out how left-brained you were? I don't think so. I lean to the left, or at least did so at that time -- engineer, etc. -- and I sucked at Defender. Probably mainly because I didn't invest the coinage in it. But I digress. Then there is Einstein and that fiddle. The left needs the right. Simple.

Comment Re:That's horsecrap. (Score 2) 307

Our 4-part tale:

The kids are gone from TV, probably forever. It is YouTube or nothing. Their stars are YouTube stars. This despite them being hooked on watching every new kids movie as soon as it came out. But now, in their teen years, TV simply doesn't exist.

My wife is almost gone as well. Once she got a laptop in the kitchen, the TV started gathering dust. She will still watch the odd thing "on TV", but actually on demand, and often with skippable commercials. Recently she decided to watch a show with me. She kept commenting about the commercials.

I stay, for the sports (can't get enough of them). But even the mighty ESPN is losing subscribers. What keeps me on TV is how I work -- the television is like the radio to me, and when commercials come on they get muted and I get some useful work done. But how many work like that?

The advertising uptick is part of it. Shows used to have 25% commercials, and today it is 33%, and climbing.

Comment Re:The 120 yr Limit (Score 1) 35

I'm not sure what everyone is complaining about.

This guy posts about twice a year. Going back a bit, but when Gene Roddenberry passed, this guy was very respectful.

He is commenting about the aging process, about what ultimately gets us, and what are our chances are. I fail to see any problem with anything he said.

Perhaps some of his points are too subtle for the 20-somethings more concerned about who they can bed tonight. For example, we do need to drop the sugar (and carb) addiction as we get older, or get Type 2 diabetes. If this saves one person from diabetes, his post is paid in full.

He then goes even further to talk about what causes us to be addicted. How this is not relevant to every single over-stressed 100 miler on Slashdot, I'll never know.

Thanks, JWillis, and I look forward to your next post.

Comment Google maps...at home (Score 2) 417

Before I get in my 3,000 pound weapon, I look up my destination on Google maps, which is still useful (if dog-slow) in its new form.

I want to know WAY ahead of time where I am headed.

Too often I see driving-by-satnav drivers frankly changing lanes while they stare at their groins. Often those lane changes could be done any time in the next 3 blocks, but they will even stop several lanes of traffic to change NOW.

Also, when you don't really know where you are going, you drive tentatively. This will drive others crazy and is generally recognized as Not Good (tm).

Then there is your unit making a mistake. Even Google Maps consistently gave me the wrong directions to one place -- the road didn't go through (and still doesn't).

Like Harold Hill said, you gotta know the territory.

Besides, most of a new trip is an old trip, with a new ending. Do you really need a gadget, or even a printout, for that?

Comment Re:And what this tells us... (Score 0) 90

Not meaning to troll, but what makes you "a pretty good scientist"?

There is a scientific method. All scientists are supposed to follow it. So the quality of being a scientist is binary -- one is or one isn't.

If one isn't, why would one say anything? If one is, it is like saying "I am a policeman", "I am a teacher".

So here you could just say "I am a scientist".

Sorry, I just don't get the "pretty good" phrase, and it makes me question whether you are or not.

Doubt is a pain too lonely to know that faith is his twin brother. - Kahlil Gibran