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Comment: Re:Uhhh... (Score 1) 129

by ls -la (#37958972) Attached to: Verizon Announces Pay-Per-Use 'Turbo Boost' For Smartphones
I thought so too, the summary was somewhat misleadingly worded on that front, I mean who thinks end-users are going to use an API (especially in an app they didn't write)? And because this places a burden on the app developers to implement the API, it is still going to favor bigger and more established companies who can more easily bear the burden, though less so because (presumably) once you have it in, there's no recurring fee to keep it going.

Comment: Re:Emacs vs VIM: Who cares? (Score 1) 271

by ls -la (#37927690) Attached to: Vim Turns 20

Honestly, both are excellent text editors. I, like most programmers, use the one that was favored at my university. Not because it was necessarily better, but because lots of other people used it and helped me get over the learning curve. I still use VIM today on every operating system I use or am forced to use.

Interesting. At my school, emacs was the editor of choice, and I still ended up using vim.

Comment: Re:Free speech? (Score 0) 467

by ls -la (#34600522) Attached to: Bank of America Cuts Off Wikileaks Transactions

I don't get it. If congress can't set a federal drinking age how can they outlaw drugs? If the feds needed a constitutional amendment to prohibit alcohol how come one wasn't needed for the war on drugs?

Little known fact: The constitution was repealed by FDR shortly after Pearl Harbor. Prohibition was before, the war on drugs was after.

Comment: Re:Better technology (Score 4, Insightful) 342

by ls -la (#34526198) Attached to: Backscatter X-Ray Machines Easily Fooled

This obviously means that we are going to need better technology. We'll need technology that will be able to give us a full color representation of your completely nude body, but only if you're a hot chick. - Your Friendly local TSA Agent

Even better, implement beer goggle technology into these full body scanners, so no matter how the passenger really looks, the TSA agent will never need eye bleach at the end of his or her shift.

How about reverse beer goggles. No matter how hot the people going through the scanner are, the agents that see the scans will want to gouge their eyes out with a spoon.

Comment: Re:I work with 2 of the authors (Score 1) 575

by ls -la (#33742892) Attached to: Earth-Like Planet That Could Sustain Life Found
If you'll recall, Crematoria had a dawn, as that was what they were running from in the movie; tide-locked planets can't have a dawn. I suspect extremes like on Crematoria (which happen to a lesser extent on the moon, btw - 100-390K at the equator according to wikipedia) are from two primary factors: first, being much closer to the sun, and second, less of an atmosphere (ozone in particular) for thermal regulation.

"Now this is a totally brain damaged algorithm. Gag me with a smurfette." -- P. Buhr, Computer Science 354