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Comment: Re:what? (Score 1) 117

by gl4ss (#47555745) Attached to: OKCupid Experiments on Users Too

it's not really beta stuff though.

what they do is serve a portion of the visitors version A.

then they serve a portion of the visitors version B. then they see in which one resulted in more sales/longer engagement.

neither one is technically beta, but more like an experiment about what works to get you to do the wanted outcome.

there's plenty of tracking/logging companies providing easy facilities this and if you work in startups you'll see it pushed on your face, even if the a and b versions don't have enough difference and the sample sizes are too small to make any conclusions on. but it gives people to do something when they don't know how they should further the sales/engagement and it's on the "book" of marketing.

Comment: Re:Why? (Score 1) 84

We got the idea with the Hercules that you could resupply military fleets or save fuel with launch your cargo ship into the air if time became an issue(because of the war). It was misguided, but at least a reason for the amphibious design.

Why are they building giant amphibious cargo planes today? Who has that need?

There are these islands which are kind of contested and which China is trying to assert sovereignty over. They are really small and many won't have room for an airstrip.

I *guess* that being able to quickly resupply these islands from the air would be very handy for China.

Comment: Re:I know you're trying to be funny, but... (Score 1) 657

by gl4ss (#47547399) Attached to: Linus Torvalds: "GCC 4.9.0 Seems To Be Terminally Broken"

where is that obligation.. I don't remember reading it in the GPL.

I'd rather have a beer with Torvalds than RMS any day of the week and I don't even drink.

anyways, had he not been so called abusive, I would not know that version of gcc is crappy and that someone was shipping that with some release(i guess unstable though)

Comment: Re:crap hardware (Score 1) 61

by gl4ss (#47538957) Attached to: Household Robot Jibo Nets Over $1 Million On Indiegogo

hmm yeah but I'm thinking why would this be a device and not a piece of software? I mean, it would be just as well if it worked out of a laptop and laptop has probably much more cpu power than the device will have.. it's just a fucking talking face and the meat of the bone would be how good of illusion of reality it can give of being something else than eliza.

---is that why it's on indie-give-us-monay-we-don't-know-if-this-works-gogo?

Comment: Re:What?!? (Score 5, Insightful) 873

And that is fully legal.


I seriously doubt their soliciting for getting people to fly with them includes notification of that "if you think we're rude then we will not fly you and just take your money".

I mean, think about it. He paid for a service to be transported and they cancelled that contract based on that he tweeted the one person being rude. Why do you think that would be a legal way of doing things? taking money and not delivering their end of the contract? you also think it's legal for them to just sell tickets and then not fly at all?

Now do you think it would be legal for best buy to come to your house and take your tv away because you stated publicly that the salesman was an ass who tried to rudely pressure you into buying extended warranty? fuck no.

and why do you think they back pedaled? because what they did was "normal"? fuck no it wasn't. the criticized person was just using the powers he had for ANOTHER PURPOSE(purpose of keeping the plane safe) to make him delete the tweet that could negatively affect her career.

so next up - when you complain that comcast is a bunch of fuckers online you think it's also legal for them to cancel your internet.... with that kind of attitudes no wonder americans are corporate bitches getting bled dry into debt.

Comment: Re:Why not try Dvorak instead? (Score 1) 80

by Grishnakh (#47527735) Attached to: A Warm-Feeling Wooden Keyboard (Video)

Dvorak is good, but Colemak is also a very good alternative that's probably a lot easier for Qwerty typists to adapt to. Also, some guy did a bunch of research and made a website (wish I had a link, sorry) about different keyboard layouts and found that Dvorak was actually eclipsed in some metrics by both Colemak and another layout he created.

Comment: Re:S'not Wooden (Score 1) 80

by Grishnakh (#47527691) Attached to: A Warm-Feeling Wooden Keyboard (Video)

Is this the wisest choice? In my opinion, MicroUSB is actually a pretty crappy connector, and doesn't have very good retention. MiniUSB and regular USB-B ports are far better and sturdier choices for a corded item on my desk which gets bumped around a lot. The only really good thing about MicroUSB is the thinness, but that's only important on mobile phones, not large items like keyboards.

Comment: Re:Not wooden (Score 1) 80

by Grishnakh (#47527673) Attached to: A Warm-Feeling Wooden Keyboard (Video)

I don't get the bit about weight. Aluminum has a very high strength-to-weight ratio; you're not going to get a product with the same weight and durability with wood (e.g. you could use balsa, which is extremely lightweight, but it also have low strength and absolutely terrible hardness).

In high quantities, aluminum should be pretty economical; you can just use a big press to stamp it. The big cost here is the tooling, but after that the per-unit cost is cheap. Milling is far, far more expensive than pressing/stamping, and only really makes sense if 1) the quantities are really low and/or 2) the product cost is really high and 3) it's really needed for some reason. For enclosures and the like, stamping is usually sufficient.

To keep it from looking like an Apple product, there's something really cool you can do with aluminum called anodizing. Anodize it black and give it some corners and sharp lines and it won't look anything like an Apple product. Anodizing is better than paint since it's more durable. For a high-end product as this is sure to be, it should be within budget.

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