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Comment: Buying cars based on fuel price... ugh (Score 3, Interesting) 605

by netsavior (#49528417) Attached to: Cheap Gas Fuels Switch From Electric Cars To SUVs
For most people, especially ones with NEW cars, the cost of fuel is such a small portion of TCO that gas mileage is almost inconsequential within reason. People get psychotic when gas swings one way or another because people are idiots, who cannot ignore the 20-80 dollars they spent today in favor of focusing on the 500 dollars they pay every month.

Comment: Re:$30 per month (Score 1) 214

by netsavior (#49519885) Attached to: Netflix Is Betting On Exclusive Programming
If Hulu plus actually worked, I would still pay for it and still watch the stupid ads, even at double the price. As it is I had to drop it, because we couldn't actually use the service we paid for. Netflix works bug-free on all of my devices. Hulu plus crashes on every platform I have used it on except PC (where you don't even need to pay for it). It is crappy software, and they think they can get away with it because they are the gatekeepers to "precious" content.

Netflix, on the other hand, is a better experience than piracy. Netflix gets my money (and more from me than the average person because I pay for an account with more simultaneous screens since my household has so damned many devices that work flawlessly with netflix).

Comment: Re:How much is his investment in the company makin (Score 2, Interesting) 482

by netsavior (#49485761) Attached to: Seattle CEO Cuts $1 Million Salary To $70K, Raises Employee Salaries
They have taken token salaries so that they do not have to pay income tax, NOT because they are heroes. "Compensated in stock" is another word for "Tax evasion"

It isn't cute, it is CEOs taking advantage of YOU directly, and looking like heroes when they do it.

Comment: Re:What? (Score 2) 148

by netsavior (#49462817) Attached to: Nearly Half of <em>Game of Thrones</em> Season 5 Leaks Online

I would imagine it's more fun to just spend the next month watching week to week as nature intended

I don't think nature intended us to be sitting on our asses to watch stories happen on animated flat canvases.

Nature rewards us grandly for it. If "nature" didn't intend us to seek food and entertainment, our bodies wouldn't fill our junkie brains with dopamine when we do it.

+ - Being Overweight Reduces Dementia Risk->

Submitted by jones_supa
jones_supa writes: Being overweight cuts the risk of dementia, according to the largest and most precise investigation into the relationship. The researchers were surprised by the findings, which run contrary to current health advice. The team at Oxon Epidemiology and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine analysed medical records from 2 million people aged 55 on average, for up to two decades. Their most conservative analysis showed underweight people had a 39% greater risk of dementia compared with being a normal healthy weight. But those who were overweight had an 18% reduction in dementia, and the figure was 24% reduction for the obese. Any explanation for the protective effect is distinctly lacking. There are some ideas that vitamin D and E deficiencies contribute to dementia and they may be less common in those eating more. Be it any way, let's still not forget that heart disease, stroke, diabetes, some cancers and other diseases are all linked to a bigger waistline. Maybe being slightly overweight is the optimum to strike, if the recent study is to be followed.
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Comment: my 9 year old is a Roblox Creator, here's how: (Score 1) 315

by netsavior (#49442299) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How To Introduce a 7-Year-Old To Programming?
My then 8 year old wanted to learn Lua script so he could build original content in Roblox. I tried to convince him to learn to code something easier to teach first. That was HARD, harder than I thought, to convince him to try to learn to think in code before he tried to code in Lua.

One night, he came out of his room long after bedtime crying and told me that earlier he copied someone's script into a level he made in Roblox, and now he was sure he was going to get banned because the game thought he was cheating

it was 10:00 at night and I loaded up his Roblox account, and edited the script right in front of him. It was something like this psudocode: wait(1 minute) display message("You have been caught cheating, your account will be deleted in 5 days") end

I changed it to display a stupid message like "If you see this it means you got trolled by someone who understands scripting"

He felt better, but more importantly he learned that "understanding scripting" is important and powerful... and that even his old dad who "just knows other scripting and not lua" is better than nothing.

Then he said... I guess you can teach me Javascript... then we started Khan Academy and he slurped it up like a hungry aardvark.

Comment: We already have this for employees (Score 1) 210

Employees - Am I in the united states and an At-Will employment state, you are about to be let go

Am I in any G8 country other than USA, your country protects its citizens, and the corporation is required to notify you, and provide a reason if you will be let go.

Comment: At least we still have the Nebula. (Score 0) 587

by netsavior (#49414459) Attached to: Hugo Awards Turn (Even More) Political
Their reading lists had a large amount of overlap before. I think these jerks don't realize how precarious the situation of Science Fiction literary genre is... As it is most breakout authors are accidentally sponsored by Scientology, and major publishing houses will not take a chance on anything but space opera, someone with 150,000 blog and twitter readers, or licensed adaptations.

everything stupid and petty we do as a community puts another nail into that coffin. Having our most prestigious award turned into a poor downtrodden straight white male protest is a freaking deathblow.

"I have just one word for you, my boy...plastics." - from "The Graduate"