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Comment: A random freebie with comparison program (Score 1) 163

by gurps_npc (#47569851) Attached to: Is the App Store Broken?
That is, if you already own app A that does (x) then you can sign up to randomly get a random app B that also does x.

If you agree to rate and compare both of them, then at the end of one week, you can if you desire, trade in app A for app B for free if A costs more than B (or the price differential if B costs more than A.)

When buying apps, these ratings would be shown next to the regular ones, and be sortable.

The app creators (and the app store) would have to agree to this program, giving up their products for free in exchange for this rating system.

+ - Conservatives Release New Video Proving Global Warming is a Hoax->

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An anonymous reader writes "Conservative Louisiana House of Representative Lenar Whitney has released a new four minute video on Youtube proving once and for all that global warming is a hoax. In the heavily referenced and peer reviewed video, Whitney puts to rest global warming — something "any ten year-old can invalidate." She points out the important fact that our planet "has done nothing but get colder each year." The highly polished video with special effects clearly exhausted all of Whitney's cognitive powers in researching and backing up each point in her proof that global warming is the "greatest deception in the history of mankind." Fat cat scientists and their propaganda machines don't stand a chance with this hardworking former oilfield equipment company sales employee to set the record straight."
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Comment: Re:Why not Audi? (Score 1) 287

Or Honda for that matter. My Acura does this too. However calling the infotainment center something primarily intended for ripping music is bullshit. It does all sorts of other things including acting as a Sat Nav, cell phone interface AM/FM receiver, amp for the umpteen speakers, digital media playback controller for USB/iPod/IPhone and lots more. It's probably the least used feature of this system.

Not only that but $2500 is really piling on the bullshit. I bought a ripping device from TEAC several years ago that cost me less than $100. My guess is that the licence on this must have been $5 or so.

Criminy somebody needs to slap these guys down. HARD.

Comment: Re:Dark? (Score 4, Informative) 111

by gurps_npc (#47566333) Attached to: The Milky Way Is Much Less Massive Than Previous Thought
It's not just the visible spectrum, it's all radiations levels.

Different amounts of mass result in different star types which give up different types of light. non-star objects - dust, planets, etc. block light and radiate out the energy they absorb as heat.

So by looking at any point, we can tell how much mass it has by the amount and type of light it gives off, including the non-visible spectrum, i.e. heat.

There are a few assumptions made, but it makes a lot of sense, mathematically.

None of it would have been possible before we understood the formulas behind fusion.

Comment: Re:Heh, nice poll (Score 1) 152

by gurps_npc (#47560953) Attached to: What percentage of your media consumption is streamed?
Percentage is the worst one. It is at heart a simple mathematical concept that way too many people don't understand. X percent of Y - Divide Y into 100s, and the number of hundred's you are talking about is X.

Sometimes I think that should be the one question every job interview above minimum wage should ask. If you fail, you shouldn't be allowed to be paid anything more than minimum wage.

If they complain, tell them they will get a 100% pay raise in one year automatically, but there might be a 50% pay cut across the board after that.

Comment: Over at Dice? (Score 4, Insightful) 306

by eldavojohn (#47560113) Attached to: Programming Languages You'll Need Next Year (and Beyond)

Over at Dice

But we are at Dice, sir:

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Pros: Today's article has more content than the usual Dice front page linkage. Great article if you're not a programmer but feel stymied by the wide assortment of languages out there. Although instead of hemming and hawing before making your first project you're better off listening to Winston Churchill and sticking your feet in the mud: "The maxim 'Nothing avails but perfection' may be spelt shorter -- 'Paralysis."

Cons: It barely scratches the surface of an incredibly deep topic with unlimited facets. And when one is considering investing potential technical debt into a technology, this probably wouldn't even suffice as an introduction let alone table of contents. Words spent on anecdotes ("In 2004, a coworker of mine referred to it as a 'toy language.'" like, lol no way bro!) could have been better spent on things like Lambdas in Java 8. Most interesting on the list is Erlang? Seems to be more of a random addition that could just as easily been Scala, Ruby, Groovy, Clojure, Dart -- whatever the cool hip thing it is we're playing with today but doesn't seem to quite pan out on a massive scale ...

Comment: Re:When I was born... (Score 1) 114

by gurps_npc (#47557147) Attached to: SpaceX Executive Calls For $22-25 Billion NASA Budget
You are correct about the specifics. I did make a bad comparison. (Note we are budgeted for 11 carriers active at any time - the 11th is the new Ford class, Electric powered catapult sitting in Newport, expected to be finished next year. ) That said, we do spend far more money on maintaining our military than we do on scientific research.

Comment: Re:There have been attempts before (Score 2) 40

by gurps_npc (#47549485) Attached to: How Bird Flocks Resemble Liquid Helium
Ever hear of the "jinx" tradition? It is when you say something at the exact same time you have to do "x". X is irrelevant (sorry math teacher). The point is that if two or more creatures are intent on doing the exact same thing - say eating grass while looking out for predators, they are very likely to spot something strange at the exact same time, both reacting at the exact same time. It is not telepathy, because the creatures are not reacting to each other.

The same thing often happens in flocks. All the creatures sense and react in the exact same way (herd animals are not noted for their individuality), at the exact same time. Even if the herd is large, they see, or hear/

Now, if they smell the creature, or if the herd is so large that some creatures can not see or hear the stimulus, then the herd starts to react to itself. But quite a lot of the time, an entire herd will become aware of the stimulus at the exact same time and react at the exact same time.

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