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Comment: Marketing linking brand of Lenovo with Apple (Score 1) 101

by snotclot (#45286759) Attached to: Lenovo Want Ashton Kutcher As More Than Just a Pretty Face
Despite all the comments that point to them confusing him with Jobs (hehe), I think this is a pretty solid move.

Clearly, they plan to do some subconcious marketing stuff by linking people's impressions of him with their own brand.

And who do they want the most? Apple users! And would Apple users have watched the Jobs movie? Most definitely! So, even if obviously Ashton is just some cool actor and not Jobs, they will see him and associate Apple with Lenovo.

Comment: You were in a what.. ?! (Score 1) 239

by snotclot (#44942335) Attached to: Boeing Turning Old F-16s Into Unmanned Drones
Charlie: So, lieutenant, where exactly were you?
Maverick: Well, we...
Goose: Thank you.
Maverick: Started up on a 6, when he pulled from the clouds, and then I moved in above him.
Charlie: Well, if you were directly above him, how could you see him?
Maverick: Because I was inverted.
Iceman: [coughs whilst saying] Bullshit.
Goose: No, he was man. It was a really great move. He was inverted.
Charlie: You were in a 4g inverted dive with a MiG28?
Maverick: Yes, ma'am.
Charlie: At what range?
Maverick: Um, about two meters.
Goose: It was actually about one and a half I think. It was one and a half. I've got a great Polaroid of it, and he's right there, must be one and a half.
Maverick: Was a nice picture.
Goose: Thanks.
Charlie: Eh, lieutenant, what were you doing there?
Goose: Communicating.
Maverick: Communicating. Keeping up foreign relations. You know, giving him the bird!
Goose: [Charlie looks puzzled, so Goose clarifies] You know, the finger
Charlie: Yes, I know the finger, Goose.
Goose: I-I'm sorry, I hate it when it does that, I'm sorry. Excuse me.

Comment: Re:Lazyness (Score 1) 926

by snotclot (#44633245) Attached to: What's Causing the Rise In Obesity? Everything.
I concur, from my own self-experience. It is incredibly difficult to lose weight off of just cardio (even with a pretty good diet, too).

I fixed my diet and started moderate exercise (~15 mins running day + weightlifting) and fixed my Bodyfat from 20+% to 15% in 3 months.

I then decided I wanted to hit 10-12% bodyfat, so I started running 30 mins a day (3.5 miles a day) 6 days a week for 6 months. Diet got more restricted but probably not as much as I thought (perhaps 1800-2000 calories a day, target was 1700 cals a day).

If lucky, I hit *maybe* 14% bodyfat, maybe 13% on a good day. That's it. I ran about a marathon a week literally for 6 months, but could not get rid of my remaining bellyfat (I had a very rough 4-pack, not even close to a 6-pack).

Comment: Re:bets? (Score 1) 319

by snotclot (#43577395) Attached to: $200 Intel Android Laptops Are Coming
The problem now, I am experiencing, with old laptops is not the horsepower - it is battery life. Specifically, the battery life in even a brand new battery sucks, and the laptop cannot last more than 2 hours without a recharge. I have Windows 7 X61T

To buy a *new* battery from Lenovo would cost me $150-$200+tax, which would buy me a brand new (cheap) laptop / (cheap) tablet (which will, ironically, have *better* battery life due to worse parts, lack of Windows, etc).

If I buy a cheap no-name battery from Ebay (~$25-$40), the quality of the battery now suffers, and I can probably get at most 1 hour (compared to 2 hours for the official brand battery).

In the end, I cannot use my old laptop due to battery performance, *not* actual chip technology performance.

Comment: Re:Engineering shortage? (Score 5, Insightful) 375

by snotclot (#39359061) Attached to: Reversing the Loss of Science and Engineering Careers
Why study engineering?

1) Hardest course loads through college (excepting perhaps hard sciences and premeds).

2) No girls in classes (5-14%, falls as engineering major gets harder (ie electrical))

3) No girls in companies you will end up working at

4) Facebook friends list is 80% men, most of friends are men. Great if you are networking, crappy if you are trying to network to find the perfect gf/wife. Other majors make balanced set of friends naturally through classes. Their networking, as a result, is exponentially easier.

5) You end up working at a multinational company that pays you less (much less) than finance, law, BUSINESS. Argh. Note that business, finance, and law types went through the OPPOSITE of #1-#4, meaning they end up knowing way more girls, earning more, and having had a better life.

6) Yet, you feel as if you contribute way more to society than money movers, patent leeching lawyers, and smoothtalking male/female bimbos/bimbettes.

You tell ME how f*** up engineering is.

You ask why I do it? Because I love analysis, creating, designing, and doing.
Education

+ - Antiquated Higher Level Education->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Higher level education is broken and desperately needs fixed.Kids today are learning the same way they were hundreds of years ago in a day in age when they have access to the vastest quantity of knowledge known to man. Learning for the test is common place and is not helping anyone. Higher education needs reformed and it has already started."
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Programming

+ - The Return Of The Fat App->

Submitted by snydeq
snydeq (1272828) writes "Mobile devices are turning the app dev ship around, and everything old is new again, writes Deep End's Paul Venezia. 'Fat apps are making a comeback. Thanks to mobile devices, we're drifting back to the fat app model, or at least a hybrid of Web and native app. In many cases, it's not enough simply to reformat a website for mobile browsing. The user experience on mobile devices is just too different than on a PC — you can't hover over links on a tablet or use pop-up windows, for instance. You can rearrange your website's CSS all you want, but the result is usually a poor representation of the original site, shoehorned to fit on a phone or tablet. The solution? A fat app.'"
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Intel

+ - Intel: Optical Thunderbolt this year->

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angry tapir
angry tapir writes "Optical cables for Thunderbolt ports that enable faster data transfers over longer distances on computers such as Apple's Macintosh will be available later this year, according to Intel. Thunderbolt, introduced just over a year ago, is a high-speed connector technology that shuttles data among computers and with peripherals. Current Thunderbolt installations are based on copper, but optical cables could provide more bandwidth and longer cable runs in the future."
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The Almighty Buck

+ - Federal Reserve to Take Itself to the Classroom-> 1

Submitted by
wattersa
wattersa writes "The Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis has recently released a lesson plan for K-12 students entitled "Constitutionality of a Central Bank." The full lesson plan (see PDF embedded in article) reviews the constitutional framework cited by the Fed as justification for its existence, as well as various concepts regarding the function of a central bank in controlling inflation and developing other monetary policy. Is this propaganda, as suggested in the article, or is it a legitimate educational program?"
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Microsoft

+ - Why Microsoft Can Afford To Lose With Windows 8->

Submitted by
snydeq
snydeq writes "Windows 8 is an experiment that may well fail, but Microsoft will cull invaluable feedback for Windows 9 in the process, long before Windows 7 runs out of gas, writes InfoWorld's Serdar Yegulalp. 'Can Microsoft really afford to alienate one of its biggest market segments for a whole product cycle? In a word: Yes. In fact, doing something this risky might well be vital to Microsoft's survival,' Yegulalp writes. 'Microsoft needs to gamble, and right now might well be the best time for the company to do it. The company needs to learn from its mistakes as quickly and nimbly as they can — and then turn around and make Windows 9 exceed all of our expectations. Because if Microsoft doesn't ... well, then there might well be a Mac in my future after all.'"
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Government

+ - US is net energy exporter! (Psyche!)->

Submitted by
Harperdog
Harperdog writes "Jonathan Thompson has a great piece at High Country News explaining how the recent headlines claiming that the US is a net energy exporter are simply wrong. Here's a quote: "It’s not that the headlines are lying, exactly. The US is, in fact, exporting more products made from crude oil than it imports. Distillate fuel oil is our number one seller, and “finished motor gasoline” is another healthy export. So, overall, our refineries are shipping about 800,000 to 1 million barrels per day more of these refined fuels than the U.S. is shipping in.
While this sounds great, it’s overshadowed by what is left out of the equation: Crude oil.""

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Security

+ - Digital Playground porn site hacked, user details stolen->

Submitted by hypnosec
hypnosec (2231454) writes "Hackers are claiming to have found a way to steal data on over 70,000 users, from the porn site Digital Playground, stating that they have passwords, user names and email addresses — and a few credit card details too. This is no Lulzsec or Anonymous hack, instead it is from a new hacking group making themselves known with this attack. Their name? The ominous sounding "Consortium." In the wake of the hack, the Digital Playground site has been left online, but it has a message stating "Members area is available, but we are not currently accepting new sign up's. Click here to access the members area." The Consortium has posted some details from the attack over at Zone-h, stating that it currently has 72,000 email addresses, usernames and passwords, along with 40,000 numbers, expiry dates and security codes from user credit cards."
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Comment: The 2 main reasons why Google+ loses to Facebook (Score 1) 310

by snotclot (#39189161) Attached to: Users Spend More Time On Myspace Than Google+
Let's not forget that the primary demographic in which any new trend starts is the college-age to twenties crowd.

Facebook smartly captured this specific demographic and their attention (away from Friendster and MySpace), because of two main reasons, whichi Google+ does not have:
1) social acceptance (ie friend confirmation button)
and
2) being the "first" network in which people could feel unstalkerish by stalking people they barely know but would possibly like to know better (flirtation, becoming friends, etc)

1) it started off being an "in-network-only" - what does that mean? It means, the college students which were its first users, mostly wanted to check out those hot girl/guys in their classes. It also had a "confirm friend", so you gained some sort of "acceptance" that it was consensual "stalking".

Google+, however, misses that boat: anyone can add you, without your consent (you can only block, not force them to unfriend). That means there is no "confirmed acceptance", missing out on a key social-emotional facet.

2) Furthermore, Facebook has most momentum *not* because it has "all your friend", but because it has "all the cool/hot girl/guys you'd like to be better friends with but-only-met-once-at-a-party-and-do-not-want-to-overtly-add-on-another-network-again". If google+ finds a way to migrate this set over to G+, I'd wager the G+ snowball would start rolling, and rolling pretty fast.

As an example, I was one of the first on facebook. So was my circle. But guess which same circle is on my G+ ? That's right! The geeky circle I have that was first on these due to being in "ivies" and having "friends who work at google". However, which group is missing from my G+ and everyone else? Those acquaintances you met once and never met again? Some you unfriend, but some you still want to see as a contact.


tl,dr:
1) Facebook's confirm friend button works far better to make users feel safe
2) Facebook has snowball effect due to people having already added, surprisingly, not their EXISTING friends but rather the *acquantainces* they'd *like-to-get-to-know-better* but would rather not admit to "stalking" by adding them on another network again.

Comment: Re:Google Inflating User Amount (Score 2) 171

by snotclot (#38812327) Attached to: The Google+ Name Game Continues
Gotcha. Point taken, thanks for clarifying.

But can you have it both ways? Google was oh-so-great when it was the underdog and was able to wreak havoc on M$ (kind of). Now that they are big enough to do product tie-ins here and there, people are to complain of their unfair practices (ie monopolistic advantages)?

Can the argument be made that using Youtube monopoly is akin to M$ using Win monopoly to unseat Netscape with IE ? You are in no way forced to use Youtube. An entire ecosystem of (web) apps does not revolve around Youtube - embedded videos can be replaced easily enough and any smart website designer would have made the website malleable enough to do so with some simple scripts / db changes.

Yes, point taken, so s/Youtube/other google products . Do they really have a monopoly on web services? You are always free to go to other web services.

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