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Comment: I would buy this. (Score 1) 98

by yotto (#45022545) Attached to: Team of Dentists Create "The Six-Second Toothbrush"

Surprised nobody has said they would buy this, though some could see the benefits. If it works as good as my electric (Oral B, one of those expensive ones with the charging base and the 30-second alert so you know to change quadrants) I'm all in. I hate brushing my teeth but do it pretty religiously, and if I can not do it for 2 minutes twice a day, sounds like a pretty good use of my money.

Someone else mentioned that they could brush easily after every meal and that seems a good idea as well. Also, whenever I don't brush it's because I'm late for somewhere. It's easy to say "Crap, I don't have time to brush" (even if it's a lie) when that time is 2 minutes sat in front of the mirror. Less so when it's 6 seconds you could presumably do while doing other things.

Comment: Re:I would have added more features (Score 1) 98

by yotto (#45022505) Attached to: Team of Dentists Create "The Six-Second Toothbrush"

I just had the most hilarious webcomic idea pop into my head. Starts with a guy walking into work with a mustache and beard that exists only under his nose in a thin line.

It'd probably look too much like a Hitler 'stache though. Maybe if he was blonde. Hmmm.

For someone with no artistic talent, I'm giving this a lot of thought.

Comment: Re:Appalling (Score 4, Insightful) 343

by yotto (#44794305) Attached to: Australia Elects Libertarian-Leaning Senator (By Accident)

Any system that lets someone be elected by accident is absolutely appalling. Australia would do well to reevaluate their system so that this doesn't happen in the future.

Politics and national leadership is far too important to be decided by absurd errors.

You know that any system where you ask common people to decide things will allow for stuff to happen by accident, right?

Comment: Re:longitude and latitude (Score 2) 478

by yotto (#44301855) Attached to: Describe Any Location On Earth In 3 Words

So, I am confused how this is better than longitude and latitude? I can use L&L offline, and it can have almost an infinite precision. Also, with my memory I am no more likely to remember the 3 words here than a long string of numbers.

*ALMOST* infinite precision? Add another decimal place and you get better precision. Keep adding them and you get infinite precision. Hell, you could keep adding decimal places until you get down to a specific atom! (Although that would be rather silly and probably impossible to actually measure with today's technology.)

Until you get so small as to bump into the realm of Quantum Mechanics, and then you literally can't say for certain - ever - if a specific thing is at one location or another.

Comment: Re:1 Microsoft Way, Redmond, WA 98052 (Score 1) 478

by yotto (#44301809) Attached to: Describe Any Location On Earth In 3 Words

It's about ease of vocal communication. I could tell you that I'm at 31.415926N 54.589793W, or I could tell you that I'm at signal.shot.fleet. Which would be easier to send over a voice channel?

Basically, it's the same reason you went to slashdot.org, not to 216.34.181.45. Words are easier than numbers for people to use.

The big difference is, slashdot chose their name, and it at least tangentially refers to what they do. Unless you sell military grade naval communication equipment, that name isn't very descriptive.

Comment: Re:Let's dumb it down for everyone (Score 1) 778

by yotto (#44156377) Attached to: Firefox 23 Makes JavaScript Obligatory

Why is this a thing?
Why must we dumb down everything?

Because if you don't, a significant number of "dumb" people will complain loudly that your program "sucks" because it "broke the Internet" on their computer, and slowly the world's view of your software will degrade. It doesn't matter to 95% of the world WHY that web page worked in IE but didn't work in Firefox. All they care about is seeing pictures of their nephew's cat.

So long as NoScript and AdBlock work, this decision will not affect me or any other person savvy enough to care, unless there is a large contingent of people for whom NoScript won't fulfill their needs.*

*I'm not discounting this possibility, but I've never heard of it.

Comment: Re:Economies of scale (Score 2) 611

by yotto (#44026303) Attached to: Microsoft Reputation Manager's Guide To Xbox One

They ran 2 (or likely 2 million) situations through some great combonator. In situation A, they don't phone home every 24 hours and more people can buy the box, but publishers get mad that they can't impose draconian DRM. In situation B, they do phone home every 24 hours and less people can buy the box, but the publishers are happier. Situation B made them more money in spite of losing them customers, so that's what they went with.

What I think they may have failed to take into account is those of us who have broadband but won't buy the box anyway because of this.

"Morality is one thing. Ratings are everything." - A Network 23 executive on "Max Headroom"

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