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Comment Re:Worthless-pedia (Score 1) 219

Well sure. Once, for a report, I thought I'd get away with something by using an old, unpopular encyclopedia. I got a C for it, which meant I did adequately well on copying from an encyclopedia as most of the other students did. I learned a good lesson from that. Anyways, nothing too much different, except "on the internet".

Comment Re:wikipedia is bad and you should feel bad (Score 1) 219

I on the other hand use it constantly. All about the Dinosaur I just read about. A baseball players career. Comparitive stats of a B-17 and a Lancaster.

I take it w/ a grain of salt when looking up something that could be controversial or self-serving in some manner. Mostly I don't use the wiki for that kind of thing.

But for the other kind of thing, I love it.

Comment Re:check the article on imperialism.. (Score 1) 219

and hold strong to your chair not to fall from it while you are laughing. There is German imperialism, "Soviet-Russian" imperialism. But no, UK is not there. Rule, Britannia..

What? from the wiki..."Although imperialist practices have existed for thousands of years, the term "Age of Imperialism" generally refers to the activities of nations such as the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United States in the early 18th through the middle 20th centuries".

I did a quick count: 14 other references to Brit.

I'm laughing.

Comment Re:Lazarides is one cause of Blackberry's problems (Score 1) 118

That was an interesting article. Thanks for the link.

To me, the strengths of the BB are: the physical keyboard, good battery life, rock-solid email.

I will be issued the new BB shortly. No keyboard: I'll adapt, I imagine. I've have an itouch, so I'm familiar w/ soft keyboards. I don't think I'll ever be as fast as with a physical keyboard. I'm a touch-typist, so the adaptive typing may not be too useful to me because I can typically type out a word faster than I can look at the choices presented. Depending on the implementation, I might find speed gains with large words that are hard to type, such as "convenience". I could see that being very, er, convenient for me.

I still expect the rock-solid email. Battery life? I expect to do like other smart phone users: Always have a charging station available. Always plug it in while in the car. Etc.

Did you ever use or become expert with the BB's with the physical keyboard? When you switched to soft-keys, how long did it take to get up to the speed that you had with the hard-keys?


Comment Re:You would trust insurance companies on this? (Score 4, Insightful) 385

"'The first model in which we changed our perspective is on U.S. Atlantic hurricanes. Basically, after the 2004 and 2005 seasons, we determined that it was unsafe to simply assume that historical averages still applied,'"

fwiw, I find this statement to be "controversy neutral".

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