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Comment Re:Steve doesn't miss it at all... (Score 4, Informative) 221

Expect this dispute to drag out for a while. Steve is dead, and the market for mega-yachts is never brisk. If the contract had a high content of handshakes and winks instead of numbers with signatures, the dispute could get uglier than the yacht, and that's saying something.

Nope. It's already been resolved with the family promising to pay the extra 3 million.

Source (Dutch; google translate doesn't handle it well): http://www.nu.nl/internet/2990610/familie-steve-jobs-lost-geschil-rond-boot.html

Comment Re:Hah! Take that, my bank! (Score 1) 497

As far as I know, I'm the only AmEx card holder who has a pin set to something other than the customer's mother's birthday.

You're not, or at least you wouldn't be if I still had the corporate AmEx card from my previous job. When the customer support person from AmEx asked me about my mother's birthday I told him that I'm terrible with dates (which is true) and I don't know it by heart. After that he asked me some other dates to which I gave the same reply. He then just let me have whatever 4-digit number I liked, and I picked one that isn't a valid date.

Honestly, the process was pretty painless. Apparently this is not universally true, but the AmEx helpdesk in my region (The Netherlands) has always been polite and helpful to me.

Comment Re:Business not a zero sum game (Score 2) 249

War by definition is a zero sum game.

By what definition? I would consider war to be a negative-sum game.

Only if you don't consider the consequences of not going to war. For instance, I'm very glad that France and Britain declared war on the Axis. I have little doubt that the world would have been a worse place now if they hadn't.

Comment That's nothing! (Score 1) 191

That's nothing! I have a tuna sandwich that will last up to 1 billion years! (Your pick of long or short scale.) I absolutely guarantee that it will last no longer than that!

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When will we stop giving an upper bound on the time until something will break when we should be giving a (preferably maximal) lower bound?

(Still mighty cool work of the University of Oslo.)

Comment Re:Casio F-91W wristwatch (Score 3, Insightful) 426

The silliness enters the picture when you consider how many non-terrorists own such watches, not when you just look at all the suspected or actual terrorists who do.

How many people running around Afghanistan wear digital watches, much less this particular model? If it's very common in the region, I would agree. But I honestly don't know.

I remember seeing these in many stores in The Netherlands in the '90s. Owned one myself. In many ways it's a better watch than the fancy Swiss one I've got now. Very reliable, user-friendly, incredibly long battery life (people report 8+ years; I know I never had to change the battery in mine), and dirt cheap to boot ($8 on the web). I wouldn't be surprised at all if it's still popular in places like Afghanistan. If it wasn't so ugly I'd still be wearing mine.

Comment Thanks for posting (Score 1) 469

Thanks for posting this story. This issue doesn't affect me, as I don't use EA forums, but it is still something that I find completely unacceptable. I've bought (yes, with money) every RPG Bioware ever released for the PC (and I think I also have a copy of Shattered Steel), but combined with the emphasis on DLC (which requires logging in) in recent titles, this means I will not be buying (or pirating) DA2.

(Apologies for all the parentheses. I'm in the middle of On Lisp.)

Canada

Submission + - "Money for Nothing" not fit for Canadian radio (yahoo.com) 2

jenningsthecat writes: In a move that echoes the recent sanitization of Mark Twain's works, the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council has ruled that the Dire Straits song 'Money for Nothing' "contravenes the human rights clauses of the Canadian Association of Broadcasters' Code of Ethics and Equitable Portrayal Code". Twenty-five years after the song's release, it seems that a listener in St. John's, Newfoundland objected to the use of the word 'faggot' in the song's lyrics.

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