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Comment Re:This is dangerous... (Score 1) 845

These multiple choice tests at schools are quite curious to me as a German. The first time I have seen multiple choice question in a test was at university, and then only in one course by a professor with a huge affinity to the U.S.

When given the "Mario sells 80 pencils a day from his supply of 1,000 pencils." question, pupils here have to write down how they got to the solution, even if they could calculate it in their head. You got only part of the points if you did not provide the process. At later grades, this also allowed for different approaches, and you would get at least some points if you made a mistake in a step and got the wrong solution.

Comment Re:The catch... (Score 1) 116

Again? Google Earth, Google Streetview, every time the same doomsday scenarios... Run people, run!!1! Teh terrists are coming!!1!

Thank god that kind thinking was not prevalent in the past or we would not have electricity, cars or aircrafts.

Comment Re:Fire that NTAC asap and keep the WebOS team (Score 1) 178

> How could he have seriously expected the WebOS tablet thing to be successful.

It is a gamble. If it is a success, he gets all the glory and a huge bonus. If it fails, he gets a golden parachute. There is no way to lose for him, no risk, and he does not bet his own money.

Comment Re:it's a bit more complicated than it sounds (Score 1) 267

> No, it clearly didn't since no one in the industry came up with it.

That is not so clear cut. Someone might have thought of it, but did not think of patenting it or thought it was a conceptually trivial extension of existing systems. But did not implement it due to lack of resources.

And GPS navigation systems estimate driving duration based of past traffic data for some time now.

> Not that your statement is an actual test in any shape or form.

  "any fucking idiot in this business can come up with this" is a more colorful way to state the "non-obvious" criterion for patent application.

Comment Re:Kind of surprised. (Score 1) 408

What is your point? I can have my social circle at work, have beer with them after work, talk about stuff. And I can have a social circle with my sport buddies, meet them weekends, talk about different stuff and interact with them in a totally different way. And I can keep those social circles separate, If I choose so.

There is *nothing* inherently contradicting between "social" and "privacy"!

Comment Re:Party host should be responsible (Score 1) 100

In that particular case some weeks ago, the girl noticed her mistake, closed the post and cancel her party. People found it "funny" to show up regardless. Her parents had to hire private security for their home, massive police presence to close the street and control the hundreds that came (even from far away).

Some further notes:

1) The police is opposing the "ban it" back-seat politicians, they say it is not feasible.

2) The boulevard press jumped on the bandwagon and accelerated events by persistent reporting (look at that, massive party) even after the cancellation. Afterwards they fueled it some more (already there are new parties on facebook, see here and here, we wonder how big these get). And that is the despicable part to me, not the poor girl that made the mistake and corrected it.

Comment Re:One very good point and a lot of bitching (Score 1) 241

That is not the complaint. There is no info if Amazon does compatibility checks at all.

The author himself specified compatibility in a spec file ("Manifest file") in the app package. The Android Market uses that information to automatically not show the app to incompatible devices. Amazon ignores that information and either does not do any testing at all, or does a bad work on it.

Comment Re:Amazon tried it (Score 1) 374

> 10 years ago Amazon tried providing differentiated pricing for different customers under the same premise: they would charge based on what the customer is willing to pay.

3rd degree price differentiation is not at all what he is talking about. He is talking about financially punishing / rewarding players' behaviour in the game.

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