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Comment Re:Big Mac (Score 5, Interesting) 347

Not to mention things like Blu Tac, Sellotape, a lot of brands of condoms, Bic Pens, most brands of cigarettes.

Those are consumables. If you only look at durable goods, and you multiply the number manufactured by the useful lifetime, then I nominate the AK-47. Over 100 million have been manufactured, and many are still in use after more than 60 years.

Comment Re: Rule of thumb: believe the man (Score 2) 388

Sex without consent is rape. Period. No exceptions.

That is an idealistic fantasy. In real life, it is complicated, "no" often means "yes", and that is especially true the first time a couple has sex. Women have been conditioned to appear chaste, and not too willing. Many women expect the man to take the initiative, and may be offended if he asks them for explicit consent. The first time I had sex with my last girlfriend, she was saying "no, no, no" while giggling and helping me unbutton her clothes. We are now happily married with two kids.

Comment Re:What about Excel? (Score 1) 97

I'm torn on this... Excel is so abused by engineers already, I'm not sure I want too many more engineering-friendly features added. Python, R, MATLAB, JMP... please, just use another tool. The other solutions are not quick and dirty, and sometimes quick and dirty is all you need - but good lord, know when to move on to another tool. We have an abortion of an Excel sheet that does data collection, including ftp and telnet, and then tries to manipulate the resulting huge data sets. I blame MS for removing the row and column limits that used to nip such silliness in the bud. :)

Comment Re:Cut 'n Paste (Score 1) 97

Word makes it difficult sometimes to use it as a word processor. In particular, I find it's implementation of styles somewhat clunky and it is painful to create and manage tables, figures, and pictures. The fields also have odd behavior that hasn't been updated in decades. They keep bolting stuff on, but not fixing the underlying warts - presumably for compatibility. The result is several different "layers" on the document, with a combination of new and old objects that you can stick on various layers, each with their own advantages and disadvantages. There are several ways to do a text box, for instance, and each are edited through a completely separate workflow.

Comment Re:365 = You pay for it 365 days of the year (Score 4, Funny) 97

I could argue (at least up to a point) that WordStar 5.5 had everything you need for, you know, writing.

Not at all. By far the hardest part of writing is thinking of something to say. Wordstar didn't help with that. But Bing-enhanced Word-365 can actually help you create the content. This is especially useful when you have no opinion or knowledge about the subject, such as writing a school term paper.

Comment Re: The basest, vilest (Score 1) 997

It appears that some of the emails may have been tampered with

I have been following the story, and this is the first time I have heard of the "tampering" accusation. Can you provide a citation? Anyway, the head of the DNC has already been forced to resign, so it seems pretty clear that enough of the emails were real.

and the timing of the release is clearly intended to interfere in the US democratic process.

Sure, if exposing the truth counts as "interfering".

Comment Re: One less idiot on the road (Score 1) 599

Some people appear more willing to make excuses for Tesla than accept they may have screwed up here.

Nobody is saying they didn't screw up. Obviously, they did. But that doesn't mean the answer is more bureaucracy and delay. I am sorry this guy is dead, but about 80 Americans die in traffic deaths EVERY DAY, and self-driving technology could likely prevent most of those. So we should be pushing this tech forward aggressively, and if there is a small bodycount along the way, we should be willing to accept that as the price we pay for the greater good. Many more lives will be saved in the long run.

I am sick of America's constant "can't do" attitude. I own a Tesla (actually, my wife owns it, but whatever), and part of the reason we bought it was to support a company that is actually getting shit done, and pushing things forward. I understand and accept that I am being used as a guinea pig.

Comment Re: The basest, vilest (Score 1) 997

Totally seems like a joke, tongue in cheek type of thing. "Oh the Russians can friggen find them I bet!"

Except that the Russians exposed the DNC corruption scandal just a few days ago. The exposure was perfectly timed to deflate Hillary's "convention bounce". Asking them to repeat something that they just did, doesn't seem like a joke to me.

Comment Re:74 at time of crash (Score 1) 599

I need to use cruise control just to stay out of traffic court - I'm a lead foot if left to my own devices.

My strategy is to pass as quickly as possible to find the next "hole" in traffic to settle into. Sometimes that means my speed varies as I try to maintain my position in the hole and people who I passed end up passing me. I figure as long as I'm over in the right lane, it shouldn't really be a problem for people to play leapfrog a little bit. I feel much safer not jockeying around in the clusters.

This strategy works not even a little in moderate to heavy traffic, in which case I simply get in the left lane and go as fast as possible, which if I'm lucky is 5-10 over the speed limit.

Comment Re:..doesnt factor in connection cost. (Score 1) 174

I'm sorry if I'm being dense to a joke, but are you serious? They don't need to sample you personally to get a pretty good idea of what people's habits are. A few thousand ought to do it, and there are hundreds of millions of Americans. The chances of you being sampled are minuscule.

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