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Comment Re:arbitration != court (Score 2) 163

Arbitration might be a good mechanism for resolving disputes, if there existed any way to ensure their impartiality. (I am referring here exclusively to the United States, as I lack sufficient knowledge to speak on the laws governing other nations). However, in virtually all cases where a consumer signs an EULA or other agreement stipulating mandatory arbitration as a means of dispute resolution, the arbiter is literally bought and paid for by the corporation, or whoever is selling the product or offering the service. This includes no input from the consumer as to who gets selected to mediate the dispute. Unsurprisingly, as of 2009 mediators found in favor of the consumer in only 4% of arbitration cases, and there have been numerous accusations regarding the influence of corporations on the arbitrators. As far as I see it, forced arbitration is nothing more than an attempt by greedy entities to circumvent the judicial system.

Comment Re:Improvements to Dolphin performance? (Score 1) 99

I have trouble understanding how Dolphin is taking 5 seconds to open anything on your machine. As a counter-anecdote, to open any of the largest folders in my filesystem in Dolphin on my laptop takes perhaps a full second. Dolphin taking 5 seconds on anything is, in my humble experience, absolutely unheard-of. Even accessing large network shares takes only 3-4 seconds.

Comment Re:Does *any* industry start a new union anymore? (Score 1) 761

Promotions aren't based on ability as it is. In every environment that might qualify as a medium-sized business or larger that I've seen (I grant you that it's somewhat limited), cronyism and/or seniority rule the day.

I know, I know, anecdote is hardly the plural of data and all that, but when that's all you're seeing, it sort of becomes easy to draw those conclusions anyway.

Comment Re:Technical ink pens (Score 1) 712

Warning: not an engineer, please read comment accordingly.

I have to agree on the Sakura. I've used a Micron, and the non-technical Gelly Roll, and they've both been wonderful: the ink has been smooth, with never a blob, smear, or dry spot, and the pen itself writes quite smoothly.

I'll also put in a recommendation for the Zebra Sarasa Clip. I use the 0.4 mm tip, and it can feel a little bit scratchy, but I naturally write quite small, so the precision of the fine tip works well for me. The ink is very consistent, with no blobbing whatsoever. Once in a great while I do hit a dry spot, though. It's also light and comfortable in my hand.

I don't know that you can actually get that model of Zebra here in the States, but I use JetPens. They have a good selection of different writing tools (mostly from Japan), and they're very speedy: I've yet to place an order using regular mail that has taken more than 3 business days to get to me.

...ugh, now I feel like a salesman. Which is slightly mitigated by the fact that I'm being a pen salesman.


PC Gamers Too Good For Consoles Gamers? 324

thsoundman sends in a blog post from Rahul Sood, CTO of HP's gaming business, who claims there was once a project in development at Microsoft to let Xbox users compete against PC users playing the same game. According to Sood, the project was killed because the console players kept getting destroyed by their PC counterparts. He wrote, "Those of us who have been in the gaming business for over a decade know the real deal. You simply don't get the same level of detail or control as you do with a PC over a console. It's a real shame that Microsoft killed this — because had they kept it alive it might have actually increased the desire of game developers and gamers alike to continue developing and playing rich experiences on the PC, which would trickle down to the console as it has in the past."
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Valve's Newell Thinks PS3 Needs To Be "Open Like a Mac" 348

Eraesr writes "Apparently Valve boss Gabe Newell thinks the PS3 needs to be more of an open platform, drawing a comparison to Apple's Mac platform. In an interview with 5BY5.TV, he said he would like to see the PS3 be 'open like a Mac' instead of being 'more closed like a Gamecube.' 'Platform investments, like the Mac, are difficult because you have to be aware of what direction that platform is moving,' Newell said, referring to the firm's recent move onto Macs with its titles and distribution service Steam. 'We need to target platforms that do a better job of looking like where we want to be in a few years.'"

Man Uses Drake Equation To Explain Girlfriend Woes 538

artemis67 writes "A man studying in London has taken a mathematical equation that predicts the possibility of alien life in the universe to explain why he can't find a girlfriend. Peter Backus, a native of Seattle and PhD candidate and Teaching Fellow in the Department of Economics at the University of Warwick, near London, in his paper, 'Why I don't have a girlfriend: An application of the Drake Equation to love in the UK,' used math to estimate the number of potential girlfriends in the UK. In describing the paper on the university Web site he wrote 'the results are not encouraging. The probability of finding love in the UK is only about 100 times better than the probability of finding intelligent life in our galaxy.'"

Scientists Say a Dirty Child Is a Healthy Child 331

Researchers from the School of Medicine at the University of California have shown that the more germs a child is exposed to, the better their immune system in later life. Their study found that keeping a child's skin too clean impaired the skin's ability to heal itself. From the article: "'These germs are actually good for us,' said Professor Richard Gallo, who led the research. Common bacterial species, known as staphylococci, which can cause inflammation when under the skin, are 'good bacteria' when on the surface, where they can reduce inflammation."

Tetris Creator Claims FOSS Destroys the Market 686

alx5000 writes "In an interview conducted last week with Consumer Eroski (link in Spanish; Google translation), the father of Tetris Alexey Pajitnov claimed that 'Free Software should have never existed,' since it 'destroys the market' by bringing down companies that create wealth and prosperity. When asked about Red Hat or Oracle's support-oriented model, he called them 'a minority,' and also criticized Stallman's ideas as 'belonging to the past' where there were no software 'business possibilities.'"

Comment Atheism might not be what you think (Score 1) 2443

Actually, atheism is not necessarily a worldview. It is generally recognized ( heisms/ ) as being divided into two camps: those of the strong atheists, who choose to believe that deities do not exist, which is in inded a worldview, and those fo the weak atheists, who simply choose not to believe in any deity, which is really a choice to not have a religious worldview.

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