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Comment Haute Couture (Score 1) 105

I'm pretty sure that a lot of concept cars are created in the same way high fashion is: Create the most absurd, hideous, impractical thing currently imaginable, a thing which wouldn't survive a single day in actual use, then use pretentious jibber-jabber to convince people with more money than sense that it's something they should actually want.

Comment Re:Such Nonsense (Score 1) 159

My apologies since I wasn't clear enough. I wasn't being snarky about your comment, I was agreeing about the problem with these kinds of "studies" and adding that regardless of how long it takes radio waves from Earth to reach a given portion of the galaxy, we still can't state any meaningful probability of a response because we have no meaningful data on the probability of life on any of the planets reached.

Comment Re:Such Nonsense (Score 1) 159

Every time I see another one of these "Scientists predict x% chance of alien life somewhere, somehow" I get more and more annoyed, because the whole thing is about as scientific as predicting the number of angels currently dancing on pinheads, yet this crap somehow keeps getting published.

We have abolsutely no idea of the likelihood of life on other planets, or of the probability that that life will evolve into something that will be "intelligent" in a way that can comprehend or respond to our signals.

Our statistics for the evolution of life are based on a sample size of exactly one. We have found life on exactly one Earth-like planet. We can't even say how likely it was that life came to exist on *this* planet, so extrapolating that to the rest of the galaxy is asinine. It is only slightly less scientific than astrology.

So please, stuff your Drake Equation straight up your Fermi's Paradox, and go back to your marathon of Minesweeper, or whatever it is you were doing before you decided to crap out another prediction for alien life.

Comment In the Near Future... (Score 4, Funny) 220

"Cortana, take me home."

"Okay. Relax and enjoy these sponsored messages from our selected partners."

"Cortana, skip ads"

"Skip ads is not available on Microsoft Drive Home Edition. Upgrade to Drive Professional Edition? $6000 USD will be deducted from your savings account at... Wells Fargo Bank"

"NO! Do not upgrade!"

"Okay. We are passing by Applebee's San Bruno. Would you like to travel to Applebee's San Bruno for their new hearty Chicken Ravioli Pot Pie?"


"Say 'no' again to confirm travel to Applebee's San Bruno."

"Argh. Uh. Yes?"

"Okay. Traveling to Applebee's San Bruno."

"NO! Cortana! Take me home!"

"This is hacker group We now control your car. Transfer $1000 to our account or car will drive into oncoming traffic in 10... 9..."

"Shit! Shit! Cortana! Transfer $1000 to!"

"Okay. Updating to Microsoft Drive Enterprise Edition. $10000 USD being transferred from... Wells Fargo Bank."

Comment Re:Poor Linux support (Score 2) 199

Zowie makes gaming mice that require no special drivers at all. They are no-bullshit, bling-free devices with top notch sensors that you just plug in and go. I have an FK1, and I'm very happy with it.

Roccat makes super-bling++ mice and they've actually provided kernel drivers and GPL configuration software for engaging all their bells and whistles. I've never used their stuff, so I cannot attest to its quality, but I'm intrigued because I've never seen a company provide Linux support like that.

Comment Summary is Wrong and Dumb (Score 5, Informative) 300

This bill is about requiring ISPs to shut off service to repeat copyright infringers, which the ISPs estimate will cost them (and by proxy, consumers) 500 million pounds.

It's not a "tax" and none of the money is going to subsidise the record and film industries, that's just complete crap from the summary writer, as is the crusty old "update your buisiness model, wah wah wah" copperlite.

The bill is also completely retarded, but you do no service to your cause by misrepresenting (and apparently, not even understanding) the enemy.

Comment Speaking of hypocrisy... (Score 5, Insightful) 315

How can this be stealing?

Nothing physical was lost, only data was copied and Plurk lost nothing!

Also, it's not piracy, because we all know that piracy only happens on ships at sea!

Therefore, it is only logical that the title of this article be changed to "Microsoft Shares Code with Microblogging Startup".

Comment Re:The next thing is "flaps", 26 character max (Score 1) 150

I figure we'll skip this step and go right to the logical end of this progression of non-communication.

The next big thing will be "Grunter" -- one syllable "grunts" that you can use to express your emotions to anonymous strangers on the internet who will pretend to be interested in you as long as you subscribe to their "grunts".

I've already patented this six ways from Sunday, so don't even think about getting your grubby dick-beaters anywhere near my idea.

Ugh! You heard it here first.

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