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Comment Why kill yourself? (Score 1) 59

There are a number of people who think if you are below 60 now you may well live forever at this point.

That may be a bit extreme but I don't think living to 200 is unlikely if you are anywhere below 50 and keep yourself healthy...

So if you are going to miss this in 200 years it pretty much means you did yourself in. Don't do that.

Comment Dont worry I've got a backup (Score 4, Funny) 156

As it turns out I have a backup sample, because you have to keep it at incredibly high pressure I keep it in the much more reliably pressurized environment of a dorm room with two Chemical Engineering majors.

Indeed because of the pressures involved I had to add some padding around the sample to prevent the rare metal from being crushed.

You can come collect it whenever, except of course when there's a sock on the door handle (P.S. there is never a sock on the door handle).

Comment Hey guess what else this is true of - everything (Score 2) 139

was largely positive, but this changed from the mid-1990s to 2013,

The thing to understand is, this is not limited to tech. There has been an assault for a decade or two now on the public being happy in any way. You are meant to be riled up and agitated.... to what end I cannot say. But the end effect is not good, you can tell this is bleeding into everyone's real lives, affecting relationships and general behavior.

Comment And went to... (Score 1) 169

I documented all of this, got supporting statements from my colleagues, and went to HR

Aha, I see your mistake.

When your "I went to..." statement does not end with "the troublesome's persons direct supervisor", then you have done nothing except cause grief for yourself.

Companies don't change in response to HR reported threats. They clam up and protect the status quo. Hint: you reporting a problem is not the status quo...

If instead you report to a manager above the troubled employee, well now you are giving the company a chance to quietly sweep a problem under the rug... there is nothing large companies and high level executives like more than some good rug sweeping. Heck, they might even lay off her whole division just to be sure!

Comment Interesting to mull over effect of shapes. (Score 2) 101

I was also mulling this over in relation to the movie World War Z where (spoiler) zombies piled up against a wall until they got over the top...

Even against an angled wall that would work after a while I imagine, as you packed in enough tipped over zombies. But against curved and angled wall it seems like it would take much longer to work as most of the mindlessly piling on zombies would slide to the sides, or possibly even the force of new incoming zombies pushing the zombies up against the surface of the curve to either side. It would be really interesting to simulate.

I think you are right hat against Walking Dead zombies, it would tip them over and they wouldn't be able to exert any significant force on the wall. Indeed a pack of them would be helping to hold up a wall canted outward!

A new innovation for Zombie movies could be some kind of "stiction" zombie, that could attach to a surface, chemically bond, then pull instead of mindlessly ramming...

Comment All you Apple Haters can bite my shiny metal SD (Score 1) 48

Sony has also introduced a new memory card reader, the MRW-S1, due for release in April. It features an in-built SuperSpeed USB port for cable-free PC connection, so that your files can be copied faster than by using the slower SD slot on a PC

I seem to recall an awful lot of Apple Haters whining about a certain new MacBook Pro that had dropped the built in SD reader...

You just keep on using your slow vestigial reader while us MacBook Pro owners stay at the forefront of technological advance.

Comment Apple once again late with a product (Score 3, Insightful) 101

I have said it before: the ring is a massive Reality Distortion Field Generator.

As per usual Apple is late to market with an inferior product.

Apple Haters have been carrying around a small portable reality distortion generators with them for years that allows them to see Apple's growth as retraction. They appear to have a boundless power source and are so strong no reality is able to break through no matter how discordant the internal view becomes!

Comment Think on your actions and what they lead to (Score 3, Informative) 130

I haven't even spent a dime on Pokemon Go and I play it daily.

So since you are so fond of it, would you like to see MORE of it, or LESS?

Would you like to see it improved at all?

By not spending any money, you are in effect saying "This game I really love, I sure hope they never improve it or keep up with system updates! Maybe someday it will be so behind I'll have to stop playing!".

I also really liked PokemonGo. I was fine not paying for anything myself, I never felt the need to - but I still spent $5 or so on Pokecoins just to support the company, to say "Thanks for the enjoyment I've had playing this game".

My Philosophy is simple, if I see something I really like I try to support the creators by any means possible.

Comment Not silly at all, consider context (Score 1) 130

You aren't taking into consideration that Android OS covers the most cheap bare bones phones/tables/etc to the comparable galaxy/etc devices.

That is irrelevant - they are not the Android devices Slashdot readers would be using. What I am saying is a sampling of high-end Android users here shows DELIGHT in not paying for apps. And that plainly shows in continued low purchase rates for apps on Android compared to iOS.

Comment App subscriptions easier to cancel (Score 1) 130

You probably bought it through the web so they do not get any of that. But users can purchase a lot of sports app subscriptions through apps, which Apple does get part of.

I bought my HBO subscription through the app, since that way HBO never gets any payment info form me, and I have to deal with zero humans or terrible billing interfaces to cancel - I just stop the app subscription.

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