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Comment Re:Not consistent with their own numbers! (Score 1) 363

According to their statistics being hit by trucks and cars was not even in the top 7 death causes for 2010. The 7th place (influenza and pneumonia) killed 5 children. This means that getting hit by cars will save (at most) 4 children a year, of those 4, you would only save the ones who were crossing the street right as a driver was making a left turn because Google Maps told them (as opposed to say, someone who was drunk driving).

Of course, all lives are precious and won't somebody, please, think of the children so at this point the question becomes one of assignment of resources. You could assign resources to cure malignant neoplasm (killed 48 children), or to improve safety and reduce assaults (killed 18 children) or you could write a letter to Google to ask them to reduce left turns. I will let you decide what would be more effective.

Comment Won't somebody, please, think of developers! (Score 2) 730

I seem to remember device fragmentation was a gigantic problem that made Android impossible to develop for (and the main reason why many people chose Apple over Android). How will those poor developers adapt now that Apple has three phone sizes and two tablet sizes (or maybe more?)?

Comment Re:what will it take for general acceptance (Score 1) 921

Owning a recording device is not an invasion of other people's privacy either. The article and summary do mention that the recording device was not recording. The case is definitely complicated and you do bear some responsibility if you are pointing a recording device at people who don't wan to be recorded; however, the civilized way to solve this is by asking politely, maybe complaining to the owner of the bar, or leaving the bar if it bothers you too much, not by assaulting every person with a recording device.

Comment Re:what will it take for general acceptance (Score 1) 921

From the article:

Feeling threatened, she said she told them she was going to record with Google Glass. That’s when she said one of the women and a man “charged” her, telling her they did not want to be filmed. The woman swore at her, Slocum said, then threw a bar rag at her. Slocum said the woman then ran up to her, saying “you are killing the city” and tried to grab Google Glass from her. Then the man “ripped them off my face and ran out of the bar,” Slocum said.

Assaulting somebody because there is a potential to be filmed is something you do to other people.

If you take out your phone in public and I decide to rip it off your hands and run off with it, would you argue that I did not steal the phone becuase you had the potential to record me with the phone?? Don't you think the reaction is completely unjustified?

And even if wearing a short skirt is something you do to yourself that still does not justify rape, in the same way that owning technology does not justify people assaulting you.

Comment Re:I thought this had been settled long ago. (Score 1) 491

The company where I work is always looking for competent software engineers. Out of the thousands of people we interview every year, only about 30% make it past the first question (swapping elements in an array), of those who do, only about 50% make it past the second question (basic data structures questions, for example reversing a linked list), after that we get another 50% success rate in the on-site interview (this one actually has a slightly more complicated question, around the level of the 200 problem for Div 2 in Top Coder) and a 60% accept rate for the offers we give. This means that only 7.5% are competent enough to be hired and only 4.5% actually accept the offer we give them.

If you know of some place in the US where there isn't a shortage of competent software engineers I would be very happy to hear about it. But as things are we have to interview people from all over the world in order to get great talent. And initial salaries in my company are actually higher than the average pay for a software engineer in my city.

Comment Re:Change (Score 1) 742

Have you tried to change the color of bullets when you paste something in Word? Fuck me, the Word editor is probably the definition of torture. If you use your keyboard at all, it will fuck your eyeballs with a cactus.

I had not tried it before; however, it is fairly simple and I was able to change them by doing the following:

  • Use arrow keys to select the bullets (hint, you can use Home key + Left arrow key to select it right after pasting)
  • Press windows key -> F (for Font)
  • Press Alt+C (for Color)
  • Use arrow keys to select color you want

And that's it, your bullets are now a different color (this does not affect text after the bullets). How would you do the same thing in your editor of choice with ~9 keystrokes? How is it that following those four steps is like "fucking your eyeballs with a cactus"?

Comment Scroogled! (Score 1) 110

Did you know that when you buy an app in the Google Play Store, Google sends the neighborhood where you live to the app developers? That is why I prefer the Lumia phones with Windows, because Microsoft respects your privacy.

Also, Microsoft only wants to know your location so that they can protect you. If something were to happen to you they would send an SMS to people you trust (they would get their numbers from your SMS history) and they would send an ambulance to your location (that's the only reason they got it).

You see? Microsoft is actually amazing and really cares about your privacy! =D You can get more information about how Microsoft is totally not stealing your data at

You can tell I am serious and trustwrothy because I am using a smiley face: =D

Comment Pierre Menard (Score 2) 361

Reminds me of this short story/essay by Borges:

He did not want to compose another Quixote —which is easy— but the Quixote itself. Needless to say, he never contemplated a mechanical transcription of the original; he did not propose to copy it. His admirable intention was to produce a few pages which would coincide—word for word and line for line—with those of Miguel de Cervantes.

Comment Re:I always thought Auction house is what make Dia (Score 1) 219

I kind of liked the idea of the gold auction house because it let you grid less time and spend more time thinking about how you want your build to play. If you want to play a glass cannon, then you can get lots of damage gear, lots of attack speed and critical % and go out and play the way you wanted.

One of the (very few) problems I have with Borderlands 2 is that when you get to the higher levels (true vault hunter or higher) you have to change your build after you get any new weapons in order to still be effective, and you cannot play the way you want. For example, if you get a shotgun with very few bullets and very high critical you have to go back to Sanctuary and respec to get the talent that makes your reloads faster and doubles the damage of your first bullet. If you wanted to play with snipers, tough luck.

That said, I always felt the real money auction house was just a gigantic money grab and Blizzard purposefully broke Diablo 3 on Inferno so that you could not pass it unless you spent a lot of money (which has since been fixed in patches, I've been told).

Comment Re:Drudge and other U.S. bloggers are next (Score 1) 349

I find it hard to believe that you qualified your statement with a "once the whacko dispatched the teacher" which supports my argument that killing 28 people with a machete is harder than it is with a gun but you still decided to start name calling.

Even though I'm sure you have given this some thought, I am afraid that you still have not grasped the full extent of the problem, violence is not a simple issue that you can just attribute to one cause (over abundance of whackos), and having easy access to guns and very little deterrent to using them most definitely increases violence.

Yes, better gun regulation will not stop massacres everywhere instantly (nothing will), but it will help reduce the problem. And yes, knife registration would further reduce the problem, as would putting everybody in protective spheres and banning all human contact, but those solutions are not practical, which is why you won't see a lot of people lobbying for those.

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