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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
13. Re: Morning Mobilization Sep 19, 2016, 16:30 Beamer
 
jdreyer wrote on Sep 19, 2016, 16:09:
Beamer wrote on Sep 19, 2016, 13:44:
jdreyer wrote on Sep 19, 2016, 13:29:
Uber accused of cashing in on bomb explosion by charging almost double to take terrified New Yorkers home.

It's a terrible situation, but that's how the software works right? It's not like some nefarious exec went in there after the explosion and jacked the price because he thought there'd be some kind of opportunity.

Seriously.

First off, I don't think many NYCers were "terrified." Granted, I was 10 blocks south, but no one seemed too concerned.

Second, if it was a 1.8x surge... that's kind of standard for 10pm on a Saturday. Hell, I was 2.9x trying to get an Uber to work this morning due to the rain. The highest I've seen was 5.0x in Santa Clara the night before the Super Bowl. A different time I was hit with $71 to go 6 miles, but that was on a 3.8x surge.

Well, it was the NY Sun, so...

UK Sun. (Which I think you'd meant.) =)
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
18. Re: Tiny Dog... Sep 19, 2016, 16:12 Beamer
 
jdreyer wrote on Sep 19, 2016, 14:57:
Burrito of Peace wrote on Sep 19, 2016, 09:31:
jdreyer wrote on Sep 18, 2016, 14:38:
MoreLuckThanSkill wrote on Sep 18, 2016, 12:58:
Ugh, damn little dogs, always barking and snapping at people and other much larger animals. It seems like nearly 100% of the time the owners just laugh that shit off too, bugs the hell out of me.

People will train big dogs, but just ignore training the little toy dogs altogether.

Big dogs are arguably more trainable, being closer to their working dog roots as cattle dogs, bird dogs, sheepdogs, etc.

All dogs are trainable, regardless of size. What takes work is knowing and seeing the dominant breed traits and adjusting your training accordingly. Most owners of small or toy dogs think of them as accessories or living dolls and do none of that, in my experience.

For example, I have a Chow Chow. For my father and I, she's the sweetest, most lovable, goofy dog on the planet. Loves to be played with, have her belly and chest rubbed, and curling up at our feet. She makes little happy sounds when she gets attention from either one of us. However, as is befitting her breed traits when socialized, she's tolerant of the rest of the family but not overly enthralled with spending time with them. She'll accept some petting and follow limited commands (sit, down, stay, and come) but that's it. She patrols the large yard about twice an hour and sits at a vantage point that allows her to observe the entirety of the yard when she's not patrolling. She's not aggressive but she is assertive. Again, these are traits of her breed. I have to warn small children, and the parents thereof, when they come running up to try to pet the "teddy bear" dog to back off because that's not good for her. Like all Chow Chows, she doesn't like the exuberance of kids and will immediately sit at my feet and sub-vocalize a growl. That's her back off warning. When talking to these people, I reach down and rub her ears which is a reassuring gesture that what's going on is ok. She calms and there's no further issue.

My father has a small dog, a Sheltie. In contrast to my dog, she's the exact opposite. She's a playful little flirt whom loves everyone and loves to bound around with children. She went through obedience and advanced obedience training with ease and runs with my dog during the "patrols". But as jdreyer pointed out, she's also from a stock of sheepdogs. Working with humans, being around them, and interacting with them is part of her breed trait. However, she must be kept stimulated both physically and mentally. Otherwise, she will become destructive and annoying by barking constantly. She has a bark that would wake those in a coma.

It all comes down to training and understanding your dog. Dogs have to be trained and they must understand their place in the hierarchy of the pack. All dogs know they belong to a pack but most humans have zero understanding that dogs think this way. Even just a human and their dog is a pack in a dog's thinking, regardless of size. It seems to me that most owners of "bad" dogs (of which there is no such thing), fail to grasp that and do not act or train accordingly. Dogs aren't like appliances that come with a pre-programmed set of instructions telling them how to behave. Especially in a world as complex and confusing as that of a human's.

So, in short, bad owners make for "bad" dogs.

All dogs are trainable, in the same way that all people can learn to speak. I was discussing degrees of trainability. Working dogs are still bred for intelligence vs. many other breeds, which are either randomly bred or bred for looks. The children of a couple who graduated from MIT are probably going to be more successful in school than the children from the cast of the Jersey Shore. Genetics matter.

This is true, but people matter more, I think. A big dog is more likely to be taught complex things, but any breed can be taught basic socialization.

The problem is the owners. A big dog getting aggressive and angry is terrifying and usually immediately handled. A tiny dog getting aggressive and angry is adorable and often rewarded. These are generalizations, of course, but small dog syndrome is definitely a thing, and definitely due to how we handle their aggression.
 
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
11. Re: Morning Mobilization Sep 19, 2016, 16:05 Beamer
 
Scottish Martial Arts wrote on Sep 19, 2016, 15:53:
Beamer wrote on Sep 19, 2016, 14:28:
Actually, someone just shared a tweet on my FB feed:

New York Fears Ranked:

1) pushed into subway tracks

2) Seamless outage

3) Have to go to Times Square

4) Favorite dive bar gentrified

1,563) ISIS


I'd also add in "no Ubers available" and "Uber Surge above 1.9x" to the top 10.

Heh, that's awesome.

And it sounds like we'll be living in the same neighborhood: I recently accepted a job located about 10 blocks south of where the bombing occurred.

Ah, the border of the Village. I live in the West Village, and can give you a billion restaurant recommendations. The gentrification of the Village is real, but the place is still great with so many wonderful places around. You'll love it.
 
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
9. Re: Morning Mobilization Sep 19, 2016, 14:28 Beamer
 
Actually, someone just shared a tweet on my FB feed:

New York Fears Ranked:

1) pushed into subway tracks

2) Seamless outage

3) Have to go to Times Square

4) Favorite dive bar gentrified

1,563) ISIS


I'd also add in "no Ubers available" and "Uber Surge above 1.9x" to the top 10.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
13. Re: Out of the Blue Sep 19, 2016, 14:25 Beamer
 
jdreyer wrote on Sep 19, 2016, 14:21:
Black holes belch fire after eating cosmic spaghetti, studies show.

I dunno about all spaghetti, but I belch fire after eating penne arrabiata.


Belch?
 
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
8. Re: Morning Mobilization Sep 19, 2016, 13:44 Beamer
 
jdreyer wrote on Sep 19, 2016, 13:29:
Uber accused of cashing in on bomb explosion by charging almost double to take terrified New Yorkers home.

It's a terrible situation, but that's how the software works right? It's not like some nefarious exec went in there after the explosion and jacked the price because he thought there'd be some kind of opportunity.

Seriously.

First off, I don't think many NYCers were "terrified." Granted, I was 10 blocks south, but no one seemed too concerned.

Second, if it was a 1.8x surge... that's kind of standard for 10pm on a Saturday. Hell, I was 2.9x trying to get an Uber to work this morning due to the rain. The highest I've seen was 5.0x in Santa Clara the night before the Super Bowl. A different time I was hit with $71 to go 6 miles, but that was on a 3.8x surge.
 
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
3. Re: Morning Mobilization Sep 19, 2016, 11:30 Beamer
 
SpectralMeat wrote on Sep 19, 2016, 11:10:
Wow, that's pretty fucked up
Than again walking around midnight all by yourself with your phone all shiny in your hands is just asking for being mugged.

Depends where. In my neighborhood, the streets are packed through about 4:30am.
 
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News Comments > Free Play Coming to EVE Online
25. Re: Free Play Coming to EVE Online Sep 19, 2016, 09:49 Beamer
 
NKD wrote on Aug 31, 2016, 16:07:
Today on Blue's: People bitch about a game being too niche and ask for it to be dumbed down and mainstreamed to appeal to them.

Way to flip the script.

The script is really more "Today on Blue's: People bitch when a game isn't tailored 100% to their likings and is instead intended for a different audience. 'I only have $800 to spend on games this year, so every single game released in this multibillion dollar industry better be exactly what I want, otherwise I'm bashing it and all its fans online!'"
 
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News Comments > Sunday Tech Bits
13. Re: Robots will eliminate 6% of all US jobs by 2021, report says. Sep 19, 2016, 07:38 Beamer
 
SlimRam wrote on Sep 19, 2016, 04:20:
Vibrators have been doing this for years.

Ooooh, now I get your name.
 
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
8. Re: Morning Mobilization Sep 15, 2016, 14:51 Beamer
 
Agent.X7 wrote on Sep 15, 2016, 13:49:
Porn-O-Matic wrote on Sep 15, 2016, 13:31:
I'm still using my Note 7 simply because I think the odds are too great to worry about it. I turn it off at night before going to bed and only charge it to 60%, which still lasts all day. I'll be trading my *potentially* defective Note 7 in for a new Note 7 as soon as my carrier has them available because it is still a fantastic device. Fuck iPhone and Apple's continuous stream of pissing-in-your-face mediocrity. An iPhone is an iPhone is an iPhone. Personally, I think the whole Note 7 thing is being blown WAY too far out of proportion, but the ball is already rolling, so all I can do is stand by and watch.

This exactly. What did they sell, 4 million of them already? How many had issues, 35? That's about a 1 in 114285 chance you will have an issue. When Verizon gets replacements I will swap mine. Until then I have no other phone, and the Note 7 is awesome.

2.5 million sold worldwide, estimated 1 million in the US. And that's sell in, not sell out, so maybe 750,000.

And, in the US, we're at 70 overheating, catching fire, or exploding incidents. So you're more like 1 in 10,000. But that's also in the first 4 weeks.
 
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
2. Re: Morning Mobilization Sep 15, 2016, 12:10 Beamer
 
LittleMe wrote on Sep 15, 2016, 11:55:
regarding the gn7, is it ind sabotage? Follow the put options, ie the money.

Never blame on incompetence what can instead be blamed on industrial sabotage, widespread conspiracies, and wall street.
 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
10. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Sep 14, 2016, 18:26 Beamer
 
shiho wrote on Sep 14, 2016, 18:02:
Under Trump, Snowden may in fact get a pardon, because it is thanks to him, that we know about the NSA surveillance program being boosted under Obama. Thus, he hurt Obama's "most transparent administration in history", which works for Trump.

Under Trump he might, as they're both best friends with and subservient to Putin.

I kid. No really, that's 100% a joke. And this isn't sarcastic. Dammit, I am struggling to make sure people know I don't mean this.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
4. Re: Morning Tech Bits Sep 14, 2016, 16:30 Beamer
 
MattyC wrote on Sep 14, 2016, 16:14:
I don't have anything that would run it, but OS 9 does have the best version of SimCity 2k which, IMO, is still the best SimCity

I can't speak to the OS9 vs Windows differences, nor did I play any of the subsequent SimCities, but yes, yes I agree, haha.

SimCity seems like such an easy thing to upgrade well. A bit more realism and better AI, but keep it simple without bogging us down spending too much time micromanaging. All we want to do is creatively build something functional and unique, then destroy it with tornadoes and nuclear fallout.
 
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News Comments > Steam Review Changes to Fight Fraud
56. Re: Steam Review Changes to Fight Fraud Sep 14, 2016, 14:17 Beamer
 
VaranDragon wrote on Sep 14, 2016, 09:48:
bhcompy wrote on Sep 13, 2016, 18:15:
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This has nothing to do with monopolies and everything to do with the same thing that Amazon struggles with, fake/joke/bullshit reviews.

Except that its nothing like what you are saying it is like. This is basically limiting the meta score to users who purchased their games THROUGH Steam. If you purchased your game through GOG for example, your review wont count. I don't see how this has anything to do with fake reviews, beacuse you still need to purchase and play the game just like anyone else except now it has to be done exclusively through Steam.

Valve doesn't know that you bought it through GoG. All they know is:

* You bought it through Steam

* You did not buy it through Steam

People can generate Steam keys easily, if it's their product. So if you were going to give a bunch of codes away in exchange for reviews, or even give codes to employees to spam a bunch of reviews, you wouldn't buy it through Steam. That's a messy process that requires paying several different entities in a way that's slow, cumbersome, and trackable. It's much easier to bulk grab a bunch of keys from Steam, have them invoice you the one time, and then do with them as you please.
 
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
15. Re: Morning Mobilization Sep 14, 2016, 14:12 Beamer
 
Verno wrote on Sep 14, 2016, 13:57:
Jivaro wrote on Sep 14, 2016, 13:13:
Weird that it claims the regular S7 does that. I have one as do like 10 of my friends and family and many of us have joked about how it feels like we are the only ones in our little circles currently not complaining about our phones. As always, personal experience doesn't always represent the global reality. Between all the headaches Apple and Samsung have been giving people recently I was sure I had completely lucked out.

Perhaps its just a batch that uses the same battery supplier?

The supplier is Samsung.

In any case, batteries blow up. It happens. iPhones have blown up, Galaxies have blown up, Blackberries have blown up. We're carrying highly volatile chemicals around in our pockets. A catastrophic failure will make them explode. It's kind of unavoidable.

The difference with the Note is that, like with so many hoverboards prior, these batteries have a manufacturing issue that makes catastrophic failure less a question of if than when. But other Samsung phones? No different than any other phone. Maybe someone mistreated the phone, or the battery somehow got damaged. Maybe it's just a weird charging glitch. But the Note 7 had something like 70 incidents (most just overheating and not yet exploding, but still) in a month or two on a million units sold in the US.
 
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
10. Re: Morning Mobilization Sep 14, 2016, 12:45 Beamer
 
SpectralMeat wrote on Sep 14, 2016, 11:52:
Jivaro wrote on Sep 14, 2016, 11:49:
I am glad I went with just the standard Galaxy 7. When my Galaxy 3 died I was going to go with the Note. I liked the idea of the bigger screen and the stylus. Hopefully my 7 will last as long as my 3 and by that time they will have a Note I can get that doesn't double as an incendiary device.
If it is the Edge version, you may want to double up on your life/house/car insurances as those like to blow up too

And you're determining that how? It isn't the same battery.
 
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
8. Re: Adblock Plus now sells ads Sep 14, 2016, 12:40 Beamer
 
Hey there, Mr. Advertiser, those are some nice ads you're running. It'd be a shame if something were to happen to them.


What's that? They're blocked. Oh no! If you'd only paid us instead of our competitors, we could have prevented that.
 
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
11. Re: Morning Mobilization Sep 14, 2016, 11:54 Beamer
 
Mordecai Walfish wrote on Sep 14, 2016, 10:24:
Beamer wrote on Sep 14, 2016, 09:46:
Mordecai Walfish wrote on Sep 14, 2016, 09:06:
Beamer wrote on Sep 14, 2016, 08:20:
I think you're wrong. I have an old iPod Nano over here. It's generation 1 or 2, the really long one with the black and white screen. I think 16GB. Maybe 4GB. I dunno, I got it from a friend who upgraded and I used it for the gym back like 8 years ago. It is a device that allows you to connect basic hardware like headphones.

Would you say it's objectively better than an iPhone 7? Congratulations, you're a fanboy. How about a Windows Phone, a device I owned for years. Are the Windows Phones objectively better? Congratulations, you're a fanboy.

How about the new midrange Honor 6x, is that objectively better? Congratulations, you're a fanboy.

Again, I hate Apple products. I've never had one I enjoyed. I will never, ever own an iPhone. But the level of "it's objectively better because of this one limited use case that doesn't impact everyone, even though it's far inferior in many, many others" is absolute fanboyism.

Nope, all of those devices are inferior in one way or another. Comparing MP3 players from 10 years ago to a top tier smartphone isn't even in the ballpark of what we were talking about, it's obviously not just the port alone. Suggesting that *ANY* flagship smartphone out right now is "far inferior" in any way, shape or form to the iPhone7 is laughable, btw. They are all in the same ballpark, give or take a feature here or there, but the main difference is that while still being in the same ballpark, they include the convenience of a headphone jack as well. Easy choice, IMO. I couldn't give two shits about brand/corporate loyalty. If Android makers all decided they wanted to get rid of the headphone port and Apple still had one, I would consider the iPhone7 the superior product, even *if* it had slightly less performance than the Androids. But, given that isn't the case.. it simply is not.

EDIT: I should have stated "flagship device" in my previous post, that is what I had intended by saying "device", not MP3 players and such. I'm guessing that's where the confusion here comes from. I worked for a large mobile carrier for a half a decade, and in that time we simply referred to all cell phones as "devices". Really need to get out of that habit.

You were responding to my original post, which said "objectively better at half the price." Given that no flagship is half the price, I have no clue why you decided to argue the point.

Regardless, saying the S7 Edge is objectively better than the iPhone 7 due to the headphone jack is ridiculous. Or, it's an utter failing to understand what "objective" means.

I've said the decision to drop the headphone jack is utterly ludicrous if not wholly anti-consumer. But to say it makes a device objectively worse? Hardly. I can't even say it makes the device objectively worse from a listening to music with headphones perspective, as some of the advantages of 100% digital music may offset the need for either a dongle or new headphones to some users.

I never mentioned price, nor replied about that specifically. Sounds like a conversation you had with someone else. And yes, I guess this does straddle the line between objective and subjective depending on what you consider makes an all-around better phone. I also would consider a laptop of similar speed with essential connectivity to a modern macbook with a single usb port to be better as well, even if it benched slower in different areas. It's a better all-around device when all things are considered. Speed isnt everything, especially now that smartphones generally are pushing 4-8 cores with GPU's that rival consoles. To think that any of this can be completely objective is probably where this whole thought process goes off-the-rails, because it can always be argued that a device that has less in one way or another simply is not objectively better. The iPhone has less convenient connectivity, the androids less power. There is no clear 100% better for everyone pick.

So you're saying you just followed up with the term "objectively better" on your own, independent of my use?

Curious.

And yes, I guess this does straddle the line between objective and subjective depending on what you consider makes an all-around better phone

You get how "depending on what you consider" makes something subjective, right? Not straddling the line. Subjective. 100% subjective. I mean, the whole difference between objective and subjective is whether it's absolute or "depending." If you use the term "depending," it isn't objective.

There is no clear 100% better for everyone pick.

Indeed, which is why anyone saying "the iPhone is objectively worse" is a fanboy. I think it's an awful phone to use. But that's just my subjective opinion.
 
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
9. Re: Morning Mobilization Sep 14, 2016, 09:46 Beamer
 
Mordecai Walfish wrote on Sep 14, 2016, 09:06:
Beamer wrote on Sep 14, 2016, 08:20:
I think you're wrong. I have an old iPod Nano over here. It's generation 1 or 2, the really long one with the black and white screen. I think 16GB. Maybe 4GB. I dunno, I got it from a friend who upgraded and I used it for the gym back like 8 years ago. It is a device that allows you to connect basic hardware like headphones.

Would you say it's objectively better than an iPhone 7? Congratulations, you're a fanboy. How about a Windows Phone, a device I owned for years. Are the Windows Phones objectively better? Congratulations, you're a fanboy.

How about the new midrange Honor 6x, is that objectively better? Congratulations, you're a fanboy.

Again, I hate Apple products. I've never had one I enjoyed. I will never, ever own an iPhone. But the level of "it's objectively better because of this one limited use case that doesn't impact everyone, even though it's far inferior in many, many others" is absolute fanboyism.

Nope, all of those devices are inferior in one way or another. Comparing MP3 players from 10 years ago to a top tier smartphone isn't even in the ballpark of what we were talking about, it's obviously not just the port alone. Suggesting that *ANY* flagship smartphone out right now is "far inferior" in any way, shape or form to the iPhone7 is laughable, btw. They are all in the same ballpark, give or take a feature here or there, but the main difference is that while still being in the same ballpark, they include the convenience of a headphone jack as well. Easy choice, IMO. I couldn't give two shits about brand/corporate loyalty. If Android makers all decided they wanted to get rid of the headphone port and Apple still had one, I would consider the iPhone7 the superior product, even *if* it had slightly less performance than the Androids. But, given that isn't the case.. it simply is not.

EDIT: I should have stated "flagship device" in my previous post, that is what I had intended by saying "device", not MP3 players and such. I'm guessing that's where the confusion here comes from. I worked for a large mobile carrier for a half a decade, and in that time we simply referred to all cell phones as "devices". Really need to get out of that habit.

You were responding to my original post, which said "objectively better at half the price." Given that no flagship is half the price, I have no clue why you decided to argue the point.

Regardless, saying the S7 Edge is objectively better than the iPhone 7 due to the headphone jack is ridiculous. Or, it's an utter failing to understand what "objective" means.

I've said the decision to drop the headphone jack is utterly ludicrous if not wholly anti-consumer. But to say it makes a device objectively worse? Hardly. I can't even say it makes the device objectively worse from a listening to music with headphones perspective, as some of the advantages of 100% digital music may offset the need for either a dongle or new headphones to some users.
 
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
7. Re: Morning Mobilization Sep 14, 2016, 08:20 Beamer
 
Mordecai Walfish wrote on Sep 13, 2016, 21:11:
I think many people would agree that a device that allows you to connect basic hardware like headphones is objectively better than one that requires inconvenient, unnecessary dongles, or being locked into Apple's "vision of the future". Sure the processor isn't as fast as Apple's in any Android phones out there, but speed alone does not make for a better device.

Also, the excuse that they need to make it thinner via removing this port is laughable, phones do not need to have the form factor of a piece of cardboard or paper.

I think you're wrong. I have an old iPod Nano over here. It's generation 1 or 2, the really long one with the black and white screen. I think 16GB. Maybe 4GB. I dunno, I got it from a friend who upgraded and I used it for the gym back like 8 years ago. It is a device that allows you to connect basic hardware like headphones.

Would you say it's objectively better than an iPhone 7? Congratulations, you're a fanboy. How about a Windows Phone, a device I owned for years. Are the Windows Phones objectively better? Congratulations, you're a fanboy.

How about the new midrange Honor 6x, is that objectively better? Congratulations, you're a fanboy.

Again, I hate Apple products. I've never had one I enjoyed. I will never, ever own an iPhone. But the level of "it's objectively better because of this one limited use case that doesn't impact everyone, even though it's far inferior in many, many others" is absolute fanboyism.
 
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