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#1 Posted by insanejedi (781 posts) -

@masterrain said:

@rollingzeppelin: Not trying to be a dick but from the OP: "I always get into these international conversations between people from Canada and Europe saying how backwards Americans are".

Also he's saying America continued to use Imperial as a way to spite the old world, as they were switching to metric. I'm not sure if that's true, but that is what he seems to be saying. Same reason UK still uses Imperial, we are stubborn.

OK now I get what @corruptedevil is trying to say, thanks. Funny that they use a system invented by the British to spite the British.

Also from the OP:

"How do I know? Because I'm a Canadian born in the late 80s when they instituted the metric system, and I still get angry everytime I get into an argument about the metric system inside of a steakhouse that is serving steak by the Oz.'Metric is the only way to go! Can I have the 16 oz. Prime Rib please?'"

To confirm, I am Canadian. Canadian born AFTER the implementation of using the metric system, my entire education system has drilled to me to pretend that imperial doesn't exist.

#2 Posted by insanejedi (781 posts) -

@cbyrne said:

Where do you stand on the Celsius vs. Fahrenheit?

As US person that writes software for a quality control company and sees databases daily from all over the world, I can only hope we move to the metric system. Pretty much any manufacturing company in the US that is actually profitable does everything in metric and European standards. I'm talking size,weight, temperature, and even date structure is always internationally friendly. US military operates on metric unless it's equipment that was in service before the Korean war like 50. caliber. Also Drugs. Drugs operate solely on the metric system. The law for possession of drugs is always written in metric. So technically our drug addicts and dealers are actually internationally ahead of most Americans. #sarcasm

Personally I don't really care, I know and use both daily, but I use metric stuff more and more each month. Even my old American made cars (one from 89 and 98) are both metric.

Depends, on the use, but for everyday use most people would benefit from Fahrenheit on a day to day basis than Celsius.

For example, when people talk about the weather, it might initally see that 0C at freezing is useful to know if there is ice outside, but in reality it's not actually that useful.

Fahrenheit 0 indicates that ice will NOT melt with any quantity of ice (that's how the system originated). Most of the world still use salt for deicing, and if it is below 0 fahrenheit it would indicate to you to drive carefully because there WILL be ice on the road and there is NOTHING the local city can do about it.

Then again I prefer to boil water at using C, and i prefer cooking with F, except for modernist molecular gastronomy recepies which is more science then I start prefer using C.

#3 Edited by insanejedi (781 posts) -

People are still citing the base 10 advantage despite my proof that you could still apply it to the imperial system and get the exact same advantage. On top of that you have more choices of what units to use because they aren't equivalent.

But everything is base 10 it makes it all easier to convert!

This the most cited reason for using the metric system is using the base 10 formula. Kilometer is 1000 meters, a kilogram is 1000 grams ect. But everyone seems to fail to realize that you can do the same thing with the imperial system.

Take the kilopound, it's 1000 pounds, a cenipound could be 1/100 of a pound. You've just taken the base 10 advantage of the metric system and applied it to the imperial system with little to no reducation of training.

Also the reason why the conversions of imperial are always 3 feet = yard, 12 inches = 1 feet is because base 3, 4 numbers have more factors than base 10.

Numbers that can divide by base 10

  • 1, 2 ,5, 10

Numbers that can divide by base 12 (12 inches = foot)

  • 1,2,3, 4, 6, 12

Numbers that can divide by base 16 (16 Ounces = 1 Pound)

  • 1, 2, 4, 8, 12

As a result you can divide 12 by 3 or 4 without ending up with decimals or reconverting the whole unit system. This is why it has been used for centuries because it was easier to deal with in everyday life without ending up in tedious decimal places.

#4 Posted by insanejedi (781 posts) -

All systems are arbitrary but the US does business, scientific research and engineering with the rest if the world who have ALL AGREED to use metric.

There is the reason to convert.

And the rest of the world has done business largest portion by cash with companies that have decided to sell their systems in imperial. (see TV's, lumber, and firearms). And by far the most defensive of all about the imperial system I know about are engineers and mechanics, especially aerospace engineers. The kilopound was developed by American engineers as a practical base 10 solution to an existing system.

#5 Edited by insanejedi (781 posts) -

Tiger Woods isn't on Origin oddly enough. Golf really needs to come back on PC. DCS Golf Simulator anyone?

#6 Edited by insanejedi (781 posts) -

Any suggestions? Steam pulls up like 3 games from no-name developers. Looking for anything realistic golf or minigolf would be cool too.

#7 Posted by insanejedi (781 posts) -

Oh thank you.

#8 Posted by insanejedi (781 posts) -

I can't remember if this is Giant Bomb or the Hotspot days but I remember Vinny, Jeff, Brad, and Ryan were talking about how they played WoW and would need to dress up for the pizza guy, and may have to pretend that the food is for a party of people. They also talked about how they would get chinese food with 8 fortune cookies in it when it was just for themselves.

"hey guys the Pizza is here! I could use like 4 forks."

#9 Edited by insanejedi (781 posts) -

The VERY VERY VERY first thing you should do is to encrypt your phone. You can do this through the settings>Security>encrypt phone menu. The reason being that not only is it best practice but, its because if you ever decide to root or install a bootloader, it will fuck up your phone if you decide to encrypt it later. There is no downside to encrypting, other than imperceptible CPU usage.

If you decide to encrypt the next thing wont be a problem which is that NEVER use the slide-to-unlock security setting. Security wise it's not very secure, it can be bruteforced, and there are not very many permutations on a 3x3 screen. If you encrypt Android will NOT allow you to use the weaker unlock systems. (which is a good thing)

Before rooting you have to unlock your bootloader. Your bootloader is what controls if you can run code approved by google in places where the recovery is. The recovery is where you can restore your phone back to factory settings. Wipe out all data, and start all over. In order to root you need whats called a "custom recovery" which is a recovery system that is different than what your phone came with.

This custom recovery can install code onto your phone into places that would be forbidden otherwise. You can install a piece of rooting software from the custom recovery (think of the custom recovery as a BIOS or second OS on your phone).

This rooting software allows you to play with files that Google normally doesn't let you on the phone. System level stuff like modifying the CPU Voltage, deleting system apps like the keyboard and replacing it, or deleting system sound files like the sound your phone makes when it first starts up. These normally are not allowed but since your device is "rooted" it allows you system level control like you would find on Windows with Administrative Privileges.

This also lets you do crazy things like how some apps ask you for your GPS coordinates, and you can totally block them from having your GPS coordinates OR give them custom GPS coordinates that are NOWHERE near you.

I highly recommend you at least unlock the bootloader and install a custom recovery IF for the ONLY reason because you can make a backup on your phone, that is like a PC or Mac backup/time machine. If you fucked up your phone not only can you restore it back to last when you saved it (all your apps, settings, everything is back like it was) BUT if you destroy your phone, you can actually go buy a totally new Nexus 5, take your recovery images if you backed them up outside your phone. Push them back into your phone, and be back and running in literally 30 minutes. If you want to learn I highly recommend this video.

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#10 Posted by insanejedi (781 posts) -

I can't help but to see that Giant Bomb has been littered with everyday sort of scam spam in the comments and forum such as...

my neighbor's sister-in-law makes $999999 every hour on the computer. She has been out of a job for 9999 months but last month her paycheck was $99999just working on the computer for a few hours. go to this site........ w­w­w.givemeavirus.c­o­m/

I don't know how much you guys want to put resources into filtering the spam and attempt to make Matt Rorie's job easier but it's clear that these post have a very similar pattern..

Im making over $30h a month working part time. I kept hearing other people tell me how much money they can make online so I decided to look into it. Well, it was all true and has totally changed my life. This is what I do----> (website)

my friend's step-aunt makes $86/hr on the internet. She has been out of a job for nine months but last month her paycheck was $18678 just working on the internet for a few hours. browse around this web-site........ (website)

I was wondering if there was some way to program a spam filter that would automatically detect post like this using a heuristic method of detection.

For example every one of these tends to start with...

My (relationship to other person, Aunt, Neighbor, Friend Ect.)

So you could do a flagging system for example that detect this particular format with a thesaurus or dictionary of nouns that relate to a persons relationship. Now to avoid false positives and type 1 errors for other posters this is obviously going to require more detection.

So another condition is if we detect $x tied to a specific time.

Almost everyone goes 'makes/making (over) $x (time)"

and we can tie that to a conditional if the string contains one of the following words shortly after.

"internet, home, office, computer"

Finally the nail in the coffin could be a website that are ALWAYS put at the end of the string.

", ect."

In fact you don't have to make a blacklist as almost all of these spam comments put a website at the very end of the string, never in the middle.

So if all these conditions are met, it's highly likely we have spam, with little error in the manner of having type 1 errors where legitimate users would be blocked because they typed something similar.

I do realize that this is a losing battle in some cases, they are going to get more crafty to send out their bullshit, but any attempts to automate this would certainly help admins and make Giant Bomb a better user experience.

There is a chance that they might give up and go to websites more easily exploited in this fashion as well, rather than dedicate resources to subvert the spam system.