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US Air Force Selects Boeing 747-8 To Replace Air Force One

6Yankee Re: track record (293 comments)

It'll land on two of them if the gear won't drop.

2 days ago
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EnOcean Wireless Sensors Don't Need Batteries (Video)

6Yankee SOLD! (46 comments)

So I can power the sensors for my smart home that doesn't need switches, by the pressure of my finger on a switch? I'll take a dozen!

about three weeks ago
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Glowing Hobbit Sword Helps You Find Unsecured Wi-Fi

6Yankee Yes, but can it... (67 comments)

...find fields of gold?

about a month ago
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An Open Source Flat Pack Robot Arm That's As Easy To Build As Ikea Furniture

6Yankee Re:Robot arm (39 comments)

Imagine a Beowulf cluster of Slashdotters rushing to post that this is lame and/or they did it 20 years ago.

about a month ago
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Webcast Funerals Growing More Popular

6Yankee Re:It's real enough already, thank you! (70 comments)

It did cross my mind when there was shepherd's pie on the menu last week...By the time I got there, though, they'd run out of shepherds.

about a month and a half ago
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Webcast Funerals Growing More Popular

6Yankee It's real enough already, thank you! (70 comments)

My office building is next to the pathology department, and I can't go to lunch without seeing a hearse loading or unloading.

about a month and a half ago
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Why Didn't Sidecar's Flex Pricing Work?

6Yankee Re:Economists... (190 comments)

Yeah, I remember that one. The petrol in station was way the hell out in the middle of nowhere (for the UK, anyway), and was already on the expensive side as a result. The owner said that he wasn't profiteering, rather it was about conserving what little they had. Until they could get another delivery, he wanted to ensure that anyone who wasn't desperate didn't stop there, and anyone who was only bought enough to get them to civilisation.

Made sense to me. Didn't make sense to the Daily Mail, of course.

about a month and a half ago
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In Iowa, a Phone App Could Serve As Driver's License

6Yankee Re:Have we reached peak app yet? (207 comments)

Seriously, I'm getting tired of the endless stream of apps.

There's a nap for that.

about 2 months ago
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What People Want From Smart Homes

6Yankee Re:Yup (209 comments)

the annoyance of the lights turning off all the time because occupancy sensors suck

...which is why the one in my office has a paper coffee-cup duct-taped over it and I bought a small desk lamp with an old-school switch. All the offices here have these sensors. But all the toilets, where you don't want to touch anything, have wall switches - even in the individual cubicles.

about 3 months ago
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Ford Develops a Way To Monitor Police Driving

6Yankee Re:Subpoena-able? (151 comments)

I want to download all of it and figure out where I should put my Dunkin' Donuts franchise...

about 3 months ago
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I think next winter will be:

6Yankee I hope it's more severe... (148 comments)

...because here in oulu.fi, last winter was crap. Should have been -30C, gorgeous blue skies and over a metre of snow, instead of which November lasted for three months and then some bastard hit Rewind.

The trees are absolutely laden with berries at the moment, and I'm told that;s a good sign.

about 5 months ago
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To prepare for a coronal mass ejection, I ...

6Yankee Re:How about sharing legitimate advice? (151 comments)

You have to put distance and/or a lot more mass between the CME and whatever you want to protect than you have ready access to, unless you own a mine.

Working in the north of Finland, and down a mine is exactly where our backup tapes go. Not that I deleted some local backups and had cause to find out or anything... oops.

As for CME preparation: Charge the camera batteries, make a flask of coffee, and break out the winter gear so girlfriend doesn't get cold and want to go home.

about 5 months ago
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Finland's Nuclear Plant Start Delayed Again

6Yankee Re:Oh dear (130 comments)

I use that one all the time. If you have a problem with that, you can Suomi.

about 5 months ago
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MIT May Have Just Solved All Your Data Center Network Lag Issues

6Yankee Re:Hooray (83 comments)

Optimise. Only friend people who eat their children.

about 6 months ago
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High Frequency Trading and Finance's Race To Irrelevance

6Yankee A cautionary tale (382 comments)

If you have the time (and if you're at work, of course you have the time!), I recommend The Great Hargeisa Goat Bubble. One guy gets his last goat killed by an aircraft so he can claim twice its value from the airport, and it all goes wrong from there.

Soon the shortage of actual goats led to a booming market in goat futures, goat options and increasingly arcane goat derivative products. This trade in young, unborn, and even theoretical goats allowed yet more money into a market whose only bottle-neck or brake up to this time had been the physical shortage of actual goats.

...until the whole thing comes crashing down.

about 8 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Where's the Most Unusual Place You've Written a Program From?

6Yankee Re:Most unusual circumstances? (310 comments)

My first day here, I had a desk but no chair, and had to run power and network cables to the desk myself (as well as hunt down an extension cable when I refused to run power straight across a door at floor level). I also went monitor-shopping with the sysadmin, which involved a long cycle ride through the forest.

Took three days to get it all set up, and another three hours to work out that I couldn't do a damn thing with five other people bouncing about in a room built for two.

about 8 months ago

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6Yankee 6Yankee writes  |  more than 7 years ago

6Yankee (597075) writes "Some Slashdotters are proud to own a computer full of 'beaver', but how about a beaver full of computer? "Ms McMahon said of her Compubeaver: 'I started thinking about the most ridiculous thing to put a computer into and decided it had to be a beaver.'" (That must've made her eyes water.) These case mods are getting dammed silly."
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6Yankee 6Yankee writes  |  more than 7 years ago

6Yankee (597075) writes "A Dutch escort agency is offering a "virgin service" — and most of the customers work in IT. Says boss Zoe Vialet: "They are very sweet but are afraid of seeking contact with other people. They mean it very well but are very scared." In what might be considered a very cunning move, the three-hour-minimum appointment includes — a bath."
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6Yankee 6Yankee writes  |  more than 8 years ago

6Yankee (597075) writes "BBC News is reporting that supermarket giant Tesco is to start selling own-brand PC software. From the article:

"Tesco said it would offer six packages, including office software, security systems and a photo editing tool. Britain's biggest retailer said each title would cost less than £20, challenging what it described as the current 'high' price of software."

No word as to whether the Tesco office products are compatible with the Microsoft ones. But when people discover that they don't need to break the law to the Microsoft tax, will they opt for a legal, far cheaper, alternative? What does this mean for projects like OpenOffice — a harder sell, or increased interest?"

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