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FCC Warned Not To Take Actions a Republican-Led FCC Would Dislike

Algae_94 Re:Correction: (338 comments)

As sad as it is, the reality in America is that one of the two parties' guys will be the one elected in most races. If you don't like either option, what's so wrong with picking the less bad one?

5 days ago
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FCC Warned Not To Take Actions a Republican-Led FCC Would Dislike

Algae_94 Re: Correction: (338 comments)

Most companies do not have direct elections for CEO. They have elections for the board of directors and then the board chooses the CEO.

Regardless, you are correct, with enough stock you can vote in your preferred board which would select your preferred CEO.

5 days ago
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Daimler's Solution For Annoying Out-of-office Email: Delete It

Algae_94 Re:Defeats the purpose (232 comments)

Why should the person sending those info/requests be forced to say "oh I can't send those now, John is away and his email gets deleted. Let me mark it down on my calendar to send all this when he is back. Hopefully I remember all the details that are fresh in my mind now too".

Why? Because it's corporate policy in this situation. Whether you like it or not, that's what they are doing.

What you are failing to grasp is that you don't have to either email the person that is out or remember everything for when they get back. You email it to a different person that is in the office and is the alternate point of contact. If there's no alternate point of contact, you'd be in a bit of trouble if this was more than a vacation and the person just left the job or died.

Deleting e-mail sent to you because you are on vacation or otherwise unavailable is the height of arrogance.

Getting upset because a person won't get the email you want to send them sounds more arrogant to me.

5 days ago
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New HP Laptop Would Mean Windows at Chromebook Prices

Algae_94 Re:Already had this with the Lenovo Miix... (215 comments)

Amazons remaining stock is not exactly the entirety of the market. Not to mention the fact that their stock gets replenished on occasion, so 6 more is not necessarily all that Amazon will sell.

There are a number of other 8" tabs from Dell, Asus, Lenovo, etc. All around the $200 price point (but most of them are 32bit Win 8 with 2GB RAM).

about a week ago
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New HP Laptop Would Mean Windows at Chromebook Prices

Algae_94 Re:2GB of RAM? (215 comments)

Glad to hear your liking that T100. I've been looking at a lot of the 8" tabs with the bay trail Atoms. For $200, I'm more than willing to give one a try. I might take your advice and wait for a 4GB RAM 64-bit one if I like it enough to get a beefier 10" device

about a week ago
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New HP Laptop Would Mean Windows at Chromebook Prices

Algae_94 Re:2GB of RAM? (215 comments)

Yes, it is enough. It is the listed minimum requirement for 64bit Win 8. 32bit has 1GB RAM the minimum requirement. There are plenty of tablets and other small notebooks with 2GB of RAM and Win 8. Go check out some video reviews if you want to know how they run.

Will you be Working on immense CAD or Photoshop files with this? No, but you can have plenty of browser windows open at once with a few other applications running.

about a week ago
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Windows 8.1 Update Crippling PCs With BSOD, Microsoft Suggests You Roll Back

Algae_94 Re:It isn't only Windows 8 (303 comments)

I've had many computers. TRS-80 (No Problems) DOS 4 to 8 (No Problems) Linux (No Problems). Now we get to Windows. Win95, Win98, Win98SE, WinXP Pro, Win7, Win8 all on different hardware and legal. All of them freeze up, BSOD's, hardware/driver problems, generally a peace of $hit. Friends and family report the same problems. Anyone that says that they don't have problems with windows must be working for M$. When you get tired of paying for malware, try Linux.

Well, then I expect my check any day now. I've had problems with XP, but everything I've used with 7 or 8 have not had any BSODs, or other major problems. I skipped Vista so I can't say where that compared.

That's not to say everything is perfect with Windows, but these regular and common freeze ups and BSODs do not occur for me anymore.

about a week ago
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Daimler's Solution For Annoying Out-of-office Email: Delete It

Algae_94 Re:Defeats the purpose (232 comments)

My world should not stop because you chose to get off.

But it already did stop if you are waiting for a response when the person returns.

Basically what you are doing is common in smaller companies or smaller departments where there is not a lot of (or any) redundancy among employees. In the case of Daimler AG, I'm sure that many of the people that are out of office have a fully qualified alternate contact to deal with while they are out. The entire idea of this is that the person was out on a vacation or other personal time. Whatever happens at work during that time is not a concern of theirs. Email can certainly be used differently and some people would really want to have those emails you send. Daimler AG has decided they don't want their employees to have to deal with them.

about a week ago
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Swedish Dad Takes Gamer Kids To Warzone

Algae_94 Re:Gettin All Up In Yo Biznis (418 comments)

Compare a cheap US apartment to a similarly priced flat in London or Tokyo and you will understand more about how good we have it.

This isn't exactly a fair comparison depending on where you live in the US. Compare that London or Tokyo apartment to New York City or San Francisco. I think you're really talking about the cost difference between urban and rural housing.

about two weeks ago
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Fugitive Child Sex Abuser Caught By Face-Recognition Technology

Algae_94 Re:We Are All Under Suspicion Now (232 comments)

That's actually what I was trying to get people to do. Think of the actual laws that would need to be done to correct this situation instead of crying, "It's not fair!"

No problem can have a solution found until you accurately describe the root of the problem.

about two weeks ago
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Fugitive Child Sex Abuser Caught By Face-Recognition Technology

Algae_94 Re:We Are All Under Suspicion Now (232 comments)

The government already owns the database of passport photos. It's theirs. Every person who has a photo in there gave it to the government. In this case the FBI did a cross reference between 2 databases owned by the government. They did not force or coerce any private entity or individual to divulge private information to them. They weren't using any sort of real time or recent time surveillance. I don't see how you can make any rational suggestion to stop this situation short of abolishing passport photos and the subsequent database of them.

You may not like it. You may think this is another step on the slippery slope, but what specific part of this do you recommend be changed?

Should the government not be allowed to look at their own data? Do you think government agencies should not be able to share data? Do you think passports should not require photos? If you can come up with a way to stop this you can work on changing things. Otherwise, you're just whining about things.

about two weeks ago
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Sniffing Out Billions In US Currency Smuggled Across the Border To Mexico

Algae_94 There's an easy solution (158 comments)

Just employ strippers as border patrol agents. They have an uncanny ability to sniff out money. They might even get the smugglers to voluntarily turn over some of it.

about two weeks ago
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TEPCO: Nearly All Nuclear Fuel Melted At Fukushima No. 3 Reactor

Algae_94 Re:and the real bad news is... (255 comments)

Since 'the incident' the police is knocking on doors of young couples living in the Fukushima area and in the fall out zones north east of it, telling the couples: " you know, you should consider to have no children" (Or move away to the far south or Hokkaido)

Last I heard, it wasn't a big problem to get the Japanese to have no children. They have one of the lowest birth rates on Earth.

about three weeks ago
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TEPCO: Nearly All Nuclear Fuel Melted At Fukushima No. 3 Reactor

Algae_94 Re:So.. what? (255 comments)

Nuclear is dying? Is that why dozens of new reactors are under construction worldwide and many existing power plants have been upgraded to produce more power?

http://www.world-nuclear.org/info/current-and-future-generation/plans-for-new-reactors-worldwide/

It may not be the glamorous renewable energy source, or even the go to source of base power generation, but it still has a solid role in worldwide energy production.

about three weeks ago
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Alleged Massive Account and Password Seizure By Russian Group

Algae_94 Re:Hold on a second.. (126 comments)

Oh I absolutely agree on the importance of several passwords. I really don't like these centralized authentication systems or password keepers. It may be the height of paranoia, but if I'm going to the trouble of making up all these multiple strong passwords, why would I then put them all in one location? That's one system to compromise to get the keys to all my accounts.

Really the issue is the inability to remember multiple passwords for the average person (or the inability to want to remember them). I like the idea of using a custom, human operable hash function to generate passwords. Take this site as an example, the input would be slashdot (the domain), you take that as the seed and apply some sort of algorithm/hashing function in your head to create the password. It needs to be complex enough to not just be "add '123' to the end", but simple enough to do while sitting at a keyboard. If you can still recognize the domain in the output it's a failure. The beauty of it is that you never need to remember your passwords, just the algorithm. If you want to log in to a site, you look at the domain and apply your hashing algo to 'remember' your password. If you want to change the passwords, change your algorithm. This is of course far beyond the level of the average user, but it avoids putting all your keys in one box.

about three weeks ago
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Alleged Massive Account and Password Seizure By Russian Group

Algae_94 Re:What web sites were compromised? (126 comments)

My guess is that thousands of crappy WordPress sites or something on that level was compromised. Nothing of any extreme value.

about three weeks ago
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Alleged Massive Account and Password Seizure By Russian Group

Algae_94 Re:Hold on a second.. (126 comments)

You don't need something like Google Authenticator to be secure. A strong 8 character password changed every 60 days would suffice. A hacker can know your account, but statistically speaking they would not be able to crack your password by the time you had a new password.

Statistically speaking this would work, but it is possible that of all the brute force attempts the cracker tries in that 60 day window, one of them is your password. One correct guess and they have the account. Plus this is a pain in the ass to change passwords every 2 months. Use at least 10 characters.

about three weeks ago
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Why Morgan Stanley Is Betting That Tesla Will Kill Your Power Company

Algae_94 Re:Macroeconomic investment theses are always wron (502 comments)

Buffet is a well known value investor. He doesn't buy things for future growth, but because the current prices are too good to pass up. Most of those banks were screaming deals over the past 5 years. As their share prices come back up from the banking crisis and valuations aren't as good, I expect he will unwind some of those positions.

about three weeks ago
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Why Morgan Stanley Is Betting That Tesla Will Kill Your Power Company

Algae_94 Re:Load of Horse Shit (502 comments)

The fact that some people in some places could go off the grid doesn't make this horse crap Morgan Stanley is spewing any more true. If Morgan Stanley is saying it publicly it is to manipulate share prices and that's about it. Even if this does come to be true, there will surely be another couple up and down business cycles beforehand so there's no need to even act immediately on this information.

about three weeks ago
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Why Morgan Stanley Is Betting That Tesla Will Kill Your Power Company

Algae_94 Re:Until we learn how to use less ... (502 comments)

I live at ~61N latitude. Solar power here would be of little use. I'd get loads of it all summer long. Tons of summer power to work the lights that I don't need on or the heating that I don't need to use. Then in the winter I would get about nothing in terms of solar power. Not only because of the short days of low angle sun, but because snow and frost buildup on the panels would need to be cleaned off regularly. Winter, by the way, is when I have lights on in my house a lot more and when I need to keep the heat running quite often (the peak power usage season here). And as far as air conditioning using that summer light - no one here has it. You don't need AC when the hottest days of the year are when you crack 80F.

Unless you have some sort of battery tech that allows me to store up a summers worth of solar energy to be used throughout the winter, I'd rather look into wind power.

about three weeks ago

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