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Favorite "Go!" Phrase?

Bill_the_Engineer Go!? (672 comments)

No Othello

2 days ago
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New Toyota Helps You Yell At the Kids

Bill_the_Engineer Re: minivan dead? (205 comments)

Those aren't SUVs. They're passenger cars with lift kits installed.

Actually they are a hatchbacks (aka station wagons) but the marketing people renamed them as SUVs to make them more hip and trendy.

2 days ago
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New Mayhem Malware Targets Linux and UNIX-Like Servers

Bill_the_Engineer Re:Infection via PHP web apps (164 comments)

hey'd probably get more money because they could hold a vast section of the internet to hostage

The problem is that more people use Windows at home than Linux. This is why Windows is the largest "soft" target.

Linux at home is not immune. Why? Because home users are less likely to be careful about their security and more likely to download malware. They also tend to tolerate software operating slower than normal because they incorrectly associate it with the age of the computer.

Computers running at an enterprise level (aka. the ones running the internet) are harder targets than what you would find running on a personal computer at the typical household regardless of OS .

5 days ago
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Court Rejects Fox's Attempt to Use Aereo Ruling Against Dish's Hopper

Bill_the_Engineer Re:Can't use duck test and rational argument (67 comments)

Again, they do the same sort of thing a CATV does, but by aggregating several discrete receptions across several discrete connections. This to my IANAL eyes is why Aereo should have been allowed to continue until someone changed laws regarding OTA reception and access.

The act used to define and regulate a cable system only specifies that the cable system sends video transmissions directly to the subscriber and makes no mention about the protocol or method used to send that video transmission over wire or cable. So the fact that Aereo used discrete transmissions versus multicasting isn't relevant to the act.

about a week ago
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Nearly 25 Years Ago, IBM Helped Save Macintosh

Bill_the_Engineer Re:Intel (236 comments)

I don't know. That would be interesting to check out. Maybe one day...

about a week ago
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Nearly 25 Years Ago, IBM Helped Save Macintosh

Bill_the_Engineer Re:Intel (236 comments)

Correct. I still have the Beta and Release CDs.

about a week ago
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Nearly 25 Years Ago, IBM Helped Save Macintosh

Bill_the_Engineer Re:Intel (236 comments)

They'd released the i860 (RISC, not x86-compatible) in 1989 and tech magazines were saying it would kill x86. Windows NT was originally written for the i860 and only later ported to x86, so even Windows looked like it might not be tied to x86 in the long term.

This is technically true. Windows NT was originally designed to be OS/2 version 3.0 and at first they targeted the i860 which never did well, so they changed to the MIPS platform. Prior to release Microsoft decided to make it their next Windows platform and the rest was history.

What made Windows NT unique at the time was the Hardware Abstraction Layer (HAL) that allowed Microsoft to target multiple processor platforms. At release, Windows NT supported i386 (called IA-32 at the time), Alpha, and MIPS.

about a week ago
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Court Rejects Fox's Attempt to Use Aereo Ruling Against Dish's Hopper

Bill_the_Engineer Re:Can't use duck test and rational argument (67 comments)

Um, that's EXACTLY what Aereo was doing.

Excluding the part where slingbox users are the end-to-end owners of their personal redirect service and Aereo being a for-profit company in the business of leasing access to an antenna, I can see how you can think of them being the exact same thing.

about a week ago
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FBI Concerned About Criminals Using Driverless Cars

Bill_the_Engineer Re:don't drive with nobody in it? (435 comments)

I wouldn't be surprised if they require at least one passenger sitting at the "control point" within the driverless car at all times the car is in operation on a public road. They may even require that the passenger sitting at the "control point" be licensed to drive.

By "control point" I mean a seat near an emergency stop button or cut off switch.

about a week ago
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Court Rejects Fox's Attempt to Use Aereo Ruling Against Dish's Hopper

Bill_the_Engineer Re:Can't use duck test and rational argument (67 comments)

Maybe what I need to see is this clarified: Could I, as a New Yorker, rent a rooftop in the city, put up an antenna and run a wire to my ground floor apartment several blocks over? If the answer is yes, then why can't Aereo do the same thing on my behalf? Where does it say I have to OWN the antenna and transmission medium versus RENT?

To paraphrase the SCOTUS: Because Aereo is not only an equipment provider but also a service provider, the supreme court ruled that the business model that Aereo operated under was substantially similar to a cable system that the fact that Aereo didn't constantly transmit a signal but instead was directly controlled by the customer didn't provide a significant enough technological difference to warrant not treating them as a cable system.

The original purpose of a cable TV system was to provide reception of OTA broadcasts to areas (within the broadcast market) which may have difficulty receiving those same signals via outdoor antenna. According to SCOTUS, Aereo didn't do anything significantly different.

about a week ago
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Court Rejects Fox's Attempt to Use Aereo Ruling Against Dish's Hopper

Bill_the_Engineer Re:Can't use duck test and rational argument (67 comments)

Fox is the redirecting us to this discussion by trying to apply the Aereo ruling to their case. I'm in agreement with you that despite Fox's best efforts the Aereo ruling isn't a factor in this case, since we are talking about what people do with their video once it reaches the confines of their own homes.

about a week ago
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Court Rejects Fox's Attempt to Use Aereo Ruling Against Dish's Hopper

Bill_the_Engineer Re:Can't use duck test and rational argument (67 comments)

Except Aereo was providing the rebroadcast. With sling box you are redirecting broadcasts from your own home. The courts saw little difference between leasing an antenna and providing a subscription service and saw the former as an attempt to provide the latter without having to pay rebroadcast fees to the local affiliates.

about a week ago
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Court Rejects Fox's Attempt to Use Aereo Ruling Against Dish's Hopper

Bill_the_Engineer Re:Can't use duck test and rational argument (67 comments)

This seems to further re-affirm the court's position (agree with it or not) that Aereo is a cable company even though they use the internet for transfer.

Why would we not agree? It doesn't matter what media or protocol being used to forward the television signal. What mattered was that Aereo provided a service to forward all the live broadcasts to you which seems very similar to the early cable companies. We had wireless cable companies in the 90's. The fact that they were wireless didn't diminish their ability to be a cable service.

Slingbox is very different. It's a personal device that does nothing but forward a single channel from your own cable box (or DirectTV receiver) to your current location.

about two weeks ago
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Home Depot Begins Retail Store Pilot Program To Sell MakerBot 3-D Printers

Bill_the_Engineer Re:A lot of them will be returned (126 comments)

How many people are going to spend $3000 (or even $1300) on something they know almost nothing about after "wandering by"?

I guess you never been bored one weekend and shopped at Home Depot. It is never cheap especially if your spouse is with you.

about two weeks ago
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My most recent energy-saving bulbs last ...

Bill_the_Engineer Re:Incandescent will be best for the environment. (278 comments)

Thanks for the suggestion, but I already have a high efficiency heat pump and according to the Geothermal Savings Calculator my annual cooling savings is only $471/yr (heating is only $255/yr).

At least by supplementing my electrical source with solar energy, I can use any possible excess on lighting or appliances.

about two weeks ago
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My most recent energy-saving bulbs last ...

Bill_the_Engineer Re:Incandescent will be best for the environment. (278 comments)

I'm interested in solar power as a means to offset the cooling costs during 95+ degree F days with 80+% humidity. That is the bulk of my energy usage. Solar seems like a natural fit since my power usage is much lower on rainy days and night time.

about two weeks ago
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Judge Shoots Down "Bitcoin Isn't Money" Argument In Silk Road Trial

Bill_the_Engineer Re:Bitcoin ISN'T Monay (135 comments)

I think you meant to say is "Bitcoin ISN'T US Currency". It still has value and used in the trade of goods and commodities. It is a local currency (aka community currency).

about two weeks ago
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Wireless Contraception

Bill_the_Engineer Re:Good lord (302 comments)

Depends on the definition of "good".

Anyway, a lot of innovation is being stifled by liability. The fact that someone can do something bad to someone else wearing a medical device is enough for most to keep it off the market.

about two weeks ago
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Rob Pardo Says Farewell To Blizzard

Bill_the_Engineer Re:Sinking ship... (93 comments)

What killed guilds are the large number of teenagers who joined the game and over compensated for being a nobody at high school by being massive dicks online. They would act nice until they joined and then they would troll the guild channel and create "drama" all fucking night. You can /gkick them to the cows come home and you'll find put that they left an alt character behind to continue to fuck with the guild. We had trouble managing the banks because they would constantly raid it without putting anything of value back. Not to mention they felt entitled to a rank promotion after only being a member for a week and bitch when we tell them no because we only had 4 ranks in our guild to control access to the bank ("recruit", "member", "veteran", "Guild Master").

The guild I'm in now (when I'm online) only has about 250 characters (including alts) and because we are all working adults, we average around 11 to 17 people online during the evenings. We don't recruit anymore. We just invite friends we know personally or people who are raiding with us on a regular basis. We enjoy the Flex raid feature and do the regular raids too. We view the LFR feature positively since it allows us working folks to farm for gear that can be used during flex and regular 10-man and 25-man raids. The gear from LFR is not high enough to do anything worthwhile in the end games so it's a nice compromise.

about two weeks ago
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Wireless Contraception

Bill_the_Engineer Re:Good lord (302 comments)

The more powerful the tool, the more it can be used for both good or harm.

about two weeks ago

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Bankrupt municipality seeks revenue from speeding cameras on interstate

Bill_the_Engineer Bill_the_Engineer writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Bill_the_Engineer (772575) writes "According to the Mobile Press Register a new speeding enforcement program was adopted by the Prichard City Council today that could generate at least $200,000 a year for the cash-strapped city.

The council, with a unanimous vote, endorsed a program that will add four additional patrol officers to monitor traffic speeds primarily along Interstate 165 and 65 within the Prichard city limits.

The program, administered by South Carolina-based iTraffic Safety, is set to start in January and will be monitored for three months before the city determines whether to increase regulations by adding speed cameras along the interstates. "I think we should try the officers first," Ephriam said. "There could be issues on whether the cameras can accurately depict speeders right now. There are things we have to address with potential liability with the cameras.""

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LibreOffice 3.4.2 for enterprise users released

Bill_the_Engineer Bill_the_Engineer writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Bill_the_Engineer (772575) writes "The Document Foundation (TDF) announces LibreOffice 3.4.2, the third version of the 3.4 family, targeting both private individuals and enterprises. LibreOffice 3.4.2 fixes the majority of the most-important bugs identified by users in the previous version, and can be deployed for production needs by most enterprises."
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'Dungeons & Dragons' co-creator dies

Bill_the_Engineer Bill_the_Engineer writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Bill_the_Engineer (772575) writes "CNN is reporting that David Lance Arneson, who helped trigger the global phenomenon of role-playing games as co-inventor of "Dungeons & Dragons," has died at the age of 61.

A statement on the game's official Web site, wizards.com, said Arneson died Tuesday evening "after waging one final battle against cancer.""

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