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Finland's Nuclear Plant Start Delayed Again

BitZtream Re:Indeed... (116 comments)

Not when coupled with inflation properly.

yesterday
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Kernel Developer Dmitry Monakhov Arrested For Protesting Ukraine Invasion

BitZtream News for nerds ... (184 comments)

Can we get stories about when kernel developers go to the bathroom as well?

This is hardly anything that matters or belongs on slashdot. Hans Reiser slaying his wife ... okay, sure, that meant the end of reiserfs effectively. One kernel dev serving time for a basic civil disobedience charge? Who cares? Its about as important as Bennett Hasleton rants about things he utterly fails to understand.

yesterday
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Hidden Obstacles For Delivery Drones

BitZtream Re:It's a proxy for needing to revamp the post sys (208 comments)

If we had a system where we standardized mailbox sizes to some specification

Done, been that way all my life (I'm almost 40).

and then licensed out some NFC/smart card system to let postal workers/delivery companies open them, then we might be getting somewhere

You mean some sort of key ... Again, done, group boxes have had keys all my life.

but if you could simply buy the relevant thing at Home Depot

Home Depot sales mailboxes, all of which meet all sorts of standard requirements for US Postal Service deliveries.

You do realize that everything you've said has been around for, what, a century?

There are even standards for positioning of the mailbox, not just size.

I'm guessing you're not real observant and haven't noticed that all mailboxes are already the same size, basic shape and location.

yesterday
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Hidden Obstacles For Delivery Drones

BitZtream Re:drones away (208 comments)

If a UAV of even 5 pounds drops from as little as 10 feet above your head, it can easily kill you.

yesterday
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Hidden Obstacles For Delivery Drones

BitZtream Re:just too many issues (208 comments)

(lowering the parcel on a rope, the drone never comes even near ground)

Until I grab the rope and pull the UAV to the ground.

yesterday
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Hidden Obstacles For Delivery Drones

BitZtream Re:Do not want (208 comments)

The number of UAVs it would take to replace a single FedEx or UPS truck would certainly be several orders of magnitude noisier.

yesterday
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The Apache Software Foundation Now Accepting BitCoin For Donations

BitZtream Re:Why wouldn't they? (67 comments)

So basically you found someone who will deal with you in bitcoin because their native currency is even more worthless and volatile than the BTC market ... good job. Outside of some third world slave labor, its another story.

2 days ago
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This 'SimCity 4' Region With 107 Million People Took Eight Months of Planning

BitZtream Re:Proof SimCity 5 was crap (103 comments)

Sorry dude, but before SC5 was even released to the public, the idea that it had a more complex simulation was utterly destroyed. The SC5 simulation is very very weak.

4 days ago
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Microsoft Releases Replacement Patch With Two Known Bugs

BitZtream Re:Need developers? (140 comments)

Dear Asshat,

We make more money each second than you'll make in your entire life. Your arrogant attitude makes us laugh. We have MBAs who have forgotten more about development than you think you know, and about 8 orders of magnitude more than you actually know.

We're sorry you think our predicament is so bad, but we do enjoy floating our yacht on ocean sized volumes of cash, our yachts are big enough the waves aren't an issue, perhaps if you pulled your head out of your ass for a second you would realize this and you would realize that while you try to act like some one cares what you think, you are nothing, hence your AC post. Oh? You don't love us ... I'm sure will lose sleep at night over that.

Cheers,
        A company which actually turns a profit

I'd bet a months pay you don't make $20/hour, let alone 200. Your ignorance wreaks that of a 15 year old without a clue how the real world operates and certainly indicates that you have absolutely no idea what happens in a company the scale of Microsoft. You seem to think %0.00001 of your customers having an issue with regressions is the end of the world.

Seriously, get a clue.

4 days ago
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Australian Consumer Watchdog Takes Valve To Court

BitZtream Re:Bad business practice (138 comments)

It doesn't show them 'by default'. The opening page is a list of games for your platform, if you browse to a different category or search for a game, you're taking deliberate action to do so. Make sure you search for Mac games if you want to buy games for a Mac, and make sure its badged for Mac.

Mac Steam doesn't start you in the Windows or Linux games page.

4 days ago
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Australian Consumer Watchdog Takes Valve To Court

BitZtream Re:Bad business practice (138 comments)

I've seen this happen when a Mac version of the game is coming, but hasn't actually been released. In my case the game showed up on Mac a month or two later.

When I bought it, I was fine with buying only a Windows version and thought the store was wrong when it showed the mac badge.

For reference: Nothing stops you from buying windows only games on mac.

4 days ago
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U.S. Senator: All Cops Should Wear Cameras

BitZtream Re:Will the cameras work? (622 comments)

There will be nothing to "retain" nor "verify", if a cop wraps a piece of chewing gum around camera's lens and microphone hole for a few minutes...

Other than the video showing the cop putting chewing gum on the lens ... and the video of the cop removing chewing come from the lens ...

There will just be a string of "unexplained malfunctions" nationwide, which the manufacturers will be at a loss to explain...

Except for the video mentioned above explaining what happened clearly ...

It may be possible to get it to work, yes, but it is going to be a lot harder, than the Senator realizes...

There are multiple OSS libraries that already are capable of detecting most of the ways the camera could be obscured, especially as something as trivial as the input going dark which you could do very simply, and basic motion detection would also catch it ... gee, the camera gyros show the camera is moving but the video isn't changing or is changing across all pixels fairly equally ... because its extremely blurred/obscured.

Or Prosecuting Attorney: Officer, why do we have a video show you putting gum over the lense of your camera 5 minutes before this shooting occurred and taking it off 10 minutes after? Whats that? You're going to be found guilty of the crime you're charged with? Yes, we understand that, guess you shouldn't have obscured the camera eh?

5 days ago
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U.S. Senator: All Cops Should Wear Cameras

BitZtream Re:Will the cameras work? (622 comments)

Now, I don't own a GoPro, but last I heard, they were nearly indestructible inside their shatterproof sealed case.

The only thing the case does is keep water and dirt out. A 5 foot drop will easily destroy a GoPro, and I know this as I have a friend with multiple videos of his GoPro being killed as it falls to the ground for various reasons in the case.

They are pretty shitty cameras, their only advantage is that they are light and have ready made accessories, beyond that, if you really want to be rough, GoPro isn't the choice to make.

5 days ago
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How Red Hat Can Recapture Developer Interest

BitZtream Re:Ubuntu vs. Linux (232 comments)

Your post is really stupid based on the entire premise that Ubuntu isn't Linux for some silly reason. You do realize 'Linux' is just a kernel, right? Android is Linux just as much as Ubuntu, Red Hat and Debian.

5 days ago
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How Red Hat Can Recapture Developer Interest

BitZtream Re:Too little, too late (232 comments)

With that sort of attitude, its highly likely that Red Hat doesn't care about you either. Based on your post, its a safe bet you don't make the decision on anything that matters or any quantity that matters so ... they won't care either, frankly.

5 days ago
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How Red Hat Can Recapture Developer Interest

BitZtream Re:IT departments, on the other hand... (232 comments)

Except perhaps for Sun

So I'm guessing you've never in your life installed a Sun patch cluster, have you?

about a week ago
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How Red Hat Can Recapture Developer Interest

BitZtream Re:where do they come from again? (232 comments)

... because hadoop is a database ... except that its not, in any way ...

And everything makes more sense to be in a nosql key-value store than something with structure and integrity.

With a 3 digit id I would have expected a better response than that from your age alone ... mind blowing.

about a week ago
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U.S. Senator: All Cops Should Wear Cameras

BitZtream Re:I like... (622 comments)

... have you watched the full video ... because it confirms exactly what the police said, and has people on the video talking about how he ran at the cop with a knife even though its not visible in the video itself.

Not sure at all how you got that it was all lies. Pretty much EVERYONE else recognizes that it was suicide by cop.

You've watched an edited version that removes the beginning where the camera walks by the guy holding the knife. The camera man originally passed within a few feet of the victim from the same direction that cop vehicle came in from. You're also not seeing the ending where the witnesses are discussing the fact that he ran at the cop with a knife that THEY saw which you can't see on a shitty phone video.

You're basically watching the Julian Assange edit of the video thats designed to mislead you into thinking collateral murder.

There was no protest or riot because the full version of the video took away every excuse to protest. The guy had mental issues, had just robbed a store and was standing on the curb daring anyone to fuck with him and to try and get the two sodas he took from the store.

about a week ago

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FTC Offers 50k for an effect way to block robocalls

BitZtream BitZtream writes  |  about 2 years ago

BitZtream (692029) writes "

The Federal Trade Commission is challenging the public to create an innovative solution that will block illegal commercial robocalls on landlines and mobile phones. As part of its ongoing campaign against these illegal, prerecorded telemarketing calls, the agency is launching the FTC Robocall Challenge, and offering a $50,000 cash prize for the best technical solution.

Apparently mandating that telephone companies filter invalid caller id data from their customers and prosecuting the violators of robocall laws is too much effort."
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Mozilla partners with Microsoft Bing for a special

BitZtream BitZtream writes  |  more than 2 years ago

BitZtream (692029) writes "Mozilla has officially sold out, this follows on the heels of the revenue sharing agreement with Twitter. Mozilla now has an official distribution that defaults to using Bing for the search box and home page."
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Office 2010 Beta Released

BitZtream BitZtream writes  |  more than 4 years ago

BitZtream (692029) writes "Microsoft has begun notifying people about the availablility of the Office 2010 beta. Don't bother trying to download it with anything other than IE however, it would appear at least for the moment that Safari on OS X (With Silverlight) and Google Chrome on Windows just sit at a page with a twirly when attempting to download after signing. IE on the other hand works instantly so it doesn't appear to be a load issue."
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Google Chrome is out of Beta

BitZtream BitZtream writes  |  more than 5 years ago

BitZtream (692029) writes "This morning Google announced that Chrome is out of Beta, and showing improvements for plugin support, most notably Video speed improvements. It also contains an updated javascript engine claiming that it operates 1.4 times faster than the beta version, and work has begun on an extensions platform to allow easier integration with the browser by third parts. The original Google blog post can be found here: http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2008/12/google-chrome-beta.html"
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BitZtream BitZtream writes  |  more than 7 years ago

BitZtream (692029) writes "I'm curious as to how slashdot readers would handle my current situation.

I ordered a Wii bundle on June 6th from ebgames.com and paid the extra for overnight shipping. On June 8th the Wii product page said: Orders placed before 6/8/07 will be shipped on 6/11/07.

On June 11th, nothing happened on the ebgames.com status page for my order so I emailed them. The response was typical:

We apologize for the shipping delay this order has experienced. We are
currently investigating the problem; we will fix the problem and get
this item shipped out as soon as possible.

Later that evening my order status changed to 'Processing'. It hasn't changed since. So today, (June 13th) I called them twice. The first time was around 5pm EST and I was told the order had shipped and I will get it on the 14th. So I wait till this evening, around 9pm and call back to get a tracking number since I'm a bit skeptical. Now I'm told my order has not shipped, and it will be shipped tomorrow and I will get it on Friday, the 15th, at which point I promptly state that I expect my shipping charges to be reduced. No deal, they won't do it. Okay, cancel the order, the won't do that either.

This is entirely unfair in my eyes. I can drive to the local ebgames store and buy a Wii right this instant, but then I'll end up with two and have to go through the process of selling one.

I have very little faith that I'll get it on Friday now since they've obviously lied about it being shipped once already.

My question is simple, is there anything that I can do to get out of this deal other than contest the charge with the credit card company since they already have my money?"

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