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A Call For Rollbacks To Previous Versions of Software

Chickan Re:The ones I really hate... (199 comments)

Not in all cases, for the Samsung Galaxy S3 once you take the Android 4.3 update your are stuck, it locks the bootloader and will brick it you try to roll back. Sure you can use safestrap, but you are still stuck on touchwiz based 4.3 roms. If you didn't take the update, you can root, install recovery, and go straight to 4.4.2 roms without the touchwiz nonsense. This kind of behavior from Samsung and Verizon is criminal in my opinion.

about 9 months ago
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70% of U.S. Government Spending Is Writing Checks To Individuals

Chickan Re:And... (676 comments)

While some do pay into the system, I have seen many W4's that indicate they have 20 dependents. Since this isn't verified until tax season, they effectively escape all income taxes. Who gets screwed is the legitimate low income works who pay payroll taxes. What would be interesting to see is the breakdown of which states this money is going to, the last one I saw the southeast of the country was receiving the most government aide.

about 9 months ago
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Mt. Gox Shuts Down: Collapse Should Come As No Surprise

Chickan Re:Can someone explain this theft? (232 comments)

They weren't always FDIC insured. Not too long ago they were not insured at all, so you would only put money in banks that you trusted. These banks still sometimes would fail. FDIC insurance came about to eliminate the fear of a bank collapsing. One day a bit coin exchange/bank may be FDIC (or similar) insured, but probably the whole thin will collapse first.

about 10 months ago
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Former Head of NSA Calls For Obama To Reject NSA Commission Recommendations

Chickan Re:Lame duck President (316 comments)

The problem is the FISA courts are not oversight. Since they have been around they have rejected only ~5 requests, compared to the thousands they have approved. That is a rubber stamp, not oversight.

about a year ago
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Charlie Stross: Why Microsoft Word Must Die

Chickan Re:Yes... and no. (479 comments)

Like when I delete an extra space and it changes my font?

about a year ago
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Scottish Academic: Mining the Moon For Helium 3 Is Evil

Chickan Re:Of course it doesn't. (462 comments)

Since we do not know what the original words of the bible were, I believe that anyone who believes the Bible is the literal word of God and should be read literally is a fool and should be treated as such.

about a year ago
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SF Airport Officials Make Citizen Arrests of Internet Rideshare Drivers

Chickan Re:Dispute - not often at all (510 comments)

By the sounds of it the police aren't doing it; maybe the specific 'airport police' that the airport is paying for. They do specify that they're doing 'citizen's arrests' so they're certainly not official, though I don't understand how they can get court dates without formal police presences.

Of course, it also sucks because traditionally you can't get charged with trespassing without being formally told to leave. Once you're told to leave you have to do so in an expedient manner, but you're allowed to collect your goods and leave in a safe manner.

I also wonder if this is the airports getting upset by the loss of revenue, as most airports charge the taxi's $2-5 per pickup, a fee that gets passed directly to the traveller.

about a year ago
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SF Airport Officials Make Citizen Arrests of Internet Rideshare Drivers

Chickan Re:Dispute - not often at all (510 comments)

But again, you are thinking like a homeowner that plans to stay in the home for some time. Politicians think very short term, so instead of "If we fix that bridge it will bring more people to the town, and eventually lead to more tax revenue", its "I dont think we we should fix the bridge since it will be expensive now, it will last a few more years". Short term politicians have no incentives to do what is best for the country/state/city in the long term.

about a year ago
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SF Airport Officials Make Citizen Arrests of Internet Rideshare Drivers

Chickan Re:Dispute - not often at all (510 comments)

Your quoting airbags reminded me - the first generation of airbags were dictated by the government to be set up to do a lick of good for an unbuckled passanger. As a result they detonated with such force they killed lighter people (children and small females).

Is the street lighting, road markings, and junctions a result of regulations or industry 'best practices'?

While airbags were a bit off the mark to start, the goal and intent were correct and eventually got us where we are today. Airbags have saved many many more lives than they have taken, so I'm willing to take the growing pains as a society to get to where we are today.

As for best practices, how many cities are willingly putting up more street lights? Or repainting roads to make the markings clear? Most of these things the cities/states are required to do. If we got rid of all regulations, we would be fucked. What incentive would a city or state have to fix anything? Why wouldn't a business just dump waste into streams and lakes that feed your drinking water? Its faster/cheaper/easier so it would happen over night.

I hate red tape just as much as the next guy, and I spend a good chunk of my time at work filling out "TPS" reports, but these systems are in place to keep douchebags (people/corporations) from doing what comes naturally to them, screwing us all over. As far as the story goes, I like the idea of rideshare, and can see how taxis are getting pissed, but is that the best thing our police departments can be doing, investigating and ticketing normal people over stepping on a taxi drivers toes?

about a year ago
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Got Malware? Get a Hammer!

Chickan Re:Economic Development Administration? (254 comments)

Not always true. I've seen many incompetent people continue to get promoted in industry. The government ones just get more press.

about a year and a half ago
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Breaking Up With MakerBot

Chickan Re:That is true of all cheap 3D Printers (185 comments)

The problem with Argon is that is it is a direct replacement for Oxygen in the brain. Your brain thinks it is Oxygen, but it is not. You feel fine, and never realize you are having problems. It will eventually move out of your brain, but it takes time. As for the printer, ours is from a different company, SLM. EOS is the biggest, but we prefered the powder handling of the SLM. Concept Laser also makes a nice product.

about a year and a half ago
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Breaking Up With MakerBot

Chickan Re:That is true of all cheap 3D Printers (185 comments)

The metal DMLS printers are designed to constantly "leak" some Argon, as they are always purging a bit, and adding in new argon to the system. And yes Argon is dangerous, but as long as your room is ventilated you are fine. My office is in the same room as a DMLS printer that I run daily. Keep the doors open, and be cautious, and you are fine. Be warned about the metal ones, they fail as often or more often than the plastic ones. I have been running mine for 6+ months, and I still struggle with printing "thick" (1/2" or so) pieces. The distortion in the metal printers is generally worse than ABS, have to strongly fixture the part to the base plate with supports. What kind of metal printer are you getting? We have an SLM-280. As for the Stratasys ones, another department here purchased one and just now realized you have to buy their ABS, it will not work otherwise, which is exactly like 2d printers.

about a year and a half ago
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Breaking Up With MakerBot

Chickan That is true of all cheap 3D Printers (185 comments)

Half of the fun of 3D printers is getting angry at them. If you want one to "Just Work" you are out of luck. Some are better than others, but they all are basically hot glue guns with some servo motors, there is no feedback, no control. You can however, print some really cool stuff. Sure I would not let my parents buy one, but I have loved mine personally.

about a year and a half ago
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Tennessee Official: Water Complaints Could be "Act of Terrorism"

Chickan Re:Scare tactics (407 comments)

Are you actually terrified of them? Have you ever skipped a trip, or stayed home out of fear? We were outraged as a country after 9/11, not scared. We were sad and angry, but went back to work the next day anyway.

about a year and a half ago
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Tennessee Official: Water Complaints Could be "Act of Terrorism"

Chickan Re:Scare tactics (407 comments)

I don't know about you, but I've never seen a pine tree explode.

about a year and a half ago
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U.S. District Judge: Forced Decryption of Hard Drives Violates Fifth Amendment

Chickan Re:My goodness (417 comments)

It was never about them hating our freedom, Osama himself said it was because of our support of the House of Saud, keeping them in power in Saudi Arabia, and our support of the state of Israel. To those goals, Osama failed, we still have the same power structures in place in those two countries. Now Egypt and other places are changing, so it was a success in other places.

about a year and a half ago
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I am fairly prepared for a storm outage of ...

Chickan Missing Option - I Plan on DyingFirst (398 comments)

With my wife's and mine crazy diet (shes veggie, I'm lactose/gluten intolerant), and we are generally unfit to kill anything (animal/people lovers) having a stock pile would not do us much good. If society collapses, I imagine I'll collapse with it and be glad for the good times I had. Sure I have some necessities and could survive probably a week without power, but beyond that I'm not concerned. Just remember, you can't eat bullets or drink guns, and no one likes to shoot their neighbors to protect their last bits of food.

about a year and a half ago
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Lawrence, KS To Get Gigabit Fiber — But Not From Google

Chickan Re:costs still too high (83 comments)

I second this notion. I pay $60/m for 40mb/2mb, and it is really shitty during peak hours. I can barely get 1-2mb down during the evening Netflix rush. And God help my latency if the wife decides to watch Netflix while I'm trying to game, goes to absolute shit. 500+ ms ping, seriously? We need more competition, it is completely ridiculous what we put up with as internet here in the states.

about a year and a half ago
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If I could change what's "typical" about typical laptops ...

Chickan Re:n omore widescreen (591 comments)

While your argument is intuitive, I'd be willing to bet it was simply because widescreen means you can advertise the same size screen, with less pixels. Its all about profit, not "usability" or anything crazy like that.

about a year and a half ago
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Tesla Motors Battles the New York Times

Chickan Re:Fault Irrelevant: Shows Flaw (700 comments)

Of course electric cars are not suitable to drive across the country at a drop of a hat, neither were regular gasoline cars when they came out 100 years ago. AAA used to have maps indicating how much extra fuel you would need to carry to get from one city to another, as there were often not enough refueling stations in between. Most households have more than one car, so keep a regular gasoline car around if you are worried random unplanned trips. For planned trips, rent a car/van for the week if you have to. Electric cars solve the needs of 99% of the trips taken everyday, don't spend your time fretting about the 1%.

about 2 years ago

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Stairs wired to play musical notes

Chickan Chickan writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Chickan (1070300) writes "Stairs converted to a piano, plays note with each step. Results? 66% more people took the stairs. "Would you take the stairs over an escalator if they played musical notes with each step? You'll have to visit Odenplan, Stockholm to ultimately make that decision.""
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Marijuana could prevent Alzheimer's, New study

Chickan Chickan writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Chickan (1070300) writes ""A puff a day might keep Alzheimer's away, according to marijuana research by professor Gary Wenk and associate professor Yannic Marchalant of the Ohio State Department of Psychology. Wenk's studies show that a low dosage in the morning of a certain canavanoid, a component in marijuana, reversed memory loss in older rats' brains. In his study, an experimental group of old rats received a dosage, and a control group of rats did not. The old rats that received the drugs performed better on memory tests, and the drug slowed and prevented brain cell death."

My fine universities dollars at work!"

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Chickan Chickan writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Chickan writes "The Copyright Royalty Board (CRB) has officially posted its ruling on Internet royalty rates in the Federal Register. However, the organization has pushed back the due date for royalty payments to kick in, from May 15 to July 15. The publication of this information also allows the 30 day period for appeals to officially begin. NPR is slated to file an appeal in this time frame."

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