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US Patent Office Seeking Consultant That Can Stamp Out Fraud By Patent Examiners

Demonantis Re:Ms. Cohn was at USPTO since 1983 (124 comments)

I can't believe this was voted up. I know quite a few people that have worked for the same company almost his or her whole life and it isn't a government position. One started as a mail clerk and is now a director. Bad actors are bad actors in any organization. The length of employment has zero bearing.

3 days ago

Scientists Sequence Coffee Genome, Ponder Genetic Modification

Demonantis Re:This is robusta coffee they're talking about (166 comments)

Starbucks is a fairly dark roast arabica for the regular coffee. The Pike Place is a medium roast so ask for that if you don't like the default. Robusta is popular in Sweden(?), I think. They switched over to it in the early 1900s(?) and everyone just grew accustomed to the taste. Its all about different strokes for different folks.

about two weeks ago

Intel's Haswell-E Desktop CPU Debuts With Eight Cores, DDR4 Memory

Demonantis Re:Elephant in the room (181 comments)

The price will probably go down once manufacturing spins up and yields are better. I remember reading on /. that manufacturers over provisioned manufacturing for DDR3. They will probably be more conservative with DDR4 at least in the beginning. Wait a couple months until the market stabilizes.

about three weeks ago

US Government Fights To Not Explain No-Fly List Selection Process

Demonantis Re:Loose Lips Sinik Ships (248 comments)

I have seen the door fly open during an aggressive altitude change. I suspect it wasn't closed properly. I am very skeptical on if the door upgrades were actually done properly. Ideally, it should be similar to a bulkhead door on a ship.

about three weeks ago

2 Galileo Satellites Launched To Wrong Orbit

Demonantis Re:Stupid metric system (140 comments)

I hate to pedant, but 0C and 100C are extremely useful where you need a reference temperature since ice cold water and boiling water are cheap and readily manufacture-able. Plus, when its below 0C you know ice could show up on the roads. The issue is inertia. Imperial suck when you get into engineering calculations and maintaining units since everything doesn't convert in magnitudes of 10. One system makes sense to you and the other will always feel alien. It just seems to depend on the one you learnt first in school.

about three weeks ago

Telegram Not Dead STOP Alive, Evolving In Japan STOP

Demonantis Re:Makes sense (144 comments)

Here in Canada faxing is still common industries that do international business for the exact reason that emailing PDFs doesn't work. Some countries simply don't have reliable internet services. Telegram services probably still exist world wide since they are legally binding unlike email. Its one of those funny quirks about the legal system. Maybe people would have less problems cancelling with Comcast if they sent notice through telegram.

about a month ago

35% of American Adults Have Debt 'In Collections'

Demonantis Re:You needn't charge anything (570 comments)

That is correct. The credit score represents the value(how much interest they can get without you defaulting) of the customer to the loan issuer. It has nothing to do with good money management on the customers part.

about a month and a half ago

Japan To Offer $20,000 Subsidy For Fuel-Cell Cars

Demonantis Re:Absolutely - it is filthy (156 comments)

Not all fuel cells require hydrogen gas. There is a significant amount of R&D into natural gas based cells. Everything you said is why the non hydrogen fuel cells are probably going to become the mainstay technology. This would mean the technology will probably never become carbon neutral.

about 2 months ago

Popular Shuttered Torrent Site Demonoid Returns

Demonantis No magnet links (80 comments)

While its full of nostalgia. They don't have magnet links implemented. The site kind of shows its age.

about 3 months ago

Amazon Confirms Hachette Spat Is To "Get a Better Deal"

Demonantis Re:Fight for consumers (211 comments)

I think Kickstarter is going to do more damage to the publishing industry than Amazon. I have kickstarted several where the author gives you a unedited pdf upfront and is using the kickstarter funds to pay an editor and artist. You need to remember that publishers don't have a right to stay in business. They have to keep themselves relevant.

about 3 months ago

US Officials Cut Estimate of Recoverable Monterey Shale Oil By 96%

Demonantis Re:Keystone XL (411 comments)

That is a fantastic statistic until you realize most other minerals have less assured resource potential. Companies only start exploring for deposits when it makes sense so there is always about 100 years of found exploitable deposits. In the crust uranium is estimated to be as common as tin and zinc. It is a limited amount, but it isn't like you make it seem. Ideally we should be moving to solar power, but nuclear is viable in the current term and is much better than oil or gas for the environment.

about 4 months ago

The Brakes That Stop a 1,000 MPH Bloodhound SSC

Demonantis Re:Stronger? (262 comments)

Trains use regenerative breaking. The power is transferred to a bank of high amperage resistors. It works better since the heat is spread out to an area larger than the surface of the break pads.

about 4 months ago

Apple To Face Lawsuit For iMessage Glitch

Demonantis Re:The former iPhone user is an idiot. (238 comments)

SMTP has a method for returning undeliverable messages. It would be nice for iMessage to have this. I agree though. The litigation is absurd. You will still get billed if you move without cancelling your cable service. This same thing is happening here.

about 4 months ago

Traffic Optimization: Cyclists Should Roll Past Stop Signs, Pause At Red Lights

Demonantis Re:Dangerous (490 comments)

This is the proper mentality. Motorcycle user do this all the time. You drive as defensively as you reasonable can so you don't end up an organ donor. Cars do it around transport trucks. With bicycles I think there a conflict of interests regarding the labour intensiveness of the activity that overrides some peoples safety judgement.

about 4 months ago

Internet Transit Provider Claims ISPs Deliberately Allow Port Congestion

Demonantis Re:What Level 3 can do (210 comments)

Most tier 2 providers already engage in this activity. I feel like Level 3 thinks they are a tier 1 provider and are finding out they are actually tier 2.

about 4 months ago

Rand Paul Suggests Backing Bitcoin With Stocks

Demonantis Bearer Bonds (404 comments)

Not to be critical, but how would this be different from the bearer bond investing instrument. It went away because it was notorious for money laundering.

about 4 months ago

Oklahoma Botched an Execution With Untested Lethal Injection Drugs

Demonantis Re:What ever happened to good old bullets? (1198 comments)

A properly designed hanging also works this way. Hell, build in a safety factor with extra height and the head literally pops off. No funny contraptions or risk of a ricocheting bullet. Lethal injection is probably one of the worst methods of performing the death penalty. It just looks cleaner. There is just too much unreliability in how the individual reacts to the medication.

about 5 months ago

Ask Slashdot: How To Back Up Physical Data?

Demonantis Reference Letter (245 comments)

When I got my drivers license I didn't have any photo ID. In Ontario there is a vouching system so you use your doctor, dentist, pastor, or other licensed person of notability to confirm your identity. They have to have known you for a period greater than 5 years which is pretty easy with those individuals. I think they risk their professional licensing so the fraud is very low. Hopefully you don't have a party at your house with all the professionals you know and you leave to get more beer when it explodes. Then I have no idea what you would do.

about 5 months ago



Chromecast: You get what you pay for.

Demonantis Demonantis writes  |  about a year ago

Demonantis (1340557) writes "According to Casey Johnston;

Since the launch and relative flop of Google TV, Google is vastly scaling back its approach to getting video to a TV. Its new effort is as stripped-down as the Chromecast itself, an unassuming HDMI dongle that comes with a small but robust set of capabilities: playing video from YouTube and Netflix or mirroring anything you can pull up in a Chrome browser tab. While it’s far from functionally perfect, enough of the experience is simple and straightforward enough that it bears seeing where Google and its hopefully growing list of partners take this project.


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