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The Next Keurig Will Make Your Coffee With a Dash of "DRM"

Dr. Zim Re:Environmentalists vs. Keurig (769 comments)

It's a McDonald's Styrofoam cup for me, but I refill the same one for days on end.

about a year ago

California Bill Proposes Mandatory Kill-Switch On Phones and Tablets

Dr. Zim It'll never fly (341 comments)

And fuck beta

about a year ago

Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!

Dr. Zim Comments are king (2219 comments)

I've learned more about a topic from the comments than I ever have from TFA. Take away the current comment functionality and I'll have to start slumming at reddit.

Fuck Beta!

about a year ago

Judge Says You Can Warn Others About Speed Traps

Dr. Zim Re:Common sense? In MY judiciary? (457 comments)

Hell, get your ham licence and put up a 100' tower. They cannot regulate amateur radio antenna installations, either.

about a year ago

Fire Destroys Iron Mountain Data Warehouse, Argentina's Bank Records Lost

Dr. Zim BETA SUCKS (463 comments)

See subject

about a year ago

Federal Agency Data-Mining Hundreds of Millions of Credit Card Accounts

Dr. Zim Re:Want privacy? (264 comments)

Says the AC :) At least Doofus had the balls to post with a name.

1 year,19 hours

First Global Map Outside the Solar System

Dr. Zim Not so different? (19 comments)

Except for the vast orders of magnitude difference in which speed at which the two move, you're almost correct.

1 year,1 day

How To Make 96,000lbs of WWII Machinery Into High-Tech Research Platform

Dr. Zim Bitch, bitch, bitch (150 comments)

I'm one of those Americans that HAS traveled abroad and I cordially invite you to create your own *technical* site with whatever units of measurement you see fit. The fact that you're even able to complain about this 'problem' is due to DARPA. You know them, they're the US agency responsible for the development of the internet.

Everyone wants to bitch about our units of measurement, but nobody seems to have any trouble accepting our units of currency.

1 year,15 days

Programmer Debunks Source Code Shown In Movies and TV Shows

Dr. Zim you got it! (301 comments)

I was just thinking the same thing... If the guy was just complaining about bad code in movies, there'd be no interest in his site. The fact that he tells you where the code came from and perhaps why it was chosen is what makes it interesting to me, at least.

1 year,17 days

NuScale Power Awarded $226 Million To Deploy Small Nuclear Reactor Design

Dr. Zim Re:Pebble Bed (210 comments)

http://www.aps.org/units/fps/newsletters/2001/october/a6oct01.html outlines the issues with pebble bed reactors.

about a year ago

YouTube Expands Live Streaming To All Channels

Dr. Zim Re:It's an interesting development (71 comments)

But I must admit the ham-handed attempts by Google to force you into maintaining a Google+ presence to go along with your YouTube channel is highly annoying!

You can always make a G+ account just for the purpose of youtube, yet never use it for anything else, right?

about a year ago

Storing Your Encrypted Passwords Offline On a Dedicated Device

Dr. Zim Re:Simple! (107 comments)

Mind you it should be safe from shoulder-surfing, unless you're in the shower and bend over for the soap.

Even still, I would expect them to stop at the wrist or elbow.

about a year ago

Company To Balloon Tourists To the Edge of Space For $75,000

Dr. Zim Re:30Km isn't space (104 comments)

I worked on commercial blimps (Bud One, Airship Shamu, MetLife) for several years and you're not the first person to think about re-compressing helium. The equipment needed to compress helium back into a tank would add more weight than practical.

about a year ago

Sensor Characteristics Uniquely Identify Individual Phones

Dr. Zim Re:How long ... (69 comments)

Because we're not all judgmental pricks that think our way is the only way to live. When my 81 year old mother needs a ride to the store, I want her to call me. When my daughter misses the bus home and I'm at a client site, I want her to call me. Just because you're happy to be incommunicado, doesn't make that an option for people with responsibilities. Go pat yourself on the back for being a Ludite and crawl back in your hole.

about a year ago

Adobe Hacked: Almost 3 Million Accounts Compromised

Dr. Zim Re:Creative Cloud (256 comments)

Even with Creative Cloud, you can store your files locally, then stop paying. Knock it off with the FUD already.

about a year ago

US Nuclear Commander Suspended Over Gambling

Dr. Zim Re:Highly unusual? Hardly. (149 comments)

Hire people who are beyond reproach? Hell, you might as well demand they hire unicorns. If the government could only hire people that are beyond reproach, we'd have no government. Hell, even Jeebus knew this! "Let him who is without sin cast the first stone." If that's not to your taste, read this http://marginalrevolution.com/marginalrevolution/2013/06/no-one-is-innocent.html

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: Suitable Phone For a 4-Year Old?

Dr. Zim Re:Ignore the naysayers! Save your kid and do it! (682 comments)

Who says the gratification has to be instant? My 8 year old daughter wanted a phone and I wanted to be able to text her on the days she's with her mother (we have 50/50 visitation). I told her a phone was expensive and fragile and that we'd start with an iPod. She had to be able to produce the iPod, undamaged and upon request, over a 1 year period. THEN, and only then, did she get her phone. She has 300 minutes a month (but unlimited text), and if she goes over, she loses the phone until she pays the overage. She's never once gone over. She knows that if a teacher collects it, she won't see it again for the remainder of the school year, so she keeps it in her backpack until after school.

Did that teach her instant gratification? Hell no! It taught her the value of things and how to budget her resources.

If you want to raise children, treat them like children... but if you want to raise an adult, you need to teach them to be one by setting expectations and providing an example. OP, get your kid a phone and teach it how to use it responsibly.

about a year ago



Why can't we use water as an alternative fuel?

Dr. Zim Dr. Zim writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Dr. Zim writes "I'm in a small mailing list of eco/politicial active people that discuss current trends and events and recently, someone started pushing the http://www.runyourcarwithwater.com/ website. The listee is suggesting that we all chip in and purchase the plans and materials to test this on a donor car. As a sciencey kind of guy, I immediate became skeptical and had to take a look. On the surface, it appears to me that the 'inventor' is doing nothing more than using the alternator to break down water into hydrogen and oxygen and burning the results. While I'm sure this itself is feasible, I have to wonder how much energy is used splitting the water. Of course, this can only come from one place in a closed system, the fuel in the gas tank. I can't seem to get it through to the group that there is no such thing as a free lunch, especially where energy is concerned. Using the more electricity from the alternator places a bigger load engine, which in turn burns more fuel, thus negating any net savings. I'd like to be wrong about this as much as they want me to be, but can anyone share experiences with this sort of thing? Where is the line between snake oil and a true innovation? What are the facts here?"
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