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The 'Radio Network of Things' Can Cut Electric Bills (Video)

Dzimas Silly assumptions. (172 comments)

My refrigerator needs to maintain a consistent temperature to prevent spoilage. Turning it off to save electricity is a daft idea. Same goes for my furnace -- where I live, it can hit -35C in the winter and frozen pipes are a real risk if the furnace is shut off for a few hours in the middle of the night. Automatically dimming the living room lights and turning off computers and TVs wouldn't really work, either. ;)

about a week ago
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Dish Introduces $20-a-Month Streaming-TV Service

Dzimas Re:No Fox News channel? (196 comments)

Then no deal. There, I said it. Now you all can mod me down to hell if you want. I don't care. Fox News is number one on cable for a reason, and most of you will never understand that reason.

It's the same reason that Discovery and the History Channel are popular -- it's great entertainment. In the case of Fox News, it's all about watching political commentators take extreme positions and make a series of outlandish claims and statements about "socialists" and "liberals" without realizing that the mainstream political landscape in your country is completely right-wing.

about three weeks ago
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Netflix Begins Blocking Users Who Bypass Region Locks

Dzimas Groundhog day! (121 comments)

Excellent. Today, I think I'll learn to play the piano, master a few vintage Atari arcade games and hit on Andie MacDowell.

about three weeks ago
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Box Office 2014: Moviegoing Hits Two-Decade Low

Dzimas Re: The same old fucking tiring storylines (400 comments)

We often can't see the "good stuff" because its not showing at the massive multiplexes. They dedicate six screens to the hobbit in every theatre complex, but films like Wild that have generated a bit of buzz are only playing on two screens in the entire city. Sure, there are a handful of awkward-to-reach art cinemas in the city centre, but films tend to run there for a very short time, or they squeeze out the North American films in favor of foreign film weeks.

The studios have perfected their blockbuster sales approach -- show a handful of heavily promoted films *everywhere* to ensure that they rake in hundreds of millions over the course of a handful of weeks. Bonus points if you can sell dolls or action figures on the side. It's the McFilm approach to cinema.

about three weeks ago
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Neil DeGrasse Tyson Explains His Christmas Tweet

Dzimas Re: Kind of disappointed in him. (681 comments)

Tone deaf?? Just because someone believes in a myth with all their being doesn't mean the rest of us have to go along with the delusion. Zeus, Jupiter, Buddha, Aphrodite and the Baby Jesus don't deserve equal mindshare vs. rational thought and inquiry.

about a month ago
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The Slow Death of Voice Mail

Dzimas Re: Mobile e-mail requires a mobile data plan (237 comments)

There's no need to waste $500/year on data. I pay under $25/month for cell service including a few hundred mb of data. Most of the day, I'm within WiFi range and don't need to rely on cellular data at all.

about a month ago
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Investigation: Apple Failing To Protect Chinese Factory Workers

Dzimas Re:man up (201 comments)

You're in the office 12-16 hours a day, but I suspect you'd accomplish more if you were only there and well focused for 6 or 7 hours. :)

about a month ago
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Investigation: Apple Failing To Protect Chinese Factory Workers

Dzimas What about other manufacturers? (201 comments)

These conversations inevitably focus on Apple, but what about contract workers in similar factories who make phones for Samsung, Huawei, Microsoft (that still feels weird to write) and newcomers like OnePlus? I suspect that conditions are worse, simply because there is less external oversight.

about a month ago
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James Watson's Nobel Prize Medal Will Be Returned To Him

Dzimas Re:One good turn... (235 comments)

Consider the average American with a net worth of $300k...

The median *family* net worth in the United States was only $56,335 in 2013. ;)

about a month and a half ago
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French Publishers Prepare Lawsuit Against Adblock Plus

Dzimas Re:Have the Germans threaten to invade (699 comments)

In reality, the French fought hard for 45 days and suffered over 350,000 casualties. France, Belgium and the Netherlands fell because Germany gained superiority in the air and through the use of highly mobile armored divisions.

about a month and a half ago
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Trains May Soon Come Equipped With Debris-Zapping Lasers

Dzimas Re:They're leaves. (194 comments)

Trains have been around for several centuries. If there was a trivial solution to remove leaves from the track, it would have been implemented 100+ years ago.

about a month and a half ago
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Alleged Satellite Photo Says Ukraine Shootdown of MH17

Dzimas Re: uh, no? (340 comments)

It doesn't matter that it's obviously fake. These images were all over Russian media to cause a flurry of indignant response in favor of the Russian military and political position. Tomorrow's papers and newscasts won't bother to dissect the glaring errors -- all that matters is that millions of people saw "proof" that it was the evil Ukrainians all along. Sadly, many will believe the smear campaign.

After all, 10 or 20 million people honestly believe that your president was actually born in Kenya, simply because someone made up a preposterous tale that they desperately wanted to believe.

about 2 months ago
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Soda Pop Damages Your Cells' Telomeres

Dzimas Re:Overly broad? (422 comments)

From the study abstract: "After adjustment for sociodemographic and health-related characteristics, sugar-sweetened soda consumption was associated with shorter telomeres (b=–0.010; 95% confidence interval [CI]=0.020, 0.001; P=.04). Consumption of 100% fruit juice was marginally associated with longer telomeres (b=0.016; 95% CI=0.000, 0.033; P=.05). No significant associations were observed between consumption of diet sodas or noncarbonated SSBs and telomere length."

More: http://ajph.aphapublications.o...

about 3 months ago
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No More Lee-Enfield: Canada's Rangers To Get a Tech Upgrade

Dzimas Re:May I suggest (334 comments)

You understand that there's a difference between the RCMP and the Canadian Forces, right?

The Canadian Rangers' mandate is to provide a military presence and sovereignty patrols in sparsely settled and extremely remote (Northern) regions of the country. The force is made up of reservists, and they're issued a unique uniform -- CADPAT pants, bright red Ranger sweatshirt and baseball cap. The whole idea is to take a group of Northerners and leverage their wilderness and arctic skills. It's a much smarter and more cost-effective approach than attempting to train and equip a group of 18 year-old city kids for the tundra.

about 3 months ago
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Texas Health Worker Tests Positive For Ebola

Dzimas Re:Sensationalized risk. (421 comments)

No, but the lifetime risk of dying in a transportation accident in the United States is about 1:80. That means about 3,750,000 people. By the time the Ebola is contained, we might see dozens or hundreds of deaths.

about 3 months ago
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Texas Health Worker Tests Positive For Ebola

Dzimas Sensationalized risk. (421 comments)

In the USA, about 630 people die every week in motor vehicle accidents. An additional 2,250,000 are injured. Nonetheless, the 24 hour news channels are going batshit because a couple of people have contracted a horrible disease.

Perhaps the smart thing to do is turn off the TV and step away from news sites. Oh, and remember to wear your seatbelt.

about 3 months ago
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No Nobel For Nick Holonyak Jr, Father of the LED

Dzimas Blue was essential to create white light. (276 comments)

Seriously? The LED backlight in your computer screen is based on Nakamura's work. Same for your phone, TV and iPad. The blue GaN LED was essential for the creation of "white" LEDs, which are actually blue LEDs coated with phosphor to approximate white light. Same goes for the LED bulbs that are currently replacing billions of incandescent lights around the world in homes, street lights, and outdoor displays.

about 3 months ago
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No Nobel For Nick Holonyak Jr, Father of the LED

Dzimas Blue LEDs were the key to white lighting. (276 comments)

People keep overlooking the fact that the development of high brightness GaN blue LEDs resulted in the technology becoming a practical replacement for white incandescent bulbs and enabled LED backlighting in billions of display panels. Coat a clear blue LED with yellow phosphor and, voila, a bright white light source that burns a fraction of the energy.

So, yeah, the red LED was a tremendously useful device, but it pales in comparison to the dramatic shift that is underway thanks to the development of affordable white LEDs.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Dealing With an Unresponsive Manufacturer Who Doesn't Fix Bugs?

Dzimas Simple. (204 comments)

If your company is large enough, have a quick chat with your legal department. A 3 year support contract that isn't providing you with any value is something that's worth addressing. A brief letter from your legal counsel ought to result in an interesting response (whether or not it results in action is another thing entirely).

about 4 months ago

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