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Ask Slashdot: Life Beyond the WRT54G Series?

ElBeano Just follow the steps... (427 comments)

1. Pick your favorite firmware 2. Check the lists to see which routers are supported 3. Check forums and reviews on the equipment, with the firmware in question (many perform better with dd-wrt than stock) 4. Make your choice

about 3 months ago
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Why the Sharing Economy Is About Desperation, Not Trust

ElBeano Re:Maybe it is neither (331 comments)

It may well be that 'sharing economy' is just a manifestation of a deeper problem, the inability of the drivers of development in the past century -- capitalism and democracy -- to cope with the problems the modern world is facing.

They're coping just fine, they're just not sharing. They'd rather put it in offshore taxshelters.

about 6 months ago
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FTC Approves Tesla's Direct Sales Model

ElBeano Re:What does it mean? (328 comments)

No, that doesn't make sense. Because you are saying that New Jersey cannot regulate sales of cars in their own state because of where they are made.

Or did the longstanding rules (much older than NJ rules) in several of these states become unconstitutional because they apply to Tesla where before they only applied to Detroit/Japan/etc?

Is there any sale more basic than a direct sale? How can banning such a sale, for vehicles made in another state, not be interfering with interstate commerce? Were Teslas actually made in NJ, the laws prohibiting direct sales would not be interfering. So, you are correct that the state of manufacture is relevant, but for opposite the reason your suggesting. As to cars made in another country? This is irrelevant to the matter at hand.

about 5 months ago
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FTC Approves Tesla's Direct Sales Model

ElBeano Re:What does it mean? (328 comments)

Where are Teslas made? How is prohibiting direct sales NOT interfering in interstate commerce in states where they are attempting sales?

about 5 months ago
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Commenters To Dropbox CEO: Houston, We Have a Problem

ElBeano Re:Recycling Personalities (448 comments)

The bills from the Obama administration will dwarf the minor fraction of debt that was from the Iraq war.

Discretionary spending under Obama has grown at the slowest rate for any president since Eisenhower. Admittedly, the sequester has played a big role in this. The annual deficit Obama largely inherited from Bush has been cut in half. Go ahead and live your delusion. Some of us, including the parent poster HAVE moved on. Will you?

about 6 months ago
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Apple Reportedly In Talks With Comcast For Separate Apple Streaming Path

ElBeano CDNs do not violate Network Neutrality (150 comments)

I'm sure we'll see a rush to judgment that these deals are the end of network neutrality, blah, blah. From the outside looking in, we don't really know what added value is being provided to the content providers. Quite possibly, likely in my view, Comcast is providing CDN services to Netflix, and may be doing so for Apple as well. If so, there are benefits all around, in terms of Comcast, Netflix and reducing backbone congestion. A CDN is quite different from a toll road.

about 7 months ago
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Reason To Hope Carriers Won't Win the War On Netflix

ElBeano Re:I think... (213 comments)

Sique's assumption is that big bandwidth would be THE issue. It could just as likely be about content. If you give the carriers free reign on this, it could be used as a de facto form of censorship.

about 8 months ago
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Gmail Bug Sends Thousands of Emails To One Man

ElBeano Re:Bigness destroys companies (113 comments)

At least, until Google owns enough of the infrastructure to join the 'big boys' in their little club. Then it'll just be more of the same, but with 1 extra player.

This would be just huge as a switch completely to the dark side for Google. I might even be looking for my pitch fork.

about 9 months ago
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Arizona Approves Grid-Connection Fees For Solar Rooftops

ElBeano Re:Hope they speed up developing real batteries (363 comments)

But private entities could band together and form cooperatives. I don't know why the Rural Electric Coops aren't all over this. A great deal could be done with a little organization.

about a year ago
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Newly Discovered Meltwater Streams Flow Beneath the Antarctic Ice Sheet

ElBeano Re:All the observed data is perfectly normal (130 comments)

Total mass of ice in the Antarctic continues to decline: http://www.skepticalscience.com/antarctica-gaining-ice.htm Temperature trends since the 90s indicate more gradual warming, not cooling. http://www.sciencealert.com.au/news/20121705-23396.html In the past, ice at the poles has never coexisted with atmospheric CO2 above 400ppm, a threshold that we just crossed. Time will prove you drastically wrong, but some of us are running low on patience for the trolling.

1 year,17 days
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Newly Discovered Meltwater Streams Flow Beneath the Antarctic Ice Sheet

ElBeano Re:There always has been water flow under the ice (130 comments)

The extent of sea ice during the winter seems to be growing, but the total MASS of ice, sea and land, continues to shrink. You're the propagandist.

1 year,17 days
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NewEgg: Installing Linux Breaks Laptop

ElBeano Re:NewEgg (518 comments)

Wish I could mod you up. I did tens of thousands of business with Newegg over a period of 3 years. Now I go more often to Amazon. Newegg tried to be Amazon and failed. Amazon is now better at doing what Newegg used to do than Newegg is today. It is easier to find what you need and the reviews are better.

more than 2 years ago
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Golden Age of Silicon Valley Is Over With Facebook IPO

ElBeano Re:Facebook (222 comments)

Do you have Aspergers? High functioning Autism? Seriously, you dissed the connections Facebook facilitates (that were referred to in the parent post) as being "bullshit" in terms of importance. All that matters to you is the technology that Facebook contributes. Technology for what purpose and to what ends? Tools trump human beings and society? I'm sure that the biggest reason people use Facebook is for its connection facilitating function. Most people don't care a great deal about Facebook's technology contributions beyond Facebook itself. Like you, I do, but I never want to lose sight of the bigger picture. Have I misunderstood you somehow?

more than 2 years ago
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Diesel-Like Engine Could Boost Fuel Economy By 50%

ElBeano Re:not clear from TFA how this works (721 comments)

You make a good point. With air to fuel ratios climbing well above stoichiometric, NOx emissions will climb.

more than 2 years ago
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Diesel-Like Engine Could Boost Fuel Economy By 50%

ElBeano Not a replacement for hybrid technology (721 comments)

I realize submitters often can't resist editorializing, but come on, this isn't a replacement for hybrid technology. Indeed, this engine could be part of a hybrid system just as easily as any other. Yes, early hybrids present a mixed record of success and failure and there are plenty of detractors. Nevertheless, battery technology will improve and cost to manufacture will continue to come down. The technology is still in its infancy and a just battery breakthrough alone changes the picture in a big way. At the very least, hybrid technology is a great bridge to all-electric vehicles and the added range compared to an all-electric will long be of interest.

more than 2 years ago
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Solar Power Is Booming — Why Do We Want To Kill It?

ElBeano Re:But isn't it still slightly helpful to the poor (415 comments)

Solar already has the highest return on investment of renewable energy sources. Panels are continually improving and payback periods are now under 10 years and projected to be in the neighborhood of 4 years soon.

Solar R.O.I.

more than 2 years ago
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Scientists Discover Link Between Trees and Electricity

ElBeano Re:And yet. (173 comments)

Indeed, but with replantings there are more trees, a lot more, than a century ago.

more than 2 years ago
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Edward Teller: Father of the Hydrogen Bomb

ElBeano Re:Wonder what Mr. Teller thinks of Iran? (352 comments)

And this devotion to coercive power, carried as some form of an absolute value to its logical conclusion, will damn the world to destruction.

more than 2 years ago

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Google Enlarges Warchest With 1023 IBM Patents

ElBeano ElBeano writes  |  more than 3 years ago

ElBeano (570883) writes "Google has continued to beef up its patent portfolio in the face of the onslaught from Apple and Microsoft. The best defense is a good offense. "Google is building an arsenal of patents that the company has said is largely designed to counter a “hostile, organized campaign” by companies including Apple Inc. and Microsoft Corp. against the Android operating system for mobile devices. Google had already acquired 1,030 patents from IBM in a transaction recorded in July, and will obtain more than 17,000 with its $12.5 billion acquisition of Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc.""
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Hans Reiser found guilty of 1st degree murder

ElBeano ElBeano writes  |  more than 6 years ago

ElBeano (570883) writes "Despite a lack of physical evidence and no body, Hans Reiser has been found guilty of 1st degree murder. The trial took 6 months. 60 witnesses were called and jury deliberations lasted about 3 days."

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