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Employers Switching From Payroll Checks To Prepaid Cards With Fees

Eowaennor Re:Weekly/Monthly Salary (1103 comments)

I think the norm in the US for exempt employees is twice monthly, with non-exempt being paid bi-weekly.

about a year ago

Prosecutors Push For Anti-Phone-Theft Kill Switches

Eowaennor Re:What a great idea! (257 comments)

You could be trading one kill for another

Consider this: Mugger demands your phone, but knowing that you may just kill it when he runs away with your phone, kills you instead and takes your phone.

about a year ago

'Smart Gun' Firm Wants You To Fund Its Prototype

Eowaennor Firmware update (558 comments)

Yea no thanks Would rather not have to find myself in a situation having to reboot my weapon because it has a required update while an intruder is aiming his own non-hindered weapon at my chest.

about a year ago

Some Scientists Question Whether Quantum Computer Really Is Quantum

Eowaennor Re:D-Wave's Dirty Little Secret (170 comments)

"Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic" -Arthur C. Clarke

about a year ago

Speeding Object Makes Small Hole In the ISS Solar Array

Eowaennor Re:WTF?? (119 comments)

Their ZPM may be close to depleted

about a year and a half ago

Scientists May Have Detected Neutrinos From Another Galaxy

Eowaennor Re:ID Tags on the particles? (151 comments)

The surrounding ice around the detector array acts as a scintillator which generates a minute track of light as the particle passes thru the area. That immediately gives directionality, and energy in eV is computed by summing the light response from the entire detector array during that "event".

about a year and a half ago

Ask Slashdot: How Do You Stay Fit At Work?

Eowaennor Elliptical (635 comments)

I use a portable elliptical trainer that can be used standing or sitting down in a kind of peddling motion. It's non motorized and pretty quiet.

about a year and a half ago

New Technology Produces Cheaper Tantalum and Titanium

Eowaennor Re:"Reduce the prices ten-fold"?? (139 comments)

Reduce tenfold seems legit, I've heard that used before meaning N / 10, increase tenfold would be N * 10

about a year and a half ago

NASA's Basement Nuclear Reactor

Eowaennor Re:Cold fusion again? (368 comments)

You're correct this is the same approach as Rossi and others, altho the implementation details are probably slightly different. I think the goal of the NASA experiment is to find out what is actually happening (mentioned in a press release from the NASA Langley director which I can't seem to pull up at the moment) rather than throwing around some buzzwords and trying to sell a product.

about a year and a half ago

AMD/ATI Video Drivers: Unsafe At Any Speed

Eowaennor Re:Crappy AMD drivers?! (261 comments)

Actually WoW is very multithreaded and can make use of up to 3 cores. They even make use of some multithreaded OpenGL ( I know little about this).

more than 2 years ago

Air Force believes anti-g suit is cause of F-22's oxygen problems

Eowaennor Time for inertial dampers (2 comments)

C'mon scientists!

more than 2 years ago

Rand Paul Has a Quick Fix For TSA: Pull the Plug

Eowaennor Re:Even a broken clock (1051 comments)

Except in Lua where it replaces !=, not to mention =~ in Perl :P

more than 2 years ago

Bitcoin Mining Startup Gets $500k In Venture Capital

Eowaennor Re:Bitcoin haters (381 comments)

You can buy bitcoins with cash pretty anonymously.
1. Create anonymous identity on a site like bitcoin247 using tormail
2. Do a cash deposit transaction into that BTC account (the bank doesn't even ask for your name)
3. Trade your BTC thru a few instawallet sites using different quantities
4. ???
5. Profit!

more than 2 years ago

Ron Paul Suggests Axing 5 U.S. Federal Departments (and Budgets)

Eowaennor Re:Still no mention of military spending (2247 comments)

The DoE does a whole lot more than just "supply power" and "energy" research. It runs a large number of national laboratories including Brookehaven, Fermi Lab, Jefferson Lab, Oak Ridge, SLAC, etc. Many of these labs are not single focus and have research facilities ranging from biofuels to medicine. For example many cancer treatment technologies have originated from DoE labs, I would hope that most people here would agree that cancer research is important :)

more than 2 years ago

Real 3D Display; 3 Years Out?

Eowaennor Hogel? (191 comments)

What the heck is a "hogel"?
Voxel is the correct term for the volume represented by a 3D pixel...

more than 2 years ago

Inaccurate physics in movies ...

Eowaennor Re:Acronyms (449 comments)

I hear those people recently got a visit from the Department of Redundancy Department

about 3 years ago

Online Shopping May Actually Increase Pollution

Eowaennor Newcastle (410 comments)

What, no cracks about conducting research whilst drinking a certain brown ale?

about 4 years ago

Patents On Synthetic Life "Extremely Damaging"

Eowaennor Re:This ain't a patent troll (171 comments)

What about any other companies/institutions who have been working on something similar also for several years? It looks like Venter's patent application is so broad that it would effectively shut down these other players who have been doing separate work in parallel. The patent system should not be a race. Sure, some guys did something special and they should be rewarded for it, the next guy also does something special but takes a little bit longer and is all of the sudden infringing upon the first guy. They both did hard work, they should both be rewarded.

more than 4 years ago


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