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Quantum Experiment Shows Effect Before Cause

FredFredrickson Re:Time delay - info from the future? (465 comments)

I think there's still disagreement on whether consciousness can enter a Von Neumann chain in this case. But yeah, basically the interpretation of this experiment is that nothing went back in time- only observing what happened collapsed the wave-function that included not just the photons, but the scientists themselves.

more than 2 years ago
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Customers Gleefully Mock Best Buy's $1,095.99 HDMI

FredFredrickson Re:No, often not (369 comments)

Well most cables are good enough in the $2 range, but I wanted to chime in that coax and optical audio is passive and unidirectional, so there is no parity checks. If the receiving clock isn't right, there can be jitter. That's not usually a problem with the cable, but it can be. (Unlike TCP/IP which resends bits if stuff goes missing)

more than 2 years ago
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Customers Gleefully Mock Best Buy's $1,095.99 HDMI

FredFredrickson Re:The real question is... (369 comments)

This cable is far superior to present-day televisions. We're talking about Christmas 2018, when the quality of televisions will finally meet this cable.

more than 2 years ago
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Time's Person of the Year Is "The Protester"

FredFredrickson Re:Not a Person (543 comments)

" Is it because everybody is discontented but doesn't what to do about it,"

This. If you look at these protesters for the 99%, they don't even really all agree on their goals.

more than 2 years ago
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Judge Orders Man To Delete Revenge Blog

FredFredrickson Re:hipaa violation as well? (590 comments)

Hahaha a joke about women and star trek in the same sentence! Why do we have such trouble getting laid with gold like this around?

more than 2 years ago
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Judge Orders Man To Delete Revenge Blog

FredFredrickson Re:hipaa violation as well? (590 comments)

That doesn't mean [...], but it does mean, generally, getting off of the computer.

You must be new here...

more than 2 years ago
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House Panel Moving Forward With SOPA

FredFredrickson Re:Mandatory Notice (206 comments)

I think it's meant to be ironic.

more than 2 years ago
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Intel and DreamWorks Working On Rendering Animation In Real-Time

FredFredrickson Re:Wonderful (114 comments)

You just don't get it. Until Arnold Schwarzenegger comes back to acting, we NEED this technology.

Plus, I heard a rumor that once they get all of Cameron Diaz's moves, they'll throw her out of acting altogether and use the computer version for pennies on the dollar! PENNIES ON THE DOLLAR!

more than 2 years ago
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Intel and DreamWorks Working On Rendering Animation In Real-Time

FredFredrickson Re:Wonderful (114 comments)

I'd like to hear more about this theory. I've heard of a land, in a far off world, where this may be true.. but I'm just so skeptical.

more than 2 years ago
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CarrierIQ: Most Phones Ship With "Rootkit"

FredFredrickson Re:Doesn't Matter (447 comments)

It does prompt you when you first install, asks if it can send anon usage stats. You can decline.

more than 2 years ago
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Minecraft Is Finished

FredFredrickson Re:The modding community it awesome (272 comments)

I used to run a site that integrated multiple different theme servers and a central ebay-like store where you could buy/sell materials gained in each server. Gold was the standard of currency. It was a lot of fun. I ran out of money, so the site remains but the servers are offline. Check it out, maybe I'll revive it: http://www.mineverse.com/

more than 2 years ago
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Minecraft Is Finished

FredFredrickson Re:Just have to say.. (272 comments)

He did use infinimer as a muse, but the code he wrote is all 100% from scratch.

more than 2 years ago
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Zynga To Employees: Surrender Pre-IPO Shares Or You're Fired

FredFredrickson Re:Dont' quit, but don't agree either. (554 comments)

So all this time I've been "playing" mafia wars, I've actually been using an interface to do the mafia's real dirty work? oh man..

more than 2 years ago
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Siri Gives Apple Two Year Advantage Over Android

FredFredrickson Re:Iris (800 comments)

Google Voice commands allow that format. When I'm on the road, I never type- I click the microphone and say "navigate to mcdonalds" which it then uses gps to determine which mcdonalds i'm looking for. Or "navigate to 22 somwhere st. " Here's the full list: http://www.google.com/mobile/voice-actions/

more than 2 years ago
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Multi-Target Photo-Radar System To Make Speeding Riskier

FredFredrickson Re:Speed AND Position? (506 comments)

But for some reason the pattern buffer is going to get confused a lot, and we're going to have a lot of interesting hybrid car/truck accidents. oh, the ensuing hijinks!

more than 2 years ago
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US Bishop Charged For Not Reporting Priest's Child Porn To Police

FredFredrickson Re:Is that how that works? (430 comments)

i keep trying to explain this! People are corporations now!

more than 2 years ago
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US Bishop Charged For Not Reporting Priest's Child Porn To Police

FredFredrickson Re:Is that how that works? (430 comments)

I suspect he weighed the options.. the chance that the guy would never get caught apparently seemed more important than the benefit of damage control of reporting it himself. Ultimately, when faced with two options: Continue to ruin the name of the church by reporting it or cross your fingers and maybe nothing will ever come of it.. you can see why he kept it a secret. The last thing the church needed was more of this!

more than 2 years ago
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FTL Neutrinos Explained... Maybe

FredFredrickson Re:I hope that this is true. (226 comments)

Exactly.. The idea is that, let's say an explosion happens 1 light year away. Just before the explosion, they send a FTL message to earth to warn us about it. We get the message before the event happens in our frame of reference. Thus apparently events happened out of order. But this isn't breaking causality, because there's nothing we can do with this information that would prevent the explosion from taking place. We'd just know about it sooner. It'd still take us 1 year at the speed of light to get out to the site of the explosion to stop it.

tl;dr: FTL does not necessarily break causality.

more than 2 years ago
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FTL Neutrinos Explained... Maybe

FredFredrickson Re:Having Read Both Papers (226 comments)

That's what I keep asking! I think the first thing they'd do is a control experiment with photons!

more than 2 years ago

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Hulu App Now Available To Android

FredFredrickson FredFredrickson writes  |  more than 3 years ago

FredFredrickson writes "Just in time for Verizon Wireless' bandwidth cap news, Hulu has made available an Android Hulu Plus app during their first phase of their android rollout.

Hulu Plus is available on six phones, including the Nexus One, Nexus S, HTC Inspire 4G, Motorola Droid II, Motorola Droid X, and the Motorola Atrix. They expect to add more devices throughout the year.

Just like the Netflix app, the Hulu Plus app has left quite a few phone models in the dust for their launch, though Netflix recently added many more phones to their lineup. Let's hope that Hulu follows suit."

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Logitech Announces Touchscreen Net Music Player

FredFredrickson FredFredrickson writes  |  about 5 years ago

FredFredrickson writes "Logitech just announced this morning two new products to their network audio player line-up: The Squeezebox Touch, a touchscreen music player, and the Squeezebox Radio, a player with a speaker built-in. The touch is highly anticipated, with 24/96 support, digital and analog outputs, local music library capabilities, and internet audio options such as Rhapsody, Last.FM, Pandora, and others. I was a beta tester, and I've been loving these new additions to the lineup. Feel free to ask questions."
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Rogue Antiviruses on the Rise?

FredFredrickson FredFredrickson writes  |  more than 6 years ago

FredFredrickson writes "I work in computer repair, and during the last week or so, an overwhelming number of computers that have come to me have similar problems: rogue antiviruses: programs that pose as antiviruses, but are installed in the same way viruses are installed, without user permission. These rogue antiviruses report false virus alerts, and advertise to solve the issues (that it most likely caused itself) for a price. I was wondering if the slashdot crowd had any insight as to why and how these are starting to become so common, and how it is these "companies" are able to exist without being shut down for fraud."
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Yahoo Music closing up shop- Moving to Rhapsody

FredFredrickson FredFredrickson writes  |  more than 6 years ago

FredFredrickson writes "Yahoo music is closing the doors on it's long-standing subscription music model Yahoo Music Unlimited, and moving it's customers to Real Networks' Rhapsody service.. From the article

Yahoo Inc. will cease operating its online music subscription service and switch its customers to RealNetworks Inc.'s Rhapsody music service as part of a new deal between the companies that calls for Yahoo to promote Rhapsody on its site. "People want to have music and consume it in lots of different forms and across different devices and platforms and we want to have a play in as many of those as we can," said Scott Moore, Yahoo's head of media. Moore said the partnership would allow Yahoo to focus its energies more on free, ad-supported music and other media offerings."
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Vista DRM COPP Stops Netflix with Hi-Def Hardware

FredFredrickson FredFredrickson writes  |  more than 6 years ago

FredFredrickson writes "Davis Freeberg apparently ran into DRM hassles while trying to use the Watchnow feature on Netflix, reporting that his hardware was too hi-def. Netflix's suggestion: Downgrade to a lower resolution setup.

Because my computer allows me to send an unrestricted HDTV feed to my monitor, Hollywood has decided to revoke my ability to stream 480 resolution video files from Netflix. In order to fix my problem, Netflix recommended that I downgrade to a lower res VGA setup.
Netflix Watchnow provides a heavily compressed video in order to deliver over-the-net. Is protecting this content and making it virtually unusable helping anybody?"

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Toilet Paper VS Wipes

FredFredrickson FredFredrickson writes  |  more than 6 years ago Something I've always wondered- it seems that people grow up in different camps: People who are OK with DRY toilet paper, and people who require wipes.

Growing up in my family, I believed it to be a common occurance that people use baby-wipes to clean their behinds. My parents had always kept them around because the alternative just didn't seem appealing. Only after visiting various other houses have I realized that toilet paper was common, and wet wipes were unheard of.

Now before you stop reading, thinking "what a princess wiping his butt in gold," bare with me for a second. If you found poop on any surface in your house, how would you clean it off? Would you just pick it up and go on with life? Would you wipe off that brown and oh-so-lovable smear with a paper towel? Would we stop there? No, we would most definitely get something wet to really clean it off. We know that just wiping with paper isn't going to clean it off, because paper is dry. We need water for that real cleaning action. Why would we treat our backends with any less dignity?

So, what's the dealeo here? Which do you prefer?

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