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Google Looking To Define a Healthy Human

Gr8Apes Re:Reality is... (116 comments)

But you will need it, should you be in a car wreck, fall off a bridge or cliff, or even do something as silly as slip on the sidewalk and bang your head. There's all sorts of things that might happen. Hell, you might even suffer one of the many potential massive coronary type events, including those that have nothing to do with how you live (John Ritter ring a bell?) So yes, you should pay in, or have a magnetic tattoo stamped on your forehead that you are uninsured, so when the medics arrive at the scene with your prostrate body, a quick scan will be all the time they need to determine they can leave you there for the coroner, and also bill you for the $1K+ for their trip out to read that fact. (magnetic forehead tattoo that penetrates your skull, so a mere scalping via a motorcycle wreck won't remove the ability to read said tattoo, in case any one is wondering)

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Man Booted From Southwest Flight and Threatened With Arrest After Critical Tweet

Gr8Apes Re:Damn I used to like southwest (813 comments)

I don't think that was the issue here. The real issue was that an opinion about a gate agent on twitter resulted in SWA publicly humiliating and inconveniencing him and his family over something he posted online. Something that couldn't even be taken as a threat by the most hyper-sensitive TSA agent. That's the real story here.

yesterday
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Two Cities Ask the FCC To Preempt State Laws Banning Municipal Fiber Internet

Gr8Apes Re:Vote (181 comments)

Well, you have to start with Gb somewhere, and the most profitable areas seem logical. If the telecos won't, then someone else has to. And, TBH, the telco's (and cable) have been doing everything they can to move away from common carrier rules. If the telcos stop serving the rest of the community (hint - the major cost was in laying copper, not in running it) then I suppose the municipality can go ahead and pick that service up too. It wouldn't be a bad thing. Don't forget that fed universal fee, the municipalities may be better off running it themselves if they want decent service.

yesterday
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Amazon's Ambitious Bets Pile Up, and Its Losses Swell

Gr8Apes Re:Avoiding Amazon Web Services? (167 comments)

You don't move to AWS if you care about budget, uptime, control, security, nor ownership of your data and software.

* Budget - cheap to free to develop on, rapidly escalating costs for enterprise usage.
* uptime - AWS has had notable outages with relatively long recovery times. It's happened more than once.
* control - see uptime - you had no options when that happened.
* security - ultimately, you cannot control security if you don't have the hardware, or even software, under your control
* ownership - since you don't own the hardware nor software, all your data and software placed on the server is there for anyone with access to see. And there are people with access.

yesterday
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Ebola Outbreak Continues To Expand

Gr8Apes Re:Does it have Cold resistance level 2 (167 comments)

In the game you can get antibiotics resistance to your deadly virus,.

No you can't. A virus is not affected by antibiotics.

2 days ago
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The Department of Homeland Security Needs Its Own Edward Snowden

Gr8Apes Re:i bet (190 comments)

I'd tell you, but I got a National Security Letter telling me I can't.

Epic

Fail

2 days ago
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Dropbox Head Responds To Snowden Claims About Privacy

Gr8Apes Re:Our stuff is encrypted!!!! (169 comments)

With the keys we readily hand over when warranted.... o_O

Who needs a warrant? Just a couple of bucks for our "anonymized" (wink wink) data.

2 days ago
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No RIF'd Employees Need Apply For Microsoft External Staff Jobs For 6 Months

Gr8Apes Re:This is just a repeat (275 comments)

You seem to be implying they should fire an H1B programmer and keep the factory worker or middle manager, but unless one of the latter two can step up and do the programming, it's not going to work very well.

At least I'm guessing most of the H1B employees aren't doing middle management or factory work. I could be wrong.

You are wrong.

4 days ago
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Bug In Fire TV Screensaver Tears Through 250 GB Data Cap

Gr8Apes Re:Why do we have screen savers? (349 comments)

It bugs me that my more expensive LED can't render dark scenes without blocking, on any content, BD or otherwise. In fact, any relatively lightly varying gradient has blockiness to it. It also bugs me that contrast is far too high, even dialed down to the point it starts to degrade lesser contrasting images. And then there's the ghosting, even on a 240Hz (claimed) refresh. Didn't notice it at first, but it got worse as I watched it more, and in comparison to the plasma, it's now almost unwatchable except for maybe cartoons and the like. Maybe kids will like it while they're young, but once you notice these things, you just can't get away from it. It's like that bug bite you discovered itches when you touched it by accident, and now it is the worst itchy bug bite ever. What's worse is the 4K LEDs have these same issues, the color depth just isn't there. It remains to be seen if OLED is any better, but at 10-20K for a screen, I think I'll be watching my plasma for a while longer, and maybe pick up a Samsung before they sell out as a backup.

about three weeks ago
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Solar-Powered Electrochemical Cell Used To Produce Formic Acid From CO2

Gr8Apes Re:Efficiency (133 comments)

Coal is baseload solar is not a replacement for baseload. The only good renewable replacement for baseload is hydro "the original baseload source of power". Wind is a marginal replacement for baseload but you really need large natural gas peaking plants to back up wind.

That's a false premise. You can build large cisterns that store excess energy by pumping in water, then using that during peak periods to meet demand. It's 100% solar. These could be built on the coast or even slightly in the sea, so there's no shortage of water until we run out of sea water. It also serves to level demand, since all excess demand can always go to the cisterns, even if they're full, since they'd just overflow and form a nice waterfall or similar water feature. The same could be used to store excess wind generated power, completing removing the need for fossil fuel or nuclear energy. Maybe keep one plant as a museum piece.

about three weeks ago
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Bug In Fire TV Screensaver Tears Through 250 GB Data Cap

Gr8Apes Re:Why do we have screen savers? (349 comments)

I have a 2013 plasma, and can pause a picture for an hour without a problem. Yes, sometimes people leave something on pause instead of turning it off when leaving for a while. No burn in issues at all, and I checked. Again, this is not a problem with new modern plasmas. Cheap or old, yes, they probably have problems. So do LCD/LED/OLEDS. CRTs do too. So it's not a unique problem for plasmas.

That said, as CRTs are dead, I do love the plasma's picture. In comparison, my 2010 top rated LED looks cheap, flat, lacking in depth, the criticisms could go on. As soon as you scale up to larger screens, the flaws for each become more obvious. The plasma generates more heat. I'll accept that for a picture I can actually watch.

about three weeks ago
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Bug In Fire TV Screensaver Tears Through 250 GB Data Cap

Gr8Apes Re:Why do we have screen savers? (349 comments)

The thing with plasmas is that the first generations, and some of the cheap ones in later generations too, have very bad burn-in prevention..

So it is a myth, for a new modern screen. If you look for the cheapest you can buy, you'll succeed in getting less than you want. Or, you get what you pay for, really.

about three weeks ago
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Bug In Fire TV Screensaver Tears Through 250 GB Data Cap

Gr8Apes Re:Why do we have screen savers? (349 comments)

This is a myth. I have a plasma, and there's no issue with burn-in during anything approximating normal use. Maybe if you leave a static image on the TV for days. But who does that?

about three weeks ago
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The Internet's Own Boy

Gr8Apes Re:His choices... (194 comments)

And take a look at how many of those were "big" by today's standards. None.

about three weeks ago
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The Internet's Own Boy

Gr8Apes Re:His choices... (194 comments)

Note that copyright has nothing to do with established industries. When copyright was placed into the Constitution, it was frequently common for authors to self-publish. Copyright protected these authors from unscrupulous printers who might print out a few extra (thousand) copies to sell on the side, or from some individual in another part of the country from grabbing your work and selling it elsewhere. Note that this was mostly on the individual level, since companies that were involved in publishing were few and quite small.

about a month ago
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Fox Moves To Use Aereo Ruling Against Dish Streaming Service

Gr8Apes Re:Big Difference (210 comments)

I'm pretty sure Aero can get around the antenna issue. The DVR in the cloud is a different issue, and may be fixable by streaming from antenna to home located device to cloud device. The ISPs will scream at the increased load, which could also be solved technically, by having the stream done via multicast. The only problem here are the broadcasters like FOX that don't want you to have this control.

about a month ago
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Trio of Big Black Holes Spotted In Galaxy Smashup

Gr8Apes Re:A four million year orbit (74 comments)

"That the automobile has practically reached the limit of its development is suggested by the fact that during the past year no improvements of a radical nature have been introduced." - Scientific American, January 2, 1909."

Essentially correct, and still true today. They might look nicer and be more comfortable now, but practical top speed has barely increased since.

Hmmm, my current car cruises comfortably at 130+ mph and a past one topped out around 180 mph. Not sure a 1909 vehicle even makes 100 mph reliably, although they did exist, as the top speed set in 1909 was roughly 120mph. Wonder what the gas mileage was, not to mention the teeth loosening adrenaline rush.

"A rocket will never be able to leave the Earth's atmosphere." - The New York Times, January 13, 1920"

Incorrect obviously, but only marginal improvements in efficiency have been made since the 1960's.

TBH, there's not much you can do to increase the efficiency of the most efficient simple chemical fuel combo in existence. In a thrust based concept, if you're using all the energy available as thrust, you're done.

about a month ago
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Federal Judge Rules US No-fly List Violates Constitution

Gr8Apes Re:Awesome! (276 comments)

The problem with judge's discretion in sentencing is that it is applied so subjectively. Take a drunk driver for instance - one hits and kills a (drunk) bum and goes to prison for 20 years, another kills 4 people and severely injures 2 with no remorse and gets sent to "rehab" for 6 months. Those are hugely different outcomes and were based on judges discretion for sentencing. (The second case is being reviewed, btw, because it did fall so far out of the norm) Having strict guidelines for some actions is good, IMHO. That said, the level of offense admittedly needs some tweaking to at least be more than 'x' level of offense, such as violence or certain age thresholds being met with discretion below those levels.

about a month ago
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The Higgs Boson Should Have Crushed the Universe

Gr8Apes Re:Bomb Philosophy (188 comments)

Perhaps because it was a comedy?

about a month ago
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China Starts Outsourcing From ... the US

Gr8Apes Re:oh boy (274 comments)

The problem in Africa is that there is no semi-stable large state. Until a stable and large enough state exists to support the infrastructure and provide security for shipping goods internationally, I doubt you'll see a flocking of businesses to Africa. And then there's the political aspects.

about a month ago

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Virtual boss keeps workers on a leash.

Gr8Apes Gr8Apes writes  |  about 6 months ago

Gr8Apes (679165) writes "Hitachi has created a "perfect virtual boss"

"Hitachi, the big electronics company based in Japan, is manufacturing and selling to corporations a device intended to increase efficiency in the workplace. It has a rather bland and generic-sounding name: the Hitachi Business Microscope (paywalled).

But what it is capable of doing ... well, just imagine being followed around the office or the factory all day by the snoopiest boss in the world. Even into the restroom."

We may pine for the privacy of Orwell's 1984...."

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The First Cyber Super Weapon?

Gr8Apes Gr8Apes writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Gr8Apes (679165) writes "The realm of science fiction keeps shrinking. Those annoying viruses and malware that can interrupt your perusal of /. will now have to take a back seat to real cyber threats

From the article: Cyber security experts say they have identified the world's first known cyber super weapon designed specifically to destroy a real-world target: a factory, a refinery, or just maybe a nuclear power plant."

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Help the Galactic Census

Gr8Apes Gr8Apes writes  |  about 7 years ago

Gr8Apes (679165) writes "CNN has a story about scientists needing your help in a galactic census. From the story: They are asking volunteers on the Internet to help classify the galaxies as either elliptical or spiral and note, where possible, in which direction they rotate. Astronomers say computer programs have been unable to reliably classify the star systems. With 10,000 to 20,000 people working to classify the galaxies, the process could take as little as a month. With /. alone, they might be able to do it in a week. Give them a helping hand by signing up at Galaxy Zoo."
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Gr8Apes Gr8Apes writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Gr8Apes (679165) writes "AMD is upping the performance numbers for Barcelona by stating that "Barcelona will have a 50% advantage over Clovertown in floating point applications and 20% in integer performance 'over the competition's highest-performing quad-core processor at the same frequency'". AMD also claims that the new 3.0 GHz Opterons beat comparable Intel Xeon 5100 series processors in three server-specific benchmarks (SPECint_rate_2006, SPECint_rate2006, SPECompM2001) by up to 24%."
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Gr8Apes Gr8Apes writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Gr8Apes (679165) writes "Listeners and Indies may rejoice according to a just breaking story. According to the AP story:

Four major broadcast companies would pay the government $12.5 million and provide 8,400 half-hour segments of free airtime for independent record labels and local artists, The Associated Press has learned.
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Gr8Apes Gr8Apes writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Gr8Apes (679165) writes "CNN is reporting that Walmart "fired a systems technician for intercepting text messages of non-Wal-Mart employees and recording telephone conversations with a New York Times reporter without authorization". The story further goes on to state that the recordings were in violation of their policy since they did not have authorization from their legal dept. Correct me if I am wrong, but isn't wiretapping illegal without court authorization as shown by the HP scandal?"
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Gr8Apes Gr8Apes writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Gr8Apes (679165) writes "AMD has showcased their new 65nm Barcelona quad-core CPU. It is labeled a quad-core Opteron, but according to Infoworld's Tom Yeager, is really a redefinition of x86. Each core has a new vector math processing unit (SSE128), separate integer and floating point schedulers, and new nested paging tables (to vastly improve hardware virtualization). According to AMD, the new vector math units alone should improve floating point operation by 80%. Some analysts are skeptical, waiting for benchmarks. Will AMD dethrone Intel again? Only time will tell."
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Gr8Apes Gr8Apes writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Gr8Apes (679165) writes "From an Associated Press article in the Boston Herald:
President Bush, again defying Congress, says he has the power to edit the Homeland Security Department's reports about whether it obeys privacy rules while handling background checks, ID cards and watchlists.
As this directly contradicts the law as passed by Congress, has Bush created the line-item veto by fiat?"
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Gr8Apes Gr8Apes writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Gr8Apes (679165) writes "TomsHardware reviews Intel's new Kentsfield quad core processor From the article:
Compared with the already not-too-shabby Intel Core 2 Duo/Extreme, the Core 2 Quadro can give performance a mighty tweak — but only for specific applications. In the best-case scenario, performance can even be doubled.
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Gr8Apes Gr8Apes writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Gr8Apes (679165) writes "Clear Channel wants ownership rules relaxed even further to allow it to own up to 12 stations in major markets. Clear Channel states that it has already hit the maximum number of stations (8) in most major markets. They further argue that this artificial limit impedes its potential for growth, and with the emergance of satellite radio that the terrestrial radio market has changed and should allow loosening of the restrictions.

Since Clear Channel owns a significant share of XM already and has stations on XM, this argument seems rather weak. Does anyone else feel like Clear Channel is attempting gain more leverage to drive you to subscription radio?"

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