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Ask Slashdot: Shortcuts To a High Tech House

HaveNoMouth Re:Why for your friends, and not for you? (281 comments)

I've gone through three Roombas and won't buy any more. They take too much care and feeding -- even the ones that automatically recharge themselves. The reservoir is too small so you have to dump it too often, and after a year the battery won't hold a charge and you have to replace it -- for $100. And you periodically have to take the whole thing apart because the moving parts are all gummed up with cat hair. (You have to do this even more often if you actually have a cat.

Just get a Dyson and use it. It works.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Shortcuts To a High Tech House

HaveNoMouth Re:Flood wire early on. (281 comments)

I also put fiber in my walls. Not just fiberglas but glass fiber. That was ... overkill. I use the CAT5; I don't use the fiber.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Shortcuts To a High Tech House

HaveNoMouth Re:Raceways, even! (281 comments)

Yeah. 12-gauge wire rather than 14 for all power outlets has saved my ass numerous times. (Coupled with a 20-A breaker rather than 15, of course.)

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Would Room-Temp Superconductors Affect Us?

HaveNoMouth Re:the answer (262 comments)

There's already a lot of DC power transmission going on, especially outside the United States. You don't need superconductors for this; you just need high voltage and power electronics. With superconductors, you can do DC transmission at low voltage.

more than 2 years ago
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Adobe's CTO Pitches 'Apps Near You' Concept

HaveNoMouth How about the anti-adobe app? (98 comments)

The only location-aware app I want is one that tells me how to stay far away from Adobe and its crapps at all times.

more than 3 years ago
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Doctor Who's Elisabeth Sladen (Sarah Jane) Dies at 63

HaveNoMouth Re:K9 (132 comments)

Well there's a first. A robot dog just made me cry while reading Slashdot.

*sniff*

more than 3 years ago
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SlashTweaks Let YOU Micro-Edit Slashdot

HaveNoMouth Re:Huh? (257 comments)

Who is natalie portman?

One of the authors of this paper.

more than 3 years ago
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AT&T Cracking Down On Unofficial iPhone Tethering

HaveNoMouth Re:Maybe I'm missing something here.... (513 comments)

... but how do they know if a phone is being tethered?

Several possibilities:

  1. User-agent sniffing. Remedy: Change the UA string on your laptop's browser to match the one on your phone. Downside: Be ready to surf crappy "mobile-enabled" sites on your laptop.
  2. Deep packet inspection. P2P protocols etc are unlikely to be coming from your phone. Remedy: Use a VPN or an SSH tunnel.
  3. Traffic volume. Statistically higher traffic volumes suggest (but do not prove) tethering. Remedy: Use fewer bits ;)

more than 3 years ago
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AT&T Cracking Down On Unofficial iPhone Tethering

HaveNoMouth Re:Detection (513 comments)

Could simply be encoded in the network tracking. The endpoint of the TCP request is not the phone, it's the machine attached to the phone.

Wrong. It's NAT-mapped. The endpoint is always the phone.

more than 3 years ago
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Reminiscing Old School Linux

HaveNoMouth Re:Nostalgia ain't what it used to be (539 comments)

Really? Windows improved that much? Maybe I should give it a try. Do you still have to type "win" at the prompt after booting up?

I believe you are referring to Charlie Sheen's operating system.

more than 3 years ago
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Reminiscing Old School Linux

HaveNoMouth Re:"Dumbing Up" (539 comments)

Personally, I think that in the future "computer science" won't really be a separate field of endeavor - like walking or throwing a ball or writing a report, it'll just be something people do without spending too much time thinking about it.

Of course it will still be a separate field of endeavor. It's just misnamed. Remember what Dijkstra said: "Computer science is no more about computers than astronomy is about telescopes."

more than 3 years ago
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Reminiscing Old School Linux

HaveNoMouth Re:"Dumbing Up" (539 comments)

My personal philosophy is that the instant you hear the term "dumbing down" you can ignore the speaker. They don't have any valid points to make.

You, sir or madam, are destined for Internet fame. Behold the new Godwin.

more than 3 years ago
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Apple eBook Rules Changing For Sellers

HaveNoMouth Hey Steve... (584 comments)

Thanks for the iPhones. Thanks for the iPads.

Now f*ck off.

more than 3 years ago
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Nook Color Is Now a $250 Honeycomb Tablet

HaveNoMouth Meh (105 comments)

Call me when you can run Linux on an iPad in a VM.

more than 3 years ago
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America Losing Its Edge In Innovation

HaveNoMouth Re:They once were (757 comments)

That has a lot to do with man bashing. Intelligent women are permitted on prime time, just not intelligent while normal men, for purely political reasons.

What about House? Oh wait, he's an asshole. Never mind, you're right.

more than 3 years ago
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Google Wins Injunction Against Agency Using Microsoft Cloud

HaveNoMouth Re:Suing prospective clients? (187 comments)

Google doesn't give a shit about some measly $56 million, 5-year contact with DOI. That's chickenfeed to them, and they know that contract will eventually go to Microsoft anyway. They're sending a message to other potential government customers that if they play fast and loose with the bidding rules, the big dog will crap on their house.

more than 3 years ago
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Worker Rights Extend To Facebook, Says NLRB

HaveNoMouth Re:Freedom of speech... (340 comments)

When it's private, it's not tyranny. In theory, your arrangement with your employer is voluntary on both sides. Either party can decide at any time to cancel the arrangement and you go your separate ways. The arrangement between you and your government, however, is much less voluntary. If your government puts you in jail, you can't just decide you don't like the food and leave. This is why the founders wrote the BofR to apply to the federal government and not to private entities. (The BofR didn't even apply to state governments until much later.) Of course in practice it might be very difficult to change your employer, but it's still easier than changing your government.

more than 3 years ago
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Skin-Tight Bodysuits Could Protect Astronauts From Bone Loss

HaveNoMouth Not with Artificial Gravity it wasn't (158 comments)

See? Seven of Nine's outfit was inspired by science after all.

Fail. Name one time when you ever saw Seven of Nine in a gravity-free environment.

more than 3 years ago

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Is Silicon Valley Over?

HaveNoMouth HaveNoMouth writes  |  more than 3 years ago

HaveNoMouth (556104) writes "Paul Carr writes in TechCrunch that Silicon Valley is no longer where the real tech innovation is happening. Instead, the valley has filled up with cargo-cult Zuckerclones. Carr describes a recent party where he struck up a conversation with an entrepreneur who claimed he was creating a billion-dollar company:

It was only then I noticed his outfit. Everyone else was in smart-ish jeans and shirts, but the entrepreneur was carefully dressed in a hoodie and a pair of open-toed flip flops. Later investigation would reveal that his 'billion dollar' app was a social network for people with .edu addresses. The secret sauce? The fact that it gave college kids a way to flirt around campus.
Any of this sounding familiar? All he needed to complete the picture was a couple of embittered rowing twins baying for his blood...

Carr says the real tech innovation is happening in places like New York where old media is dying, where people take risks because they have nothing left to lose."
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