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New Tech Promises Cheap Gene Sequencing In Minutes

Idiomatick Re:GATTACA Here we Come (121 comments)

Don't need to check the whole thing though. Could use something like a checksum. Or just check 1 random MB at a time...

more than 3 years ago
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Senate Repeals 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'

Idiomatick Re:This is why the Dems lost the House (828 comments)

Of course, I really wish he would grow some balls and actually do that - the people he would lose are already lost, and actually getting something done would, I think, energize his base and maybe sway some moderates. Unfortunately, he's just fobbing this off on Congress so there's less risk to his political image.

You say this right after he GOT this passed. And it had to be a bi-partisan effort (to some degree at any rate) due to the super-majority requirement caused by the GOP filibuster system. If he shat all over the GOP he wouldn't have been able to sweet talk any of them over the fence and would have never gotten this passed.

It sure ain't sexy but this is how it has to be with current political climate and filibuster rules.

more than 3 years ago
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Senate Repeals 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'

Idiomatick Re:Yea America! (828 comments)

Don't ask don't tell was homophobic and anti-homophobic at the same time. In any case it was a step forwards at the time. When DADT was passed it had previously been illegal for gays to serve. DADT allowed gays to server but they had to shut up about it. It was a compromise.

Don't ask ~~ pro gays
Don't tell ~~ pro homophobes

Now that we have no need for the stop gap measure that DADT represents gays will be allowed to serve openly.

To summarize:
No gays allowed --> 1993 DADT == gays ok, but stfu --> 2010 repeal == gays ok.

As for your lack of support for this repeal. We don't have a law against openly admitting you prefer coke over pepsi. Nor do we have one banning people that put the toilet paper w/ the paper coming under rather than over. And we don't ban people that prefer the PS3 to the Xbox. Why? Because it doesn't fucking matter. You are soldiers there to do a fucking job. The sexual preferences of your fellow soldiers affect your ability to shoot a gun as much as their taste for Justin Bieber. It is the exact same thing.

more than 3 years ago
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World's Smallest Battery Created

Idiomatick Re:Developing new batteries (77 comments)

One time I got hit by an SUV in the winter and twisted to land on my arms instead of my backpack to save my laptop.... So you may have something there. Made sure my computer made it to post before I noticed I was bleeding. Ok... pretty sure its my fault. But still! I usually use the power cord :/

Also, I was thinking about LiON not NiMH or lead which do last longer. I was under the impression that you could expect around 60% capacity by the 4 year mark. Which for a car that is already severely handicapped by range could mean the difference between making your daily trip and not.

If 8 years is typical for cars coming out I'll be impressed.

more than 3 years ago
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Canadian Supreme Court To Decide If Linking Is Publishing

Idiomatick Re:This could end Google in Canada (82 comments)

Won't happen, doesn't matter. Even with the conservatives in power.

more than 3 years ago
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World's Smallest Battery Created

Idiomatick Re:Really? (77 comments)

You have a non smart phone and have battery life issues? That shit should be lasting a loooong time.

more than 3 years ago
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World's Smallest Battery Created

Idiomatick Re:Developing new batteries (77 comments)

That'd shut people up about the 3$ a gallon bitching.

more than 3 years ago
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World's Smallest Battery Created

Idiomatick Re:Developing new batteries (77 comments)

On a more serious note. Battery life span needn't be so poor from a physics POV. If my laptop battery life stayed at 9 hours I'd be very happy with it. The fact that it hovers around 45minutes today is upsetting. The same goes for cars. Possibly more so due to the huge investment. If they change the replacement cycle for batteries on electric cars from 2years to 10 it would be HUGE.

more than 3 years ago
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Ex-Goldman Sachs Programmer Found Guilty

Idiomatick Re:Where is wikileaks when you need them (244 comments)

Thats plain evil. But even without that you can do this type of trading based on the limiting speed of light. If you are geographically well positioned you can beat out the market by a couple miliseconds.

more than 3 years ago
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Chrome OS Doesn't Trust Apps Or Users

Idiomatick Re:This is what Google means by OPEN (410 comments)

That and chrome will probably flop so hard no one will really notice outside of 6months.

more than 3 years ago
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Chrome OS Doesn't Trust Apps Or Users

Idiomatick Re:Can't install an ap? That'll slow adoption (410 comments)

If it drops the cost of the device to some sort of sub 100 dollar range the thing suddenly becomes awesome again.

I'm actually supporting chrome devices having tons of ads. The more ads the bigger the drop in cost and I can just put linux on it. And google can bet on people not formatting and using it for a while.

Semi offtopic but a device maker getting paid per use really gives incentive to make a device that is addictive and lasts forever. It kicks the ass of planned obsolescence.

more than 3 years ago
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Chrome OS Doesn't Trust Apps Or Users

Idiomatick Re:A little problem... (410 comments)

Depending on the day I could go either way on that...

more than 3 years ago
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Chrome OS Doesn't Trust Apps Or Users

Idiomatick Re:Wait, what? (410 comments)

"System comes back squeaky clean, but everything needs to be changed to my personal liking."

In chrome I imagine the vast majority of tweaking that you'd make in windows will be out in the cloud and it won't take much work to get it back the way you like it.

more than 3 years ago
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Equipping a Small Hackerspace?

Idiomatick Re:best idea? (174 comments)

Adding to this since it is the best suggestion so far....I'm not sure I'd use etching stuff rather than a standard pegboard piece if I'm just hacking... if I'm finished then order one to be printed. Not sure about a couple of the bigger tools but it all depends on the project (could also go to manual tools if they wont be used much).

wall of drawers with millions of little compartments for components.
wire stripper
proper multimeter, capacitance meter
lots of wire!
Variable power supply
Scope/logic tester
solder station: Copper braid,solder,solder pumps, variable temp solder iron, brass sponge, flux pen, stand
May need a fan depending on ventilation or you'll all get sick and die.
heat shrink tubing
heat gun (for soldering surface mount chips or other annoying stuff)
Lots of handy outlets.

That said i'm thinking of a small robotics/electronics lab. Nothing heavy mechanical.

more than 3 years ago
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SpaceX Falcon 9 and Dragon Make It To Orbit

Idiomatick Re:supply lines to ISS already secure (200 comments)

Nothing is set in stone yet. In the last couple days Musk was talking about a variety of possible avenues forwards. Those are indeed the plans floating around now though. But it would be premature to say anything is remotely decided.

I don't think SpaceX is even remotely near a position where they can tell NASA to take a hike. They are in very many ways in a partnership. Things would be a lot harder without NASA there. AND NASA is a huge source of money. Just recently there was talk of SpaceX making its super-heavy instead of NASA for the US government. That contract would represent another 2.5Billion just to go where they wanted/intended to anyways! Plus they would get continual flight purchases from NASA after that.

Also they already have a 2014 flight sold to Bigelow, I'm sure that number will increase as they prove themselves. And I'm unconvinced that SA would be worth that much to them since their goal seems to be mainly sub-orbital... there aren't many people with 10~20million to visit the space station... Though with a heavy lifter and a large enough group they may be able to cut that below 5million/person (if all of musk's optimism comes to pass)

more than 3 years ago
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Facebook's Zuckerberg To Give Away Half His Cash

Idiomatick Re:I always laugh when I see this (450 comments)

All happening in nice and stable countries. Rwanda during that time period did not have as many advancements.

more than 3 years ago
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Facebook's Zuckerberg To Give Away Half His Cash

Idiomatick Re:Huh... (450 comments)

Bill gates is going to be around for the next millennium? ... I think that would give the borg claim credence.

more than 3 years ago
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Facebook's Zuckerberg To Give Away Half His Cash

Idiomatick Re:Since when is he a billionaire? (450 comments)

Zuck lies. It isn't even clear that he has the legal right to sell the company to begin with.

more than 3 years ago

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CRTC to Allow Usage Based Billing

Idiomatick Idiomatick writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Idiomatick (976696) writes "The CRTC ruled in favour today for usage based billing. Bell Canada was given a monopoly on lines in Canada, in exchange they were made to resell to competitors at cost in order to have a functional market. The new CRTC ruling will allow Bell to charge their competitors more money based on individual customer usage. They are now able to implement a 60GB cap on a competitor's highest speed lines (charging $1.12/GB for overages). Bell however; it was ruled that they are permitted to continue with it's unlimited usage plan. The effect on the market seems clear."
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CRTC In Canada take a Giant Step Back

Idiomatick Idiomatick writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Idiomatick writes "Historically in Canada, Bell was given a monopoly over the phone (and hence DSL) lines through government support and funding. To encourage a healthy ecosystem within which competition can thrive, Bell was forced to sell use of it's last mile lines to resellers at cost. This worked quite well, many competitors popped up. However the CRTC made a ruling recently which declared ethernet access and transport services as non-essential. This means that Bell will no longer be required to resell at cost to competitors and may set any price they please. Which will in my city one-third the amount of competition.

To voice your concerns or to sign a petition to help reverse this decision hit http://www.competitivebroadband.com/consumer/ , they are a coalition of 30 smaller ISPs with numbers rising."

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Bell proposing 'Usage Based Billing'

Idiomatick Idiomatick writes  |  about 5 years ago

Idiomatick (976696) writes "Bell Canada is attempting to impose UBB on it's wholesale customers. As Bell was given a last-mile monopoly in much of Canada by the government they are required to follow rules set up by the CRTC this includes leasing their lines to competitive ISPs. And they are given a directive by the CRTC to provide competitive speeds to said ISPs. Teksavvy has informed it's customers that were this to go through the current monthly cap would be quartered and the cost for exceeding it would be "multiple times more than our current per Gigabyte rate of $0.25/GB on overages". They have also helpfully included a link where you can send your comments/concerns to the CRTC directly."

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