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Quiet Cooling With a Copper Foam Heatsink

Immerman Re:Efficient? (147 comments)

I'm so sorry, please forgive me for actually searching for a relevant comment to contribute to rather than just posting a top-level comment with the exact same sentiment for the 10th time as is the norm here /sarcasm

11 hours ago
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Journalist Sues NSA For Keeping Keith Alexander's Financial History Secret

Immerman Re:Like paying for a Lobbyist (109 comments)

So what do you propose the real reason is? Hush money? Delayed payment for corruption activities while in office? Rich people who get a rush from making ex-presidents sing for their supper, and can pay a million bucks with their pocket change?

11 hours ago
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Journalist Sues NSA For Keeping Keith Alexander's Financial History Secret

Immerman Re:If true. If. (109 comments)

I think the point he's trying to make is that there's no such thing as "Obama's America" - he's just the latest in a long stream of presidents to dance on the strings of someone(s) far more powerful who are actually in control. Or get assassinated - that seems to be a pretty common theme among presidents that actually tried to take a stand against this tide.

12 hours ago
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Journalist Sues NSA For Keeping Keith Alexander's Financial History Secret

Immerman Re:If true. If. (109 comments)

It might work - IF you could find enough competent assassins willing to become the target of the most intensive and well-funded manhunt ever to be implemented. Or perhaps better yet willing to become public martyrs to the cause. Shouldn't take more than a few dozen "educational killings" to get the message across. A few thousand, tops. And then just hope the message received is "you're public employees - stop being lapdogs to the ultra-powerful" and not "the proles are getting uppity, time to crack down for real"

12 hours ago
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Student Uses Oculus Rift and Kinect To Create Body Swap Illusion

Immerman Re:It's been done before... sort of (65 comments)

Yeah, but it's not real science unless someone is wearing a shock collar...

12 hours ago
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Jesse Jackson: Tech Diversity Is Next Civil Rights Step

Immerman Re:Probably going to get flamed for this (399 comments)

Absolutely. And if only 1% of your staff is black you've got to suspect that something else is already in play...

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Quiet Cooling With a Copper Foam Heatsink

Immerman Re:Efficient? (147 comments)

I was about to say basically the same thing - the interesting number on a heat sink is how cool it keeps the heat *source*, not the coldest outer edges of the heat sink.

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seL4 Verified Microkernel Now Open Source

Immerman Re:Unfortunately? (76 comments)

That is true - but not everyone want to give their code away to whoever happens to hijack the license.

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35% of American Adults Have Debt 'In Collections'

Immerman Re:So! The game is rigged! (519 comments)

Apologist? Hardly. I'm simply explaining WHY the banks act the way they do - they're in the business to make money from money - and if you walk away before even paying off the full interest, much less the principle, (which is almost certainly the case if you're only 5 years in to a 20 year mortgage) then they take a loss on expected profits, even if by some miracle they manage to sell the house for enough to fully recover the principle (and as a party with no interest in managing real estate they'll probably take a loss selling the house).

Now I'm fine with that - you place your bets, you takes your chances. But banks aren't in the business of gambling, they're in the business of making money. So they'll turn around and screw over everyone borrowing money by jacking up interest rates enough that, on average, they'll still make money hand over fist despite the inevitable deadbeats. And they'll do so at least partially based on how big a chance they think you have of being a deadbeat. But of course they don't actually know you, which is where your credit rating comes in - they want to know how responsibly you've managed debt in the past, so that they can make an informed estimate as to your chances of being a deadbeat this time around.

And that brings us back to the original point - if you're super-responsible and only ever spend cash you already have, then you've never used credit. And without having seen you exercise credit the banks have no idea how well (or badly) you'll handle it and so, to cover their own ass, they'll assume you're a deadbeat until proven otherwise - a.k.a. your credit rating will suck until you start using credit.

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Free Copy of the Sims 2 Contains SecuROM

Immerman Re:Anti-piracy (230 comments)

Forget the "mantras", I'm not trying to justify piracy - I'm talking law. By law copyright infringement is a crime unrelated to theft, only the major publishers are busy trying to blur the line. But they'd probably be dissapointed if they managed it - after all something can only be stolen from you once...

  I quite agree that artists deserve to be compensated for their work if they can manage it, but if you're going to call copyright infringement theft, then you should call imprisonment murder - after all you're depriving someone of a piece of their self-determined life.

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seL4 Verified Microkernel Now Open Source

Immerman Re:You can't choose forever. Once v3 touches it, g (76 comments)

Yes, it does mean that any code including v3 code can only be legally licensed as v3 - but there's nothing stopping you from later extracting the offending code and reverting to v2+. You don't magically change the 2+ license under which you gained rights to the other code, you just only have the option of redistributing it under v3 so long as any v3-only code is included. So long as you make sure all contributions made in the interim are made under v2+ you don't have a problem (i.e. v3-only licensing can only spread if you let it).

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seL4 Verified Microkernel Now Open Source

Immerman Re:Unfortunately? (76 comments)

Not at all - by including an "or later" clause you also open your code to being re-licensed under GPLv666: aka the "Stallman is dead and Microsoft now has unrestricted rights to all your code" edition.

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35% of American Adults Have Debt 'In Collections'

Immerman Re: my perspective (519 comments)

I don't think so. If they declared bankruptcy to escape from the debt then they certainly aren't the ones paying for it. Normally it would be the banks that get soaked when a loan is defaulted on (and they would factor the risk of default into the interest rate), but in the case of student loans no responsible bank would make such a massive loan to somebody with essentially no credit history without charging a ridiculous interest rate - so instead the government backs those loans. Then when a student defaults the government steps in and makes sure the bank still gets paid, which is to say the debt is being paid by the taxpayers.

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35% of American Adults Have Debt 'In Collections'

Immerman Re:i blame my kids (519 comments)

Worse, you have to see your children. Plus pay for some form of babysitting unless you also get the summer off.

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35% of American Adults Have Debt 'In Collections'

Immerman Re:I'm probably one of them (519 comments)

You want retarded? How about the fact that during the hosing bubble lots of mortgage-traders did the same thing, but (supposedly) by law you need the original paper document to make your claim to owning a lien stick. You don't have the original lien statement? Then I don't owe you any money. Go ahead and track down that piece of paper and then we can, until then get off my property.

Of course I'd be kind of surprised if the law hasn't been quietly changed by now.

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35% of American Adults Have Debt 'In Collections'

Immerman Re:The Rich got Richer over the past 30 years (519 comments)

Hell, I heard the other day that in the last ten years the US median household income has fallen from ~$80k to ~$50k. That's insane! Yet despite decades of evidence that deregulation and tax breaks for the rich just concentrates wealth even faster we still have a huge mass of people who keep voting the rich bastard's lapdogs back into office.

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35% of American Adults Have Debt 'In Collections'

Immerman Re:So! The game is rigged! (519 comments)

Not necessarily. A credit rating is an estimate of how well you can manage debt - which is not necessarily the same thing as how well you manage money when you have it. Just because you normally live well within your means and pay for things up front doesn't mean that if you were suddenly saddled with a $200,000 mortgage that you would be willing and able to service that debt in a timely fashion for a decade or two. Maybe in 5 years you realize the debt is ridiculous and you don't really want the house after all, and just walk away from it instead of paying your debt - then instead of collecting monthly payments the the bank is stuck owning a house, a situation rather outside their normal business operations, which they'd rather not have to deal with.

There's also the fact that all those cash purchases don't leave a paper trail in the usual debt-management archives, so lenders have no way of telling if you've actually made such purchases responsibly, or are just feeding them a line of bull.

When I was young my father gave me some good advice for building credit history: Get a credit card and make most of your purchases with it, then pay it off in full every month. That way you avoid paying interest while still establishing a history of being willing and able to pay your debts. For maximum benefit leave a few bucks on it from time to time and pay the interest: The only thing lenders like to see more than someone who pays their bills on time is someone who also lets debt ride and pays interest on time.

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35% of American Adults Have Debt 'In Collections'

Immerman Re:how slashdot works (519 comments)

Slashdot and every other news-aggregation site on the web. At least Slashdot has nice forums that are conductive to interesting conversations (at least provided you don't get shunted to Beta)

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A 24-Year-Old Scammed Apple 42 Times In 16 Different States

Immerman Re:$7142.85 (397 comments)

Possibly not today - I'll admit I haven't been paying much attention. But once upon a time Macs tended to have higher resolution and a much superior anti-glare coating than anything else on the market.

There's also the fact that not all screens from the same manufacturer are equivalent - for example Samsung probably provides the screens for a goodly portion of the TVs out there, and yet when examined side-by-side the screens in a Samsung-brand TV tend to be superior to the off-brands with a Samsung-manufactured screen, in both reliability and image quality. Alternate production lines? Stratified quality control so that they keep the best for their own TVs while selling off lower grades to alternate brands? A secret sauce only applied to the panels kept in house? I couldn't tell you, but the results speak for themselves.

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A 24-Year-Old Scammed Apple 42 Times In 16 Different States

Immerman Re:$7142.85 (397 comments)

Most of the technology and electronics are pretty much the same, but the case, screen, keyboard, trackpad, speakers, etc - all the stuff that you directly interact with, tend to be much superior. Often even compared to a comparably-priced PC. Whether or not that is worth the price premium is entirely a personal question.

2 days ago

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