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Why Amazon Might Want a Big Piece of the Smartphone Market

Isara Re:Reverse the question (61 comments)

Why would Amazon want a tablet? Perhaps for the same reason that Microsoft wants Azure? Everything is converging to phone/tablet/laptop combined with branded could services to support the basics (email, calendar, music, video, shopping, app store...), so Amazon is just doing what it feels is necessary to keep up with the Joneses.

Either Apple was very prescient or just lucky to have gotten there first?

A tablet makes sense, though, given Amazon's Kindle business. Unless Amazon's looking to make something the size of a Galaxy Note, I just don't see the advantage of getting a phone from Amazon (and one that's locked to AT&T, no less).

about 5 months ago
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Clueless About Card Data Hack, PF Chang's Reverts To Imprinting Devices

Isara Re:Illegal (142 comments)

they're not illegal in California, just antiquated. they were phased out because they're not as convenient and the security on them is minimal to non-existent.

about 5 months ago
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After Non-Profit Application Furor, IRS Says It's Lost 2 Years Of Lerner's Email

Isara "libtards"? really? (372 comments)

is that really necessary? You mean to say that not going into breathless suppositions about grand conspiracies is "libtarded"? Because, y'know, even in government, it's not always a conspiracy.

Oh. Right. I forgot. Benghahhhhhhzzzzziiiiiii!!!!!

Seriously, just once I would like to see some sort of conversation about the governmental system not devolve into name-calling. It makes it a lot easier to have productive conversations that way :/

about 5 months ago
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After Non-Profit Application Furor, IRS Says It's Lost 2 Years Of Lerner's Email

Isara correction (372 comments)

It's pretty rare for the IRS to retroactively reverse a 501c3 status, except when it fails to file the proper paperwork.

I've not read what I'm sure are mounds of news articles about this "scandal" but I suspect that the IRS staff involved decided to audit all partisan groups to make sure they should be 527s instead of 501c3s.

correction on my part - They were 501c4s, not c3s. (I work with c3s, so I tend to forget other types exist ;)

about 5 months ago
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After Non-Profit Application Furor, IRS Says It's Lost 2 Years Of Lerner's Email

Isara Re:Because IRS has never heard of exchange servers (372 comments)

that's a good point, although it appears that the organization that was rejected during this point of time was rejected after it had already received its non-profit designation. It's pretty rare for the IRS to retroactively reverse a 501c3 status, except when it fails to file the proper paperwork.

I've not read what I'm sure are mounds of news articles about this "scandal" but I suspect that the IRS staff involved decided to audit all partisan groups to make sure they should be 527s instead of 501c3s.

about 5 months ago
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After Non-Profit Application Furor, IRS Says It's Lost 2 Years Of Lerner's Email

Isara Because IRS has never heard of exchange servers (372 comments)

Actually, even knowing what little I do of federal IT infrastructure, this doesn't surprise me. I'm actually surprised they HAVE email :P

Seriously, I have a feeling they set up local email accounts, thought archiving was too difficult or expensive to implement, and called it a day - 20 years ago.

And for the record, targeting political organizations wasn't isolated to conservative groups, and the only application rejected was for a progressive organization.

about 5 months ago
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California Regulators Tell Ride-Shares No Airport Runs

Isara Re:A remember in the early 90 when I lived in the (314 comments)

SFO, Oakland and San Jose are the major airports in the area.

BART now runs to SFO, and they're just finishing up an extension to Oakland, so that's good.

Caltrain doesn't connect directly to SFO, but it does stop at the Millbrae BART station which is one of the two stations from which the BART-SFO extension connects.

San Jose is still pretty disconnected from public transit except for some shuttle busses.

about 5 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Does Your Job Need To Exist?

Isara And what about those jobs that require 60+ hours? (343 comments)

Sure, there may be jobs that aren't filling up full-time (and, as some people noted, who can work 8 hours/day without a break?), but there are lots of jobs that take up more than 40 hours/week. Why aren't those part of the lede here?

There's also something to be said for some level of inefficiency in the economy. Too efficient, and, absent new industries to take them in, we end up with a large population of unwanted workers. Too inefficient and the economy itself gets a bit gummed up. So I can't find myself overly concerned that, taken in aggregate, we're wasting time on the job, so long as the job gets done correctly in the end, and on-time.

about 6 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Should Developers Fix Bugs They Cause On Their Own Time?

Isara not quite a direct analogy (716 comments)

Unfortunately, most software is so dependent upon other code that it's pretty difficult to find out where the problems lie before they get into a testing (or deployment *gulp* environment).

So, in this case, the wall-builder would have had to have known that the bricks at the bottom were rotten at the core and couldn't handle the strain, or that there was a cavern in the earth underneath the wall, or that the mortar was bad. One could argue that it's the builder's role to know these things in advance, but it gets more complicated if the landowner's environment is the one causing the problems.

about 9 months ago
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Multivitamin Researchers Say 'Case Is Closed' As Studies Find No Health Benefits

Isara Re:"Case closed"? (554 comments)

Proof this is an anti-scientific article:

1. Put in enough "science" from an actual study
2. make it sound sensational
3. Profit!

about a year ago
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Multivitamin Researchers Say 'Case Is Closed' As Studies Find No Health Benefits

Isara I don't care if it's a placebo effect (554 comments)

But I noticed after I started taking a multivitamin about a year ago, I didn't get a cold at all. Before that, I was getting a cold every 1-2 months! It's worth $30/year for me not to get sick. And I'm pretty crap about eating my vegetables, so I don't have a lot of faith I'm getting some trace elements. And what about pregnant women who have little parasites sucking up all the good stuff? I know the first link mentions the need for folic acid supplements for pregnant women, but what about the rest of it?

about a year ago
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French Court Orders Google To Block Pictures of Ex-F1 Chief Mosley

Isara Re:Wasn't this on Top Gear years ago? (180 comments)

and now there will be lots of casual racing fans (and non-racing fans) who'll know about it. Idiot.

1 year,16 days
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Georgia Cop Issues 800 Tickets To Drivers Texting At Red Lights

Isara Re:GPS users should be ticketed ... (1440 comments)

It really depends on the GPS. My old cheapy Garmin was awful about giving me enough advanced notice. My current Android with Google Maps is wonderful and gives me plenty of warning about the next exit or turn.

about a year ago
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Germany Produces Record-Breaking 5.1 Terawatt Hours of Solar Energy In One Month

Isara We're #1! We're #1! (687 comments)

The US produces %0.11 of our electricity via solar. just over 2 TWh (source [PDF]). We have how much landmass and we don't even come close to Germany's output. Depressing... I'm curious to know what programs Germany has in place to support adoption of solar and wind energy production. Although it would likely never happen, it would be nice if we could replicate some of that here, in the more weather-stable parts of the country. Even better if we could have some decent mass storage solutions to allow solar to really support the whole grid on a larger scale (as opposed to locally).

about a year ago
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Aging Is a Disease; Treat It Like One

Isara I absolutely agree (625 comments)

I say sterilize after one. And heavy tax burdens for families with more than one child. Irresponsible breading will be the death of us all.

You would not want to fry the population with mass-produced tasteless breading. To bread the right way, I suggest the following:

1 dozen eggs (per human)
1 lb flour
3 boxes of bread crumbs
herbs and seasonings to taste

1) Mix seasonings in bread crumbs.
2) Coat a damp human in flour.
3) Dunk human in eggs and then roll it around in the bread crumb mixture

Then you can fry and bake the human, but make sure that it's fully-cooked. You can get diseases from undercooked human.

about a year ago
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What the Government Pays To Snoop On You

Isara Re:Nope (174 comments)

I totally would if I could. Seriously, was it necessary to prove your point?

about a year ago
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Mount Fuji Gets 4G Wireless

Isara How about the Bay Area? (18 comments)

I still can't get 4G or LTE on Sprint in the San Francisco Bay Area. Glad to know I'll be covered if I ever make it to Mt. Fuji.

about a year ago
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Flattr Adds Support For Funding In Bitcoin

Isara Re:Bitcoin: a ponzi, and/or early adpoter unfairne (60 comments)

And I'm sure you are having fun using tulip bulbs to send money across the globe. Bitcoins are a means of payment, not some silly collectables.

um, you do know the history of tulip bulbs, right?

about a year ago
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Partially-Undersea Water Discus Hotel To Be Built In the Maldives

Isara Re:and in tsunamis? (89 comments)

thanks to both of you. I'd hope that Ridgewood Hotels has done their research about all manner of potential catastrophes.

about a year and a half ago
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Partially-Undersea Water Discus Hotel To Be Built In the Maldives

Isara and in tsunamis? (89 comments)

I wonder how the whole thing will be able to move if there's a tsunami? Obviously above-ground hotels don't fare too well there either, but I'm interested in the mechanics of a partially-submerged structure being able to handle that kind of hit. Still, sounds like a cool place to visit.

about a year and a half ago

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NSA tracking IPs of people searching for Tor, read BoingBoing, love Linux

Isara Isara writes  |  about 5 months ago

Isara (869637) writes "Search for Tor, read BoingBoing? The NSA may be on to you. According to an investigation by Das Erste, a German television and news outlet, the NSA is using XKeyscore to locate people who are searching for Tor, Talis, and other privacy tools. Additionally, according to Das Erste, "The XKeyscore rules reveal that the NSA tracks all connections to a server that hosts part of an anonymous email service at the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) in Cambridge, Massachusetts. It also records details about visits to a popular internet journal for Linux operating system users called 'the Linux Journal — the Original Magazine of the Linux Community', and calls it an 'extremist forum.'" BoingBoing has more about the XKeyscore rules and who they're targeting and suggests this information comes from another, non-Snowden, whistleblower."
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Juries Have No Place in the Patent System

Isara Isara writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Isara writes "GigaOm's Jeff John Roberts has a compelling writeup about patent trials and how juries are detrimental to justice in such cases. Roberts uses the recent Apple-Samsung trial as the backdrop for his article; although the trial lasted three weeks, during which hundreds of documents were presented and the finer points of US patent law were discussed, the jury only took 2-3 days to deliberate."

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