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Reinventing the Axe

JMJimmy Re:Neat (214 comments)

Almost 7 times as much.

3 days ago
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Microsoft Confirms It Is Dropping Windows 8.1 Support

JMJimmy Re:u wot m8 (575 comments)

But when will we finally get an update for the update of the update to the update?

When they start supporting Windows 8 - I'm still waiting for it to happen.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Are You Apocalypse-Useful?

JMJimmy Re:Medical doctor (737 comments)

Thousands of homes have gas generators, especially out in the country, that the parts can be scavenged from/they can be retrofitted to meet blackest_k's idea. Back in the blackout of '03 I was working in a video store in a small town - we had our best days ever because of it. Everyone seemed to have a generator and a lot of time on their hands.

Also, near where I live there are dozens of small to medium solar installations and up to 75 megawatts of wind power - it'd be a fairly simple matter to isolate the area from the main grid and, inconsistently, power 2,000 to 5,500 homes. Not perfect but far from having to go back to bronze age tech. That's the great thing about a lot of our infrastructure - while some may need specialized training (nuclear by example) some is designed to last a long time. Sure it will need maintenance and repair but it's fairly easy to figure it out with a highschool level of education.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Are You Apocalypse-Useful?

JMJimmy Re:Medical doctor (737 comments)

Yes, because renewables magically stop working.

about two weeks ago
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Study: Video Gamer Aggression Result of Game Experience, Not Violent Content

JMJimmy Re:Minesweeper (180 comments)

While it's not a 50/50 chance like the AC suggested, it does come down to probabilities in some cases give this a read and you'll see what I was talking about: http://nothings.org/games/mine...

about two weeks ago
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Study: Video Gamer Aggression Result of Game Experience, Not Violent Content

JMJimmy Re:Minesweeper (180 comments)

Minesweeper? Seriously? One of the easiest games, sure there's some guess factor on occasion but otherwise it's very simple.

Galaga Legions or Hard Corps: Uprising - those are some hard games.

about two weeks ago
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Meet the Diehards Who Refuse To Move On From Windows XP

JMJimmy Re:Viva La XP! (641 comments)

oh and this past time it was a direct result of running wsreset.exe - the WinStore cache reset utility.

about two weeks ago
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Meet the Diehards Who Refuse To Move On From Windows XP

JMJimmy Re:Viva La XP! (641 comments)

4th time it's happened and you haven't figured out what you did to cause it? PEBCAK...

It has a high correlation of happening after I run windows update.

about two weeks ago
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Meet the Diehards Who Refuse To Move On From Windows XP

JMJimmy Re:Viva La XP! (641 comments)

I'd upgrade right back to WinXP if I could. Win8 is currently blocking access to all my apps, the WinStore won't load, and the store broker loads in the background and uses up half the system resources. Microsoft's "support" response? Go back to the days of Win95 and format/re-install because they can't be bothered to figure out what broke it (oh btw, 4th time this has happened)

What's the point of getting support from a company who doesn't actually want to support you?

about two weeks ago
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GameSpy Multiplayer Shutting Down, Affecting Hundreds of Games

JMJimmy Re:The Cloud! (145 comments)

Couldn't agree more. Hell, my local win8 app installs are gone (or at least inaccessible) because I can't access the Microsoft Store - thanks cloud!

Anyway, here's a list of games up to 2010 - some no longer rely on it but it's the best reference list I've been able to locate: http://www.poweredbygamespy.co...

about three weeks ago
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Study: Exposure To Morning Sunlight Helps Managing Weight

JMJimmy Re:correlation does not prove causation (137 comments)

There's no current measurement of a person's metabolic rate. I sleep later, eat more, and am older than my partner but my metabolic rate is higher due to previous lifestyle so I have a lower BMI. Anecdotal but it shows the flaw in the study. To show something like this you'd have to look at a larger but focused sample over a very long time.

about three weeks ago
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Scientists Solve the Mystery of Why Zebras Have Stripes

JMJimmy Re:Terrible summary (190 comments)

Very interesting idea... it could also be that they also evolved them together, each re-enforcing the other. I wonder if the idea about keeping cool...

Of course the savannah is a very got place and keeping cool is very important. Another theory has to do with the way light is reflects from the pattern of stripes. The black and white stripes reflect the sun in different ways, the white reflects the sun and causes an upward movement of air. The black absorbs the sun, which causes a downward movement of air. This is said to create a circular air movement around the zebra, which is thought to help keep the zebra cool.

If this causes turbulence which makes it difficult for the flies to land and take off?

about three weeks ago
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Researchers: Rats Didn't Spread Black Death, Humans Did

JMJimmy Re:Zombies? (135 comments)

Or maybe they were just eating rat?

about three weeks ago
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Are DVDs Inconvenient On Purpose?

JMJimmy Re:Consider... (490 comments)

oh and fourth: Not everyone can get quality internet. Netflix on a 3Mbps radio with the tower 4km away is impossible.

about a month ago
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Are DVDs Inconvenient On Purpose?

JMJimmy Consider... (490 comments)

Digital streaming is without a doubt more convenient from a certain standpoint, especially a short term view. There are several reasons DVDs are important to some as well as a longer term view. For basic consumption it's great, not so much for ownership and control.

First, there's the human aspect to it. Many like to collect objects - from stones to Elvis memorabilia to various forms of culture and everything in between. There's a certain satisfaction to owning a physical object like a DVD or book. While it can be taken to unhealthy extremes, for most it's just a hobby.

Second there's the long term view. Digital streams, cloud based collections, etc are all temporary. No one owns anything and are at the mercy of corporations as to whether that item will stay viewable over the long term.

Third, not all services are created equal. While I can buy just about any DVD I'd care to, when it comes to Netflix the offerings are pathetic simply because I'm above the 49th parallel. I'd be paying the same amount for a fraction of the content simply due to my geography.

about a month ago
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1GB of Google Drive Storage Now Costs Only $0.02 Per Month

JMJimmy Re:Yeah, you can totally trust your data... (335 comments)

No, because the 2nd drive provides redundancy - if drive 1 fails then you restore from drive 2. There's a slight possibility that both drives fail at the same time but that's a very remote chance.

House fire.

This point has been gone over and over... main drive failure at exactly the same time as a house fire/flood/etc at your secondary location? HIGHLY unlikely.

about a month ago
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Rebooting the Full Disclosure List

JMJimmy Re:I suggest the ultimate legal protection: (15 comments)

TOR is one idea but I think this would be a perfect place for the EFF to step in. Hosting full disclosure on their site would likely limit the legal harassment and is inline with their mission.

about a month ago
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AT&T Exec Calls Netflix "Arrogant" For Expecting Net Neutrality

JMJimmy Re:It's not arrogant, it's correct. (466 comments)

And game traffic which is even more time sensitive is somehow different?

The fact is that Netflix drives demand for AT&T's services - especially the higher capacity ones. They're bitching about having to invest in more capacity even though they're able to oversell what capacity they do build. Someone has to pay for this investment, that is true, and it's the customers who are paying $65/mo for 45Mbps connections and the $10/50GB beyond the cap. Interesting fact though, according to AT&T themselves:

"In fact, less than 2% of AT&T High Speed Internet users utilize more than 150GB per month." - AT&T Broadband FAQ

So, if the vast majority of users are using less than 150GB/month that means, on average, it's less than 5GB/day of traffic - by their own advertising that means that they are serving 98% of their customers at full capacity for 16 to 232 minutes a day (16mins@45Mbps, 232mins@3Mbps).

about 1 month ago
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French, Chinese Satellite Images May Show Malaysian Jet Debris

JMJimmy Re:Great Headline (103 comments)

^this is infinitely better than the summary/article linked to.

about a month ago

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Healthcare.gov Problems Aren't All Incompetence

JMJimmy JMJimmy writes  |  about 5 months ago

JMJimmy (2036122) writes "Libby Shaw of Daily Kos writes

It should come as no surprise to anyone that there has been a number of right wing cyber attacks on the healthcare.gov site. It seems that there has been a concerted effort on several fronts in an all out Republican led war to kill and destroy the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. One has to ask if this war on Obamacare has been an intentional and coordinated effort.

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Whitehouse petition to make patent trolls pay

JMJimmy JMJimmy writes  |  about a year ago

JMJimmy (2036122) writes "The patent office has approved countless ridiculous patents that are clearly non-sensical or based on obviously long-known ideas, making it easy for trolls to collect ridiculous patents and use them as their flimsy excuse to file outrageously expensive lawsuits.

This petition seeks to make patent trolls think twice about suing. Perhaps it ought to be expanded to include copyright trolls!"

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