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Where are the Flying Cars? (Video; Part One of Two)

Jack9 Answer: Helicopters (107 comments)

We have flying cars, they are called helicopters. They are dangerous and appear (to the public) to be notoriously hard to fly...partly because people keep using them as flying cars/platforms.

about two weeks ago
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Injecting Liquid Metal Into Blood Vessels Could Help Kill Tumors

Jack9 Re:Not gonna happen (111 comments)

What's the effect of a strong magnet force on that mix? I'm not very familiar with magnetic properties of most metals, but maybe that could contain the metal or shape it that another process can be applied to fix it in place?

about three weeks ago
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Big Bang Actors To Earn $1M Per Episode

Jack9 Re:It's not that much (442 comments)

Two and a Half Men star Charlie Sheenearned $1.25 million an episode at the end, with his comedy co-star Jon Cryer getting paid $550,000. Hugh Laurie earned $400,000 (£255,000) per ep in season 7.

I'm consistently disappointed by TBBT, so this 1M/ep is rather surprising. Not worth it, other than to rely on a working formula...TV seasons are akin to movie sequels, in this aspect and they have nothing to replace it with.

about three weeks ago
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Vint Cerf on Why Programmers Don't Join the ACM

Jack9 Re: where's the money?! (213 comments)

> you're confusing logarithmic closeness with geometric closeness.

Me? Now I know where your name comes from. Good luck.

about a month ago
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Vint Cerf on Why Programmers Don't Join the ACM

Jack9 Re: where's the money?! (213 comments)

If it's within a factor of 10 it's close to me. Again, you can't really convince me otherwise by redefining what YOU want "close" to mean.

about a month ago
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Vint Cerf on Why Programmers Don't Join the ACM

Jack9 Re: where's the money?! (213 comments)

> No. Not even close. At that rate, we would be adding a billion people every 6.8 years.

Yeah, that sounds about right. So I'm going to disagree, hundreds of thousands is close, regardless of what numbers you want to pick from.

about a month ago
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A Fictional Compression Metric Moves Into the Real World

Jack9 Re:Useless without measure of lossiness/distortion (133 comments)

> so MP3 would fail.

That's correct. So what?

MP3 was never a good compression algorithm. It's an audio format that uses a normalization that cause SOME audio to be lossy. It's a great demonstration on how a negligible loss across a wide range of audio could result in a more useful algorithm for sound (it's quite compact). MP3 is not a good compression algorithm and doesn't see a lot of use outside of commodity audio, where you can afford to throw away data.

about a month ago
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Google To Stop Describing Games With In-App Purchases As 'Free'

Jack9 Re:Apple has 'done nothing'??? (139 comments)

> The summary can be both accurate and incendiary. Being flamebait does not mean it is inaccurate.

I didn't characterize it in any other way. Quit your kneejerk.

> =There is no situation in which there isn't a filed issue?

Apple doesn't seem to care (as per the summary) would be a situation. Apple certainly would take the opportunity to say "Nuh uh" as any corporate entity loves the PR blame game. Information isn't perfect, but it's not a case where it's really necessary. Maybe something will come out tomorrow. Today, nothing.

> Citation needed.

Apple didn't claim one. You're using "Citation needed" to ask for the assertion of something that doesn't exist? Until Apple makes a statement to that effect, none has been made. Citation needed for where you can find out? You can't.

> I have issues with the way Apple's App Store works. Your mind reading leaves something to be desired.

"Mind reading", yet calling the story flamebait...ironic. Flamebait implies that it was to provoke a response. Most readers don't take offense at the subtle distinction between "nothing" and "nothing yet" or even "nothing to satisfy the EC". You chose to interpret it and characterize it as flamebait, from your own imagination.

about a month and a half ago
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Google To Stop Describing Games With In-App Purchases As 'Free'

Jack9 Re:Apple has 'done nothing'??? (139 comments)

> it hasn't agreed to any specific actions or any time line. This is much to the commission's disapproval, but Apple doesn't seem particular concerned. In a statement to the BBC, Apple actually says that it's doing "more than others" to protect consumers from in-app purchases, pointing specifically to the upcoming iOS 8 feature Ask to Buy, which prevents children from making purchases and instead allows them to send that purchase to a parent for approval.

Lots of talk and a different approach that's specific to apple, for what apple thinks is appropriate.

> The EC notes that Apple has not yet done anything to address these concerns.

> The summary is flamebait.

The summary is accurate. If it wasn't, there would be a filed issue with the EC. You WANT Apple to be in the right...which it may be. That's irrelevant.

about a month and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Future-Proof Jobs?

Jack9 Future Proof Employment (509 comments)

Welding. It's great money, a specialized skill, transferable to almost any local/regional economy, stable technology, and you get a union.

about a month and a half ago
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The Last Three Months Were the Hottest Quarter On Record

Jack9 Re:The GISS adjusted^^^ dataset (552 comments)

> a great many people take me very seriously indeed.

I don't believe that, based on evidence ... starting with: it's the Slashdot forums.

about a month and a half ago
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CDC: 1 In 10 Adult Deaths In US Caused By Excessive Drinking

Jack9 Re:So....far more than guns (454 comments)

Reducing alcohol-related (or soda-related) deaths simply spreads certain death among other factors. Some other cause will take it's place as the 4th leader. What's the point? Trying to get accidents and natural causes to the top, doesn't seem like a worthy goal for humanity, to me.

about 2 months ago
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The Security Industry Is Failing Miserably At Fixing Underlying Dangers

Jack9 Re:"an industry luminary" (205 comments)

> an opinion

An opinion doesn't require a solution, especially since it doesn't provide any facts to characterize.

There's no evidence that the security industry has been failing by adopting tools and methods that quite a few people use. The fact that there are few critical systems (that I use daily) which use username/password as the sole security credentials is a huge win over my experiences in '00. I think the security industry has pushed hard and made a serious dent.

about 2 months ago
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Sigsense is Making Interchangeable, Modular Sensors (Video)

Jack9 Like supermechanical.com ? (21 comments)

I participated in the Supermechanical/Twine kickstarter. Apparently lots of people are making this stuff.

about 2 months ago
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Cisco Opposes Net Neutrality

Jack9 Cisco and Self-interest (337 comments)

Wait, Cisco wants to support a new network paradigm that would result in a market for new hardware, worldwide? This is America where lobbying new product lines into existence, is routine.

about 3 months ago
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Teacher Tenure Laws Ruled Unconstitutional In California

Jack9 Re:You make it... (519 comments)

> In other words, the education system is about to get a whole lot more one-size-fits-all in California.

That was the whole point of the suit.

about 3 months ago
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Asteroid Impacts Bigger Risk Than Thought

Jack9 Re:1-600 kilotons (172 comments)

+1 insightful answer.

about 4 months ago
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Asteroid Impacts Bigger Risk Than Thought

Jack9 Re:1-600 kilotons (172 comments)

Nothing landed at 600 kilotons. That event would have been noticed, so I'm not sure about the purpose of the hyperbole.

about 4 months ago
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NYU Group Says Its Scheme Makes Cracking Individual Passwords Impossible

Jack9 Re:WTF? (277 comments)

> The downside of the method is that after a server reboot you will have to wait for three trusted people to log in before you can authenticate any of them

Or automate 3+X system-known accounts that the system randomly logs into, as part of the bootup process?

about 5 months ago

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