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Tech Leaders Push Back Against Obama's Efforts To Divert Discussion From NSA

Jaqenn Re:Why bothern with the meeting? (312 comments)

You don't think we didn't hear you muttering amongst yourselves beforehand, do you?

This is a group of tech industry veterans, conditioned by years of D&D.

Everyone knows that NPCs don't hear you unless addressed directly. The party discusses their options, and then the character with the highest charisma conveys the group's chosen statement.

1 year,2 days
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Give Your Child the Gift of an Alzheimer's Diagnosis

Jaqenn Re:Fundamental Question (198 comments)

The question of 'Do I or do I not want to know how I'll die?' is explored very interestingly in the collection of fictional short stories 'Machine of Death'

Can be read for free here: http://machineofdeath.net/ebook

about a year ago
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NVIDIA GeForce GTX TITAN Uses 7.1 Billion Transistor GK110 GPU

Jaqenn Re:What's the point? (176 comments)

Oculus Rift is going to be asking you to push dual monitors at 60 fps with VSync enabled at whatever resolution they settle on. That's difficult for many cards today.

about 2 years ago
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MIT Students Reveal PopFab, a 3D Printer That Fits Inside a Briefcase

Jaqenn Re:I'm surprised the TSA didn't arrest them. (49 comments)

I don't think it matters any more. Pre-9/11 thinking was that if the plane gets hijacked, let them fly us to Egypt where we'll be hostage for a few days until the US caves to their demands or Rainbow Six (or whoever) shoots them.

Post-9/11 thinking is that if the plane gets hijacked, the pilot is still not going to open his vault doors, and enough of the passengers are willing to risk a real or imagined knife to beat the stuffing out of you.

Even though I don't think it matters any more, doesn't mean that the TSA has figured it out though.

more than 2 years ago
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Valve Shares Performance Numbers On Port of Left4Dead

Jaqenn Re:Year of... (274 comments)

With 'good-enough' integrated video currently shipping on current-gen Intel processors, I think we'll start seeing laptops that can dock onto an external high end video card.

When you're on the go you've got your small-time games and traditional laptop full of movies or term papers or whatever.

When you dock it at home you've now got the horsepower to play graphically intensive games without the full additional price or mental juggling of a second gaming PC.

more than 2 years ago
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ACLU Questions Privacy of License Plate Scanners

Jaqenn Re:Where is the line? (246 comments)

The issue here is that technology has progressed to a point that we're discovering that it's possible to have a situation that's never been a problem before.

If you look at the warrant process, it's attempting to keep the government from messing with you unless they have 'a good reason'. Having a detective follow a suspect around to see what they do has, up until now, been naturally limited by funding and manpower to cases where the police had 'a good reason', and so we've never had to make up external limits on the activity.

As police activity becomes less and less limited by funding and manpower, we have to check if we need to start imposing outside limitations instead.

more than 2 years ago
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In Hot Water: The Effects of Even Modern Nuke Plants On Water

Jaqenn Re:Big Mistake (303 comments)

Linked article does not substantiate your claim that Aaron Tilton and his gang of eco-thugs have LDS Church endorsement.

more than 2 years ago
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In Hot Water: The Effects of Even Modern Nuke Plants On Water

Jaqenn Re:Big Mistake (303 comments)

... his gang of LDS Church approved eco-thugs...

Citation Needed.

more than 2 years ago
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HDD Price Update: How the Thai Floods Have Affected Prices, 3 Months Later

Jaqenn Re:Fear economics (220 comments)

It's a tangent, but there's a good article on 2008 rice prices freaking out because of the same effect: http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2011/11/02/141771712/how-fear-drove-world-rice-markets-insane

Short version is that in a normal environment there is enough rice produced for everyone, but suddenly everyone worries that RIGHT NOW they need to buy all the rice they will eat ALL YEAR, and that causes problems.

The solution was really interesting too. Turns out that Japan artificially insulates it's rice farmers from foreign competition, but to satisfy world trade agreements they buy lots of rice that sits in warehouses and rots. People started negotiations to re-export that rice to countries with a shortfall, and as soon as the word got around that this might happen people went back to normal buying behavior and the problem evaporated without actually moving anything around.

more than 2 years ago
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MIT's New Camera Can Take 1 Trillion Frames Per Second

Jaqenn Re:Wish to see? (197 comments)

Tim Samaras is a storm researcher who has captured lightning strikes at 10,000 frames per second:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EyUsjsJ-E0c

It's not 1,000,000,000,000 FPS, but it's still pretty cool.

about 3 years ago
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Site Offers History of Torrent Downloads By IP

Jaqenn Re:Connecting to a tracker != downloading (340 comments)

I'm curious why you think the judge would be an idiot to sign such a warrant?

I thought warrants were to keep police from going on fishing expeditions where they just show up at your house and look for something, anything, to bust you for. Demonstrating that someone at that address connected to a tracker, requested a block, and now they'd like legally seize the computer to see if the block arrived seems like the iconic use of a warrant.

about 3 years ago
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The Mexican Cartel's Hi-Tech Drug Tunnels

Jaqenn Re:It's working (448 comments)

...or they take the prison sentence and be given a comfortable retirement by the mob when they are released (as their reward for serving a sentence in silence)...

I can't offer a source (sorry), but I was listening to this podcast on criminal justice a few years ago, and they talked about it being semi-common in Japan for the Yakuza to assassinate their own members in prison. It wasn't because they were afraid the guy would rat them out, it was because he was just a low level employee that they didn't feel like they owed very much to, and it was cheaper to pay for him to be killed then to be obligated to pay his retirement when he got out.

I wonder if that ever happens stateside.

about 3 years ago
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Does Outsourcing Programming Really Save Money?

Jaqenn Re:College Hires the real problem (653 comments)

I'm a software developer. My employer has ~5000 employees, and we easily do the majority of our hiring straight out of college.

Including right now, if anyone is looking: http://www.ni.com/careers/

about 3 years ago
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Debt Reduction Super Committee Fails To Agree

Jaqenn Re:So both and get it done! (954 comments)

Dude, he's not trying to insult you, he was just using an example. Here, let me offer one that would make you happier:

When your country has a GDP of $14.5 trillion a year, and you've got $15 trillion in debt, You need to raise taxes and you need to reduce spending on things you can limp by without, and pay off that national debt

about 3 years ago
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LEGO Universe To Shut Down

Jaqenn Re:Bad Design Decisions All Around (121 comments)

There's always Blockland:

http://blockland.us/Video.html

I've only played the demo, but I've loved them ever since reading their IGF entry (http://www.igf.com/php-bin/entry2009.php?id=420):

Blockland is a non-competitive multiplayer online sandbox game where players can build with interconnecting plastic bricks which are similar to, but legally distinct from, legos.

more than 3 years ago
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Jobs Wanted To Destroy Android

Jaqenn The Steve Jobs Reality Distortion Field Killed Him (988 comments)

I'm more astounded by this:

"I've asked [Jobs why he didn't get an operation then] and he said, "I didn't want my body to be opened...I didn't want to be violated in that way," Isaacson recalls. So he waited nine months, while his wife and others urged him to do it, before getting the operation, reveals Isaacson. Asked by Kroft how such an intelligent man could make such a seemingly stupid decision, Isaacson replies, "I think that he kind of felt that if you ignore something, if you don't want something to exist, you can have magical thinking...we talked about this a lot," he tells Kroft. "He wanted to talk about it, how he regretted it....I think he felt he should have been operated on sooner."

Which means that the Steve Jobs Reality Distortion Field ultimately claimed the life of it's creator.

more than 3 years ago
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Scientists Build Wireless Bicycle Brakes

Jaqenn Re:Works GREAT! (213 comments)

No, you know the future has finally arrived when the most successful bullies torment their victims with intelligence and technology instead of burly muscles and indian-burns.

more than 3 years ago

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Ask Slashdot: Bring Your Own Last Mile(s)

Jaqenn Jaqenn writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Jaqenn (996058) writes "I'm considering buying a house a little past the fringe of my area's broadband infrastructure. The major providers for my area all claim not to service the address, and if I cannot pay them to build out to the location I'd like some advice on what my other options are.

Lets pretend that I have a confederate 1 — 5 miles away that is eligible for service, and will let me install any kind of crazy equipment needed to route traffic between his location to mine. What are my options (and prices) for bridging that gap? Is it feasible to run my own fiber optic cable? How about some kind of microwave bridge? Point-to-Point lasers? Pringles cantennas?"

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