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Cable Companies: We're Afraid Netflix Will Demand Payment From ISPs

Jarik C-Bol Re:What? (200 comments)

Yeah, i don't see how their supposed 'netflix is going to extort us' scare is supposed to work. Everything I remember about how the internet works pretty much invalidates the idea.

about a week ago
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FTC To Trap Robocallers With Open Source Software

Jarik C-Bol Re:Can't you just solve it by government? (125 comments)

We in the US have the "Do Not Call List" where you can opt out of telemarketing. All telemarketers are supposed to abide by the DNC list. This particular endeavor is targeted at finding and eliminating the groups that ignore the DNC list, and also are scammers. The "Rachel with Cardholder Services" scam is, if I recall, about fixing your supposedly damaged credit rating, or paying off an imaginary forgotten credit card or some other financial woe they invent to strip the gullible of their money.

about two weeks ago
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NIF Compresses Diamonds With 50 Million Atmospheres of Pressure

Jarik C-Bol Re:Fusion? (81 comments)

I'm going to assume a 30/70 split, where 30% is better technique, and 70% my local jeweler not knowing to look for it.

about two weeks ago
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NIF Compresses Diamonds With 50 Million Atmospheres of Pressure

Jarik C-Bol Re:Fusion? (81 comments)

which translates to 'No one had to bleed in a mine for seven cents a day to get this lab made gem, and as you know, bleeding in a mine is the definition of romantic."

about two weeks ago
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NIF Compresses Diamonds With 50 Million Atmospheres of Pressure

Jarik C-Bol Re:Fusion? (81 comments)

Because I'm mildly insane or something, I bought a lab made sapphire online, and when it came in the mail, I promptly took it around to the local jeweler, and asked him to take a look at this stone I had. He sits down, looks at it for a bit, goes "Huh." and moves to a more powerful microscope, looks for a bit longer, and finally says,
"I don't see any flaws or inclusions, but I also don't see and bubbles, so its not glass.... I guess we can send it to a lab in New York and find out what it is if you want?"
At that point, I said that it was not that important, and took my rock and left, because I was not really sure how he would react to being told I already knew what it was.
The point is, we can manufacture perfect gemstones, better than nature makes them.

about two weeks ago
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Predicting a Future Free of Dollar Bills

Jarik C-Bol Re:666 (753 comments)

exactly, try dragging the crazy old bat's who still write a cheque for 11.79 at the grocery store into the 21st century with this cashless shit, and you will discover quickly why we're not even close.

about three weeks ago
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Slashdot Asks: Do You Want a Smart Watch?

Jarik C-Bol Re:@CauseBy - Re:Yes (381 comments)

The argument that is going to get used against you next is something like:
" when I'm running, i can barely breathe, much less talk coherently enough to say 'skip' in a voice the computer will understand. "
and
the cord of the earphones with the controls is flopping all over while I run, i don't want to fumble for it. Proprioception on the other hand (sense of where the body parts are in relation to each other) will let me nail a button on my wrist really easily.

of course, the appropriate responses to those arguments would be:
"Get less fat, so you can breathe and talk while running, you stupid ugly lardo."
and
"Your momma flops around a lot also!" wait, that might be wrong, its probably "Well, run your headphone cords through an arm band or something to keep them under control."
to which I assume there is another layer of arguments and comebacks, ad infinitum, until the heat death of the universe.

about three weeks ago
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Slashdot Asks: Do You Want a Smart Watch?

Jarik C-Bol Re:No (381 comments)

Wasn't there a Kickstarter for someone wanting to make a real pip boy 3000?

about three weeks ago
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Texas Town Turns To Treated Sewage For Drinking Water

Jarik C-Bol Re:Bad news for you (242 comments)

Nah, Where I live, the city's water is supplied entirely by a well field, (no running surface water) which is well above, and many miles from, the outlet for the cities waste treatment plant, so there is little chance of it being treated sewage.

about three weeks ago
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Texas Town Turns To Treated Sewage For Drinking Water

Jarik C-Bol Re:I can see it now ... (242 comments)

Water! the bud lite of the soda world!

about three weeks ago
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Texas Town Turns To Treated Sewage For Drinking Water

Jarik C-Bol Re:There's an "ick factor" but... (242 comments)

And to anyone who is all pissy about the chlorine taste of their tap water, follow these simple instructions:
Obtain 2 Glass or stainess steel water pitcher. One with a Lid, and one without. (I use a glass pitcher and a gallon glass Jug in place of a pitcher with lid)
Obtain 1 cheesecloth.
Optional: obtain 1 Brita water filtration pitcher and filter.
Sort your 2 pitchers into Pitcher A, the open top pitcher, and Pitcher B, the one with a lid.
Fill Pitcher A from the tap, place the cheesecloth over the top to block any invading insects or floating dust, and place on your counter, out of direct sunlight.
Wait. Overnight is long enough.
Pour the contents of Pitcher A into Pitcher B, and place Pitcher B in the refrigerator, refill Pitcher A from the tap, replace the cheesecloth, and set on the counter again.
Once the water in Pitcher B is cold, you are free to drink it, or use the optional Brita pitcher to add one level of filtration to it. The Brita is up to you, depending on how the final flavor of the water is after Pitcher B.
(it can take out a few more off flavors, but does make the water taste a little like potting soil if you let it warm up after filtering it with the Brita)

So what happens here is, Chlorine will evaporate out of water at room temperature pretty quickly, and because it has already done its job of killing whatever was in your water, it is free to go. The chlorine taste leaves faster with wider mouthed containers (more surface area exposed to air I suppose.) Couple that with the fact that the colder the substance, the less you can taste it, (which is why things like ice cream and popsicles require so much sugar) and this system works really well for making chlorinated water more palatable. If you drink a particularly large quantity of water, You may need a couple pitchers to let air, and stagger their filling so you always have one that has sat about 8 hours, but for 1 or 2 people, a gallon pitcher works well.

about three weeks ago
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Texas Town Turns To Treated Sewage For Drinking Water

Jarik C-Bol Re:because drinking water is so pristine (242 comments)

Popular Science just ran an article about Pharma in the drinking water, with a nice chart about how much water you would need to drink to get *one* pill worth of X drug. As it turns out, it takes years of drinking nothing but tap water to get a single dose of any of the detectable pharmaceuticals that make it through into tap water.

about three weeks ago
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Texas Town Turns To Treated Sewage For Drinking Water

Jarik C-Bol Re:Moby Dick ain't got no Porta Potty (242 comments)

Buy one of those finished mini-houses they sell (for about the cost of a new car, check the internet), anchor it down on your mini-lot, and live in the sucker, and mow the grass yourself, with a reel mower, which uses manpower, not gasoline. That gets you out of 2 out of 4 of your problems, leaving you with the sewer blackmail and the hatred of mown grass, but at least you won't be paying a grass tax, and expensive rent, which will help your state of mind.

about three weeks ago
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The First Person Ever To Die In a Tesla Is a Guy Who Stole One

Jarik C-Bol Re:Died Outside a Tesla (443 comments)

Died "near" a Tesla.

about three weeks ago
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Are Tethers the Answer To the Safety Issues of Follow-Me Drone Technology?

Jarik C-Bol Re:Not sidestepping (88 comments)

Yes it is side stepping, because the second you unsnap that tether, the 'kite' becomes a 'drone' (Despite how much i despise that term being used for hobbyist RC craft). which, as of late, is subject to a slew of FAA regulations. Also, I suspect if you flew a kite high enough in the right place, (like in the approach path of an airport) the FAA would come down on you like a sack of bricks.

about three weeks ago
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The View From Inside A Fireworks Show

Jarik C-Bol Re:Illegal and Dangerous? (200 comments)

Illegal, because to film this, he probably flew above the 500 foot RC ceiling, as well as flying at night in a cloud of firework smoke makes following the "maintain visual contact with the aircraft" rule virtually impossible. Dangerous, because if the craft where to be hit, and not entirely disabled, it could easily veer into a vector that took it well out of pilot control, and end up crashing into the general public at large, all of which makes the FAA pretty unhappy.

about a month ago
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Nathan Myhrvold's Recipe For a Better Oven

Jarik C-Bol Re:Cost (228 comments)

You are right, the camera idea is stupid. The solution to your 'Chicken a la Salmonella' issue is to incorporate a probe thermometer INTO the actual oven, so you stick your chicken in the oven, unclip the probe from its holder on the inside of the oven, jam it in the chicken, and close the oven, then monitor the internal temperature of your chicken on the readout on the console of the stove, without ever needing to open the oven. (i guess that'd be what you call the part of the stove where the clock and whatnot is, never considered it before).

about a month ago
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A Physicist Says He Can Tornado-Proof the Midwest With 1,000-Foot Walls

Jarik C-Bol Re:Your taxes at work (501 comments)

It works in Israel because there is a fraction of the linear border distance to fence and patrol and maintain. Israel has less than 760 kilometers of fence, The USA/Mexico border is around 3,169 km long. It also crosses some of the most inhospitable desert on the content. This adds more than a little difficulty in patrolling and maintaining any sort of 'fence'

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Would It Take For You To Buy a Smartwatch?

Jarik C-Bol Re:Not for watch-wearers (427 comments)

The new pebble steel is probably the best looking of the smart watches, but thats not saying a lot. It almost looks like a normal watch, instead of a half an iPhone on a wrist band.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Would It Take For You To Buy a Smartwatch?

Jarik C-Bol To make it worth it. (427 comments)

The key features to make a 'smartwach' worth my money, in my mind, starting from the hardware side:

1. E-ink display. Easy to read in daylight, can be illuminated from the side for low light use, extremely low power use.
2. Inductive charging. I need to be able to take my watch off and set it down on a stand, and pick it up in the morning knowing its charged, no fiddling with little connectors that get corroded by my personal humidity.
3. Decent water resistance. This is an extension of number 2, but vital. I need to be able to sweat, wash my hands, slosh a drink, and not be worried about ruining a multi hundred dollar piece of hardware strapped to my hand.

as for software features, I desire:

1. Show me the time without having to screw with it. - I don't want to be pressing buttons on my watch just to see the time during the day. At night, yes, a button for a light, but I need it to be a 'at a glance' function.
2. caller ID function, and ignore call function. This thing is linked to my phone, so most of its point is to be able, at a glance, to see who is calling me, and ignore the call if desired. Single dedicated button for this function would be best.
3. Volume control for headphones attached to phone. - say, I have my phone in a pocket/arm case, using headphones to listen to music or make calls. digging the phone out to change volume, or fiddling with tiny buttons on the side of my head at my headset sucks, It would be nice to be able to use a volume control on my wrist to adjust the volume of whatever i'm using. Remember, this 'watch' is supposed to be an extension of my phone. basic pause/play/skip function would be nice also.

Honestly, thats about it. The main thing that makes me dislike the current smart watch offerings is bulk, charging, and over-feature. There are very few things I will want to do on a screen small enough to fit on my wrist comfortably, and as such, I see the smart watch as more of a peripheral device, not a primary interaction vector for my devices.

about a month ago

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Scale of the Universe as a game

Jarik C-Bol Jarik C-Bol writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Jarik C-Bol (894741) writes "Newgrounds user Fotoshop has created a game which allows users to zoom in and out, exploring the scale of universe from the largest distances we can discern, down to quantum foam. Interesting descriptions and explanations abound as you travel through the range of measurements. Well worth a look."
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New Red Faction game in the works

Jarik C-Bol Jarik C-Bol writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Jarik C-Bol (894741) writes "in a very short article, CVG released the fact they had been informed by THQ that a new red faction game is in the the making. article at : http://www.computerandvideogames.com/article.php?i d=169331 we can only hope it uses the destructable environments better than Red Faction 2. Which many of us red faction fans considered a bit of a letdown after the original."
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Jarik C-Bol Jarik C-Bol writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Jarik C-Bol (894741) writes "With the recent post about ebay in a lawsuit over its "buy it now" button against MercExchange L.L.C. (whom i had never heard of untill today) I pose the question. Has patent law become to lax, in that it allows the patent of "common sense" ideas? Honestly, I doubt anyone had any inkling that someone had patented the buy it now button when they added the code and functionality to ebays website. How far are we from an age where creating a web service, no matter how mundane, is 90% making sure you didn't violate someone's archaic patent of some menial detail. I say that this is an obvious case of how we need to take a serious look at what can and cannot be patented in this country."
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Jarik C-Bol Jarik C-Bol writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Jarik C-Bol writes "http://www.popsci.com/popsci/science/873aae7bf86c0 110vgnvcm1000004eecbccdrcrd.html Popular Science has a report on a machine that uses plasma to render anything short of nuclear waste down to is base elements, and use the results to drive generators that produce more power than the machine uses. Its creator has big plans to save the world, one landfill at a time. Hopes are that once in place, we will solve our garbage problems, and be producing cheep easy electricity from the junk we throw away. Here's to hoping, maybe this one will pan out, according to the article, it is being implemented in several cities across the country."

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