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TSA Airport Screenings Now Start Before You Arrive At the Airport

John Napkintosh Really? (437 comments)

"One thing I've noticed as a passenger is that the most dangerous-feeling aspect of flying right now seems to be the winding security line itself."

Really? I despise the TSA and the burdensome screening process as much as the next person, and this is far from sympathising, but you honestly mean to say you felt endangered by the screening process? Of all the legitimate dangers you face in your daily life, and you're going to try to convince people that walking through a winding line and submitting to largely no-contact screening makes you fearful? And then you expect people to take you just as seriously after that?

about a year ago
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US States Banned From Exporting Trash To China Are Drowning In Plastic

John Napkintosh Irony (427 comments)

Oregon and Washington are so green they won't accept recyclable plastic because it's actually too hard to recycle?

1 year,27 days
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Studying the Slow Decay of a Laptop Battery For an Entire Year

John Napkintosh Re: Here's the real problem (363 comments)

The way they're designed or rather how long they're designed to last assumes some very specific conditions. The biggest problem is that people thrash their cars and dont even realize they're doing it because they assume that a $20k thing should be made to endure a war zone, which they certainly are not. The way I see some people drive makes me think they hate their car, but they probably just don't realize that full acceleration all the time, not slowing for bumps, heavy braking, etc are the biggest keys to reducing the usable lifespan of their car.

Technically, anything with a bearing can fail pretty much at any time, which includes anything with a pulley - Alternator, water pump, cams and crankshaft, etc. You probably have some kind of warning signs that an issue is coming, but people either don't have time or money to diagnose every little problem or they just assume cars are supposed to make odd squeaks and squeals every once in a while.

about a year ago
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Studying the Slow Decay of a Laptop Battery For an Entire Year

John Napkintosh Re:Ah, I see the problem. (363 comments)

Not wrong - "different".

about a year ago
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Could Humanity Really Build 'Elysium'?

John Napkintosh Re:Did I miss something? (545 comments)

"for much greater cost"

Gahhh, meant to say much lesser cost.

about a year ago
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Could Humanity Really Build 'Elysium'?

John Napkintosh Did I miss something? (545 comments)

The movie never made any attempt to explain how they maintain an atmosphere. Here on Earth, the gravitation of effect of Earth's mass does that for us. On Elysium, there is simulated gravity due to centripetal force, but that would only effect masses that are bound do it. Since the atmosphere floats above it, it would drift away and potentially escape through the open structure.

Apart from that, if they can create such a structure out in space that is a perfect habitable environment, it seems to me they should be able to create the same habitable environment on Earth for much greater cost. Not having to transport materials to space, not having to spend many dollars on researching ways around problems that don't exist here on Earth. You could certainly argue that the wealthy elite may want to simply distance themselves from the busted Earth as much as possible with the intent of making it difficult for the dregs to migrated to their utopia, but it seems like the idea of Earth being so wrecked that they HAD to go into space doesn't really line up.

about a year ago
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MediaNet Sued for Licensing Unlicensed Songs

John Napkintosh Re:What are the damages? (73 comments)

Do damages include multiple downloads of the same song? If so, It could be into the thousands of songs.

about a year ago
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Wood Nanobattery Could Be Green Option For Large-Scale Energy Storage

John Napkintosh Re:Li-ion batteries (120 comments)

"H2O, the chemical formula for Li-ion with the atomic number 3..."

Relevant "Fact" Bot, indeed.

about a year ago
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Chinese Media Calls For Boycott of Cisco

John Napkintosh Pot and Kettle? (216 comments)

Weren't some companies found to be using Chinese clones of Cisco hardware and things which contained compromised chips and such? I remember reading about seizures of this hardware some time ago.

about a year ago
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Megatokyo Gets a Visual Novel Game

John Napkintosh Re:Is that still being updated? (88 comments)

Yeah, that did sound a bit assholish. Be that as it may, a kickstarted game effort isn't going to magically reverse these issues.

about a year ago
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Megatokyo Gets a Visual Novel Game

John Napkintosh Re:Is that still being updated? (88 comments)

With two months in between strips for a web comic, I wouldn't hold out much hope for a game.

about a year ago
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Beer Fridge Caught Interfering With Cellular Network

John Napkintosh Sensationalize much? (231 comments)

What exactly is a rogue beer fridge? To me that kinda implies malicious behavior, which seems to indicate that we're personifying an inanimate object. I get that it's cool that they made a robot to detect sources of interference on their network, but it's not a freaking crime fighter exacting justice upon an unscrupulous sentient refrigeration device.

about a year ago
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Google's View On the Whac-a-Mole of Blocking Pirate Sites

John Napkintosh Re:Search engines (182 comments)

So no one should develop technologies for legitimate applications because they could potentially be used for nefarious purposes?

about a year ago
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Google's View On the Whac-a-Mole of Blocking Pirate Sites

John Napkintosh Re:iTunes (182 comments)

Sure, downloads happen through iTunes, but it would still behoove Apple to point searches for songs to iTunes in some way, even if through some intermediary that launches iTunes to actually make the download.

Which is probably why Google were surprised that Apple is not already doing so. Not that that has anything at all to do with copyright infringement.

about a year ago
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Paul Otellini: Intel Lost the iPhone Battle, But It Could Win the Mobile War

John Napkintosh Gripping insight (117 comments)

I usually don't keep up on things like this, so it was nice to see an article that really s

about a year ago
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Video Poker Firmware Bug Yields Big Money, Federal Charges

John Napkintosh After RTFA (312 comments)

I don't see this as being a criminal act, but given the way that it was carried out, I think the casino has every right to demand 9/10 of his winnings back.

You win a game at the $1 level, exploit a bug to change your cash level to $10 before accepting the payout, and then accept your payout. Well, you didn't actually make the bet at the $10 level, so you shouldn't expect your winnings to be multiplied by 10, but that's what's happening here. I'd argue that he's still entitled to the original 1x amount and let the casino ban him if they want to.

about a year ago
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Google Glass Specs Hit the Web

John Napkintosh Good one! (198 comments)

Specs! I get it!

about a year and a half ago
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Want to Keep Messages From the Feds? Use iMessage

John Napkintosh Re::D (153 comments)

Hey, I'd like to buy some of those drugs. Hit me up on iMessage at 407-TOTALLY-NOT-A-COP.

about a year and a half ago

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