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Why Portland Should Have Kept Its Water, Urine and All

Kotoku Re:Discussed to death on Bruce Schneier's blog... (332 comments)

I've done enough lab work that I can confidently say this: Your groundwater is not clean. It might be safe enough though. But you have a much higher risk of contamination through natural and artificial pollutants and natural fluoride levels should (hopefully) have been checked to prevent enamel damage from overexposure. Good, clean, pure water would come (in my recommendations) from a reverse osmosis filtration system, UV treatment, and chloramines (or Ozone if you can keep a residual with it) to provide a residual in the pipeline. The costs go down as the project scales up and more natural redundancies take over because of the need for maintenance applications.

about 6 months ago
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Why Portland Should Have Kept Its Water, Urine and All

Kotoku Re:Don't tell them that... (332 comments)

I'd be greatly concerned. Not only could they reduce their costs by using an enclosed reservoir (those cleaning costs of $35,000 bi-annually? We do that each decade), but they would also limit exposure to harmful bacteria, as you mentioned. Those, most likely, the crypto and giardia inactivation is high enough at the point they are at that they can skirt it and still comply with all health department regulatory requirements.

about 6 months ago
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Is Intel Selling Bay Trail Chips Below Cost?

Kotoku Re: YUP (156 comments)

What kind of company couldn't make money off Slashdot? It requires very low effort to post 7 stories a day and run a text based site. Only difference is if you count SlashBi and the occasional video (all things we ACTUAL users hate).

about 9 months ago
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NASA Pondering Two Public Contests To Build Small Space Exploration Satellites

Kotoku Slashdot Beta is an MBA Nightmare (127 comments)

Slashdot Beta is the worst thing I have encountered in years. It's like someone took the metrics for time on page, click through rate, and advertising sales stats for pages viewed and total hits to create this abomination which is in no way useful to the users. I can get the content of Slashdot on Reddit/TechCrunch/AndroidCentral and more. I come here for the comments and the discussion. If you insist on killing the community I will throw in the towel on this site myself. Even "Slashdot Classic" used to be better before it was rolled out. Stop making things worse! It's like common sense doesn't work on you people.

about 9 months ago
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A Data Scientist Visits The Magic Kingdom, Sans Privacy

Kotoku Already read it. (124 comments)

It is called Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom. Cory Doctorow already figured it all out.

about 9 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Tags and Tagging, What Is the Best Way Forward?

Kotoku Re:fuck tags (142 comments)

I sure hope that doesn't work for all three articles, since sharks aren't fish...

about a year ago
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Microsoft Files Dispute Against Current Owner of XboxOne.com

Kotoku Re: Ask any McDonald about mcdonalds.com domain (381 comments)

Or the fact that HTC did the same crazy naming scheme and released the One X then doubled down next generation with what else but the One.

about a year ago
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Will Future Tesla Cars Use Metal-Air Batteries?

Kotoku Re:My car has a range of 6000 miles (171 comments)

A jug of distilled water is about $2. I don't know what kind of car you have where that much gas will take you 200 miles.

about a year and a half ago
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John E. Karlin, Who Led the Way To All-Digit Dialing, Dies At 94

Kotoku Re:upside down keypads? (120 comments)

The fact that other cultures have done something may set a precedent but it does not make it any less arbitrary. To make something less arbitrary it has to have meaningful justification.

about a year and a half ago
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As 4G Seeps In, Verizon Offers Cheap(er) No-Contract 3G Plans

Kotoku Re:GSM is a requirement for me now (67 comments)

You don't trust Google to keep a basic list of phone numbers? Sounds like you are missing a lot of convience for no reason when you consider it comes as part of a larger package that makes a new phone pick right up where the old one left off.

about a year and a half ago
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Details of Google's Project Glass Revealed In FCC Report

Kotoku Love It! (76 comments)

I would buy a pair in an instant. Most of what I do on my phone is read things, so what better than having it in front of your eyes? Also, completely private personal movie viewing. Four people could with in a room and watch four different movies without any external devices if they wanted.

about a year and a half ago
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Interviews: Ask Ray Kurzweil About the Future of Mankind and Technology

Kotoku The Age of Immortals (244 comments)

Given your predictions for transformation of humans into enhanced beings and eventually a transhumanist society do you feel there is an age in mind where if you are at or below said age death will be avoidable? If so, are we at that point and will twenty, thirty, or forty year olds today be able to cheat death in increments long enough to sustain them to immortality ?

about a year and a half ago
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A Robot With a Chainsaw!

Kotoku I for one... (101 comments)

...welcome our new hedge pruning, tree trimming, log cutting, Edward Chainsaw-hands overlords.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Pay-as-You-Go Plan For Text and Voice Only?

Kotoku Re:T-mobile (246 comments)

While that is one plan, they also Have A $15 a month for unlimited texting plus 10 cents a minute for voice. They also have a slightly less flexible plan that has not monthly charge. It's like 10 cents to send a text, 5 cents to receive, and a dollar a day plus 10 cents a minute when you use voice; voice calls after 7 do not incur the 10 cents/minute charge.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Pay-as-You-Go Plan For Text and Voice Only?

Kotoku T-mobile (246 comments)

T-Mobile will sell you a SIM only (No Need To Buy A phone) for pay-as-you-go and is a pretty cheap option. Otherwise, many of the pay-as-you-go providers are CDMA based, But for SMS anyone should do.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Where Are the E-Ink Dashboards?

Kotoku Units (242 comments)

It's funny when the editors don't catch unit typos in the summary. Feet instead of inches make me think a 9.5 foot display would be just fine. Only when you see they meant the Kindle display is the typo clear.

about a year and a half ago
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North Korea Announces 3rd Nuclear Test, Anti-US Aims

Kotoku Re:Good idea. (597 comments)

We have plenty of rare earth ores and oil....its just cheaper to get it elsewhere. Add a couple bucks per gadget/tank of gas and we could do it all here. Frankly, most oil lately has been coming from Canada which is essentially an immortal ally.

about a year ago
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Chinese Government Appears To Be Blocking GitHub Via DNS

Kotoku Re:Like an Apple nation (61 comments)

Its called an analogy. I dont have to go around explaining why I mention cars in them all the time, do I? ;)

about 2 years ago

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Slashdot Layout

Kotoku Kotoku writes  |  more than 5 years ago Honestly? I'm mostly writing this for the achievement. But I must state that Slashdot has one of the ugly user interfaces ever. It's tolerable for reading a story but is a complete mess in the user area. I took one look at the slashcode and knew I'd never want to use any of it. Man...I know this is news for nerds, but a designer might of helped.

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