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Ars Reviews Skype Translator

Ksevio Re:NSA (45 comments)

It connected to a central server but the voice information was transferred P2P in the past- MS has replaced it mostly with their own servers as relays because routing is so troublesome.

10 hours ago
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11 Trillion Gallons of Water Needed To End California Drought

Ksevio Re:But but but (315 comments)

Like a giant shaft? That doesn't sound very efficent. Would also restrict wind turbines to along the water line.

2 days ago
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Apparent Islamic Terrorism Strikes Sydney

Ksevio Re:Fake (873 comments)

Here in Massachusetts we have far fewer ccp holders and practically no one carries guns outside of law enforcement, but we also don't have gun battles breaking out or people "trying stuff" that would be stopped by guns.

Basically, it's more due to us living in a safe country than the number of guns.

3 days ago
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Google Closing Engineering Office In Russia

Ksevio Re:Beware of Snowden! (157 comments)

But Google benefited from Snowden's actions. It was from the documents he released that let them know the NSA was tapping links between data centers.

about a week ago
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Once Again, Baltimore Police Arrest a Person For Recording Them

Ksevio Re:How to stop it? Just stop it. (514 comments)

Officer: "Have you been recording me? Let me see your phone."
Person: "Officer, you may have my phone..."
Officer: *yoink* "Thank you for your cooperation"

about a week ago
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Sony Reportedly Is Using Cyber-Attacks To Keep Leaked Files From Spreading

Ksevio Re:Is anyone surprised? (186 comments)

Well they couldn't really get to a worse situation than they are at the moment, so why not go for it?

about a week ago
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A Paper By Maggie Simpson and Edna Krabappel Was Accepted By Two Journals

Ksevio Does author matter? (100 comments)

I'm more concerned about the "papers" that contain gibberish nonsense than one where the author isn't correct. Those are both names that could easily exist, but even if they didn't, it shouldn't be a problem to publish an article by Anonymous as long as it's peer-reviewed and contains good material.

about a week ago
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Comcast Sued For Turning Home Wi-Fi Routers Into Public Hotspots

Ksevio Re:I am by no means a fan of Comcast... (291 comments)

I didn't say it's OK - I think it's a bad idea but I don't believe in supporting my arguments with misleading or inaccurate facts.

The $9.50 figure is also per year, not per month

about a week ago
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Comcast Sued For Turning Home Wi-Fi Routers Into Public Hotspots

Ksevio Re:I am by no means a fan of Comcast... (291 comments)

Looks like it would be about $9.50 on average in CA. However this is also assuming the router is being used a max power 24/7 when it's sharing and would be completely idle 24/7 if it wasn't. It's more likely people would be using their own router so it wouldn't be idle in which case it would use a negligible amount for sharing.

about two weeks ago
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Google Hopes To One Day Replace Gmail With Inbox

Ksevio Re:More filtering? (239 comments)

Auto threading is extremely useful - it makes messages make much more sense since they're in order and together

about two weeks ago
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Google Hopes To One Day Replace Gmail With Inbox

Ksevio Re:Who's their test group? (239 comments)

I end up using my email that way. Emails about stuff I haven't dealt with stay in the inbox (though only one for each thing) and when the task is done I archive it. I don't create emails for that purpose, it's more like an email with tickets to a show or someone suggesting a feature for a program I'm working on or a credit card statement.

about two weeks ago
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Google Hopes To One Day Replace Gmail With Inbox

Ksevio Re:Google engineers... (239 comments)

Maybe for simple minded people, folders are more like the office where mail can be filed away. GMail has something that's a vast improvement to that: labels. You can label your email the same way you would put it in a folder, but many emails will fit multiple labels and you can do that. Folders lack that flexibility.

about two weeks ago
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A Mismatch Between Wikimedia's Pledge Drive and Its Cash On Hand?

Ksevio Re:Blood drive (274 comments)

Well it's still true - if people don't donate blood, the existing reserves will be used or go bad in a few days (maybe weeks depending on circumstances).

about two weeks ago
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How the Rollout of 5G Will Change Everything

Ksevio Re:Do we have 4G now? (216 comments)

Well I get faster speeds when connected to LTE compared to 3G, but apart from that by bill is the same and bandwidth allocation is still "unlimited". Faster speeds are good.

about two weeks ago
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How the Rollout of 5G Will Change Everything

Ksevio Re:Do we have 4G now? (216 comments)

Well we have a 4th generation data network which is faster than the 3G (third generation) data network. It didn't follow the official standard for "4G", but it's a different technology so it's not really 3G either....

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Why Is the Power Grid So Crummy In So Many Places?

Ksevio Re:Super-capitalism (516 comments)

I live in one of the few US towns with municipal power and we have great reliability because they do all the maintenance needed. The only time in the past 5 years we lost power was during a hurricane when something took out the substation (and it was fixed in hours, unlike the surrounding areas that were still out the next day). A lot of lines are underground, but I think the maintenance with cutting back trees and replacing bad sections also has a big part to play.

about three weeks ago
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How Intel and Micron May Finally Kill the Hard Disk Drive

Ksevio Re:What about long-term data integrity? (438 comments)

But that's not the case - there is actually a duplicate of all the data on a second drive. It's only one period of time (the most recent), but it allows you to recover the data in the event of a hard drive failure (and the loss of data on that drive).

about three weeks ago
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How Intel and Micron May Finally Kill the Hard Disk Drive

Ksevio Re:What about long-term data integrity? (438 comments)

A computer with a RAID 1 has a full backup to protect it in the event of a hardware failure. Sure there are lots of ways for that backup to fail, but you can find problems with any backup system.

about three weeks ago
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How Intel and Micron May Finally Kill the Hard Disk Drive

Ksevio Re:What about long-term data integrity? (438 comments)

That's exactly how I use my light bulbs...well maybe not exactly 3 hours - usually more in the winter and less in the summer.

The previous comment seemed pretty clear about the usage though I don't think Samsung was able to actually verify that claim.

about three weeks ago

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