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Ask Slashdot: Any Place For Liberal Arts Degrees In Tech?

Lab Rat Jason Re:Ya, but... (391 comments)

I came here to say this... +1!

about a week ago
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Court: Car Dealers Can't Stop Tesla From Selling In Massachusetts

Lab Rat Jason Re:Car Dealers should ask why they're being bypass (155 comments)

Haha... same here. Last weekend my wife and I set out to test drive the brand new Sequoia. We made a bet before we got out of the car... I bet we wouldn't be able to walk from our car to the new car before being assailed by a hungry salesman, she bet that we wouldn't even see a salesman. She won the bet, and we were ignored for 30 minutes while we poked and prodded the SUV, and then we walked back to our car and drove away without a test drive since nobody gave two shits about us. The dealership model is dead.

about a week ago
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European Space Agency Picks Site For First Comet Landing In November

Lab Rat Jason Re:A good slice of luck. (35 comments)

My understanding is that gravity irregularities (caused by the lobular shape, as opposed to a spherical shape) are going to be one of the biggest challenges. How do you calculate the correct amount of thrust when gravity decreases as you get closer to your landing spot? All these things need to be accounted for, and there are plenty of unknowns still.

Shame we can't watch it real-time... that would be a popcorn moment no doubt.

about a week ago
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Massive Study Searching For Genes Behind Intelligence Finds Little

Lab Rat Jason Re:In other words nobody is born smart (269 comments)

Unfortunately, with fraternal twins, there are two umbilical cords and two placentas... so there can be variance in nutrition and oxygen... heck, even with identical twins oxygen levels can vary. Still, it WOULD be an interesting study.

about two weeks ago
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California Tells Businesses: Stop Trying To Ban Consumer Reviews

Lab Rat Jason Re:It's a Nanny State law (275 comments)

The problem is the clause isn't under it's own title in the contract, but instead is buried in the legal mumbo-jumbo fine print... If users knew that the clause was in the contract they WOULD walk away... but that's the strategy of the lawyers and that's why so many legal contracts are written in unintelligable legal-speak. So the people who do try to read them can't understand them, and the majority of people assume "It's just a few dollars worth of product, why would this contract have any teeth in it?" This law wouldn't be necessary if there were laws requiring contracts to be written in simple language. I think there is a line between people making dumb uninformed choices, and lawyers writing contracts with predatory language. This law is addressing the predatory nature of these contracts, because it's human nature to expect that the contract contains exactly the terms that are commonly understood. It would be like a car salesman chatting you up all day about a 2% interest rate that they can get for you through their financing... but then buried deep in the paperwork is a 7% rate... would that be legal? Yes. Should that be legal? I don't think so. It's why more and more, people are recording conversations (I'm looking at you Comcast) when they enter into some kind of contract or agreement... to protect against being told one thing, then being held contractually to something else.

This whole thing reminds me of a list I saw floating around the internet about things people had agreed to give up in a contract. It had things like "immortal soul" and "firstborn child" on it. Hilarious, and illustrative of the point.

about two weeks ago
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California Tells Businesses: Stop Trying To Ban Consumer Reviews

Lab Rat Jason Re:DMCA delistings are unconstitutional (275 comments)

I kinda agree with this... Google is only telling you WHERE something is... they're not the ones infringing copyright. The problem here is Google's monopoly on search... if we had more good search providers this DMCA crap wouldn't have looked like such an easy win for MPAA and RIAA. I support DMCA takedowns for actually infringing content... but I really dislike the idea of takedowns of search listings.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Smartwatch Apps Could You See Yourself Using?

Lab Rat Jason Re:No comments here yet... (471 comments)

No by my logic you are now being a misandrist (or at least attempting to be). Now if you'd just call me Hitler so we can conclude this petulant argument.

about two weeks ago
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California Tells Businesses: Stop Trying To Ban Consumer Reviews

Lab Rat Jason Re:We need more of this (275 comments)

+1 This! We're already guaranteed our freedom of speech through the first amendment, but having the cash to fight it can be tough for many people. Not to mention that in the case of financial transactions, often times the business gets the upper hand because they can report you to credit agencies, and then you've got even more garbage to contend with... the penalty clause for trying to put language like that in a contract is my favorite part of this whole thing.

about two weeks ago
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California Tells Businesses: Stop Trying To Ban Consumer Reviews

Lab Rat Jason Re:Huh? (275 comments)

Here is an example from my home state, Utah:

http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/n...

This crap is actually happening a lot! Its one of the rare instances where I hope the nation follows Cali.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Smartwatch Apps Could You See Yourself Using?

Lab Rat Jason Re:No comments here yet... (471 comments)

Just because it is local lingo doesn't make it right.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Smartwatch Apps Could You See Yourself Using?

Lab Rat Jason Re:No comments here yet... (471 comments)

No, worldthinker is right, and your provided example is perfect for illustrating the problem: Using a feminine attribute to knock a guy or "question his manhood" is exactly the problem, and it's a basic but functional definition of misogyny.

If a female did something really awesome, and a bystander said "OMG that was awesome!!!! How do you even cross your legs?" then that bystander is using a masculine attribute (huge balls) to reinforce the complement. The premise that masculine attribute = good, and feminine attribute = bad is the problem we are talking about. Stating that you can call anyone a "cunt" and it's equally damming to a male or female does not somehow elevate the insult above the level of misogyny.

I will restate: Get some perspective.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Smartwatch Apps Could You See Yourself Using?

Lab Rat Jason Re:No comments here yet... (471 comments)

If I had mod points, I'd mod you down just for your misogyny. Get some perspective please.

about two weeks ago
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Apple Announces Smartwatch, Bigger iPhones, Mobile Payments

Lab Rat Jason Re:So what exactly is the market here. (730 comments)

I usually don't correct people on their grammar, but it's pronounced "METRIC SHITTONS.' Please people... get it right before Weird Al picks up on this and eviscerates us all!

about two weeks ago
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Apple Announces Smartwatch, Bigger iPhones, Mobile Payments

Lab Rat Jason Re:Trust us with your payments (730 comments)

Once again, its not about the technology, its about combining the technology with a smashingly good business relationship.

Amen brother! (or sister as the case may be)

This is how it gets done!

about two weeks ago
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Apple Announces Smartwatch, Bigger iPhones, Mobile Payments

Lab Rat Jason Re:Trust us with your payments (730 comments)

While this is funny, Apple never promised a secure porn service... they are promising a secure payment system. It's possible they'll mess this up, but I'm willing to bet they'll become one of the best mobile payment systems.

about two weeks ago
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Apple Announces Smartwatch, Bigger iPhones, Mobile Payments

Lab Rat Jason Re:Lots of reactionary comments here (730 comments)

I agree, and there is still TONS of innovation to be done on that front. Here's my short list:

Batteries are getting better and better energy density, but they still need to double.
Wireless charging in the armrest of your car, and the palm rest of your keyboard. (my watch would NEVER die if I had those two things)
Better energy efficiency in display tech
Better energy efficiency in cellular tech (probably requires spectrum change, but I'm no engineer)
Better energy efficiency in processor tech

We've seen great advances in all of these areas... we just need to keep going, and then someone needs to put it all together.

Apple is always cautious. They don't enter a market until they are (pretty) sure they can dominate it. Maybe that's why they stayed away from real wireless charging... maybe they weren't able to get the tech good enough, maybe they didn't have the right patents... but either way, once the tech has stabilized, you can bet your behind that apple will incorporate it into their devices. Just like they did with NFC payment. Obviously it remains to be seen, but as all those critics above pointed out, it's a feature that other phones have had for a long time... I'll bet Apple's implementation will be one of the best. They weren't the first MP3 player on the market, they weren't the first cell phone on the market, but when they choose to enter the market, they typically perform pretty well.

about two weeks ago
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Apple Announces Smartwatch, Bigger iPhones, Mobile Payments

Lab Rat Jason Re:Lots of reactionary comments here (730 comments)

Oh.... I forgot one:

Don't like storing your credit cards on your phone (not in the cloud like many posters above have stated), don't store CCs on your phone. Upside: you can rock the Castanza and get marketed to by Bellroy.

The way I understood the payment system, your CC details are stored in a secure chip in the phone, separate from all the other data. The actual transaction is authorized by a one time use code, so the likelihood of your CC info being stolen is far far lower than the risk when carrying a wallet full of cards... it's the one feature I think I like most about the 6.

about two weeks ago
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Apple Announces Smartwatch, Bigger iPhones, Mobile Payments

Lab Rat Jason Lots of reactionary comments here (730 comments)

So much doom and gloom. Here's my take:

Don't like such a big phone? Buy a 5s instead. Upside: you just got a huge discount!
Don't regularly wear a watch? Don't buy a $350 Watch that has to be charged every day. Upside: saved $350
Don't like U2? What kind of a soulless bastard are you?

My take is this: Apple wants to bring the wristwatch back? Good for them. I'm intrigued, but not $350 intrigued. Although I'm not a buyer, I wish apple the best of luck, because I predict that in the not too distant future, things will flip-flop with phones: The thing on your wrist will provide the connectivity for the other devices you carry. Maybe you have a big iPad for large format display and lots of typing or gaming, maybe you have a smaller handset for display to keep things a little more portable while still getting some resolution. But either way, the data "hub" will be the watch on your wrist, and will be capable of complete autonomous function. So when you want to pay for something, leave your "big display" at home, when you want to go for a run, leave your "big display" at home, when you want to go swimming (assuming the watch gets the waterproof treatment that is starting to come into vogue) leave your "big display" at home.

That is a future I can get into, where the one device that never leaves my side is the least intrusive one, while also being the most capable one. Everything else just augments it's capability. Then I'll be a buyer! Incidentally, I'm pretty sure I'll pony up for a 6+ next year though... I for one DO want a bigger display.

about two weeks ago
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Apple Announces Smartwatch, Bigger iPhones, Mobile Payments

Lab Rat Jason Re:left (730 comments)

It's just software... So mount the watch upside down with regard to the band, put it on your left wrist and tell the software you're a lefty. Is that so hard?

about two weeks ago

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Ask Slashdot: Do you run a copy-cat installation at home?

Lab Rat Jason Lab Rat Jason writes  |  about 9 months ago

Lab Rat Jason (2495638) writes "During a discussion with my wife last night, I came to the realization that the primary reason I have a Hadoop cluster tucked under my desk at home (I work in an office) is because my drive for learning is too aggressive for my IT department's security policy, as well as their hardware budget. But on closer inspection the issue runs even deeper than that. Time spent working on the somewhat menial tasks of the day job prevent me from spending time learning new tech that could help me do the job better. So I do my learning on my own time. As I thought about it, I don't know a single developer who DOESN'T have a home setup that allows them to tinker in a more relaxed environment. Or put another way, my home setup represents the place I wish my company was going.

So my question to Slashdot is this: How many of you find yourselves investing personal time to learn things that will directly benefit your employer, and how many of you are able to separate 'church and state?'"

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