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Google Launches Service To Replace Web Ads With Subscriptions

Lab Rat Jason The Genius of Google... (307 comments)

The real genius here is that after people accept this business model, Google can charge a premium to advertisers to "break through" to the user... I'm sure it's in the fine print already... you can pay to ignore "standard" tier advertisements, but it says nothing of Premium tier.

5 days ago
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New Atomic Clock Reaches the Boundaries of Timekeeping

Lab Rat Jason Problem... (249 comments)

That sounds like a 0th world problem...

about three weeks ago
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Disney Patents a Piracy Free Search Engine

Lab Rat Jason It's almost like.... (164 comments)

It's almost like the system was BUILT TO BE GAMED.

What kind of effort do you think it will take to get Disney to certify my content as authentic?

about three weeks ago
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Independent Researchers Test Rossi's Alleged Cold Fusion Device For 32 Days

Lab Rat Jason Re:Einstein's Nobel was for Photo-electric effect (986 comments)

Once you understand the principles of relativity... it's trivial to post a comment before your competitors.

about a month and a half ago
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Fusion Reactor Concept Could Be Cheaper Than Coal

Lab Rat Jason Re:We need prize money (315 comments)

The trouble with this, is that it assigns all risk to the inventor... and a _relatively_ low value even if they succeed. What happens if someone solves fusion, but decides, that a 10B prize plus royalties is actually LESS money than just producing and licensing the technology privately... Then one corporation or nation-state has patentable control over the tech and will make 100BGv* a year.

*BGI = Bill Gates' value

about a month and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Dealing With an Unresponsive Manufacturer Who Doesn't Fix Bugs?

Lab Rat Jason Boots... (204 comments)

Vote with your boots. Either kick ass or walk away or both. If you can sue, do so. Find out what your legal remedies are per the contract you signed. I presume that's why there was a contract rather than a handshake. Make it clear to your sales rep that you will not be renewing your contract unless the issue is resolved in a specific amount of time. Business isn't for friendships, and sometimes you have to burn some bridges.

about a month and a half ago
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Obama Administration Argues For Backdoors In Personal Electronics

Lab Rat Jason Re:Update to Godwin's law? (575 comments)

It's only Obama's administration for a few more years. Then it will be someone else's administration. But the distrust will remain. I maintain that NOBODY trusts the government, it's just that they stop complaining about it when their darling is in office.

about 2 months ago
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Obama Administration Argues For Backdoors In Personal Electronics

Lab Rat Jason Re:Update to Godwin's law? (575 comments)

I'm not sure if you're being facetious, or if you actually buy your own bullshit, but just in case it's the latter, I'm going to bust your chops a little here:

I think most Americans would be accepting of a dual key system as you have described above if they were able to trust the escrow... the problem really comes down to this: NOBODY trusts the US gov'ment to actually hang on to that crap. It's just too easy to exploit. You might think that hey, if only the FBI has access to this, it's cool. But in no time, you've got a US marshal that gets a warrant, and then asks the FBI for the key... then you've got a state general attorney that asks for the key, then a detective... and pretty soon, the FBI is a rubber stamp committee that just doles them out to any person who asks. Now a day doesn't go by that I don't see a story in the news about a corrupt local cop, a corrupt AG (hell we've got two in a row here in Utah), or a corrupt marshal. LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS ARE PEOPLE TOO, and that means there will be abusers of the system. They will use their access to this system to abuse it, and the whole point of the fourth amendment was to prevent searches that were not pursuant to a specific instance of probable cause.

I have yet to see a case in the news that validates the idea that encryption hinders investigations... because in every case, there was some other probable cause that allowed them to look at the encrypted device in the first place. In those cases where law enforcement gets a warrant, if the suspect refuses, they can hold the suspect in contempt indefinitely. I have NEVER and I mean NEVER seen a case where a child was in eminent danger, and quick decryption of a suspect's data provided the key to saving that child.

I blame Jack Bauer for this. People watch too much TV and think, oh, it sure would be nice if cops could punch bad guys until they give up the location of the nuke, when in fact that is the opposite of what does happen. These things are either spotted and stopped well in advance, or we fail to stop them.

about 2 months ago
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Former GM Product Czar: Tesla a "Fringe Brand"

Lab Rat Jason Re:You go Tesla (267 comments)

You would've preferred square tires?

about 2 months ago
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Emma Watson Leaked Photo Threat Was a Plot To Attack 4chan

Lab Rat Jason Re:So we glossed over the most surprising fact (590 comments)

Your conclusion is complete bullshit. Her role in a movie doesn't preclude her from being able to give voice to a real and pertinent issue. You asked the question... now go seek the answer. Why is some teen actress giving speeches at the UN representing women? Go find out and let us know what you find, rather than using it as a rhetorical question which implies she has no right to do so.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Any Place For Liberal Arts Degrees In Tech?

Lab Rat Jason Re:Ya, but... (392 comments)

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

about 2 months 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 2 months 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 2 months 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 2 months 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 2 months 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 2 months 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 2 months 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 3 months 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 3 months ago

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

Lab Rat Jason Lab Rat Jason writes  |  about a year 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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