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Quiet Cooling With a Copper Foam Heatsink

Lazere Re:Kickstarter warning (100 comments)

Wait... I must not have read well enough. Surface temperature? As in, the temperature of the heat sink itself? No mention of CPU temperature? That thing must be boiling under "normal use".

1 hour ago

Suddenly Visible: Illicit Drugs As Part of Silicon Valley Culture

Lazere Re:The only good thing (502 comments)

I dunno. How many successful people drink alcohol? The answer? Nearly all of them. So, then, why would these successful people want to escape into mind alteration? Try again.

2 days ago

What percentage of your media consumption is streamed?

Lazere Re:network (152 comments)

I don't know how parent does it, but I'll tell you how I do it. I've got a dedicated server that is wired in (I wouldn't recommend WiFi for the server). I use samba on linux for sharing from the server. The same exact thing can be accomplished through Windows by just sharing a folder. My home theater pc is on WiFi (TVs in a bad place to wire it in) and runs XBMC. Share two folders from the server, one for TV shows and one for movies. Tell XBMC where to grab them from, it will automatically pull descriptions and cover art and then you have a basic HTPC setup. You can control XBMC from keyboard/mouse or any remote control that works with PCs. There are also XBMC controller apps for both Android and iOS. I like this setup because both the server and XBMC will work on whatever computer you have, with whatever OS you have on it. My wife likes it because she can pick up her phone and have a movie playing on the TV faster than you could grab a DVD off the shelf.

2 days ago

What percentage of your media consumption is streamed?

Lazere Re:Linux Blu-Ray rip (152 comments)

Handbrake would work well for you. It can rip the DVD and transcode it to MP4 in one shot.

2 days ago

Amazon's Ambitious Bets Pile Up, and Its Losses Swell

Lazere Re:Oblig. xkcd (168 comments)

Could just write the whole number out. "The company brought in over $19,000,000,000 in revenue last quarter, but reported a net loss of $126,000,000. Sure, it looks a bit weird at first, but it does have the bonus effect of giving people a sense of scale.

5 days ago

Mac OS X Yosemite Beta Opens

Lazere Re:Ars Review is Cosmetic (165 comments)

You do know Microsoft was doing public betas at least as early as Windows 98, right?

about a week ago

The New Science of Evolutionary Forecasting

Lazere Re:I didn't read TFA (63 comments)

That's the point. When they know certain conditions, they can predict, with some level of accuracy, what evolutions will take place.

about two weeks ago

Selectively Reusing Bad Passwords Is Not a Bad Idea, Researchers Say

Lazere Re:HAHA WUT? (280 comments)

My slashdot password does not need to be high entropy. I can probably use the same password for a soylentnews account. While it's true that if one gets compromised, they both do, guess what? I don't care. Nope. Not one bit. Facebook's different, email's different, my bank is different. What do I care if my pointless accounts get compromised? If you're using these types of accounts on computers you don't control, it makes sense to have easy to remember passwords and keep the high-entropy passwords for the actually important stuff.

about two weeks ago

The First Person Ever To Die In a Tesla Is a Guy Who Stole One

Lazere Re:Hi speed chase, hum? (443 comments)

You don't generally go to jail for 2nd one and murdering people in the 2nd one is called "an accident".

Actually, you do. If you kill someone because you were driving recklessly, that's called "involuntary manslaughter" and you do go to jail for it.

about three weeks ago

William Binney: NSA Records and Stores 80% of All US Audio Calls

Lazere Re:Uh (278 comments)


about three weeks ago

MP Says 'Failed' Piracy Warnings Should Escalate To Fines & Jail

Lazere Re:Why not? A crime is a crime (135 comments)

First, Copyright infringement is a civil matter and should remain a civil matter. Second, IP address and times are a terrible way to identify a person. With VPNs, proxies, dynamic IP addresses and carrier grade NAT, IP address is about the least reliable way to figure out who is doing something. The evidence we use for theft and breaking and entering is much more solid than the evidence given for Copyright infringement.

about a month ago

The Security Industry Is Failing Miserably At Fixing Underlying Dangers

Lazere Re:What's the solution? (205 comments)

Well, it would.

about a month ago

I prefer to settle down at night with a good..

Lazere Re:The last option is a hoax (139 comments)

Speaking as a non-geriatric, I've read more physical books in the last year than I have ebooks ever. Physical books aren't going anywhere for a long time.

about a month ago

Oklahoma Moves To Discourage Solar and Wind Power

Lazere Re:Makes more sense than you give them credit for (504 comments)

500 customers from 1.3 million is pretty much a rounding error. You can't tell me that they are such a drain on the system that the power company can't pay the maintenance costs.

about 3 months ago

Americans Uncomfortable With Possibility of Ubiquitous Drones, Designer Babies

Lazere Re:Designer babies (155 comments)

They do, but in most western countries, there's this idea that anybody can make it rich, if they're good enough. If it gets to the point where the rich kids are inherently smarter/better than the poor kids, no amount of work will be able to lift a person up. They'll be stuck where they're born and that's it.

about 3 months ago

Americans Uncomfortable With Possibility of Ubiquitous Drones, Designer Babies

Lazere Re:Personal Drones (155 comments)

True, but we're already pretty far with personal drones. They don't need to have a gun on them to be dangerous. If the personal drone thing takes off, the government won't need to operate spy drones, the public will do it for them.

about 3 months ago

Americans Uncomfortable With Possibility of Ubiquitous Drones, Designer Babies

Lazere Personal Drones (155 comments)

Everybody having a drone is a horrible idea, kind of like giving everyone a gun is a bad idea. I expect owning a drone will be a "fundamental right" in the U.S. within 10 years.

about 3 months ago

Ask Slashdot: What Tech Products Were Built To Last?

Lazere Re:The clear winner overall is so obvious (702 comments)

I dunno. Sure, you could use it as a weapon if your house got broken into and then type up the police statement on it, but I've got an old LG flip phone that could survive the Model M beating.

about 3 months ago

Kids Can Swipe a Screen But Can't Use LEGOs

Lazere Re:most lego's are a rip off (355 comments)

Exactly. Take a tub of standard bricks (yes, they still sell those) and dump in 2-3 random licensed sets, the kind with the so-called "specialized" pieces. This is what I would call a pretty good set.

about 3 months ago


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