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Ebola Has Made It To the United States

MMC Monster Re:Lone star... (389 comments)

I wonder how many people there are advocating smaller federal government and less basic science education/research now?

The truth is, like everywhere else in the world, there are people with extreme views there and more moderates. If anything, Texas is going to be more moderate in the next couple decades due to demographic shifts.

5 hours ago
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Energy Utilities Trying To Stifle Growth of Solar Power

MMC Monster Line costs? (455 comments)

whats wrong with the power companies charging two costs: One for the amount of next electricity drawn per month and a second as a line cost that everyone must pay in order to keep service? The line cost should cover updates to service to the house and stuff like that.

yesterday
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Bash To Require Further Patching, As More Shellshock Holes Found

MMC Monster Can someone explain how someone is exploited? (325 comments)

I'm a little unclear how I, as a user, can get exploited by this. (I know that it's bash (which pretty much makes MSWindows users immune), but what about the rest of us?)

Do I need to just browse a website on my computer?
Do I need to install Apache/PHP or some other server and open an appropriate port on my system?
Do I need to have port 22 open?
Do I need to have a root user?

2 days ago
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Amazon Forced To Reboot EC2 To Patch Bug In Xen

MMC Monster Re:email from ec2... (94 comments)

"Please note thatn $106,000 will be added to your next bill for the egress bandwidth."

Interesting thought: Cloud providers should offer a low-cost option for getting your petabyte of data out of their system.

Perhaps mailing you a drive (or series of drives) with the data on it? If they allow you to run zfs or other filesystem with snapshot capability, create a snapshot and request that it be mailed to you. Maybe they'll even link in the available drives that can handle the data and you pick which one(s) you want.

5 days ago
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Russia Pledges To Go To the Moon

MMC Monster Re:So wait (197 comments)

Once.

Just once more, to again inspire the children of the world for a generation.

about a week ago
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Wanxiang May Give 2012's Fisker Karma a Relaunch

MMC Monster Who are the proposed customers? (56 comments)

Anyone who could afford a Karma and wanted electric would have already bought a Tesla S or Roadster.

The only way they'll sell some is to greatly upgrade the interior to Tesla Model S-type screen and software.

about two weeks ago
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My resting heart rate:

MMC Monster Re:0 if dead, more if alive. (169 comments)

If it's over 100 you really should see a doctor, period. There's almost certainly something wrong other than just deconditioning.

about two weeks ago
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Dealership Commentator: Tesla's Going To Win In Every State

MMC Monster Re:Thoughts (156 comments)

Pretty sure they hit the '25,000 electric cars to the people' mark. ;-)

As for buying cars from dealers, I've been in quite a few purchases myself. The only dealer I had a reasonably good experience with was Saturn.

With Lexus, Jaguar, and BMW, there was a lot of negotiation. I had to go to several dealers to get competing prices (which were *always* with a spread of $2-3K). In addition, the push was always to buy something either off-the-lot or something that they could have brought over from another dealer's inventory within 2-3 days.

I was with my dad when he went to get his BMW 5 series. They pushed him into a few options he wasn't particularly interested in because they could get the car to the lot in 2 days. And once he signed the contract, it was a done deal. He called the dealership a couple hours later and wanted a different color, and the answer was that the car was already on it's way from across the state. It arrived more than a week later with barely a 'sorry for the delay' from the dealer.

about two weeks ago
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U2 and Apple Collaborate On 'Non-Piratable, Interactive Format For Music'

MMC Monster Re:Expert. (358 comments)

Whether or not his new digital music format can or cannot be pirated is something that remains to be seen

Can you listen to it with your headphones of choice?

The answer to this will be 'No'. The obvious way Apple is going is to change the audio output jack to the headphone to something proprietary like Lightning.

(It won't work, but it will fail like FireWire did. A few people will buy it, but at best it will be an accessory port in addition to the standard audio jack.)

about two weeks ago
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U2 and Apple Collaborate On 'Non-Piratable, Interactive Format For Music'

MMC Monster Re:Cross between a music album and a video game (358 comments)

Not necessarily. Whenever I make a call, I am interacting with the audio stream from the other end of the line.

Perhaps he's suggesting musicians just get (900) numbers and publish them.

I'm pretty sure I wouldn't pay to have U2 sing to me live via my phone, but some others may.

about two weeks ago
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Native Netflix Support Is Coming To Linux

MMC Monster XBMC support soon? (178 comments)

Hopefully this will allow a good XBMC client. Would love to be able to watch netflix seemlessly within XBMC.

about two weeks ago
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Slashdot Asks: What's In Your Home Datacenter?

MMC Monster Re:Small setup (286 comments)

As an aside, what's an excellent wifi repeater? Mine can't cover an acre, but my back yard gets wifi signals from across the street.

about two weeks ago
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Slashdot Asks: What's In Your Home Datacenter?

MMC Monster Re:Small setup (286 comments)

Agree 100%. I with I had more ethernet connections in my livingroom and bedroom media closets. When I finish my basement I'm not going to make the same mistake.

WiFi is great for laptops and phones and stuff, but I don't want my movies or music glitching because of wifi interference.

about two weeks ago
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Slashdot Asks: What's In Your Home Datacenter?

MMC Monster Re:Not my cup of tea (286 comments)

Much the same. I have a single NAS in the basement with a backup of the important stuff (documents, photos, mp3s, home videos).

My personal desktop keeps all the movies, etc. All the computers on the network rsync my desktop computer (which is essentially always on).

about two weeks ago
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Is the Tesla Model 3 Actually Going To Cost $50,000?

MMC Monster Re:More importantly (393 comments)

Arghhh.

I have the 19" wheels and have about ~12K miles on them, I think. Will have to pay attention to them this winter. :-(

First winter in my Model S, and the last time I had a read wheel driver car through a winter was 2004-2005. :-)

about two weeks ago
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Is the Tesla Model 3 Actually Going To Cost $50,000?

MMC Monster Re:50-80k is an insane estimate (393 comments)

Pretty much like the last BMW 3 Series I bought, in other words.

Seriously. BMWs are great cars to drive, but they nickel and dime you on the options at time of purchase.

about two weeks ago
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Apple Outrages Users By Automatically Installing U2's Album On Their Devices

MMC Monster Re:It's not your phone (610 comments)

Or they could have set the price to $0 for the next 1 or 6 months or something like that.

I'm not a U2 fan. I think I like one or two of their songs. I have no interest in getting their new album (or being some of the people counted as why their new album went Double-Platinum).

If, instead, I was given a free $10 gift card from Apple to anything in their catalog, I would be happy to make my own selections.

about two weeks ago
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The Documents From Google's First DMV Test In Nevada

MMC Monster Re:Who would have thought (194 comments)

Because many human drivers totally lose it in a roundabout. Especially here in the U.S. If you ever drive in one that just pops up in an area without them, you'll know what I'm talking about.

Some drivers have no idea who has right of way and will come to a dead stop in the round. Others (I swear I've seen this) try to make a U-turn when they miss their exits and get confused at all the oncoming traffic, and others try to zip through, (probably) thinking that you're supposed to maintain speed when entering the circle.

I cringe whenever I see one in PA (I've only encountered a couple so far). I don't even want to think about dealing with Jersey drivers in one.

about three weeks ago
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Microsoft Paid NFL $400 Million To Use Surface, But Announcers Call Them iPads

MMC Monster Re:How much! (405 comments)

Indeed. If I had $400 million to blow on marketing, just giving away the product is not the worst way to go. Just make sure your walled garden has high enough walls and developers will be paying to get in.

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

MMC Monster Re:None, seriously, none. (471 comments)

I'm not sure if you want a Citrix client for your watch. That being said, I'm not really sure why anyone would want the client for their smart phone, either.

about three weeks ago

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