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How the Internet of Things Could Aid Disaster Response

MattGWU Re:Power outages... and semantics (60 comments)

I'm thinking about it like 'cockroaches surviving a nuclear blast'. Sure the power for the area is out in general, but maybe your thing on a battery is talking to a neighbor's fridge on a generator, is talking to...and enough things happen to have power and happen to be able to communicate that a useful network is formed.

5 days ago
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Fixing the Humanities Ph.D.

MattGWU Re:market at work (325 comments)

Man, what's it like to be dead inside? To exist in a world with no art, no music, no literature.

Humanities grads are useful to people who have lives that extend beyond, and desire enrichment beyond....shot in the dark here...their full-stack or at least web developer job that following a stint in tech support? You mentioned tech support, and I work tech support, and use it all the time as an analogy to illustrate things I don't like, either. Plus, the usual trope is 'flipping burgers at McDonalds' for disparaging humanities grads, so that's where I"m getting the tech support stint from.

I think it's a thing we do, tech-support people. Don't think I didn't note and appreciate the jab at theology, either. "Shots fired" and that.

No, I don't have a humanities degree that landed me here.

about 2 months ago
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Yelp Reviews Help NYC Health Department Find and Close Dirty Restaurants

MattGWU Re:OH NO, THE NAKED HAND (64 comments)

The NY law is bare-handed contact with ready to eat food, if that makes it more or less ridiculous. Anything that's getting cooked is ok to touch. I think the point is it minimizes the risk of people NOT washing their hands regularly. You're right though, letting people call in would help a great deal.

Food safety rules are nuts. I had to do ServSafe certification, and if you did everything you were supposed to be doing all the time, you'd never actually make any food, because you'd be too busy measuring and recording to get anything done, assuming you're not duly paralyzed by fear about ciguatera or getting botulism from improperly held baked potatoes like they want you to be.

about 2 months ago
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Researchers Experiment With Explosives To Fight Wildfires

MattGWU Re:I wonder if "Big Wind" would work on wildfires (80 comments)

I feel like that worked because the source of the fire is more or less a point (the wellhead) so you could point it at the fire *right there* and put it out. A wildfire spread over acres? No one real spot to point at, and when you move to blow out another spot, the fire has spread back to the spot you just extinguished. Why I'm skeptical of this explosives thing, unless they're talking about something that covers a very large area like a fuel air explosive somebody mentioned further up.

about 2 months ago
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An SSD for Your Current Computer May Save the Cost of a New One (Video)

MattGWU Re:HyperDuo (353 comments)

Hyper-Duo! It's not a comic book! It's a nifty technology that allows one or more SSDs to be coupled to a standard HDD and treated as a single drive! Hi! I'm Troy McClure....

about 4 months ago
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An SSD for Your Current Computer May Save the Cost of a New One (Video)

MattGWU Re:Clone your current main drive... (353 comments)

Depending on what you use to do the clone it'll do it as long as the used space (rather than the drive size) will fit on the SSD. I did it to my laptop, going from a 750 GB HDD to a 120 GB SSD. Need to tell it to go proportional on the partition sizes, or some cloning software has an SSD migration tool.

about 4 months ago
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Tesla Model S Gets Titanium Underbody Shield, Aluminum Deflector Plates

MattGWU Re:That *is* funny! (314 comments)

I thought it was pretty funny as an absurdist thing. "Yes, our car caught fire after crashing through a wall at 110 MPH, an unfortunate weakness in our battery-powered vehicle which any other car would have obviously brushed aside - the driver was fine, by the way." / "Yes, our cars catch fire after merely crashing through a wall, another wall, and a tree, after which the driver walked away...we suck :( "

about 4 months ago
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Spacecraft Returns Seven Particles From Birth of the Solar System

MattGWU Then what? (48 comments)

What will they do with the particles once they locate them? What sort of useful information could you glean or experiments could you perform on something like that?

about 4 months ago
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Google Fiber Pondering 9 New Metro Areas

MattGWU Re:No NYC (172 comments)

Are you crazy? The Northeast will never, ever, ever see this.

about 5 months ago
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Google Fiber Pondering 9 New Metro Areas

MattGWU Re:Good (172 comments)

Wouldn't this just open the newly-managed Comcast up to the shareholder action for not maximizing the value of their investment? I'm sure they'd have little trouble proving in court that the monopoly status they've enjoyed for so many years is critical to their shareholder value, and you'd have taken pretty obvious, deliberate steps to erode that market advantage and therefore that value. For the good of everybody else, sure, but the remaining 49% of shareholders will probably be pissed.

about 5 months ago
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Levitating and Manipulating Objects With Sound

MattGWU Oh good. (59 comments)

Here comes the 'I told you so' from the 'Survivors of Atlantis used sound to build the pyramids' peanut gallery.

You know, like that couple from 'An Idiot Abroad' Egypt episode.

about 7 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Do I Request Someone To Send Me a Public Key?

MattGWU Too old school? (399 comments)

Finger me for my public key!

about a year ago
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Sound Engineer and Entrepreneur Amar Bose Dead At 83

MattGWU Re:took his class at MIT (129 comments)

Bose makes marketing agreements with their retail partners. Notice how Bose has its own exclusive section in any retail electronics store? That's because it's so good, right? Nope, that's because it's part of the agreement Bose reaches with the big box stores like Best Buy in order to limit the customers' ability to compare other equipment with Bose. Bose understood early on that a combination of clever marketing and a slick exterior form-factor would allow the company to charge significantly more than their competitors in the home-theater market.

Entenmann's has reached an agreement with grocery stores the world over in order to limit the ability of customers to compare other coffee cakes to Entenmann's

1 year,16 days
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Giant Robotic Jellyfish Unveiled by Researchers

MattGWU Potential Military..... (43 comments)

"NO! I designed the Giant Robotic Jellyfish of Death to help mankind, not destroy it!" --Dr. Death

about a year ago
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Too Much Gold Delays World's Fastest Supercomputer

MattGWU Got a golden ticket? (111 comments)

I'll bet all the gold makes the processor run terribly :(

about a year ago
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Congress Takes Up Online Sales Tax

MattGWU R-Arkansas (297 comments)

Surprise! The Congressman representing (3rd District, encompassing Bentonville, where Wal-Mart's HQ is located) the largest brick-and-mortar retailer in the world is pushing for sales tax on sales made by their main competitors.

about a year and a half ago
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Is Silicon Valley Morally Bankrupt and Toxic?

MattGWU Re:Is it broke? (469 comments)

The satellite TV at this hotel is all ballsed up due to Sally, you insensitive clod.

Ok, the article wasn't just about advertising, though. I'll grant you that Web advertising isn't as intrusive or compulsory as 'traditional' media. Though I'll toss out the quote "The best minds of my generation are thinking about how to make people click ads. (Jeff Hammerbacher, ca. 2011", which I feel is pretty accurate. Ads, or high frequency trading algorithms, either one, really.

The bit that's been bothering me is the " and although some of the outcomes are positive a disturbingly high number of them are negative: the erosion of privacy, of consumer rights, of the public domain and fair use, etc" part. For every piece of technology (or corporate policy, or law) that contributes to "the erosion of privacy, of consumer rights, of the public domain and fair use, etc", somebody had to come up with it, and get past the fact that they're selling out their fellow members of society for a quick buck because 'fuck them, I want to get paid.' It's this willingness to occasionally make life and society suck just that tiny little microscopic bit more, erode freedoms just that little bit more, push policies and laws that nobody but other corporations actually wants, that make Silicon Valley (in this case, or prevailing corporate or legislative attitudes in general) open to these charges of moral bankruptcy or 'toxicity'.

Worst part? These people usually have a lot of other people to help them implement it, who are probably smart enough to know what they're doing is wrong or counterproductive, but do it anyway because "Meh, paycheck". Believe me, I understand 'meh, paycheck' but there's something wrong when capable people feel locked into a situation enough to go against their morals and better judgement.

about 2 years ago
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Is Silicon Valley Morally Bankrupt and Toxic?

MattGWU Re:Is it broke? (469 comments)

How do you figure?

about 2 years ago

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