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My toy collection is ...

Meeni Define A Toy (206 comments)

For me it's sports cars. Missing the option "few but very expensive :$".

4 days ago
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The Great Lightbulb Conspiracy

Meeni Re:I dunno about LEDs, but CFLs don't last (595 comments)

I have them too, they are on 18 hours a day and make a nice warm light. No drama. They were expensive but at this point they repaid their own value several times over.

4 days ago
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The Great Lightbulb Conspiracy

Meeni Re:LEDs (595 comments)

My experience too. My CFL have lasted a long time, possibly more than rated, for some. The only one that failed were exposed to adverse conditions or heavy use pattern (cold, auto-timer with lots of on-off cycles, closed fixtures).

My two grudges against CFL is inconsistent, often poor color quality and contamination of your home with heavy metal when you are clumsy (yes, it's my fault I let the bulb fall on my 2yo toy box, but this is infuriating anyway).

4 days ago
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The Great Lightbulb Conspiracy

Meeni Re:I dunno about LEDs, but CFLs don't last (595 comments)

One of the reasons is that LED do not emit infrared light (the major source of waste in regular bulbs), but instead generate most of their waste as direct heat in the electronic components at the base. The global waste is a lot less, but it is also a lot more concentrated, thus the heatsink.

4 days ago
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Outlining Thin Linux

Meeni Re:min install (221 comments)

CentOS minimal today is pretty close to that.

about a week ago
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Science Has a Sexual Assault Problem

Meeni Re:Is there a single field that doesn't? (460 comments)

No, the problem is not with permanent tenure or whatnot. When they are reported, they are dealt with appropriately. The problem is that the cost of reporting is very high for victims, as they may not be able to complete their Ph.D. which is costing them tens of thousands (if not more) in lost future revenues, and 3 or 4 years of their life. So many can be effectively coerced into staying silent, because the cost is too high.

about two weeks ago
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Apple Edits iPhone 6's Protruding Camera Out of Official Photos

Meeni Well.... (425 comments)

What you call "claryfying their marketing point" I call false advertisement. As your second point about Android people, first that's not true (I for one is an Apple customer on other products), and second, if you let a bad apple (haha) in the basket, you know what happens. If Apple can play false advertisement without retorsion, other companies will follow to remain relevant, and before we know it, all advertisements will be smoke and mirrors and full of lies, including those for non-Apple devices, and it would have started by letting one company get away with it. Wether you care about buying the device or not is irrelevant about the legitimacy of pointing that the ad is fake, as this is relevant for the health of the whole industry.

about two weeks ago
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FBI Completes New Face Recognition System

Meeni Dragnet (129 comments)

How is this not an invasion of privacy when the police is taking records of where everybody is going at all times, w/o probable cause or warrant ?

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Good Technology Conferences To Attend?

Meeni USENIX, SuperComputing (131 comments)

You should try these 2: USENIX and SuperComputing. They are the most enjoyable for a non-academic to attend.

about 2 months ago
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French Provider Free Could Buy US Branch of T-Mobile

Meeni Re:Um... good for whom in the US? (111 comments)

Yes, but that's exactly what the broadband and GSM US market needs. This is an encroached bunch of crooks with sleezy marketing practices and a captive market. The prices are artificially high, there is little to no competition (except for recent Tmo moves in feb that have resulted in an across the board slash in prices at all operators). The fact that Free is not "so good anymore" because others have matched is exactly what is exciting. I am actually happy with ATT wireless, technically, but not about the price of the service, and the fact that a $75 bill becomes a $100 bill with bogus "tax recovery" BS minilines and overarges for pretty much looking wrong at the phone.

about a month ago
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French Provider Free Could Buy US Branch of T-Mobile

Meeni Re:Um... good for whom in the US? (111 comments)

20 euros is inclusive of taxes. France taxes are not super heavy, but still on the upper side, and I'd bet US taxes are lower overall.

When I lived in France I had Free. Excellent service, very disruptive market strategy. I'm very excited with the news. I'd switch in an eyelash.

about 2 months ago
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Malaysian Passenger Plane Reportedly Shot Down Over Ukraine

Meeni Re:Wow. Terrble Turn. (752 comments)

Unilateral sanctions are useless if the major trade partner doesn't go along. Russian trade is ridiculously euro-centric. If the US embargo Russia but the europeans do not, this has no effect, a vague blip on the graph.

about 2 months ago
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Microsoft CEO To Slash 18,000 Jobs, 12,500 From Nokia To Go

Meeni Re:Translation: Slash 18K jobs, apply for 18K H-1B (383 comments)

You do not know what you are talking about, and you are wrong. The forms are checked, and very often acceptance is conditional to an increase in salary. The administration do check the numbers and is not shy of bumping the salary requirement to match prevailing wages.

about 2 months ago
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EFF To Unveil Open Wireless Router For Open Wireless Movement

Meeni Opposite problem (184 comments)

Why would I trust your wifi to start with ? It's name is "freewififorall" and I should hope it is not a honeypot to eavesdrop my credit card number when it is transiting on the wire(less), or scan my open ports if I connect ?

about 3 months ago
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Researchers Unveil Experimental 36-Core Chip

Meeni Spin Ph.Ds? (143 comments)

MIT is expert a making these sort of PR stunts were they claim they invented something novel when they replicate some boring old result from 10yr ago. Well, here it is 30yr ago.

about 3 months ago
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Figuring Out the iPad's Place

Meeni Re:It already found its place. (333 comments)

Yeah, and all that waking up takes a whooping 1s, during which I can already start doing something else.

I quite don't see the purpose of getting notifications on a device I am not looking at anyway, but I'll grant you that one. I don't care but maybe it's important to someone.

about 5 months ago
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Washington Files First Consumer Protection Lawsuit Over Kickstarter Fraud

Meeni Re:Which way is the wind blowing today? (47 comments)

What about a case of the government coming at the right time, after the fact so as not to stifle innovation, but before the problem has grown like a monstrous chancre ?

about 5 months ago
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Rand Paul Suggests Backing Bitcoin With Stocks

Meeni Tying stock values and money valuation (404 comments)

This proposal would make bitcoins a catastrophic currency. When stock market crash, money value crash too, so instant deflation trap, lovely.

about 5 months ago

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