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Apple Reportedly Buying Beats Electronics For $3.2 Billion

NetFusion Re:Thing Thugs Will Beat You For (198 comments)

And now with the new builtin health sensors in your Beats headphones your iPhone's M7 sensor processor will be able to detect your beat down and summon an ambulance while the thugs snatch your person possessions and leave you bleeding on the curb.

about 3 months ago
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New York Paper Uses Public Records To Publish Gun-Owner Map

NetFusion Re:Rather Have a Map of Assualt Rifle Owners (1232 comments)

Nutter: British English slang word for a mentally ill person or for someone who is fearless, tough and cruel.

I don't mind sane, gentle, & kind people owning guns. But as I said, I don't want nutters, ie mentally ill or fearless, tough, & cruel people, who feel a need to own assault rifles living near me. If you are self identifying as a gun owning nutter, then yes, I don't want to live near you either.

about a year and a half ago
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New York Paper Uses Public Records To Publish Gun-Owner Map

NetFusion Rather Have a Map of Assualt Rifle Owners (1232 comments)

So I can be sure never to live near the nutters who believe they need to own one.

about a year and a half ago
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Homeland Security Mining Social Media For Signs of Bio Attacks

NetFusion Re:Much rather see restaurant monitoring (96 comments)

Your doing it wrong. Anyone eating feed lot corn cow burgers and burritos should expect 24 hours on the throne as the norm, not the outlier. There are a lot more issues with fast food then just the building and staff hygiene. The food itself is suspect and lacking in real nutrition.

Eating healthy means eating single source foods that are preferably made from local organically produced ingredients. When you look at a plate of food there should be little mystery about where the food on it came from and how it was made. So many people buy the lie that visual equivalence in food equals nutritional or sanitary equivalence, but they are not and the clearest evidence of this is the sad state of the heavily chemically fertilizer salted, herbicide, insecticide polluted soils they come from.

Real health begins with an active healthy soil food web in soils high in organic matter that is continually replenished, which is then used to raise healthy diverse plant life that can nutritiously feed you, the animals that you depend on for food, AND the larger food web of wildlife that keeps the pathogens and pests in check. In race to the bottom for the cheapest convenience food, you, the mono cropped and feed lot food you are eating, and the polluted soil it is created on are the losers. If you want true "Homeland Security", start by making healthy choices and seeking out responsibly made food.

"A nation that destroys its soils destroys itself." ~ Franklin D. Roosevelt

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Stands In the Way of a Truly Solar-Powered Airliner?

NetFusion Re:Let's go retro... (590 comments)

The bigger payoff is in improving the energy efficiencies of existing models then trying to create new ones. Moving cargo by ship takes advantage of the density difference between water and air for buoyancy and reduced friction of heavy loads. When we talk about where you can place 5 to 10 square city block of solar panels on a moving object, a container ship comes to mind. Add to that things like giant kites to take advantage of free wind power and air lubrication of the hulls. We need that kind of thinking in improving land based transport.

about a year and a half ago
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The Nation Is Losing Its Toolbox

NetFusion Urban Homesteading (525 comments)

I think the best way to combat the loss of craftsmanship and sustainability is to encourage urban homesteading. We as a society need to encourage people to nurture the land around them, to plant gardens to feed their families and the nature in their ecosystems, to build workshops to make crafts and maintain their dwellings, and to share this knowledge with their children and neighbors to keep a pool of sustainable knowledge alive. I am a programmer and maintainer of a data center by day, but I am heirloom gardener, plant and wildlife biodiversity advocate, and workshop tinkerer the rest of the time. I share those passions with the people I connect with in the hope that they will take those seeds of healthy living and spread them to other communities.

about 2 years ago
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First Full Observable-Universe Simulation

NetFusion The Multiverse Apocolapse (95 comments)

Gradually the multiverse calculations our universe spawns will become more complex and longer lived until the secret of a self sustaining calculation that uses the very fabric of space time as its compuational engine is found and grows rapidly with inflation to consume our universe and give birth to new ones. /tin foil

more than 2 years ago
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Millions of Subscribers Leaving Cable TV for Streaming Services

NetFusion Re:AppleTV (380 comments)

With iTunes the pilot episodes are usually free promos or if not you can buy just a few, then if you like the show you can "complete my season" which deducts any single episode you bought from the price of the season. Don't get me wrong, I use Netflix too for exploring old movies and back episodes, but for movies and shows that are current iTunes lets you keep up with minimal lag time unlike Netflix release times and limited selection. For my family it is really all about the quality of the shows writing, with no ads to junk up our peaceful home, and being able to schedule time to watch one or two shows near bedtime with no fuss or ad skipping. Apple's solution provides that and the iOS integrations like Airplay etc are just a bonus.

more than 2 years ago
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Millions of Subscribers Leaving Cable TV for Streaming Services

NetFusion AppleTV (380 comments)

Apple are on thier way to winning this war on cable. The new AppleTV was quietly updated to 1080p and requires no local time shifting storage solution. The have secured agreements so you can get most shows one day behind air date, with premium shows from HBO released after season ends. No commercials for the majority except for Glee which did put in post show adverts that put it in my will not watch again list. No monthly fee so you can not buy anything new and still have access to you previous purchases. Prediction: Apple will release AppleTV iOS apps with user selectable channels and lower the bar to become a broadcaster with Apple doing delivery. Tight integration with iPads and iPhones for remote control with Siri voice query as option. Maybe a TV set with AppleTV docking station to allow for brain upgrades without replacing set every time.

more than 2 years ago
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Nokia: the Sun Can't Charge Your Phone

NetFusion Re:But does it extend battery? (290 comments)

A few more things to add: Avoid buying old LIPO stock/powered devices stored in unknown conditions.
Guys who always keeping cell phones in their pockets (98F) will degrade their batteries faster then women who keep them in their purse (75F).

more than 2 years ago
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Nokia: the Sun Can't Charge Your Phone

NetFusion Re:But does it extend battery? (290 comments)

Temperatures over 140F (easily achievable on dashboard) will damage permanently LIPO batteries, cells will start to puff and internal resistance will rise. Fire is real possibility if done repeatedly when fully charged. Even room temperature will degrade a LIPO over time depending on its charge state.

A fully charge cell (4.2v) will lose 35% of its capacity at 100F after one year.
A half charge cell (3.8v) will lose 15% of its capacity at 100F after one year.
A fully charge cell (4.2v) will lose 20% of its capacity at 75F after one year.
A half charge cell (3.8v) will lose 4% of its capacity at 75F after one year.
A fully charge cell (4.2v) will lose 6% of its capacity at 35F after one year.
A half charge cell (3.8v) will lose 2% of its capacity at 35F after one year.

What you should take away from this:
Store LIPO powered devices in a cool shaded places. Never buy extra LIPOs unless you have near term plans to use them. For long term storage of LIPOs or devices with them, get them to half charged and store in the fridge if possible (do not freeze). Beware of condensation when bringing LIPO's or devices back up to room temp in humid environments.

more than 2 years ago
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Ham Radio Licenses Top 700,000, An All-Time High

NetFusion Re: FPV (358 comments)

The HAM license is required for legal use of the FPV 1280 MHz video links and frequency hopping UHF control systems on the ARS 433 MHz bands in the US. They transmit at powers of 500 mW ~ 1000 mW which allows control ranges greater then 10 miles line of sight.

Warning: FPV is not a cheap or easy hobby! It requires a great deal of electrical, mechanical, engineering, radio, and flying skills to be successful.
The RCG FPV Forum is good place to learn more.

more than 2 years ago
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In the EU, Water Doesn't (Officially) Prevent Dehydration

NetFusion Re:And in the US (815 comments)

I also like horseradish with a bit of barbecue sauce swirled in for sweetness with my fries. You should try dressing the Ketchup up with some real flavor like you do with the pizza.

Cumin and cinnamon, in close to equal amounts to taste, are the cure for plain ketchup. Discovered and reversed engineered from a pub that served "spicy ketchup" with a basket of fries.

more than 2 years ago
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Boeing's Enormous Navy Laser Cannon

NetFusion Military pyromaniacs (291 comments)

An offensive use of space based focused solar energy or powerful earth based lasers could also be to cause chaos in an enemy country by starting fires in cities and drought affected regions.

more than 3 years ago
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MA High School Forces All Students To Buy MacBooks

NetFusion Re:What are they going to do? (1217 comments)

there are only a few ways to re-image a MacBook, and none are fast enough

We use network asr reimaging for all our macs. During the summer we turn our networks into the equivalent of radio stations, multicast broadcasting the new images for the year over all the switches. We publish a command to the machines to switch to the network for boot to kick the process off. We can reimage all 3000 student cart macbooks and all 1500 labs imacs in under a week. The work part of the process is getting the laptops out of the carts and hooked up to power and ethernet and putting them back in once they complete. During the year we switch to imaging using netboot with afp images delivered unicast over gig links for one off repairs. We use the same unicast netboot tech for our windows units so we can be more selective of which image goes with which hardware. Windows is a real pain compared to the universal osx images we deploy.

more than 4 years ago
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Economy Tanked While Government Surfed Porn

NetFusion Re:Look Around You, Look Around You, Look Around Y (405 comments)

The actual policy is you can do whatever the heck you want as long as you get your job done. But if you pissed someone off enough that they want to fire you they will look at your internet history as a justification.

That is so true. And even if your internet history is spotless, they will keeping digging till they find a reason to fire you.

more than 4 years ago
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Ubisoft DRM Problems Remain Unsolved

NetFusion Re:They don't care about the problems today. (430 comments)

I know it doesn't matter to them, but I was really looking forward to AC2. I just got back from a trip to Italy and was enamored with the game's setting. I was all ready to pull the trigger on AC2 the moment it was offered. Hell I was also on a Steam binge in which I bought many games I still haven't played, and even some old ones I have no intention of playing in a fit of consumerism. But once I found out it was going to have online only DRM I was very disappointed and decide not to buy. I have a few games in my collection that are limited activations DRM that I am not too happy about but still bought them, but this new limit was just a bridge too far for me. I play most of my single player games offline in places with no internet connect. If I have an internet connection I tend to playing something multiplayer or just read on the web. When people like me who want their game, take pride in their legit game collection, are completely turned off by the delivery of a product, they have truly screwed up and lost the good faith of their customers. Ubisoft turned the potential buyer of one of their games into someone who will never buy any of their games. Snatching defeat from the mouth of victory.

more than 4 years ago
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OCZ's Brain Mouse Hits the Store

NetFusion Re:Stephen Hawking (150 comments)

I can confirm that this is a real problem. I worked with a early release of the Eagle Eyes eye mouse with a family member with ALS. The signals were too weak at times to be usable. It was also very taxing to try to control and centering issues were difficult frustrating to deal with. If you are going to try this path, you should start before they really need it so there is time to train and learn to efficiently control the system.

more than 6 years ago

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