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Apple Will Refund $32.5M To Settle In-App Purchase Complaints With FTC

Nf1nk Re: They should require refund window (252 comments)

There is a trick to creating a AppleID account with no credit card. It does, however cost $5. First buy an iTunes gift card for $5 at the local grocery store. Next use that when you set up the account. It works great and is safe.

about 7 months ago

US Justice Blocks Implementation of ACA Contraceptive Mandate

Nf1nk Re:All or nothing (903 comments)

Health insurance works more like the extended warranty I bought on my car. To add 4 years and and an extra 40000 miles to my cars warranty, it cost me $2,000. Car insurance of the normal type is about 800 per year for my car.

I am not sure I would call the extended warranty ridiculously expensive.

about 8 months ago

The New Ethanol Blend May Damage Your Vehicle

Nf1nk Re:Who cares about some damage to a few cars... (375 comments)

The poor Elbonain farmer can then not find a market for his corn because the 1st world country dump their surplus grain on Elbonia by the shipload thereby making an effective economy impossible in their little country.

about a year and a half ago

Peel-and-Stick Solar Cells Created At Stanford University

Nf1nk Re:Self-adhesive solar panels have long existed (46 comments)

Uni-Solar made some seriously crappy cells. If the plastic membrane on those cells got a scratch (and they scratched pretty easy) the cell would bloom into a rust ball that produced no power. Also the mounting adhesive could not handle multiple heating and cooling cycles without coming apart. The warranty department also had no idea how to fix the problems.

about a year and a half ago

With Pot Legal, Scientists Study Detection of Impaired Drivers

Nf1nk Re:The ignorance abounds (608 comments)

The problem with decriminalization as opposed to legalization, is that the supply chain is still unregulated. The upper chain are still criminals and can still adulter the product in dangerous ways. The product is still sold along side of harder drugs which is the mechanism for the gateway drug argument. And drug dealers exist outside of the law so there is no reason for them to not sell to children.

about 2 years ago

Lawsuit Challenges New York Sugary Drink Ban

Nf1nk Re:Good (642 comments)

++Or liter... which makes me think he's not an American at all....
oddly enough one of the only metric things to stick after the ill fated attempt at using the metric system in the 70s was the that soda is commonly sold in 1, 2 and 3 liter bottles.
I can't think of much else that stayed metric after the choice was given.

about 2 years ago

Concept Aquatic Rover May Explore a Lake On Titan

Nf1nk Re:Why... (47 comments)

It turns out to be really hard to comunicate with stuff on the bottom of the ocean. Salt water absorbs RF like crazy at useful frequencies. ULF works but has an abysmal data rate. This means you either hang your submersible on a tether or let it go black and operate fully independently for long periods and surface to report back.
There are a ton of unmanned craft using both methods.

about 2 years ago

The Implications of Google Restricting Access To Anti-Islam Film

Nf1nk Re:that is not the point. (727 comments)

Part of adulthood is learning how to deal with difficult people and difficult situations. Turning violent every time you don't get your way is the way a toddler lives.

about 2 years ago

The Implications of Google Restricting Access To Anti-Islam Film

Nf1nk Re:have you seen it? (727 comments)

They were told it was a completely different movie called "desert warrior" and all of the anti islamic stuff was dubbed in later. All of the interviews with the folks in it that I read, nobody bitched about not being paid.

about 2 years ago

Chicago Teachers Rip 'Big Money Interest Groups'

Nf1nk Re:Chicago Teachers Rip 'Big Money Interest Groups (404 comments)

Let me tell you about what my union did for me. I am a federal employee in a large building for a large agency. I get paid well and have many fine benefits. One day some years ago a rat died in the subfloor under my desk. I called in a work order for the dead rat and not much happened. A week went by and the rat smell intensified. I asked for an update on the rat issue and was told it was in the system and awaiting a tech. Another week and it was unbearable. I spoke to my union rep, he made a few phone calls, and the next day they took apart my floor and removed the dead animal from under my cube.
This is one reason you need the union guy. All of my managers agreed that there was a problem, but they all were powerless to fix it. The union guy put on his hat with the extra bit of legal force and the problem is solved.

about 2 years ago

The Implications of Google Restricting Access To Anti-Islam Film

Nf1nk Re:have you seen it? (727 comments)

I read that the there was a cast/crew of 80 and that they were being paid $75 per day each (industry minimum is supposed to be $100, but sometimes you gotta eat). That gives about $6k per day or $30k per week. My educated guess is two weeks with most of the first week getting organized, and most of the second week realizing the budget was blown. My total estimate is somewhere between $75k and $100k.

about 2 years ago

The Implications of Google Restricting Access To Anti-Islam Film

Nf1nk Re:that is not the point. (727 comments)

The protesters need to grow the fuck up. If I am walking down the street and somebody calls me a name I don't walk over and start a fight, because I am a gwon up and that is not how grown ups live. If the islamists want to be part of the global community they need to toughen up and let shit slide.
Of course there is also the strong possibility that they do not want any part of the rest of the world.

about 2 years ago

Biodiesel From Sewage Sludge

Nf1nk Re:Smell (88 comments)

As an engineer, I know that it is possible to get any results you want, given the right amount of money.

about 2 years ago

Slashdot Asks: Beating the Summer Heat?

Nf1nk Re:Not in the upper-left-hand corner (421 comments)

Some of us in the lower left corner are also blanketed in a thick marine layer. The ground is wet and it is about 60 outside.

more than 2 years ago

Autonomous Vehicles and the Law

Nf1nk Maps? (417 comments)

Hold on, Maps is a poor example, I have a functional but low end Garmen GPS. Do you know where it gets its maps. It has them stored inside it. This is why it bugs me to hook it up to the internet for a map update (only $60). This is also why when I took it with me to japan it was basically a paper weight.

more than 2 years ago

GoDaddy Backs SOPA

Nf1nk Re:more interesting links (353 comments)

My understanding is that the cosmetics industry has a huge problem with counterfeit products. Many of the products are available online and it can be difficult to stop the sellers of these products. The counterfeit cosmetics are rarely made to quality or safety standards that the law requires and consumers expect.

more than 2 years ago

North Korean Dictator Kim Jong Il Dead at 70

Nf1nk Re:Kim Jong Il, (518 comments)

The Foxconn suicide rate was lower than the surrounding community. I would be curious what the comparable suicide rate is for GM, GE or any other large factory.

more than 2 years ago

Red Cross Debates If Virtual Killing Violates International Humanitarian Law

Nf1nk Re:And here I thought.... (516 comments)

Worse, this could seriously damage the Red Cross brand. If they start getting involved in the culture wars (a term I despise, but can not improve upon) they will lose there long earned reputation as an impartial provider of aide to those in need.
This sort of action significantly reduces the likelihood of my donating to their usually good cause.
They need to stick to their core "business" and avoid controversy.

more than 2 years ago

Rob "CmdrTaco" Malda Resigns From Slashdot

Nf1nk goodby (1521 comments)

Been a long time, the place won't feel the same without you.

about 3 years ago

Betty Boop and Indefinite Copyright

Nf1nk Re:Weird decision (249 comments)

>> How many Mickey Mouse cartoons have you seen lately ...?

>>Mickey is used as a logo, and in merchandising.... but not as a character ?

You are joking right? I will give you the benefit of the doubt and assume you don't have a small child and the disney channel. I only visit folks with TV, but with toddler in tow I have seen the mickey mouse clubhouse show
The animation is 3d, but they captured the whole fixed ear position from the original.

more than 3 years ago


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