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Florida Supreme Court: Police Can't Grab Cell Tower Data Without a Warrant

NixieBunny Re:Criminals who carry tracking devices... (113 comments)

I don't think it's all that wise to use the phones you got from your customers, as they are probably "interesting characters" as well.

4 days ago
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Florida Supreme Court: Police Can't Grab Cell Tower Data Without a Warrant

NixieBunny Re:Criminals who carry tracking devices... (113 comments)

Yes, it's reasonable to assume that your cellphone is betraying your every move, if it's on you. The cops ignore the laws anyways - we have to deal with it somehow. The bet way is to not make it easy for them, by using other ways of communicating that don't trigger the cop spying machinery.

4 days ago
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Florida Supreme Court: Police Can't Grab Cell Tower Data Without a Warrant

NixieBunny Criminals who carry tracking devices... (113 comments)

Carrying a tracking device is not a good idea if you don't want to be tracked. Cellphones are basically tracking devices that also place phone calls and take photos of incriminating evidence.

Leave your phone at home when doing naughty things - it will give you an alibi!

4 days ago
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Independent Researchers Test Rossi's Alleged Cold Fusion Device For 32 Days

NixieBunny Re:Hoax (984 comments)

...or they aren't measuring the output power correctly. That test setup is way too skimpy to actually measure output power accurately.

about two weeks ago
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Independent Researchers Test Rossi's Alleged Cold Fusion Device For 32 Days

NixieBunny Re:Hoax? Or not? (984 comments)

Your item #4 is intriguing. I was surprised to see the thing sitting in a shelf in the open with nary a test probe in sight. How *are* they measuring the emitted power?

I want to see a detailed writeup on the experiment!

about two weeks ago
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The Greatest Keyboard Ever Made

NixieBunny Just played with one (304 comments)

My nephew showed up with a clean, original model M at robotics meting the other day. He might have gotten it from his dad, my twin brother, a fellow with way too many ancient IBM PCs. Like these.

about two weeks ago
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WSJ: Google X Display Team Works Toward Bezel-Free Modular Displays

NixieBunny Seamless screen joining (56 comments)

I get the sense that these folks want to eliminate the non-pixel space between adjacent LCD screens. That will take some fancy screen design, as the connections to the controller chips occur at the edges of the glass. Those connections are currently many pixels wide.

I imagine that someone will figure out a way, but I won't hold my breath.

about three weeks ago
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Why You Can't Manufacture Like Apple

NixieBunny Re:Wow (408 comments)

The original article says a "20 um hole", which is just under a thousandth of an inch. Please RTFA before commenting.

about a month ago
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Why You Can't Manufacture Like Apple

NixieBunny Re:Google's storage (408 comments)

The disk drive makers, and there are only two left, are companies that have been doing nothing but making disk drives for 30 years. This is true for a reason - they are focused entirely on making disk drives and nothing else, and they have the decades of experience to do it right. Their prices are insanely low and their quality is very high. Google knows that it would never catch up to their abilities.

about a month ago
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Why You Can't Manufacture Like Apple

NixieBunny Re:Me too. (408 comments)

That 100 per machine is for some unit of time, probably a week.

about a month ago
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Did you use technology to get into mischief as a child?

NixieBunny Re:Locks (231 comments)

A key that will open 2000 locks is nothing to sneer at, whatever you choose to call it. It's a very dumb system, defeated by a couple bored high school sophomores in a couple hours.

about a month and a half ago
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Did you use technology to get into mischief as a child?

NixieBunny Re:Locks (231 comments)

I used the key to make it easier to open MY lock, and for bragging rights. I had no desire to own anyone else's sports equipment. I'm a slashdot poster, after all.

about a month and a half ago
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Did you use technology to get into mischief as a child?

NixieBunny Re:Locks (231 comments)

The school admin was told that what we did was impossible, so your concern never registered on them. Besides, they need to be able to remove locks that students left on lockers past the end of the school year, or on the shared lockers at any time. (These are gym lockers, not hall lockers. Smelly socks etc.) Smelly socks don't warrant any sort of controls on keys.

about a month and a half ago
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Did you use technology to get into mischief as a child?

NixieBunny Locks (231 comments)

My brother and I each made a master key for our school's Master combination padlocks that everyone used in gym class, using an old house key and a file. It took a year and a half for the school to find out. They suspended us for three days after telling us that their locksmith had informed them that what we had done was not possible.

about a month and a half ago
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The Data Dome: A Server Farm In a Geodesic Dome

NixieBunny Re:But why a dome? (62 comments)

A dome doesn't care which way the wind blows, because it's round. Your long low building might have issues with that.

about 2 months ago
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Comcast Drops Spurious Fees When Customer Reveals Recording

NixieBunny That's why I use chat instead of phone (368 comments)

Just yesterday I had to engage with my ISP's support folks to resolve a network speed issue. Fortunately, I had saved the chat sessions from when the same problem occurred two years ago. I ended up pasting part of a previous chat session into the current chat session so that the CSR could see what worked last time. Result: problem resolved in hours, not days

about 2 months ago
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Brookings Study Calls Solar, Wind Power the Most Expensive Fossil Alternatives

NixieBunny Re:And when you include end-of-life costs? (409 comments)

The cost *is* minimal, since they aren't actually doing anything about the byproducts these days. The folks in Nevada who wanted to store that stuff in Yucca Mountain are still working on that plan, while the nasty stuff itself sits on the power plant properties in temporary storage. Paralysis costs nothing (as long as there's no disaster on a power plant site).

about 2 months ago
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How long ago did you last assemble a computer?

NixieBunny Re:Glad to see you use the term 'assemble' (391 comments)

I agree wholeheartedly. It took a lot of wire wrapping work to make a computer back then. Later I started designing them for a living, which often involved soldering together the first article and testing the bejeezus out of it. That got harder after BGAs appeared.

about 3 months ago
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Disappointed Woz Sells His "Worthless" Galaxy Gear Watch

NixieBunny Re:Nixie Watch (242 comments)

He wears his Nixie tube watch every day on the left wrist. His right wrist has held a variety of smartwatches, including an iPod Nano. (I make the Nixie watch, so I'd know.)

about 4 months ago

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