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Battery Breakthrough: Researchers Claim 70% Charge In 2 Minutes, 20-Year Life

NotQuiteReal You think electricity is expensive now? (395 comments)

Just wait until electric cars that require commercial charging stations become popular.

The drop in gasoline tax revenue will logically lead to "car electricity" taxes... coming soon to a charging station near you.

5 days ago
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Google Finds Vulnerability In SSL 3.0 Web Encryption

NotQuiteReal Don't use plaintext (68 comments)

Become a sesquipedalian - use fancy fonts, Bold, ALL CAPS, whatever it takes to be plaintext free!

5 days ago
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NSA To Scientists: We Won't Tell You What We've Told You; That's Classified

NotQuiteReal Democracy is tyranny (106 comments)

Democracy is tyranny... that is why we tried to have a Republic, for a while.

Ben Franklin - on the day the Republic was declared, opined that we had "A republic, if you can keep it."

about two weeks ago
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Kmart Says Its Payment System Was Hacked

NotQuiteReal Re:BLUE LIGHT SPECIAL !! (101 comments)

umm... the color blue? Loose associations come easily to those who drink-n-post.

about two weeks ago
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Goodbye, World? 5 Languages That Might Not Be Long For This World

NotQuiteReal Latin? (546 comments)

I've heard that Latin is a "dead" language, but people refer to it all the time, and even act smug if they know it!

about two weeks ago
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Dubai Police To Use Google Glass For Facial Recognition

NotQuiteReal Even in the Middle East? (122 comments)

With all those gutras, agals, keffiyah and turbins, as well as hijabs, burqas, niqabs, and chandors.

Toss in a variety of Ray Bans...

Well, you see the problem? (But not much of a face.)

about two weeks ago
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How Computer Vision Algorithms Cope With Detecting Human Figures In Art

NotQuiteReal Where do you get the answer key? (22 comments)

In some cases, the "detection" of an object in Art (or meaning in literature) is in the eye of the beholder, unless the artist tells you that is what they meant.

about two weeks ago
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Is an Octopus Too Smart For Us To Eat?

NotQuiteReal dog meat nutrition (481 comments)

The Wikipedia entry on Meat lists the commonly consumed mammals. Curiously, only dog meat has a nutrition label.

I am pretty sure your local butcher would NOT appreciate you printing up some of those labels and leaving them around his store...

about two weeks ago
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World's Smallest 3G Module Will Connect Everything To the Internet

NotQuiteReal Re:Cost (118 comments)

free reign

free rein

free rain? (varies by jurisdiction if you actually own the rain that falls on your land).

about three weeks ago
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Nearly 2,000 Chicago Flights Canceled After Worker Sets Fire At Radar Center

NotQuiteReal Re: Taxing the Congested Skies (223 comments)

depends on how transparent the breakdown is... I do recall some airfares that were pretty close to 50/50 fare/taxes+fees, and I certainly have long distance phone bills that clearly show pennies worth of calls and dollars worth of "fees" that are carefully described as "not taxes".

So, while everything isn't "taxes", they are larger than you think, but the "profit" part is generally pretty small. For example, the current "profit margin" for American Airlines is negative That can't be good...

about three weeks ago
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Nearly 2,000 Chicago Flights Canceled After Worker Sets Fire At Radar Center

NotQuiteReal Re:Taxing the Congested Skies (223 comments)

These are not the trollsocks you want...

about three weeks ago
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Water Discovered In Exoplanet Atmosphere

NotQuiteReal Speaking of water... (50 comments)

If you can build oil pipelines hundreds of miles long, why don't "they" build water pipelines to the desert of southern California? Maybe it is because oil is (statistically speaking) infinitely more valuable than oil)?

OTOH -- maybe driving away from a desert is more cost effective than living there...

about three weeks ago
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GNOME 3.14 Released

NotQuiteReal Release the Gnomes (250 comments)

That doesn't sound nearly as intimidating as Release the Kraken! (or even Release the hounds...)

Just sayin...

about three weeks ago
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Netflix Rejects Canadian Regulator Jurisdiction Over Online Video

NotQuiteReal CRTC (184 comments)

CRTC = Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission


Radio? No
Television? No
Telecommunications? Maybe

In as far as Netflix is using "telecommunications" infrastructure... I guess that gets the camel's nose into the tent?

But the same could be said of any web site - why doesn't the CRTC ask YouTube, or even Slashdot for subscriber data? What's the difference? They are all web sites pushing on-demand content to users - not broadcasting. Besides, even if they were "broadcasting", one could argue they would only have an interest in making sure the content was not inappropriate, not who the potential recipients were.

If you are a fan of net neutrality then you should be just as wary of governments gumming up things as carriers playing favorites.

about a month ago
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Phablet Reviews: Before and After the iPhone 6

NotQuiteReal want vs settle? (277 comments)

what you want vs getting what your finances force you to settle for

These are not the only choices.

about a month ago
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Anonymous Peer-review Comments May Spark Legal Battle

NotQuiteReal other people's money (167 comments)

Salaries in the academic world are crazy, and still getting worse - for example, rather than heralding how budget conscious the UC system is, paying chancellors "only" $319K, instead, they "fixed the problem" with a 20% across the board pay raise.

Just in time, I am sure, without making over $380K, I am sure all those administrators would just go work somewhere else and you wouldn't be able to find anyone qualified for such paltry salaries.

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

NotQuiteReal CNC machines (408 comments)

But they had to buy 10k CNC machines to build 1M bodies? Doesn't sound right. Only 100 per machine.

They were battery operated, and looked cool! No seams for battery doors or holes for pesky charger ports!

about a month ago
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Apple's "Warrant Canary" Has Died

NotQuiteReal What do Terrorists use? (236 comments)

Obviously they are not hipster enough for Apple products, ironic beards not withstanding.

Android products are too "free", and therefore would encourage infidel proclivities.

They kill all their own intellectuals who could create a new phone, so... they must use WINDOWS!!!!

about a month ago
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Airbnb To Start Collecting Hotel Tax On Rentals In San Francisco

NotQuiteReal Re:4 cities... (71 comments)

Yes, in Europe, the price stated, is the price you pay, but, at least while shopping via the Internet, it is common to point out that the VAT is included. For example, go to booking.com, select a European city, pick a random hotel and it will give the price - AND - the notation "Included 20% VAT" (London) or "Included 25% VAT" (Copenhagen), "Included: 6% VAT, Not included: € 2 city tax per person per night." (Bruges).

While it is nice to have an all-inclusive price, it is important to be transparent on the amount of taxes being paid. In Europe, just as in the US, taxes vary wildly state-by-state.

about a month ago

Submissions

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Cox announces death of USENET for Internet users

NotQuiteReal NotQuiteReal writes  |  more than 4 years ago

NotQuiteReal (608241) writes "Today my email had (several copies) of an email from my Internet provider that begins

Dear Valued Customer:

Effective June 30, 2010, Cox Communications will discontinue Usenet service to our subscribers.
Declining newsgroup usage in recent years has highlighted the need to focus our resources on other priorities


Is this a trend among Internet providers? Cox did offer 50% off of a Giganews subscription for $3 or $15 per month!
Appropriately enough, my "Prove yourself" capcha is "sadden"..."
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California bill would make downloads "tangible

NotQuiteReal NotQuiteReal writes  |  more than 6 years ago

NotQuiteReal (608241) writes "California Assemblyman Charles Calderon, D-Whittier, has introduced a bill that would allow sales tax to be collected on "media downloads". Assembly bill AB1956 would be able to do this only by reclassifying such downloads as "tangible personal property".

My first thought is that would suck yet another tax. My second thought was — hey "isn't that how they got Al Capone?" — yes, the old tax evasion trap. If you thought the RIAA was bad, just wait until the Tax Man comes after your for your untaxed P2P!"
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NotQuiteReal NotQuiteReal writes  |  about 8 years ago

NotQuiteReal (608241) writes "I know the Slashdot crowd usually complains about John C. Dvorak columns... sure the guy needs to carp about something, let the guy make a living, sheesh.

But one of his latest columns seems to be right on. He is bitching about Microsoft Windows and is right on target. No fluff here. Even a Slashdotter can agree with Dvorak for once, right? He summarized the seemingly random, Windows issues when it comes to using the UI for simple things like "copying folders"! What a concept — have the UI ask you questions up front, rather than an hour from now! Who hasn't had this problem with Windows. [Personally I have been trained to use Cygwin for certain tasks. cough, cough.]

If you use Windows, for whatever reason, don't you think this whole column has nailed a lot of your complaints about the Window UI?"
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NotQuiteReal NotQuiteReal writes  |  more than 8 years ago

NotQuiteReal (608241) writes "I saw a story that the AP is reporting about TrackMeNot, which sounds like a FireFox plug-in. From the article:

"TrackMeNot periodically sends fake, innocuous queries to search engines, making it harder for someone to glean your actual search habits by reviewing the companies' logs that contain your queries"

Does that seem like a good idea? Would you run such a thing. If you had some choice words in your random search list, could you not garner more attention, rather than less?

Is this just another way to waste bandwidth?"

Journals

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Second Slashdot Haiku

NotQuiteReal NotQuiteReal writes  |  more than 7 years ago when it is darkest
even the dimmest light can
help you find the way

I'll use this for a sig, for a bit. The meaning is literal.

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Obvious Haiku

NotQuiteReal NotQuiteReal writes  |  more than 9 years ago I figured I'd turn on this Journal option and see what happens. But I have nothing to say at the moment.

Well, how about this Haiku I wrote last night. I don't generally write poetry of any sort, but I was working on coming up with a few words on an unrelated topic and noticed it was real close to Haiku, so I fiddled a bit and this popped out:

Some five syllables
Another seven go here
Finish with five more

Seems like an "obvious" Haiku to me, but I couldn't google it, so I figured it must be original. Enjoy. Or not. I have no expectation of an audience here.

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