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Ask Slashdot: What Tech Products Were Built To Last?

Onuma Nokia 5110 (671 comments)

My old Nokia candybar phone (c. 2000) is practically indestructible. To this day I can still charge it up and play "nibbles" in all its LCD monochrome glory. Too bad the cell towers don't support its signal anymore...

2 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Tech Products Were Built To Last?

Onuma Re:MX 510? Really? (671 comments)

That's lame. I had an MX500 which lasted many years, have a G5 which still works flawlessly (but isn't hooked up atm) and each of my home PCs has a G500 currently in use. The only Logitech mouse which has ever failed me was the G7 because the battery packs don't hold a steady charge any longer, and I lost the transceiver. Wireless mice don't work without the antenna or batteries :)

2 days ago
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Daylight Saving Time ...

Onuma Re:24-hour UTC clocks are the only way to go. (310 comments)

but it would not work well for me.The following would be completely confusing to me

That seems to be your problem. Perhaps you're unable to wrap your mind around it, because you've never been forced to use it. You're not being instantaneously teleported to random locations around the world, having to figure out in which time zones you're now located...this isn't an episode of Sliders. If you're traveling between NY and WA, you either already know the general times during which businesses are active, or you'd plan accordingly. If not, that is your own fault.

Every single issue you described is just as arbitrary as you proclaim my proposed clock to be. Broadcast stations, whether TV, radio, or otherwise already tailor to local working hours. Staples is open based on local working hours. The solar cycle does not arbitrarily change. The key difference with my proposed clock, which has been validated by a little system called "UTC" if you weren't already aware, is that it assigns 1 time keeping value which never needs to be translated and correlates to the solar cycle. Virtually every major international business already runs on UTC with a 24-hour clock, whether you choose to acknowledge it or not. Localities would actually find it extremely easy to use the same system; it would avoid any mistranslations in delivery times, electronic transactions, etc.

I'm sorry you don't understand. Cheers.

about a month ago
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What If the Next Presidential Limo Was a Tesla?

Onuma Re:Not EMP resistant (330 comments)

I'm fairly certain the current Beast is not HEMP protected. It's solidly constructed, but it doesn't have copper knife-edge seals and a complete faraday cage around all of its electrical and electronic components.

Besides; if there are EMPs anywhere in the area of the principal, there's already a major breakdown of security and things are likely out of their control. Their escort vehicles, mobile phones, radios and other electronics are all useless by that point, not even counting the other unknown factors which would subsequently arise.

about a month ago
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Daylight Saving Time ...

Onuma Re:24-hour UTC clocks are the only way to go. (310 comments)

We would still "work" on a solar cycle. Until we're no longer dependent on the sun as organisms, we will utilize day & night accordingly.

When you're dealing with international correspondence, global networks, etc., the overarching day/night cycle loses its meaning. "Tomorrow" is relative to the situation, and is easily understood. I do it all the time; At 0100, say "talk to you tomorrow" which actually means perhaps 2100 that same night...not technically solar OR calendar-day tomorrow, but it is indicative of a work/rest cycle.

If you're not dealing with others who are in multiple time zones, then the point is absolutely moot. It's just a change in perception and behavior, not actual function.

Again, I have been doing this for many years. It works extremely well the way I describe it. When people don't adapt to it, or they choose to try to stick with their own local times, the system breaks down. If they had been trained to think that way from the start, then there would be no issues at all...the issue is getting people to make that change and adhere to it.

about a month ago
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Daylight Saving Time ...

Onuma 24-hour UTC clocks are the only way to go. (310 comments)

As someone who has worked with worldwide network technologies for over a decade, I can safely say that everyone running on UTC (or "Zulu time" as they say in the military sector) is an extremely easy task, and a non-issue. Travel, phone calls, etc...it's all pretty darn easy. Most of our timing systems are already GPS-referenced, so translating from one time zone to another is moot.

The worst complications might arise when you have to coordinate a meeting (physically or digitally) with someone far away. All you need then is their respective work hours, which you can use to select an agreeable time frame in which to meet. You might get off work at 2200, where they might start at 0100...so pick 2330 (or whatever) as the middle-ground and take it from there.

There is no reason to keep our antiquated time zone & daylight savings systems in place. 24 hour clocks & UTC are far more efficient means of tracking time...the only obstacle to overcome is the anal retentiveness of everyone who has not yet gotten used to it.

about a month ago
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The Next Keurig Will Make Your Coffee With a Dash of "DRM"

Onuma Re:Why? (769 comments)

I'm in the same boat. It's really only detrimental when I have some kind of upset stomach and don't want to upset it further. But given about 24-36 hours without a cup, I'm in nearly-migraine mode.

I actually broke that addiction 3 years ago. Obviously temporarily. But for an entire week I was not a pleasant person to be around...my wife never wants me to go through caffeine withdrawal again, so she helps keep the supply going instead :D

about a month and a half ago
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South Korean Court Rules That Phone Bloatware Must Be Deletable

Onuma Re:South Korean Government: (138 comments)

Koreans are widely very tolerant, if not accepting, of their mandatory national (not necessarily military) service.

All of the soldiers I worked with over there had been amazingly professional, courteous, and capable. While I don't necessarily agree with compulsory service, they are allowed to defer it for some time in order to finish college, etc. At least it's a little bit flexible.

about 3 months ago
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Tesla Sending New Wall-Charger Adapters After Garage Fire

Onuma Re:Bravo, Tesla (195 comments)

Good point. Most home owners don't even know the condition of the wiring in their homes. I recently purchased and found out that the wiring in my place is all sorts of wacky...while I don't have the cash to fix it all now, I make sure to not overload any one circuit in the meanwhile.

If this thing were hooked up to my house, it'd probably be in cinders (the house, not necessarily the charger).

about 3 months ago
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The Biggest Tech Mishap of 2013?

Onuma Re:All of the above (162 comments)

Arguably, the mistakes RIM made with Blackberry go back about 7 years or so. When they didn't react smartly to the advent of the iPhone and Android devices, they started hammering the nails into their own coffin.

about 4 months ago
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Rough Roving: Curiosity's Wheel Damage 'Accelerated'

Onuma Re:Typical (157 comments)

I sincerely hope that this was as I read it...as a "Men In Tights" reference :D

about 4 months ago
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3-D Printed Gun Ban Fails In Senate

Onuma Re:How? (414 comments)

There are no semi-automatic-only M16 rifles. Since the M16 is very specifically the military variant of the AR-15 platform, it *always* has the capability to be both semi-automatic and "burst". M16 & M16A1 are semi- and fully-automatic. The M16A2 and subsequent variants are semi- and 3-round-burst capable. The M4 series is simply the shortened version of the M16, from 20" to 16" barrels with various other minor modifications (mostly superficial). Hence, when you go to purchase a rifle from ArmaLite, you will buy an AR-15, or from BushMaster it may be the AR-16, etc., ad nauseum.

Of the thousands of variations of AK47-based rifles, there are no super-anal-retentive definitions of which I am aware. I've seen them have semi-automatic fire, or 2-, 3-, 4-round-burst fire, as well as fully-automatic fire while still being classified as AK47-based firearms. If you'd qualified your statement without saying "M16s" at all, I'd probably not have even commented in the first place.

Cheers.

about 4 months ago
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Re: Daylight Saving Time, I would most like

Onuma We're still using time zones...? (462 comments)

No matter what our clocks say, we're still in the same point of existence as the rest of the planet. Time zones are an obsolete function, as is daylight savings time. As it is, we already use one reference and add or subtract hours based on geographic location...let's just cut out the middle man.

The world should run on a single 24 hour clock, for example the type which every GPS uses, and therefore what a vast amount of timekeeping systems already reference -- an "atomic clock" even gets its reference/steering via GPS timing.

So 0200 might be sunrise in America and sunset in Asia...who cares? The next time you have a flight, a long trip, an international teleconference, or some other multi-location coordination, you'll be quite thankful that everyone is using the same time standard.

about 5 months ago
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Diablo 3 Expansion Announced: Reaper of Souls

Onuma Re:Don't expect high sales (137 comments)

I'm in the same boat. Took to D1 via a friend who got it shortly after release..then D2 and LOD were frickin' awesome, despite the horrid b.net servers at launch (and for a good period afterward). D3 I played for a while, didn't end up making my money back, but I just got bored to hell with the game. It's pretty much when I knew Blizzard had lost their touch -- they were unstoppable in the previous decade, so it was like seeing a titan fall. After all, SC+BW, D2+LoD, and WC3+TFT and even WoW were all amazing titles which still have loyal followings...why would anyone think Blizzard would suddenly change directions?

Considering Blizzard has been lackluster (at best) during the late 2000's and early 2010's, I have no reason to trust they'll put out a product which I consider valuable for the money spent. Until both the game reviewers and my trusted friends/associates give me the nitty-gritty, I will not purchase any more of their wares.

about 8 months ago
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Diablo 3 Expansion Announced: Reaper of Souls

Onuma Re:Expect high sales (137 comments)

Actually, you could (at one point, at least) effectively increase the difficulty level in Single Player by starting a local/nullmodem multiplayer game, then backing out of it and going into single player instead. It wasn't quirky, and it didn't *TELL* you that you were in a higher difficulty...but as soon as you fought the first monsters you knew it wasn't normal anymore.

And the "Hellfire" expansion (released by Sierra) also added those difficulties, as well as the ability to walk really fast in town. It was nice to finally be able to get through town without waiting ages :)

about 8 months ago
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Video Game Industry Starting To Feel Heat On Gun Massacres

Onuma Re:The Stupidity, It Hurts! (1006 comments)

I like how you've worded your response. I am going to use/paraphrase this, when the necessity arises.

1 year,25 days
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CT State Senator Wants To Ban Kids From Using Arcade Guns

Onuma Re:cowboys and indians? (335 comments)

"In a perfect world..." as determined by you, an imperfect entity. I'm sure you're perfectly capable of educating me as to how I'm an abhorrent and irresponsible person because I own a variety of firearms which you deem "unnecessary".

Who are you to decide what, how, and how many firearms people are allowed to own? From where do your statistics and/or reasoning derive? Do you realize that there are semiautomatic, rifled, "high capacity" shotguns as well? Would you limit them only to pump-action, lever-action, breech loading or otherwise? What would the capacity be for a magazine?

Please, define some limitations without tossing around arbitrary figures. Is a firearm with more than X rounds more capable of killing than one with Y fewer rounds? Once the magazine is expended, couldn't you simply reload? Does the size or caliber of the weapon itself define its lethality? Is a .22LR not as capable of killing as a .50BMG?

My point is that the arguments you're providing are all moot. You would place restrictions on the very freedoms which Americans enjoy, at what cost? What would your restrictions effectively accomplish? They would not reduce crime. They would not reduce negligence. This would merely limit the capabilities of what your average person is able to enjoy and own in a legal manner.

It is not about necessity. You don't need a car, a phone, or the internet, yet you use those -- I'm giving the benefit of the doubt in assuming you do this without harming anyone else in the process. Those are not constitutionally protected liberties; notice that I did not say constitutionally granted liberties. Firearms are, and for damned good reasons. If you choose not to exercise them to any extent, then that is your prerogative.

about a year ago
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The U.S. minimum wage should be

Onuma Re:Missing option - Enforced (1106 comments)

unless they do something else dangerous to society, like smoking mj

I fail to see how smoking pot would endanger society...or anyone for that matter. Excluding the drug trade in itself, only considering the actual usage of said drugs, there is zero harm to anyone except potentially the user (you know, if they light themselves on fire). I understand this was just an example, but a more suitable example would have made more sense. Real sense, not federal law enforcement sense.

Agreed about the gist of it though. It's a sort of "see no evil" thing in many areas.

about a year ago
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US CEO Says French Workers Have Three-Hour Work Day

Onuma So... (1313 comments)

...as compared to US Government workers, they're getting TRIPLE the productivity!

about a year ago

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Ask Slashdot: Do Free2Play Games Have a Future?

Onuma Onuma writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Onuma (947856) writes "I spent this weekend at PAX East in Boston, where a whole lot of new games showcased. With the massive influx of games on the market for multiple platforms, we would be spending the better part of our money if we purchased even half of what is out there. Based on the success of Free2Play games like Riot's League of Legends and the potential success of Red 5 Studios' Firefall, do you think there is a future in F2P gaming?"

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