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Ask Slashdot: Can You Say Something Nice About Systemd?

Polo Re:It freakin' works fine (928 comments)

decimal math is orthogonal to ebcdic.

about a month and a half ago
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Rite Aid and CVS Block Apple Pay and Google Wallet

Polo Re:Good luck with that. (558 comments)

I wonder if visa might NOT WANT widespread acceptance of Apple pay.

As soon as apple pay is the standard, there's no reason that competing
payment systems could be plugged into it circumventing visa, right?

about 2 months ago
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The Airplane of the Future May Not Have Windows

Polo Re:Fine, if (286 comments)

...and give me a slightly more roomy seat with more legroom

Historically, more space just means more passengers.

Some airlines would remove aisles and exit rows if authorities would allow it.

about 2 months ago
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Update: At Least 31 People Feared Dead After Japan Volcano Erupts

Polo First... (54 comments)

First Fukushima, now Mount Ontake?

We should push for more stringent regulation of these kinds of disasters.

about 3 months ago
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Piracy Police Chief Calls For State Interference To Stop Internet "Anarchy"

Polo Re:Police?? (302 comments)

I'm not sure, do you understand the City of London is not London?

about 3 months ago
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High School Student Builds Gun That Unlocks With Your Fingerprint

Polo Re:Great one more fail (600 comments)

Now for sale: fingerprint scanner jammers. Rob homes with ease, jam their guns and have no worries!

Pays for itself with 3 robberies or one drug deal double-cross!

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Are the Best Games To Have In Your Collection?

Polo Re:Trolling (382 comments)

What is the best trolling motor to get? Is there any other equipment that is a must-have for trolling?

about 4 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Are the Best Games To Have In Your Collection?

Polo Re:various card games (382 comments)

You know, the greatest thing about cards is that the games can span a range of abilities...

From the youngest Go Fish and Crazy-8 players to the most sophisticated Poker or 52-card-pickup players. ;)

about 4 months ago
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Calif. Court Rules Businesses Must Reimburse Cell Phone Bills

Polo Re:Why is this treated differently (161 comments)

I have a crazy grandfathered plan with unlimited staples, but limited nails.

NOW they have payment plans... which is just a way of having a lower priced plan if you own your phone/hammer. But my plan gives me the phone/hammer every 18-24 months.

about 4 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What To Do About Repeated Internet Overbilling?

Polo Re:maybe (355 comments)

Beer - it is required for communication, just like a flag bit or a destination ip address.

about 4 months ago
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Study: Ad-Free Internet Would Cost Everyone $230-a-Year

Polo Re:$230 (611 comments)

That sounds good, I'll sign up for the Gold Plan.

        (turns can of Pepsi so it faces forward in the browser window)

Although the Bronze plan with adblocker might be doable.

        (has anyone seen my Subway gift card? I'm going for lunch)

By the way, your post is pretty funny, too bad I don't have mod points.

about 4 months ago
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Calif. Court Rules Businesses Must Reimburse Cell Phone Bills

Polo Re:Why is this treated differently (161 comments)

My cellphone bill pays for a limited number of nails, and one new hammer every 18-24 months.

about 4 months ago
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Companies That Don't Understand Engineers Don't Respect Engineers

Polo Re:Database? (371 comments)

I thought you weren't a real engineer unless you could Boot a steam engine..

about 4 months ago
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Reversible Type-C USB Connector Ready For Production

Polo Re: What for? (191 comments)

I was wondering about the lightning connector. There seems to be a bunch of moving parts inside the socket. There are the "thiniges" that make the electrical contact, and there are two tiny things on the sides that hold the plug in place (the lightning plug seems to have indents on the edge to hold it in)

about 4 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Why Are Online Job Applications So Badly Designed?

Polo Re:2 reasons (278 comments)

3. If a company has a clumsy resume interface, that frightens away the good developers that would be qualified to fix it.

Why would a good developer want to work at a company with these obvious fundamental problems?

about 4 months ago
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Critics To FTC: Why Do You Hate In-App Purchasing Freedom?

Polo Re:The arcade (171 comments)

I actually think coin-ops were a little more honest. You usually got to play with really cool hardware,
and you physically insert your money one by one.

In some cases the IAP model is like an arcade machine where you don't hand your money over, instead it reaches into your wallet for you and takes out an ambiguous amount.

about 5 months ago
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Dealing With 'Advertising Pollution'

Polo Am I the only one? (418 comments)

I just close everything and skip going to the content.

I just don't buy into that ecosystem.

about 5 months ago
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Ninety-Nine Percent of the Ocean's Plastic Is Missing

Polo Re:One non-disturbing theory (304 comments)

I think this might be possible. I don't really know, but if you've ever "cycled" an aquarium, it's pretty interesting and makes me think it's plausible.

If you put fish in an aquarium full of fresh water, they will generate ammonia and eventually die (unless they are very hardy fish).

So to "cycle" the aquarium, you can put drops of ammonia in the aquarium each day. Over time, bacteria that metabolize ammonia will enter the aquarium water and colonize it. These bacteria will remove the ammonia, producing nitrites (which are also toxic to fish, but less so than ammonia).

If you continue cycling the aquarium, more bacteria colonize the water, ones which metabolize the nitrites into nitrates.

Fish are usually ok with nitrates, so at this point, you can introduce the fish to the aquarium, and they will survive because the system will naturally remove the ammonia and subsequent nitrites.

Optionally, you can add plants to the aquarium and they can utilize the nitrates and remove them. Remember nitrates? From fertilizer?

Long story short... I'll bet the ocean can do amazing things like this. Don't know for sure, but it's plausible.

about 6 months ago
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Privacy Worries For 'Smart' Smoke Alarms

Polo Re:I Love articles written by the clueless.... (90 comments)

wrong.

nest thermostat can detect you, and actively tries to determine if you are home.

The nest protect can ALSO detect you, and well enough that you can do the "nest wave" underneath it to silence an alarm.

They also communicate back and forth so that the thermostat can turn off the furnace if there's a fire, and the thermostat can go into "away" mode when nobody is home.

The protect has two ultrasonic sensors, an occupancy sensor, a light sensor and a variety of smoke/heat sensors:

Nest protect sensors

I can't find a simple summary for the thermostat, but it has occupancy, temperature and humidity sensors at least.

about 6 months ago
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Privacy Worries For 'Smart' Smoke Alarms

Polo Re:The Cloud is Ruining Home Automation (90 comments)

Do not overlook the fact that other companies will undercut you in price, just to "deal themselves in" in some fashion. Probably under the guise of "use your iphone to flush your home toilet while you're on vacation!"

about 6 months ago

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