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NASA 'Emails' a Socket Wrench To the ISS

Radak Quote positions? (68 comments)

Shouldn't that be "NASA Emails a 'Socket Wrench' to the ISS"? The realness of the email is not in question. The realness of the wrench is.

10 minutes ago
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Top Five Theaters Won't Show "The Interview" Sony Cancels Release

Radak Until Sony caved, yes.... (580 comments)

But since Sony has caved by deferring its release, Sony has joined the ranks of the chicken-droppings.

Sony didn't cave. Sony stood by their guns the whole time. It's the theatre chains who caved, so blame them, not Sony.

3 days ago
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Top Five Theaters Won't Show "The Interview" Sony Cancels Release

Radak Boycott (580 comments)

You're missing the point. They didn't choose not to show the movie because of a terrorist threat. They chose not to show the movie because it would cost them money. Regardless of what they say, they are not taking the threat seriously. What they are taking seriously is the number of customers who would choose not to come see The Interview, and particularly the number of customers who would choose not to come see anything at a theatre that is merely showing The Interview, out of fear for their own safety. The potential for empty theatre complexes for an entire holiday season scared the shit out of the theatres, and they made the safe financial decision.

Their reaction has nothing to do with terrorism, and everything to do with the almighty dollar. Claming it's a reaction to the terrorist threat is merely the popular way to present the financial decision to the terrorist-sensitive public.

3 days ago
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Major Delays, Revamped Beta For Credit-Card Consolidating Gadget Coin

Radak Re:Wonder if... (78 comments)

The whole point of the chip is that it isn't copyable. That's not the delay.

about 4 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Where Can I Find Good Replacement Batteries?

Radak Re:For 3rd party batteries, I've had good luck wit (131 comments)

Everybody's said it already, but here's another vote for Anker. I've bought batteries from them for three phones and they've all been great, and if you read Amazon reviews, you'll find their customer service in the rare event of problems is second to none.

about 4 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Taking a New Tack On Net Neutrality?

Radak Re:"we provide network access as part of rent" (185 comments)

Except that in my example (which is my real life), water is not billed by consumption. My water comes with my rent, no matter how much I use. But I'm sure it's still "unlimited" just as "unlimited" net connections are. However, the leasing company doesn't tell me that I can use water to bathe, but not to make tea, so that's really where my comparison falls apart.

Regardless, the point was more about the renter of a property having some rights, even if unwise to exercise, to control the use of resources that are provided as an extra feature in a tenant's rent. In OP's situation, I think it would be unwise of the rental company to attempt to wield that power, but there's nothing legally to prevent them doing so.

about 7 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Taking a New Tack On Net Neutrality?

Radak Re:"we provide network access as part of rent" (185 comments)

If you provide network access as part of your rent, you provide network access as part of your rent, period.

It's not really that simple. My apartment provides water as part of my rent. If I start filling swimming pools, they're going to get upset. I realize this is more akin to data caps on internet access rather than net neutrality, but the point is that "providing network access" isn't completely cut and dry. If some service is provided with a property rental, and not billed separately by consumption, the renter does have some rights to restrict the use of said service, especially in cases where the tenant has other options to receive the same service himself, at his own expense.

However, blocking access to certain sites unless said sites pay up is akin to extortion, so I think it's a very bad idea. The points made by CrankyFool are exactly right. Big companies like Amazon and Netflix don't care if 35,000 people can't access them because of some apartment company's attempts at extortion. They will ignore the situation, accepting that those 35,000 people can't access them, and many of those 35,000 people will get pissed off at the property rental company and rebel in one way or another. It wouldn't be pretty, and in the end would only harm the property rental company, whose reputation would be damaged when they are painted by their own tenants as censors at the same time as those tenants circumvent or move.

about 7 months ago
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OpenDNS Phases Out Redirection To Guide

Radak Re:Run your own resolver (90 comments)

I'm going to go with "he thinks he looks k00l if he can use words like 'telnet' and 'GET' on a Slashdot post".

about 7 months ago
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Amazon Wants To Run Your High-Performance Databases

Radak Re:FTFY (142 comments)

They are definitely trying to make a profit, just not in the short term. Bezos has always had a very long term outlook when it comes to profit, and apparently his shareholders are okay with that.

about 7 months ago
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Amazon Wants To Run Your High-Performance Databases

Radak Re:FTFY (142 comments)

Okay, maybe your post (if it was yours) wasn't a complaint, but I have seen this complaint time and again when it comes to companies like Amazon, as if we should expect big companies not to try to make a profit for their shareholders (which would be considered negligent). I think there are many more important things to be worried about (privacy being the most obvious) before people are concerned about capitalism being capitalist.

I am glad to see companies and individuals succeed, be it monetarily or otherwise, and I don't think we should let their success, or perhaps our own avarice, get in the way of asking the actually important questions about things like ethics, morals, and integrity.

about 7 months ago
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Amazon Wants To Run Your High-Performance Databases

Radak Re:FTFY (142 comments)

Of course Amazon wants your money. They're a business trying to make a profit. There are plenty of things people can complain about when it comes to Amazon or to any of their competitors in this arena, so why do people keep complaining that Amazon is trying to make a profit for itself and its shareholders?

about 7 months ago
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Tesla Model S Has Hidden Ethernet Port, User Runs Firefox On the 17" Screen

Radak Re:Everything is watching you these days... (208 comments)

Sorry I don't have votes to give you. This needs voted up. It's almost certainly what happened.

about 9 months ago
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60 Minutes Dubbed Engines Noise Over Tesla Model S

Radak Re:Top Gear was worse. (544 comments)

buying your way into a carpool lay seems quite WRONG to me, but its how its done, now. the rich aren't like us; they really hate to wait....

The object of the carpool lane is to reduce greenhouse gas emission per capita. Carpools accomplish this. So do electric cars. (This could potentially be argued due to manufacturing- and charging-related emissions, but the electric car generally still comes out "cleaner".) I don't see a problem with allowing cars with lower per capita emissions to use the special lanes, no matter what the source of the reduction in emissions.

Things that do bug me about carpool lanes: Seeing two people riding in a Hummer in the carpool lane while a single guy in a non-plugin hybrid can't be there, and places that actually sell stickers allowing single drivers of otherwise ineligible vehicles to drive in the carpool lane (yes, this does happen some places).

about 9 months ago
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Million Jars of Peanut Butter Dumped In New Mexico Landfill

Radak Re:Rancid Peanut Butter? Mmmmm. (440 comments)

I saw that in TFA, but it specifically says "leaky peanut oil", not "leaking". It was unclear to me whether this meant the jars were actually leaking oil, which is certainly indicative of a problem or if it meant that the oil was leaking out of the peanut butter but remaining inside the jar, which isn't a problem and is typical of peanut butter that's been sitting for a while. If that's the case, it just needs a stir.

about 9 months ago
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Million Jars of Peanut Butter Dumped In New Mexico Landfill

Radak Re:Rancid Peanut Butter? Mmmmm. (440 comments)

That I don't know about. Just commenting about the likely production date. Peanut butter jars don't last very long in my kitchen, but that's just me. :)

about 9 months ago
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Million Jars of Peanut Butter Dumped In New Mexico Landfill

Radak Re:Rancid Peanut Butter? Mmmmm. (440 comments)

The company shut down in 2012. These were produced prior to the company's closure. This is probably not safe for human consumption at this point.

According to TFA, the plant shut down in 2012 after the salmonella outbreak, but then reopened, closing again in October 2013. Presumably the peanut butter being landfilled will have been produced in late 2013, which leaves it well within reasonable shelf life.

about 9 months ago
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How Do You Backup 20TB of Data?

Radak Re:reduce the amount (983 comments)

Aww, you think the original poster's "friend" actually paid for all of his 20 TB of data and therefore has original media? How adorable.

about 9 months ago
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Jolla Announces Sailfish OS 1.0

Radak Re:Android compatibility (75 comments)

I haven't tried a whole lot of games yet, as I don't often play games on my phone. The only "large" games I've tried are a few of the Angry Birds games, all of which worked fine. If there's something specific (and free) you'd like me to test for you, let me know and I'll check it out.

about 10 months ago

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Confirmation letter and a new brochure

Radak Radak writes  |  more than 9 years ago

I've finally received official confirmation of my deposit, in the form of a letter from Virgin Galactic's President, Will Whitehorn.

They tossed in a very nice colour brochure. Scans of every page here: 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16

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Letter from Sir Richard

Radak Radak writes  |  more than 9 years ago Got a lovely letter from Sir Richard today, mailed from Switzerland, thanking me for joining up. It's even personally signed. Big black Sharpie. If I were the Rebel Billioniare, that's exactly how I'd sign things, too. Wouldn't you?

I've scanned a copy and put it here.

Now I'm waiting for my invitation to the Necker Island Pioneers' Party. Come on Sir Richard, you know you want to.

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How nice. New fans. / Virgin Galactic

Radak Radak writes  |  more than 9 years ago

So I see my post today about Virgin picked up a few fans. I guess this means you're interested. :)

I've never played with Slashdot's journal feature before, but I guess this is as good a time as any.

I'll try to make some remarks in my journal here whenever anything happens. This is a long path, so expect to be here for the long haul. You won't see much, often.

At this point, I don't know much that isn't the same as what's in the articles published about Virgin Galactic and their plans.

I have so far signed a contractual agreement and committed a 50% deposit for my seat. Higher deposit levels get earlier seats, but neither do I feel like I can afford 100% right now, nor do I want to be on the first flight. Let someone else be the guinea pig, thanks.

There are certainly going to be people out there who think this is a giant waste of money, and those who are offended that I'm not spending my money on something like feeding starving children. All I can really say to them is that I believe that spaceflight is the future of the human race, and it's my pleasure and honor to encourage its development in the private sector by funding early efforts. We're all going out there someday, and I want to help make that happen.

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