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A 24-Year-Old Scammed Apple 42 Times In 16 Different States

RavenLrD20k Re:Wow ... (374 comments)

Hell, at the retail outlet I used to work at, manager made a blanket policy that if the POS returned a request for an Auth code we just outright declined the transaction, handed the customer an Experian business card and asked if they had another form of payment. If the customer asked if he could call his bank to get an Auth code (Red Flag) we would say that our business system did not allow for manual authorizations (which was true. The system the manager put in place didn't allow for ManAuths, even if the POS did).

yesterday
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How a Solar Storm Two Years Ago Nearly Caused a Catastrophe On Earth

RavenLrD20k Re:FUD filled.... (212 comments)

Ok, insomuch as that, yes, I was wrong and they can extend into the combustion chamber. They still, however, do not provide spark for ignition and other methods can be used to preheat the engine which was the main point.

4 days ago
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Earth In the Midst of Sixth Mass Extinction: the 'Anthropocene Defaunation'

RavenLrD20k Re:no problem (322 comments)

This guy didn't happen to have a Doctorate in IT, did he?

5 days ago
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How a Solar Storm Two Years Ago Nearly Caused a Catastrophe On Earth

RavenLrD20k Re:FUD filled.... (212 comments)

The glow plug is not even close to similar to a spark plug as it does not go inside the compression chamber and it is not absolutely required for the facilitation of ignition; even on a stone cold engine in Canada in the depths of winter (provided there's at least a block warmer of some kind). It's a wire that preheats the fuel in the injector to ensure that it's of a temperature that when it is injected into the cylinder that the pressure and heat within the compression chamber will cause the ignition. Once an engine is to operating temp, the glow plug isn't needed any longer as the engine itself is generating the heat necessary. Before glow plugs, engines were warmed up by building a fire underneath them to bake them to a point where the internal temperature would be at a level to self ignite. The only thing glow plugs did was to give the process more efficiency and even modern cars with Diesel engines can still be warmed up by baking... provided their bodies are designed to allow for the open flame underneath them without burning parts critical to the other operations of the vehicle.

5 days ago
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How a Solar Storm Two Years Ago Nearly Caused a Catastrophe On Earth

RavenLrD20k Re:FUD filled.... (212 comments)

You haven't worked with Diesel, have you? You know, the engines where ignition is facilitated solely by compression instead of compression and a spark plug? You know... like this?

5 days ago
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Favorite "Go!" Phrase?

RavenLrD20k Re:MechWarrior (701 comments)

I built an Android app that all it does is play this sound once after the phone booted fully into the home screen. MechWarrior 2's "Incoming Message" is played as my sms notification through the normal phone settings.

about two weeks ago
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Malaysian Passenger Plane Reportedly Shot Down Over Ukraine

RavenLrD20k Re:Confused. (752 comments)

Karma to burn so at the risk of being offtopic to the article, but ontopic to you: We're antiquated relics from a time when the slogan still applied. The beginning of the end can be traced back to the fall of the WTC buildings, but the /. editors still tried their hardest to keep stories to the theme of the slogan for years after. However, ever since that event, Slashdot has slowly moved away from focusing solely on stories that fit the slogan and bringing in stories that have a possible historic and/or "climate" (whether this be political or otherwise) changing significance. The acquisition of /. by Dice just sped up this process. While it is still a large focus of the site you'll probably notice that the slogan "News for Nerds, Stuff that Matters" has been removed from the main page*.

*Note: I just checked Beta, and noticed that the "News for Nerds" part of the slogan is part of the logo there... but who visits beta anyway?

about two weeks ago
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The Pentagon's $399 Billion Plane To Nowhere

RavenLrD20k Re:Stop throwing good money after bad. (364 comments)

You stupid sheeple... ready to revolt yet???

"Not tonight... Big Brother's on."

-The American People

about three weeks ago
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The World's Best Living Programmers

RavenLrD20k Re:No exhaustive.. (285 comments)

Actually, it's not really proving his point. It's not even part of his point. The question he asked was "do we know who came up with the concept for Donkey Kong?" The answer is simply "Yes we do. It's this guy." The fact that he couldn't bring his vision to fruition alone does not negate the fact that Donkey Kong as a concept was dreamed up solely by Miyamoto. It's actually very rare for a programmer to be the visionary of a project, even back in the 8-bit age. Now, a question that would be better aimed at his point: "Do we know the names of all the programmers who wrote the code for Donkey Kong?" And I would have to say that off the top of my head: No, I don't. The only ones I know of who directly worked on DK are Miyamoto, Yokoi, and Kaneoka.

about three weeks ago
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The World's Best Living Programmers

RavenLrD20k Re:No exhaustive.. (285 comments)

Do we know who exactly came up with the concept for Donkey Kong?

Actually, yes we do. Donkey Kong was the first project by Shigeru Miyamoto. In fact, this was also the first appearance of Miyamoto's Mario character that has been continually reused ever since.

about three weeks ago
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Lawrence Lessig Answers Your Questions About His Mayday PAC (Video)

RavenLrD20k Re:Bribery represents the will of the people? (148 comments)

If a congress can be bribed to make an amendment to the constitution that specifies that money, resources, or commodities cannot be equated to speech, then the verdict of the Supreme Court is nullified by the voices that represent the will of the people.

This is as blatantly corrupt a political argument as I have ever heard expressed.

I agree, but I didn't feel like being Politically Correct and calling it Campaign Contributions, Kickbacks, or whatever the hell else is the in vogue term for bribing now. The only way we're going to be able to get rid of the corruption as firmly seated as it is right now is if we work inside the corruption and use the same methods of bribery to get the law pigs enough of a short term reward that they'd be willing to sign anything...even if it screwed them over long term.

about a month ago
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Lawrence Lessig Answers Your Questions About His Mayday PAC (Video)

RavenLrD20k Re:The question to me seems to be... (148 comments)

That's the legislative check and balance to the court. If a congress can be bribed to make an amendment to the constitution that specifies that money, resources, or commodities cannot be equated to speech, then the verdict of the Supreme Court is nullified by the voices that represent the will of the people. The real trick is getting a congress in office that would agree on passing the amendment.

about a month ago
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It's Not a Car, It's a Self-Balancing Electric Motorcycle (Video)

RavenLrD20k Re:akira (218 comments)

When my weekend leisure trips can easily run 400-1000+ miles one way, stopping for 2-8 hrs every 180-195 miles to charge up instead of 5-15 minutes every 165-180 miles is unacceptable.

about a month ago
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Judge: $324M Settlement In Silicon Valley Tech Worker Case Not Enough

RavenLrD20k Re:What would Justice look like? (150 comments)

Them's the breaks. When shit like this starts sending quakes through the portfolios of the general population *MAYBE* it'll be enough to wake up the collective to say "Hey! What the Fuck?!" and break apart some of this complacency iceberg we have going on.

about a month ago
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It's Not a Car, It's a Self-Balancing Electric Motorcycle (Video)

RavenLrD20k Re:No (218 comments)

Actually, unless you are dealing with someone who's over-the-top ignorant, even the die-hard Harley fans will acknowledge other cycle brands. At worst this just leads into sub-classing of the Motorcycle / Biker group. If I showed up to a 1% rally (not bloody likely in the first place) on my Venture, I can expect that it would probably wind up vandalized, but so long as I showed proper "respect" to the members of the head MC, no harm would necessarily come to me personally.

There's also the other bit. It doesn't matter the style or brand you're loyal to or what you say about riders of other brands/styles, if you're riding an open 2 or 3 wheeler, be it scoot, bike, or trike, you're part of the biggest club on the road. You'll be acknowledged by other riders on the road and it's courtesy to acknowledge other riders in kind. If you come onto a road behind a squad of bikes, regardless of your ride, members of the squad will signal of road hazards to you as they see them; and you're free to part ways at any point and you're likely to be waved off in a measure of good wishes.

about a month ago
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Harley-Davidson Unveils Their First Electric Motorcycle

RavenLrD20k Re:Nice looking bike... (345 comments)

With motorcycles acceptable lighting really depends on the state. In Georgia I can run any color under the sun except for blue; and even white, amber, or red must be tied with head lamps, signal indicators, or brakes respectively. In some of Georgia's counties, I can even get away with blue so long as they don't flash, and in other counties headlight modulation can be iffy. There are other states that say that you can't run any lights. There's also a few states where they don't even allow bikes with mounted extra lights to even pass through (I can't remember if this was Mississippi or Tennessee). Doesn't matter if they're actually wired in or not.

In Georgia, the primary reason for the lighting restrictions is that State Government takes impersonating a police officer extremely seriously, thus they banned anything that could possibly be construed as emergency vehicle lighting.

about a month ago
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It's Not a Car, It's a Self-Balancing Electric Motorcycle (Video)

RavenLrD20k Re:Guaranteed Death (218 comments)

Get Mesh Armor with padding for the summer. It's just as protective and a lot cooler since it lets the air pass through almost as well as if you weren't wearing it.

about a month ago
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It's Not a Car, It's a Self-Balancing Electric Motorcycle (Video)

RavenLrD20k Re:No (218 comments)

The simple vernacular that bikers use. Despite what gov't regulations designate as a Motorcycle vs. Car, bikers will call a vehicle based on certain characteristics. To give you an eye opening look into our world:

Scooter / Scoot: Two wheeled vehicle denoted by having an open space in front of the seat where the driver's legs can move freely. Controlled by handle bars. Exposed to elements.

Motorcycle / Bike: Two wheeled vehicle that the driver would have to straddle and feet are fixed on either pegs or runners without much freedom of movement. Controlled by handle bars. Exposed to elements.

Trike: Three wheeled vehicle that typically must be straddled in a similar fashion to bikes. Controlled by handle bars. Exposed to elements.

Cage: Four or more wheeled vehicle with an open floorboard in front of the seat. Controlled by steering wheel. Shielded from elements, often temperature controlled.

Semi: 18 wheeled vehicle (Four wheels per weight bearing axle, plus two directional wheels) with similar seating to a cage. Controlled by steering wheel. Shielded from elements and temperature controlled. Give a wide berth lest you want to be road pizza.

This Thing: 2 wheeled cage that thinks it wants to be a bike but with the amenities of a car. Controlled by steering wheel. Protected from the elements. If you show up to a 1%'er (Biker Gang) rally in one of these, expect vandalism/bodily harm. If you show up to a non-1% rally in one of these, expect to be laughed at and made the butt of jokes for the duration of the rally, whether or not you stay there.

about a month ago

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FCC Demands States to get out of the way of municipal broadband

RavenLrD20k RavenLrD20k writes  |  about a month and a half ago

RavenLrD20k (311488) writes "I hope that Mr. Wheeler has the ability and the stones to actually act on this, but I'm not holding my breath. From the article:

While his recent waffling on Net Neutrality is still cause for concern, Tom Wheeler's recent statements in support of municipal broadband are worth cheering. In a statement posted to the FCC site, Wheeler said that: "If the people, acting through their elected local governments, want to pursue competitive community broadband, they shouldn't be stopped by state laws promoted by cable and telephone companies that don't want that competition."

That's about as strong a statement as one can expect from the head of a regulatory body. Plus, it's a pretty blunt challenge to both the industry he once lobbied on behalf of, and the government officials many believe are in their back pockets. In particular he cited the case of Chattanooga, TN which built out its own gigabit per-second fiber network out of frustration with the options offered by the incumbent Comcast. The trouble is, Tennessee's state government passed a law restricting municipal broadband projects...

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The First day of the rest of my days...

RavenLrD20k RavenLrD20k writes  |  more than 9 years ago Well, I suppose I can give this a try. Everyone else and their mother seems to have a blog so I might try and give a go at it. If anyone cares to, perhaps I can get some feedback as to what people would want to know about me...or maybe wonder what in the universe I have to offer.

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