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Ford, GM Sued Over Vehicles' Ability To Rip CD Music To Hard Drive

RenderSeven Re:Time Shifting? (314 comments)

If you are *truly* cynical and/or paranoid, one would almost think that GM set up the lawsuit to further enshrine precedent. Not hard to imagine GM lawyers getting a whiff that the RIAA might be contemplating action, so they find some poor underfunded schmucks to sue them first so they can smack them down hard and discourage well-funded schmucks.

2 days ago
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White House Punts On Petition To Allow Tesla Direct Sales

RenderSeven Re:What? (382 comments)

... waiting for Firefly to come back on television.

Wait, what? Firefly isnt coming back???

about two weeks ago
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Blueprints For Taming the Climate Crisis

RenderSeven Re:Climate Change on Slashdot? Bring on the fun! (389 comments)

Take my incandescent light bulbs, take my SUV, take my hour-long commutes (please!), and take my semi-comfy-62-degree home heating, but keep your f**king hands off my f**king Big Mac!

about three weeks ago
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Bug In Fire TV Screensaver Tears Through 250 GB Data Cap

RenderSeven Re:It's 2014 (349 comments)

Boondocks here. I would kill for a connection that could deliver 80gb per month.

about a month ago
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"Smart" Gun Seller Gets the Wrong Kind of Online Attention

RenderSeven Re:Gun nuts (1374 comments)

I will not argue but instead try to find common ground. Depending on the election cycle and the business sector, business sometimes favor the right and sometimes favor the left. Unions obviously favor the left by a substantial margin but they are not included in many statistics, which is either fair or unfair depending on your political leanings I guess. The differences are substantially smaller than either side would like to admit, and claims to the contrary seem to cherry pick the data or are patently false. From Politifact "The Democrats’ best edge was 55 percent to 45 percent in 2008, far from even a 2-to-1 margin. The Republicans’ best advantage was 59 percent to 41 percent in 2012".

Lets pick 2008 (or you pick a year I dont care), during which very roughly $1 Billion was donated to each party by "business". OpenSecrets shows close parity between parties going back 20 years or so. I dont understand the common assertion that Republicans get a billion dollars and are corporate lackeys, while Democrats get a billion dollars and they are not.

I hate both parties almost equally, though Ive come to believe Democrats hate me slightly more than Republicans (Im a middle aged middle class white guy that owns a business), even though I was literally kicked out of the Republican party for being too liberal (Im an atheist that's pro-choice pro-environment pro-gay-rights). So, Im asking honestly, how is my thinking flawed? What statistics am I overlooking that I should consider? Even if we disagree I want to understand what we are disagreeing about.

about 3 months ago
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"Smart" Gun Seller Gets the Wrong Kind of Online Attention

RenderSeven Re:Gun nuts (1374 comments)

Even the most cursory review of campaign donation records would show that Democrats equally serve corporate overlords. Im sure its a subject of much hilarity and mirth among Democrats that you've wholly bought into this myth.

about 3 months ago
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US Nuclear Missile Silos Use Safe, Secure 8" Floppy Disks

RenderSeven Re:Are there any old drives around that read these (481 comments)

I still have my CP/M computer, twin 8" floppies, 64k memory, 4 mhz z80 processor. Every two years or so I fire it up just for fun, and it runs just fine. Agreed it shouldnt, but it does. And Wordstar runs just about as fast as the latest Word 2013. Not that I'd want to go back to those days, but there is no doubt in my mind it will outlive any computer and server in my office.

about 3 months ago
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Oklahoma Moves To Discourage Solar and Wind Power

RenderSeven Re:Something wrong at the foundation - (504 comments)

Big. Really big. Sheets of graphene at say 5.3 angstroms thick (2*10^-8). Wait, what was your point again?

about 3 months ago
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Student Records Kids Who Bully Him, Then Gets Threatened With Wiretapping Charge

RenderSeven Re:Jeesh, make a federal case of it why don't you. (798 comments)

Exactly. The only chance to get a fair shake is to practice asymmetric warfare. Bury them with stuff it doesnt cost you much to file but costs them lots to defend, which is exactly what they do to you.

about 4 months ago
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Lavabit Loses Contempt Appeal

RenderSeven Re:Way to lose an easy case... (128 comments)

"A level they reserve for child molesters and people who talk at the theater."

Bonus points for an obscure yet relevant Firefly reference!

about 4 months ago
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Hacker Holds Key To Free Flights

RenderSeven Re:Okay, but... (144 comments)

Yep. Or at least the ones I know do.

about 4 months ago
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Hacker Holds Key To Free Flights

RenderSeven Re:Okay, but... (144 comments)

Just whisper to them "Im the Sky Marshal watching that passenger over there. For everyone's safety find another seat and tell NO ONE." For bonus points, tap your non-existent shoulder holster under your sport coat.

about 4 months ago
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What's In a Username? the Power of Gamer Tags

RenderSeven Re:Well heck (99 comments)

'BotNet' always gets a response, especially if you play like a bot for a minute or two. You either get treated like a badly written 'bot and everyone swarms in for an easy kill, or treat you like an omniscient 'bot and get avoided. Either way, it can be used to your advantage. If nothing else you get some extra shots off while the other team is busily reporting you to the moderators.

about 4 months ago
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Details You're Not Supposed To See From Boston U's Patent Settlements

RenderSeven Re:Universities should have no patents (130 comments)

As NPR pointed out a few months ago, "Do universities really need a Director of Diversity at $175,000 per year?"

about 4 months ago
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EU Secretly Plans To Put a Back Door In Every Car By 2020

RenderSeven Re:Say what? (364 comments)

No! Don't let them collaborate! They are dangerous enough as individuals let alone in packs! The seemingly innocuous green paper disguises are just to put you off guard of their sinister intents.

http://i.walmartimages.com/i/p/00/03/89/00/04/0003890004205_500X500.jpg

about 6 months ago
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EU Secretly Plans To Put a Back Door In Every Car By 2020

RenderSeven Re:Say what? (364 comments)

4. A small orange that comes in a can.

Ive long suspected that my traitorous canned oranges were plotting against me, skulking about the pantry in their RF shielded little can-bunkers, using their knowledge of citrus-based automotive control technology.

about 6 months ago
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Old-school Wi-Fi Is Slowing Down Networks, Cisco Says

RenderSeven Re:so what about all my old devices? (254 comments)

I returned my last Netgear and LinkSys units. It was the cheap Monoprice one that worked right out of the box. I have no bad experiences with *any* of their stuff. In general I find that the name brands are so furiously writing crap front ends and bloated install utilities so that complete morons can use them, they forgot to make the even slightly advanced features (i.e. gateway only mode) work properly. I prefer unbranded goods that dont need a DVD full of garbage to install them ("Uncheck this box if you *dont* want to link your router to your Facebook account, submit traffic reports to Netgear, and receive our twice daily newsletter").

about 6 months ago
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Why Does Facebook Need To Read My Text Messages?

RenderSeven Re:Think of the children (293 comments)

Stock Android Nexus 5 direct from Google. Half the price, great phone, no crapware (OK you can argue some of stock Google is crapware. But its not the *crappy* crapware Samsung and the carriers install).

about 6 months ago
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Revolutionary Scuba Mask Creates Breathable Oxygen Underwater On Its Own

RenderSeven Re: So what happens to the hydrogen? That's usable (375 comments)

No. The pressure on your body is equal, since youre mostly made of uncompressable water so you dont get crushed by 100 psi at rec depths. All pressures stay pretty balanced except for the 1000PSI in your tank. Thats why more gasses are required for breathing at deeper levels. 2x at 2 atmospheres, 3x at 3 atmospheres. You still inhale maybe a liter but its a compressed liter that would be 3 liters on the surface. Thats why you NEVER hold your breath during an ascent, you 'splode. And it works the other way too, you have to keep filling your buoyancy vest as you descend to compensate for the compression from depth reducing buoyancy, and releasing as you ascend. There is no "less" pressure area or differential for the filter to make use of.

I suppose you could say breathing supplies a differential, but its surprisingly low PSI and no where near the energy required to push the necessary volume of water through. You could contrive some energy harvesting thingy with thanks and turbines that you constantly hyperventilate into, but youre right back to a massive rebreather, except you have to breathe like crazy to power it enough to get basically the output water volume fo a jet boat..

about 6 months ago

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The Fascinating Science Behind Beer Foam

RenderSeven RenderSeven writes  |  about 9 months ago

RenderSeven (938535) writes "Science has so far been at a loss to explain why tapping a beer bottle with another causes it to explosively foam over. Thanks to a grant from the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness, a research team at the University of Madrid studying fluid mechanics has found the answer with some fascinating slow-motion video. Their soon-to-be-published paper found that tapping the bottle (or shooting it with a laser) causes a series of compression and expansion waves, that generate unstable buoyant plumes, quickly turning most of the liquid into foam. PhysicsBuzz notes that the process is very rapid and nearly unstoppable once started."
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Hostess to Close, No More Twinkies

RenderSeven RenderSeven writes  |  about a year and a half ago

RenderSeven (938535) writes "In a press release issued today, baker Hostess Brands asked a bankruptcy court for permission to close all of its plants and sell off their assets, immediately laying off 18,500 workers. Citing high labor and rising health care costs, increasing competition and growing consumer awareness of healthy foods, Hostess says it can no longer operate without union concessions. A crippling strike has already shut down operations at all facilities, and while the Teamsters Union has ratified a new contract to keep Hostess in business, the Bakers Union has refused saying they would rather see the company closed than accept pension cuts. The Teamsters union is urging the bakers union to hold a secret ballot on whether to continue striking; citing its financial experts who had access to the company's books, the Teamsters say that Hostess' warning of liquidation is "not an empty threat or a negotiating tactic" but a certain outcome if workers keep striking. If your late-night programming is fueled by Twinkies, Ding Dongs and Zingers, better stock up now."
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Buckyballs Throws in the Towell

RenderSeven RenderSeven writes  |  about a year and a half ago

RenderSeven (938535) writes "As previously reported the immensely popular Buckyballs office toys have been targeted by the Consumer Product Safety Commission. Last week Maxfield and Oberton, the maker of Buckyballs gave up the battle and announced they would discontinue sales and close. However, being driven out of business is not enough for R Buckminster Fuller's estate, who has filed yet another lawsuit that they own all rights to the name "buckyballs" despite widespread use of the term. If you still haven't bought your own yet, a few thousand sets in stock are still available."
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FDA to review Inhalable Caffeine

RenderSeven RenderSeven writes  |  more than 2 years ago

RenderSeven (938535) writes " Manufacturing .NET reports that U.S. Food and Drug Administration officials plan to investigate whether inhalable caffeine sold in lipstick-sized canisters is safe for consumers and if its manufacturer was right to brand it as a dietary supplement. AeroShot went on the market late last month in Massachusetts and New York, and it's also available in France. Consumers put one end of the canister in their mouths and breathe in, releasing a fine powder that dissolves almost instantly."
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Apple's Toughest Competition in the Fourth Quarter Tablet Market Was Apple

RenderSeven RenderSeven writes  |  more than 2 years ago

RenderSeven (938535) writes "Although soaring sales of Amazon’s Kindle Fire and other low-priced tablets trimmed Apple Inc.’s media tablet market share in the fourth-quarter, it was Apple’s own newly introduced iPhone 4S that proved to be the strongest competitor for the iPad during the final three months of 2011."
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"An Inconvenient Truth" Banned in British

RenderSeven RenderSeven writes  |  more than 6 years ago

RenderSeven (938535) writes "The BBC reports that a High Court judge ruled on whether climate change film, An Inconvenient Truth, could be shown in schools. The ruling said it contains "nine scientific errors", and cannot be shown unless accompanied by guidance giving the other side of the argument. He found that "but for the new guidance note, the film would have been distributed in breach of sections 406 and 407 of the 1996 Education Act" which cover political indoctrination. The Times Online gave a more detailed list of the judges objections, including dismissing as "distinctly alarmist" the claim that sea levels could rise by 20ft "in the near future" .

Let the flame wars begin!"

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