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Microsoft Has 1 Million Servers. So What?

SEWilco Re:Breakdown? (172 comments)

And at any one time, as many of 50 of the servers are up.

about a year ago
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Auto Makers Announce Electric Car Charging Standard

SEWilco Re:We are running out of helium (373 comments)

And the only thing you care about is electric car charging stations?

Did anyone not read that in a high-pitched voice?

more than 2 years ago
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Auto Makers Announce Electric Car Charging Standard

SEWilco Just what we need! (373 comments)

Finally, a way to charge our laptops in a minute!
We just have to wait for the battery packs and chargers that will appear in a year.

more than 2 years ago
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Last Bastion For Climate Dissenters Crumbling

SEWilco Re:NYT Bias (963 comments)

Do remember the NYT is a very left-wing paper and that climate change supporters are majority left-wing. Bias is everywhere.

Yes, but if you read the article you find that much of the Slashdot story was created by the /. submitter. A correction should be made to identify just what the NYT said.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Overhauling an Amusement Park's Multi-Zone Audio Player?

SEWilco Multiple audio director? (120 comments)

I'd like to be able to direct multiple audio streams to several devices. Such technology might be useful to the original poster as well.

Is there a way to have a half-dozen audio output devices (USB audio devices can be cheap) and configure to which output device the sound from various applications should go? I've only seen interfaces for configuring where to direct all sound from a computer. Background music could go to one device, TV audio to the TV which is displaying the TV stream, system alerts to another speaker. The original poster would need to be able to direct the output from several media player instances to corresponding audio devices.

more than 2 years ago
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University of Florida Eliminates Computer Science Department

SEWilco Re:"What were you thinking?" (628 comments)

Then get some decent staff and raise the prices if necessary....

How much have the school's prices been raised in the past? How many unnecessary expenses have been allowed to waste school money? How much of the money problem is due to what the teachers and administration have been doing?

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Share a SharePoint Site?

SEWilco Re:Public Domain (151 comments)

You remember most of it. It depends upon applicable law. Federal law is almost as you describe -- for works created while the employee is working (not "while employed", as that could cover off-duty activities). States and local laws differ.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Share a SharePoint Site?

SEWilco Re:Why can't anyone make a buck? (151 comments)

I'm sure that the county also has barricades and checkpoints to keep the evil commercial trucks off the county roads.

more than 2 years ago
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Egg-laying, Not Environment, May Explain the Size and Downfall of Dinosaurs

SEWilco Re:Circular reasoning? (123 comments)

In the case of homo sapiens, the species seems to already have a gene that makes it want to gang up and kill any member who looks different so such a mutation would hardly be viable.

They're quite viable. We put them on sports teams and give them an increased chance to succeed.

about 2 years ago
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Wikimedia Treats Their Operations Like Their Projects

SEWilco Re:Not a free-for-all (33 comments)

They've crowdsourced their typing and script writing.

more than 2 years ago
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Wikimedia Treats Their Operations Like Their Projects

SEWilco Re:policies (33 comments)

I don't get why the various European languages are so attached to the extra, silent letters they threw in arbitrarily.

Hey! I pronounce all my letters!

more than 2 years ago
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ICANN's Brand-Named Internet Suffix Application Deadline Looms

SEWilco Re:why the time limit? (197 comments)

if the tld's are to be sold only to entities holding global, dilution protected(nobody can use them, even for unrelated products, for example can't sell pepsi socks..) why is there a deadline on it? because they wanted to hurry up the registrations?

Because everything that can be invented has already been invented. No need to allow later registrants.

More seriously: They probably expect the first rush to contain conflicting applications, so it is best to deal with those in a single batch.

more than 2 years ago
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Data Center Staff Will Sleep Among the Racks For London Olympics

SEWilco Re:Depends on pay (210 comments)

True that. In the US, you are expected to sleep under your desk. Non of this 'pod' nonsense.

You call your desk what you want, I'll call my task and entertainment center what I want.

more than 2 years ago
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Company Designs "Big Brother Chip"

SEWilco Re:Be afraid, I am an employer (166 comments)

and I really want one of these to mount to a name tag....

and I am not the only one with these desires.

Starfleet badge.

more than 2 years ago
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Company Designs "Big Brother Chip"

SEWilco Re:Sounds like the movie minority report (166 comments)

Yeah, there's no way this can be used for ill.

Congratulations, you have been walking the required daily distance in the hospital. You'll get extra Jell-O with supper tonight.

more than 2 years ago
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Company Designs "Big Brother Chip"

SEWilco Re:Potato, potato (166 comments)

You oto do it, just to be on the safe side.

more than 2 years ago
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Domestic Drilling Doesn't Decrease Gasoline Prices

SEWilco Re:A Few Notes on Your Suggestion (736 comments)

The Strategic Petroleum Reserve is only 36 days of oil. How quickly do you think we can drill thousands of wells and extend a pipeline to ANWR?

more than 2 years ago
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Google Is Planning To Penalize Overly Optimized Sites

SEWilco Re:Let's start with TekGoblin (299 comments)

Seriously, why not link the source instead of some spammy blog?

Because if we don't link to the spammy blog, the spammy blog doesn't get a boost in search engine rankings.

more than 2 years ago
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Google Is Planning To Penalize Overly Optimized Sites

SEWilco Re:Stop trying to tell us what you think we want (299 comments)

About two months ago I was searching for something, and I remember being annoyed enough with the results that google was posting to go try searching on Bing *shudder*

The problem was, despite using quotes, google was not searching the exact term I had entered. It was two months ago so I don't remember the exact term, but the problem was of the nature where it was modifying the end of the word. In that case it was making a significant enough change that I wasn't remotely finding what I wanted, despite the quotes.

...

A few months ago, Google decided to ignore quotation marks. Ick. The tool you want is Verbatim Search, but to reach it you have to do a search, click on "More search tools", then click on "Verbatim".

more than 2 years ago

Submissions

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Ready for your payroll software update?

SEWilco SEWilco writes  |  more than 2 years ago

SEWilco (27983) writes "A federal payroll tax reduction for two months is being pushed by the President. Paying less money to the government seems good, but if the law is changed it will change the payroll taxes in January and February. Here in Slashdot many of us can well imagine what that will do to the many payroll systems which are already programmed with the 2012 tax rates."
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Licensing problem silences Internet radio stations

SEWilco SEWilco writes  |  more than 3 years ago

SEWilco writes "Hundreds of Internet radio stations use SWCast.net for services have been affected by a shutdown triggered by SoundExchange claiming lack of payment of royalty fees. Apparently SoundExchange has a new president and this might be a factor in acting on several years of missing payments. In the meantime, SWCast radio stations suffer after paying to legally broadcast."
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China announces thorium reactor energy program

SEWilco SEWilco writes  |  more than 3 years ago

SEWilco (27983) writes "The People’s Republic of China has initiated a research and development project in thorium molten-salt reactor technology, it was announced in the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) annual conference on Tuesday, January 25."
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Copyrights and CD-Rs endanger audio history

SEWilco SEWilco writes  |  more than 4 years ago

SEWilco (27983) writes "A study by the Library of Congress has found that many audio recordings are being lost due to copyright restrictions and temporary media. Old audio recordings are protected by a various U.S. state copyrights so it's hard for preservationists to get and copy material. Recent data is threatened by being put on writable CDs because CD-Rs begin to lose data after a few years, so recordings from as recently as 9/11 and the 2008 elections are already at risk."
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Yet another Jupiter impact (reusable headline)

SEWilco SEWilco writes  |  more than 4 years ago

SEWilco (27983) writes "Yet another optical flash on Jupiter has been spotted. The obvious explanation is that it's due to an impact event. If it is an impact, it's probably the third sighting in 14 months. Either large impacts are happening more often or they've been happening a lot more often than was previously believed. There are now many more automated telescopes with TV cameras watching the skies, so we're probably simply looking more often."
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AdWords to let ads follow you around the Internet

SEWilco SEWilco writes  |  more than 4 years ago

SEWilco (27983) writes "Through the AdWords blog, they've announced "retargeting". If you click on an ad, a cookie can be set which allows AdWords to show you more ads for that site. If you don't buy, you might see more ads elsewhere for that web site which you clicked on. It's not deja vu, it's what happens when something is changed."
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Asteroid explodes over Indonesia

SEWilco SEWilco writes  |  more than 5 years ago

SEWilco (27983) writes "A small asteroid exploded over Indonesia on October 8, 2009, high enough that nobody was injured. The NASA/JPL NEO estimate is that the airburst explosion was similar to 50KT of TNT, and similar events are expected every 2-12 years. Local TV reported on the explosion and dust trail. The Telegraph points out that this rock was about one-sixth of the Tunguska object."
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Prius control problems

SEWilco SEWilco writes  |  more than 5 years ago

SEWilco (27983) writes "Seattle News is reporting that stories of Prius problems are accumulating. Causes of unintended acceleration and braking failures have not been identified, other than floor mats which may interfere with the accelerator pedal. Floor mat problems do not explain all the events, including one during a test drive."

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Afghanistan, The Mine.

SEWilco SEWilco writes  |  more than 4 years ago

A wealth of riches has been discovered under Afghanistan. Iron, copper, cobalt, gold, and lithium are mentioned. Other valuable minerals often exist where these are found, but the amount of the identified materials is reported to be very large. There are seven major tectonic blocks in the country, so there is an assortment of different geologic histories and interactions to produce an assortment of deposits.

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OpenOffice.org hiding from Bing?

SEWilco SEWilco writes  |  more than 4 years ago

OpenOffice.org is rejecting access by Bing's bot for some reason. MSNbot is given a 403 error when it tries to access the Open Office home page. Oops?

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Where is Phil Agre?

SEWilco SEWilco writes  |  about 5 years ago

Former UCLA professor Phil Agre is missing and his sister has filed a missing person report. He abandoned his apartment and job months ago. The Chronicle of Higher Education also has reported on this. He had a popular mailing list, the Red Rock Eaters News Service until 2005 and is a privacy expert. Ironically, this privacy expert is a board member of EPIC and people are using electronic media such as Facebook and a web site to spread the word and try to contact him.

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Killing lobsters with electricity

SEWilco SEWilco writes  |  about 5 years ago

A device which kills lobsters with electricity is being considered as being more humane than using boiling water. Thomas Edison's spirit points at an electric chair and tries to collect royalties.

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Water not required for a red Mars

SEWilco SEWilco writes  |  more than 5 years ago Experimenters found that they could produce red minerals without using water. Grinding minerals caused a red coloration. What causes the changes is unknown. The process also happens in a dry carbon dioxide atmosphere, so it is possible that the red coloration on Mars is not due to rust.

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Computers found with Honduras votes which didn't happen

SEWilco SEWilco writes  |  more than 5 years ago NewsBusters points out that the ousted Honduran president had voting results for an election which was never held. Former president Zelaya violated the Constitution by proposing staying in office longer, and he wanted voters to approve the proposal. He was ousted before the election was held, but babalú blog pointed out that a Catalan newspaper [spanish] reported that computers were found in the presidential palace with votes for the nonexistent election. About 45 computers are involved. The type of computers and their software have not been mentioned.

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Missing Apollo 11 video found in Australia

SEWilco SEWilco writes  |  more than 5 years ago The Sunday Express reports that misplaced video recordings from Apollo 11 have been found. These tapes had the highest quality recordings, having been made from the transmission from the Moon which was then compressed for satellite relay to the United States. New images will be released next month. (Update July 18 2009: That report was wrong. Only TV video is being restored. The original tapes were reused, although two hours of test tapes are still missing.)

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Explosives Prevent Technology Theft

SEWilco SEWilco writes  |  more than 5 years ago The story is more informative, but not as much fun as the headline alone.

Well, if you must know, it involves manufacturing and not enforcement.

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Tunguska observations indicate it was a comet

SEWilco SEWilco writes  |  more than 5 years ago Researchers have found that smoke from the gun which hit Tunguska was noticed. They noticed that noctilucent clouds were formed after Space Shuttle launches dumped water vapor in the upper atmosphere. The same clouds were reported after the Tunguska impact. The Space Shuttle's water vapor is transported to polar regions within a day (it is not known how such rapid motion takes place). After the Tunguska event, the skies over Europe were bright for several nights, which the researchers believe were due to noctilucent clouds high in the atmosphere, caused by water from a comet released at Tunguska.

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Is Betelgeuse about to explode?

SEWilco SEWilco writes  |  more than 5 years ago Universe Today points out in "The Curious Case of the Shrinking Star" that Betelgeuse has shrunk by about 15%. This is a short-lived red giant star with a short lifetime, so shrinkage might mean the star is shrinking as it starts using more complex elements as fusion fuel, but when it runs out of usable fuel it is expected to collapse into a nova or supernova. As it is 600 light years away, we should be safe from even a supernova. Unless you're standing in the way of an excited astronomer.

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I'll have one Frozen Nuke, please.

SEWilco SEWilco writes  |  more than 6 years ago The BBC reports that the United States lost a nuclear bomb in 1968 in the North Atlantic ice. After the bits of crashed aircraft and bombs were picked up from the ice, one bomb was still missing. A submarine failed to find it under the ice. It's still somewhere out there, adding to the ocean's minerals until it gets buried.

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Flying saucer on eBay

SEWilco SEWilco writes  |  more than 6 years ago The round Moller M200x is for sale on eBay. It's being sold as a collector's item and in the same condition as when it flew. Reserve not yet met...

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Kentucky tries to take gambling domains

SEWilco SEWilco writes  |  more than 6 years ago The Governor of Kentucky has announced that a judge has ordered that 141 Internet gambling domain names be transferred to the state. I don't quite know where to start on this, nor where to end.

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V-Prizes...if he gets $1 Billion.

SEWilco SEWilco writes  |  more than 6 years ago The Houston Chronicle reports that Mike Dewey is offering a billion dollars for reaching certain goals. Although he doesn't have a billion dollars yet. "Victory Project Awards" are offered for a cure for breast cancer, a cure for diabetes, making a petroleum-powered automobile with emissions reduced by 95 percent, or a car which can get 150 miles per gallon.

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Quake located with webserver

SEWilco SEWilco writes  |  more than 6 years ago From Slashgeo: "All Points Blog points out that European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) researchers have found they can locate an earthquake based upon the location of people visiting the EMSC web site. A lack of Internet visitors also can be used to imply that a region has been damaged. As humans are the detectors, the method is limited to quakes which humans notice."

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Snail mail: Gastropods at work

SEWilco SEWilco writes  |  more than 6 years ago The BBC points out that snails are now making mail deliveries. The RealSnailMail project uses snails with RFID tags to deliver webmail. The service will officially be launched at SIGGRAPH on August 11, 2008, so you've only got a month to write your messages.

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Where is Download Day?

SEWilco SEWilco writes  |  more than 6 years ago OK, so today is Firefox Download Day. The world record home page doesn't have a download link. The home page of Spread Firefox has a link to Mozilla's Firefox page, which features Firefox 2 and only has a link to a Firefox 3 "sneak peek". Where is the Firefox 3 which should be downloaded today? One comment at the bottom of SpreadFirefox says the file to download is this one but that is a .exe which is of little use on my Linux systems.

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