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First Creation of Anti-Strange Hypernuclei

Savior_on_a_Stick Re:I hate you, Register. (179 comments)

I find your summation brilliantly succinct, and perfect for someone like me.
Not a rocket scientist - but a former rocket operator.

Why have I been getting 15 mod points a day lately, and have none when I need 'em.

more than 4 years ago

How an Android Phone and Facebook Helped Route Haiti Rescuers

Savior_on_a_Stick No tech to see here...move along.. (114 comments)

If the guy in Haiti had access to update his Fbook status, and was able to send and receive sms - why didn't he just contact the State Department directly?

This story isn't about technology, it's about personal access.

Guy in Haiti didn't have it - so he sends the equivalent of a smoke signal, and is lucky enough that someone notices it and does have access.

This all sounds really contrived, and I'm not impressed.

more than 4 years ago

Murdoch Says E-Book Prices Will Kill Paper Books

Savior_on_a_Stick You have it backwards (538 comments)

Price fixing is when multiple producers of a similar product collude to fix the price at which all of them will sell.

That's essentially what Amazon is trying to do.

It's not price fixing to sell to your wholesale customers in a contractual arrangement that includes a retail price floor.

This is called business.

more than 4 years ago

Murdoch Says E-Book Prices Will Kill Paper Books

Savior_on_a_Stick Murdoch is odious - but correct (538 comments)

If anyone actually READ TFA....

He's a private party negotiating with another private party.

He objects to his customers cannibalizing his business through unfair competition.

At no point does TFA make any sort of reference to him trying to outlaw anything.

Amazon is putting downward pressure on book prices, and since Murdoch - like most slashdotters - expects old style book publishing to remain a viable business, it makes sense for him to want to resist long term devaluation of his product.

more than 4 years ago

Craig Mundie Wants "Internet Driver's Licenses"

Savior_on_a_Stick Re:An easier solution (427 comments)

And then "end user" would become a verb as it should be.

more than 4 years ago

China Is Winning Global Race To Make Clean Energy

Savior_on_a_Stick Re:reaping what you (do not) sow -Rubbish! (346 comments)

There isn't anything to ramp up.
The tech and the infrastructure is already here.

We're talking large propellers, and big generators.

Fact is that there is no tech gap at all.

China's "lead" in this imaginary race is in terms of units produced - which is a simple business decision based on demand - not any sort of technological lead.

It wouldn't take 30 years to "catch up" - more like 3 months.

About the same lead time you would see if you wanted a large increase in aircraft production.

TFE was pure garbage.

more than 4 years ago

RIAA Confusion In Tenenbaum & Thomas Cases?

Savior_on_a_Stick Re:Settlement (229 comments)

The monetary gain would be that I could gain more copyrighted material faster, and time is money.

The monetary gain is in gaining the materials without having to pay for them.

Uploading increases the rate of gain, yielding a greater overall gain for a given period of time.

Lawyers are pretty much required by statute to be full of crap.

more than 4 years ago

The Social Difficulty of Saving Earth From an Asteroid

Savior_on_a_Stick too many lies (391 comments)

When I was a kid, we were told smoking marijuana would cause birth defects.

When we realized how badly our parents lied to us, we spent the next couple of decades assuming everything they said was a lie.

Environmentalists are in the same boat now.

Environmentalism cleaned up my air and water, then went on to spin so many lies that an awful lot of people are mistrustful of them - and rightly so.

The tech is simply not there to support movement from theorizing about anti asteroid systems to developing them.

The risk analysis of such endeavors is a massive fail.

It's insane to propose multiple systems with little chance of effectiveness, but which are so expensive that engaging in them would throw us back to the Dark Ages in terms of quality of life.

There is no hard decision here.

It's an easy one, and we've already decided "No - not at this time - check back with us in a century or so."

more than 5 years ago

Home Router For High-Speed Connection?

Savior_on_a_Stick Re:Mikrotik RouterBoards (376 comments)

The new rb750 routes my 30mb connection at work just fine, and one night when comcast must have been dicking with something, it was routing in excess of 100mbs at home.

If I were buying one, I'd probably go with the G model, just to avoid any annoyance with thunking between gig-e to 100bt and back to gig e if I were bridging the ports.

more than 5 years ago

Judge Rules Web Commenter Will Be Unmasked To Mom

Savior_on_a_Stick Re:Who said you'll be found out via the net? (404 comments)

Among other things, I manage public access points for my employer.

If someone wanted to track a poster back to my provider, all the provider would be able to give them is our static ip.

IF I wanted to cooperate, I could give them the time and a non routable ip that was in use at the time.

The mac address isn't logged.

What - someone is going to ask if anyone has seen someone on a laptop at a coffee shop?

more than 5 years ago

Best Tool For Remembering Passwords?

Savior_on_a_Stick I only have two passwords (1007 comments)

But they are ones I'll never forget.

And no one else would ever guess.

One is my uberstrong password, the other is for everything else.

Not having them written down anywhere is a big security plus, which I think makes it stronger than changing them so often that you have to "manage" them.

more than 5 years ago

Tired of Flash? HTML5 Viewer For YouTube

Savior_on_a_Stick Re:Why is Flash so bad? (372 comments)

Flash is "ok" on a windows platform, though it's still too resource intensive.

The biggest issues are on other operating systems.

While *nix implementations have improved, they still bork on a frequent basis.

Availability on OS's designed for smartphones and "net devices" remains a serious issue.

If a company does significant business online, there is a good chance than many of it's customers are early adopters of mobile tech.

My employer had to do a fairly expensive web site redesign to eliminate flash entirely, as the inability of many of our customers to navigate the flash version was depressing our sales.

more than 5 years ago

Fear Detector To Sniff Out Terrorists

Savior_on_a_Stick sort of (342 comments)

they'll be deemed "olfactory cryptology" and will require end user certification before export outside the US.

Since when did slashdotters get concerned about their right to use deodorant?

more than 5 years ago

Wait For Windows 7 SP1, Support Firm Warns Users

Savior_on_a_Stick I used a sub v1.0 version (433 comments)

It shipped with a zenith 286 which was top of the line at the time.

I forget exactly the windows version - .98 or something.

It was useful only for playing Othello.

There was no Solitaire, as I recall.

It came with dbase3 or 4.

And Paradox.

I've never heard of a 2.0 in the wild.

The windows version was pretty useless.
I'd load it every 6 months or so just to see if it was still useless.

more than 5 years ago

Facebook To Preserve Accounts of the Dead

Savior_on_a_Stick Re:Why use obituaries? (292 comments)

It's not that uncommon.

A cell carrier I used to work for accepted obits in lieu of a death certificate when terminating account.

more than 5 years ago

Lost Northwest Pilots Were Trying Out New Software

Savior_on_a_Stick Re:Just say no to poorly judging risk (518 comments)

Whether or not my judgment is correct does not negate the fact that my abilities fall somewhere on a spectrum, and my risk will be higher or lower than the average.

more than 5 years ago

Lost Northwest Pilots Were Trying Out New Software

Savior_on_a_Stick Re:Just say no to poorly judging risk (518 comments)

You're making a common mistake in applying statistics to an individual.

It doesn't really matter to my personal survival what is the death rate per mile for the entire population.

My risk assessment takes into account my own personal driving skills, the vehicle I drive and it's relative merits in it's current operating environment and a multitude of other factors.

My reaction times aren't what they were when I was a teenager, but my ability to detect and avoid dangerous situations is much better than most people. That much is obvious to me when I'm a passenger.

The average driver is only minimally engaged with his vehicle.

So I'd say that generally speaking, my odds are better than most people's are when I'm driving.

OTOH - my odds are probably better than most people in an air crash that's not immediately fatal to all on board, as I'm perfecting willing to claw my way over women and children to get to an egress point.

more than 5 years ago



Is New York city the world's largest hick town?

Savior_on_a_Stick Savior_on_a_Stick writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Savior_on_a_Stick writes "I've been wrestling with putting new office and work spaces online in that city, and I swear it is the most backward assed place on the planet.

You would think a property manager in NYC would be able to tell prospective business tenants what broadband connection options are available.

Most cannot respond with anything beyond dumb looks.

Those that respond at all just tell you, "oh, everyone uses Time Warner."

And in a huge number of buildings, that really IS the only option.
Because they've entered into monopolistic deals that bundle all data entries through a mux, tenants can't get dsl.
The only option is a T1, and in NYC, even that takes a month.

No one in NYC seems to have any freaking clue that a world even exists outside their little 12 square block rat warren, and has no interest anyway.

I am firmly convinced now that the only vitality and innovation and life in NYC is from out of towners attracted by money.

The locals seem just a bit slow and thick.

I tried to line up some standby IT services — people to do things requiring a physical presence since I'm not based in NYC, but every company I contacted sounded like they had the village idiot answering the phone.

I concluded I'd be better off using my own people, even with no technical background, they are head and shoulders above these dim bulbs.

WTF happened to New York?

Have the maggots finally consumed the whole thing?"

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