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Polar Vortex Sends Life-Threatening Freeze To US

Shivetya LOL. Weathertologist (684 comments)

Just like a religion, you can claim all you want and dispense with all dissent with a wave of a hand. The sad part is, we have had worse weather patterns before and we will have varied and unpredictable weather patterns in the future.

Guess what, it has always been this way. The idea you can suddenly declare THIS is more relevant than THAT or whatnot is just silly. Yet every exceptional weather issue suddenly is proof positive of your belief. Whats next, finding pictures of Al Gore on bread?

Do you realize how silly you come off with your "IN FACT" declaration. Its not fact, its theory and the one thing about weather we all know is, we cannot tell you whats going to happen one month to the next. If we could then someone should have known this was coming way off but guess what they did not.

I would love to see the model which shows no hurricanes smacking the US, record low tornado activity, followed with one week of exceptional cold. There won't be one, but it certainly won't stop the fanatics from declaring it.

Hell, over a hundred years ago we had sixty foot drifts in New York, can you imagine the insanity that would cause today?

about 8 months ago

George Zimmerman Acquitted In Death of Trayvon Martin

Shivetya Not all show trials go the way the media (1737 comments)

or officials want. Juries tend to see through the attempts to impose social justice over legal justice. This trial became a farce when the prosecution was allowed to change their charge on the fly, worse they almost got totally into silly land on trying to change up the charges.

Now comes the fun part, will the Feds get involved directly and attempt a hate crime charge?

Zimmerman was an over reactive wanna be cop that created a situation that got out of his control. Frankly if Tray had survived I would have expected him to use the same defense. Still witnesses and crime scene evidence were not in favor of the prosecution and the local sheriff was right in not trying to field a case that could not be one.

We the people won, both Zimmerman and Martin lost. We won because the law was upheld. Martin paid the ultimate price and Zimmerman will pay the rest of his.

The tragedy beyond this one death is the number of people who died and their cases will never be given the same attention.

about a year ago

Electric Car Startup 'Better Place' Liquidating After $850 Million Investment

Shivetya Not quite. (193 comments)

Tesla was focused on maximizing their non car selling income. If not for the tax credits, carbon credits, and so on, Tesla would not be in the position they are now. In other words, they riding on our backs and using politicians for their gain,.

about a year ago

Steve Forbes: Bitcoin Not Money

Shivetya His issue is with bitcoin's volatitilty (692 comments)

not that their value changes, but that the changes are to volatile to make it a worthwhile currency. Its more like a commodity than anything else.

about a year and a half ago

YouTube's Ready To Select a Winner

Shivetya Re:Please make it stop (74 comments)

Would be even more fun if we could accuse them of generating additional revenue as people had to click to read the real text!

* I do not see ads here per /. telling me I do not, so I it might be a good accusation!

about a year and a half ago

A New Benefit For Logged-In Readers: Meet Slashdot's ROT13 Initiative

Shivetya funny, cute, or just makes you think. (261 comments)

I don't care. I look forward to it each April 1st. I certainly don't begrudge them not being funny to all people. April 1st is like National Nerd Day.

Its fun to be a geek, humor is what you make of it, my suggestion, take a step back and enjoy the day.

about a year and a half ago

New Pope Selected

Shivetya Very disappointed in Slashdot (915 comments)

that such a hate filled post is rated as high. It is an irrational venomous posting and nothing more that contributes nothing to the conversation.

While you may not like the Church or its elected leaders they exert a large influence good and bad throughout the world and acknowledging changes in their structure are worthy our time. Through the actions of Popes and the structures within the Church many leading scientist look for both spiritual guidance and in some cases cover in the form of acceptance of what their life's work entails.

Yes they have bad people in the Church, guess what there are people who think a similar problem but on a much larger scale exists within the public school systems, it is no reason for your hate filled diatribe.

about a year and a half ago

Developers Begin Hunt For a Killer App For Google Glass

Shivetya x-ray, duh (155 comments)

virtual or not.....

or straight out of Dilbert, imagining being able to shoot torpedoes and such at people annoying you....

on a more serious side, if they had the ability to track multiple moving objects you could have all sorts of uses.. even for the blind by simply outing audio. They would be less obtrusive than a dog

about a year and a half ago

Future Fighters Won't Need Ejection Seats

Shivetya There will always be a physological need (622 comments)

for manned aircraft but realistically we don't need fighter or bomber pilots once we can prove that they can not be taken over by an enemy and that they could operate autonomously when conditions warrant

its no different than convincing the Navy that carriers will be if not already obsolete for most missions. Changing how people feel about something takes longer to catch up to technology than it takes for technology to advance.

about a year and a half ago

Apple Now Working With the NYPD To Curb iPhone Thefts

Shivetya why not? (123 comments)

We are told to believe that guns incite people to violence.

People selectively buy into anything they want to believe in

about a year and a half ago

Update — Sensors Do Not Pick Up North Korean Radioactivity

Shivetya I wonder (132 comments)

how high up in the chain of command you have to be to realize how hopelessly outclassed you are in North Korea?

As in, do the fighter pilots know? How about their immediate superiors? How far up does one have to be before you really know the truth?

about a year and a half ago

Elon Musk Lays Out His Evidence That NYT Tesla Test Drive Was Staged

Shivetya quibbling over temperature of the cabin (841 comments)

does not do Tesla any favors.

a 100k car where running the interior temperature at comfortable levels has a detrimental effect on range... wow

about a year and a half ago

COBOL Will Outlive Us All

Shivetya Little development? Hardly... (318 comments)

It isn't just the financial sector, its the medical sector, major distributors, casinos, and more, who use mainframes and similar (I work on an iSeries which at our scale is very much a mainframe - especially in reliability). COBOL and also RPGLE (looks like C/Pascal now) form the back end of many systems because of their ease of programming and especially because they are good at business math. Front end we have web facing apps; javascript/php/etc; RESTful services, and more. New development occurs everyday and is far more modern in its application that your aware. It isn't a land of green screens and such, but those do have their place.

The technology is anything but outdated, if anything we are as modern if not more. The key difference is dead nuts reliability, both in code and hardware. Downtime usually is when the site fails.

about a year and a half ago

Xbox 720 Could Require Always-On Connection, Lock Out Used Games

Shivetya Steam is no better (592 comments)

I have games where I have the physical media but because they are Steam related I found I cannot play them unless I am "connected".

Guess Microsoft would simply be following the lead of someone else this time.

Oh, I cannot lend these games or even give them to another person even in my own household because they are locked to my Steam account.

about a year and a half ago

US Postal Service Discontinuing Saturday Mail Delivery

Shivetya Not entirely true (582 comments)

The post office was forced into this because their unfunded pension fund was a time bomb waiting to happen. They are only paying this increase till 2016 and have had it reduced when it was pressing. As of 2009 it was estimated their unfunded liabilities were over fifty billion dollars.

No, where Congress gets a failing grade is similar to how base closings are done. Just like the military knows which bases are not needed the Post Office can tell you which sorting centers, distribution hubs, and which Post Offices, are not needed. When they go to close them then suddenly every Congressman becomes an expert and you end up with stories about how the PO wanted to close nearly 3000 offices and only got a little over a hundred.

The PO operates under burdensome contracts combined with quickly shrinking sources of income. The number of pieces of mail handled has steadily declined but when the PO tries to downsize Congress interferes or their contracts block them. Trying to hire part time workers is another area they have difficulty with.

So, no their problems don't stem from just having to pay for liabilities they should be paying for; if anything ask Congress why that rule ain't applied to the US as a whole; its from a myriad of items of which two largest are Congress and the unions.

about a year and a half ago

Updated Model Puts Earth On the Edge of the Habitable Zone

Shivetya Re:GW solution (264 comments)

and then worry about excess heat.

Not from the plants, from all the equipment using that energy. One area of energy abundance many over look is the heat generated by its consumption. While we are moving away from some obvious sources; incandescence bulbs many others still exist.

about a year and a half ago

Silicon Nanoparticles Could Lead To On-Demand Hydrogen Generation

Shivetya Re:The key question becomes (163 comments)

plus you can take all that off peak wind power and similar to power the plants that create the nano particles thereby reducing the risk to investors on both sides.

I guess the concern comes down to, how clean must the water supply be? It would be very valuable if it can work with different level of containments up to and including salt water

about a year and a half ago

Islamist Hackers Shut Down Egyptology Research Journal

Shivetya Do the mess with people who can get them? (564 comments)

or would even try to get them?

It is one things to shut down corps or even parts of the US government, it is a completely different thing to go after people who show no restraint in killing people.

about a year and a half ago



ADA to force Netflix to provid closed captioning on content

Shivetya Shivetya writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Shivetya (243324) writes "A judge has decided that the American Disabilities Act requires services like Netflix to provide Closed Captioning support for any video it streams on its website. The easiest means to comply would be to remove all videos which do not have a closed captioning component, the other route would require Netflix to pay to have this done to any video it wants to provide. The implications to other provides is immense as well."
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Star Wars The Old Republic gaing the wrong kind of

Shivetya Shivetya writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Shivetya (243324) writes "Only out for weeks one element of Bioware's hit Star Wars The Old Republic is bringing the wrong kind of attention to the genre. The mistreatment of women and worse, the seemingly large number of players who love to openly boast about abusing their virtual women."
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Tesla motors announces prices for their upcomng Mo

Shivetya Shivetya writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Shivetya (243324) writes "They aren't cheap and the prices are listed assuming the $7500 tax credit. A 160 mile range S will set you back $49,900, the 230 mile is at $59,000, and the 300 mile range S will cost $69,000. Battery sizes are 40,60, and 85kwh respectively. For your money these cars also include a very large seventeen inch touchscreen. Is this the electric car you've been waiting for or another rich person's toy?"
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Scan your license to pump gas?

Shivetya Shivetya writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Shivetya writes "A gas station in Michigan has come up with an innovated way to allow drivers to pump gas first and pay afterward while at the same time attempting to prevent drive offs. Now drivers can scan their license to pump the gas before paying. The license information is never seen by the store unless the event is flagged as a drive off. Good idea or bad?"
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Obama admistration wants power to indefinitely det

Shivetya Shivetya writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Shivetya (243324) writes "Apparently there is a struggle over a defense appropriations bill, one section contains language allowing for the indefinite detention of people associated with terrorist. While one Democratic Senator moved to strike the language from the bill that was defeated, according to Senator Carl Levin it was the Administration which had the language excluding American citizens removed from the bill."
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MIT gives flow batteries a high energy treatment

Shivetya Shivetya writes  |  more than 3 years ago

" rel="nofollow">Shivetya writes "Researches at MIT have improved on flow batteries to where the size needed to deliver the equivalent power of current batteries can be done in half the size. You could even go as far as pumping in new charged liquid and pump out the old for reuse."
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Great Automotive application of Linux

Shivetya Shivetya writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Shivetya writes "Ever wanted to know whats going on in your car beyond what the automaker lets you see through the dashboard indicators and idiot lights? Well there is a new option, DashDAQ, which hooks into your cars diagnostic connectors and reveals information about your cars performance in real-time. It is Linux drive with some sites claiming it is open-source, though I can't find that actual quote on the product page, and allows for attaching of Linux based GPS units as well. Looks really sharp and it recently took home nine awards at SEMA. Get a jump on the story at Autoblog and see the product page at"

Shivetya Shivetya writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Shivetya (243324) writes "British scientists may have come up with a vaccine that can prevent every type of Influenza A by concentrating on a protien known as M2. This protein has hardly changed within the last 100 years and has been found in the current bird flu and the virus that caused the 1918 Spanish flu. The story, lth/healthmain.html?in_article_id=425227&in_page_i d=1774 , also reports a Swiss group doing similar research. Combine this story and recent ones on Slashdot concerning diabetes, 6/218236 , perhaps this decade will see to the end of some of the worlds most vexing health problems?"

Shivetya Shivetya writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Shivetya (243324) writes "The federal Environmental Protection Agency announced a new system for determining the fuel economy of many cars and trucks. Hardest hit will be hybrids as all electric driving is not considered. At the same time many medium duty vehicles will get rated, but not have to be published until 2011 This move to more realistic ratings will severly reduce the high numbers some cars have posted. The story was originally from the LA times but can be found here m"



Steve Jobs no longer on our side.

Shivetya Shivetya writes  |  more than 4 years ago

The recent iPad announcement has cemented that belief in my head. I suppose increase from 99 cents to $1.29 music should have been a clue or the really non competitive costs for renting movies across iTunes. However it is the recent book deals that finally ended the debate. When major publishers are rejoicing you know it means we are getting screwed. The iPad is wholly an item to support content providers. We have gone from being the customer of Steve Jobs and Apple to simply being a feature to sell the content providers. Content providers are Apple's new customer.

So the idea that e-books would bring us lower costs is out the door because Apple wants its cut and will use the content providers as the bogeyman all the while raking in larger amounts of the cut as each new deal is signed.

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