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Consumers Not Impressed With 3D Printing

SleazyRidr Re:Well DUH (302 comments)

I guess it depends on the application, but for a lot of the common stuff you'll just download the plan from the internet. Obviously, half the point of a 3d-printer is the niche stuff that you can't download, but we're ignoring a lot of the potential of computers when all they get used for is facebook and twitter.

about 3 months ago
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Aereo To SCOTUS: Shut Us Down and You Shut Down Cloud Storage

SleazyRidr Re:Question about rebroadcasting (342 comments)

So, if I did it myself it would be legal, but since I'm paying someone to do it it would be illegal. I can't think of other situations where that happens, other than prostitution...

about 3 months ago
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How Much Data Plan Bandwidth Is Wasted By DRM?

SleazyRidr Thank you (200 comments)

Thank you for expanding on this comment from a few days ago, or either of these from a couple of months back.

Also, congratulations on realising that the content companies aren't really providing a good service to us. Do as the rest of us do and stick to torrents until they do. the music industry has learned its lesson and is now selling DRM-free files, the movie industry will catch up eventually.

about 3 months ago
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How Much Data Plan Bandwidth Is Wasted By DRM?

SleazyRidr Re:BENNETT!!! (200 comments)

We're asking people to stop writing things that have already been written many times. Why this drivel gets it's own article instead of just being a comment to another more relevant article is beyond me.

about 3 months ago
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Will the Nissan Leaf Take On the Tesla Model S At Half the Price?

SleazyRidr Re:X Miles IS a standard for me (398 comments)

Like the Fisker Karma, except not going bankrupt. That's pretty much what I want too. Sure, "one day" battery technology will be good enough for a standard 1000-mile range on your self-driving, 250 mph car, but today a serial hybrid is the best solution to the issue.

about 3 months ago
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Netflix Plans To Raise Prices By "$1 or $2 a Month"

SleazyRidr Re:Not Necessarily A Bad Thing (202 comments)

He may as well have included the $100/month for electricity, although I suppose you need that for cable TV too. The problem I have is that the TV and internet are bundled in such a way that it would actually cost more to just have internet. I very rarely use the TV, but as it's not costing anything I keep it around just in case.

about 3 months ago
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Netflix Plans To Raise Prices By "$1 or $2 a Month"

SleazyRidr Re:Not Necessarily A Bad Thing (202 comments)

Maybe if you want to watch 16 hours of TV a day you'll run out of content before Netflix adds anything. If that's the case then Netflix really isn't in a position to help you.

about 3 months ago
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Expert Warns: Civilian World Not Ready For Massive EMP-Caused Blackout

SleazyRidr Re:Naivete (271 comments)

Are you implying that there's another reason?

about 3 months ago
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Switching From Sitting To Standing At Your Desk

SleazyRidr Re:I recently switched. couldnt be happier. (312 comments)

The guy behind me bought his own sit-stand desk a couple of weeks ago. There wasn't any company program, he just decided that his back was worth the $500 to him. He stood almost half the day for the first couple of days, now he sits the whole day again. I told him that if he felt better after a couple of weeks I'd buy one too, but of course, sitting down is exactly the same as sitting down!

about 3 months ago
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Steam's Most Popular Games

SleazyRidr Re:Scalded (118 comments)

They're probably happy about that. They'd prefer not to do business with customer who deny access to payment and who are unaccountable for their actions.

about 3 months ago
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'Thermoelectrics' Could One Day Power Cars

SleazyRidr Re:E = (T2-T1) / T1 (174 comments)

Looking up at the title, I notice that it claims thermoelectrics could one day power *cars*.

Also, power plants use a closed loop, so talking about putting multiple expanders on them is silly, as the waste pressure/energy gets recycled completely anyway.

about 3 months ago
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'Thermoelectrics' Could One Day Power Cars

SleazyRidr Re:E = (T2-T1) / T1 (174 comments)

The same principle apply to steam engines as to thermoelectric devices. Steam engines are very well studied, so there is a lot more data/manuals/advice/working knowledge about them. We choose which knowledge to use and which to discard based on their applicability to the task at hand.

The thermoelectric effect is dependent upon a difference in temperature. To get more power, you need a bigger difference in temperature. Engines do produce a lot of waste heat, but they generally do not get to a high enough temperature to reasonably extract enough of it to justify your capital costs. Thus the comparison to waste steam from steam engines, you can collect and use it, but often you won't get enough out of it to be worthwhile.

about 3 months ago
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Bill Gates Patents Detecting, Responding To "Glassholes"

SleazyRidr Re:The difference... (140 comments)

Well, if she's padding her boobs, I can see that she wouldn't want that information becoming public, but as the sister comment alluded to, it could just be a baseless accusation without some form of evidence.

Also, seeing a picture of something is completely different than hearing a description. I assume you probably visit the bathroom a few times a day. I have a reasonable idea what you do in there and I could form a decent description of what you do, but you would be upset if someone showed me a picture wouldn't you? Also, you might have a desire to share that moment with some specific people (maybe you're into that kind of thing), but the idea that the person with whom you choose to share that moment has to be balanced by the probability of them taking pictures or videos and sharing it with people you might not even know. Having to make that kind of judgement will limit the number of those moments that will happen, which makes life just a little less fun.

about 3 months ago
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Bill Gates Patents Detecting, Responding To "Glassholes"

SleazyRidr Re:The difference... (140 comments)

It's the difference between: "hey, Jenny was so drunk last night she showed me her boobs!" and "hey, look at this picture of Jenny's boobs." As someone who likes boobs, I try to minimize the incentives for girls to keep them hidden.

about 3 months ago
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Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

SleazyRidr Good News (1633 comments)

The good part of this that I see is that he is advocating changing the constitution and not just ignoring it. The constitution can and should be amended to account for changing values, changing technology and different external influences. Once you start ignoring the constitution, then what rules do the government need to follow? Change the constitution to what it "should" say, then we all know what we're doing, what's expected of us, and where to go next.

about 3 months ago
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Pollution In China Could Be Driving Freak Weather In US

SleazyRidr Re:Polution tax (158 comments)

What were the tax rates in 1970? What are the tax rates now? What direction did they go?

about 3 months ago
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Intuit, Maker of Turbotax, Lobbies Against Simplified Tax Filings

SleazyRidr Re:Not even much money (423 comments)

If we could get back to some Regan-esque conservatism that would be nice. A lot better the the wackos we deal with today anyway...

about 3 months ago
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Slashdot Asks: How Do You Pay Your Taxes?

SleazyRidr I got a free t-shirt (386 comments)

When I filed my taxes this year, they gave me a free t-shirt when I was done. I feel like I haven't made the best decision.

about 3 months ago
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Inside the Stolen Smartphone Black Market In London

SleazyRidr Re:Changing IMEI is illegal (109 comments)

It is indeed your property, but the network to which you are trying to connect is not. Go ahead and fuck with your own stuff all you want, it's probably the best way to learn and to innovate, but don't fuck up what we already have working.

about 3 months ago

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Largest Bitcoin Exchange in Trouble

SleazyRidr SleazyRidr writes  |  about 5 months ago

SleazyRidr (1563649) writes "After hitting record highs late last year, crashing and then recovering, the price of bitcoins has taken another hit. Mt. Gox, the largest and most active bitcoin exchange has been forced to halt withdrawals of the cryptocurrency due to technical issues. Other exchanges are still operating and an increasing number of businesses are accepting bitcoin as payment, but this is yet another blow to a currency still searching for acceptance in the world at large."
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How to break Kindle DRM

SleazyRidr SleazyRidr writes  |  about 10 months ago

SleazyRidr (1563649) writes "What can you do with a Lego Mindstorms Kit, an iMac and a Kindle? You can copy ebooks. This goes to show that there is always a way to get around DRM, even if you have to use a fairly novel hack to do it."
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Formulaic Cheese on Toast

SleazyRidr SleazyRidr writes  |  about a year ago

SleazyRidr (1563649) writes "As a lover of cheese on toast, I know I am always sorely disappointed when my cheese on toast doesn't come out right. Fortunately, the Royal Society of Chemistry and the British Cheese Board have come together to determine the science behind this culinary masterpiece. Their formula relates the thickness of the bread, the thickness of the cheese, and the time required under the grill to perfect your tasty snack."
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BP and Executive Facing Criminal Charges

SleazyRidr SleazyRidr writes  |  about a year and a half ago

SleazyRidr (1563649) writes "Finally some news that will please a lot of the Slashdot crowd: A company has been charged with Manslaughter! BP has been charged with manslaughter following the Macondo Incident. Two of the rig supervisors and a BP executive are also facing jail time. Is this the start of companies being forced to take responsibility for their actions?"
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TSA Check Bags, Find Vibrator

SleazyRidr SleazyRidr writes  |  more than 2 years ago

SleazyRidr (1563649) writes "In more news of TSA professionalism, here's a story about a female traveler who put some of her "toys" in her checked baggage. The TSA did their job and checked her bags, then left her a little note:

A traveller says she will file a complaint after a note left in her suitcase included the hand-written comment "Get your freak on girl".

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Closed Down by Google

SleazyRidr SleazyRidr writes  |  more than 2 years ago

SleazyRidr (1563649) writes "The New York Times highlights what appears to be a growing practice: listing your competitors as closed on Google places.

In mid-August, Jason Rule learned some surprising news about the coffee shop that he owns and operates in Hays, Kan.: the place had closed for good. Not in the real world, where it is thriving. Coffee Rules Lounge was listed for a few days as “permanently closed” on Google Maps. During that time, anyone searching for a latte on a smartphone, for instance, would have assumed the store was a goner.

It goes on to talk about similar occurrences for other businesses, and how Google appears to be handling it."
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Cheap Apple Laptops

SleazyRidr SleazyRidr writes  |  more than 2 years ago

SleazyRidr (1563649) writes "Ever thought about buying a laptop of one of those guys on street corners? Probably not, but it's good to know that they're showing a whole new level on ingenuity, and they've come up with a new model that's even lighter than any real apple!"
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