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Before Using StingRays, Police Must Sign NDA With FBI

TWX Re:More common, and possibly unconstitutional... (89 comments)

If there's no case within a circuit, then that circuit cannot rule on it. If circuits like the 9th never get the case in the first place then there's no contrary rulings to have to decide upon.

10 hours ago
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Ancient Campfires Led To the Rise of Storytelling

TWX Re:It's got to be biological (59 comments)

I could introduce you to a couple of blind people that I know...

Though I think that for one of them, staring intently into a campfire might have been a contributor.

10 hours ago
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Apple Sells More Than 10 Million New iPhones In First 3 Days

TWX Misattribution to P.T. Barnum... (166 comments)

Can we get this in perspective please?

...and said famously by David Hannum...

"There's a sucker born every minute."

11 hours ago
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Before Using StingRays, Police Must Sign NDA With FBI

TWX Re:More common, and possibly unconstitutional... (89 comments)

My guess is that they'll attempt to curtail use of these systems in circuits like the 9th so that they don't appeal through to the Supreme Court too quickly, trying to keep it mostly to Law-enforcement-friendly circuits.

11 hours ago
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"Big Bang Signal" Could All Be Dust

TWX Re:Dust? (93 comments)

So, you don't pay for the universe, you pay for it to go away?

13 hours ago
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Friendly Reminder: Do Not Place Your iPhone In a Microwave

TWX Re:Also... (225 comments)

Don't pull on Superman's cape...

Don't spit into the wind...

Don't pull the mask off of the Lone Ranger...

And don't mess around with Jim...

13 hours ago
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My resting heart rate:

TWX Re:Do the math (159 comments)

I'm guessing that the Secret Service has been instructed to not let anyone with a wooden stake and a small brick near him...

13 hours ago
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My resting heart rate:

TWX Re:A bell curve! (159 comments)

Wow. If you're joking, good dig... If you're serious, then Slashdot is well and truly lost...

13 hours ago
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My resting heart rate:

TWX Re:I use metric (159 comments)

How many platinum seconds to a New York Minute?

13 hours ago
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Bioethicist At National Institutes of Health: "Why I Hope To Die At 75"

TWX Re:The WHO (385 comments)

No, but I met George Clayton Johnson once. He sure looked like he could use a renewal. He had started babbling about how we're now living in a science fiction age with computers and cell phones and the Internet.

Come to think of it, he looked like he could have been cosplaying Gandalf or Dumbledore too.

13 hours ago
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"Big Bang Signal" Could All Be Dust

TWX Dust? (93 comments)

So is the Universe coming, or going?

13 hours ago
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Bioethicist At National Institutes of Health: "Why I Hope To Die At 75"

TWX Re:The WHO (385 comments)

Carousel begins!

Renew!

Renew!

yesterday
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SpaceX Launches Supplies to ISS, Including Its First 3D Printer

TWX Re:oh wow (127 comments)

I've actually had a +4 of one of the negatives before, but it's been many, many years since that happened.

yesterday
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Wanxiang May Give 2012's Fisker Karma a Relaunch

TWX Re:selecting the electric car buyer (42 comments)

Not necessarily true. Those that travel in their own vehicles for their work-day, doing service calls or other appointments, or handling jobsite work or other field work would probably exceed the range. Those that live in-town and work in agriculture or oil extraction probably would exceed the range.

You're probably still looking at the overwhelming majority being able to use the all-electric car, but don't mistake that everyone would be okay, many would not.

yesterday
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Wanxiang May Give 2012's Fisker Karma a Relaunch

TWX Re:selecting an electric car (42 comments)

And if that couple has two cars, and if they want new cars, then it makes sense for one of those two cars to be electric.

My commute is 20 miles round-trip. My wife's is 40 miles round-trip. Nearly every type of store or business that we do regular business with is along our commutes. We could easily commute with an electric without running out of range, even if we had to go ten miles out of our way to do so, and even if we couldn't plug-in at our places of employment, though I expect that the positive press from the charging station would make that pretty likely.

yesterday
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Wanxiang May Give 2012's Fisker Karma a Relaunch

TWX Re:Misleading Article Summary (42 comments)

Where's the body-shell made?

From a safety point of view, that's where Chinese cars have been problematic, not in their brakes, or even their seatbelts or airbags.

yesterday
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SpaceX Launches Supplies to ISS, Including Its First 3D Printer

TWX Re:oh wow (127 comments)

Yes, melting plastic in a closed environment. Brilliant. Instead of planning for their little hobby-jump in Low Earth Orbit, let's bring a cranky, tiny toy to make coat hangers... (in free-fall LOL). I just love the armchair engineers and programmers here going on about the 3D printer will be this tool to help colonize the universe..

I never said that it would help colonize the universe.

I expect that it'll be useful when that plastic tab on that rocker switch that's used all of the time breaks off, so they an print themselves a replacement instead of waiting weeks or months for a resupply mission to bring them one, or when an astronaut realizes that a particular control stick or other device is causing skin abrasions, so they could design and print a different one that doesn't cause sores, or any of a whole set of times when a spaceman needs some small, insignificant-on-earth part that is literally worth its weight in gold because they just don't have access to it.

I could even see circumstances in an Apollo-Thirteen kind of accident where engineers at NASA could come up with a fix that's safer and more reliable than duct-taping some plastic sheeting to a bulkhead because the tech to manufacture a few parts exists with those that need those parts.

2 days ago
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SpaceX Launches Supplies to ISS, Including Its First 3D Printer

TWX Re:oh wow (127 comments)

I actually don't care for this modern 3d printer hype, but this is one of the few places where I could see a 3d printer being particularly useful.

Thing is, you're melting plastic and placing that melted plastic where you want it to be. In gravity and endless atmosphere this is easy, the gravity helps feed the raw materials through a hopper and ensure that the plastic stays where you place it, and the essentially endless atmosphere carries away noxious fumes so that you don't poison yourself. Unfortunately on a space station or in a spacecraft you have no effective gravity and a very limited atmosphere, so you cannot pollute nor can you rely on gravity to make things go where you want them.

Consider the effort and design that goes into the toilet. A simple act that humans have always done on Earth is not so simple in space, and millions of dollars have been spent to account for biology designed to function with gravity assistance when that gravity is not available.

2 days ago
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SpaceX Launches Supplies to ISS, Including Its First 3D Printer

TWX Re:So we just gave all this money (127 comments)

In Boeing's defense, it's b-o-e-i-n-g, not 'boing'. A trampoline was never being considered.

2 days ago

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Ask Slashdot: What would you actually want in a smart watch?

TWX TWX writes  |  13 hours ago

TWX (665546) writes "With the hype in recent Smart Watch offerings lately, no one seems to be truly happy with what's available or the capabilities in various devices. I personally want one that acts a a central hub for 3G/4G/LTE connectivity for any other kind of device that I want to use, but manufacturers now seem to be stressing more functionality on the watch itself as opposed to a modular approach. So, what do you want in a smart watch and other wearable, personal computing?"
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Poll: Magnets near my electronics?

TWX TWX writes  |  about a month ago

TWX (665546) writes "Poll Options:
Get that thing away from me!
I know in my head it's fine, but no.
Eh, whatever.
Pretty magnets stuck to my case.
Tablet magnetized to my case!"
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The sorry state of FOSS documentation

TWX TWX writes  |  about a month and a half ago

TWX (665546) writes "I've been out of computers as a serious home-hobby for many years and in returning I'm aghast at the state of documentation for Open Source projects. The software itself has changed significantly in the last decade, but the documentation has failed to keep pace; most of what I'm finding applies to versions long since passed or were the exact same documents from when I dropped-out of hobbyist computing years ago. Take Lightdm on Ubuntu 14.04 for example- its entire configuration file structure has been revamped, but none of the documentation for more specialized or advanced uses of Lightdm in previous versions of Ubuntu has been updated for this latest release. It's actually harder now to configure some features than it was a decade ago.

TLDP is close to a decade out-of-date, fragmentation between distributions has grown to the point that answers from one distro won't readily apply to another, and web forums for even specific projects are full of questions without answers, or those that head off into completely unrelated discussion, or with snarky, "it's in the documentation, stupid!" responses. Where do you go for your FOSS documentation and self-help?"
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Resources for a new Infrastructure Specialist

TWX TWX writes  |  more than 2 years ago

TWX (665546) writes "I've just graduated at my employer from desktop support to network infrastructure support, dealing with everything from smashed telecom receptacles to switch failures and single-mode fiber between campuses. They're interested in purchasing equipment for the job beyond the punch tool, sheetrock saw, and 10/100 Fluke Nettool that we already have. I'm looking for suggestions for tools and equipment, specifically to test gigabit copper and both single and multimode fiber. Anything else special that you think would be useful for an infrastructure technician in an organization with upwards of a hundred sites with hundreds of telecom rooms, a hundred-thousand copper horizontal runs, and miles of fiber would be much appreciated."
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Would you buy a color E ink ebook reader?

TWX TWX writes  |  more than 3 years ago

TWX (665546) writes "Yes!
Maybe, depending on how it looks.
No, I prefer my ebooks LCDish
No, I prefer dead-tree editions
I'm stuck with monochrome, you insensitive clod!"
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Inexpensive wifi/radius for home hobbyists?

TWX TWX writes  |  more than 3 years ago

TWX (665546) writes "I'm looking to get some hands-on experience with Radius and commercial-style Wifi. I'll also soon have an environment where three or four APs will be necessary to cover everywhere, so there's a practical side as well. The trouble is, all of the equipment that I can find is prohibitively expensive, and while I expect to spend something on APs and cabling, I really would like to avoid paying for expensive commercial APs if I can avoid it. I'm looking for consumer-priced solutions, if any exist, and documentation. I know that several consumer APs are marketed as friendly to hobbyists who wish to modify them, so I'm hoping that some project for those APs to make them work with Radius is available..."

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