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You're Doing It All Wrong: Solar Panels Should Face West, Not South

TheSHAD0W batteries (327 comments)

To get the best performance out of solar, you still need batteries to save power for when the sun isn't up. Assuming you have sufficient batteries, you should *still* point the collectors southwards, to gain the greatest total amount of power.

about two weeks ago
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Lava Flow In Hawaii Gains Speed, Triggers Methane Explosions

TheSHAD0W Queen of Wands (64 comments)

You know, there was a recent book by John Ringo that blamed the noise of weapons being discharged while fighting an incursion of Old Ones on methane gas explosions. You don't suppose... ?

about 2 months ago
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The Case For a Federal Robotics Commission

TheSHAD0W also apt... (70 comments)

"To a man with a hammer, everything looks like a nail."

about 3 months ago
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Slashdot Asks: Do You Want a Smart Watch?

TheSHAD0W smartwatch (381 comments)

I'd like a very *simple* smart watch...

* Simple caller-ID and memo display, programmable shortcut buttons, nothing else.

* Very long charge life comparatively (2 weeks would be okay) and/or very easy charging (put it on a charging pad).

about 5 months ago
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The Higgs Boson Should Have Crushed the Universe

TheSHAD0W deism (188 comments)

Obviously, God siphoned off the excess energy.

about 6 months ago
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Scientists Successfully Grow Full Head of Hair On Bald Man

TheSHAD0W title should be... (109 comments)

"Scientists Accidentally Grow Full Head of Hair On Bald Man"

The result was unintended, though interesting.

about 6 months ago
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NYU Group Says Its Scheme Makes Cracking Individual Passwords Impossible

TheSHAD0W Meh. (277 comments)

Near as I can tell, this is equivalent to a system which stores the hashes in an encrypted form, except the encryption relies on the passwords of other users rather than an administrator's password. This may IMO make this system less secure, depending on how public the interface is; an attacker could sign up with multiple accounts on the system before grabbing a copy of the encrypted hashes. They would then have a set of passwords which could be used to validate additional ones.

about 9 months ago
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One In Ten Americans Thinks HTML Is a Type of Sexually Transmitted Infection

TheSHAD0W HTLV III (255 comments)

They must have been confusing it with the name of the virus that causes AIDS.

about 9 months ago
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Legal Motion: Hyperlinks Are Protected By the First Amendment

TheSHAD0W Re:Kids today... (49 comments)

I remember this. The court ruled that a hyperlink was an automated system for directing people to the content.

2600 then took the links down, but published the bare URLs to the content, not as a link. I don't recall whether they went back to court over that.

about 9 months ago
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EA's Dungeon Keeper Ratings Below a 5 Go To Email Black Hole

TheSHAD0W easy technical solution... (367 comments)

I'm sure Google keeps the referrer information for URLs that hit the Play store. Just throw out all the ratings that come through the game.

about 10 months ago
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UK Council To Send Obese People 'Motivational' Texts Telling Them To Use Stairs

TheSHAD0W medical care (225 comments)

Will the council pay the doctor's bills and lost wages for obese people who blow their knees when climbing stairs?

Walking is definitely good exercise, especially for obses people, but not necessarily with stairs.

about a year ago
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Throwable 36-Camera Ball Nearly Ready To Toss

TheSHAD0W Re:What good is it? (68 comments)

I have a friend who will want one; she uses them for 3D rendering. Conventional panorama capture can have problems, like object and cloud movement, while the photos are being taken; this eliminates the issue.

I'd love to order one, but I have serious trust issues with Paypal and am not going to sign up just to join the campaign. I'll have to wait until it goes retail. Here's hopes the campaign succeeds!

about a year ago
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Goodbye, California? Tim Draper Proposes a 6-Way Split

TheSHAD0W debt (489 comments)

So long as these states are jointly and severally liable for all the debt California has rung up so far, I've no objection. (For future debt, they're on their own - and I'd avoid buying bonds issued by most of 'em.)

about a year ago
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Amazon Botches Sales Tax, Overcharges NJ

TheSHAD0W not a scam (179 comments)

It's unlikely Amazon would be scamming using this method; the fines involved would be horrendous. It would only take one person noticing to trigger an investigation and audit by the state.

From most of the responders to this thread, this is unlikely to also be a mistake. But even if it were, Amazon wouldn't be keeping the money, but would be handing it over to the NJ tax authorities. (That would also probably result in a fine, but not a catastrophic one.)

about a year ago
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A Math Test That's Rotten To the Common Core

TheSHAD0W *scratches head* (663 comments)

Yeah, why pennies, and why a cup? I'm guessing the answer is D, 1, based on the number on the side of the cup, but that's a guess.

And what about #12? What the heck is a "subtraction sentence"? Why are there no subtractions in the answers?

about a year ago
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PayPal Freezes MailPile's Account

TheSHAD0W Indiegogo (443 comments)

Considering how many Indiegogo campaigns this has happened to, I'm surprised the service hasn't switched to one of Paypal's competitors yet. Otherwise this is going to drive projects to Indiegogo's competitors instead.

about a year ago
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The Men Trying To Save Us From the Machines

TheSHAD0W Not just robot armies (161 comments)

Even if it's bound by the laws of physics as we understand them (Stross-universe-like "P=NP"-powered reality modification aside) there are plenty of dangers out there we're well aware of which computing technology could ape. Nanoassemblers might not be able to eat the planet, but what if they infested humans like a disease? We're already having horrible problems with malware clogging up people's machines, and they're coded by humans; what if an artificial intelligence was put in control of a botnet, updating and improving the exploiters faster than anyone could take them apart?

about a year and a half ago
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Megatokyo Gets a Visual Novel Game

TheSHAD0W Re:The last link is bogus. (88 comments)

Ssh! Quiet! I still have hope! I want to believe...

about a year and a half ago
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Megatokyo Gets a Visual Novel Game

TheSHAD0W Re:Is that still being updated? (88 comments)

As will having your wife come down with cancer, and having to take care of the online store and your autistic child yourself.

But I wouldn't bother protesting these opinions, trolls feed on the tears of others and you're only encouraging them.

about a year and a half ago

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[meta] accidentally flagged

TheSHAD0W TheSHAD0W writes  |  2 days ago

TheSHAD0W (258774) writes "So I accidentally clicked the "flag" icon on a submission, which immediately disappeared. I don't see any obvious way to undo this... I'm not sure how many accidental flaggings there are, but offering a way to un-flag a comment would reduce the load on moderators. Perhaps instead of making the entry disappear entirely, instead obscure the text and leave it there, so a second click on the icon would perform an undo?"
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Apple requires credit card information for "free" security updates

TheSHAD0W TheSHAD0W writes  |  about two weeks ago

TheSHAD0W (258774) writes "Apple recently updated OS X to version 10.10, "Yosemite", and is no longer providing security updates for older versions. Yosemite is "free", but to upgrade you have to sign in to their App Store — and provide credit card information. With all the security breaches recently, is it smart to provide financial information for no good reason?

Google Play isn't above offering free stuff in exchange for credit card info either."
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Cheap tablets: low RAM + SSD = acceptable?

TheSHAD0W TheSHAD0W writes  |  about a month and a half ago

TheSHAD0W (258774) writes "This $99 tablet was mentioned in an earlier story, running Windows 8.1 on only 1GB of RAM. Is it usable? Will it last?

For $99 you can't expect much more than a toy, but I'm wondering how well it'd work for real-world use. 1GB is low, but you're swapping to a SSD, not a magnetic disk; if the swapping were intelligent enough, it might be workable. A friend wondered about "handling a bunch of tabs" in a browser; has anyone tried this?

Then there are longevity issues; doing a lot of swapping to a SSD will tend to kill its life span. Still, for $99, would you be okay with having to replace it after 3 years or so?"
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Voltage runs new art contest after ripping off submitters last year

TheSHAD0W TheSHAD0W writes  |  about 6 months ago

TheSHAD0W (258774) writes "Voltage Entertainment USA, a company that primarily produces content for Japan, is running their 2014 art contest. (For a giggle, contrast the international version of the contest with the Japanese version.) They are promising $5,000 and 500,000 yen top awards, respectively, for the winners, with $1,000 and 100,000 yen awards for 3 runner-ups each. This is despite not awarding the top prizes for last year's submissions."
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Megatokyo Gets a Visual Novel Game

TheSHAD0W TheSHAD0W writes  |  about a year and a half ago

TheSHAD0W (258774) writes "It's been over a decade since Megatokyo was mentioned in a Slashdot story. Fred Gallagher, author of the long-running webcomic, has launched a Kickstarter for a Megatokyo Visual Novel Game. The KS has fared very well, funding its basic goal in less than four hours and covering most of the posted stretch goals in the first twenty-four. Fred also posted a half-joking stretch goal at a half-million dollars to include "excessively romantic content", wink wink nudge nudge. He may have been kidding, but there are some indications it might be reached."
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SOPA: Charging Libraries for Reading Books Aloud to Children

TheSHAD0W TheSHAD0W writes  |  more than 2 years ago

TheSHAD0W (258774) writes "SABAM, the Belgian Intellectual Property organization, is contacting public libraries in Belgium warning they will begin charging fees (250 euros per year, about US$325) for having volunteers who read stories to kids."
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What did we learn from Fukushima?

TheSHAD0W TheSHAD0W writes  |  more than 3 years ago

TheSHAD0W (258774) writes "So, what did we learn from the Fukushima nuclear power plant disaster? How can we modify existing reactors to mitigate or prevent such events? Would new reactor designs be more hardy in the face of an earthquake followed by a tsunami? And how much is this all going to cost?

My greatest question is, how much of the disaster was caused by the containment buildings exploding? Did that cause the reactor vessel to be breached, or was it inevitable? Venting the buildings to clear a build-up of hydrogen gas would have released radioactive materials to the environment, but probably not as much as having them detonate.

How would severe loss of coolant affect a pebble-bed reactor? Or a thorium-based reactor?"
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Malware attacking routers

TheSHAD0W TheSHAD0W writes  |  more than 3 years ago

TheSHAD0W writes "Apparently some malware is using affected computers to log onto routers with default passwords and modifying DNS settings to redirect searches..."
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Medicare.gov loses disabled womans ID, doesnt care

TheSHAD0W TheSHAD0W writes  |  more than 4 years ago

TheSHAD0W (258774) writes "A friend of mine has discovered the medicare.gov site is badly screwed up, mixing up peoples' data and potentially allowing identity theft. Their administration system is also unresponsive and seemingly uncaring. So hat else is new?"
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no way to contact AVG

TheSHAD0W TheSHAD0W writes  |  more than 5 years ago

TheSHAD0W writes "When a commercial entity is slandering your software, what's an open-source coder to do?

I received a report from a user that AVG firewall is warning people not to download BitTornado, an open-source project I administer. Attempts to contact AVG or Grisoft via email or their web page are futile; they aren't interested in talking to you unless you've purchased a copy of their software, or want to pay for phone support."
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Windows 7 Public Beta Fail

TheSHAD0W TheSHAD0W writes  |  more than 5 years ago

TheSHAD0W (258774) writes "After cajoling everyone to visit the Windows 7 home page on Sunday afternoon, Microsoft's servers were so badly overwhelmed by requests that they withdrew the release. The website promises to reissue the beta once they've arranged for enough resources.

From the website: Thanks for your interest in the Windows 7 Beta. The volume has been phenomenal--we're in the process of adding more servers to handle the demand. We're sorry for the delay and we'll re-post the Beta as soon as we can ensure a quality download experience."
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AVG update broken

TheSHAD0W TheSHAD0W writes  |  more than 6 years ago

TheSHAD0W (258774) writes "A good antivirus program, AVG Free Edition is suffering from a broken software update. Users are receiving a "BIN file missing error". Don't panic, though; the next update should repair the problem.

According to AVG Free's discussion forum, "you will have to wait for AVG Technologies to address the issue with the update."

For anyone who is newly installing AVG, or attempted to reinstall and now has out-of-date databases, Dubhy63 from Neoseeker Forums gives a way to update:

1 — Start up AVG,click Update Now.
2 — The list of updates is shown in Popup, click on the more information link.A list of updates will be shown.
3 — Click on and save all updates in a file except the last one — http://downloadfree.avg.com/update/u7iavi1616oo.bin — because this is causing the problem.
4 — Cancel the update and instead click on Tools > Update from Directory and go to the file where you saved the updates.Install these and AVG should be working properly again.


Thanks Dubhy!"
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Web-based Photoshop Express launched, free

TheSHAD0W TheSHAD0W writes  |  more than 6 years ago

TheSHAD0W (258774) writes "I've been scanning Slashdot for years, and I get this story in my local paper first??

From the article: "The maker of the popular photo-editing software Photoshop on Thursday launched a basic version available for free online. San Jose, Calif.-based Adobe Systems Inc. says it hopes to boost its name recognition among a new generation of consumers who edit, store and share photos online. While Photoshop is designed for trained professionals, Adobe says Photoshop Express, which it launched in a "beta" test version, is easier to learn. User comments will be taken into account for future upgrades."

Try the webware at www.photoshop.com/express/."

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drop in spam volume

TheSHAD0W TheSHAD0W writes  |  more than 7 years ago

TheSHAD0W writes "After receiving server-breaking amounts of spam a week ago, this morning I was so surprised by how much the flow had ebbed I was concerned something was wrong w/ my email providers. Has anyone else noticed the drop? Anyone know why it happened? Please continue! ;-)"
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new stock spam in the air

TheSHAD0W TheSHAD0W writes  |  more than 7 years ago

TheSHAD0W writes "There's a new, insidious stock-touting spam being spread all over the internet. All the spam messages contain is a link to the Yahoo Finance page for the stock involved. (The exact link has been omitted to prevent the stock from being touted further.)

I wonder if whomever is sending these messages can even be prosecuted? After all, they aren't making any claims about the stock, merely directing people to a general news source..."

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