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Customers Creating Fake Amazon Pages To Get Cheap Electronics At Walmart

TimTucker Re:Dumb-asses! (Fry's is not so dumb...) (287 comments)

If you knew what you were doing, it was actually a pretty good system -- you could order out of stock items that were clearance in-store at the in-store price and have them delivered. Probably not what they intended, but the results weren't always anti-consumer.

about 2 months ago

Verizon Injects Unique IDs Into HTTP Traffic

TimTucker Re:HTTPS Everywhere (206 comments)

They can't inject into secure traffic. HTTPS solves this problem too.

For cellular at least, Verizon keeps pretty tight control over what devices they allow on their network. All they would need to do is to start shipping phones with a Verizon root cert installed that can't be removed. Phone trusts the cert, Verizon proxy performs MITM on SSL traffic...

about 3 months ago

How Lobby Groups Rejected the Canadian Government's Plan To Combat Patent Trolls

TimTucker Re:What "uninteded consequences" ? (57 comments)

Are these concerns listed anywhere? I don't want to assume they're unreasonable or far-fetched without having seen them. Or is "unintended consequences" about as much details as was given during lobbying?

Unintended consequence: if you support what they're lobbying against, you may find yourself receiving less campaign contributions when you're up for re-election.

about 3 months ago

Ode To Sound Blaster: Are Discrete Audio Cards Still Worth the Investment?

TimTucker Re: DAC (502 comments)

Not sure if they make any now, but Aopen used to make a motherboard with vacuum tubes for sound:

about 7 months ago

The Nightmare On Connected Home Street

TimTucker Re:This is what happens (186 comments)

In what world does that make any sense ???

It makes sense in a world where a project manager gave HR a brief explanation of what they needed as follows:
- They have an upcoming project where they'll be using Swift
- They need someone with 6 years of experience with mobile app development

about 7 months ago

Tesla Sending New Wall-Charger Adapters After Garage Fire

TimTucker Re:Quality? (195 comments)

My 20A appliance loop in the kitchen has 15A receptacles because, heyyyyyyy, you're not really going to draw 20A out of these right? Those 2000 watt appliances don't go on a 20A loop that can pass 2200 watts... I use a Breville 1800W toaster oven drawing over 16A through one receptacle. One 15A receptacle on 20A wiring.

Most 15A receptacles are rated for 20A pass-through, so they should be perfectly fine to use on a 20A line. The only time you should need a 20A receptacle is if you have a single device with a 20A T-shape plug.

1 year,21 days

Arizona Approves Grid-Connection Fees For Solar Rooftops

TimTucker Net-metering = more complex IT systems (363 comments)

Supporting net-metering requires adding additional complexity to all the billing, customer service, and other IT systems at a utility.

That leads to more things to build and test when making changes to those systems -- the cost of which could be very much out of proportion with the number of customers who have net-metering.

about a year ago

The Price of Amazon

TimTucker To the consumer, supply is infinite (298 comments)

The supply of good writers is only a factor if you assume that the supply of ebooks is limited by the production of new books.

We've reached a point where the current supply of existing content exceeds the average person's lifespan by several orders of magnitude.

If authors were to stop writing books tomorrow, there would be no shortage of books available to read. The world might be at a loss, but the supply would still be far greater than the ability of readers to consume.

about a year and a half ago

UK Passes "Instagram Act"

TimTucker Ban on stripping metadata? (230 comments)

Sounds to me like a pretty clear case where something like this really needs to be balanced by heavy penalties for stripping metadata without permission.

about 2 years ago

State Rep. Says Biking Is Not Earth Friendly Because Breathing Produces CO2

TimTucker Cars can have similar issues (976 comments)

Reminds me of an issue I've had with some intersections while driving.

The sign says "Left turn only on green".

The light changes to flashing red after 11pm.

Taken literally, the sign would seem to require waiting until morning.

about 2 years ago

Texas Declares War On Robots

TimTucker No more geo-tagging? (387 comments)

creating an image ... with the assistance of a satellite

Wouldn't geo-tagging photos be considered having "assistance" from a satellite?

about 2 years ago

Deloitte: Use a Longer Password In 2013. Seriously.

TimTucker Could be even worse? (538 comments)

I'd tried accessing a 401k account with JP Morgan a while back and had to call their 800 #.

Interestingly enough, their voice system asked for my password. Not only had they dropped case out the window, but for each character in the password they'd also managed to condense from 3 letters and 1 number down to just 1 number.

about 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: How To React To Coworker Who Says My Code Is Bad?

TimTucker The two rules of programming (507 comments)

Quite a while back I came across the following two rules for development:

1. The code written by the guy who came before is junk.
2. Eventually you will be "the guy who came before".

Rule #1 tends to work because it's rare to be unable to find some way to improve code when you come back to it again with more experience or a fresh perspective.

Rule #2 helps keep you humble.

about 2 years ago

Why The Hobbit's 48fps Is a Good Thing

TimTucker Re:Went and saw it at 48fps (599 comments)

And two things I have to say:

1) If you get the least bit motion sick, don't go see it at the high frame frate in 3D. Normally I don't, even when seeing IMAX/OMNIMAX, but this film I did.

As a counter point, I went on Friday with my sister and another friend who are prone to feeling motion sickness when watching 3d movies.

They both found that with the HFR actually made the movie as a whole easier to watch. (For my sister in particular, it was the first 3d movie she'd been able to watch without feeling motion sick throughout.)

They did, however, have some vertigo from some of the pan shots looking downward.

more than 2 years ago

Apple Pays Only 2% Corporate Tax Outside US

TimTucker Re:Let's hear it for the beancounters (432 comments)

And the rich could probably avoid being taxed on some stuff by attending more company promotional and marketing events. You'll still get them on private dinners at expensive restaurants etc, but not on the big ticket items - yachts, planes, maybe even property (Disney won't have to pay tax on Disneyland, the tax is just on the people buying the tickets right?).

Haven't you just described things being flipped? In your corporate yacht scenario the individual doesn't get taxed, but the company pays tax when they purchase the yacht.

In the Disneyland example, they're being taxed on the materials for every new ride they build, the fabric for the costumes they buy, etc.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: The Search For the Ultimate Engineer's Pen

TimTucker Light fastness is important to consider as well (712 comments)

If you're going to be leaving drawings out where they'll be exposed to sunlight, whether or not the inks are light fast is going to be important if you want to use your drawings in the future.

Some cheap pens will fade rapidly and be difficult to read (especially for thin lines) in a matter of months.

(As a note, this is why I tend to stick to pencil)

more than 2 years ago

Congress Asks Patent Office To Consider Secret Patents

TimTucker All about "parity" (285 comments)

- Bring US patent law in line with other countries
- Emphasize just how much easier we're making it for inventors in other countries to file in the US
- Add a little more to US patent law
- Put pressure on other countries to follow our lead
- Wake up and all the world has adopted our model

more than 2 years ago

Florida Thinks Their Students Are Too Stupid To Know the Right Answers

TimTucker Nothing but barometer, not barometer + X (663 comments)

Each of those examples calls for more than just a barometer:

a) Measure the height of the barometer, and carefully laying it end to end on the side of the building, find how many barometer-lengths high the building is.

Requires the barometer, some type of measurement device, and a ladder or other way of scaling the building.

b) Measure the length of the shadow of the barometer and the length of the shadow of the building. Using proportions, work out the height of the building

Requires the barometer and some type of measurement device.

c) Locate the custodian of the building. Say to him, 'If you tell me how high your building is, I'll give you this barometer".

Requires the barometer and a custodian.

more than 2 years ago



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