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Ask Slashdot: Best Anti-Virus Software In 2015? Free Or Paid?

Todd Palin Re:My choice of anti-virus software (463 comments)

I put Avast on my Windows PC and it seems to work fine. Avast prompted me to put it on my android phone as well, which I did. Since I am using Republic Wireless which is kind of persnickety about roaming data, I was not thrilled to see Avast use one Mb of roaming data the first time I left the house. I can't spare the data if it is going to do this regularly. I deleted the app.

I'm pretty good at managing my roaming data, but I can't have Avast using roaming data any damn time it wants to. This is especially odd since I was solidly within a Sprint area, which should not have been roaming at all.

3 days ago
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Local Motors Looks To Disrupt the Auto Industry With 3D-Printed Car Bodies

Todd Palin Re:Only printing the bodies, of course. (121 comments)

The body is way more than a skin around everything else. The body IS the structure of the car. They don't have frames anymore. The body provides the stiffness for everything. Drive train components anchor to it. The body provides crash protection as the structure crumples to absorb energy.

I'm not saying it is impossible, but the body is a way more complicated structure than most folks think. A car body isn't just a style statement. Many of the shapes we see over and over in cars are there for rigidity and crash protection, not just for looks. Switching from steel to printed plastic panels means a shitload of engineering issues to solve. Steel is a pretty well understood material. Printed plastic panels are a totally new ballgame.

3 days ago
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Google Plans Major Play In Wireless Partnering With Sprint and T-Mobile

Todd Palin Re:Nothing new here (101 comments)

Republic and Black Wireless to name a couple more. I switched from Verizon to Republic three months ago because I got tired of Verizon's bloatware phones and their high prices. Today I pay $25 per month and get service that is plenty good enough for me. My phone has a minimum of bloatware and works better than any Verizon phone I ever had.

Anything that offers alternatives to AT&T and Verizon with decent coverage is a good thing. Go get em Google.

5 days ago
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Local Hackerspace Loses Solar Balloon, Creating Another UFO In New Mexico

Todd Palin Re:In Albuquerque? (31 comments)

I'm sure a stooge for Quelab called in the UFO report to get the publicity. It is a time tested strategy for getting attention. UFOs always make the news. Some guys fooling around with plastic bags might not.

about a week ago
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Ancient Viruses Hacked Human Brains

Todd Palin speaking of of viruses (1 comments)

My security software red flagged the link to the original article. I don't know why, and I didn't investigate further. Just FYI.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Sounds We Don't Hear Any More?

Todd Palin Re:Telephone sounds in particular (790 comments)

Busy signal. Between answering machines and call waiting you almost never hear a busy signal. Any you never hear the trunk-line rapid busy signal at all anymore.

about two weeks ago
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Researchers "Solve" Texas Hold'Em, Create Perfect Robotic Player

Todd Palin Re:Perfect poker strategy... uhm, maybe. (340 comments)

I figured it might be, but I am constantly amazed at the people that think the game involves all luck and no skill. I have been playing hold-em for many decades and still consider myself to be a slightly above average player. Your tongue in cheek advice is actually a good plan for beginners. Only play good hands and fold when a flop misses you. You will lose, but not as badly as you would if you tried to be creative. Hopefully playing this strategy would let you learn as cheaply as possible.

about two weeks ago
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Researchers "Solve" Texas Hold'Em, Create Perfect Robotic Player

Todd Palin Re:Perfect poker strategy... uhm, maybe. (340 comments)

Not that simple. A good player will win with the worst hand at times. A good player will also sometimes fold with the best hand due to uncertainty and risk management. Good players sometimes fold to a bluff for perfectly good reasons. They also sometimes bluff and lose. But, the good player will learn from these decisions so that they make better decisions next time. You never know what your opponent holds, but you try to understand their strategy over time to exploit their play.

about three weeks ago
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Researchers "Solve" Texas Hold'Em, Create Perfect Robotic Player

Todd Palin Re:Perfect? Really? (340 comments)

Try actually playing the game, preferably against a highly skilled player. You might just discover that it is a lot more complicated than you think it is. Sharing cards is one of the things that allows skilled players to excel. BTW, there are no wild cards in hold'em.

Seriously, play the game and see for yourself. I would love to have such a clueless opponent.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Are Progressive Glasses a Mistake For Computer Users?

Todd Palin Re:Get some cheap ones (464 comments)

Don't get maximum strength unless you want to work with your nose really close to the screen. Figure out what distance you would like to be from the screen if you could see well at that distance then go to a place that sells reading glasses. Try different strengths at that distance until you find the strength that lets you see well.

I use the maximum strength for hobby work when I need to see small details up really close, like a few inches. These glasses would be worthless for reading a computer screen since my screen is usually at 16-18 inches from my eyes.

about three weeks ago
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When FISA Court Rejects a Surveillance Request, the FBI Issues a NSL Instead

Todd Palin Re:LOL (119 comments)

FYI: Senator Obama voted for the FISA act before he became president. So, really, he was on record opposing citizens rights to due process way early on. It should not be a surprise to anyone that his administration has continued to work to bypass the constitution wherever it seemed necessary (to them, for whatever reasons).

about a month ago
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When FISA Court Rejects a Surveillance Request, the FBI Issues a NSL Instead

Todd Palin The FISA court turned down a request? (119 comments)

I can't believe any FISA request was ever turned down. Basically, I thought the purpose of the FISA act was to suspend the constitution. What went wrong?

about a month ago
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Science Cannot Prove the Existence of God

Todd Palin Re:It's just a matter of definitions (755 comments)

I was hoping somebody would go there. How you define "God" will determine if God exists. The definition will determine if you can prove God's existence, and it will determine how you can prove it.

The article offered seemingly endless statistical assumptions about the evolution of life which neither prove, or disprove the existence of God. If the unlikelihood of the evolution of basic life points to the existence of God, it is only because you started with a definition that God is the creator of life. If you start with that definition, you don't really need all those assumptions anyway. Since the article never bothered to define "God" the whole argument is ridiculous .

about a month ago
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Slashdot Asks: The Beanies Return; Who Deserves Recognition for 2014?

Todd Palin Re:Snowden. For making the tinhatters correct. (299 comments)

Well said. I agree. It should absolutely be Snowden for exactly the reason you presented. Love him or hate him, he pointed a bright light into a very dark corner.

about a month ago
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An Automated Cat Litter Box With DRM

Todd Palin Wait a second (190 comments)

The article says "The CatGenie is not without itâ(TM)s consumables. It requires these the CatGenie Washable Granules, which are little pieces of hard plastic designed to be washed and not taken up by the cleaning mechanism."

So you have to periodically remove the CatGenie Washable Granules and WASH THEM? So you put them in a collander, or something, and wash them over the kitchen sink? WOW!

Give me plain old disposable clumping litter any day. Washing the granules is a way bigger problem for me than the DRMed sanitizer, of course it is the DRM that gets this on /.

about a month ago
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Meet the Doctor Trying To Use the Blood of Ebola Survivors To Create a Cure

Todd Palin Re:Jim Crow (33 comments)

Oops, I guess I should occasionally read AC posts. I kind of get in the habit of ignoring ACs, and I forgot they existed.

about a month ago
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Meet the Doctor Trying To Use the Blood of Ebola Survivors To Create a Cure

Todd Palin Re:Jim Crow (33 comments)

Gee, that's really strange, because it never occurred to me that there was anything racist. And, really, there wasn't anything until your post.

about a month ago
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NASA 'Emails' a Socket Wrench To the ISS

Todd Palin My sockets are made of high quality steel (152 comments)

I really wouldn't want to use a plastic socket on much of anything. But, why on earth was there not a decent socket set on the ISS in the first place? (pun intended)

about a month ago
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Marissa Mayer's Reinvention of Yahoo! Stumbles

Todd Palin Re:Core business? (222 comments)

As "Irate Engineer" hinted, providing throwaway email accounts just might be their core business. Everybody has one, right? And you don't want to have your throwaway be a Gmail account, so you choose Yahoo. Hotmail doesn't still exist, does it?

about a month ago

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Genetic mugshot recreates faces from nothing but DNA

Todd Palin Todd Palin writes  |  about 10 months ago

Todd Palin (1402501) writes "Researchers at Penn State university are trying to reconstruct images of faces based only on the DNA sample of the individual. As far out as this sounds, they did a pretty good job at matching the actual appearance of the faces. This is a pretty good start on a whole new use for DNA samples. Imagine a mug shot of a rapist based only on a DNA sample."
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Dubious patent approved for yoga class recording

Todd Palin Todd Palin writes  |  about a year ago

Todd Palin (1402501) writes "The Washington Post has an article describing another dubious patent:
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has approved a patent on a technique for videotaping yoga classes. The patent claims the concept of an "image capturing device" being set up in "a studio having a front area and a rear area" and containing an instructor and a "plurality of students." In other words, if you run a yoga class, and you film it using the parameters described in the patent, you may owe royalties to the patent's owner, a company called YogaGlo."

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