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Bidding At FCC TV Spectrum Auction May Be Restricted For Large Carriers

Yaur Re:Another Slashdot Beta progress report (91 comments)

I love this part

And where does that leave the âoeclassicâ Slashdot page

[sic]

2 days ago
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I expect to retire ...

Yaur Re:how many of these people don't want to retire? (232 comments)

I can't imagine that there will be a time in my life where I'm going to want to stop building stuff. I might "retire" and work on my own stuff or FOSS or something, but can't imagine that I would retire as in not work on something constructive. My dad is in his 60s and is the same way so I'm expecting that attitude isn't going to change.

2 days ago
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Microsoft Confirms It Is Dropping Windows 8.1 Support

Yaur Re:u wot m8 (571 comments)

It's all fun and games until libc needs an update.

4 days ago
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New York Public Library Releases Over 20,000 Hi-Res Maps

Yaur Re:And thus starts the lamest day of the year (25 comments)

Doesn't look like it. Looks like a bunch of historical NYC area maps that were previously only available from commercial resellers. Nice to see this sort of thing being made easily available even if it does only have a niche relevance.

about three weeks ago
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Nate Silver's New Site Stirs Climate Controversy

Yaur Re:Go after em Nate (335 comments)

But he does talk about exactly that. Specifically about the relationship between per capita GDP and the expected death toll from natural disasters. How do you account for that if the reason isn't better, or at least more widely available, technology and preparedness. Is the counter argument that we are getting better at preventing damage from disasters faster than they are getting worse? That doesn't seem particularly different than his POV.

about a month ago
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Nate Silver's New Site Stirs Climate Controversy

Yaur Re:Read the update at the end of the article (335 comments)

If anything I thought it was part of his argument... cost in absolute terms is going up because GDP is going up, but going down as a share of GDP because wealth also allows us to prepare better for disasters (e.g. with better technology). I'm not in a position to say, but assuming that he hasn't doctored the data (which seems sadly common in this domain) it seems like an interesting assessment.

about a month ago
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Nate Silver's New Site Stirs Climate Controversy

Yaur Re:Go after em Nate (335 comments)

In fact, today’s climate models suggest that future changes in extremes that cause the most damage won’t be detectable in the statistics of weather (or damage) for many decades.

So he isn't a denier exactly. He is saying that damage from natural disasters is not a significant contributor to the damages at this point. Someone making a, data backed, nuanced argument about climate change... seems like its time to get the popcorn.

about a month ago
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Simple Emergency Generators and Radio Receivers (Video)

Yaur Re:Sucks to your ass-mar! (93 comments)

Its funny... I read everything on the FP today (except the salshvertisiments) on Hacker News yesterday or the day before. Fearless prediction: we will get a Flappy Bird article by Tuesday.

about 2 months ago
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Do Hypersonic Missiles Make Defense Systems Obsolete?

Yaur Re:Lasers (365 comments)

Probably what at least part of that $4.5B is for.

about 2 months ago
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Slashdot beta sucks

Yaur Re:Slashdot Beta (9 comments)

Seems like it should be an ask slashdot.

about 2 months ago
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Is Verizon Already Slowing Netflix Down?

Yaur Poor english (298 comments)

The key line from the transcript is "yes, it is limited bandwidth to cloud providers". You can translate that bad English into : "Verizon is limiting bandwidth to cloud providers" and get incensed or "Verizon has limited bandwidth to cloud providers" and have a complete non-issue. Given how unlikely it is that a low level CSR is going to know about Verizon's super secret throttling system I'm going with the latter.

about 2 months ago
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ShapeShifter: Beatable, But We'll Hear More About It

Yaur HTTPS (102 comments)

IF your bank or e-commerce site isn't using HTTPS run away, if they are this thing is at best useless.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Are AdBlock's Days Numbered?

Yaur Re:HOSTS file (731 comments)

This is really only true because not very people run ad blockers, if there were there would be tons of money in getting around them and plenty of engineers willing to spend their time getting around them. Its not really even a very hard problem, there just isn't any money in solving it.

about 3 months ago
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Swarms of Small Satellites Set To Deliver Close To Real-Time Imagery of Earth

Yaur How does that work (112 comments)

I assume the satellites themselves have minimal delta-v so how do you end up covering "large swaths of earth" with a bunch of satellites launched at the same time from the same craft?

about 3 months ago
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How One Photographer Is Hacking the Concept of Time

Yaur Re:$50...if your time is worth nothing (124 comments)

As art its kind of neat. The technique used in the shot of the 42nd street/grand central platform I could easily see used in normal movies. There is a market, he just needs some advertising...

about 3 months ago

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