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Who controls the HVAC at work?

Z34107 Me! (216 comments)

Our thermostat lives on an intranet page, and keeps a public log of everyone who's fiddled with it. The older buildings have a handful of climate zones per floor, but the newer ones have independent thermostats in every office.

about 2 months ago
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Reason Suggests DoJ Closing Porn Stars' Bank Accounts

Z34107 BTC (548 comments)

For all the Ponzi-this, tulips-that that gets posted every time Bitcoin makes the news, this is one of the problems they're trying to solve. A prude at Chase or the DoJ can't close your bank accounts if you have no need of a bank in the first place.

about 3 months ago
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WRT54G Successor Falls Flat On Promises

Z34107 Firmware (113 comments)

So, Linksys' OpenWRT router ships without OpenWRT firmware, apparently because there is no such firmware. You could compile such a firmware yourself, if not for Linksys withholding the wireless drivers.

I can't even begin to imagine a chain of events that resulted in shipping an OpenWRT router without any OpenWRT support.

about 3 months ago
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San Francisco's Housing Crisis Explained

Z34107 Re:BS (359 comments)

But if the Luddites start-off by demanding building restrictions before others can move-in

That's apparently not how it's working out, though. Those moving in have money, and it costs $500,000 to build a single 800 square foot unit. Guess who gets the unit?

about 3 months ago
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San Francisco's Housing Crisis Explained

Z34107 Re:BS (359 comments)

Because, as TFA points out, the problems San Francisco has are entirely self-inflicted. It's amusing to see karma on such a large scale.

about 3 months ago
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San Francisco's Housing Crisis Explained

Z34107 Re:BS (359 comments)

There's that rational, open-minded tolerance San Francisco's known for.

about 3 months ago
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Isolated Tribes Die Shortly After We Meet Them

Z34107 Correlation != Causation (351 comments)

Correlation is not causation. It's entirely possible that dying natives cause visiting Europeans. I'll admit I'm unsure as to the mechanism, but maybe Hernan Cortes was a misunderstood doctors-without-borders kind of guy.

It's also possible that a third confounding factor causes both dying natives and Europeans. Perhaps they both generate spontaneously from gold and oil, or perhaps from tectonic action within countries with hats.

about 4 months ago
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UK To Finally Legalize Ripping CDs and DVDs

Z34107 Re:What about copy protection. (92 comments)

You should stop giving them money. Besides the inherent silliness in paying for a product you know to be broken, you're also financing the next ACTA or TPP.

Buying DVDs is donating to the Taliban of copyright law.

about 4 months ago
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Recent news events re: Bitcoin ...

Z34107 Re:US dollar (192 comments)

Why does the US dollar have value?

Same reason anything has value: supply and demand. The supply of dollars is essentially determined by the Fed, and demand is driven by its ability to buy things (think: why do you want money?). At the intersection of supply and demand, you have the "price" of a dollar, found just like the price of a bushel of corn or a neglected Beanie Baby.

So, how does a Bitcoin come to bear the price it does? Supply and demand again--except supply is controlled by an algorithm instead of the Fed, and demand is driven mostly by speculation and its utility in sending money without having it all stolen by PayPal. Increasingly, you can also buy things with it.

about 4 months ago
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Hackers Allege Mt. Gox Still Controls "Stolen" Bitcoins

Z34107 Re:Anonymous cryptocurrency, who to trust? (228 comments)

who can you possibly trust with something that can be so easily disappeared

No one, which is why you don't. There's no reason to keep your bitcoins in an "online wallet," or maintain a balance in an exchange, just like there's no reason to keep your life savings in PayPal.

about 5 months ago
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You Might Rent Features & Options On Cars In the Future

Z34107 Re:Economics (437 comments)

Well, that's what makes it interesting. Nobody objects to selling a high-end model for a high price, and a low-end model for a low price. Under highly idealized circumstances, feature-keying would let us sell both models for less due to savings in manufacturing and supply chain complexity. Isn't that cost reduction a healthy sign, even if both cars are the same underneath and we've converted tangible, physical differences into pure price discrimination?

But, like you said, feature-keying implies it's still profitable to sell the high-end model at low-end prices, since the high-end model is the low-end model now. And, as you also said, we'd expect the price of the high-end model to fall if the auto industry is the least bit competitive.

However, if it now costs the same to manufacture the high- and low-end models, why manufacture the low-end model at all? Now, we've lost consumer choice: Before, if you were price sensitive, you could pick a lower-end model to save money. Now, there is no lower-end option, even if the higher-end is no longer as expensive as it once was. Sounds unhealthy, doesn't it?

To wit, the only company that made this work was IBM, and they definitely weren't charging market prices for hardware.

about 6 months ago
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Who Makes the Best Hard Disk Drives?

Z34107 Re:Sad to hear (444 comments)

You mean the MTBF and AFR published by every hard drive manufacturer since the dawn of time?

about 6 months ago
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You Might Rent Features & Options On Cars In the Future

Z34107 Re:Economics (437 comments)

...MINUS the cost of having n-many manufacturing lines and trim options. Which, like I said, would have to be significant to make the "in theory" option believable.

about 6 months ago
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Who Makes the Best Hard Disk Drives?

Z34107 Re:Sad to hear (444 comments)

I must have missed the part in your political non-sequitur where you had a point. s/libertard/libtard/g, and you'd fit right in with the bastion of intellectuals that comment on Fox News articles.

about 6 months ago
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You Might Rent Features & Options On Cars In the Future

Z34107 Economics (437 comments)

This could, in theory, work out if producing a single model with all the features saves money over manufacturing every permutation of radio/seats/trim/etc. The high-end would cost less, while still allowing more spartan options for those who want to save money.

In practice, I suspect it's a way to jack up the cost of new vehicles and turn every "sale" into a rental. Not sure if this will help or hurt dealerships--if all the options are already in the car, how will the middlemen get their cut of the value-adds?

about 6 months ago
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Who Makes the Best Hard Disk Drives?

Z34107 Re:Sad to hear (444 comments)

Good thing the government forced Blackblaze to publish statistics, then? What fuckwit modded you up?

about 6 months ago
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Mikhail Kalashnikov: Inventor of AK-47 Dies At 94

Z34107 Re:rant from a gun nut (283 comments)

So, ARs are universally "cheap." Their ownership needs to be "justified." They're "SHIT unless you need to kill people," which naturally makes them a terrible choice for "self defence." You either don't know what "semi-automatic" means, or you're appallingly ignorant of gun regulations.

What made you think you're "part of the gun crowd," or even qualified to have an opinion? If you actually do own a firearm, you should be ashamed of not knowing the laws you're supposed to be following.

about 7 months ago
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Swedish Man Fined $650,000 For Sharing 1 Movie, Charged Extra For Low Quality

Z34107 Re:Good (366 comments)

And that is exactly why you could film a new Oz film, just as long as nothing's called "Oz."

about 7 months ago
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Swedish Man Fined $650,000 For Sharing 1 Movie, Charged Extra For Low Quality

Z34107 Re:Good (366 comments)

You're right; my biases got the better of me. Disney was making another Oz movie, and, in a refreshing change of pace, Warner was being a jerk.

You still have to be very careful with things that are in the public domain. Reprints of images from the movie posters (now in the public domain) were found to be infringing, and Warner thinks it's entitled to a trademark on anything involving the word "Oz."

about 7 months ago
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Swedish Man Fined $650,000 For Sharing 1 Movie, Charged Extra For Low Quality

Z34107 Re:Good (366 comments)

While that's true in theory, you're forgetting that copyright law exists only to benefit Disney. The Wizard of Oz is also in the public domain, but Oz the Great and Powerful needed Disney lawyers on set to approve what shade of green they painted the witch.

If you had the audacity to attempt filming a Snow White movie without the Mouse's explicit, written consent, their legal team would relish driving you to bankruptcy--even though you'd be perfectly within your rights.

about 7 months ago

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