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Ask Slashdot: What Tech Products Were Built To Last?

beltsbear Re:LaserJet II and LaserJet 3 (603 comments)

Unless the floor was concrete, the floor probably suffered more damage. Sometimes the plastic panels come off or break but under that plastic is a very solid metal frame.

yesterday
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Ask Slashdot: What Tech Products Were Built To Last?

beltsbear Re:Commodore Amiga 3000T (603 comments)

The Sony timer in my car diskman worked pretty well, product died after 1.5 years. That was my last expensive Sony product.

yesterday
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Heartbleed Coder: Bug In OpenSSL Was an Honest Mistake

beltsbear Re:Whatever you may think ... (445 comments)

From the looks of his email address, he is not in the USA.

about a week ago
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Mt. Gox Questioned By Employees For At Least 2 Years Before Crisis

beltsbear Wow. Still not sure how they spent it all. (134 comments)

MTGOX charged 1% fees (.5% from both sides of a trade) and had volumes in the 50 million range for many months. They often had earned a profit in the range of 500,000 every month. That should be close to the amount they were spending on all of this junk plus employees. I still do not see where all of the dough went even with the extravagances shown.

It has also been shown that they did not have large amounts of transaction malleability theft as well. Something else happened. Like the owner keeping the coins.

about three weeks ago
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Mazda Says Its Upcoming Gas-Powered Cars Will Emit Less CO2 Than Electric Cars

beltsbear Re:Do electric cars actually produce CO2? (330 comments)

We are more ABLE to drill and pump but it certainly does not make less CO2 or take less energy. Fracking takes far more resources then just drilling and most of the big easy wells are gone. We now drill in deep water which takes phenomenally more power and work then ground based operations.

about three weeks ago
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AT&T Exec Calls Netflix "Arrogant" For Expecting Net Neutrality

beltsbear Re:It's not arrogant, it's correct. (466 comments)

except that this is an issue where AT&T wants a payment from a Tmobile customer calling an AT&T customer. So there are THREE payments. The AT&T customer, the Tmobile customer and an extra fee that AT&T wants to charge the tmobile customer other than their regular service charge from tmobile.

about three weeks ago
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Fluke Donates Multimeters To SparkFun As Goodwill Gesture

beltsbear Re:Really, not that great. (250 comments)

destruction is almost always a waste of resources. But Sparkfun is doing ok here. They have $30,000 worth of meters at retail, but they did not pay $30,000 for them. They probably paid $9000. They could sell the Flukes for at least $20,000, or sell some of them for the $9000 and donate the rest.

The cheapo meters should be sent to another country for donation though.

about a month ago
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The Next Keurig Will Make Your Coffee With a Dash of "DRM"

beltsbear Re:Why? (769 comments)

Or buy a machine like the capresso coffeeteam that grinds and brews in one. I need to refill the beans every few days. I need to clean the filter before starting which takes seconds.

So you pay $200 for the machine but you make it up quite fast if you would have had to use two k-cups each morning.

Priceless: The much better coffee.

about a month and a half ago
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Android Beats iOS As the Top Tablet OS

beltsbear The numbers are wrong though Android is still #1 (487 comments)

Again they are comparing Apple delivered to customer numbers and Android shipping wholesale numbers. Many of those are junk tablets that are never. In addition Apple reported higher numbers in an SEC regulated report that Gartner used, Apple says 74 million, Gartner used the figure of 70 million.

http://appleinsider.com/articl...

about a month and a half ago
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Tim Cook: If You Don't Like Our Energy Policies, Don't Buy Apple Stock

beltsbear Re:It IS about profit. (348 comments)

Many things. Besides fraud laws. Can they sell more power then there generating capacity? Electricity purchases are on paper, they cant pay cash for electricity to mask who purchased it.

about a month and a half ago
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Rolls Royce Developing Drone Cargo Ships

beltsbear until someone hacks it (216 comments)

And drives it into a pier with many people.

about 2 months ago
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Visual Effects Artists Use MPAA's Own Words Against It

beltsbear Re:Nothing Will Come of It (131 comments)

Read the submission. It is long and the meat is at the end.

The Obama administration refused to use laws related to subsidized imports to stop off-shoring. Now the visual artists have some real legal ground to stand on to compel the administration to stop or tariff subsidized overseas work.

about 2 months ago
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Consumer Reports Says Tesla Model S Is Best Overall Vehicle

beltsbear Re:"Vehicle" (318 comments)

Ok. The Tesla S is the best vehicle that does not require either a ground support team, a special license or a two man crew.

about 2 months ago
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SpaceX Testing Landing Legs On Next Falcon9 Rocket

beltsbear Re:SpaceX (73 comments)

I think the goal is to make it so they just need to test them if certain landing conditions are met. That will take a bit. First they need to inspect a few sets after they land and make sure they match expectations. Then after that with engine out capability they should just be able to test them in the end without rebuilding much at all.

about 2 months ago
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Why Nissan Is Talking To Tesla Model S Owners

beltsbear Re:Odd (335 comments)

The 85 mile range is not enough. I would not be able to use it for much of my driving. If it had 125 miles range it would be fine. That 40 miles is a HUGE difference in terms of usability.

about 2 months ago
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SpaceX Testing Landing Legs On Next Falcon9 Rocket

beltsbear SpaceX (73 comments)

Recovering the first stage (not this time but maybe this year) will make a huge difference in cost. Saving the 9 engines on the first stage alone is huge.

Much more detail here:
http://www.nasaspaceflight.com...

about 2 months ago
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Senator Makes NASA Complete $350 Million Testing Tower That It Will Never Use

beltsbear Re:It's NASA (342 comments)

It is hard to re-purpose it. The best thing to do would be to stop and preserve it the way it is or finish key parts that are already paid for or nearly complete. The only people who might use it would be SPACEX but considering the location that is not too likely. SPACEX would need to change enough stuff around that the work should be halted until there is a known need.

about 3 months ago
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Would Linus Torvalds Please Collect His Bitcoin Tips?

beltsbear Re:spam (231 comments)

Yes. When you see the story that says Bitcoin on the title, do not click on it.

I feel the same way about all of these gun related stories as you do about the Bitcoin ones but it is no big deal. Just ignore them. It is not like SPAM in your email box that might cause a phone notification or fill up your inbox. Slashdot is no your inbox.

about 3 months ago

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Visual effects artists use MPAA's own words against them fighting big Hollywood

beltsbear beltsbear writes  |  about 2 months ago

beltsbear (2489652) writes "“The MPAA is so worried about piracy they are not going to claim that on the Internet you can do anything that you want,” he said in an interview with Pando. “When push comes to shove, they are probably more concerned about preserving the ability of the government to crackdown on piracy than on preserving their subsidies.” — David Yocis, a lawyer who has consulted with visual effects workers, says that the MPAA is caught between its two competing priorities, and that its legal filings prove it may finally be forced to choose between the two."
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Apple starts blocking unauthorized Lightning cables with IOS 7

beltsbear beltsbear writes  |  about 7 months ago

beltsbear (2489652) writes "Your formerly working clone Lightning cable could stop working with the latest IOS update. Previously the beta version allowed these cables to charge with a warning message but the final release actually stops many cables from working. Apples Lightning connector system is locked with authentication chips that can verify if a cable is authorized by Apple. Many users with clone cables are now without the ability to charge their iPhones."
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Novartis denied cancer drug patent in landmark Indian case

beltsbear beltsbear writes  |  1 year,18 days

beltsbear (2489652) writes "Following a reasonable view of drug patents, the Indian courts have decided that making small changes to an existing patented drug are not worthy of a new patent. This ruling makes way for low cost Indian cancer drugs that will save lives.
From the Article:
"Novartis lost a six-year legal battle after the court ruled that small changes and improvements to the drug Glivec did not amount to innovation deserving of a patent. The ruling opens the way for generic companies in India to manufacture and sell cheap copies of the drug in the developing world and has implications for HIV and other modern drugs too.""

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Internet providers to begin warning customers who pirate content

beltsbear beltsbear writes  |  about a year and a half ago

beltsbear writes "Welcome to the future that you warned us about.

Starting soon Verizon, Comcast and others will work with the Center for Copyright Information to reduce piracy. Customers thought to be pirating will receive alerts.

  "The progressive series of alerts is designed to make consumers aware of activity that has occurred using their Internet accounts, educate them on how they can prevent such activity from happening again,"
If a customer feels they are being wrongly accused, they can ask for a review, which will cost them $35 according to the Verge."

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After 10 months, Largest Bitcoin Ponzi collapses with a loss of 5.6 Million USD

beltsbear beltsbear writes  |  about a year and a half ago

beltsbear (2489652) writes "Despite the many people calling it out as a Ponzi scam from the beginning, Pirateat40 was able to collect millions of dollars worth of Bitcoin from thousands of Bitcoin users. At almost every stage Pirateat40 copied the path of the EVE online Ponzi except on a much larger scale with a far more liquid take."
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Police use of GPS is ruled unconstitutional withou

beltsbear beltsbear writes  |  more than 2 years ago

beltsbear (2489652) writes "The Supreme Court on Monday unanimously ruled that the police violated the Constitution when they placed a Global Positioning System tracking device on a suspect’s car and tracked its movements for 28 days. — NYTIMES"
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