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Watch Comet Siding Spring's Mars Fly-By, Live

bobstreo Are they streaming (33 comments)

From a potato? I can't get the feed to stay running for more than a few seconds....

4 days ago
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WD Announces 8TB, 10TB Helium Hard Drives

bobstreo Helium? (296 comments)

I thought we were running out of Helium reserves?

Are there not other available inert gases that work as well?

about a month and a half ago
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Time Warner Cable Customers Beg Regulators To Block Sale To Comcast

bobstreo Re:Hundreds? (80 comments)

TWC has 2.2 million cable TV, Internet, and phone customers in 1,150 New York communities, and hundreds of them have called...

I'm thinking that's not going to impress the FTC.

The good news is that Comcast is planning on losing 3.9 million customers to ease the approval process. NY could be a large chunk of that:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/...

about 4 months ago
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On the Significance of Google's New Cardboard: An Idea Worth Recycling

bobstreo Phone Schmone (42 comments)

Are there any holders for 7 inch tablets? My tablet has much better graphics and way more storage than my phone.

about 4 months ago
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Huawei Successfully Tests New 802.11ax WiFi Standard At 10.53Gbps

bobstreo Re:blah !! (116 comments)

what the big deal if the router to the ISP is a measly 1.5mbps or 10mbps ? like you can download faster than your ISP can provide
The bottle neck is the up and download link to your ISP. They need to solve that problem.

Perhaps the 802.xx working group should work with the ISP to find that solution first.

Perhaps to stream the 4k or higher videos from your storage to your display device.

about 5 months ago
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Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer Buys the LA Clippers For $2 Billion

bobstreo Next Steps (270 comments)

Outsource players to Indian H1B visa holders.

Force cross licensing with beer and food vendors.

Require ticket upgrades before you are admitted, no matter how much you paid.

Seasons will only be good in odd years.

Any televised games will require DirectX support.

about 5 months ago
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HP Delivers a Big-Name, 7-inch Android Tablet For $100: Comes With Compromises

bobstreo Re:No bluetooth? (182 comments)

Why would they include it? I've never seen someone use a BlueTooth device with a tablet, and I'm an iPad developer. Dropping something that no one uses is a great way to drop the price. I guess now your kind is going to whine about it not having an RS-232 port or Firewire. Neither of those are not used much any longer, so I don't understand why so many of you people bitch about an iPad not having them. The public just doesn't need serial ports or Firewire on their tablets no matter what you say.

Maybe using a ps3 or wiimote controller for MAME?

about 5 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Do You Tell a Compelling Story About IT Infrastructure?

bobstreo Re:Some sour lemons (192 comments)

Don't listen to all these bitter pricks.

Execs know the job of IT is to maintain systems and to increase work-efficiency through collaborative technology.

Instead of being boring "yeah everything fine, piss off" announce internal initiatives and goals that even a commoner can understand. Talk about important milestones or stories of exceptional (and actual) personal achievement. If you track your hours, announce how many man-hours were placed into a particular project. Show me the numbers.

If you fall into that "we work hard" crying bullshit, fuck you. My cat works trying to get that god damn dot with no results. I want to see results that people OUTSIDE OF IT actually like. If you did something that took 5,000 hours and everything sucks and the users don't like it... why did you do it in the first place? That's when the inquisitions start.

And include metrics like hours/money saved by efforts, improvements to the corporate bottom line. Metrics about improved efficiency. Metrics showing things like help desk calls by technology. THEN you make the pretty graphs. You could work on some initiatives like providing dashboarding for anything THEY think is of value so they can just look at nice green and red buttons on a single screen.

I'd also like to suggest examining the users that have submitted the most (non value) Help Desk tickets to see if you can have them killed, umm I mean downsized.

about 5 months ago
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OnePlus One Revealed: a CyanogenMod Smartphone

bobstreo Re:And As Usual... (196 comments)

...No card slot, no keyboard, no daylight readable screen, and therefore no sale.

Why do companies insist on copying the same lack of features of the big-name manufacturers while still calling themselves "revolutionary?" It's just another clone phone, the Toyota Camry of boring copycat "me too" featureless blank slates that already flood the marketplace.

Yawn.

No microSD card slot? A non-removable battery? Into the trash it goes.

I was a little disappointed when I found out that you had to be invited to have the option of buying one but I wasn't aware they had gotten rid of the microSD slot and removable battery so I guess I'll be looking at the Galaxy S5 instead even if I had an invite. For the life of me I don't understand why people consider a non-removable battery (and batteries are very prone to failures) to be a feature; I like to have spares in case I go somewhere charging is not possible or convenient or in the more likely case the original battery loses its ability to keep a charge like I've experienced with two different Li-Ion batteries.

Is there a real need for an SD slot when you have 64GB of storage available?

about 5 months ago
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OnePlus One Revealed: a CyanogenMod Smartphone

bobstreo Re:Nice toy (196 comments)

What kind of "work" do you do on a phone?

Probably Bing searches

about 5 months ago
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Private Keys Stolen Within Hours From Heartbleed OpenSSL Site

bobstreo Tools for checking (151 comments)

There are a couple tools available at:

https://github.com/Lekensteyn/...

It's python based so YMMV

They will tell you if you are vulnerable (See the README.md file)

about 6 months ago
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Twitter Turns 8; May Drop Hashtags and @replies

bobstreo Re:Remove all of the site's character in a redesig (96 comments)

Sure sounds like another site I heard of recently where the users got upset about people stripping away the things that made the site the site.

Digg?

about 7 months ago
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Creationists Demand Equal Airtime With 'Cosmos'

bobstreo Re:equal time is a lot of subdivisions. (667 comments)

They'd get less than that. There are roughly 18 different denominations. So an hour long broadcast (with no ads, intro or credits) would give 3.33 minutes/ea.

You can't just group "Christian" together, as there are many major denominations. It gets simpler if you combine them farther back in their history. I'm pretty sure if a block of time was given to "Abrahamic religions", that would cause a holy war, as that includes Judiasm, Christianity, Islam, and Bahai.

You can't just base it on major denominations. There are roughly 313 groups of religions, which would cut the 60 minute show down to about 11.5 seconds each.

But not every church of every sect agrees on everything. So we may have to break it down to the IRS recognized religious organizations. All 1.8 million of them. So each one would get a whopping 0.002 seconds. So not even a single frame.

The author of the article may want his church included, but so will the Westborough Baptist Church, Church of Scientology, Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, Church of Euthenasia, and Church of the Subgenius. (I think those last two are still recognized as religious organizations for tax purposes) .

As an ordained minister of the First Church of Smythe, the Universal Life Church, and others I printed out online, I will need multiple timeslots to represent the beliefs of my followers, which may or may not be consistent with any other organization.

http://www.jedichurch.org/Or, they can all just go do their own thing on their own dime.

You left out the Jedi Church

http://www.jedichurch.org/

about 7 months ago
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The Poor Neglected Gifted Child

bobstreo Re:Reality in the USA.... (529 comments)

Smart and gifted kid? Shove them to the back of the class. Oh that not so bright kid that can run and catch really good? he is a superstar!

We worship the Low IQ and brawn. (NFL players for example) while ridicule anyone smart. It is a culture thing, and in inner city urban cultures being a smart kid get's you isolated badly as your peers try to make you feel as if you are a traitor.

It has always been this way, on top of that Teachers are scared to death of kids that are smarter than them, and will punish the smart kid. Our education system is set up for average and can not handle the two sides of the bell.

There are some perks for "gifted" students, like college credit bearing classes being available, but for the most part:

The whole "No Child is Left Behind" means that no child gets "too far" ahead.

Most of the US educational system is now only preparing their students how to maximize their scores on state and federal mandated tests, instead of learing
how to learn, or how to think critically.

about 7 months ago

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Nasa Finds Clues that there's Flowing Water on Mars

bobstreo bobstreo writes  |  about 8 months ago

bobstreo (1320787) writes "There’s no definitive answer yet, but astronomers examining the question have honed in on ”recurring slope lineae” or RSL for short. These are dark lines that are observed moving down the slopes of some Martian mountains as temperatures on the surface rise. Some scientists studying Mars have suggested that these flows might be caused by saltwater containing a iron sulfate solution to keep it from freezing in Martian temperatures.
Mars Orbiter Snaps Pic Of Dramatic Crater Blast Zone Brid-Aine Parnell Brid-Aine Parnell Contributor
Mars May Have Had A Habitable Lake Billions Of Years Ago Alex Knapp Alex Knapp Forbes Staff

Now new images taken by the http://mars.jpl.nasa.gov/mro/ have shown new clues that yes, these RSL do in fact contain flowing water. This comes from two new reports that focused on the minerals left behind by the RSL. While the images didn’t find any signs of salt or water, they did find iron-containing minerals that weren’t found on mountains without RSL."

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East Coast Visible CubeSat Launch tonight

bobstreo bobstreo writes  |  about a year ago

bobstreo (1320787) writes "The United States Air Force plans to blast nearly 30 satellites into orbit tonight (Nov. 19) in a record-setting launch that should be visible from a large stretch of the U.S. East Coast, weather permitting.
  Currently scheduled between 7:30 and 9:15 PM Eastern time

http://news.yahoo.com/record-setting-rocket-launch-loft-29-satellites-tonight-131841174.html

Visibility Map:

http://www.space.com/23623-rocket-launch-east-coast-visibility-maps-november-19.html"

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