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A 24-Year-Old Scammed Apple 42 Times In 16 Different States

captain_nifty Re:Exploited procedural loophole (419 comments)

A simple work around is to alter the phone number on the card to a number you control.

Then the retailer could call the number receive the code from your accomplice and provide a valid false code.

about 2 months ago
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My most recent energy-saving bulbs last ...

captain_nifty Dice Market Research? (278 comments)

So is Dice selling statistics on light bulbs or something, two light bulb polls in the recent past makes me wonder.

about 2 months ago
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New Chemical Process Could Make Ammonia a Practical Car Fuel

captain_nifty Re:Why not just burn the ammonia (380 comments)

Ammonia has odd burning properties, it's combustion temperature in air is lower than its ignition temperature it won't get hot enough to keep itself burning.

To fix this you can inject a small amount of hydrogen to aid combustion, which is mentioned in the article.

about 3 months ago
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Small Genetic Change Responsible For Blond Hair

captain_nifty MUTANTS AMONG US! (125 comments)

Although their powers are not very impressive.

about 4 months ago
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Favorite Star Wars Movie?

captain_nifty Episode V (457 comments)

As a kid it was all about Hoth with the imperial walkers, the AT-ATs were about the coolest thing ever, but as I got older I appreciated the better acting/chemistry between actors and storymaking decisions that still make it my favorite star wars movie.

The prequels fell short, in my opinion George Lucas needs limits, for the first movie, he had no money, for the second and third this was still more or less the case, and most importantly Lucas didn't direct them. Give him a room of yes men and have him direct and you get the prequels, not bad movies, but not great either.

about 4 months ago
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Windows 9 Already? Apparently, Yes.

captain_nifty Start Menu? (1009 comments)

Will they bring back the start button.

They spent ~20 years training a generation of business computer users that the lower left corner is where to go for the menu.

Their UI was so ubiquitous that they got a key added to almost every keyboard manufactured.

And then for no apparent reason they decided to change it.
UI design shininess should really take a backseat to legacy.
When will microsoft realize their real customers are businesses /governments/ large offices
They aren't going to get the new OEM computer market that they have had in the past because people aren't buying new computers.
They need to adapt to the changing market and their attempt to remake themselves as a integrated tablet environment has failed spectacularly.

Continuing a 3 year release cycle with drastic changes each time requiring huge amounts of emplyee training and modification of legacy apllications is going to kill the business market too.

Sometimes I feel a little sad watching the Redmond death spiral and waiting for the year of the linux desktop.

about 8 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Many (Electronics) Gates Is That Software Algorithm?

captain_nifty Re:Just like any other software project (365 comments)

42 factorial... hmm.

1.4 x 10^51... yeah that ought to be enough gates.

about 8 months ago
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A Year After Ban On Loud TV Commercials: Has It Worked?

captain_nifty commercials? (288 comments)

Are those the things before youtube videos?

honestly who watches broadcast TV? I haven't since I built my first media center PC years ago.

about 9 months ago
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Why Letting Your Insurance Company Monitor How You Drive Can Be a Good Thing

captain_nifty Re:Safe = Slow = Low? (567 comments)

Those bumps on the road are so the blind can safely drive.

about 10 months ago
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Feinstein and Rogers: No Clemency For Snowden

captain_nifty Re:At which point (504 comments)

The most effective write in would be one that unambiguously shows your disdain for the process, this is normally done by voting for a cartoon character, say Micky Mouse or Donald Duck, but I think a more effective method would be to gather a large number of votes for a candidate that sends a very clear message to those in power who continue to violate the law in the execution of policies to increase their power.

Vote Edward Snowden for all federal elections!

about 10 months ago
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Study Shows Professors With Tenure Are Worse Teachers

captain_nifty Re:Moo (273 comments)

It would be better if Universities, get out of the Educating Kids for Jobs market, but strict educational research path.

We need to get Organizations to recognize non-College degrees as valuable education for their work. And save your College education degree for career paths in research and education.

The Undergrad classes, should be taught not in a University setting but in a Schooling setting outside of research. Not Dumb it down, but teach it with the expectation that people will use it to go to work in industry.

Perhaps this outside of research schooling you suggest could be provided to all in a publicly funded manner, and to make it more effective should be done early in a childs life, oh wait I forgot public K-12 schooling in America has become so simplified because Johnny might feel bad about not being able to read.

A high school diploma used to be proof of basic reading and mathematics abilities needed for employment. The solution isn't to add more education later in life to prepare people for the world, if public schools were properly educating people, the HS diploma would regain value and colleges could become institutions of higher learning, instead of High School part 2 that many are becoming.

1 year,6 days
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Peru To Provide Free Solar Power To Its Poorest Citizens

captain_nifty Re:Something wrong with this picture! (175 comments)

I'm guessing the northwest US.
Electric costs in the $0.06-$0.08 / kWh range (lots of cheap hydro, which is pretty green already)
Added to the incessant cloudiness/rain of the region and your PV generation rates go down too.

I ran the calcs as well and it was giving me about a 25 year break even time frame (with lots of pro PV assumptions) and most panels I saw were giving a 20 year lifetime (ie they would output less than 75% of their rated power after 20 years)

Bottom line it's not worth it in my area, unless you get some great subsidies.

about a year ago
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EFF Sues NSA, Justice Department, FBI

captain_nifty Re:good (333 comments)

"The simple fact of the matter, which so many refuse to accept, is this: you can NOT fix a corrupted system by working WITHIN that system...why? Because its corrupted silly!"

That's an assumption, not a statement of fact. If it were strictly true, then every government, everywhere, would simply slowly decline until the next revolution. I prefer to believe that the damage is not too deeply rooted to fix.

That sounds like an apt summary of history of world governments.

about a year ago
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Scientists Seek Biomarkers For Violence

captain_nifty Sounds familiar. (294 comments)

It's the Pax. The G-23 Paxilon Hydrochlorate that we added to the air processors. It was supposed to calm the population, weed out aggression. Well, it works. The people here stopped fighting. And then they stopped everything else. They stopped going to work, they stopped breeding, talking, eating. There's 30 million people here, and they all just let themselves die.

about a year ago
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Neuroscientist: First-Ever Human Head Transplant Is Now Possible

captain_nifty Re:head transplant, or body transplant? (522 comments)

Earth is clearly for the beatles. Do you know how many species of beattles there are ~400,000 thats about 25% of all known animal life-forms.

God must love beatles.

about a year ago
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Satellites Providing Internet To the 'Under-Connected'

captain_nifty Available in America? (50 comments)

I actually RTFA and couldn't find a list of the "180 under connected countries" but as a satellite internet customer for several years the US should be on the list.

My Stats: ~900 ms latancy, 1.5 MBit, daily cap of 300 MB download, all for 3x the price of the lowest cable or DSL plan not available in my area.

It's amazing how all the telecom companies talk about providing great service until you live a mile and a half down a dead end road they have no plan to ever run lines down (Cable), or you are too far from the nearest DSLAM for DSL.

about a year ago
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Average latency to Slashdot.org?

captain_nifty Re:Don't need to be in space for 200ms pings. (558 comments)

Trust me you don't need or want this.

Based on my fun experience of satellite internet ownership, ping times range in the 800-1000 ms time frame.

At a minimum based on speed of light your ping times are going to be >250

God I need to move... note to self always check internet availability before buying a house.

about a year ago
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Gov't Report: Laser Pointers Produce Too Much Energy, Pose Risk For the Careless

captain_nifty Must Not... (260 comments)

...buy lots of laser pointers.

This makes me soooo want to buy laser pointers I don't need, just because I may soon not be able to.

How unsafe would a cluster of these be...

now I just need some hydrogen balloons.

about a year ago
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NBC Erases SNL Sketch From Digital Archive For Fear of Copyright Lawsuit

captain_nifty (C) (128 comments)

And this is the problem with virtually unlimited copyrights and DRM, it removes items of popular culture from general availability.
Our culture has been monetized and taken from us, to be sold back to us.

about 2 years ago
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Brazilian Newspapers Leave Google News En Masse

captain_nifty Re:Let me see if I've got this right... (223 comments)

"There has grown up in the minds of certain groups in this country the notion that because a man or corporation has made a profit out of the public for a number of years, the government and the courts are charged with the duty of guaranteeing such profit in the future, even in the face of changing circumstances and contrary to public interest. This strange doctrine is not supported by statute or common law. Neither individuals nor corporations have any right to come into court and ask that the clock of history be stopped, or turned back."
-Heinlein

about 2 years ago

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