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Lawrence Lessig Answers Your Questions About His Mayday PAC (Video)

captaindomon Outspend the mega-corps? (148 comments)

So we're going to win against the mega-corporations by outspending them? The top five companies in the US alone bring in 1.4 trillion USD/year in revenue. It would take them less than two minutes to match this new, larger goal.

about 2 months ago
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Places Where the Silicon Valley Bubble Could Pop

captaindomon Facebook. (107 comments)

It is WAY over valued.

about 4 months ago
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How Nest and FitBit Might Spy On You For Cash

captaindomon Depends on if it is in aggregate. (93 comments)

Will they care? It all depends on the data being shared is in aggregate. I don't care if people know that the average person in my city walks a thousand steps a day, and that still has a lot of value for health care companies, and I'm happy to contribute to that. I *DO* care if they know the details about me *individually*. There is a big difference.

about 4 months ago
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Carpenter Who Cut Off His Fingers Makes "Robohand" With 3-D Printer

captaindomon Price of prosthetics (91 comments)

The outrageous price of prosthetics from traditional medical companies is due to inelasticity of demand (the medical insurance company usually pays for them, not the consumer, and fingers are important) and also willingness to pay (for the percentage copays, the patient is happy to pay their portion normally because fingers are important to have). This is an economics issue, folks, not a materials engineering issue.

about 4 months ago
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Australia Declares Homeopathy Nonsense, Urges Doctors to Inform Patients

captaindomon Re:diminished placebo effect (408 comments)

That's because they don't understand what "inert substance" means...

about 4 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Communication Skills For Programmers?

captaindomon Formalities (361 comments)

You do need to hold your tongue and follow formalities, that is the whole point. We have thousands if years of experience as a species in how to communicate effectively. It involves watching what and how you say things, and following acceptable rules for communicating with other humans.

about 9 months ago
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HP CEO Meg Whitman To Employees: No More Telecommuting For You

captaindomon Re:Thank You NSA (477 comments)

Nah, there are several articles showing the NSA already has monitoring equipment inside the corporate network of most of the major corporations in the US. It's probably easier, actually, to monitor people at work than to monitor them on a bunch of unrelated vpn endpoints.

about 10 months ago
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FDA Will Regulate Some Apps As Medical Devices

captaindomon Re:FDA scrutiny still gets Windows BSOD on devices (130 comments)

This may sound silly, but it is also very important to report the issue to the device manufacturer, if you can. The FDA sets very strict rules on how companies have to handle feedback they receive from you, so your feedback will be taken very seriously. IANAL etc.

about a year ago
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BlackBerry Officially Open To Sale

captaindomon Re:Once iOS and Android Licensed Exchange (139 comments)

In blue-chip companies, Blackberry is still king.

No, they are not. I've worked for three Fortune-30's in the last few years, and all three of them have moved to iOS / Android as their preferred platform.

1 year,11 days
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BlackBerry Officially Open To Sale

captaindomon Pride (139 comments)

Proverbs 16:18: Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall. This was BlackBerry's issue - they thought they were the king, and that they didn't need to listen to the market. "You don't need a camera. That's crazy talk", "Nobody will accept a touch keyboard", "No other devices will gain corporate acceptance", "Employers will always make the choice for employees" etc etc. It's been one long "we know what you want better than you do" at BlackBerry.

1 year,11 days
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Why You Shouldn't Trust Internet Comments

captaindomon Yeah maybe subtle differences but not important. (180 comments)

I trust the article that there may be subtle changes in future comments due to past comments. However, there is still a very valid difference between a 5-star item with 2,000 comments and a 1-star item with three or four comments, and that is good enough for me.

1 year,14 days
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Should the Power of Corporate Innovation Shift Away From Executives?

captaindomon The 60s? (149 comments)

The most authority phobic generation in history? Really? Anyone forget the 60's? Come on, folks. People have not fundamentally changed. Every generation thinks the younger generation is the most authority phobic generation in history.

about a year ago
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Labor Dept. Wanted $1M For E-mail Addresses of Political Appointees

captaindomon Incompetence (154 comments)

It's not malice, it's incompetence. Having worked in several large organizations, I'm not surprised that it would be difficult to find a complete list of personal email addresses for people that probably don't even work there anymore.

about a year ago
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Planetary Resources To Build Crowdfunded Public Space Telescope

captaindomon Billion (60 comments)

A million for an orbiting telescope? Wouldn't that be more like a billion?

about a year ago
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Sears Is Turning Shuttered Stores Into Data Centers

captaindomon Re:This is a typical Sears Stupid Move... (137 comments)

They also have so much corporate experience in the data center industry. Why don't they just open a hospital while they are at it?

about a year ago
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Meet Drone Shield, an Ambitious Idea For a $70 Drone Detection System

captaindomon Supersonic (159 comments)

Given the Predator uses hellfire missiles that are supersonic, they're going to blow you up before it is physically possible to hear them. And the drone itself can fire from five miles away.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: What's the Best Way To Preserve a "Digital Inheritance"?

captaindomon Re:The answer is... (191 comments)

That's a good idea, but legally moving the money into the corporation in order to purchase the stuff gets pretty complicated tax-wise. You might want to look at something like an open trust instead. Talk to your tax lawyer. IANAL.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: What's the Best Way To Preserve a "Digital Inheritance"?

captaindomon Re:You don't own (191 comments)

I agree completely with parent. There is a difference between passing an inheritance to your children and providing access. I can leave the keys to my house to my children, but that doesn't mean the legal possession of the house will pass to them. Very different concepts.

about a year ago
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Internet Sales Tax Vote This Week In US Senate

captaindomon Re:Should be collected by the feds (434 comments)

The point is not the database structure, it's collecting the data to populate it. Large tax companies have teams of hundreds of people that keep track of all the local tax laws, and charge a large amount of money selling the data to large retailers. It's not trivial to keep the laws of every 10,000 person municipality in the database up to date.

about a year and a half ago
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Is Daylight Saving Time Worth Saving?

captaindomon Re:Look at it historically... (646 comments)

But but... it didn't give us any extra light for farming. We have the same amount of light. It just made farmers feel better, I guess?

about a year and a half ago

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Inexpensive non-monitored medical alert necklace?

captaindomon captaindomon writes  |  more than 3 years ago

captaindomon (870655) writes "I have a family member that will be undergoing surgery soon, and will be confined to home for a period afterward. I would like to give them something that is similar to the medical alert bracelets, but I don't want to sign a contract or pay for monitoring. Is there an inexpensive solution I can plug into their internet connection? Something that sends me an email or an SMS when they press the button would be ideal."
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Optimal CPU Utilization?

captaindomon captaindomon writes  |  more than 4 years ago

captaindomon (870655) writes "What is everyone using as optimal CPU utilization? i.e. at what CPU percentage load do you bring new servers up, and at what load do you take servers into warm/cold standby? I can find lots of articles talking about the different approaches for doing this, but very few of them giving recommendations on the actual percentage loads."
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CDMA vs. GSM: Technology please, not politics.

captaindomon captaindomon writes  |  about 5 years ago

captaindomon (870655) writes "Which cellular network technology is better, CDMA or GSM? I'm not talking market share or politics, but the technology itself. What are the in-depth pros and cons of each protocol? I've had a hard time cutting through the hype and I'm hoping there are some engineers on Slashdot that are familiar with both protocols and can clearly explain the differences."
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Which geiger counter to buy

captaindomon captaindomon writes  |  more than 5 years ago

captaindomon (870655) writes "I have been thinking about buying a geiger counter just as a passing hobby. I'm looking for something cheap (under $50), not particularly accurate, but sensitive enough to detect radiation sources that occur naturally. Any suggestions? Has anyone played around with a geiger counter before?"
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Best reverse phone lookup with an API?

captaindomon captaindomon writes  |  more than 6 years ago

captaindomon (870655) writes "I need to write reverse phone lookup as functionality into an enterprise product. What would you suggest as the best solution? Are there any free providers or do I need to use a paid solution? What have Slashdotters used in the past?"
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captaindomon captaindomon writes  |  more than 7 years ago

captaindomon (870655) writes "The software company I work for is currently trying to find the best shipping rates calculator to use. If we can't find one that is reasonably cheap and powerful then we will have to write one ourselves, but we would rather avoid that if possible. The end solution needs to support the current rates for FedEx, UPS, and USPS, and calculate rates based on weight, dimensions, and destination. It needs to be easily updateable as rates change. So my questions to everyone at Slashdot include: Which shipping engine do you use? Are you happy with it? How easy was it to obtain and integrate into your software? What would you recommend?"

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