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World's Largest Amphibious Aircraft Goes Into Production In China

cdrudge Re:Why? (85 comments)

I think Taiwan has airports. I actually had in mind all those islands that are in territory dispute with Japan. But regardless of which island it is and what country claims that island, they do exist.

2 days ago
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World's Largest Amphibious Aircraft Goes Into Production In China

cdrudge Re:Why? (85 comments)

Why are they building giant amphibious cargo planes today? Who has that need?

Locations that need cargo quickly but can't be timely serviced by road, rail, or conventional aircraft? Perhaps island communities that don't have space for a runway but need things quicker than what a cargo ship could provide.

2 days ago
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A Router-Based Dev Board That Isn't a Router

cdrudge Re:Price is reasonable - $35, not $90 (53 comments)

He is simply pointing out the great difference between Indiegogo and kickstarter, where in the former if you miss project target funding, you may still keep all funding without delivering anything to funders.

Or in the latter where if you make your project target funding, you may still keep all funding without delivery anything to funders.

2 days ago
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Valencia Linux School Distro Saves 36 Million Euro

cdrudge Re:TCO (153 comments)

No, Windows is definitely not needed or desirable in schools.

And then in 99% of entry level interviews in the Real World, the freshly out of school candidate gets screwed over because while they may be equal in every other way, a job that requires use of Word and Excel is going to take the candidate that has Word and Excel experience over the one that doesn't.

Not saying that it's right or fair, just explaining the reality of the situation. My wife just found a job after looking for the better part of 8 months. It's not entry level, but it's not too far from it. She only had to look at probably a 1000 different job posting at that time an a large percentage of them explicitly stated they were looking for someone with Word/Excel/Office experience. Don't have it? You quickly get moved to the top of the stack in the circular file cabinet.

2 days ago
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Wikipedia Blocks 'Disruptive' Edits From US Congress

cdrudge Re:Citation needed? (165 comments)

Exactly. Just tag it with [Citation Needed] and let people know that there's a chance he might not be.

4 days ago
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Metamason: Revolutionizing CPAP Masks With 3D Scanning and 3D Printing

cdrudge Re:Nice design, but it's just a better "nasal pill (59 comments)

I don't agree that nasal pillows are the solution to all CPAP interface issues. I tried them and preferred a nasal mask to the pillows for overall fit and comfort.

I do agree that custom 3D printing is nonsense to the problem. It would be much like people complaining that one pair of shoes were uncomfortable, and just deciding that 3D printing everyone's shoes to their exact foot is the answer. Or maybe they should just have tried on a different size, width, or style to find a better fit.

4 days ago
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Laser Eye Surgery, Revisited 10 Years Later

cdrudge Cost/Insurance coverage (540 comments)

My optical insurance covers about $325 for a years supplies of contacts or glasses, and the requisite exam, They don't cover any type of corrective eye surgery. This benefit costs me $24/year which is the combined price for optical/dental coverage.

$24 for contact lens, or $4000 for the average cost for both eyes. While I'd love to not have to wear glasses or contacts, $3952 is a chunk of change with a really long ROI. Even if I split it up one eye across two years so that I can use a flex spending account, that still a lot.

Ironically, there total cost of having me as an employee could be less presuming I stuck around as an employee long enough. But the bean counters don't see it that way. They didn't see it that way either for paying $13k worth of diabetes medicine and supplies every year or a $20k bariatric surgery once.

5 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Linux Login and Resource Management In a Computer Lab?

cdrudge Re:Good grief (98 comments)

Even if all the machines were identical top of the line machines, many of the things that was listed as requirements would still apply.

"Spend[ing] a couple bucks" isn't always fiscally possible in a education or non-profit environment which the computing lab is likely a part of.

Finally, given likely limited resources, it likely made a lot more sense to buy more lower end less expensive machines if they could adequately meet the needs of the majority of users while having just a couple of high end machines for those that need them. But they need mechanisms in place to prevent abuse between users and sessions.

about a week ago
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California In the Running For Tesla Gigafactory

cdrudge Re:Texas? (172 comments)

I think most people would say that "clean energy" and "renewable energy" are synonymous with one another. Why would you exclude hydroelectric as a clean and/or renewable energy source? When considering ALL forms of clean energy combined, Texas is not first. Not first in total production. Not first in percentage of generation.

If you are going to exclude hydroelectricity generated energy because it's only available in certain parts of the country, shouldn't you also exclude wind generated power since it's only feasible in certain parts of the country too? I'd probably also include solar since the further north you go, the less viable it becomes.

about a week ago
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California In the Running For Tesla Gigafactory

cdrudge Re: Texas? (172 comments)

There's major rail lines that crisscross the nation. Anywhere there is an automotive plant they've figured out how to ship any number of large and/or heavy items that are needed in large quantities for the production of automobiles. While there is no doubt that convenient shipping would be advantageous, my guess is that Tesla's investment for transportation of supplies and vehicles would be similar whether it's in Texas, California, or any other place that has developed transportation infrastructure. It's not like they would be paying for a dedicated rail line from wherever their plant will be all the way to a seaport.

about a week ago
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California In the Running For Tesla Gigafactory

cdrudge Re:Texas? (172 comments)

What state is the largest producer of clean energy (of any kind)? Hint, it's not Texas.

Building a factory that produces vehicles for nationwide distribution based on the criteria of the ranked production of "clean wind energy" is silly.

about a week ago
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California In the Running For Tesla Gigafactory

cdrudge Re:Texas? (172 comments)

Building this factory in Texas would make it harder for politicians to fight "Texas Made" cars.

But that's a REALLY big gamble. While having a massive production plant may give you some extra leverage, once it's built it's not like Tesla will be able to just pack up and leave if they don't get what they want. I guess only time will tell which side wins.

about a week ago
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Russian Government Edits Wikipedia On Flight MH17

cdrudge Re:Let us keep our thoughts with our Kremlin frien (667 comments)

Potatoes weren't introduced to Europe until well after Columbus had died. But it was part of the subsequent Columbian Exchange that did bring them.

about a week ago
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California In the Running For Tesla Gigafactory

cdrudge Texas? (172 comments)

Why the hell is Texas in the running? I mean, it makes perfect sense to reward a state that makes it as difficult as possible to sell a vehicle with Tesla's sales model.

about a week ago
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New Treatment Stops Type II Diabetes

cdrudge Re:There's another treatment that stops most T2 (253 comments)

Fuck him too. I weigh 285. I can walk a 6:25 1/4 mile. I have 11% that probably isn't body fat. And I have been a Type II diabetic probably for the last 9 years. Fuck him for shaming people with a disorder period, regardless of the type.

about two weeks ago
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The Improbable Story of the 184 MPH Jet Train

cdrudge Re:And? (195 comments)

It's strange how your Metro is nearly 10MPG higher then it's rated economy, while your Prius is 10MPG lower than it's. Plus I also bet your Metro didn't get anywhere near 52MPG city driving where your Prius is designed for it's best economy due to regenerative braking.

about two weeks ago
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Sony Forgets To Pay For Domain, Hilarity Ensues

cdrudge Re:Black hole? (277 comments)

And ICANN makes laws now? You "refuted" that there is a ICANN policy, not a law.

about two weeks ago
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Selectively Reusing Bad Passwords Is Not a Bad Idea, Researchers Say

cdrudge Re:Dumb dumb dumb advice... (280 comments)

So what is this ideal password keeper? And how to do you access it whenever and wherever you're located?

about two weeks ago

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cdrudge cdrudge writes  |  more than 7 years ago

cdrudge (68377) writes "A federal jury on Thursday said Vonage Holdings Corp. violated 3 of 5 patents of Verizon Communications Inc. and ordered the upstart Internet-phone company to pay $58m in damages as well 5.5% in royalty fees per month per customer. Verizon said it would seek an injunction to block Vonage from using its patented technology. The jury did reject Verizon's claim of $200m in damages and that Vonage deliberately violated Verizon's patents. As you might expect, Vonage said it would appeal the decision and seek a stay if an injunction is granted. Judge Claude Hilton set a hearing for March 23 on whether to grant an injunction."

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