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John McAfee Airs His Beefs About Privacy In Def Con Surprise Talk

cliffjumper222 Slashdotted? (124 comments)

As of 9:32PM PDT the brown list is down. I would say it is slashdotted, but given the dwindling number of readers of this site and the server error it tossed out, I expect it's either been hacked, or is just broken.

about two weeks ago
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UK To Allow Driverless Cars By January

cliffjumper222 UK vs US roads (190 comments)

Whenever I travel to the UK, I'm impressed and often overwhelmed with the level of visual information that there is when driving - UK roads are fantastically well lined and signposted, they are especially good at night with reflectors/cats eyes down the middle of the road and often different colored ones on the side of the road. As you drive down a freeway/motorway there will typically be at least 4 or 5 signs warning you of a turn-off - two actual directions, and then 100m count-down signs! In the US, you're lucky if there's more than one, and usually that one single sign is just before the turn-off! Of course, computer-driven cars will be able to use GPS/satNav, but driving in the UK is like driving a video game compared to the US. In a lot of Colorado cities, they don't even paint a line across the road at the stop/traffic lights!

about three weeks ago
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Scientists Have Developed a Material So Dark That You Can't See It

cliffjumper222 Black box in the Gents (238 comments)

If you did high-school physics you may have heard about black body radiation and a thing called a black box - a box that absorbs all light that enters it. This could be a box with a hole in it lined with light-absorbing material, such that any light entering the hole never goes out again. That hole is essentially "black" and can be very, very black indeed. It can be so black, that your mind can play tricks on you as to what it is. This experience occurred to me at work in the, ahem, Gent's, with a toilet roll dispenser. For months, this dispenser (one of those that is stainless steel and holds two rolls, one above the other) had a matt black plastic cover on the front about where a lock was supposed to be, (you can see where this is going). It was absolutely a solid black plastic cover. Quite boring, but clearly covering a hole for some reason. One day, while waiting for nature to, err, take its course I poked the cover and in a flash, found it was a hole! It was a stunning realization that this plastic thing I'd been staring at for months, every day, was actually, nothing. I've subsequently checked this many times and it's an extremely good black box because even when I knew what it was, it still looked like a solid cover. Sadly, last week the facilities folks filled it up with a new lock and ruined a great physical phenomenon. It will be sadly missed.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Would It Take For You To Buy a Smartwatch?

cliffjumper222 Re:To make it worth it. (427 comments)

Sounds like the Pebble or the Toq. Toq has the inductive charging and they both have reflective displays.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Would It Take For You To Buy a Smartwatch?

cliffjumper222 Re:Mandatory features: (427 comments)

Agree with you on lots of these. Interesting about the battery life - why 36 hours? You mention e-ink - but mirasol looks better. Color, high res, high frame rate, great outdoors. With you on the touch screen - I prefer buttons. Could be okay though, but you still have the glove issue when it's cold.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Would It Take For You To Buy a Smartwatch?

cliffjumper222 Re:Cool solution looking for a problem (427 comments)

> But I would have a hard time investing a few grand in a watch

Wow, a few grand? These watches will be a couple of ton, maybe a monkey max.

about 2 months ago
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The Next Keurig Will Make Your Coffee With a Dash of "DRM"

cliffjumper222 Should be banned (769 comments)

All plastic pod coffee systems should be banned or at least CRV charged on every single pod or equivalent. The only "pods" I've seen that come close to being eco-friendly are the commercial Flavia ones that are just foil in a UFO shape. Plastic creamer pods should be banned too! Those stupid bits of plastic stick around for thousands of years. If you want a quick cuppa, boil a kettle and drink tea or a decent instant coffee.

about 6 months ago
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The Moderately Enthusiastic Programmer

cliffjumper222 Re:I feel you. (533 comments)

This is so true, but I do the inverse! I work as a product manager and generate PowerPoint, Word and emails all day. Then I go home and code Java Plugins for Minecraft. It's fun hobby and a great way to de-stress from business ambiguities and customer interactions.

about 7 months ago
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How Role-Playing Games Arrived In Japan With Black Onyx

cliffjumper222 Re:Reminds me of Voyager, "Virtuoso" (50 comments)

Yes, I remember that episode and it's a good analogy. Off topic, but that episode (baring the odd acting) was one of the better ones from a xeno-culture-clash perspective.

about 7 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Can You Trust Online Tax Software?

cliffjumper222 Online is more secure now (237 comments)

I don't keep any tax data on my PC for security reasons. Had an iMac a while ago that blew up and it was a pain to get the drive out before trashing the thing. Easier just to keep the data in the tax cloud.

about 9 months ago
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Affordable Blood Work In Four Hours Coming To Pharmacies

cliffjumper222 Re:hemoglobin test (282 comments)

Based on my recent experience with an illness, this is exactly what you will have to do if you ever fall out of the normal bounds of straightforward illnesses. You will be managing your own treatment and trying to piece together what's wrong with you. You will burn through doctors and specialists one by one as they say they cannot help and refuse to let you make appointments. You will end up being the only person on the whole planet who cares and all the time you will be doing this when you are sick and/or drugged up. You will also realize that the whole health care system does not work like JIRA and that there is no follow up and your issue will be dropped if you don't continue to be the squeaky wheel. Health care is not engineering. It's scary how few engineering best practices are used in it and how full of holes the "system" has. Healthcare is probably about 40 years behind engineering in terms of problems solving and issue resolution and about a million years behind understanding how our bodies work vs "complex" systems we diddle around with all day on computers.
Moral of the story is - don't get sick with anything weird otherwise you're basically toast.

about 9 months ago
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Samsung Creates Phone With Curved Display

cliffjumper222 A more interesting demo shown... (219 comments)

...had the display flowing over the edge of the phone's sides so you could place a phone on a table and have only the edge display info.

about 10 months ago
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Interview: Ask President Anant Agarwal About edX and the Future of Education

cliffjumper222 Online vs offline (73 comments)

As a hiring manager, I would not care if a candidate had completed their degree online or offline so long as it was a real degree (we can test some things, but the whole point of a qualification is that it's supposed to mean something). However, there seems to be a big reluctance by established universities to give degrees based on these online courses so far. What needs to change for that to happen and will it ever?

about a year ago
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The Big Hangup At Burning Man Is Cell Phones

cliffjumper222 FCC License? (167 comments)

Do these guys have a license to transmit in the cellular bands?

about a year ago
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Illuminating Window-Less Houses With a Plastic Bottle

cliffjumper222 Re:Glass bottles (240 comments)

I have a Solar Tube in my house in California and it works excellently. Better looking but more expensive than this DIY version.

1 year,8 days
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Next-Gen Gorilla Glass: Smartphones Could Have Antibacterial, Anti-Glare Displays

cliffjumper222 Re:Antbacterial? (175 comments)

Yeah, like bleach.

about a year ago
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Next-Gen Gorilla Glass: Smartphones Could Have Antibacterial, Anti-Glare Displays

cliffjumper222 Re:Seeing the sreen in the sun (175 comments)

No, they stopped selling them because transflective displays are limited by resolution. You can still get cheapy phones with them in Asia, but smartphones with HVGA or greater screen resolution don't have the space for the extra reflective part of the pixel that is required. One compromise is to use monochrome for the reflective part, which is what you see on the MotoACTV and WIMM smartwatches.

about a year ago
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Next-Gen Gorilla Glass: Smartphones Could Have Antibacterial, Anti-Glare Displays

cliffjumper222 Sapphire - Corning's Nemesis (175 comments)

Corning's on a marketing offensive against sapphire, which is up and coming as a cover glass material. It's massively stronger than Gorilla (TM) Glass and so can offer better protection for the same thickness from impacts (although Corning will argue the opposite). The main problem has been that it's been expensive, but for some applications it's perfect (I'm looking at you smart watches) and the price is coming down, down, down.

about a year ago
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In a Security Test, 3-D Printed Gun Smuggled Into Israeli Parliament

cliffjumper222 1988 called, they want their hysteria back (280 comments)

Plastic guns? Been there, banned those... http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/100/hr4177

about a year ago

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