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With an Eye Toward Disaster, NYC Debuts Solar Charging Stations

crevistontj Do not rely on this for disaster preparedness. (115 comments)

This is a nice amenity but is not a smart model for disaster preparedness. People should rely on themselves, not a solar charger that may or may not work and may or may not be available. I always have three phone batteries good for over a week of normal use, charged and ready to go. This cost me $22. You can buy 10,000mAH external batteries / chargers for cheap as well. If having a cell or tablet available is important part of your disaster preparedness plan, you should not rely on stuff you don't own that may not work and may be in use by 7,000,000 other people.

about a year ago
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One Bitcoin By the Numbers: Is There Still Profit To Be Made?

crevistontj Re:Four ways to profit (239 comments)

Is there really any practical way to short bitcoins?

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: No-Install Programming At Work?

crevistontj Powershell (386 comments)

Most bigger companies have Powershell on client systems to help manage them. There's a lot of tinkering to be done there.

about 2 years ago
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Is the Business Card Dead?

crevistontj Is Journalism Dead? (370 comments)

Slashdot editors are really, really wearing out the tired, sensationalistic "Such and Such is Dead" headline.

Is the Business Card Dead?
The Death of BCC
Comics Code Dead

It's supposed to be dramatic and sensational but it's lazy and annoying; cut it out.

more than 3 years ago
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The 5-Year Console Cycle Is Dead

crevistontj Tired of "... Is Dead" headlines! (422 comments)

I know it's supposed to sound dramatic but it just comes across as sensationalistic and trite.

more than 3 years ago
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UK Pressures the US To Takedown Extremist Videos

crevistontj "Takedown" vs "take down" (629 comments)

Just because there's a combined form doesn't mean it's always correct.

Takedown is a noun: The wrestler scored two points for the takedown.

Take down is a verb phrase: Take down that video please!

See also: login, singin, setup, everyday, etc.

Confidential to Facebook: "Logout" isn't even a word at all.

more than 3 years ago
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Consumer Reports Can't Recommend iPhone 4

crevistontj $30 rubber band (507 comments)

The real crime here in my opinion is that Apple charges $30 for the "bumper case" which amounts to a glorified rubber band. There's no way the total cost on the part is more than $.50.

more than 4 years ago
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Brain Surgery Linked To Sensation of Spirituality

crevistontj Alternative (380 comments)

Being High As Fuck Linked To Sensation of Spirituality

more than 4 years ago
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Bing Gaining Market Share Faster

crevistontj CTRL+ENTER (406 comments)

Before Bing went live, CTRL+ENTER in Internet Explorer was a shortcut to surround the text in the address field with "www." and ".com" and then go. So I could type "amazon" then hit CTRL+ENTER and it would go to www.amazon.com. I used that shortcut all the time. After Bing went live, this shortcut magically changed from a useful tool to a Bing query for "amazon". I know it's possible to change it back with a reg hack or something but 95% of IE users aren't going to do this. Instead they'll just use Bing and click the first link, gaining ad revenue and perceived market share for MS. This is the kind of underhand crap that MS does that ticks me off. The fact that they were able to remotely change my keyboard shortcut without asking me or notifying me or telling me how to change it back is pretty shade.

more than 4 years ago
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David Pogue Wants to Take Back the Beep

crevistontj AT&T disables this on iPhones (383 comments)

Not sure what their motivation was, but AT&T turned off the annoying and insulting 30 seconds of instructions for people who call their iPhone customers. All it does is play the message, then beep.

more than 5 years ago
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Nine Words From Science Which Originated In Science Fiction

crevistontj Avatar (433 comments)

The term "avatar" as a representation of a person in virtual space was coined in Snow Crash.

more than 5 years ago
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How Do I Provide a Workstation To Last 15 Years?

crevistontj Don't bother (655 comments)

If he bought a 486-66 in 1994, he probably spent $2500+ on it. Now he can buy a system that is 20 times faster for a tenth the cost. Spending a bunch of time and energy and cash to bullet-proof a machine to last through 2024 would we a retarded waste of time.

more than 5 years ago
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Samsung Releases Solar-Powered Phone

crevistontj Get a life (133 comments)

You people who shit all over every single new product need hobbies or something. Just because it doesn't work for you or isn't exactly what you need or can't play Ogg Vorbis files and doesn't run Ubuntu 8.08.12-a build 2108-c doesn't mean that it lacks value. If it isn't your perfect product ... don't buy it. New features are steps toward better features. Every idea has to start with a single product, usually one with an imperfect implementation. I applaud Samsung for doing something interesting and different and giving their customers more options.

more than 5 years ago
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Saving Energy Via Webcam-Based Meter Reading?

crevistontj Re:what's your goal? (215 comments)

Agreed. What a stupid waste of effort, unless you're just looking for a practicum. Brains are still a lot more efficient for a lot of tasks than a computer is or will be in the next n years. Just go downstairs and look at the damn meter once a day. Or put a webcam there and save a screenshot each day and spend the 1 minute per month logging the value from the pics. How long does it take to look at a picture of a number and write the number down? 3 seconds? Even if you managed to code the entire thing, start to finish, in one week, it would take you 131 years to break even on man-hours for this project.

more than 5 years ago

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