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Obama: Gov't Shouldn't Be Hampered By Encrypted Communications

cyn1c77 Obama vs. Bush: Who was more full of it? (562 comments)

Now that we are approaching the end of his term, was Obama or Bush, Jr. was more full of shit?

about two weeks ago
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Radio Shack Reported To Be Ready for Bankruptcy Filing

cyn1c77 Re:"and they may be bought for their assets." (314 comments)

I know this is meant to be a joke, but closing Radio Shack means there is no longer any place you can just run out and grab a specific capacitor or DB9 connector or whatever. It will be online only. This isn't the end of the world, but it is a little sad.

Their assets are basically their storefronts. That's a lot of retail space that is certainly not going to be transformed into something I would ever want to visit.

Many RadioShack stores do not consistently have electronic component bins and, without going to the store, you don't really know which ones do or how large their selection is. They had a core following for the do-it-yourselfer (DIYers)s for decades and then they effectively stopped carrying what those people wanted in favor of products with larger profit margins. Nothing is more frustrating than on a 30-minute driving round trip to find out that you just should have ordered a capacitor and resistor online because the 18 year old at the store doesn't even know what those parts are, much less if they stock them.

In my opinion, this is how they really blew it. They could have grown their online presence (like Newark Electronics or Digikey) and used that capability to more easily stock their storefronts with electronic components. They could have also brought in more computer components into their stores and also added that to their online stock (like Fry's or NewEgg). They could have continued to embrace DIY electronics. Instead, they kept their stores small, were not proactive on internet sales, and tried to copy larger appliance stores like BestBuy. In doing that, they lost most of their core customers and did not effective replace them.

In reality, they died decades ago but their management didn't realize it.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Are Progressive Glasses a Mistake For Computer Users?

cyn1c77 Your optometrist took advantage of you. (464 comments)

If you only need glasses for reading, you do not need progressive lenses. You need reading glasses, which you will only wear when you are reading.

You can just buy an over-the-counter set of glasses ($15) with your prescription. Or you can have a fancier (lighter or more stylish) pair made, but they will be called single-vision lenses (meaning that they have a single correction factor per eye).

Optometrists prefer you to get the most expensive lens option though their shop. Reading glasses are the cheapest. Single visions are the next cheapest. They have a higher profit margin on progressive lenses, multi-focal lenses, bifocals, etc. They also have a nice profit margin on coatings for anti-reflection or transition lenses. (Contact lenses too!)

I recommend you do the following:
1. Visit your optometrist's office and ask for a copy of your eyeglasses prescription. By law (in the US), they must give this to you at the end of the exam. You should always request this, at every visit, as you have paid for it.
2. If you got your lenses at the optometrist, tell them that they simply are not working for you. Usually, if it has been a few weeks to a month, they will remake your lenses in a different option at no cost to you. (This is generally the only advantage of getting your lenses at your optometrist.)
3. Read online about how your prescription works and figure out if you can get by with a simple set of cheap reading glasses. (You can do this if your eyes both require the same diopter correction value.)
4. Go to a drug store and try out cheap reading glasses.

Good luck. Look at the bright side, some people need glasses for both distance and reading!

about a month ago
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How Civilizations Can Spread Across a Galaxy

cyn1c77 Are there any planets to land on? (272 comments)

Do any of these stars have planets? Because otherwise, there is nothing to land on when you starhop to them!

(This would have been a good point to discuss in the article!!!)

about a month ago
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United and Orbitz Sue 22-Year-Old Programmer For Compiling Public Info

cyn1c77 Re:Luggage? (349 comments)

Gate check your large bag, you'll get it back at the arriving gate.

This is incorrect - When you gate-check a bag it's "checked through to your final destination" - You pick it up on the baggage carousel.

The exception is regional-jet and turboprop flights where you "leave your bag in the jetway." In these situations your bag is returned to the jetway.

Actually, the GP was correct. The passenger has the option of having the bag returned at the gate or at the final destination carousel.

(You've clearly never traveled with a child and their stroller!)

about a month ago
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Top Five Theaters Won't Show "The Interview" Sony Cancels Release

cyn1c77 The best thing that Sony can do here... (589 comments)

... is to give the movie away for free download.

Nothing would piss of North Korea more, unless they could convince Apple to force you to download it, like U2 did!

about a month and a half ago
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Last Three Years the Quietest For Tornadoes Ever

cyn1c77 Re:And where are all the hurricanes? (187 comments)

I think that the GP was just making a point that many of the global warming proponents have oversold their agenda.

You can't remain credible by simultaneously implying (with "weasel" words) that each natural disaster is a direct result of global warming, while ignoring the growing arctic ice thickness and decrease in tornado activity.

Yes, nature is stochastic. But the sword cuts both ways, but pandering to sensationalism will ultimately undercut any scientific argument.

http://science.time.com/2014/0...
http://www.gfdl.noaa.gov/globa...
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/scie...
     

about a month and a half ago
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The Case For Flipping Your Monitor From Landscape to Portrait

cyn1c77 Seriously, let's not. (567 comments)

I have tried this years ago.

It is incredibly uncomfortable to have to angle your head up or down to view content outside of the natural position of your neck, which only accommodates a very small angular range. Thus, a tall vertical monitor really increases body and eye strain. You will end up not using the top or bottom of that monitor.

Turning your head side to side induces much less strain. Additionally, most eyeglasses wearers (and people in general) have wider corrected fields of view horizontally than vertically.

The most comfortable solution is to have your primary monitor horizontally oriented and a secondary monitor vertically oriented. Either way, properly oriented textual content should be adjustable with the window aspect ratio.

about 1 month ago
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Man Caught Trying To Sell Plans For New Aircraft Carrier

cyn1c77 Re:I hate these misleading statements... (388 comments)

... caught trying to deliver schematics for an aircraft carrier to the Egyptian government.

No, he was caught trying to deliver schematics for an aircraft carrier to the FBI. Since he thought he was trying to deliver them to the Egyptian government, that makes him a scumbag, but let's not pretend an actual crime that would have occurred without the FBI's action has been thwarted here. They didn't step in and stop something bad from happening, they just found some guy who likes money more than ethics and made a good headline out of him. Arguably doing so maybe has some deterrent effect, but don't misrepresent what happened or blow it out of proportion.

What if he sold anti-aircraft missile designs to a terrorist organization, who then used those designs to shoot an airliner out of the sky that had your family in it? Would you still think that this was being blown out of proportion?

Someone with a security clearance could do that and a whole lot worse. In the process of agreeing to receive the clearance, employees also agree not to do that, in writing, under penalty of law. They also agree to be surveilled while using government resources. So it is completely acceptable for a government to test their employees to see if they are susceptible to treason or espionage.

This guy should be tried and if found guilty, put to death or locked away for life.

about 2 months ago
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Chromebooks Overtake iPads In US Education Market

cyn1c77 Re:simple (193 comments)

Your post seems to represent the segment of /. that has not bothered to really look into chromebooks before hating them. . .

Dude, this is /., where you must express your opinion without informing yourself or reading the article.

about 2 months ago
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Microsoft Rolls Out Robot Security Guards

cyn1c77 Awesome picture (140 comments)

The best part of the listed articles is the picture of the sheriff pointing a gun at the dalek with his finger on the trigger, while two employees stand directly on the other side of the robot!

Awesome: 2nd article, go to last picture.

Maybe this is a cunning advertisement by Knightscope to demonstrate why police need to be robotized.

about 2 months ago
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Microsoft Rolls Out Robot Security Guards

cyn1c77 Robot tipping! (140 comments)

So, if I push it over, can it get back up?

Because that thing looks like it was made to be pushed over.

about 2 months ago
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Study: Body Weight Heavily Influenced By Heritable Gut Microbes

cyn1c77 Re:Oh no (297 comments)

Here we go, endless posts about how it's all down to pure willpower and entirely the fault of the individual. Maybe we could try looking for more practical solutions and simply berating people this time?

Um, if you read the article, you would know that it is entirely the fault of the individual.

If you are not willing to swap fecal microbes, you won't be able to change your body weight as easily.

Thus, like most things in life (work, pleasing your spouse either physically or metaphorically), good things come to those who bend over and bear it.

about 3 months ago
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The Students Who Feel They Have the Right To Cheat

cyn1c77 Re:Just cheating themselves (438 comments)

Sadly, most people learn this little gem of wisdom too late in life. Cheating only harms the cheater. It may mildly harm those who employ these people, but it doesn't take long for others to see despite your piece of paper, you're just an idiot who knows nothing, when you cheat.

So I say, if that's what they want to do, let 'em. It'll bite them in the butt soon enough.

What?

This isn't true at all. Cheaters get better grades than many fair students. The cheaters then get better jobs and make more money, while the fair students may miss out. If this issue corrects itself, it can take decades, during which the fair students have missed out.

I also have a theory that cheaters that can't hack the workload as a regular worker just become managers to better hide the fact that they can't "do." Thus, these people are more likely to company leaders. This may be why you see such poor ethical behavior at the highest levels of any company.

The only way to even remotely try to fix this issue is to not give a degree to any cheater.

about 3 months ago
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Amazon's Echo Chamber

cyn1c77 Re:Failure Matters (112 comments)

Ipod(the old crappy ones)?

Ah yes, we remember the crappy ones. No wireless. less space than a nomad. Lame.

You call them crappy now, but they were insanely popular amongst non-/. folk when they came out.

about 3 months ago
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Americans Rejoice At Lower Gas Prices

cyn1c77 Re:Thanks fracking (334 comments)

Start looking at how to adapt to climate change instead of some fantasy of avoiding it.

The way to adapt is by retiring the internal combustion engine.

Yes, then we can charge up our poisonous battery powered cars from coal.

But we are also supposed to stop burning coal, so I guess we will charge them from nuclear power.

But Congress shut down Yucca Mountain, so now nuclear power is not sustainable as we cannot safely store the radioactive waste. Instead, we should use wind, water, and solar power to charge them.

But wind, water, and molten-salt solar generators kill animals, require toxic emissions to mine the necessary rare earth metals, and don't generate sufficient power for the world's needs.

Thus, the only remaining solution is to reduce the earth's population back to a sustainable level: Will you volunteer?

No? Then I guess we'll both have to go back to the drawing board and think up a practical solution.

about 3 months ago
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A Mysterious Piece of Russian Space Junk Does Maneuvers

cyn1c77 Re:Jeez, just come clean (146 comments)

Actually, the orbits are 4-dimensional trajectories of various structures. In orthonormal basis, the spatial dimensions are usually referred as x, y and z, and the t is known as 'time'.

The GP's point was that satellite orbits are elliptical and thus can be specified with less than four dimensions.

about 3 months ago
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Boo! The House Majority PAC Is Watching You

cyn1c77 Re:Here's why (468 comments)

Real political change is brought about by lobbies. If someone wants to do something about the state of things, he either founds a lobby or supports an existing lobby that champions his cause (and by "supports" I mean "gives cold hard cash to.").

There is no evidence for that. In fact, it's pretty clear that the primary concern of politicians is pleasing their voters. Politicians listen to lobbies only in areas where voters don't care.

The problem is that most voters simply don't know what to care about. Voters worry about irrelevant issues like abortion, gay marriage, inequality, and racism, while not worrying enough about the stuff that matters, like banking regulation, tax policy, nepotism, and crony capitalism.

No.

Lobbies buy ads that tell YOU what you should care about. You then vote for the politician that they put money into.

Most people do their political research by watching TV ads, so this approach works well.

about 3 months ago
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Secret Policy Allows GCHQ Bulk Access To NSA Data

cyn1c77 Re:Time for a Layman's TOR? (95 comments)

What would it take to produce a seamless, idiot-proof, and completely secure and encrypted Tor for every layperson to pick up and use?

A lot, given that most people don't even encrypt or password protect their smartphones.

Government oversight would likely be required to enforce its usage!

about 3 months ago

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United and Orbitz don't want you to save money.

cyn1c77 cyn1c77 writes  |  about a month ago

cyn1c77 (928549) writes "Why improve service when you can just stifle innovation? United Airlines and Orbitz are teaming up to shut down a free service that allows customers to find the lowest fare tickets by taking advantage of "hidden city" ticketing. Skiplagged.com finds flights from an origin city with a layover at the customer's desired destination. The customer gets off at the layover location and skips the last part of the flight. (While these tickets require passengers to carry-on luggage, they can often be cheaper than flights terminating at the desired destination, especially for popular hubs.) The site was created by 22-year-old Aktarer Zaman as a side project, who says he has made no profit from it."

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