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Price of Amazon Prime May Jump To $119 a Year

daenris Re:how many products? (298 comments)

Except that they usually don't deliver on Saturday, so ordering on Thursday means you won't get it until Monday. And ordering on Friday evening, Saturday, or Sunday means it doesn't show up until Wednesday because it gets processed as if it were a Monday order. Considering how poor their shipping has been for me and a few others I've talked to over the past 6-10 months, I definitely would not be renewing if the price goes up pretty much at all. I never really use the streaming service, because the selection and ease of use on my devices is inferior to Netflix, so if their shipping gets any worse, I don't think it'll even be worth $79/year.

about 6 months ago
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30 Minutes Inside Valve's Prototype Virtual Reality Headset

daenris Re:Familiarity counts? (59 comments)

I can't tell if you're trying to be funny or not. The person reporting on his experiences is one of the developers of Aaaaaculus! which is essentially an Oculus compatible version of AaaaaAAaaaAAAaaAAAAaAAAAA!!!. In addition, they've worked on several sequels and ports of that game with the original developers.

about 6 months ago
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Google Glass User Fights Speeding Ticket, Saying She's Defending the Future

daenris Re:Reinforcing the term (464 comments)

It does however stipulate that the device can't display "a television broadcast or video signal that produces entertainment or business applications." So a cell phone is definitely out unless: (A) The equipment has an interlock device that, when the motor vehicle is driven, disables the equipment for all uses except as a visual display as described in paragraphs (1) to (4), inclusive. (B) The equipment is designed, operated, and configured in a manner that prevents the driver of the motor vehicle from viewing the television broadcast or video signal while operating the vehicle in a safe and reasonable manner.

about 6 months ago
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Google: Our Robot Cars Are Better Drivers Than You

daenris Re:Show time (722 comments)

Every reference I've seen in regards to that talks only about the average Police response time being 58 minutes, not the EMS.

about 9 months ago
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PubMed Commons Opens Up Scientific Articles To User Comments

daenris Summary speculation incorrect (27 comments)

The bit at the end of the summary that suggests anyone with a PubMed/NCBI account can sign up are either wrong or they fixed it. I have an account and a number of publications, but no grants from the sources they're searching, and it doesn't allow me to request an invite or register with my email.

about 9 months ago
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US Government Shutdown Ends

daenris Re:Thank goodness (999 comments)

Oh, right, because travertine tile and free steak and lobster meals for non-patients is totally a good trade-off for how much we spend on healthcare.

about 9 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Scientific Research Positions For Programmers?

daenris Pay cut (237 comments)

Make sure you really enjoy the research you'll be doing, because moving from a private programming position into an academic research programming position is going to come with a hefty pay cut.

Unfortunately for my wallet, I *do* enjoy the research quite a bit and have co-authored more publications than most junior faculty PhDs, so it can be very rewarding in a non-monetary way.

Though as others have said, if you're goal is to be conceiving of and performing your own research, you need to go through the typical channels of getting a PhD, doing a post-doc, and eventually finding a position somewhere as a professor. The research programmer will always be a research programmer and won't be running their own research lab or anything like that. Though doing a few years of research in a field can be a great way to get experience and figure out what you're interested in before going to grad school if you do want to go the academic route.

1 year,11 days
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Microsoft Kills Xbox One Phone-Home DRM

daenris Re:Sounds like... (547 comments)

Maybe you could read the actual announcement.

* Trade-in, lend, resell, gift, and rent disc based games just like you do today – There will be no limitations to using and sharing games, it will work just as it does today on Xbox 360.

The ability to do all those things just like it works now pretty clearly means they won't be using the one-time codes that they were planning on previously. Individual publishers still could try it, but it won't be the universal method that it sounds like Microsoft was planning originally.

about a year ago
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Dmitry Itskov Wants To Help You Live Forever Via an Android Avatar

daenris Re:Ok, but... (383 comments)

A neuron doesn't "fire" the dendrites. The dendrites are inputs. It sends signal out through the axon, and each neuron only has a single axon (though it has multiple terminating ends that can connect to numerous other neurons).

about a year ago
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Student Expelled From Montreal College For Finding "Sloppy Coding"

daenris Re:Terrible summary -_- (633 comments)

If he gave an anonymous tip the NDA would still hold.

I just want to say that this is ridiculous. Reporting something anonymously does not mean he wouldn't have been violating the NDA. If that were the case, all NDAs ever would be completely pointless. Now, it might mean he doesn't get caught for violating the NDA, but it would still be a violation of it.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Do Coding Standards Make a Difference?

daenris Re:After 42 yrs programming I say... (430 comments)

You assume that formatting refers only to whitespace, but given the larger context of the conversation, I believe he's using formatting to refer to the whole of the standards (variable name conventions, spacing, brace position, etc).

about a year and a half ago
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California Employers Can't Ask For Your Facebook Password

daenris wow (363 comments)

If a business I worked for or was interviewing at asked me for my passwords to anything not work related, I wouldn't be working there anymore.

about 2 years ago
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Cutting the Power Cable: How Advantageous Is Wireless Charging?

daenris Re:Efficiency should kill it (284 comments)

My 30-day average electricity usage last year was 541kWh and that's for 2 people. This year so far it's 803, but that's for 3 people. My highest month ever was 1716kWh for 3 people, which was due to the AC running pretty much all the time the whole month. So I also have a hard time believing those numbers as an average.

about 2 years ago
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Ubisoft Claims PC Piracy Rate of 93-95%

daenris Re:DRM worked out then.. (464 comments)

Actually, he is saying it's 93-95% pirated.
this is a quote from TFA where it is quoted from Yves Guillemot

On PC it's only around five to seven per cent of the players who pay for F2P, but normally on PC it's only about five to seven per cent who pay anyway, the rest is pirated. It's around a 93-95 per cent piracy rate, so it ends up at about the same percentage.

about 2 years ago
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Pills With Digestible Microchips Approved By US Drug Agency

daenris Re:Am I the only one that finds this creepy? (163 comments)

I wish there was a mod crazy option. You really think that any and every pharmacy that a person might get their prescription filled at -- most of which are commercial entities without ties to a hospital -- are going to individually put serial numbers on pills that link them to the person getting the prescription filled? I'll give you a hint, I've worked at a pharmacy and they definitely do not do this. Let alone track fingerprints. There is a bottle filled with pain killers on the shelf. When a prescription comes in, the pharmacist or pharmacy tech grabs that bottle, and counts out the number of pills prescribed into a new bottle, which is given to the customer.

Now the pills might contain a serial number that ties them back to a specific batch, which would tie them to a pharmacy and they could pull up a log of customers who had prescriptions filled from that batch and narrow it down reasonably well (even to 1 person if that person was the only one who got a prescription filled from that batch) but there is no guarantee that it can be narrowed down to 1 specific person as there is no individual tracking information on the pills.

about 2 years ago
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How a 3-Year-Old Can Open a Gun Safe

daenris Re:As a father (646 comments)

Yes, and I wouldn't be surprised if it was as easy to open as the similar models discussed in the article, making it useless as a way of keeping the gun safely out of your kids' grasp.

about 2 years ago
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B&N Releases Nook Tablet To Rival Amazon Fire

daenris Color E-ink (183 comments)

Yay, a slight revision of the Nook Color... meh. Won't someone just release a color E-ink tablet already.

more than 2 years ago
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Electrical Power From Humans

daenris Re:not in the US... (220 comments)

No... that's what table sugar is anywhere. When you see just "sugar" on an ingredients list, they're talking about sucrose, which breaks down into 50% fructose and 50% glucose.

more than 2 years ago
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Electrical Power From Humans

daenris Re:not in the US... (220 comments)

You realize that most HFCS is made up of 40% or more glucose right?

more than 2 years ago

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