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An Algorithm to End the Lines for Ice at Burning Man

denbesten Competition (341 comments)

Sounds like you could use your "no waiting for ice" expertise to start your own ice business and taking customers out of your competitors lines. Until then, you might want to get a job in a fast-food restaurant to learn some of the trade-secrets for expediting.

about two weeks ago
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School Installs Biometric Fingerprint System For Cafeteria

denbesten Re:https://www.mylunchmoney.com (231 comments)

www.mylunchmoney.com. uses an invalid security certificate.

https://www.mylunchmoney.com is fine. The problem is the period after the "com", likely intended to end the sentence,

about a month and a half ago
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Microsoft Issues Advisory For Internet Explorer Vulnerability

denbesten Re:Windows XP (152 comments)

> What is funny is that the current exploits do not target XP.

More likely is that Microsoft is no longer testing/reporting on XP, so we do not know if it is vulnerable or targeted. Given that the vulnerability is with the browser, it seems likely that XP would be vulnerable. The significant difference being that the forthcoming MS hot-fix that may or may not install on XP and definitely will not apply via automatic updates.

about 6 months ago
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First Glow-In-the-Dark Road Debuts In Netherlands

denbesten Radioactive (187 comments)

Note to self: When trying to sell a product, probably should not associate it with "radioactive".

> Roosegaarde told Wired.co.uk that Heijmans had managed to take its luminescence to the extreme—"it's almost radioactive", said Roosegaarde

about 7 months ago
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Drone Hunters Lining Up and Paying Out In Colorado

denbesten Fundraiser (206 comments)

From the original article:

"Even if a tiny percentage of people get online (for a) drone license, that's cool. That's a lot of money to a small town like us,"said Boyd

The funny thing here is that the FAA in all their "seriousness" has become the PR department, for free. The FAA's own Altitude Rules pretty much would keep aircraft above the area covered by the town's "Rules of Engagement".

about a year ago
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NJ Court: Sending a Text Message To a Driver Could Make You Liable For Crash

denbesten Re:Idiocracy (628 comments)

At age 10, I sure as hell expect kids to watch out what they put in their mouth.

Natalie Giorgi's experience caused me to reconsider this position. When you consider the risk caused by both cross-contamination and by unlabeled products, "sure as hell expect" quickly becomes a life-risk. The "Peanut Butter table" seems like a very small price for my child to pay to help protect the life of a classmate. I have used this as an excellent example for teaching my child human compassion and how they can look out for others.

For what it's worth, CDC data supports your observation that allergies are on the rise.

about a year ago
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New Radioactive Water Leak At Fukushima: 300 Tons and Growing

denbesten Scale (198 comments)

300 tons (80,000 gallons) of water is approximately...

    * A city swimming pool
    * The amount they dropped on the ground
    * The amount they are leaking into the ocean each day.
    * The amount they are adding to the tank farm a day.

Wow!

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: When Is It OK To Not Give Notice?

denbesten "being professional" vs "dramatic exit" (892 comments)

If make a "dramatic exit", your pay will cease immediately (presuming no contract). If you give two weeks notice, the company has three options:

1) Let you keep working and pay you, realizing that you will be "less productive".
2) Pay you for the two weeks, but not require (or perhaps not permit) you to come in.
3) Fire you on the spot,

Employers who have been through this are unlikely to pick the "fire you" option because it increases the likelihood of unemployment claims and legal action.

A "dramatic exit" may be more "fun", but "being professional" will likely put more money in your pocket.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: When Is It OK To Not Give Notice?

denbesten be professional (892 comments)

"Being professional" is always the best approach. You never know who you may be asking for a job in 5 years.

about a year ago
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Would You Let a Robot Stick You With a Needle?

denbesten Re:Why yes, I would. (209 comments)

...patients continue to die over a 2 year period. That is your main problem, right there.

When human life is involved, even the first preventable death is the "main problem". Had it not been for immature coding practices, the first patient could have been saved, and by extension, the 5 subsequent deaths.

See the wiki page for a laundry list of the root causes.

about a year ago
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First Apps Targeting Android Key Vulnerability Found in the Wild

denbesten Re:In other words ... (54 comments)

One of the downsides of open-source and free-software (or whatever you want to call it) is the ability to fork the codebase, which causes maintenance problems, such as this. The other edge to this sword is that as your hardware ages Apple will not support it and nobody can fix it themselves, resulting in an entirely different set of maintenance problems.

about a year ago
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"Smart Plates" Could Betray California Drivers' Privacy

denbesten eliminate the stickers (262 comments)

Eliminating the sticker, would eliminate the dependence on USMail. When I send in my payment, they update their database, end of story.

Seems much cheaper, easier and robust than installing electronics and communications equipment on each vehicle. On the other hand, this may increase the desire to install anpr on patrol cars.

about a year ago
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HTTP 2.0 Will Be a Binary Protocol

denbesten Re:Makes sense (566 comments)

Human readable is a bug...

Says someone who never has to debug a damn thing.

Amen, Ditto, etc.
If only there were some way to both make it "human readable" and to somehow reduce the bandwidth.

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

denbesten Re:Phobia... (175 comments)

Really... anti-bacterial? I knew Americans had an obsession with bacteria but this is getting ridiculous.

One immediate benefit I can see is in restaurant kitchens and in hospitals. U.S. health laws require minimizing cross-contamination in both. Smooth surfaces are popular in these cases because they are easy to clean. If you are going to introduce a bumpy anti-glare surface, it is probably best that it have anti-bacterial characteristics. Think employee phones, cardiac monitors, register screens, electronic record computers, etc.

about a year ago
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Microsoft Reacts To Feedback But Did They Get Windows 8.1 Right?

denbesten Re:I tested Windows 8.1 (543 comments)

Windows 8.1 is by far the best Windows 8 there is!

Fixed that for ya.

about a year ago
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Chinese Hackers Steal Top US Weapons Designs

denbesten ixnay (395 comments)

ixnay ethay isinformationday iscussionday

about a year and a half ago
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Most Projects On GitHub Aren't Open Source Licensed

denbesten Less complex (630 comments)

BSD is about 200-250 words, depending on version, with the newer versions being shorter.

GPL is 2000-5000 words, with the newer being substantially longer.

Is one of them really 10 to 20 times better than the other?

about a year and a half ago
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Matthew Garrett Has a Fix To Prevent Bricked UEFI Linux Laptops

denbesten Re:Bad Unified Extensible Firmware Interface...or? (74 comments)

---The UEF Interface seems to work just fine with Win OS and iOS. How is that a bios problem?

Perhaps a car analogy will help. Imagine there is a bridge that semi trucks hit when they try to go under, but a cars and pickups do not. Without more facts, one can't really say if the problem is that the trucks are too tall or the bridge is too short. In this case, they investigated and discovered the bridge was built shorter than the bridge building rules require. The short-term fix is to post "no semi" signs and use less-tall trucks to get to the other side. The proper fix is to jack up the bridge.

The patch announced today is the "less-tall truck".

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Dealing With Electrostatic Contamination?

denbesten Air quality (197 comments)

If you are having problems with fanless devices getting too dirty inside, you might want to think about improving your indoor air quality, if for no better reason, your own health.

Cpus and other devices with fans stay much cleaner inside if they are not placed on the floor.

about a year and a half ago
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If You're a Foreigner Using GPS In China, You Could Be a Spy

denbesten Re:Legitimate complaint? (219 comments)

one of the nice things about those maps is the ability for someone with a GPS on the ground to make "X is here" annotations for important locations.

Perhaps one reason is so a delivery truck to knows where to deliver soda. TFA hints at this when it mentions "route planning".

about a year and a half ago

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