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North Korea's Home-Grown Operating System Mimics OS X

djh2400 Re:Fuck BEta (252 comments)

I remember that shortly after the Dice takeover, there was concern amongst the community of what was going to happen to Slashdot. Someone (Timothy?) made a special post clearly stating that Dice had no intention whatsoever of messing with the community. It allowed everyone a sigh of relief, but I — and probably many others — knew in the back of our minds that it was only a matter of time. It looks like the time has finally come after ... how long has it even been?

Unfortunately, I can't remember which story it was, as it was not the original "Dice Buys Slashdot" post but was some time after that. I also can't remember the exact topic of the story — only that they gave us that very clear assurance. This isn't the first time a corporation has blatantly lied, of course. They'd probably "justify" it by saying "Yeah ... at the time we had absolutely no intention, but we did have the intention of having the intention in the future.".

I'll be watching threads like this in the months to come to see where the community plans to go so that I can hopefully continue to read through the same levels of insightful discussion day in and day out.

about 10 months ago
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Israeli Group To Attempt Moon Landing

djh2400 Re:Here come the rednecks (150 comments)

Personally, I find it somewhat sad that individual groups of people are all trying to accomplish the same thing or things which have been accomplished by humanity previously. What I'm saying is that I wish, rather, that the entire world would unite efforts in furthering human space-exploration technologies instead of countries keeping these "secrets" to themselves and ultimately slowing everything down from what they could be if we had one major, united world effort.

I suppose a lot of that behavior originates from from exactly what you point out in your post — though I do not understand said behavior.

about 10 months ago
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Usenix and EFF Reps Talk About VW's Attempt to Suppress a Presentation (Video)

djh2400 Re:The advertisement in the video (29 comments)

There is a video, but it says "A plugin is needed to display this content." for me, so I didn't watch the video...

about a year ago
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Elon Musk Hates 405 Freeway Traffic, Pays Money To Speed Construction

djh2400 Re:May I contribute $5 ? (431 comments)

They often get paid by "dollars per barrel per day". Thus, having lots of barrels set out for a long time increases their revenues.

about a year ago
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H&R Block Software Glitch To Delay 600,000 U.S. Tax Refunds

djh2400 Re:Damn you Walmart! (104 comments)

You know, I'm not sure this way of looking at it actually makes sense. I might need to think about this a little more. Still, why not open a bank account and forego the fees?

about a year and a half ago
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H&R Block Software Glitch To Delay 600,000 U.S. Tax Refunds

djh2400 Re:Damn you Walmart! (104 comments)

Consider it this way:

Say you get a $250 check each week, which you take to Walmart to have cashed. If they take out $6, then they are removing 2.4% of your paycheck. If you get a paycheck each week, then you will get 52 paychecks in a year.

With a simple compounding-interest formula, they are making [ ( 1 + 0.024 ) ^ 52 = 3.43 ] or 343% interest on your paychecks.

about a year and a half ago
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Google Reader Being Retired

djh2400 Re:It will break a lot of RSS readers (386 comments)

I tend to agree with your conjecture that this is an effort to drive more people to G+. My Google account is old enough that I do not belong to G+. I actually opted in, saw it was something I wouldn't care to use, and then promptly opted out (later on they stopped the whole opt-out thing and now they bug me about signing up at every opportunity). So, anyway, my point is that I don't really know much about it, as I never use it.

What I'm getting at is, if they're trying to move people over the G+ by closing Reader, then does this mean that G+ has a promising replacement for Reader? If it does AND some of the listed alternatives do not live up to expectations, then perhaps G+ may be worth considering even if I use it for nothing but a feed reader... But I'm not about to sign up until I can confirm it has what I would want.

about a year and a half ago
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Google Reader Being Retired

djh2400 It will break a lot of RSS readers (386 comments)

Immediately after seeing the original post from the Google Reader blog, I started looking for a solution. It seems that practically every RSS program or service out there actually uses Google Reader as a centralized syncing platform.

I read news through RSS feeds at different computers throughout the day and on different OSes. The ability for a service to synchronize between all the places I access the feeds is paramount in a replacement. Thus, all those services which use Google Reader for syncing purposes will break once Google shuts down Reader, so, sadly, they are not a viable option as things stand right now.

I do like some of the alternatives posted by other commenters; I'll check out some of them when I have the time. I also signed the petition in one of the first comments above — it may have no effect, but it's worth trying, I suppose.

about a year and a half ago
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Credit Card Swipe Fees Begin Sunday In USA

djh2400 Re:Paying with credit then check or cash (732 comments)

I *did* say "if many people did this regularly", but I was not trying to imply that I would do so. I'd do it one time at said store --- the first time I find out about it. After that, I'd either go to another store or probably use cash/check. I am not poor, but I *am* cheap. If a store is going to conditionally hit me with a fee, then I will do what I can to avoid it while wasting the least amount of time.

My own opinion on this change is that it is in the store's benefit to encourage people to use cards. It seems that most cases of armed robbery are cash-related offenses. Minimizing the amount of cash in the store should thereby reduce the damage from such occurrences. I realize that much of the cash should be locked up in a safe at most times, so perhaps this particular thing is a non-issue.

I also know that people do not like seeing extra fees on their bills. I have seen quite a few instances in the news where a small fee shows up on some bill (phone bill, bank accounts, etc.) and many customers "revolt". I believe continuing to keep the fee "hidden" within the prices of all their products would be better for keeping their customers' anger at bay and also — as the summary suggests — moving towards a cashless society.

I like using credit cards for the cash back, but as soon as it no longer pays to use a card, I'll stop using it. I have no allegiance to the credit card companies, and this extra fee may even be good at reducing their power and influence — which I'd say isn't necessarily a bad thing.

about 2 years ago
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Credit Card Swipe Fees Begin Sunday In USA

djh2400 Re:Paying with credit then check or cash (732 comments)

You are entitled to your opinion, but do you have an actual logical argument to support it? If not, then I'm not really sure why I should listen to what you say.

about 2 years ago
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Credit Card Swipe Fees Begin Sunday In USA

djh2400 Paying with credit then check or cash (732 comments)

I plan to account for this possible trend in the following way:

In businesses where I buy merchandise (grocery stores, department stores, etc.), I plan to pay with credit card after the cashier rings it up. If I notice they have tacked on a credit-card fee, then I will go over to customer service, have them refund every item to my card, and then have them ring everything up again. At this point, I will proceed to pay with cash or check.

I would think that if many people did this regularly, that would eat up a lot of their labor resources (namely customer service desk) and may convince them to revert any changes. What else would they do? Make every item non-refundable? It may also be annoying for them if they have to constantly break 100-dollar bills for people who now must carry cash around with them everywhere.

about a year ago
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Fedora Adds MATE and Cinnamon Desktops to Main Repository, Releases Beta

djh2400 Fedora keyboard support (56 comments)

I really want to use Fedora, but I type in the Colemak keyboard layout, and I can't figure out how to change the system default to Colemak (to work both at the login screen and after logging in).

about 2 years ago
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Sub-Ice Antarctic Lake Vida Abounds With Life

djh2400 Increasing chances (122 comments)

The find increases the chances that life may exist (or have once existed) on planets such as Mars and moons such as Jupiter's Europa.

Isn't the find kind of irrelevant to the chances that life exists elsewhere? It's like saying that, if I lose two socks and find one 3 years later, then I therefore have an increased chance of finding the second sock sooner rather than later. The first has nothing to do with the second. The existence of life in one place on Earth has little to do with chances of finding life elsewhere, since they're two independent events.

about 2 years ago
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$1 Billion Mission To Reach the Earth's Mantle

djh2400 Re:How do we know if we've never done it? (267 comments)

Earthquakes.

Earthquakes create different types of waves, and different types of waves behave differently through different types of objects. Pressure waves travel through solids and liquids, though at different speeds, depending on density. Shear waves do not travel through liquid, but they do travel through solid. Using complex geometry, mathematical models, knowledge of substances, and recording many points recording waves produced by earthquakes, we can map what the earth looks like below ground.

more than 2 years ago
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Light Bulb Ban Produces Hoarding In EU, FUD In U.S.

djh2400 Reducing pollution? (1080 comments)

I really don't see this having any significant effect over how much pollution is released. Maybe we should take care of cargo ships that produce as much pollution as 50 million cars before worrying about something insignificant like light bulbs.

more than 2 years ago
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Google Bars Site That Converts YouTube Songs Into MP3s

djh2400 Re:How stupid, and useless (177 comments)

This is why I save EVERYTHING that I really like. You can't count on anything online still being there tomorrow, much less ten years down the road.

Your statement is interesting, considering the previous article. For the record, I agree with you.

more than 2 years ago
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Samsung Passes Nokia As Biggest Handset Manufacturer

djh2400 "Biggest handset manufacturer" (133 comments)

Puh-leez. Why should we care about who manufactures the biggest handsets?

more than 2 years ago
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Federal Judge Rules P2P Users Aren't In a Conspiracy

djh2400 Re:April Fools? (66 comments)

April Fools is the one day where I get to click the "Mark all as read" button in my RSS reader.

more than 2 years ago
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MIT Solar Towers Beat Solar Panels By Up To 20x

djh2400 Re:Duh (159 comments)

They also cast shadows by being raised in the air. This would effectively reduce the ground space which could be used for collecting energy. It would be interesting to see how much energy per unit of land-area is gained by using the towers vs their "2-dimensional" counterparts.

more than 2 years ago

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