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Supreme Court Rejects Appeal By Google Over Street View Data Collection

dpiven Re:wut (113 comments)

The only purpose of ham radio is broadcasting publicly.

You have this 100% wrong.

The amateur radio service is intended for station-to-station communications; amateur radio operators are in fact required to keep a log indicating the date and time of each contact and the callsign of the station contacted. "Broadcasting" is explicitly prohibited on the ham bands.

about 4 months ago
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Astronomers Solve Puzzle of the Mountains That Fell From Space

dpiven Re:Quite interesting (51 comments)

we normally do not see 1300 km long objects in space that are just 10 to 15 km in diameter.

Space-whale turds?

about 6 months ago
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The Next Keurig Will Make Your Coffee With a Dash of "DRM"

dpiven Re:Keuring coffee? No thanks. (769 comments)

Do you take it rich black or process black?

about 8 months ago
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Customer: Dell Denies Speaker Repair Under Warranty, Blames VLC

dpiven Re:Force them to warrenty whole unit.. (526 comments)

[While] VLC cannot send more than 100% power, it can cause the speaker to operate in such a fashion that is unintended and dangerous to the life of the speaker.

You could make the same statement about Windows Media Player, or any other audio source.

In order for Dell to successfully claim that VLC is a warranty-breaker, Dell would have to prove that given the same input data, VLC causes Dell's on-board audio hardware to generate signals that damage speakers in such a way that WMP, iTunes, Winamp, etc. do not.

Dell still doesn't escape liability, because the actual signal claimed to damage the speaker came from hardware spec'ed and installed by Dell -- they would have to claim that their audio chip was not designed to accept for all foreseeable digital inputs.

about 8 months ago
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Thieves Who Stole Cobalt-60 Will Soon Be Dead

dpiven Re:Tough luck.. (923 comments)

The dirty bomb, as a weapon of mass destruction, is a myth. Disperse the radioactive material far enough to affect a large number of people, and you disperse the radiation as well. The concentration of radioactive material decreases as the square of the radius of the area of dispersal.

Forget the bomb part. Think, instead, of some alternative dispersal method, such as the dust in Robert Heinlein's "Solution Unsatisfactory". In that story, radioactive material was dispersed by bombers. Consider a more selective dispersal, like spreading it in the concourses of, say, Penn Station in Manhattan.

about a year ago
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Thieves Who Stole Cobalt-60 Will Soon Be Dead

dpiven Re:They will, without a doubt, die... (923 comments)

You are going to need to combine that with ... something else to kick off the process.

Tequila?

about a year ago
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Chicago Transit System Fooled By Federal ID Cards

dpiven Re: What's wrong with Tokens? (196 comments)

The Chicago Card Plus let you auto-replenish -- once the balance dropped below $10, it would automatically bill a replenishment amount of your choice to the credit card of your choice.

Ventra lets you do this -- at least all but the actual billing, at which it is horribly inconsistent. (Among my family members, I have four Ventra cards set to bill to a credit card -- two haven't gotten enough usage to trigger a reload, one auto-reloads fine, and one [mine, of course] has run dry twice, forcing me to go online, turn auto-reload off and back on to trigger the replenishment. Bite me very much, Ventra.)

CC+ worked without a glitch, and also sent me emails when the auto-reloads occurred. Ventra, *pfft*.

about a year ago
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Not All USB Power Is Created Equal

dpiven Re:Don't really see the market (240 comments)

If you plug in a stock micro USB connector, even if it's jacked into a 2A power converter, the Nook will say "Not Charging". But come back in an hour or 2 and it will be back up to full power.

Interesting. I (or my wife) will have to try this; thanks for your observations.

about a year ago
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Not All USB Power Is Created Equal

dpiven Re:Don't really see the market (240 comments)

[Nook Color/Tablet charging cables] ... (blankety-blank-censored-blank) is no longer available. And since the cables are no longer made or sold and since they were notoriously prone to fail means that I've been trickle-charging my unit for about a year now.

Better hurry over onto B&N's site and stock up on them, maybe.

Re trickle-charging, my experience is that the Nook Tablet wouldn't show any indication that it was charging at all if a standard uUSB cable was connected. I never left mine connected that way for any extended period to see if the battery charge actually went up. I might borrow it back from my wife and try it (if I can pry it away from her that long).

about a year ago
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Slackware Linux 14.1 Released

dpiven Re:amused that they talk about the DT environs (136 comments)

We not only know how to use it, we customize it so that other users on the same machine have a hard time time using it!

You let OTHER USERS on YOUR MACHINE? They should get their OWN machine!

about a year ago
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USB "Condom" Allows You To Practice Safe Charging

dpiven Re:The real question (208 comments)

... or any unusual discharge from your unit.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best/Newest Hardware Without "Trusted Computing"?

dpiven Re:ThinkPenguin.com's against trusted computing... (290 comments)

At least with a major manufacturer, I know I can still buy a replacement powerswitch or cover hinge when I need one, years after the products is no longer being sold.

Good luck with getting manufacturer parts for that five-year-old major-label laptop. Chances are that your machine was EOL'ed after two years. I've been in the position of trying to keep old Dell and HP laptops alive, and the manufacturers have been of no help at all in terms of trying to obtain small/spare parts. Usually it's easier and cheaper to locate a donor machine on eBay.

about a year ago
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Google Argues Against Net Neutrality

dpiven Re:As someone who HASN'T (555 comments)

If all you're doing is running a little mail server for a handful of users, I doubt if Google could give a fuck.

Until Google gently reminds you of the no-server clause in your AUP and blocks incoming tcp/25 to your mail server.

(today's captcha: patents)

about a year ago
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Debian GNU/Hurd 2013 Released

dpiven Re:Need Clarity (264 comments)

Debian Wheezy - Linux kernel, GNU tools, 100% of software compiled for i386/64.
Debian GNU/Hurd 2013 - Hurd kernel, GNU tools, 75% of software compiled for i386/64 (I'm ready to assume it doesn't have support for other platforms but might be wrong).

i386 != x86_64. Hurd is 32-bit only, according to the FAQ.

about a year and a half ago
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Larry Page's Vocal Cords Are Partially Paralyzed

dpiven Re:I'm tellin ya... (189 comments)

"It is worth remembering that the only treatments for Pancreatic Cancer are: Surgery, Radiation Therapy or Chemotherapy."

You forgot bacon, raising puppies, chocolate, Monty Python, sex, and Irish whiskey. Those are all great ways of dealing with pancreatic cancer, most of them don't require extensive periods of hospitalization, and the long-term outlook after these regimes is similar to the long-term outlook after the three quoted above (i.e., you're gonna die anyway).

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Distros Have You Used, In What Order?

dpiven can I get RHEL on floppies? (867 comments)

SLS -> Redhat -> Fedora -> Ubuntu -> Kubuntu desktops and Debian servers with forays into CentOS, UbuntuStudio, Gentoo and DamnSmall.

about 2 years ago
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The Fastest ISPs In the US

dpiven Re:I said goodbye to speakeasy this year (199 comments)

(Disclaimer: I've been a Speakeasy customer for ten years.)

I never got the advertised speed out of them for what I was paying. My business was close to the CO, but when I'd complain their answer would always be "Replace the wire going from the pole into your building"

Why should I have to do that? I'm old, I hurt when I fall. NO thanks.

Your responsibility for wiring ends at your NID; if there's a problem on the telco side of the NID, it's the telco's responsibility to deal with it (because they own all the wiring up to your NID). The Speakeasy rep probably shouldn't have recommended you haul out the ladder; he should have suggested you call your telco and have them check their line.

You don't mention what percentage of "advertised speed" you actually get, so I can't really comment on whether you have a valid complaint. ADSL circuits are almost always spec'ed as "best effort", and there is no guarantee at all that your circuit will perform at that speed. If your line is such that it comes nowhere near the advertised speed, the DSL provider will generally be willing to downgrade your package to match your observed speed. (Or you can nag the telco to fix your line.)

(My current circuit is spec'ed as a 6.0/1.5, which is pretty much what I observe, despite my being 9500' from my CO.)

more than 4 years ago
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Where Were You When PLATO Was Born?

dpiven Re:So, What Is PLATO? (162 comments)

That sent me through the "compilor" (their word, not mine)

IIRC, their word for the TUTOR compilation process was "condensing". (Or, if you wrote code like mine, "condemning".)

I heartily agree with your comments on the PLATO authoring environment -- for a line-oriented editor, the environment totally rocked for code development and testing... I wish Eclipse was that fast.

more than 4 years ago
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Why Google Needs To Pull the Plug On Chrome OS

dpiven I want my CPU cycles back, dammit. (266 comments)

Isn't that clever. I saw the link target, clicked it anyway, and all I got was a Google search-results page.

Maybe it's me, maybe it's my browser config, but that "clever trick" is Fail City over here.

more than 4 years ago

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