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Automation Coming To Restaurants, But Not Because of Minimum Wage Hikes

duke_cheetah2003 Good idea (669 comments)

Seems like a good idea to me. I think a majority of errors when ordering food at a place like McDonalds or Taco Bell comes at the interaction between the cashier taking your order and you. Think it'd be nice to just walk up to a lil screen, punch in what i want, pay, and go have a seat while waiting for them to call my number.

Someone posted about Chili's up there using some automation, now there is where I find it inappropriate. When I go to say, a "sit down and be served" restaurant, I want that wait person there doing what they're supposed to do: serve me. It is the reason i came to that kind of restaurant.

People just need to make a distinction between the kind of restaurant that is more of a self-serve, and which kind is a be-served. One can benefit from automation, the other is hurt by it.

2 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Good Hosting Service For a Parody Site?

duke_cheetah2003 Re:AWS (113 comments)

Works both ways. Not caring means they probably won't do anything to the site unless it's actually breaking some law that could get AWS in hot water. A parody site sounds like it would be legal if a bit controversial. The poster before you mentioned Wi\kileaks getting the boot from AWS, well, Wikileaks is definitely engaged in illegal activity, so can't really say there's much surprise there.

I like AWS, I think they provide a good service and again, unless it's outright illegal, I doubt they'll do anything to your site regardless of what you put there.

OP wanted suggestions. This is mine. ^.^

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: Good Hosting Service For a Parody Site?

duke_cheetah2003 AWS (113 comments)

If you're technically inclined, just setup your own server on AWS.

I'm not sure about their policies, but given the nature of AWS, you'd probably have to host something outright illegal for them to care.

about a week ago
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BitHammer, the BitTorrent Banhammer

duke_cheetah2003 Re:an opinion from the self entitled generation (429 comments)

Bittorrent users are effectively performing a denial of service attack on an entire network that doesn't belong to them.

Please explain how running a script like this, with the owners permission, makes the script-writer worse than the torrenters?

Simple. The user of this script is a criminal, violating computer hacking laws. The BitTorrent user, while LIKELY a criminal too, is not a criminal merely by using BitTorrent, where the script user is CERTAINLY a criminal. I hope the guy uses this on the wrong network and finds himself losing a lot more than his SSH connection when he gets busted for hacking people's networks.

If he has a problem with someone elses wifi, he should not take matters into his own hands, its just wrong and who knows what other traffic this 'BitHammer' is going to inadvertently reroute with this ARP poisoning.

The bottom line is: BitTorrent is not inherently wrong. This script is.

about two weeks ago
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One In Three Jobs Will Be Taken By Software Or Robots By 2025, Says Gartner

duke_cheetah2003 The Computer Is Your Friend (405 comments)

Gosh, you know this prediction just brings to mind a world like that of Paranoia, where we've happily given over our lives to the computers to manage and run for us. Hmm. Can't decide if this is a good or bad thing.

about three weeks ago
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Marriott Fined $600,000 For Jamming Guest Hotspots

duke_cheetah2003 Re:Inverse Wi-fi law (278 comments)

Why is it that the most awful dumpy motels always seem to have free, open and strong wi-fi? Many don't even bother with passwords.

Yet it's the expensive name-brand boutique hotels that always charge for wi-fi. And more often not, it's terrible quality, hard to connect and slow?
And, now we see this happening. This never happens at Motel 6.

Has anyone else noticed this- that overall the cheaper and sleazier the motel, the better the wi-fi?

Simple. People who stay at economy hotels don't have a lot of money to burn. They're also noisy. So if the hotel provides crappy internet, these vocal (but economically challenged) people get online and post bad reviews.

I can speak from experience on the quality of Wifi in economy hotels. It just frickin' works, never had a problem.

I imagine the upscale hotels can get away with charging high fees for nearly useless internet because people staying there have moolah, and people whom have a lot of moolah don't waste their time posting bad reviews on the internet. I imagine a large number of these same kinds of guests probably have a wireless broadband plan on their smartphone as well, and probably don't give a rats ass about the hotel's junk wifi in the first place.

about three weeks ago
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Hundreds of Thousands Turn Out For People's Climate March In New York City

duke_cheetah2003 business as usual (200 comments)

March all ya want, business will go on, fuels burned, industry will churn. Only thing you can vote with here is your wallet. Marching does nothing, protesting does nothing, STOP BUYING THINGS YOU DON'T NEED IF YOU CARE ABOUT THE CLIMATE.

Start by not buying the bus ticket next time to a complete waste of time, effort and energy.

kthxbye

about a month ago
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You Got Your Windows In My Linux

duke_cheetah2003 Re:The Future! (613 comments)

THIS is the reason why Linux will never be a mainstream desktop.

You say that like it's a bad thing... I am content to have linux remain the not so user friendly power user OS it is. I'm not exactly jumping up and down for dumbing things down. Having had my first exposures to Windows 8 recently, I gotta say, it's getting frustrating how Windows is really dumbing things down and burying the fine tuning I'm used to having within easy reach.

So I really don't care if Linux makes it 'mainstream desktop' or not, especially if doing that will involve dumbing it down to Windows level.

about 2 months ago
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Facebook Experimenting With Blu-ray As a Storage Medium

duke_cheetah2003 Gotta be overhyped (193 comments)

I dunno. I've never been pleased with the performance of optical media. I'd think being in a data center, heating up and cooling down from usage and storage is going to have very bad effects on recordable optical discs (CDs, DVDs, Blurays). Not to mention, it's always a pretty well known fact, consumer recorded media (the ones with dyes and stuff) aren't terribly reliable in the long term. My personal experience with recordable optical media is poor at best, I have very very few discs that've remained readable and error free after just five years of relatively decent care and storage. And this is not even using them every day, heating them up and cooling them down, just stored in a dark cool place.

Seems... overhyped. I simply can't come to believe this is an actual viable storage medium for any kind of large scale operation. But enh, if it works for them, good deal. Seems like you'd get more bang for your buck using high capacity tapes which hold up much better to heating up and cooling down.

The power saving claim also seems silly. This could be easy done with standard hard drives in a cartridge type system they're saying they're using, powering down unused drives and putting them into a storage position (though for me, I think it'd be much smarter to make the connector the moving part and just plug into the right bank of HDs, instead of moving HDs around in a cartridge.)

The more I think about this operation, the less intelligent and efficient it seems to be.

about 2 months ago
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Web Trolls Winning As Incivility Increases

duke_cheetah2003 Stop... (457 comments)

...feeding the trolls! Geeze people, this kind of headline is just what all those internet trolls have been waiting for. Now they'll be even more relentless!

Seriously folks, on the internet, you gots the trolls. Just look the other way.

about 2 months ago
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Snowden: NSA Working On Autonomous Cyberwarfare Bot

duke_cheetah2003 Should we really be worried? (194 comments)

Considering the absurd amounts of incompetence and waste we see with visible government entities, should we really be overly concerned about the NSA? Not saying I like them, or anything, but I'm not sure they're quite the beast we've made them out to be. Maybe.

about 2 months ago
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The High-Tech Warfare Behind the Israel - Hamas Conflict

duke_cheetah2003 Re:Hamas are Terrorists (402 comments)

Why is it our media (even this post) always seems to portray Hamas in a positive light?

Wait a minute. Where is this summary even remotely pro-anything but technology? It's simply outlining the high tech that's being employed in this conflict, it by no means draws any conclusions of that conflict.

I personally feel the post is in just the right context for a /. article, its about technology, not about who's using it (though there's talk of who's supplied whom, but still fails to cast a good or bad tilt on it.)

about 3 months ago
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Wearable Robot Adds Two Fingers To Your Hand

duke_cheetah2003 Interesting technology! (77 comments)

What caught my eye most about this invention is how much closer it brings us to operating HEAVY machinery by just moving our hands and the machine responds to our movements.

For me this brings exo-skeletal machines to mind as being much closer to reality, things like the loader from Aliens, the exo-combat skeletons in Matrix, etc. The applications of the tracking system exampled in the video are simply endless, from operating sci-fi constructs already mentioned, right down to more real machinery such as excavators, cranes and other construction machinery.

Looking forward to seeing who merges this stuff with heavy machinery first. ^.^

about 3 months ago
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US House Passes Permanent Ban On Internet Access Taxes

duke_cheetah2003 November? (148 comments)

Without reading the details.. I doubt this will pass, if its democrat sponsered, the repubs will shut it down in the house. If it's GOP approved, the senate will kill it. Gotta love our divided country!

about 3 months ago
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Researchers Find Evidence of How Higgs Particle Imparts Mass

duke_cheetah2003 Misleading title (91 comments)

Summary and title is a bit misleading. I was eager to see what they would say about how this 'higgs boson' infers mass to other particles, but they never say anything about that, they just talk about how they found this data and how they produced the results. Maybe I missed something?

about 3 months ago
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German NSA Committee May Turn To Typewriters To Stop Leaks

duke_cheetah2003 Re:Its a step in "rightish" direction (244 comments)

Totally alien networking protocols. Stuff so different that nothing else on earth can interface with it or even knows how it works.

Like.. um.. Novell Netware on ARCnet? :D

about 3 months ago
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Obama Administration Says the World's Servers Are Ours

duke_cheetah2003 Deploy the REAL cloud (749 comments)

Orbital data centers. Problem solved. Solves lots of problems, actually, full time solar energy, easier cooling. What a good idea! And it's under no government's jurisdiction.

about 3 months ago
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Economist: File Sharing's Impact On Movies Is Modest At Most

duke_cheetah2003 Re:It's not lost revenue (214 comments)

Yeah, we can tell you haven't been to a theater in a while. For starters, the cellphone use has gone to almost zero, with most theaters threatening to throw anyone out who uses any electronics during the feature.

As far as overcrowding, go during the day, go a week after the movie is released, to reduce the crowding. Arrive early (10-15 mins) to get prime seating choice, put your jacket on one seat to your left, popcorn to the right to keep smelly people from sitting too close. Bring your own snacks in your pockets (including a bottle of water or soda!)

The smart ones get to got to the show, see it on the big screen (possibly in 3D), for the ticket price ($10 typically.) You're just missing out on one of life's pleasures there bro. Anyone who can't afford to take in a movie every month or two must truly be in utter destitute poverty. It's a $20 bill tops if you're smart and stay away from the concession stand.l

about 3 months ago
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Economist: File Sharing's Impact On Movies Is Modest At Most

duke_cheetah2003 Re:So this means... (214 comments)

That all the work to prevent piracy of movies is paying off.

By far the best way to prevent piracy is to make it convenient for people to pay to see the movie. I have a Netflix account, Amazon Prime, and Apple TV. Yet 90% of the movies I want to watch, even relatively old titles, are not available for streaming. So I can either pirate or not watch the movie. It is easy for me to rationalize the piracy, since the alternative (not watching) also results in zero revenue for the studio. I would pay for the movie if it was available.

This right here. Accessibility is become a serious issue for legal means to watch the movie of your choice. I only have NetFlix myself, but I do find it highly annoying when I pay for this fantastic service and yet whenever I wanna see any obscure movie, I gotta hit a torrent site to get it. It's not that I don't wanna pay, I'd be glad to, if it was available.

about 3 months ago
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Economist: File Sharing's Impact On Movies Is Modest At Most

duke_cheetah2003 Re:Anti-piracy campaigns are highly effective (214 comments)

Not to burst your bubble there, but anyone with a modicum of skill with a search engine can quickly glance over a list of torrents, skim the comments on likely 'good' candidates in a matter of minutes, and once the download begins you're free to do as you please. And who the heck burns anything to a DVD anymore? Just fricking stream it over wifi, or stick it on a usb stick.

Optical media has gone the way of the floppy, sorry, it's dead technology.

about 3 months ago

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