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Cutting the Power Cable: How Advantageous Is Wireless Charging?

ebs16 Can't use the device while charging (284 comments)

At the end of the day when my phone battery is in the red, I usually plug in and continue using the device. I can use the device for as long as its plugged in. With a wireless charger, there's no way to use the device while it's charging -- unless you tap gently and keep it on speaker. It'll work, but not as well as charging via USB.

more than 2 years ago
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Google's Self-Driving Cars: 300,000 Miles Logged, Not a Single Accident

ebs16 Re:Many questions arise (465 comments)

-Can it go where there are no roads?

Where we're going, we don't need roads.

more than 2 years ago
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Mark Zuckerberg's Big Facebook Mistake

ebs16 Re:Reality bites (418 comments)

Really? A TL:DR summary for 3 sentences? That's what we've come to?

TLDR: Fuck

more than 2 years ago
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AT&T Introducing Verizon-Style Shared Data Plans

ebs16 Re:T-Mobile (307 comments)

I'm currently on Verizon, but once the iPhone 5 comes out I'm seriously considering buying one at the full price and moving to T-Mobile. They'll be further into their LTE rollout by the end of the year and they're the only major provider that actually offers a discount for bringing your own phone. The only issue I'm worried about is the iPhone's incompatibility with T-Mobile's HSPA+ network. If there's no LTE service, iPhones will be stuck on EDGE. I'd go with Straight Talk, but I've heard nightmares about their customer service. I've read stories of people having their account shut down and numbers sent back into the national pool due to billing errors.

more than 2 years ago
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Israel Passes Photoshop Law To Combat Anorexia

ebs16 Re:All part of Israel's new humanitarian plan (488 comments)

Exactly! Since the major problem of Palestinian-Israeli relations cannot be immediately solved, Israel should abandon all efforts to solve its domestic issues.

more than 2 years ago
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Student Charged For Re-selling Textbooks

ebs16 Re:Uh, Have You Heard of Distribution Channels? (489 comments)

They should consider lowering their prices to target their first works markets. I shouldn't need to devote a giant chunk of my student loans to buy a book I'll use for 6 months or forced to buy a web key for a textbook I get second hand.

As for the thick paper and hard covers of US textbooks: I suspect is has to do with making consumers feel like they're getting something tangible for their dollars.

more than 2 years ago
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Gawker Media To Require Commenters' Facebook, Twitter, Or Google Logins

ebs16 Re:Okay... (231 comments)

The NYTimes allows anonymous posts. I'm not sure what you're getting at here. If it's about the paywall, you need to understand that Gawker bloggers can sit in in NYC all day to do their jobs. NYTimes has to maintain a giant international staff, field offices, etc. That kind of quality comes at a price that I am more than happy to pay.

more than 2 years ago
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University Makes 80,000 Einstein Documents Publicly Available

ebs16 Re:Religion vs. Science (63 comments)

Israel is a pretty secular country with booming tech and science industries. Climb out of your hole.

more than 2 years ago
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Sony Outlets Control Electricity Through Authentication

ebs16 Re:TL;DR (284 comments)

Well, I should have asked "how proprietary is it?" I assumed that it would be proprietary being that SONY made it, but I was hoping that these devices would play well with others. I can't imagine building proprietary technologies of that sort into a permanent structure. It's one thing to swap out a video player, it's another to tear up dry wall.

more than 2 years ago
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Sony Outlets Control Electricity Through Authentication

ebs16 TL;DR (284 comments)

Is it proprietary?

more than 2 years ago
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Retail Chains To Strike Back Against Online Vendors

ebs16 Re:One example at Target: Neato XV-12 (532 comments)

How does Target expect to get any strategic advantage out of this?

Most customers don't know any better.

more than 2 years ago
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A Data Center That Looks Like a Mansion

ebs16 Cover (101 comments)

This would be a great cover for a grow house.

Power company / police: "Why is your power consumption so high?"
Owner: "I'm running a data center."

more than 2 years ago
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Inside Newegg's East Coast Distribution Center

ebs16 Re:I'm more interested in their California locatio (112 comments)

I live in NY. Most of the state is within UPS' "one-day" range for shipments out of this facility. Free overnight shipping -- it's a beautiful thing.

more than 3 years ago
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Censored Religious Debate Video Released After Public Outrage

ebs16 Streisand Effect (717 comments)

"Censored Religious Debate Video Released After Public Outrage"..... to an audience 20x larger than would otherwise be present.

more than 3 years ago
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Court To Prisoner: No Xbox 360 For You

ebs16 Re:We're overlooking the obvious here: (337 comments)

Israel is a small county, and many urban areas are densely built and wifi signals aren't obstructed by barbed wire. It would also be feasible for an associate to set up a wifi network from a car outside the prison. Hell, a MiFi brought in during visitation -- if it were just on and in the building for an hour without being transferred to a prisoner -- could give prisoners in their cells the opportunity to do their thing.

more than 3 years ago
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First Android Device Certified For DoD Personnel

ebs16 Re:Obama's no longer using his Blackberry? (79 comments)

That article is over 2 year old. That's half a term, and long enough to for him to have received a new device.

more than 3 years ago
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Retailers Respond To HDD Squeeze By Limiting Purchases, Raising Prices

ebs16 Re:Also, people are dying (282 comments)

Yes, people are dying and it's terrible. You can read about that everywhere else. Slashdot is a site that covers tech news. As such, you'll get the tech side of news stories, like this one.

more than 3 years ago
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District Attorney Critiques Gizmodo Emails In iPhone 4 Prototype Case

ebs16 Re:A tale of two cities (155 comments)

I think that the criticisms of the search rest on the fact that Apple employees allegedly participated.

more than 3 years ago
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Mass. Court Says Constitution Protects Filming On-Duty Police

ebs16 Re:Missed one... (473 comments)

I agree, I'm just pointing out that trouble she causes for the public perception of the "photographing police" cause. Average Joe will will see her on TV and categorize the issue as one for extremists rather than one we can all get behind.

more than 3 years ago

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Last Kodachrome Developing Machine Retired

ebs16 ebs16 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

ebs16 (1069862) writes "Dwayne’s Photo in Kansas will be the last to process a roll of Kodachome film as the world carries on toward digital photography. Kodak stopped manufacturing the required chemicals last year, and Dwane's — the last remaining Kodachrome processor — has reached the end of its supply. Photographers worldwide have shipped in and dropped off negatives to be developed. The film was invented in 1935 and is revered by photographers for its unique color reproduction characteristics.

This article may require a New York Times account. BugMeNot access here."

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Ask Slashdot: Digitizing student gov. archives

ebs16 ebs16 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

ebs16 (1069862) writes "I am a member of a student government at a university in New York. We have a print archive containing thousands of documents, mostly old legislation and meeting minutes dating back to the 1940's, that we'd like to digitize, archive, and post online for students to browse through. We're looking for a system that would allow us to search through the content of the documents while possibly retaining a copy of the document's original format (PDF?). I have a sheet feed scanner, lots of time on my hands, and a good amount of web development experience. We also have some money that could be allocated to the project. Are there any free, open source solutions for us? How about paid services? It would be great to hear from anyone who's done something like this."
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Windows Could Use a Rush of Apple's Fresh Air

ebs16 ebs16 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

ebs16 (1069862) writes "NY Times contributor Randall Stross argues that Microsoft should take the next version of Windows the way of Apple's OSX by building a new architecture from scratch.

'Beginning as a thin veneer for older software code, [Windows] has become an obese monolith built on an ancient frame. Adding features, plugging security holes, fixing bugs, fixing the fixes that never worked properly, all while maintaining compatibility with older software and hardware — is there anything Windows doesn't try to do?

The best solution to the multiple woes of Windows is starting over. Completely. Now.'"

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Privacy Lost: These Phones Can Find You

ebs16 ebs16 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

ebs16 (1069862) writes "If G.P.S. made it harder to get lost, new cellphone services are now making it harder to hide. Two new questions arise, courtesy of the latest advancement in cellphone technology: Do you want your friends, family, or colleagues to know where you are at any given time? And do you want to know where they are? "We seem to be getting into a period where people are closely watching each other," said Kevin Bankston, a staff lawyer at the Electronic Frontier Foundation. "There are privacy risks we haven't begun to grapple with."

(Requires registration or BugMeNot)."

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