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Phablet Reviews: Before and After the iPhone 6

ed1park Mini iPhone 6s (277 comments)

I would love one the size of a 4s. Is there a petition out there to support this sentiment?

about a week ago

Microsoft Shutting Down MSN Messenger After 15 Years of Service

ed1park Good riddance (127 comments)


about a month ago

Is Dolby Atmos a Flop For Home Theater Like 3DTV Was?

ed1park Re:im a music mixer in hollywood... (197 comments)

It's because of posts like these, I continue to read slashdot. Thank you.

about a month and a half ago

A Fictional Compression Metric Moves Into the Real World

ed1park Is the show any good? (133 comments)

I couldn't watch the first episode. Quit maybe 10 minutes into it. Does anyone here actually enjoy the show and think it's any good?

about 2 months ago

NOAA: Earth Smashed A Record For Heat In May 2014, Effects To Worsen

ed1park Re: records go back to 1880, very funny (547 comments)

Can you cite where these records are that will show how grassy fields that have become urbanized with concrete and asphalt affect temperature readings over a 200 year period?

Interesting podcast with Joe Rogan discussing this topic with Randall Carlson. Sounds a lot like winter is coming Game of Thrones style!

about 3 months ago

GM Names and Fires Engineers Involved In Faulty Ignition Switch

ed1park Re: No one will ever buy a GM product again (307 comments)

I forgot to mention that the only true solution is a kill switch like they have on motorcycles that is not controlled by firmware. In fact in the Motorcycle Safety Foundation course I took, they teach you to only turn off the bike using the switch so that it becomes second nature should you ever end up in an emergency.

about 4 months ago

GM Names and Fires Engineers Involved In Faulty Ignition Switch

ed1park Re: No one will ever buy a GM product again (307 comments)

Increasingly, newer cars do not come with gear shifts. For instance our Mercedes S550 only has a control stalk to change gears. It's no different than pushing a button. If there were a similar firmware problem, there is nothing you could do in the car. Even the ignition is keyless.

What you think is obvious is actually useless. And too many smug people don't even realize that.

about 4 months ago

3D Printed Gun Maker Cody Wilson Defends Open Source Freedom

ed1park Re:What if the costs are too great? (354 comments)

What happens when we get to the point of open source plans for a thermo nuclear device that can be built with such a machine?

about 4 months ago

Feds Issue Emergency Order On Crude Oil Trains

ed1park Re:This is why we need the government regulation (211 comments)

No government regulation needed. Just make the original owners responsible for all accidents. If criminal negligence is involved, then they go straight to jail. Let no amount of insurance protect them.

about 5 months ago

Really, Why Are Smartphones Still Tied To Contracts?

ed1park Re:Simple: So people will buy them. (482 comments)

It's not as bad as you think. I spent about $100 to $110 a month with ATT before switching to Ting. (heard about it via Joe Rogan podcast)

Bought a new Sprint Iphone 5 for $500 hundred dollars from eBay.
Sprint SIM card from Best Buy for $20. (got another one free from a Sprint store after telling them I was picking one up for my friend with Sprint service.)
Switched service over to Ting. Now my bill is like $50. NO CONTRACT and you only get billed for what you use! I would have saved $400 alone last year for 4 months because I was travelling abroad.

Save $25 with this referral (and it gets me $25 for hooking you up with an awesome service!)

Switching from ATT to Ting

about 5 months ago

The Design Flaw That Almost Wiped Out an NYC Skyscraper

ed1park Re:Challenger and Fukushima (183 comments)

Bullshit. They will get built, and they will work properly. You do things differently when your ass on the line.

The US no longer has manned spacecraft, etc. because of the Challenger disaster. How many billions was lost? How much confidence was lost? All because they went ahead with the launch to save time and money against the warnings from the engineer who said it would fail. And Boisjoley was blacklisted and destroyed for it.

Let people run things without accountability and cut corners for profit and you will always end up with a Citicorp, Fukushima, Gulf Spill, Challenger, etc. And in the long term, we will be worse off. Especially with nuclear disasters that will ruin large areas for generations to come.

about 5 months ago

The Design Flaw That Almost Wiped Out an NYC Skyscraper

ed1park Re:Challenger and Fukushima (183 comments)

To the person that moderated my post offtopic, RTFA and make the connection.

To save time and money, management made a disastrous decision. But in the case of the current article, it was narrowly avoided. The title is misleading. It wasn't a design flaw from the architect, but a stupid decision to save money on the implementation. (Which also is the reason why the Gulf spill happened.)

"But welded joints, which are
labor-intensive and therefore expensive, can be needlessly
strong; in most cases, bolted joints are more practical and
equally safe. That was the position taken at the May meeting
by a man from U.S. Steel, a potential bidder on the contract
to erect the Pittsburgh towers. If welded joints were a
condition, the project might be too expensive and his firm
might not want to take it on"
  LeMessurier put in a call to his office in New York. "I spoke to Stanley Goldstein and said, 'Tell me
about your success with those welded joints in Citicorp.' And Stanley said, 'Oh, didn't you know? They were changed--
they were never welded at all, because Bethlehem Steel came to us and said they didn't think we needed to do it.'

about 5 months ago

The Design Flaw That Almost Wiped Out an NYC Skyscraper

ed1park Challenger and Fukushima (183 comments)

“How the hell can you ignore this?” - Robert Boisjoly, Thiokol booster rocket engineer for the Challenger

“They completely ignored me in order to save Tepco money,” - Kunihiko Shimazaki, a retired professor of seismology at the University of Tokyo\

For things that are too big to fail and would cause major disaster, the corporate shield must be removed and executive management must be held directly responsible. Financially and criminally.

about 5 months ago

Researchers Find Problems With Rules of Bitcoin

ed1park Re:Did they actually look at the bitcoin rules? (301 comments)

From the article:

"That threat began to feel genuine in January this year when the G.Hash mining group from China grew to control 41 percent of the network’s power, before backing off in the face of outcry. Nonetheless, the dominance of a handful of large mining operations suggests a 51 percent attack remains possible, whether from one growing or two colluding. G.Hash now controls 29 percent of the network’s power, with the next three largest controlling a further 42 percent between them."

What's to stop a government from forcing the top few groups to do a 51% attack under duress? (Via an all out secret or public war on bitcoin.)

Some scenarios: G. Hash group is forced to collude with the Chinese government and their own secret offline cloud of servers to do a 51% attack. US could force Amazon Cloud, MS Cloud, NSA servers, etc. to all run the mining software and do 51% attack with the sole intention of destabilizing and ruining Bitcoin. And US, Russia, China could all work together and force collusion on the top groups in their countries with threat of jail or execution.

about 6 months ago

Cryptocurrency Exchange Vircurex To Freeze Customer Accounts

ed1park Re: Ponzi scheme (357 comments)

The same argument could be made for any currency. US dollar, Bitcoin or otherwise. All tender is based on faith much like religion. But it doesn't make it a Ponzi scheme.

about 6 months ago


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