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Australian Electoral Commission Refuses To Release Vote Counting Source Code

edibobb Of course they can't. (112 comments)

It's in the interest of national security and the war on child pornography to keep the vote tabulation methodology secret.

about two weeks ago
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Insurance Claims Reveal Hidden Electronic Damage From Geomagnetic Storms

edibobb And the other 80%? (78 comments)

So now, whenever there is a large CME, anybody who has an electronics failure can file an insurance claim even though there's an 80% chance it was an ordinary failure. Insurance companies will naturally respond with and exclusion for CME damage. It's not a problem now, but in 5 billion years when the sun expands beyond Earth's orbit there will be nobody to pay for all our failed electronics.

about two weeks ago
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30% of Americans Aren't Ready For the Next Generation of Technology

edibobb I'm not digitally ready. (191 comments)

I'm not ready to embrace new Windows 8 technology. I'm not ready to manage my finances on an insecure Android phone. I'm not ready to spend uncounted hours ingesting inane trash on social networks (unless there's a member of the opposite sex involved, naturally). I'm not ready to browse a web dominated by animated ads and twisted news. I am a obviously a Luddite.

about a month ago
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Researchers Claim Wind Turbine Energy Payback In Less Than a Year

edibobb Re:WUWT (441 comments)

"We're going to be even handed and cover both sides of the controversial theorem of Pythagoras."

about a month ago
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Supreme Court Upholds Most EPA Rules On Greenhouse Gases

edibobb Re:Give me a break. (109 comments)

Global warming is real. About 5 billion years from next Thursday, the sun is going to become a red giant, expand beyond earth's orbit, and the temperature on earth will be in the neighborhood of 3,000 degrees,

about a month ago
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Unisys Phasing Out Decades-Old Mainframe Processor For x86

edibobb I'm still mad... (113 comments)

I'm still mad at Unisys for abusing the GIF patent.

about a month ago
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Average HS Student Given Little Chance of AP CS Success

edibobb The average student shouldn't. (293 comments)

AP is "advanced placement", and the average student should not pass. That would make it meaningless.

about a month and a half ago
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Judge Orders DOJ To Turn Over FISA Surveillance Documents

edibobb So? (184 comments)

Why would the DOJ obey a court order? The executive branch has been above the constitution since 2000.

about a month and a half ago
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Fuel Cells From Nanomaterials Made From Human Urine

edibobb Re:All it takes is power (83 comments)

Platinum is a catalyst, urine is a fuel. A catalyst is not consumed during a reaction.

You can also make explosives out of urine, but that doesn't make it economical.

about a month and a half ago
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Fuel Cells From Nanomaterials Made From Human Urine

edibobb All it takes is power (83 comments)

With enough energy, you can convert water, urine, or almost any common chemical into a fuel cell and make the headlines. However, that does not make it practical. There are always the problems of efficiency, scalability, portability, and sometimes availability (as in the case of urine and bacteria). In other words, don't pee in your gas tank any time soon.

about a month and a half ago
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Rising Sea Levels Uncover Japanese War Dead In Marshall Islands

edibobb Sea Level Hype (182 comments)

Sea level has risen 7-8 inches over the past 100 years. By the year 2200, sea level is expected to rise somewhere between 4 and 30 inches. The sea level in the Pacific has not risen significantly more than on the rest of the earth.

When people exaggerate the effects of global warming, it only provides ammunition for the global warming deniers.

about a month and a half ago
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Microsoft Fixing Windows 8 Flaws, But Leaving Them In Windows 7

edibobb In the Microsoft boardroom... (218 comments)

There's GOT to be a way we can get people to buy Windows 8!

about 1 month ago
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Microsoft Won't Bring Back the Start Menu Until 2015

edibobb Re:Any idea what's the motivation to remove START? (516 comments)

Pale Moon works pretty well. Slashdot must be running on Windows 8 because it insists that I waste time typing crap in order to take longer to leave a message. Jerks.

about 2 months ago
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Author Charles Stross: Is Amazon a Malignant Monopoly, Or Just Plain Evil?

edibobb Evil? (405 comments)

Take a look at Amazon's patent history. First, they kill Barnes and Noble with one of the most obvious and trivial patents ever issued, the infamous 1-click patent, and now they've patented a photo on a white background. Very nice. https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/...

about 2 months ago
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Has the Ethanol Threat Manifested In the US?

edibobb Re:Comment from a Chemist (432 comments)

You've omitted from your calculations the fossil fuels required to raise the corn and produce the ethanol. This is significant.

about 2 months ago
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BitPay, Toshiba Partnership Brings Bitcoin To 6,000 New Merchants

edibobb Re:Bitcoin is reversible (85 comments)

Excellent sanity check!

about 2 months ago
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Future of Cars: Hydrogen Fuel Cells, Or Electric?

edibobb Re:Electric. (659 comments)

You're right. The crux of powering cars is the efficient storage of energy.

about 2 months ago
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Don't Be a Server Hugger! (Video)

edibobb Re:Cloud needs server huggers (409 comments)

No, electricity is a bunch of electrons. Stop hugging the electrons and they won't be so excited!

about 2 months ago
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Future of Cars: Hydrogen Fuel Cells, Or Electric?

edibobb Electric. (659 comments)

It's much simpler.

about 2 months ago
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Who controls the HVAC at work?

edibobb It's an open battle (216 comments)

It's a battle with paperclips through the plastic thermostat shield. Once when the AC was too cold, I won the battle by going outside and flipping the master breaker on the compressor.

about 2 months ago

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CBS forced CNET staff to recast vote after Hopper won 'Best in Show' at CES

edibobb edibobb writes  |  about a year and a half ago

edibobb (113989) writes "CNET staff voted Hopper 'Best in Show' at CES. CBS didn't like that, and forced them to revote, and to remove Hopper from their coverage. CNET senior writer Greg Sandoval submitted his resignation, saying, "I no longer have confidence that CBS is committed to editorial independence.""
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Network Solution Censorship?

edibobb edibobb writes  |  more than 6 years ago

edibobb writes "CNN reports that Network Solutions has cancelled a controversial web site where Dutch lawmaker Geert Wilders was promoting his anti-Koran film. Last last month Pakistan made an attempt to ban YouTube because of a video about the film.

I had believed Network Solutions, unlike some registrars, was above the arbitrary cancellation of domains. But it appears that their TOS allows this under the clause prohibiting "objectionable material of any kind or nature."

Is there a safe registrar, who will not cancel your domain any time it is deemed "objectionable" or, more likely, embarrassing?"

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Clinton Campaign Site TOS

edibobb edibobb writes  |  more than 6 years ago

edibobb writes "The Obama and Hillary Clinton sites both have "Terms of Service," which seems pretty odd for political campaign sites. Obama's TOS seems pretty straightforward, but Clinton's looks like it was written by Washington bureaucrat from Homeland Security.

I don't even have to register in order to be bound by the 4-page agreement, according to Clinton's TOS, and in case that doesn't cover it, "In addition, you shall be subject to any posted guidelines or rules applicable to such Service, which may be posted from time to time."

To top it off, "You agree not to reproduce, duplicate, copy, sell, exploit, or otherwise use any Content, in full or part, or any use or access to the Service, without the express written consent of the Committee."

So much for Fair Use. You would think they would encourage people to copy their material, not threaten them over it."

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