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Ask Slashdot: Projects For a Heap of Tech Junk?

fotoflojoe Re:Obvious business opportunity (210 comments)

"PC Load letter"... What the fuck does that mean??

about a year and a half ago
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DARPA Wants Distributed Network of Deep Sea Storage Units

fotoflojoe Re:Does this mean... (81 comments)

Yuuup!

about a year and a half ago
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C Beats Java As Number One Language According To TIOBE Index

fotoflojoe Re:Dying gasps (535 comments)

The Netduino guys have implemented .NET in an embedded environement.

about a year and a half ago
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Oregon Lawmakers Propose Mileage Tax On Fuel Efficient Vehicles

fotoflojoe Re:Or they could just increase gas tax (686 comments)

Spot on. Pay as you go.
However, I see the inevitable rationalization and assessment of a road use tax *on top of* existing fuel taxes.
You read it here first, folks.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Can I Explain To a Coworker That He Writes Bad Code?

fotoflojoe Re:You don't (683 comments)

About the fastest way for anyone to piss off their co-workers and bosses is to walk around with a "I'm the best [INSERT_PROFESSION] here" attitude all day, whether it's true or not. Don't do it.

That's a life lesson right there.
Wish I had mod points

about a year and a half ago
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Samsung's Galaxy S III Steals Smartphone Crown From iPhone

fotoflojoe Re:Purse Phone (348 comments)

I have a Galaxy S III, it slides into my back pocket rather nicely. Oh wait, I'm a fatty. I love the GS III as a device in every respect OTHER THAN being an actual phone. I believe Samsung's 3G radios are rather weak. Around my home, I get no reception with it (previous HTC EVO 4G always had at least 2-3 bars), and reception overall is generally sucky. My wife's Galaxy S II has the same poor reception. (FYI, she's no fatty). My Sprint service probably doesn't help, but in my experience, the devices' 3G radios are definitely sub-par. Sprint sent me an Airave, but that only helps around the house, I obviously can't take it with me everywhere I go. If I had it to do over again, I would not get a GS III, I'd get one of the new LTE Evos.

about 2 years ago
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Prices Drive Australians To Grey Market For Hardware and Software

fotoflojoe Re:Price fixing by camera makers push me there. (280 comments)

Isn't the major differentiating factor (in the US) that camera gear is grey market because it doesn't come with a US warranty, but a so-called "international warranty"? That is, if your grey market L lens breaks, you can't just bring it back to the shop where you bought it, or even send it to an authorized US warranty repair center. In order to get it fixed under warranty, you'd need to ship it back to the factory - presumably in Japan or Southeast Asia. This would be an example of a manufacturer's US warranty network not having to support a piece of equipment. That represents a cost savings of a specific USD amount that's reflected in the equipment's price.

about 2 years ago
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Scientists Set Bold Plan For Future Exploration of the Sun

fotoflojoe Re:I vote (140 comments)

Not the first person, but the 10,000 additional copycats who ignored the first person's comment.

about 2 years ago
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Scientists Set Bold Plan For Future Exploration of the Sun

fotoflojoe Oldy but goody (140 comments)

In Soviet Russia, the sun explores you!

about 2 years ago
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MARCH Presents: Apple I Reproduction In Action At HOPE 9

fotoflojoe Re:So why not old computers? (80 comments)

The engine you're thinking of is the 318ci wide block, so called because of its wide polyspherical heads.
It is absolutely a small block, interchangeable on a unit-for-unit basis with the 318ci LA (small block).
A polyspherical head is *not* a hemispherical head.

Chrysler big blocks are 383ci and up. Only the 427ci is a hemi.

about 2 years ago
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MARCH Presents: Apple I Reproduction In Action At HOPE 9

fotoflojoe Re:So why not old computers? (80 comments)

The Chrysler 318ci is neither a hemi nor a big block.
The 318ci is a small block. Chrysler big blocks are 383ci and up.
Only The 427ci is a hemi.

That said, my first car was a '73 Dodge Charger with a 318 mated to a 727 Torqueflight transmission (not stock).
It was two blocks long, weighed more than most modern cruise ships, and I loved every second of owning it!
To stay on topic, I'm also nostalgic for my TRS-80 Model 1.

about 2 years ago
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DirecTV Drops Viacom Channels

fotoflojoe Re:they are all evil (378 comments)

See, the Storage Wars Channel (formerly known as A&E).

Oh, when did they change their name from the Intervention Channel?

more than 2 years ago
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Hackers Steal Keyless BMW In Under 3 Minutes

fotoflojoe Re:Whats the difference... (486 comments)

It's astonishing how many people simply don't understand this.

more than 2 years ago
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Hackers Steal Keyless BMW In Under 3 Minutes

fotoflojoe Re:Whats the difference... (486 comments)

Mea culpa, this is no lie. I owned a BMW M3 for a few years and could literally feel myself becoming a big(ger) asshole every time I got in it. Since trading the thing in for a different make, I no longer encounter that strange sensation.

more than 2 years ago
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Feds Plan 'Fog of Disinformation' To Track Information Leaks

fotoflojoe Re:Honeypot? (263 comments)

Also sounds similar to the Canary Trap.

more than 2 years ago
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Ray Bradbury Has Died

fotoflojoe Bradbury opened doors for me (315 comments)

In eighth grade, I was assigned "The Halloween Tree". This was my first exposure to the concept that reading could actually be an enjoyable experience, rather than simply being a tedious chore standing in the way of going out to ride bikes. Thank you for that wonderful gift Mr. Bradbury.

more than 2 years ago

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