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To Fight Currency Mismatches, Steam Adding Region Locking to PC Games

frovingslosh why hasn't my fuel price done the same? (158 comments)

The real answer is that the oil companies want more profit. But don't worry, when oil prices go back up again, or even look like they might go back up again, the gas prices will rise. No Lag. No "cost of oil is a small factor" nonsense. And you are right, while gasoline prices have gone down, they have not gone down as much as they should have or as quickly as they should based on the oil prices.

2 days ago
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RFID-Blocking Blazer and Jeans Could Stop Wireless Identity Theft

frovingslosh signal blocking (110 comments)

If you build radio signal blocking into all of your pockets, doesn't that also screw up your cell phone from getting a call? And wouldn't it muck with my keyless entry system on my car where I just carry the fob in my pocket and the car will know when it is me trying to get in or start it?

3 days ago
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Top Five Theaters Won't Show "The Interview" Sony Cancels Release

frovingslosh Re:Home of the brave? (580 comments)

Well, SONY might not be as "All-American" as "Home of the Brave" implies.

But, while the terrorists have won, SONY could do their part to rob the terrorists of their victory. Since they have decided NOT to release the movie to theaters anyway, they could score a great public relations victory by giving away lots of free copies. Imagine free DVDs at lots of retailers and/or sent to anyone who signs up for a free DVD on a Sony website getting a copy in the mail, delivered by an agent of the U.S. Government. And, of course, free digital downloads for people who don't care about quality. And it would send a nice message to all munchkin dictators. Hack us because you don't like what we say, you don't get to silence us, you get us to send out our movie to even more viewers than would have seen it before.

Not that I expect Sony to do something that would have such a positive effect; I expect them to allow the terrorists to win and focus on making money. Just saying that it is what I would do if I ran Sony. I do not.

3 days ago
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NASA Study Proposes Airships, Cloud Cities For Venus Exploration

frovingslosh Why is no one else calling BS? (198 comments)

"and the ascent vehicle that the astronauts would use to return to Venus's orbit, and home."

The summary establishes that the gravity is about Earth gravity. The "ascent vehicle" can't be something small and simple like the stories say was used to get the astronauts off the moon. With a 1G gravity well we would be talking about a large launch vehicle here. And, unless NASA has been wasting our tax dollars just for show then that also implies that it would need all of the launch pad accessories that we use here in our own 1G environment, you don't just launch something like that from a balloon suspended in hot acid.

3 days ago
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Sony Demands Press Destroy Leaked Documents

frovingslosh Disclaimer bullshit (250 comments)

They can put whatever disclaimer that they want on the e-mails, but if e-mails or other documents show that Sony is involved in illegal things, then the disclaimers will not protect that from disclosure. Of course, the press would be wise to thoroughly investigate and make sure then they were not passing along bogus information that North Korea was trying to falsely attribute to them. But given that this is Sony and "lawyer" David Boies, I think that this threat reeks of desperation and would not be at all surprised to find that illegal things were leaking out. You can't hide a conspiracy or other illegal action simply by attaching legal boiler-plate "for internal use only" tags to all of the documents.

5 days ago
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Keurig 2.0 Genuine K-Cup Spoofing Vulnerability

frovingslosh off topic (270 comments)

Please keep the discussion to coffee. I'm straight, as is most of the population, and I don't want to know what you do when you go to San Francisco

about two weeks ago
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Pizza Hut Tests New "Subconscious Menu" That Reads Your Mind

frovingslosh Re:Dumb idea (186 comments)

Right. And Obama can't make us buy insurance. After all, this is America. We have rights.

about two weeks ago
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Pizza Hut Tests New "Subconscious Menu" That Reads Your Mind

frovingslosh Re:Dumb idea (186 comments)

And I'm sure that couldn't possibly be a scam to try to get people to order a few slivers of onion or green pepper at an extra cost of $1.50 each (while taking away some of the pepperoni at the same time).

about two weeks ago
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You're Doing It All Wrong: Solar Panels Should Face West, Not South

frovingslosh Re:But that isn't possible (327 comments)

Good point. It's amazing that the article didn't mention which way your roof slants. I don't know how they forgot about your tree though.

about three weeks ago
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You're Doing It All Wrong: Solar Panels Should Face West, Not South

frovingslosh Why wait for the aminals to go thirsty? (327 comments)

So why wait until the animals are thirsty? Point south to maximize power generation. Start pumping as soon as you have power and pump as long as needed to supply water for the day. You're not going to have that much evaporation loss by pumping slightly early, and the animals are better of drinking throughout the day rather than waiting until the hot part of the day.

about three weeks ago
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You're Doing It All Wrong: Solar Panels Should Face West, Not South

frovingslosh screw demand (327 comments)

If you're a utility you have your panels set up so that they rotate to face the sun. If you are a smaller player with only a single panel or a few at most and no economical way to rotate them to track the sun, then what matters to you is how much you can earn from the panel, and that likely means pointing it to get maximum generating capacity, not maximum capacity at peak time of demand. Unless the power company is buying the power at higher prices at times of high demand. And I doubt that they are doing that in many places.

about three weeks ago
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Google, National Parks Partner To Let Girls Program White House Xmas Tree Lights

frovingslosh Re:Girls, girls, girls... (333 comments)

America has become an Obamanation. Sexism is good, as long as it is for the purposes of things the "good" people want and not for the purposes that the "bad" people want. Just look at our last two supreme court appointments to see that it isn't about getting qualified people any more, it is about sexist and racist agendas.

about three weeks ago
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Linux Mint 17.1 Cinnamon and MATE Editions Released

frovingslosh We don't need no stinkin' wait (89 comments)

I'm running Mint 17.0 now. Love it. Used to be a big Knoppix fan, but Knoppix has more and more problems with simple browsing and playing videos. Mint just works the way that it should, with no need to install anything extra (and the supposed installs for Knoppix are broken as far as I can tell). But I'm running this live disc the way that God intended, as a live disc, not as some damn installed system (actually running it on a broken laptop without a hard disk so there is no temptation to install it). If I want to run an installed Linux system I'll install Debian on another system. So I don't need no stinkin' "Upgrade manager", I just need to download the ISO, pop out 17.0 and pop in and boot 17.1. I can deal with that without an "Upgrade manager".

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Making a 'Wife Friendly' Gaming PC?

frovingslosh propagation delay (720 comments)

propagation delay? Really? What country is that other room where you moved the PC to? Or perhaps you had some other problem that you don't really understand and just decided to call it propagation delay.

about three weeks ago
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Finland Dumps Handwriting In Favor of Typing

frovingslosh Oh what do we do? (523 comments)

So what about a world where cursive writing is forgotten? What do you do when your computer is dead and you need to leave a note?

What do you do? The same thing that I do now, you print it. No reason to put anyone, including myself, through trying to decipher my cursive writing. Idiotic question!

about three weeks ago
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Renewables Are Now Scotland's Biggest Energy Source

frovingslosh AND, notT OR (235 comments)

They did say combined, although they used the short form of it "and". The only thing close to being literally correct would have been to say "generating more power from "clean" technologies than nuclear, coal or gas". It would still be deceptive though, since they are taking the total of every dubiously clean technology and contrasting that to each individual traditional source.

Nuclear certainly can be clean, particularly if you are not trying to produce plutonium for use in weapons. China, for one, is doing a lot of work on Thorium reactors, and they should be extremely clean, extremely inexpensive, and extremely safe. I also wonder how clean Scotland's "clean" technologies are if you factor in the energy spent to produce them. Many supposedly clean technologies are very dirty when you factor in all production. (Which the eco-freaks tend not to do.)

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: What's the Most Hackable Car?

frovingslosh Re:OBD2 (195 comments)

OBD II is diagnostic

That's bull. Since 2007 all OBD II ports on cars made for sale in the USA have had the CAN bus on the OBD II port (and many had it before that). With the CAN bus you can send commands to lots of different stuff. The trick is finding out the commands to send, which isn't well documented and varies between manufacturers. But a heck of a lot more than just diagnostics can be done by sending the right commands down the CAN bus.

about a month ago
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Elite: Dangerous Dumps Offline Single-Player

frovingslosh Re:Buyer Beware (473 comments)

To represent it as an investment is even more off the target than calling the mark a "buyer". The "reward" is usually sold at a premium price if it ever materializes at all, and "backers" share in absolutely no profits. Even huge backers are offered things of no value for being a top backer. I would, however, suggest the use of the terms "chump" or "mark" or even "victim" rather than "buyer".

about a month ago
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Elite: Dangerous Dumps Offline Single-Player

frovingslosh Re:Buyer Beware (473 comments)

Not well regulated is an understatement. While the concept of the community joining together to help launch a little guy with a great product started OK, it has become a scamer's dream. We've seen big multimillion dollar studios rake in money for large projects that they could well have financed themselves and then not deliver on promises that they made to the original funders, people presenting off-the shelf hardware as their own designs that they supposedly need funding to bring to market, and outright scams that take in a small fortune but never deliver anything.

I don't have data to back this up, but I suspect that you have a better chance of getting what you paid for with the electronic bay of thieves than you do with Kickstarter. Or at least you might not be cheated as much. And that is not an endorsement to risk your money with the former.

about a month ago
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The Dutch Village Where Everyone Has Dementia

frovingslosh Re:We have one in the US, too (231 comments)

Well, quoting from the original summary " and they live longer. ". That is against the basic concept of Obamacare. And D.C. isn't for those with Alzheimers, it is for the criminally insane.

about a month ago

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AVG causing false web analytics

frovingslosh frovingslosh writes  |  more than 6 years ago

frovingslosh (582462) writes "A story at The Register is reporting that the new version of AVG anti-virus scanner is causing major problems for websites, it adds "a tool that automatically scans search engine results before you click on them. If you search Google, for instance, and ten results turn up, it visits all ten links to ensure they're malware free." This is throwing website statistics way off, as well as burning through bandwidth for small sites that happen to hit high on a Google search for a particular term. Also from the article: "If AVG does mask its user agent — and fails to provide another workaround — its ghost traffic looks exactly like real traffic. And then the web is in trouble. After all, 50 million AVG users have yet to upgrade." And no mention that the very popular AVG Free seems to be going away, to be replaced by a for pay only version."
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frovingslosh frovingslosh writes  |  more than 8 years ago

frovingslosh (582462) writes "AP is reporting that Radio Shack has laid off about 400 people by e-mail.

I personally see it as a good thing that no one in the company has any technical skills or knowledge of the Internet, otherwise some employee who took offence at the way this was done could easily send out e-mail with forged headers and lay off the rest of the company too. I'm not advocating that, of course, that would be wrong."

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