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The Physics of Why Cold Fusion Isn't Real

gcnaddict Re:"repeatable independently verifiable reproducti (349 comments)

Trade secret? Hell no. A working implementation needs to be patented. Trade secrets are exactly the wrong solution for protecting a mechanical invention. They're fine for code/algorithms and formulas, but not for anything mechanical.

The right solution is to get as much of the ambiguous detail of one working power plant complete (under the guise of a coal plant or something) and then build in the technology worth protecting immediately upon gaining Patent Pending status. Then, once the plant goes online and produces power successfully, submit evidence alongside the submission of its functionality.

bam, invention protected and secretly implemented all at once.

about a week ago
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Internet Companies Want Wireless Net Neutrality Too

gcnaddict Unmetered services. (38 comments)

If you as a wireless ISP offer unmetered usage of select services over the Internet, you lose the "our networks are different" argument.

Anyone offering select unmetered services such as music pass access, etc. should be prepared to lose this battle.

about a week ago
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MIT Study Finds Fault With Mars One Colony Concept

gcnaddict Re:Not just MIT (269 comments)

He's delivered more than you. :)

about two weeks ago
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Chimpanzee "Personhood" Is Back In Court

gcnaddict Re:Chimps have rights, babies don't (385 comments)

Oh, that's easy.

Said right-wing groups choke money spent on education standards, teach everyone "abstinence only!" when it's not realistic, etc., which results in people having babies because they had unprotected sex and didn't have the education for how to use contraception. Now that babies are born to people who are poor and didn't have the education to know how to reduce the risk of babies from the one act that could take the stress out of their life, they also can't get welfare, medicaid, etc. because "they aren't carrying their fair share," which forces their kids through poverty, shitty education, a lack of contraception knowledge, more babies, and more kids forced through poverty.

Honestly, if hard-right-wingers just said "Hey, we believe abortion is wrong, but use contraception to greatly reduce the risk of having a baby!", they might've actually had some support! But their current stance is "you can't use contraception, and you must take care of anybody you bring into this world on your own. We know you can't help but have sex because it's wired into your brain but screw you anyway."

Independent voter here. I usually vote for moderate Republicans, Independents, or moderate Democrats.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Dealing With an Unresponsive Manufacturer Who Doesn't Fix Bugs?

gcnaddict Re:The name (204 comments)

Or sue...

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft On US Immigration: It's Our Way Or the Canadian Highway

gcnaddict We just laid off a ton of people (365 comments)

so please let us hire more overseas. Please?

Pretty Please?

about a month ago
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The Minecraft Parent

gcnaddict Re:Is minecraft really 'creative'? (174 comments)

It's not whether there's a substantial benefit towards building a certain mindset. It's that the game itself is inherently non-linear, allowing people to explore their own minds when playing.

For us adults who are set in our ways, minecraft might not be as fun as a sandbox as it might be as a player in an environment someone else built, but for a kid who really gives no shits about anything other than fucking around and doing what the mind and heart desire, minecraft is a pretty good playpit.

about a month ago
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Google's Megan Smith Would Be First US CTO Worthy of the Title

gcnaddict Re:First Aristocrats Joke (117 comments)

I'm not even going to waste mod points on this. I'd rather this just sit here at +0 and contribute my points to other, more worthy discussions on other posts.

about 2 months ago
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U.S. Senator: All Cops Should Wear Cameras

gcnaddict Re:One correction (643 comments)

I mean, that or just make it such that the case is dismissed if the device fails and no other hard evidence exists.

about 2 months ago
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New Research Suggests Cancer May Be an Intrinsic Property of Cells

gcnaddict "new" research (185 comments)

New Research Suggests Cancer May Be an Intrinsic Property of Cells

No shit, really? Because all the knowledge of cancer-blocking genes (like p53) which trigger apoptosis (programmed cell death) wasn't a giveaway that runaway growth might actually be an intrinsic property of life? The whole point of these genes is to keep cells in a multicelled organism from defeating the ability for a given multicelled organism to live.

but I didn't read the study, so maybe this is saying something that isn't already obvious.

about 2 months ago
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NTSB Recommends Lower Drunk Driving Threshold Nationwide: 0.05 BAC

gcnaddict Re:Mythbusters show just how impaired you are at . (996 comments)

Erm, no one has a right to drive let alone to have a certain amount of alcohol while driving.

Driving is a privilege earned by proving you have significant competence in controlling a two ton missile. It is a privilege revoked once proof exists to justify that you don't have that competence anymore. Adding an additional condition indicative of a lack of competence behind a roadgoing vehicle (regardless of how arbitrary one might think it seems) is within the bounds of the law because driving itself is a privilege.

Sorry to burst your utopian bubble there.

about a year and a half ago
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3D Printable Ammo Clip Skirts New Proposed Gun Laws

gcnaddict Re:Clip (1862 comments)

Agreed.
Clip versus Magazine

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Do Coding Standards Make a Difference?

gcnaddict There was a post on /. (12/19) that answered this. (430 comments)

"How Experienced and Novice Programmers See Code

From one of the links:

I’m excited to see what else Mike’s research uncovers. One aspect he’s interested in is how the approach of inexperienced programmers differs from that of experienced programmers. For example, there seems to be some evidence that following variable naming conventions helps experienced programmers understand the code much quicker, while breaking these conventions leads to a severe penalty. On the other hand, inexperienced programmers seem to take about as long regardless of how the variables are named.

-Eric Holk

about 2 years ago
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Microsoft Steeply Raising Enterprise Licensing Fees

gcnaddict Re:How to treat a loyal customer (571 comments)

Microsoft has worked long and hard to make sure that nobody can compete with them by erecting barriers to the free market.

What barriers to switching exist on a fully deployed enterprise Microsoft-based platform that wouldn't otherwise manifest itself on any other platform?

about 2 years ago
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Half of GitHub Code Unsafe To Use (If You Want Open Source)

gcnaddict Re:Why? (218 comments)

...no, it's for the original coder(s) to build trust among the people using the programs.

about 2 years ago
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Half of GitHub Code Unsafe To Use (If You Want Open Source)

gcnaddict Why? (218 comments)

But if you're not going to give anyone permission to use your code, why post it on GitHub in the first place?"

Lets say I stumble across a fantastic utility, and the source is open for me to view. I'll dive through the code and make sure I'm comfortable with its functionality (i.e. it's not doing anything I don't want it to do) before grabbing the tool.

I'm not using the code for my own projects. I'm just vetting the code. Plenty of developers throw code for small utilities up for exactly this reason, and the vast majority of the world is totally cool with it.

about 2 years ago

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CO2 Effects on Plants Can Increase Global Warming

gcnaddict gcnaddict writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Bryant writes "Counterintuitive as it may seem, increased exposure by vegetation to carbon dioxide can actually lead to an increase in global warming. As discovered by scientists with the Carnegie Institution's Department of Global Ecology, it turns out that higher levels of carbon dioxide gas can actually constrict the stomata (the pores, essentially vents for gas exchange used by plants and typically located on leaves) and lead to a drop in water released by the plants, hindering evaporative cooling."
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Why Windows Doesn't Mean Windows Anymore

gcnaddict gcnaddict writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Bryant (841664) writes "Microsoft took a brand (ahem) new approach to their Windows Mobile platform with the Metro UI. The catch: there are no windows in Windows Phone 7. In fact, the concept itself is completely opposite from how Windows works. Microsoft fell back on the Windows Phone 7 name for the sake of benefiting from positive mental association, but the long-term risk is that the Windows brand no longer has a rock-solid definition of what it is, which risks turning Windows into a meaningless brand. To top it off, this isn't the first time Microsoft butchered product branding for some form of short-term gain."
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GM Unveils Android OnStar Mobile App

gcnaddict gcnaddict writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Bryant writes "Yesterday at CES, OnStar and Chevrolet demonstrated a mobile app and separate web interface which can remotely lock, unlock, and charge the Chevy volt, as well as notify the user in th event that a process, such as a vehicle charge, is interrupted (thereby giving you a heads up if someone unplugs your car). Though the Droid is the only Android model which supports the preview build of the app, Android isn't the only platform getting it. Walt Dorfstatter did state that both the iPhone and the BlackBerry Storm will also get the app, and while both the iPhone and Storm apps should be available by the time you read this, nothing was dropped offhand as being in the works for Windows Mobile or other platforms."
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When Software Leaks (And What Really Goes Down)

gcnaddict gcnaddict writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Bryant writes "The Windows community is somewhat notorious for leaks from upcoming versions of Windows (obligatory link to this guy since that's most of what he does), and while the official PR word from Microsoft and many other companies with regards to leaks is a simple "no comment," no one has really gotten a candid, inside look at the various things that go down when word, screenshots, or builds of upcoming software leak. I managed to get some time with a senior Microsoft employee for the sake of discussing leaks, and the conclusions reached (leaks heavily affect communication, not so much the product schedule) as well as what these guys actually have to deal with whenever someone leaks a build, breaks an embargo, etc. may actually be a surprise given what most companies try to instill in the public mind."
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FSF's Windows 7 Sins Campaign Violates Own Beliefs

gcnaddict gcnaddict writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Bryant writes "It seems the Free Software Foundation, in their latest campaign against closed source, may have committed an egregious sin of their own. The content of their latest campaign is licensed, perhaps against their own ideals, under the Creative Commons Attribution-No Derivative Works 3.0 License (ironically, their choice of license does not prohibit commercial redistribution of their work). Furthermore, they may have actually nullified their own license by infringing on Microsoft's intellectual property. The campaign itself leads some to question whether the FSF might be squandering funds on what may come off as a campaign of fear, uncertainty, and doubt, an accusation perhaps given credibility by their latest efforts to contact Fortune 500 companies, a step typically unusual for them. What are your thoughts: is the Free Software Foundation doing free open source software any good with their campaigns, or might their campaigns simply be causing more problems than they solve?"
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Windows 7 E users can still download a browser.

gcnaddict gcnaddict writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Bryant writes "Rafael Rivera (of Within Windows fame) decided to dig deep into Windows yet again and, this time, managed to find a rather ingenious workaround for downloading a browser on Windows 7 E. It's a win-win for everyone involved, as it allows Windows users to download a browser through Windows Media Player and it gives Microsoft advertising revenue. The trick involves using the Windows Media Player media guide to grab a browser through advertisements provided on the guide site, thus giving Microsoft some advertising revenue and yourself a browser which you can use to, well, browse the internet. The fact that Windows Media Player can actually still render web pages also means that Trident is still in Windows 7 E, which also poses a few other interesting questions."
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Windows 7 Home Premium to sport family licensing?

gcnaddict gcnaddict writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Bryant writes "Blogger Kristan Kenney discovered a clause in the EULA of the RTM candidate builds which suggests that Microsoft is planning a family licensing pack for Windows 7. While this isn't anything new (Microsoft has done this for Windows Vista as well), the fact that it hasn't been announced before the discount seems to have some people upset. Ed Bott suggests that Microsoft would be most successful pricing this at $189.99, which is more expensive than three discounted upgrade licenses for Home Premium while remaining ten dollars cheaper than Apple's Snow Leopard family pack, thus keeping contented everyone who took the bait on the discount."
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"Colossal magnetic effect," a tech revolut

gcnaddict gcnaddict writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Bryant writes "Scientists with the Carnegie Institution for Science have discovered what could bring yet another massive advance in memory and storage. The discovery, a magnetoresistence literally "up to 1000 times more powerful" than the Great Magnetoresistence Effect discovered roughly 20 years ago which led to one of the major breakthroughs in memory, seems to be a result of high-pressure interactions between Manganites. Manganites aren't new to this game; MRAM uses Manganite layers to achieve the Magnetic Tunnel Effect needed to keep the state of memory stable. Applying significant amounts of pressure to known tech-useful materials isn't a new trick; slashdotters might recall the recent breakthrough with Europium superconductivity thanks to similar high-pressure antics."
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Internet Explorer 8 can be removed from Windows 7

gcnaddict gcnaddict writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Bryant writes "The latest leaked build (7048) of Windows 7 allows users to remove Internet Explorer 8 (steps included). Given that this change was added after Beta 1, the odds of this persisting into Windows 7 RC or even RTM are pretty high. Granted, this only removes iexplore.exe and reconfigures Windows not to complain, but it's a step in the right direction for those who believe in the ultimate in free choice. The remaining IE8 components and dependencies only exist to let IE-dependent Windows components run without problems."
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Windows 7 Beta 1's CEIP causes rampant crashing

gcnaddict gcnaddict writes  |  more than 5 years ago

JasonM (841664) writes "A blogger recently discovered a nasty bug in Microsoft's implementation of the customer experience improvement program which causes various subsystems feeding the CEIP to repeatedly fail, leading users to format and reinstall Windows 7 only to run into the same problem yet again. The problem, as Bryant of AeroXP later uncovered, isn't so much the fact that things in a beta OS are crashing. Rather, it's with the fact that the very feedback mechanisms Microsoft is relying upon to improve Windows 7 are themselves failing and causing other parts of the operating system to fail as well."
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Windows 7 Superbar is in the PDC build.

gcnaddict gcnaddict writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Bryant writes "The Windows 7 superbar is in build 6801, the build handed out to PDC attendees last week, and was concealed by twelve elaborate checks. In the end, all it took was one flipped bit to conquer these twelve checks and load the hidden UI elements. The patch (and documentation) is available here, but the build must be found on your own."
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Does New York Hate The Dark Knight?

gcnaddict gcnaddict writes  |  more than 6 years ago

conhopper writes "People keeping track of The Dark Knight's percentage of fresh/rotten reviews on Rotten Tomatoes seem to have picked up on an interesting trend: They are all New Yorkers (reviews: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 respectively). In addition to three of them sharing the name "David," I personally thought it was an odd coincidence that these five reviewers either live in New York, write for a New York-centric publication or are a member of a New York film critics group. Why does New York hate The Dark Knight?"
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Microsoft's "Blueprint" for Windows 7

gcnaddict gcnaddict writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Bryant writes "Up until now, people had no idea what Microsoft was using as its guidelines for Windows 7. Now that Microsoft's 'pillars' for Windows 7 are public, people can get a general idea of where Microsoft will take it's next client operating system. The five pillars have a number of target usage scenarios which Microsoft plans to fulfill sometime between the Beta 1 and Beta 2 milestones (putting it into context, Windows 7 is still pre-alpha). Each pillar specializes on a particular aspect of use: specializing for laptops, designing for services, personalizing computing for everyone, optimizing for entertainment, and engineering for ease of ownership. I've included a few screenshots to show some examples of Microsoft's early partial implementations of some of the scenarios within the pillars.
Due to the fact that Windows 7 is still very early in development, all of this could (but likely won't) change."
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Microsoft forces automatic updates yet again

gcnaddict gcnaddict writes  |  about 7 years ago

Bryant writes "Microsoft has done it again with another forced update and reboot for Windows Vista users on patch tuesday. This comes despite people setting Automatic Updates so that the updates do not install without a user's consent."
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gcnaddict gcnaddict writes  |  more than 7 years ago

gcnaddict (841664) writes "Seems like those pictures of the Mobile Metro which were shown off were nothing more than marketing concepts. Unlike the last time the Metro hit the front page, there's actually video footage of the sleek notebook being used. It's mostly limited to the e-ink display, but you can also get a glimpse of the keyboard seen in those concept photos. There's also some quick time with a new LG Sideshow-enabled laptop, the old ASUS Sideshow concept laptop which eventually became the ASUS W5Fe, and a weird little technology demo with what looks to be a Samsung Q1P modded in order to support Sideshow on the main display. You can catch the full 1080p video here (Reduced to a torrent, it seems)."
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gcnaddict gcnaddict writes  |  more than 6 years ago

gcnaddict (841664) writes "Seems like those pictures of the Mobile Metro which were shown off were nothing more than marketing concepts. Unlike the last time the Metro hit the front page, there's actually video footage of the sleek notebook being used. It's mostly limited to the e-ink display, but you can also get a glimpse of the keyboard seen in those concept photos. There's also some quick time with a new LG Sideshow-enabled laptop, the old ASUS Sideshow concept laptop which eventually became the ASUS W5Fe, and a weird little technology demo with what looks to be a Samsung Q1P modded in order to support Sideshow on the main display."

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