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Google Wallet API For Digital Goods Will Be Retired On March 2, 2015

grim4593 Re:So, why the continued G-love? (105 comments)

If you hit the back button Newegg at the "verified by Visa" page Newegg will process the order without it. I have done this a half a dozen times since neither Newegg or the card company will fix it.

about a month ago
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Infected ATMs Give Away Millions of Dollars Without Credit Cards

grim4593 Re:"Without attracting attention" (83 comments)

Bank systems shouldn't trust ATMs - everything the ATM does should be verified by the bank system before any transactions occur. I don't see why the ATM should be anything but a dumb terminal with little to no intelligence which simply sets up an encrypted session with the bank servers. Is there a reason things are not done this way?

about 2 months ago
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How Governments Are Getting Around the UN's Ban On Blinding Laser Weapons

grim4593 Re:One of those strange rules of war. (180 comments)

That brings up a good point. That is probably why the government automatically deducts taxes from the paychecks of most employees.

about 3 months ago
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How Governments Are Getting Around the UN's Ban On Blinding Laser Weapons

grim4593 Re:Not much different than the fire starting laser (180 comments)

Be that as it may, laws that are not enforced or do not have penalties for infraction that are enforced are meaningless.

about 3 months ago
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Google Will Give a Search Edge To Websites That Use Encryption

grim4593 Re: Great step! (148 comments)

My cert was about to expire anyway so I just used the CSR process and got a new cert. According to the FAQ I -think- you can't request a new cert for your domain within 30 days of your last request because that is how long your domain name validation is valid: otherwise you can create new certs just like how you would process an annual renewal. However, I have not actually tried to generate certs within 30 days of each other so I could be wrong.

about 4 months ago
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How long ago did you last assemble a computer?

grim4593 Re:"assemble" or "reassmeble" (391 comments)

It is like the Ship of Theseus: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ship_of_Theseus.
I am in the same boat so to speak. I built a custom computer a few years ago and have upgraded component by component and saved all my old parts. Eventually I replaced everything including the case, power supply hard drives, and recently I got a new CPU and motherboard. Then I took all my old parts and reinstalled them in the original case and duplicated the exact same setup I had 3 years ago before the upgrades.

about 5 months ago
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Researchers Claim Wind Turbine Energy Payback In Less Than a Year

grim4593 Re:Show me the money! (441 comments)

That is an odd definition of payback. The raw material cost of creating something is irrelevant since you cannot buy anything at cost: there are always value-add processes and profit margins to consider.
That said, the GP is right, unless these wind turbines in the study have noticeable improvements compared to other turbines I would expect there to be similar installations around the country that are making profits/savings for their investors. There should either be news about those gains or news about how the investors who previously built wind turbines are investing even greater sums of money due to their success.

about 6 months ago
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Mozilla Is Working On a Firefox OS-powered Streaming Stick

grim4593 Re:Why so much stupid shit, Mozilla? (89 comments)

Maybe I am an anomaly but I have not had the issues you describe. Thunderbird doesn't randomly crash for me much less hardlock my computer. My extensions don't break, not that I have many installed. Searching works great for me; I have 8 email accounts set up, most which go back nearly a decade and I can easily search for what I need without much of a delay (I have a SSD).

about 6 months ago
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Mozilla Is Working On a Firefox OS-powered Streaming Stick

grim4593 Re:Why so much stupid shit, Mozilla? (89 comments)

How has Thunderbird been killed? It is a stable mature piece of software. There are very few features that they could add to it without making a bloated piece of software.

about 6 months ago
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Construction of World's Largest Telescope Finally Underway in Chile

grim4593 Re:Extremely Large Telescope (76 comments)

Does anyone know of a video of blowing off the top of the mountain? The article does not mention a video.

about 6 months ago
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Free Wi-Fi Coming To Atlanta's Airport

grim4593 Re:not believable (135 comments)

Many flights are not direct and typically there are several options when choosing a layover airport. A lack of free wi-fi is an inconvenience that people will remember and if presented with a flight that has a layover in an airport with free wi-fi and an airport that does not people will chose the location with free wi-fi, all other things being equal.

about 6 months ago
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AT&T Charges $750 For One Minute of International Data Roaming

grim4593 Re:You can roam internationally without leaving US (321 comments)

We had a similar experience at my previous job in the Detroit/Windsor area. There were a few of instances where our engineers were working offsite in Detroit and their cellphones would connect to Canadian towers. Our Accounting department would receive bills with several hundred dollars of unexpected international roaming charges even though no one left the country. We also had a portable wi-fi hotspot but no one was willing to use it since the president made us create a sign out form stating that they were responsible for excess charges.

about 6 months ago
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US-EU Trade Agreement Gains Exaggerated, Say 41 Consumer Groups, Economist

grim4593 Re:Not About Growth Anyway (97 comments)

Those corporations may be "based" here but pay their taxes in countries like Denmark.

about 6 months ago
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I Want a Kindle Killer

grim4593 Re:nook (321 comments)

Converting from epub->mobi is not "lossy". It isn't like words or sections of text go missing during the conversion process.

about 7 months ago
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Let Spouses of H-1B Visa Holders Work In US, Says White House

grim4593 Re:seems like a back door (566 comments)

I wonder at what point it would be considered treason when a politician votes yes to this type of legislation.

about 7 months ago
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Lucasfilm Announces Break With Star Wars Expanded Universe

grim4593 Re:Good. (157 comments)

I would disagree that Lucas tried at all to fit into the expanded universe. I read most of the expanded universe books including the Thrawn series, X-Wing, and Jedi Academy. Those books did well taking all the existing plot before them and integrating them in a way that made sense and pushed the Star Wars story further. It was clear to me when the prequels came out that Lucas had no intent on fitting in with the world that grew during his absence after the original trilogy. At this point the EU has more material than the original and prequels. Granted there were quite a few low quality books and stories and I was never able to enjoy anything after the Vong were introduced but I feel it is a mistake to delete a large part of the universe that he created.

about 8 months ago
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Consumers Not Impressed With 3D Printing

grim4593 Re:Custom lego parts! (302 comments)

No. The construction of the "final thing it is supposed to be" may only last a fw minutes or hours. The FUN is using those parts to make what you want, play with those constructions, and then taking them apart to build something new. I would love to be able to print missing, interesting, or custom LEGO parts.

about 8 months ago

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