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Facebook Censoring Images of the Prophet Muhammad In Turkey

ibpooks Really? (215 comments)

To be fair to Zuckerberg and Facebook, the company must obey the law of any country in which it operates.

No it doesn't. Big companies don't obey laws unless it's cheaper to do so than not. Slashdot in particular can't stop fellating Uber over what is probably a largely illegal operation. Comcast, Verizon, Microsoft, and basically all of the rest routinely violate laws as they see fit, pay a fine and move on.

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How One Small Company Blocked 15.1 Million Robocalls Last Year

ibpooks Re:Implement locally? (135 comments)

3: Why didn't they clear with you first?

How would you know what number an incoming emergency call would come from whether you knew you were the emergency contact or not? If your wife is hurt at work will a call come from her cell phone, her supervisor's cell phone, desk phone, main business number, the HR office, one of hundreds of hospital numbers, etc?

yesterday
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The 'Radio Network of Things' Can Cut Electric Bills (Video)

ibpooks Re:Illogical (172 comments)

On a very large scale (like an entire city) the random distribution does take over and level itself. However on a smaller scale, like a subdivision or a neighborhood the spiky effects are quite evident -- approximately one-third higher than in a similar area with controlled demand. Why does this matter? One reason is that it allows the utility to spend less on hardware like transformers and wires, which keeps the billing rate low. It also reduces the chance of peak load failure of transformers and breakers during the peak air conditioning days, which have major expense of unplanned outages and emergency repair costs. It is so much cheaper for a utility to be able to set back AC units in an area of town where the transformer is dangerously overloaded than it is to do rolling blackouts or risk a catastrophic failure.

about two weeks ago
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The 'Radio Network of Things' Can Cut Electric Bills (Video)

ibpooks Re:Illogical (172 comments)

It's not about turning it off when it's needed, it's about flattening the peak of the load curve by synchronizing run cycles. For example if your furnace needs to run 30 minutes out of every hour to maintain the set temperature (and so do all your neighbors), then the smart grid can synchronize the furnaces to run every other house for 15 minutes, then run the other houses, etc. This will smooth the load the power company has to deal with without anyone having a decrease in service. It removes some of the spiky demand associated with the random effect of appliances cycling on-and-off at will. Excess capacity can be scheduled to improve service for everyone and reduce the peak design requirements.

about two weeks ago
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Man Saves Wife's Sight By 3D Printing Her Tumor

ibpooks Re:Anyone else concerned? (164 comments)

Not concerned at all, he helped them to develop and use a tool they didn't understand how to use and didn't have access to previously. It's how progress is really made. Experts from two different fields find a way to work together to solve problems that neither could solve independently.

about two weeks ago
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Best current live-action TV show based on comics?

ibpooks Comic book? (148 comments)

For the life of me I don't get the fascination my generation has with comic books. They were great when we were 10. We're now 40. The stories aren't that great, nor the characters that interesting. Stop it with putting this childish stuff in every form of media and pretending like it's high art.

about two weeks ago
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Time To Remove 'Philosophical' Exemption From Vaccine Requirements?

ibpooks Re:You have your own brick wall (1051 comments)

I've been going to an acupuncturist for over ten years, and I can tell you without any hesitation it has helped me tremendously.

Wow, and it's only taken 10 years of treatment?

about a month and a half ago
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NSA Director Says Agency Shares Most, But Not All, Bugs It Finds

ibpooks Number is irrelevant compared to severity (170 comments)

By orders of magnitude, when we find new vulnerabilities, we share them

Number is irrelevant compared to severity, and you can be damn sure they keep the severe ones to themselves.

about 3 months ago
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Creationism Conference at Michigan State University Stirs Unease

ibpooks Re:It makes you uneasy? (1007 comments)

That's a very naive view of evolution, as many of the underlying concepts are testable and repeatable. In fact, Dr. Richard Lenski at Michigan State has conducted some of the first and longest running scientifically-controlled demonstrations of evolution in E. coli bacteria. Perhaps it is one of the reasons this religious group has targeted the institution.

http://myxo.css.msu.edu/ecoli/

about 3 months ago
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Why Phone Stores Should Stockpile Replacements

ibpooks Filter (253 comments)

Could we please get a tag to filter out this narcissistic drivel from the ever-obnoxious Bennet?

about 5 months ago
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Melbourne Uber Drivers Slapped With $1700 Fines; Service Shuts Down

ibpooks Re:So a death of a child is ok with you? And the o (255 comments)

Except that the driver has almost certainly voided their "residential grade" insurance policy by driving passengers commercially; meaning that they are essentially operating a vehicle uninsured. The state should step in to put a stop to this practice.

about 9 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Setting Up Non-Obnoxious Outdoor Lighting?

ibpooks Thank You (445 comments)

OP, on behalf of those of use who live next to assholes -- Thank you for being a considerate neighbor! Even if you don't find a perfect solution, the fact you care enough to do the research and find something better is admirable.

about a year and a half ago
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Cognitive Software Identifies America's Brainiest Cities

ibpooks False Assumption (143 comments)

And all of this based on the false assumption that Lumosity's pseudoscience click-on-the-shiny-colors games are any good at measuring "brain performance".

more than 2 years ago
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Bipartisan Internet Sales Tax Bill Introduced

ibpooks Re:Bipartisan support (548 comments)

There are two within 3 miles of my house. One the foundation finally gave out in a heavy rain storm and will not even be considered for repair until 2014 according to the road commission. The other bridge is significantly damaged with traffic now reduced to one lane and limits on truck weight and [i]may[/i] be repaired next year.

more than 3 years ago
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The EFF Reflects On ICE Seizing a Tor Exit Node

ibpooks Re:ICE is doing what now? (252 comments)

Often child and other illegal pornography production is found when ICE is going after human trafficking, indentured servitude, sex slavery and all of the other unsavory elements in the economy of illegal immigration.

more than 3 years ago
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4G and CDMA Reportedly Hacked At DEFCON

ibpooks Re:And they said I was crazy (139 comments)

Waiting for a prepaid App-phone that I like on a prepaid plan less than $30 a month for each phone.

LG Optimus or Samsung Intercept on Virgin Mobile is $25/mo. with no contract. Not bad at all.

more than 3 years ago
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Bill Clinton Says 'Paint Your Roofs White'

ibpooks Re:Can't we get a color-changing paint? (722 comments)

No white is still better in the winter. Black roofing causes excessive melting of the snow during daylight leading to iced up gutters and ice dams at night which end up causing major water damage.

more than 3 years ago
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Doctors To Patients: First, Do No Yelp Harm

ibpooks Re:I can kind of understand (581 comments)

The difference though is that, unlike other businesses, doctors are legally forbidden from disputing bad reviews. HIPPA (U.S. patient privacy law) doesn't even allow doctors to acknowledge that a particular person was in fact a patient, let alone specifically addressing the elements of his complaint. This creates an unfair situation whereby patients (or even fake patients) can say whatever they want about the doctor and he cannot legally confirm or deny any of the allegations against him without acknowledging the person was a patient.

more than 3 years ago
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For Security, My Wi-Fi Access Point Relies On:

ibpooks Re:Multiple? (458 comments)

C'mon, everyone knows the feds don't knock anymore.

more than 2 years ago
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World's Smallest Wedding Rings Made of DNA

ibpooks Just created? (80 comments)

Umm...married people have been exchanging DNA for a very long time.

more than 3 years ago

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