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Scientists Have Developed a Material So Dark That You Can't See It

icebike My Ex will be happy about this (238 comments)

Since she went all Goth, she claimed she was only wearing black till they invented something darker.

She'll wallow in this.

about two weeks ago
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My most recent energy-saving bulbs last ...

icebike Re:Dimmable LEDs (278 comments)

Also, Lumens per watt can vary quite significantly from one to another.

Agreed. Not only in the actual usage, but also in the supposed "equivalence".

Get to know your Lumens boys and girls, because watts mean nothing anymore and we need
a new yard stick. As far as equivalence goes, 60 watts = 800ish Lumens, plus or minus any
fudge factor the manufacturer thinks they can get away with.

Oh, and years of life... Always calculated at 3 hours per day, or some silly very short period of time.
Still, I've got only a few more trips up the ladder because I don't expect any of the LEDs to fail in my remaining life time.

about two weeks ago
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My most recent energy-saving bulbs last ...

icebike Re:Dimmable LEDs (278 comments)

Without dimmers, I've been hard pressed to see the difference between brands.

about two weeks ago
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My most recent energy-saving bulbs last ...

icebike Re:Dimmable LEDs (278 comments)

Dimmable LED bulbs used to be more expensive. These days pretty much all the LED bulbs you see around are dimmable, even the low cost ones.

You often have to have to get newer dimmers for LEDs. Reading the fine print you find that comes with most bulbs.
Here is what Cree says (pdf).:
'Cree® LED bulbs are designed to be dimmed with standard incandescent type dimmers. They are also compatible with most Magnetic Low Voltage (MLV) and Electronic Low Voltage (ELV) dimmers. This list was generated from lab testing of samples and your results could vary."

The kicker is that "Standard" has a lot of different meanings, and many of the older dimmers re load dependent, and the LEDs draw so little power that older dimmers don't make much of a difference. My luck with dimming LEDs with old dimmer technology has not been good. Even new lamps, with supposedly modern dimmer tech seems to make little difference.

about two weeks ago
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Autonomous Trucking

icebike Re:1.8 million drivers will lose their job. (142 comments)

We do have the train routes, railroads have been rail-banking surpluss rail lines for years because truck traffic
took all the loads. But in most cases the rail is still in place, and bringing it up to standards is cheaper
than rebuilding all of our freeways every 5 years just to keep truck drivers employed.

about three weeks ago
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Autonomous Trucking

icebike Re:1.8 million drivers will lose their job. (142 comments)

Then when conditions are better, the automated trucks can form a train behind the automated snowplow

Here's a better Idea: Drive those trucks to a REAL TRAIN depot and get them off our roads.

The amount of long haul that is done by trucks in this country is ridiculous, dangerous, and unsustainable. Our roads are being beaten to dust by an industry that doesn't pay taxes at a rate anywhere near sufficient to cover the damage it causes.

We should be mandating rapid train routes for any transport distance greater than 500 miles, with computerized and mostly automated loading and unloading facilities instead of trying to smarten up every truck on the road.

about three weeks ago
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Microsoft Opens 'Transparency Center' For Governments To Review Source Code

icebike Re:Who thinks up these names? (178 comments)

Further more, why is Microsoft bragging about how secure OneDrive is when the NSA documents leaked by Snowden already show that the NSA has total access to your OneDrive?

about three weeks ago
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Disappointed Woz Sells His "Worthless" Galaxy Gear Watch

icebike Re:Did the editor know...this is Google/Android te (242 comments)

>> Apple co-founder..."Galaxy Gear...worthless"

Hmmm...I read that as "Apple insider says Google device bad." And...you were expecting?

Wos has used and praised lots of different Android gear.

Still there is something fishy about the whole story.

Multi-billionaire takes the time to sell something on ebay? Really? REALLY?
Even having one of his "people" do that would never pay for itself.
Why would he not just flip it into the trash, or give it to some kid, or donate it
to some museum with a signed letter of gifting, which would quickly raise its worth by a factor of 10 or 100.

He says its worthless, and then proves it isn't, and pockets the money? Really?
The whole story seems unbelievable.

about three weeks ago
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A Physicist Says He Can Tornado-Proof the Midwest With 1,000-Foot Walls

icebike Re:Your taxes at work (501 comments)

Turns out you don't have to go all the way around.
But still, a wall long enough to interrupt or redirect the gulf flow will change the weather, and probably make the land it tried to protect un-farm-able.

about a month ago
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After Non-Profit Application Furor, IRS Says It's Lost 2 Years Of Lerner's Email

icebike Re:Yawn (372 comments)

Non profit status does not equal charity status.

It simply means that after costs and salaries are paid there's no money left.

about a month and a half ago
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Curved TVs Nothing But a Gimmick

icebike Re:No Way! (261 comments)

Nonsense. Curved TV's ensure you see a square picture if you are sitting exactly dead centre. That is a tangible difference.

I've never actually seen anyone watch anything in 3d in their home.

Why would I want a square picture of what is broadcast in a decidedly un-square format? You've substituted your so-called square view for glare from many angles. And you've further reduced the acceptable viewing angle.

As for not having seen anyone watching 3D in their home, I suspect you aren't
invited into those homes that have a 3D telly. That hardly is a standard by which to judge.

My neighbor down the street does, and he subscribes to Comcast 3D service.
It does work. Its nice. Not all that much of an improvement, if you ask me, just a novelty.

Is it a fad? Sure.

But just because your small outlook on the world doesn't include something, its no in indication that something doesn't exits, or that it doesn't work.

about 2 months ago
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Curved TVs Nothing But a Gimmick

icebike Re:No Way! (261 comments)

I'm in the large minority of people who have never got a 3D effect from a TV or movie to work,

I've never met a single normally sighted person who failed to get a 3D effect from Movies or TV to work.
So this large majority of which you speak doesn't seem to exist unless this group also includes all those who have never been to a 3D movie.

about 2 months ago
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Curved TVs Nothing But a Gimmick

icebike Re:No Way! (261 comments)

Further you can subscribe to 3D channels on Comcast if you were so inclined. Its not that hard to find content in 3D.

about 2 months ago
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Curved TVs Nothing But a Gimmick

icebike Re:No Way! (261 comments)

Curved TV's aren't better? I can't believe it!

The odd bit is at the end of TFS where they say that curved TVs are a gimmick like 3D TVs. There is a big difference, 3D TVs actually give an appearance of 3D when viewing 3D content, (all the brain-and-eye confusing tricks and deception notwithstanding). Every reasonably normal sighted person can see the 3D effect, most just don't think its worth the price (or the headaches).

Curved TVs on the other hand provide a picture that is indistinguishable from normal flat screens, EVEN when you see them side by side in the store.

about 2 months ago
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Pedophile Asks To Be Deleted From Google Search After European Court Ruling

icebike Re: I beg to differ. (370 comments)

Bullshit.
Draconian rules from the EU are only trotted out against american companies.

The EU does not care about its citizens privacy at all, until there is a foreign company involved.
Half the EU countries have pernicious government spying even more deeply than the NSA.

This privacy a fiction trotted out only against off shore interests.

about 2 months ago
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Pedophile Asks To Be Deleted From Google Search After European Court Ruling

icebike Re:You are missing the point (370 comments)

A court does not always require two sides.
And even if they do insist on a deposition from Google, an automated routine in the search engine can spit out Google's grounds for rejection.

The courts made this mess, and they can deal with it.

about 2 months ago
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Pedophile Asks To Be Deleted From Google Search After European Court Ruling

icebike Re:I beg to differ. (370 comments)

The court provided no guidelines other than the specific case they based the decision on.

In that case, Google doesn't have to review it. No standards for review was provided.

They shouldn't review any of these, they should simply reject all of them.

(Or at best have a computerized review, that is programmed to deny in the overwhelmingly vast majority of cases. After all, if a computer algorithm was what got these links into the search engine, another algorithm can be used to reject claims that don't meet an excruciatingly tight set of criteria.)

Until the complainant comes back with a ruling from a court of competent jurisdiction, THEN and ONLY THEN, should Google review them, and they should still err on the side of rejection to force an even higher court to review.

The court made this bed - the courts can sleep in it.

about 2 months ago
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EU Court Backs 'Right To Be Forgotten'

icebike Re:Why nefarious? (153 comments)

And different to should only be used in Australia.

about 2 months ago
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EU Court Backs 'Right To Be Forgotten'

icebike Re:Unworkable (153 comments)

Yeah, you can still find things on line. Bill Gates's mug shot for a traffic violation sufficiently serious to get him hauled into custody. (Which is rare in the US, so I'm guessing DWI).

Somehow it didn't seem to harm him much.

These situations are trifling details, which do not justify the re-write of history, and do not justify the forced de-cataloging of public information. Everybody in the US knows somebody who lost their house in the recent downturn. If anything those people are more likely to be given a break than denied employment.

The penalty for the excesses of youth is really not significant. Caught with weed and booze while joy riding in someone else's car at 16? You dog, you! Can you start next Monday, we really need another mechanic as soon as possible.

The arguments are bogus. You live with what you've done.
Allowing people to erase their past is exceedingly dangerous. What deterrent remains against repeat offenders if simply paying a fine, and then forcibly erasing all evidence gets you a clean bill? People have a right to evaluate who they are hiring as a camp counselor for the Girl Guides summer camp, or who they rent an apartment to.

about 2 months ago

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E-book Agency Model struck down

icebike icebike writes  |  about 2 years ago

icebike (68054) writes "Federal Judge rules against the Agency Model devised by publishers to fix the price of e-Books (as well as paper books) by preventing retailers from setting their own prices, offering loss-leaders, or sales. Still not agreeing to the settlement is Apple, whose entry into the e-book business gave the publishers their foot in the door to impose the Agency Model. (Some suggest Apple may be in bigger trouble than the publishers). Refunds are likely to be imposed for book buyers. Link above contains entire ruling."
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The Twitter Patent IPA - Will it work

icebike icebike writes  |  more than 2 years ago

icebike (68054) writes "The Register has a story covering the Twitter Proposal for an Innovators's Patent Agreement (IPA) to put an end to endless patent wars. The agreement is meant to be signed by inventors working for corporations, when they assign the invention over to the corporation. The Agreement becomes from that point on similar to a covenant in a real estate purchase, binding on all parties, successors and heirs. The Full Text of the proposed IPA can be found on Github.

The operative portion of the IPA stipulates that "Company, on behalf of itself and its successors, transferees, and assignees (collectively “Assignee”), agrees not to assert any claims of any Patents which may be granted on any of the above applications unless asserted for a Defensive Purpose." It then proceeds to define "defensive purposes".

  It would seem that it would pretty much end any chances of monetizing the patents due to the promise not to use them as a first strike weapon in court, thereby allowing anyone to use the patent without fear of lawsuit.

Will this actually work, and would any companies actually adopt this method of Patent Assignment?"
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Somali Pirates Attack Navy Ship

icebike icebike writes  |  more than 2 years ago

icebike (68054) writes "In what must rank high in the Dumb Criminals Hall of Fame, a skiff load of Somali Pirates Attack a Spanish Navy Ship. The ship, The Patino has markings characteristic of naval ships and twin helicopter hangers on the rear deck. The weapons systems include two Oerlikon 20mm guns and two Izar FABA Systems Meroka 20mm close-in weapon systems (CIWS). Spanish sailors returned fire, wounding all but one of the attackers, launched their choppers and arrested the entire group."
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presidential Limo trapped on ramp

icebike icebike writes  |  more than 3 years ago

icebike (68054) writes "The BBC has footage of the Presidential Limo being trapped on a steep ramp while exiting a gate at the US Embassy in Dublin. The odd part of the video, is that it seems to suggest that rather than simply dragging its belly, the car seemed to trigger some sort of protective action.
Rather than grating to a stop, as anyone who has high-centered a car remembers, the car stops abruptly and completly.
The front wheels collapsed into the wheel wells, to the point where the car with 6 to 8 inches of clearance between the road and car frame suddenly appears to have less than 3, and the back end jumps into the air and stays high. If the vehicle was high centered, the front wheels should be hanging down, as the weight would be born by the rear wheels and the belly of the car. Instead the front wheels remained collapsed into the wheel wells, and the security detail brings a bus in front of the car so as to cut off the camera view, and provide some protection.

The car appears later in the video seemingly moving under its own power."

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Noctilucent clouds likely caused by Shuttle Launch

icebike icebike writes  |  more than 4 years ago

icebike writes "We recently covered the hysteria of Noctilucent clouds here, where there was some suggestions that these were the product of Global Warming due to moisture being lofted high into the atmosphere due to warming.

It now may be that these are simply the product of Shuttle launches.

Science News is reporting in a story about the Tunguska blast that:

"Each launch of a space shuttle, which burns a combination of liquid hydrogen and liquid oxygen as fuel, pumps about 300 metric tons of water vapor into the atmosphere at altitudes between 100 and 115 kilometers. Soon after the January 16, 2003, launch of the shuttle Columbia, a liftoff that took place just after the height of summer in the Southern Hemisphere, noctilucent clouds appeared over Antarctica. Similarly, a widespread display of the night-shining clouds showed up over Alaska two days after the shuttle Endeavour blasted off on August 8, 2007. Previous studies show that in both instances those clouds included material from the shuttle plumes." So Man made after all?"

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Does Windows Vista Firewall contain a Tarpit?

icebike icebike writes  |  more than 6 years ago

icebike writes "While testing some TCP network software recently I noticed that an attempt to connect to the software on a Vista machine will take forever (greater than 45 seconds) to time out when the software is NOT actually running AND a firewall exception is in place, or when a firewall exception was specifically not allowed.

However, tearing down windows firewall will let the connection fail quickly (less than 5 seconds) when the target software is NOT running.

All other windows platforms (XP,2K, 9x) appear to fail the connection quickly when the software is not running AND a firewall exception is configured.

I can find no mention of this behavior in Microsoft's site or in any KB article.

This amounts to a defacto Tarpit which seems undocumented.

The software in question is designed to listen on a specific port for a TCP/IP connection, and display information sent from the other end (chat program). I tried several other similar software products with the same result."
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icebike icebike writes  |  more than 7 years ago

icebike (68054) writes "SCO has been notified by NASDAQ that it currently fails to meet the requirements for continued listing on NASDAQ due to its price being below 1 dollar for the last 30 days.

This means that if the stock price can not be held above 1 dollar for 10 consecutive days out of the next 180, SCO will be delisted. It would then join the Pink Sheets, where penny stocks are traded, (and usually hyped by untold volumes of spam promising a big campaign).

http://biz.yahoo.com/prnews/070427/laf053.html?.v= 60

Just another step in the downward spiral of a company with few customers, and little to sell, and a business model based on litigation."
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icebike icebike writes  |  more than 7 years ago

icebike (68054) writes "David Harris, the New Zealand developer of Pegasus Mail has announced he's calling it quits. The Pegasus Email client and Mercury Email server which have been under active development since the 80s have seen their last release.

Aways a secure product (on a scale of one to Outlook) Pegasus had a faithful following world wide, but a small share, and insufficient funding for it to continue.

From the announcement page at http://pmail.com/ David announces
  "It has been a privilege to be of service to the Internet Community for such a long period of time — I am only sorry that I am not able to continue doing so."

Always a class act, Harris gave away Pegasus. If you wanted to help fund the development you could buy manuals. His product did not contain any annoying advertising, and handled Pop and Imap elegantly with a simple clear interface."

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