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'Hobbit' Creates Big Data Challenge

jank1887 Re:Technology is fine... (245 comments)

I didn't mind him trying to make the Hobbit part of the LOTR cycle. it wasn't originally written that way, but as the other reply stated, Tolkien wanted to do that too. in fact, some of the dialogue changes he made when the book was re-released DID change certain things to make the Hobbit fit better with the later books. And I guess he pulled in some of the pieces of The Quest of Erebor and the Similarrion (sp?) to try to tie things together. But really, the main difference is that The Hobbit was written as a children's story for children. The Lord of the Rings was written for young adults. since these movies are produced in reverse, they want the LOTR audience to enjoy the Hobbit, and adjusted accordingly.

about a year and a half ago
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The Power of a Hot Body

jank1887 Re:Where's the thermodynamics outrage? (161 comments)

they're talking about moving heat, not converting heat. sure, there's an entropy gain with moving heat. but it's not nearly as large a penalty as you'd get from conversion. so, less to get angry about. Heat reclamation is just a form of smart design. hence all of the "this isn't anything new!?!" comments.

about a year and a half ago
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Material Breaks Record For Turning Heat Into Electricity

jank1887 Re:heatsinks (102 comments)

because the 2nd law's a bitch. you lose in the end.

about 2 years ago
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Material Breaks Record For Turning Heat Into Electricity

jank1887 Re:heatsinks (102 comments)

I would love to know which laptop models are using this or similar heat recovery technology.

about 2 years ago
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Material Breaks Record For Turning Heat Into Electricity

jank1887 Re:heatsinks (102 comments)

"What is we ran the exhaust alongside some materials like this"

you mean like this:
http://www.gentherm.com/page/automotive-0
http://phx.corporate-ir.net/phoenix.zhtml?c=107768&p=irol-newsArticle_print&ID=1326140&highlight=
http://www.greencarcongress.com/2011/08/bmwthermal-20110830.html

or this:
http://www.serdp.org/Program-Areas/Energy-and-Water/Energy/Conservation-and-Efficiency/EW-1651
http://www.navysbir.com/10_3/8.htm
http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2012SPIE.8377E..15S

The problem is usually in actually getting that level of total conversion efficiency. By the time you take all of the efficiency chain fractions into account, you're far below the theoretical 15% (which only occurs at peak, steady conditions).

about 2 years ago
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The Internet Archive Starts Seeding Over a Million Torrents

jank1887 Re:Lots of good content in there... (180 comments)

that is awesome. just curious though. there are some publication localities and time periods where public domain is difficult to determine.

http://wiki.librivox.org/index.php/Copyright_and_Public_Domain#Determining_Copyright_Status_in_the_United_States

This page doesn't list good bibliographical data. a review/comment mentions 'BBC sound lab'. I know these guys are diligent, but am I missing something?

about 2 years ago
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Sensor Uses Body's Electrical Signature To Secure Devices

jank1887 Re:Oh joy (64 comments)

"random object picked up in a field or thrift store used as a key".

doesn't matter. that thing will have a characteristic impedance that can likely be emulated by a not-too-difficult-to-make matching network. you might as well just have a keypad.

about 2 years ago
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Sensor Uses Body's Electrical Signature To Secure Devices

jank1887 Re:Oh joy (64 comments)

or, put in car analogy terms:

if functional, this could be useful for your car to identify who you most likely are for the purposes of automatically implementing your custom settings for seat position, climate control, radio stations, etc. But NOT for granting access to or starting the car. And definitely not for determining to whom to send the automated red light camera ticket.

about 2 years ago
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What Happens To Your Used Games?

jank1887 Re:Every single industry that sells tangible produ (276 comments)

Pretty sure the GP meant businesses == companies. Other businesses have survived, some have not. hence, the buggy-whip market had to substantially adjust expectations when the automobile came around.

about 2 years ago
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What Happens To Your Used Games?

jank1887 Re:Absolutely! Down with 'used' products! (276 comments)

"I don't know why anyone would buy a used game when they can buy a brand new one for $5 more"
because it's the exact same game. For $5 less. Unless they're getting more value for that $5, they see no reason to spend $5 more.

"I also don't know why they would turn around and sell it a couple weeks later for half of what they paid for it."
Because they're done with it. They've played it through and there's no replay value, or they've played enough to realize they don't want to play it anymore. Why wouldn't you opt for half your money back that you could put toward another game. Either you'd enjoy it more, or could repeat the process. If he doesn't want to play it any more, then it has zero value to him on the shelf, but a value of 50% of retail if he trades it in.

The "why's" are based on simple math. Now, you might not do it, because you have a different criteria for placing value on things. But the industry evidence points to the process above being the norm.

about 2 years ago
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What Happens To Your Used Games?

jank1887 Re:Absolutely! Down with 'used' products! (276 comments)

So, when people started selling cars, before completing the first sale the industry made sure that there was a system of used car dealers is place to handle the expected used car market? No, the used car market appeared to fill a need, to facilitate the transfer of value while value was still present. New car dealers will buy used cars, and maybe sell them, but there are used car dealers who do nothing but used cars. no money to the manufacturer, but they fill a marketplace need.

"Perhaps they should set themselves up that way"
They have. Gamestop is the equivalent to the Used Car Dealer. The use of the car as a downpayment on another car is equivalent to what Gamestop's doing here: trade in your old ___, we give you some credit toward the purchase of a __. the credit is less than what we'll resell for so we can make a profit despite the overhead. Oh, and your credit can be applied toward either a new ___ or a used ___." You missed that part of the car analogy. While the ability to trade in a car can put money toward a new car, it often goes toward a slightly newer used car.

If there is a problem with the car/home analogy, it's not in trying to compare items of different magnitude in value. It's in how they lose value. Physical goods lose value through both wear and time, whereas video games only lose value with time. That car loses thousands in value the minute you drive it off the lot, because it's lost its 'virgin' state. Physical condition and quality can no longer be absolutely guaranteed. Not so with a game. The game has almost zero loss of value over the first few weeks/months. Hence, the resale market for new releases is skewed.

about 2 years ago
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What Happens To Your Used Games?

jank1887 Re:Failed business model. (276 comments)

let me point you to Angry Birds, Zombies vs Aliens, and many of the early, top-selling Wii games. You make a fun game, price it right, people will buy it and play. If you can't make a high cost game and recoup your costs, too bad. You played and lost. such is business, maybe next time you'll do a better cost-benefit analysis.

about 2 years ago
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What Happens To Your Used Games?

jank1887 Re:Absolutely! Down with 'used' products! (276 comments)

"But it's irrelevant."

how on earth is it irrelevant? It doesn't matter if I'm buying a $10 watch at Walmart. If it has resale _value_, that is something that will and should affect the initial 'price that the market will bear' for the good.

Things have value. Houses have value in the fact that they are still good for their intended purpose after many years of use. When you move, you sell them instead of abandoning them because they still have value, and you can trade on that value. The 'price the market will bear' for your house is based on it's value to the market.

A used car has value in proportion to its features and how much useful life it still has. It wears down over the years, and by the time mileage reaches 100k it has significantly less value than it did at 20k. But value has not reached zero, hence I can find someone to buy it for a few thousand dollars because to them, it has value worth paying for.

If publishers are insisting that people throw away the value left in the good that they would normally resell, then the prices better come down to reflect that loss of value in the product.

Cars and houses have high prices because of the value present in the resale market. The fact that there is Value left in the items is the cause, the prices are not. The used game market being what it is shows that there is still value in used games, just as there is in used books, electronics, cars, houses, etc.

about 2 years ago
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US Missile Defense Staff Told To Stop Watching Porn

jank1887 Re:Why? (187 comments)

because of this tidbit in the Bloomberg article:

"Using what is called steganography, Cunningham said, a programmer can embed malicious computer code that infects computers, opens ports, steals data or gains access to networks when photos, videos or other files are downloaded."

Now, THAT's news. So, now, instead of malware writers using steganography to hide commands or payload data accessed by normal executable malware code, we have steganographic malware that autoexecutes just by being downloaded! I'll get started on the GIMP payload filter...

about 2 years ago
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US Resists UN Push For Control Over Internet

jank1887 Re:Other countries are free to roll their own... (266 comments)

" they should invent, and pay for the development of their own internet "

why? it's not patented. RFC's aren't private knowledge. if they currently are part of the internet, they likely have most or all of the hardware they need.

about 2 years ago
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Internet Explorer Market Share Drops To Almost 15%

jank1887 us too! (423 comments)

what about Opera?

*goes back to sit in the corner*

more than 2 years ago
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Ubuntu Can't Trust FSF's Secure Boot Solution

jank1887 Re:Ubuntu understands users (377 comments)

some people like to play. others like to tinker. for many tinkering is play. but for many more it is not. I could build my own PC based DVR. we pay for a Dish-NotATivo. my wife wouldn't tolerate the glitches, the growing pains, the tweaking.

'It just works' is highly valuable to many people. Worth paying for. Especially worth giving up for capabilities they won't use anyway, as they spend their free time not tinkering.

It's not wrong to want a walled garden if it gives you what you want. Those wanting a walled garden shouldn't feel guilty about shifting the market away from open gardens. maybe open gardens get more expensive as the market realizes that most people are happy with walled gardens now that they can be easily created. so it goes.

more than 2 years ago
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Ubuntu Can't Trust FSF's Secure Boot Solution

jank1887 Re:Ubuntu understands users (377 comments)

next time make sure you type with more vocal inflection.

more than 2 years ago
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Japanese 13-Year-Old Arrested For Virus Creation

jank1887 Re:Sony (150 comments)

hmm... if I find an old copy of a CD with the rootkit on it, and it installs today after the law takes hold... what does the letter of the law say for that case? (sure, the intent might be to punish 'creation', but I wouldn't be surprised to see this slip through some poorly worded section...)

more than 2 years ago

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Engineering for Change: making a better solar cooker

jank1887 jank1887 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

jank1887 (815982) writes "Back in 2010, the aid organization Climate Healers gave a number of solar powered cookstoves to rural Indian villages. They were rejected by the communities, mainly because they were useless when they were wanted most: for the evening meal sometimes after the sun goes down, and for breakfast before the sun has risen. Following this, the group issued a challenge to EngineeringForChange. Details of the challenge include the need to provide 1kW of heat at about 200C for two hours in both early morning and late evening, and they should be able to cook indoors, while sitting. A number of groups, mainly at U.S. and Indian engineering institutions, accepted the challenge, and developed potential solutions.

Now, almost a year later, the ten finalist designs have been selected. The actual papers have been posted to the E4C challenge workspace.

The goals of most of the designs are to keep the technology simple, although there are a few exceptions, and many include sand, oil, and salt based concentrated thermal storage. Many reports include some level of discussion on the social and economic considerations, barriers to acceptance and sustainability, and how to overcome initial resistance to adoption."

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EFF, Carpathia to Assist MegaUpload Users retrieve

jank1887 jank1887 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

jank1887 (815982) writes "From a comment by miller60 to another story:
The EFF and Carpathia Hosting announced this morning that they're working together to assist users who stored non-infringing files on Megaupload. Users can go to MegaRetrieval.comto connect with the EFF, which will review the cases and try to help resolve issues through their free legal services.“EFF is troubled that so many lawful users of Megaupload.com had their property taken from them without warning and that the government has taken no steps to help them,” said Julie Samuels, Staff Attorney at EFF. “We think it’s important that these users have their voices heard as this process moves forward.”"

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Verizon won't support Google mobile problem

jank1887 jank1887 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

jank1887 (815982) writes "A few weeks ago Google changed it's mobile site Root Certificate Authority. Unfortunately for a group of Verizon Wireless customers, their LG phones shipped with a preset list of a few trusted authorities, with no user certificate update capability. Verizon blames either Google for making a change or outdated phones for not supporting "changing security standards". Of course, Verizon Wireless is still selling some of the problem phones at its stores and website. Seeing as how Google tops the list of mobile web site visits, some users are upset at problem phones walling off part of the internet. Google blames Verizon, Verizon blames Google, customers are left piecing together conflicting customer service statements, all while their precious mobile Gmail is unavailable. It may be worth noting that users had a similar problem with Facebook in years past until the site implemented a less secure mobile login procedure for deficient devices."
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