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In Düsseldorf, A Robot Valet Will Park Your Car

javelinco Re: i don't wanna hear how lazy americans are. (120 comments)

Would you mind sharing where you looked this up? I'm not able to find an easy resource for this kind of information.

about a month and a half ago
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Why Snowden Did Right

javelinco Re:but what is a functioning democracy? (348 comments)

Okay, what is your definition of a functional democracy? I'm having trouble parsing a positive from your negatives.

about 3 months ago
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How Virtual Reality Became Reality

javelinco Re:Except It Isn't (104 comments)

2 decades passed since the last time they tried this shit and failed. Now they're trying this shit again, and they'll fail again. People don't want to use touch screen tablets to do their "computing."

2 decades passed since the last time they tried this shit and failed. Now they're trying this shit again, and they'll fail again. People want mobile phones that make calls, not play dumb games.

Etc., etc., etc.

You might be right on this one, but you aren't right because of the argument you are using. There are lots of reasons this will fail, but failing because "it failed before" isn't connected with reality, just sour grapes.

about 3 months ago
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From FCC Head Wheeler, a Yellow Light For Internet Fast Lanes

javelinco Re:From Wikipedia: (149 comments)

...It is the cornerstone of President Obama's campaign theme about limiting the influence of special interests. During the campaign, Obama said many times that lobbyists would not run his White House, and the campaign delighted in tweaking rival John McCain for the former lobbyists who worked on McCain's campaign. Obama's ethics proposals specifically spelled out that former lobbyists would not be allowed to "work on regulations or contracts directly and substantially related to their prior employer for two years." On his first full day in office, Obama signed an executive order to that effect. But the order has a loophole — a "waiver" clause that allows former lobbyists to serve. That waiver clause has been used at least three times, and in some cases, the administration allows former lobbyists to serve without a waiver. After examining the administration's actions for the past two months, we have concluded that Obama has broken this promise. See Promise No. 240 for the full details.

http://www.politifact.com/trut...

about 3 months ago
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UN Court: Japanese Whaling "Not Scientific"

javelinco Re:Buried the lede (188 comments)

This is one of those rare occasions where it's actually worked because the loser has accepted the ruling rather than saying "Okay, I lost, but I don't care, I'm going to carry on as I was anyway" or alternatively, "Fuck that, I'm not even going to go to that court because deep down I know I'm wrong and know I'll lose", the latter of which is what Argentina has done each time the UK has offered to let the court rule on the Falklands for example.

Why do you imagine that Japan is going to give a shit about this ruling? I don't see any reason to believe that anything is going to change.

about 5 months ago
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Ex-Head of Troubled Health Insurance Site May Sue, Citing 'Cover-Up'

javelinco Re:$130 million question (162 comments)

Thank god you no longer live here. I might not be able to restrain myself.

about 5 months ago
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Russian State TV Anchor: Russia Could Turn US To "Radioactive Ash"

javelinco Jack Ryan (878 comments)

Too bad Jack Ryan isn't president. Crazy stuff here - the Russians apparently read too much Clancy: http://www.amazon.com/Command-...

about 5 months ago
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Recent news events re: Bitcoin ...

javelinco Re: US dollar (192 comments)

It does matter why people want them. It just doesn't change the fact that they are currently valuable and can be exchanged for things of value (like $$). Why does it matter why people want them? Because, if the reason no longer holds up, then neither does their value. See Tulip mania: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/T....

about 5 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Do I Change Tech Careers At 30?

javelinco Re:Ok (451 comments)

Very well said.

about 5 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Do I Change Tech Careers At 30?

javelinco Re:Apply to jobs (451 comments)

Yes, of course! Become one with the incompetent management. The answer is easy, my son!

about 5 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: When Is a Better Career Opportunity Worth a Pay Cut?

javelinco Re:maybe for people who are all about money... (263 comments)

I'd never hire someone with your attitude. Someone who puts money above all else is not the kind of person I want to be around or to employee. Even if your asking salary was well within my budget.

And none of us will work for you. For several reasons, starting with reading comprehension. The poster didn't say it was all about the money. They said that money mattered. And of course it matters. Everyone needs to have their basic needs met, and in this world, that requires money. And most people would like a little on top of that - because a well rounded person isn't only about one skill set. And if there are things you want to enjoy besides your job, you often need to make more money than absolutely required to survive. And that's why you're post is moronic - because somehow you missed all of this. No one wants to work for an incompetent, right?

about 6 months ago
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Major Scientific Journal Publisher Requires Public Access To Data

javelinco Re:Bad news for ecologists--new license needed (136 comments)

This may seem naive, but are you seriously telling us, the Slashdot crowd, that you shouldn't have to release your data because *gasp* someone might do SCIENCE with it? And your suggestion is to impose a copyright/licensing scheme on it? I'm a bit surprised I'm the only person commenting on this. I do see your "continuing funding, job opportunities and pay grade" - but if everyone is doing it, then PERHAPS things might change?

about 6 months ago
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Gut Bacteria Affect the Brain

javelinco Re:Not really new (162 comments)

I am truly sorry to hear that.

about 6 months ago
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Gut Bacteria Affect the Brain

javelinco Re:Healthy bacterias (162 comments)

Yes, that's what antibiotics can do - kill the bacteria. My concern is that you think yogurt gets them back. It doesn't work - that's what the scientific studies show.

about 6 months ago
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Gut Bacteria Affect the Brain

javelinco Re:Morality questions (162 comments)

So, in this case, if they are unable to control their actions, then either we need to reprogram them or terminate them, correct? Why feel bad killing off a bad program?

about 6 months ago
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Gut Bacteria Affect the Brain

javelinco Re:Not really new (162 comments)

There is no way to identify when MS was "triggered" - so if your friend was told his mother developing cancer "triggered" his MS, I'd suggest he consult another doctor. MS is hard enough to diagnose as it is - MRI's, multiple symptoms, and often a spinal tap are used to diagnosis it, and most experts would say that there is no certainty even at that point.

about 6 months ago
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Gut Bacteria Affect the Brain

javelinco Re:Healthy bacterias (162 comments)

Probiotics have been shown to have a negligible impact on healthy gut bacteria. The only way, currently, to reliably restore gut bacteria colonies is to get a fecal transplant.

about 6 months ago
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First Liquid Machines Presage Soft Robots

javelinco And it's totally scalable! (42 comments)

Yes, this technology (I admit it, I RTFA, sorry) looks totally scalable! I can hardly wait until we've got giant morphing robots - I'm guessing, what, 5 years from now until we see these available commercially?

about 6 months ago
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Are Bankers Paid Too Much? Are Technology CEOs?

javelinco Re:They are all paid too much (712 comments)

I think, perhaps, you don't know what the word "fact" means. I get that this is your opinion, and it may even be right. But you are not espousing facts.

about 6 months ago
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'The Color Run' Violates Agreement With College Photographer, Then Sues Him

javelinco Re:BS all around (218 comments)

I have no problem saying that public events can't claim that photos taken at the event are owned by the event sponsor, organizer, etc. HOWEVER, to say that the photographer has no rights to the photo they took is a bit crazy. I'm guessing that you have no idea how difficult it can be to actually TAKE a good photograph. I could be wrong, but seriously, if you had one hundred people take a photograph of the same thing, and one, good, professional photographer take the same shot, I guarantee the difference between those one hundred amateur photos and the one professional photo would be obvious and non-trivial.

about 6 months ago

Submissions

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Apple on Purple Flare - Your Fault

javelinco javelinco writes  |  about 2 years ago

javelinco (652113) writes "Looks like Apple is at it again. CNN is reporting that they have responded to complaints about a "purple flare" with their new iPhone 5 sapphire cameras by saying "This can happen when a light source is positioned at an angle..." Some people are speculating that the sapphire cover is the source of the issue, which seems to occur outside the usage scenarios that Apple has described.

Overall, the reviews have been positive for the phone, with Consumer Reports calling it the "best iPhone yet". But the issues with the glare and the map app are getting a lot of press."

Link to Original Source
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Cell Phone Service in Baltic?

javelinco javelinco writes  |  more than 3 years ago

javelinco (652113) writes "I am taking a cruise in the Baltic this summer, and I need to have some ability to communicate with my business partner in the U.S. while not on-board the ship. I will be stopping in Copenhagen (Denmark), Berlin (Germany), Stockholm (Sweden), St. Petersburg (Russia), Tallinn (Estonia), Aarhus (Denmark), and Oslo (Norway).

I would like to use my current cell phone that I have with AT & T — it's a HTC Aria, and I really like the configuration on it with the Android operating system.

I would like to be able to make local calls, if necessary, without roaming as best as possible, and am willing to pay international rates to call the U.S. from these locations. I'd also like a data plan that's good, along with the ability to "tether" the phone to a laptop in case I need to get my laptop on the internet.

Can anyone give me some good leads?

Thanks!"
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Internet on TV via HD

javelinco javelinco writes  |  more than 4 years ago

javelinco (652113) writes "I'm wondering what options I have for something I can plug into a TV with an HDMI port that'll give me full access to the internet — decent form factor, no build your own. I'd like to see something that's small, looks nice, perhaps with a very small wireless keyboard/mouse combo, and can connect over wireless. Any thoughts? I've seen some great advice here before, so I thought it'd be worth giving it a chance. Thanks!"

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Perhaps, a little understanding?

javelinco javelinco writes  |  more than 10 years ago I am writing this in hopes to share a bit of a revelation that has come to me - right or wrong. Having grown up with friends both male and female, and being part of many conversations on how spouses are messing up their lives, I have noticed certain trends, and I'd like to make some suggestions.

Women complain about their husbands "bad" habits, while men complain about their wives "nagging". While not universally true, there are only two complaints I have every heard a man utter about his wife - a complaint about some sort of nagging behavior ("You left the toilet seat up again.", "Why didn't you take the garbage out last night?", "Why do you hang out with those jerks you call friends.", etc. - you probably have heard many more). The other complaint is that their wife is "letting their body go", and all I'm going to say about that is these men should have never gotten married in the first place. If you don't know that a person's body becomes less desirable as they age, then you need to be dragged away from that TV set, and get a reality adjustment. As for women, the primary complaints about their husbands are that they are "doing that thing again". Most of these "bad habits" have been known about since either before or shortly after the wedding, and the woman, in most cases, decided that she would just have to "change the man" to "fix the problem", encouraged, of course, by her "sisters".

Here is what amazes me: (a) five years after being married, the woman is still complaining that her husband constantly leaves his dirty laundry on the bedroom floor; and (b) five years after being married, the man is still leaving his dirty laundry on the bedroom floor. I hear this statement a lot: "If he truly loved me, he'd understand that these things really bother me, and he'd change." To that, I respond with this: "If she truly loved him, she'd love him the way he is, bad habits included." And I'd remind the man: "If you truly love her, you'd try to change those habits that bother her." It is so simple that it hurts. If a man and woman get married, and plan to live their lives together, they must love each other as they are - without any plans or thoughts of "well, I hate this about them, but I can change that once we are married". And if a man and woman get married, then each need to recognize they have habits that are going to bother the other person, and not only work to find out what those habits are, but endeavor to correct them.

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Shades of Grey - Is Any Entity "Evil"?

javelinco javelinco writes  |  more than 10 years ago I've noticed a really disturbing tendency among /.'ers, some of whom are my friends - once we've painted an organization as evil, everything that organization does is represented as evil. This usually results in that person lying about said organization. And, of course, that is evil.

Companies that are the "boogie-men" of /., such as Microsoft, SCO and the RIAA can "do no right", to turn an old phrase. I'm very concerned by this perspective - mostly because it lessens our credibility as a whole. I'm not arguing that these organizations don't do evil things - or even that their actions, as a whole, aren't mostly evil. I am saying, however, that not all of their actions are going to ALWAYS be evil or wrong. And when they do something right, they should be encouraged, not slandered.

Look at it this way - you, personally, you, the one reading this speil, have done many things that are wrong and evil in your life. So does that mean that you are evil and wrong? Does that mean I (and everyone else) should ignore you, since you are obviously evil and wrong? That's a simple answer, isn't it? For those of you who think that you have never done anything evil or wrong, or who think that they should be ignored, please go commit suicide or something - you don't ever want to meet me. You aren't evil and wrong - but you are dangerous and insane. I'll gladly take the opportunity to put you down like the sick animal you are.

So, what is my point? Judge an organization's actions on a case by case basis - it's the old saw - "It is the actions that are evil, not the organization.", and "Hate the sin, not the sinner." Give it a try - you might gain some credibility

Thanks!

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Security in Linux - is this what people are talking about?

javelinco javelinco writes  |  more than 10 years ago I just read through an article on the Register that has me: (a) pissed off; (b) concerned; and (c) confused. It addresses why Linux security is better than "Microsoft" security, and does so in a pretty lengthy little treatise. It is written by a man named Scott Granneman, and can hopefully be read for a long time here. Here's the problem: do all of you Linux security proponents sit your platform on these principals? Are there more reasons? Because I have to tell you, this article served a completely different purpose for me: it told me why Linux is never going to be the everyman operating system. It told me where Linux zealots go blind when looking at the MS Windows architecture. It also told me that Linux is no better at protecting from virus vectors, etc. than any other operating system I've seen. What the hell?

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Fundamental Windows Problems that UNIX bypasses...

javelinco javelinco writes  |  more than 10 years ago Recently, in a submission entitled "Alternative To Windows Desktops", referring to an article called "The Mad Hatter meets the MSCE" over on Ace's Hardware, the TOC on Windows vs. Linux shops was explored.

The main TOC issue that was brought up is Windows technicians are going to try to solve problems "the Windows way", and end up messing up their rollout. The article seems to be trying to point out that Linux just doesn't have all these issues that come up in Windows, and so trying to solve these problems that don't exist is, well, bad.

So, what are these problems? What design features does Windows have that have to be fixed, that are not relevant in Linux? I mean, one issue mentioned (but not explained) was MS Office automation. Is there something about Linux that makes interop and automation not relevant? I'd like to see some sort of laundry list of items that address real business needs. Maybe we can use this to help in the good fight. Anyone?

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Attempting to remain impressed....

javelinco javelinco writes  |  more than 10 years ago So, here's the scoop - I've been doing a little project recently (very recently), reading through comments of recently posted stuff here on /., and finding a disturbing trend: people tend to not read the original article before posting their comments, with the last check being 45 minutes before any posts had anything to do with the original article. Now, many people who are reading this (okay, I'm reading this, so at least me) are thinking, "So what, this is WAY too obvious to be need repeating." But I'm not seeing it being repeated. As a matter of fact, the few posts I've made on the issue have been modded to oblivion.

So I'm writing this. Not really expecting anyone to read this, but hell, at least it can't be modded virtually out of existence. It ATLEAST doesn't exist because no one has any reason to read it :).

Stay ignorant - that way you won't notice when you are put out of your misery.

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