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On 4th of July:

jbeaupre Re:Summertime fireworks (340 comments)

That Guy Fawkes dude was pretty clever to plan things that way. Some of his other planning didn't go as smoothly, but he got the right date for future fireworks.

about three weeks ago
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Airbus Patents Windowless Cockpit That Would Increase Pilots' Field of View

jbeaupre Incorrect headline (468 comments)

Airbus didn't patent jack squat. They file a patent application. If the patent is granted, then you can say they patented something. The difference is pretty enormous. It's like saying you are married to someone when all you did was ask them to marry you (and haven't even gotten a response). There are a few more steps involved.

Do any of the Slashdot editors know the first thing about patents? Seriously. Any?

about three weeks ago
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Site of 1976 "Atomic Man" Accident To Be Cleaned

jbeaupre Re:Hmm (299 comments)

It was handled remotely. Operators used manipulators to handle the material behind glass shielding. Worked fine until some nitric acid exploded. He was blasted with shattered glass and americium.

about three weeks ago
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Nathan Myhrvold's Recipe For a Better Oven

jbeaupre Cost (228 comments)

Because the incremental improvement adding all of these optics and electronics, make it robust, and make it work is not cheap. And most cooks do pretty darn good with just what they have.

Small benefit vs big cost => no change

about three weeks ago
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Mozilla Is Working On a Firefox OS-powered Streaming Stick

jbeaupre Re:I've got a great idea! (89 comments)

Dude! I know! And have used it! Uhm... have you ever heard of sarcasm?

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

jbeaupre Re:I've got a great idea! (89 comments)

Assuming you're using Mac OS X or 64-bit Linux. It's just Windows that doesn't have a 64-bit Firefox for some dumb, poorly explained reason.

Ding ding ding! We have a winner.

My job requires specialized software that only runs on windows. And truthfully, the 32 bit version of Firefox works fine. But as you put it, it's dumb and poorly explained.

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

jbeaupre Re:Flash Player is 32-bit (89 comments)

and there was a 64 bit version of Adobe flash, but I don't think it's been updated in years.

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

jbeaupre Re:I've got a great idea! (89 comments)

You hear that whooshing sound? Coming from somewhere over your head? Don't bother looking up. I'm well aware of waterfox and 64 bit nightlies.

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

jbeaupre I've got a great idea! (89 comments)

This is a fantastic idea. One that fits with what Mozilla does already. The perfect expansion of their work: 64 bit Firefox.

Yeah, I know it's radical. And maybe they will struggle at first. But who knows, maybe they will succeed where so many other browser vendors have failed.

about a month ago
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After the Belfast Project Fiasco, Time For Another Look At Time Capsule Crypto?

jbeaupre Lawyer up (170 comments)

Communications with your lawyer are privileged. Give them your information with instructions on when and how to release it. Make sure to pay them in advance.

This is standard stuff in may novels because it kind of works.

Is it 100% effective? Maybe not. But it's a layer of protection. If you are especially paranoid, give one lawyer a 1-time pad encrypted hardcopy file. Give another the key.

about a month and a half ago
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Canada Poised To Buy 65 Lockheed Martin F-35 JSFs

jbeaupre Re:Russia (417 comments)

Why worry? Obama will draw a red line and say "No further!"

Is that the Mason-Dixon Line?

about a month and a half ago
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UK Seeks To Hold Terrorism Trial In Secret

jbeaupre Re:Sometimes? Rarely? (240 comments)

Fair enough. Maybe he should have said secret trials. FISC is basically a warrant rubber stamp factory.

I'm genuinely curious about he extent of secret trials in the US. My understanding is that there are restrictions when it comes to public trials for minors. Probably other situations. Where the boundaries are, I'm not sure.

about 1 month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Where's the Most Unusual Place You've Written a Program From?

jbeaupre modified (310 comments)

I didn't write the program, actually a script, but I did modify it to run on a Kindle. The epaper version with a keyboard. Needed some sort of calculations done while traveling without a laptop. Some sort of one line script, but the simplest solution was to take an existing sample script and modify hard coded numbers.

Yes, modifying a script with a web based editor on an epaper device is a bit awkward. But it got the job done.

about 2 months ago
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Man Who Issued Securities For Bitcoins Settles With SEC

jbeaupre Re:SEC (56 comments)

Because the SEC's job isn't to stop stupid. Its job is to stop fraud. Distinguishing the two can be tricky. Selling unregistered securities is one area that has been designated at fraudulent. Selling over overpriced or excessively risky investments has not been designated fraud as long as the buyer isn't knowingly fed false information.

about 2 months ago
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Registry Hack Enables Continued Updates For Windows XP

jbeaupre Re:Just buy a new computer !!!!! (322 comments)

Yeah, we have that problem too. But those systems are air gapped. We even have a system running Win 3.11. But it works just fine.

about 2 months ago
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Registry Hack Enables Continued Updates For Windows XP

jbeaupre Re:Just buy a new computer !!!!! (322 comments)

It's not the planning, it's the expense. When upgrading to new hardware means dropping $20k for new software licenses (for one PC), and the expense comes out of your own pocket, you "plan" to use the system for as long as possible.

Decade to plan. Yeah. Whatever.

about 2 months ago
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Registry Hack Enables Continued Updates For Windows XP

jbeaupre Re:Just buy a new computer !!!!! (322 comments)

Yeah, unless you've got thousands of dollars of software that are locked to that PC configuration (hardware and software). Then you're looking at a major expense and hassle of upgrading everything just to do exactly what you were before.

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

jbeaupre Foot gun! (370 comments)

Those people can be rejected by pointing out the links are now newsworthy and relevant because they were the first to request take-downs.

about 2 months ago

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Clever desalinization

jbeaupre jbeaupre writes  |  more than 4 years ago

jbeaupre (752124) writes "The Economist reports on progress by a company called Saltworks on using saline gradients to do the heavy lifting of desalinization. In essence, Saltworks uses solar energy or waste heat to concentrate sea water. They then use the ionic gradient between the concentrated brine and 2 sea water streams to pull ions from from a 3rd sea water stream. It appears to work with entropy by trading the reduced entropy of the desalinated water against the increased entropy of "mixing" the brine and the other sea water streams. The article only discusses Na and Cl, but even just removing these ions is a step in the right direction.

Note to editor: I've linked to the Economist for 3 reasons: it has a better description of the process, a better diagram of the process, and is less likely to suffer from slashdotting."

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jbeaupre jbeaupre writes  |  more than 7 years ago

jbeaupre writes "A corollary to "Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic" is that sometimes users have to resort to what I call "computer voodoo." You don't know why it works, you barely care how it works, but you find yourself doing the strangest things because it just seems to work. Like smacking a PC every 5 seconds for an hour to keep it from stalling on a hard drive reformat (with nary a problem after the reformat). Or figuring out the only way to get a PC partially fried by lightning to recognize an ethernet card after booting into windows is to start the computer by yanking the card out and shoving it back in, thereby starting the boot processes (power button, we don't need no stinkin' power button).

The question is: what wacky stuff have you done that makes no obvious sense, but just works?"

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