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Ask Slashdot: What Tech Products Were Built To Last?

jlv Bell Western Electric 500 (511 comments)

Unlike newer alternatives, this are still working great.

Added bonus: you can hammer a nail with bakelite.

9 hours ago

Intuit, Maker of Turbotax, Lobbies Against Simplified Tax Filings

jlv Re:Lobbying aside (415 comments)

It amazes me that people *still* give the government interest free loans. Getting money back via your tax return is bad. I strive to owe the government the maximum amount I can each year without penalty.

3 days ago

Introducing a Calendar System For the Information Age

jlv Asimov (224 comments)

I do remember reading a similar proposal in one of Isaac Asimov's non-fiction books.

His proposal included having January 1 start on a Sunday. This meant there were 13 months each with a Friday the 13th. He considered this appropriate, as I recall.

about three weeks ago

How Do You Backup 20TB of Data?

jlv Re:Raid != backup (983 comments)

mod +1

And "onsite backup" != "reliable backup".

This is an important point that many people miss when the think of backups.

A had a friend who had a RAID and additionally used an external drive for offline backups. He kept the external drive in a safe when not doing a backup. Unfortunately, his house burned down, destroying all his computers. The safe wasn't safe enough as the external drive didn't work afterwards (I think the heat got to it).

about a month ago

Ask Slashdot: Does Your Employer Perform HTTPS MITM Attacks On Employees?

jlv Re:Yes they did. (572 comments)

Intercepting the network traffic of dishonest employees stealing company time and network access is perfectly legitimate, as is the company reselling the captured personal data in the open market.

Management says that sales of captured employee personal data probably recover 75-80% of losses resultant from stolen company time, and increases shareholder value dramatically.

mod +1 funny

about a month and a half ago

Book Review: Sudo Mastery: User Access Control For Real People

jlv A book on sudo!? (83 comments)

It's come a long way since I pushed it to get published on net.sources. But it still shouldn't need a whole book. Seriously.

about 2 months ago

Watching a FIRST Competition Robot Being Built (Video)

jlv No video (29 comments)

"MODULE ERROR. Problem downloading the player. Please check your internet connection."

Uh, right. My Internet connection is just fine, thank you.

about 2 months ago

First Images of a Heart Injected With Liquid Metal

jlv Gallium already being "safely" injected (115 comments)

Look up "Gallium Scan". It is typically used to help determine if a cancer has metastasized.

You get injected with a gallium solution, and then wait two days while the radioactive ions collect in bones and tissues. When it's time for the scan, you lay on a table that effectively holds a body-sized film. The "scan" involves you laying still for 30 minutes while the film is exposed to your body.

Each time I had this done, I was told to stay away from small children for a week after the procedure.

about 4 months ago

Imagining the Post-Antibiotic Future

jlv upcoming headline (453 comments)

"Terrorists unleash torrents of antibiotics on unsuspecting public"

about 5 months ago

5-Year Mission Continues After 45-Year Hiatus

jlv Re:Star Trek New Voyages (283 comments)

I just looked... I'd forgotten that that David Gerrold and D. C. Fontana had penned episodes (not to mention all the original cast who made appearances).

about 6 months ago

5-Year Mission Continues After 45-Year Hiatus

jlv Re:Star Trek New Voyages (283 comments)

Interesting thing I saw was that this is being made by the folks who did Starship Farragut, which was another "in the style of the original" web series. As I recall, they even had a call out on one episode to the folks doing New Voyages.

I actually thought the New Voyages episodes were pretty good.

about 6 months ago

No, the Earth (almost Certainly) Won't Be Hit By an Asteroid In 2032

jlv Re:Dagnabbit... (142 comments)

That was my first thought, too!

about 6 months ago

Cygnus Spacecraft Makes Historic Rendezvous With Space Station

jlv Historic? (44 comments)

This is historic only in that Orbital Sciences is closest to NASA at heart.

Orbital has a $1.9B deal to provide 8 cargo flights. Each flight carries about 5000kg. Each is one way (no return payload).

SpaceX has a $1.9B deal to provide 12 cargo flights. Each flight carries about 10000kg. Each provides two way payload delivery.

Do the math. One of these makes sense. Unsurprisingly, the one that doesn't is the one that was stuck in orbit for a week.

At least Orbital is a bargain compared to NASA's shuttle-component-derived SLS.

about 7 months ago

Sprint May Have Unlimited Data Plans, But Not Unlimited Customers

jlv they want new customers, not existing customers (207 comments)

For the last 6 months it has been $100 cheaper to get a new phone on Sprint... but only if you are a new customer. That is, existing customers pay $100 more for the same new phone. It's cheaper to leave Sprint and return than it is to stay with them.

They want to attract new customers... but they shouldn't do it by shafting existing (good) customers. They should do it by showing that is valuable to be an existing good customer. But, they've forgotten that existing customers are a good thing.

about 9 months ago


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