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Microsoft Paid NFL $400 Million To Use Surface, But Announcers Call Them iPads

jonnythan Re:Bill Belichick (400 comments)

No such luck. The tablets have replaced the black and white printouts of player positioning and play development. Turns out those pictures were provided by the league itself to both teams - it's not something teams do on their own.

So if Belichick doesn't want the tablets to view those photos, he won't have any photos to see.

3 days ago

Low-Carb Diet Trumps Low-Fat Diet In Major New Study

jonnythan Re:The diet is unimportant... (587 comments)

Yeah, no. You absolutely do not need to eat cleanly. The idea is silly.

about two weeks ago

Major Delays, Revamped Beta For Credit-Card Consolidating Gadget Coin

jonnythan Re:Won't work with new chips (78 comments)

Every credit card specifically says on the back that it's not valid unless signed, and as an employee I was instructed by Mastercard and my manager never to accept an unsigned card (or one that says "See ID" or whatever). So I didn't.

about three weeks ago

Major Delays, Revamped Beta For Credit-Card Consolidating Gadget Coin

jonnythan Re: Won't work with new chips (78 comments)

To the best of my knowledge, no major credit card companies allow the use of copied credit cards.

about three weeks ago

Major Delays, Revamped Beta For Credit-Card Consolidating Gadget Coin

jonnythan Re:Won't work with new chips (78 comments)

It varies. A lot of retail workers won't care, but some will. Especially the ones who are smart enough to be aware of credit card fraud but not so knowledgeable they know about Coin.

I don't think someone would have to be turned down from a purchase many times before they threw the thing in the garbage. It doesn't have to happen often.

about three weeks ago

Major Delays, Revamped Beta For Credit-Card Consolidating Gadget Coin

jonnythan Won't work with new chips (78 comments)

All the major credit card companies will be rolling out soon-to-be-mandatory chip systems for their credit cards. The point of this chip is specifically to prevent copying of credit cards. Coin is dead in the water.

Beyond this, how many register monkeys will decline the transaction because it's not the original card? I was trained at my old retail job by an actual Mastercard representative never to allow use of a credit card without a signed back, much less a card that's literally a personal copy.

about three weeks ago

Microsoft Considered Renaming Internet Explorer To Escape Its Reputation

jonnythan Re:"not my job" - It is *Microsoft's* job (426 comments)

Realistically, "Internet Explorer" as a standard is at least as important as whatever other "standard" you're using. Especially in corporate environments, "Internet Explorer" is generally the standard.

about a month ago

Lots Of People Really Want Slideout-Keyboard Phones: Where Are They?

jonnythan People say they want them, but no one buys them (544 comments)

You can find a lot of people that SAY they want these things, but no one buys them. Pretty much all of the slide-out keyboard phones have been commercial failures.

about a month and a half ago

Elon Musk's Solar City Is Ramping Up Solar Panel Production

jonnythan Re:I'm confused (262 comments)

They're talking about purchase and installation:

"Because less modules are needed for the same power output, less land, labor, mounting structures, wiring and support racks are also required, saving an estimate of 10 cents a watt for every point of efficiency gained."

So if you're installing 4000 watts worth of panel, using 23% efficiency panels costs $400 less to purchase and install than 22% efficiency panels.

about 3 months ago

Should Tesla Make Batteries Instead of Electric Cars?

jonnythan Make batteries? (362 comments)

I was under the impression that Tesla vehicles used banks of off-the-shelf 18650 Li-ion batteries. Panasonic is their current supplier if I recall. Even their proposed battery plant in the southwest is really a place for Panasonic to manufacture batteries for Tesla. Yes, they package them well and I'm sure they have some great controls and associated hardware and software, but is there really something groundbreaking about their batteries specifically? They already make a powertrain for Toyota - a move that hasn't produced a fraction of the buzz and money as their own vehicles. Not sure I understand this suggestion.

about 4 months ago

Actual Results of Crimean Secession Vote Leaked

jonnythan Re:Misleading (557 comments)

You'd think it would take more than a simple majority to secede from your country.....

about 4 months ago

The Feds Accidentally Mailed Part of A $350K Drone To Some College Kid

jonnythan Re:Reminds me of Music Club Subscriptions... (157 comments)

For one thing, this isn't USPS. It's UPS. I expect the laws are different for that.

For another, the part apparently wasn't addressed to him. It was misdelivered. If someone else's mail ends up in your mailbox, you don't get to open it and keep whatever's inside. If it's not addressed to you, you're not allowed to open it at all.

about 4 months ago

SpaceX Wins Injunction Against Russian Rocket Purchases

jonnythan Re:Innovation vs rent-seeking (166 comments)

Um, no. The Air Force gave Russia the contract with zero bidding process. SpaceX literally never had a chance. They're suing for a level playing field where they could bid against Russia in an open process.

The rest of your post is...... well.

about 4 months ago

How the USPS Killed Digital Mail

jonnythan Re:My biggest gripe (338 comments)

You can't print stamps using that service. You need to actually purchase stamps, or have an account from somewhere like or Pitney Bowes.

about 5 months ago

New Zero-Day Flash Bug Affects Windows, OS X, and Linux Computers

jonnythan Re:I never installed flash ... (178 comments)

There are a number of things that require it. For me the big ones are MLB At Bat, WatchESPN, Hulu, and HBO Go.

about 5 months ago

US Nuclear Missile Silos Use Safe, Secure 8" Floppy Disks

jonnythan That big? (481 comments)

"I've never seen a floppy that big!"

"Wait til you see it spinning."

about 5 months ago

IRS Misses XP Deadline, Pays Microsoft Millions For Patches

jonnythan Fantasyland (322 comments)

If the IRS does decide to pay Microsoft for continued support of XP, the chances of it paying the standard $200 per PC rate is effectively zero.

The numbers in the summary are total fantasy.

about 5 months ago

Slashdot Asks: Will You Need the Windows XP Black Market?

jonnythan Re:How much does it cost to upgrade? (245 comments)

It costs a lot more than a new PC to upgrade thousands of PCs. Imaging, deployment, backup/restore processes for the end users is just the beginning. Upgrading dozens, hundreds, or thousands of individual customized applications to be compatible with Windows 7 is an absolute nightmare. I know all about this just from upgrading my relatively small workplace from XP to 7. It was a fight just to get core, mission critical apps to work with IE 9; 10 and 11 are out of the question. Lots of cash to vendors and app support folks, lots of cash to deployment specialists, lots of overtime. Adds up to a LOT of money.

By the way: $9 million over 680,000 PCs is $13 per PC. That's less than we paid per PC to have a contractor come in and physically install new machines at desks, and completely ignores the cost of OS licensing, hardware, support, and the thousands and thousands of man hours the IT department spent with associated tasks.

about 5 months ago


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