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Microsoft Considered Renaming Internet Explorer To Escape Its Reputation

jonnythan Re:"not my job" - It is *Microsoft's* job (413 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.

3 days ago
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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 three weeks ago
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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 2 months ago
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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 3 months ago
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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 3 months ago
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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 3 months ago
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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
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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 Stamps.com or Pitney Bowes.

about 4 months ago
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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 4 months ago
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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 4 months ago
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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 4 months ago
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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 4 months ago
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Research Suggests Pulling All-Nighters Can Cause Permanent Damage

jonnythan Well that's lovely (144 comments)

... as I read this at 1 AM when I have to be up at 6:30 tomorrow. Heh. "Tomorrow."

about 5 months ago
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Power Cables' UV Flashes Apparently Frighten Animals

jonnythan Re:Is "impact" such a bad thing? (183 comments)

I'm sure that they don't. But we understand that roadways isolate areas and cut up habitats. We never really thought power lines would do that. But now maybe we do.

about 5 months ago
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Power Cables' UV Flashes Apparently Frighten Animals

jonnythan Re:Is "impact" such a bad thing? (183 comments)

Nature doesn't "consider" anything. Your argument is basically that nature will adapt around us. Yes, it will..... but it might "adapt" in ways that eliminate important species, destroy biodiversity, and generally ravage the environment around us. Nature may "adapt" in ways that suck total ass for both us and millions of other species.

about 5 months ago
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Power Cables' UV Flashes Apparently Frighten Animals

jonnythan Re:Is "impact" such a bad thing? (183 comments)

Because we have power lines everywhere and as far as I know we haven't really spent a lot of time considering the possibility that a simple power line is a de facto boundary to an animal's habitat. It's kind of a big deal when there are serious, important aspects of land use planning and environmental conservation that absolutely rely on accurately predicting and knowing an animal's range and habitat.

about 5 months ago
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Doctors Say New Pain Pill Is "Genuinely Frightening"

jonnythan Re: It's just a tool I guess (294 comments)

Do some reading on "clinical equipoise" and you'll start to get it.

about 6 months ago
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Doctors Say New Pain Pill Is "Genuinely Frightening"

jonnythan Re: It's just a tool I guess (294 comments)

The control group in a drug study would not place someone currently on strong medication onto no medication. That would violate the ethical principle of equipoise. The subjects in the control group wouldn't be given a placebo; that would be horrendously unethical. They would be given either the current gold standard of care or the new drug/procedure being tested. The researchers and subjects would both be blinded to which they were receiving. For instance, an RCT comparing hydrocodone to a new med would have both arms take a new pill, but both pills look identical. One would contain the medication they've been taking and the other would contain the new drug. That's not what the OP is talking about though.

I'm not super experienced in clincal trials, but the study the OP was a part of doesn't sound like a double-blinded RCT; it sounds more like a limited-rollout experimental kind of clinical trial, where certain people are allowed to elect to try out the drug. This is not really a scientific experiment that would have a control group, but a limited opt-in rollout of the drug.

about 6 months ago

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