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Project Aims To Build a Fully Open SoC and Dev Board

jpatters Re:Hackers? (47 comments)

Get a grip.

You lost interest in this project because the summary of the slashdot post decribed them as "hackers"?

FYI, a "hacker" is someone who finds uses for a technological item that were not intended/anticipated by the original inventor of that item. Not sure that really applies here, but it doesn't matter, because the wording chosen for a slashdot post summary should have zero impact on weather or not a project is interest-worthy.

about a month ago

Samsung Debuts Thin Galaxy Tab S With Super AMOLED 2560X1600 Display

jpatters Re:What about tetrachromate women ? (176 comments)

It is most likely an RGB display, so its color gamut would be limited to what can be made out of those three wavelengths, and not anywhere close to 94% of "nature's true palette". Seriously, if Apple made that claim about a display, they would be a hundred posts by now mercilessly mocking them.

about 3 months ago

Who controls the HVAC at work?

jpatters Bad Thermostat Placement (216 comments)

Often the problem is that the theremostat is not placed anywhere that makes sense.

One place I used to work, I discovered, through trial and error, that the temperature in one room was controlled by a thermostat in a totally disconnected workspace. Since the people in the workspace always wanted it warmer, the temperature in the disconnected room (which was basically sealed off behind a big thick locked door) would run away to 85 or 90, which would cause the temperature in the refrigerator in that room to go out of spec.

Fun times.

about 4 months ago

Are Habitable Exoplanets Bad News For Humanity?

jpatters Many-worlds (608 comments)

If the Many-worlds interpretation is correct, then it should be no surprise that we find ourselves existing in a world in which we have avoided an extinction catastrophe. If that outcome is sufficiently rare, then we should not expect to find any other advanced civilizations, because they will have all been eliminated by their own extinction events with high probability. Therefore, if there is a "Great Filter", and Many-worlds is true, then all advanced civilizations are isolated in their own private Everett branch.

about 5 months ago

Why There Are So Few ISP Start-Ups In the U.S.

jpatters Re:yea no (223 comments)

Oh stuff a sock in it.

The cost for the infrastructural build out of basic telephone service, which is what the incumbent telcos are required to provide, was paid for decades ago and with significant taxpayer subsidies. None of the incumbents are required to provide universal internet service at all, let alone reasonably useful universal internet service, so your complaint is bull crap. Also, Comcast/Time Warner/Charter etc are not required to provide any level of universal service.

about 5 months ago

A Rock Paper Scissors Brainteaser

jpatters Re:Two Games (167 comments)

Re-read the GP. The claim is that when the opponent responds by playing scissors 50% and rock 50%, you will win 4/6 of the time when they play rock and you will lose 4/6 of the time when they play scissors, which makes it 50/50. The stronger claim is that the opponent can adjust to any consistent strategy that you choose, ultimately making it a 50/50 game.

about 5 months ago

Some Mozilla Employees Demand New CEO Step Down

jpatters Re:Would we... (824 comments)

It is you who have made the astounding claim that "scientifically" there are "three races of humans", so the burden is on you to cite your sources. Current science makes no such claim, and you should stop spouting off on things about which you have no clue.

High school biology class is hardly a definitive venue to learn about science that is more current than the 1950s.

about 6 months ago

Some Mozilla Employees Demand New CEO Step Down

jpatters Re:Would we... (824 comments)

Citation fucking needed

about 6 months ago

Elon Musk Talks Tesla, Apple, Model X

jpatters Dealerships (99 comments)

I know Tesla doesn't want to have dealerships, but what if the talks had to do with some Apple Stores also becoming Tesla dealerships, at least in the states that are giving Tesla legal woes over selling directly to consumers?

about 7 months ago

Fire Destroys Iron Mountain Data Warehouse, Argentina's Bank Records Lost

jpatters Re:Classic Slashdot (463 comments)

Slashdot beta is a non-starter for me. Just a painful mess. I will not be using beta, and if classic goes away, I go away.

about 7 months ago

Schiller Says Apple Is the Last PC Maker From the Mac Era, Forgets About HP

jpatters Apple is Doomed! (474 comments)

Apples SVP of Marketing indulged in a bit of uninformed hyperbole, surely this means Apple is doomed. DOOMED I tell you!

about 8 months ago

Stop Trying To 'Innovate' Keyboards, You're Just Making Them Worse

jpatters Disagree (459 comments)

Every convention on a modern computer keyboard is there because of a gradual process of innovation. Some things are for the best, like the inverted "T" arrow layout, and some things are for the worse, like rubber dome membrane actuation, cylindrical keycaps, and pad printing.

There is plenty of good innovation from the DIY community, see (workshop section) for some great examples.

about 8 months ago

Stop Trying To 'Innovate' Keyboards, You're Just Making Them Worse

jpatters Re:proper keyboard (459 comments)

Cherry has a low profile mechanical switch, called Cherry ML, but even that would require a laptop to be significantly thicker than modern laptops typically are.

about 8 months ago
top Give Us More H-1B Visas Or the Kids Get Hurt

jpatters Abolish H-1B Visas (271 comments)

The problem with H-1B Visas is that they smell like indentured servitude. I say abolish them, and then create a visa program for skilled professionals that is not tied to a specific job or business sponsor. That way, the "guest worker" would have some actual bargening power and could change employers.

about 8 months ago

How One Man Fought His ISP's Bad Behavior and Won

jpatters Re:Opt in. (181 comments)

I don't think the online retailers would agree. The ISP is doing nothing to promote specific items or online stores, so why should the online stores subsidize your internet connection?

about 9 months ago

Is 3D Printing the Future of Disaster Relief?

jpatters Re:It can ALREADY print food... not so much (88 comments)

Regarding your first example, it is a machine that makes bread (I guess in various shapes) out of dough, but if you have the dough, a regular bread machine would be more efficient, and a regular oven would be even more efficient as long as you have a human available to kneed the dough. And many kinds of ovens work without electricity.

Regarding the second example, it is a machine that makes shaped chocolates, which will be poorly tempered compared to molded chocolates, and once again, you have to have the chocolate as an input. Setting aside for a moment the question of weather chocolate is an appropriate thing to spend disaster resources on; if you are in a disaster area, who cares if the chocolate candies are shaped like turtles? I know this is just an example, and your argument is intended to imply that the state of the art of 3D printed food is constantly advancing, it still faces the fundamental limitation that you have to have the food already, there is no forthcoming breakthrough that will synthesize food from constituent chemical elements. You know, other than regular old agriculture.

about a year ago

CCC Says Apple iPhone 5S TouchID Broken

jpatters Re:Easy! (481 comments)

You know what a government is going to do if they have you and your phone? Take your finger, and press it to your phone, which legally they can compel (or physically force) you to do. All this talk about "Oh, what if the government has your fingerprint on file?" Please. That's overthinking it.

Too bad you can't designate one of your fingerprints as a duress fingerprint, which would cause the phone to wipe itself.

about a year ago

"Patent Troll" Closes Controversial Podcast Patent Deal With SanDisk

jpatters Patent Troll Bounty (65 comments)

There should be a bounty for killing trollish patents. Usually, there are many targets who settle and sign royalty agreements with the patent troll before any target decides to fight them in court. First, all such agreements should be required to be public. Second, whenever a target successfully defeats a patent troll in court, all the future royalties that were previously agreed to should be cut in half, and paid to the party that defeated the patent troll. They should also be able to go after recovery of past royalties. If you are a patent troll, losing a case should be a financial death penalty.

1 year,3 days

German Data Protection Expert Warns Against Using iPhone5S Fingerprint Function

jpatters Re:Your Fingerprint isn't ever stored in flash (303 comments)

Oh, I don't know, maybe with a hash function, like with every other passwork implimentation ever?

1 year,3 days



Rape manual sucessfully funded on Kickstarter

jpatters jpatters writes  |  about a year ago

jpatters (883) writes "Via Pharyngula, it appears that a manual for how to rape women has been sucessfully funded on Kickstarter:

All the greatest seducers in history could not keep their hands off of women. They aggressively escalated physically with every woman they were flirting with. They began touching them immediately, kept great body language and eye contact, and were shameless in their physicality. Even when a girl rejects your advances, she KNOWS that you desire her. That’s hot. It arouses her physically and psychologically.

Is this what Kickstarter wants to be known for?"


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