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ISP Fights Causing Netflix Packet Drops

jspoon Re:Dumb design (289 comments)

Netflix does adapt to low bandwidth by the obvious contingency of showing me terrible low bitrate streams. I'm on FIOS and used to get consistent beautiful HD so I feel entitled to complain.

about 10 months ago
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FOIA: NSA Contracts Stored In Paper Files, Unsearchable, Unindexed

jspoon Re:Misleading summary (114 comments)

If the last 6 months have taught us anything, it's that the contracts in question are likely in the format of Powerpoint slideshows.

1 year,24 days
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Judge Rules Apple Colluded With Publishers to Fix Ebook Prices

jspoon Re:and yet Amazon is raising prices now (383 comments)

The NYT article is about dead tree books. The whole case is baffling though, given the unchallenged dominance Amazon enjoyed in the ebook market at the time, which Apple, B&N, etc have barely chipped into since. Also, most people who even casually follow developments in the field would tell you Amazon intends to run the publishing industry into the ground as soon as its convenient.

about a year and a half ago
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Flying Car Crashes In British Columbia

jspoon I-Tech Maverick SP Powered Parachute (91 comments)

That's not the only thing wrong with the name. Take another look at it.

I-Tech Maverick SP Powered Parachute"

The first flying card I get in will not be named after wild cattle. It might be name after the most loyal of tame creatures or one of the more sedate birds (preferably one that floats too).

about a year and a half ago
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SOPA Creator Now In Charge of NSF Grants

jspoon Re:The purpose of research (307 comments)

I heard they contain deadly mercury.

about a year and a half ago
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The RFP and IT Logistics For Washington's "Pot Czar"

jspoon Re:100?? (117 comments)

So big deal, 100... It is not uncommon for a science dept at a university to get 400 applications for a tenure track position.

Or even as many as 420.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Typing Advice For a Guinness World Record Attempt?

jspoon Re:Look up the record (307 comments)

Also, the high score is clearly stored in a single byte so you'll just roll over if you break 256.

about 2 years ago
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NASA: Curiosity Has Found Plastic On Mars

jspoon Re:Check the URL (293 comments)

"Cape Carnival?" Yeah, like he would have gotten away with the elaborate deception if it weren't for autocorrect.

about 2 years ago
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After Weeks of Trying, UK Cryptographers Fail To Crack WWII Code

jspoon Re:No surprise there (263 comments)

Grandparent is getting OTP mixed up with ROT13. I do that all the time. It cost me my job once.

about 2 years ago
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Apple Maps Accidentally Reveals Secret Military Base In Taiwan

jspoon Re:Streisand Effect (131 comments)

Thing is the only people who care (PRC) have their own satellites, probably more of them than anyone but the US and Russia. And you can bet they've photographed every inch of Taiwan. China's problem, then, is NOT to get images but to identify locations worthy of further attention. It could save them a lot of time to go on google maps and scan for areas with blurring or just suspiciously low resolution. Note that this is a different situation from not wanting to let non-state actors i.e. terrorists get a look at what's on the roof of the White House. That may be misguided as well, but it's probable that Al-Qaeda has no other way to get that information. Also, it's no secret at this point that there's SOMETHING up there poised to shoot down any incoming plane, so we're not giving anything away by hiding it.

more than 2 years ago
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Sweet Times For Cows As Gummy Worms Replace Corn Feed

jspoon Obligatory Charlton Heston (432 comments)

Just don't tell them where the gelatin came from.

more than 2 years ago
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'Eternal' Solar Plane Stays Two Weeks Aloft

jspoon The Record is for UAVs only (37 comments)

This isn't even close to the manned aircraft record. In the 50s some nuts kept a Cessna 172 flying for more than 2 months. When the generator gave out they hoisted up a small wind generator, taped it to a struct, and ran the power in through the cigarette lighter. Now that's what I call a record!

more than 3 years ago
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USPTO Won't Accept Upside Down Faxes

jspoon Re:If only... (427 comments)

Here how you do it:

Print out the image.
Put the image in a copy machine UPSIDE DOWN.
The image will come out of the copy machine right side up!

Patent pending.

more than 4 years ago
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iTunes Prohibits Terrorism

jspoon Prisoner code of conduct (124 comments)

I can't find it on google, but I recall hearing about some jail where they published a 'Prisoner Code of Conduct' that prohibited inmates from committing acts of terrorism. I though it was the most hilarious thing I'd ever heard, but I suppose if it were true someone would have posted something about it somewhere online.

more than 5 years ago
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Latest World of Warcraft Expansion Blocked In China

jspoon On the other hand (165 comments)

On the other hand, they have movies like Mr Vampire. That movie is crazy. I'm trying to think though, and of the Chinese movies involving ghosts and spirits and stuff I don't recall an skeletons. Chinese Ghost Story had some seriously anorexic claymation zombies if I remember right, I bet they were censored.

more than 5 years ago
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Scientists Reconstruct Millennium's Coldest Winter

jspoon Re:Not that cold (290 comments)

The chicken comb thing happens in the midwest. It's pretty much frostbite, and a caution that the same will happen to your ears if you let it. Of course, where I'm talking about the low temperatures are below zero, Fahrenheit, and the wind chills can be pretty extreme. Never heard of trees exploding-I wonder if someone had an ice storm and got confused about what actually happened.

more than 5 years ago
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California Blocks RFID Implants In Workers

jspoon Could be bad (422 comments)

I hope they work better than the RF tags at the library where I work. I saw one of those, applied inside the cover of a paperback that burned through the front and scorched several pages into it.

more than 7 years ago

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