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Revolutionary Scuba Mask Creates Breathable Oxygen Underwater On Its Own

just fiddling around Comes with nice design requirements (375 comments)

I guess nobody read the requirements for that design to be feasible. It clearly states it needs a battery 1000x more powerful than the best available today. This means an energy density 20x that of gasoline.
Unobtainium hydride batteries to the rescue!

about 6 months ago
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Website Checkout Glitches: Two Very Different Corporate Responses

just fiddling around Re:Same rules apply (303 comments)

If the register malfunctions and the retailer stops the transaction, it's OK. If the register malfunctions and the retailer still makes the sale, that's the retailer's problem.

A sale is a contract which binds BOTH parties. And EULA's are subject to the law of the land, which says: if a contract is non-negociable, it has to be interpreted has widely as possible in favor of the party who did not draft it.

about 7 months ago
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Website Checkout Glitches: Two Very Different Corporate Responses

just fiddling around Government consumer protection agencies (303 comments)

The Brick is known in Canada for deceptive business practices, so the consumer protection agencies have taken to the media to inform that customers do NOT have to give the money back.

The retailer advertised those prices, and tries to trick the customer into cancelling the sale to wiggle out of the sales. That's a tactic known as bait-and-switch, and it's illegal.

about 7 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Development Requirements Change But Deadlines Do Not?

just fiddling around Time to learn interoffice Judo (221 comments)

I assume your team is the developer pool for the company. If not, my comment is not usable.

Learn to use the forces piling onto you to achieve. If Bob in accounting is the client for whatever you are currently working on and Jim in sales asks for something, forward the request for pushing back Bob's feature to Bob. Then watch Bob and Jim wrestle on your behest.
Why does this work? Because people unconsciously know you are a finite resource. You are not tasked to choose what the company's priorities are, so let management choose the priority of each request.

Oh, and ALWAYS make an estimate of the work needed for development include the testing and some meetings. Meetings are like gravity: you can't escape them all the time.

1 year,17 days
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BART Strike Provides Stark Contrast To Tech's Non-Union World

just fiddling around Re:Cue anti-union rage (467 comments)

The problem with Detroit is decades of crap product. Did you buy Detroit lately? You get better cars from KIA than GM! Korean Imitation Automobile! Not hard to beat that...

1 year,24 days
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BART Strike Provides Stark Contrast To Tech's Non-Union World

just fiddling around Re:Cue anti-union rage (467 comments)

That means they are right and you are played for a sucker. If you want something , fight for it. Of course, fighting alone is less effective, but you can try!

1 year,24 days
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BART Strike Provides Stark Contrast To Tech's Non-Union World

just fiddling around Re:It's About Power & Developers Will Lose It (467 comments)

LOL. I've heard that one so much, and in so many industries and yet, surprise! Humans are still necessary.

1 year,24 days
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US DOJ Say They Don't Need Warrants For E-Mail, Chats

just fiddling around Re: Land of the free (457 comments)

I know of a system that did PKE right: Lotus Notes. There was a nice checkbox to make it sign every mail you sent, every user had a keypair, you could verify both sender and content with a click. You could even prohibit printing ou copying an individual email.
It is universally despised.

about a year ago
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Facebook: the Law Says You Can't Have Your Data

just fiddling around Re:I'm really sick of this trend (165 comments)

I am not sure I encountered a TOS lately that does not incorporate this language. Even my cellular service has that!

Not that it could stand in court, mind you, but I am sure that I will only get dinged enough that I am not willing to pay a lawyer to make it right.

more than 2 years ago
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Ohio Supreme Court Drawn Into Magnetic Homes Case

just fiddling around Re:Seperate document in a contract??? (462 comments)

Luckily, there are many sane jurisdictions in the world where if an annex is not present at sign-up, it is not considered part of the contract, even if mentioned/refered to in it.

I even know a place where if a part of the contract is too difficult to read (ex.: low-contrast writing on the back of the paper, 6-point typeface, etc.) that part is null and void. An untested theory includes convoluted language in that rule.

more than 2 years ago
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Conflict Between Occupy Wall Street Protestors and NYPD Escalating

just fiddling around "rich brats" (961 comments)

I'd like to point out the following:
1) iPhones are avaliable for almost nothing down (with contract) and an iPod touch can be ordered new for 200$
2) DLSR's are even cheaper with no need to have a contract
3) bitcoin is bullshit.

more than 2 years ago
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IP Addresses Not Enough To ID Users

just fiddling around Re:Or, we can hope, sanity will prevail (266 comments)

Revenge of the nerds 3 ? ewwwww. At least it was better than Revenge of the nerds IV! *shudders*

more than 2 years ago
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Open Source Alternative To Dropbox?

just fiddling around Re:Pogo Plug? (482 comments)

I'm currently moving in that direction, and I will probably get a Guruplug. Same low-power processor, a little more memory, same USB connectivity to a HDD, but with Wifi. I will stuff it in a closet somewhere so if a burglar comes around I will not lose my backups. Plus, there are two interesting distros avaliable offering DLNA and "personnal cloud" functionnality: Tonido and an open-source one.

more than 3 years ago
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Ars Technica Review Slams Duke Nukem Forever

just fiddling around Re:Apparently nobody told the new IP owner... (462 comments)

Ahem, a time capsule of the last 5 years of the century would be more like it.

First half of the nineties = Wolfenstein, Doom (barely), 386-486 class machines, no 3D accelerators, Adlib or Soundblaster, mouse optional.

more than 3 years ago
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Geohot Battles Back Against Sony

just fiddling around Re:Boycott Sony! (255 comments)

last time I built a PC for gaming, the video card alone cost more than the PS2 I bought after dropping Grand Theft Auto 3 in it and being forced to reduce detail and textures to min to make it work.

I highly doubt that a PC *can* be built to handle console-style games for 3 years after it's purchase. Video cards have a useful gaming life of about 6 months to a year after launch. In contrast, consoles have at least 5 good years after launch and then stagnate for a while before games are not made for it anymore.

Money talks and says: buy a console to play.

more than 3 years ago
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White House Wants Phone Records Without Oversight

just fiddling around Re:meet the new boss (302 comments)

When attacks on the US like The September 11 attacks and the thwarted Shoe Bomber attack during President Bush's administration, he got emergency legislation to institute all these domestic spying powers in place.

Pathetic "attack": some mentally retarded moron tries to *light up C4 with a match.* No even a threat since C4 does not detonate this way by design.

When thwarted attacks like the Underwear bomber (Northwest Flight 253 incident) occurred or the Major Nadal Hassan shootings occured, the current president got blamed for failing to keep America safe.

Same quality of "attack": no chance of working. Not even drunken-redneck-quality planning or execution.

I can't believe these are viewed as terror attacks by anybody. Of course it is convenient to the expansion of the national security administration, so I understand they are excellent excuses to get their hands in your pants. Which is why I have been actively avoiding US airport connexions for a year.

more than 3 years ago
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Amazon Pulling Out of Texas Over $269 Million Tax Bill

just fiddling around You clearly don't understand bankrupcy (811 comments)

Debt to GDP is like comparing what you owe Vs your income. If 100% debt to income was the bankrupcy limit, most people would become eligible by buying a car. What is important is Debt service Vs gov't budget aka payment Vs income. As long as the government has enough money coming in to pay it's interest and capital, it's still OK.

Still, it's always better to owe less (or nothing at all). Perpetual war is a costly venture, and the US decided to finance by credit instead of keeping it to avaliable funds.

more than 3 years ago
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Hacker Steals $12 Million Worth of Zynga Poker Chips

just fiddling around Re:Currency does not have to be anything physical. (99 comments)

I am quite surprised that you are refuting my thesis by refering to a text that says exactly the same as me. Currency is not a means of storage of value or measure of value (I assume that those are the mysterious "2nd and 3rd meanings" you talk about). Storage of value is the same as having a defered exchange. For example: "I give you one pound of meat today for an iPod in a year" is the same as "I am selling you this meat for X simoleons and next year I buy an iPod for X simoleons". Measure of value is iffy at best, for the exact reason I described in my original post: the value of things fluctuates for many reasons and for no reason at all (aka whim or fashion).

Also, I cannot fathom why you would bring Zimbabwe hyper-inflation in a discussion about value and money. In fact, I am surprised a gold bug like you did not bring up the Weimar republic instead. It is self-evident that bad actors, be they governments or corporations, can ruin a whole economy. But Zimbabwe was never a credible government anyway.

Backing a currency on gold, at best, makes the operation of printing money more tedious because a government has to find more of the stuff before, and at worst strangles an expanding economy because value is created but gold cannot be. The only applicable patch would be deflation: since a finite amount of gold represents an expanding economy, everything must keep being "worth less" in gold for everything to balance. And since gold-backed currencies have worked by the principle of "fractional reserves" for a long time, they were a sham anyway.

As for a unique currency resolving poverty, I present you the perfect counter-argument: Rome, Medieval Europe and Renaissance Europe were full of poor people, even as currency was made of real commodities (mostly metals) and was directly convertible in useful objects in your smithy's backyard.

more than 3 years ago

Submissions

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Shatner to boldly lead Canada as Governor

just fiddling around just fiddling around writes  |  more than 4 years ago

just fiddling around (636818) writes "Now that Michaëlle Jean is approaching the end of her customary 5 years post as Governor General of Canada, the rumor mill has started on who Prime Minister Steven Harper will propose to the Queen in her stead. According to the CBC, the short list includes Captain Kirk, actor William Shatner. It seems that acting can lead to the highest offices in places other than California."
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Of OS's and men

just fiddling around just fiddling around writes  |  more than 10 years ago

It started a looong time ago, when my parents bought my first computer, a 8086 loaded with 640 kb of memory, a CGA video card and two 5 1/4 inch double density drives. With it came a copy of MS-DOS 3.2, which was not too bad a release: handled all the necessary formatting and copying stuff, and played games all right. It was even able to handle directories and hard drives! GWBasic was the language of choice for the broke kid I was, and "poutOnne Soutonne dredde" ("Pour some sugar on me", horribly mangled) was the inside joke the whole city of Quebec was sharing. George Michael was making the hearts of the girls of the neighborhood beat with "Faith".

A few years later, in 1993, we changed our then-obsolete computer for a AM386-40 MHZ (almost as powerful as a 486!!) and forked 300$ extra to get all of 8 MB of memory. All my friends were drooling , and I had no sound card yet! But back to operating systems: we had MS-DOS 5.0, having safely jumped over the dreaded version 4(you tought WinME was a first in the category "crappy remake of a good previous version"? ). All was fine and dandy, and Windows was a novelty no hobbyist wanted to waste his CPU cycles on. QBasic was the successor to GW, being also bundled free with MS-DOS. Salt 'n Pepa was the tune of the summer, Converse shoes were making a killing by being cheap-made AND expensive, and Celine Dion, on her first english album, was hammering that "Love Can Move Mountains".

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