top Monthly net electricity use in my household:
Lowest month - August - 369kWh. Highest month - February - 4244kWh. Electric heat. Electrical efficiency of monitors, refrigerator, even light bulbs doesn't matter. No matter how I burn watts, in the end it becomes heat. The only difference in my electrical bill is if I use the electricity for light or entertainment prior to it becoming heat, I pay 9.5 cents per kWh. If I just use it for heat, I pay 5.5 cents per kWh for off-peak electricity.
top Why Letting Your Insurance Company Monitor How You Drive Can Be a Good Thing
The car insurance folks are just trying to improve the granularity of their risk calculations. The eventual will be marginally lower rates for low risk drivers, and denied coverage for the worst. Soon as that happens, some "progressive" politician would start screaming about driving being a fundamental "right", and risk based insurance rates as an infringement on that "right". I see an "O`bama-care" version of car insurance coming within 5 years.
top Concern Mounts Over Self-Driving Cars Taking Away Freedom
I'll give it 10 years before some group of liberals manages to force a rule through congress that all new cars must be capable of autonomous navigation. Then 10 more before there's classes of roads (interstates, boulevards, school zones) where non-autonomous travel is banned. Then some entire cities will go driverless. All because a bunch of nanny staters feel "safer" if there's no independently controlled vehicular behemoths bearing down on them. They'll sell it as the cure for road rage, speeding and distracted driving. No Thank-you.
top Looking for a good holster.
It works well enough for my other high technology wearable. No reason it wouldn't work for a Kindle.
top Home wireless security level?
Most wireless devices would have to be on my land to access my router, so I've got an Alfred E. Neumann attitude toward wireless security. If you're visiting me, go ahead.
I tested with a high wattage radio connected to first a 13Dbm Omni antenna, then a 25Dbm flat panel antenna. I could establish a reliable connection at over half a mile to the router on my desk, but after that things got a bit shakey. The Omni didn't have quite the range as the panel, but the alignment on the panel had to be spot on at distances of a mile. Considering my closest neighbor is over a mile away, I'm rather satisfied with distance as my best security option. Failing that, my Remmington 40x is accurate to minute of laptop at 1000 yards.
top Door-to-Door Mail Delivery to End Under New Plan
I've had my mailbox at the end of my driveway for years. Same place it was in the 1930's. Somewhere between 1/8 and 1/4 mile from the house where my driveway connects to the gravel township road. Buy some walking shoes, city dweller.
top Most precise measuring tool I've used ...
Powder scale measures to
.05 grains -- and I have a check weight set. Length -- measures to .0001 inch. Time -- chronometer accurate to .001 seconds.
Weighs gunpowder, measures case diameter/length, times bullet speed.
about a year and a half ago
top What Is Your Favorite Polearm?
top Oracle Linux 32-bit: Unsafe at any speed
- OR -
The Oracle Linux Support Program [ID 264040.1]
top LA Cop Christopher Dorner Is Not the First American to Be Hunted by Drones on US
Farmer in Pembina County North Dakota tracked by two Predator drones in 2011.
top Ask Slashdot: Typing Advice For a Guinness World Record Attempt?
Does that typing test require use of a mechanical interface? Learn how to use a direct Brain-Compuer Interface and bypass the fingers and the keyboard. (Makes the PS2/USB argument moot.)
top Flash Player Update Forces Installation of Google Toolbar
Hate to say it, but the download screen for Flash (both 32-bit and 64-bit) both have a checkmark on the option to "Yes, install Chrome as my default browser and Google Toolbar for Internet Explorer â" optional."
top Want to Change the Slashdot Logo? For 1 Day in October, You Can
Keep the geezer geeks happy. When you're going to rename the whole Slashdot shebang, what better than sh-bang.
top ACLU Questions Privacy of License Plate Scanners
Just make the data publicly accessible. If the overlords want to create a database of what peons do, like, say, go, wear,
.... Just put it online in a publicly accessible database and justify keeping the data to the Legislative and Judicial branches. Further -- no excepting anyone from being included in the database or from accessing it. Public pressure will serve to keep things honest.
top Of currently dead inventors, my favorite is ...
... not because I hope to win a prize
top Ask Slashdot: Bring Your Own Last Mile(s)
Two consumer grade Wireless Access Points, wireless bridge capable, POE capable, user replacable antenna.
Two 10 Db flat pannel wireless antenna
Two weatherproof equipment enclosures with 2 cable passthrough grommets each.
Attach the antenna to the outside of the enclosure, WAP inside, ethernet cable connects to home router using a POE power injector.
Mount the enclosures high enough for line-of-sight connectivity.
Total expense: ~$300
top Books I bought to read, but haven't yet:
Thanks -- I've seen that results page far too many times. Too bad things aren't what they should be - library : "org", store : "com".
top Books I bought to read, but haven't yet:
Yes, thousands. I've cataloged my home collection at
http://librarything.org/ and I find that even though I've listed almost 2000 books, I'm still only the 4000th largest personal library on the site.
I picked up 71 used books over the weekend from 2 thrift shops, and cataloged them to check whether any were duplicates of those I've already read. This puts me in the less than 10% voting group, but 71 is hardly a handful.
top What fellow slashdotters prefer to read
"Anything, just anything. Words in a row." --
"Glory Road", Robert A. Heinlein
top Google's 'Do a Barrel Roll' Used HTML5, CSS3 Techn
The page this entry links to attempts to do BAAAADDDD things.
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