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Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

kelemvor4 It's crap (486 comments)

The whole point is for the citizens to be able to form a militia in order to defend themselves from their own government. Those words would effectively decimate the whole reason for the second amendment.

1 hour ago
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Anyone Can Buy Google Glass April 15

kelemvor4 Re:And there was much rejoicing (161 comments)

What IS going to be effective? I'd argue that nothing done in relation to google glass, getting upset about it or being cool with it, will revive privacy.

I'd say businesses banning the device on their premises is a good start. Admittedly, I'm not full of ideas - but I'm sure complacency is not the answer.

2 days ago
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Anyone Can Buy Google Glass April 15

kelemvor4 Re:And there was much rejoicing (161 comments)

And how about we quit acting like this is the end of privacy and not CCTVs or the NSA.

So, ignore it and maybe it will go away? I don't think that's going to be effective.

2 days ago
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GM Names Names, Suspends Two Engineers Over Ignition-Switch Safety

kelemvor4 Re:Hero ? (236 comments)

That said, naming names of an engineer is a really bad precedent. What is the goal GM is trying to achieve here.

I hope that was a rhetorical question. It's obvious they are trying to create a scapegoat.

3 days ago
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Michael Bloomberg: You Can't Teach a Coal Miner To Code

kelemvor4 Re:Maybe they... (577 comments)

could move to Minecraft?

I was thinking of World of Warcraft. They could join the Chinese in gold mining for that game. Real mining -> Virtual mining. It's a natural progression.

4 days ago
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Michael Bloomberg: You Can't Teach a Coal Miner To Code

kelemvor4 4/11/2014 (577 comments)

I've written down the date. Michel Bloomberg said something that made sense today!

4 days ago
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Study: People That Think Social Media Helps Their Work Are Probably Wrong

kelemvor4 Re:Hmm.. (40 comments)

The fragmentation is the problem though. One month it's a wierd bug in gcc, next month it's about how to do streaming, next month it's a game, etc.

The real problem I have with forums/boards is the completely awful interface. They don't always keep track really of what I've read or not read, I don't get notified if there's a response to my question, and so forth; and when they do that stuff they often do it in a clumsy way and every site does it differently. Then I have to remember a zillion passwords too.

I haven't had problems with the cookies getting lost on most of the forums I use. I also tend to use the same password, because really it's not like a forum account is all that important. If it does get compromised to the point I can't or won't use the account anymore, I'd just get a new account. Most forums that I frequent use vBulletin or one of the free clones (phpBB for example), so I'm pretty used to the interface. I guess all that stuff is a matter of preference.

5 days ago
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Google: Teach Girls Coding, Get $2,500; Teach Boys, Get $0

kelemvor4 Re:Sex discrimination. (673 comments)

The solution to unfair discrimination is not more unfair discrimination.

Really/ Because in the example provided it worked, and in fact was not unfair. The results were that men and women were awarded jobes on an equal footing.

Just because an equal number were given jobs does not mean they were given the jobs on an equal footing. These days, women and minorities can get the same job as a white male but with fewer qualifications. Things are deliberately done that way to "equalize" the work force. The end does not justify the means, and it is definitely discrimination. It just seems to be the kind that you like.

Not that I'm all that opposed. The result is there are more women in my office! Good for them, good for me.

5 days ago
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Study: People That Think Social Media Helps Their Work Are Probably Wrong

kelemvor4 Re:It's Called Cyber Loafing (40 comments)

Social media doesn't do diddly squat for 98% of the world at work.

Guess what, it doesn't do much good for 98% of the world not at work.

about a week ago
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Study: People That Think Social Media Helps Their Work Are Probably Wrong

kelemvor4 Re:Hmm.. (40 comments)

My first thought here was "well.. duh!" Maybe I'm biased not doing a lot of this stuff, but I just can't see any sort of job where social media helps except for jobs that are involved with social media (marketing, customer interactions, etc).

Next up, will they have the study showing that Slashdot usage is detrimental to work performance? (at least I was sure usenet was a net positive because it was often the only place to get to get real answers to tough questions, which really has no replacement today)

Message boards have mostly replaced usenet these days. Unfortunately, they're a bit more fragmented. You have to find a message board pertaining to the topic you're interested.

about a week ago
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Study: People That Think Social Media Helps Their Work Are Probably Wrong

kelemvor4 Re:Productivity (40 comments)

Don't worry Ninja cat will distract them.

These lolcat pictures sure do help me focus on work!

And all these extreme political view posts, too!

...i'm pretty sure the president isn't an illegal alien...

they have uncovered evidence that he's actually a space alien from the planet plexnar 12.

about a week ago
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LA Police Officers Suspected of Tampering With Their Monitoring Systems

kelemvor4 Re:Easy fix (322 comments)

The article claims that they check the antennas before and after each shift, so they would know as soon as one was missing, and give the bill to whoever had the car during that shift.

So, that must mean the bacon in question is falsifying reports, right? Probably a little more serious than sending the guy a bill for the part. Perhaps a criminal offense?

about a week ago
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Under Revised Quake Estimates, Dozens of Nuclear Reactors Face Problems

kelemvor4 Re:Must question the "revised" estimates (152 comments)

The "revised" estimates were generated by the NRC in conjunction with the DOE and (wait...wait for it...) the Electric Power Research Institute.

Yep, they're all a bunch of goddamed hippifreak tree-huggin energy extinguishers.

Not only that, they also have bad breath and gingivitis.

about two weeks ago
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Cheaper Fuel From Self-Destructing Trees

kelemvor4 Re:yea (112 comments)

Use pot/weed marajuana, the reason the feds have a cry baby fit over moonshine and pot, they are also a Damn good fuel.

It might make people actually WANT a power plant in their neighborhood.

about two weeks ago
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Cheaper Fuel From Self-Destructing Trees

kelemvor4 Re:Wait, what? (112 comments)

"Wood is great for building and heating homes..."

Wood is TERRIBLE for heating homes. It is the absolute most inefficient way to heat.

Moreover, it's illegal in the USA. http://news.slashdot.org/story...

about two weeks ago
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Cheaper Fuel From Self-Destructing Trees

kelemvor4 Not in the US (112 comments)

Didn't the US EPA recently place a total ban on heating homes with wood?

Related: http://news.slashdot.org/story...

So what exactly do the US researchers hope to achieve here?

about two weeks ago
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A Third of Consumers Who Bought Wearable Devices Have Ditched Them

kelemvor4 Re:Tricky Tricky (180 comments)

Damnit, I forgot the other point I was going to make.

Useful new technology has to replace or simplify some function, ideally; otherwise it has the challenge of persuading us that we need this entirely new thing.

These devices do replace older devices that do the exact same thing. Pedometers have been around for hundreds of years. What's new is that the things integrate with your cell phone and by extension the web. More info: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...

about two weeks ago
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A Third of Consumers Who Bought Wearable Devices Have Ditched Them

kelemvor4 Tricky Tricky (180 comments)

The trouble with devices that claim to track your steps is they're so easily hoaxed by waving your arms around.

Several of my co-workers do the "fit bit" thing, and have a group. I've seen several of them attach the fitbit to a necklace and hang it from the rear view mirror in a car. They record lots of steps when you're driving around - especially when you've stopped at a red light and it's swinging like mad.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Experiences With Free To Air Satellite TV?

kelemvor4 I used to have an FTA Setup (219 comments)

First, you're going to want a motor to point the dish at various satellites in the clarke belt. There's some free programming available on each sat, but not a single sat you're likely to want to use all the time. Info on the sats and where to point your dish is here: http://www.dishpointer.com/
You'll also want to make sure you at least have a Ka and Ku band capable LNB device on your dish. If you ever upgrade to a fullsize dish you can also pull in channels broadcasting in C band.

I eventually upgraded my dish to a 120cm model for better signal, but never got a fullsize dish. Like I said in the title I USED to have an FTA setup. IMO it was a pain in the ass. Hardly ever found anything I wanted to watch, and I spent countless hours setting things up and keeping them working. Good luck getting local anything. You're not going to be getting HBO or anything like that without some kind of pay service (or a hack). It was a constant hassle to scan for birds that I could pick up, scan for channels on that bird, then go and see what was on the bird.

about two weeks ago

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Burglar breaks into Microsoft, steals only Apple products

kelemvor4 kelemvor4 writes  |  about a year ago

kelemvor4 (1980226) writes "Despite Microsoft's offices being presumably filled with the best MS tech on the planet, the thieves instead chose to steal only five Apple iPads that were in the office. As the paper notes, no Microsoft products were stolen."
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Smart Automotive Headlight for Seeing Through Rain and Snow

kelemvor4 kelemvor4 writes  |  about 2 years ago

kelemvor4 (1980226) writes "Standard vehicle headlights improve driver visibility at night by illuminating the road and the surrounding environment. Unfortunately, they also illuminate raindrops and snowflakes making them appear as bright flickering streaks that are distracting to the driver. We propose a headlight capable of avoiding precipitation to improve driver visibility while adequately illuminating the road. This reduces driver stress and makes roads more safe during rain and snow storms. We have conducted simulations and built a prototype system to show that the approach is feasible and effective. Demonstration of the prototype system with an artificial rain drop generator is encouraging making the falling rain disappear in front of the observer.

A write-up on the subject is available here: http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~ILIM/publications/PDFs/DTBRKN-ICCP12.pdf"

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Supercomputer predicts revolution

kelemvor4 kelemvor4 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

kelemvor4 (1980226) writes "A study, based on millions of articles, charted deteriorating national sentiment ahead of the recent revolutions in Libya and Egypt.

While the analysis was carried out retrospectively, scientists say the same processes could be used to anticipate upcoming conflict.

The system also picked up early clues about Osama Bin Laden's location."

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EA's Origin may be a little too intrusive

kelemvor4 kelemvor4 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

kelemvor4 (1980226) writes "One of the most intrusive EULA agreements I've seen to date is that of EA's ORIGIN:
“We or third parties operating the advertisement serving technology may use demographic information such as age and gender as well as information logged from your hardware or device to ensure that appropriate advertising is presented within the site, online or mobile product or service and to calculate or control the number of unique and repeat views of a given ad, and/or deliver ads that relate to your interests and measure the effectiveness of ad campaigns. We or third parties may log data for this purpose including IP address (including for purposes of determining your approximate geographic location), unique device I.D., information about your software, applications and hardware, browser information (and/or information passed via your browser), hardware, machine or device make and model, advertisement(s) served, in game location, length of time an advertisement was visible, other Internet and website usage information, web pages and mobile internet sites which have been viewed by you (as well as date and time), domain type, size of the advertisement, advertisement response (if any), and angle of view. The foregoing data may be used and disclosed per this policy and the privacy policy of the company providing the ad serving technology and to other third parties in a form that does not personally identify you.”"

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Can a virtual currency do away with banks?

kelemvor4 kelemvor4 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

kelemvor4 (1980226) writes "Bitcoin is an electronic currency that can be traded directly on the internet, members don't even need to have a bank account.

Its value is fluctuating significantly, but creators claim it will do to the banking system what emails did to the postal service."

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