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Graphene: Fast, Strong, Cheap, and Impossible To Use

kelemvor4 Re:Mass production ? (178 comments)

And yet, I read about a team in Cambridge in the UK who have a new low temperature process that can create graphene in industrial quantities.

http://cambridgenanosystems.co...

Do you expect the New Yorker to do actual research (or even a google search) before writing an article or something?

2 days ago
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FBI Seizes Los Angeles Schools' iPad Documents

kelemvor4 Re:When we give money to the schools ... (229 comments)

Maybe they are looking into how badly the students were ripped off by forcing ipads on them.

No joke, there's only the vast majority of alternative products that provide the same benefits at a lower cost. I guess they may lack the fruity logo on the back...

about two weeks ago
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FBI Seizes Los Angeles Schools' iPad Documents

kelemvor4 Re:When we give money to the schools ... (229 comments)

If they hired better teachers, what would the teachers' unions do with the worthless teachers? In this case I'd like to know what the FBI is investigating. Graft? Or are they investigating the students' "cybercrime" of unlocking the iPads?

The FBI Hasn't been forthcoming with that detail yet. Assumptions abound.

about two weeks ago
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You're Doing It All Wrong: Solar Panels Should Face West, Not South

kelemvor4 well you know (327 comments)

You could mount them on a small motor powered by the panel and have the things rotate with the sun. Doesn't seem like it would be all that hard to do. Then you get the better alignment all day long.

about two weeks ago
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Collin Graver and his Wooden Bicycle (Video)

kelemvor4 Self slashdotted (71 comments)

Maybe they should publish the video on a few other sites. Unless it's a lengthy clip of a small rotating circular symbol.

about a month ago
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Apple Disables Trim Support On 3rd Party SSDs In OS X

kelemvor4 Re:Apple is what MS always wanted to be (327 comments)

The difference is choice.

In the Apple model, yes, they have built that walled garden. Yes, they are generally sealed units with limited upgrade options. But with Apple in 2014, they're just one vendor among many viable alternatives. Depending on who you ask, they're somewhere between 8% and 15% of the market. That leaves a huge selection of alternate vendors from which to choose.

Microsoft, lest anyone forget, is a convicted (unfortunately never punished) monopolist. Is the late '90s they had something like 98% marketshare. In MS' world, you have no choice but to submit to his will and his ecosystem. You would not be free to leave and switch vendors because there would be no alternatives available. And while Gates may have recently been able to buy them a better reputation with his so-called charity work; you're a damn fool if you think he is anything but a viciously ruthless businessman who wanted nothing less than complete dominance over you.

Hmm.. I kind of hate defending Microsoft after having spent so much effort supporting the MS boycott. However, locking you into hardware vendors was never a MS thing. MS generally did their evil by forcing companies to sell MS and no alternative OS based products. They also did their thing buy stealing competing software outright. In the 90's there were thousands of examples on the now defunct vcnet.com (the url was vcnet.com/bms but no more) boycott site where the evil was being documented.

Bash MS, yes. But do it for valid reasons or you just shoot holes in your cause.

about a month ago
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Apple Disables Trim Support On 3rd Party SSDs In OS X

kelemvor4 How about (327 comments)

How about third party drivers? Seems like vendors will have to release some if they intend to sell to apple victims.

about a month ago
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Amazon's Luxembourg Tax Deals

kelemvor4 Re:jury (200 comments)

Cool, the people involved in this are going before a jury, right? ...right?

Whoah there. Corporations are only people when it's in their benefit.

about a month ago
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Cutting the Cord? Time Warner Loses 184,000 TV Subscribers In One Quarter

kelemvor4 Re:They tried to raise prices 20% unnanounced (392 comments)

Minimum basic cable price (if I don't want to sell my entire soul to the cableco) where I am is $39.48 + $3.99 for a converter box

They blatantly lie and claim that the box is "necessary" "because digital", but it isn't. The real reason they want you to use the box is because of their unilateral insistence on encrypting even the signals that you'd otherwise be able to get unencrypted from an antenna anyway, so that they can charge you a rental fee. But even then, it still isn't necessary because you can get a CableCard instead.

When I had cable TV (only because the TV + internet bundle was cheaper than internet-only that year), I refused the box (and refused to be charged for the box) as a matter of principle.

I used a cablecard for a few years. You still have to rent the card, although in my case it was $1 cheaper than a box. They still get to know what you're watching. You have to provide "guide" services somehow, as cablecards don't include that functionality.

Depending on where you live or who your provider is you may be able to get analog cable despite the claims. My local cable company tells you that it's digital only and you must have a card/box. My dad plugged his coax straight into his tv (which does not have or support a card) and he gets about 100 channels. So, I say try plugging the coax in and find out what is really what.

about a month and a half ago
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Verizon Launches Tech News Site That Bans Stories On US Spying

kelemvor4 Re:Hipsta mode activated (145 comments)

Reminds me of the gratuitous bong-rip philosophy you see on Ashton Kutcher's news site A+, which is bizarrely one of the most-viewed websites in the US.

Never heard of it before.

And who or what is Ashton Kutcher?

He's an American actor. Did a tv program called "that 70's show". I think he does chick flick type movies now, not really sure.

about a month and a half ago
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Verizon Launches Tech News Site That Bans Stories On US Spying

kelemvor4 Re:Hipsta mode activated (145 comments)

I myself only heard about it from an article making fun of it:

http://www.cracked.com/quick-f...

Thanks, that was downright hilarious. I think the idea posited by cracked that a+ is a gag is likely to be accurate.

about a month and a half ago
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Verizon Launches Tech News Site That Bans Stories On US Spying

kelemvor4 Re:And? (145 comments)

And I care about one more crappy corporate-controlled portal site why? Other than the "will they set up a GeoCities page next"-esque shock-value that any company in 2014 still believes their customers give the least damn about their ISP's home page, of course. If Verizon doesn't want news about the ways the intelligence community and Verizon conspire to rape us all, hey, their portal. And if I want actual news, hey, not their portal. It all balances out.

TFA made it sound like they were hiring "reporters" (sounded to me more like bloggers) who are actually writing content rather than running a portal.

about a month and a half ago
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Verizon Launches Tech News Site That Bans Stories On US Spying

kelemvor4 Re:Hipsta mode activated (145 comments)

Reminds me of the gratuitous bong-rip philosophy you see on Ashton Kutcher's news site A+, which is bizarrely one of the most-viewed websites in the US.

Never heard of it before.

about a month and a half ago
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Test Version Windows 10 Includes Keylogger

kelemvor4 Re: Friends (367 comments)

I don't know about you, but I don't think I could properly evaluate it if I had to avoid browsing to any website where I might need to enter a password, or unzip password-protected zip files, or, well, do anything that would involve me entering a password.

Why would you use a pre-alpha release of ANY os on your main computer? Or you can download the ISO, enter the key (it's all over the net), and set up an entirely fake user account. It's not like Microsoft has the same "real names" policy as facebook.

Somehow I suspect that pirating something that's being exposed for how much it phones home might not be the smartest idea in the world.

about 2 months ago
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FCC Puts Comcast and Time Warner Merger On Hold

kelemvor4 Re:Comcast & Warner Cable Bullshit (132 comments)

As long as Comcast and Time Warner are competing with each other, Netflix can say "Well Comcast only charged us this much, can you lower your price?" to Time Warner.

And Time Warner will say "How nice that Comcast is giving you a break. But if you want access to our customers -- which you cannot get from Comcast -- then this is the price."

Well, maybe one day unicef will get into the extortion business. Until then, we're the people to see. Do you want access to our customers or not?

about 2 months ago
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FCC Puts Comcast and Time Warner Merger On Hold

kelemvor4 Re:Given my current install experience with TWC (132 comments)

I can't support this merger given how horrible my current experience is with TWC. They've been to my house 6 times over 8 weeks and still no service. I've missed neatly 3 full days of work. It's not like I have another option either. One customer service rep canceled my order accidentally and had to start a new order.

Make sure you file a complaint with the FCC. You must know that the FCC isn't reading slashdot comments. Here: http://www.fcc.gov/complaints

about 2 months ago
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FCC Puts Comcast and Time Warner Merger On Hold

kelemvor4 Re:Comcast & Warner Cable Bullshit (132 comments)

is getting pretty deep.Competition?In Most areas,THERE IS NO COMPETITION! Like here where I live in Southeastern Kentucky,It is either Warner Cable or nothing.

Bingo! That's exactly why they said that the merger won't affect competition.

about 2 months ago

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Microsoft outed for attempting to hire shills

kelemvor4 kelemvor4 writes  |  about 6 months ago

kelemvor4 (1980226) writes "On sites like Slashdot that large corporations such as Microsoft pay shills to post on their behalf. Here we have someone who Microsoft would have liked as a shill outing them for the practice. A Twitter employee named Paul Stamatiou outed the scheme in a tweet. Michael Arrington of TechCrunch fame also outed them for the same activity. However he went so far as to post a screenshot with the proof."
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Burglar breaks into Microsoft, steals only Apple products

kelemvor4 kelemvor4 writes  |  about 2 years 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  |  more than 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 3 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 3 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 3 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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