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Solar Plant Sets Birds On Fire As They Fly Overhead

kilodelta Re:god dammit. (484 comments)

Predator calls would probably work. And yes, simulated Hawks would be ideal. Eagles are for the most part scavengers but Hawks are real hunters.

2 days ago
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Comcast Training Materials Leaked

kilodelta Re:McDonallds should sue ... (246 comments)

Problem is they won't renegotiate with you. They'll just tell you tough luck. Complain to your legislators both local and federal about that. Make it a point to do so. Call, email, visit. But make sure they know we're not going to take the shit any longer.

2 days ago
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Comcast Training Materials Leaked

kilodelta Re:McDonallds should sue ... (246 comments)

Well - the only data players where I live are Verizon FIOS and Cox. Both of which will charge you $70 per month for data only.

Which is fine with me .A Roku box and my Wii with Netflix, YouTube and even Amazon will do the trick.

And as to antennas - just an 8 foot length of 24 gauge or so wire inserted into the center pin of the F connector nets me about 12 stations. I suppose If I mounted a good omin-directional on the roof I'd likely see service clear into Boston.

2 days ago
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Comcast Training Materials Leaked

kilodelta Re:McDonallds should sue ... (246 comments)

In my case I have Cox and they too try to upsell all the time. It's gotten to the point where I'll assertively say "Cut the shit and address the problem". That usually works. I'm almost at the point where I'm going to tell Cox to stuff their TV and Phone services anyhow. All I really need is the net connection.

2 days ago
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Every Day Is Goof-Off-At-Work Day At the US Patent and Trademark Office

kilodelta Re:Where do I sign up? (327 comments)

Oh tell me about it. I was a state employee not once but twice. In both cases I saw horse trades that made it hellish for everyone.

For example - I had an Admin Director yelling at me about something SHE didn't do. That was when I knew - no more state employment unless I'm REALLY high up and can tell people to fuck off.

about two weeks ago
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Every Day Is Goof-Off-At-Work Day At the US Patent and Trademark Office

kilodelta Re:Public servants don't give an arm and a leg (327 comments)

If you think for a moment that Experian, Equifax and Transunion are running pristine databases you're sorely mistaken. They're pretty much the master of all fuck ups. It's just that their PR machines leads us to believe otherwise.

about two weeks ago
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Every Day Is Goof-Off-At-Work Day At the US Patent and Trademark Office

kilodelta Re:Public servants don't give an arm and a leg (327 comments)

Well - we know in the EPA some employees are smearing shit on the walls for kicks. So couple this with the USPTO and you can pretty much assure that almost every public agency you've listed is goofing off pretty often. It's a wonder anything ever gets done. And ObDisclaimer: I'm kind of sort of on a contract that one of the players is the VA.

We sent them something for evaluation three weeks ago and they haven't looked at it yet.

And about a decade ago I worked with the CJIS folks in Clarksburg. Not the brightest bulbs or sharpes crayons let me tell you.

about two weeks ago
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Netflix Now Works On Linux With HTML5 DRM Video Support In Chrome

kilodelta Re:Why is (201 comments)

I stick with Netflix because I like the series they produce. House of Cards was awesome, and Hemlock Grove is creepy in its own right. So I'll keep it. But I've long complained to Netflix what a flaming piece of excrement Silverlight was.

about two weeks ago
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Every Day Is Goof-Off-At-Work Day At the US Patent and Trademark Office

kilodelta Wow - good thing (327 comments)

I was recruited by a friend for a patent examiner position. Glad I declined because instead I get to spend my time surfing slashdot instead.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: "Real" Computer Scientists vs. Modern Curriculum?

kilodelta Re:Beards and suspenders. (637 comments)

Well I have a van dyke but no suspenders. I try to keep it as casual as I can.

That being said the modern languages like Java do much better at memory management than C or C++ ever did. So it's all academic - if you can program you can program. The key thing to look for in a good programmer is a problem solver. That problem solver has the ability to see a huge problem, break it down into functional groups and then code the hell out of it.

about two weeks ago
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Idiot Leaves Driver's Seat In Self-Driving Infiniti, On the Highway

kilodelta Re: Whole Argument is Idiotic! (406 comments)

Yes indeed. The biggest road block to autonomous vehicles is liability law. Who is liable when the car drives itself. To me it is clear, it's the manufacturer that becomes liable.

But once the politicians get their heads out of their asses we can all enjoy extra-curricular activities in a car that we never could before. Sleeping is one. Hell, I coudl get in the car, kick the seats back, put on some music and go to sleep. Wake up and you're at your destination. Or you could pass the hours in sexual pursuits. It's all up to you.

about two weeks ago
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MIT Considers Whether Courses Are Outdated

kilodelta Part of it is because (205 comments)

90% of what they teach you in any University or College is useless drivel. I mean did I really NEED to take sociology? An a la carte option would have appealed to me way back then.

about two weeks ago
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Hack an Oscilloscope, Get a DMCA Take-Down Notice From Tektronix

kilodelta Re:Who'd buy a Tek? (273 comments)

You obviously don't do any RF work.

about two weeks ago
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Stanford Team Creates Stable Lithium Anode Using Honeycomb Film

kilodelta Re:More Range Needed (119 comments)

A friend has a Ford Fiesta with the 1.6L engine. Probably the same one on Ford's shelf since the early 80's. It gets about 340 miles to a tankful of gas. So 300 miles on a charge isn't a stretch. It's just recharge times have to approximate gas refuel times.

about three weeks ago
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Suddenly Visible: Illicit Drugs As Part of Silicon Valley Culture

kilodelta Here in Providence, RI (511 comments)

All first responders from cops to firefighters all carry Naloxone for heroin overdose.

Which is proactive in my opinion. But the problem exists even here. We've had a number of heroin overdoses the last few years that resulted in death. Now that there's a treatment available people no longer need to fear the first responders so much.

about three weeks ago
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Google Offers a Million Bucks For a Better Inverter

kilodelta Re:110 or 240v (260 comments)

Actually where I live it's 250V split to 125V sides.

about a month ago
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Cosmologists Show Negative Mass Could Exist In Our Universe

kilodelta All I want to know is (214 comments)

When can I have my flying car. The one with no wings.

about a month ago

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