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Ask Slashdot: What To Do About Repeated Internet Overbilling?

mattack2 Re:maybe (353 comments)

I know, that's why I made that analogy.

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: What To Do About Repeated Internet Overbilling?

mattack2 Re:What are you downloading? (353 comments)

But that doesn't really make sense.

Lets say someone wants Netflix access, but doesn't use it that much (a couple shows a week).

They need the bandwidth, but don't need all that much total data. They can't choose a lower bandwidth, since then that would mean not getting HD quality, or not even being able to get it at all.

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: What To Do About Repeated Internet Overbilling?

mattack2 Re:maybe (353 comments)

But isn't this technically not "spillage at the bottling plant", but "packaging removed by the delivery men"? So it's almost spillage on your front door...

That is, you're paying for the full weight of the package, including the container.. But when they deliver it, they remove the container and take it away.. So you did pay for delivery of the container, you just don't have it anymore..?

about a week ago
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Choose Your Side On the Linux Divide

mattack2 Re:What is it? (811 comments)

Alpine actually is pretty overgrown.

1) email
2) usenet
3) editor (I believe much of the code is shared with pico, but I don't think it launches a separate pico, e.g. for editing headers)
probably does more that I can't even think about.. But because it has the built in friendly behaviors AND ability to use various supplemental things (e.g. external editor), it does seem to me to sort of be outside of the "do one very specific thing well".

and again, I like it, partially BECAUSE of it being "a better UNIX app citizen", IMHO.

about a week ago
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Choose Your Side On the Linux Divide

mattack2 What is it? (811 comments)

OK, I guess I am sort of answering my own question.. Checking the wikipedia
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...

it's the init process. That page also describes that a bunch of other stuff was merged into it.

I have no idea who this is, but on the 2nd page of the quoted article, there is this quoted:

Mike Gancarz sums up the Unix philosophy:

1) Small is beautiful.
2) Make each program do one thing well. ..and a bunch more...

The funny thing is, I agree with those in theory... but in actual practice (yes, I'm alluding to the cliche), pine/alpine is one of the best UNIX programs around.. it's "friendly" (unlike most UNIX programs), but ALSO configurable as heck for those of us who can't stand to use its defaults (e.g. its built in editor)... and you can just move the binaries around, unlike most UNIX programs.. So it's basically a big huge program, comparatively.

(trn's another example of a huge program that does a lot of things well.)

about a week ago
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How Does Tesla Build a Supercharger Charging Site?

mattack2 Re:That's not quick? (190 comments)

True, but if you limit yourself to the 'average' commute your range is going to be too short for half of commuters, never mind if they need to divert somewhere without charge opportunity.

Actually, I said over double the average commute. Though we're also confusing median and mean, I admit I don't recall which the stat was (I've quoted it in previous EV threads -- from various sites, including government studies).

Are you driving a pure EV or a strong hybrid? I'm thinking a leaf?

Smart electric. About the same range as a Leaf, IIRC. My car usually says about 62 or 63 miles range when it's full, though the federal stat is 68 miles, IIRC. Anecdotally, even though mine says 62 or 63 miles, it is being very conservative, because e.g. I can go 20 miles, but the range estimate has only gone down 15 miles. I have noticed that many times on my one long drive weekly to a friend's house.

about two weeks ago
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How Does Tesla Build a Supercharger Charging Site?

mattack2 Re:And how long does it take... (190 comments)

Yeah, $2K for free energy forever _for someone who has convenient access to a supercharger_ seems like an incredibly great deal.

I admit I'm using "gas price equivalents" here...
I drive a short distance, but even I would put in over $30 of gas more often than every 2 weeks in my car with a small tank..

That's around 2.5 years payback, and I'm lowballing some of those numbers.

about two weeks ago
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How Does Tesla Build a Supercharger Charging Site?

mattack2 Re:That's not quick? (190 comments)

Hint: Paragraphs.

OK, so you're basically unwilling to live within the system, so you're not getting a margin acct. You do realize you're not liable for anything more than $50 (and the credit card companies usually waive that) in fraudulent charges, right?

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Where Can I Find Good Replacement Batteries?

mattack2 NLee the Engineer reviews (131 comments)

I'm not sure if he reviews all different types of batteries, but "NLee the Engineer" reviews tons of rechargeable batteries (and other stuff, as you'll see at the link) at Amazon, and he seems to really know his stuff.

Basically, after you've found what you're looking for, his reviews seem to be very knowledgeable. He'll knock bad products and give good reviews to good ones.

His link:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/pdp/p...

about two weeks ago
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If Fusion Is the Answer, We Need To Do It Quickly

mattack2 Re: Fusion Confusion (305 comments)

BTW, France also has admitted that even reprocessing fuel from thermal reactors doesn't make economic sense.

Can you provide a citation? I thought that with the proper type of reactor, the reprocessing step was basically economically neutral, but of course environmentally useful.

about two weeks ago
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How Does Tesla Build a Supercharger Charging Site?

mattack2 Re:That's not quick? (190 comments)

Limited Range: I'll admit that the Model S is currently the only vehicle to compete with gasoline for range

True on absolute terms, but NOT true in the actual day to day commute/usage of the majority of the U.S. population. Even the lowest range electric cars can go over 2x the average commute... and people can charge overnight at home or some at work, as you mention.

The funny thing is, I have more "range anxiety" in my phone battery than I do in my car battery. I even drive one of the lowest range electric cars.

about two weeks ago
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How Does Tesla Build a Supercharger Charging Site?

mattack2 Re:That's not quick? (190 comments)

Your broker won't "let" you sell short?

Uhh, get a Schwab, etc., account, and IIRC, the standard is you can do margin for 1/2 of your portfolio value in your account.. Of course you have to pay margin interest.

about two weeks ago
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Study: Ad-Free Internet Would Cost Everyone $230-a-Year

mattack2 Conflating the Internet and web, but still CHEAP (610 comments)

The article is conflating the web and the Internet, as usual.. sigh..

So what do they actually mean? I presume they really just mean web sites (articles).. Not something like Hulu Plus. I hate regular ads(*) with a passion. I love Tivo, but if there were something like an ad free Hulu Plus, or Netflix with current shows _AND_ past shows, I'd pay a lot for it, instead of regular cable. (I'd expect/want to watch it on TV, not just a computer/phone/tablet.)

Though, even if JUST for web sites, that's freaking cheap. I'd pay it in a minute... and I'm VERY frugal.

(*) Though it bugs some people, product placement very very rarely bugs me, even really blatant ones like on Survivor.

about two weeks ago
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Solar Plant Sets Birds On Fire As They Fly Overhead

mattack2 cheep [sic] energy (521 comments)

Cheap energy + dinner == win win

about two weeks ago
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Adam Carolla Settles With Podcasting Patent Troll

mattack2 Re:To each his own (63 comments)

I skip prerecorded ads (e.g. beginning, end of Carolla's podcast.. sometimes in the middle). I listen to live reads, for those kinds of mistakes or just riffing..

about two weeks ago
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Adam Carolla Settles With Podcasting Patent Troll

mattack2 Re:Dammit! Adam you rolled over... (63 comments)

Well, he "settled". I can't provide a direct quote, though it sure seemed like he said previously he'd never settle.

I'm glad at least that there isn't a permanent gag order, and Adam will give the details in not too long a time.

BTW, I am not saying I'm necessarily 100% on his side. There was either a Planet Money or Freakanomics podcast episode about Personal Audio, and, after listening to that, I do think they had something very close to "a podcast with cassettes".. As much as people disclaim patents of "do X __ON THE INTERNET___", this seems to me to be at least a more reasonable case of a patent "crossing media". IANAL , so that's why I say "seems". Though even Adam has said on his podcast that he's not against patents, he's mostly railed against the system itself.

about two weeks ago
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Ballmer Leaves Microsoft Board

mattack2 Re:ah, come on... (142 comments)

Whatever little snippet I saw of him on the news the other day, yelling at his team (press conference?), definitely did remind me of the DEVELOPERS spazzing.

about two weeks ago
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Tesla Removes Mileage Limits On Drive Unit Warranty Program

mattack2 Re:Are there any reasons... (174 comments)

Carnegie gave a HUGE boost to the public library system, by donating tons of books and money to them.

Also, having opened the hall that is the subject of a joke most people know is a big thing.

about two weeks ago
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Involuntary Eye Movement May Provide Definitive Diagnosis of ADHD

mattack2 Pruitt Taylor Vince (200 comments)

Wait, so Pruitt Taylor Vince has ADHD?

(no, just kidding, from imdb: "Has nystagmus, a condition which causes a person's eyes to move involuntarily." But he was who I thought about when reading the summary.)

about three weeks ago

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