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Your Online TV Watching Can Now Be Tracked Across Devices

nblender Re:All the more reason to get an antenna. (124 comments)

Generalize much?

I live in an RF hole so even a high gain antenna up on my roof can't pick up any terrestrial channels... In actual fact, I can pick one channel up but the signal strength is low so it freezes and cuts out making it essentially unwatchable, and that's during clear sunny weather.

Fortunately, I get everything I need from the Bittorrent channel.


Speed Cameras In Chicago Earn $50M Less Than Expected

nblender Re:Goal Should Be Zero Revenue (373 comments)

It shouldn't be zero revenue because there would be no 'deterrance' which is their stated goal.

However, the revenue should go into a different pot, like an annual donation to local charities that are not otherwise funded by the city.


Help ESR Stamp Out CVS and SVN In Our Lifetime

nblender esr will save us! (237 comments)


Seriously, what does he care what repository some other project uses... I know various people have experimented trying to shoehorn the NetBSD repository and history into Subversion, Hg, and git over the years and they've always ended in failure... So far CVS is working even though it's not super awesome. But at least it works. Why should NetBSD switch to something that can only barely work from something that's already working.

I'm sure I'll get flame-broiled because I'm not wanking my pud over Git.

2 days ago

An Algorithm to End the Lines for Ice at Burning Man

nblender Re: Agner Krarup Erlang - The telephone in 1909! (326 comments)

they can pile twice as many vehicles into the very small parking lot in two lines as they could in one line before they start overflowing into traffic... In my town, there are some Timmies locations where they only have room for one line and these regularly overflow into the street blocking a lane during rush hour... People's coffee is more important than keeping traffic moving.

I drink my coffee at home.

2 days ago

Soda Pop Damages Your Cells' Telomeres

nblender Re:One thing... sugar tastes better than HFCS (420 comments)

A friend of mine always had me bring a 12 pack of Coke down from Canada with me whenever I came to visit on account of apparently our coke having cane sugar and US coke using HFCS. That was a dozen years ago. I don't know if it's still true. I stopped drinking pop 15 years ago...

2 days ago

Tesla Teardown Reveals Driver-facing Electronics Built By iPhone 6 Suppliers

nblender Re:(some) cars are gadgets now (156 comments)

I have a 45 year old Land Cruiser that fits your requirements.

It's fun to drive, once in a while.. But gets old real fast.

4 days ago

OS X 10.10 Yosemite Review

nblender yawn. (303 comments)

I need to look deeper but so far there's been 12 pages of "these buttons look different" and "the window titles are now vibrant!" but nothing about how applications actually work the way they should now ... So far I still don't see any real advantage to moving up from 10.6.8...

Unless I missed them fixing some of my nits:

- When you move a mail message out of your inbox, one option needs to be "move this to the same folder you previously moved messages _from_this_sender_"
- When I switch desktops, it should leave me in whatever app I'm currently in, not switch to Finder...

4 days ago

Scanning Embryos For Super-Intelligent Kids Is On the Horizon

nblender Re:What's the big deal with intelligence? (366 comments)

My son is classified as 'gifted', has a low 140's IQ; plenty of ambition, and an amazing inability to satiate his curiosity about pretty much everything. I love my son to bits, but there are more than just a few days where I would give anything for him to be a normal everyday shlub like the rest of the kids on the street... Having a high IQ child is not all upside.. There's a lot of downsides as well. At a young age you have someone who can read at an adult level, is bored by books for his age group, but is not emotionally mature enough to read books for his vocabulary and curiosity level. Sitting in a car with the kid is torture... He has an ability to generate interesting questions at a rate faster than he can verbalize them. After about 2 hours, you are mentally drained... On car trips, we limit his questions to one every 5 minutes and you can see him practically exploding, waiting for the clock to change... Even at 5 minute intervals, a 6 hour car trip is torture. In addition to his insatiable curiosity, and need to solve problems, he's also extremely sensitive, both physically and emotionally... A radio that I can hardly hear is too loud for him. He didn't like walking through tall grass due to the prickly feeling of it on his arms or legs... If he feels he has been dealt an injustice, he can jump right to violent anger instead of engaging in some self control.

It sounds like i'm describing someone on the Aspergers scale but he's been tested for that and on the first test, was marginally at the very bottom of the range, and the second test was just outside the range. He's in a school that is tailored towards gifted kids and he's thriving there, both academically and emotionally... He has a ton of friends and is slowly learning how to operate his brain...

Like I say, I love him to bits and so far the rewards probably outweigh the negatives, but if I knew then what I know now, I don't think I'd consciously elect to select for greater intelligence at the Zygot stage.

about a week ago

Google Announces Motorola-Made Nexus 6 and HTC-Made Nexus 9

nblender Re:phablet (201 comments)

I thought Phondle-slab was better.

about a week ago

Positive Ebola Test In Second Texas Health Worker

nblender Re:Just tell me (463 comments)

I know many people who have caught the flu. In fact, all of my co-workers. I don't know anyone who has died of the flu.

I don't know anyone who has died of Ebola. But I also don't know anyone who has caught it.

I'd rather not catch either but if I had to catch one of them, guess which one I'd rather have?

about a week ago

Lockheed Claims Breakthrough On Fusion Energy Project

nblender Re:On one hand... (564 comments)

I watched a documentary in the 80's where they showed that by November 2015, GE would develop a small automotive Fusion reactor that would run on banana peels and beer. It was called "Mr. Fusion"... I've been putting off my vehicle purchases until then... Only a year to go now!

about a week ago

Flight Attendants Want Stricter Gadget Rules Reinstated

nblender I understand, but don't sympathize... (405 comments)

Typical of Air Canada, if you're not listening, they become surly... So they want you to listen. But you have to listen twice, both in english and in french... God help you if you should tune out while they're going through the whole spiel in a language you don't understand...

Westjet has a video for the french half and could seemingly care less if you're paying attention. The english half is occasionally made interesting with the injection of humor...

about a week ago

Fusion Reactor Concept Could Be Cheaper Than Coal

nblender Re:Wait... (315 comments)

They're unreliable. They only work half the time.

about two weeks ago

The Greatest Keyboard Ever Made

nblender ahh yes ... (304 comments)

I've used various incarnations of these... First one was on my original IBM PC (not XT) with the annoying layout... I liked it best. My dad had a 5120 with a nice big built-in version... Then later I installed 3161's and PC-RT's in Dental offices... Then got my own RT...

After the original PC one, they seemed to get more plasticy... Especially in the PS/2 days... Could just be my imagination though.

Good times ...

Now I just use whatever crap someone puts in front of me.

about two weeks ago

Fuel Efficiency Numbers Overstate MPG More For Cars With Small Engines

nblender Re:Overstated or misrepresented? (403 comments)

Quoting MPG is useless unless you clarify whether you're quoting US-MPG or IMPERIAL-MPG... 25 IMPERIAL-MPG is 20 US-MPG.. A somewhat less impressive number. This is slashdot; we don't have the benefit of location context.

about two weeks ago

2014 Nobel Prize In Physics Awarded To the Inventors of the Blue LED

nblender Re:As well they should. (243 comments)

We bought a Samsung Induction range which came with a blue LED clock. You can't read it from halfway across the room.. Something about the contrast or whatever but nobody's eyes can focus on it... It's completely useless.

about two weeks ago

Tesla Is Starting a Certified Preowned Program

nblender Re:So... (126 comments)

This is a new car company engaged in a huge undertaking. If it were me, I'd want to know everything possible about every one of those vehicles on the road to help drive future so I bet there's a ton of useful telemetry that either gets sent in realtime or uploaded whenever the car checks in for a firmware update. As such, I bet a CPO Tesla would be a way better bet than a CPO Honda...

about two weeks ago

Studies Conclude Hands-Free-calling and Apple Siri Distract Drivers

nblender Re:So does scratching your nose (208 comments)

exactly this. I do a lot of highway driving by myself, generally on weekends. I listen to the radio just fine. But occasionally I've found myself texting periodically with someone about some problem. Quiet back country rural roads. I'm texting with the phone on the dash, so I'm not moving my head, just adjusting the my focusing distance typing about 1 cps... I find that when I'm finished that task, I don't remember any part of the intervening journey... My mind went on auto-pilot and exercised all the correct turns... I just don't remember it. So, for me, I consider that to be 'distracted driving' and it makes me uncomfortable. I know lots of people who claim they can drive and text at the same time without any negative effect. I don't believe them but good for them... I know I can't. So now I just pull over when I find myself needing to respond something more complicated than 'y' or 'n'.

about two weeks ago

First Teleportation of Multiple Quantum Properties of a Single Photon

nblender Re:Let's all hope ... (107 comments)

"Tea. Earl Grey. Hot."

about two weeks ago


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