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Top Five Theaters Won't Show "The Interview" Sony Cancels Release

ottawanker Boycott (586 comments)

Well, I'm boycotting any theatre that isn't showing this movie because of a terrorist threat. If they don't want to show it because it's crap, that's fine with me.. But not because of some threat.

about two weeks ago
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Spaceport America Loses $1.7 Million Due To Virgin Galactic Delays

ottawanker Re:If you work on the bleeding edge... (46 comments)

I'd rather have the $9,230.77 to $10,769.23 a year spent per student. A nice little $200,000 nest egg when I was 16 wouldn't have been too bad.

about a month ago
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Germans Can Get Free Heating From the Cloud

ottawanker Great in the winter .. (148 comments)

.. but in the summer?

about a month and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Where Do You Stand on Daylight Saving Time?

ottawanker Should be backwards.. (613 comments)

Who care's if it's light out at 7 AM? I want it to be light until at least 6 PM..

about 2 months ago
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Cutting the Cord? Time Warner Loses 184,000 TV Subscribers In One Quarter

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

I have Rogers, and have used two modems in the last 10 years, only upgrading to be eligible for faster service..

about 2 months ago
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Days After Shooting, Canada Proposes New Restrictions On and Offline

ottawanker Ugh! (308 comments)

So, they've said that they knew something like this was going to happen eventually.. If they knew it was going to happen eventually, they should have planned for it. And, if they were happy with the security measures before, why do they need to change them now?

Let's keep this in context.. One guy, seemingly acting alone, shot a few people. Unfortunately he did it on government land, so the instant response is 'Terrorism'.

One guy (well, two if you count our PM), screwing with our freedoms.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Advice On Building a Firewall With VPN Capabilities?

ottawanker Re:geek or not (238 comments)

I'm fairly certain my pfSense box has no video card in it at all to generate heat. It also has 6 ethernet interfaces, all in a nice mini-itx package.

about 3 months ago
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Georgia Tech Researchers Jailbreak iOS 7.1.2

ottawanker Why buy a product that you're going to jailbreak? (136 comments)

When are people going to stop buying products that they feel the need to jailbreak instead of buying unlocked or open alternatives? Keep rewarding the bad behaviour that you don't like, and you'll just get more of the same, except locked down even better.

about 5 months ago
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Intel To Offer Custom Xeons With Embedded FPGAs For the Data Center

ottawanker To help prevent people from buying AMD and nVidia (80 comments)

Intel Xeon customers can reap higher performance for critical functions without translating the majority of their code to OpenCL or bothering to update it for GPGPU

In other words, to help prevent people from buying AMD and nVidia products.

about 6 months ago
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Comcast Converting 50,000 Houston Home Routers Into Public WiFi Hotspots

ottawanker Re:Liability (474 comments)

I'm assuming their modems/routers have a way of provisioning a second IP address so that the wifi hotspot doesn't get you in legal trouble (or steal your bandwidth).

about 7 months ago
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Ford's Bringing Adaptive Steering To the Masses

ottawanker Re:Ghost in the machine (128 comments)

Electric power steering works with sensors on the steering wheel that detect when you turn it, and how much. The car then does some calculations taking into account the force and speed with which you turn the wheel, and the speed at which the vehicle is traveling. It then activates a motor, which actually turns the wheels.

I believe there is an electromagnetic clutch that disconnects the steering wheel from the actual rack and pinion, unless a fault is detected.

about 7 months ago
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60% of Americans Unaware of Looming Incandescent Bulb Phase Out

ottawanker Re:Is there any hope for my Lava Lamps? (944 comments)

Buy one of the halogen bulbs that are still allowed for sale. You'll end up with more light, but basically the same amount of heat.

1 year,2 days
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60% of Americans Unaware of Looming Incandescent Bulb Phase Out

ottawanker Re:What is the best way to buy some in bulk? (944 comments)

They actually generate a lot of heat. Not as much as incandescent, but they are still not all that efficient.

1 year,2 days
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Ask Slashdot: Communication Skills For Programmers?

ottawanker Start smoking (361 comments)

In my experience if you really want to 'fit in' and be part of the group you need to start smoking. Those 5 or 10 minute breaks they take every hour to go outside to smoke is when they do all their social networking.

about a year ago
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Intel Haswell CPUs Debut, Put To the Test

ottawanker Graphics.. (189 comments)

Haswell completely redefines the expectations for processor graphics.

.. for Intel. It still seems to lag behind AMD's on-die graphics.

about a year and a half ago
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Canadian Cellphone Users May Get Justice Over Phantom Charges

ottawanker Re:So many extra fees (91 comments)

My parents still have pulse dialing.. Every once in a while Bell tries to sneak the Tone dialing onto their bill and they have to call and have it taken off. The funny thing is, I bet is costs Bell more now to supply Pulse dialing than Tone.

about a year and a half ago
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Did B&N Pass On the 6.8" E-ink Screen That Kobo Snapped Up?

ottawanker Re:6.8' (132 comments)

336.75 miles if they are end to end. If you placed them in a diagonal you could get over 386.36 miles.

They would occupy 0.21 square miles.

about a year and a half ago
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Gartner Says 3D Printers Will Cost Less Than $2,000 By 2016

ottawanker Waiting for the day.. (170 comments)

I'm waiting for 3d printers that can print metal.

about a year and a half ago

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Google turns out the lights for Earth Hour

ottawanker ottawanker writes  |  more than 6 years ago

ottawanker writes "Google Canada (and others including Google United Kingdom, but not the main Google.com have turned out their lights for Earth Hour. On the Google Earth Hour webpage they write that while a black search page won't save power on most displays currently in use, they hope that it will raise awareness for Earth Hour.

"On Saturday, March 29, 2008, Earth Hour invites people around the world to turn off their lights for one hour — from 8:00pm to 9:00pm in their local time zone. On this day, cities around the world, including Copenhagen, Chicago, Melbourne, Dubai, and Tel Aviv, will hold events to acknowledge their commitment to energy conservation.""

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