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Hackers' Shutdown of 'The Interview' Confirms Coding Is a Superpower

q4Fry Re:What the fuck (220 comments)

Maybe everyone except me already knew this, but my coworker explained it to me yesterday:

There's a sliding scale for theater openings that looks something like this (dates and percents are depend on the particular movie):

The first three days after a movie is released, the studio (not the theater) gets 100% of ticket sales. If it weren't for those marked-up concessions, the theater would be operating at a loss to show the movie.
The next five days, the studio gets 80% of the ticket sales.
The next two weeks, the studio gets 60% of the ticket sales.
After that, the studio gets 40% of the ticket sales.
Etc., etc.

Apparently, when the Star Wars sequels (I know, I know) came out, the studio got all of the take from the tickets for the first solid week.

2 days ago

Hackers' Shutdown of 'The Interview' Confirms Coding Is a Superpower

q4Fry Re:North Korea has proved something. (220 comments)

What's more is that our browsing tends to be grouped into finding sometimes obscure downloads for administrative tasks and solutions for programming issues, which would likely add to the ability to target. In reality the problem might not be the malware infested laptop of Marketing Sally, but Targeted Tim, the IT guy.

Very the interesting conclusions you have!

I invite you to perusing our blog with such many administrative task downloads at www.totally-legitimate-we-swear.com

2 days ago

Researchers Discover SS7 Flaw, Allowing Total Access To Any Cell Phone, Anywhere

q4Fry Re:Intercepting encrypted communications! OMG! (88 comments)

I appreciate the voice of sanity in your post w.r.t. the access itself.

Can we agree that the problem is that even if the people with access aren't dicks right now that they might become dicks in the future. It only takes one person evading your dick filter for a while to hire some other like-minded dicks and dick everyone over. There's also a pretty convincing thesis that ordinary people with power** are at unique risk to become dicks.

(Also, I'm not saying you're a dick. Just to be clear.)

** One could argue that access is power.

2 days ago

Ask Slashdot: What Can I Really Do With a Smart Watch?

q4Fry Re:Pebble? (229 comments)

What I want to know if the future weather, but every random smart device gives me information that I already have to hand. I can see if it is raining now, what I'm interested in is if I should take an umbrella for later.

It can also do future weather. I use a watch face that keeps track of current weather, but if you shake the watch, it switches to a 3-day forecast AND a by-hour graph of the next 24 hours' temperature and precipitation.

2 days ago

Terrestrial Gamma Ray Bursts Very Common

q4Fry Okay, fess up... (69 comments)

Who else misread this as "terrorist gamma ray bursts?"

3 days ago

Google Proposes To Warn People About Non-SSL Web Sites

q4Fry Re:Stupid (391 comments)

It's good to warn about those too, because there's still the risk that the attacker is seeing which specific pages you are viewing.

Humor my ignorance for a moment: Even if malicious party X can't see the content itself that you are being served, can't they see what resource you requested... or at least what server you requested it from?

Isn't that almost the same (unless the content changes based on who you are logged in as, at which point I agree: encrypt the traffic)?

3 days ago

Army To Launch Spy Blimp Over Maryland

q4Fry Sauron (176 comments)

Please please please paint it like a big red eye. Then dangle a black "tower" from it.

4 days ago

Researchers Accidentally Discover How To Turn Off Skin Aging Gene

q4Fry Re:Anti-Aging is a Fraud Magnet (175 comments)

Oh, right. I was reading about that. It was developed by North Koreans from the tears of those unicorns they found.

4 days ago

SpaceX To Attempt Falcon 9 Landing On Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship

q4Fry Wildly premature question (81 comments)

How many times do they expect to be able to use a rocket stage before the increased risk of failure (over a brand new one) causes them to scrap it?

4 days ago

Economists Say Newest AI Technology Destroys More Jobs Than It Creates

q4Fry Re:Does the job still get done? (659 comments)

And then social welfare, already paying for the bread, will also have to pay for circuses. ;^)

4 days ago

NASA's $349 Million Empty Tower

q4Fry Re:To be fair (200 comments)

If this mentality were reversed, and you said what you don't spend becomes your Christmas bonus, - you'll find frugal spending, and big bonuses! Sound familiar? So it is possible to do more with less.... Now let THAT be the budget, and take away the bonuses, and build homes for the homeless, and feed them. (Other good causes apply here too...)

Be careful with that "Christmas Bonus" line of thought. That can turn into "Let's do a half-assed job on the cheapest budget we can, to make the bonus bigger." It doesn't always, but it sure can.

5 days ago

Is Enterprise IT More Difficult To Manage Now Than Ever?

q4Fry Re:But ... (241 comments)

Mod parent Insightful.

about a week ago

2 Futures Can Explain Time's Mysterious Past

q4Fry Re:Huh? (107 comments)

Sometimes this faith involves an old white man with a beard.

Darwin? <ducks>

about two weeks ago

Civil Rights Groups Divided On Net Neutrality

q4Fry Re:Shakedown (127 comments)

If true, that would be informative, but I'm a little skeptical of a web site called "martinlutherking.org" that seems to be devoted to besmirching MLK.

about two weeks ago

Ask Slashdot: Making a 'Wife Friendly' Gaming PC?

q4Fry Re:Time has changed the Big Picture (720 comments)

Play Crawl for a couch co-op on PC. (I have no stake in people buying it. I just think it's hilarious.)

about three weeks ago

Scientists Have Finally Sampled the Most Abundant Material On Earth

q4Fry Re:Silly scientists (128 comments)


about three weeks ago

Obama Offers Funding For 50,000 Police Body Cameras

q4Fry Re: Why? (262 comments)

Not to be obtuse, but there are plenty of citations to choose from. It is indeed Hollywood accounting, but they're still (in some cases) getting the $700k vehicles for the price of some paperwork.

about three weeks ago



Liquid Chip Cooling could Heat Homes

q4Fry q4Fry writes  |  more than 6 years ago

q4Fry writes "The Economist notes that IBM's Zurich Research Lab has developed chips permeated by a network of 50-micron channels. These channels allow direct liquid cooling when water is pumped through them. It gets better, though. The heat can be used for other purposes, and the lab has already built a heat exchanger with the eventual goal of heating nearby homes. Also mentioned is a similar cooling improvement for solar cells."


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