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Tech Firm Fined For Paying Imported Workers $1.21 Per Hour

q4Fry Re:$3500 fine? (286 comments)

I really want to understand your last sentence, but I can't (no sarcasm). Can you restate and/or elaborate?

yesterday
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Password Security: Why the Horse Battery Staple Is Not Correct

q4Fry Re:XKCD is correct (549 comments)

A cute (open source?) strength tester I have been playing with recently is made by a guy at Dropbox. It has some flaws**, but it's cute and it analyzes weaknesses.

** Mostly dictionary size, but in order to run in the browser without sending the password to a server for analysis, the dictionaries need to be small enough to load in a reasonable time.

about two weeks ago
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Tesla Is Starting a Certified Preowned Program

q4Fry Re:Battery Life (126 comments)

Ah. I should have read the details. My coworker presented it to me as if it were settled. Serves me right. :)

She said, "If you've enjoyed a Red Bull since 2002, you can get ten bucks..."
Me: "Enjoyed?"

about three weeks ago
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Tesla Is Starting a Certified Preowned Program

q4Fry Re:Leasing a car... (126 comments)

I bought a new (entirely coincidence: "Cash for Clunkers" brought new cars into used-car price range) car for the reliability scores. It has lasted 5 years already, and I'm hoping for another 10. When I bought it, my goal was to never buy another ICE vehicle, and I'm beginning to think that was a reasonable aspiration.

The dealer asked if I wanted to trade it in for a newer model year "for the same or lower monthly payment." They lost interest when I asked if the payment would be lower than 0.

I don't think I fit your leasing model.

about three weeks ago
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Tesla Is Starting a Certified Preowned Program

q4Fry Re:Battery Life (126 comments)

Red Bull. Apparently, it does not in fact give you wings. If you have had one since 2002, you are eligible for compensation under a successful class action suit: http://www.energydrinksettlement.com/. I almost wish I were making this up.

about three weeks ago
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One In Three Jobs Will Be Taken By Software Or Robots By 2025, Says Gartner

q4Fry Re:Items or less (405 comments)

Besides, alcoholic beverages can't go through a self-scan.

They do here. The guy who oversees six self-scan booths** gets a ping when I scan the booze, and either (1) guesses my age and clicks the approve button or (2) walks over, interrupts me for the 15 seconds to verify my age, approves it, and goes back to his booth.

** Presumably to discourage obvious or brazen thievery?

about three weeks ago
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Cyanogen Inc. Turns Down Google, Seeing $1 Billion Valuation

q4Fry Re:Offer (107 comments)

Just curious, did you read the paywall version as well? (I didn't.) If so, I'm interested in what details it has over the droid-life summary.

about three weeks ago
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Google To Require As Many As 20 of Its Apps Preinstalled On Android Devices

q4Fry Re:OEMs cannot write software (427 comments)

I couldn't help but think "Someone has to have tried to get this into AOSP. It seems ridiculous that they wouldn't have.

It turns out that at least some of the code was written a year ago and still hasn't been merged. If one of you Slashdotters is a gerrit reviewer, can you check out the these two requests?

about a month ago
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Google To Require As Many As 20 of Its Apps Preinstalled On Android Devices

q4Fry Re:OEMs cannot write software (427 comments)

I looked at the F-Droid .ics adapter source, which looked like it would work for importing and exporting .ics files, but after the events were in, that was the end of the life cycle. It probably couldn't maintain a subscription in case of event cancellations or updates.

...Oh. Sorry. Just did some research. You're talking about this, instead, right?

My cynical theory on why there is crappy support in the AOSP app is that Google specifically desires you to use their calendar so they can mine the data.

about a month ago
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The Physics of Space Battles

q4Fry Re:Some realistic space battles in literature (470 comments)

I had heard (IIRC it was on /. itself) that the (a?) problem with the battles in the BSG remake is this: if there is FTL travel, one can jump in a few light-minutes from a target*, see exactly where they are**, and jump in right on top of them to launch nukes before they have a chance to "see" the radiation emanating from your first exit from FTL because it has to travel the minutes or hours to reach them.

* Substitute light-hours if your FTL charge-time requires it
** Or (more precisely) where they were very recently

about a month ago
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Forest Service Wants To Require Permits For Photography

q4Fry Re:Yeah sorry, no (299 comments)

A picture is worth 500 trees, if they're selling trees at $2 each, and fining for pictures at $1,000 each.

But seriously, thanks for posting this. I remembered reading the book and was hoping someone would make the citation so I could remember the numbers.

about 1 month ago
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Do Specs Matter Anymore For the Average Smartphone User?

q4Fry Re:For today, yes; in the future, mostly no. (253 comments)

Sorry to meta, but it was amazing to see a disagreement on the internet (over a misunderstanding, even; between recognized users, even) turn into a semblance of consensus.

Carry on. =)

about a month ago
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Washington DC To Return To Automatic Metro Trains

q4Fry Re:I'm glad this topic came up for discussion! (179 comments)

With respect to the Verizon/non-Verizon service, I had been tracking that (excitedly) at the time. There was an investment package from various wireless companies and a roll out plan for non-Verizon cell service in (1) the top 20 stations for October 2009, (2) all other underground stations by Fall 2010, and (3) all tunnels by October 2012.

They got the first two down, but the third step never materialized, with Metro blaming the wireless companies for not doing the work, and the wireless companies correspondingly blaming Metro for scheduling times for them to install the equipment in the tunnels (which required Metro staff to be there, and necessitated diverting trains around them), but then not showing up as agreed. Here's a story by The Examiner on the he-said she-said stuff. (Note: The Examiner is very right-biased on political issues, but I've found their local investigative reporting to be sound and insightful.)

I have plenty of material for crazy-thing-happened-on-the-Metro stories, but I'll save those for another time.

about a month ago
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Australian Police Arrest 15, Charge 2, For Alleged Islamic State Beheading Plot

q4Fry Re:food for thought (165 comments)

How did this get a mod point!? What's next (Godwin's law alert)?
"Would that we had a fuhrer again to get rid of the [ethnic group] problem?"

about a month and a half ago
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Sci-Fi Authors and Scientists Predict an Optimistic Future

q4Fry Re:The market is always there (191 comments)

Science fiction allows you to craft a setting around an idea in order to explore the idea more fully. The setting could be past, present, future, whatever.

Convincing a high school english teacher that robots didn't automatically make a story unreadable once proved very difficult.

about a month and a half ago
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Microsoft Defies Court Order, Will Not Give Emails To US Government

q4Fry Re:US laws ---- vs the world and blowback (419 comments)

And then, a few days later, we have the Yahoo story break, where we find out that you're fined a quarter mil every day you stand your ground...

about a month and a half ago
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Apple Announces Smartwatch, Bigger iPhones, Mobile Payments

q4Fry Re:So what exactly is the market here. (730 comments)

I'm a Pebble owner. I agree with this sentiment. I liked the ad for Apple Watch, but I'm not going to remember to plug the thing in every day.

Unobtrusive notifications are nice (at the cinema, say), and on-wrist walking directions can be really convenient, but not $350+ convenient.

Also, the "Share my heartbeat" thing seems creepy.

about 1 month ago
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Microsoft Defies Court Order, Will Not Give Emails To US Government

q4Fry Re:US laws ---- vs the world and blowback (419 comments)

This is my expectation of what would happen if a non-U.S. government [subpoena]ed records stored in the U.S. belonging to some company:

If company says "yes:" Government obviously gets the records.
If, however, company says "no, these are out of your jurisdiction," the government can try to do one of the following:
- Convince the U.S. government to compel the company to turn over the records
- Fine the business
- Revoke business's permit to operate in the country
- Seize the local portion of the business

What other recourse does the that government have?
- It can't send agents to the U.S. to physically seize the records. That would be all kinds of hell for it. U.S. pols would go apeshit.

Correspondingly, Microsoft is hoping here that it falls into the "too big to fail" category and that it can bluster itself out of the present situation. If M$ can convince Uncle Sam that he has more to lose by the dissolution of M$ than by the exposure of the records, Microsoft "wins."

about 1 month ago
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Feds Say NSA "Bogeyman" Did Not Find Silk Road's Servers

q4Fry Re:HTTPS and HTTP gotcha (142 comments)

Posting to remove accidental downvote.

about 2 months ago

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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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