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Facebook Tests "Satire" Tag To Avoid Confusion On News Feed

q4Fry Re:What happens ... (131 comments)

... if you nest [satire]...[/satire] content?

This. (Thank you, Bill Watterson.)

4 days ago
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Two Years of Data On What Military Equipment the Pentagon Gave To Local Police

q4Fry Re:No (264 comments)

Agreed on the reaction time trade-off for region size. What do you think about the National Guard for the rare cases? Each state has one, and the Governor can call "emergency" to bring them in.

(Full disclosure: I don't know much about what Guard duty and training these days beyond supplementing troops abroad, laying sandbags, and what I just read on Wikipedia.)

4 days ago
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EFF's Cell Phone Guide For US Protesters

q4Fry Re:Trojan Horse (82 comments)

What do you think they will do to you after you've messed with their computer system? I am fairly certain that they can get you under CFAA, minimum, let alone find a way to put you under the anti-terror laws.

You may be harder skinned than I am, but malware-bombing "the man" just to make a point while they are as likely as not to have you in custody at the time is way too far on the cost:outcome ratio than I would be comfortable trying. Maybe if you can convince strangers on the internet to try it, you come out ahead... wait.

4 days ago
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Two Years of Data On What Military Equipment the Pentagon Gave To Local Police

q4Fry Re:No (264 comments)

I am completely with you on the "every police department" question. I am solidly against police militarization in general (and in any sort of local setting), but I think that there occasional situations that require a regional team to have some kind of SWAT capability. (How large a region is up for debate.)

With respect to BitZ, I am not saying this is typical, but his/her hypothetical has happened with a tank.

4 days ago
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T-Mobile To Throttle Customers Who Use Unlimited LTE Data For Torrents/P2P

q4Fry Re:Unfortunately that's technologically hard. (147 comments)

This was rather interesting and well-articulated. Can you tell me what year that was? Your "a processor generation or two ago"

about a week ago
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Every Day Is Goof-Off-At-Work Day At the US Patent and Trademark Office

q4Fry Re:Public servants don't give an arm and a leg (327 comments)

I think painting broad strokes over all DMV offices is overgeneralizing. (The thing we all have in common is that no one is excited about going to the DMV.)

I lived in one state where I "didn't bring the right paperwork" despite calling specifically about the paperwork to ask whether the documentation I had was sufficient. I was told over the phone that it would be, but when I got there and waited in the giant line, they told me that it wasn't.

Fast forward to a different state: I showed up, got squared away, and left in under 30 minutes.

about a week ago
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Slashdot Asks: Should Schooling Be Year-Round?

q4Fry Re:No, school should not be year-round. (421 comments)

I know absolutely nothing about the science behind this claim, but I can remember being in late elementary and telling my parents that I'd give up summer break if I could have every Wednesday off. As I recall, it's roughly the same number of days in class.

about two weeks ago
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Elon Musk Promises 100,000 Electric Cars Per Year

q4Fry Re:Invisible Hand of the Market (122 comments)

Perhaps the same way as he expects all ten of you to be as well-versed in hyperbole as he is!

about two weeks ago
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Law Repressing Social Media, Bloggers Now In Effect In Russia

q4Fry Re:This is just propagandic spin for Dumb Westerne (167 comments)

Having a law against "lying**" when "truth" means "statements the government makes" is markedly different from when "truth" means objectively factual statements.

** I presume you are riffing here on the "slander" part of the RT snippet.

about two weeks ago
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The Hobbit: the Battle of Five Armies Trailer Released

q4Fry Re:Such a Waste (156 comments)

Not ride, necessarily. Video game.

This is going to be a chase-camera dodge-and-kill-orcs level.

After I went to see the first Hobbit movie with a friend who played LotR video games and who told me that the run-through-the-goblin-tunnels level was going to be hard, I realized how this works.

about three weeks ago
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Two Cities Ask the FCC To Preempt State Laws Banning Municipal Fiber Internet

q4Fry Am I just being cynical... (200 comments)

... or does it strike anyone else as unlikely that Tom Wheeler would do that?

about a month ago
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"Magic Helmet" For F-35 Ready For Delivery

q4Fry Re:Cost (184 comments)

Depends on if you're up against other 70s cars or something more recent that could wipe your muscle car off the road.

What's the requirement?

What's the cost of meeting the requirement?

I think the more relevant question is "What's the cost of not meeting the requirement?" and perhaps weigh that against the cost of meeting it.

You don't want to be spending the treasury on hardware you don't need, but neither do you want to be caught riding horses to meet the Blitz.

about a month ago
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The Psychology of Phishing

q4Fry Re:well (128 comments)

Clearly, you didn't read the security email and will be fired. ;^)

about a month ago
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FTC To Trap Robocallers With Open Source Software

q4Fry Re:Ah, how adorable... (125 comments)

Some robocaller apparently used my work phone for their outbound caller id for a while. This is inference considering that (1) I use my phone for outbound calls twice a year. (2) I got a call from a furious woman who was apparently dialed from my number during a "very important meeting" and who refused to be talked down. I hung up, and she called me back to swear some more and to say that her office had ten calls from my number.

Anyway, this is to illustrate that scammers who have enormous lists of numbers (and probably know which ones have people at the other end) will just use legitimate numbers for their caller id. Frankly, I'm surprised that the scammers haven't started using the numbers of you /. scam trollers as their originating numbers. Hopefully none of the scammers read this.

about 1 month ago
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FTC To Trap Robocallers With Open Source Software

q4Fry Re:Really? (125 comments)

IIRC, if they can get you to admit that you owe them money, there is some legal nebulism that says that you do then actually owe them money.

about 1 month ago
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Hacking Online Polls and Other Ways British Spies Seek To Control the Internet

q4Fry Not true! (117 comments)

In fact, most of the people commenting said that the GCHQ were the greatest, most honest, and most trustworthy agency on the planet.

And the rest said "CmdrTaco."

Also, for the record, I might be okay with Beta if it didn't take a solid minute to preview a comment.

about a month 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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