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Two Cities Ask the FCC To Preempt State Laws Banning Municipal Fiber Internet

q4Fry Am I just being cynical... (198 comments)

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

3 days ago

"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.

3 days ago

The Psychology of Phishing

q4Fry Re:well (127 comments)

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

3 days ago

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 a week ago

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 a week ago

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 two weeks ago

Tesla Aims For $30,000 Price, 2017 Launch For Model E

q4Fry Re:What about range on this smaller car? (247 comments)

Anecdotal: A friend of mine was hosting (as in couchsurf) a band who travels in an electric station wagon covered in solar panels. A lightning storm took out power all over the city. Theirs was the only house on the block to run lights and the fridge, because they plugged them into the car and ran them off the battery.

about three weeks ago

Ask Slashdot: What Would It Take For You To Buy a Smartwatch?

q4Fry Re:Acceptable battery life (427 comments)

I have a Pebble. I like it. I have been wondering what battery life would be like on the next round of watches. 7 days is reasonable. One day is not.

about a month ago

Ask Slashdot: What Would It Take For You To Buy a Smartwatch?

q4Fry Re:Only if... (427 comments)

It's worst when they're alone with you in an elevator.

Sure. Glare at me when I answer your questions. It's not like you could have been talking to anyone else... oh. You have a dongle. Well, you should at least be used to this by now.

about a month ago

Emails Show Feds Asking Florida Cops To Deceive Judges About Surveillance Tech

q4Fry Re:And? (251 comments)

Yes, I am. This doesn't necessarily require revealing the name of a source (a CI, for instance), but there should be a way to construct a question that identifies whether the information was gathered with means that are constitutionally suspect.

The "how to present yourself in court" slides from at least one presentation designed for LEOs receiving tip "suggestions" from other (morally dubious) government bodies had a FAQ that included: (my reproduction, not verbatim)

Q: What if the judge asks directly if this came from [entity]?

A: Answer truthfully. Do not commit perjury.

I am having trouble formulating a direct, boilerplate question to be asked at every hearing (or made law?) that determines the nature of a "confidential source" without endangering the life of a low-level snitch in the case that they, not Big Brother, are the source. I am sure, however, that the ACLU could pose such a question.

about a month ago

Emails Show Feds Asking Florida Cops To Deceive Judges About Surveillance Tech

q4Fry Re:And? (251 comments)

I read the Wikipedia article, and I am not so sure that this situation is covered (IANAL). Wikipedia, at least, specifically mentions only statements that are "materially false." I do not know whether failing to "tell the whole truth" is considered perjury, but asking cops to say "it came from a confidential source" is not "materially false," even if it is misleading and reprehensible.

I would love to be wrong about this.

about a month ago

US House of Representatives Votes To Cut Funding To NSA

q4Fry Re:Hm... (164 comments)

This is patently false. The Wired profile of Keith Alexander says this:

He is director of the world’s largest intelligence service, the National Security Agency; chief of the Central Security Service; and commander of the US Cyber Command. As such, he has his own secret military, presiding over the Navy’s 10th Fleet, the 24th Air Force, and the Second Army.

about a month ago

Former FCC Head: "We Should Be Ashamed of Ourselves" For State of Broadband

q4Fry Re:About time (118 comments)

Consider yourself lucky

Oh, we used to dream of dowloadin' 2Mbps! Would ha' been a palace to us. We used to get 12 baud from a tin can an' string connected t' the corporate monopoly. Whenever we dared t' call customer service, they'd spew invective for 90 minutes afore sending a tech down to dump rotting fish on our stoop! Megabits? Huh.

about a month ago

3D Bioprinters Could Make Enhanced, Electricity-Generating 'Superorgans'

q4Fry Re:Give it 50 years... (69 comments)

Stop being "obggerate" ;-D

about a month ago

Average HS Student Given Little Chance of AP CS Success

q4Fry Re:Really? (293 comments)

Children have an inquisitive nature until you give them a video game console. :-x

about a month ago



Liquid Chip Cooling could Heat Homes

q4Fry q4Fry writes  |  about 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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