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Do Specs Matter Anymore For the Average Smartphone User?

q4Fry Re:For today, yes; in the future, mostly no. (223 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. =)

3 hours ago

Washington DC To Return To Automatic Metro Trains

q4Fry Re:I'm glad this topic came up for discussion! (176 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.


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?"

5 days ago

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 week ago

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 two weeks ago

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 two weeks ago

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 two weeks ago

Apple Denies Systems Breach In Photo Leak

q4Fry Re:At the risk of blaming the victim... (311 comments)

No no no no.

Those idiotic hoops frankly make my passwords worse. Given these (and potentially many other permutations) of password rules for hypothetical different sites, you can't formulate a decent method for acceptably strong passwords that can be kept to memory:

10+ chars; no char restriction
8-14 chars; must have 2+ ASCII symbols outside of [a-zA-Z0-9]
6-12 chars; must have 1+ number, 1+ uppercase, 1+ lowercase; must have 1+ symbol from the following set: [&$#@!^+=~]
8+ chars; must have 1+ number, 1+ uppercase, 1+ lowercase; must have 1+ symbol from the following set: [&$#@!^+=~,.?/{}]
Exactly 10 characters; must have 1+ number, 2+ uppercase, 2+ lowercase; NO special characters

about three weeks ago

For $1.5M, DeepFlight Dragon Is an "Aircraft for the Water"

q4Fry Misread title (76 comments)

Misread title as an Anti-Aircraft for the Water

about three weeks ago

U.S. Senator: All Cops Should Wear Cameras

q4Fry Re:I like... (643 comments)

While this is funny, it is going to fall to the twelve-year-olds of the internet who will make sure that every officer is tazed without ceasing.

about a month ago

GOG Introduces DRM-Free Movie Store

q4Fry Re:The moment of truth (126 comments)

I was somewhat sympathetic to the "We pirate because there's no legal way to get it online" until I read an article yesterday that highlighted NetFlix piracy.

If NetFlix doesn't serve your country, fine. I am not talking to you. If, however, you're getting House of Cards on isohunt or whatever the kids do these days, you can't claim it as "no legal way" anymore. Admit that you just don't want to pay $8 a month to be entertained.

about a month ago

How the Ancient Egyptians (Should Have) Built the Pyramids

q4Fry Re:Is it so hard to say "Dodecagon"? (202 comments)

I was sorely disappointed when I went to tfa. I really wanted to see how someone thought Egyptians were packing rectangular stones of incredible mass into platonic solids** with pentagonal faces made of wood and then proposed to roll them.

**(I know. "Dodecahedron" doesn't imply "regular dodecahedron," but that's how I imagined it.)

about a month ago

Climate Scientist Pioneer Talks About the Furture of Geoengineering

q4Fry Re:Furture? (140 comments)

I'm going to fature the furture on my bolg. We can half a debate in the convents.

about a month ago

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.)

about a month ago

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.)

about a month ago

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.

about a month ago

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.

about a month ago

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 month ago

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 month 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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