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Million Jars of Peanut Butter Dumped In New Mexico Landfill

r_jensen11 Re:There's no liability (440 comments)

So no legal reason no to donate food.

When considering the court of law, correct.

When considering the court of public opinion, incorrect.

about three weeks ago
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Church Committee Members Say New Group Needed To Watch NSA

r_jensen11 Quis custodiet ipsos custodes? (143 comments)

Who watches the watchmen?

Yes, the NSA and the greater intelligence community clearly needs oversight, but will anyone trust someone with that much power any more than we currently trust the NSA?

And to preach to the choir, but shouldn't the conversation shift to asking:

  • Which risks are we (as a society) willing to take
  • What does the intelligence community need to fulfill its social responsibility?

about a month ago
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Microsoft Said To Cut Windows Price 70% For Low Cost Devices

r_jensen11 Re: Exactly (178 comments)

The truth from the consumer's perspective, though, is that the consumer will likely look at more than just a $15 price difference when assessing the value proposition between a $699 HP and a $684 Dell.

about 2 months ago
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Reuters: RSA Weakened Encryption For $10M From NSA

r_jensen11 Re: The RSA they use is different from the RSA we (464 comments)

How sweet a victory would it have been if RSA had "accidentally" swapped said weakened & hardened encryptions, resulting in the NSA using the compromised method while the rest of the world continued to humm along as usual?

about 4 months ago
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Unpublished J. D. Salinger Stories Leaked On Bittorrent Site

r_jensen11 Re: That's terrible... Salinger won't write any m (218 comments)

That's a bit harsh. Did you say the same thing when Samuel Clemens's autobiography was released, 100 years after his death?

about 5 months ago
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Why Internet Explorer Still Dominates South Korea.

r_jensen11 Re:I can relate... (218 comments)

I believe the HR issue is money related and more related to SAP upgrade costs than key card (and I believe we paid SAP to integrate our key card access).

Aha! So that's why Elon builds his own IT backend system!

about 5 months ago
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Slashdot Asks: What Are You Doing For Hallowe'en?

r_jensen11 Re:I carry. (273 comments)

FFS, load the thing.

Or he can take a play out of Raising Arizona's playbook:

Well Boy, you done served your twenty 'munce, and seeing as you never use live ammo, we got no choice but to return you to society.

about 6 months ago
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Police Use James-Bond-Style GPS Bullet

r_jensen11 Re:Typical BBC bias (210 comments)

By your definition arrows, cannonballs, and cows thrown via trebuchet are also "bullets."

Cannonballs are large bullets. Compare cannons to muskets and then ask yourself what ammunition muskets used.

about 6 months ago
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Improved Image Quality For HMDs Like Oculus Rift

r_jensen11 Re:Distortions (55 comments)

It's not a lens problem. The lenses are trying to correct for the fact that current games display 3D images meant for display on flat surfaces. The lense is there to distort to image and make it wrap around your eyes, but the portion of the image you're wrapping is distorted and lacking detail, even before the lens smears it across your peripheral vision. This is a method for making the initial image much better and full of data so that less aggressive smearing is necessary, and the per-smear image has more data in it to begin with.

Wouldn't the next-step solution be to use curved OLED screens and develop rendering engines which take into account the spherical nature of the monitors?

about 6 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best SOHO Printer Choices?

r_jensen11 Re:Currently searching - some Brother ref (381 comments)

I'll second Brother for the occasional printing at home. We have the MFC-7860DW, which replaced our old Dell USB laser printer (similar to the 1110) I used for the previous 8 or so years. The MFC has been very nice for us, however I've noticed that the ethernet connection has been more reliable than the wireless connection (wireless has sometimes had issues waking up from standby.) IPv6 support, duplex support, both wired & wireless support for when you need to use the printer on the go, it's been well worth the investment.

I've thought about adding a dye-sub/thermal photo printer to our collection at home, but concluded that they're too expensive for us. Photo printing at home is more expensive than either shutterfly or CVS/Walgreens, and we've determined that the price premium for the convenience of printing at home isn't worth it for us since we feel comfortable waiting for a package to arrive from Shutterfly or swinging by the pharmacy when we're in the area.

about 6 months ago
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Apple Announces iPad Air

r_jensen11 Re:A $600 Mac mini is also UNIX(R) (471 comments)

But like the most family car owners who dream of having a muscle car, mac mini owners dream of getting a Mac Pro - even if they don't need it.

[Citation needed]

I'm going to go out on a limb here and venture to guess that I'm like most Mac Mini owners in the sense that I already had a working monitor, keyboard, and mouse, and determined that spending an extra $500-$1000 for an integrated display and couldn't care less about the Mac Pro because I'm not even close to taxing the Mini with my day-to-day usage (hence no noticable increase in value.)

about 6 months ago
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Ubuntu Touch On a Nexus 7: "Almost Awesome"

r_jensen11 Re:Finally (116 comments)

Tablets are designed to require even less computer skills than PCs.

Says who? I thought they were different tools for different purposes. Tablets are designed as consumption devices, whereas PCs are designed to be more general-purpose and production devices. There are many people who are perfectly capable of performing the task they need done on a PC, even if they don't know the difference between bash and sh

Just because a tablet is designed to be a consumption device doesn't mean that it has to be associated with Fisher-Price

about 6 months ago
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Oregon Extends Push To Track, Tax Drivers Per Mile

r_jensen11 Re:Can someone please explain ... (658 comments)

why we're trying to over-complicate this? Take the odometer reading at annual inspection and be done with it.

Because this fails under two scenarios:
Scenario (1) - Out-of-state drivers/cars registered out of state (e.g. university students who have Mom & Dad pay for registration & property taxes) driving into/through the state
Scenario (2) - Oregon residents who have the audacity to drive their vehicles out of the state

While it's not perfect, taxing gas has been a very practical approach to dealing with the tax issue. Now that we're looking at electric vehicles in addition to liquid fuel, perhaps a similar approach would be to meter charging stations and tax on that?

about 6 months ago
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Forrester Research Shows Steep Decline in Free Office Suite Stats

r_jensen11 Re:Peope use what works (337 comments)

I will venture that you were never an Excel power user then.

Real power users figured out the keyboard shortcuts to access nearly anything in the menus. Surprise, surprise that 99% of those keyboard shortcuts still work or work with very minor altercations. Freezing window positions in excel is Alt > W > F > F instead of Alt > W > F. Pivot tables are Alt > D > P. For commands which aren't in the menus, you can throw them into the shortcut bar, a.k.a. "Quick Access Toolbar" and then use keyboard shortcuts to access those commands (this is what I did for Copy as Picture.)

If you want more real estate space, you can minimize the ribbon (which gives you an extra ~5 rows, significant when using a 12"-15" laptop screen) and still access everything through the same keyboard shortcuts.

about 6 months ago
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OCZ May Be On Its Last Legs

r_jensen11 Re: Tiniest violin (292 comments)

My favorite Dell customer support experience had to do with the floppy disk drive getting jammed. We tried pushing the eject button, but couldn't depress the button to release the floppy. Despite the fact that this was clearly a mechanical issue that should still be able to work when the drive is unplugged from the computer (and hence not have any power), the rep still insisted that we:
1) Restart the computer & report what errors were showing up in the Add/Remove Hardware window (hint: there was no reported error)
2) Uninstall & reinstall the drivers for said floppy drive
3) Unplug the computer from the wall, wait n seconds, plug computer back into the wall, then repeat #1 & #2

After going through this process, the rep concluded "Well, I don't have a clue what could possibly be wrong! I suggest you mail the drive back to us so our specialists can take a look at it and give you a replacement (which is what we immediately asked for when we finally got in contact with a person.) here is your RMA number...."

And this was when we called their customer support for enterprises!

about 5 months ago
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Why Valve Wants To Port Games To Linux: Because Windows 8 Is a Catastrophe

r_jensen11 Re:Hardware partner (880 comments)

Having had to adjust to Vista and Windows 7, I don't feel too bold in saying that switching from Windows to Linux with Gnome 2 or Gnome 3 wouldn't be a stretch for anyone. Windows typically frustrates me, the new Office Ribbon whatever crap is HORRIBLE, etc.

I keep seeing this, yet I haven't personally experienced this frustration (and I use the hell out of Excel every day.) Initially, yes, I was annoyed that I couldn't find what I was looking for within the menus. Then I noticed by accident that 99% of the old (i.e. 2003) keyboard shortcuts still work -- they're just not advertised. Alt+E+S still brings up Paste Special, Alt+D+F+F still applies auto-filter, Alt+I+W still inserts a new worksheet, &c. The only real frustration I've had is that some of my macros needed some QA during the conversion and pasting pictures of graphs into PowerPoint is pretty ugly.

I can't comment on Word because we don't really use it in my office, but I'd gladly gain the extra functionality in Excel (multi-threading (huge win for me!), data sets greater than 65K rows, increased memory limits, the list goes on) for the little bit of frustration that I've experienced.

about a year and a half ago
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Healthcare Reform Act Prediction Market

r_jensen11 As much as I want to promote my Alma Mater... (185 comments)

The site seems to be a waste of energy when alternative sources exist with a much greater volume of activity. The prime example that comes to my mind is the Iowa Electronic Markets. I understand the Big Ten rivalry, but why reinvent the wheel? Do they honestly expect to get valuable commentary in conjunction with the votes?

about 2 years ago
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Carmakers Prepare For Augmented Reality Driving

r_jensen11 Re:Perhaps helpful things (177 comments)

Those are good ideas. The primary one I want to tack on is something which informs me where parking is available.

more than 2 years ago
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The Mexican Cartel's Hi-Tech Drug Tunnels

r_jensen11 Re:As always ... legalize it and tax it. (448 comments)

I actually wonder about the economics of this.

One would need to create all kinds of new laws, regulations, and enforcement agencies.. none of which would be particularily cheap.

We (the United States) already have one, it's called the ATF. I'm not sure about our Mexican cousins, however.

On a sidenote, Wikipedia states that the US consumed about 300 tonnes of cocaine in 2010. This bust accounts for 2 days worth of cocain consumption in the US this year.

more than 2 years ago

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Fluid dynamics of Splashback

r_jensen11 r_jensen11 writes  |  about 5 months ago

r_jensen11 (598210) writes "Affectionately known as the "Wizz Kids," a pair of BYU physicists have pushed past the bounds of toilet humor to publish their research on splashback: the paradox of going to the bathroom without suffering from urinary ricochet. Many have tried to tackle this problem (my favorite idea comes from You Don't Know Jack's skit, "The Shield"), however few have studied the subject as thoroughly as Prof Tadd Truscott and Randy Hurd. Using high-speed cameras set up in their Splash Lab, Truscott and Hurd took notes on how to best address the Plateau-Rayleigh instability phenomenon. Some highlights from their research include:
  • The closer you are, the better
  • The angle of attack matters
  • Toilet designs also matter

And like all proper researchers, the duo concludes that further research is necessary to determine "the optimal approach for urinal usage""
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Nokia selling wireless modem business for $200MM

r_jensen11 r_jensen11 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

r_jensen11 (598210) writes "Nokia is in the process of selling its wireless modem business, which includes many patents for LTE, HSPA and GSM. Given its troubles with developing a flashy smartphone as of late, could this be a sign that they are doubling their efforts to be a phone company like HTC, and less like Motorola? Or is this a sign of more troubles ahead?"
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ATI Catalyst 8.1 released

r_jensen11 r_jensen11 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

r_jensen11 (598210) writes "AMD have released their Catalyst 8.1 drivers for Linux yesterday, which now supports REHL 4.6 and 5.1, as well as Gusty. AMD notes four resolved issues: Corruption will no longer be noticed in the lower right corner of the display or on the mouse pointer after the system is running for a long period of time

Custom mode lines in xorg.conf will no longer be ignored by the fglrx driver Suspending to RAM or DISK on kernel version 2.6.23 or later no longer fails Connecting a display device that supports 1680x1050 to a system running Linux will no longer result in a maximum display resolution of 1280x1024 only being available
The only major catch?

On workstation hardware 3D applications will be corrupted if the screen width is not an integer multiple of 64 pixels, for example with a 1680x1050 wide screen display.
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1st Gen Blu-ray players already obsolete.

r_jensen11 r_jensen11 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

r_jensen11 (598210) writes "The BBC reports that a new wave of movies being released for Blu-ray are including features, such as picture-in-picture, that require bluray players to support the current profile 2.0 (BD Live). Apparently, some people are not terribly concerned that many people will find that they've dropped some $2,000 on a device that is no longer fully supportive. Alastair Upham's (from DVD Review) opinion of the matter is:

"The guys that bought the first Blu-ray players are the guys who bought the first laser discs. They know the risks."
And for all of you out there that bought a PS3 because it's a cheap blu-ray player, well, you're in luck:

But because internet functionality is not a mandatory requirement in current players, none on the market today will be able to access the feature.

The only Blu-ray player which can upgraded to use all the features is Sony's PlayStation 3, because it comes with the right hardware built-in and online access.
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Demonoid shut down for good?

r_jensen11 r_jensen11 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

r_jensen11 (598210) writes "It appears that the CRIA is at it again. According to their website, Demonoid may be down for good. The only message the crew have left is the following:

The CRIA threatened the company renting the servers to us, and because of this it is not possible to keep the site online. Sorry for the inconvenience and thanks for your understanding.
What do you think, is this the end of Demonoid? Or will they move to another country, yet again? Or maybe someone could revive them again?"

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Can the PS3 be the new TiVO?

r_jensen11 r_jensen11 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

r_jensen11 (598210) writes "According to the BBC, European consumers will be able to add on DVR capabilities to their PS3's. FTFA:

Sony has unveiled a TV tuner which plugs into the PS3 and turns it into a personal video recorder like Sky+. The company has held a press conference at the Leipzig games show in which it highlighted key multimedia capabilities for the PS3 and handheld PSP... PlayTV for PS3 is a twin TV tuner that will launch in early 2008 in the UK, France, Italy, Germany and Spain with other countries to follow.
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Stem Cells + Existing Body Fat = Breast Implants

r_jensen11 r_jensen11 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

r_jensen11 (598210) writes "According to a recent BBC article, using a combination of existing body fat from either the belly or the butt, along with stem cells, is providing a more 'natural' breast implant. Some possible uses discussed are augmentation and reconstructive surgury. FTFA:

Scientists say they are not sure quite how it works, but suspect that the stem cells emit signals that encourage blood vessels to grow and nurture new tissue.
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Social sites reveal class divide - Or do they?

r_jensen11 r_jensen11 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

r_jensen11 (598210) writes "According to a BBC article, PhD student Danah Boyd (Berkeley) claims that there is a social divide between Facebook and Myspace users. FTFA:


A six-month research project has revealed a sharp division along class lines among the American teenagers flocking to the social network sites. The research suggests those using Facebook come from wealthier homes and are more likely to attend college. By contrast, MySpace users tend to get a job after finishing high school rather than continue their education.
Now, the article doesn't mention that Facebook originated as a College-only network, but they might still have a point. This could also be interesting as many view Facebook as becoming more and more like Myspace."

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r_jensen11 r_jensen11 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

r_jensen11 (598210) writes "FTA:

The deteriorating cement roof tiles of the Paul VI auditorium will be replaced next year with photovoltaic cells to convert sunlight into electricity.

The cells will generate enough power to light, heat or cool the hall, the Vatican engineers say.


Given its size, would this then make the Vatican the most energy-efficient country in the world?"

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r_jensen11 r_jensen11 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

r_jensen11 (598210) writes "I know this topic has been asked at least once before, but seeing as how 6 years have passed, I figured the question is due again. It's about that time of the year again when we find out how much we owe Uncle Sam (Or as in my case, how much Uncle Sam owes me.) Software has changed drastically in the past 6 years since the previous query I found on Slashdot, as well as many tax rules. Does anyone here use tax software other than TurboTax and TaxCut? I know that there are also online forms I can fill out, but which ones are accessable to people that use OS's other than Windows and OSX? I'd preferably use a program that I can use off-line and store my information locally instead of using eforms, but if I have to resort to eforms, which ones should I investigate and which ones should I stay far away from?"

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