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Extra Leap Second To Be Added To Clocks On June 30

r_jensen11 Re:Better way (289 comments)

And then over time the astronomical meaning of how we keep time goes astray.

By that logic, the astronomical meaning of how we keep time went astray when we implemented time zones.

about three weeks ago

Sony To Release the Interview Online Today; Apple Won't Play Ball

r_jensen11 What about the PlayStation Network? (227 comments)

Come on Sony, do you have the courage to distribute via your own entertainment network, or are you going to leave your PS customers out in the cold?

about a month ago

Microsoft's New Windows Monetization Methods Could Mean 'Subscriptions'

r_jensen11 Consumers are cheap (415 comments)

Consumers are cheap - this is evidenced by the number of consumers who never install a new version of Windows on their computers. How will Microsoft get people to subscribe when they buy a new computer?

Buy this new laptop for only $499!*
*Plus recurring $10/moy payments for the remainder of the computer's life

Yeah, that will sell like hotcakes....

about a month and a half ago

Scientists Have Finally Sampled the Most Abundant Material On Earth

r_jensen11 Re:Summary is wrong (128 comments)

Technically, it's not "on Earth", it's "in Earth".

I prefer "of Earth"

about 2 months ago

Lead Mir Developer: 'Mir More Relevant Than Wayland In Two Years'

r_jensen11 Re:Why? (226 comments)

What's wrong with Wayland

Where to begin? Let's see....

... that Mir fixes?

I see what you did there!

about 3 months ago

OS X 10.10 Yosemite Review

r_jensen11 Have they fixed the following "bugs" yet? (305 comments)

I'm still on 10.6 or 10.7, but have they fixed the following bugs yet?

  1. UID 1000 is invisible/hidden at boot-up log-in selection. UID 500 and 1001 are visible, but for whatever idiotic decision, UID1000 requires typing in the username instead of clicking on it. Definitely hampers the WAF in my household.
  2. reintegrate MIT-Kerberos. Setting this up was an unnecessary PIA

about 3 months ago

Belkin Router Owners Suffering Massive Outages

r_jensen11 Re:Oh hey, consumers! (191 comments)

...But how are you going to DDoS heartbeat.belkin.com if your captive computers are all behind Belkin routers?

about 4 months ago

Do Specs Matter Anymore For the Average Smartphone User?

r_jensen11 Absolutely, not that Joe will pay attention though (253 comments)

Specs that matter:

Signal-to-Noise (radio)
Signal-to-Noise (voice/sound)
Battery life (talk time/standby time/&c.)
Yield strength (can I run over it with my car?)
IP Code

about 4 months ago

Study: Seals Infected Early Americans With Tuberculosis

r_jensen11 Oblig. Monty Python (74 comments)

What's the nautical speed velocity of an unladen seal?

about 5 months ago

Comcast Training Materials Leaked

r_jensen11 Re:Is there an counter to this? (251 comments)

This is way too much effort, unless you happen to enjoy yanking some chains over the phone.

Here's how you quit Comcast:

(1) Disconnect every piece of Comcast equipment in your home.
(2) Load it in a box, and put the box in your car.
(3) Drive to the nearest Comcast customer center.
(4) Dump the box on the counter and tell the rep: "I wish to terminate my service immediately."

No one will argue with you. You have completely bypassed Comcast's customer retention process by doing this. Pay the amount due on your bill, get a receipt with a complete list of the equipment you've turned in, then go home.

The process Comcast has for this involves:
1) Finding a customer center that's open when you're available
2) Returning the equipment to the counter
3) Take a ticket
4) Wait 1+hrs while other people complain about their bills
5) Get confirmation from the customer service rep that your account is in good standing and now closed

about 5 months ago

Linus Torvalds: 'I Still Want the Desktop'

r_jensen11 Re:It's not a kernel problem (727 comments)

The problem is the GUI. People don't like X, and Linux people have no desire to give us anything else.

I seriously doubt the premise that the common user cares about X enough to not like it. The operating system is a platform for people to run the programs they need to accomplish certain tasks. Windows will continue to be the heavyweight champion because there is so much legacy crap out there which nobody cares to port over to other platforms. It's not a matter of saying that Linux has application A which is fully compatible with application B on Windows; it's a matter of saying that a user can accomplish everything s/he needs to within a single platform. For many of the people who make the decisions in the enterprise environment, that means people can accomplish everything they do in:
and *maybe* Word

about 5 months ago

Wheel Damage Adding Up Quickly For Mars Rover Curiosity

r_jensen11 Re:Someone with no brain is running NASA (162 comments)

Pic of the wheel ...


The first time when I saw the wheels I was wondering why the hell they spend so much money to send up a robot to Mars and then equip that thing with such flimsy wheels

And I did post question here on /, and there were people (NASA fanbois, perhaps) defending those flimsy wheels

I wish the wheels on my daily driver would last as many years without servicing as Curiosity's have.

about 5 months ago

The Hidden Cost of Your New Xfinity Router

r_jensen11 Re:put it in bridge mode (224 comments)

If you call Comcast's customer service, they can put their new routers into bridge mode. This turns off its WiFi and other unnecessary features and makes it act like their old routers.

The fact that you have to call Comcast's customer support to change between router & bridge mode is a serious PIA. I got called in to provide tech support for some people we volunteer with and was stuck waiting for over an hour to make a simple configuration change. This is after previous calls getting dropped because the call center reps couldn't manage to transfer me to the appropriate (or even wrong) departments.

about 6 months ago

MIT Considers Whether Courses Are Outdated

r_jensen11 Re:We're only talkin' two Red Line subway stops (205 comments)

Not to discredit, but to clarify TFA:

While students at MIT and Harvard do cross-register, the logistics of travel from one campus to another limit the extent to which this is practical. Online makes it possible for students to take classes from across universities more conveniently.”

We're talking two subway stops. Or they can rent a bike, which are all over the place and very well maintained: http://www.thehubway.com/stati...

Or, shorter than walking from one end of campus to the other end of several large universities....

about 6 months ago

Big Bang Actors To Earn $1M Per Episode

r_jensen11 Re:Yawn (442 comments)

Sheldon shows classical Autism Spectrum symptoms.

Non sequitur. The show makes fun of Sheldon because he's an asshole and a smart ass.

about 6 months ago

Why Morgan Stanley Is Betting That Tesla Will Kill Your Power Company

r_jensen11 Sure, but... (502 comments)

In order for solar+battery tech to become a viable solution, there needs to be ways to move the electricity generated by the solar panels to batteries you want to use. I.e. co-locate the two (e.g. panels & cars at home; panels & cars at work) or network them together (e.g. panels at home, cars at work.) The first scenario isn't very likely considering the sun generally shines when people are at work and the concentration of vehicles at work will overshadow the electricity generated by panels at an office building. The second scenario begs the question "who maintains the grid." In the US, this is the power companies, who could presumably adjust their business models and charge network access fees instead of production fees.

about 6 months ago

Synolocker 0-Day Ransomware Puts NAS Files At Risk

r_jensen11 Dyslexia makes things more interesting (150 comments)

Here I was, reading the headline as:

Synolocker 0-Day Ransomware Puts NSA Files At Risk

If only....

about 6 months ago

Western US States Using Up Ground Water At an Alarming Rate

r_jensen11 Re:Colorado has California over a barrel (377 comments)

You mean where they've been at the highest point in a decade....

A decade is an awfully small sample size for resources which can have replenishment schedules measured in centuries:

Natural refilling of deep aquifers is a slow process because groundwater moves slowly through the unsaturated zone and the aquifer. The rate of recharge is also an important consideration. It has been estimated, for example, that if the aquifer that underlies the High Plains of Texas and New Mexico—an area of slight precipitation—was emptied, it would take centuries to refill the aquifer at the present small rate of replenishment. In contrast, a shallow aquifer in an area of substantial precipitation such as those in the coastal plain in south Georgia, USA, may be replenished almost immediately.

Source: http://water.usgs.gov/edu/watercycleinfiltration.html

about 6 months ago

Three-Year Deal Nets Hulu Exclusive Rights To South Park

r_jensen11 Re:Not worth it (138 comments)

I look at it this way: I can pay $100+ a month to watch cable TV with commercials or I can pay $9 for Netflix, $8 for Hulu Plus, and nothing for my TV antenna for local shows. Yes, the ads on Hulu Plus are annoying, repetitive, and can't be skipped. But, I grew up in the 70s and 80s and have developed the skills to cope with ads and the lack of time shifting for local news. Millennial's milage may vary...

The problem is, how much of that $100 is your internet bill? Adding the TV channels to my Comcast bill added ~$30/mo to my bill, and that included all of the sports channels we would use (e.g. ESPN family, B1G, Tennis Channel, &c.) as well as HBO. Granted, we used a cablecard w/ an HDHR unit to avoid another $20-$30/mo and the headache of using their DVR (why the hell can't it output the video in a fixed format instead of switching between 480P/720P/1080i when channel surfing???), but spending $30/mo for TV at home was much cheaper than going to the bars to watch the same games.

about 6 months ago



Fluid dynamics of Splashback

r_jensen11 r_jensen11 writes  |  about a year 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 4 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  |  about 7 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  |  about 7 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 7 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 7 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 7 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 7 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 7 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  |  about 8 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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