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Nvidia Sinks Moon Landing Hoax Using Virtual Light

rcharbon Circular reasoning? Circling the drain? (275 comments)

How does showing how to fake the lunar landing images show that they weren't faked? Articles like this, that take the Apollo deniers seriously, are much more of a problem than the deniers themselves. Also, nice ad for Nvidia, Slashdot.

about a month ago
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Why Atheists Need Captain Kirk

rcharbon Re:200 years ago. (937 comments)

Emmanuel Kant was a real pissant who was very rarely stable.

about a month ago
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Low-Carb Diet Trumps Low-Fat Diet In Major New Study

rcharbon Re:The diet is unimportant... (588 comments)

All Michael Phelps did was eat, sleep, exercise, and do bong hits. The typical Slashdotter, with his monitor tan, should not use him as a guideline.

about a month and a half ago
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Comcast Training Materials Leaked

rcharbon Re:McDonallds should sue ... (251 comments)

Cable (or FiOS, if you're "lucky"), dial-up, or massive latency. O boy, what choices!

about 2 months ago
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Microsoft Surface Drowning?

rcharbon A rising tide sinks all ships (337 comments)

No one wants Windows 8, even on the only device where it might be useful.

about 2 months ago
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Age Discrimination In the Tech Industry

rcharbon It's not really about age... (370 comments)

...it's about pay scales - employers figure recent grads will work for less.

about 4 months ago
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Cisco Opposes Net Neutrality

rcharbon Re:Somewhere in my mind... (337 comments)

Argument Fail. Traffic of a certain type always has to come from a specific source. Prioritizing video over email helps video companies at everyone else's expense.

about 4 months ago
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Comcast: Destroying What Makes a Competitive Internet Possible

rcharbon Re:Netflix is a terrible test case (227 comments)

Wrong. If Comcast is prioritizing anyone's streaming whatever ahead of my desire to access something else, whatever it might be, who gave them the right to decide that streaming was more important?

about 5 months ago
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IRS Can Now Seize Your Tax Refund To Pay a Relative's Debt

rcharbon Re:Over 18 (632 comments)

Mod this up, and answer it.

about 6 months ago
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Will Cameras Replace Sideview Mirrors On Cars In 2018?

rcharbon Cheap, reliable...? (496 comments)

Mirrors are cheap and reliable. Cameras aren't. When someone keys/paints over/block your camera, or if it breaks down, then what? A: Enormous repair bills!

about 7 months ago
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A Corporate War Against a Scientist, and How He Fought Back

rcharbon The beta is as horrifying as people are saying. (253 comments)

My first look at the beta, cause I'm always logged in. It's as horrifying as people are saying. So much air, so little content.

about 8 months ago
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Yep, People Are Still Using '123456' and 'Password' As Passwords In 2014

rcharbon If you guys are all so smart... (276 comments)

...let's all post our passwords here and see who has the best one. Go!

about 9 months ago
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Piracy Offers Heavy Metal a New Business Model

rcharbon It's good to be old and out of touch (246 comments)

I'm willing to bet that a significant portion of long-time Iron Maiden fans find it much easier to buy the album than to figure out how to download a torrent.

about a year ago
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Cost of Healthcare.gov: $634 Million — So Far

rcharbon Facebook is just one company among many (497 comments)

When comparing the cost of healthcare.gov to IT costs for private enterprises, Facebook is one data point but don't forget all the money spent on startups that failed. We The People have already received infinitely more return on our money than those people did. In other words, dumb comparison.

1 year,9 days
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Massachusetts Set To Repeal Controversial IT Services Tax

rcharbon They changed their mind... (122 comments)

...just about the time they hired an IT Services company to implement the new tax plan in the Mass. Dept. of Revenue computer systems.

about a year ago
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Have eBooks Peaked?

rcharbon Re:Sure... (323 comments)

The "publishing industry" can't sell books cheaper, but I can. My ebooks are all well under half the cost of the paper editions. Link whoring: http://www.y42k.com

about a year ago
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Have eBooks Peaked?

rcharbon Re:Disappearance of E-Ink (323 comments)

Mod this up! I'm going on a bike trip tomorrow with my e-ink Kindle. I will have more books than I need, little risk of cracking the screen, and no need to carry a charger. All in my small handlebar bag.

about a year ago

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TurboTax sells access to your data

rcharbon rcharbon writes  |  about 7 months ago

rcharbon (123915) writes "I had the apparently naive expectation that I’d retain some small scrap of privacy by using the TurboTax desktop app instead of the web version. However, their failure to keep a certificate revocation list up to date revealed that Intuit installs third-party cookies from Neustar, an ad service that “provides audience insights that increase online advertising relevancy through the power of verified offline consumer data.”"
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Self-published, DRM-free Louis CK video is a smash

rcharbon rcharbon writes  |  more than 2 years ago

rcharbon writes "Comedian Louis CK sold his latest one-hour special online for five lousy bucks. In this post he tells us how his experiment with bypassing the Man and offering unrestricted content at a good price has worked for him (hint: Louis actually uses the word “happy”)"
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HarperColins tells us what ebooks are really worth

rcharbon rcharbon writes  |  more than 3 years ago

rcharbon writes "HarperCollins, by placing a cap (26) on the number of times a library can lend a book, is telling us what they think reading an ebook should be worth. The answer — about $1.15. As a writer/publisher, I've adjusted my prices accordingly."
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Apple controls headphones used with new Shuffle

rcharbon rcharbon writes  |  more than 5 years ago

rcharbon writes "Apple is forcing users of the new Shuffle to use the crappy earbuds provided with the unit to control the player, or wait for new headphones that will include licensed proprietary technology, with an additional cost that's passed on to you, of course. The wonderful $80 Sennheisers I already own won't work properly. I wonder how the Apple fanboi will justify this?"
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Interval tier for iPod

rcharbon rcharbon writes  |  more than 6 years ago

rcharbon writes "The iPod would be a lot more useful as a tool for runners in training if you could use it to measure repeat intervals, with the iPod beeping when the interval is done. The way things are now, when you're listening to music you can't hear your watch beep. Read this for details, and if you agree, how you can influence development..."

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