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Jackie Chan Discs Help Boost Solar Panel Efficiency

robstout Jackie Chan films (176 comments)

They can probably make it even more efficient by adding random props in the mix. Maybe try to capture solar energy while fighting around a ladder, or using some chickens as nunchucks. This is Jackie Chan after all....

yesterday
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Apple To Donate Profit Portion From Black Friday For AIDS Fight

robstout Post Jobs charity (102 comments)

It will be interesting to see if Apple becomes more charitable under Cook. Jobs was pretty stingy that way (very stingy in his perosnal life, but I think Apple unde rhim did do a few charitable contributions)

3 days ago
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Comet Probe Philae To Deploy Drill As Battery Life Wanes

robstout Spoiled (223 comments)

I think we've been spoiled by the various Mars missions, and having rovers lasting well beyond the expected lifetime. We should not assume that all missions will be like that. We should revel in the fact that the probe is working at all after 10 years in space, and that it wa sable to land on the comet at all.

about two weeks ago
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What People Want From Smart Homes

robstout Re:Nothing. (209 comments)

If it's anything like invisible fence, then yes, there is a battery backup. However, I can see them skipping that. I don't see mowing the lawn as something that requires critical uptime.

about three weeks ago
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Interviews: Ask Warren Ellis a Question

robstout Adapting your works (58 comments)

How do you feel about movie adpatations of your work? Does it annoy you when the look and feel of a book changes significantly between your book, and the resulting movie? The movie Red is much lighter than the comic was.

about three weeks ago
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Is the Outrage Over the FBI's Seattle Times Tactics a Knee-Jerk Reaction?

robstout Re:Spoofing the press (206 comments)

OK, I agree on the entrapment. As for the press, they created a spoofed version of the Seattle times webpage, complete with an AP byline. That sounds like the press to me.

about a month ago
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Is the Outrage Over the FBI's Seattle Times Tactics a Knee-Jerk Reaction?

robstout Re:Spoofing the press (206 comments)

By activly sending something to the user, while posing as the press. That's the real issue for me: posing as the press.

about a month ago
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Is the Outrage Over the FBI's Seattle Times Tactics a Knee-Jerk Reaction?

robstout Spoofing the press (206 comments)

My main issue with this is that the FBI spoofed a web page of a newspaper, along with an AP headline. Doesn't seem that much different than posing as a reporter, and using the information gathered that way. Smells like entrapment.

about a month ago
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Ken Ham's Ark Torpedoed With Charges of Religious Discrimination

robstout Sanity? (451 comments)

Maybe a bit of Sanity from Kentucky? I hope so.

about a month ago
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Why Military Personnel Make the Best IT Pros

robstout WorkPlace stress (299 comments)

I'm assuming that a vet can handle work stress better. Having the network down isn't nearly as big a deal as being shot at.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Who Should Pay Costs To Attend Conferences?

robstout Split the costs? (182 comments)

See if your employeer is willing to pay for the conference, while you pay travel expenses (or vice-versa). That may make things more platable.

about 2 months ago
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FCC Chairman: Americans Shouldn't Subsidize Internet Service Under 10Mbps

robstout Nice idea (353 comments)

I like this idea, but I'm going to assume that all that will happen is ISPs charging more for 10 Mbps service. I should think I'm lucky, with 3 choices for ISPs in my area (Charter, AT&T and TDS). I refuse to deal with Charter, and AT&T isn't much better. The problem is that TDS is running over AT&T's infrastructure, and are limited to 3 Mbps DSL.

about 2 months ago
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Restoring Salmon To Their Original Habitat -- With a Cannon

robstout Science is always better... (147 comments)

With Cannons. At least the nature documentaries will be more interesting. Maybe combine it with pumpkin chunking...

about 3 months ago
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Scientists Sequence Coffee Genome, Ponder Genetic Modification

robstout The important thing (167 comments)

Isolate out the caffiene genes, and start adding it to other plants. There are times I'm eating breakfast, and I'm thinking "Why am I only getting caffiene from the coffee? Buzz up them hashbrowns! Perk up that toast! If we can introduce it into animals, think about caffinated eggs, or butter, or cheese. We can finally jitter up the world.

about 3 months ago
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Apple Denies Systems Breach In Photo Leak

robstout Re:I honestly don't get it... (311 comments)

I think the issue is that security isn't pretty, and Apple wants pretty. Look at the two-factor authentication. Having to wait until a PIN is sent to you before you can access whatever? That isn't elegant at all (from Apple's POV. It removes the one click convenience.). Personally, I'd rather have the security, but I'm a geek, like most people on Slashdot.

about 3 months ago
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Changing the Rules of a 15-Year-Old Game: Quake Live Update Causes Controversy

robstout Interesting (170 comments)

Of course this is going to piss off the old school players, but then again they ar eproblably still playing the original versions off of their own servers. Then again, how many new players are going to be interested in playing quake? It's been years since it was relevant.

about 3 months ago
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Time Warner Cable Experiences Nationwide Internet Outage

robstout Can't wait to hear what happened (133 comments)

If it was just DNS, I'll be a bit dissapointed. With stuff like "Internet Backbone" I'm hoping for some major BGP messup.

about 3 months ago
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TechCentral Scams Call Center Scammers

robstout Favorite response (251 comments)

The best revenge I heard was someone spinning up a VM of Windows 7, and having 2 folders on it: Personal, and Finances. The Finance folder was full of infected files, while Personal had some very nasty porn. Then he let the scammers get access to the VM, and watched them donwload the files.

about 3 months ago
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Calif. Court Rules Businesses Must Reimburse Cell Phone Bills

robstout Re:Seperate Phones (161 comments)

In that case, you should have the phone forward calls to the personal phone. If a company is paying for you to have a phone, you should have it, except at times where it makes sense you wouldn't (like on vacation).

about 3 months ago
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Calif. Court Rules Businesses Must Reimburse Cell Phone Bills

robstout Seperate Phones (161 comments)

I carry two phones, my personal phone, and one supplied by my company. Yes, it can be a pain, but I prefer having my personal contacts/info seperate from my work device. Also, I can shut down my work phone when I'm on vacation, and still have my personal calls for my own email/calls/etc. It helps me maintain a work life balance.

about 3 months ago

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