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Torvalds: No Opinion On Systemd

rwise2112 Re:well said! (380 comments)

Zapp: What makes a man turn neutral? Lust for gold? Power? Or were you just born with a heart full of neutrality?

5 days ago

A DC-10 Passenger Plane Is Perfect At Fighting Wildfires

rwise2112 Re:strongly doubting it (112 comments)

...and the DC-10 can deliver as much water as five of the largest water scoopers.

Also bear in mind that a water scooper has to "land and refill" just does that on a body of water instead of an airport. That could be closer than the nearest airport, or it could be farther.

I looked them up: the scooper scoops 6,137 litres of water during a 12-second 410 metres (1,350 ft) long run on the water at 70 knots. 12 seconds to refill sounds pretty amazing, but apparently the DC-10 can be filled (45000 L) in 15-20 minutes, which is not too bad.

5 days ago

AT&T Proposes Net Neutrality Compromise

rwise2112 Re:You mean... (239 comments)

You mean just like we can do now assuming our ISP treats all traffic equally? Isn't QoS supported by most home type routers, even without having to flash it with dd-wrt or tomato or whatever?

But isn't QoS pretty much limited to upload. Here's a quote from QoS as found on any consumer router running on a standard Internet Service Provider will ONLY work on upstream/outbound data (data going from you to your ISP). You cannot realistically control the priority of data coming TO you FROM your ISP, since you can only control the data on your side of the modem.

about a week ago

Kickstarter's Problem: You Have To Make the Game Before You Ask For Money

rwise2112 Re:Kickstarter's Problem (215 comments)

That's why I reached out to them for clarification and they responded with "Thanks for writing in. Unfortunately I'm unable to comment further on our terms, as it is a standalone documentation of our policies." It's pretty clear they want you the backer to think that refund means full monetary refund when you glance over the TOS but when push comes to shove ehhhhh we'll just let that be whatever the creator wants it to be.

Maybe I'm thinking about this the wrong way, but I don't think it's realistic to expect a full refund. Presumably they go through KS to get money to use in the development of the product, so it should be expected that some of that money is used. If the company has to sit on those funds in case the project is abandoned, then funding this way is no use whatsoever.

about two weeks ago

Liquid Sponges Extract Hydrogen From Water

rwise2112 Re:This ignores the big problem of hydrogen, leaka (113 comments)

This ignores the big problem of hydrogen, leakage. Currently about 10% to 20% of all hydrogen produced is lost to leakage. This has serious environmental ramifications. Hydrogen leakage will cause bigger and longer lasting holes in the ozone layer. By making hydrogen production cheaper and easier it just makes the leakage problem worse.

Your own article says "Although its environmental benefits would still far outweigh any drawbacks.", so maybe you're overreacting a bit.

about two weeks ago

How the Outdated TI-84 Plus Still Holds a Monopoly On Classrooms

rwise2112 Re: TI calculators are not outdated, just overpric (359 comments)

They're not overpriced: TI knows students are forced to use them so they feel no need to lower their price. 150$ is within reach of many families and should they cost more that would force the issue. It's called free market: demand sets the price. Suck it up.

Except tablets are in that price range now and there are TI emulators in the Play Store.

about three weeks ago

Verizon Pays $7.4 Million To Settle FCC Privacy Investigation

rwise2112 Re:That'll teach them (50 comments)

$7.4M divided by "around two million customers", minus costs, they'll be lucky to get $3.50, better watch out for that godamn Lock Ness Monsta!!!

Well, actually they will increase each customers bill by that amount because they didn't make as much money this year.

about three weeks ago

Hitachi Developing Reactor That Burns Nuclear Waste

rwise2112 Re:Good (200 comments)

Russia and America aren't the only ones with nuclear generating stations. In fact they can't even claim to have the world's largest nuclear generating station.

And a CANDU reactor like this can already use waste from other reactors.

about three weeks ago

Study: Ad-Free Internet Would Cost Everyone $230-a-Year

rwise2112 Re:heh (611 comments)

on many sites you'll be met with messages such as: We've noticed that you have an Ad Blocker, as we're depending on advertisement revenue to provide you with free services - we will kindly ask you to turn your Ad Blocker off and reload the page to see your content.

If they don't want me to see their content, I'm happy to oblige. On the other hand, if I know the site's content is worth it and the ads aren't too obtrusive, I might turn it off.

about a month ago

Solar Plant Sets Birds On Fire As They Fly Overhead

rwise2112 Re:god dammit. (521 comments)

audible chirps, clicks, etc to scare the birds away?

You would think catching them on fire would be a good enough deterrent.

about a month ago

Munich Reverses Course, May Ditch Linux For Microsoft

rwise2112 Re:Surprise? (579 comments)

Meanwhile, where are the list of 'problems' ? Can't find any ?

From an ARS article:
"The first is the issue of compatibility; users in the rest of Germany that use other (Microsoft) software have had trouble with the files generated by Munich's open source applications. The second is price, with Schmid saying that the city now has the impression that "Linux is very expensive" due to custom programming."

about a month ago

AMD Launches Radeon R7 Series Solid State Drives With OCZ

rwise2112 Re:Marginally better (64 comments)

At least Amazon has a track record of making decent hardware. The existing Kindle products are pretty nice.

OCZ has a track record of making terrible SSDs.

AMD are giving these a 4 yr warranty, which means they must have some faith in them.

about a month ago

World's Fastest Camera Captures 4.4 Trillion Frames Per Second

rwise2112 Re:Bandwidth and Storage (94 comments)

420*500*16 bit pixel depth*4.4 trillion frames per second = 1,800 TB/sec. raw, obvously, because i don't know if anything can compress that fast. my ssd can do 500 MB / sec. Is that close?

So, how much storage are we going to need for the next Hobbit movie?

about a month ago

With Chinese Investment, Nicaraguan Passage Could Dwarf Panama Canal

rwise2112 Re:think big, plan for future (322 comments)

Due the fact that the panama canal is now too small for modern tankers, something like this needs to be done. If only the US would step up and do things like this.. it's in our best interest! Monroe Doctrine!

The Panamanians are well underway to expanding and widening the current canal.

about a month and a half ago

Comcast Confessions

rwise2112 Re:I wonder when... (234 comments)

Ah, Comcast, where the 'Q' stands for quality! We're not happy 'til you're not happy.

about 2 months ago

Ford, GM Sued Over Vehicles' Ability To Rip CD Music To Hard Drive

rwise2112 Re:The Alliance of Artists should lose this suit (317 comments)

they already bought the Music CD so the owner of these CD ripping automobiles are not stealing the music, and they are not capable of sharing those ripped CDs on the internet, it is just making it easier and safer for the driver because they can pay more attention to driving and not fumbling around with a CD collection while driving

No, you're not thinking about this the right way! Clearly people are buying these cars and then selling them pre-loaded with the music on them. The music is clearly worth more than the cars, so it's all a clever infringement scheme. /s

about 2 months ago

Western US States Using Up Ground Water At an Alarming Rate

rwise2112 Re:Why I'm on a well in a sustainable aquifer. (377 comments)

That is what happens when you suck too much water out of an aquifer. When the underground maze of tunnels is filled with water the land above is stable

No, aquifers are not holes in the ground. They are simply layers of porous rock/sand/gravel that allow water to flow through them.

about 2 months ago

Open-Source Blu-Ray Library Now Supports BD-J Java

rwise2112 Re:Cheap DVD players (94 comments)

It says it supports 3d blu-ray and menus... though I don't see where you would insert the discs (hopefully it's not just for rips)

On the site it says:

The box plays Blu-ray and DVD content as ISO files and movie folders, and also plays nearly all standard format videos.

So it looks like it's rips only.

about a month ago

Privacy Lawsuit Against Google Rests On Battery Drain Claims

rwise2112 Re:Similar argument for desktops (175 comments)

I'm bandwidth-constrained. I'd prefer Windows didn't suck up bytes when I didn't ask it to. Is that so hard?

It's pretty easy to turn it off.

about a month ago



TSA Screening Barely Working Better Than Chance

rwise2112 rwise2112 writes  |  about 10 months ago

rwise2112 (648849) writes "The General Accounting Office (GAO) has completed a study of the TSAs SPOT (Screening of Passengers by Observation Techniques) program and found the program is only slightly better than chance at finding criminals. Given that the TSA has spent almost a billion dollars on the program, that's a pretty poor record. As a result, the GAO is requesting that both Congress and the president withhold funding from the program until the TSA can demonstrate its effectiveness."
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Americans Dumber Than World Average

rwise2112 rwise2112 writes  |  about a year ago

rwise2112 (648849) writes "A new global report by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development finds that Americans rank well below the worldwide average in just about every measure of skill. In math, reading, and technology-driven problem-solving, the United States performed worse than nearly every other country in the group of developed nations."
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EDA Destroys Printers, Cameras, Keyboards, and Mice to combat Malware

rwise2112 rwise2112 writes  |  about a year ago

rwise2112 (648849) writes "A security contractor declared EDA's systems largely clean, but found malware on six systems and advised these were easily repaired by reimaging the affected machines.

The CIO of the EDA, however, fearing that the agency was under attack from a nation-state, insisted instead on a policy of physical destruction. The EDA destroyed not only (uninfected) desktop computers but also printers, cameras, keyboards, and even mice. The destruction only stopped—sparing $3 million of equipment—because the agency had run out of money to pay for destroying the hardware."

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Apple Files Patent for New Proprietary Port

rwise2112 rwise2112 writes  |  about a year ago

rwise2112 (648849) writes "Apple proposes a solution to multiple port requirements within limited space: the two in one port. The port is described as a "Combined Input Port", where two different interfaces could be in one port.

The input port includes an outer wall defining a receiving aperture, a substrate positioned within the receiving aperture. One set of contacts is configured to communicate with a first connector and the second set of contacts is configured to communicate with a second connector.

Looks like another addition to the special (expensive) Apple cable lineup."

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Google Says You May Not Resell, Loan, Transfer, or Give Google Glass to Another

rwise2112 rwise2112 writes  |  about a year and a half ago

rwise2112 (648849) writes "According to Google: "Google reserves the right to deactivate the device, and neither you nor the unauthorized person using the device will be entitled to any refund, product support, or product warranty." if you resell, loan, transfer, or give away Google Glass."
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Memory Effect Also Discovered in Lithium-ion Batteries

rwise2112 rwise2112 writes  |  about a year and a half ago

rwise2112 (648849) writes "Lithium-ion batteries have long been thought to be free of the memory effects of other rechargable batteries. However, this appears to be not the case. Scientists at the Paul Scherrer Institute PSI, together with colleagues from the Toyota Research Laboratories in Japan have now however discovered that a widely-used type of lithium-ion battery has a memory effect."
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Researchers use synthetic magnetism to control light

rwise2112 rwise2112 writes  |  about 2 years ago

rwise2112 (648849) writes "Stanford researchers in physics and engineering have demonstrated a device that produces a synthetic magnetism to exert virtual force on photons similar to the effect of magnets on electrons. The advance could yield a new class of nanoscale applications that use light instead of electricity."
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