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

rwise2112 Re:heh (232 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.

2 hours ago

Solar Plant Sets Birds On Fire As They Fly Overhead

rwise2112 Re:god dammit. (459 comments)

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

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


Munich Reverses Course, May Ditch Linux For Microsoft

rwise2112 Re:Surprise? (567 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."

2 days 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.

2 days 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 week 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 two weeks 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 three weeks 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 three weeks 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 a month 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

NIF Compresses Diamonds With 50 Million Atmospheres of Pressure

rwise2112 Re: There is only one "Solar system" (81 comments)

Again, why does this matter?

Because, technically correct is the best kind of correct!

about a month ago

Nearly 25 Years Ago, IBM Helped Save Macintosh

rwise2112 Re:PPC macs were awful (236 comments)

Right, so this is the infamous mac os 7 era right? Powermacs? Where motorola code was emulated to work on PPC? Apple being led by non-jobs? When Macs didnt just needed a restart every 24 hours (like windows did) but would outright ruin there system install every other week?

That was the most shitty Apple period ever.

Yeah, I supported macs for an ISP back in the day. Saw many sad mac icons.

about a month ago

I typically start my workday ...

rwise2112 8:00AM (141 comments)

I show up at 8:00AM, so right between the 'Between 6 a.m. and 8 a.m.' and 'Between 8 a.m. and 10 a.m.' options.

about 2 months ago

New Permission System Could Make Android Much Less Secure

rwise2112 Re:cyanogenmod? (249 comments)

No. Rooting will allow you to remove unwanted apps that are locked on by the manufacture or carrier, as well as give you access to the entire file system. Using an alternate rom (ie cyanogenmod) will allow you to use different android versions, with different (or no add on) UI. These are things like touchwiz or HTC Sense. The permisions system for apps remains the same. Also, cyanogenmod and other ROMS may not support all your hardware or be stable (but then again some carrier builds are not that great either).

There are programs that when rooted will allow you to block access of apps to certain subsystems, giving finer grained control, but it is not automatic, you have to go in and do it yourself, and that is regardless of the ROM/android version.

Once you are rooted, on any ROM, you can install XPrivacy or PDroid to completely control application access to your data.

about 2 months ago

Crucial Launches MX100 SSD At Well Under 50 Cents Per GiB

rwise2112 Re:GiB (107 comments)

If you count to ten on your fingers are you working in unary or decimal?

Both the 1620 and the 1301 worked in decimal, store was available in 10's, 100's or 1000's of words.

Anyway, if insist on claiming that those decimal machines were "really" binary.

What about ternary machines? Where each "bit" position could have one of three values. E.G. Setun.

Good point!

I'd argue that fingers are actually binary as well: two states, either counted (1) or not (0).

I never heard of the ternary computer before, that's interesting!

about 2 months ago

Free Wi-Fi Coming To Atlanta's Airport

rwise2112 Re:Hey, what? $5? (135 comments)

I can't remember the last time I was in an airport that didn't have free WiFi. But then I don't travel in the USA much.

This is my experience as well. I've travelled a lot internationally, and have had free WiFi everywhere. The last time I went through the US, I went through Dulles airport, and I think there was free WiFi there.

about 2 months ago

The 69 Words GM Employees Can Never Say

rwise2112 Re:Common sense in email (373 comments)

Just common sense. You don't write anything in an email that could be used as evidence against the company in a court case. Everything you write can and will be used against the company in a court case, no matter how much it has to be taken out of context. Much easier to just avoid some words. If you know that writing "the car has a defect" can cost the company millions, while writing "the car has a condition" has the same meaning, and your fellow engineers know it has the same meaning, why would you want to write "the car has a defect"?

You know what would make more sense? How about resolving the "defect" or "condition" before shipping the product. If it's fixed, no one's getting sued.

about 3 months ago



TSA Screening Barely Working Better Than Chance

rwise2112 rwise2112 writes  |  about 9 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 10 months 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 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 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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