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Amazon Reportedly Launching Smartphone This Year

sarysa Why would Amazon ditch Android? (38 comments)

Regarding this last statement:

they're likely to have difficulty luring developers away from established platforms.

Kindle is already built on top of Android, and Amazon has partnerships with Android developers already. It's also a time-proven platform that's becoming ever more insurmountable for anyone trying to get their own platform off the ground. (take Windows Phone 8, and Microsoft had a decade head start) With all that stated, why is TFA assuming that this new smartphone would have anything but Android as their backbone?

4 days ago
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Will Cameras Replace Sideview Mirrors On Cars In 2018?

sarysa Re:Why stop there? (496 comments)

If a window breaks, you can still see through it. If a monitor in your tank breaks?

I'm totally with Tesla that it should be a legal option, but it shouldn't be a requirement to go digital with side view. On one hand, you have the drag...on the other hand, the classic mirrors are less prone to ceasing to function effectively. (smudging/moisture/frost is also a concern, which often renders my rear camera useless -- easily fixed with classic mirrors, and driver's side can wiped off while driving)

about two weeks ago
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Wal-Mart Sues Visa For $5 Billion For Rigging Card Swipe Fees

sarysa Re:Customers may benefit... maybe (455 comments)

It's worth mentioning that Safeway and Lucky's runs a different business model than Wal-Mart. The first two can be cheaper on a small list of items because they put deep cuts on maybe 10-20% of their inventory every week. So at least with slow perishables (and if you're less picky in general), over time if you're careful you could do better with Safeway easily. But if you have no desire to get such a rotation going, then yeah, go with Wal-Mart. Also good for things like meats and dairy that you'd prefer not to store a month's worth at a time.

about three weeks ago
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China Bans Financial Companies From Bitcoin Transactions

sarysa Re:Does it mean, (110 comments)

Oh, and just to fully recap my many posts ranting about Bitcoin, aside from what I've said already in this thread...I'm waiting for something to come along that provides the benefits of Bitcoin but without the price instability. Its stock-like nature is going to doom it because consumers (and more importantly, merchants) need more "familiar" price stability to become comfortable with and actually use a currency for currency purposes. The vast majority of current Bitcoin users are still speculators and unwitting individuals, along with some merchants who would probably prefer something more stable but need the anonymity to conduct business...and a few outliers here and there.

Anyone who's been burned once by previous crashes won't ever want to get back on board the Bitcoin train...

about 4 months ago
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China Bans Financial Companies From Bitcoin Transactions

sarysa Re:Does it mean, (110 comments)

Like I said, "similar", not "exact". Bitcoin is the poster child of the inflatable, independent currency experiment, but it shares traits similar to the stock market and limited quantity physical goods. It's not impossible for something which shares the traits that guided the valuation of Bitcoin to emerge. It'll likely be a long way off and possibly too difficult to identify in time to profit from it.

about 4 months ago
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China Bans Financial Companies From Bitcoin Transactions

sarysa Re:Does it mean, (110 comments)

that current Bitcoin rally is over?

I for one wonder if this'll be the last big rally.

I've been absolutely terrible at predicting when this train will end. An unstable currency that is not suitable for the vast majority of merchants and individuals is doomed to fail eventually, but since I've been beating this horse Bitcoin has risen by 5000%. Rally #1 was the American public, rally #2 was from Greeks and other troubled European nations and now this rally is from the Chinese.

I wonder if anything significant is left? Regardless, it's way too high for me to even consider playing this game. I do hope something similar comes along in the future, perhaps it'll follow a similar pattern and I'll get on board early...

about 4 months ago
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EU Plastic Bag Debate Highlights a Wider Global Problem

sarysa Re:Taxing is not going to fix the problem (470 comments)

This isn't really something that one can gauge properly with their own anecdotes. In my case I practically never buy anything but well-packaged slow perishables so I have nothing to worry about. A small quantity of meat juices leaking into the bottom of someone's bag (rare enough that it doesn't ever happen to most people, but it is a concern on a broader scale) will feed a significant quantity of bacteria for a long time and create a real problem, versus the tiny bits that get onto your keyboard and create an infestation that only a germophobe can appreciate...

Again, personal responsibility, wash your damn bags, yadda yadda...as someone who'll eat fallen food while on a hiking trip and follow it up with a "meh", even I can admit that the concern here is reasonable.

about 5 months ago
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EU Plastic Bag Debate Highlights a Wider Global Problem

sarysa Re:Taxing is not going to fix the problem (470 comments)

heh, I'm not going to defend the intentions of general media sources, but I believe the concerns were that the bottom of peoples' bags were essentially petri dishes, and over time the infestation got to the point where all but the most thorough of washing of potentially contaminated food items (and even then...) would be ineffective.Of course one's own negligence is to blame in this case but what people forget about social engineering is engineering works with what you have, not some ideal.

about 5 months ago
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EU Plastic Bag Debate Highlights a Wider Global Problem

sarysa Re:Taxing is not going to fix the problem (470 comments)

1) You don't have to wash them after ever visit, unless you're buying, like, unwrapped raw chicken in which case you've got bigger problems

If you want to take your chances with bacteria, salmonella, etc.--go for it.

This actually made headlines some time ago as an unintended, but very real consequence of San Francisco's bag tax...

about 5 months ago
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New, Canon-Faithful Star Trek Series Is In Pre-Production

sarysa Re:How? (401 comments)

ToS can be forgiven...it wasn't as cliche in 1967 to use Nazis as it was in 2004.

And yeah...they had a wonderful year-long season 3 arc, pretty well put together, and they cap it with space nazis? Why oh why...

about 8 months ago
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Boeing 777 Crashes At San Francisco Airport

sarysa Re:"Crashes in"? (506 comments)

For anyone confused by this comment, the original title of this article (before an editor stepped in and fixed it) read "Boeing 777 Crashes In San Francisco". The current title (at the time I'm posting this comment), "Boeing 777 Crashes At San Francisco Airport", is a much better description of the event without taking the mind in some horrific directions before giving the important details.

This. My original post looks pretty ridiculous now, but I'm glad someone changed it. (I don't see that often)

about 9 months ago
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Boeing 777 Crashes At San Francisco Airport

sarysa Re:Not geek news... (506 comments)

Considering how much of the geek community resides near SFO (and flies SFO), it's perfectly justified. I can't think of anywhere with a greater concentration of slashdotters.

about 9 months ago
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Boeing 777 Crashes At San Francisco Airport

sarysa Re:"Crashes in"? (506 comments)

Just to elaborate even more (edit function please), anyone who lives around SF and flies knows that the airport is 10 miles south of the city. So an airplane crashing within city limits would be extremely bizarre. Very little air traffic is actually routed through the city...in fact I think most planes that fly overhead are ads for car insurance companies and tires during baseball games.

about 9 months ago
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Boeing 777 Crashes At San Francisco Airport

sarysa Re:"Crashes in"? (506 comments)

Just to elaborate, the headline made me think 7/6 would be to Silicon Valley what 9/11 is to New York.

about 9 months ago
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Boeing 777 Crashes At San Francisco Airport

sarysa "Crashes in"? (506 comments)

...just saying...

about 9 months ago
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The DNA Data Deluge

sarysa Re:Miles of DVDs? (138 comments)

IEEE wrote that? Watch out...if Jesse Ventura runs for president, the prophecy may be fulfilled...

about 10 months ago
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Man Of Steel Leaps Over Record With $125.1 Million To Mixed Reviews

sarysa Re: Piracy much eh? (364 comments)

Not sure why your post got mod hate, it was a decent post. And I agree with you about it being believable. It's by far the most believable Superman film/TV show ever. Its believability is one of two things I'll mention to people who haven't seen the movie yet. (aside from the major WTF being "Kryptonians widely colonized the galaxy and all those colonies failed?!")

The other being the unignorable and obvious Jesus references...

p.s. Pa Kent didn't really get shafted. I thought he was reasonably cautious, and he never wavered from his convictions.

about 9 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What To Do When Another Dev Steals Your Work and Adds Their Name?

sarysa Re:version control (480 comments)

The submitter probably doesn't have access to their version control.

However, if they can show their work remotely, they could easily find an archive.org link to an older version. I believe javascript files are archived just like everything else. This could possibly be useful if the submitter decides to take legal action -- I think they have some grounds to do so.

about 10 months ago
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Space Diving: Iron Man Meets Star Trek Suit In Development

sarysa Re: Just threw in random ST reference (133 comments)

Old star trek does have some documentary qualities, with the captain's log being a comparable narrative style. The older Star Trek was far more cerebral than the recent two movies, but it's easier to fit cerebral into a lower budget-per-minute production. (And shorter movies need more action to get butts in the seats :p )

about a year ago
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Belief In God Correlates With Better Mental Health Treatment Outcomes

sarysa Re:Not religion, but purpose (931 comments)

No Religion is the simplest and laziest method for giving some purpose.

I agree with you pretty much completely, but you have to admit, it's still an effective package. You can dislike something and still admire its ability to perform some task. It's the kind of respect that an atheist who works for an advertising agency might have.

about a year ago

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Jammie Thomas Denied Supreme Court Appeal

sarysa sarysa writes  |  1 year,29 days

sarysa (1089739) writes "The Supreme Court has refused to hear the latest appeal of the 7 year old Jammie Thomas case, regarding a single mother who was fined $222,000 in her most recent appeal for illegally sharing 24 songs. Those of us hoping for an Eighth Amendment battle over this issue will not be seeing it anytime soon. In spite of the harsh penalties, the journalist suggests that: "Still, the RIAA is sensitive about how it looks if they impoverish a woman of modest means. Look for them to ask her for far less than the $222,000.""
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Is Zynga Trying To Patent Virtual Currency?

sarysa sarysa writes  |  more than 3 years ago

sarysa (1089739) writes "Techcrunch spotted a recent patent application by Zynga, attempting to patent virtual currency purchased with real money for use in a gambling context. It is unlikely that the application will pass due to a plethora of prior art where free MMOs that have gambling minigames would qualify, but Techcrunch also spotted that the application mentions Farmville as an example of embodiment. This indicates that Zynga may be attempting to patent non-refundable virtual currency as a whole. Should be interestering to see how this develops."
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Facebook Throws Privacy Advocates A Bone

sarysa sarysa writes  |  more than 3 years ago

sarysa (1089739) writes "In response to a week-long assault by privacy advocates, and following a well publicized all-hands meeting, Facebook has introduced two new security features in response to privacy concerns. One feature allows users to whitelist devices associated with a Facebook account, and the other allows a user who verifies their identity to view previous logins. While both are useful features, they do nothing to address the recent privacy concerns."
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Suicide machine developed in Germany

sarysa sarysa writes  |  about 6 years ago

sarysa writes "Roger Kusch of Germany has invented the suicide machine, to the protests of German politicians, the medical community, and churches. It doesn't seem to be as elaborate as the one from Futurama." Quoted from the article:
"The device is a modified perfusor, a machine normally used to inject medicine over a long period of time, and Kusch has installed a button that allows the patient to set off the mechanism. Kusch believes that way the patient is technically killing himself, protecting doctors who would assist by mixing the toxins and setting up the device. According to Kusch's method, the suicide machine would administer an anesthetic and a lethal dose of potassium chloride, which would lead to death within minutes."

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