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Wave Power Fails To Live Up To Promise

slinches Re:Golden opportunity missed... (195 comments)

Oh, darn. We must be on different wavelengths. Last I heard, they were doing swell.

I guess these sorts of things just ebb and flow with the economic tides.

4 days ago
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Sci-Fi Authors and Scientists Predict an Optimistic Future

slinches I believe!! (191 comments)

This is inspiration incarnate. Now we can create any sort of wondrous future we desire and the main project heiroglyph page is all I needed to see for proof. It's marginally functional without javascript!!!!

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Old Technology Can't You Give Up?

slinches Re:Model M Keyboard (635 comments)

In my limited experience, MX Browns are a good compromise. Still some tactile feedback without being obnoxiously loud.

Buckling springs and blues are enough to make neighbors in a cube farm go postal and aren't that much better.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Old Technology Can't You Give Up?

slinches Re:Cable Lacing (635 comments)

If you like cable lacing, you'd probably love lock wiring.

Even if it's horribly labor intensive, the end result sure looks nice.

about three weeks ago
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Amazon Fire Phone Reviews: Solid But Overly Ambitious

slinches Re:How thrilling... (58 comments)

True, but Understanding of others' Ignorance also Brings Fear

Also, it's a Futurama reference.

about 2 months ago
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Western US States Using Up Ground Water At an Alarming Rate

slinches Re:Lumping everyone together.... (377 comments)

I responded to a similar comment by an AC earlier, but allowing Arizona's share to go unused would be in addition to the amount agreed to go to Mexico.

about 2 months ago
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Western US States Using Up Ground Water At an Alarming Rate

slinches Re:Lumping everyone together.... (377 comments)

This is an obvious troll, but to clarify, there's an agreement in place to ensure that a set amount of water will flow into Mexico. You can read more about it HERE. I was implying that if Arizona didn't use or sell its share that it would flow across the border in addition to what is guaranteed by law.

about 2 months ago
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Western US States Using Up Ground Water At an Alarming Rate

slinches Re:Lumping everyone together.... (377 comments)

We shouldn't have 6 million people living in a desert that can barely naturally support 1/10 that many. And pumping several hundred thousand acre feet of water over a mountain range for Phoenix is a terrible waste of water, not to mention the water lost to evaporation in the process and the power used.

I get it, you don't like the Central Arizona Project, but without it what would Arizona do with it's share of the Colorado? I think it's better to deliver it to where it's needed (i.e. Phoenix) than sell it to southern California or let it flow into Mexico unused. The areas nearest the river are poor areas for development anyway.

about 2 months ago
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A Warm-Feeling Wooden Keyboard (Video)

slinches Most surfaces non-plastic? (82 comments)

Plastic, plastic everywhere! Except on most surfaces of the Keyboardio ergonomic keyboard

The key caps are still plastic, so depending how you count the surfaces that's 94-99% plastic. Maybe if you calculate it by area but exclude the sides of the keys and ignore that you'll almost never need to touch the aluminum portions, it might drop below 50%.

about 2 months ago
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Amazon Fire Phone Reviews: Solid But Overly Ambitious

slinches Re:How thrilling... (58 comments)

Yes, but only because Amazon refuses to release the app for Android because they want you to buy a Kindle/Fire Phone instead, so you can be locked into their walled garden.

about 2 months ago
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Airbus Patents Windowless Cockpit That Would Increase Pilots' Field of View

slinches Re:Windows as point of weakness (468 comments)

Just because the problem is "solved" (i.e. designs have improved to the point where this failure mode is no longer critical), doesn't mean that there aren't better (lower cost/weight and stronger) solutions available if the design constraints are changed by the availability of new technologies.

Now is it as safe or safer than current designs? I don't know, but I don't see a compelling reason why it couldn't be. I'm certain there will be quite a lot of testing and analysis of failure rates, system redundancies and the capabilities of the associated degraded states before regulatory agencies approve the use of this type of system.

about 2 months ago
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Supreme Court Rules Against Aereo Streaming Service

slinches Re:Never understood the problem (484 comments)

The problem is that Congress made that illegal specifically to address community antenna television (CATV) operators who did almost exactly what you describe.

about 3 months ago
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Supreme Court Rules Against Aereo Streaming Service

slinches Re:The key distinction in the ruling (484 comments)

This is a good summary, but for the tl;dr crowd the opinion of the Court is essentially relying on the duck test. e.g. "if it looks like CATV and acts like CATV it is CATV"

The dissent clearly shows the flaws in this reasoning.

about 3 months ago
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Amazon Dispute Now Making Movies Harder To Order

slinches Re:Stallman on boycotting Amazon.com (210 comments)

Yeah, I got that. Hence the mention that that family vs. stranger is irrelevant. This is about people being allowed to make decisions for themselves. As long as they enter into an employment contract fully informed, where's the unfairness?

about 3 months ago
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Satellite Swarm Spots North Pole Drift

slinches 3 is a "swarm"? (80 comments)

Since when are three objects considered a swarm? If that's acceptable it should be appended to the list.

about 3 months ago
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Amazon Dispute Now Making Movies Harder To Order

slinches Re:Stallman on boycotting Amazon.com (210 comments)

No it isn't. You can't "volunteer" anyone else to do anything. Besides, it doesn't matter whether the people involved are family or strangers.

Again an actual argument for your position would be appreciated, but if you have no salient points to make I see no reason to continue this discussion.

about 3 months ago
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Amazon Dispute Now Making Movies Harder To Order

slinches Re:Stallman on boycotting Amazon.com (210 comments)

That's not an argument. Please defend your position with a substantive point.

about 3 months ago
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Why Amazon Might Want a Big Piece of the Smartphone Market

slinches Re:In other news (61 comments)

Amazon's margins are in the low single digits right now. The razor thin margins of the mobile handset market will only be an improvement.

about 3 months ago
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Amazon Dispute Now Making Movies Harder To Order

slinches Re:Stallman on boycotting Amazon.com (210 comments)

I read that first link when you posted it earlier. The second is a propaganda piece so I didn't watch the video, but I have read a few articles about the conditions in some of the factories in China. Conditions there may be deplorable by western standards, but remember that the factories in the west were similarly bad at the same stage of economic development. That doesn't make it acceptable to us now, but it is a transition stage that must occur before things like OSHA can be put into place. Ultimately, it will take the people themselves demanding safer work environments for developing countries to catch up to western standards. We can only help persuade them.

By the way, the Foxcon issue is one of the many reasons I don't buy Apple products. But there's a difference between exposing workers to dangerous chemicals and safety hazards without informing them vs. just low pay (by your standard). The first is immoral, but the second isn't as long as the employer does not monopolize the job pool or use coercive tactics to prevent employees from moving up into a higher payed talent pool. As far as I can tell, Amazon is not doing either of those, thus my decision not to boycott them. Of course, I'm always looking for new information and will revise that if I see something that is truly a violation of labor laws or human rights (and how they handle the situation when one of those stories shows up).

about 3 months ago

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