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The Hobbit: the Battle of Five Armies Trailer Released

snsh Trailer not HFR? (156 comments)

It's too bad the trailer is not being released in 48fps HFR just in ordinary 1080p. My local theater is on the HFR list, and showed Journey in HFR but got so much negative feedback that they didn't do a single screening of Smaug in HFR. The next closest HFR-capable theater to me is 3 hours away.

Since the online trailer is just about the only chance most folks will have to see any of the films in HFR, it's a shame that it's not been made available.

2 days ago
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Site of 1976 "Atomic Man" Accident To Be Cleaned

snsh Re:Treatment sort of worked (299 comments)

Those are the side effects of Khan blood.

about a month ago
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Hierarchical Membrane For Cleaning Up Oil Spills

snsh Solved problem (32 comments)

Easier to follow Exxon's example and dump tons of dispersant into your oil spill, and watch the globs disappear from plain sight.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Would It Take For You To Buy a Smartwatch?

snsh Make watches thinner (427 comments)

Watches are still way too thick. You still can't find a digital watch (except for some ridiculous e-ink devices) less than 5mm thick.

While they're at it, why do dial watches still have crowns? You should be able to hold them up to a computer screen to set the time and date like those old databank watches. All they need is a sensor or solar cell and a tiny bit of logic.

about a month ago
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Supreme Court Rules Cell Phones Can't Be Searched Without a Warrant

snsh Alito voted against the cops? (249 comments)

During his confirmation hearings, Ted Kennedy noted that Sam Alito "never saw a police search he didn't like."

Alito wrote up his own opinion on this decision, not-quite agreeing with the rest of the bench, but still voting against this particular search. I guess there's a first for everything.

about a month ago
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Florida Man Faces $48k Fine For Jamming Drivers' Cellphones

snsh Re: You know ... (358 comments)

If he used the jammer selectively, when he was next to a distracted driver, that would one thing. But he left it running all the time. That's going too far.

about a month ago
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Zazzle.com Thinks Depictions of Pi Are Protected Intellectual Property

snsh Re:Which trademark? (264 comments)

I think a diligent trademark examiner would approved the trademark registration, but would have inserted the line "NO CLAIM IS MADE TO THE EXCLUSIVE RIGHT TO USE THE SYMBOL 'PI' APART FROM THE MARK AS SHOWN"

about 2 months ago
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Zazzle.com Thinks Depictions of Pi Are Protected Intellectual Property

snsh Which trademark? (264 comments)

The original deep link to USPTO.GOV is broken. Are we talking about registration# 4473631? That specifically covers the stylized "pi mathematical symbol followed by a period." There is no exclusive right given for the symbol pi by itself or in other contexts.

about 2 months ago
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Has the Ethanol Threat Manifested In the US?

snsh Re:Comment from a Chemist (432 comments)

i thought it was to siphon money into corn-producing states in the midwest, states which are obscenely overrepresented in the US Senate.

about 2 months ago
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An MIT Dean's Defense of the Humanities

snsh Re:Little known MIT fact (264 comments)

They require you to take 8 subjects, of which several are distributed among predefined categories. I believe they discontinued the most ridiculous requirement of having a specific HUM-D/HASS-D subset of 20 or so subjects which were frequently oversubscribed because everyone in the school had to take ~three subjects from that subset. Those HASS-D subjects often covered obscure topics like "fairy tales".

Years and years ago, MIT's humanities department had a simple mission to "teach these nerds something about civilization" but since then it's grown and tries to compete with Harvard. They give out minors and majors. From what I've seen, half the the students who major/minor in HASS do it on top of a STEM degree, since it's not that hard to complete the extra subjects if you work efficiently. The other half of HASS majors are mostly dropouts from STEM courses.

about 3 months ago
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How the USPS Killed Digital Mail

snsh Re:My biggest gripe (338 comments)

I challenge you to print out a first class envelope with (or without) a 49-cent stamp from click-n-ship.

about 3 months ago
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How the USPS Killed Digital Mail

snsh My biggest gripe (338 comments)

USPS is still about 15 years behind in adopting the Internet. Today in 2014 you still cannot go online and print out a stamped (or unstamped) first class envelope or address label. You still have to fill out silly ink forms to send mail certified, registered, or proof of mailing. USPS has self service kiosks in a few post offices, but not any supermarkets. It's far easier to get a zipcode from a search engine than USPS.com.

USPS needs to just buy Stamps.com for a billion dollars or whatever they're worth, and make it a free service available to the public.

about 3 months ago
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Tesla: A Carmaker Or Grid-Storage Company?

snsh Re:Panasonic (151 comments)

Not to mention, batteries for cars are are optimized for weight, while batteries for grid power are optimized for everything but weight.

about 4 months ago
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Department of Transportation Makes Rear View Cameras Mandatory

snsh dollars vs. lives vs. dollars (518 comments)

If you want to treat this as an engineering tradeoff, then you have to not only measure deaths but property damage.

Myself I've never reversed into a human being, but I have reversed the car into 1) dozens of other bumpers in tight parallel-parking spots, 2) a fence 3) several curbs 4) the side of a car, 5) a stone wall, and just two months ago 6) a trailer hitch. All those dings and dents cost money, and are much easier to assess than the actuarial dollar-value of 15 deaths.

The real scandal in this news, though, is that the NHTSA has delayed crafting this simple rule for so long. The law was passed in 2008 with a deadline of early 2011. The Obama administration delayed the rulemaking for so long presumably because most auto makers make money selling cameras as optional equipment. The NHTSA gave the excuse that they needed time to do a 'required cost-benefit analysis' of the 15/deaths per year against the $150 cost of the camera. What the heck takes so long? Congress already passed the law requiring the cameras. All NHTSA had to do is take out a piece of letterhead, write down "10 million cars/year * $150/car / 15 lives/year equals $100 million/life", sign it, and file it away.

about 4 months ago
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Used IT Equipment Can Be Worth a Fortune (Video)

snsh Re:The problem with eBay to sell electronics (79 comments)

You should care. If someone needs your widget right now, is unwilling to wait a week for your auction to end, and is willing to pay more than your reserve price, then you're losing that sale opportunity. That's where the reserve == BIN assumption fails.

about 4 months ago
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Used IT Equipment Can Be Worth a Fortune (Video)

snsh The problem with eBay to sell electronics (79 comments)

eBay could be the perfect place to sell used electronics. The problem is the way they handle auction / buy-it-now listings.

Suppose you have a used Dell-brand server. You know that almost nobody is going to spend more than $800 on it, because for that money you could buy a new model. On the other hand, you figure someone out there might spend $500 on it because they're nearby and need it ASAP. And, you're willing to let people bid on it for a week and get it rid of it at the end of the week.

You can't accomodate all three parameters at once. If you set a reserve price, then once auctioning hits that reserve, then the buy-it-now is killed. On the other hand, if final bids are less than reserve, then the auction is effectively cancelled, and you're stuck holding the item.

Until eBay changes this, it will remain a non-ideal place to sell old IT equipment.

about 4 months ago
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The $100,000 Device That Could Have Solved Missing Plane Mystery

snsh Re:Does it really cost $100k? (461 comments)

Most people are never involved in an airplane crash. Making air travel more expensive makes travel a tiny bit less safe, because more people will drive instead of fly.

about 5 months ago
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Autodesk Says It's Killing Softimage Development, Support

snsh Re:Longtime Softimage Users Are Stunned By The New (85 comments)

Autodesk has done this before. GeneriCAD, Drafix, were just a few competitors which Autodesk acquired and shutdown. Their practices are very anticompetitive.

about 5 months ago
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Physics Forum At Fermilab Bans Powerpoint

snsh Re:Delivery Tool (181 comments)

Powerpoint has been best described as a "projector operating system".

about 5 months ago
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Bitcoin Exchange Flexcoin Wiped Out By Theft

snsh Re:Unregulated currency (704 comments)

"Unregulated and not watched by the government"

You mean like silver and gold?

about 5 months ago

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TSA stops Chewbacca at aiport over light saber

snsh snsh writes  |  about a year ago

snsh (968808) writes "Transportation Security Administration agents in Denver briefly stopped “Star Wars” franchise actor Peter Mayhew recently as he was boarding a flight with a cane shaped like one of science-fiction’s most iconic weapons."
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Police reinstated after failed drug test, arguing mixup with powdered donuts

snsh snsh writes  |  about a year ago

snsh (968808) writes "The Boston Herald reports that a Massachusetts state board has reversed the firing of six police officers whose hair tested positive in routine drug tests. The officers successfully argued that they were inadvertently exposed to cocaine from brushing what was assumed to be "confectionery powder from doughnuts" from the seat of a car, from eating a cookie kept in a pants pocket where confiscated drugs were also put, from living next door to crack smokers, and from Lidocaine administered during surgery, among other things."
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Gov official complains to too high quality work

snsh snsh writes  |  more than 3 years ago

snsh (968808) writes "When a computer scientist in North Carolina petitioned the state for a new traffic signal in his neighborhood, a transportation official replied with a complaint about what "appears to be engineering-level work" done by someone who is not licensed as a professional engineer."
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Amazon prevails in state sales tax dispute

snsh snsh writes  |  more than 3 years ago

snsh (968808) writes "A US judge has ruled for Amazon.com against North Carolina's request to turn over the names of its customers to state tax officials. The ruling was focused on privacy grounds, so the state can still re-request less detailed sales data which does not identify items purchased."
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