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The Ridiculous Tech Fees You're Still Paying

spamchang Re:2009? (318 comments)

And it's been true ever since. So, yeah.

about a year ago
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11-Year-Old Coloradan Will Brew Beer In Space, By Proxy

spamchang Biology in space (129 comments)

There's no guarantee that yeast will behave in microgravity the same way they do at 1g. Microgravity has an interesting way of affecting protein expression. My guess is that brewing in space won't be very effective. Some people have enough trouble doing it on terra firma.

Also, backup hydration? And "medical source?" Glad we don't let 11-yr olds do important things...!

about a year ago
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Leaked Manual Reveals Details On Google's Nexus 5

spamchang Re:I want a Nexus 3 (177 comments)

The sell "entry-level" or "low-cost" smartphones in developing markets like Africa or Asia. Look on eBay for such phones.

about a year ago
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Social Fixer Falls Victim To Facebook Legal Threats

spamchang Not fast enough (194 comments)

I didn't jump on this fast enough--is there a way to get a fully functional copy now?

about a year ago
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Team of Dentists Create "The Six-Second Toothbrush"

spamchang Health, convenience, and scale (98 comments)

Sounds pretty ground-breaking. Six second from the recommended 120 seconds--and how many of us do that?--is a lot of time saved, and if the device cleans our teeth better than we normally do (needs verification as noted above), that's a net win there too. Given the market for teeth whiteners and electric toothbrushes, there's certainly a social premium placed on attractive teeth, not to mention the very important health benefits of consistent dental care.

about a year ago
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Imprisoned Physicist Honored For Refusing To Work On Iran's Nuclear Program

spamchang Guts (138 comments)

This guy has 'em. There are other ways to sacrifice for worthy principles than warfare.

Hook 'em.

about a year ago
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Link Rot and the US Supreme Court

spamchang Appendices? (161 comments)

Should documents then start including snapshots of the site (Wayback Machine-style) in document appendices? It's more work, sure, but it seems to be an obvious solution.

about a year ago
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One Man's Battle With Patent Trolls

spamchang Re:Back under the bridge, troll!! (159 comments)

Make it a class action suit. Demand a list of everyone to whom Dovden has ever sent a threatening letter.

about a year ago
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Martin Luther King Jr's Children In Court Over MLK IP

spamchang Unintended effects (344 comments)

I wonder if the release of Dr. King's works to the world and substantial realization of social justice in America will coincide. Maybe the continued familial infighting will prolong both of those events.

about a year ago
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Lenovo CEO Shares $3 Million Bonus With Workers

spamchang Re:confuciousnism leads to social responsibility (169 comments)

You and I have very different ideas of what "protestantism" means. Sorry the "protestants" in your personal experience are all such jerks.

about a year ago
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Studying the Slow Decay of a Laptop Battery For an Entire Year

spamchang Re:Love my MacBook Air, hate the battery (363 comments)

Yikes--same format movie played on both laptops = differing battery lives? Definitely sounds like an OS power bug (or several), unless the movie formats differed (lower vs. higher qual). And if not that, the minute possibility remains that someone in the processor architecture team made a tradeoff in the graphics hardware that didn't work as intended.

Going from 7 hrs active to 4 hrs idle is depressing :(

about a year ago
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Studying the Slow Decay of a Laptop Battery For an Entire Year

spamchang Letting the battery cycle? (363 comments)

Most modern lithium batteries should *not* be cycled or discharged "fully"--such a practice degrades the battery capacity quite rapidly. I think the practice of fully discharging the battery comes from the NiMH-type rechargeable AA(A) batteries.

Yeah, sometimes people recommend fully discharging a lithium battery during operation so that the monitoring software can recalibrate it's battery power meter to adjust for the decline in total capacity, but I'm not sure it's worth it.

As mentioned earlier, temperature is a big factor as well. Maybe Haswell will save the day...

about a year ago
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Orson Scott Card Pleads 'Tolerance' For Ender's Game Movie

spamchang Different kind of tolerance (1448 comments)

My first thought was that OSC was pleading for die-hards to give the movie a chance...because the trailer was so terrible. No...not going to tolerate a crappy adaptation of a beloved childhood book...!

about a year ago
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ROVs Discover Deep Sea Trash

spamchang Age (82 comments)

It would have been interesting if the researchers could have figured out how old the trash was--i.e. what make/model of shoe, any identifying marks on the tires, etc. But the major thesis is clear enough: disposable consumerism has victims and unintended (or ignored) consequences.

about a year and a half ago
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IBM Uses Roomba Robots To Plot Data Center Heat

spamchang Re:Temperature probes are pretty cheap (57 comments)

But having said that, you only get the air temp on the floor. This does you no good w.r.t. 3D air flows where you could have bad heat traps above ground (hot air rises, yo).

about a year and a half ago
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IBM Uses Roomba Robots To Plot Data Center Heat

spamchang Re:Temperature probes are pretty cheap (57 comments)

It's probably the integration of the temp probes (and physical nature of temp probes) that gets to be a hassle. I mean, you need a separate probe for each point...so you need some way to daisy chain that data before you end up with a trunk-sized batch of insulated metal wire spaghetti.

about a year and a half ago
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WY Teen Cut From Science Fair For Entering Too Many

spamchang Re:All the better.. (204 comments)

Resume building awards, money, berths to the International Science & Engineering Fair (expenses paid)...there's a lot you can win. And the intent of regional/state fairs is to provide geographic egalitarianism, or else you'll have half the high schools in NY sucking up all the qualifying spots from all other states nearby through border jumping.

about a year and a half ago
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Linux Mint 15 'Olivia' Is Out

spamchang fragmentation solution (185 comments)

I just run linux in a vm on top of Win7 enterprise. Sigh. Can't keep reinstalling my OS every so often; ain't nobody got time for that.

about a year and a half ago
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$30,000 For a Developer Referral?

spamchang Referral "bonuses" (189 comments)

Maybe they've loaded the contractual clauses with fine print to help them avoid paying out $30k. Maybe the only bonus is $30k, which might be cheaper than any other headhunter's usual contract. Someone at HubSpot should think about contracting out to Bengaluru or Mumbai.

about a year and a half ago

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spamchang spamchang writes  |  more than 9 years ago

Tuesday, May 03, 2005
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Music stealing all around

Cary Sherman's opinion piece on Sunday, "Mellifluous Discord: Universities' High-Speed Internet2 Used by Students to Pilfer Music," was as one-sided and illogical as the whole Recording Industry Association of America he represents, as president.

Sherman suggests that universities should remind users of "the necessity of responsible use of network resources." In my computer science class at Carnegie Mellon, "Introduction to Computer Music," I spend a little time doing just that. I teach students how, historically, the major recording labels have dominated the recording industry, refusing to record some of America's greatest artists, including Louis Armstrong. (His first recordings were manufactured by a former piano company in Indiana, which was sued by the major labels of the day for patent infringement.) Mr. Sherman, is this an example of "a climate where creativity is valued" that you are seeking?

My students also learn how the broadcasting industry, dominated by NBC and CBS, ignored recording technology until the NBC monopoly was broken up by the FCC. The innovations in magnetic recording for broadcast introduced by the struggling ABC were a major step forward, enabling the modern recording industry and even modern computer technology. Mr. Sherman, was the monopolistic suppression of innovation the "responsible use of network resources" you are seeking?

Mr. Sherman, you say that stealing "is not OK," and yet I have musician friends who cannot get RIAA members to pay them the royalties they are due. While you are asking universities to address your problems, please don't forget that you too can be a "powerful leader in curbing theft of copyright materials on campus." If you'll stop your members from stealing from my friends, and then study some history, maybe I can help you.

ROGER DANNENBERG
Squirrel Hill

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spamchang spamchang writes  |  more than 11 years ago "The RIAA is the Recording Industry Association of America. It is not the Recording Industry and Artists Association of America. It says its concern is artists. That's true, in just the sense that a cattle rancher is concerned about its cattle."

--Stanford law professor Lawrence Lessig, in an online forum in which he and the RIAA's Matt Opennheim answered questions from readers about the legality of downloading, copying and sharing digital music files.

http://www.pbs.org/newshour/forum/june03/copyright.html

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