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A Toolbox That Helps Keep You From Losing Tools (Video)

stephanruby Re:"losing" tools (82 comments)

There's 3 types of people:

1) People who lose tools by accident
2) People who steal tools on purpose

That is an oversimplification. There are also people who like to keep tools at their workstation overnight for the convenience, or people who replace tools at a slightly different place where they were originally found, or people who loan out tools they borrowed to another technician/person who might need those tools also.

3) People who don't lose or steal tools

You might prevent or reduce losses from category 1. You will create a minor inconvenience for people in category 2. And you will piss off everyone in category 3 who will feel like they're no longer trusted.

Even if we assume that you have an OCD employee in category 3 who always replaces a tool at the exact location he found it in -- the minute he no longer needs the tool. I can guarantee you that this same employee is already much more pissed off at not being able to find the right tool he needs when he goes looking for it (because someone else hasn't returned it yet).

Also, it's not just a question of inventory control. It's also a question of inventory maintenance. When a tool is signed out to someone, and let's say that tool breaks, or is used up, as part of its normal lifespan, then the best person to order a replacement of that tool is the last person who used it.

2 days ago
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Ohio College Building Indoor Drone Pavilion

stephanruby Re:PFAH! (42 comments)

Your toy airplane is weak if it can't hack it in a light breeze.

If you're designing new drone prototypes, then yes, they can be weak. That is what experimentation is all about.

But then again, this place will be equipped with a wind tunnel and those can simulate very high winds if required.

Norris said the renovation will allow more UAS and aviation operations to be combined in one location, providing access to resources including aviation and flight simulators, avionics and engine labs and a wind tunnel.

4 days ago
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Great Firewall of China Blocks Edgecast CDN, Thousands of Websites Affected

stephanruby Re:Except for Mozilla and Colts (128 comments)

Economic impact would be probably close to zero.

A story on the same blog posted 4 days ago shows that HSBC's corporate banking site was jsut blocked because the CDN Akamai got blocked. Apparently, "HSBC uses Akamai as part of the secure login system for clients".

What the blog doesn't say however is that many corporations in China are already paying for proxies outside of China that they access through VPNs, so as to circumvent China's great firewall. And that HSBC probably scrambled to remove the login dependency on Akamai as soon as it received customer complaints about the problem. So I can't say what the economic impact is going to be, but companies are certainly trying to mitigate the effect this has on them and route around the problem.

Also note that Akamai's CDN is also used as a big ad-delivery network, so the economic impact notwithstanding, most Chinese users are now browsing the internet without seeing ads, which for once translates into a much more positive experience for users in China. And the only problem there is that this blockage of internet ads probably won't last very long, because advertising companies will do everything in their power to fix the problem and circumvent Akamai.

5 days ago
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Swedish Court Refuses To Revoke Julian Assange's Arrest Warrant

stephanruby Re:Rape Apologetics Go Here (243 comments)

perhaps you should think before spouting off publicly about how the guy's clearly innocent and the accusers are just lying sluts?

Using that word "sluts" to call those women says a lot more about you than it says about me. I assume this means you were raised in a place where most of the people around you still hold puritanical beliefs.

My personal problem with the non-condom related rape allegations is that the women continued their relationships with Julian Assange and even bragged publicly about having sex with Julian Assange.

Now granted, I'm not opposed to reclassifying the legal definition of rape to make it slightly broader than it is currently being enforced, and I'm not opposed to going after those perpetrators internationally through extradition treaties, but my problem comes from the fact that Julian Assange seems to be treated very uniquely in this regard and I just can't accept this as being a random coincidence.

Had Julian Assange not faced this threat from being imprisoned in a US gulag for his entire life, or worse, you and I both know that he would have just gone back to Sweden and been exonerated (fairly or unfairly, but that would have been the outcome for sure). I've been to Sweden and I can promise you it's not the feminist utopia you think that it is.

about a week ago
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Swedish Court Refuses To Revoke Julian Assange's Arrest Warrant

stephanruby Re:Rape Apologetics Go Here (243 comments)

I don't think any woman in history has ever lied about not wearing a female condom... You've never actually seen a female condom, have you? Lying about wearing one would be like an amputee lying about having both legs.

Diaphragm was actually the word I was looking for.

about a week ago
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Swedish Court Refuses To Revoke Julian Assange's Arrest Warrant

stephanruby Re:Rape Apologetics Go Here (243 comments)

Re:Rape Apologetics Go Here
Live down to expecations, Slashdot.

If allegedly lying about wearing a condom counts as rape after the fact and justifies extradition, then we should designate all women, who ever allegedly lied about not wearing a female condom, or who allegedly lied about being on birth control, as rapists as well. After all, it works both ways.

I guess we'll have to wait until a woman republishes embarrassing US State secrets for that to happen.

about a week ago
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Customers Creating Fake Amazon Pages To Get Cheap Electronics At Walmart

stephanruby Re:wont last (284 comments)

It doesn't apply to fake listings that were never even intended to be seen, nevermind honored, by the public.

Amazon allows you to sell a book for one penny and then make your profit on the shipping charge. For all you know, the buyers were doing the same with PS4s and reselling them at cost + shipping. It's probably a great way to get raving 5 stars reviews from your customers. Also since the customers are locked into the shipping charge with the PS4 itself, you could probably upsell them on extra PS4 cables and extra PS4 accessories at a real monster's premium.

about a week ago
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Big Talk About Small Samples

stephanruby Re:I am not reading that. (245 comments)

..about how one can modify a blackberry to run android applications.

Putting aside your main point, which I agree with.

Blackberry doesn't need to be modified to run android applications. It will run most of them if you just repackage and sign again the application for blackberry.

One caveat thought, if your app is using specific Google android sdks like the Google Maps sdk for instance, you may need to rewrite your app to use the web api of Google Maps instead of its android sdk api.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Dealing With VoIP Fraud/Phishing Scams?

stephanruby Re:Turn it to your advantage (159 comments)

You are looking at it all wrong, those people that are calling you are all potential customers of your business. Offer to them something they are looking for: satisfaction. They are calling you to complain. Sell them something, like a way to kick ass of somebody, who you can present as the guy that placed that call they are complaining about. I am sure many would give you their money for some type of a moral satisfaction. Learn to sell, life gives you a lemon, make lemonade.

Scammers also sell anti-scam services. Personally, I would be even more suspicious of someone who wanted to help me and sell me something to get back at those scammers.

about two weeks ago
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The Downside to Low Gas Prices

stephanruby Re:Comparison Chart (554 comments)

I assume you meant a chart like this one. The other link you provided sends me to a gas cost calculator.

I love how the chart purposefully EXCLUDES countries with large land masses and lower population density like Australia, Canada, Norway, Russia, etc. Unfortunately, it's a complete no-brainer that countries with higher population density need to prevent people from driving their own car. One way is to increase the gas tax. The other way is to make the drivers license for new drivers insanely expensive and almost impossible to get.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Programming Education Resources For a Year Offline?

stephanruby Re:Obvious guy says (223 comments)

Build your own drone and fly it around to take some nice aerial shots. Just don't do it like this guy. His drone looked way too nice. He was lucky to recover it from Nepal customs after two weeks. See if you could build yourself a cheap weather balloon, or a foldable motorized flying wing large enough to take the altitude.

about two weeks ago
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Cameron Says People Radicalized By Free Speech; UK ISPs Agree To Censor Button

stephanruby Re:This already exists (316 comments)

Here we are on a site where strangers can rate what we say, potentially burying it where others won't get the chance to read it, and we're complaining that governments are vaguely coming around to the same idea?

Yes, but if we don't like the type of moderation on Slashdot, we're free to go to another site. With the government, we're not free to do that (at least, not if they have their way).

This system, if implemented, will just drive radicalized speech underground and out of the public eye. It's not going to solve anything, except increase the number of people who want to rebel against the government, and make them better at hiding their trails.

about two weeks ago
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Google Wallet API For Digital Goods Will Be Retired On March 2, 2015

stephanruby Re:Google's Paypal (105 comments)

so-called 'free applications' or services are bullshit since they can and will be pulled at any time google so chooses.

This payment api they're retiring was far from their usual free offering. It was a payment api. It was getting a cut of every transaction.

That being said, the article is click-baiting us, it's discontinuing a service that nobody uses. Google Wallet isn't being discontinued for other goods, just digital goods. And it isn't being discontinued for in-app payments on Android, or on Google Play, only third party web sites selling digital goods with Google Wallet are going to be affected, which means practically no one.

If you had a third party global web site selling digital goods, it never made any sense to use Google Wallet in the first place. So it's not so much Google abandoning a product feature. It's actually a digital market that never saw the need for Google Wallet over competing options, and finally Google waking up to that fact.

about two weeks ago
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Will Lyft and Uber's Shared-Ride Service Hurt Public Transit?

stephanruby Re:Wrong Question (237 comments)

Competition is a bitch; a government never likes it.

It isn't even competition in this case. Cabs and "ride sharing" augment the capabilities of public transportation. They do not subtract from it. Most people do not live right next to a convenient hub of public transportation. You often need to drive there, or have someone drive you to it. Also for the very few customers that "ride sharing" might actually take away from public transportation, it's a drop in the ocean. "Ride Sharing" simply can't scale like Public Transportation can.

about two weeks ago
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Will Lyft and Uber's Shared-Ride Service Hurt Public Transit?

stephanruby Re:should be banned or regulated (237 comments)

Lyft and Uber drivers should have to follow the same not-free regs as taxi drivers. things like displaying a hack lic, certification of insurance or bonding, and penalties for systematic race discrimination are things that taxi drivers and their companies are required to follow. Undercutting these is not a good idea.

Uber's insurance is explained here, and its legalese can be found here. I haven't looked for Lyft's policy, but I assume that Lyft's policy can be just as easily found.

penalties for systematic race discrimination are things that taxi drivers and their companies are required to follow.

And yet despite all those penalties, racial discrimination still happens systematically during peak hours. During peak hours, taxi drivers can easily pretend not to have seen someone hailing them down if they know they can easily pick up someone else just as easily.

And in a way, Uber and Lyft's processes nicely solve that problem, since for them, they're not allowed to pick up people who are hailing them visually. They can only pick up the people that have hailed them electronically through a mobile app. So choosing your customer based on skin color is much less of a possibility for Uber and Lyft drivers, because now there is an electronic paper trail if a driver suddenly decides not to pick up a potential customer he has agreed to pick up electronically.

The electronic process of ordering rides through a mobile app also solves the problem of displaying a license. By ordering a ride through Uber, you see the picture, you see the id, and you see the rating of who's going pick you up before they do pick you up. Just try to get that level of information the next time you call for a Yellow cab, you won't get it.

Not only that but in a few big cities, where the number of medaillons stays stagnant despite the desperate need of additional taxis on the road during peak hours, Uber and Lyft are serving the needs of an underserved market. Because I can tell you, in my personal experience, it's not just black people that can't find a cab sometimes. As a white person who sometimes really needs a cab in San Francisco during peak hours, I've simply given up trying to find one. I can only assume that only customers from five star hotels and hot supermodels can catch cabs during those hours, because I see many cabs during those times, and I've used my phone to call cab companies as well, but those cabs are certainly not stopping for me, or they have the light on signaling that they're on their way to pick up someone else.

If I really need a car after work for some reason, I'll drive my car in, clogging up the system even more, and I'll risk paying insane parking fees for the entire day (despite the fact that I might only need the car for a fraction of that time, to go somewhere after 5 PM, that's not easily reached with public transportation).

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Unblock Email From My Comcast-Hosted Server?

stephanruby Re:Stop trying to host it yourself. (405 comments)

I agree with your comment about data privacy, but what do you mean by flexible mail aliases? I have about a dozen email aliases linked to each email address on Google Apps Premier/Business, they all seem to work just fine. The filtering and dot notation also seem to work well.

about two weeks ago
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Scientists Discover a Virus That Changes the Brain To "Make Humans More Stupid"

stephanruby Re:Real article is here (275 comments)

So it could also mean that stupid people are more likely to drink pond/lake water than non-stupid people. Or that people living in rural areas are more likely to drink pond/lake water than city folks. Etc.

about two weeks ago
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How Alibaba Turned November 11 Into the World's Biggest Online Shopping Day

stephanruby Re:Am I the only one (115 comments)

Alibaba seems extra sketchy. I get that a lot of people will go to great lengths to save a buck, but I'm probably one of the few that prefers dealing with somewhat reputable companies (a few do still exist).

Alibaba is mostly for business to business sourcing. Personally, I don't know any other reputable place where I can source custom electronics equipment from China.

Amazon doesn't do that. Ebay doesn't that. And I guess I could go on a Chinese manufacturer's web site to get something done, but without Alibaba, I have no idea where I could get started and how reliable a supplier is going to be. Alibaba has just grown to be the default place where people go for that kind of thing. It's definitely not for everybody.

about three weeks ago
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Washington Dancers Sue To Prevent Identity Disclosure

stephanruby Re:Live by the sword (461 comments)

How much of David Allen Van Vleet's personal information is now public record because he filed these court papers?

David Allen Van Vleet died in 2006, a good 8 years before he made his FOIA request.

Zombies don't usually worry about retaliation. They keep coming after their target, slowly but surely, filing out FOIA requests after FOIA requests, submitting court documents after court documents. They're relentless. Outside of updating their facebook page, playing the occasional farmville game, and voting in elections, they really have nothing else to do but pursue full-bosomed women.

about three weeks ago
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Website Peeps Into 73,000 Unsecured Security Cameras Via Default Passwords

stephanruby Re:People buy stuff without understanding is... (321 comments)

To quote my own Mother, "I don't want to learn all that technical stuff, I just want to use my computer".

Computer hygiene should be taught like personal hygiene, at the school level for the kids and through other public programs to try to reach the adults and the elderly.

Yea, I have to say, I have to clean her machine off of crap every year. Every time I go over there, Internet Explorer has 5 or 6 toolbars installed because she clicks on everything. And no, she won't let me restrict and lock down the machine, I've tried that.

In case you're the one who usually buys her a computer, she's the perfect use case for a cheap Chromebook. That's what I did for my mom. I didn't really force it on her. I just bought it for her to keep next to her Windows XP laptop. Eventually, as her machine became much slower and slower, she just switched to using the Chromebook on her own.

about three weeks ago

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