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Ask Slashdot: What Tech Products Were Built To Last?

stox Re:Commodore Amiga 3000T (668 comments)

My HP-97 from 1978 is still working fine. Time for some new rubber on the card loader, though.

2 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Good Print Media Is Left?

stox Re:NYTimes is left I believe. (284 comments)

Of course it is Liberal, anything having to do with facts or science is Liberal these days.

3 days ago
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The Security of Popular Programming Languages

stox APL (188 comments)

Not a single security exploit reported in over 50 years.

4 days ago
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Russia Wants To Establish a Permanent Moon Base

stox Re:Fine.. (313 comments)

That's what we said about 1984.

about a week ago
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Smart Car Tipping Trending In San Francisco

stox As the divide grows... (371 comments)

This will become a more common occurrence. Why do you think the rich want to spend so much more on Police and the Military?

about two weeks ago
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New Service Lets You Hitch a Ride With Private Planes For Cost of Tank of Gas

stox Re:risk (269 comments)

Which is still minuscule when compared to the chances of dying in an auto accident.

about two weeks ago
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Introducing a Calendar System For the Information Age

stox You know you are old when... (224 comments)

you realize that you were born BEFORE the epoch.

about three weeks ago
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IPCC's "Darkest Yet" Climate Report Warns of Food, Water Shortages

stox Re:We've gone beyond bad science (703 comments)

I guess you have not been paying attention to the drought in the Central Valley of California. You will, when food prices shoot through the roof this summer.

about a month ago
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Fluke Donates Multimeters To SparkFun As Goodwill Gesture

stox Kudos to Fluke (250 comments)

A great move in a difficult situation.

about a month ago
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Flies That Do Calculus With Their Wings

stox Re:Calculus? (107 comments)

Actually, it is doing calculus with a highly optimized analog computer. Amazing what Mother Nature can do given enough time.

about a month ago
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Paris Bans Half of All Cars On the Road

stox Re:Diesels are better? (405 comments)

He is referring to the urea tank used to clean the emissions.

about a month ago
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Elon Musk Addresses New Jersey's Tesla Store Ban

stox Re:What about Hummer? (229 comments)

Hummer (GM) : Renco Group : LTV Aerospace : AM General ( American Motors) : Kaiser : Willys-Overland : Overland Automotive : Standard Wheel Company

In other words, Hummer's roots go back further than many modern auto companies.

about a month ago
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Author Says It's Time To Stop Glorifying Hackers

stox Dear Diane... (479 comments)

If you want to see what real hackers are about, come on down to H.O.P.E. this year, http://www.hope.net./ We're just a short walk away from the New York Times at the Hotel Pennsylvania.

See you there!

about a month ago
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Interview: Ask Eric Raymond What You Will

stox Damage to the Internet (126 comments)

What's your opinion of the damage done to the Internet by the NSA scandal, and potentially by, the Comcast TWC merger?

about a month and a half ago

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Ford Open Sources car electronics, let the fun begin!

stox stox writes  |  about a month and a half ago

stox (131684) writes ""Researchers at Ford Motor Company, including Zachary Nelson, a recent MIT graduate and an engineer with Ford, however, are willingly turning that conventional fear among car OEMs upside down, by introducing the power of the open-source community to the automotive world.

Nelson, who will be speaking at EELive! at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, April 3, will discuss how the Open XC open-source platform http://openxcplatform.com/ could allow people with smartphones to connect with real-time vehicle data.""

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Former FCC Chairman suggests going Nuclear on ISP's

stox stox writes  |  about 3 months ago

stox (131684) writes ""The time is now for the FCC to classify broadband as Title II. Without this step, we are playing fast-and-loose with the most opportunity-creating technology in all of communications history. Without this step, we are guaranteeing an Internet future of toll-booths, gatekeepers and preferential carriage. Without this step, we stifle innovation, put consumers under the thumb of special interests, and pull the props from under the kind of rich civic dialogue that only open and non-discriminatory communications can provide.""
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Nobody builds reactors for fun anymore

stox stox writes  |  about 4 months ago

stox (131684) writes "“The fundamental problem of the nuclear industry is not reactor safety, not waste disposal, not the dangers of nuclear proliferation, real though all these problems are. The fundamental problem of the industry is that nobody any longer has any fun building reactors.Sometime between 1960 and 1970 the fun went out of the business. The adventurers, the experimenters, the inventors, were driven out, and the accountants and managers took control. The accountants and managers decided that it was not cost effective to let bright people play with weird reactors. So the weird reactors disappeared and with them the chance of any radical improvement beyond our existing systems. We are left with a very small number of reactor types, each of them frozen into a huge bureaucratic organization, each of them in various ways technically unsatisfactory, each of them less safe than many possible alternative designs which have been discarded. Nobody builds reactors for fun anymore. The spirit of the little red schoolhouse is dead. That, in my opinion, is what went wrong with nuclear power.”"
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25 years ago, the Internet changed forever

stox stox writes  |  about 6 months ago

stox (131684) writes ""But the most significant effect of the worm was how it permanently changed the culture of the Internet. Before Morris unleashed his worm, the Internet was like a small town where people thought little of leaving their doors unlocked. Internet security was seen as a mostly theoretical problem, and software vendors treated security flaws as a low priority.""
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RIP Wayne Green - Micro-computing Pioneer

stox stox writes  |  about 7 months ago

stox (131684) writes "Last Friday, 9/13/13, Wayne Green passed.

For those of you not familiar with Wayne, he was the publisher of 73 Magazine ( Dedicated to Amateur Radio ). 73 published some of the first articles on micro-computing, and for all practical purposes, Byte Magazine was a spin-off of 73. He also published KiloBaud another early micro-computing magazine. We all owe a debt of gratitude to those who got the wheels of micro-computing rolling. Wayne's contributions were significant in those early days."

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Bloomberg reports on the order from the U.S. : "It's the first patent ruling aga

stox stox writes  |  about 10 months ago

stox (131684) writes "Next round in the Apple vs Samsung saga. Samsung wins this time. ITC panel "issued a limited import ban and a cease-and-desist order for AT&T models of the iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPad 3G and iPad 2 3G.""
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ISPs Must Suspend Data Caps Until They Can Count

stox stox writes  |  about a year ago

stox writes ""Public Knowledge is calling on all ISPs who use data caps to suspend them until an outside auditor can certify that their data usage meters are accurate. ISPs have no business imposing data caps on consumers without the ability to accurately determine how much data consumers are actually using.""
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Thumb on the scale? Broadband usage measurements are not accurate for 5 of 7.

stox stox writes  |  about a year ago

stox (131684) writes ""For the 64 percent of Americans whose internet service provider imposes a broadband cap, and for those lucky enough to have a meter, I have some bad news. The president of the firm who audits many of the country’s broadband meters says that he can’t certify the measurements produced by five out of seven of his clients’ meters because they don’t count your bits correctly.""
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AT&T Data usage definition proprietary???

stox stox writes  |  about a year and a half ago

stox writes "As many of you know, AT&T has implemented caps on DSL usage. When this was implemented, I started getting emails lettting me know my usage as likely to exceed the cap. After consulting their Internet Usage web page, I felt the numbers just weren't right, so with the help of Tomato on my router, I started measuring my usage, and ended up with numbers subnstantially below what AT&T was reporting on a day to day basis. Typically around 20-30% less. BTW, this usage is the sum of inbound and outbound. At this point, I decided to contact AT&T support to determine what exactly they were defining as usage, as their web pages never really define it. Did I get a suprise, after several calls, they finally told me that they consider the methodology by which they calculate bandwidth usage to be PROPRIETARY. Yes, you read that right, it is a secret. They left me with the option to contact their Excutive Offices via snail mail, email was not an option.

So, I bring my questions to you, all knowing slashdotters, are there any laws that require AT&T to divulge how they are calculating bandwidth? Should I contact my state's commerce commission or the FCC to attempt to get an answer to this?"
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Higgs discovery getting closer

stox stox writes  |  more than 3 years ago

stox (131684) writes "http://www.science20.com/quantum_diaries_survivor/rumors_about_light_higgs

"It reached my ear, from two different, possibly independent sources, that an experiment at the Tevatron is about to release some evidence of a light Higgs boson signal. Some say a three-sigma effect, others do not make explicit claims but talk of a unexpected result. That the result comes from the Tevatron is for sure, since the LHC experiments do not have nearly enough data yet to search for that elusive particle, and other particle physics experiments in the world have not nearly enough energy to produce it.""

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LHC to restart in 2009

stox stox writes  |  more than 5 years ago

stox (131684) writes "Geneva, 5 December 2008. CERN[1] today confirmed that the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) will restart in 2009. This news forms part of an updated report, published today, on the status of the LHC following a malfunction on 19 September. "The top priority for CERN today is to provide collision data for the experiments as soon as reasonably possible," said CERN Director General Robert Aymar. "This will be in the summer of 2009." http://www.interactions.org/cms/?pid=1027337"
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Help save Fermilab!!!!

stox stox writes  |  more than 6 years ago

stox writes "Due to our congress's incredible shortsightedness, Fermilab is running out of money.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/chi-fermi_19dec19,1,2424810.story

I urge all the members of slashdot to contact their representatives as soon as possible. Not only will this result in Fermilab possibly missing the discovery of the Higgs Boson, but it may seal its fate in 2009. Unless the world is confident in our commitment to the International Linear Collider http://www.linearcollider.org/cms/, they may decide to build it somewhere else. Please make difference, call your congressman, Fermilab is too great a resource for this nation to lose. Please remember that Fermilab was one of the First major institutions to make a commitment to Linux. Also, many Linux contributors have been on Fermilab's staff."
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We won't take cash

stox stox writes  |  more than 6 years ago

stox writes "In an effort to control iPhones sold to unauthorized re-sellers, Apple will require iPhone purchases to be made with a credit or debit card only. This has some scary implications. What next, a three day waiting period?"
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