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The Physics of Why Cold Fusion Isn't Real

thebes Re:"repeatable independently verifiable reproducti (350 comments)

A patent only matters if those who you are trying to protect against are under (or cave or submit) to the jurisdiction of the region in which the patent is held. Unless you file a patent in every single industrialized nation for something as significant as this, and the idea is to make money, the better option is to keep it a trade secret so you don't need to disclose any details that those outside of the jurisdiction of the patent don't have the details handed to them.

about two weeks ago
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FreeDOS Is 20 Years Old

thebes Re:Best DOS game... (133 comments)

And Doom went to my little league games!

about 4 months ago
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Amaya Gaming Buys PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker For $4.9 Billion

thebes Re:And since they're based in Québec (52 comments)

damn, no mod points...+1 Insightful and +5 Funny. You have to know Quebec language laws to get this. Unfortunately, some might mark it Troll/Flamebait

about 5 months ago
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Using Google Maps To Intercept FBI and Secret Service Calls

thebes Re:Gee, didn't they tell us ... (137 comments)

It's more likely that google is just more open and honest about how they use the information they have about you. They admit openly that the main reason for their success is their "marketing" ability. Customer/client information is a valuable commodity, and the marketers at any corporation you deal with would be fools to not monetize the information they manage to collect.

This is the same reason facebook pisses me off with their recent changes, but google+ doesn't really bother me.

about 8 months ago
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Windows Replacement? ReactOS 0.3.16 Gets Themes, CSRSS Rewrite, and More

thebes Re:10 year old software? (179 comments)

I also suspect the newer UI APIs aren't fully implemented, so, perhaps... indeed only the old software actually works.

I know you are just guessing, but my counter-comment is: so they have caught up to the UI API from 10 years ago?

about 9 months ago
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Windows Replacement? ReactOS 0.3.16 Gets Themes, CSRSS Rewrite, and More

thebes 10 year old software? (179 comments)

Why use 10 year old software to demo a "Windows replacement"? If a successful demo only works because it is old software, that somewhat speaks volumes.

about 9 months ago
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Hard Drive Reliability Study Flawed?

thebes Re:Who cares? (237 comments)

This. A failed drive is a failed drive, regardless of who it comes from and whether the issue is known or not and publicly admitted.

about 9 months ago
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An Iowa ISP's Metered Pricing: What Will the Market Bear?

thebes Re:It doesn't cost any more to serve more data (479 comments)

Simple solution: real time (or updated hourly) traffic stats for the ISP backbone connection. Allow users unlimited use (unmetered) during the times when traffic is significantly less. As others have said, if the hardware is provisioned, then as long as it is not being taxed to the limit when you want to use it, then you shouldn't really be charged anything significant for using it.

Teksavvy does this on DSL in Canada.

about 9 months ago
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Are Tablets Replacing Notebook Computers? (Video)

thebes Re:Personally I love tablets (211 comments)

Define useful...I don't think that word means what you think it means.

about 10 months ago
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CryptoLocker Gang Earns $30 Million In Just 100 Days

thebes Re:Said every IT person. Ever. (202 comments)

And yet, the single most basic thing you can do to protect your data gets overlooked by hundreds of millions of people, because it's just too burdensome to drag and drop from "My documents" to "My external drive".

And how many people that do use an external drive actually unplug it after the fact?

about 10 months ago
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Newly Discovered Greenhouse Gas Is 7,000 Times More Powerful Than CO2

thebes Re:Orders of magnitude (216 comments)

400000000 PPM should have said 400000000 PPT

about a year ago
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Newly Discovered Greenhouse Gas Is 7,000 Times More Powerful Than CO2

thebes Orders of magnitude (216 comments)

Obligatory xckd
http://xkcd.com/558/

0.18 PPT vs 400 PPM
0.18 PPT vs 400000000 PPM
0.00000018 PPM vs 400 PPM

One of them is deceptive, the other 2 provide proper context. Even being 7000 times more powerful doesn't make up for 6 orders of magnitude in concentration.

about a year ago
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FAA Wants All Aircraft Flying On Unleaded Fuel By 2018

thebes Re:Thanks Slashdot. (366 comments)

I fail to see why the insurance company would care, and if they did care what legal theory they would use to deny the claim.

Simple: you broke the law. Therefore, the insurance company doesn't have to pay out. Most policies say they are null and void if the vehicle is involved in any illegal activity.

about a year ago
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9th Grade Science Experiment: Garden Cress Won't Germinate Near Routers

thebes Re:No reproduction (327 comments)

except that you would also block other Environmental microwave and RF thereby impacting the result.

about a year and a half ago
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N.C. Official Sics License Police On Computer Scientist For Too Good a Complaint

thebes Re:No P.E. required. (705 comments)

It is if you review it and become "sufficiently familiar" with the work. Ultimately the second you sign off you become responsible for the work.

This of course, depends on where the license is obtained and the work is performed.

more than 3 years ago
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Toshiba To Launch No-Glasses 3D TV This Year

thebes Re:Don't get excited (218 comments)

So, like the Jaws add in Back to the Future....?

about 4 years ago
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Ubuntu Will Switch To Base-10 File Size Units In Future Release

thebes Re:Cannonical is just trolling us (984 comments)

Mixing 1000 and 1024 just made my day. Well done.

more than 4 years ago
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Ubuntu Will Switch To Base-10 File Size Units In Future Release

thebes Re:Cannonical is just trolling us (984 comments)

And while "baud rate" is now tacitly accepted as a term, baud already includes the unit of time. Saying "baud rate" is like saying "symbols/time/time" as if the data rate is accelerating. 2400 baud is already equivalent to 2400 symbols/second. /pedant

(re-reading your post, I think you understand this but I think the distinction is important)

more than 4 years ago
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Nvidia's GF100 Turns Into GeForce GTX 480 and 470

thebes Re:$1000 for graphics (132 comments)

And they charge $0.99 for shipping

more than 4 years ago

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