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Pirate Bay Founder Gottfrid Warg Faces Danish Jail Time

timeOday Re:Who the hell cares whether "IP!=Person?" (57 comments)

If that is true, then the 'friend' who used Warg's computer to hack and is now standing by watching Warg go down in flames is a real dick for not coming forward.

1 hour ago
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Lenovo Completes Motorola Deal

timeOday Re:Wrong company name (52 comments)

The question isn't whether the patents have any value, because they do. I am saying that from the outside, sitting here on slashdot and on the basis of the article, there's really no way we could argue whether those patents are actually worth $1M, $1B, or $10B.

6 hours ago
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Lenovo Completes Motorola Deal

timeOday Re:bugware (52 comments)

I'm trying to imagine how Huawei could be worse than any of the others? All smartphones are saturated with spyware. I was setting up my wife's new Galaxy S3 last night, which is Android, and the number of times you have to click, "go ahead and do whatever you want with my data" to get it working in a useful manner is mind-numbing.

8 hours ago
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Lenovo Completes Motorola Deal

timeOday Re:Wrong company name (52 comments)

Sort of. Without knowing the unknowable "true" value of the patents (how many, which ones, how much they generate in royalties, how important they might be to google's future plans...), it could just as well be face-saving spin by google management to head off the wrath of shareholders. In other words, even assuming the management team is trying to do whatever is best for the company, they also have a strong incentive to give the impression they are doing a good job.

8 hours ago
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New Crash Test Dummies Reflect Rising American Bodyweight

timeOday Re:A prediction (132 comments)

I think it's interesting that we give so much emphasis to "stars" (that is, controlled tests) and so little to accident statistical data. I would never argue against controlled tests, but there is a risk of overlooking some important variable - like variability in occupant size, for example. If we focused more on the bottom line - safety the real world - then the car companies would have an incentive to do a wider range of tests.

8 hours ago
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CERN Looking For Help Filling In the Gaps In Photo Archive

timeOday My guess (28 comments)

Based on my experience with this type of thing, the answer is, "here is a scientist posed with a random piece of equipment and staged lighting to make a visually appealing image that looks science-y."

More seriously, I think this crowdsourcing effort is likely to be overwhelmed with clever jokes or well-intentioned guesses.

yesterday
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HP Unveils Industrial 3D Printer 10X Faster, 50% Cheaper Than Current Systems

timeOday Re:The 3D printing future is vastly underestimated (102 comments)

There are plenty of ideas that are waaayyy out in front of the technology already. The important thing at this point is making a printer with enough capability at low enough cost to make significant strides towards the vision and do something useful.

It's like the space age, people assumed getting into space (at all) was the hard part, but no, just getting people into space didn't change daily life at all, and getting to the next solar system is thousands of times harder.

yesterday
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HP Unveils Industrial 3D Printer 10X Faster, 50% Cheaper Than Current Systems

timeOday Re:Where will decent software come from? (102 comments)

Wow! It is incredibly refreshing to see a new opportunity for a piece of commercial PC software that is expected to cost more than $2. It must be the first time in about 10 years.

Perhaps one of the established players will decide to bow out of the high-end, and target 3d printing. Or, make a new cut-rate home/small business version, ala Photoshop Elements.

On the open-source side we'll have to see if things turn out more like Gimp or Blender (usable options), or more like the video editing situation (failure).

yesterday
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16-Teraflops, £97m Cray To Replace IBM At UK Meteorological Office

timeOday Re:Cray? (123 comments)

It lives on. Anyways, I am mainly giving them props for making the effort. To the extent they are "just" making computers with commodity CPUs, it's because that's what works out best, not because they're unimaginative or unambitious.

yesterday
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16-Teraflops, £97m Cray To Replace IBM At UK Meteorological Office

timeOday Re:Cray? (123 comments)

The "original cray?" I'd be surprised if even the power plug is the same type. 1972 is a long time ago, what carryover would you expect? But besides big gangs of commodity CPUs (which are actually not just a beowulf cluster, by the way), they still develop interesting new architectures.

yesterday
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Why CurrentC Will Beat Out Apple Pay

timeOday Re:Not a chance (628 comments)

The trouble is the stuff that is bad-by-design: the fact that it's even more expansively invasive than the existing 'loyalty card' schemes

I keep hearing this and I don't understand it. How is it any different than the majority of people who use the same credit card at different stores?

2 days ago
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Why CurrentC Will Beat Out Apple Pay

timeOday Re:Point is you would not STOP paying (628 comments)

So why SHOULDN'T you prefer to get the benefits of using a CC if you are going to be paying the same exact amount for something anyway?

That is the crux of it right there. There are certainly gas stations that accept debit but charge more to use a Credit Card, or don't accept them at all (e.g. Costco, except Amex IIRC). There is no way the CurrenC consortium can dislodge the CC companies unless they do the same. But the CC companies are heavily entrenched middlemen - not even Walmart can suddenly cut ties with them - so this should be fun to watch!

2 days ago
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XYZPrinting Releases All-In-One 3D Printer With Internal Laser Scanner

timeOday Re:28/10/2014 (45 comments)

I'm getting sick of these posts. This is a review of a cutting/bleeding edge product, and is not especially glowing either, but with quite a bit of data on scan/print times etc.

For my first attempt at replicating an object, I chose 5-in. long model of a Porsche 911 turbo sports car. Unfortunately, the 3D scan of it failed, as did several other attempts to scan various other objects.

Sorry, but anything beyond academic research is, in fact, a product for sale.

When you see a breathless article devoid of information about a boring product, then by all means, start bitching about slashvertisement.

2 days ago
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XYZPrinting Releases All-In-One 3D Printer With Internal Laser Scanner

timeOday Re:terrible (45 comments)

Mechanically compatible from a scan? Good luck with that!

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From the review it's clear that this device is very limited. On the other hand, what currently available product is better for the price?

2 days ago
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Lenovo Reveals Wearable Smartband To Track Exercise Stats

timeOday Re:mostly novelty item (51 comments)

Does any of these wristbands have continuous heart rate monitoring without a chest strap? And does it actually work?

I am a runner and have a love/hate relation with my Garmin GPS watch, because it's useful, but was expensive and is bug-ridden. And in contrast to the GP, I've come to believe that heart rate is KEY. Distance in itself doesn't tell you so much if there is significant variation in slope, elevation, surface type, and temperature. What really matters is effort times time, and heart rate measures effort. But I rarely wear the chest strap for my Garmin because it's a nuisance and a bit uncomfortable. But without a chest strap, can these things do continuous heart rate measurement at all?

3 days ago
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Haier Plans To Embed Area Wireless Chargers In Home Appliances

timeOday Airports should adopt this immediately (61 comments)

Refrigerators aside, wireless charging within a 15 foot radius would be most welcome at the gates in airports, for example on the pillars between rows of seats. Usually there are too few outlets and a big tangle of wires strewn across walkways because everybody needs to recharge their stuff!

The other extremely useful place for this would be in your car - the family is rolling down the road with about half a dozen tablets etc, all getting charged. Most people are in their car often enough that they'd never have to worry about charging again.

3 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Do I Make a High-Spec PC Waterproof?

timeOday Re:Who needs a damn computer anymore? (200 comments)

I don't know either but it's fun to speculate - perhaps bandwidth to the location is limited/expensive so they're doing a bunch of onboard image processing to detect whatever they're looking for.

5 days ago
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Ballmer Says Amazon Isn't a "Real Business"

timeOday Re:IBM no longer a tech company? (275 comments)

That has long been Amazon's strategy, and it was working - solid growth that was essentially self-funding. But look at this graph. In the past the "loss" was always negligible - they would run a small profit or loss each quarter while investing heavily and posting solid growth, indicating they could choose to start taking profits at any moment even without raising prices.

But last quarter's loss was big, too big. That is why the stock suddenly took a hit.

5 days ago
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Microsoft Exec Opens Up About Research Lab Closure, Layoffs

timeOday Re:Bull (55 comments)

One has to wonder if a DOJ-imposed breakup might not have been a gift to shareholders.

about a week ago
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How To Beat Online Price Discrimination

timeOday Comparison shopping is the only way (163 comments)

If you want a good price, you generally have to work for it, which means looking around, and waiting. Little tricks like deleting your cookies will never make a dent - how do you know they didn't decide last night to start charging "nobodies" more?

Markets keep getting more and more efficient, and that means there are fewer and fewer "tricks," by which I mean consistently getting a better price without working at it.

None of which is to say you "ought" to work for lower prices - how much is your time worth? You could almost always save another dime by waiting and looking more. Just check a few different products at a few different sites, and you will do OK. Don't settle into a rut, like "oh I have Amazon Prime so I just get everything from them," unless the convenience is worth getting milked.

about a week ago

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Bill Nye "The Science Guy": Creationism Is Not Appropriate For Children

timeOday timeOday writes  |  more than 2 years ago

timeOday (582209) writes "BigThink has released a video missive by Bill Nye "The Science Guy" in which he challenges the low level of acceptance of evolution, particularly in the United States. He does not mince words: 'I say to the grownups, if you want to deny evolution and live in your world, in your world that's completely inconsistent with everything we observe in the universe, that's fine, but don't make your kids do it because we need them. We need scientifically literate voters and taxpayers for the future. We need people that can — we need engineers that can build stuff, solve problems.'"
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Nintendo Favors Europe Due to Weak US Dollar

timeOday timeOday writes  |  more than 6 years ago

timeOday (582209) writes "The LA Times is reporting that the new Nintendo Wii Fit is hard to find on US shelves, due not only to strong demand but also the United State's declining status in the world economy: "[Nintendo] is also is shrewdly maximizing its profit by sending four times as many units to Europe, reaping the benefits of the strong euro," says Michael Pachter, an analyst with Wedbush Morgan Securities. "The shortage demonstrates one consequence of the weak dollar. We're seeing companies ignore their largest market simply because they can make a greater profit elsewhere.""
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timeOday timeOday writes  |  more than 7 years ago

timeOday (582209) writes "Looks like somebody just blew a chance to inaugurate the 200-mile-high club. Lisa Nowak, a mission specialist aboard the space shuttle Discovery in July, was arrested Monday on charges of battery and attempted kidnapping after allegedly trying to subdue a romantic rival with pepper spray and abduct her from a parking lot at Orlando International Airport. It seems both women were chasing astronaut Bill Oefelein, a Navy commander. Police have recommended Nowak be held without bond."
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timeOday timeOday writes  |  more than 8 years ago

timeOday (582209) writes "The U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) asks, "Where has the Money Gone? Declining Industrial Support of Academic R&D." Since 1999, inflation-adjusted corporate support for U.S. academic research has plummeted by one third. Prominent members of industry and academia have indicated disagreements over the handling of intellectual property (IP) are partly to blame, driving U.S. corporations overseas in search of more favorable licensing terms. Will this lead to a scientific decline in the U.S., or is reduced industry influence over scientific research a good thing?"

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