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How Apple's Billion Dollar Sapphire Bet Will Pay Off

wiredlogic Transparent aluminum (186 comments)

I wish they'd start calling it transparent aluminum. Then we could all be living in a world with technology from the future.

7 hours ago
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In a Hole, Golf Courses Experiment With 15-inch Holes

wiredlogic Re:Expensive Middle Class Sport Losing Patrons (397 comments)

There is the impending loss of good 9-speed road bikes in the near future which will eventually fill the pipeline of the used market with 10-speed and up with their ridiculously overpriced replacement chains and sprockets.

Still working on my stockpile of 10 year old 9-speed parts bought cheap before the dollar tanked and SRAM started matching Shimano on price.

2 days ago
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Google: Better To Be a 'B' CS Grad Than an 'A+' English Grad

wiredlogic Internship (349 comments)

So now he's been anointed by the Goog and will be viewed as a golden child at every job he interviews for in the future.

2 days ago
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L.A. Science Teacher Suspended Over Student Science Fair Projects

wiredlogic Re:Losing good men to the war on pretend violence (250 comments)

A marshmallow shooter isn't the start of the slippery slope to gun violence any more than the pervasive availability of knives contributes to stabbings. It used to be normal and accepted practice in western society to teach boys to hunt game to help supplement the family's food supply.

2 days ago
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Google Aids Scientology-Linked Group CCHR With Pay-Per-Click Ads

wiredlogic Re:Credible Source? (185 comments)

if Google were to deny CCHR use of the program, they would be in a lawsuit and would probably lose.

Google is under no obligation to provide free services fairly and without bias.

3 days ago
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Peoria Mayor Sends Police To Track Down Twitter Parodist

wiredlogic Twitter rolled (168 comments)

So basically if a Jackboot^W LEO asks for account info on anyone without a warrant or even reasonable evidence that a crime has even been committed, Twitter will just hand over your private details to them without question.

4 days ago
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Oracle Deflects Blame For Troubled Oregon Health Care Site

wiredlogic Re:It's Not Really Oracle (161 comments)

There's also nothing about running a health exchange that requires the use of an Oracle DB. The volume of data and transaction rate wouldn't stress any database. The secret sauce is in the application code, not the DB. They should have found a developer with a proven track record of delivering LAMP-style systems rather than pissing money away on a gold plated turd from a company with no grand history in developing web sites.

5 days ago
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Click Like? You May Have Given Up the Right To Sue

wiredlogic Re:Possibly Worse Than That (216 comments)

Contracts have to be negotiated and signed by two parties to be valid. You have to have an opportunity to modify the terms before exchanging money. Buying commodities doesn't meet that standard. Neither do post-purchase EULAs.

5 days ago
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Mercedes Pooh-Poohs Tesla, Says It Has "Limited Potential"

wiredlogic Doesn't get it (358 comments)

Once players such as Mercedes and Porsche enter the luxury electric vehicle market, he questions whether Tesla will be able to maintain its current, growing success.

Tesla isn't aiming to be in the luxury market. They will be gradually reducing the price of new models until they are affordable for non-rich people. If Tesla can deliver a superior product for less than a Merc where do you think consumers will go?

5 days ago
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Click Like? You May Have Given Up the Right To Sue

wiredlogic Re:so? (216 comments)

Why would General Mills' be treated any different than the other Corporate Masters?

They don't pay as much for for preferential treatment as the other guys. Their only need for lobbying is to ensure farm subsidies are as high as possible to force down the market price for grain.

5 days ago
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First Phase of TrueCrypt Audit Turns Up No Backdoors

wiredlogic Re:To Crypt or Not To Crypt (171 comments)

A passphrase from hell doesn't protect you from a keylogger. It does, however, put the burden on whatever organization hacks your computer to justify why they installed a keylogger since you can demonstrate that the long password couldn't possibly be brute forced. If they try to hide their tracks it is difficult to use a parallel reconstruction to explain away how they got the long password. Just don't ever fall for the trap of thinking you are invulnerable.

about a week ago
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IRS Can Now Seize Your Tax Refund To Pay a Relative's Debt

wiredlogic Re:Over 18 (630 comments)

The IRS has to be basing its claim on something. File a FOIA request to get that info. If you end up in court and they didn't comply or insisted on a ridiculous fee you will have the favor of the judge. Before court ever happens they will of course forward their fraudulent claims to the credit reporting and collection agencies. Follow the FCRA dispute process (which they will just rubber stamp in their favor) to get more documentation demonstrating your due diligence to defend yourself. More bonus points with the judge.

about a week ago
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U.S. Biomedical Research 'Unsustainable' Prominent Researchers Warn

wiredlogic Re:conflating two problems (135 comments)

Teaching is just a loss leader for the things that really matter: athletics and patents. It is only natural to cut back on the unnecessary expense of employing parasitic teachers.

about a week ago
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Slashdot Asks: How Do You Pay Your Taxes?

wiredlogic PDF form (386 comments)

I fill out the PDF forms and mail them in. The IRS got their act together a couple years ago and finally enabled saving the PDF filled out forms so you don't have to do it in one shot before printing. I get a nice hardcopy documenting what is or isn't owed. It's nice when the tax man fucks something up and you have hard paper to prove that you're right rather than an ephemeral computer record that they can lie about.

about a week ago
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Netflix Gets What It Pays For: Comcast Streaming Speeds Skyrocket

wiredlogic It would be a shame... (325 comments)

It would be a shame if ... something ... happened to that nice video streaming business you got there.

about a week ago
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Study Rules Out Global Warming Being a Natural Fluctuation With 99% Certainty

wiredlogic Re:99%? Not good enough (862 comments)

I hear mother nature has been secretly receiving yellowcake shipments. Proof enough?

about two weeks ago
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Can You Buy a License To Speed In California?

wiredlogic Frames are for losers (325 comments)

Saint Jobs just drove around without a license plate.

about two weeks ago
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GM Names Names, Suspends Two Engineers Over Ignition-Switch Safety

wiredlogic Re:Hero ? (236 comments)

Somebody in management had to sign off on the change and a whole lot of work had to be done to revise the tooling and approve the expenditures. This wasn't an invisible modification done by a sneaky engineer unbeknownst to higher levels of management. There is always a bottom to every hill and the shit stops rolling once it gets there.

about two weeks ago
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$250K Reward Offered In California Power Grid Attack

wiredlogic Re:Why not more? (111 comments)

The train system is even more vulnerable and more accessible for mayhem with less risk of accidental electrocution.

about two weeks ago
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The New 'One Microsoft' Is Finally Poised For the Future

wiredlogic Re:I'll believe it (270 comments)

Been done. At least for Solaris and HP-UX.

about two weeks ago

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