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The Physics of Hot Pockets

zmaragdus Re:Microwave trays (222 comments)

Modern, yes, but most places I go "modern" is the exception, not the rule. I'd give my current house aa 50-50 chance of being built in the 20th century (vs the 19th...)

about 3 months ago
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The Physics of Hot Pockets

zmaragdus Re:Microwave trays (222 comments)

Why not do both at the same time? Power draw. A microwave can take over half the available load on a standard household circuit. Most are wired for 15 amps before the breaker starts tripping. Heating elements are just as power-hungry, which is why you typically see electric stoves on a dedicated 240V, 20A circuit. I would guess most houses do not have the wiring to support this.

about 3 months ago
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A Look at Smart Gun Technology

zmaragdus Re:Gun Cowards (765 comments)

You want the UK's violent crime rate? Go for it.

about 3 months ago
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A Look at Smart Gun Technology

zmaragdus Re:It's called a safety... (765 comments)

That's why responsible gun owners lock their guns up, not hide them. Furthermore, they educate and teach their children about the proper handling and use of firearms (which progresses from "don't touch and tell an adult" when they're very young to actual proper handling and usage when they have shown significant maturity and responsibility).

about 3 months ago
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A Look at Smart Gun Technology

zmaragdus Re: Have a nice time (765 comments)

Child deaths by firearms accidents are usually the result of an adult being irresponsible with their guns, typically by leaving them accessible or by not following the Four Rules of Gun Safety. I would love to see parents be more responsible with their guns *period*, especially around their children.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Do You Sort?

zmaragdus Combination Insertion and Merge (195 comments)

With the jazz band I play in, we have a book full of a few hundred charts. When resorting them after a gig, I typically grab a small stack, sort it insertion style, set it aside, then do the same to another pile. Once a few piles have been done, they get merge sorted into a big pile. Big piles themselves are merge sorted, until all of my music is in order.

about 6 months ago
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I'd prefer my money be made of ...

zmaragdus SHTF (532 comments)

Various commodities valuable in a post-apocalyptic scenario. Ammo, tools, clothes, seeds for plants (no bottle caps!)

about a year ago
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Hardly Anyone Is Buying 'Smart Guns'

zmaragdus Re:Its just a dumb idea (814 comments)

If a smart gun worked 99.5% of the time, go try to market such a device to a law enforcement agency or even the military. Go on. I'll wait.

Now that you've become the laughing-stock of gun salespersons to those groups, what did you learn? You need to vastly boost the reliability of such devices before even thinking of trying to sell them to serious buyers. Once the device failure rate improves by a few orders of magnitude, then try again. The actual number the military is looking for is of far higher reliability than a 0.5% error rate.

about a year ago
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Hardly Anyone Is Buying 'Smart Guns'

zmaragdus Re:Boom (814 comments)

'Tis far better to gun-proof your children than child-proof your gun. What's the best way to dissuade a child from playing with a gun? Take the magic out of it. One very clever method I heard of was from a CCW instructor who made a ritual with his son every time he wanted to play with the gun. He'd pull out his snub nose revolver, empty the bullets out, show the kid the empty chambers, make the kid count both the bullets and the empty chamber, then give the (still empty) gun to his son to play with to his heart's content. What happened? After a few minutes of dry-firing, the kid got bored with it. As he got older, actual firearms safety & experience were layered in.

about a year ago
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America's Second-largest Employer Is a Temp Agency

zmaragdus Re:Corporate executives are smart. (541 comments)

Not very. Different services, same business model, same shafting (pun intended) of the actual workers.

about a year ago
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America's Second-largest Employer Is a Temp Agency

zmaragdus Re:Out with the old... (541 comments)

{cough} Aerotek {cough}

about a year ago
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America's Second-largest Employer Is a Temp Agency

zmaragdus Re:Corporate executives are smart. (541 comments)

Ditto. I worked through Aerotek for a year (which is related to TekSystems). The company I worked for paid $55/hour for me, and I only got $25/hr from Aerotek.

about a year ago
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iFixit Giving Away 1,776 "iPhone Liberation Kits"

zmaragdus Re:why replace once you have the screwdriver? (260 comments)

you are a 0.00001% of the population who does

0.00001% * 320 million people = 32 people. Methinks there are a few orders of magnitude more than your proposed count.

about a year ago
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Surgeon Uses Google Glass and iPad To Capture Live Procedure and Stream It

zmaragdus Re:Focus (100 comments)

Varying degrees of focus are required for various procedures. Think of brushing your teeth. Are you 100% focused on the action of brushing your teeth? Probably not. Now turn around and hand-solder some surface mount SOT-23 chips. More focused? You betcha. He specifically stated that he chose a very simple and straightforward procedure to test the setup with. He wasn't performing an organ transplant or anything of touchy nature. I doubt the surgeon was actively fiddling with the Google Glass and the HO setup throughout the procedure. Set it up, hit play, come back when the surgery is done.

about a year ago
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Apple Details US Requests For Customer Data

zmaragdus Bang for your buck (116 comments)

So, if the NSA is working so hard to fight terrorism by violating our rights, why couldn't the government work just as hard on something that saves more lives in the long run? Vehicles kill tens of thousands of people per year. If the government is going to trash my civil liberties, at least save more lives in the process.

about a year ago
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FDA Calls On Medical Devicemakers To Focus On Cybersecurity

zmaragdus More Inefficiency (40 comments)

I worked in the medical device field for a while. The level of paperwork and documentation required for validation activities is staggering, plus the medical field in general doesn't have as good a handle on fulfilling government requirements as well as, say, the aviation industry. The path to take a device from concept to validated, sellable product is a long one. Adding cybersecurity (while a worthy endeavor) will only exacerbate the arduous and hair-tearing experience of developing a product.

about a year ago
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Federal Judge Says Interns Should Be Paid

zmaragdus Why unpaid in the first place? (540 comments)

I don't get why internships were ever unpaid in the first place. In the course of training someone to do the job they are interning for, they end up providing some form of valuable work, even if it is at a lower level of effectiveness/efficiency than a highly-skilled employee. As an engineer, I have the good fortune of being in a field where internships are almost universally paid, and paid well for that matter. (Many engineering internships run from double to triple minimum wage.) Even my most basic intern experience (which is barely considered "engineering" by my standards) paid over double minimum wage (back in 2006). I can't fathom a sort of situation where an intern provides absolutely no useful work. Can anyone provide an example?

about a year ago
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India To Develop Military Robots For Warfare

zmaragdus Re:India? Robots in the front line? (169 comments)

The military doesn't have to recruit robots, it just builds them. Robots don't get tired, don't complain, perform better & more consistently than humans, don't get PTSD, and don't cause public uproar when they're destroyed (vs. bodybags).

about a year ago
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Hollywood Studios Use DMCA To Censor Pirate Bay Documentary

zmaragdus Re:Not surprising ... (139 comments)

Oops, bad math. 30 a minute

about a year ago

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Facebook Stock Going Public?

zmaragdus zmaragdus writes  |  more than 4 years ago

zmaragdus (1686342) writes "Facebook Inc. converted its existing stock holdings into different classes of stocks (Class A and Class B) designed to give certain shareholders more power than others. This has been typically done in an IPO of a company's stock to give important people (company founders, for instance) more clout in the actions of the company when stock is first offered to the public. While Facebook maintains that it does not plan to offer stock publicly in the near future, this restructuring is one of the critical steps in doing so."
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