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Comment Re:It's all fun and games... (Score 2) 61

Yes, I'm worried about this too. I see the harassment, bullying and stalking within Ingress also. Even physical threats. This is not Call of Duty and the same taunting is not appropriate here. Your map is the real world and you'll meet real people in real life. Some people can't reconcile real harm part with the fact that they're competing over virtual objects.

I am hoping that they learned a bit for Pokemon and it's not going to be a game about controlling turf or even teams, because that's just a recipe for disaster with kids.

Niantic really really needs to up their customer support for this. Right now there is none. Complaints about cheating, harassment, bad portals, etc all go into a black hole right now.

Comment Mod parent up! (Score 1) 365

Exactly right. Just means there aren't any level III civilizations. Personal opinion is that they're not possible or feasible or there will be a better way than harnessing galaxies once you get to that knowledge level. We really have no idea how a level III civilization might work or look.

Comment Re:Scotch (Score 1) 361

I think you mean barley, although some variants have wheat or rye in them. Anyhow, there is no GMO barley (outside the lab), same for wheat or rye unless that's changed since I got my info last year.

Comment Re:What Eric Holder says is irrelevant (Score 1) 194

Exactly. Even if Holder is earnest and really means to get Snowden home safely, he will either be up on some other charge by some other agency (state level? civil?) or a short time from now the administration changes or someone with enough pull gets around Holder's decision or otherwise influences him to change his mind.
tl/dr; He can never come home.

Comment It will come down to economics. (Score 1) 597

Will it be cheaper to buy 20-40% more batteries (or solar panels) or convert all your appliances? I suspect batteries will be far cheaper. But yes, I do know the importance of not converting. We spend a lot of time in the wilderness in our travel trailer and it really matters then. However, don't underestimate the loss with DC over the distance of a house. It won't be 20-40%, but 10% maybe...

Comment ...and adults too. (Score 3, Insightful) 616

I'm one of those who is allergic to eggs and have to be very careful about vaccines, so you may be putting me at danger too.
Many vaccines have egg protein in them, and so do flu shots. Over the years I have managed to get most vaccines, but it's hard. On paper there are egg-free vaccines and it's easy to google up an article announcing the exciting new development of an egg-free vaccine for xxx. But in real life they are expensive, have short shelf lives, a very limited market, and nobody keeps records about where I might find some. Which means they're pretty much not available outside of a major metropolis, and even then it takes luck and a lot of phone calls.

Comment Water cooling. (Score 1) 253

Put the unit in a totally sealed enclosure, like maybe a plastic storage bin with a good gasket. Go water cooling for everything (power supply and HDDs too). Cut a hole and run the cooling out of the enclosure (power and networking come out here too, seal the hole with RTV silicone or something) to a radiator (like a small car radiator or AC condenser), probably with a low speed fan on it. Add it to your home maintenance schedule to go down and clean out the radiator/fans every month or three. This is only for the very stubborn -- it'd be cheaper and easier to find a cubby hole somewhere in the house and ventilate it, or reevaluate your needs and see if you can't get by with a lower powered fanless device.

Comment Re:Realistic (Score 2) 374

The power companies may have to change from primarily power generation to more power storage (like pumping up to reservoirs) and peak-demand type systems.

But I absolutely think the power companies shouldn't have to buy back surplus at full price. It's their distribution network that's allowing this, they're entitled to a small profit on that to fund it's building and maintenance. Otherwise why would they build it?

Comment Re:Never finish (Score 4, Interesting) 180

I was at a small convention where he was the guest of honor, got to hear a lot of him talking about this type of stuff.
Basically, he confirmed that the studio does have a folder sealed and locked in a safe somewhere with plot outlines to finish the rest of the series should something happen to him. Also was interesting to hear that he *does* have a plot outline, he knows how it will end, who lives and dies and who comes out on top, but doesn't know all of the details about how to get there. Some people say he's dug himself a pretty deep hole and is having trouble writing his way out to get to the ending he wants.

Comment Observations from being a glass explorer. (Score 5, Informative) 324

My wife was a glass "explorer" and bought one, so I've got to try it some and watched her use it. Problems that I see are:
- Poor battery life
- Slow processor (what people really want to do with this is like augmented reality, and it's not quite got the horsepower)
- Lack of any apps that do something useful to most people that you can't do with a standard android device (just a gimmick at this point).
- Small and low-res screen, can't fit much useful info on it.
- Fragile

Honestly, the dorky looks and people freaking out because of privacy issues weren't an issue that we saw.
Most of the "explorers" are pretty mad that they spent $1500 to be abandoned. Google should at least offer a seriously discounted trade-up to the release model for them, but there is no talk of that. I doubt most explorers will buy it again.

Comment Re:YES !! (Score 5, Insightful) 241

Consumer level devices and upline management that doesn't understand IT but has the power to say "make it so" are my problem.

These have happened to me:
"Why do you need that $700 enterprise-grade AP? Just use the $69 linksys one like I do at home!"
Monday: "Support my new iGadget. Now." Tuesday: "We need encryption/security/firewall/2FA to meet PCI/CJIS/SOX requirements".
"Cost saving measure by centralizing printers!" By next month everyone who has the authority to ask for a personal printer again has one.
"Make an SSID without a password so that we can use our Chromecast."

You are in a maze of UUCP connections, all alike.