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Comment: Re:how many of these people don't want to retire? (Score 4, Interesting) 255

by Demonantis (#46780343) Attached to: I expect to retire ...
My grandfather started pumping gas part time once he retired. He had to stop when he physically was unable to continue working. He fell one day and messed up his shoulder really bad. We, the family, are still convinced he finished pumping for the customer before seeking medical attention. I think it is all about the mindset of the individual. Some people love to work. It gives them purpose.

Comment: Re:"The Register has the story as well" (Score 1) 103

by Demonantis (#46780247) Attached to: RCMP Arrest Canadian Teen For Heartbleed Exploit
Not to get off topic, but this is a bad move for /.. I wasn't adblocking them, but I am now because the pop up is really annoying. I think they have become increasingly disconnected with the community. On topic, assuming he is guilty, what was this guy thinking? Its like stealing money. Most people know it is wrong. Hopefully, the courts treat him with respect and teach him a lesson without ruining his life. Something like a year probation seems fair and likely considering the charges.

Comment: Re:Is Ebola a "rapid burnout" disease? (Score 1) 112

by Demonantis (#46733475) Attached to: Racing To Contain Ebola
The benefit of Ebola is that it makes the sick bedridden quickly. In countries with hygiene standards the disease dies out quickly since the pathways of transmission are severely limited. There is research that shows diseases will(in the evolutionary pressure sense, not free will) soften the symptoms to stay in the population. The most successful diseases are the ones where the majority of hosts will ignore the symptoms and go about their daily life.

Comment: Re:User error? (Score 1) 36

by Demonantis (#46726155) Attached to: Fire Risk From Panasonic Batteries In Sony Vaio Laptops
Its an issue with the inherent chemistry of Li-ion batteries. The overall heat management of the machine isn't significant. Once the batteries fail from the power supply drawing or charging more than a designed current they start a thermal runaway reaction. The batteries will eventually vent a hot fiery gas. There are battery designs that are considered extremely tolerant to thermal runaway, but they have significantly lower energy density.

Comment: Re:The sheer volume! (Score 1) 139

by Demonantis (#46718833) Attached to: Cuba: US Using New Weapon Against Us -- Spam
The texts they are complaining about are probably involved with the Cuba Twitter website. They had to come up with some slant to complain about them while saving face about the issue. Complaining about a foreign government trying to promote subversion of the Cuban government doesn't have the same ring to it.

Comment: Re:New? (Score 1) 181

by Demonantis (#46711261) Attached to: Do Free-To-Play Games Get a Fair Shake?
A lot of f2p make you feel punished for not paying. It doesn't develop the good will that motivates people to play. I think a lot of developers jumped on the f2p concept and kind of lost their minds. The games that let you pay to skip arbitrary delays are the worst. They are basically rewarding you to not play the game. The only people that pay are the ones that get sucked into the game. I guess they work on the same habit-reward cycles that casinos work on. People don't like them, but they still some how have a user base.

Comment: Re:Futile? (Score 1) 322

Where I live the Police do an inspection of the vehicle at each hand off (You get to see everything they do during a ride along). They run the lights, look through the interior, and walk around the car to check for damage. How hard would it be to add checking the dash cam to the checklist? Does the system not have a self diagnostic check? Again where I live the radio system in the cars have one.

Comment: Re:They do. (Score 4, Interesting) 256

by Demonantis (#46702587) Attached to: Navy Creates Fuel From Seawater
Aircraft carriers are like a space limited island villages with a nuclear power plant. The power goes to more than just propulsion so its built into the design plans. Desalination, waste water treatment, and machine shops for sure. There is probably a tiny factory on board for as many products as they can have one for. Manufacturing on demand is highly desirable. Not only is resupply is a massive pain, but it takes up valuable storage space.

Comment: Classic Open Source Arguments (Score 0) 245

by Demonantis (#46679147) Attached to: Slashdot Asks: Will You Need the Windows XP Black Market?
They have become reliant on a single supplier for updating the OS. All market related forces for a company with a Monopoly position will occur. With an open source product a new supplier for updates could have emerged. It will be interesting to see if counterfeit updates will emerge.

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