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Comment: Re:Good news though (Score 1) 74

I don't give my SS to anyone except the bank and for SS tax purposes. My last power company tried to insist I give it to them, when I asked WTF they needed this for simply connecting power they said for a 'credit check'. I talked further and found out they'd take a deposit in lieu of this and that's the road I took. I got the deposit refunded about 6mos later I think.

These companies really don't need it. When I setup my cable, electric etc. I didn't have an SSN, it takes time to get one when you are an immigrant. As soon as they learned I just didn't have one then they went down an alternate procedure. I think in the end I only had to leave a deposit with the cell phone company, everyone else just connected me.

This can be a pain down the line when trying to deal with these companies over the phone though as everyone wants the last 4 digits of your social as part of their authentication process.

Comment: what exactly is a bitcoin (Score 1) 115

by slothman32 (#47372861) Attached to: Investor Tim Draper Announces He Won Silk Road Bitcoin Auction

Is a bitcoin a number?
Perhaps a bunch of other site that agree you "own" them. ??
Is it a pyramid scheme - earlier mining gets more coins?

If I started my own eCoin what kind of thing would the algorithm or whatever do?
No I am not going to, I have moe constructive things to do.

Comment: Re:Sue them for all they're worth (Score 2) 495

by man_ls (#47357735) Attached to: Microsoft Takes Down Domains

Since I'm replying to an AC post I don't feel a need to include citations, but there's been at least one case where the domains in question were purchased through registrars and registered to owners both outside the United States but because the domains themselves were .com domains and Verizon is the ultimate authority for .com domains, the U.S. simply ordered Verizon to update the global master registry to reflect the seizure and there was nothing to be done about it.

They'd have to use a non-U.S. TLD as well.


$470 RepRap Derived 3D Printer Going Into Production 32

Posted by Unknown Lamer
from the 3d-printer-for-the-rest-of-us dept.
An anonymous reader writes "South African makerstore has designed and built a new RepRap-derivative 3D printer which it plans to sell for less than R5000 ($470). The first completed units are being put together now, with an eye to shipping late June. Store owner Peter van der Walt says that he designed Babybot — which has a print area equivalent to a RepRap Prusa Mendel-style machine — in order to reduce build and support costs. He's been selling various RepRap designs in kit form for two years, but as they become more popular is struggling to keep up with demand and handle returns. By sourcing more materials locally — he also designs his own controller boards — he's looking to beat the likes of RS Components and large shopping chains which have begun shipping the likes of Cubify in the country."

Comment: Re:Nope, not gonna downgrade to Windows 9 (Score 2) 218

by Billly Gates (#47188269) Attached to: Microsoft Fixing Windows 8 Flaws, But Leaving Them In Windows 7

Actually Windows 9 will have HUGE impact on games as the DirectX will have mantle like performance where CPU waits on redraws are near gone. Trim in raid and PCI ssd is nice too and cortana ... Well we will see but I always wanted a system like the enterprise on star trek with voice.

Comment: Re:Still sticking with XP... (Score 1) 218

by Billly Gates (#47188241) Attached to: Microsoft Fixing Windows 8 Flaws, But Leaving Them In Windows 7

Except that programs are running faster on Windows XP than on Windows 7, because the OS take less CPU resources.

Bang! Idiot destroyed.

Yeah on a Pentium IV. On a modern i5 the same code will run faster as a new kernel supports better smp, page swap, ram buffers, and the runtimes use all your CPU instructions. Not part as XP had to run on Pentium IIs.

Comment: Re:Dear Microsoft.... (Score 0) 218

by Billly Gates (#47188213) Attached to: Microsoft Fixing Windows 8 Flaws, But Leaving Them In Windows 7

Am I in the minority of prefering the ribbon over crappy nested menus all over the place and mouse hover/ change preview?

It only took me a week to get used to it and I don't use open office because the menus are all so cumbersome.

Has Slashdotters aged into their 40s and hate change or perhaps many use Linux so much that adopting to ribbons never took place? I also like the keyboard shortcuts integrated into the ribbon when I hit alt. No mouse nor learning combos thanks to the visuals.

I have not heard anyone outside of Slashdot complain about the ribbon in years

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