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Comment: They don't know who Snowden is (Score 3, Insightful) 677

by MobyDisk (#49535895) Attached to: Except For Millennials, Most Americans Dislike Snowden

According to John Oliver most people think Edward Snowden is Julian Assange. Oliver did "man-on-the-street" style interviews in New York, asking people who Snowden was. Most people, if they knew the name at all, thought he was "the guy who sold government secrets to Wikileaks."

The report doesn't mention this at all, so I'm not sure what to make of the statistics. If you asked people "Which color is brighter: green or brown" but they had never heard of brown before, you wouldn't be able to draw many meaningful conclusions from it. The report itself doesn't even mention what questions they asked people. There's really just no information here at all.

Comment: Re:Even if gas price increases is it worth it? (Score 1) 618

by MobyDisk (#49529399) Attached to: Cheap Gas Fuels Switch From Electric Cars To SUVs

Electric vehicles have lower maintenance cost as gas vehicles. Hybrid vehicles have the same maintenance cost as gas vehicles.

I was under the false impression that hybrids also had lower maintenance, because of things like regenerative braking. The second article points out that as an advantage, but says it is offset by other things.

Comment: Proof that Wikipedia mobile is just fine (Score 1) 355

by MobyDisk (#49519541) Attached to: 'Mobilegeddon': Google To Punish Mobile-Hostile Sites Starting Today

The summary says that Wikipedia does not have a mobile site. That isn't true. The BBC article linked from TFA actually says:

Sections of sites owned by the European Union, the BBC and Wikipedia currently fail the search giant's Mobile Friendly Test developer tool.

I just tested the Wikipedia mobile site with their tool and it says "Awesome! This page is mobile-friendly." However, if you feed it instead of it complains that the links are too close together, which is definitely not the case. Even the picture it shows of "How Googlebot sees the page" is quite clear.

Comment: Re:Makers or Service providers? (Score 1) 350

Yeah, keep in mind Apple recently bought "Beats by Dre" which is a music streaming service (in addition to the headphones by the same name). Apple Radio (Apple's music streaming service) has been in the iPhone for a while. There's a very good reason Apple doesn't want their users to be able to listen to free radio on their iPhone.

Comment: Re:Valve needs to use their clout (Score 4, Insightful) 309

by MobyDisk (#49480751) Attached to: NVIDIA's New GPUs Are Very Open-Source Unfriendly

They *should*, if their goal of legitimizing Open Source video drivers is true.

Legitimizing Linux gaming is not really dependent on having open source the drivers. It is dependent on having good drivers. Valve does not have a stated goal of supporting open source. Their goal is to sell games.

Comment: I want thingiverse + github (Score 1) 46

by MobyDisk (#49472767) Attached to: The Makerspace Is the Next Open Source Frontier

This article is spot on. I've experienced this when working with 3D objects on Thingiverse. It allows you to "remix" someone's work, but that is a fork. It doesn't really allow for collaboration. Lots of times I've found someone's .SCAD model and improved it but I have no way to contribute it back to them other than to post a comment and hope they notice. So some objects have dozens of "remix" forks, which have more forks, etc.

Lots of people make their objects to work for just themselves. It's the hardware equivalent of "works on my machine!" It's great that they have a way to publish and get the object out there. It allows other people do the "systems engineering" and figure out how to make the part work in general. But most of that engineering work gets lost. So many times I download an object, only to find it didn't quite work. I improve it, and then nobody else gets to benefit from that. It's kinda sad.

+ - Transforming robot gets stuck in Fukushima nuclear reactor

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes: The ability to change shape hasn’t saved a robot probe from getting stuck inside a crippled Japanese nuclear reactor. Tokyo Electric Power will likely leave the probe inside the reactor housing at the Fukushima Dai-ichi complex north of Tokyo after it stopped moving. On Friday, the utility sent a robot for the first time into the primary containment vessel (PCV) of reactor No. 1 at the plant, which was heavily damaged by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in northern Japan. 'The robot got stuck at a point two-thirds of its way inside the PCV and we are investigating the cause,' a Tokyo Electric spokesman said via email. The machine became stuck on Friday after traveling to 14 of 18 planned checkpoints.

Comment: Slashdot clickbait headlines (Score 1) 199

by MobyDisk (#49459093) Attached to: Supernovae May Not Be Standard Candles; Is Dark Energy All Wrong?

Headline: Supernovae May Not Be Standard Candles; Is Dark Energy All Wrong?
Summary: Does this mean dark energy may not be real, or that it may just be slightly weaker than we previously thought?
Articles: It is slightly weaker than we previously thought. Not significantly though.

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