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Comment: Re:Logged in to email? (Score 1) 96

by Jason Levine (#47714259) Attached to: 51% of Computer Users Share Passwords

I just tried setting up an actual lock screen (with a password) and sure enough there is an "Emergency Call" item now. (I could have sworn I had tried this in the past and hadn't seen one, but it's possible I overlooked it somehow.) For a test, I tried using my cell phone to call my work number and it said that this number wasn't an emergency number. My next question would be how would I specify certain allowed emergency numbers? (Beyond 911, obviously.) This way, if my child has my phone and needs to call a relative that they know the number of, they can without having to know my unlock code and thus having full access to the phone.

Comment: Re:Logged in to email? (Score 1) 96

by Jason Levine (#47714237) Attached to: 51% of Computer Users Share Passwords

Ah. I could have sworn that when I set up proper locking mechanisms on the phone that there wasn't any option to call. I just tried it again, though, and there is an "Emergency Call" text. For a test, I tried using my cell phone to call my work number and it said that this number wasn't an emergency number. My next question would be how would I specify certain emergency numbers? (This way, if my child has my phone and needs to call a relative that they know the number of, they can without having to know my unlock code and thus having full access to the phone.)

Comment: SMTP; Alice v. CLS (Score 1) 93

by tepples (#47714037) Attached to: How Patent Trolls Destroy Innovation
Even if you ignore prior art from 1982, the Supreme Court of the United States recently decided Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank to strike down treatment of "with a computer" as an inventive step. I'm not a lawyer, but I'd recommend that nonpracticing entities reconsider their business plans in light of the opinion of the Court.

Comment: Re:People seem to be forgetting what a server is (Score 1) 119

by mrchaotica (#47713881) Attached to: Operating Systems Still Matter In a Containerized World

It seems to me that a lot of the performance tuning knowledge is getting lost on a large percentage of devs

As a web developer I'd like to care about such things, but I spend all my time four or five layers of abstraction away from the server and all the performance-related backlogs are prioritized so far behind new revenue-producing features that they'll happen sometime between "six decades from now" and "heat death of the universe."

Comment: Re:Has Jane/Lonny Eachus betrayed humanity? (Score 1) 180

But Jane/Lonny Eachus is still arguing about the fact that we're responsible for the CO2 rise by linking to that absurd rant and claiming it makes climate science "very Unsettled".

Why are you discussing someone's tweets here in a blatantly off-topic manner here on Slashdot? Oh, right... because you continue to claim it's me. Though that doesn't make it any less off-topic.

After visiting those links, I think to native speakers of English it's pretty clear: "unsettled" is wordplay on the phrase "settled science".

But since you bring MY name up, I will repeat this: I DO NOT dispute that humans have contributed to an increase in CO2 concentration. How much of an increase is due to human activity is not known. The only thing *I* dispute (as opposed to someone else) is whether said increase in CO2 is a significant cause of "global warming". I have stated this to you repeatedly, yet you keep trying to claim otherwise. That's called denial.

But I should not even have replied to you at all, since your comment was, after all, entirely off-topic.

Comment: Re:Drop solar heat for direct conversion (Score 1) 402

by geekoid (#47713649) Attached to: Solar Plant Sets Birds On Fire As They Fly Overhead

-It's no less efficient then coal, and we manage to generate a lot of electricity from that.
- So?
- You use you excess energy during the day to pump water into a dam, that you then release for fast start.

And this doesn't have to be a dam. You could pump into water towers.

Why you think it' need to be on or the other is baffling to me.

Why do we want intelligent terminals when there are so many stupid users?

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