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Journal Journal: Chronicle: A little kayaking

On Sunday, i wanted to go kayaking at Kensington Metropark, which i've done in the past. I aimed to leave at 3 with a friend for the 20 minute drive, but we got there after 5. Regardless, they weren't renting boats due to high winds. So, off we went to Heavner Canoe & Kayak Rental, instead, which was on the way, and he had wanted to go to anyw

Comment It worked (Score 2) 61

So, everything was fine until Microsoft somehow (the article doesn't say) determined that goodwill was worth only $116 million instead of $5.4 billion. That's huge. This is the crucial piece that makes it all "make sense".

Microsoft bought their rival and destroyed them. It's all done now, Nokia isn't coming back. Microsoft can rest easy now, the threat to Windows Phone has been eliminated. It cost billions, but that's OK. Plenty more where that came from. What's the point of being a huge corporation if you can't do things like this from time to time? It's time to stroke a Persian cat and sip a snifter of brandy. The Company has been saved.

Comment The BIGGEST thing they could do... (Score 1) 440

The government could best encourage solar by streamlining regulations,

The biggest thing they could do is change the regulations on their subsidies, tax breaks, and the like to replace the requirement "installed by a licensed contractor" to "installed in conformance with the applicable electrical code, permitted and inspected where applicable". This would allow do-it-yourself installations, where done properly, to receive the same benefits as professional installations.

The price difference between a homeowner-installed and a contractor-installed system is typically larger than the subsidies. So the current programs amount to welfare for the government-approved contractors rather than the homeowners.

Comment Re: Why not just forgo paid content? (Score 1) 79

If you don't want a crippled DRM stick? Then accept you are gonna need an HTPC. You can get one of the Chinese ARM boxes but I find they are rather limited on the amount of software you can run on 'em, a better choice IMHO would be to get one of the AMD Socket AM1 chips which is what I've been using at the shop. Crazy low power (average around 8w-12w according to kill-a-watt), GPU powerful enough to do 1080P with no sweat or lagging, and if you don't want to spend $$$ on an OS you can slap on OpenELEC and have a 10 foot UI OOTB.

With something a little more powerful, you could also throw a Plex server on there and stream your own library to a Chromecast while on the road. My home media server runs on a headless A4-3300. One TV is driven by an nVidia ION nettop and another is driven by a Raspberry Pi; both run OpenELEC. The combined setup might use a little more power, but it's definitely more flexible. The server, for instance, uses Greyhole to manage storage across multiple disks with varying levels of redundancy (more for documents and photos, less for movies and TV shows).

Even though your monitor's equipped to handle HDCP-crippled content, your Linux box works just fine with it. Likewise, there are non-DRM content options (including serving up your own media) for gadgets like the Chromecast and Fire Stick.

Comment Re:yet another "right" (Score 1) 318

Well you shouldn't just re-define positive rights away then argue they never existed in the first place. As another example, children in the US under a certain age have a right to education, and it's certainly actionable in the sense that they can sue the government to provide it if necessary. Other countries have even more actionable positive rights.

Comment Re:no electric car likely, but maybe a motorcycle (Score 2) 278

If he won't fit in tesla, there are very few cars (not SUVs) he actually will fit easily into. I'm only 6' - 200# and most sedans are fairly cramped. SUVs, otoh, are generally roomy.

What kind of weird bodily proportions do you have that you can't fit into most cars? I could understand if you were 7' tall or something like that, but I'm 6'0" and a bit further past 200 lbs. than I'd like. :-P My daily driver up until about a year ago was an Oldsmobile Alero, which was their smallest model. I had no trouble at all with interior space, getting in/out, etc. Some subcompacts and compacts I've rented over the years have been a little bit cramped, but pretty much anything midsize or larger is comfy enough (took the Alero from Las Vegas to Denver in one day, and back in one day a few days later...that's about 12 hours behind the wheel each way).

Comment Re:Once you have replicators (Score 1) 4

Here's how Communism would make sense in that instance: With replicators- true replicators- the only input to create physical goods of ANY type is energy.

Which means there are only two things any human being would need- time and energy. Everything else can be made on the spot.

Time, well, God is a socialist when it comes to time. We are each allocated exactly 24 hours a day, no more, no less. There is nothing we can do to change the length of a day by a single instant.

Centralized power production on a grid system by the Government, with the Government owning the power plants, is such a natural monopoly that we already do it in one form even in capitalist nations- the government grants the power company a complete monopoly in a given area, usually overseen by some sort of utility board. A thin veneer of billing for energy used pays for it (supposedly), but in reality, balancing the grid is a 24x7x365 job; and you are allocated your connection to the total energy in the system.

The alternative, once replicator technology is available, is distributism and this is also seen occasionally in Star Trek, usually anti-social types who find a nice deserted hunk of rock to settle on for whatever reason (research?) visited only by the occasional passing starship. Of course, one might say that they're a commune of one (one individual, one family) and are their own government; it falls on them to generate their own energy somehow. And that's so OK with the Federation Communists that they only bother such settlements when war approaches or if they're endangering some other native population. If you have an entire universe to expand into and the means to do so, land isn't scarce anymore either.

The only thing I can't figure out is how Jean Luc's brother Robert is able to find customers for more than one bottle of wine a vintage. Seems to me it would be drop dead simple to feed a bottle into a transporter to generate a replicator pattern and have an infinite number of bottles available.

Comment gpg fingerprint (Score 1) 358

I'm trying to establish a chain-of-trust to the replicant project's files.

You have signed their key fingerprint, so if I can get a reliable .

I have 6781 9B34 3B2A B70D ED93 2087 2C64 64AF 2A8E 4C02 as YOUR (new) key fingerprint.

But MITM attacks could, in principle, have corrupted my downloading of that and/or could corrupt any handshake process I'm familiar with that we could reasonably accomplish over a Q&A over slashdot.

I'm in the silicon valley area. Is there any easy way to get in touch with you to confirm that fingerprint or obtain the correct one? Will you be appearing in person some time in the near future? Has it been painted as graffiti or a sign in a known place (and check periodically to be sure it's not modified)? Is there someone you know who is in the Silicon Valley area who is a public enough person to identify and who has your fingerprint and is willing to confirm it? Etc.

Comment A: Because it breaks the flow of a message (Score 1) 67

Q: Why is starting a comment in the Subject: line incredibly irritating?

US "paranoia" didn't "start" this at all. It's not paranoia when they really are out to steal your tech. Chinese domestic tech sucks, the Chinese know it, everyone in the world apparently knows it but you. Why else are they trying so hard to steal? Chinese are terrible at inventing things. From an early age their creativity is stifled and they are taught only the great masters could invent, the best that students can do is copy perfectly.

Comment A few bad reactions got some press. (Score 3) 191

You can become violently allergic to practically ANYTHING. (The immune system, in each individual, creates a large number of clones of cells making different antibodies by pseudo-randomly editing the genome making the antibody, kills off the ones that recognize the infant body, and amplifies the clones recognizing new stuff that appeared at the same time the body experiences damage.)

A few bad reactions to a few particular foods got a lot of attention - and overreaction. Which ones got the attention was mostly a matter of chance. So now the clueless bureaucrats are taking extreme measures against the handful of allergens that got the press, and the rest are completely off their radar.

They have zero tolerance for peanuts.
  - Do they have zero tolerance for shellfish? (Restaurants in Silicon Valley were very careful about allergies when I first moved here - because one had been informed that a customer had a shellfish allergy, fed her something containing shrimp, and she died.)
  - Do they have zero tolerance for milk? (Some milk reactions are an enzyme deficiency, but some are an allergy, which can be deadly. Also: a protein in cow's milk increases the risk of Multiple Sclerosis).
  - Do they have zero tolerance for tree nuts?
  - Do they have zero tolerance for wheat?
  - Do they have zero tolerance for honey?
  - Do they have zero tolerance for corn? (It would be convenient for ME if they did - my corn allergy isn't QUITE to full-blown anaphylactic shock level, yet, but it IS to the "projectile vomiting" and "three days of flu-like symptoms" level. But I won't try to stop others from enjoying corn.)
  - Do they have zero tolerance for eggs?
  - Do they have zero tolerance for fish?
And that's just the COMMON food allergies.

If they had zero tolerance for every food allergen that had caused anaphyliaxis, they'd have zero tolerance for FOOD.

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