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Comment: Re:Working = Terrorism? (Score 5, Informative) 720

by kdekorte (#38904981) Attached to: Do You Like Online Privacy? You May Be a Terrorist
This was my first thought. I use VPNs and my corporate security policy discourages allowing people to view your screen. Plus we use PGP and other technologies to secure the company data. So basically if you are a remote worker you must be involved in terrorism based on the summary.

Comment: Re:Why stop there? (Score 1) 200

by kdekorte (#38830529) Attached to: Hawaiian Bill Would Force ISPs to Track Users' Web Histories For 2 Years
I compare logging everywhere we go on the internet comparible to logging everywhere we go in our cars and the supreme court just ruled that it cannot be done without a warrent. Makes me glad I don't live in Hawaii, but if I did, I would be writing my government about it.

Comment: Re:You're asking who? (Score 1) 1040

by kdekorte (#37999062) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Unity/Gnome 3/Win8/iOS — Do We Really Hate All New GUIs?
I'm using gnome-shell, but I'm also using avant-window-navigator as my bottom panel and I have also disabled dynamic workspaces in gnome-shell. If I could I would disable the top left hot corner in gnome-shell. Being able to switch between workspaces with just my mouse is important to me. My main beef with gnome-shell is that when only using the mouse, switching workspaces is a pain in the ass especially with large displays. I think gnome-shell is a great window manager, due to its metacity roots, but the usability of it needs some attention. I think the developers should have to use it without their hands on the keyboard and it will be obvious where the problems are.

Comment: Re:Good-bye sprint? (Score 1) 325

by kdekorte (#37815496) Attached to: Sprint Cutting Unlimited 4G Data Plans
I'm in the same boat. I have two 3G data cards that I have had for over 4 yrs. In fact I was planning on switching all my phones to Sprint to take advantage of their plans, but with this plan change, if it affects me, I will probably dump Sprint and go to Verizon. With Verizon their overage charge is actually less, $10/GB vs $0.05 per megabyte.

Comment: Re:I dont know how true that is (Score 1) 559

by kdekorte (#37529654) Attached to: Can Newegg Survive the Post-PC Future?
I agree that the auto configuration has really taken the challenge of adding optional components to a PC. It used to be that adding more than 2 serial ports to a system was a challenge and required you to really understand a system. These days with USB and other plug and play technologies it is almost boring to get new stuff.

Comment: Two Words: Screen Resolution (Score 2, Insightful) 898

by kdekorte (#35633206) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Do You Choose a Windows Laptop?
These days almost all laptops have sucky screen resolution (13xx x 768). Particularly at the 14" and 15" sizes. Find a machine with a decent screen and you'll find a decent laptop. A few months ago I got my wife a HP Envy 14 with the 1600x900 screen, i5 CPU, and 4GB RAM. Suites her needs quite nicely.
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Solar Car Speed Record Smashed 72

Posted by timothy
from the hats-are-off-to-you dept.
An anonymous reader writes with word from Australia that "There's a new world record for the fastest solar-powered land vehicle: 88 km/h average speed over one kilometre in a lightweight car that uses about the same power as a toaster." As the article goes on to explain, this solar racer, built last year by students from the University of New South Wales, managed to nab that speed record earlier this month on an Australian navy base airstrip.
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Experiment Shows Not Washing Jeans for 15 Months is Disgusting But Safe 258

Posted by samzenpus
from the thank-you-science dept.
dbune writes "Young people who argue with their parents over wearing the same pair of smelly jeans can now cite the work of a 20-year old University of Alberta student who wore the same jeans for 15 months straight. From the article: 'Josh Le wore the same pair of jeans to break in the raw denim, so it would wrap the contours of his body, leaving distinct wear lines. He had his textile professor test the jeans for bacteria before washing them for the first time. The results showed high counts of five different kinds of bacteria, but nothing in the range of being considered a health hazard."

Comment: Re:What does this mean? (Score 1) 775

by kdekorte (#34565176) Attached to: First-Sale Doctrine Lost Overseas

What I think that this means is that Costco can't go to a distributor in Vietnam, Cambodia, etc. where Omega watches are sold much cheaper than in the US, buy them, import them and then sell them at the store in the US.

Basically Costco is using the grey market to sell products cheaper. Omega wanted to block that, and to have Costco use an authorized Omega importer, that charges a whole lot more for the same item, because it is coming to the US.

This happens with drugs and other products all the time. The suggested retail price in the US is much higher than for the same item in a less affluent country. Omega wants to ensure that people in affluent countries pay more for items because they can.

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