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Comment: Re:a new connection format (Score 1) 72

by ourlovecanlastforeve (#42467955) Attached to: Quad-Core Stick PC Runs Ubuntu
I've been doing this for years. My TV is a 30" Planar touchscreen monitor. Plug it into the HDMI port on my laptop: Instant touch screen home theater system. Plug it into my Galaxy S3: Instant giant Android tablet. Plug it into my Roku: Instant Netflix box. I predict that eventually televisions and monitors will merge into a single appliance because there's really no point in having a TV with its own internal logic components that will be outdated in a year. Oh yes, Sony and other manufacturers are fighting the good fight. They LOVE to make people replace their televisions every year or to so they can watch TV in the newest format. But they will lose that battle.

Comment: Not really worth it with current technology (Score 5, Insightful) 320

I was mining bitcoins with two AMD Radeon 9790 cards and was barely turning a profit. The problem is that the electricity cost to run the computer and the video cards is very expensive. It tripled my electricity bill. Then the difficulty was doubled, now I'm making negative profit. There is very little chance that if I continued to mine, the bitcoins I have in my wallet would ever become worth enough to make the money back. The same is true for everyone else: The more GPU's you add the more electricity costs and so you need so much hardware to break even that you'll never go into profit. The only hope is that you're one of the lucky few first people to receive one of the ASIC units from the two companies that claim to be close to shipping. Of course neither of those companies has actually shown a working unit even though they've taken thousands of orders (including two orders from me, one to each company).

Comment: We apply the Apple logo in the US (Score 0) 279

by ourlovecanlastforeve (#42173617) Attached to: Some Apple iMacs "Assembled In America"
I'm going to assume that they mean "assembled in the USA" in the same way that Levis means "made in the USA," which is to say they are fabricated in China, then a tiny sticker or a single screw or some such is applied in the US so that they can legally say the product was made in the US.

Comment: Re:I wouldn't. (Score 1) 122

Hi there.

Customer service monkey here.

I have seen some s##t.

Usually if a company requires verification of your RMA it's because it gives them an excuse to not ship you the replacement product if they can't get in contact with you.

They figure that if it's enough work for you to get the replacement product eventually you'll give up.

I have seen companies do shady things like:

Intentionally deliver products to the wrong address so they'll be returned, sometimes multiple times.

Intentionally send a broken product as a replacement, multiple times.

Take a broken product out of your return box, put it into a new box and ship it right back to you without even testing it.

Intentionally damage a product and send it to you so you'll have to return it again.

Receive your return item and let it sit on a shelf for months hoping you'll give up on getting a replacement.

Comment: Trolley problem (Score 1) 604

by ourlovecanlastforeve (#42109137) Attached to: How Do We Program Moral Machines?
Machines can never make decisions about who should experience harm because this decision has been handled by humans using belief systems.

Person A can take an action which would benefit many people, but in doing so, person B would be unfairly harmed. Under what circumstances would it be morally just for Person A to violate Person B's rights in order to benefit the group?

Source: Wikipedia

Comment: Why is this a story? (Score 1) 146

by ourlovecanlastforeve (#42034369) Attached to: German Police Stop Man With Mobile Office In Car
I don't understand what part of this constitutes stuff that matters.

Lots of people have mobile offices in their cars. You can even buy caddies and laptop mounts that strap right to the seat in your car, or bolt to the floor.

Before tablets and smartphones became popular I used to have a laptop stand in my car so I could use Microsoft Maps for directions, and I knew of several other people who had similar setups.

These days this kind of thing is pretty commonplace.

I don't know what's up with news stories on Slashdot these days.

Comment: Let's keep it that way. (Score 1) 196

I've always seen the learning curve in editing Wiki articles as an idiot filter.

Learning how to format Wiki text proves you have the capability to learn and that your processes are malleable.

I speculate that if editing Wikipedia becomes any easier the quality of content will decrease while the administrative overhead will increase.

+ - Wal-mart files a formal complaint about employee demands for fair wages->

Submitted by ourlovecanlastforeve
ourlovecanlastforeve (795111) writes "In a delicious spout of irony Wal-Mart has filed a complaint with an unnamed federal agency claiming unfairness of actions by the United Food and Commercial Workers Union and its subsidiary known as OURWalmart; that they are trying to force the store into collective bargaining."
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