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Comment: Re:Misleading summary is misleading (Score 1) 105

Well, to argue semantics if we learned how to regrow a lost arm, we'd have "reversed" amputation even though we can never restore all the lost opportunities to scratch one's ass.

But your general point that people should not expect the alzheimer's patient to necessarily start to remember everything they have forgotten is well taken.

I'd give the word choice a 'B' in that they could have done better but reasonably intelligent people will understand what is meant.

Comment: Re:Keeeeerhiiist I want to laugh at this... (Score 1) 637

by skids (#47620061) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: "Real" Computer Scientists vs. Modern Curriculum?

Wow, to get that upset about someone else's appearence and habits you must have deep psychological problems. Maybe you should be the one seeking therapy, to realize the world isn't a fashion show or beauty contest put on for your own aesthetic entertainment. Your rant makes me want to go back to wearing white socks and sandles just to piss people like you off.

Comment: Re: What a world we live in (Score 3, Interesting) 138

by skids (#47604819) Attached to: Harvesting Wi-Fi Backscatter To Power Internet of Things Sensors

Really the wristwatch is a silly example; there are better ways to harvest energy on a wristwatch than RF leaching. Stationary objects that can't rely on kinetic energy harvesting could utilize this technology, though.

Anyway, they did test for the interference potential of this, and it was indeed very little at the rates/distances acheived.

I think they should see how much they could *increase* the effect of the reflection on WiFi signals. Then they could look to market passive devices that, instead of being purposed for the "internet of things", are purposed to work in cooperation with MIMO/spatial multiplexing to dynamically adapt the RF environment to increase the overall bandwidth of WiFi devices, allowing an access point to turn them on and off until it gets just the right reflections. Then license that to WiFi vendors to sell them lithographed by the thousands into wallpaper or just thrown helter skepter on top of drop ceiling tiles.

Comment: Re:Very original (Score 1) 182

That's pretty much it. Or they think the $1000 is buying them some special features like running quieter.

The prices in this market are downright crazy, probably because it's a quasi-medical application. Yes there are some that offer things like UV sterilizers and engineer the air flow such that it goes through the UV sterilizer at a rate that actually allows it to work, but even the ones with features that actually work are completely overpriced, and that doesn't change as long as it's a small percentage of desperate people that need it. It's no surprise to me that once the need for the product becomes mainstream, gouging the hell out of the consumer gets harder, and no it has nothing to do with mass production, just exploitation of the sick.


Comment: Re:What about... (Score 3, Insightful) 155

by skids (#47554211) Attached to: Smoking Mothers May Alter the DNA of Their Children

While there are almost definitely some sort of lesser consequences than those who smoke during pregnancy, what will happen to them is they will be wrongfully blamed for all society's perinatal ills for the next month or so due to the fact that journalists cannot choose their language carefully.

Comment: Re:CPU time for charity (Score 1) 208

by skids (#47544229) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Would You Do With Half a Rack of Server Space?

This suggestion would probably be the least work to set up and then tear down. Assuming the existing hardware is running a supported platform, it's just packages and a small amount of configuration and can run in an unprivileged account. When you get towards the end of the unplug date, start disabling new jobs from tasks with long-running jobs so you don't leave too many unfinished ones. And yes the WCG does have tasks that need storage, not just CPU.

Comment: Re:user error (Score 0) 710

by skids (#47455767) Attached to: People Who Claim To Worry About Climate Change Don't Cut Energy Use

People can live without a clothing dryer.

...If they are not allergic to dust mites like some tens of percent of people, or if they spend even more energy heating their water to 140F, or buy a bunch of chemicals to kill them with cold water, they can, Oh, and then there is the allergy to pollen from the clothes line some other tens of percent of people have.

As to the OP, there is only a small sliver of people who are perceptive enough to realize their impact on the environment, but not perceptive enough to realize that it does not do much good to cut their own emissions for the most part because the vast majority of people will not. There are productive things to do that help push technology forward, like buying into advanced auto technology or alt energy systems if you can. The rest of the stuff just makes energy cheaper for the glutton across the street, so he can have more kids raised without your environmental values.

Comment: Re:Not a ranking of what is the best language (Score 1) 197

by skids (#47393121) Attached to: IEEE Spectrum Ranks the Top Programming Languages

HTML5 is enough of a language that it is supplanting Flash and Java, and I think this is what they are referring to. Declarative animation can get you a long way and if all you are using ECMA for is to fill in a few gaps you can arguably classify it as a language for the purposes of this survey.

Comment: Re:This just illustrates (Score 2) 365

by skids (#47340885) Attached to: Germany's Glut of Electricity Causing Prices To Plummet

If we knew about the effects of excessive CO2 production in the 1900s,


"The greenhouse effect is the process by which absorption and emission of infrared radiation by gases in a planet's atmosphere warm its lower atmosphere and surface. It was proposed by Joseph Fourier in 1824, discovered in 1860 by John Tyndall,[66] was first investigated quantitatively by Svante Arrhenius in 1896,[67] and was developed in the 1930s through 1960s by Guy Stewart Callendar.[68]" ...just because it always amuses me to remind myself how long we've known much physics.

Comment: Re:I prefer (Score 1) 337

by skids (#47260283) Attached to: Cisco Opposes Net Neutrality

You make that 6% and more back in improved latency performance. Of course these days, even with jumbo frames ethernet link speeds are up high enough that jitter is less of an issue, but still, that's only because bandwidth was thrown at the problem, which, if done to ATM, would easily have made up for the overhead, without the hackery of MPLS.

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