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Comment: Why are Disqus scumbags? (Score 1) 275

by tepples (#49561681) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Features Would You Like In a Search Engine?

So any site that uses discus would vanish from my search results.

Did you mean Disqus? So I guess unlike a lot of other users who have complained in comments to this story about Google's, you want a web search engine to correct your spelling.

Those scumbags need to burn in hell

Could you explain why Disqus are more "scumbags" than other comment section hosts? Or could you explain why all comment section hosts are "scumbags"?

Comment: Would require a more expensive plan (Score 1) 105

by tepples (#49560639) Attached to: Google Officially Discontinues Nexus 7 Tablet

As for your jogging comment, you could just use the phone you currently have to listen to music. Or do you always carry around two overlapping devices?

The phone I already have doesn't support music. If I switched to a smartphone, the carrier would refuse to activate it on my present plan, instead putting me on a plan that costs $300 more per year than what I'm currently paying. Even in the GSM ecosystem, where a SIM is mandatory, carriers can and do automatically add a data plan to a voice-only SIM when it is inserted into a smartphone.

Comment: What 4 to 5 inch Android tablet? (Score 1) 105

by tepples (#49559665) Attached to: Google Officially Discontinues Nexus 7 Tablet

if you're just looking for a tablet to browse the Internet and run a couple of simple apps, would you really shell out the extra money buy an iPod?

Because an iPod touch is small enough to put in an armband so you can listen while you jog. Android tablets typically don't run smaller than 7 inches without being designed (and priced) for use with a cellular network. Or should people just buy an entry-level Android phone and use it without a SIM?

Comment: Re: DNS without DHCP (Score 1) 389

by tepples (#49559581) Attached to: Why the Journey To IPv6 Is Still the Road Less Traveled

For more usage however the DNS server is probably on the same network you are, and your multicast domain does not propagate outside our organisation.

I figured as much. But how would the DNS server on your home or small office network, such as the one built into a home Internet gateway appliance, find a recursive resolver? Or would it need to be a recursive resolver?

Comment: iTunes was first (Score 1) 366

by tepples (#49555821) Attached to: iTunes Stops Working For Windows XP Users

Also, very few people were buying movies from iTunes. People were using Netflix, Amazon or still going to video stores.

Netflix streaming launched in the fourth quarter of 2008. Amazon Unbox (now Amazon Instant Video) launched in September 2006. iTunes preceded both, selling a million videos by October 31, 2005. Or did you mean that the use of all lawful Internet video services was still a rounding error compared to DVD?

Comment: Re:So more of the same then? (Score 1) 366

by tepples (#49551911) Attached to: iTunes Stops Working For Windows XP Users

Are all of your purchases in a proprietary Apple format that only iTunes can play?

During the time period I describe, that was the only format in which movie studios offered movie downloads for sale. Someone who spent a lot of money buying movie downloads on iTunes Store before Amazon and Google Play started operating would have to spend a lot of money to replace them with Amazon or Google Play movie downloads.

Comment: Sources other than fuel (Score 1) 280

by tepples (#49551895) Attached to: Tesla To Announce Battery-Based Energy Storage For Homes

Turning fuel into electricity at large scale is 40% efficient.

Thank you for clarifying that the big loss in electric heating is generation, not transmission. But I think batteries like this are intended to work with power sources other than "fuel", such as wind turbines and PV. These are not only unaffected by the Carnot limit but also intermittent enough to need energy storage between generation and use.

Comment: Re:Solar rarely enough for the whole house (Score 1) 280

by tepples (#49551847) Attached to: Tesla To Announce Battery-Based Energy Storage For Homes

What is wrong with Watts? W*time/time = W. Why add the redundant time/time ?

Meter devices that measure each household's electric energy use for billing purposes traditionally express this value in kilowatt hours, each of which is 3.6 MJ. Billing is based on the difference between the reading this month and the reading last month, which is an average power in kWh/month.

Comment: I could overlook it (Score 1) 146

by tepples (#49551741) Attached to: Pirate Bay Blockade Censors CloudFlare Customers

I haven't read the British copyright statute, but both the U.S. copyright statute (Title 17, United States Code) and the English language version of the Berne Convention use "work", "author", "publisher", and "infringe" rather than "content", "creator", and "steal". Using the same terms as the law helps show that you aren't parroting the opinions of someone with a second- or third-hand understanding of what copyright really is. Perhaps I can try to overlook these terms, much as I overlook "could care less". But one thing I see on Slashdot and can't overlook is the use of "copywrite" to mean anything other than "creating the text of an advertisement".

Comment: Transmission loss (Score 1) 280

by tepples (#49551685) Attached to: Tesla To Announce Battery-Based Energy Storage For Homes

Ironic that burning a more environmentally sound fuel (electricity) gets you roundly criticized by others for using too much electricity.

Perhaps they're assuming that transmission losses in the electric grid will more than offset the theoretical gains of using electric heat over natural gas heat.

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