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Comment Re:Interesting possibilities (Score 1) 184

Yep!

The gateways do let residents establish private connections between their homes using an empty port.
"We create a virtual connection that acts like a network cable," Patterson said. Two users of the network could thus transfer files at gigabit speed, or residents of a few houses could set up a private gaming network.

Comment Re:"Use 4 spaces per indentation level." (Score 1) 181

This crazy one-liner can be used on many flavors of linux that do not have wget, netcat, curl, etc. Obviously those would be preferred, but if the server is locked down and all you have is bash, it's great to check if a certain webserver hosts a particular website, or to discover your external IP.

I forget why I needed to redirect to descriptor zero for the read line... I'd have to look that up again.

Comment Re:"Use 4 spaces per indentation level." (Score 2) 181

How do you write a shell one-liner in Xonsh if you need to use whitespace instead of curly braces and semicolons?


# one line HTTP check in bash
{ echo -e "GET / HTTP/1.1\nHost: reddit.com\nConnection: close\nAccept: text/html\nUser-Agent: Mozilla/5.0\n" #1; while read LINE; do echo "$LINE"; done; } #2 /dev/tcp/198.41.208.140/80

Replace "#1" with ">&0"
Replace "#2" with "<>"

Comment Re: Certainly can't hurt (Score 2) 84

I don't have real data, but anecdotally this "feels" accurate to me. (Very long-time /. reader so I've seen the ups and downs.)

I would say total story comment counts were quite low from autumn 2015 through winter 2016 but have risen this spring.

Easy to compare "today" (meaning each day) to prior years using the old side-bar widget that showed past high-comment stories on the same day. Recent years are dramatically lower than past years, but the trend appears to be going back up.

Perhaps some researchers could get a dump of stories with comment counts, then chart them? (It should be possible to scrape if someone had the time.) Easy to see seasonality like northern hemisphere summer vacations for students.

Comment Re:may might predicts (Score 1) 655

I had the same initial thought of summing purchases through a shopping day in a single vehicle. But maybe you load your purchases from each store into a box (perhaps standard sized reusable boxes instead of bags), and a self driving car drops it off at your residence or secure pickup area. With drone delivery around the corner (or at slowest SDC + robot delivery), will we be carrying lots of stuff around?

Brick and mortar stores may last for a long time, especially if they can compete with delivery like Amazon; the delivery of goods may well change with self driving vehicles.

Comment Re:may might predicts (Score 1) 655

Not sure why the private taxi companies haven't banded together and put out a proper dispatch app to make at least a token effort at improving the experience.

Sounds like a short-term business opportunity!

Though perhaps it could leverage you into a larger opportunity where you can hail driver/driveless cars from many companies, not just Uber or the growing Lyft conglomerate.

Comment Re:a sign (Score 2) 120

Exactly. If you can order online, you should be able to cancel online. Sad to see legislation requires this instead of friendly businesses that value their service.

Though it does bring up security concerns - hopefully information like the existing credit card details are required to cancel and not just a guessable account number.

Comment The new frontier (Score 2) 132

Exactly! Our microbiomes are the new frontier of health for all sorts of things, obesity being number one for the general western population.

It's only a matter of time, and IP law, that engineered bacteria will be sold as designer probiotics to counter all sorts of maladies. Could we easily create a grassroots organization to distribute colon flora? Sure! But the fat, sterile westerners will say "Ew, gross!", but happily pay for Monsanto Microbiome Enhancement Plus for a premium. (it's a fictional drug to counter the bacterial imbalance created by eating processed, industrialized food.)

Just as the finding of lead in our environment is bad for humans, perhaps so will antibiotics from medicines to soaps, along with polymers such as BPA (commonly found in most thermal paper receipts that people handle on a daily basis), be found to cause harm to our microbiome.

If you count cells in the human body, there are more bacterial cells than human cells; of course the human cells are much larger, but human individuals are complex organisms living with lots of other living "things".

Comment Re:Obviously (Score 1) 335

But women do more housework than men and they probably do more shopping than men so it seems smart marketing to appeal to a larger demographic than simply basing the cleaning product on touted merits alone.

The parent may have made an emotional decision in almost not trying the product, or will not buy the product again, but how many women have done the opposite, and decided to purchase the product because they knew the company was owned by women?

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