* Posts by Kimo

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Dutch students serve up world's first 'drone café'

Kimo

Been there, don that, the FAA shut it down

There was a short-lived serviced that would airlift (most of) a 12-pack to ice fishing shacks in Minnesota that ran afoul of FFA regs.

http://techcrunch.com/2014/02/04/the-faa-shuts-down-beer-delivery-drone/

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Big Cable threatens to sue FCC: You can't stop us ripping off customers

Kimo

Re: Why do we need cable boxes at all??

I'm a Humanities person. Maths ain't my thing. And it was late. So yes, it was a year's worth of charges, not 6 months.

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Kimo

Re: Why do we need cable boxes at all??

Two reasons:

1. Because cable companies operate on a model that gives lower rates to new customers and hits them with surprise increases after the first year. The hardware acts as a barrier to switching companies. You have to wait for WOW to come install their kit and then wait for Time Warner to pick theirs up (for a fee, of course).

2. It's hella profitable. I was paying $5 a month for an outdated cable modem for my internet, so the last time I switched carriers I bought a better model for $60. Half a year's charges paid for it. On a two-year contract, that's a huge profit. And odds are good that the modem you have came off someone else's two year contract.

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US anti-encryption law is so 'braindead' it will outlaw file compression

Kimo
Headmaster

Just a point of clarification...

"While the big names in the technology have yet to make public statements on the matter, their pressure group the Business Software Alliance (BSA) has come out against the Burr-Feinstein bill, saying it "strongly urges" Congress to think again."

This passage implies that Congress has thought at least once. Removing the last word would be more accurate.

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Zombie SCO rises from the grave again

Kimo

Full text of the appeal...

BRAAAINSSSSS!!!!!!!!

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'$5bn for Slack?! I refuse to pay!' You don't pay – and that's its biggest problem

Kimo
Linux

Never paid for Slack?

I paid for Slack on a set of CDs back in the late 90s. It was my go-to distro since it was designed to install the core and add on, instead of having to remove parts you don't need from Suse or the other major distros.

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Bill Gates can’t give it away... Still crazy rich after all these years

Kimo

There are a lot of people on the list that, agree with them or not, have spent more time thinking about policy in various forms than Trump. No matter what you think of Gates, he's done a great deal for world health but has been conned by the charter school movement into doing some real harm to education.

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David Bowie: Musician, actor... tech admirer

Kimo

Re: Techie???

When he worked with Eno on the Berlin trilogy you couldn't walk into a shop and buy the tech they were using and just plug it in. It was often bespoke equipment and cobbled together set-ups. He incorporated tech and production techniques as music technology evolved and also helped to advance other musicians that embraced syths and electronic effects (Eno produced Devo's first album after Bowie met the band). He explored electronic art and film making, Add that to his early interest in computers and the internet, and yeah, he was a techie.

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Kimo

Re: Bah!

I have the Berlin trilogy as a playlist. Running through it again today.

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Brown kid with Arab name arrested for bringing home-made clock to school

Kimo
Headmaster

If this can reasonably be mistaken for a bomb....

we really need to invest more in science and technology education. Circuit boards don't blow up without some kind of explosive attached.

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Apple iPhone 6S: Same phone, another day, but TOTALLY DIFFERENT

Kimo

Re: iCloud storage is much cheaper, and that is what Apple want you to use

Unless of course you had to pay for the bandwidth to steam media from that storage.

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Mad Max: High-octane dystopian desert demolition derby

Kimo

Steam Summer Sale 2016!

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Oh no Wikiwon't: Russians plan own version of 'distorted' Wikiland

Kimo
Gimp

Re: much of the information on Wikipedia is “distorted”...

I, for one, can't wait to write the article about why Ivanova was the real hero of Babylon 5.

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Sick burn, LOSER! Nvidia recalls Shield gaming slabs over BLAZE RISK

Kimo

Re: Do a Poll

I have the Y01 variant as well. I take it from the 2-4 week replacement estimate that Nvidia has plenty of backstock on hand. Which is good news for us, but not a great sign when it comes to sales data.

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: Southern biscuits and gravy

Kimo

Close, but not quite.

Biscuits look a tad off, and that gravy is an abomination. Best way to do it is simply drive to pretty much any diner in the Mississippi Delta. Red-eye gravy is better, and none of that cheese and cream. Milk, flour, and grease is all you need. And a ton of pepper.

In my experience, a diner either makes good hash browns or good biscuits and gravy. Never had both good in the same place.

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UH OH: Windows 10 will share your Wi-Fi key with your friends' friends

Kimo

Re: Nothing new here

You can do cloud back-up to Google, but when I replaced my phone I still had to re-enter user names and passwords for the phone and all of the apps on my device.

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Toyota Yaris Hybrid: Half-pint composite for the urban jungle

Kimo

Looks like a much cheaper (as in cut-rate) version of the Prius C model.

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Amazon's delivery drones SHOT DOWN by new FAA rules

Kimo

Re: common sense vs profit (1-0)

there's still plenty of free range out west.

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Kimo

Re: common sense vs profit (1-0)

It rules out a lot of wildlife/livestock management applications. If you are in visual range of a herd, there's no need to send a drone to look for them...

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Kimo

That horse has left the barn...

The FAA already shut down a drone beer delivery service last year in Wisconsin. They were making deliveries of local brew to ice fishing shacks.

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I'll build a Hyperloop railgun tube-way in Texas, Elon Musk vows

Kimo

Re: Let's be fair here

At least in US railroads (the old-school, slow kind) tracks are connected to ties which sit on a gravel surface.The design accounts for bot contraction and expansion of the tracks and ground movement (frost heave, water causing softening/swelling, etc). So far as I know, maglev and monorails also account fore movement of the track and ground. They need some flex.

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Go Canada: Now ILLEGAL to auto-update software without 'consent'

Kimo

Re: Mobile apps

As long as the user approves the update that disables auto updates they should be fine.

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Apple's 16GB iPhones are a big fat lie, claims iOS 8 storage hog lawsuit

Kimo

According to Apple's site...

iOS 8 is "the biggest iOS release ever." That should provide sufficient CYA.

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GOD particle MAY NOT BE GOD particle: Scientists in shock claim

Kimo
Boffin

The solution is always...

WE NEED BIGGER TOYS!

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iBail: American Psycho actor Christian Bale rejects Steve Jobs role

Kimo

I see what you did there...

Batman Begins ... Christian Bale ... inception ... Leonardo DiCaprio

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Sir, sir, my cloud ate my homework: Google touts grading tool to teachers

Kimo

So they are getting around to introducing what every classroom management software on the market has had for years? Thanks.

And I am pretty sure that at my University, I can't use it. We have our own system with pretty tough privacy protections for our students (and you have to go through our legal department if you want to see anything, instead of trusting Google to protect your students' privacy).

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Simian selfie stupidity: Macaque snap sparks Wikipedia copyright row

Kimo

Slater supplied the equipment and set the conditions where the monkey took the picture. Sounds like Work for Hire to me.

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Elon Musk wants SpaceX to launch spy sats – and will sue US gov to do so

Kimo
Boffin

Silly SpaceX

They have been wasting their money on research and development. Putting it towards lobbyists and campaign contributions might have gotten them the contract.

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The... Windows... XPocalypse... is... NIGH

Kimo

I will continue to run a copy of XP for old games. But aside from Steam, it does not need to talk to anyone on the internet.

I do plan on making a disc image today with all the patches released in case I do need to restore in the future.

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The Solar System's second-largest volcano found hiding on Earth

Kimo

Making it almost exactly 99 Rhode Islands.

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Kimo

"120,000 square miles, making it equal in size to the British Isles – which, for you stateside readers who may be unfamiliar with that geographical designation, encompasses both Great Britain and Ireland"

Or in American Standard units, The Size of New Mexico.

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Internet cafés declared 'illegal businesses' in Ohio

Kimo

The Actual News was Boring...

...so they hype the internet cafe angle. The local papers reported this more properly as a crackdown on illegal gambling. The practice of renting computers is still perfectly legal (there are some places near Ohio State that students can use, most of them in copy shops instead of coffee shops) and will not be altered by the law.

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Star Trek: The original computer game

Kimo

I played this on the Portland Public Schools mainframe in the early 80s. I recall it used a lot of paper.

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New nuke could POWER WORLD UNTIL 2083

Kimo
Pint

Better PR spin...

We could always build a few of these at Hanford as Waste Disposal Units (that inadvertently generate electricity as a by-product).

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The truth on the Navy carrier debacle? Industry got away with murder

Kimo
Pint

Having been “designed for conversion”, and conversion having proved far more expensive than we expected, do we have any comeback against those companies that did the design?

Comeback with a sandwich?

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Business sues for $750,000 over bad Yelp review

Kimo

To remove the review from Yelp and prevent the reviewer from repeating the claims in other sites until after the case is heard.

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Kimo

Re: "A threat of legal action where lies are concerned is justified"

Generally you have to prove malicious intent and a reckless disregard for the truth. But as the reviewer accused the contractor of a criminal act, the courts will assume malicious intent, and place the burden on the reviewer to prove their side.

This case isn't as grey as many online review challenges because the accusation of a crime is a provable fact and not an opinion. Had the reviewer stuck to her opinion of the quality and scope of the work, then they would be legally protected, and winning a suit (and a pre-suit injunction) would be difficult.

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Neil Gaiman’s saucy pop wife agrees to pay her musicians in money

Kimo

I like Amanda Palmer, but I was with the musicians on this one. I applaud creating new business models, but it's got to be all business. Asking professionals to play for token amounts when work is hard enough to come by is not a sustainable business model, especially when everyone knows you took in a decent pile of cash to meet expenses before the tour even gets started.

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Win8 tablets may cost MORE than iPads – AND LAPTOPS

Kimo

Re: In fairness

And to be fair, Asus is still managing to make the Google Nexus 7 for the same price as a Kindle Fire HD.

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Kimo

Re: In fairness

If you look at Asus' own current line-up, a TF700 with the 1.6 GHz T3 and 32 GB storage lists for $499 with $150 for the dock. On Amazon or Newegg, they can be had for $488. The screen on the TF700 is a 1920x1200 Super IPS (increased brightness) which looks f-ing amazing.

Something is driving up the cost if Asus is selling lower spec for more money. Granted, the Tegra 3 could be a newer model (but the TF700 is using the current top of the line) and it will have more RAM. Storage appears to be the same as the current crop of Asus Android tablets starting at 32 GB.

Vendors have indicated that MS is charging about $85 for a Windows RT license, which would account for the higher price. except you are still giving up the excellent screen on the TF700. So it is not unreasonable to at least let them share the blame.

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Dreaded redback spider's NEMESIS: Forgotten Captain Cook wasps

Kimo

Re: The list of non-dangerous creatures in Oz:

Australia is the only place on Earth that makes west Texas look safe.

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Kimo

Re: Not that dangerous

Yeah, brown recluse have a nasty bite but not dangerous as in a threat to a healthy adult. I've been bitten, and took the better part of a year to fully heal, but didn't cause so much as a fever. This is another spider that is thankfully not aggressive. They are common hose spiders in places (NE Arkansas among others) but seldom bite. I owe mine to brushing against a bunch of webs when restoring a car that had been sitting for a few years.

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Sony: Our Xperia S tab COPIED Samsung's slab ... on price

Kimo

Clearly not competing on price...

While the Sony has some nice features, the added $100 for the 32 GB version puts it way over some solid offerings by Asus. You get the choice of the 16GB Sony at the same price as the 32 GB TF300, where it wins on features but has more limited app storage, or the 32 GB version for the same price as the TF700 with its faster processor and better screen. A smaller price bump for the extra 16GB would make it more attractive (does it really come anywhere near $100 to add 16 GB storage?).

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Why I love Microsoft’s vapourware tablet

Kimo

Re: It exists...

"Exists" =/= "On store shelves." The hardware that was showed off can be had now running either Android or Windows. The missing piece is Windows 8/RT.

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Kimo
Meh

It exists...

Pegatron has been announced as the manufacturer. The Surface RT specs look surprisingly close to their current lineup of Tegra 3 tablets, and Asus even demo'ed their own Windows RT and Windows 8 tablets recently. Sure, the case is new and the keyboard on the Tegra model is a novelty, but the hardware in this case isn't a boardroom fantasy: it is a high-end version of current technology (perhaps a bit dated once it hits shelves) made to showcase Windows 8's two versions.

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Dinosaurs on a diet shed tonnes

Kimo
Headmaster

Re: And in Reg Std Units?

"Libraries of Congress"

Should be "Library of Congresses" as there is just the one library (and Congress almost never stops by to read anymore).

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So what's the worst movie NEVER made?

Kimo

Ultimate in suspense.

A group of teenagers arrive at a secluded cabin for a post-graduation night of drinking and debauchery in the woods.

No one dies. They talk about stupid things, listen to awful music, and alternately cry, hug, and argue about inconsequential stuff. The beer is watery crap and everyone ends up puking and passing out.

The captain of the football team awakes the next morning...next to a naked, ugly...girl? Guy? (camera fades to black)

Directed by Richard Curtis.

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