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Atomically thin != 2D (Score: 1)

by kwerle@pipedot.org in Scientists Create Atomically Thin Metallic Boron "Borophene" on 2016-02-16 17:59 (#1450E)

Please. Atoms have a size. They are three dimensional. Things made of atoms are not two dimensional.

Not for the first time (Score: 1)

by kwerle@pipedot.org in Fitbit detects pregnancy on 2016-02-14 01:57 (#13WRJ)

It's worth noting that the article, itself, says this isn't the first time. I mention this because the first sentence of the summary kinda implies that it was.

Not really (Score: 2, Interesting)

by kwerle@pipedot.org in After Paris Attacks, Proposed French Law Would Block Tor and Forbid Free Wi-Fi on 2015-12-09 16:38 (#X5N0)

Correction: The initial headline and copy of this article suggested that the proposals to block Tor and control free wifi were already part of a proposed law. These are in fact points that the French police and gendarmes would like to see included in the bill, according to the document seen by Le Monde. The headline and copy have been updated to clarify this; we apologise for the error.

Yay Friday distro! (Score: 1)

by kwerle@pipedot.org in Friday Distro: Ubuntu Studio on 2015-11-04 02:59 (#SGVQ)

On tuesday...

Submitting is work (Score: 1)

by kwerle@pipedot.org in Site Update on 2015-10-19 15:27 (#QYXN)

The story submission process is kinda static - until a |. editor gets ahold of it. Why not make submitted stories editable in the same way wikipedia articles are?

Re: Privacy-safe...to a point (Score: 1, Insightful)

by kwerle@pipedot.org in Google will let companies target ads using your email address on 2015-10-04 19:24 (#PEJW)

Couple of points:
  • If you log in to your home account on work hardware or network, you get what you deserve. It's work's hardware/equipment. If they aren't cool, don't trust 'em.
  • I can't think of anything that google provides that it doesn't provide over https or similar. Work isn't gonna know what appears on your monitor unless someone is watching over your shoulder. See point 1. Blow your caches and browse incognito if you're worried about someone scanning your cache, etc.

Inaccurate title: Happy birthday song was not copyrighted (Score: 1)

by kwerle@pipedot.org in Happy Birthday Song Released to Public Domain on 2015-09-25 15:49 (#NJ5V)

The judge found that Warner/Chappell do not hold copyright to the song. It's not that it was released, it's that it was never really held.

loud link (Score: 3, Informative)

by kwerle@pipedot.org in Giant killer lizards walked together with aborigines during the ice age on 2015-09-25 15:47 (#NJ5C)

ibtimes has ads that play sound by default.

Quiet link: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/09/150923134114.htm

I don't get it? (Score: 1)

by kwerle@pipedot.org in Google violating Russian antitrust regulations by bundling its services with Android on 2015-09-24 15:00 (#NEES)

Help me out. Google doesn't ship phones, right? And Android is open source, so whoever ships phones could use Yandex if the wanted, couldn't they?

Wow. (Score: 1)

by kwerle@pipedot.org in 20th anniversary of the teen cyberpunk thriller "Hackers" on 2015-09-21 15:17 (#N3VA)

What an astoundingly bad looking movie.

Re: Troll (Score: 1)

by kwerle@pipedot.org in "Bring your own device" failing to live up to its promise on 2015-08-29 21:50 (#JVHY)

Umm, what? Go read the court filing yourself: http://cdn.arstechnica.net/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/Intermexcomplaint.pdf
Thanks for the link. It was not in the story.
Because she had to be able to receive calls from clients after-hours. She was a salesman after all. Leaving her phone somewhere (or shutting it off) would have been far more disruptive than just removing the app in-question. I don't see why you think that would be fine with everyone (she would have gotten fired even more quickly).
I have a pretty black/white view of employment and time. Either you are on the job or you're not. If you're on the job and using company equipment then that's fair. If you're not on the job, leave the equipment behind. If you think that you need to answer calls on the company phone at any hour, then you're always on the job. I don't think that's a reasonable position to take. If the company wants 24 hour response, they should hire enough people to cover the hours.

But there are plenty of technical solutions as well. You don't want to be on the job 24 hours, but still want calls? Use call forwarding to your own phone. Or just get voicemail alerts. Or hand out your personal number. This isn't rocket science.

Re: Surprising? (Score: 1)

by kwerle@pipedot.org in NeXTBSD, aka FreeBSD-X on 2015-08-29 21:40 (#JVGZ)

I thought I remembered something like that, but I guess he has not updated his website
http://www.turbofuzz.com/jkh/
or resume'
http://www.turbofuzz.com/jkh/resume/jkres4.html#4

Re: Troll (Score: 1)

by kwerle@pipedot.org in "Bring your own device" failing to live up to its promise on 2015-08-28 20:08 (#JRXS)

There was no link to any content for that blurb. How do you figure she's got any case? Why not just leave the device at work/home/on the moon while you're not working?

Surprising? (Score: 2, Funny)

by kwerle@pipedot.org in NeXTBSD, aka FreeBSD-X on 2015-08-28 17:27 (#JRGT)

So... the guy that works at Apple is forking FreeBSD so that it looks more like NeXT/Apple's OS has looked for more than 20 years.

I'm not shocked.

Troll (Score: 0)

by kwerle@pipedot.org in "Bring your own device" failing to live up to its promise on 2015-08-27 00:46 (#JJH4)

Sounds like she's a suer. Turn the damn device off on your own time and/or don't carry it with you. It's company issued...

I've used my own laptop & phone for years and years. No problem.

Give it a name and people will watch (Score: 1)

by kwerle@pipedot.org in 2015 may be remembered as the most severe El Nino ever on 2015-08-26 15:00 (#JH11)

It's the weather, folks. We still suck at predicting it long term.

For those with short memories, this is basically the same story as last year.

#q=2014%20el%20nino" rel="nofollow">https://www.google.com/webhp?#q=2014%20el%20nino

Hmmm. Something seems wrong with the wysiwyg editor...

Not because polls are in polls... (Score: 1)

by kwerle@pipedot.org in Monday Poll: why I love Pipedot on 2015-08-24 15:07 (#JA8G)

I come here from my rss feed - which means I land on the poll posting. But no poll. I click the poll link in the posting. I get poll results.

I have to click the pipedot header to get to the poll.

No, it's not a big deal.

Yes, I do find it annoying.

I should see the poll in the poll posting - just like I do on the front page. Empty if I have not voted, filled if I have.

Re: Solar panel recommended (Score: 1)

by kwerle@pipedot.org in FCC voting on rules for abandonment of copper phone landlines on 2015-08-22 18:09 (#J5HS)

That's good to know - so at least there is some time before the juice runs out. How long are they supposed to have battery for, I wonder...

Re: Solar panel recommended (Score: 2, Insightful)

by kwerle@pipedot.org in FCC voting on rules for abandonment of copper phone landlines on 2015-08-22 05:17 (#J473)

That's great for your devices - but if the cell towers lose power, you're going to have to shout loudly.

My sister lives up in Washington. When they had a rash of bad fires in her area, folks sometimes had power, but all the cell towers were out and there was no phone [inter]connectivity. For whatever reason, that doesn't seem to happen so much with the old copper wires.

I'm not against bailing on copper. But there are pros to it.

Re: Expensive, less efficient, and very limited (Score: 1)

by kwerle@pipedot.org in Outfit your windows with transparent solar panels? on 2015-08-10 15:40 (#GZNR)

Buildings vary a great deal. One World Trade Center has one hell of a lot more window area than roof area. So does the Empire State Building.
Yes, and if you're going to be building a glass skyscraper then this is something you'll want to think about once they have move beyond 9 square inches of surface area.

But for most of us, panels on the roof are a good solution at the present.

Expensive, less efficient, and very limited (Score: 3, Informative)

by kwerle@pipedot.org in Outfit your windows with transparent solar panels? on 2015-08-08 16:18 (#GTP6)

Claimer: I work as a programmer for SolarCity.

I'm in favor of all things solar. And if it ain't from SC, too bad for us.

These things are less than 10% efficient. In general your roof points at the sun more than your windows do. For most buildings, there is a lot more surface area of roof than of windows. I'm always amazed at how much of a solar install is complicated because of wire management and things that are subtly not about the panels themselves - and I imagine doing those things on the roof is easier than in a window.

So, yeah, I'm all for research and finding other solar/wind/whatever solutions - but solar on the roof is here and now. If your power bill is more than $100/month, you're a pretty good candidate for solar. If it's significantly more, then you're a great candidate. If it's less, then you still may be. Look into it.
Is this an important step forward in solar power generation, or does adding windows to the mix constitute a gimmick? How do we get people more interested in solar energy?
I think that the best way to save the planet is to make money doing it. And that's SC's proposition - save you some money, keep ourselves in business, and do that in a way that scales to the whole world. 'Cause if there's no profit in it, it's going to be mighty hard to convince everyone to do it. But if it makes financial sense to everyone involved and it doesn't screw up the planet, maybe we can make some progress.

Or, ya know... (Score: 2, Interesting)

by kwerle@pipedot.org in Chatting in secret while we're all being watched on 2015-08-01 17:40 (#G4S0)

My sister was thinking of whistle blowing. It was really more of an incompetence thing than anything really serious.

She asked me how to do that anonymously. I thought about it a minute. She's email savvy, but not tech savvy... All those anonymizers can be tricky, and who knows which have been compromised... Just seemed like a lot of hassle.

Put it on paper and drop it in the mail.

Warning: noisy link (Score: 4, Informative)

by kwerle@pipedot.org in Natural gas surpasses coal as top source of electricity in US on 2015-07-23 23:34 (#F8QB)

I should just blacklist all sites that play audio without my requesting it.

No video? (Score: 1)

by kwerle@pipedot.org in U.S. Air Force's new F-35 jet is beaten in dogfight by F-16 designed in the 1970s on 2015-07-08 15:45 (#DPJB)

Pics or it didn't happen.

Re: In SciFi predictions (Score: 1)

by kwerle@pipedot.org in Driverless cars may reduce U.S. auto sales 40% by 2040 on 2015-05-21 23:57 (#9GNW)

Quite right - big 3. Was it airlines that used to be the big 5?

Anyway, the points are that US manufacturers haven't been keeping ahead, and lots of stuff would have to change for there to actually be something for them to adapt to.

Not that I'm hoping things won't change. I want my next car to drive itself.

Re: Good (Score: 2, Informative)

by kwerle@pipedot.org in Driverless cars may reduce U.S. auto sales 40% by 2040 on 2015-05-21 23:51 (#9GNV)

From your use case above I don't know, if you don't overlook something. Many families cannot afford two cars.
https://www.google.com/?gws_rd=ssl#q=how+many+cars+does+the+average+american+own
According to a February study by Experian Automotive, which specializes in collecting and analyzing automotive data, Americans own an average of 2.28 vehicles per household, and more than 35 percent of households own three or more cars.Jul 27, 2008

In SciFi predictions (Score: 1)

by kwerle@pipedot.org in Driverless cars may reduce U.S. auto sales 40% by 2040 on 2015-05-21 15:10 (#9FS4)

The article forgot to mention that AI may make all knowledge workers redundant!!!

So if some technology that is 'on the cusp' comes to fruition and people adapt it widely and their purchasing patterns change drastically then the 'big 3' - that used to be the 'big 5', but which have been failing to meet consumer desires - may need to adapt.

I'm waiting with baited breath.

Re: What about goats? (Score: 1)

by kwerle@pipedot.org in Lawn mowing robots to inferfere with radio telescopes on 2015-04-22 18:32 (#7KSS)

Thanks a lot for your detailed answers!

So... they ARE ready? (Score: 1)

by kwerle@pipedot.org in Crickets aren’t ready to replace meat on 2015-04-21 16:04 (#7H42)

Researchers measured the biomass output and feed conversion ratios of crickets (Acheta domesticus) that were reared on foods ranging from grain-based to high in cellulose. Crickets fed on processed food waste grew to harvestable size with conversion efficiency similar to industrial-scale production broiler chickens.
So... with just a few? years of industrial scale testing, they are as efficient as one of the highest min/max'd meats on the market? That we've spent decades grinding efficiency on? That sounds ready.

Re: What about goats? (Score: 1)

by kwerle@pipedot.org in Lawn mowing robots to inferfere with radio telescopes on 2015-04-20 03:11 (#7D2D)

A few questions:
* How big is a lawn that takes 6+ hours to mow?
* How many goats does that support?
* What kind of weather do you have that you can support goats on your property?
* Where do you live that that's allowed?
* What do you do about the plants you don't want the goats to eat (veggie bed, flowers, etc)?
* How much does it cost/goat (vet, whatever else goats need)?

I really would like to know!

I live in California, and I'm sure:
* My property is too small to support goats.
* There isn't enough water to keep enough grass for the goats to eat consistently.
* It'd be illegal where I live.
* They'd eat our young trees, veggies, flowers.
* etc etc

Robot mowers seem like a more likely solution. Nonetheless, I'd like to know how well the natural solution is working for you.

Re: Stick is it (Score: 2, Funny)

by kwerle@pipedot.org in New Chromebooks and Chromebit stick start at $100 on 2015-04-03 15:00 (#6BX2)

Quality programming?

Re: 20 million for a stealth fighter? (Score: 1)

by kwerle@pipedot.org in US Navy testing electromagnetic catapult on aircraft carrier on 2015-04-01 04:19 (#66CM)

Re: 20 million for a stealth fighter? (Score: 1)

by kwerle@pipedot.org in US Navy testing electromagnetic catapult on aircraft carrier on 2015-03-31 14:47 (#6558)

Yeah, all the numbers in the article seem pretty bunk. The steam catapult weighs 1300 pounds? I don't think so. 20 seconds and wikipedia:
Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System: System weight< 225,000 kg

Steam catapult: "These systems take a long time to recharge after each launch"
Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System: Cycle time 45 seconds

How long does it take to get the next jet into position?

The combination of wikipedia and file:///tmp/Electronics-poised-to-replace-steam-powered-aircraft-launch-system.pdf (from '02) add up to a much better article than the one linked.

Re: google define:attenuation (Score: 1)

by kwerle@pipedot.org in Boeing granted patent for force field on 2015-03-25 21:40 (#5RAE)

Sure, but 'force field'? There was really no point in making the headline less accurate.

google define:attenuation (Score: 1)

by kwerle@pipedot.org in Boeing granted patent for force field on 2015-03-25 21:39 (#5MRW)

  1. In physics, attenuation (in some contexts also called extinction) is the gradual loss in intensity of any kind of flux through a medium. For instance, sunlight is attenuated by dark glasses, X-rays are attenuated by lead, and light and sound are attenuated by water.
Was there some problem with saying "Boeing gets patent for a shockwave attenuation system?"

So it's not force nor field. It is a system for damping a shockwave.

I hope that pipedot readers can handle the big words. And for those that can't, I hope they don't submit articles.

Re: google define:attenuation (Score: 2, Informative)

by kwerle@pipedot.org in Boeing granted patent for force field on 2015-03-25 21:38 (#5RAD)

Quite right - sorry about that.

Re: Party! (Score: 2, Informative)

by kwerle@pipedot.org in Apple's New MacBook on 2015-03-10 22:38 (#4P37)

Yeah, 4G is hardly enough to boot.

If you want to do video editing, game playing, or heavy development, you may also want a computer that weighs more than 2lbs.

If all you want to do is email, surf, edit documents, etc, then this might kick all kinds of ass.

Microsoft Security Essentials: done (Score: 3, Informative)

by kwerle@pipedot.org in Has The Antivirus Industry Gone Mad?! on 2015-03-10 18:14 (#4NM4)

Any friend/relative's windows computer I get any access to get MS:SE
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/security-essentials-download

And then I remove anything else from Symantec, McAfee, etc.

Good/bad? (Score: 1)

by kwerle@pipedot.org in The FCC has approved Net Neutrality rules and declared Broadband a Utility on 2015-02-27 22:37 (#3ZAD)

Anyone think this is a bad thing? I'd love to hear reasoned arguments.

bluetooth keyboard? (Score: 3, Insightful)

by kwerle@pipedot.org in Late lament on the death of slide-out keyboards on 2015-02-23 23:43 (#3P6V)

It looks like the solution is the bluetooth keyboard.

I couldn't believe how long it took someone to figure out that having a keyboard was a waste of space/weight/parts/etc. So I never missed 'em.

But it looks like you can add one to any phone in existence...

T-mobile now does wifi calling (Score: 1)

by kwerle@pipedot.org in WiFi versus LTE to dominate the future of mobile services on 2015-02-18 01:44 (#3A6D)

If you watched the superbowl, you saw the ads featuring wifi calling from tmobile, too.

Good to know (Score: 1)

by kwerle@pipedot.org in End of the m0n0wall project on 2015-02-17 17:22 (#39EM)

I never used m0n0wall, but I was always glad it was around. It's good to know that others are carrying the torch.

What is #!? (Score: 5, Informative)

by kwerle@pipedot.org in Popular Distribution 'Crunchbang' (#!) Stops Development on 2015-02-07 20:38 (#2WYQ)

http://crunchbang.org/about/
CrunchBang is a Debian GNU/Linux based distribution offering a great blend of speed, style and substance. Using the nimble Openbox window manager, it is highly customisable and provides a modern, full-featured GNU/Linux system without sacrificing performance.

The primary aim of the CrunchBang project is to produce a stable distribution offering the best possible out-of-the-box Openbox experience. To achieve this goal, CrunchBang pulls many base packages directly from Debian's repositories, which are well-known for providing stable and secure software. Packages from CrunchBang's own repositories are then customised and pinned to the system to produce what is known as the CrunchBang distro.

Re: Fewer like this, please (Score: 2, Informative)

by kwerle@pipedot.org in DEA tracking millions of drivers across US on 2015-02-01 18:54 (#2WVS)

It's very much tech & privacy.
OK, let's summarize the tech:
Cameras exist
OCR exists
databases exist

Big whoop.

The article doesn't mention any technical details. Technical details are why I come here. Political BS is why I don't go to /.
Besides... the pipe is the place to vote on and discuss what should/shouldn't be here... Problem is, almost no submissions are coming in, which needs to change, first.
I don't think that's a problem. I would rather no articles than articles like this.

Fewer like this, please (Score: 3, Informative)

by kwerle@pipedot.org in DEA tracking millions of drivers across US on 2015-02-01 05:32 (#2WVK)

This isn't about the tech, it's about the politics. If I wanted crappy political/social articles, I'd read /.

Worth mentioning (Score: 2, Informative)

by kwerle@pipedot.org in Friday Distro: Zentyal for easy network infrastructure on 2015-01-30 16:45 (#2WV3)

This distro is backed by a Spanish company that appears to sell support. And also that is is based on ubuntu.

Very cool.

Broken link (Score: 1)

by kwerle@pipedot.org in Solar Powered Tetroon Generates Enough Lift to Fly on 2015-01-23 03:03 (#2WSG)

First link busted - missing the : in http://

Re: Google Apps for Business (Score: 1)

by kwerle@pipedot.org in Ask Pipedot: small office collaboration/messaging on 2014-11-17 21:31 (#2V3R)

Nope - you're totally right about google drive. On the plus side it's totally cross platform (if you include web access).

On the downside, managing it means someone has to manage it. If you have small teams and everyone picks up after themselves, it can work well. Otherwise (for those of us in the real world), it tends to get real messy real fast.

I don't know of any good solution to the problem.

Re: Google Apps for Business (Score: 1)

by kwerle@pipedot.org in Ask Pipedot: small office collaboration/messaging on 2014-11-17 18:29 (#2V3H)

I was going to say the same. I'd been working for a company that was on google for a couple of years until we got bought. Now it's Microsoft whatever.

As a remote user on a Mac, Microsoft blows.

Downsides of google:
No Gantt/project planning software.
Google drive is flexible and unstructured. Sometimes it'd be nice to have a more rigid document layout and enforcement.

Really stellar upsides:
Email
Calendar
Google Hangouts (super useful for remote users)
Drive has been very useful

And those stats are... (Score: 5, Informative)

by kwerle@pipedot.org in Raspberry Pi Foundation releases new lower-power Raspberry Pi Model A+ on 2014-11-10 22:56 (#2TZC)

Raspberry Pi Model A+ out now. 20% cheaper, 24% shorter and 42% thinner!
You can buy a Raspberry Pi Model A+ right now. It costs around $20/£15, it’s just 56mm long, 12mm thick and uses up to 45% less power than a Model B+…
Model A+ Specs:
Dimensions: 65x56x12mm
Memory: 256MB RAM
Expansion: Micro SD slot,
1x USB, 40x GPIO
Networking: None
Price: ~$20/£15
Weight:

The freshly updated version of the Model A does much more than simply bring it in line with the Raspberry Pi Model B+ released in the summer.
The Raspberry Pi Model A+ is the same dimensions as a HAT (Hardware Attached on Top) add-on board, the same price as two cinema tickets and can run at nearly half the power consumption as the Model B+.

Since it uses the same improved power chain as the Model B+, the Model A+ consumes much less power than any other Raspberry Pi. According to its designer, James Adams, running the same ‘hello_teapot’ demo with a USB keyboard and a HDMI monitor connected the Model B+ consumes 370mA, while the A+ consumes just 200mA – 45% less power under the same conditions.
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