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Russia May Be Planning National Space Station To Replace ISS

AC-x Re:What's it good for? (225 comments)

But if you're going to talk about worthwhile spending then maybe not spending ~$700 million per day ($100 billion every 140 days) in Iraq on a war that increased global terrorism is a better place to start?

2 days ago
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Philae's Batteries Have Drained; Comet Lander Sleeps

AC-x Re:Renewable energy doomed the mission (337 comments)

What about shielding? The missions that used SNAP-19 power sources kept them on 3m booms to prevent their radiation from interfering with the scientific equipment.

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is Non-USB Flash Direct From China Safe?

AC-x SD cards can't impersonate a keyboard (178 comments)

SD cards can't impersonate a keyboard, so anything like the USB firmware hack you linked to is impossible. There could be malicious files pre-installed on the drive, but then that's happened to big name suppliers plenty of times too.

As far as I know Android has no facility to run code directly from an SD card anyway, and if you're using an antivirus package worth its salt on your PC it would block any autorun attempt.

about two weeks ago
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A Library For Survival Knowledge

AC-x Re:100 year old survival knowledge in PDF files??? (272 comments)

Wouldn't something like this (microscopically etched / electroformed solid nickel) be even better? You could include instructions for creating a microscope to read it in large print on the other side...

about a month ago
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Secretive X-37B Military Space Plane Could Land On Tuesday

AC-x Re:It must be running out of fuel (81 comments)

Why else would they need to bring it back

To install a different sensor package? To put it into a different orbit? I can think of many reasons, after all the whole point of the X-37 is that it can land and be re-used for different mission profiles.

about a month ago
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Microsoft Develops Analog Keyboard For Wearables, Solves Small Display Dilemma

AC-x Why would you want to type at all? (100 comments)

it's Microsoft that might have the most logical solution for typing on small size displays running Google's Android Wear platform. Microsoft's research division has built an analog keyboard prototype for Android Wear that eliminates the need to tap at tiny letters, and instead has you write them out.

Why would you want to type at all? There's reasonably good voice recognition now, that's got to be better than trying to finger-paint letters on a tiny watch screen?

about a month and a half ago
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CSS Proposed 20 Years Ago Today

AC-x Re:They _Should_ Replace It (180 comments)

Simple things like a complex form, which would be trivial with a grid (and are trivial with tables) are an epic pain with CSS layouts.

Sure in the pre-IE8 days it was a pain, but now it's trivial to do .form { display:table; }

about a month and a half ago
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MIT Study Finds Fault With Mars One Colony Concept

AC-x Re:Something More Modest (269 comments)

Then we found out about the 450C sulfuric acid clouds, the molten tin lakes and the almost solid atmosphere...

It's pretty nice at 50km up though...

about a month and a half ago
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Test-Driving a $35 Firefox OS Smartphone

AC-x Re:Buffering.. (132 comments)

But then, the first iPhone wasn't 3G either...

about a month and a half ago
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A Production-Ready Flying Car Is Coming This Month

AC-x Roadable aircraft aren't "flying cars" (203 comments)

I wish they'd stop calling roadable aircraft "flying cars".

Flying car: Something that allows you to take off from your home and fly directly to your destination.
Roadable aircraft: An aircraft that you can drive to and from local airports.

It's good for people who already fly light aircraft (no more worrying about transport once you fly to your destination), useless for the rest of us.

about a month and a half ago
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A Production-Ready Flying Car Is Coming This Month

AC-x Re:You mean our nightmare could become a reality (203 comments)

I think the licence to operate an aircraft might be just a teensy bit harder to get than the licence to operate a car...

about a month and a half ago
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New OS X Backdoor Malware Roping Macs Into Botnet

AC-x Re:solution? (172 comments)

Nix their entire search query?

about 2 months ago
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Grooveshark Found Guilty of Massive Copyright Infringement

AC-x Having read TFA... (171 comments)

perhaps that is in the evidence somewhere and just didn't make the summary.

Yes, having read TFA there are some statements that ex-employees made:

The opinion also took note of the testimony of ex-Grooveshark employees who testified on behalf of the record companies. They explained how their bosses ordered them to acquire "the most popular and current songs" and upload them into the Grooveshark system.

As well as this:

"Escape openly acknowledged that their business plan was to exploit popular label content in order to grow their service and then 'beg forgiveness' from the plaintiffs and seek licenses," wrote Griesa.

So that coupled with the email seems to make it beyond reasonably doubt that the email was referring to downloading copyrighted music rather than looking for public domain music.

about 2 months ago
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Grooveshark Found Guilty of Massive Copyright Infringement

AC-x Having read TFA... (171 comments)

perhaps that is in the evidence somewhere and just didn't make the summary.

Yes, there are some statements that ex-employees made:

The opinion also took note of the testimony of ex-Grooveshark employees who testified on behalf of the record companies. They explained how their bosses ordered them to acquire "the most popular and current songs" and upload them into the Grooveshark system.

As well as this:

"Escape openly acknowledged that their business plan was to exploit popular label content in order to grow their service and then 'beg forgiveness' from the plaintiffs and seek licenses," wrote Griesa.

So that coupled with the email seems to make it beyond reasonably doubt that the email was referring to downloading copyrighted music rather than looking for public domain music.

about 2 months ago
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The Great Lightbulb Conspiracy

AC-x Re:Will Capcom sue? (602 comments)

Whoops, actually meant MR16, but yeah 12v halogen replacements.

about 2 months ago

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Famous Judge calls U.S. patent system "dysfunctional"

AC-x AC-x writes  |  more than 2 years ago

AC-x (735297) writes "Famous U.S. Circuit Judge Richard Posner calls patent system "dysfunctional", wants to have the trial between Apple and Google-owned Motorola Mobility over smartphone patents dismissed with prejudice because "it was apparent that neither side could show they had been harmed by the other’s patent infringement".

His involvement and his anti-patent blog posts could prove to be a watershed moment for a U.S. patent system that is regarded as spiralling out of control."

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