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Scientists Find Traces of Sea Plankton On ISS Surface

AbrasiveCat Next up, barnacles (107 comments)

First plankton, and you know what eats plankton, barnacles. I wouldn't want to have to scrape down the ISS. No wonder they are talking about abandoning the ISS in a few years.

yesterday
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Comcast Customer Service Rep Just Won't Take No For an Answer

AbrasiveCat Ah the Comcast apoligy (401 comments)

I bet when they apologized to him they offered him 1/2 price service for 3 months.

about a month ago
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OpenWRT 14.07 RC1 Supports Native IPv6, Procd Init System

AbrasiveCat Works great on a TP-Link WDR3600 (71 comments)

I have had a TP-Link WDR3600 for about 7 months. About 4 months ago I decided I wanted to start doing ipv6 and the TP-Link software didn't work with Comcast for ipv6. I found a pre-release of Barrier Breaker loaded it up, rebooted and it all worked. I guess it is time to upgrade to the release candidate. There were some issues with the second radio and supporting 802.11an but a few minutes searching on line and I had fix for that too.

about a month ago
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Sand-Based Anode Triples Lithium-Ion Battery Performance

AbrasiveCat Made with silica, oh no (60 comments)

Silica is a well known carcinogen. http://ntp.niehs.nih.gov/ntp/r... Our lab will not be messing with that shit, we will be looking for something safer! And if silica was in commercial batteries think how many members of the public might be exposed.

about a month ago
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EDSAC Diagrams Rediscovered

AbrasiveCat What else have they gotten wrong? (37 comments)

So the they get a few prints of part of the circuits, 9 pages of 150, and they see they made mistakes replicating the original. I wonder how many other mistakes they have made, and what happens if they are finishing and some more drawings surface showing they got stuff wrong? Will they throw it out the wrong and make it as designed or just say "hey good enough, we got most of it right"?

about 2 months ago
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Washington Redskins Stripped of Trademarks

AbrasiveCat New name, "Washington Nazis" (646 comments)

Ok, I am invoking "Godwin's Law", let's move on. I can't believe the Washington Redskins was meant as an insult. Who would do that to their team, but we have gotten deep in to political correct in this country. (Boy it is a good thing we don't have gender modifiers on most of our nouns. There would be a battle.)

about 2 months ago
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Kids With Operators Manual Alert Bank Officials: "We Hacked Your ATM"

AbrasiveCat Re:Hacked? (378 comments)

So.... they had the manual with passwords....

this is hacked.... how?

Same way I hacked my VCR so it doesn't flash 12:00 anymore!

Covering the blinking clock with black tape doesn't count, sorry.

about 2 months ago
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Four Weeks Without Soap Or Shampoo

AbrasiveCat Re:Why make a journalist suffer? (250 comments)

The problem there isn't the lack of showers but the repeated use of clothing.

But then you have CEO of Levi Strauss saying don't wash your jeans. http://www.latimes.com/fashion... I guess its back to nature time. I hope the windows open for a fresh breeze...

about 3 months ago
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ACLU and EFF Endorse Weaker USA Freedom Act Passed By Committee

AbrasiveCat Re:"Freedom Act" (107 comments)

"Freedom Act", well you know free to do what we want.

about 3 months ago
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Student Records Kids Who Bully Him, Then Gets Threatened With Wiretapping Charge

AbrasiveCat School math teacher/school was at risk (798 comments)

The way I read the article was the bullying took place in front of a school math teacher. This likely was a form of harassment. Since the math teacher failed to act on this harassment, and the teacher was management's representative here, the school and therefore the school district (and city) was at risk of a harassment charge. They needed to eliminate the evidence. They had the police do this, who I presume were also city employees. I wonder if this rises to racketeering? Let's hope the state does a investigate of this. Looks like they might have avoided a lesser crime charge by making it a larger crime. (Not always a good idea!) (IANAL)

about 4 months ago
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UK Government Wants "Unsavory" Web Content To Be Removed

AbrasiveCat I for one (250 comments)

would be fine if goatse vanished from the Internet

about 5 months ago
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The Brief Rise and Long Fall of Russia's Robot Tank

AbrasiveCat Not a Bolo? (79 comments)

But according to future history the first robot tanks were Bolos made by General Motors. The Russians have screwed up another timeline. (Dang Putin)

about 5 months ago
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Do Hypersonic Missiles Make Defense Systems Obsolete?

AbrasiveCat No (365 comments)

As I have learned on others on /. the answer to a yes/no question on /. will be no. Others are bring up the reasons no for this question, cost, limited use, politics, but the answer will be NO.

about 6 months ago
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Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!

AbrasiveCat The future (2219 comments)

If Beta is future then I'll find other sites than /. I was/am happy with a text based site. I come here for the comments and I don't see how Beta is going to improve them. Counting down to my exit. 88, 87, 86...

about 6 months ago
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Astronomers Investigating Unknown Object That Hit the Earth In 773 AD

AbrasiveCat Re:There is evidence of a SN at that time (84 comments)

Having biked a scale model of our solar system (the Sun 4 1/2' dia, Pluto 3.7 miles away) I can't wrap my head around the energies involved to make a noticeable change in C14 here on earth hundreds ( Cassiopeia A 11,0000?) of light year away. My small mind boggles.

about 7 months ago
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Astronomers Investigating Unknown Object That Hit the Earth In 773 AD

AbrasiveCat Re:Supernova (84 comments)

Red crucifix? Skewed carbon dating results?

Does this mean the Turin Shroud is real...?

Well there really is a Turin Shroud with an image, there is a question of how it was made.

about 7 months ago
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Global-Warming Skepticism Hits 6-Year High

AbrasiveCat Re:Which shows that people don't understand (846 comments)

So, let me ask - historically speaking, what has California's rainfall averaged, since the white man first came on the scene?

The funny thing is, I do a Google search to check that out. I click several links, and none show the information I am looking for. In 1849, what was the rainfall? Nothing. 1850? Nothing. 1851? Still more nothing. Where do I find the historical data?

Now, is there REALLY this remarkable drought, or have we simply been over using the available water for several decades already? There are a number of places where we have millions of people, but the land historically only supported hundreds or thousands. Even with tens of thousands, the weather and the land supplied plenty of water for survival, and some thrown in for waste and recreation. But, MILLIONS? Oh-oh - not enough water to go around.

We have been pumping lakes, rivers, and aquifers dry for decades now. We pump water from wherever we can find it, not caring about where it came from, or whether it will ever be replaced, or how it might be replaced.

Do we really have exceptional droughts today, or are we simply running out of water to waste?

Show me the historical data, please. Does it actually support this climate change theory?

Oh my, you mean you can't Google everything? Some source data hasn't and never will be put on the Net. Sorry about that.

about 7 months ago
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How To Make 96,000lbs of WWII Machinery Into High-Tech Research Platform

AbrasiveCat Re:WW2 machiny and WW2 units of measurement (150 comments)

Just divide by 2 (2.2 actually) and you will have kg. And don't expect the US to change any time soon. Sorry, it is us.

about 7 months ago
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Hackers Gain "Full Control" of Critical SCADA Systems

AbrasiveCat Lets over react (195 comments)

Let get the media to over react. That will be fun, more government rules, more government oversight. I know we have multiple "SCADA" systems on my site, except most of them aren't control, they are monitoring. (Oh my! the B4-12 SquareD power meter is reading too low!! That groups power bill will be to low next month.) The other LAN connected SCADA systems on site, that I know of, would fail safe. The worst you could do is cause some experiments to fail. Part of the power of PLCs these days is having them on a LAN. (Who wants the ip of one of our PLCs, I'll give you a hint, it is on the 10. network.) Oh and do slap the folks that have true control systems open on the Internet with addressable IPs that could fail in a dangerous way.

about 7 months ago

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Has radar technology caught up with steath technology?

AbrasiveCat AbrasiveCat writes  |  about two weeks ago

AbrasiveCat (999190) writes "In the continuing game of cat and mouse between offensive and defensive technologies of war, the technology of radar stealth may have been matched by new multiple frequency radar systems. U.S Naval Institute News (http://news.usni.org/2014/07/29/chinese-russian-radars-track-see-u-s-stealth) reports the Chinese and Russians maybe developing such systems. The present radar systems use high frequency waves for accurately locating an incoming target. Stealth aircraft are designed to adsorb or reflect these wave away from the receiver. It turns out longer wave radars can see the stealth aircraft. The longer wave radar lacks the precision of the high frequency radar, but when the two are combined, as the Russians, Chinese (and US) are doing, you can produce accurate targeting radar. The F117 may have been in a golden age for stealth technology, it will be interesting to see if the F35 arrives to late to be effective against other countries with advanced radar systems."
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NTSB has discovered the cause of the battery failures on the Boeing 787

AbrasiveCat AbrasiveCat writes  |  about a year and a half ago

AbrasiveCat (999190) writes "The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has reported that the battery problems suffered by the Boeing 787 were caused by a short circuit in a cell of the battery. http://www.ntsb.gov/news/2013/130207.html The cause of the short circuit is still under investigation and the plane is still a ways from being cleared to fly passengers again."
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Man who protested TSA by stripping is acquitted by judge

AbrasiveCat AbrasiveCat writes  |  more than 2 years ago

AbrasiveCat (999190) writes "In an update to an earlier Slashdot story http://idle.slashdot.org/story/12/04/18/1637222/man-protests-tsa-with-nudity, the Portland Oregon man who was arrested after stripping naked at a TSA checkpoint at Portland Airport was acquitted of indecent exposure charges. He successfully argued that he was protesting TSA actions, and his actions were protected speech under the Oregon Constitution.

So our answer from Alice's Restaurant for everyone to strip for TSA.
"You know, if one person, just one person does it they may think he's really sick and they won't take him. And if two people, two people do it, in harmony, they may think they're both faggots and they won't take either of them. And three people do it, three, can you imagine, three people walking in singin a bar of Alice's Restaurant and walking out. They may think it's an organization. And can you, can you imagine fifty people a day,I said fifty people a day walking in singin a bar of Alice's Restaurant and walking out. And friends they may thinks it's a movement.""

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Space Shuttle Collides with Bridge In New York

AbrasiveCat AbrasiveCat writes  |  more than 2 years ago

AbrasiveCat (999190) writes "While transporting the space shuttle Enterprise to its new home at the Intrepid Museum a gust of wind caught the shuttle and pushed a wing tip into the South Channel Subway Bridge. With any luck it was just the protective covering that was damaged. Ah New York traffic."
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Hydrogen Explosion at the #3 Power Plant in Japan

AbrasiveCat AbrasiveCat writes  |  more than 3 years ago

AbrasiveCat writes "New trouble at nuclear power plant in Japan. As reported by the NBC http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/42056237/ns/world_news-asiapacific/ . There has been an hydrogen/oxygen explosion at the Number 3 unit of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant. This has cause a wall of the plant to be destroyed. The officials are saying the reactor containment remains. This seems to be a result of previously exposing the fuel rods, which caused the creation of the hydrogen gas. There has been no increase in radiation in the area (yet.)"
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http://www.cnn.com/2008/TRAVEL/10/22/no.fly.lists/

AbrasiveCat AbrasiveCat writes  |  more than 5 years ago

AbrasiveCat (999190) writes "Look you weren't on the no fly list. Reports are that there are only 2,500 names. Relax (for the US vote early vote often!)"

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