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U2 and Apple Collaborate On 'Non-Piratable, Interactive Format For Music'

AbrasiveCat No audio involved obviously (329 comments)

Since audio can always be picked up, and so pirated, this must not involve audio. It must be a new Apple technology where the music is "beamed" into your body. This will be a whole new experience and we will need to upgrade all our music and Apple devices to experience it. Get in line now. Here is all my money, how many can I buy....


Treasure Map: NSA, GCHQ Work On Real-Time "Google Earth" Internet Observation

AbrasiveCat Past all the NATed machines. hmm (266 comments)

While I am sure this is a project that will earn millions of dollars for some companies and promotions for individuals, I am not sure how successful you can be at mapping everything. I would imagine more than half of the Internet is hidden behind various NAT boxes. Even with the help of folks like Comcast, CenturyLink, Verizon, AT&T, and the rest of our friends who might help the NSA and GCHQ; we still have businesses, colleges and universities, and most households with most of their computers hidden behind NAT. Maybe when IPv6 becomes ubiquitous it might be possible. I agree with a earlier post too much data, no enough content.

5 days ago

Sources Say Amazon Will Soon Be Targeting Ads, a la Google AdWords

AbrasiveCat They didn't target their customers? (83 comments)

I though they were already doing this. They were failing if they were missing this opportunity. What do people expect? (Do I like it? meh. I don't like being profiled. It could make buying easier.)

about a month ago

Scientists Find Traces of Sea Plankton On ISS Surface

AbrasiveCat Next up, barnacles (117 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.

about 1 month ago

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 2 months ago

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 2 months ago

Sand-Based Anode Triples Lithium-Ion Battery Performance

AbrasiveCat Made with silica, oh no (60 comments)

Silica is a well known carcinogen. 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 2 months ago

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 3 months ago

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 3 months ago

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 3 months ago

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. I guess its back to nature time. I hope the windows open for a fresh breeze...

about 4 months ago

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 4 months ago

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 5 months ago

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 6 months ago

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 6 months ago

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 7 months ago

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 7 months ago

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 8 months ago

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 8 months ago



Has radar technology caught up with steath technology?

AbrasiveCat AbrasiveCat writes  |  about a month and a half 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 ( 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. 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, 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 . 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.)"
Link to Original Source

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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