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Trains May Soon Come Equipped With Debris-Zapping Lasers

AltGrendel Even if their wet? (194 comments)

I would think that it'd take one heck of a laser to fry wet leaves on a train track. The whole thing sounds like a boondoggle to me.

about two weeks ago
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Study: HIV Becoming Less Deadly, Less Infectious

AltGrendel Then again, maybe it _is_ good news. (172 comments)

From TFA: "Some virologists suggest the virus may eventually become "almost harmless" as it continues to evolve." Yes, I realize the the article says "Some" and "almost" but still I'd rather it be like dealing with a common cold than a full shutdown of my immune system.

about two weeks ago
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Forbes Revisits the Surface Pro 3, Which May Face LG Competition

AltGrendel Have't looked at one at all. (101 comments)

can this thing be hacked or are you locked in to the OS it comes with?

about three weeks ago
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After Silk Road 2.0 Shutdown, Rival Dark Net Markets Grow Quickly

AltGrendel Hire the Russians hackers to prevent police action (86 comments)

All right, maybe they aren't Russian, I don't know. But why not try to find these uber-coders that you always hear about to do some pen testing of the Tor code? It's in their best interest to make sure Tor is as secure as possible.

about a month ago
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After Silk Road 2.0 Bust, Eyes Turn To 'Untouchable' Decentralized Market

AltGrendel Re:The future of capitalism (108 comments)

I don't thing there's going to be any kind of fundamental change in capitalism. The only thing that's going to change is the method and who gets to benefit from it.

about a month and a half ago
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Chinese Hackers Mess With Texas By Attacking Fracking Firms

AltGrendel The reverse is also true. (104 comments)

From the standpoint of trying to steal business secrets, that's something that everyone does on everyone else, even the US. You'd think by now most businesses would understand that connecting everything to the internet isn't necessarily a good idea.

about a month and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Dealing With an Unresponsive Manufacturer Who Doesn't Fix Bugs?

AltGrendel Re:Stop paying. (204 comments)

Also, put the payment in an escrow account and let them know that's where the payment going. Once they fix the bug, they get the money.

about 2 months ago
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The 2014 Ig Nobel Prizes Will Be Awarded Tonight

AltGrendel Please Stop. (30 comments)

I'm bored.

about 3 months ago
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Geneticists Decry Book On Race and Evolution

AltGrendel Welcome to the Streisand effect. (541 comments)

I hadn't even heard about this book before now. Sales will probably triple each time they fuss about it.

about 4 months ago
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Facebook Data Miner Will Shock You

AltGrendel And this is why.... (164 comments)

...I don't use Facebook. I'd keep away from it all if I could, but it's hard to be in the tech industry these days and have no/minimal online presence.

about 8 months ago
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Geologists Warned of Washington State Mudslides For Decades

AltGrendel Insanity.... (230 comments)

...is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result - A. Einstein.

about 9 months ago
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Dorian Nakamoto Officially Denies That He Created Bitcoin

AltGrendel Evidence? (102 comments)

As I recall, Ms. Goodman had no real research beyond the facts that the name was similar and he happened to do some security work under contract.

about 9 months ago
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Study: Half of In-App Purchases Come From Only 0.15% of Players

AltGrendel I'm not suprised. (144 comments)

I consider playing the game without doing in-game purchases part of the game. It's a good challenge and if you work it right, you can use it to teach children about economics. No, I'm not kidding. It's all about allocation of resources and also setting goals and priorities (and sticking to them). You just need to show them how to do it properly in the game.

about 10 months ago
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Google and Microsoft To Block Child-Abuse Search Terms

AltGrendel Well, it's something. (308 comments)

I imagine that this will work until the child abusers find a way around it.

about a year ago
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How Google Glass Is Evolving As It Heads For Release To Developers

AltGrendel Good one. (140 comments)

My favorite question / answer pair: "IEEE Spectrum: What kind of business model is associated with Google Glass? Babak Parviz: This is still being worked on, but we are quite interested in providing the hardware."

Probably my favorite non-answer answer of 2012.

about 2 years ago
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NASA Plans To "Lasso" Asteroid and Turn It Into Space Station

AltGrendel Re: Hmm... (200 comments)

Yes, it did. The 9th Doctor saved us, didn't you know that?

about 2 years ago
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The Underground Economy of Social Networks

AltGrendel Re:I wonder .. (84 comments)

you're presuming that people will actually use Google+.

more than 2 years ago
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NSA Mimics Google, Angers Senate

AltGrendel Huh. (193 comments)

Why should we get something for free when we can pay for it? Wait a minute....

more than 2 years ago

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WWII code 'may never be cracked'

AltGrendel AltGrendel writes  |  about 2 years ago

AltGrendel writes "The BBC reports that experts at intelligence agency GCHQ have asked for help in de-coding a message found attached to a pigeon leg, thought to date back to WWII. The dead bird was found in a chimney in Surrey a few weeks ago. But without more information, the code may never be cracked, according to the BBC's security correspondent Gordon Corera"
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Jack Thompson to debate at gaming convention.

AltGrendel AltGrendel writes  |  more than 5 years ago

AltGrendel writes "Screw Attack Has announced a debate at their upcoming convention:

We are extremely excited to announce the addition of one of the most recognizable and controversial figures in all of gaming to SGC's stellar line up of guests- Jack Thompson. Mr. Thompson will be making an exclusive one day only appearance on Saturday July 4th, in which he will participate in a live debate with Joystiq.com legal columnist, Mark Methenitis on the topic of video game restrictions.

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AltGrendel AltGrendel writes  |  more than 7 years ago

AltGrendel writes "Jonathan Fildes of the BBC wrote that 'In 1987, Ronald Reagan declared that the US was about to enter an incredible new era of technology. Levitating high-speed trains, super-efficient power generators and ultra-powerful supercomputers would become commonplace thanks to a new breed of materials known as high temperature superconductors (HTSC). "The breakthroughs in superconductivity bring us to the threshold of a new age," said the president. "It's our task to herald in that new age with a rush."

But 20 years on, the new world does not seem to have arrived. So what happened?'

He shares what he found in this article."
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AltGrendel AltGrendel writes  |  more than 7 years ago

AltGrendel writes "The BBC reports that a team from Edinburgh have designed and built a molecule, known as a rotaxane, that can move and sort particles. It took three years of painstaking work to find a molecular form that could do this job." Powered by light, it acts as a one way gate. It also allows the device to act as a nanomachine sized motor."

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