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When Everything Works Like Your Cell Phone

Anubis350 Re:So? (171 comments)

There are jobs the electric tools can do that human muscle can not. Try boring a quarter inch dia. hole through an inch of case hardened 4140 chromemoly hand drill and get back to us.

Or just will do massively better and faster - I just had to drill through 3 layers of masonry to run new lines at work. I'm sure I *could* have done it manually, but the hammer drill I had did it with a nice clean inch wide circular hole in only a few mins. The best tool for a job is the one that lets you get it done right, get it done fast, and move on. It's nice to make sure you have a manual backup around, but electric tools get the job done for most people.

3 days ago
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Is the Tesla Model 3 Actually Going To Cost $50,000?

Anubis350 Re:Still pretty affordable (393 comments)

because it's not *just* for the charging network, it's to stimulate growth of the whole industry - and that starts with having an install base of the *cars*. Get enough EV machines on the road and there will be a lot of third party things made for them. It's better to stimulate the primary driving force behind that than one specific aspect

about two weeks ago
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Commander Keen: Keen Dreams Source Code Released

Anubis350 Re:The holders of the Keen IP are stupid.... (72 comments)

Thanks for the link, didn't realize it was on steam, just picked it up - hey, with $10 in my steam wallet from selling those cards you occasionally get (seriously, who buys them?) it was actually free :)

about two weeks ago
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Is the Tesla Model 3 Actually Going To Cost $50,000?

Anubis350 Re:Still pretty affordable (393 comments)

You're wrong in this case, there needs to be a bigger install base to allow the roll out of supporting infrastructure, from charging stations to competitors on battery manufacture. That's what the subsidies are about.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Old Technology Can't You Give Up?

Anubis350 Re:Simple (635 comments)

Well, first of all, in that high a quantity you can get them even cheaper than what I quoted by buying at a bulk price. As to how to replicate them... dd or more user friendly duplication program if you want and then fill every available USB port you have with thumb drives. Faster and more parallel than DV burning actually /though gotta wonder.... how often are you handing out DVDs? //and the number of people who still have an optical drive on their main computing device to read 'em is shrinking, fast

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Old Technology Can't You Give Up?

Anubis350 Re:Simple (635 comments)

They're not (yet) at the 15c range, but if you buy in a large pack and don't want the fastest drives or USB 3 you can grab 4GB thumb drives for ~$2 each (~$1 each if you in 100+ quantities)- and these days be more assured that the person taking the data can read it easily

about a month ago
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HP Recalls 6 Million Power Cables Over Fire Hazard

Anubis350 Re:Not the PSUs? The actual cables? (137 comments)

I believe much of that cabling was actually replaced when the bridge was last rehabbed (not the current project working on the ramps and roads)

/they kept the substandard cabling in though because the bridge was built with several different support mechanisms, each one sturdy enough for the bridge on its own, Roebling was being paranoid with his design
//the cable crosshatching *is* because of the inferior wire however, though in the end they really are a just decorative feature since they aren't needed for support

about a month ago
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South Carolina Student Arrested For "Killing Pet Dinosaur"

Anubis350 Re:Mandatory panic! (421 comments)

NZ has the advantage of knowing that if another nation invaded them there are countries with big sticks, like the US and UK, that would defend them. It's easy to go light on national defense when you have other people willing to step in. When you're already the big fish there isn't someone else to rely on

about a month ago
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South Carolina Student Arrested For "Killing Pet Dinosaur"

Anubis350 Re:Mandatory panic! (421 comments)

What, pray tell, (ignoring all other effects for a second) do you think would happen to the economy if a)all defense contractors suddenly had their orders shrink by 80% (bearing in mind this cascades down the supply chain to everyone from small subcontractors like speciality machine shops to the delis that make their bones on selling lunch and coffee to everyone working on projects) and b)if we suddenly dumped all the people currently employed by the DoD directly in the labor market? Not that the military is really about to be drastically eliminated but if it were the economic effects alone would probably tank the US economy, and the world's right afterwards.

about a month ago
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AMD FirePro W9100 16GB Workstation GPU Put To the Test

Anubis350 Re:what? (42 comments)

GPGPU is an important segment of the high end market these days...

/The machine I'm typing this on right now has an nvidia Tesla in it

about 3 months ago
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AMD FirePro W9100 16GB Workstation GPU Put To the Test

Anubis350 Re:any way to use some of that ram as a ram disk? (42 comments)

RAM is cheap, most people who are planning to toss this card in their workstation can also max its memory out to a level that 16GB wouldn't make much of a difference if they needed a ramdisk. For the few remaining people there are better solutions.

Add to that that then you're competing on bandwidth on the PCIe lanes for access to the card's memory with anything you're actually using the card for and it makes no sense to bother.

about 3 months ago
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The World's Best Living Programmers

Anubis350 Impact maybe? (285 comments)

I would bet that some the absolutely best technical coders around are completely unknown because all they know how to do is write code. This list I think isn't that, but it also isn't fame per se. I think it could be more called "high impact programmers" - and that you deserve to be on.

Also, comments like yours are why I still read slashdot :)

about 3 months ago
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Philips Ethernet-Powered Lighting Transmits Data To Mobile Devices Via Light

Anubis350 Re:How about no? (104 comments)

I think you're joking, because for a consumer that's not necessary, but when you have, say, whole office buildings with centrally controlled zoned heating and cooling they may not need *internet* but they damn well do need some some of sensor and control network. And once you have that making it at least monitorable over the internet can have some real benefits.

about 3 months ago
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Encryption Keys For Kim Dotcom's Data Can't Be Given To FBI, Court Rules

Anubis350 And worse (149 comments)

They'd claim they broke the encryption using some "Super Duper Top Secret Compute Cluster" and attempt to use it

about 3 months ago
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Massachusetts SWAT Teams Claim They're Private Corporations, Immune To Oversight

Anubis350 Re:Repeat after me... (534 comments)

Yup, at my Uni, and at any other SUNYs, the police are actual police.

about 3 months ago
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Report: Watch Dogs Game May Have Influenced Highway Sign Hacking

Anubis350 Re:Much older than that game (154 comments)

For that matter back when I was in HS I seem to remember some changed messages on the NYC subway because some of the signs were programmed via infrared with no protection (and the port left uncovered), and you could reprogram them with a palm pilot or laptop with an IR port.

about 4 months ago
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Tesla Model S Has Hidden Ethernet Port, User Runs Firefox On the 17" Screen

Anubis350 Re:Everything is watching you these days... (208 comments)

There is a big difference between "will void the warranty" and "not allowed".

/there's a reason that one of my "work on my car" shirts says "I void warranties" on it

about 6 months ago
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Judge Overrules Samsung Objection To Jury Instructional Video

Anubis350 Coke (232 comments)

Apple isn't the only company that does product placement, but they are by far the most common computer company that does it. Most others rarely, if ever, do it. The only recent example I can think of for another one is Dell in V for Vendetta.

Well, first of all, MS and Dell both have major presences in a lot of movies and TV, big and small, from Marvel through the new Tomorrow People. Second Apple logos are often blocked out *because* they didn't license, they just used the product because it was aesthetically pleasing. Third there are whole movies devoted to basically being car company product placement. The Need for Speed movie was basically a dressed up Ford ad.

But lastly, Coke is easily the most placed product. It's everywhere

about 6 months ago
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'Chicken From Hell' Unearthed In American Midwest

Anubis350 Ah, but how did it taste? (78 comments)

Because if it tasted like Chicken I see a much better economic investment in a future Jurassic Park than as a tourist trap!

about 6 months ago
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Are Bankers Paid Too Much? Are Technology CEOs?

Anubis350 Re:They are all paid too much (712 comments)

Interesting to think about actually. Using your 2 examples I would bet that MS has a much larger Janitorial and Maintenance/Physical plant staff directly on the payroll, many of whom likely make less than the average Starbucks employee

about 7 months ago

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Intel Releases 2nd Gen Core CPUs, aka Sandy Bridge

Anubis350 Anubis350 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Anubis350 (772791) writes "Intel just announced the official release of their new CPUs, codenamed Sandy Bridge, touting a new internal architecture, on-silicon graphics, etc. Tom's Hardware has already gotten their first review of the desktop procs and PC Mag has the full lineup listing, both mobile and desktop. Tom's Hardware's review, though overall favorable, had qualms with the limits on over clocking intel has imposed and on the choice of which GPUs are allocated to which processor in the lineup: [quote]The graphics situation, at least on the desktop, is also pretty whacky. Of the 14 models introduced at launch, the two best suited to enthusiast-oriented gaming machines with discrete GPUs are the ones armed with Intel’s HD Graphics 3000 engine.[/quote]. Looks to me like Intel still hasn't caught up far enough on the integrated graphics front to justify their licensing problems with NVIDIA, but that's just my 2c.. Still, can't wait to get my hands on a Core 2011 machine to play with!"
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Wikileaks provides a 1.4gb encrypted file for you

Anubis350 Anubis350 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Anubis350 (772791) writes "Apparently Wikileaks subscribes to the Linus Torvald school of backups: "Only wimps use tape backup, *real* men just upload their important stuff on ftp, and let the rest of the world mirror". From the article: "Online whistle-blower WikiLeaks has posted a huge encrypted file named "Insurance" to its website, sparking speculation that those behind the organization may be prepared to release more classified information if authorities interfere with them."

I've got to wonder if this is going to make the Pentagon more willing to talk calmly, or are DoD officials going to blow a gasket? Any /.ers want to take a, er, crack at this file?"

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Net Neutrality Assaulted Take that filthy Neutrals

Anubis350 Anubis350 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Anubis350 (772791) writes "Looks like the FCC's policies promoting/enforcing net neutrality (that'd be equal treatment of traffic for all the non-regulars) just got dealt a major blow. FTA: "A federal appeals court on Tuesday overturned a Federal Communications Commission ruling that forced cable giant Comcast Corp. to offer equal treatment to all Internet traffic flowing through its network." Worse, it seems like this may damage the FCC's ability to regulate ISPs at all... Welcome to the walled garden internet?"
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