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Microsoft Paid NFL $400 Million To Use Surface, But Announcers Call Them iPads

CFD339 Flag on the play (404 comments)

Flag on the play.<br>Anonymous Coward 1 minute ago<br>Flag on the play.<br>Multiple mis-identification of a sponsors product.<br>Defense.<br>5 Yard Penalty.<br>Automatic FIRST down.

5 days ago

Officials Say Site Now Performing Well

CFD339 Re:Well (644 comments)

Like every other robot, endlessly repeating the disingenuous arguments and nonsense spewed forth by political entertainment clowns who don't care one bit who they hurt so long as they keep up their ratings, you have lots of declarations about lies and hell, but almost no facts. How boring.

about 10 months ago

Mystery Humans Spiced Up Ancients' Sex Lives

CFD339 Re:Human Relatives (238 comments)

Shit! There were proto-republicans!

about 10 months ago

Is Google Building a Floating Data Center In San Francisco Bay?

CFD339 There's another one here in Portland, Maine (115 comments)

Pretty much the same, on a floating barge here in Portland. Just read an article about it the paper (dead tree version). It's pretty clearly tied to google, that's clear. Also, the registrations of these two barges were a three letter designation and then 0010 and 0011 so there's probably at least one more out there (0001) somewhere and quite possibly at 0000 too.

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: Can Bruce Schneier Be Trusted?

CFD339 I doubt Bruce would want you to...not entirely (330 comments)

His whole set of ideals and processes is about not having to trust an individual person to make you secure. What he publishes is open, as are the software and techniques he espouses. The point is that if he's not trustworthy there should be people out there that will spot it. Personally, I'm not qualified but I do have some level of trust that there are plenty of people who are and who do check. If not, we're all screwed but there's no point in going down that path.

about a year ago

Japanese Ice Wall To Stop Reactor Leaks

CFD339 Re:Freezing the ground is not new at all. (225 comments)

I don't really know, but I believe it was far long than that. The point is, it can certainly be done. What they're looking to do in Japan is divert the ground water around that site for some duration. If it can be done, it can be done - how long is just a question of the correct application of copious amounts of both energy and money.

1 year,13 days

Japanese Ice Wall To Stop Reactor Leaks

CFD339 Freezing the ground is not new at all. (225 comments)

In Boston, for parts of the Big Dig in the Back Bay area, this was how the tunneling was done. The ground there is far too soupy (that's a technical term used by geologists) to tunnel through effectively. They ran water with an antifreeze agent (just salt I think) through the pipes and kept it chilled below the freezing point of regular water. Over time it froze the ground in the whole area so they could tunnel in it and reinforce the tunnel before finally allowing the ground to thaw. It seems to have worked just fine for Boston.

1 year,14 days

Dishwasher-Size, 25kW Fuel Cell In Development

CFD339 Re:One of the key benefits of this (379 comments)

Well, others have pointed out that I'm mistaken about the amount of loss in electrical lines -- but as to loss in gas lines, it's actually very minimal. I'm a firefighter and so have had some training in dealing with both high pressure long-haul gas lines and low pressure home delivery lines.

about a year ago

Dishwasher-Size, 25kW Fuel Cell In Development

CFD339 One of the key benefits of this (379 comments) the lack of long haul transmission waste. My understanding is that up to half the energy available at a large plant can be lost through the resistance (heat conversion) and other factors (induction?) in the lines before it gets to it's point of use. Small, neighborhood generation stations would be excellent if they were available, clean, safe, and reasonably inexpensive to maintain.

about a year ago

MS Researchers Develop Acoustic Data Transfer System For Phones

CFD339 Shall we.... (180 comments)

...Play a game?

about a year ago

Apache Web Server Share Falls Below 50 Percent For First Time Since 2009

CFD339 Re:note to self.. (303 comments)

You needed one other than the hostile upsell pressure virtually every where they touch?

about a year ago

Stop Standardizing HTML

CFD339 absolutely (302 comments)

The person who came up with the way xml signatures work clearly already had some kind of disease. I'm thinking late stage syphilis.

about a year ago

Does the Higgs Boson Reveal Our Universe's Doomsday?

CFD339 Did he say Billions? With a "B"? (421 comments)

That's a relief. For a minute there I thought he said "Millions".

about a year and a half ago

Officials Warn: Cyber War On the US Has Begun

CFD339 SCADA vulnerabilities are quite real (292 comments)

My understanding is that SCADA -- which allows the remote management of a great many infrastructure technologies like power substations and such -- is extremely vulnerable, to the extent that I read there is a manufacturer's back door in many (most?) that is easily determined if you know the mac address of the device, and that the mac addresses are fairly easy to come by.

about a year and a half ago

Tiny Pill Relays Body Temperature of Firefighters In Real-time

CFD339 Re:Speaking as a structural firefighter in the US (67 comments)

Thank you. That sounds like many of the guys I know on the department. Something like 86% of all firefighters in the US -- protecting about 42% of homes and businesses -- are call responders (volunteers, if you ignore the fact that they do get paid a small amount and are usually covered by some insurance). Only about 8% of all the departments in the country have no volunteer call companies.

about a year ago



VoIP + Text Messaging Used to Save Lives

CFD339 CFD339 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

CFD339 writes "Firefighter uses VoIP, DSP, and Text Messaging to help get more call-responders to fire scenes.

Link — (via Coral cache)

Second Signal automatically notifies call-responders (volunteers) that something is up by sending a text message to their cell phones or pagers. When a member sees that message, they just call a local telephone number and can hear all of the radio traffic from when the call was dispatched, right up to the current moment. The recording skips over the time when the radio is quiet, so a member quickly catches up when they call in. Touch tone menus allow the caller to jump forward and back in the recording by time, or incident by incident.

Firefighters can use the web site later to download the radio traffic from the incident to use it for training.

More than 85% of fire departments in the U.S. are mostly call-responders not full timers waiting for the alarm to go off. Over 40 percent of the homes in the U.S. are protected by call responders. Less than 10 percent of all departments are entirely full time."

Link to Original Source

Transparent Aluminium -- Is it finally here?

CFD339 CFD339 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

CFD339 writes "New Material is extremely strong — and Transparent

The stuff is really strong, really stiff, and lasts a long time. It isn't porn though, it is a polymer.

From TFA: "Science Daily — By mimicking a brick-and-mortar molecular structure found in seashells, University of Michigan researchers created a composite plastic that's as strong as steel but lighter and transparent."


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To mod, or not to mod. That is the real question.

CFD339 CFD339 writes  |  more than 8 years ago To mod, or not to mod -- that is the question:
Wether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer
the slings and arrows of outrageous stupidity
or to take arms against a sea of trolls
and by opposing end them.  To post, to lurk --
no more -- and by a post to say we end
that idiocy, and the thousand moronic posts
that thread is heir to.  'Tis a consummation
devoutly to be wished......  What would slashdotters
know about consummation?

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