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Amazon Is Killing Off Its Free P2P Money-Transfer Service WebPay On October 13

CaptQuark Columbus day? (34 comments)

I guess Amazon is closing its banking service for the Columbus Day holiday and deciding to not open again.

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about two weeks ago
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New DNA Analysis On Old Blood Pegs Aaron Kosminski As Jack the Ripper

CaptQuark Re:Both a perfect match (135 comments)

You mean another victim that was somehow related to Aaron Kosminski? The other victim would need to be related to have a DNA match.

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about two weeks ago
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FAA Scans the Internet For Drone Users; Sends Cease and Desist Letters

CaptQuark Re:Responsible Agency Enforcing Law (222 comments)

Nor should there ever be. I spent 20 years protecting your right to be an asshole.

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about two weeks ago
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Some Core I7 5960X + X99 Motherboards Mysteriously Burning Up

CaptQuark Re:It's not into customer hands... (102 comments)

Switching power regulators can be tricky, and they certainly are at the voltages (very low) and currents (very high) we are talking about here.

Citation?

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about two weeks ago
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Some Core I7 5960X + X99 Motherboards Mysteriously Burning Up

CaptQuark Re:HCF (102 comments)

I gather however that this is plain incompetence (Dunning-Kruger-Type) with regards to the voltage regulators. Switching voltage regulation is really hard to do right unless you over-engineer seriously. You can get all sorts of bizarre effects, including a puff of smoke.

I appreciate the irony of you mentioning the Dunning-Kruger syndrome with your statement. Switching voltage regulation has been around for over 30 years and isn't much of a mystery. Since the early motherboards started reducing voltages from 5v down to 3.3v (and below), every motherboard has had on-board voltage regulation. It's hard to believe that something as fundamental as a switching regulator would suddenly exceed the engineering skill of the motherboard designers.

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about two weeks ago
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Does Learning To Code Outweigh a Degree In Computer Science?

CaptQuark Re:Probably not. (546 comments)

And who writes and optimizes the sort routine in the API?

Same problem with "Just use the routine in the library". Who writes the libraries? What if I don't want to include a 9Mb library to my project just to get a sort routine and some string handling functions?

And don't say "just check Google". Once again, someone has to develop the code you're using for inspiration.

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about three weeks ago
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Reno Selected For Tesla Motors Battery Factory

CaptQuark Re:CARson City (157 comments)

The Colorado River isn't anywhere near Reno. Try checking a map before your next tirade.

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about three weeks ago
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Long-Wave Radar Can Take the Stealth From Stealth Technology

CaptQuark Re: Might cause a re-thinking of the F-35 (275 comments)

Or it means he was trying to be funny. The guess military now allows GLBT troops to operate Ground-based long-wave (GBLW) radar. One too many FLA (four-letter acronyms) for him to remember.

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about a month and a half ago
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Long-Wave Radar Can Take the Stealth From Stealth Technology

CaptQuark Re:Might cause a re-thinking of the F-35 (275 comments)

Nice try, but the fact that the aircraft are all moving in relationship to each other plus the fact that the interconnect signals are only traveling between them as fast as the radar signals they receive means trying to triangulate with timing differences would be close to impossible.

The reason GPS works is the satellites are synced to an atomic clock source to a billionth of a second accuracy, along with dynamic orbital-correction information to give the exact distance to the satellite. Even with the new "atomic clock on a chip" to give distances, their spacial locations would be unknown. http://www.nist.gov/public_aff...

Newer planes use a phase-array antenna system to give azimuth (direction) to the signal source. With multiple planes receiving directional information and sharing that information between themselves, a location can be determined. As with your timing approach, the more receivers and wider the separation, the better the accuracy. http://www.microwaves101.com/e...

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about a month and a half ago
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Microsoft To Drop Support For Older Versions of Internet Explorer

CaptQuark Only 17 months to go... (138 comments)

Are they really suggesting that IE 11 will still be the most recent version in 17 months.... ?

about a month and a half ago
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On Forgetting the Facts: Questions From the EU For Google, Other Search Engines

CaptQuark Slippery Slope (186 comments)

This is a very slippery slope. Trying to balance the rights of individuals to remove incorrect information about themselves and trying to remove unflattering information about themselves. Having a process to verify the individual, the reasons for wanting the information removed, and is the public interest best served by removing the information.

I'm sure there are many public figures that would love a chance to remove some of the news items about themselves.

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about 2 months ago
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AirMagnet Wi-Fi Security Tool Takes Aim At Drones

CaptQuark Re:Boring (52 comments)

If I was going to attempt to break into your network or record video of your property, I would connect the camera and wifi equipment to a kite and fly it over your house. No noise, people are used to seeing kites, and I retain control of the kite and can bring it back quickly. I could do the same thing with a long pole from my car or a balloon.

Flying RC toys are just the trigger topic of the week to get people's ire up.

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about 2 months ago
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Deaf Advocacy Groups To Verizon: Don't Kill Net Neutrality On Our Behalf

CaptQuark Re:Closed Captioning (76 comments)

Close captioning doesn't take any bandwidth. Closed Captioning is encoded within line 21 of overscan information within an analog screen page. With 30 frames per second, that gives enough plenty of information with no added bandwidth. Digital TV encodes the information within the digital stream itself. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/C...

about 2 months ago
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A Tour of One of the World's Only Underwater Labs With Fabien Cousteau

CaptQuark Re:In 2 years, (30 comments)

LOL. This comment should be in the story before this one. Consciousness On-Off Switch Discovered Deep In Brain

about 2 months ago
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No Shortage In Tech Workers, Advocacy Groups Say

CaptQuark Re: Two sides to every issue (401 comments)

And contrary to Slashdot's opinion, lots of employers in IT are not bottom-feeding scum and they actually want to help people to relocate to the US without fear of being forced to move in case of visa expiration.

This still doesn't explain why the companies aren't searching for people to hire within the US. I guess it is cheaper to hire someone from overseas than someone with the same qualification from Billings, MT.

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about 2 months ago
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Police Using Dogs To Sniff Out Computer Memory

CaptQuark Re:The smell of YOU! (415 comments)

If you read the report or the synopsis, it said the thumb drive was four layers deep inside a metal box which was inside a metal filing cabinet. Assuming there was anything else in the filing cabinet, the scent of the owner would be concentrated around all sorts of things inside.

Using your *no further descriptions needed* scenario, the person would have touched many other things with the same scent: his keyboard, his mouse, his desk, the door of the filing cabinet, the tin box, possibly the key to the filing cabinet, the door handle of the room, etc. I doubt the dog was following scent of the owner around the room. (If I was trying to hide something from the dog I would use a micro-SD card and stick it inside my mouse. The dog is probably trained to ignore the common items like the mouse, keyboard, monitor, webcam, USB hub, etc.)

Or perhaps the makers of memory cards and thumb drives have been asked to add certain chemicals the the PCBs or memory chips to make it easier for dogs to locate them. It wouldn't be the first time hardware manufactures have been asked to modify their products to help police track them. https://www.eff.org/issues/pri...

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about 2 months ago
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That Toy Is Now a Drone

CaptQuark Re:The Goggles! (268 comments)

The FAA's published interpretations show the multiple areas they are saying they can now regulate. They want to preclude the use of vision-enhancing devices, such as binoculars, night vision goggles, powered vision magnifying devices, and goggles designed to provide a “first-person view” from the model. They do acknowledge that standard eyeglasses are OK. Note that they are NOT prohibiting remote cameras, only the goggles which fit over the face.

Also, they are giving their interpretation that anything involving money removes the operator from the "hobby and recreational" exemption that congress granted. A pilot that gives a demonstration of advanced aerobatics and receives a payment is now not flying for hobby or recreational purposes. This is equivalent to saying a fly fisherman that demonstrates casting techniques and receives a payment is no longer a recreational fisher and now must be a commercial fisherman.

They also say if you take any pictures or video while flying, they have the right to decide what you do with the pictures or video can also change you from a hobbyist. Take a picture of you own [hobby only] garden to see where it needs watering, OK. Take a picture of your neighbor's garden and show him where it needs watering, commercial use. Take a picture of any commercial enterprise and post it online, commercial use.

Many of these changes are being published now because in March a federal judge ruled that the FAA has never published its restrictions of commercial use of hobby aircraft. [See FAA vs Pirker]. The FAA had previously issued "policy guidelines", but that was not enough to fine Pirker the $10,000 they wanted for commercial use of a hobby aircraft. http://motherboard.vice.com/re...

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about 3 months ago
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That Toy Is Now a Drone

CaptQuark Re:Not surprised, mixed feelings (268 comments)

The only new restriction that the FAA is proposing is removing FPV flying from the domain of "model aircraft", which limits the pilots ability to perform these unsafe activities.

Not true. You have to actually read the FAA's updated "interpretation" to find the multiple areas they are saying they can prohibit. They want to preclude the use of vision-enhancing devices, such as binoculars, night vision goggles, powered vision magnifying devices, and goggles designed to provide a “first-person view” from the model. They do acknowledge that standard eyeglasses are OK. Note that they are NOT prohibiting remote cameras, only the goggles which fit over the face.

Also, they are giving their interpretation that anything involving money removes the operator from the "hobby and recreational" exemption that congress granted. A pilot that gives a demonstration of advanced aerobatics and receives a payment is now not flying for hobby or recreational purposes. This is equivalent to saying a fly fisherman that demonstrates casting techniques and receives a payment is no longer a recreational fisher and now must be a commercial fisherman.

They also say if you take any pictures or video while flying, they have the right to decide what you do with the pictures or video can also change you from a hobbyist. Take a picture of you own [hobby only] garden to see where it needs watering, OK. Take a picture of your neighbor's garden and show him where it needs watering, commercial use. Take a picture of any commercial enterprise and post it online, commercial use.

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about 3 months ago

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