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Reversible Type-C USB Connector Ready For Production

Cockatrice_hunter Shaped like speaker cable (191 comments)

Is there a reason why USB cables can't be shaped like 3.5 mm speaker cables just with more 'stripes'? Then they could be plugged in any direction and they'd be rotate-able.

about 4 months ago
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Environmentalists Propose $50 Billion Buyout of Coal Industry - To Shut It Down

Cockatrice_hunter Anti trust/monopoly laws (712 comments)

Ignoring the plethora of other problems this would face, wouldn't this be shut down by the anti-trust/monopoly laws?

about 9 months ago
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FBI Edits Mission Statement: Removes Law Enforcement As 'Primary' Purpose

Cockatrice_hunter So What's the NSA got left to do? (539 comments)

I think the FBI just stole the NSA's schtick.

about a year ago
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"Dark Lightning" Could Expose Airline Passengers To Radiation

Cockatrice_hunter Flying abobe clouds (263 comments)

Don't most planes fly above the storms?

about a year and a half ago
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Apple Bringing Second Lawsuit To Samsung, Won't Wait For Appeal

Cockatrice_hunter Re:what happened to not wanting to sue? (239 comments)

Not wanting to sue to begin with was probably due to the PR involved and bad inter-company relations (Samsung used to supply... screens?). Having won the last lawsuit to the tune of $1B, means that while he didn't really support the orignal lawsuit he's perfectly ok with other money making courthouse shinanegans.

about 2 years ago
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French Police Unsure Which Twin To Charge In Sexual Assaults

Cockatrice_hunter Re:Or IS there even a genetic test?. (626 comments)

While they both start with the same data, minor copy errors during DNA replication will eventually mean that they are not 100% identical. The odds of both twins actually mutating in the same way is actually pretty low. Most of these copy errors will occur in the womb, however some can be attributed to environmental factors.

Normal DNA tests take a few locations of the genome and compare them. To be more thorough, you test more points. Eventually you'll find a difference that you can use to compare. It's like comparing two books. You open to the first page and see the same acknowledgement you might assume the same book. But sampling a few more pages and you'll realize that maybe one is partially plagarised from the other.

They should pay it just to show that 'twin' crimes are not uncatchable.

about 2 years ago
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Ultrasound Waves Used To Increase Data Storage Capacity of Magnetic Media

Cockatrice_hunter Re:So the drives will get louder and hotter? (25 comments)

It's my understanding that 'loudness' is a function of amplitude not frequency. Furthermore ultrasounds are by definition too high a frequency for us to hear. As for the heating issue, yeah probably. Otherwise this is kind of cool. It's like writing on a stretched rubber band.

about 2 years ago
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PeerJ, A New Open Access Megajournal Launches

Cockatrice_hunter Re:Charging authors is not much better... (61 comments)

Yeah... you would just add this fee into your grant application. Shouldn't be too difficult. Also, it would only really take about 8-9$ per month.

about 2 years ago
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Missouri Republican Wants Violent Video Game Tax

Cockatrice_hunter Taxing the wrong thing? (506 comments)

Why not just tax guns and ammo? Oh I know, because you wouldn't make enough money off of it.

about 2 years ago
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Possible Habitable Planet Just 12 Light Years Away

Cockatrice_hunter Re:Definitely NOT Earth 2 (420 comments)

Gravity is based on mass, not volume. Density has nothing to do with it

about 2 years ago
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Artificial Wombs In the Near Future?

Cockatrice_hunter Breast Milk (367 comments)

Would we then have to create artificial breasts to produce milk, or take hormone supplements for those women who wish to give their childeren breast milk? Or would, in a world where artificial wombs are the norm, milk mothers make a return and become an industry?

more than 2 years ago
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Thousands of Lab Mice Lost In Sandy Flooding

Cockatrice_hunter Re:I'd be MOST worried about contamination (88 comments)

Most of the time you breed for genetic anomalies. Things like color-blindness, Huntington's repetitions, predeliction for cancer (cell cycle/apoptosis genes) are what are bred in. They are highly unlikely to be transmitted.

more than 2 years ago
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The History of the Floppy Disk

Cockatrice_hunter Re:Read Error (204 comments)

Slide the cover blow on the magnetic disk whilst spinning. Maybe it was just a dust bunny that crawled in your disk.

more than 2 years ago
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Should Developers Be Sued For Security Holes?

Cockatrice_hunter If they did it on purpose (550 comments)

If they left a hole in the fence on purpose or knew about a hole and didn't patch it I'd say sure go ahead and sue. Would you sue a fence builder if someone dug under your fence? Not all security holes are immediately apparent and most software has holes of some kind you can't just sue everybody.

more than 2 years ago
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Florida School District Begins Fingerprinting Students

Cockatrice_hunter Better solution (294 comments)

How about making school more enjoyable so that the students actually want to learn. I think lack of attendance is more a reflection upon the faculty than it is on the students.

more than 3 years ago
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Stanford Students Build "JediBot"

Cockatrice_hunter awww (157 comments)

I thought this would be something like that floating ball thingy that you're supposed to hit. Something based on the recent japanese flying orb thingy.

more than 3 years ago
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41% of Chinese Websites Shut Down In 2010

Cockatrice_hunter Porn (203 comments)

Almost think that the takeaway from this article is that 41% of websites in china are porn,

more than 3 years ago
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18 Months In Prison For Making iPad 2 Cases

Cockatrice_hunter Re:Bribe Fine (285 comments)

The guy committed an actual crime. In fact, I'm sure he'd be punished in the states had he done a similar thing here. Or were you saying that he could have gotten away if he'd paid a fine?

more than 3 years ago
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WiFi Hacking Is Legal Says Dutch Court

Cockatrice_hunter Ok so it's not spying but it's still stealing (1 comments)

So they didn't break into your computer but cracking a router allows you access the internet from them. Any any bytes used by said hacker are paid for by the owner of the router. The hacker likely didn't ask for permission so... he's stealing bandwidth. Theft is still a crime right?

more than 3 years ago

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