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Daylight Saving Time ...

Cormacus Re:Time to lose Daylight Savings Time (310 comments)

That argument really doesn't make any sense. DST is in effect from March to November, not during the winter months, and has the effect of making people get up *earlier* in the morning. This means that in March, people that were getting up with the sunrise are suddenly getting up and hour *before* the sunrise. Darker, not safer. In November the opposite happens. Also take into account that the continental US spans more than 20 degrees of latitude, which accounts for more than an hour difference between the northernmost and southernmost points. Some kid, somewhere, is going to be walking to school in the dark.

about 9 months ago
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Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!

Cormacus Re:Exactly Correct (2219 comments)

This bears repeating:

the main value of Slashdot is [...] the comment section
the main value of Slashdot is [...] the comment section
the main value of Slashdot is [...] the comment section
the main value of Slashdot is [...] the comment section

It could be a total dog of an article, and I will still stop by and check the comments because frequently there is at least one person who knows more about the subject matter than I do, and I might learn something humorous, if not interesting or educational.

about 10 months ago
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The last time I used a dial-up modem was...

Cormacus Re:.. for sending fax from the computer (410 comments)

This drives me NUTS. Email is insecure, but FAX is just FINE?!?!?

Actually, the best explanation I ever got for why I had to do it this way was that their receiving system was hard-config'd to only accept incoming documents from a fax-to-pdf conversion. It still blew my mind ('but I can give you a pdf... its RIGHT HERE!) but at least a) the person knew how the system worked, b) the person knew there was no way to insert data into that stream, and c) the person could explain parts a) and b) to me.

about a year ago
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Google Breaks ChromeCast's Ability To Play Local Content

Cormacus Re:more like (329 comments)

Please clarify something for me - what media sources do you want your display device (with 'native, built-in support that doesn't require me to run a server agent on another box') to connect to? Pretty much any arrangement of video source/dest is going to require a server agent of some kind (to set up the stream if nothing else) on the source device, or it requires local support for some kind of file system (hence the suggestion about a set-top box with a USB port I think).

Not trolling, just curious what you have in mind. I think I don't understand what you are looking for.

about a year ago
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SF Airport Officials Make Citizen Arrests of Internet Rideshare Drivers

Cormacus Re:Well (510 comments)

Unless he was using VHDL, in which case he's fine. Well, until it turns out that the type of 'Regulations' and the type of 'safety' aren't the same and he ends up having to do something like std_logic_vector(TO_UNSIGNED(Regulations,64)) = safety.

about a year ago
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Reporters Threatened, Labeled Hackers For Finding Security Hole

Cormacus Re:WGET? The Devil's Tool! (120 comments)

I read this in the voice of Sheriff J.W. Pepper (see The Man with the Golden Gun and Live and Let Die)

about a year and a half ago
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Honeywords — Honeypot Passwords

Cormacus Re:This... is a very good idea. (110 comments)

I think the point is that this method doesn't actually prevent any of the breaches that best practices (salting, using a strong hash alg, etc) protect against; rather it provides early warning that your best practices failed. If any one of your honeypot passwords get used, immediately shut everything down ala Madagascar then find and fix the hole the hackers used.

about a year and a half ago
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Using YouTube For File Storage

Cormacus Re:Been there done that (kind of)... (193 comments)

Your last comment on the site was in 2011 and you mention you've gone further with the code. Care to share how far you got? Source available?

about a year and a half ago
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AMD Radeon HD 7990 Released: Dual GPUs and 6G of Memory for $1000

Cormacus Re:$1000 for a video card? (189 comments)

For the sake of anecdotal breadth I will volunteer that I know two married couples, one in the 30-35 age bracket and another in the 50-55 age bracket, who both play a lot of WoW. You may not consider WoW to be 'hardcore' gaming, but they do spend a lot of time doing it and one of the reasons that works for those couples is that both people enjoy logging those hours.

about a year and a half ago
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Did Tech Websites Exploit the Boston Marathon Bombing?

Cormacus Re: Boston Marathon bombings likely used pressure (182 comments)

I think you're right, in fact its been my experience that most modern cookers are designed so the gasket between the lid and the pot will give way and leak pressure pretty much every time you use it. They've also been redesigned so you can't lose the little weight that sits on top, but that means that you a) don't get the "chukka chukka" noise and b) they are messier and harder to clean.

about a year and a half ago
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Did Tech Websites Exploit the Boston Marathon Bombing?

Cormacus Re:Lots of misinformation (182 comments)

I was sleeping in my bunk. Woke up, slid down to the computer desk underneath said bunk and almost immediately got an IM (on AIM, since thats what all the cool kids were using at that point) to the effect of 'the world is ending.' Got the TV card in my computer working in time to see plane #2 hit.

about a year and a half ago
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Teachers Know If You've Been E-Reading

Cormacus Re:No Educational Value (348 comments)

Some of my classes were like this, and it was astounding how many people at the '500' level (at my U they were 4000 or 5000-level classes, I think we both mean 'final year, pinnacle of your education' classes) were completely worthless at their chosen major. I couldn't believe some of those people had not been flunked out of the program before getting that far along.

The other issue though is that when you hit those senior-level courses is that group projects start showing up, where each person really needs to pull their weight for it to work out. Or all of the work gets dumped on the one person who doesn't want to fail and the slackers still skate through...

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

Cormacus Re:Hrmmm (263 comments)

Joining the conversation just makes you one of those people. Have you ever been hit *really* hard with a nerf sword? They hurt!!

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

Cormacus Re:Hrmmm (263 comments)

From the article:
thunderstorms unleash sprays of X-rays and even intense bursts of gamma rays

From http://science.howstuffworks.com/radiation3.htm:
Beta particles can be stopped or reduced by a layer of clothing or a substance like aluminum .... Gamma rays often accompany alpha and beta particles. Unlike alpha and beta particles, they are extremely penetrating. In fact, several inches of lead or even a few feet of concrete are required to stop gamma rays. ... X-rays ... aren't quite as penetrating as gamma rays, and just a few millimeters of lead can stop them

On top of that, the aluminum body of an airplane has *lots* of holes in it (windows, control avionics, etc).

about a year and a half ago
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How Peer1 Survived Sandy

Cormacus Re:Surprising (130 comments)

Well I thought your joke was funny. No mod points though.

about 2 years ago
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Microsoft's Hidden Windows 8 Feature: Ads

Cormacus Re:Just... (635 comments)

Kindof like cable tv.

more than 2 years ago
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Richard Stallman: Limit the Effect of Software Patents

Cormacus Re:Just how would this work? (257 comments)

billions and billions of FPGAs have been sold, over the last 30 years, for just about every computing application one could name

Yes, BUT they have not all been sold as part of a standard board design (eg ATX, ...) for use in part of a standard system (desktop, laptop) with a set of standard IO (USB, ethernet, etc), running a specific instruction set (x86, etc). And I guarantee you that they have not all been able to run the same bit file, which is the analogous part of the system to the software that the discussion is about.

more than 2 years ago

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