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At Oxford, a Battery That's Lasted 175 Years -- So Far

Cramer Re:What It Is Made Of (205 comments)

Yeah, just don't use "tar". :-)

2 days ago
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U.S. Gas Stations Vulnerable To Internet Attacks

Cramer Re:so ask the truck driver where he got his stick (100 comments)

Smarter stations kept a tally of the volume sold by each pump. They know the capacity of the tanks, so therefor they know how much should be in the tank. (check it once a day to make sure)

2 days ago
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Researchers Moot "Teleportation" Via Destructive 3D Printing

Cramer Re:Not teleportation (162 comments)

Always get your receipt!

3 days ago
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Researchers Moot "Teleportation" Via Destructive 3D Printing

Cramer Re:Isn't that how the transporter works? (162 comments)

The "pattern" (transporter trace) is, for the lack of a better term, the assembly instructions for reversing the matter/energy conversion. In theory, with enough energy (or equiv block of matter), a person could be replicated. It's the same way they make parts, food, etc. It's also the way Riker ended up cloned (in a very hand-wavey manner in the story) via an "energy reflection" during a beam out through a storm.

3 days ago
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Shanghai Company 3D Prints 6-Story Apartment Building and Villa

Cramer Re:No one 3D printed a house (98 comments)

In the US, the concrete alone is more than that.. still sitting in the bags or trucks.

Let's remember this was done as a stunt in China, where they build entire freakin' cities that no one lives in.

about a week ago
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Insurance Company Dongles Don't Offer Much Assurance Against Hacking

Cramer Re:Hello insurance fraud (199 comments)

This assumes a "black box" in every car, they all have sync'd atomic clocks, and they're recording data like an F1 on-board telemetry recorder. (all three are not true, btw.)

about a week ago
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FCC May Permit Robocalls To Cell Phones -- If They Are Calling a Wrong Number

Cramer Re:Wrong direction (217 comments)

YOU have an established "business" relationship with your daughter's school. When their idiot mis-programmed robot calls ME, then we have a problem. As it's a 100% automatic announcement machine, it is an absolute god damn pain in the fucking ass get it "fixed". (yes, I've had this bullshit with the Wake County Schools. And there's some charter school in Durham that calls my freedompop number.)

about a week ago
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Lost Beagle2 Probe Found 'Intact' On Mars

Cramer Re:design flaw with placement of antenna (130 comments)

I was thinking the same thing, but if the panels don't deploy, it won't have enough power to talk for very long.

about two weeks ago
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Simple Rogue WiFi Hotspot Captures High Profile Data

Cramer Re:You want to protect your data? (67 comments)

Are you 100% certain the cnn.com you think you asked for a page is actually cnn.com and not some i'm-gonna-fill-your-browser-full-of-malware spoof?

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Migrating a Router From Linux To *BSD?

Cramer Re:pfsense (402 comments)

SMF pre-dates the Oracle purchase. I used Solaris 10 on exactly ONE system. After a few weeks of dealing with SMF (and the lie that it replaces all the shell scripts -- hint: it doesn't; it just hides them somewhere else) I installed linux and microwaved those DVDs. Too much like the windows registry. Too easy to leave all manner of crap in it. Far too easy to "hide" shit in it. Too much bloat and always running shit.

I know a lot of UNIX(tm) admins. None of them like what became of Solaris. SMF was an attempt to fix what wasn't broken. ("if it's not broken, break it.")

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Migrating a Router From Linux To *BSD?

Cramer Re:pfsense (402 comments)

Then you end up with sysvinit AND various bits of systemd installed at the same time. A lot of shit lists systemd as a requirement, thus It. Will. Be. Installed. It's like plymouth on Ubuntu (splash screen crap); it's buggered into to a thousand things so it cannot be removed. (you can choose not to run it, but it's always installed.)

about two weeks ago
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Asus Wireless Routers Can Be Exploited By Anyone Inside the Network

Cramer Re:It's official ... (68 comments)

It's often not the real amount of ram, but idiotic low limits on the connection table size -- 2048, 4096 -- even when there's plenty of ram for a larger table.

about two weeks ago
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Asus Wireless Routers Can Be Exploited By Anyone Inside the Network

Cramer Re:It's official ... (68 comments)

would have been catched by proper code auditing.

By what process? automated software, maybe as it's a suspicious comparison -- in fact, the compiler should emit a warning (0 isn't a void*). a human reading the code, unlikely.

about two weeks ago
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Is Kitkat Killing Lollipop Uptake?

Cramer Re: Just force them already (437 comments)

Manufacturers aren't going to support every device they've ever made for hundreds of years. You're lucky if your android phone/tablet/sandwich maker is supported for 2-3 years. They move on, and they don't maintain lock-step development of their hardware releases. (if you do get an update, it'll be months later.)

about two weeks ago
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Indiana Court Rules Melted Down Hard Drive Not Destruction of Evidence

Cramer Re:Presumption of innocence (181 comments)

Without the drive in question, we have only his word as to its "failure". The rules governing the preservation of evidence does not require the evidence be known. In the case of electronic storage, it is assumed to be evidence until inspected and found to be otherwise.

If we're talking about a drive he hadn't used for several years, then I'd have to side with him (as did the court.)

about three weeks ago
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Bots Scanning GitHub To Steal Amazon EC2 Keys

Cramer Re:The Stupidity of Human Greed (119 comments)

Doesn't matter if their nuclear road flare gets their instances shutdown before a single shitcoin is mined. Given the speed of CPU hashing, even 1000 instances would take days to amount to anything. (the fastest dedicated miner does 6TH/s, and it would take a week to generate 0.5BTC -- worth about $150)

about three weeks ago
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The 5 Cases That Could Pit the Supreme Court Against the NSA

Cramer Re:Don't get your hopes up. (114 comments)

The correct answer in Heien is obviously to say "NO" to the f'ing search. If a cop has probable cause (or a warrant), he's not going to ask, he's going to cuff you and search away.

And the interpretation of "one brake light" is news to every single badge in the state. (It's the #1 BS reason to stop someone when fishing.)

about three weeks ago
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The 5 Cases That Could Pit the Supreme Court Against the NSA

Cramer Re:Don't get your hopes up. (114 comments)

Find the alternate universe where Gore won and tell me how that turned out. I would be hard pressed to say we've ever had a good president. (Historically, we've had some really entertaining ones, but "good"???)

about three weeks ago

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