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China's Radical New Space Drive

CrtxReavr Re:Units, people! (419 comments)

The point - you missed it! One should not be willy-nilly about scientific units when discussing science. This is how Mars probes get lost.

about 2 years ago
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China's Radical New Space Drive

CrtxReavr Units, people! (419 comments)

From TFA: "The latest paper describes their latest thruster and gives the test results in details, showing that with a couple of kilowatts of power they can produce 720 mN (about 72 grams) of thrust."

I'm sorry, how did we go from an expression of force to mass?

about 2 years ago
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Rare Form of Autism Could Be Curable With Protein Supplements

CrtxReavr So Jenny McCarthy was right? (163 comments)

So she really could cure Autism with diet?

more than 2 years ago
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Comcast Refusing To Comply With Piracy Subpoenas

CrtxReavr Re:The Twilight Zone (224 comments)

You're probably right. . . but I'll take it.

Go Comcast!

more than 2 years ago
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UCSD Researchers Create Artificial Cell Membrane

CrtxReavr Big deal. . . (54 comments)

. . . we did this in high school Biology with hotdog casing.

more than 2 years ago
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8 Grams of Thorium Could Replace Gasoline In Cars

CrtxReavr Re:Oil companies will get the patent and shut it d (937 comments)

This is true. Back in the '50s the oil companies buried the patent for the carburetor that got 100 mpg. In fact, they used a car equipped with just such a carburetor to get all those people with rifles off that grassy knoll.

more than 3 years ago
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Best Tool For Remembering Passwords?

CrtxReavr It's gotta be multi-platform (1007 comments)

I use a text file that I keep on a USB stick, copy lots of places and encrypt/de-crypt with OpenSSL. It's native to so many systems, and can pretty easily be installed on anything that it isn't.

(First switch to borne shell or something else that doesn't keep a command history, dummy!)

openssl des -k yeahUwish < passwords.txt > passwords.txt.des
 
openssl des -d -k yeahUwish < passwords.txt.des

You can even kick the security up a notch.:

openssl des -k `md5 -s yeahUwish` < passwords.txt > passwords.txt.des
 
openssl des -d -k `md5 -s yeahUwish` < passwords.txt.des

Let the reactionary flaming begin!

-CR

more than 5 years ago
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Do Retailers Often Screen User Reviews?

CrtxReavr Re:It's fairly common (454 comments)

"I was injured un-packing it!"

-CR

more than 5 years ago
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What Features Should Be Included With iPhone 3.0?

CrtxReavr Re:Via software update? (606 comments)

Meh. . . that's what I get for not RTFA.

more than 5 years ago
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What Features Should Be Included With iPhone 3.0?

CrtxReavr User-changable battery? (606 comments)

Should be top of the list.

more than 5 years ago
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February 13th, UNIX Time Will Reach 1234567890

CrtxReavr Re:Why perl? (376 comments)

perl, watch, or python because 'date -r 1234567890' is too easy?

-CR

more than 5 years ago
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Obama Edicts Boost FOIA and .gov Websites

CrtxReavr Obama's Staff Trims robots.txt (400 comments)

I found this very interesting:

http://www.whitehouse.gov/robots.txt

The WhiteHouse.gov website's robots.txt file has been trimmed to:

          User-agent: *
          Disallow: /includes/

Under previous administrations it was pages long. I suppose this may bode well for openness.

-CR

more than 5 years ago
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Sniping Could Be the Next Killer iPod App

CrtxReavr Re:Out of line (461 comments)

Too that end. . .

Why not just turn on a flashlight and wave it around over your head while stalking your target. This is a terrible idea.

-CR

more than 5 years ago
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Samsung's New Carbon Nanotube Color E-Paper

CrtxReavr Re:Colored ePaper is nice and all, but. . . (87 comments)

Yes, moderate me off-topic because any mention of a space elevator in a CNT thread is completely irrelevant. . .

-CR

more than 6 years ago

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