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Miss a Payment? Your Car Stops Running

DBCubix Lets turn this around... (907 comments)

It would only be fair that if the bank doesn't process my deposit in a timely manner that I disable something of theirs.

about a month ago

Gunshot Victims To Be Part of "Suspended Animation" Trials

DBCubix Re:"Victims" (357 comments)

Jesus, I can already picture a scientist charging around a shopping mall with a revolver and a switch-blade yelling "For science!"

I see you have been to Tucson before.

about 7 months ago

DIY Web-Controlled Robot That Takes 1 Hour To Build

DBCubix How is this different from Make(27)? (56 comments)

I had my undergraduate students build something similar back in 2009 on top of a Roomba platform, which in turn was based on ideas from Kurt's "Hacking Roomba" book. This solution was featured in Make Magazine volume 27 It was the same principle, build a remote surveillance platform that could be driven over the Internet and they did it for under $200. How is this solution (5 years later) any different? I'm not asking to be mean, I would like to know if this solution is somehow technologically superior to something done 5 years ago or were the authors simply unaware of prior development?

about a year and a half ago

Meet the Lawyer Suing Anyone Who Uses SSL

DBCubix Re:So (347 comments)

I patented pitchforks and torches. Here are some spoons instead...

about 2 years ago

Rapid Arctic Melt Called 'Planetary Emergency'

DBCubix Re:Some things I know - or have come to understand (757 comments)

You missed the important one. 1. What is the single biggest source of heat for Earth... the sun. 2. What is the single biggest driver of variable temperature on the sun... sunspots.

Yet not a one climate model (to my knowledge) takes into account the biggest heat source and the biggest driver of that heat source.

If I were to omit the largest variable in my field of science I would be ridiculed and thrown out of the profession. So until then I'll treat climate science like the rest of the humanities as pseudo-science.

more than 2 years ago

Wi-Fi Illness Claim Doesn't Impress New Mexico Court

DBCubix Re:Been there, done that (217 comments)

I would have called Mental Health and had her involuntarily committed. At that point you have enough of a paper trail to get her some help.

more than 2 years ago

Australian Scientists Discover 'Oldest Living Thing On Earth'

DBCubix No Doctor Who references??? (172 comments)

This is Slashdot, come on it is obvious Dr. Who was found down under wrestling a disembodied Dalek crocodile or Rupert Murdoch as one of the Cybermen.

more than 2 years ago

Research Data: Share Early, Share Often

DBCubix Sometimes its not an unwillingness... (138 comments)

I do research in textual web mining and from time to time I have other researchers ask me for my collections which I spider myself from copyrighted web sources. While my work is purely academic, I am covered by fair use. But since US intellectual property laws are obtuse and overbearing (imho), I cannot take the risk of sharing my collections with others for fear of running afoul of copyright law (since I can't control what is done with the collection once it is out of my hands and how do I know they would use it in a manner consistent with fair use). So it may be more than an unwillingness out of statistical fudging and more an unwillingness to become a target of copyright lawyers.

more than 2 years ago

Britain's Broadband Censors: a Bunch of Students

DBCubix Outsource it to the Chinese (143 comments)

I'm sure they could do it cheaper anyways. :D

about 3 years ago

Graphene Won't Replace Silicon In CPUs, Says IBM

DBCubix Silicone's demise? (81 comments)

We have been using hafnium oxide instead of silicone to make chip for several years now. Silicone can't handle the tight lattice distances at such small scales anymore.

more than 3 years ago

DIY FireHero Project

DBCubix Re:Song choice (27 comments)

Or "We Didn't Start the Fire."

more than 3 years ago

Intel Insider DRM Risks Monopoly Investigations

DBCubix Re:not surprising (217 comments)

Intel doesn't exactly have a history of being open and honest, but then again, what major corporation does?

Apple. Oh wait...

more than 3 years ago

The Empire Strikes Back Vader Costume For Sale

DBCubix Who cares anyway... (167 comments)

It was a long time ago in a place far far away

more than 3 years ago

IE 9 Beta Strips Down For Speed

DBCubix Probably missing DRM (288 comments)

IE9beta probably doesn't have the DRM loaded yet which gives it a speed advantage for now. We saw the same giant jumps in speed with Vista and Win7 betas until the DRM was added.

more than 4 years ago

MPAA Shuts Down Town's Municipal WiFi Over 1 Download

DBCubix Re:There must be something more (323 comments)

Coshocton County is mostly Amish. So I guess the bishop caught wind of wi-fi's, laptops and generator using Amish and put his foot down shutting down this devil-laden network!

more than 4 years ago

Jack Thompson Sues Facebook For $40M

DBCubix Re:He never seems to learn... (421 comments)

So instead of getting Slashdotted, Slashdot will get Jack Thompson'ed. Oh the irony.

about 5 years ago

Oracle Fined For Benchmark Claims

DBCubix Ellison vs Info Week (81 comments)

Great, I need a good fight to watch over the next few months. I'm sure Larry Ellison won't disappoint.

about 5 years ago

Growing Power Gap Could Force Smartphone Tradeoffs

DBCubix 1500mAh? (246 comments)

1500mAh may be the high water mark for cell-phones, but certainly not the current high water mark. I know my Roomba vacuum uses 3000mAh batteries and I can even get 4500's if needed. But then carrying about a cellphone with a Roomba battery attached to it would certainly suck.

about 5 years ago


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