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Nanomaterial May Be Future of Hard Drives

Daimanta Re:Hard drives have no future. (82 comments)

SSD has gotten less expensive, but it still is about $75/$1.00 a gig, well more than a comparable spinny platter.

More like $0.50 per gig. Prices have been dropping fast and cheap SSDs are finally on the rise. You can now get an 240GB SSD for $100 which is not bad considering this was absolutely impossible one year ago.

about a month ago
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Linux x32 ABI Not Catching Wind

Daimanta Subject (262 comments)

With memory being dirt cheap I ask: Who cares?

about 4 months ago
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The US Now Faces the Same Dilemma Over Drones As It Did Over Nuclear Weapons

Daimanta Re:The Markov State (211 comments)

The Markov State: The state in the future not dependent on the past given the present.

about 5 months ago
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Google To Support Windows XP Longer Than Microsoft

Daimanta Re:Google WTF are you doing? (154 comments)

But it's dead simple to install a 3rd party start menu.

Which one works fully? When I tried Classic Shell, I still got the tablet UI in some situations, e.g. when I needed to get to the Control Panel.

Using Windows 8 + Classic Shell. I have configured Classic Shell in such a way that it never shows the tablet UI. And it's nothing more than checking some boxes in the configuration, easy as pie.

about 6 months ago
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Researchers Develop the Most Detailed Map of Gravitational Variations Ever

Daimanta Don't know their science (88 comments)

From the article: That means a 100kg person weighs 700g more near the North Pole, where gravity is 9.83ms-2, than at Peru’s Nevado Huascaran summit, where gravity is 9.76ms-2.

They are implying that mass is a function of gravity. Everybody who has had the most basic fundamentals of physics knows that mass doesn't change, only weight(measured in newtons)

about 6 months ago
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Snowden Spoofed Top Officials' Identity To Mine NSA Secrets

Daimanta Re:article is bullshit (743 comments)

So on a scale of 1 to 10, the answer is "we can't even do math without sensationalizing it"? /facepalm

Apparently the idea of "exceptionally damaging" isn't one you're familiar with.

And the idea of a "scale" is obviously not one you are familiar with.

about 8 months ago
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Anonymous Source Claims Feds Demand Private SSL Keys From Web Services

Daimanta Re:Self signed? (276 comments)

I really dislike the way certificates are treated right now. Certs incorporate two different things, namely authentication and encryption. Ofcourse I understand that it is more secure to have an encrypted channel while communicating with a host that needs to be authenticated but the reverse isn't always the case.

Sometimes I am not interested in authentication with a machine because I know that the machine in question is the right one. What I AM interested in is the fact that I should be able to communicate with that machine knowing that an outsider won't snoop on my line. The most common application I can think of where there is only authentication is an SSH-connection. The fact that the link is encrypted is essential given that userdata and other sensitive data passes a lot of(NSA-enabled) routers on the internet. Given the simple authentication(this is the key, are you sure?), you can quickly set up an encrypted connection without the hassle.

The www is more annoying in this respect. You have to buy(this implies paying and spending time) a certificate from a signing authority and only then you can safely browse the web the way it SHOULD be. What complicates matters is that (some/all?) browsers are absolutely allergic to self-signed certs. This is purely placebo since it is just as easy to build your own signing authority and signing your own cert with that authority. Apparantly, some browsers(firefox I'm looking at you) don't have the reserve while the security level is exactly the same since evildoers are probably willing to go the extra mile and create their own signing authority.
There is only one option, allow self-signing as an encryption measure but not as an authentication measure. Naturally you have to take care while doing this since it could implicate that any encrypted connection is secure. On the other hand, I'm not sure that people even look at the cert-status of lets say a bank while they are connecting. The people who do that are smart enough to do the right thing anyway.

about 9 months ago
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Soda Ban May Hit the Big Apple

Daimanta Re:This is on par with other moronic bans (1141 comments)

"Where are all the Niemoller loudmouths?"

First, they came for the oversized sodas. I said nothing because I wasn't a oversized soda.

Nope, doesn't pack quite a punch.

about 2 years ago
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Museum of Engineered Organisms Opens In Pittsburgh

Daimanta So, simply said (54 comments)

they opened a farm.

more than 2 years ago
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Science and Engineering Workforce Has Stalled In the US

Daimanta Re:Why? (433 comments)

Now I'm curious. What is your unique place in the world?

JOSS expert

more than 2 years ago
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Foxconn Hires Top Spinners To Defend Its Image

Daimanta Re:Calling Burston Marsteller a PR firm is a joke (162 comments)

Well, on some fronts the Romanian propaganda certainly worked. The wife of the dictator of Romania, Elena Ceausescu was a woman who never finished middle school. In propaganda they basically made the world believe that she was a renowned scientist(chemical researcher) and the party even managed to get her a doctorate.

But propaganda can never withstand the shining light of truth and the image of the wife of the dicator as a brilliant scientist evaporated after the fall of communism in the eastern block.

more than 2 years ago
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North Korean Nuclear Facilities, From 30,000 Feet

Daimanta Re:Is your parting line supposed to be a critisism (182 comments)

Leaflets were dropped for 2 days before the bombings by the CIA warning citizens that the cities were going to be destroyed, and many of them got out of town.

The US also dropped leaflets advising the Japanese to surrender because resistence was futile.

If you are stupid enough to believe enemy propaganda in whatever form, you are pretty stupid. The leaflets could just as likely be a ruse.

more than 2 years ago
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Satellite Spots China's First Aircraft Carrier

Daimanta Re:Solution to US debt problem (449 comments)

I guess countries like Spain, Italy and even Thailand are "offensive countries"? They all have aircraft carriers.

Remember the ships the Empire used in Star Wars?

That's right, Thai fighters.

more than 2 years ago
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GNOME 3.2 Released

Daimanta Re:Real linux users use... (205 comments)

"I thought you were gonna say ratpoison or xfce."

That's funny, I'd rather swallow ratpoison than use GNOME3.

more than 2 years ago
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Bookstores May Boycott New Amazon-Published Books

Daimanta Re:Can't blame them (210 comments)

amazing selection

That just blew my mind.

more than 2 years ago
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Using Brain Waves Can Shorten Braking Distance

Daimanta In other news (90 comments)

Using brain waves increases the odds of a head-tail collision.

more than 2 years ago
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PayPal Predicts the End of the Wallet By 2015

Daimanta yoda? (391 comments)

is that you

more than 2 years ago
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Google's Six-Front War

Daimanta Don't worry (249 comments)

As long as Google doesn't invade Russia in the winter everything will be allright.

more than 2 years ago

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