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

Deadstick Re:Hold your horses (210 comments)

Yeah, this was a pretty intelligent discussion for /. until that one came over the transom.

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

Deadstick Re:Interstellar missions... (210 comments)

No contradictions there. An insulator is a barrier to conductive and convective heat transfer, but as long as it's transparent to photons, radiative heat doesn't even notice it. Spacecraft instruments that need low temperatures have steered radiators that are kept pointed at dark space.

3 days ago
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The Most Popular Passwords Are Still "123456" and "password"

Deadstick Re:And? (197 comments)

More precisely, it's a list of the most common bad passwords. If nobody cracks your password, it doesn't get on the list.

about a week ago
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Astronomers Record Mystery Radio Signals From 5.5 Billion Light Years Away

Deadstick Re:Signal? (121 comments)

Reasonable nitpick, but yes: "signal" in the signal processing context means a detected quantity whose variations may tell you something. Vibrations in the earth, detected by a seismograph, are signals.

about a week ago
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NSA Hack of N. Korea Convinced Obama NK Was Behind Sony Hack

Deadstick Re:Well... (181 comments)

Also, the queen survives.

OTOH, she doesn't in King Ralph. (Although that one is accidental, not intentional.)

about a week ago
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NSA Hack of N. Korea Convinced Obama NK Was Behind Sony Hack

Deadstick Re:Stands to reason (181 comments)

Anti-virus pioneer John McAfee...guarantees they are not from North Korea.

I take it he's posted a surety bond to back up his guarantee...

about a week ago
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NSA Hack of N. Korea Convinced Obama NK Was Behind Sony Hack

Deadstick Re:Stands to reason (181 comments)

Well, I'm glad you have a handle. I can have faith in you.

about a week ago
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NSA Prepares For Future Techno-Battles By Plotting Network Takedowns

Deadstick Re:Leak-value is worthless (81 comments)

Sometimes, when you overthrow a repressive dictator, the first thing you get is a look at what he was repressing.

about a week ago
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AI Experts Sign Open Letter Pledging To Protect Mankind From Machines

Deadstick Re:Why choose sides? (258 comments)

"Perhaps they'll sing in tune after the revolution."

-Komarovsky, Doctor Zhivago

about two weeks ago
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AI Experts Sign Open Letter Pledging To Protect Mankind From Machines

Deadstick Re:The 3 Laws of Robotics (258 comments)

Over the years I've encountered two, maybe three people on these here intertubes who were convinced those were real laws of nature...

about two weeks ago
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The Mystery of Glenn Seaborg's Missing Plutonium: Solved

Deadstick Re:Plural of cyclotron (85 comments)

What tehcyder said...sorry I wasn't clearer. A lot of people (at least, in online fora) would indeed call you an ex-patriot out of semiliteracy. And it's misleading as to what the motivations of an expat are.

about two weeks ago
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AirAsia QZ8501 Black Box Found

Deadstick Re:Disgusting (95 comments)

Your insurance company really fucked you, didn't they?

about two weeks ago
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3D Cameras Are About To Go Mainstream

Deadstick Re:Real 3D or (141 comments)

More like 75, and they're still around.

about two weeks ago
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The Mystery of Glenn Seaborg's Missing Plutonium: Solved

Deadstick Re:Plural of cyclotron (85 comments)

Well, that's one way to wean yourself off the Internet...I usually grit my teeth and press on.

Though I still lose it when somebody writes "ex-patriot".

about two weeks ago
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Lawmaker's Facebook Rant Threatens Media For "Unauthorized" Use of His Name

Deadstick Re:My complaint about Kirby Delauter (136 comments)

his head is so far in rectal defilade

Dang, am I gonna steal that.

about three weeks ago
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Scientist Says Potential Signs of Ancient Life in Mars Rover Photos

Deadstick Re:No coverup (142 comments)

You're showing your age.

OK, OK, I'm off your lawn.

about three weeks ago
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Gunmen Kill 12, Wound 7 At French Magazine HQ

Deadstick Re:islam (1350 comments)

Sure it was; I've seen the NTSB report. The pilot exceeded the certificated service ceiling of the aircraft; solar radiation caused primary structural debonding; and the pilot left a parabolic trail of wax, feathers and Greek obscenities into the Sea of Crete.

Pilot error.

about three weeks ago
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Gunmen Kill 12, Wound 7 At French Magazine HQ

Deadstick Re:islam (1350 comments)

How many wheels will fit in a wheel barrel?

about three weeks ago

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