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Defendant Ordered To Decrypt Laptop Claims She Had Forgotten Password

Dersaidin Re:Inside my HD there are two very important files (1009 comments)

If you just told them you don't remember shouldn't they have to offer proof you are lying?

Couldn't they now use this thread to show your lying?

more than 2 years ago

Could Crowd-Sourced Direct Democracy Work?

Dersaidin Re:No, it would not work (594 comments)

Even if we posit an ideal Libertarian utopia, I don't know what to do about interstate grazing rights, do you?

I know what to do - abstain.

more than 3 years ago

One Week: No Mouse, Just Keyboard

Dersaidin OS wide vim mode (364 comments)

I would like to see a window environment that offers command mode like vim. For example, all controls in currently focused window should have a line number faintly visible (one number per line for text boxes with multiple lines). You can highlight change focus to a particular control like changing to a line in vim: `:12` Tightly packed stuff such as buttons on a tool bar might only one number, with decimal values for the things inside it (or a number each, whatever). You would only need to show the number every 8 buttons or something, people can count the sequence between. ctrl+w, hjlk for window selection... etc And while we're at it, repurpose that useless scroll-lock key to toggle to vim mode, so power users can quickly turn it on when they sit down at any computer.

more than 3 years ago

Call Interception Demonstrated On New Cisco Phones

Dersaidin Re:Enterprise Systems (90 comments)

Oh, that explains how Skype was worth $8.5 billion.

more than 3 years ago

Is Software Driving a Falling Demand For Brains?

Dersaidin Progress (622 comments)

Yes, computers can replace people for some jobs, they may do the task better in addition to being cheaper.
This is a great thing, as it frees these people to take on more complex tasks and advance the development of humanity.
However, these more complex tasks do demand brains - likely even more so.

more than 3 years ago

CA's First Molten Salt Energy Plant Approved

Dersaidin Re:Don't know where you got that from... (270 comments)

Perhaps the ~800K is the temperature in the storage tower, so it was higher when it was melted.

more than 4 years ago

Largest Genome Ever

Dersaidin Re:So lots of things. (189 comments)

Its a possibility, but you can shield radiation in other ways. Resilliance and high oxygen production would be more important. Ideally, breed plants for all of these things (and start ASAP).

more than 4 years ago

Fun To Be Had With a 10-Foot Satellite Dish?

Dersaidin Re:Get a second... (386 comments)

I was thinking a giant yo-yo.

more than 4 years ago

Alien Swarm Can Be Played As a Terrifying FPS

Dersaidin Re:Or.. (157 comments)

They put stuff like that (and first person controls, etc) into the engine, not the game.

It just comes downstream to the games, as it should.

more than 4 years ago

Falsehoods Programmers Believe About Names

Dersaidin So names don't need to comply to these? (773 comments)

In that case I could name my first born child the Mandelbrot set. Not "Mandelbrot" the string, not the equation, but actually use the resulting plot as a character.

Good luck pronouncing it, or writing it accurately.

more than 4 years ago

Researchers Build Evolving Brain Computer?

Dersaidin Re:Goddamnit, no. (114 comments)

What is 'two'? 10 states is enough for everybody.

more than 4 years ago

Students Failing Because of Poor Grammar

Dersaidin Read more (1343 comments)

Appreciation of grammar, spelling, context, and connotation comes from reading books.

People read less with movies, games, youtube, etc. available to fill their time.

more than 4 years ago

Psystar Crushed In Court

Dersaidin Re:Which is why their computer's confuse me (640 comments)

I remember overhearing someone at Uni bragging about their new Mac book.

"It only cost $1500, and it doesn't get viruses because its a Mac. And I put windows on it so I can run everything."

I was just sitting there laughing harder at each point. I considered explaining to him the stupidity here, but decided it would be a waste of time.

more than 5 years ago

Vermont City Almost Encased In a 1-Mile Dome

Dersaidin See Asimov (456 comments)

Build Underground Cities.
More constant temperature, heaps of extra space. If you begin deep enough you might be able to commence construction with the existing city above.
Although a dome might be easier at first, when they're not prepared to rebuild everything below. Still, I think we'll get there eventually.

more than 5 years ago

Google Partners With Twitter For Search

Dersaidin Re:Just let me turn it off. (108 comments)

Hopefully it'll be similar to site: or url:

So you only get results on twitter if you search using:
tweet:query here

And normal searches don't include twitter results at all.

more than 5 years ago

Null-Prefix SSL Certificate For PayPal Released

Dersaidin Re:In other news... (351 comments)

Maybe if someone could use the SSL exploit to hijack the windows update service and use it to replace everyone's windows installs with linux.

more than 5 years ago



Ion Sheilds Invented

Dersaidin Dersaidin writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Dersaidin (954402) writes "British scientists invent "mini-magnetosphere" to protect astronauts during solar storms.

"Space travel during a solar storm just became a little less risky. UK scientists working at Rutherford Appleton Laboratory near Oxford and the universities of York and Strathclyde have tested a "mini-magnetosphere" enveloping a model spacecraft in the lab. It turns out that their prototype offers almost total protection against high energy solar particles. By mimicking the natural protective environment of the Earth, the researchers have scaled the protective magnetic bubble down into an energy efficient, yet powerful deflector shield."

Its a good start, hopefully later versions will be able to protect spaceships from energy weapons. A beam from the LHC can melt a 500kg block of copper. Shields, check. Energy weapons, check. Now we just need some viable interstellar drive, and an energy source to power it all."

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