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U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Religious Objections To Contraception

Discopete Not surprising (1330 comments)

Did anyone really expect this to go any other way. SCOTUS has been bought and paid for by corporate interests. This is why they should have term limits not unlike the President. 12 - 15 years, max.

about 2 months ago
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The Next Keurig Will Make Your Coffee With a Dash of "DRM"

Discopete HP anyone? (769 comments)

Didn't HP try this BS with inkjet carts and have the courts slap them down? What's the difference here?

about 6 months ago
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Celebrating Dungeons & Dragons' 40th Anniversary

Discopete Tomb of Horrors (218 comments)

The better question, at least in my case, is how many characters have I killed in ToH. I think I've lost 2 as a player but killed 50-75 as a DM. And some groups just keep coming back to get b-slapped more than once.

about 7 months ago
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Previously-Unseen Photos of Challenger Disaster Appear Online

Discopete Re:PHB's strike again (207 comments)

Regarding Challenger, they KNEW that the seals were partially failing since the second launch. The "partial" failure was deemed not bad enough to warrant a fix, although they did redesign then connections between SRB sections before the Challenger explosion.

What I found most amusing about the Challenger was that after he got home from work that day, my father (an aeronautical engineer) said to me "You cannot properly structurally analyze rubber. There are just too many variables. I bet they will find that the seal failed because it was too cold and it got rigid." Sure enough, that's what they found.

about 7 months ago
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Previously-Unseen Photos of Challenger Disaster Appear Online

Discopete Re:PHB's strike again (207 comments)

I expect that they would have used Columbia as the go-to stand-by shuttle and not had it fly any normal missions. This would have allowed them to turn over the other ships faster for missions. I also think that the idea of commercial spaceflight would have gotten off the ground earlier had one of the ISS capable shuttles been destroyed instead of Columbia.

about 7 months ago
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Previously-Unseen Photos of Challenger Disaster Appear Online

Discopete Re:PHB's strike again (207 comments)

This is why every mission after Columbia had an 'Abort to ISS' option that would allow the shuttle to dock with ISS and wait for the relief shuttle (which was sitting at a 48 hour to launch stage IIRC) to return them home.

about 8 months ago
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Main US Weather Satellite Fails As Hurricane Season Looms

Discopete Re:They saw this coming for ages... (235 comments)

Exactly Zero. $535 million doesn't even pay for the body of the satellite, not to mention the payload. And while we are on the subject of satellite expenditures, the GOES-R project (the next generation of GOES satellites) is still going on (at a reported cost of around 7.6 Billion).

Plus, GOES-14 has been activated and notices have gone out for all receivers to re-train their dishes to it's location and GOES-15 is picking up the slack that 14 is missing. The GOES network of satellites was built to be slightly redundant in the case of craft failure.

about a year ago
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House Bill Would Mandate Smart Gun Tech By U.S. Manufacturers

Discopete D-Mass (750 comments)

So obviously, in this case, the D in D-Mass means "Dumbass".

about a year ago
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Ferrari Unveils World's Fastest (and Most Expensive) Hybrid

Discopete Re:Gas mileage (222 comments)

If you can afford 1 of the 499 that they are planning on producing, I'm pretty sure you don't give a rats behind what the gas mileage is.

about a year and a half ago
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Boeing Touts Fighter Jet To Rival F-35 — At Half the Price

Discopete Re:ROI (497 comments)

Screw running away, jetwash sucks. That little Reaper is going 300mph (full throttle, downhill with a tailwind). The F-35 just screams over it at cruising speed (probably around 500ish), interrupting airflow and the poor little drone loses lift and finds the ground.

about a year and a half ago
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MIT Says Gunman Hoax Call Mentioned Swartz Case

Discopete Re:Good grief... (41 comments)

Wouldn't an open field away from the structures be a better place to evac. to? The entire student body could probably been formed up by class on the football field and control would have been relatively easy to maintain.

about a year and a half ago
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Islamic Hacker Group Resumes Attacks On Banks

Discopete Re:Cloud computing is the easy way (306 comments)

It's not a question of systems of servers going down, it's a question of overloading the targets data transmission capability. If the attacker can push move data down the line than the target can handle, then even if none of the targets systems go down, you've still disrupted their ability to do business. Even if they only are able to send 50% to 75% of a targets capacity, they have still reduced the overall effectiveness of the target and have disrupted their ability to conduct business as usual.

about a year and a half ago
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Can a Regular Person Repair a Damaged Hard Drive?

Discopete Burned out PCB's? Yes. Other? Probably not. (504 comments)

I've replaced burned out PCB's a few times on critical data drives, but it requires finding another drive of the exact same model and if possible nearly the exact same production year and month and sacrificing it. Once the PCB is swapped out and the drive is accessible, get the data of of it immediately. I normally use Ghost to clone the drive and then wipe it before disposing of the previously failed drive.

If anything else goes wrong with a drive I'd either just toss it or send it to a data recovery professional. As has been stated before, opening the case requires a clean room.

more than 2 years ago
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World's Most Powerful x86 Supercomputer Boots Up in Germany

Discopete Re:Slashdot Grab Bag (151 comments)

BTW, from TFA this system is cooled "by dumping water directly on the microprocessors", after which the warmed water is used to heat the rest of the building in winter

Um, the article actually says "Aquasar system pumps water directly over the microprocessors" not "dumping water directly on"

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Science-Fiction/Fantasy For Kids?

Discopete Re:Tom Swift (726 comments)

Can't agree with this more. The Tom Swift books were (and are) great reads!

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Long Should Devs Support Software Written For Clients?

Discopete My standard policy (384 comments)

My standard policy is "bug fixes indefinitely", modifications or edits are at standard hourly rates. Of course most of my projects have been very small scope and thus very few bugs.

more than 2 years ago
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What Is Your Beverage of Choice In the Morning?

Discopete Re:BEER!! (209 comments)

I second this (as I sit and enjoy a brew at 5am)

more than 2 years ago
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Reddit Subpoenaed In Wrongful Death Lawsuit

Discopete Re:It'll probably be thrown out (303 comments)

---- Reddit and its users aren't a suicide hotline or discussion forum. -----

Actually there is /r/suicidewatch and at least one other subreddit specifically geared towards helping people through suicidal thoughts. If this story is indeed true, then unfortunately he either didn't know about them (in which case a more experienced redditor should have pointed him in the right direction) or he was already at the point of no-return and there was nothing that anyone could have done to help him.

more than 2 years ago
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Reddit Subpoenaed In Wrongful Death Lawsuit

Discopete Re:Yeah, good luck with that. (303 comments)

Looks like the sister is just throwing it all at the wall and seeing what will stick. The post indicated that the family would be suing the ex-wife and a number of others, 3 of which have been identified as people on Reddit by a private investigator. I expect that this will get no further than the ex-wife before legal fees kill the lawsuit.

more than 2 years ago

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