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Jack A. Kinzler, Savior of the Skylab Mission, Dies At 94

Existential Wombat Re:Let me help (34 comments)

Never forget the importance of capitals.

I had to help my uncle Jack off a horse once.

about 1 month ago

UK and Germany To Collaborate On 5G

Existential Wombat Re:5? (82 comments)

It's one louder

I’m waiting for 11G.

about a month ago

UAE Clerics' Fatwa Forbids Muslims From Traveling To Mars

Existential Wombat Re: Well for once I agree with religious crazies (363 comments)

Social isolation and physical confinement played a part as well.

I don't believe any successful European settlement of North America began with a base as small as twenty. I expect alcohol would become a problem. I expect suicide would become a problem.

Alcohol won’t be a problem. Someone will open a Mars bar.

about 2 months ago

The Human Body May Not Be Cut Out For Space

Existential Wombat Re:The solution may be simple (267 comments)

They’ll have to change the shirts from blue to red.

about 3 months ago

Kentucky: Programming Language = Foreign Language

Existential Wombat Re:Why is Kentucky such a backward place? (426 comments)

If you live in a state with abbreviation KY, you deserve to get shafted.

However, anything that promotes the use of computer science and technology to students who are crap at languages (like I was) cannot be that bad.

about 3 months ago

Online Streaming As Profitable As TV, Disc Sales By Charging Just a $15 Flat Fee

Existential Wombat Re:Quality? (160 comments)

If movie producers got a flat, monthly paycheque, there would be zero incentive to make *good* movies.

Or new ones.

about 3 months ago

US Lab Developing Technology For Space Traffic Control

Existential Wombat Re:ground-based satellite? (47 comments)

TFA says:

a series of six images over a 60-hour period taken from a ground-based satellite

I wonder what a "ground-based satellite" satellite is. Do they meant a telescope?

It’s a geostationary object at an altitude of 0 km.

You know, like a brick.

about 3 months ago

Ampere Could Be Redefined After Experiments Track Single Electrons Crossing Chip

Existential Wombat Re:Gravity is not constant... (299 comments)

A duck.

Is that a European or African duck?

Oops, wrong sketch...

about 3 months ago

Georgia Cop Issues 800 Tickets To Drivers Texting At Red Lights

Existential Wombat Re:jerk (1440 comments)

The UK has somewhat different customs in this area (and possibly different laws). I recall reading a comment a few months ago from someone in the UK talking about how many more cars get through a green light in the UK than the US because the UK drivers are all ready to start moving as soon as the light is green, rather than waiting for the car in front of them to move before taking their foot off the brake. It is perhaps unwise, but if that's the habit, it's more understandable.

No, it's because in the US the light sequence is Red -> Green, in the UK it's Red -> Red+Yellow -> Green so the drivers are reacting faster and skewing the stats.

In fact most are moving on the Red+Yellow part of the sequence.

about 7 months ago

Snowden Spoofed Top Officials' Identity To Mine NSA Secrets

Existential Wombat Re:Brilliant? (743 comments)

Or Multics...

about 8 months ago

Security Researcher Makes His Point By Hacking Into Zuckerberg's Facebook Page

Existential Wombat Re:Take it public (266 comments)

Either way, what the researcher did was IMO wholly appropriate.

Yes but he's probably going to jail for it.

about 8 months ago

Yahoo Deletes Journalist's Pre-Paid Legacy Site After Suicide

Existential Wombat Re:Why illegal? (403 comments)

Why would suicide be illegal? Where I live it isn't. How could be someone prohibited from suicide save livelong incarceration in a padded cell?

He's likely assisting. That's the illegal act.

about 8 months ago

Rethinking the Wetsuit

Existential Wombat Re:They must be good (153 comments)

You'd actually have thought that if it worked seals would have evolved stripes by now

about 9 months ago

Citing Snowden Leaks, Russia Again Demands UN Takeover of Internet

Existential Wombat Re:Putin's exploits may be funny but he's no fool (275 comments)

I'm pretty sure Russia also has their own PRISM.

I expect Snowden knows that and probably has a PPT slide on it.

There's no way he (or Wikileaks) would make that information public - because of his asylum request. Plus if he did Russia would put him on a plane to the US.

Two-faced traitor. Started of with an ethical stance, degraded into the last stand of a desperate man.

about 9 months ago

Snowden Offered Asylum By Venezuelan President

Existential Wombat Re:Luis Posada Carriles (380 comments)

You can always leave if you don't like it

about 9 months ago

Snowden Offered Asylum By Venezuelan President

Existential Wombat Re:How Will He Get There (380 comments)

Last time I was there, there was no coastline at Moscow airport...

about 9 months ago

Teenage League of Legends Player Jailed For Months For Facebook Joke

Existential Wombat Re:So much for... (743 comments)

Can't move adulthood to 21, we'd lose half of the cannon fodder for the armed forces.

about 10 months ago

Automated Plate Readers Let Police Collect Millions of Records On Drivers

Existential Wombat Re:public? (276 comments)

It's as good as tracking indivuiduals as an IP address is.

Not that that stops the RIAA.

about 10 months ago

ITIF Senior Fellow Claims "America's Broadband Networks Lead the World"

Existential Wombat Re:What!? (298 comments)

Out in the 'burbs of SOCAL I get 12MB from Cox. It's good enough for what I use it for, I don't stream live video. I do a lot of web presentations with not many problems.

What pisses me off is the general throttling for torrent and NZB/NNTP downloads. About 200k.

about 10 months ago

TiVo Series 5 Coming This Fall

Existential Wombat Re:this just in (178 comments)


MythTV is a great concept but for a single point of getting HD material TiVo is the best, MythTV seems hard to configure (and I'm technical-ish). It's not for mainstream use.

TiVo just works. Expensive, yes, but I am happy I got what I paid for. I am on my third box now (since 2000).

about 10 months ago



Goodbye Free Streaming...

Existential Wombat Existential Wombat writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Existential Wombat (1701124) writes "As expected, Netflix has today announced the end of integrated unlimited streaming video plans. For me, with 2 DVDs and a streaming capable box, this adds about $5 a month to my bill:

We are separating unlimited DVDs by mail and unlimited streaming into two separate plans to better reflect the costs of each. Now our members have a choice: a streaming only plan, a DVD only plan, or both.

Your current $14.99 a month membership for unlimited streaming and unlimited DVDs will be split into 2 distinct plans:

      Plan 1: Unlimited Streaming (no DVDs) for $7.99 a month
      Plan 2: Unlimited DVDs, 2 out at-a-time (no streaming) for $11.99 a month

Your price for getting both of these plans will be $19.98 a month ($7.99 + $11.99). You don't need to do anything to continue your memberships for both unlimited streaming and unlimited DVDs.

These prices will start for charges on or after September 1, 2011.

You can easily change or cancel your unlimited streaming plan, unlimited DVD plan, or both, by going to the Plan Change page in Your Account.

We realize you have many choices for home entertainment, and we thank you for your business. As always, if you have questions, please feel free to call us at 1-888-357-1516.

–The Netflix Team"

Subverting the Great Firewall

Existential Wombat Existential Wombat writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Existential Wombat (1701124) writes "Engadget has a story — A report this morning from the South China Morning Post claims that Amazon's 3G-boasting Kindle is selling fast on the so-called "gray" market in China because of its 3G internet connectivity and browser. The device, it seems, offers the Chinese a rare opportunity to side-step the "great Firewall" of the Chinese government, which restricts access to sites such as Facebook and Twitter. Amazon does not officially sell the Kindle in China, which has the world's largest internet-connected population at 420 million. The Kindle, which seems to have been overlooked by the Chinese authorities thus far, makes use of Amazon's own network, Whispernet."
Link to Original Source

Charged Particle Storm on the Way

Existential Wombat Existential Wombat writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Existential Wombat (1701124) writes "From New Scientist (8/1)

An unusually complex magnetic eruption on the sun has flung a large cloud of electrically charged particles towards Earth. When the cloud hits, which could be anytime now, it could spark aurorae in the skies around the poles and pose a threat to satellites – though probably not a particularly severe one.

On 1 August, a small solar flare erupted above sunspot 1092. It would not have raised many eyebrows, except that a large filament of cool gas stretching across the sun's northern hemisphere also chose that moment to explode into space.

Despite being separated by hundreds of thousands of kilometres, the two events may be linked. Images from NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory hint at a shock wave travelling from the flare into the filament. "These are two distinct phenomena but they are obviously related," says Len Culhane, a solar physicist at the Mullard Space Science Laboratory, University College London."

Link to Original Source

Cox discontinues Usenet - Pr0n probably to blame

Existential Wombat Existential Wombat writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Existential Wombat (1701124) writes "From the (in)appropriately named Cox Communications, citing declining usenet usage (no mention of bandwidth being an issue, or that they no doubt will be getting a nice kickback from Giganews for those desparate enough to sign up:

Effective June 30, 2010, Cox Communications will discontinue Usenet service to our subscribers.

Declining newsgroup usage in recent years has highlighted the need to focus our resources on other priorities, such as increasing our Internet speeds and providing new services, including Cox Media Store and Share.

We understand that our newsgroup subscribers may want to continue accessing Usenet. Therefore, we have worked with leading newsgroup service provider Giganews to offer special pricing for Cox subscribers....

$15++ a month for something Cox provided as a part of the service. Of course they will be reducing everyone's montly tarrif by the value of the servoce they no longer provide. Yea right."


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