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Apollo 11 Moon Landing Turns 45

FeriteCore The biggest problem with the space shuttle (211 comments)

The biggest problem with the space shuttle wasn't tiles or tanks or SRBs or O-rings. Or even needing to practically rebuild it between flights.

The biggest problem was that the first four orbiters should just have been the Mk-I model. All those things that were found to be problems in the Mk-I model should have been improved or even fixed in the MK-II and subsequent orbiters.

Yes, they made improvements in the later orbiters based on early experiences with the Columbia, and fixed the O rings after the Challenger accident, but there never was a truly improved model.

 

about 3 months ago
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Astronomers Discover Earth-Sized Diamond

FeriteCore Greenbank telescope may be defunded (112 comments)

From the article:

Kaplan and his colleagues found this stellar gem using the National Radio Astronomy Observatoryâ(TM)s (NRAO) Green Bank Telescope (GBT) and Very Long Baseline Array (VLBA), as well as other observatories.

From wikipedia:

The National Science Foundation (NSF) Astronomy Portfolio Review committee chaired by Daniel Eisenstein of Harvard University recommended in August 2012 that the Robert C. Byrd Green Bank Telescope should be defunded over a five year period.[9] Further information on this divestiture can be found on the AUI webpage and at www.savethegbt.org.

In the fiscal year 2014 budget, the US Congress did not recommend divesting the Green Bank Telescope. The Telescope is looking for partners to help fund its $10 million annual operating costs.

about 4 months ago
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The Standards Wars and the Sausage Factory

FeriteCore OMG! Ponies! was better. (234 comments)

The OMG Ponies slashdot April Fools joke was better

It at least functioned.

about 8 months ago
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Second World War Code-cracking Computing Hero Colossus Turns 70

FeriteCore What is tablet/phone friendly? (110 comments)

One thing that I don't get is how the current wave of web site redesigns are actually, in any way, tablet/smart phone friendly.

On a device with a small display concise and space eficient presentation of information, without excess white space or eye candy, is necessary if you don's want to end up feeling like you are peering at the site through a soda straw. Using large fonts, wide line spacing, and lots of white space just makes a small display effectively smaller.

On a device with a low bandwidth or expensive connection reducing the number of bits that needed to render the page is desirable to get the page to render in a reasonable time and cost. This is another reason to eliminate large, eye candy, images.

On a device that may have limited computing power it is desirable to use those resources efficiently, effectively, and only when necessary to deliver the information content of the site,

And, the one sin Slashdot beta hasn't committed, why should I need an app for something that should just display in a browser if the web presence was properly designed?

about 8 months ago
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Update on the March of Progress: How Slashdot's New Look Is Shaping Up

FeriteCore Well said, wish I had mod points. (237 comments)

Oh, and by the way, if this is supposed to make it better for tablet and smart phone users - it doesn't.

Information density and presentation is even more important on the smaller screens.

about 8 months ago
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Federal Judge Rules Chicago's Ban On Licensed Gun Dealers Unconstitutional

FeriteCore Re:Will D.C. be next? (934 comments)

Almost got it.

There are a number of licensed gun dealers engaged in retail sales "in the greater D.C. area". They are in Maryland and Virginia, not the District of Columbia.

There are almost no licensed gun dealers in the District of Columbia itself. A D.C. resident would be crossing state lines to buy a firearm in Maryland or Virginia. Most D.C. dealers exist to support government agencies and private security organizations. They do not deal with the general public. Last I heard (a while ago) there was at least one dealer that did not stock inventory or do normal retail sales but would do interstate transfers. There was supposed to be a retail dealer looking for a place of business and having difficulty.

The D.C. dealer situation may have gotten better while I wasbt looking but it is probably still bad. Glad I don't liuve there.

about 9 months ago
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CES: Laser Headlights Edge Closer To Real-World Highways

FeriteCore Re:Its war (295 comments)

A corner cube may do the trick.

about 9 months ago
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How One Man Fought His ISP's Bad Behavior and Won

FeriteCore Re:This is incorrect (181 comments)

CDN's don't base the DNS server you use as the basis for decided where to serve content, *they base it on the destination IP address (i.e. your computer)* They couldn't use DNS servers simply because large ISP's like AT&T or Comcast all use the same DNS server IP addresses.

Furthermore, how would they ever get the identity of the domain server your system uses during the three-way handshake? If they can, please tell us how. I'd really like to know.

about 10 months ago
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DoD Public Domain Archive To Be Privatized, Locked Up For 10 Years

FeriteCore Google Books would be better. (183 comments)

Google obviously has the technical capability and facilities to handle the job.

Did they have the opportunity to bid the job? Did they submit a bid?

Did the bid evaluation process consider public benefit?

I think we would have been better off had they gotten the job.

about 9 months ago
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IBM Now Officially Worth More Than Microsoft

FeriteCore mac multitasking (295 comments)

If I remember correctly, it was cooperative, not preemptive, multitasking. When things were going well you wouldn't notice the difference. Much less effective when dealing with a non-cooperating task.

Earlier versions of Windows may have been similar.

more than 3 years ago
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Court Rules Photo of Memorial Violates Copyright

FeriteCore The postal service should just use the photo (426 comments)

The monument itself is based on a famous photo. The postal service should have bypassed the monument new artwork for the stamp based on the photo.

Did the sculpter pay royalties to Joe Rosenthal the photographer? Or to the AP, which employed him? If not, this is the height of hypocracy.

more than 4 years ago
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NASA's LRO Captures High-Res Pics of Apollo Landing Sites

FeriteCore Time to update Google Moon? (197 comments)

It may be time to update Google moon soon. It is interesting to compare the quality of the images.

Come to think of it, it would probably be harder to produce an Apollo-quality fake moon landing than do it for real given 1960 era technology.

more than 5 years ago
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Senators To Examine Exclusive Handset Deals

FeriteCore Re:Binding Contracts. (234 comments)

I'd suggest trying <p> if you aren't creating a list.

more than 5 years ago
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RIAA Brief Attacks Free Software Foundation

FeriteCore Re:"anti-recording industry website" (554 comments)

There are two senses of the word "legal means" in English. One is "means that are in conformance with or allowed by law". The other is "by means of judicial process".

My observation is that the FSF is in it both ways.

more than 4 years ago
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Ancient Swords Made of Carbon Nanotubes

FeriteCore Pwning for ore. (293 comments)

Actualy, the best samurai swords were made from iron bearing sands once found in Japanese rivers. One theory has the iron for Damascus coming from similar deposits in India. The unique impurities (in both cases) added to the special properties of the blades.

So pwning for wootz iron for a 1337 sword actualy makes sense.

more than 7 years ago

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