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SpaceX Launches Supplies to ISS, Including Its First 3D Printer

GTRacer Re:Some details about the 3D printer (115 comments)

Yes, I get it, space is like Heaven for atheists. You have the same mind-set as any religious person.

Look, I get you have your rant-dial cranked all the way to 11, and maybe you haven't had a nutritious breakfast yet. So I'll ignore the strange hostility against humanity's general tendency to want to explore.

I'm curious why you think space colonisation is the domain of the atheist. I'm Catholic and I've dreamed of space since I was little. I have no means now but I would *absolutely* go into space as a tourist (or professionally!) if I could. I have no idea why space itself or the desire to explore it precludes faith in God.

*puts asbestos suit on in preparation for anti-ID flames*

17 minutes ago
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Slashdot Asks: What's In Your Home Datacenter?

GTRacer Re:Small setup (281 comments)

[...] and two Android phones (albeit I keep wifi off on mine)...

May I ask why you keep WiFi off at home? I completely understand keeping it off away from home (Thank you Llama!) to keep ad-snoops from trying to tag me in stores, etc... But home?

Then again, my poorly-positioned and very outdated Linksys WRT-54G can't get a VOD-capable signal into my room from the den some days, so it's mobile data at home a lot for me ><

3 days ago
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3D-Printed Car Takes Its First Test Drive

GTRacer Re:it's means it is (132 comments)

[snip] an approximate 44-hour process.

Pfft. They have a ways to go before they catch up to Royalton Industries. They can do from initial carbon bond to finished car in 36!

about a week ago
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Text While Driving In Long Island and Have Your Phone Disabled

GTRacer Re:Nope (364 comments)

[...] software like the interlock concept doesn't exist on a phone.

What? I've seen a couple of products that do just that, but how well implemented is up for debate. Here's a two-year-old Tom's review of Scosche's interlock. I'm curious how the emailed alert that the interlock was disabled is supposed to work...

about two weeks ago
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Text While Driving In Long Island and Have Your Phone Disabled

GTRacer Re:It should be (364 comments)

Oh God yes PLEASE! I am so *sick and tired* of being stuck behind those 56-MPH sluggards on my shiny 70- or 75-MPH limited interstates!

about two weeks ago
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Report: Microsoft To Buy Minecraft Studio For $2bn+

GTRacer Re:Umm... WHY??? (368 comments)

They did, and do. It's called PlayStation Home. I used it regularly while I had my PS3. It's fun to find people to chat with, troll or counter troll (just like /. !). Also, some of the PS3 game promotions rolled out to Home were pretty well done. It supported voice chat and keyboards too.

Color me shocked then, when I switched to a PS4 for Final Fantasy 14 and Home was not available.

about two weeks ago
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Banks Report Credit Card Breach At Home Depot

GTRacer Re:Chip and PIN (132 comments)

No thanks! Once my bank offered me a "Visa check card" - debit card processed through Visa's credit network - I signed up and haven't looked back. For me at least having a card isn't about spending future money, it's about not having a paycheck's worth of cash on me or my wife. It's about convenience in bill payments and purchasing. And these days, it's a wonder when paired with self checkout technology!

Also, I hate having to keep up with receipts. Electronic payments make recordkeeping so much easier.

about three weeks ago
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Banks Report Credit Card Breach At Home Depot

GTRacer Re:Chip and PIN (132 comments)

New trick? I learned that one 5 years ago at a grocery store where some of their old terminals were bad readers. Not entirely sure what the bag-wrapping does, but it worked!

about three weeks ago
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Is Dong Nguyen Trolling Gamers With "Swing Copters"?

GTRacer Re:How do deal with copycats? (113 comments)

Depends on your tolerance for installing and presumably uninstalling the clones as you work your way through their energy cycles. I personally loathe installing apps without first trying to figure out what they'll really be doing and why I need it. And I run XPrivacy so it's not like apps have free reign on my phone. I just don't like them leaving their junk everywhere or pitching ads to me.

about a month ago
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Hackers Claim PlayStation Network Take-Down

GTRacer Re:What was and wasn't working... (97 comments)

As a U.S.-based player, I had no luck connecting to Final Fantasy XIV starting round 11am, giving up at 10:30pm. Not continuous login attempts of course - we had stuff to do during the day. But a good 3 hours of click - fail - click - fail - reboot - click - fail.

I played a little P.T., Last of Us and Pinball Arcade to pass the time but never could get into the PSN Store or to XIV's login screen.

about a month ago
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It's Easy To Hack Traffic Lights

GTRacer Re:They Might be Giants (144 comments)

Or, Monty Python:

I like traffic lights,
I like traffic lights,
I like traffic lights,
No matter where they've been.

I like traffic lights,
I like traffic lights,
I like traffic lights,
But only when they're green.

And so on in that fashion for several more verses...

about 1 month ago
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How many devices are connected to your home Wi-Fi?

GTRacer Re:Phones + 1 laptop. (260 comments)

My SSID actually /is/ GetOffMyLawn. And I wouldn't have done so if I had planned to get with the times ^^

about 1 month ago
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Book Review: Social Engineering In IT Security Tools, Tactics, and Techniques

GTRacer Re:Why dignify it as "social engineering"? (45 comments)

I must be one of the few people who actually likes the term "social engineering." I first encountered it in connection with Kevin Mitnick and Kevin Poulsen's biographies. While I completely agree at the root level SE is just a synonym for con games, fraud and the like, I accept it as a situationally-applicable variant when it pertains to security bypasses. As distinct from conning someone out of their Medicaid checks or pushing counterfeit merchandise with a smooth pitch.

I also like to think the engineering part comes into play when you design a system for ingratiating yourself into a foreign organization's trust, especially when it leads to credentialed access to I/T systems.

about 1 month ago
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EFF's Cell Phone Guide For US Protesters

GTRacer Re:Alter the phone so standard tools won't work (82 comments)

Umm... You're talking about physically flipping the USB port, right? To essentially physically obfuscate the connection in the hopes they try their cable and give up?

Aside from that old chestnut "Security through obscurity isn't security," when's the last time you plugged in a USB cord right on the first try?

Pretty much every device I have where the cord isn't already bent into position gets the push / fail / flip / push / fail / flip / crap it was right the first time treatment.

about a month ago
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Hackers Demand Automakers Get Serious About Security

GTRacer Re:Shouldn't be necessary, but if it is... (120 comments)

I, however, will buy them:

Remote Start: My car has a rotary motor. One lovely aspect of its design is that it really should be gotten to operating temperature before driving under any sort of load. And in the winter, I'd love to be able to warm the engine and the interior from inside my house while I gather my things for work.

Crash reporting: Agreed on sensor redundancy but at the same time, part of the reporting includes detection of airbag deployment, ABS / traction control usage prior, speed prior, and more. This data is used to help triage the severity of the crash before the EMTs roll out. Can all this be made redundant and air-gapped whilst remaining useful?

Theft recovery: I've not heard of any remote-drive systems, only telematics to locate and shut down. The telematics is used to determine approximately when and where the car is moving, or when it was last driven and where to. Makes it easier to track down quickly before it's parted out. Also, in extreme cases, the OnStar / Bluelink / et al. system can actively end a felon's joyride by cutting throttle, braking, or cutting the engine entirely. Then it can honk and flash the lights to attract the authorities' attention.

about a month ago
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Unesco Probing Star Wars Filming In Ireland

GTRacer Re:Good... (181 comments)

*opens mouth* *closes mouth* *ponders*

I'm usually off to work before Sofia the First comes on, so I haven't seen many episodes. But are they really guesting Princesses into Sofia's timeline? Does Cedric have something to do with it?

about 2 months ago
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Free Copy of the Sims 2 Contains SecuROM

GTRacer Re:Anti-piracy (234 comments)

Given Zaphod's massive ego, bolstered by the Total Perspective Vortex proclaiming him the center of the Universe, I'd say the zed's are for his three arms?

I mean, what are the odds two earthlings and two Betelgeusians would meet not once but twice in an interstellar backwater only to go off on an adventure spanning time and space? At least as big as Zaphod's ego anyway...

about 2 months ago
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Free Copy of the Sims 2 Contains SecuROM

GTRacer Re:Anti-piracy (234 comments)

Do they deliver to sector zed zed 9, plural zed-alpha?

about 2 months ago
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How Bird Flocks Resemble Liquid Helium

GTRacer Re:There have been attempts before (40 comments)

I almost, *almost*, spit out a mouthful of my breakfast. Kudos! You've brightened my otherwise off-to-a-horrible-start Monday!

about 2 months ago
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The Psychology of Phishing

GTRacer Re:well (128 comments)

I may have missed it but I never saw you proffer specific technology in place for detecting phished users ^^

about 2 months ago

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Hilton Plans Phone-based Check-in and Room Access

GTRacer GTRacer writes  |  about 2 months ago

GTRacer (234395) writes "Forbes reports that Hilton Worldwide, international hotel operator, is rolling out smartphone-based guest tools allowing self-service check-in, access to a virtual floorplan to select a room, and (in 2015) actual door access once checked in. The author states the drive for this technology is the growing influence of the swelling ranks of Millennials, who "[...] have a very strong inclination toward automated and self-service customer service." The security risks seem obvious though "Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts [is] working on using the same, or a similar, system soon–and Four Seasons is nothing if not secure and discreet.""
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Translucent Oyster Shells May Pave The Way To Better Armor

GTRacer GTRacer writes  |  about 6 months ago

GTRacer (234395) writes "The Slate Report has an interesting summary and lay analysis of a recent research paper (paywalled) in Nature Materials . This materials research focused on the properties of the "clear enough to read through" windowpane oyster shell. Ling Li and Christine Ortiz analyzed the way the shell's structure contained penetration damage by "twinning", a split of the damaged ceramic structures into smaller regions which helps limit the effects of impacts. Engineered ceramic armor or structural systems with high translucence and damage mitigation could come next: "A clear, lightweight, damage-resistant material has obvious applications for military and police personnel, including eye and face protection. However, there are many potential applications such as windows and windshields which could benefit everyone," much as Kevlar has."
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Google Science Fair Finalist Invents Peltier-Powered Flashlight

GTRacer GTRacer writes  |  about a year ago

GTRacer (234395) writes "Ann Makosinski, a Canadian student competing in Google's Science Fair submitted a flashlight which uses temperature differentials to power its LEDs. Her long-time interest is alternative energy because, "[she's] really interested in harvesting surplus energy, energy that surrounds but we never really use." Using Peltier tiles and custom circuitry, her design currently runs for 20 minutes or so and costs $26. A win at the September finals in Mountain View and/or outside investment could fund further development."
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Fox, Univision May Go Subscription to Stop Aereo

GTRacer GTRacer writes  |  about a year and a half ago

GTRacer (234395) writes "In response to Aereo's recent win allowing per-user over-the-air antenna feeds to remote devices, Fox COO Chase Carey said, "We need to be able to be fairly compensated for our content. This is not an ideal path we look to pursue [...]", that path being a switch to a subscription model. Spanish-language stalwart Univison may join Fox, per CEO Haim Saban. Aereo replied, in part, "When broadcasters asked Congress for a free license to digitally broadcast on the public's airwaves, they did so with the promise that they would broadcast in the public interest and convenience, and that they would remain free-to-air. Having a television antenna is every American's right." A switch to a pay-TV subscription model would stymie Aereo but could hurt affiliate stations."

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Finally! I have reached the summit!

GTRacer GTRacer writes  |  more than 12 years ago My second-ever 5 posting also netted me the Karma Kap! I shall wear it with pride! I wonder if it comes in murasaki...

GTRacer
- Will whore for karma

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I suck, but hey, what's new?

GTRacer GTRacer writes  |  more than 12 years ago I scored my first-ever 0-threshold FP. I came less than 60 seconds from getting the -1 critical hit. Best part is, I still have my karma!

2 points away from the cap - yeah, I can spare some!

GTRacer
- Mod THIS!

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Karma == The Answer

GTRacer GTRacer writes  |  more than 12 years ago Today I hit 42 karma! And I just recently pulled my first-ever 5.

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