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Magellan II's Adaptive Optics Top Hubble's Resolution

GeekZilla Finally! (136 comments)

We can finally quiet the "moon landing was a hoax" nutjobs. With the ability to make long-exposure images that resolve objects just 0.02 arcseconds across — the equivalent of a dime viewed from more than a hundred miles away", we can actually take pictures of all the junk we left behind as proof that we were actually there.

about a year ago
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Sheikh Carves His Name In Desert So It's Visible From Space

GeekZilla Re:What is it with these knuckleheads? (336 comments)

Well, remember, you are comparing some of the most revered people in United States history with some guy who just has a lot of money. What did Hamad do that would justify such a monument? And usually, monuments are erected by future generations as a tribute to someone. This is just some rich knucklehead who was bored.

about 3 years ago
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DC Reboots Universe

GeekZilla Re:Less Successful than Other Reboots (292 comments)

Yeah, it was. You can just make out the name on the ship when the shuttle carrying the new cadets lifts off from the shipyards in Iowa (with Kirk and McCoy on board).

more than 3 years ago
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Newly-Discovered Arm of Milky Way Gives Warped Structure

GeekZilla Re:Who decided? (81 comments)

Well, I initially read the summary as, "...SCROTUM-Centaurus Arm..." so we may not be too far off.

Or maybe I watch too much sci-fi porn.

more than 3 years ago
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Bizarre Porn Raid Underscores Wi-Fi Privacy Risks

GeekZilla Which is easier to believe? (964 comments)

If this person had secured his connection and someone had broken the encryption to download illegal pornography, how likely would it have been that the law enforcement would have believed him?

I know TFA mentioned it took three days and a "forensic" analysis of his electronics before they finally really believed him, but I wonder if it wouldn't have taken longer if the signal had been encrypted. Since these law enforcement personnel couldn't be bothered to do some basic research before over-reacting, how likely would they have been to believe Barry's claims if the router had been encrypted?

Barry: "No, really, I didn't do it!"

Law Enforcement: "Don't lie to us! That's impossible! Your wireless connection is encrypted!!"

more than 3 years ago
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Scientists Advocate Replacing Cattle With Insects

GeekZilla Re:More allergenic? (760 comments)

ROFLMAO!!

more than 3 years ago
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Mystery Missile Launched Near LA

GeekZilla Re:Hmmm .... (858 comments)

Quite right. I thought about reading the full story but then something shiny distracted me.

more than 3 years ago
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Mystery Missile Launched Near LA

GeekZilla Re:Hmmm .... (858 comments)

uh...what? I just read the summary. Did you expect me to actually RTFA? ;)

more than 3 years ago
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Mystery Missile Launched Near LA

GeekZilla Re:Hmmm .... (858 comments)

"Obama would already be on his way back"

Uh...in other news, he is.

more than 3 years ago
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Erasing Objects From Video In Real Time

GeekZilla Saw this coming (175 comments)

This will not end well.

more than 3 years ago
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USAF Scramjet Hits Mach 6, Sets Record

GeekZilla Re:That's almost as fast as... (326 comments)

Guess the scientists were right because I am already underwater on the mortgage!

more than 4 years ago
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USAF Scramjet Hits Mach 6, Sets Record

GeekZilla That's almost as fast as... (326 comments)

...how quickly my home declined in value in 2008 and 2009!

more than 4 years ago
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Adobe Founders On Flash and Internet Standards

GeekZilla Nice Double Entendre (515 comments)

"founders - collapses: breaks down, literally or metaphorically"

more than 4 years ago
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Microsoft Disconnects Modded Xbox Users

GeekZilla Re:No Cheating (738 comments)

and I've not actually met anyone with an unusable optical disc created professionally that wasn't faulty out the box from the manufacturer ever.
Now you have.

more than 4 years ago
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National Data Breach Law Advances

GeekZilla Access Controls != No Access (51 comments)

"Sure, Ryan and his boys can make it hack-proof. But that don't mean we ain't gonna hack it."

more than 4 years ago
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Xbox 360 Update Will Lock Out Unauthorized Storage

GeekZilla Re:Or 120GB for $54.99 (435 comments)

They don't need to do that. Each MS drive is "programmed" at the factory, and as long as the signature on that sector is valid it's all good to go. The drive contains the serial number *and* the signature (in a sector), this way the MS drive is a self-contained unit that will work in any XBox.

Oh, duh. I knew I should have read your post a 4th time. You already said it might be on the MBR (or another HD lcoation) which of course, is on the hard drive which I still have in my hand when I get my "new" XBox back. My brain is obviously not functioning very well now. I had this idea in my head that you were saying that the HD Serial # and the XBox were somehow "paired", but that's not what you said at all.

I'll just be moving along now...

more than 4 years ago
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Xbox 360 Update Will Lock Out Unauthorized Storage

GeekZilla Re:Or 120GB for $54.99 (435 comments)

Take the serial number of the drive, sign it with Microsoft private key and put the signed text into the MBR or somewhere else where it will be not touched by the filesystem. Anyone with the Microsoft public key (and certainly any Xbox) can verify who signed the drive.

But when you send your XBox in for repair, they ship you a different console as a replacement (this has happened twice to me). Each time MS has made it clear that the hard drive is NOT to be shipped with the unit so therefore the repair center has no access to the hard drive serial number. This would mean that when I plugged my hard drive into the new console, it would not pass verification as a legitimate, MS approved hard drive because the hard drive signature on the console would not match my original HD.

more than 4 years ago

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Summer Reading-Do-It-Yourself-Style

GeekZilla GeekZilla writes  |  more than 3 years ago

GeekZilla (398185) writes "If you ever wanted to reproduce that one MacGyver gadget that you saw in Season 2, Episode 5, you can now look up the "recipe" for it over at MacRecipes. From the website:

"Have you ever wondered in how many different episodes MacGyver has made an arc welder (answer: 3 times in episodes 6, 52, and 87)? Or perhaps you forgot about your favorite episode (season 1, episode 12) when Mac escapes via a casket that transforms into a jetski. And how many times has Mac made a diversion? In order to placate all of your MacGyver-related curiosities, we offer you MacRecipes""

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Hopes For Non-AT&T iPhone Get Disconnected

GeekZilla GeekZilla writes  |  more than 4 years ago

GeekZilla (398185) writes "In court documents filed in a California court reveal that AT&T has iPhone exclusivity until 2012.

"It was speculative before given the lack of independent confirmation, but now apparently Apple has gone on record to confirm that the original deal signed with AT&T for iPhone exclusivity back in 2007 was a five-year deal."

Endgadget also has the story."

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The Kindle Killer Has Arrived

GeekZilla GeekZilla writes  |  more than 4 years ago

GeekZilla (398185) writes "Sleek, stylish and runs the Android OS. What's Not to like about Barnes and Noble's new eBook reader? Despite the odd name, the Nook looks like an eBook reader that would actually be a worthwhile investment. Best feature? The ability to loan eBooks you have downloaded to other Nook owners.

The reader, named the “Nook,” looks a lot like Amazon’s white plastic e-book, only instead of the chiclet-keyboard there is a color multi-touch screen, to be used as both a keyboard or to browse books, cover-flow style. The machine runs Google’s Android OS, will have wireless capability from an unspecified carrier and comes in at the same $260 as the now rather old-fashioned-looking Kindle."

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