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Eric Schmidt: To Avoid NSA Spying, Keep Your Data In Google's Services

Hillgiant Re:distributed raid (274 comments)

Implement true one way encryption by sending everything to /dev/null

Saves on disc space, too!

2 days ago
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Why Didn't Sidecar's Flex Pricing Work?

Hillgiant Re:Duh. (190 comments)

All of this Bennett Haselton hate sure make me miss the Jon Katz hate.

Wait... nevemind. I don't miss it.

2 days ago
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Amazon UK Glitch Sells Thousands of Products For a Penny

Hillgiant Re:currency (138 comments)

I'd buy that for a dollar.

2 days ago
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WaveNET – the Floating, Flexible Wave Energy Generator

Hillgiant Re:Saltwater and MTBF (90 comments)

Cathodic protection is a well understood science. I have seen sub-sea pipeline equipment that had been immersed for 20 years actuate like they are brand new.

about three weeks ago
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Ferguson No-Fly Zone Revealed As Anti-Media Tactic

Hillgiant Re:While I hate the media circus... (265 comments)

Slow down sparky. The First Amendment doesn't have the "In order to maintain a well regulated militia"-type clause.

Moreover, even thought the First Amendment clearly forbids Congressional abridgment of the Press, the Supreme Court has allowed multiple exceptions.

So. Take your pocket copy of the Bill of Rights and put it back in your pocket. Grownups are talking.

about a month and a half ago
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Creationism Conference at Michigan State University Stirs Unease

Hillgiant Re:Why at a place of learning? (1007 comments)

religion is not an opinion.

Yes it is. Often it is an opinion based on rarely examined and poorly understood precepts, but an opinion none the less.

about 1 month ago
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Xerox Alto Source Code Released To Public

Hillgiant Re:"mouse pointing devices"? (121 comments)

mouse pointing devices

You went with that because you didn't know whether to put mouses or mice, right?

It is, of course, mieces.

I, for one, can't stand a dull mouse. I need only the sharpest, pointiest mice.

about 2 months ago
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A New FOSS Conference Comes to Florida (Video)

Hillgiant Video Slashvertisement (9 comments)

What happened /.?
It's like I don't even know you anymore.

about 3 months ago
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Could Tech Have Stopped ISIS From Using Our Own Heavy Weapons Against Us?

Hillgiant Re:Here's an idea (448 comments)

They hate us so much, we must kill them.

about 3 months ago
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Could Tech Have Stopped ISIS From Using Our Own Heavy Weapons Against Us?

Hillgiant Re:Here's an idea (448 comments)

How dare you, sir. How dare you pollute this debate with FACTS.

about 3 months ago
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UPS: We've Been Hacked

Hillgiant Re:Is this for real? (62 comments)

"at least 8 digits, alpha-numeric with at least one unique character!"

A surprisingly common password.

about 4 months ago
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33 Months In Prison For Recording a Movie In a Theater

Hillgiant This is Bull Shit (465 comments)

There is no way there were 700,000 people who wanted to watch Fast & Furious 6.

about 4 months ago
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Solar Plant Sets Birds On Fire As They Fly Overhead

Hillgiant Re:god dammit. (521 comments)

Two words:
Chicken Trebuchet.

And they said I was mad at the academy. Maaaaaaaad.

about 4 months ago
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Wheel Damage Adding Up Quickly For Mars Rover Curiosity

Hillgiant Re:Poor material choice (162 comments)

...no matter how beefy you make an aluminum part, after enough cyclic stresses it will suffer fatigue failure.

You realize that chart has a log scale, right? It is not a matter of designing for infinite life, it is a matter of designing for "infinite enough". This is how they make aluminum engine blocks and heads. Sure it will fail in fatigue eventually. But after 50 years or so, it is time to replace the dern thing anyway. In other words, fatigue strength is just one more variable to design around. Even if the part was made from titanium or steel, they still might make the decision to not design for "infinite" life due to other overriding design considerations. Weight, for example.

The concern with the wheel design was not fatigue itself, but rather a higher peak load during the fatigue cycle. The wheels were not designed for the type of terrain they landed on. More bad luck than bad planning because the type of terrain they landed on had not been observed on Mars before.

In my experience, it is very difficult to successfully design for conditions that have never been observed before.

about 4 months ago
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Wheel Damage Adding Up Quickly For Mars Rover Curiosity

Hillgiant Re:xkcd (162 comments)

Yay! I'm an extreme minority!

And who the fuck is Dane Cook?

about 4 months ago
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Wheel Damage Adding Up Quickly For Mars Rover Curiosity

Hillgiant Re:xkcd (162 comments)

I cry every damn time I read that one. And I don't care who knows. Heck. I cry just reading the wikipedia entry for Spirit.

That collection of nuts, bolts, and solar panels did more with less and used up every last bit of its capability in the pursuit of its mission. Yes I know I am anthropomorphising a bit (a lot), but I DON'T CARE.

about 4 months ago
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Where are the Flying Cars? (Video; Part One of Two)

Hillgiant Progress (107 comments)

No flying cars.

But we do have videos about how there are no flying cars on slashdot. That's worth something. Well, for very small values of "something", anyway.

about 4 months ago
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Inside the Facebook Algorithm Most Users Don't Even Know Exists

Hillgiant Re:Real OG (130 comments)

You realize all those "chicks" are actually spam-bots using images culled from inactive instagram accounts, right?

And since when do "gangstas" post on /.?

about 4 months ago
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Verizon's Accidental Mea Culpa

Hillgiant Re:In Verizon's defense (390 comments)

The old maxim:
"If trebuchet is not the answer, you are asking the wrong question."

about 4 months ago

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