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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 three weeks 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 a month 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 a month 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 a month 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 a month 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 a month 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 a month 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 a month 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 a month 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 a month and a half 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 2 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 2 months ago
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Verizon's Accidental Mea Culpa

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

Never underestimate the bandwidth of a trebuchet loaded with a dumptruck full of pennies.

We are talking about bandwidth, right?

about 2 months ago
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Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer Buys the LA Clippers For $2 Billion

Hillgiant Re:What a punishment (270 comments)

The old auto racing quote:

"In order to make a small fortune in racing, first you need a large fortune."

about 4 months ago
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ACLU and EFF Endorse Weaker USA Freedom Act Passed By Committee

Hillgiant Re:"Freedom Act" (107 comments)

Yes. I have often wished I could vote for the Republican Party of the 1860's. Sadly, the economic wing of the party was all to eager to jump into the pockets of the robber barons; and the social wing ran right off the deep end with their pivot from abolition to prohibition.

about 4 months ago
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Cisco Complains To Obama About NSA Adding Spyware To Routers

Hillgiant Re:Don't complain. Sue. (297 comments)

Well. Clearly you have not been looking at her XKeyscore file.

about 4 months ago
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The Foundry Will Soon be a Makerspace in Bellingham, Washington (Video)

Hillgiant Re:What? (35 comments)

You missed the key element. The title includes the text "(Video)". I.e. there is no content here, but somebody managed to find a way to stretch this lack of content out from a 5-6 sentence PR piece into a 20-25 minute video. Just skip the whole thing.

about 5 months ago

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