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Sandia Lab Fires Up 300,000 Virtual Android Devices To Test Out Security

JackCroww Re:Virtual Android devices? (39 comments)

Sandia Labs has the #82 supercomputer in the world, and use that computing power to simulate nuclear explosions and ,IIRC, large meteor strikes (Tunguska I think). They probably have the horsepower to handle this.

about 2 years ago

Materials From Tough-as-Nails Crustacean Could Inspire Better Body Armor

JackCroww Re:So it is a peacock? (144 comments)

You never know; Kenobi could be the Smith/Ng/Wong/etcetera of the Star Wars Universe...

more than 2 years ago

What Do I Do About My Ex-Employer Stealing My Free Code?

JackCroww Re:Talk to Tom Hudson (545 comments)

Prostitution in and of itself is a victimless crime. If two consenting adults decide to exchange money for sex, where is the crime? It is only when prostitution is considered a crime by society do the incentives to commit prosititution create situations where we end up with victims (pimps exploiting runaways, sex-trafficking, etc.) Legalize it and require certification (like plumbers) and suddenly the State will have a legitimate revenue stream.

more than 3 years ago

Climate Unit Releases Virtually All Remaining Data

JackCroww Re:Pesky critics (507 comments)

If all the peers have the same incentives to mis-represent the data (i.e., funding), what good is peer-review?

more than 3 years ago

Car Window Touchscreens

JackCroww Pfft. Old news. (125 comments)

I did this all the time as a kid. I'd fog the window with my breath and draw to my heart's content. Of course my dad would make me clean the windows when we got home, but I still did it.

more than 3 years ago

Malware Is a Disease; Let's Treat It Like One

JackCroww Without a doubt... (160 comments)

This is the stupidest thing I have ever seen posted to Slashdot.

more than 3 years ago

NASA's Hubble Discovers Another Moon Around Pluto

JackCroww Re:Bad definition for planet (208 comments)

But ratios aren't in the definition. From the wikipedia article: "...a planet is a body that orbits the Sun, is massive enough for its own gravity to make it round, and has 'cleared its neighbourhood' of smaller objects around its orbit." These three criteria define a planet and Pluto definitely meets the first two. As for the last, Pluto's perihelion is inside Neptune's orbit, thus (in my humble opinion) still clutters Neptune's orbital neighborhood. I think the definition should have been chosen so as to expand the number of planets in the Solar System, possibly sparking a renewed interest in astronomy/space for the younger generations. Instead, the definition comes off as picayune and close-minded.

more than 3 years ago

NASA's Hubble Discovers Another Moon Around Pluto

JackCroww Bad definition for planet (208 comments)

What I've always found peculiar regarding the definition used to demote Pluto is that by that very definition, Neptune should be a non-planet as well, seeing as it hasn't "cleared" it's orbital path either.

more than 3 years ago

Microsoft Social Media Site Accidentally Revealed

JackCroww "...didn't mean to..." - Not bloody likely (134 comments)

Oops, we accidentally secured a four-letter domain, registered it with DNS servers, and uploaded content to it. But it was all a mistake.

more than 3 years ago

The Future of Shopping

JackCroww How to prevent theft (163 comments)

A lot of comments talk about prohibiting theft. Why not have the carts tagged via RFID and have floor scales at the checkout line and subtract that particular cart's weight subtracted from what the total weight of the loaded cart and compare it to the weight of the scanned items? If the delta is off by x percent (and that x percent can be varied based on the average weight per item), it triggers a human audit of the cart.

more than 3 years ago

An Illustrated Version Control Timeline

JackCroww Re:I do live on the edge. ;-) (244 comments)

supposed to be using the latest in tech and see themselves as living on the edge of software innovation.

I do. I live on the tail edge:

~500 megahertz K6 laptop w/ ~192K RAM -single core P4 desktop w/ 512K RAM

192K? 512K? Kilobyte? You sure about that? Not Megabyte?

more than 3 years ago

Pay Or Else, News Site Threatens

JackCroww Re:Clueless (549 comments)

Dang; you're right. I always mix those two up.

more than 3 years ago

Pay Or Else, News Site Threatens

JackCroww Re:Clueless (549 comments)

Are you a grammar Nazi? I'm trying to improve my English; please correct my errors! :)

Sueing is the more preferred form; suing is considered archaic/deprecated. Signature aside, I would not have known English was not your primary language.

more than 3 years ago


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