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"Cyber War" Is Just the Latest Grab for Defense Money

Jmanamj Re:How about we taxpayers... (161 comments)

Crowd sourcing the government is now a Valid Solution. This is Slashdot.

The tax forms would fill ten 6" binders. I'm not extrapolating. Even if there were only five options to fund, this would be a bad idea. People would only give money to the things they want/think are best, which would never balance out. We don't have direct democracy for similar reasons. Also, people want to get involved with Democracy by applying ridiculously simple solutions that ignore the whole of the issue, and often create new problems.

more than 2 years ago
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1366x768 Monitors Top 1024x768 For the First Time

Jmanamj Re:1366x768 (394 comments)

I agree. My buddy has a laptop roughly the same size and specs as mine, but he has a 1920x1200 screen, while I have a 1366x768...He cringes when he looks at my screen.

My games run faster at max resolution though. /blindoptimism

more than 2 years ago
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Innocent Or Not, the NSA Is Watching You

Jmanamj Re:Datacenter in the Desert? (410 comments)

I believe Utah is considered high dessert, and gets quite a bit of snow and cold weather...without *feet* of snow blocking off roads and icing everything up. The location near the center of the country geographically is probably important as well.

more than 2 years ago
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USS Enterprise Takes Its Final Voyage

Jmanamj inb4 armageddon presses Enterprise into service (455 comments)

Why does the volatile nuclear situation in the Middle East and the retirement of an honored old carrier make me think of Battlestar Galactica?

more than 2 years ago
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4 UK Urban Explorers Face Orders Not To Talk With Each Other For 10 Years

Jmanamj No. (387 comments)

I swear to God. This is the premise for a fiction/science fiction novel. If two of the 4 were developing romantic feelings for each other the UK could be sued for copyright infringement by several publishers. I dont...I dont think I'm OK with the world right now. I need a hug. Before that's banned too.

more than 2 years ago
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Submitting "Nuking the Fridge" To Scientific Peer Review

Jmanamj Re:Shoulda put the webserver in the fridge (284 comments)

In actuality you need to put the server in a fridge AND detonate a nuke nearby to counteract some of the slashdotting effects.

more than 2 years ago
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Google Heads Up Display Coming By the End of the Year

Jmanamj Googloid (177 comments)

I will be plugged into the Google at all times. I will fear no evil for Google will be with me, and will guide me to safety. The Google provides divine inspiration, and is the light of the world. The Google protects. You should be plugged in to the Google. Otherwise you are a lesser bing. All hail the Google.

more than 2 years ago
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What would REAL space combat look like?

Jmanamj Re:the difference abouy space war is... (13 comments)

One could send up a load of ultra thin, ultra high tensile strength sand bags pack them with broken up asteroids, then strap them in an arrangement around a vessel...

Of course, the higher mass means a higher fuel cost to maneuver, and fuel is heavy and expensive. However, since mass is the main issue, and configurations dont have to be hydro/aerodynamic, spaced armor will be a huge factor. A layer of sturdy ceramic and alloy plates surrounding the vessel meters away from the hull would prevent damage from certain weapons. Assuming direct energy weapons arent used.

A ship could also gain immediate dodge maneuverability with a heavy ballast weight it could quickly pull itself up to/away from along a thin cable or structure. Imagine the main control and fuel storage vessel suspended on cables between two dumb weights containing rocket engines. An incoming energy beam leaves seconds to dodge, and the vessel can yank itself along the cables to change it's immediate position. Or perhaps a third big dumb weight can be maneuvered to block the beam...

more than 2 years ago
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iPad 3 Confirmed To Have 2048x1536 Screen Resolution

Jmanamj Re:Ummmm (537 comments)

Thanks for a very informative post.

I do recall seeing screens here and there with high resolutions, though high DPI is harder to find. CPU power and GPU power levels have been progressing for quite some time, and it confuses me how much screen resolution seems to lag behind. Seems there was more in the background I wasn't really aware of. I'm still looking forward to higher DPI displays though. Even if tech can only support a 15.5" laptop with a resolution doubling my current 1366x768, it's still a huge improvement.

more than 2 years ago
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iPad 3 Confirmed To Have 2048x1536 Screen Resolution

Jmanamj Re:Finally some screen advancements? (537 comments)

Well the main purely practical use I see on a tablet PC is crisp clear text for reading. One might also use a tablet like this with technical documents, diagrams, maps. It's also aesthetically pleasing to have everything displayed with seamless clarity.

But what I'm praising is the effort to make better screens in general. A move to high resolution screens on tablets means the infrastructure gets a boost for better screens in laptops and desktops and various other displays. Have you used a 16" laptop with 1080p? Even that is great, but also rare. I got my sister one for graduation, and there weren't many to choose from. I want to see the DPI of this tablet on a 22" monitor for my desktop, and I'd like a decent selection of laptops with high DPI screens.

more than 2 years ago
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iPad 3 Confirmed To Have 2048x1536 Screen Resolution

Jmanamj Finally some screen advancements? (537 comments)

Before the flames rise and Slashdot begins to slash the dots, I'd like to thank Apple for helping break the "HD = 1950x1080" fixation the market has. Hopefully monitor tech will get some advances soon.

more than 2 years ago
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Red Cross Debates If Virtual Killing Violates International Humanitarian Law

Jmanamj Re:And here I thought.... (516 comments)

Exactly the line my thoughts took.

Go away Red Cross. Stop trying to grab attention and headlines, and get back to whatever it is you were doing before so rudely interrupting our privacy debate. We thought you were better than this.

more than 2 years ago
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Tower To Be Built By Flying Robots

Jmanamj This is the begining... (58 comments)

I knew it. Everyone I knew laughed at my dedicated studies of Minecraft architecture. But now I'm ahead of the curve, and laughing at my naysayers...

Excuse me, I have to go build a few of those man-lifting, scaled-up hexacopters, and dig up a few thousand cobblestone blocks.

more than 2 years ago
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AFL-CIO and Big Content Advocate For SOPA

Jmanamj Re:That's it. It's over. (295 comments)

I agree whole-heartedly. I may suggest that you get the dirt cheap, hi cap SD cards and fill those with data, then trade em with your friends through the mail. For the big folders.

more than 2 years ago
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Opportunities From the Twilight of Moore's Law

Jmanamj The first thing that came to mind... (148 comments)

Was a wood and brass encased laptop with exquisite scrollwork around the keyboard and webcam, inherited by an archeologist who caries it around for data analysis and note taking.

more than 2 years ago
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Doubling of CO2 Not So Tragic After All?

Jmanamj AHAHAHA (747 comments)

Im sooper serial guys, manbearpig is out there, and hes the biggest threat we face. ...Well, I mean, there's a complex threat correlated to manbearpigs existence that we dont really understand...

SHUTTUP DENIALISTS! IM SOOPER SERIAL

more than 3 years ago
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Porn Maker Sues 7,000+ For Copyright Infringement

Jmanamj Re:Havent seen it. Let me go Download it... (374 comments)

You may never have thought it, but your mom certainly did. Also, Fuck all the movie industry. They can burn in the hell they came from.

more than 3 years ago
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Considering a Fair Penalty For Illegal File-sharing

Jmanamj Re:Ill gotten gains (728 comments)

You are the fool that allows an idiotic fine like this to happen. Pirating music is not like stealing cars. I'll repeat: pirating music is not like stealing cars. When I download a torrent, NO ONE LOSES ANYTHING. The publishing company doesnt end up with one less copy of the album on their hard drives, the artist doesnt lose the ability to play the song. I would never have paid for that album, and no one who downloads through me would pay for it either. No one loses anything.

more than 3 years ago
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Google Testing an Airborne Camera Drone

Jmanamj Re:Privacy (182 comments)

Personally, I think it makes total sense for Google to consider a fleet of small, cheap, stable camera platforms that can take detailed pictures of an area and update the Google maps service. Consider how helpful it would be if they were sent out weekly to major construction zones along rodes that cause all sorts of detours and traffic issues, so when you check a route on Google maps you wont be told to take non-existing or unaccessible roads/offramps/turns/etc.

about 4 years ago

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