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Sony Employees Receive Email Threat From Hackers: 'Your Family Will Be In Danger'

Ken_g6 Re:Itr should not be an issue (184 comments)

The problem is that the SSN wasn't designed to be an identification number. Some cards even say "Not for identification." Example

about two weeks ago
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US Treasury Dept: Banks Should Block Tor Nodes

Ken_g6 Re:Blocking Tor solves nothing (84 comments)

OK, then, don't block everything from TOR nodes. Better to go phishing for criminals. They should allow logins to be attempted, but then block the login from occurring (regardless of whether the password was valid). They should then alert users to login attempts from TOR, and potentially freeze their access until their passwords can be reset.

about two weeks ago
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Riecoin Breaks World Record For Largest Prime Sextuplet, Twice

Ken_g6 Slashdotted already?! (51 comments)

For a network with such "massive distributed computing power", that's some pathetic servers they've got there.

about three weeks ago
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Molecular Clusters That Can Retain Charge Could Revolutionize Computer Memory

Ken_g6 Re:Will this go the same way as the spintronics? (36 comments)

Spintronics is a quantum thing - a way of specifying more information in each electron. As such, it's very difficult to work with.

This is more similar to carbon nanotubes. They're a new thing, which could be very useful, if only you could cheaply and efficiently manufacture them and put them in the proper places on a chip. However:

"One major benefit of the POMs we've created is that it's possible to fabricate them with devices which are already widely used in industry, so they can be adopted as new forms of flash memory without requiring production lines to be expensively overhauled," Lee Cronin, a chemist involved in the research, said in a University of Glasgow release.

So using these may be more realistic than carbon nanotubes!

about a month ago
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After Four Days, Philae Team Gets to Rest

Ken_g6 Re:RTG (88 comments)

It took ten years to get the Rosetta mission to the comet. By then a RTG would be fairly depleted too.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is Non-USB Flash Direct From China Safe?

Ken_g6 Re:Make you sure you can read and write every bit (178 comments)

Mod parent up. I got a USB drive as a gift that claimed to be 256GB! I tested it, and I think it's actually a 4GB drive with a little over-provisioning.

about a month ago
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Philae Lands Successfully On Comet

Ken_g6 Re:Hold on (188 comments)

I understand that a Greenpeace boat got in the way...

Or was it a piece of a green ship?

about a month ago
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Physicists Resurrect an Old, Strange Dark Matter Theory

Ken_g6 Re:Strange? (138 comments)

Or maybe some of the particles include strange quarks?

about a month and a half ago
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Physicists Identify Possible New Particle Behind Dark Matter

Ken_g6 Would their force carriers be called... (103 comments)

If the force carriers for ordinary matter are called bosons...

Then would the force carriers for SIMPs be called...SIMPsons?

about a month and a half ago
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What It Took For SpaceX To Become a Serious Space Company

Ken_g6 Re:To compete in price (96 comments)

No, to compete in price against anyone you only need assets. That can be money, or it can be tangible assets, such as rocket parts that remain in serviceable condition after a launch. Probably no one here will like it, but under current law, even "intellectual property" counts as an asset.

about 2 months ago
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What It Took For SpaceX To Become a Serious Space Company

Ken_g6 Re:He'll Never.. (96 comments)

I'm sure the solar panels from defunct rovers could provide at least a trickle charge.

And he can put a better charging station there later.

about 2 months ago
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ISPs Violating Net Neutrality To Block Encryption

Ken_g6 Re:this could be solved by defining "internet acce (149 comments)

And then all the companies will rename their consumer plans, at the very least, "web" or "data" like the mobile companies do. And practically nobody will notice or care.

about 2 months ago
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Z Machine Makes Progress Toward Nuclear Fusion

Ken_g6 Re:Gotta be a downside somewhere (151 comments)

Yes, and all the stars in the sky would have collapsed, and we would have created black holes at H-bomb test sites.

There might be nuclear waste to worry about given stray neutrons, but gravitons aren't something I'm worried about.

about 2 months ago
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Former Department of Defense Chief Expects "30 Year War"

Ken_g6 I don't think he means war for 30 years (425 comments)

I think he's referring to the Thirty Years' War.

The Thirty Years' War was a series of wars in Central Europe between 1618–1648. It was one of the most destructive conflicts in European history, and one of the longest...it gradually developed into a more general conflict involving most of the great powers of Europe....

about 2 months ago
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L.A. TV Stations Free Up Some Spectrum For Wireless Broadband

Ken_g6 Re:Sharing channel == worse picture quality (80 comments)

I don't have cable or satellite, but I heard their picture quality is way worse than broadcast usually has been. This could just be evening the score.

about 3 months ago
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L.A. TV Stations Free Up Some Spectrum For Wireless Broadband

Ken_g6 Digital would be less "twitchy", but... (80 comments)

Digital becoming twitchy isn't just because of transitioning to digital. It's also because they lowered the transmitter power.

The maximum power for DTV broadcast classes is also substantially lower; one-fifth of the legal limits for the former full-power analog services. This is because there are only eight different states in which an 8VSB signal can be in at any one moment; thus, like all digital transmissions, very little signal is required at the receiver in order to decode it.

So if you were watching an analog signal of the same power, you'd have a hard time making it out too.

about 3 months ago
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German Court: Google Must Stop Ignoring Customer E-mails

Ken_g6 Last sentence exemplifies the problem (290 comments)

From TFA that's not in TFS:

The company [Google] did not immediately reply to a request for comment.

about 3 months ago

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