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The Nightmare On Connected Home Street

Kurast Re:This is what happens (186 comments)

You needed 6 years in the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication?

about 3 months ago
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World's Smallest Nanomotor Could Power Cell-Sized Nanobots For Drug Delivery

Kurast quick read (20 comments)

I read drug delivery, and thought: "The FBI will not like it".

about 4 months ago
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KDE Ships First Beta of Next Generation Plasma Workspace

Kurast Misleading title (94 comments)

I read ship and plasma in the title, and the first thing that came to my mind was some kind of science fiction movie named KDE.

about 4 months ago
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Wretched Ride: PS4 Driveclub Game Rental Tied To Paid Subscription

Kurast Re:It's the loophole (93 comments)

"If you like your game, you can keep it".

about 4 months ago
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ARIN Is Down To the Last /8 of IPv4 Addresses

Kurast Re:We are not anywhere near running out of address (306 comments)

Because there is a very high one-time-only cost involved in switching to ipv6, compared to a small running continuous cost of continuing in ipv4, and for now, it is advantageous to become in ipv4. No one wants to be the one to switch first.

Just think of all sort of problems large ISPs will have to deal in terms of support if they switch to ipv6, in terms of phone service, visits, substitution of cable modems, support for old machines running none/bogus ipv6 implementation.

Just think of all the programs coded years ago, with ipv4 hardwired in (I know 4to6, but your client does not).

Not easy as flick a switch.

about 5 months ago
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Nanodot-Based Smartphone Battery Recharges In 30 Seconds

Kurast Re:Extraordinary claims... (227 comments)

This seems like a super capacitor and a battery put together. You charge the capacitor, and it slowly charges the battery.

about 5 months ago
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If Ridesharing Is Banned, What About Ride-Trading?

Kurast Re:And, there could be a notice: (353 comments)

All Donations Are

For Time And

Companionship Only

Anything Else That

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about 6 months ago
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IRS: Bitcoin Is Property, Not Currency

Kurast Re:What about other crypto-coins? (273 comments)

It is not a law, it is just a guidance, that is, their current interpretation of the law. It can change easily.

about 6 months ago
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How Engineers Are Building a Power Station At the South Pole

Kurast Re:Microwaves? (108 comments)

He meant microwaves for transmitting power, not for communication.

about 6 months ago
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EU Plastic Bag Debate Highlights a Wider Global Problem

Kurast Re:Solution (470 comments)

I live in Brazil and sometimes I walk to the market.
Some upper end markets here give you a paper bag with handles, like this one:
http://blogs.estadao.com.br/curiocidade/files/2012/03/sacola_papel_SantaLuzia-682x1024.jpg
I prefer those to plastic ones. They easily handle 10kg(about 25 lbs, for americans), where the plastic ones barely get 2kg(5 lbs) without punctures. Also they are very sturdy, and survive minor rain.
With two of those paper bags I can take the equivalent of ten or more plastic bags, and they don't hurt my fingers like the plastic ones do.

about 10 months ago
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Physicists Plan to Build a Bigger LHC

Kurast Re:You need another one? So soon? (263 comments)

FUCK THAT! We are going five blades! I tell you what, we will go straight to a 1 PeV collider, and we will build it on the moon!
They told me to go just to 100 TeV, but I said no to those. We are going five blades!

about 10 months ago
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What If the "Sharing Economy" Organized a Strike, and Nobody Came?

Kurast Re:cutting drivers pay can end up badly (139 comments)

And I have yet to understand why pizzas are delivered in the US using cars, instead of motorcycles or bikes like the rest of the world.

about a year ago
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I wish my car could...

Kurast Re:I want a Delorean (443 comments)

They could make the car reach timewarp speed at 77 and nothing would change, but no, they chose 88 to be less practical.

about a year ago
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Write Windows Phone Apps, No Code Required

Kurast Ad (210 comments)

This slashvertisment is a courtesy of Microsoft.

about a year ago
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Germany: Bitcoin Is "Private Money"

Kurast Re:Excelent. (223 comments)

The exchange rate on the EUR/USD variates also, but you can calculate profits in euro holdings if you wish. The mining is irrelevant: you are doing some work,using some electricity and get paid in return. There is nothing new in this.

about a year ago
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Former NSA Chief Warns Hackers Will Attack US If Snowden Is Captured

Kurast Re:Same Brush Syndrome (413 comments)

I like how he lumps "activists" in together with Lulzsec and Anonymous.

Within a couple of years, the US media will be using "activist" as a synonym for "terrorist".

Sadly, most Americans will go right along with this.

Fox News does that already.

about a year ago

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Brazil Blackout

Kurast Kurast writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Kurast (1662819) writes "Combine a 60 Minutes piece on cyber terrorism on Sunday night with a Brazil blackout that happened today, November 10, 2009, that has "tens of millions of people" without electricity and we have a new threat at the forefront of everyone's minds. The full story about the Brazil blackout can be read at NPR.org in the article "Blackout Leaves Millions Without Power in Brazil" by Mark Memmott (http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2009/11/brazil_blackout_electricity.html) . According to the article power is out in much of San Paulo and Rio de Janeiro.

The 60 Minutes piece from Sunday, November 8, (http://it.slashdot.org/story/09/11/09/0012226/Massive-Power-Outages-In-Brazil-Caused-By-Hackers) blamed blackouts in Brazil in 2005 and 2007 on cyber terrorism and stated it is becoming a serious threat to the United States. With more and more utilities becoming controlled by computers a strike against the power grid in the U.S. is rising to the top of possible terrorist attacks. The 60 Minutes piece goes into greater detail on the effects of an attack on the electricity grid of a major U.S. city."

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