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Google Aims To Be Your Universal Translator

MachDelta Re:Baby Translator (122 comments)

I'd like a Canine to English translator too.

I'm pretty sure at least one of my dogs is the equivalent of Anchorman's 'Brick' character.

about two weeks ago

Every Weapon, Armored Truck, and Plane the Pentagon Gave To Local Police

MachDelta 24kt Solo Cups? (191 comments)

What I'm curious about is how in the hell two disposable cups cost $127.30
Or how 220 gauze bandages comes to $424.60
Or 17 rolls of "pressure sensitive adhesive tape" (read: likely duct tape or equivalent) is $281.69
And a single plastic bag listed at $194.75

Does the US military electroplate their gear with precious metals before selling it, or what? I'm not even a US citizen, but those prices - sans a reasonable explanation - seem obscene.

PS: Taken from the MO Department of Public Safety.

about 2 months ago

The Software Big Oil's PR Firm Uses To "Convert Average Citizens"

MachDelta Re:...and Greenpeace... (110 comments)

Didn't Keystone XL die in senate the other day?

about 2 months ago

Firefox Signs Five-Year Deal With Yahoo, Drops Google as Default Search Engine

MachDelta Re:In Russia, Yandex uses YOU (400 comments)

DDG uses a multitude of sources for it's results, like Yandex, Bing, Yahoo, and others (it will directly pull stuff from Wikipedia, Wolfram Alpha, etc) including it's own crawler. So no, it's not just a front end for someone else's results, it's more of an aggregator with a focus on privacy/anonymity.

about 2 months ago

Three-Way Comparison Shows PCs Slaying Consoles In Dragon Age Inquisition

MachDelta Re: Duh (227 comments)

Actually, Inquisition is available on last gen consoles (PS3 + X360), but that fact is often glossed over. It would have been interesting to see them included in the comparisons here.

about 2 months ago

Battlestar Galactica Creator Glen A. Larson Dead At 77

MachDelta Re:Sci Fi Really Ages Quickly (186 comments)

Space: Above and Beyond followed a very similar path to the original BSG (only ran one season, etc.) Except it was, arguably, pretty well written. It was definitely one of those 'ahead of it's time' shows. I could see a reboot doing very well, if only someone could wrestle the rights away from Fox - and this time not spend such a huge chunk of the production budget on bleeding edge CGI (which ended up being the perfect reason to axe it).

about 2 months ago

Researchers At Brown University Shattered a Quantum Wave Function

MachDelta Re:Poetic (150 comments)

...cordoned off like parking stalls?
...like 60/40 split folding rear seats?
...dual zone climate control?

about 3 months ago

The Airplane of the Future May Not Have Windows

MachDelta Re:After the first five minutes (286 comments)

I'm the same way - I love staring out the window of an airplane. I'll bring hours of entertainment on a flight, and then spend half the trip just wistfully gazing out the window.

One of my favorite moments (and quite probably a formative moment of my love for window seats on planes) was a landing at Victoria (or maybe it was Vancouver, been a while) airport. I was a young teenager, and was seated just aft of the left wing. I didn't know much about aircraft then, so when we touched down and all of a sudden the rear engine cowling splits in half and rejoins behind the exhaust to form a redirection chute (thrust reversal), and then the pilot throttles up (I've always loved the whistle of turbines and the power of a jet engine) while the plane shudders and rumbles to a stop... I was in heaven. I'm sure my eyes were the size of saucer plates. It was the most amazing thing I'd ever seen, like discovering you were actually riding a transformer the whole time. And that moment of surprise and joy is frozen in time in my memory, along with my love of window seats on airplanes. I'd be sad if they ever took that away.

about 3 months ago

Apple To Face $350 Million Trial Over iPod DRM

MachDelta Re:This is typical of the "Jobs era" Apple (135 comments)

Actually, Cowon makes an MP3 player (X7) with a 120 or 160gb HDD, although I haven't used that model myself.

They also have an audiophile device (Plenue1) that has 128gb flash + SD card (up to another 128). Beautiful device with some crazy features (when's the last time you saw optical out on an MP3 player?) - just don't ask about the price.

about 4 months ago

Comcast Tells Government That Its Data Caps Aren't Actually "Data Caps"

MachDelta Re:I get it. (341 comments)

You joke, but two(ish) decades ago we had an ISP tell my father that their "Unlimited Internet" referred to unlimited access (eg: 24/7/365) and not unlimited bandwidth. When he asked what the monthly data allowance was, he was told that there wasn't one... but it wasn't unlimited. It was just that our household was using more bandwidth than usual (entirely my fault, being a tech-crazed teenager at the time) and it would be really nice if we would cut that out - for the good of the network. So my father explained that he had a better solution for the good of the network, and canceled our cable TV and internet on the spot. We signed up with their competition (who assured my father that their unlimited internet really was unlimited) the next day.

Of course, now no one in my area offers an unlimited bandwidth internet package for anything shy of $130/mo.

about 5 months ago

Synolocker 0-Day Ransomware Puts NAS Files At Risk

MachDelta Re:Update from Synology-sec issue patched 12/2013 (150 comments)

[quote]Unlike a desktop OS, browser, or other software, the DiskStation does not normally remind you to do this. You have to check manually.[/quote]
It's trivially easy to set up a Synology NAS to email/sms/skype/etc you about both OS and package upgrades being available, at least on the versions of DSM I've used.

about 6 months ago

Emails Show Feds Asking Florida Cops To Deceive Judges About Surveillance Tech

MachDelta Re:Clearly illegal? (251 comments)

Depends on who you ask. Their excuse here is that they're not wiretapping anything, they're just playing 'Marco Polo' with your phone while moving around so they can triangulate where you are so then they can get a warrant. Supposedly, they aren't listening to your calls (not that you'd have any way of verifying that or even challenging it in court) so it doesn't count as wiretapping. In reality, this is taking a page out of the NSA's playbook and trying to skirt the law on a technicality.

about 7 months ago

Are US Hybrid Sales Peaking Already?

MachDelta Re:Well that seems just fine (377 comments)

There are definitely hybrids that could be considered chick-magenets. The McLaren P1 and Porsche 918 Spyder come to mind. The problem with them is that their price tags are of the "if you have to ask..." variety.

about 7 months ago

Cockpit Revealed For Bloodhound Supersonic Car

MachDelta Re:not impressed (81 comments)

jet engines are for flying, any other use is stupid

I respectfully disagree. (1 minute video, worth a watch if you haven't seen it)

about 8 months ago

The 69 Words GM Employees Can Never Say

MachDelta Re:Note to myself: (373 comments)

Happened to my 92 Plymouth Laser. I was driving home from work, pulled into the left turn lane, pushed in the clutch and brake to stop for the light, and she just died. I thought it had stalled so I tried to restart but it wouldn't turn over. Timing belt had about half a dozen teeth stripped off it, so the pistons were wedged up against some of the exhaust valves. I hadn't put a lot of miles on that belt (short commute) but it hadn't been replaced in about 5 years and so I guess that was enough time to weaken it. Took a lot of hours to remove and reinstall the head, and having the valvetrain fixed wasn't cheap, but she lived for a few more years before I had to let her go.

Still miss that car though. She was buckets of fun to drive. Sometimes I daydream about finding an old 1G DSM to restore, but there just aren't that many kicking around these days. Oh well.

about 8 months ago

Your Next Online Order Could Be Delivered To Your Car's Trunk

MachDelta Re:And when it doesn't fit (162 comments)

There really isn't. It's because special/delivery instructions aren't read by anyone sorting the packages, they're read by the drivers. And by that point, your box is already on a truck and in your neighbourhood. So they will almost always attempt delivery once because it helps keep the driver's delivery rate up.

Source: I worked for UPS (which stands for "Ur Package... Somewhere?") ~10yrs ago.

about a year ago

EU Commission: Corruption Across EU Costs €120 Billion

MachDelta Re:Relation to Debt Crisis? (196 comments)

...which is why those hardcore libertarians running Sweden are counted "among the countries with the least problems," right?

about a year ago

Environmental Report Raises Pressure On Obama To Approve Keystone Pipeline

MachDelta Re:False premisis (301 comments)

Canada would have as much if not more problems getting oil export terminals set up in Vancouver BC or their east coast ports.

Oh don't worry, that fight has already been ongoing for almost a decade. We should find out this year weather or not it's being greenlit.

about a year ago


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