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Rosetta Hunts For Comet Touch Down Site For Philae Lander

Mateorabi Effing JS (17 comments)

Of the thirty some domains trying to execute javascript from that page, anyone have the secret combination to temporarily let through noscript so the right-arrow "next image" button works? Just discovery.com and their cdn is not sufficient.

about three weeks ago
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Two South African Cancer Patients Receive 3D Printed Titanium Jaw Implants

Mateorabi "Waste" (71 comments)

While I find the 3d printing damn cool, the editorializing about the waste struck me as an odd comment for subby to make. I'm guessing that a lot of powder gets left over by this new process just as milling from a solid block leaves shavings. But those should be just as easily melted down and recycled in the next job, so not really wasted. (And if they are thrown away, it means that reusing them just isn't economical, so the 'waste' isn't that valuable anyway.)

I think the better argument where 3D wins is the ability to get arbitrary shapes that could be impossible to make with traditional machining or casting.

about 2 months ago
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Following EU Ruling, BBC Article Excluded From Google Searches

Mateorabi Re:Blaming Google (239 comments)

There's another one with just one L, and he has NO sense of humor.

about 3 months ago
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Favorite Star Wars Movie?

Mateorabi Re:Episode V! (457 comments)

There's a great short story about an AT-AT test pilot doing war-games for the brass and the weapon's designers. In one test engagement against A-wings he has the new AT-AT kneel down before shooting back. When they ask him why afterwards, he explains that he thought the A-wings might try to trip him up. After horrid stares amongst the designers and their bosses, they decide the best "fix" is to ship his smart ass to Tatooine so they can sweep it under the rug and stay on schedule.

about 5 months ago
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Navy Debuts New Railgun That Launches Shells at Mach 7

Mateorabi Re:IANA Physicist, So... (630 comments)

On it's problematic use as rocket fuel oxidizer: "...the operator is confronted with the problem of coping with a metal-fluorine fire. For dealing with this situation, I have always recommended a good pair of running shoes." -John Drury Clark

about 6 months ago
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Online Skim Reading Is Taking Over the Human Brain

Mateorabi Meh (224 comments)

tl;dr

about 6 months ago
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Why Darmok Is a Good Star Trek: TNG Episode

Mateorabi Re:Can I vote for.. (512 comments)

"Inner Light", a favorite. It still gets a little dusty in the room when it's on. The flute went for mondo-bucks at auction, and is one of the rare examples of actual continuity in the show. (Beverly remembering they had a freaking Sun Shield a few episodes later. And using it once! Being another rare example) I will say that the Wesley episode with Ashley Judd had....redeeming qualities. And disqualifies Wil Wheaton from complaining, ever, about being Wesley.

about 6 months ago
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Jack A. Kinzler, Savior of the Skylab Mission, Dies At 94

Mateorabi Re:Let me help (34 comments)

I saw a man with a telescope.

about 6 months ago
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Using Google Maps To Intercept FBI and Secret Service Calls

Mateorabi Re:Lucky (137 comments)

...and here is your receipt for my receipt.

about 6 months ago
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How An Astronaut Nearly Drowned During a Space Walk

Mateorabi Re:Space Seems Surprisingly Safe (144 comments)

I prefer the "horseshoes, hand grenades, and tactical nuclear weapons" variant.

about 6 months ago
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New England Burns Jet Fuel To Keep Lights On

Mateorabi Invisible Hand (230 comments)

So this wasn't an equipment failure requiring a backup, but just market price fluctuation: The cost of natural gas per Watt generated went above the cost per Watt of the fuel for the backup generators, due to the high demand for natural gas as demand rose as temperatures fell. Sounds like Econ 101.

1. Why didn't the wholesale electric prices rise in tandem with the gas price to keep generation economical? Capped by fixed residential rates?

2. Why didn't the generators use the derivatives market to hedge against spikes in gas prices so they'd be able to keep buying as demand/price rose?

about 8 months ago
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Alan Turing Pardoned

Mateorabi Re:Not enough, (415 comments)

How do we know you aren't just a cleverly written perl script?

about 9 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Why Do Mobile Versions of Websites Suck?

Mateorabi 6x Budget (382 comments)

Unfortunately the trend seems to be to optimize the site for mobile (all of them, at once) and say to-hell-with-PC-browsers. With extremely minimalist, Metro-like, stripped-of-any-useful-information pages now. So now the question has become "why do websites suck?". Lowest Common Denominator experience. Meetup.com went this way a few months ago and is now a shadow of its former self.

about 9 months ago
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Polynesians May Have Invented Binary Math

Mateorabi Re:There were 10 types of ancient societies (170 comments)

No there are 10 types of people:
Those that understand binary
Those that don't
And those that don't realize the joke is base-3.

about 9 months ago
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Should companies start using drones for common tasks, like package delivery?

Mateorabi Re:false comparison (378 comments)

These are delivery drones. I want them to figure out the route FROM the liquor store.

about 10 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Would You Stop a Debt Collection Scam From Targeting You?

Mateorabi Re:Fax machine (497 comments)

You can purchase a commercial device that spoofs some sort of disconnected/out-of-service tone just as you pick up the receiver. To normal humans it sounds like a quick beep, but to the auto-dialer software it makes it think the number is no longer valid and removes you from the list without handing it off to a human rep. They tell you to expect some calls with no one on the other end for a bit, while you are in the process of being auto-removed from various lists.

about 10 months ago
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Man In Tesla Model S Fire Explains What Happened

Mateorabi Re:They should upgrade the warning ... (526 comments)

They should sample the "You have five minutes to reach minimum safe distance" ship's computer sound clip from Alien.

about a year ago
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Infosys Fined $35M For Illegally Bringing Programmers Into US On Visitor Visas

Mateorabi Re:Big deal (201 comments)

Give H1B holders who blow the whistle on their employers violating the law (overworking them, or claiming and paying them as if it were a much lower skilled job that in reality is higher skilled, the employer just wanted to scare off US workers, etc.) either fast-path to a Green Card, double the pay (paid by fines) they would have earned, and/or freedom to move to a different employer for their stay.

I.e. change the incentives for H1B visa holders to rat out misbehaving employers, rather than being scared to say anything because they loose if they do.

about a year ago

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