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The Army Is 3D Printing Warheads

MiniMike Re:I agree (139 comments)

The normal shells weren't penetrating the armour of the German ships, but the concrete filled training shells were punching right through, dealing surprisingly heavy damage.

That's because in their training the Germans were only exposed to abstract shells.

2 days ago
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Hackers Ransom European Domino's Customer Data (including Favourite Toppings)

MiniMike Re:they'd better pay (100 comments)

where will they hide their faces then?

Probably in another pizza.

about a month and a half ago
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Cable Companies Duped Community Groups Into Fighting Net Neutrality

MiniMike My HOA is run by semi-literate morons, so... (170 comments)

I had to check if my HOA had been duped too, because this is just the type of thing they would do. They're not on the list, but if anyone else is interested they should check the list themselves to see if any groups they're members of are on it.

about a month and a half ago
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Britain Gets National .uk Web Address

MiniMike Re:Jayhawks (111 comments)

As a graduate of the U of I (no, not that one, the other- no not that one either. The good one. No, not that good one. Nevermind...) I can sympathize with the confusion aspect of this (although at least we keep our letters in the right order).

about a month and a half ago
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NSF Researcher Suspended For Mining Bitcoin

MiniMike Re:Throw the book... maybe literally at him. (220 comments)

Many of those systems have no (or minimal) idle time. Also, this misuse caused them to consume more power, and increased the wear on the systems components. There was a real impact from this. The $150k indicates a lot of cpu time was consumed for this, but TFA doesn't indicate how much- certainly more than would have been 'spare time'.

about a month and a half ago
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Group Demonstrates 3,000 Km Electric Car Battery

MiniMike Re:Hm.... (363 comments)

That's a small detail. If it can use tap water, it can also use water from the condenser coil or filtered rainwater collection. Or they could just add a small reservoir (similar to the windshield wiper fluid reservoir) which gets topped off when they change the battery.

Or they could just fill it up with the "amazing, mileage extending super water" which would be sure to hit the shelves soon after these batteries are released.

about 2 months ago
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How Open Government Data Saved New Yorkers Thousands On Parking Tickets

MiniMike Re:The Real Story Should Be... (286 comments)

We'll need a follow up to see if they change the markings back in a year.

They'll probably just find other locations to 'fix' the markings on next month, and probably warn the ticket writers not to make it so obvious.

I'm surprised they haven't started disguising fire hydrants as newspaper boxes or trash cans, in order to increase revenue.

about 2 months ago
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Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer Buys the LA Clippers For $2 Billion

MiniMike This might be good for the team (270 comments)

Their hang time should increase dramatically...

about 2 months ago
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Mutant Registration vs. Vaccine Registration

MiniMike Re:Infectious diseases ... (493 comments)

You're forgetting that many people can not be immunized- babies, some elderly, people with compromised immune systems, people with other conditions. etc. These are the people who are most threatened. This threat is in addition to those mentioned in the other comments about mutations, and vaccinations not being 100% effective.

about a month ago
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The Brakes That Stop a 1,000 MPH Bloodhound SSC

MiniMike Re:The solution (262 comments)

I heard that they were actually mortarfied with the results...

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Anti-Theft Products For the Over-Equipped Household?

MiniMike One partial solution (408 comments)

the house is alarmed, but much to my annoyance it isn't always set when people go out for any length of time.

Shock therapy ought to solve this.

You just have to remember to shock them right after they fail to set the alarm, or they won't make the connection between the unwanted behavior and the punishment.

about 2 months ago
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Autonomous Car Ethics: If a Crash Is Unavoidable, What Does It Hit?

MiniMike Re:Adding up braking power. (800 comments)

Adding an additional emergency brake as described would not help, as it would remove equivalent braking potential from the wheels by removing downward force from them. There might be minimal advantage if the e-brake had a higher coefficient of friction, but not likely to be significant.

about 3 months ago
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FCC Proposes $48,000 Fine To Man Jamming Cellphones On Florida Interstate

MiniMike Re:Why did he do it - and why didn't they ask? (427 comments)

Who should we really be labeling insane here, the man trying to make things safer around him, or society who feels they can text, talk, and drive while attempting to control a ton of steel down the freeway at 80MPH?

Your question is phrased poorly, as those are not exclusive options. The answer is that both are idiots*. The first for thinking that a jammer is an effective and appropriate method for increasing safety, the second for disregarding the safety of themselves, their passengers, and those in cars around them.

* insane may not be the appropriate word here, calling people who drive and text insane is an insult to genuinely insane people.

about 2 months ago
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Humans Are Taking Jobs From Robots In Japan

MiniMike It's a new age for robots (80 comments)

Do the robots welcome their new human overlords?

about 3 months ago
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$250K Reward Offered In California Power Grid Attack

MiniMike Re:Why? (111 comments)

We should worry about where bad events could happen.

How much we should worry depends on the probability and the scale of the impact of the bad event.

about 4 months ago
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The Problem With Congress's Scientific Illiterates

MiniMike Re:Don't bother. (509 comments)

Yes, it should be. But then he would be quoting you instead of George Carlin.

about 4 months ago
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Scientists Solve the Mystery of Why Zebras Have Stripes

MiniMike Re:Evolved!? (190 comments)

Longer hair might have other disadvantages, such as worse heat dissipation and (slightly) more weight. Longer hair might also make them more susceptible to burrs, ticks, lice, or other bugs.

about 4 months ago
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An Engineer's Eureka Moment With a GM Flaw

MiniMike Re:Dunno how to feel about this... (357 comments)

Is there a standard or guideline specifying the torque needed to rotate the ignition key away from the 'Run' position? If so, and if this switch (original version) failed to meet it, then GM would be liable. That doesn't make them evil.

The cries of evil come in because they let their customers continue to drive with this potentially very dangerous equipment well after GM was aware of the danger. They knew that this switch had a fault, redesigned it, and issued a TSB to add a 'key cover'- without issuing a warning or a recall. It's like they did the very minimum they could get away with.

Also note that while 13 people died due to this failure, it does not include other accidents where people injured (possibly severely) or accidents where only cars were damaged. It also doesn't count any accidents where this fault contributed, but may not have been discovered.

about 4 months ago
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Tesla Model S Gets Titanium Underbody Shield, Aluminum Deflector Plates

MiniMike Re:Titanium? (314 comments)

So when you're driving your Tesla on the golf course, try to keep on the fairway and out of the rough. Especially avoid running over rocks and golfers carrying titanium clubs.

about 4 months ago

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Tae Bo workout sent skyscraper shaking

MiniMike MiniMike writes  |  about 3 years ago

MiniMike (234881) writes "According to CNN:

Seventeen people performing a vigorous Tae Bo workout caused tremors that forced the evacuation of a South Korean skyscraper earlier this month, the building's owners say. Scientists recreated the event in the 12th floor gym, according to a report in the Korea Times.

I don't know which is scarier, that they made such a flimsy skyscraper, or the sight of 17 scientists doing a Tae Bo workout. Hopefully they're better at it than the scientists I've seen in the gym (note that IAAS)."
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Mugging Victim Tracks Suspects Via IPhone's GPS

MiniMike MiniMike writes  |  more than 4 years ago

MiniMike (234881) writes "According to The Pittsburgh Channel:

A CMU student who was mugged on a street in Shadyside helped Pittsburgh police catch the suspects using his iPhone....

He got on his computer and tracked his iPhone using its global positioning satellite chip. The feature allows users to pinpoint the location of their phone if it's ever lost or stolen.

Police officers tracked the three suspects to an Eat N' Park in North Versailles, where police arrested the men.

No word if the student was given the option to have his iPhone explode while the muggers were using it."
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