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Google Is Backing a New $300 Million High-Speed Internet Trans-Pacific Cable

MiniMike Re:Hmmm (135 comments)

That sounds great, but what happens when Google obtains monopoly status in your area?

A quick internet search indicated that there will be no problems, and that we shouldn't worry at all about this. I was then given a link to a free game download. BBL.

about a week ago
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Ancient Worms May Have Saved Life On Earth

MiniMike Credit? (54 comments)

scientists say, these creatures kept oxygen concentrations at just the right level to allow animals and other complex life to evolve.

And they've regretted it ever since.

about two weeks ago
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Hotel Charges Guests $500 For Bad Online Reviews

MiniMike Know how to work with this one... (183 comments)

Say you had a legit bad experience there- so you wait the week or so until they return your deposit to unleash your torrent of critical reviews, or start burning through the deposit while you're still there.

If your experience there was so bad that you can't wait a week to post the review you should probably be talking to a lawyer first anyway.

about two weeks ago
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China Confirms New Generation of ICBM

MiniMike Re:Known since forever (224 comments)

This missile development effort has been known of since forever. Pictures of the TEL has even showed up.

So is it based on stolen U.S. designs, or stolen Russian designs?

about three weeks ago
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The Army Is 3D Printing Warheads

MiniMike Re:I agree (140 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.

about three weeks 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 2 months 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 2 months 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 2 months 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 2 months 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 3 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 3 months 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 3 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 3 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 4 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 4 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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Tae Bo workout sent skyscraper shaking

MiniMike MiniMike writes  |  more than 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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