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MIT Designs Tsunami Proof Floating Nuclear Reactor

Muad'Dave Re:wonder bout... (216 comments)

Look up "Thrust Fault", and no, it doesn't have anything to do with failing turbine engines.

2 days ago
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Mathematicians Use Mossberg 500 Pump-Action Shotgun To Calculate Pi

Muad'Dave Re:Um, no? (307 comments)

Thank you, Stilgar.

5 days ago
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NASA To Send SpaceX Resupply Capsule To ISS Despite Technical Problems

Muad'Dave Re:WHOSE technical problems? (71 comments)

Uhh, both "its" refer to NASA - its resupply mission and its computer in the ISS. Is that what you tried to say in an overly complicated way?

5 days ago
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UN: Renewables, Nuclear Must Triple To Save Climate

Muad'Dave Re:The Real Solution (432 comments)

Actually, in less than about 40 years, it will be 'me first'. I have no children, so I'm doing my part to nip the population explosion in the bud. For that matter, so are my brother and one of my sisters. Out of us four siblings, there are only 2 children.

about a week ago
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Raspberry Pi's Eben Upton: How We're Turning Everyone Into DIY Hackers

Muad'Dave Re:Am I getting old? (90 comments)

I already had most of the components laying around, but I did buy power supplies for the Pi's. I also have one in the attic running dump1090 and the upload client for flightradar24 - it has no case either, and I'm using a <$15 RTL tuner from nooelec.com.

Flash Card: $6
Case: None - taped naked to the back of the TV
Power: About $7
HDMI Cable: $3
Ethernet cable: already had tons laying around, or could make one for $1

Grand total: $17

about a week ago
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Can the ObamaCare Enrollment Numbers Be Believed?

Muad'Dave Re:Why is this so difficult to believe? (722 comments)

As I said earlier:

According to this, the deadline for many 1099-ish forms is actually February 18th, and Fidelity in particular has chronically received special dispensation until MARCH 17TH!!!

about two weeks ago
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Can the ObamaCare Enrollment Numbers Be Believed?

Muad'Dave Re:Why is this so difficult to believe? (722 comments)

According to this, the deadline for many 1099-ish forms is actually February 18th, and Fidelity in particular has chronically received special dispensation until MARCH 17TH!!!

about two weeks ago
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Australia Declares Homeopathy Nonsense, Urges Doctors to Inform Patients

Muad'Dave Re:Twisting a geek quote (408 comments)

I believe that's my line.

about two weeks ago
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Raspberry Pi's Eben Upton: How We're Turning Everyone Into DIY Hackers

Muad'Dave Re:Am I getting old? (90 comments)

I use a stock $35 Pi running XBMC with no other hardware needed - what did you spend the other $65 on? I use the XBMC iPhone app to control it - no need for a remote. The Pi is taped to the back of the TV with ethernet and power plugged in.

about two weeks ago
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Tesla: A Carmaker Or Grid-Storage Company?

Muad'Dave Re:Daimler? (151 comments)

No, not an appeal to authority. I simply pointed you to an article showing that at least one engine manufacturer doesn't see the point of investing BILLIONS in F1 if the engines they're required to develop are based on normally-aspirated, relatively large V8s that are no longer in line with the direction of the auto industry. They want to be developing engine technology that has a return on investment and that is applicable to their core business - you know, road cars?

about two weeks ago
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Tesla: A Carmaker Or Grid-Storage Company?

Muad'Dave Re:Daimler? (151 comments)

Renault disagrees with you. They made "I'm gonna pull of out F1 if you don't use engine technology that is applicable to consumer autos" noises. They got their wish, with the help of the French F1 head dude Jean Todt.

about two weeks ago
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DARPA Embraces Nature With Establishment of Biological Technologies Office

Muad'Dave Re:This has a lot of potential (40 comments)

Jaime Sommers

I had the most massive crush on her as a young teen. Wowzers!

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Experiences With Free To Air Satellite TV?

Muad'Dave Re:cm and lbs? (219 comments)

We have that with tire measurements - 205/45R17 is a 205mm wide tire with a 0.45*205=92 mm sidewall, made for a 17 INCH rim.

about three weeks ago
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Are DVDs Inconvenient On Purpose?

Muad'Dave Re:Answer is totally obvious - content providers (490 comments)

Note that you do NOT purchase the movie on the disk, you purchase the physical media and a license to view the disk in any manner the studio decides as terms of the license.

http://www.avvo.com/legal-answ...

The first few support my stance, and the last two do not seem to, however I think they're wrong in that renting out a movie does not constitute 'disposal' of the DVD. BTW IANAL, YMMV.

about three weeks ago
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Remote ATM Attack Uses SMS To Dispense Cash

Muad'Dave 'Magic Number' could be a valid Credit Card Number (150 comments)

FWIW, the magic number '5449610000583686' mentioned in the article passes the Luhn Algorithm, and is therefore valid as a credit card number. The BIN indicates the card was/would be issued by the following bank, transcribed from this site:

Bin: 544961
Card Brand: MASTERCARD
Issuing Bank: HSBC BANK (PANAMA) S.A.
Card Type: CREDIT
Card Level: PLATINUM
Iso Country Name: PANAMA
Iso Country A2: PA
Iso Country A3: PAN
Iso Country Number: 591

about a month ago
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ATM malware, controlled by a text message, spews cash

Muad'Dave The magic number is a 'valid' CC number (1 comments)

FWIW, the magic number '5449610000583686' mentioned in the article passes the Luhn Algorithm, and is therefore valid as a credit card number. The BIN indicates the card was/would be issued by the following bank, transcribed from this site:

Bin: 544961
Card Brand: MASTERCARD
Issuing Bank: HSBC BANK (PANAMA) S.A.
Card Type: CREDIT
Card Level: PLATINUM
Iso Country Name: PANAMA
Iso Country A2: PA
Iso Country A3: PAN
Iso Country Number: 591

about a month ago

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NRO to declassify Cold-War Spy Sat Tech

Muad'Dave Muad'Dave writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Muad'Dave (255648) writes "The National Reconnaissance Office is set to reveal details of two of the cold war's most capable spy satellite programs on September 17th — the GAMBIT and HEXAGON projects, aka the keyhole KH-7, -8, and -9 satellites. These bus-sized sats provided critical imagery during the height of the cold war, and were likely the inspiration for the movie "Ice Station Zebra".

The article links midway down the first page provide a fascinating look into the world of real spy-vs-spy, cloak-and-dagger intelligence gathering."

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US Air Force secret X-37B orbiter lands

Muad'Dave Muad'Dave writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Muad'Dave (255648) writes "The US Air Force's secret X-37B orbiter landed at Vandenberg AFB early this morning. Amateur satellite watchers determined the orbit and detected several orbital maneuvers. From the press release:

30th Space Wing Public Affairs

12/3/2010 — VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. — The U.S. Air Force's first unmanned re-entry spacecraft landed at Vandenberg Air Force Base at 1:16 a.m. today.

The X-37B, named Orbital Test Vehicle 1 (OTV-1), conducted on-orbit experiments for more than 220 days during its maiden voyage. It fired its orbital maneuver engine in low-earth orbit to perform an autonomous reentry before landing.

The X-37B is the newest and most advanced re-entry spacecraft. Managed by the Air Force Rapid Capabilities Office (AFRCO), the X-37B program performs risk reduction, experimentation and concept of operations development for reusable space vehicle technologies.

"Today's landing culminates a successful mission based on close teamwork between the 30th Space Wing, Boeing and the Air Force Rapid Capabilities Office," said Lt Col Troy Giese, X-37B program manager from the AFRCO. "We are very pleased that the program completed all the on-orbit objectives for the first mission."

OTV-1's de-orbit and landing mark the transition from the on-orbit demonstration phase to a refurbishment phase for the program.

The Air Force is preparing to launch the next X-37B, OTV-2, in Spring 2011 aboard an Atlas V booster."
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Has NASA found ET?

Muad'Dave Muad'Dave writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Muad'Dave (255648) writes ""NASA is expected to make an announcement Thursday (Dec. 2) about a new scientific finding that 'will impact the search for extraterrestrial life,' the space agency said in a statement." Has NASA found ET, or just an exoplanet that looks promising? Maybe they found a fossil on Mars..."
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Target pharmacy begins scanning driver's licences

Muad'Dave Muad'Dave writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Muad'Dave (255648) writes "This evening I picked up my regular prescriptions at my local Target pharmacy. As I was paying for them, the cashier asked to 'see my ID'. That was not typical, but I assumed she was going to verify the photo. Before I could stop her, she flipped it over without looking at the front and scanned the 2D barcode on the back. I asked her why she did that, and her answer was that the system 'required' it.

I went to the customer service desk and asked them why they thought they were entitled to scan my license. Their first answer was that it was a convenient way to validate my birthday, and that was all that was on the 2D barcode. When I mentioned that I know there's more data than that, she then said that it was a convenient way to verify that the ID was present. I mentioned that verifying the presence of an ID required more data than the DOB, and she agreed, contradicting her earlier statement that all they scanned was the DOB.

The is a Federal law addressing who can and cannot scan licenses, but it's so full of loopholes as to be useless.

Apparently I'm not the only one bothered by their attitude on privacy.

Have you been subjected to this invasion of your privacy by Target?"
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CircuitCity.com Rises From the Ashes

Muad'Dave Muad'Dave writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Muad'Dave (255648) writes "From www.circuitcity.com:

Systemax Inc. is Re-Launching the Circuit City brand with new Lower Prices, new Wider Selection, new Faster Shipping, and a better 24/7 Customer First Service Department.

Circuit City served American Shoppers for 60 Years. We're here to continue that tradition online with lower prices and special deals, a better selection of the products you want most, award winning customer service and same day shipping, starting at $1.99."
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Satellite debris forces ISS crew into rescue craft

Muad'Dave Muad'Dave writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Muad'Dave (255648) writes "CNN is reporting that the crew of the International Space Station was forced to take refuge from a possible collision of the ISS with a piece of space debris Thursday. From the article:

"Floating debris from a satellite forced the crew of the international space station to retreat to a safety capsule Thursday, according to a NASA news release. .. The debris was too close for the space station to move out of the way, so the station's 18 crew members were temporarily evacuated to a the station's Soyuz TMA-13 capsule, NASA said.""
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Cheap, super-efficient LEDs on the horizon

Muad'Dave Muad'Dave writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Muad'Dave (255648) writes "According to this article, cheap Gallium Nitride LEDs are now possible, thanks to a process that controls the rate at which GaN shrinks when cooled, making it possible to grow GaN on silicon.

"They included layers of aluminium gallium nitride in their LED design. These layers shrink at a much slower rate during cooling and help to counteract the fast-shrinkage of pure gallium nitride. These LEDs can be grown on silicon as so many other electronics components are."

"A 15-centimetre silicon wafer costs just $15 and can accommodate 150,000 LEDs making the cost per unit tiny. That levels the playing field with CFLs, which many people only ever saw as a stopgap solution to the lighting problem.""
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Circuit City To Be Liquidated

Muad'Dave Muad'Dave writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Muad'Dave (255648) writes "According to an MSNBC article, Circuit City Stores will be liquidating all of their inventory in 567 stores. Only a few years ago, Circuit City was the #1 electronics retailer, and its stock was over $100/share."
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Circuit City up against Jan. 16th 'hard deadline'

Muad'Dave Muad'Dave writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Muad'Dave (255648) writes "Circuit City's lifeclock is winding down, according to this CNN article. The article states that Circuit City is such bad shape that "..it has until the end of next week to reach a deal with "interested" parties to help it stay in business or else it may have to start liquidating.

'Circuit City is coming up against a very hard deadline,' said Justin MacFarlane, director with turnaround firm AlixPartners. 'If they can't find a buyer [then] there's a real risk of the company going out of business.'""
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Election Poll Suggestion

Muad'Dave Muad'Dave writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Muad'Dave (255648) writes "How about a poll asking, "Who do you _want_ to win the election, and who do you _think_ will win the election?"
  • McCain/McCain
  • McCain/Obama
  • Obama/Obama
  • Obama/McCain
  • Cowboy Neal/Cthulhu
"
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The Re-Entry of ATV: One Final Experiment

Muad'Dave Muad'Dave writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Muad'Dave (255648) writes "The SETI Institute, in cooperation with the European Space Agency is organizing a mission to record the fiery breakup of the ATV/Jules Verne spacecraft as it re-enters Earth's atmosphere on September 29th.

From the article:

A documentation of the breakup process could help validate the models built to study how that fragmentation evolves in a series of disruptions of major components. At reentry into the atmosphere, ATV would execute one final experiment before the mission completion. Our experience with meteor spectroscopy carried the promise of perhaps being able to identify some of the fragments from their radiation signatures. The ATV-1 "Jules Verne" Multi-Instrument Aircraft Campaign was born. "
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Flying Spaghetti Monster spotted; magnet-powered!

Muad'Dave Muad'Dave writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Muad'Dave (255648) writes "Our Lord FSM has been spotted, and is apparently powered by giant magnetic fields. No word on when His Noodliness will approach our world.

From the article:
Long-lived magnetic fields are sustaining a mammoth network of spaghetti-like gas filaments around a black hole, a new study suggests. Previously, it was not clear what prevented the delicate filaments from being destroyed by competing gravitational forces. "
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Opportunity Takes a Dip Into Victoria Crater

Muad'Dave Muad'Dave writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Muad'Dave (255648) writes "From the NASA News Release:

Today, NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity entered Victoria Crater for the first time. It radioed home information via a relay by NASA's Mars Odyssey orbiter, reporting its activities for the day. Opportunity drove far enough in — about four meters (13 feet) — to get all six wheels past the crater rim. Then it backed uphill for about three meters (10 feet). The driving commands for the day included a precaution for the rover to stop driving if its wheels were slipping more than 40 percent. Slippage exceeded that amount on the last step of the drive, so Opportunity stopped with its front pair of wheels still inside the crater.

This marks the beginning of perhaps the greatest 'Opportunity' for new discoveries on Mars."

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