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Geminid Meteor Shower This Weekend

NMBob Re:When/Where (24 comments)

I think I saw two of them last night (Tues) just in the couple of minutes it took to take out the garbage. One to the north and one to the west...from Gemini. This was early too. Like 9:30pm. Hope the weather holds out in New Mexico.

about two weeks ago
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The Cost of the "S" In HTTPS

NMBob Re:Are we ready to accept it? (238 comments)

I don't know. I thought encrypting everything ate up more bandwidth with more overhead, and I just notice the little padlock icon by the URL more and more. Something is sure driving up the number of bytes for basically an unchanged daily reading pattern. Don't notice it, of course, when using WiFi. Maybe it's just more cloudcrap going on, but that shouldn't have changed much, either, and it's megabytes. Darn NSA. I understand, except for my problem. :)

about two weeks ago
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The Cost of the "S" In HTTPS

NMBob Re:Are we ready to accept it? (238 comments)

I used to be able to surf the headlines of my morning list of websites before going to work on my iPad using a Verizon connection for about 10MBs. It now takes about 15MBs. That could be iOS8, HTTPS, the lack advertising blocking software and/or the increase in advertisements, or whatever. The point is megabytes is [now] money [that I have to pay for], and I don't get any say in controlling the amount of my data plan everyone sucks up -- if I still want to keep reading the same set of headlines in the morning.

about two weeks ago
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Technical Hitches Delay Orion Capsule's First Launch

NMBob Re:Rocket science is called so for a reason (71 comments)

The only problem I have is that they saw this same valve problem on a previous (the last one?) launch of the DIVH. And I can't imagine they didn't see it during testing too. I guess they didn't think it was important enough to stop a launch, and fix it before it did. Watching the wind to 'manual'. Too funny. It's sad that they thought they needed a computer to watch the wind in the first place. What's the saying? Hoisted by my own petard?

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Objective C Vs. Swift For a New iOS Developer?

NMBob I'd say you are gong to have to do both. (211 comments)

When full-on apps can be written in Swift (like when the language is up to it) iOS and all of the API stuff and most of the books and documentation and example code will still be in Objective-C, so you'll have to understand it. Once all of that starts getting converted to Swift then you will have to know Swift. It can be done on your own, but it is an uphill battle. Understand C and that will be half the battle.

about three weeks ago
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Toyota Names Upcoming Hydrogen Fuel Cell Car

NMBob Re:How do I refill it? (194 comments)

I think he meant that he was uncertain about the name.

about a month ago
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Toyota Names Upcoming Hydrogen Fuel Cell Car

NMBob Re:At -40F/C? (194 comments)

I meant the "exahust" out the tail pipe. Where I work it would be great to power our equipment with fuel cells in the Arctic/Antarctica, but there's no way to get rid of all of that water vapor exhaust. It will eventually build up into a big chunk of ice. And if everyone starts using this you can't just let it drip on to the road in cold climates, or the road will be covered with ice, and you can't keep it in some tank where it will freeze. I guess there will just have to be some oil-buring heater add-on that evaporates it. :)

about a month ago
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Toyota Names Upcoming Hydrogen Fuel Cell Car

NMBob At -40F/C? (194 comments)

...and emit only water vapor.

about a month ago
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Physicists Resurrect an Old, Strange Dark Matter Theory

NMBob Re:Strange? (138 comments)

They have to justify the money they are given somehow. If they just said it was 'common stuff' they wouldn't get anything. Kinda like global warming people. (Oh, now I've done it.)

about a month and a half ago
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NASA Announces Mars 2020 Rover Payload

NMBob They missed one. (109 comments)

Where's the seismometer? Three would have been nice. It could have dropped them off at three different places.

about 5 months ago
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"BadUSB" Exploit Makes Devices Turn "Evil"

NMBob Re:and this is news why? (205 comments)

Or they could already come programmed from a "trusted" factory. It's not like that hasn't happened before. Yikes!

about 5 months ago
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NASA: Lunar Pits and Caves Could House Astronauts

NMBob I've seen this before. (157 comments)

The movie 2001? They land on the moon and descend into a pit.

about 5 months ago
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Evidence of a Correction To the Speed of Light

NMBob Now we know everything? (347 comments)

So I guess there's no question that we know every detail of what happens as a star is collapsing and that the photons didn't just take longer than we think they should to make their way out? And, also, wasn't this optical photons they were looking for? What if there was a brightening, but below the threshold of the detectors? If it's radio/X-rays/etc. then see the first sentence.

about 6 months ago
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First Movie of an Entire Brain's Neuronal Activity

NMBob Re:Having no idea... (44 comments)

Oops...read the article. 302 neurons. They were not looking at all of them.

about 6 months ago
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First Movie of an Entire Brain's Neuronal Activity

NMBob Re:Having no idea... (44 comments)

We're going to need a computer to figure that all out. :) Thanks for the info. I guess I'd better go find something to read on the subject. It all, literally, boggles the mind. Did that nematodes brain actually only have a couple/few dozen neurons?

about 6 months ago
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First Movie of an Entire Brain's Neuronal Activity

NMBob Having no idea... (44 comments)

Do neurons just fire or not fire in a binary fashion, or are there different levels/voltages of on and off?

about 6 months ago
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US Supreme Court Invalidates Patent For Being Software Patent

NMBob One button safe? (220 comments)

So you mean it might be safe to poke one button on a coke machine and purchase a Coke again without worrying about Amazon's lawyers showing up behind you? Whoa!

about 6 months ago
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US To Charge Chinese Military Employees With Hacking

NMBob Re:Shocked! Shocked! (225 comments)

If only we could shut down Eric's like they did Rick's.

about 7 months ago
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US To Charge Chinese Military Employees With Hacking

NMBob Net neutrality sucks (225 comments)

The NSA was pissed, because all of the Chinese espionage traffic was slowing down their espionage traffic, and with everyone only getting an equal slice of the bandwidth...well Holder had to to something.

about 7 months ago
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Game of Thrones Author George R R Martin Writes with WordStar on DOS

NMBob Atta boy! (522 comments)

Now I AM going to buy all the books and read them after the TV thing is over. I hope just about all "modern" word processor writers just felt a slap in the face, although part of it must be the users fault too. :) -- Waiting semi-patiently for next weeks episode.

about 7 months ago

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