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What Would Have Happened If Philae Were Nuclear Powered?

Nethemas the Great Re:Wouldn't it suffer eminent heat death? (519 comments)

The trouble comes when misguided people lacking knowledge about a certain subject nonetheless put a voice to their baseless fears. When considerations are made, their voice is given undue audience. Regrettably in a democracy, the vote of the idiot and the savant are given equal measure. In comparison to the later, the former seems to suffer no lack of abundance.

3 days ago
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Multiple Manufacturers Push Hydrogen Fuel Cell Cars, But Can They Catch Tesla?

Nethemas the Great Re:next gen batteries (281 comments)

What's the relevance? Are you a taxi driver? The average suburban/urban driver puts less than 40 miles on their car per day. I easily recoup my 40 miles from a 110v 15A outlet while I recharge (sleep).

3 days ago
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Multiple Manufacturers Push Hydrogen Fuel Cell Cars, But Can They Catch Tesla?

Nethemas the Great Re:Filling up a natural gas car currently no picni (281 comments)

With very few changes I doubt most urban and suburban dwellers would have issues keeping an electric vehicle sufficiently charged for their day to day. It's a mindset problem. People tend to look at an electric as if it were a petrol car. Few put more than 40 or so miles on their car per day. The reason for the long range of petrol cars is because the refueling process is "attended" and only at specific locations, you have to go to a fueling station and twiddle your thumbs for five or so minutes. If you had to do that every day, or if took more than say 10 minutes each time it'd be considered a real pain in the arse because you have to go to a certain location and stand around waiting for the refueling to complete. With an electric you just run a power cord to the car and walk off. Even if you only have access to a 110V 15A outlet where you live and/or work you'll end up with enough range to keep you going.

3 days ago
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Multiple Manufacturers Push Hydrogen Fuel Cell Cars, But Can They Catch Tesla?

Nethemas the Great Re:Risk is non-zero (281 comments)

Maintenance of equipment, especially the compressor portion would make it a no-go. An LP holding tank is quite a different beast in terms of what can go wrong from the compressor. I also wouldn't doubt there'd be municipal zoning hurdles for the same reason.

3 days ago
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Culberson As Chair of NASA Fundng Subcommittee Makes Europa Mission More Likely

Nethemas the Great With SLS Probably Still Nominally Zero (57 comments)

As long as they're going to rely upon the SLS--which in its own right has a near zero probability of surviving Congress--this mission will still never get off the ground.

about a week ago
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AT&T To "Pause" Gigabit Internet Rollout Until Net Neutrality Is Settled

Nethemas the Great Re:P.S. (308 comments)

I considered this but, I also see a strong and growing stronger movement of municipalities to roll their own. Among other reasons they see it as a means of attracting businesses to their towns. A paradigm shift is going to be forced upon Crapcast and co. whether they like it or not. Cable subscribers are bleeding out of these companies as consumers adopt data only services. Municipalities are now moving in and filling that role with far more attractive offers. Municipalities won't be harmed by title II, but it certainly won't be business as usual for the legacy players under it. As the saying goes "karma's a b**ch".

about two weeks ago
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Debunking a Viral Internet Post About Breastfeeding Racism

Nethemas the Great Re:from the believe-the-worst dept (350 comments)

Perhaps Timmy's puppeteer thought the basement dwellers needed some titillation.

about two weeks ago
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AT&T To "Pause" Gigabit Internet Rollout Until Net Neutrality Is Settled

Nethemas the Great Re:And .... ? (308 comments)

Municipal roll out is more likely. Google's just playing the role of the irritating fly. They don't have any serious inclination to do a mass roll out of Google Fiber.

about two weeks ago
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AT&T To "Pause" Gigabit Internet Rollout Until Net Neutrality Is Settled

Nethemas the Great Re:Net Neutrality is not the reason (308 comments)

As a consumer, not seeing much downside in that one. Can only mean we get rates that resemble the rest of the world. The tellcos have a long history of being money grabbing douche bags--at least here in the US. They got slapped for this with the Ma Bell breakup. They didn't learn. An intervention is long overdue.

about two weeks ago
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AT&T To "Pause" Gigabit Internet Rollout Until Net Neutrality Is Settled

Nethemas the Great Re:They're bluffing (308 comments)

The vars. municipalities telling them to "piss off, we'll do it ourselves."

about two weeks ago
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The Students Who Feel They Have the Right To Cheat

Nethemas the Great Re:Ok... just turned two score, but... (438 comments)

I think you might be searching for the term "nostalgia bias" otherwise known as rosy retrospection.

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Nothing annoys a young person like an old person talking about the "good old days" especially when there exists objective historical records demonstrating that they were dumber, they had a lower quality of life, their technology was inferior, their brand of politics had horrendous consequences, etc..

about two weeks ago
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Website Peeps Into 73,000 Unsecured Security Cameras Via Default Passwords

Nethemas the Great Re:Place the blame where it belongs (321 comments)

Initial set up of the device could certainly require setting a password to activate. However, there's nothing stopping, and many will, set an easily guessable password anyway. Fools will forever be fools.

about three weeks ago
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First Experimental Demonstration of a Trapped Rainbow Using Silicon

Nethemas the Great Re:In the future... (79 comments)

I thought we already complained about the blue screen of death...

about three weeks ago
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Flaw in New Visa Cards Would Let Hackers Steal $1M Per Card

Nethemas the Great Re:Well... no. (126 comments)

Japan may have had these kind of cards for a while but I'm not sure they're a good example. The over whelming majority of transactions in Japan are with cash. Cards (mostly prepaid) have only recently started gaining popularity.

about three weeks ago
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New Crash Test Dummies Reflect Rising American Bodyweight

Nethemas the Great Re:What about the "old normal"? (144 comments)

I thought they already had lap belt extenders...

about a month ago

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Beer drones grounded by the FAA

Nethemas the Great Nethemas the Great writes  |  about 10 months ago

Nethemas the Great (909900) writes "Ice fishermen on Lake Waconia in Minnesota were pleasantly surprised when a Wisconsin brewery, Lakemaid, flew a twelve-pack of their frothy suds over the icy wastes to their warm fishing cabins using a hefty, remote-controlled quadcopter. It was a match made in zero-degree weather: the brewery took orders and flew their drones out to the fishermen who, in turn, didn’t have to trudge to the shore for liquid refreshment. The FAA, however, didn’t find the arrangement so appealing."
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Hear Your Favorite Theme Songs Played by a Floppy-Drive Orchestra

Nethemas the Great Nethemas the Great writes  |  about 2 years ago

Nethemas the Great (909900) writes "While making music with computers is nothing new, it’s rarely quite so literal as the melodies of Youtube user MrSolidSnake74, who transformed eight floppy disk drives into an orchestra of MIDI magic. In the gallery above, you can hear his arrangements based on popular themes from Super Mario Bros, Doctor Who, Ghostbusters, Mega Man, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Game of Thrones and more, as performed by his floppy disk “instruments.”"
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Ballmer Sells $1.3B Worth of Microsoft Shares

Nethemas the Great Nethemas the Great writes  |  about 4 years ago

Nethemas the Great (909900) writes "Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is reported to have sold $1.3B worth of Microsoft shares and expects to clear 25.7 million more for a total 75 million shares by year-end. Ballmer has stated it's for tax preparation and portfolio diversification however, this major sell off will certainly fuel the growing concern that Microsoft is falling behind and failing to adapt to new trends in computing."
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Unambiguous Evidence of Water on the Moon

Nethemas the Great Nethemas the Great writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Nethemas the Great writes "Information has leaked ahead of the scheduled NASA press conference tomorrow that we have found unambiguous evidence for water on the moon. The follow is quoted from Space.com:

Since man first touched the moon and brought pieces of it back to Earth, scientists have thought that the lunar surface was bone dry. But new observations from three different spacecraft have put this notion to rest with what has been called "unambiguous evidence" of water across the surface of the moon.

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Plumbing the oceans could bring limitless clean en

Nethemas the Great Nethemas the Great writes  |  about 6 years ago

Nethemas the Great writes "FOR a company whose business is rocket science Lockheed Martin has been paying unusual attention to plumbing of late. The aerospace giant has kept its engineers occupied for the past 12 months poring over designs for what amounts to a very long fibreglass pipe.

It is, of course, no ordinary pipe but an integral part of the technology behind Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion (OTEC), a clean, renewable energy source that has the potential to free many economies from their dependence on oil.

"This has the potential to become the biggest source of renewable energy in the world," says Robert Cohen, who headed the US federal ocean thermal energy programme in the early 1970s."

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Securing your notebook against US Customs

Nethemas the Great Nethemas the Great writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Nethemas the Great writes "Last month a US court ruled that border agents can search your laptop, or any other electronic device, when you're entering the country. They can take your computer and download its entire contents, or keep it for several days.

Encrypting your entire hard drive, something you should certainly do for security in case your computer is lost or stolen, won't work here. The border agent is likely to start this whole process with a "please type in your password". Of course you can refuse, but the agent can search you further, detain you longer, refuse you entry into the country and otherwise ruin your day.

Bruce Schneier of the UK's Guardian newspaper give us some tips for securing your notebook for border crossings.

I must say upon finding articles such as this I can't help but think to break into song with Lee Greenwood's "God Bless the U.S.A."..."

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Hero Rats Employed in Land Mine Disposal

Nethemas the Great Nethemas the Great writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Nethemas the Great (909900) writes "Every 20 minutes someone somewhere is hurt or killed by a landmine. In Africa Hero Rats are being trained up to tackle the task of detection. Traditional methods using metal detectors can hit on anything from sardine cans to nails and still miss the plastic cased mines. In each case though they have to be treated as if they're the real deal. The hero rats however, sniff out the explosives with a sense of smell roughly 1 million times stronger than a human and can clear a 100 square meter area in just 30 minutes. What's more unlike their human counter part these guys are so light they don't accidentally set off the mines."
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