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Days After Shooting, Canada Proposes New Restrictions On and Offline

Nethemas the Great Drafted prior? (125 comments)

One begins to wonder which of the three possibilities is accurate... coincidence, waited for such an event, or furnished the event.

3 hours ago
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Verizon Injects Unique IDs Into HTTP Traffic

Nethemas the Great Re:Is there a way to prevent this? (124 comments)

Judging by the sexual harassment reports, I'm guessing no. They must be cutting back on cycling soldiers through SE Asia.

4 hours ago
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Mark Zuckerberg Speaks Mandarin At Tsinghua University In Beijing

Nethemas the Great Re:Translation needed (208 comments)

I see what you did there.

yesterday
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Mark Zuckerberg Speaks Mandarin At Tsinghua University In Beijing

Nethemas the Great Re:That's your measure? (208 comments)

Actually they shell South Korea on a regular basis.

yesterday
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Mark Zuckerberg Speaks Mandarin At Tsinghua University In Beijing

Nethemas the Great Re:7 Year Old, Not Seventh Grader (208 comments)

One of my engineers is a native of Iran. He suggests that he feels he is in many ways a different person when he speaks English as opposed to Farsi. I personally am struggling my way through learning Japanese. Though I count myself by no means competent in the language, I can see hints of this in how my thought processes must bend around the language. I don't feel this so much for Spanish, but then I also found it to be a comparative cakewalk to Japanese.

yesterday
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NASA's HI-SEAS Project Results Suggests a Women-Only Mars Crew

Nethemas the Great Synchronized menses (396 comments)

Just what mission control wants to deal with. A cramped can more inhospitable and treacherous than the planet they're heading for.

4 days ago
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Battery Breakthrough: Researchers Claim 70% Charge In 2 Minutes, 20-Year Life

Nethemas the Great Re:Charging amperage (395 comments)

And thus you have describe electric vehicle "fast" chargers. Multiple conductors going to different regions of the pack.

Regardless, I'm still puzzling why everyone is assuming that Tesla is the bar at which electric vehicle battery capacity is set. Tesla is presently the show off for the affluent crowd. The everyman finds their battery pack installed in a Nissan Leaf or similar. Then we're talking about ~20-25kWh and then numbers start to make a bit more sense. I seriously doubt anyone putting this stuff together thinks they're going to get 60kWh in 2 minutes. Even if you could get 60kWh in 2 minutes, you wouldn't need to.

about two weeks ago
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Battery Breakthrough: Researchers Claim 70% Charge In 2 Minutes, 20-Year Life

Nethemas the Great Re:Charging amperage (395 comments)

Where ever did you get the idea that for the purpose of electric vehicles we were dealing with 12 volts? Tesla battery pack has a nominal voltage of 375V, the Nissan Leaf's is 360V.

about two weeks ago
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Battery Breakthrough: Researchers Claim 70% Charge In 2 Minutes, 20-Year Life

Nethemas the Great Re: Charging amperage (395 comments)

Sure it is. Average ICE efficiency is about 20%. So with that additional bit of calculation done, the effective energy density is about 8MJ/kg.

about two weeks ago
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Battery Breakthrough: Researchers Claim 70% Charge In 2 Minutes, 20-Year Life

Nethemas the Great Re:No mention on capacity though (395 comments)

How would there be any increase in heat? If they can stuff power into the battery in less time wouldn't that suggest that there's an increase in efficiency, i.e. lower resistance?

about two weeks ago
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Battery Breakthrough: Researchers Claim 70% Charge In 2 Minutes, 20-Year Life

Nethemas the Great Re:No mention on capacity though (395 comments)

This is Slashdot. So... wishful thinking, or did you forget to yourself?

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: An Accurate Broadband Speed Test?

Nethemas the Great Re:Speakeasy Speed Test (294 comments)

Network topology isn't that straight forward. From your ISP's routing center to different portions of the Internet can be faster or slower than others. Check out network peering topic to understand why YouTube may be slow, while other sites are not.

about two weeks ago
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Studies Conclude Hands-Free-calling and Apple Siri Distract Drivers

Nethemas the Great Re:Calling Captain Obvious (208 comments)

I wonder if you might be prone to road rage...

about two weeks ago
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Studies Conclude Hands-Free-calling and Apple Siri Distract Drivers

Nethemas the Great Re:Calling Captain Obvious (208 comments)

Are you from Texas?

about two weeks ago
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Studies Conclude Hands-Free-calling and Apple Siri Distract Drivers

Nethemas the Great Re:misleading (208 comments)

No the argument is that everyone is unfairly ganging up on mobile use to the exclusion of all the other ways a driver can be placed in a sub-optimal position of operating a vehicle. Cheeseburger guy is going to be more likely to cause an accident than the hands-free mobile guy, but nonetheless everyone is picking on the latter and forgetting about the former.

A person having a hands-free mobile conversation isn't going to be listening to the radio, isn't likely to be chatting with other occupants, isn't likely to be eating a cheeseburger, etc.. It isn't an additional distraction, it's just a different one. In many cases a smaller distraction relative to other activities that no one seems to give a second thought to.

about two weeks ago
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Studies Conclude Hands-Free-calling and Apple Siri Distract Drivers

Nethemas the Great Re:misleading (208 comments)

Phone use while driving is a distraction, fine. What about cheeseburger eating? What about makeup application? What about conversing with a passenger? What about listening to the radio? What about adjusting the temperature? The blonde standing on the side of the road? ...

Where does the phone in its various modes of use stack up against the myriad ways in which a driver might be distracted? I have never heard of any such studies. Regardless of distraction, what is the overall competence of the driver for each of these myriad alternatives to full attention, hands on 10 and 2 (or 9 and 3)? The dumba** with a cheeseburger isn't going to use a turn signal any more than the one with his hand glued to his ear. The bimbo turned around yelling at her brats is just as unlikely to notice the evolving situation in front of her as the one updating her Facebook page.

about two weeks ago
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Studies Conclude Hands-Free-calling and Apple Siri Distract Drivers

Nethemas the Great Re:So.. (208 comments)

Until these studies incorporate other forms of distraction for comparison these studies are pointless. Stick the conversants in the same car, measure the driving competence; use a hands free, measure competence; have them hold the phone, measure competence; have them eat a cheeseburger, measure competence. No one does. They all seem to start from a foundation of bias against mobile usage.

I'm not sure whether the person sitting next to you vs. hands-free phone call would be worse--though I suspect the person sitting next to you would result in poorer vehicle operation since there's also a visual distraction. However, the fool with his hand cemented to his ear is definitely going to drive poorer than the other two scenarios. Distracted or not, I guarantee the dumba** with only one free hand is going to not bother using turn signals. The cheeseburger guy in comparison will be a nightmare to everyone else on the road.

about two weeks ago
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Living On a Carbon Budget: The End of Recreation As We Know It?

Nethemas the Great Re:Mud Huts (652 comments)

I guess Elon has his work cut out for him...

about three weeks ago
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Living On a Carbon Budget: The End of Recreation As We Know It?

Nethemas the Great Mud Huts (652 comments)

There are a lot of assumptions going on here. First, that anyone in the first world would even seriously consider living the "mud hut" life in the name of climate change. Second, that the ruling class in the first world would ever permit the rest of the world entry into the first world. Third, that energy consumption must be severely restricted since there are no safe ways to produce first world quantities of power absent carbon-based fuels.

The world's present energy mix, and consumption practices are built on a history of cheap, readily available fossil fuels. Properly incentivized (read: the external costs of carbon-based fuels captured), the world's production would quite naturally swing towards "green energy." Any gaps in technology would be researched and quickly filled. Efficiency can and would be found. There's no reason we can't do things differently and yet maintain a high standard of living except that entrenched interests on the production side like it the way it is.

about three weeks ago
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Lost Opportunity? Windows 10 Has the Same Minimum PC Requirements As Vista

Nethemas the Great Re:Lost opportunity? I doubt it (554 comments)

Actually, you will find many Windows deployments via virtual machines configured to those kinds of specs. They run well for the purposes they were created. Also, your order of "true" system requirements is off. Vista was the largest resource hog between it and Windows 7 and 8 with 8 using the fewest resources. The OS has continued to back off on resource requirements. This cannot necessarily be said for the applications running on them, however, Microsoft isn't writing specs for those applications, it's writing them for the OS.

about three weeks ago

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Beer drones grounded by the FAA

Nethemas the Great Nethemas the Great writes  |  about 9 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  |  more than 3 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  |  more than 5 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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