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How Apple's CarPlay Could Shore Up the Car Stereo Industry

Nethemas the Great Dead-end Market? (177 comments)

I'm confused. Wasn't the last car capable of a having an after-market head unit installed manufactured a solid 10 years ago? I fail to see the point. The number of such cars is on a rapid decline. For collectors if you're going to buy an ancient car, then wouldn't you be buying it for nostalgia's sake and want the old crappy radio that came with it?

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52 Million Photos In FBI's Face Recognition Database By Next Year

Nethemas the Great Numbers don't fit (107 comments)

I'm not quite certain how from a population of 316M people you can obtain 52M photos when the point of collection are federal background checks. With roughly 200M persons of working age, that would mean that within the next two years roughly 1 out of 4 people will be facing a work related federal security clearance check or having criminal charges filed against them. I'm not buying it. Either the 52M is bogus or they're collecting photos by other less savory mean.

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The Case For a Safer Smartphone

Nethemas the Great Re:Differentiate (181 comments)

The studies involving "hands-free" are flawed in as much as they do not factor out the influence of the conversation itself. Last I checked, no one was advocating for a "conversation" ban, just the mobile facilitating a subset of conversations.

2 days ago
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The Case For a Safer Smartphone

Nethemas the Great Re:social problems (181 comments)

More accurately, if this was an advertised feature of the phone, it would not be purchased.

2 days ago
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More Than 1 In 4 Car Crashes Involve Cellphone Use

Nethemas the Great Re:Did the accident rate increase? (367 comments)

  • 1 in 4 use a cell phone
  • 1 in 4 are talking to a passenger
  • 1 in 4 are eating/drinking
  • 3 in 4 would be eliminated if a modest amount of competency processing rapidly evolving environments while simultaneously operating a vehicle were required to obtain/maintain a license.

about three weeks ago
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Klingon Beer

Nethemas the Great Re:only 5.5%!?! (100 comments)

It seems reasonable to infer from the intoxicating effects of Bloodwine which is guzzled not sipped from dainty thimbles, that Warnog should be far from lacking in potency and certainly well in excess of 10%. It also dispels your assertion of Klingons being lightweights. I'd argue the flavor choice probably doesn't make much sense either, but I really don't have any canonical references to support that one way or the other.

about three weeks ago
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Facebook Buying Oculus VR For $2 Billion

Nethemas the Great Re:Lets wait and see (535 comments)

Zuckerberg must have just got done reading Snow Crash and got delusions of grandeur.

about three weeks ago
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Facebook Buying Oculus VR For $2 Billion

Nethemas the Great Re:Question! (535 comments)

No. This is worse, way worse. While Microsoft has difficulty in executing things, they still maintain a basic respect for their customers. Facebook on the other hand has demonstrated time and again their absolute lack of scruples and moral integrity when it comes to monetizing their users.

This saddens and depresses me. I had such optimistic hope for Oculus.

about three weeks ago
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Titanium-Headed Golf Clubs Create Brush Fire Hazard In California

Nethemas the Great Re:I call BS. (169 comments)

They're talking about "bad" golfers that miss the well manicured/watered parts and land their balls in the rough "wild" areas outside. The parts with rocks, tall dry grass (remember California/drought), etc.. I think you're also imagining a flint fire steel. This isn't a shower of sparks, but it evidently may well be enough to ignite fires anyway.

about three weeks ago
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Wireless Carriers In Huge Washington Lobby Fight Over Spectrum Auction

Nethemas the Great Make em share (51 comments)

Force them to come up with protocols that enable sharing of spectrum and be done with the BS turf wars.

about a month ago
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Mars Rover Opportunity Faces New Threat: Budget Ax

Nethemas the Great Re:Typical government stupidity (185 comments)

You're looking at this upside down. Congress is interested in pulling funds for that very reason. These rovers already exist, are comparatively cheap to operate, and have very long lives. Existing rovers aren't bringing home the bacon. They're just funding few "mother's basement" geeks.

about a month ago
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Mars Rover Opportunity Faces New Threat: Budget Ax

Nethemas the Great Re:Why does it need money? (185 comments)

The DSN doesn't appear to be that terribly over-booked.

BTW: we're talking about Opportunity not Curiosity. Either way, I'm sure university students would love a chance at that thing and wouldn't charge a penny. There's still plenty to be learned from Opportunity, and last I knew it hadn't even reached it's last science destination.

about a month ago
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Mars Rover Opportunity Faces New Threat: Budget Ax

Nethemas the Great Re:does it all the time? (185 comments)

We're gearing up for the cold war with China.

about a month ago
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New Jersey Auto Dealers Don't Want to Face Tesla

Nethemas the Great Re:So what? (342 comments)

Since when does the quality of customer service become the purview of law? There are no dishonest dealings going on. Customers enter into these purchases fully aware of the requirements of ownership. No one expects Walmart to provide a service center for the electronics they sell, nor a seamstress for their clothing.

This is protectionism and corrupt politics as can only be done at the local level pure and simple.

about a month ago
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New Jersey Auto Dealers Don't Want to Face Tesla

Nethemas the Great Re:bridge (342 comments)

He is. That's why things are flowing only in one direction while being all backed up going the other way.

about a month ago
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Daylight Saving Time ...

Nethemas the Great Re:Here in Arizona (310 comments)

The "Commie" reason doesn't work so well any more except perhaps in the south where "because fsck you is why" remains their patriotic motto. Really I think the best way to spin this issue to get a final resolution would be to somehow frame it as a "do it for the children" thing.

about a month ago
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Author Says It's Time To Stop Glorifying Hackers

Nethemas the Great Re:Victim blaming (479 comments)

I'm going to dress myself in lots of raw, bloody meat then go scuba diving as is my right. While I'm doing this I fully expect the coast guard to patrol the waters for sharks and intercept any that come near me.

about a month ago
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Is Traffic Congestion Growing Three Times As Fast As Economy?

Nethemas the Great Re:House and States defunded transit (187 comments)

A problem that is further compounded by an economic environment where people are compromising a short commute in order to obtain employment.

about a month ago

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Beer drones grounded by the FAA

Nethemas the Great Nethemas the Great writes  |  about 2 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 a year 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 4 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 5 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 6 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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