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Security Experts Believe the Internet of Things Will Be Used To Kill Someone

PPH Re:Og say (149 comments)

Og is wise. Find a rock. Fast.

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Edsac Goes Live, At UK's National Museum of Computing

PPH Re:This is impossible (37 comments)

Space did not exist until the Soviets discovered it in 1957.

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Australia Elaborates On a New Drift Model To Find MH370

PPH Re:Spratly Islands (148 comments)

the Spratly Islands, where it went to zero elevation. Likely shot down by China.

Unlikely. Too many people with territorial claims on this area are watching it intently. And most of them would be motivated to point the public finger of blame at an adversary should a shootdown be detected.

2 days ago
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Australia Elaborates On a New Drift Model To Find MH370

PPH Re:Whereabouts? (148 comments)

Why wait until debris hits the beach? Some aerial reconnaissance would provide positive proof of the assumed impact site by spotting stuff floating.

Its also possible that the plane 'crashed' in a manner so as to produce a very small amount of debris. Pretty much the same way Flight 1549 went down on the Hudson River.

2 days ago
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Jackie Chan Discs Help Boost Solar Panel Efficiency

PPH In related news ... (188 comments)

... Uwe Boll DVDs are experiencing an uptick in sales.

2 days ago
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Auto Industry Teams Up With Military To Stop Car Hacking

PPH Re:Ants (113 comments)

Popcorn in the airbag?

2 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Why Is the Power Grid So Crummy In So Many Places?

PPH Re:That's unchecked capitalism for you (510 comments)

buy/nationalize them

We have that option where I live, in the form of a public utility district law. Voters can elect to buy out the private business. And a few, in rural areas, have done so. But the capital price (which the public would have to raise through bond issues and taxes) is huge.

2 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Why Is the Power Grid So Crummy In So Many Places?

PPH Re:Its Urban Trees (510 comments)

All things, right here in the Pacific Northwest, that have caused power outages at my house. And my utility is a public traded company,

Really? Which company would that be? The only "investor-owned" electric utility in this region that I'm familiar with failed miserably in the stock market and was taken private years ago to keep them limping along. They are no longer capable of running their own maintenance crews (its all contracted out) due to worker safety issues, or do their own engineering.

To their credit, the contractors have done a pretty good job of catching up with the maintenance that the utility shirked for years. As a result, outages have become less frequent. But that raises the question of where all the maintenance money (charged to rate payers) went when the utility was running the show themselves.

2 days ago
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A Toolbox That Helps Keep You From Losing Tools (Video)

PPH Losing tools? (82 comments)

Just scan the lunchboxes carried out the gate at night.

3 days ago
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Kim Dotcom Regrets Not Taking Copyright Law and MPAA "More Seriously"

PPH Re:Different kind of risk (143 comments)

This.

It wasn't the law that got Kim. It was the politics and the Powers That Be behind our government not liking what he was up to. Legal council is supposed to inform one of legal risk. Assessing business risk was up to Kim. Where he got into trouble was stepping into a legal gray area that his attorneys could not have foreseen: The ability of entities like the RIAA and MPAA to utilize US law enforcement assets to protect their business interests.

3 days ago
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Two Google Engineers Say Renewables Can't Cure Climate Change

PPH Re:Environmentalists is why we still pump carbon (630 comments)

especially breeder reactors that produce minimal waste,

Except that Pres. Carter issued a directive prohibiting reprocessing of nuclear waste. Given that Republicans are willing to overturn anything Obama has done as soon as they are elected to office, I can't imagine why nobody has the balls to overturn the Carter directive and get on with the work at hand.

3 days ago
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Married Woman Claims Facebook Info Sharing Created Dating Profile For Her

PPH Re:Could have been just trolled (188 comments)

Probably some guy* who got tired of waiting around for that marriage to end.

*Could also be a woman who is after her husband.

4 days ago
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Married Woman Claims Facebook Info Sharing Created Dating Profile For Her

PPH Re:Scammers (188 comments)

I pray you don't work in security because this is a great example of how big of an issue social media linking is.

I think the people who work "in security" are smart enough to see through most of this crap. Or people with clearances would continually be subject to blackmail by organizations more highly motivated than some scamming dating sight trying to puff up their subscriber base.

4 days ago
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Cops 101: NYC High School Teaches How To Behave During Stop-and-Frisk

PPH Re:Misunderstanding the situation (474 comments)

Q: How many cops does it take to screw in a lightbulb?

A: None. They just beat the room for being black.

4 days ago
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Blame America For Everything You Hate About "Internet Culture"

PPH Re:blah, blah ... (373 comments)

maybe we don't want to be obsessed with politics all the time, and don't want to politicize everything. That's bad?

Not at all. Your leaders would prefer that you pay politics no attention at all. You will be told how to vote when the time comes.

5 days ago
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Judge Unseals 500+ Stingray Records

PPH Re:Seized Stingray (164 comments)

Are you referring to the Stingray brand cell site simulator (made by Harris)? Or just a generic cell site simulator? Because a lot of companies make these and some are more easily available to the public (through gray channels) than others.

5 days ago
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How "Big Ideas" Are Actually Hurting International Development

PPH Who defines "game changing"? (91 comments)

Because a "big idea" that fails to provide widespread beneficial results is, by definition, not game changing*. It sounds like your PR people just got a bit ahead of themselves while trying to raise venture capital.

*On the other hand, a few people trying to lash together a couple of DEC PDPs with no grandiose thoughts of being game changing seem to have done just that.

5 days ago

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