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Cometary Impacts May Have Provided Key Elements of Life

Shotgun Re:Wait, what? (85 comments)

But, wouldn't those same pressures and temperatures be involved in a volcanic eruption? "We came here from another world" sounds more like an episode from Enterprise:TNG than a valid scientific theory. There is no practical implication, and no possible way to test it until we can get to other planets and find some samples that haven't been corrupted by being on this planet.

about a year and a half ago
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Will Robots Take Over the Data Center?

Shotgun Re:remote hands on (141 comments)

Dude, we're talking about one of the larger "state-of-the-art" datacenters in the WORLD. No way they're going to allow a little bit of open source automation in there that could prevent a minimum numb-nut from turning off the AC. How would that look?

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Begin Simple Robotics As a Hobby?

Shotgun Re:EMC2 (166 comments)

Well, it is what I started with 8*)

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Begin Simple Robotics As a Hobby?

Shotgun EMC2 (166 comments)

EMC2 at www.linuxcnc.org

Robotics is about controlling motors via a computer. Building a mill or router will get you started.

about a year and a half ago
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New Best Way To Nuke a Short-Notice Asteroid

Shotgun Re:Armageddon (311 comments)

You really think Bruce Willis will live that long? Or that they'll continue to create "Die Hard" puns?

about a year and a half ago
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Will Robots Take Over the Data Center?

Shotgun Re:remote hands on (141 comments)

CO2 would be heavier (thermal mass), suppress fire and corrosion, and best of all would be cheap.

about a year and a half ago
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Will Robots Take Over the Data Center?

Shotgun Re:remote hands on (141 comments)

We had someone accidentally turn off the AC in our datacenter for a day. (Please! Don't ask how this could ever be allowed to happen!!) Six months later, we had one hard drive after another needing replacement. I wouldn't have thought anything of it, except that the veteran admin I was working with predicted at the time of the cooling outage that it would happen, and then reminded us all of it when the drives started dying.

The cooling system is there because temp rated components are EXPENSIVE!!

about a year and a half ago
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Judges Debate Patents and If New Software Makes a Computer a "New Machine"

Shotgun Re:Genius! (247 comments)

I have a friend that built a Stearman (a biplane used as a trainer during WWII). It is a certified airplane, so everything has to be exactly like the original. He started with nothing but a dataplate. Once he built the entire airplane, the FAA considered it to be the original.

about a year and a half ago
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Inside One of the World's Largest Data Brokers

Shotgun Re:Untrue (64 comments)

Simple logic would tell you that she is lying.

How can the get any idea of what your household is like, unless they collect the data? You can't.

How would you determine algorithmically which data is "general" and which data is "specific"? It isn't possible, because there is no acceptable line between general and specific data.

Ipso facto, they're collecting ALL the data, and her statement is absurd.

about a year and a half ago
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Newegg Defeats Alcatel-Lucent in Third Patent Win This Year

Shotgun Re:too bad its not precedential (143 comments)

Maybe not a 'legal' precedent, but most certainly a 'social' precedent.

It tells everyone that the trolls can be taken down. Notice how the trolls are backing off of Newegg. The trolls know Newegg will fight back. The trolls know that Newegg will take out their best moneymakers. Better to go pick on somebody that won't put up a fight. Well, when the rest of the playground sees that the bully will back down if you punch him in the nose, the bully's control is greatly curtailed.

about a year and a half ago
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Newegg Defeats Alcatel-Lucent in Third Patent Win This Year

Shotgun Re:Missing info from the articles (143 comments)

A patent is property. That is why companies give bonuses to engineers that come up with patentable ideas. Only people can be awarded patents, and for the company to then take ownership, they have to pay for them.

about a year and a half ago
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Newegg Defeats Alcatel-Lucent in Third Patent Win This Year

Shotgun Re:Fuck Yeah! (143 comments)

BTW, on a sad note, does anyone remember when Lucent actually innovated stuff?

I was working for them in the early 90's when they broke off from AT&T. No. I don't remember when they ever innovated anything. Even at that time, they were milking the telephone cow.

Then I worked for Alcatel in the 2000-2002 timeframe. They were also a huge rent seeking corporation, intent on riding their old technology wagon for as long as possible.

about a year and a half ago
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Lawyer Loses It In Letter To Patent Office

Shotgun Re:that's how a 15 years old teenager (342 comments)

And that Clinton gave us 8 years of peace and prosperity,

Unless you count Bosnia, or that ugly little thing going on in Somalia. Must admit, there were plenty of jobs under Clinton. Remember the running joke, "I know there are lots of jobs. I have three of them."

Now, please stop learning your history from Rachel Maddow. It irritates those of us that actually lived through it sober enough to remember it.

about a year and a half ago
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New Smart Gun Company Hopes To Begin Production This Summer

Shotgun Re:How about gloves? (632 comments)

I think the real issue in the combat situation is that the WRONG lives will be lost. You generally want some lives to be lost in a combat situation.

about a year and a half ago
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New Smart Gun Company Hopes To Begin Production This Summer

Shotgun Re:Is this thing battery powered? (632 comments)

Those that would deign to create a fool-proof $anything, underestimate the creativity and ingenuity of fools.

about a year and a half ago
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Fusion Rocket Could Take Us To Mars

Shotgun Re:Required electricity (171 comments)

It worked for the Yamamoto!

ON STAR...BLAZERS

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Star_Blazers

about a year and a half ago
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California Law Would Require Companies To Disclose All Consumer Data Collected

Shotgun Re:Great first step (119 comments)

No. The next step is to force them to tell you what they are telling the other person, every time they tell the other person. Otherwise it is just gossip.

The step after that is to allow for suing them for libel if they refuse to correct mistakes.

Of course, the the company becomes less than profitable because it requires work to do all that. You can't just take a "business's" claim that they are owed $X amount, and let the company wait patiently until you want to buy a house or car.

Which brings us to the proper step. Credit management should be handled by the government. If I do not pay a debt, it isn't entered onto my credit history until a court concurs. Innocent until proven guilty.

about a year and a half ago
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Uniloc Patent Case Against Rackspace Tossed for Bogus Patents

Shotgun Re:One of these days .... (76 comments)

And if you do buy cheap cables, buy a pair of duckbill pliers 8*)

about a year and a half ago
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Solar Impulse Airplane To Launch First Sun-Powered Flight Across America

Shotgun Re:Wonderful, but see it for what it is (89 comments)

This is, like you said, a gimmick.

Heh, they're just following in the footsteps of those Wright brothers, and that Lindbergh guy.

about a year and a half ago
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Uniloc Patent Case Against Rackspace Tossed for Bogus Patents

Shotgun Re:One of these days .... (76 comments)

But, don't most machines do things that can already be done by hand...just much faster? I'm not trying to be combative. It just seems that this is a questionable criteria to use for patentability.

The guy that invented that little rubber cover that goes over the connector of good ethernet cables to keep the clip from catching on all the other cables (best invention EVVARR!!). Well, that was something that you could already do by keeping your finger on the clip, but I think the invention was invaluable and the guy deserved some patent protection.

about a year and a half ago

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Why does a voting machine need calibration?

Shotgun Shotgun writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Shotgun (30919) writes "I heard on the radio that there were some issues with voting machines in Greensboro, NC (my hometown), and the story said the machines just needed "recalibration". Which made me ask, "WTF? Why does a machine for choosing between one of a few choices need 'calibration'?" This story seems to explain the issue."
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GOP isn't even waiting for the general election

Shotgun Shotgun writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Shotgun writes "We've had lots of discussions about voter fraud on /., but this article appears to be presenting some of the soundest proof yet of it actually occuring."
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Shotgun Shotgun writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Shotgun (30919) writes "We discuss climate change constantly here on /., with the consensus being that GB is an idiot and all reputable scientist agree that global warming is his fault. Any rational disagreement with the consensus is usually swamped in virulent name calling and endless unverifiable statistics. One intrepid soul chose to look at the source of the numbers that the climate change models are based on. How has the environment around your local measuring station changed over the last 30yrs, and is this a case of global GIGO? http://www.norcalblogs.com/watts/weather_stations/ "

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