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Black Holes Not Black After All, Theorize Physicists

Sporkinum Orange? (226 comments)

Orange is the new black...hole...

about a week ago
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Chinese Hackers Infiltrate Firms Using Malware-Laden Handheld Scanners

Sporkinum Re: The Moral? (93 comments)

I don't know if they are all manufacured in China, but a local company, Intermec, makes and sells scanners. They may be Chinese sourced parts though.

about three weeks ago
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Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Loses Deep Sea Vehicle

Sporkinum Tethered? (93 comments)

The article said it had an optical fiber tether. Nothing on how strong the tether was, but I am assuming it was like breaking a fishing line, so no way to retrieve a portion of the device. They did say that they found pieces floating on surface though.

about 3 months ago
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Apple Reportedly Buying Beats Electronics For $3.2 Billion

Sporkinum Re:Beats sound like garbage (198 comments)

I agree with that. My wife still uses hers, with cynogenmod though. It has a few cracks in the plastic, but covered that up with a cheap silicone case. WebOS was awesome, and much more friendly than Android or IOS. Shame it was not allowed to keep going.

about 3 months ago
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Apple Reportedly Buying Beats Electronics For $3.2 Billion

Sporkinum Re:Beats sound like garbage (198 comments)

I really don't know what they are touting, but the HP Touchpad that died at birth, had beats audio. It has surprising good quality speaker sound for a tablet. I am guessing that may be a portion of what they bought.

about 3 months ago
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Is Montana the Next Big Data Hub?

Sporkinum Re:Economics (164 comments)

And how much the state is will to pay in tax breaks to get them there. Here in Iowa, Facebook, Microsoft, and Google have all put in or are putting in, large data centers.

about 3 months ago
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Is Montana the Next Big Data Hub?

Sporkinum Re:Cheap Labor (164 comments)

At least they have both types of music. Country and Western.

about 3 months ago
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Why Does Amazon Want To Sell Its Own Smartphone, Anyway

Sporkinum Re:Drones, baby. (60 comments)

USDA Prime.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Good Print Media Is Left?

Sporkinum Re:The Economist (285 comments)

The same issues of magazines that are currently there. They never change.

about 3 months ago
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Your Car Will Tell You How To Hit the Next Green Light

Sporkinum Re:Why bother? (364 comments)

Ground sensors that are used where I am completely negate being able to time lights. The main problem with them, is that they don't use the cameras at most intersections to bias the signals to the flow of traffic. You will have 1 car on a side street stop 20 cars and trucks, when the side car could wait. Not only that, the sensors will stop traffic when there is no one on the side street, because they did a legal right turn on red. That has to waste thousands of gallons of fuel each day, just in my city.

about 4 months ago
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Your Car Will Tell You How To Hit the Next Green Light

Sporkinum Re:Fewer tickets? (364 comments)

That's the generic term for speed cameras. Our city put in red light cameras to get their feet in the door with that type of system. Where they have made bank is putting them on the interstate highway that goes through town.
Red light citations: 2,892 (4.9 percent)

Speed citations: 55,308 (95.1 percent)

Total citations: 58,200

THE MONEY

        City gross: $2,601,125
        Due to Gatso: $1,017,900
        Revenue: $1,583,225

about 4 months ago
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Big Data Breaches Give Credit Monitoring Services a Boost

Sporkinum Re:Consumers always pay (48 comments)

They screwed up my year of birth for my SSAN for a few years. I found out when I tried to efile my taxes several years ago. Rather than go through the hassle of digging up birth certificate and spending lots of time at the social security office, I figured out what they wanted and gave it to them on my tax form. They had one of the digits as a 7 and it should have been a 1. Probably an OCR error I would guess. I eventually went in and got it fixed. Had to waste a 40 mile round trip, and 3 hours of my time to fix their fuck up.

about 4 months ago
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Big Data Breaches Give Credit Monitoring Services a Boost

Sporkinum Re:Consumers always pay (48 comments)

I did too, and signed up online. It went into a black hole as far as I can tell. Nothing has been done.

about 4 months ago
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1GB of Google Drive Storage Now Costs Only $0.02 Per Month

Sporkinum Re:Yeah, you can totally trust your data... (335 comments)

Yes, I am an idiot, and I was going to correct the message immediately. Unfortunately Slashdot is a harsh mistress and won't allow you to correct typos after you hit submit.

about 5 months ago
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1GB of Google Drive Storage Now Costs Only $0.02 Per Month

Sporkinum Re:Yeah, you can totally trust your data... (335 comments)

Exactly! If you did nothing but backup a TB of data and then power it of and through it in a closet, you are ahead. Not only that, it is private. I would only see this for completely innocuous data that you have to access somewhat frequently through the internet.

about 5 months ago
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Embarrassing Stories Shed Light On US Officials' Technological Ignorance

Sporkinum Re:SCOTUS (299 comments)

Don't worry, scrote. There are plenty of 'tards out there living really kick-ass lives. My first wife was 'tarded. She's a pilot now.

about 5 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Linux For Grandma?

Sporkinum Re:i second windows 7 (287 comments)

Yep, that sounds familiar. I get those forwarded to me a few times a month, though most of the time they are military and not cute as he is an old Marine.

about 5 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Linux For Grandma?

Sporkinum Re:Linux Mint on a USB stick (287 comments)

Live CD's and USB keys will run too slow on old hardware (USB 1). Not a bad idea otherwise.
I will be converting my Dad's old laptop next week. Probably some flavor of Ubuntu as that is what my wife runs (kubuntu 12.04 LTS) and what I am most familiar with.

about 5 months ago
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Microsoft's Attempt To Convert Users From Windows XP Backfires

Sporkinum Re:I have your conversion right here... (860 comments)

I just talked to my 78 year old father on the phone about this last night. He was not aware of MS dropping support for XP. His older laptop works fine for what he does, email and web, and he doesn't want to spend money on a new one. He is going to mail the machine to me so I can back up his data and settings, install and configure linux, and then ship it back to him. I'll try kde first, since I am more familiar with it, but if it is too slow on his hardware, I'll try something more lightweight.

about 5 months ago

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