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WD Announces 8TB, 10TB Helium Hard Drives

ThatsMyNick Re:containment (296 comments)

It is probably refillable (or I hope it is). Like every year you get to refill your helium. Containment is always a problem with helium, usually solved by regular refilling.

about a week ago
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How Scientific Consensus Has Gotten a Bad Reputation

ThatsMyNick Re:Scientific Consensus is: (761 comments)

You do realise the world of riches that awaits a scientist who could show AGW-denial to be nonsense, right? They'd end up with a Nobel prize, their own science department, and a large research budget. This is such an easily-disproven nonsensical claim made by AGWs it's not even funny. It only seems to work on other AGWs who applaud it and say "See! See! That's what happens!". Others just laugh and assume the AGW in question is a grade-A muppet.

FTFY

about a week ago
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3 Recent Flights Make Unscheduled Landings, After Disputes Over Knee Room

ThatsMyNick Re:Reclining should be banned in coach. (811 comments)

It makes it IMPOSSIBLE for the person to get any work done in the plane.

That should be quite expected. It is actually that people that want to get work done, that should take the business class seats. Most of the seats will be reclined in economy class, and you may not be able to fit anything on your tray, other than may be your food and a drink. It is not designed to sit a laptop, inclined or upright. You would also be expected to sleep most of the time (or use the on board entertainment system or read a book)

about a week ago
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3 Recent Flights Make Unscheduled Landings, After Disputes Over Knee Room

ThatsMyNick Re:cram lots of people in a confined space (811 comments)

Because you take up more space, and you cost more. There should be a height limit and weight limit, this addresses both your problem. This is not discrimination, this is for your own good in fact. Cramming you in smaller seats will be a problem for you, and people in front of you. These seats are obviously designed for a certain heights, making it explicit is a good thing for everyone involved.

What next, complaining that the local store doesnt care tall sized clothes and tall clothes are expensive?

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Service To Digitize VHS Home Movies?

ThatsMyNick Raw videos devices are expensive (130 comments)

Devices that can do raw videos are quite expensive. If you want a simple/cheap solution, Apple ProRes is a quite good intermediary format. I would recommend just recording to ProRes, using a noise/grain filters/editing it, and finally converting to H.264.

about a week ago
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The Argument For a Hypersonic Missile Testing Ban

ThatsMyNick Re:They will just cheat anyway (322 comments)

Let me just add one more thing. Treaties that are not backed by military support from other countries are useless. Ukraine's agreement falls under this. The treaty could still be useful to Ukraine, who knows NATO might help Ukraine with it, and go on war with Russia. It is still too early to see how Ukraine invasion turns out.

about two weeks ago
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The Argument For a Hypersonic Missile Testing Ban

ThatsMyNick Re:They will just cheat anyway (322 comments)

Jesus: Russia signed a treaty to not invade Ukraine, in exchange for Ukraine's nuclear disarmament. Ukraine disarmed. First nation to do so in the history of nuclear weapons. Then Russia invaded. You want to trust them with another treaty? Suckers!

Well, Russia already has enough test data to just rely just on computer modeling and simulations to develop one. Just like the US. The point is not to impose the treaty on the stronger nations, but the developing and weaker ones. Iran, NK, and the likes. You get to bomb Iran for breaking the treaty (if they signup for it). This is how treaties work, whether you like it or not.

Ukraine made a really bad deal, I agree on that. US was stupid to force/encourage Ukraine to give up its nuclear weapons too. That doesnt mean all treaties are bad ideas and will be broken.

about two weeks ago
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The Argument For a Hypersonic Missile Testing Ban

ThatsMyNick Re:They will just cheat anyway (322 comments)

From TFA, "Such tests are easily observable from space and via radar and signals intelligence gathering (not to mention old-fashioned human spying)." The proposed ban is on testing hypersonic missiles. You can develop them all you want, just cannot test them (testing of which is easily observable). This is not something you can cheat.

about two weeks ago
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Tox, a Skype Replacement Built On 'Privacy First'

ThatsMyNick Re:Oh god why. (174 comments)

With SSL, they only have source and destination IP, not your username. So association between username and IP is not possible.

about two weeks ago
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Tox, a Skype Replacement Built On 'Privacy First'

ThatsMyNick Re:Oh god why. (174 comments)

Nope, it actually just requires your skype (or Tox) name. If you dont like your IP to be exposed, I am sure you will understand the concerns about tox/skype exposing IPs.

about two weeks ago
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Tox, a Skype Replacement Built On 'Privacy First'

ThatsMyNick Re:Oh god why. (174 comments)

On slashdot, your IP doesnt get exposed to everyone, silly. It only gets exposed to slashdot (and routers in between if you are not using SSL). Finding your IP (and hence your location), by just your name viperidaenz, is a little bit worrying and a valid concern. If you dont find it worrying, you should start signing each of your slashdot posts with your current IP.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Life Beyond the WRT54G Series?

ThatsMyNick Re:Real router hardware is the next step. (427 comments)

If you torrent you do. You should plan to keep routers for 2 years. I am quite certain comcast will increase the speed or you might even get gigabit.

about three weeks ago
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YouTube Music Subscription Details Leak

ThatsMyNick Re:The subscription cancer spreads (71 comments)

Well, it is easier for me to pay them, than find other means. I would rather pay them. I do honestly think they are providing a good service. I can have VLC adblock their ads, but their premium service also has higher quality streams. (I am assuming we are still talking about di.fm/sky.fm)

about a month ago
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YouTube Music Subscription Details Leak

ThatsMyNick Re:Slippery path (71 comments)

Thats how XM radio started, you pay a low price for ad free music, then after several years more and more channels started playing ads and prices went up.

Counter anecdote is di.fm/sky.fm. Prices have gone up, but not significantly. No ads after several years,

about a month ago
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YouTube Music Subscription Details Leak

ThatsMyNick Re:The subscription cancer spreads (71 comments)

I would rather pay than listen to ads. I already pay a subscription to di.fm/sky.fm. I use them a lot and subscription gets me better quality and no ads. I would even get hulu plus if they were ad free.

about a month ago
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The Hidden Cost of Your New Xfinity Router

ThatsMyNick Re:Service in exchange for a free modem? (224 comments)

What the hell? I have used this, the wifi access point identifies as XFINITY, you have to login using your comcast account, and the IP you end up using is an IP block dedicated to XFINITY (which clearly identifies in every possible way (rdns, whois) as an XFINITY IP). You dont even share the IP with the host (who gets the usual Comcast IP). There is no way the host would get busted for it. Please stop the FUD.

about a month ago
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Google Will Give a Search Edge To Websites That Use Encryption

ThatsMyNick Re:It's about time! (148 comments)

Similarly, putting out the modicum of effort to perform basic security like SSL is a signal that the website is reputable. I mean, if you can't be bothered to buy a $50 SSL certificate and install it, are you *really* trustworthy?

If you are relying on an SSL certificate to determine the trustworthiness of a site, you are doing it wrong. SSL certificates are cheap, and provide no additional trust worthiness to the site (unless they are an ecommerce site, which is a small part of the web). I would prefer sites that accept a username and password to use SSL, but I am okay with them not having it too. I would be a little bit worried about my password leaking when I am a public wifi. So those sites get a random password and a throw away email. I dont gauge the site's trustworthiness by this though (slashdot is a good example of this).

about a month ago
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Wikipedia Reports 50 Links From Google 'Forgotten', Issues Transparency Report

ThatsMyNick About to be deleted (81 comments)

The funny thing is, both en pages were about to be deleted for lack of notoriety. Now will the all the media coverage, they have suddenly become notable, and my bet is both articles will be retained. Streisand effect at it's finest.

about a month ago
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Inside the Facebook Algorithm Most Users Don't Even Know Exists

ThatsMyNick Re:Bubbles (130 comments)

Social media helps keep you in a nice little bubble, where you're never exposed to information you might not like.

Same with slashdot, and most news sites. People find themselves in a bubble one way or other, unless they specifically go looking for other information

about a month ago
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Planes Can Be Hacked Via Inflight Wi-fi, Says Researcher

ThatsMyNick Re:So, which is it? (151 comments)

The pilot can use these data link communication channels to make his/her life easier.

CPDLC is a separate system, it does not depend on the satellite link. The one compromised is the satellite infotainment system. They are not connected. Fly-by-wire avionics are of course isolated (for regulatory reasons).

about a month and a half ago

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