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European Space Agency Picks Site For First Comet Landing In November

WillgasM That's all fine and good, (35 comments)

so long as they don't try to land a damn comet anywhere near me!

about 2 months ago

Of the following, I'd rather play ...

WillgasM Re:Spades (274 comments)

I love spades, but my partners always hate it. Probably something to do with me going blind nello on every hand.

about 3 months ago

Study Finds That Astronauts Are Severely Sleep Deprived

WillgasM sleep apnea (106 comments)

I wonder how sleep apnea works in space. It's hard to sleep on your side when there's no "up".

about 4 months ago

Study Finds That Astronauts Are Severely Sleep Deprived

WillgasM Re:how dark can it be on the ISS? (106 comments)

They sleep in little padded pods. I'm pretty sure they can go pitch black.

about 4 months ago

Inside the Facebook Algorithm Most Users Don't Even Know Exists

WillgasM Real OG (130 comments)

Real gangstas browse by recent stories. My actual news feed only contains posts by chicks I'd like to do. I guess "doability" is one of those weighted variables.

about 4 months ago

Facebook Introduces Hack: Statically Typed PHP

WillgasM Re:hate the name (230 comments)

It's actually very clever marketing. Now everybody that searches "facebook hack" will get this as the first result. They get lots of hits for their new language and obfuscate any articles teaching people how to exploit FB accounts. Win-win.

about 8 months ago

US War Machine Downsizing?

WillgasM Who needs an army... (506 comments)

...when the police have tanks. Our government's next big enemy is domestic.

about 9 months ago

Safety Measures Fail To Stop Fukushima Plant Leaks

WillgasM Jello (157 comments)

Is the water in these storage tanks still being used for cooling? If not, just add a whole bunch of gelatin. That'd at least make it much more manageable. You can thank me later, environment.

about 9 months ago

Is Google Making the Digital Divide Worse?

WillgasM Hunger Games (259 comments)

I'm pretty sure this is how it all starts.

about 9 months ago

Neural Prosthetic Acts Like "Bridge" Over Damaged Brain Areas

WillgasM Stop Hitting Yourself! (54 comments)

Stop Hitting Yourself! Stop Hitting Yourself!

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: MMORPG Recommendations?

WillgasM RoM (555 comments)

Ugh. I play Runes of Magic, but I really hate to recommend it to anyone.
It's free to play (technically), but once you hit endgame you'll pretty much need to spend money to gear. I've dropped more on diamonds than I care to admit. However, once you're raiding the top dungeons, you'll probably make enough gold to buy all the diamonds you need.
The mechanics of the game are actually pretty cool. It's pretty much a WoW clone, but with a more intricate gearing system. Essentially you sacrifice gear to pull its stats and then place those stats on your own gear. It's also dual class. You level a primary and secondary class and can use some skills from each tree. Each combo also has certain elite skills tailored to it. It's lots of fun when it's working.
It's never working. It's code developed by a Taiwanese company, adapted to German by a now defunct company, later adapted to English by another branch of that same defunct company, all of which was sold to a new company that also can't seem to get their shit together. Expect memory leaks, crashes, and bugs that crop up with certain events each year. It sounds like a bureaucratic nightmare to get anything fixed. Players contact community managers who can't really do much more that give you some items for your trouble at promise they'll get in touch with the team in Germany who I assume has to contact the team in Taiwan. Nothing gets fixed fast, and sometimes things don't get fixed at all.
Again, I hate to recommend it, but here I am plugging away at it every day. I've sworn it off at least once before, and yet I keep coming back. omg, I'm in an abusive relationship, aren't I?

1 year,3 days

Could Slashdot (Or Other Private Entity) Sue a Spy Agency Like GCHQ Or NSA?

WillgasM You're welcome to try (188 comments)

but you won't win. That whole "If the attack could be proven without a doubt" assumption doesn't exist. At least in the USA, they'll just claim all evidence falls under the state secrets privilege, and the case will be immediately thrown out.

1 year,11 days

Scientists Says Jellyfish Are Taking Over the Oceans

WillgasM Re:Easy to solve (274 comments)

is correct when referring to multiple species.

1 year,18 days

CAPTCHA Busted? Company Claims To Have Broken Protection System

WillgasM 90% (141 comments)

That's better than my success rate

1 year,28 days

Experian Sold Social Security Numbers To ID Theft Service

WillgasM Re:Start the bombing now! (390 comments)

why do i never have mod points when i need them?

about a year ago

Irish Government May Close Apple's Biggest Tax Loophole

WillgasM Re:Or maybe, just maybe we quit taxing (292 comments)

Tolls, fee income, etc. I realize it'll never happen, and if it did, it'd probably be just as full of corruption as the current system. But, it works well on paper.

about a year ago

A Teletherapy Startup Removes Barriers To Mental Health Care

WillgasM Cleverbot (102 comments)

I thought that's what Cleverbot was for

about a year ago



Proxy Use Made Criminal Under CFAA

WillgasM WillgasM writes  |  about a year ago

WillgasM (1646719) writes ""Changing your IP address or using proxy servers to access public websites you've been forbidden to visit is a violation of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act." according to a judge's broad ruling during a case on Friday involving Craigslist and 3taps. Opponents argue that this creates a slippery slope that many unsuspecting web users may find themselves upon. With your typical connection being assigned an address dynamically, is an IP ban really a "technological barrier" to be circumvented? How long until we see the first prosecution for unauthorized viewing of a noindex page?"
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NASA Video of Meteorite Impacts on Moon

WillgasM WillgasM writes  |  about a year and a half ago

WillgasM (1646719) writes "NASA has released a video of recent meteorite impacts on the moon showcasing footage from March, 17th 2013 when a "40 kg meteoroid measuring 0.3 to 0.4 meters wide hit the Moon traveling 56,000 mph. The resulting explosion packed as much punch as 5 tons of TNT."
"The Moon has no oxygen atmosphere, so how can something explode? Lunar meteors don't require oxygen or combustion to make themselves visible. They hit the ground with so much kinetic energy that even a pebble can make a crater several feet wide. The flash of light comes not from combustion but rather from the thermal glow of molten rock and hot vapors at the impact site.""

Amtrak Upgrades Wi-Fi

WillgasM WillgasM writes  |  about a year and a half ago

WillgasM (1646719) writes "A bit of good news for American travelers, according to The NYT, "After years of criticism of the wireless service on its trains, Amtrak announced on Thursday that it had upgraded its cellular-based Wi-Fi using broadband technologies that will improve the speed and reliability of the Internet in its passenger cars."
So far the service has been rolled out on the high-speed Acela lines and a few routes in California, but they hope to have the rest of their trains upgraded by the end of Summer. We're still an order of magnitude away from high-speed rails in other countries, but it's nice to know someone's trying."


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