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Turning the Tables On "Phone Tech Support" Scammers

WormholeFiend Re:Rife in the UK (210 comments)

"Hi, we've detected a virus on your machine etc etc"

"How do you know?"

"We have a file about you and your computer."

"Yea? What's my name?"


about a week ago

News Aggregator Fark Adds Misogyny Ban

WormholeFiend The toothpaste (748 comments)

has left the building

about a month ago

DARPA Contemplates Vast Ocean Network

WormholeFiend Re:Underwater cities (12 comments)

The biggest oil platform, Hibernia, can only accomodate 185 people.

about a month ago

Big Bang Actors To Earn $1M Per Episode

WormholeFiend How much (442 comments)

are the laughing people getting paid?

about a month and a half ago

Countries Don't Own Their Internet Domains, ICANN Says

WormholeFiend One thing they could seize (113 comments)

is those countries series of tubes, and install valves on them and charge for the flow.

In other words, they could put a toll on the internet superhighway, so that each time a big truck enters that country, there's a price to be paid.

about 1 month ago

Black Holes Not Black After All, Theorize Physicists

WormholeFiend If not black... (227 comments)

following the convention for naming stars that are not dense enough to ignite "brown dwarfs", we could name these new, less dense, singularities... "brown holes".

about 2 months ago

The Secret Government Rulebook For Labeling You a Terrorist

WormholeFiend I think this is only going to end (242 comments)

when everyone is on the list.

The probable good news is that, given the incredible computing power at play, this should not take a very long time, since the reasonable suspicion criterion make it easy to add names.

about 2 months ago

ExoLance: Shooting Darts At Mars To Find Life

WormholeFiend If it works (50 comments)

I can see this tech also being used on Europa (and bombing doesn't count as "landing").

about 2 months ago

FBI Concerned About Criminals Using Driverless Cars

WormholeFiend Has anyone considered (435 comments)

making another Weekend at Bernie's sequel? This time, Bernie "drives himself" around!

about 2 months ago

White House Punts On Petition To Allow Tesla Direct Sales

WormholeFiend Re:He cant or wont? (382 comments)

All you have to do is change the legal definition of "ordnance" to that of "fireworks"

about 2 months ago

Your Personal Data Is On Your Phone -- In the Form of Bacteria

WormholeFiend Re:I don't have a phone (21 comments)

But those phones that do make it to a person in jail is shockful of bacteria, and not all of it from the final user.

about 2 months ago

German NSA Committee May Turn To Typewriters To Stop Leaks

WormholeFiend I wonder what the Mafia techniques are (244 comments)

for avoiding eavesdroppers. And is this a direction that non-criminal organizations are going towards?

about 2 months ago

Hair-Raising Technique Detects Drugs, Explosives On Human Body

WormholeFiend Re:Wait a minute... (162 comments)

Tylenol is in high demand in Cuba. I always buy some as gifts to the hotel staff whenever I visit.

about 2 months ago

How Japan Lost Track of 640kg of Plutonium

WormholeFiend Muto ate it? (104 comments)

Let's wake up Godzilla!

about 2 months ago

Police Using Dogs To Sniff Out Computer Memory

WormholeFiend Re:How do you defeat dogs? (415 comments)

Don't hunters use activated charcoal liners to prevent being sniffed out by the animals they are hunting? It could also work with dogs.

about 2 months ago

Police Using Dogs To Sniff Out Computer Memory

WormholeFiend They didnt think their clever plan (415 comments)

all the way through.

What if the hardware contains information that is classified at a level above that of the police's security clearance?

about 2 months ago



The Javabot - a walk-in coffee machine

WormholeFiend WormholeFiend writes  |  more than 6 years ago

WormholeFiend (674934) writes "The Javabot is the coffee machine of the future — completely next generation. It is the fully-automated system that runs the Roasting Plant Coffee Company in New York and its design is illustrative of what can be achieved using new thinking and methodologies to something that was previously regarded as a black art.

The system is part of the experience because the coffee system runs throughout the shop — it's the first walk-in coffee machine in effect, and customers sit there and watch as their coffee beans rush past in pneumatic tubes, as they move from storage bins to staging, roasting station, grinding and a brewing machine where they are dispensed with the repeatable accuracy of a purpose-built machine. Customers can choose from any blend of seven different beans and every aspect of the process is controlled."

Link to Original Source

WormholeFiend WormholeFiend writes  |  more than 7 years ago

WormholeFiend writes "Mechanical Engineering Magazine has an article about the challenges of trying to break speed and distance records using human powered vehicles. According to Fast Freddy Markham "we're about tapped out on development", but that doesn't stop geeks like Matt Weaver and Greg Kolodziejzyk to keep trying, using wind tunnel software, and electronic gadgets to achieve laminar flow."


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