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Slashdot Asks: How Prepared Are You For an Earthquake?

X0563511 Re:Most are ill-prepared (190 comments)

Get a fuel-distillation permit and make/buy yourself a copper still. Have fun. If it's not for drinking, you're good.

3 days ago
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Slashdot Asks: How Prepared Are You For an Earthquake?

X0563511 Re:Most are ill-prepared (190 comments)

Sorry to reply to myself, but here's a great example radio. In particular note it's submersible, and with some programmer work (or solder bridging if you want permanence) will let you transmit outside of band (just be super careful with that - you can get yourself into big trouble by accidentally transmitting that way without cause)

3 days ago
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Slashdot Asks: How Prepared Are You For an Earthquake?

X0563511 Re:Most are ill-prepared (190 comments)

If you can, swap that radio out for one that can also do 70cm - especially if you can get it to work out of HAM bands. Remember, if there's threat to life/property and there are no other means, you are allowed to break rules.

The 70cm stuff might work better for you when there's crap all around - lower frequency stuff might not make it through the rebar but 70cm just might.

Also, you might want to put that in something sturdier than a rubbermaid. You can get surplus ammo containers easily for example, and a falling beam is much less likely to shatter that solar charger if it's in something a bit tougher than thin plastic.

Don't get rid of the rechargeable AAs, but do keep some of those AA/AAA compatible lithiums others have mentioned. They have a longer shelf life and a much wider operable temperature range.

3 days ago
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2 Galileo Satellites Launched To Wrong Orbit

X0563511 Re:Proves point (137 comments)

Actually, yes.

It's better for the vehicle to terminate the flight, than to just give it it's best shot.

4 days ago
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"MythBusters" Drops Kari Byron, Grant Imahara, Tory Belleci

X0563511 Re:My wife will miss Grant. (358 comments)

Nope. Engineering is the application of the results of Science.

The scientists and mathematicians figure out how a principle works, and the engineer figures out how to put it to use.

4 days ago
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Windows 8.1 Update Crippling PCs With BSOD, Microsoft Suggests You Roll Back

X0563511 Re:I've learned the hard way (303 comments)

I've never seen that happen, even when accidentally installing the wrong drivers back in Windows 98, when shit could actually catch fire instead of just crashing!

about two weeks ago
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Enthusiast Opts For $2200 Laser Eye Surgery To Enhance Oculus Rift Experience

X0563511 Re: Seriously? (109 comments)

Must be nice. I have the same in both eyes, and the lenses would never sit still. Tilt my head for any reason, they would spin to align with gravity, making things worse. If I blinked, they would shift and take a (short, but noticeable) moment to move back. Looking near the extremes of my eyes would shift them (presumably pressure from my eyelids) also making things worse.

Basically they worked great for looking straight ahead with a perfectly level head. Anything else and they would make my vision worse.

about two weeks ago
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Enthusiast Opts For $2200 Laser Eye Surgery To Enhance Oculus Rift Experience

X0563511 Re:Reality not sufficient, (109 comments)

Interesting... I'd like to pick your brain as I have astygmatism myself and am considering asking about laser correction.

Did you ever find the degree of... well, vision inaccuracy to fluctuate day to day? Some days one eye is worse off than another, some days all is better than normal. The glasses still help when it's all wierd, but not as much (which tells me the angle is the same but the degree is worse).

I'm afraid that if I get it corrected, the stable state won't be what is corrected for.

about two weeks ago
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Enthusiast Opts For $2200 Laser Eye Surgery To Enhance Oculus Rift Experience

X0563511 Re:Reality not sufficient, (109 comments)

VR may not have been the reason, but one of many - and the one that tipped the scales for him.

about two weeks ago
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The FBI Is Infecting Tor Users With Malware With Drive-By Downloads

X0563511 Re: LOL (182 comments)

By replying to obvious trolls?

about three weeks ago
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Inside the Facebook Algorithm Most Users Don't Even Know Exists

X0563511 Re:Bubbles (130 comments)

I don't think culling baby photo posts counts as encouraging an echo chamber...

about three weeks ago
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Planes Can Be Hacked Via Inflight Wi-fi, Says Researcher

X0563511 Re:Why WiFi (151 comments)

The plane has a data connection. You get access to a data connection via the on-board wifi.

You don't see a connection between the two? Let me fill it in for you: they share the same path outside the plane.

Note that this data connection isn't required for the plane to continue flying, but I don't know how it's used by in-cockpit warning or navigational stuff.

about three weeks ago
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Putin Government Moves To Take Control of Russia's largest space company Energia

X0563511 Re:Jump start the US space industry again? (252 comments)

Copenhagan... and I think another... well, they're not all that far behind SpaceX.

Privatization of space is coming, and bullshit like this is only going to push it harder.

about three weeks ago
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Google Spots Explicit Images of a Child In Man's Email, Tips Off Police

X0563511 Re:Well at least they saved the children! (790 comments)

It would be interesting to compare two large files of raster image data that happen to have a sha256 collision or the like. Given the additional constraints on the data format, that may not actually be possible (you could have collisions theoretically, but what are the chances of the data resulting in the collision being a valid image file?)

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: IT Personnel As Ostriches?

X0563511 Re:Not sure why this is a question (246 comments)

Don't just decline to comment, that's far to open to interpretation.

Play dumb instead.

about three weeks ago
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Free Copy of the Sims 2 Contains SecuROM

X0563511 Re:So what? (234 comments)

Steam at least brings something to the table - fast downloads, huge catalog, chat and matchmaking, workshop, community forums, etc.

SecuROM just breaks shit.

about a month ago
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Free Copy of the Sims 2 Contains SecuROM

X0563511 Re:Who cares? (234 comments)

There's probably some license thingy hidden away somewhere that mentions it in a vague fashion.

about a month ago

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Massive police raids on suspected protestors

X0563511 X0563511 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

X0563511 (793323) writes "Last night, members of the St. Paul police department and the Ramsey County sheriff's department handcuffed, photographed and detained dozens of people meeting at a public venue to plan a demonstration, charging them with no crime other than "fire code violations," and early this morning, the Sheriff's department sent teams of officers into at least four Minneapolis area homes where suspected protesters were staying.

Jane Hamsher and I were at two of those homes this morning — one which had just been raided and one which was in the process of being raided."

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Bill introduced to reinstate the draft

X0563511 X0563511 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

X0563511 (793323) writes "
The Universal National Service Act of 2007 (H.R.393) was introduced to the United States House of Representatives on January 10, 2007 by Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.). It proposed the requirement that all residents in the United States aged between 18 and 42 carry out national service, and be available for conscription during wartime. It would allow no deferments after age 20.
The text of the bill can be found at govtrack."

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Robin "Roblimo" Miller - Sellout!

X0563511 X0563511 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

http://tech.slashdot.org/story/12/04/04/1946231/plantronics-helps-make-remote-workers-lives-easier-video

Yep. It's come to this. Slashdot is now serving undisguised advertisements in place of stories.

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using adblock to kill article tags

X0563511 X0563511 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Well, it appears that you can use Adblock-Plus to kill the tag block on articles here.

Fire up Adblock-Plus and add the following as a filter. You may need to have the Adblock-Plus Element Hiding Helper installed, I'm not sure....

slashdot.org#DIV(class=tag-widget body-widget)

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posting delays suck

X0563511 X0563511 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

It's been 1 minute since you last successfully posted a comment
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It's been 4 minutes since you last successfully posted a comment
It's been 5 minutes since you last successfully posted a comment ....

My karma has been maxed for god-knows how long. This is ridiculous.

UPDATE: a new record!

Slashdot requires you to wait between each successful posting of a comment to allow everyone a fair chance at posting a comment.

It's been 8 minutes since you last successfully posted a comment

WTF!!!

UPDATE: It's getting worse. At least it only happens vs anonymous posts, but still...
It's been 15 minutes since you last successfully posted a comment.

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