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TSA Terminates Its Contract With Maker of Full-Body Scanner

ahecht This is great news for L-3 Communications (268 comments)

From the TFA:

"The TSA plans to remove 174 Rapiscan machines from U.S. airports, with the company absorbing the cost, according to TSA officials. The machines will be replaced by L-3 scanners."

It's not like the scanners are going away. They're just replacing the backscatter X-Ray scanners from Rapiscan with the millimeter radio-wave scanners from L-3 Communications.

about a year and a half ago
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Poo-Powered Rickshaw Unveiled At the Denver Zoo

ahecht Not very green (52 comments)

It's great that they have this Pooh Powered Tuk Tuk, but how green is it if they are driving it across the country on a publicity tour in a trailer towed behind a 12mpg pickup truck.

more than 2 years ago
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The Laser Unprinter

ahecht Re:Fraud (168 comments)

It isn't actually regular laser toner, however. Checks are printed with Magnetic Ink Character Recognition (MICR) toner which allows the routing number to be detected by a magnetic scanner.

more than 2 years ago
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Advertisers Co-Opting The Lorax With Half-Truths About Conservation

ahecht Not a Disney film! (265 comments)

Disney has nothing to do with The Lorax. Like How the Grinch Stole Christmas and The Cat in the Hat, this is a Universal Pictures film. It is being produced by Universal's Illumination Entertainment, the same studio that did Despicable Me and Hop.

more than 2 years ago
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How Far Should GPL Enforcement Go?

ahecht It's not Sony's project! (432 comments)

Once again, Slashdot links to a blog instead of the original source. The linked blog gets its evidence from a wiki page at http://www.elinux.org/Busybox_replacement_project

This page has a Q&A which clearly states that it is not a Sony project:

        Q. Tim Bird, the proposer of this project, works for Sony. Is this a Sony project?
        A. No. Although Tim is employed by Sony, he spends a portion of his employed time working on behalf of the embedded industry to improve Linux and encourage GPL compliance. As of February 2, 2012, Sony has not endorsed or agreed to support this project. This wiki page is for gathering information and project description information, to present to various companies to solicit support and resources for the project.

        Q. Can Tim's creation of this proposal be used to infer anything about Sony's compliance record, future compliance intent, or other business practices?
        A. Tim has only recently informed his management about this proposal, and Sony has not yet (as of 2/2/12) agreed to support it. So, "no, not really". Sony has a good compliance record, and has strong compliance policies in place. It has never been contacted by the SFC and has no expectation of being contacted by the SFC about any license violation of GPL software. Tim is doing this as part of his (paid for by Sony) role in the industry to address issues which inhibit the adoption of Linux in consumer electronics.

more than 2 years ago
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NASA Reveals New Images of Apollo Landing Sites

ahecht Re:It's a fake!!! (269 comments)

I know you're joking, but for those that don't remember, the rover was parked a fair distance away so that its TV camera could film the LM lifting off from the surface.

about 3 years ago
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War Texting Lets Hackers Unlock Car Doors Via SMS

ahecht I don't understand. (128 comments)

This article seems to technical. Can someone summarize using a car analogy?

more than 3 years ago
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Sheikh Carves His Name In Desert So It's Visible From Space

ahecht Re:No big deal--check out the LUEKE ranch (336 comments)

Caterpillar (the bulldozer company) used to have their logo carved in the dessert at their proving grounds west of Phoenix, AZ. Unfortunately, that area is now a housing development, and the logo is no longer visible.

more than 3 years ago
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Google+ Already At 10 Million Users

ahecht Wish Google would let me. (1223 comments)

I won't (can't) sign up until they support Google Apps for Domains users. We can't even use the +1 button yet.

more than 3 years ago
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The World's Largest Touchscreen

ahecht Re:Distraction? (53 comments)

If you go to the source at http://www.rug.nl/cit/hpcv/nieuws/touchscreen1 you will see that it wasn't created for teaching math at all (the blogspam linked from the story seems to have made that up). According to RUG: "the initial goal was to facilitate the scientists studying Geographic Information Systems and a research group that studies interaction methods for touch screens" GIS is a perfect application for this technology.

more than 3 years ago
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The World's Largest Touchscreen

ahecht Re:Why? (53 comments)

If you go to the source at http://www.rug.nl/cit/hpcv/nieuws/touchscreen1 you will see that it wasn't created for teaching math at all (the blogspam linked from the story seems to have made that up). According to RUG: "the initial goal was to facilitate the scientists studying Geographic Information Systems and a research group that studies interaction methods for touch screens"

more than 3 years ago
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Civ IV's Baba Yetu Wins First Grammy For Video Game

ahecht Fountain Show (88 comments)

If you haven't seen the Dubai fountain show choreographed to Baba Yetu, you owe it to yourself to check out the amazing video on YouTube (uploaded by the composer): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WMf85JxUod4

more than 3 years ago
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Google Adds Two-Factor Authentication To Gmail

ahecht Re:Two factor? Not quite (399 comments)

No, it's really two factor: something you know (password) + something you have (cell phone or landline).

more than 3 years ago
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Google Adds Two-Factor Authentication To Gmail

ahecht Re:IMAP? (399 comments)

Read the article. There is a randomly-generated application-specific 16 digit password that is used for things like IMAP and POP3. If someone gets access to that (unlikely, since you would never need to write it down, and Google encrypts IMAP and POP3), they can only access that specific service, and its not going to be the same password you use anywhere else.

more than 3 years ago
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Today Is EPOCH Day 15000

ahecht I'm waiting for Epoch Second 1300000000 (81 comments)

I'm waiting for Epoch Second 1300000000, which will be Sun, 13 Mar 2011 07:06:40 GMT

All those zeros will ease the pain of 2011 being the first year since 1977 that no one could make year-shaped glasses for new year's eve that actually allow you to see out of both eyes.

more than 3 years ago

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EPA Stops States from Cutting Auto Emissions

ahecht ahecht writes  |  more than 6 years ago

ahecht (567934) writes "In response to the energy bill signed into law by President Bush on Wednesday, the EPA has denied California, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and 13 other states from setting their own stricter emissions requirements. While the Bush bill requires auto makers to meet 35mpg by 2020, the new California law would have required 43mpg for cars (and 27mpg for trucks and SUVs) by 2016. California has long been a leader in driving the automobile industry to improve mileage and emissions, and this was the first time they were refused permission to impose their own pollution rules. The decision, according to industry analysts cited in the article, appears to be a reward to the auto industry for dropping opposition to Bush's new energy bill."
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ahecht ahecht writes  |  more than 7 years ago

ahecht writes "As an update to the "Businesses Scramble To Stay Out of Google Hell" story, Matt Cutts, the head of Google's Webspam team, offers a rebuttal on his blog:

Having urls in the supplemental results doesn't mean that you have some sort of penalty at all; the main determinant of whether a url is in our main web index or in the supplemental index is PageRank. If you used to have pages in our main web index and now they're in the supplemental results, a good hypothesis is that we might not be counting links to your pages with the same weight as we have in the past.
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