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Ask Slashdot: Where Can I Find Resources On Programming For Palm OS 5?

allaunjsilverfox2 Not exactly what your asking for. (170 comments)

A quick search shows that, at one point at least, you could run linux on it. Not very useful, but it's still mildly interesting.

about a month ago
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LAPD Gets Some Hand-Me-Down Drones From Seattle, Promises Discretion

allaunjsilverfox2 Re:Don't worry (108 comments)

Given their history, I can easily imagine all sorts of spying and they'll somehow manage to kill a dog with it.

And then claim that there was a "clear and imminent danger to the drone" when it gets reported.

about 3 months ago
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Should We Eat Invasive Species?

allaunjsilverfox2 Re:On that note (290 comments)

Give a USian a piece of Bacon without the additives and it's viewed as bad bacon. Nitrates only taste salty to people with very poor taste buds.

Since I'm a "USian", I have to disagree. My favorite bacon is smoked with no preservatives.

I'm willing to believe you, but unless you cut the meat yourself, you can't really be positive about that statement. There are a lot of loopholes in the ways people can present food. Would salt be considered a preservative or a "added flavor".

about 3 months ago
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IRS Misses XP Deadline, Pays Microsoft Millions For Patches

allaunjsilverfox2 Re:see where your taxes go (322 comments)

'cause it's not Year of the LIRSux Desktop

You got me there, I spent 5 minutes trying to research the word LIRSUX. Then it hit me! You must be referring to LIR6. Which is a fairly confusing, yet true statement. A leukocyte immunoglobulin-like receptor 6 desktop doesn't exist yet. I'm not sure why anyone would want to base a interface on a chemical, but I'm sure with enough work and determination, you will achieve this goal.

about 4 months ago
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British Domain Registrar Offers 'No Transfer Fees,' Charges Transfer Fee

allaunjsilverfox2 Re:Typical corporation bullshit (77 comments)

Where does the constitution forbid it? If you don't like the term's don't sign up, stop expecting the nanny-state to wipe you're ass. -- roman_mir

You'd have to show me what constitution your referring to. Since the United Kingdom has no single Constitution. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Constitution_of_the_United_Kingdom)

about 5 months ago
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The Net Routes Around Censorship In Turkey

allaunjsilverfox2 Re:Can't Stop the Packets (82 comments)

Considering that the internet/darpanet/packet switching was designed to route it's way long distances through a post nuclear holocaust, with the tools we have now riding on it now, you can't stop the packets, not forever.

You could if you REALLY wanted to. Broad spectrum radio interference, cut physical lines through out the area, kill any messenger pidgins to prevent RFC 2549 usage, Ban drums to prevent tcp transmission.

about 5 months ago
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Earth Barely Dodged Solar Blast In 2012

allaunjsilverfox2 Re:ZOMG a bad thing didn't happen! (202 comments)

Basically, I would have to unplug the Tesla from the charger, and turn off the circuit breaker to the house in the basement. I'd be pretty safe then.

That is until you try to turn your circuits back on and any residual power surges.

about 5 months ago
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Shuttleworth Wants To Get Rid of Proprietary Firmware

allaunjsilverfox2 I can't see this happening. (147 comments)

Perfect example would be dell bios. There is no way DELL would allow a USER into bios. Especially one that might cause issues that can't be condensed into auto-replies.

about 5 months ago
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WSJ: Americans' Phone Bills Are Going Up

allaunjsilverfox2 Virgin Mobile (273 comments)

35 USD for "unlimited" data and 400 minutes of talk time. Texting is "free" using my google voice number. If I really needed to talk more than 400 minutes, I could use something like Skype for voice.

about 6 months ago
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Interview: Ask Theo de Raadt What You Will

allaunjsilverfox2 Would you ever retire? (290 comments)

If so, How do you think the community would react / correct the situation?

about 6 months ago
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RoboBeast: A Toughened 3D Printer

allaunjsilverfox2 This could prove interesting. (21 comments)

If it proves sturdy enough, it could be used for quick and dirty parts durning disasters. Or even in situ repairs where humans can not go due to danger. For a example, a squad of drones carry the device itself and a explorer bot. And then you can print off custom tools needed for that situation.

about 6 months ago
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Utopia, Silk Road's Latest Replacement, Only Lasted Nine Days

allaunjsilverfox2 So much for physical security. (83 comments)

Why would they keep it in a private residence? Especially in a place with someone that is bound to attract attention. If I were to be running something like this, I would try to make sure it is at least 500 miles (804 Kilometers) away from anyone that I know. >.>

about 6 months ago
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OneDrive Is Microsoft's Rebranded Name For SkyDrive

allaunjsilverfox2 It'll be fun to watch. (197 comments)

And see if someone tries to force them to change the name again. I mean, if that happens, what can they do except use made up words?

about 7 months ago
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Senator Dianne Feinstein: NSA Metadata Program Here To Stay

allaunjsilverfox2 Well, at least they are honest (510 comments)

Anyone that thinks this wouldn't stay around in some form isn't dealing with reality. It's far to useful to someone somewhere.

about 7 months ago
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Graphene-based Nanoantennas Could Allow WLANs of Nanodevices

allaunjsilverfox2 Embedded clothing network? (45 comments)

A use I could think of is having these embedded into thread, and then stitched into regular clothing. I'd imagine our bodies generate enough residual energy to power it and they would act as a cumulative network that could broadcast your vitals to a external device.

about 8 months ago
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Australian Spy Agency Offered To Share Data About Ordinary Citizens

allaunjsilverfox2 The womans case was her fault. (78 comments)

She literally wrote a book about her problems. She has no place in this matter.

about 9 months ago
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China's First Lunar Lander To Launch Today; Manned Mission Planned By 2030

allaunjsilverfox2 Re:Space race anybody? (137 comments)

Your post deserves a much better answer than what you have received thus far. Unfortunately I am not a physicist and my communication skills are terrible, but I will give it a try. Hopefully someone else will come along and give a much better explanation.

As I understand it, destructive power comes from energy impacted by the projectile. One way to achieve that energy is to have the projectile explode (bombs, artillery shells, nuclear explosions) or just using the kinetic energy (bullets). It is the later type that is being pointed to.

The damage of the kinetic projectile is (I think) based on the mass of the projectile and the amount of force used to propel it forth. Essentially the more dense the projectile and the more force is used to launch it, the more energy it will transfer on impact. Given large enough values, it is possible that a pure kinetic projectile can transfer more energy than a nuclear explosion.

The premise of the post is the assumption that a projectile (rocks and rods) simply thrown from a satelite towards the surface of the Earth, has enough potential energy to achieve this level of destruction.

Or to put it another way. Imagine you are on a train. The faster the train goes, the more energy it'll have if it were to impact. A train going 5 miles a hour might put a dent in a car, but it wouldn't be a disaster. A bullet train moving at 300 miles a hour suddenly hitting a inexplicably appearing car will be on international news. Now, Imagine a titanium rod 10 feet thick being accelerated to escape velocity from the moon. It'll experience minimal slowdown to the almost non-existent lunar atmosphere. As it begins to re-enter the earths atmosphere, it continues to absorb energy. The faster it moves, the bigger the amount of potential energy it'll have. By the time it arrives at it's target, the forward momentum will be translated into a large amount of energy. I am in no way qualified to state how much energy, but I'd imagine that anyone in a 3 block radius MINIMUM will have to adjust to the idea their flowers are now a pile of ashes. As well as the people themselves. And the buildings. I'm going to say you'll need to fill in a rather large crater now.

about 9 months ago
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3D-Printed Dinosaur Bones "Like Gutenberg's Printing Press" For Paleontologists

allaunjsilverfox2 Re:Why Dig? (39 comments)

Seems like a no-brainer to me. Why go out and dig up fossils when you can just print up a dino-bone. Gap in the fossil record? No problem. Just print up the missing link using a 3d morphing tool and be famous.

Except, you know, carbon dating, Mineral analysis, etc.

about 9 months ago
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Autonomous Cars Will Save Money and Lives

allaunjsilverfox2 Re:It already exists! (389 comments)

In a world slowly making people comfortably numb, even this would be over the top. If you want an autonomous car where you can check mail and send texts on your way to work, you can have it right now. It's called a bus.

Perhaps, but then you have to sit next to people. People that could potentially do you harm when your situational awareness is fairly low. Also, who wants to listen to babies crying and mentally unbalanced people complain about things only they can see?

about 10 months ago

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IP will have problems when IPV6 goes live world wide.......

allaunjsilverfox2 allaunjsilverfox2 writes  |  more than 9 years ago I was recently confronted with a interesting problem. My friend, while discussing the benefits of IPv6 mentioned a interesting side affect. No more tracking via IP. It would be like trying to record a dust mote in a sand storm. IPv6 will make tracking "evil doers" Much, MUCH harder due to the stated metaphor. Too many IPs, And I'm unsure a ISP would WANT to track the users of those IP's. Way too much hassle. But of course I can't be sure of that, i'm very good when it comes to TCP/IP tracking.

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