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Arecibo Radio Telescope Confirms Extra-galactic Fast Radio Pulses

alphaminus Re:First contact? (95 comments)

Being extragalactic, if so they would likely be from a long dead civilization, but yeah. Also that would have to be one hell of an antenna.

about 2 months ago

Musk Will Open Up Tesla Supercharger Patents To Spur Development

alphaminus Re:He continues to show himself to be ... (230 comments)

I'd say it's pretty smart for shareholders if the tech takes off and he sees compatible fast charging stations nationwide. Imagine is one of the early car manufacturers had held on to the patent for the gasoline nozzle, we might all be riding trains for cross country trips.

about 3 months ago

Imparting Malware Resistance With a Randomizing Compiler

alphaminus Copying the Bad Guys (125 comments)

Some malware already does this, which definitely helps it evade heuristic scans. Sounds worth exploring, but i bet it will make the AV they force me to run at work that much more frustratingly restrictive.

about 4 months ago

When it comes to (download) bandwidth needs, I require..

alphaminus Re:Latency is also important (279 comments)

Yeah, I have a client that went from 10Mbps to 85Mbps, but their latency tripled and they started complaining about delay on their VoIP calls and dropped Citrix connections. I have a gamer friend who kept his Cable Modem over FiOS, because it had lower latency and he claimed that 10ms was enough to make the difference between being killed online and killing the other guy.

about a year ago

NVIDIA Open Sources SHIELD's Operating System

alphaminus Re:Nice idea (83 comments)

Buy the chips from China. Make your own, and run your own tweaked version of their OS. Save $200.

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: How To Bypass Gov't Spying On Cellphones?

alphaminus Use a land line (364 comments)

At least they need a warrant for that.

about a year ago

Japan Planning Exascale Computer For 2020

alphaminus Re:priorities... (38 comments)

Yeah but the B2 won't be obsolete by the time it's built. :P

about a year ago

Some Windows XP Users Can't Afford To Upgrade

alphaminus Re:I'm gonna say... (953 comments)

But my outlook plugins don't work anymore!!! This is unacceptable!

about a year ago

How much I care about GMO food labeling:

alphaminus Re:beside the point (461 comments)

To be fair, they can. I should have said "should"

about a year and a half ago

How much I care about GMO food labeling:

alphaminus beside the point (461 comments)

Really, a GMO could be safer, or less safe, or the same as anything else. The main problem I have with them is related to intellectual property. I propose a compromise. Must be labeled "This Crop was engineered by a litigious group of assholes that think the can patent genes."

about a year and a half ago

EU To Vote On Proposal That Could Ban All Online Pornography

alphaminus Re:What word is translated "Pornography"? (853 comments)

I understand that it is a legal document that exists in several languages including english, i guess I'm just wondering if the EU definition of the term is any less nebulous that the US's "I know it when i see it."

about a year and a half ago

EU To Vote On Proposal That Could Ban All Online Pornography

alphaminus What word is translated "Pornography"? (853 comments)

I doubt that it is erotic imagery or copy that they are banning.

about a year and a half ago

Intercontinental Mind-Meld Unites Two Rats

alphaminus Re:Intercontinental? (176 comments)

So are their minds more or less connected than their continents?

about a year and a half ago

Australian Federal Court Rules For Patent Over Breast Cancer Gene

alphaminus Prior Art? (160 comments)

Umm, isn't the cancer itself prior art? Anyone who developed the BRCA1 mutation could claim to have created it previously.

about a year and a half ago

UK ISP PlusNet Testing Carrier-Grade NAT Instead of IPv6

alphaminus This is just the beginning (445 comments)

Rather than doing this correctly, it will go like this. All "home" users will get CG-NAT. "Business" users will be allowed public IPs at a steep premium, and only when that possibility is completely exhausted, will IPv6 truly begin to be implemented. Hell, people might just use duct tape code and NAT subterfuge to drag this out another decade or two.

about a year and a half ago

Who Would Actually Build an Ubuntu Smartphone?

alphaminus Build your own (230 comments)

Just like we used to with desktops. Then take them to our favorite carrier. I want a data only plan so I can do all my calls over VOIP. DIY mobile please.

about a year and a half ago

Quad-Core Stick PC Runs Ubuntu

alphaminus Now if only (72 comments)

Netflix supported Ubuntu.

about a year and a half ago


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