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Big Jump For Tablet Storage: Seagate Intros 5mm Hard Disk For Tablets

babtras Re:SSD or GTFO (201 comments)

Unfortunately, tying a string around my wrist and attaching it to the tablet isn't very convenient or stylish. Butter fingers is a curse I just have to live with

about a year ago
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Big Jump For Tablet Storage: Seagate Intros 5mm Hard Disk For Tablets

babtras SSD or GTFO (201 comments)

I'm not keen to have spinning parts in a device that I drop a couple times a day.

about a year ago
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FTC Awards $50k In Prizes To Cut Off Exasperating Robocalls

babtras Was expecting something inventive (216 comments)

Isn't blacklisting / whitelisting a bit of an obvious solution? I'm sure someone could have come up with that without opening a competition. I was expecting something more inventive like scoring callers based on frequency of calls, number of different and type of numbers called (residential vs business), attempts to manipulate or block call ID, etc.

about a year ago
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Cassini Discovers First River On Another World

babtras Re:Waves (230 comments)

Why would that be obvious? Waves mean there's something working on that liquid mechanically. Titan is tidally locked, so they wouldn't be tidal waves, and if they were visible in this particular image, then they would need to be very large waves. It would be far from obvious to expect to see waves in such an image.

about a year and a half ago
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Cassini Discovers First River On Another World

babtras Re:Waves (230 comments)

Never mind. Those lines are even more difficult to see over the land but are present. Must just be an artefact of the method used to acquire the image or stitch it together.

about a year and a half ago
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Cassini Discovers First River On Another World

babtras Waves (230 comments)

Coooool. You can see vague horizontal lines on the sea. Waves perhaps?

about a year and a half ago
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Cassini Discovers First River On Another World

babtras Re:Conspiracy can begin (230 comments)

Considering this is radar and not visible spectrum, it isn't street lights. Clearly they pave their roads with something radar-reflective.

about a year and a half ago
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PressureNET 2.1 Released: the Distributed Barometer Network For Android

babtras Re:Why do the phones have barometric sensors? (82 comments)

Would the manufacturers really incur the extra cost and extra power consumption of another component for this reason alone? I'm sure there must be more benefit than a couple seconds gain on GPS acquisition.

about a year and a half ago
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Study: the Universe Has Almost Stopped Making New Stars

babtras Re:Fermis paradox (228 comments)

Civilizations likely have a greater chance of appearing now than in the past. The earlier universe had many more doomsday events such as GRBs and supernova and a metalicity too small to form many rocky planets (though there were some undoubtedly). The current universe is much more suitable to life as we know it and we are probably arriving just in time for the golden age of civilization birth.

about a year and a half ago
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Study: the Universe Has Almost Stopped Making New Stars

babtras Red Dwarfs (228 comments)

I would expect this to be the case because of the tendencies of large stars to die quickly and a steadily increasing population of small stars that can live extremely long lives. I think the universe has a bright future with small dim stars.

about a year and a half ago
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Google Prepares Fix To Stop SSL/TLS Attacks

babtras Re:All the more reason to use a VPN (122 comments)

All you'd be accomplishing is changing which part of an untrusted network your traffic is carried by. As long as the traffic traverses Internet infrastructure that you don't personally control, it is untrusted and is subject to monitoring. Unless you set up a VPN tunnel to each website you frequent, this will remain a problem. VPN is no answer.

more than 2 years ago
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'Cosmo' — a C#-Based Operating System

babtras Just in time (406 comments)

Just in time for Microsoft to kill .NET. This OS clearly has a bright future.

more than 2 years ago
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Coordinated, Global ATM Heist Nets $13 Million

babtras Re:Sounds like we're not getting the whole story (122 comments)

That's why these attacks are coordinated across multiple cities. Pull as much money out as you can before the anomaly is investigated and stopped.

more than 2 years ago
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Coordinated, Global ATM Heist Nets $13 Million

babtras Re:Diebold (122 comments)

The breaches are happening at the ATM processor, which in the ATM's point of view is a trusted network. It's not usually the ATM's fault. However, retarded ATM deployers often leave the ATM's management password as default and don't bother changing the physical locks from the generic one-size-fits-all key, which makes compromising an ATM easy, it's just not nearly as profitable as compromising a whole network all at once.

more than 2 years ago
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Coordinated, Global ATM Heist Nets $13 Million

babtras Re:every-24-hour coordination (122 comments)

Not any more it isn't. WAY back in the past, there was a PIN "Offset" stored on the card, which relies on an ATM having the correct "PIN Verification Key" from the financial institution to validate. However, that's no longer the case. If you look at the track 2 data on any card today, the numbers in the offset field are either random or '0000'.

more than 2 years ago
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Coordinated, Global ATM Heist Nets $13 Million

babtras Re:every-24-hour coordination (122 comments)

To clarify, transactions are mostly authorized in realtime by the bank that issued the card (*some* credit card transactions can be done "offline" but not normally at an ATM unless there's a network problem). The nightly batches are settlement processes where the bank actually pays the ATM owner for the cash they gave to the bank's customer. Authorization happens in realtime, money shuffling between financial institutions happens at night.

more than 2 years ago
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NASA Wants Spacecraft For Mars Return Trip

babtras Re:One Way (193 comments)

Considering money in our world is imaginary and borrowed into existence, wouldn't any amount of expenditure be justified to bring back even the slightest tangible resource? Even if it is just a moderate advancement in technology.

more than 3 years ago
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NASA Finds Family of Habitable Planets

babtras Re:There are billions and billions (184 comments)

"billions and billions" is finite. If the universe is infinite, there are either no habitable planets or an infinite number of them.

more than 3 years ago
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NASA Finds Family of Habitable Planets

babtras Re:Okay, hold on a minute. (184 comments)

I suppose the Earth being potentially borderline habitable may have something to do with the apparent lack of evidence of extraterrestrials. A planet that is too friendly to life may not have had the 6+ mass extinctions and rapidly changing environment that helps drive evolution. One that's borderline habitable like ours (assuming the assertion in your link is true) keeping life for as long as it has might be a tremendous fluke.

more than 3 years ago

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