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Confessions Of an Ex-TSA Agent: Secrets Of the I.O. Room

bdabautcb i called b.s. when he said hydroplane pounds (393 comments)

It doesn't matter how much your truck weighs, if your driving like a jackass and you have enough wheels, you can hydroplane any vehicle. An elephant could waterski behind my boat, if I could figure out how to tow it fast enough. If you are stupid enough to lose control of an semi, please call me. You may just be dumb enough to help me figure out how to waterski an elephant.

about 7 months ago
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Illinois Law Grounds PETA Drones Meant To Harass Hunters

bdabautcb Re:As long as I can... (370 comments)

Pretty sure that happened to me in half-life 2, but I think I was in Russia and the drones had saw blades for rotors.

about 8 months ago
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Disabled Woman Denied Entrance To US Due To Private Medical Records

bdabautcb Re:very understandable (784 comments)

I flew to Calgary from MPLS in dec. 2001 with my family and friend to ski. I was 17, had an original Game Boy. The batteries were dead, and they wouldn't let me fly with it because the I couldn't turn it on at security. I said, f-it, just take it. Now I wish I hadn't.

about 10 months ago
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Google Is Testing a Program That Tracks Your Purchases In the Real World

bdabautcb why bother? (160 comments)

I've been on a S3 for a while, if they want to make money from my shopping habits, good luck. I haven't made a significant purchase based on advertising since I was fifteen and thought Chester Cheetoo was the coolest cat around. I understand the slippery slope argument, but if someone thinks they can turn a profit because I bought some work clothes at goodwill and then a sandwich at char-hut, go for it.

about 10 months ago
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SimCity Mac Launch Facing More Problems

bdabautcb two words (177 comments)

Humble Bundle!

1 year,17 days
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50-Year-Old Assumptions About Muscle Strength Tossed Aside

bdabautcb body builders and marathon runners (57 comments)

I read the article, I can't figure out if the writer was quoting him indirectly or if she is stupid. The model was based on moth flight muscle which is similar to human cardiac muscle, which was properly explained. He did say it can lead to new research in cardio and skeletal disease. I feel pedantic and want to know if the reasercher said that or if it is a case of bad editorializing. Don't shoot the messenger, but I guess in a sense that's what I am doing. So feel free to shoot this post if you think I'm stupid.

about a year ago
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The Air Force's Love For Fighter Pilots Is Too Big To Fail

bdabautcb misleading summary? (253 comments)

In a 2008 speech, General Norton Schwarz, who served as AF chief from 2008 to 2012, did not mince words when he said that this systemic obsession with all-things manned has turned the Air Force's swelling drone ranks into a 'leper colony.' That doesn't sound like deep rooted stigma to me, that sounds like a man with a plan.

about a year ago
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US Spies Have "Security Agreements" With Foreign Telecoms

bdabautcb Re:As if (181 comments)

It's even more disturbing and accurate than you know. It didn't happen in the backseat of your dad's '64 SS that you helped him restore and where he claims all the 'action' happened, it happened in the backseat of his '84 lincoln that he bought at a garage sale. And there was enough room in that car for someone else to hoist a '84 camcorder on their shoulder and record the ugly business on VHS. Thank god your parents weren't betamax people.

about a year ago
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Apple Powering Nevada Datacenter With Solar Farm

bdabautcb Cool! (104 comments)

This sounds great. I'm a biologist, wondering if any power nerds can clue us into any potential issues or downsides? Definetely a move towards alternative energy sources.

about a year ago
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Firefox 23 Makes JavaScript Obligatory

bdabautcb why? (778 comments)

Are there still security issues with having JS enabled?

about a year ago
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The DNA Data Deluge

bdabautcb Re:At least they're not rolling their own. (138 comments)

I'm no techie, I programmed some in basic as a kid thanks to 321 contact, and the last thing I did of note was to put a girl I liked in math's TI on an infinite loop printing 'I got drunk last weekend and couldn't derive' or some such. Been running linux because I inherited a netbook with no disc drive and couldn't get windows to install from USB and I can't afford a new computer, and I've been reading slash for years and read about USB installs. My question is, is there any movement to use compute cycles at publicly funded data centers like the one going up in utah to crunch big data like this that would benefit the public? Is that even possible in the current vitriolic environment regarding data? I am young but old enough to remember people fighting over access to processing power just so they could try out new ideas. Often when someone had an idea good enogh to warrant investigation, their colleagues would go above and beyond to make a run happen.

about a year ago
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Project Envisions Modular Aircraft That Double as Train Cars

bdabautcb Reminds me of Tail Spin. (146 comments)

That thing looks about as aerodynamic as the Spruce Goose. We'd better find Balloo if we ever want to see her get off the ground! !

about a year ago
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Carnivorous Plant Ejects Junk DNA

bdabautcb junk dna (116 comments)

My understanding is that junk DNA is no longer a useful term because the DNA that isn't translated has been found to have structural and other epigenetic properties. I wonder if the complexity of mamallian vs. plant development plays a role here. Any biologists out there?

about a year ago
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Why Earth Hour Is a Waste of Time and Energy

bdabautcb Re:The problem with most environmentalist ideas (466 comments)

You make a good point, however taxing polluters only would work if the revenue went to those affected by the pollution. While I agree with you that higher expenses would encourage good changes for corporate energy, I don't know that taxation is the answer. I am fairly young (28), but my experience has been that taxation sends money to a growing beaurocracy that has good intentions but doesn't adress the original issue. I would be interested to hear your thoughts about increasing regulation, and regulating in a manner where there are real consequences for companies that don't comply.

about a year and a half ago
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$1 Billion Mission To Reach the Earth's Mantle

bdabautcb There's a hole in the bottom of the sea. (267 comments)

I just hope they plan to bring a log with a bump with a frog on it in order to plug up the hole they make, otherwise when they leave... Whoosh!

about 2 years ago
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Intel Says Clover Trail Atom CPU Won't Work With Linux

bdabautcb Re:They've got it backwards. (434 comments)

Give me a unix system controlling the elecric door locks anyday. Your beowulf's won't even be able to get past the velociraptors and into the control room.

about 2 years ago
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Recent Warming of Antarctica "Unusual But Not Unprecedented"

bdabautcb Re:Extinctions (163 comments)

*Milleniums. If your going to pluralize, please do it correctly.

about 2 years ago
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The Pacific Ocean Is Polluted With Coffee

bdabautcb Re:Synthetic Drugs? (294 comments)

My original post meant to address the gender-changing affects seen in amphibians and how crazy that is. I am not concerned so much about frogs changing genders (until that Aussie guy builds Jurassic Park), but the cancerous effects of fucking with hormonal systems in mammals. Thank you for a good reply, it certainly is a legitimate problem. PS: gender changing in fish is also a huge issue. They aren't affected by the same mechanism as mammals, but the feminization of certain fish species leaves them infertile.

more than 2 years ago
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The Pacific Ocean Is Polluted With Coffee

bdabautcb Re:Starbucks (294 comments)

If I had mod points, I would mod you +1 Thank You for modding somebody "What the fuck are you talking about?"

more than 2 years ago
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The Pacific Ocean Is Polluted With Coffee

bdabautcb Synthetic Drugs? (294 comments)

While this is not surprising and questionably news, I am a little more worried about the years and years of synthetic, biologically active drugs in the water. Birth control hormones don't exactly just disappear after you swallow them, and I know that they and other classes of petroleum based drugs have shown hormonal activity not only in mammals, but amphibians, fish, and birds. Though a world with huge breasted marine mammals would be cool, I am more concerned about the chemicals other than coffee that are following the same pathways and reaching the entire world. Miles deep into the ocean, thousands of miles through the atmosphere, there is really no where on the planet that has not been affected in at least a minor way by the expansion of human industry.

more than 2 years ago

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Audio and Video Equipment for Business

bdabautcb bdabautcb writes  |  more than 3 years ago

bdabautcb writes "I am starting a small business for which a large function is to record video and audio of clients talking to other people. I need to provide clients a physical copy of the video and audio which they can access with a pc, and retain physical and digital copies myself. The video does not have to be of the best quality, but the audio has to be discernible. Does anyone in the tech-savvy Slashdot crowd have any suggestions for what the best format (physical and digital) for this type of application is, and are there any suggestions of appropriate equipment for video and audio that is also relatively inexpensive? Is there a good way to de-couple audio from video and store the audio as a separate entity? Any help would be much appreciated."

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