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WSJ Reports Boeing To Beat SpaceX For Manned Taxi To ISS

chaosdivine69 Re:If you can't beat 'em, join 'em (176 comments)

Damn, you beat me to it by a few mins!!!! Good show. Oh well, I'll post my thoughts for the record anyhow.

Funny you should mention that. I would bet seriously that they are going to do the same. In fact, I'll hypothesize that they go so far as collaborate with Bigelow Aerospace http://www.bigelowaerospace.co... and help expand their inflatable modules. Bigelow already has an orbiting station themselves you know? The Genesis II been up there since 2007. I used to know the URL of the tracking website but I have forgotten it now or else I'd post it here.

Anyhow, they'd be able to do a LOT more with these modules if they had a reliable rocket to do things with. Que SpaceX. Bigelow Aerospace isn't a fluke no-name company. They're the real deal and they make shit happen and already have a NASA contract. Combine them with SpaceX and you'll have a serious space powerhouse. These are the modules that make the most sense to ship to Mars and such. I wouldn't be surprised if they put these things on the Moon to get practice too and to establish a moon base.

8 hours ago
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SanDisk Releases 512GB SD Card

chaosdivine69 Re:Something tells me they have had this for a whi (208 comments)

I think you're being overly simplistic and obtuse, borderline pain in the ass in fact. You ARE on a nerd website after all (and I'm sure this isn't your first day on /. either) so use your head and I'm sure even you yourself could deduce that for Sandisk to magically release 128, 256 AND 512 GB memory cards within a year tells you that they have had the ability to do this for quite some time. But I'm sure somehow you'll enlighten me to something completely opposite...look forward to you proving me right.

4 days ago
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SanDisk Releases 512GB SD Card

chaosdivine69 Something tells me they have had this for a while (208 comments)

You just know these memory companies have had the ability to do this for quite some time. Probably since the spec was released to the public way back when.

  have no proof of this of course except reflection and observation of past trends, but common sense tells me that greed and the mighty dollar are the primary barriers to having a terabyte or more on a little itty bitty card - today. Milk the consumer for whatever you can! Then incrementally bump the standards and crank the price. Rinse, repeat, PROFIT!!!! Just like Wi-Fi, CPU's (I'm looking at you Intel and AMD), hard drives, SSD's, graphics cards (nVidia and AMD again), etc. This is how it's done - period. I sure as hell can't afford to spend $800 on one of these cards nor would I be stupid enough to do so. I mean, for me, I'd rather go with multiple cards because they DO get corrupted and may even get lost. With 64 GB cards going for around $45 or less a while ago (I have no idea what they are now without looking) and I'd imagine 128's to be around $100 or so give or take, it just makes more economical and strategic sense to go buy several smaller capacity cards and swap them out when full. But what do I know...

Signed Captain Obvious

4 days ago
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New Usage-Based Insurance Software Can Track Drivers Using Smartphones

chaosdivine69 Shut phone off when driving (137 comments)

Sorry, but isn't there a law about distracted driving? So why not adhere to the rule and be a good little boy/girl and shut the damn thing off while driving. Turn it on when parked. They can't complain about it then since you are "just complying with the law". Oh, and if you need a GPS for your job, bring your own dash mount style. Give the fuckers nothing...

about two weeks ago
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Mozilla Rolls Out Sponsored Tiles To Firefox Nightly's New Tab Page

chaosdivine69 Pale Moon will release you. Seek thy savior! (171 comments)

No seriously, don't put up with this bullshit. Dump Firefox and come over to Pale Moon (www.palemoon.org). Your favorite plugins and add-ons will still work, you can customize the interface just how you're used to (that means no Australis excrement) and have the latest security updates too. It's fast, stable, standards compliant and doesn't force needless stuff on their users. They don't and won't sell your details, snoop on your browsing behavior and subject you to advertising. This whole process is painless thanks to their profile migration tool but just in case, back up your browser settings/bookmarks/add-on settings and get back to browsing the Internet on YOUR OWN TERMS.

It's incredible that people are still using Firefox at all honestly. Firefox is just a shell of what it once was and now it's just a name - one forever tarnished by corporate greed/influence and the lust for money. Firefox has become a cancer. It needs immediate removal - permanently.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Where Can I Find Good Replacement Batteries?

chaosdivine69 Re:Why not rebuild if possible? (131 comments)

Well wait until one bursts into flames and burns down your house. Then get back to me. Then I think you'll change your tune.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Where Can I Find Good Replacement Batteries?

chaosdivine69 Re:Why not rebuild if possible? (131 comments)

eBay prices/costs vary but for a laptop battery that goes for $150 retail and you get a brand new one for $50 genuine OEM...I'd say that's a deal you can live with. Phone batteries for $10? Not likely a genuine retail OEM battery...they'll probably come in some rip off packaging with a clone board (this is a giant red flag...if they don't come in retail looking packaging from your phone's manufacturer, it's a scam) and also clone boards (circuitry) copy the battery security key from an old battery to the knock off battery - bad, bad, bad. Retail or genuine batteries do not use clone boards. There's no need.

Shipping costs are something to pay attention to too. Some sellers like to offer a cheap price on an item but charge something stupidly expensive for shipping. This is a scam/trick so beware...read the entire page and make sure they ship to your country before buying. It's actually FUN shopping this way...you get the same satisfaction of getting a deal as you would through scoring something rare at a garage sale for cheap. Depending on your determination, you can find really cheap prices with free shipping from reputable people. I do.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Where Can I Find Good Replacement Batteries?

chaosdivine69 I prefer eBay myself. They have the most selection (131 comments)

The trick to using eBay is that the seller needs to have a lot of positive star ratings and has a recent selling history - as in they do this to make money, it's how they eat. Not someone with a 6 star rating who hasn't sold anything for months to years. The more perfect a score (closer to 100%) rating the better. The more decent ratings the better. Also, this is critical, read the seller feedback, they're short, but they scream volumes. When searching for items, search for words like "genuine OEM" or "original (brand here) battery". Lastly, when paying, use PayPal since they cover your ass if/when a seller doesn't come through. It has happened to me before twice in like 7 years and PayPal has helped me out and refunded my money both times. I love eBay and have been using it for years. You can find some really obscure stuff and can land some great deals if you're patient, persistent and careful. No one likes getting fleeced or screwed over. Do you homework and you'll get exactly what it is you're after. One last thing, don't be afraid to email the sellers and ask questions. If they don't reply, don't buy from them. You can even be bold and ask to negotiate price (within reason). You'd be surprised what you can get if you're nice, respectful and within reason. My thoughts anyhow...

about three weeks ago
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Scientists Find Traces of Sea Plankton On ISS Surface

chaosdivine69 So, now it's official then. There's life out there (117 comments)

And just like that...life, living outside special suits and man made mechanical devices has spread from our planet. If there wasn't life in outer space before, besides ours (which I think is highly unlikely anyhow since space is so vast), there is now! Well done mankind on the beginnings of teraforming!

about a month ago
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Microsoft's Windows 8 App Store Is Full of Scamware

chaosdivine69 Re:Never used any 8.1 apps from their store (188 comments)

I do this stuff too but not through multiple apps coded by different sources. I use the web browser and associated Speed Dials (free visual thumbnail extension) for URL's of those types of websites in Pale Moon. I get way better (more detailed) information for weather, currency conversions, stocks, unit conversions etc. Anything I need for more serious productivity, I download and install apps from vendors I know and trust (and after doing detailed reviews through a search engine). In fact, the other day, I picked up my friend's iPad and asked her, hey lets listen to some music while we're out on the patio...load up YouTube. She runs the app for YouTube and handed it to me. I was like WTF is this? It's way, way more complicated than it needed to be. I said, just load the actual website through Safari. She looked at me like I was strange... For the majority of simple things, apps are just NOT needed in my opinion. Now even with pretty awesome 3D gaming in JavaScript and HTML5 Canvas I really don't see much use for standalone apps at all. At least with a website I can block ads using FlashBlock or AdBlock Plus. I can't do that properly with store bought apps since they're siphoning off my user data and begging for rights all the time they just don't need.

about a month ago
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Microsoft's Windows 8 App Store Is Full of Scamware

chaosdivine69 Re:Windows 8 to Windows 8.1 (188 comments)

I see. Thanks. It makes me wonder then why they don't remove the Windows Update separate program altogether and have all OS updates done through their store if they're wanting more customer awareness and compulsive drive-buys for apps/media.

about a month ago
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Microsoft's Windows 8 App Store Is Full of Scamware

chaosdivine69 Never used any 8.1 apps from their store (188 comments)

I don't know about other users but I've had an ASUS Windows 8.1 desktop for almost a year now and have never downloaded or installed ANY apps from the Microsoft "store" and have only once clicked on the App Store tile itself once by mistake. I avoid their "store" like the plague on a desktop environment. I don't have the need or want to Skype or play Angry Birds on the desktop I guess...who uses the Microsoft App Store and for what purposes? I'm genuinely curious...

about a month ago
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Microsoft Considered Renaming Internet Explorer To Escape Its Reputation

chaosdivine69 Re:Mozilla should consider doing the same for Fire (426 comments)

I really like PaleMoon and am very glad this has been created. It's what Firefox WAS back in the version 3 and 4 days - read: lean, easy to use and fully customizable. It also has security updates to the codebase. All my extensions work just as they did in Firefox. The only thing I don't like about PaleMoon is that SpyBot Search and Destroy 1.6.2 (the old version because the 2.x version is a giant joke like Firefox has become) doesn't accept PaleMoon as being immunized and as such doesn't work with it as it did with Firefox. Though this sounds like a PR message, I'd really encourage those who hate Firefox to give PaleMoon a try. I am very happy I took the chance now and I'll never look back until Firefox becomes FireFix'ed and returns to their roots. Oh and Mozilla, no one wants your phones either especially now that you've butchered our favorite browser. Now if we could just convince the PaleMoon folks to update their website to something a 10 year old didn't code I think you'd see this catch on a lot more.

about a month ago
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Interviews: James Cameron and John Bruno Answer Your Questions

chaosdivine69 Labor of love, not for profit (24 comments)

I hope I'm proven wrong on this but I just can't see massive swaths of people going to see this at a local theater. I don't wish to be pessimistic, but it's not exactly screaming blockbuster. This is the "instant on", smartphone generation we're dealing with who have shorter attention spans than ever before. I just don't see this generating a lot of money so I sincerely hope this film is a labor of love with a deep desire to teach others because that's most likely what's going to happen. Having James Cameron's name attached to this is definitely a plus but is it enough to get the people out to see it in person? There's no explosions, car chases, sappy love stories or hot-bod naked people to draw in the easily amused lemmings after all. I mean, I'm going to attend the film because I have a high nerd factor for stuff like this and love to learn, and most likely you fellow /.'ers will too but I can't see large masses of people doing so. I think this will go right to 3D BluRay and Netflix as a documentary treading water on the fringe of importance (I wish Netflix did more 3D stuff too by the way but that's another rant). Am I right or am I wrong? Only time will tell I guess. But it's kind of sad statement of today's society if I do end up being right. Thoughts?

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Life Beyond the WRT54G Series?

chaosdivine69 Excellent article from Connectedly on top 5 best (427 comments)

Here's an in-depth article and list of best-in-class Wi-Fi routers for your home that give you the best bang for your buck (as cheaply as possible), and come highly recommended by networking professionals http://www.connectedly.com/top... NETGEAR Nighthawk R7000 is the top of their list but it's the most expensive @ $188. The N900 is on that list too if AC isn't required and you're happy with N speeds. Anyhow, I learned a lot from this article. Hopefully you do too.

about a month ago
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Malaysian Passenger Plane Reportedly Shot Down Over Ukraine

chaosdivine69 Re:Wait for it... (752 comments)

Well then, to add to the speculation... On Reuters via Twitter, reporter Anne Applebaum tweeted this: Donetsk commander Strelkov, longtime Russian agent, claimed credit today for shooting plane he thought was Ukrainian http://pbs.twimg.com/media/Bsw... Though I can not read Russian (could someone please translate?), I don't get the sense that it says anything too positive though.

about 2 months ago
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Windows 8.1 RTM Trickling Out, With Start Menu and Boot-to-Desktop

chaosdivine69 Re:Its dead Jim! (496 comments)

I'll be joining you on the wait train while staying with Windows 7. Windows 8 is still a bust in my opinion. Hopefully once Balmer goes once and for all, someone with some real leadership and innovation will part the seas, walk on water and pull rainbows and unicorns out of his ass...

1 year,22 days

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Hydorgen fusion possible using lasers

chaosdivine69 chaosdivine69 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

chaosdivine69 (1456649) writes "The BBC reports that a major hurdle to producing fusion energy using lasers has been swept aside, results in a new report show.

The controlled fusion of atoms — creating conditions like those in our Sun — has long been touted as a possible revolutionary energy source.However, there have been doubts about the use of powerful lasers for fusion energy because the "plasma" they create could interrupt the fusion.

An article in Science showed the plasma is far less a problem than expected.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/8485669.stm"

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