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Former NATO Nuclear Bunker Now an 'Airless' Unmanned Data Center

codeButcher Re:I am impressed (147 comments)

I had to look up this European Air Force. Turns out they've existed longer than I thought! From http://www.europeanaf.net/:

The European Air Force has now reached its teens!

OK, next assignment: find the Austrian Navy.

2 days ago
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Alibaba Face Off With Chinese Regulator Over Fake Products

codeButcher Re:why does anybody feel safe purchasing from them (79 comments)

Yet, you need to learn the story of Alibaba and the 40 thieves.

Alibaba was a woodcutter and not a thief.

Before you get too high and mighty, you might want to remember that Ali Baba stole from those 40 thieves which is what eventually got his brother killed (because of his own greed) and almost got Ali Baba killed as well. So the OP calling Ali Baba a thief is 100% accurate.

So, a destroyer of Arabia's once-lush forests, and trafficker in innocent slave girls. (Also: muslim, which excuses all the previous.)

Why yes, the previous was supposed to be in jest, thanks for asking.

2 days ago
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Why Screen Lockers On X11 Cannot Be Secure

codeButcher Re:not the point (374 comments)

but in reality will actually just be recording your user name as password so the intruder can use this. They'll get the password, and come back at a time when they have more time to do their dirty work.

That's why I always first try to unlock with "password123" when I get back from the bathroom break I could no longer postpone.

3 days ago
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Researchers Moot "Teleportation" Via Destructive 3D Printing

codeButcher Re:Prototyping security? (163 comments)

My thought was, "what could possibly go wrong?" and then the idea formed, "the recieving maching broke half way through the process."

Luckily, the object is stored in the transporter buffer, and with a little sci-fi magic we can reconstruct the object and save the day minutes before the episode ends.

So what are we gonna do with all the Capt Kirk torsos lying around?

about two weeks ago
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Apple Agrees To Chinese Security Audits of Its Products

codeButcher Wait a second (114 comments)

I thought Apple products were assembled in China? (By chinese spies masquerading as low-wage workers, etc. etc. etc.)

Also, Lenovo.

about two weeks ago
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Uber Suspends Australian Transport Inspector Accounts To Block Stings

codeButcher Re:poor summary (299 comments)

They could also wait a week to issue the fines

I don't see how this could work. They need to confirm the driver's identity to issue the fine which they're not going to be able to do without confronting the driver at the time of the ride. Just knowing the vehicle's registration isn't enough.

So don't you ask to see the Uber driver's license each time you catch a ride with one? Just asking. Not needed a taxi/uber ride in recent years, but it would seem sensible to identify the stranger you will be traveling with.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Sounds We Don't Hear Any More?

codeButcher Re:Mimeograph (790 comments)

Dot matrix printer. Like Donald Duck eating corn off the cob.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Sounds We Don't Hear Any More?

codeButcher Re:Mimeograph (790 comments)

Yeah, the smell. We had an old one that got put back into service for a while when we got our first dot matrix printer, worked a charm on the stencil paper. 1988 or thereabouts.

about three weeks ago
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Researchers "Solve" Texas Hold'Em, Create Perfect Robotic Player

codeButcher Re:I guess that means ... (340 comments)

So playing poker is no longer gambling. Scientifically proven.

So statistics is no longer a scientific discipline? I still remember all the die rolls and the calculations using p = 1/6 we did when we started the stats course. Way back....

about three weeks ago
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Over 30 Uber Cars Impounded In Cape Town

codeButcher Re:Why stop with rides? (160 comments)

If by "furnaces" you mean oil/gas-burners to heat a home, South Africa obviously doesn't have that. Some closed wood stoves are available, imported from anywhere from Chile to China, that can be installed DIY or by a technician that does this sort of thing regularly (may have completed a course from the company that supplies the ovens). South Africa also doesn't have building codes that require air-tight doors and windows, so CO poisoning is perhaps less of a risk. Car mechanic's workshops can range from anything from dealer licensed (if it's still under warranty) to franchised chain to independent back-yard. Paperwork? Of course the buyer needs to ensure that they can do what they claim; reputation goes a long way regarding that.

But South Africa does have something called a Public Driver's Permit, needed when one wants to convey anyone for remuneration, be it a bunch of kids from the creche or your boss' wife to her nail appointment - if your employment includes chauffeur duties. Bumming a ride with a friend (social media acquaintance) and "helping with the petrol money" is probably tolerated as the money is (technically) a voluntary donation.

about three weeks ago
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Happy Public Domain Day: Works That Copyright Extension Stole From Us In 2015

codeButcher Re:And that's still too long (328 comments)

... if we don't have a system that rewards creators, art gets worse. Good artists choose to do something else with their time.

Now I see what has happened to American music....

about a month ago
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Scientists Say the Future Looks Bleak For Our Bones

codeButcher Re:Our Forefathers were Idiots (115 comments)

What were they thinking, trading slightly more fragile bones for longer life spans, less dangerous lifestyles, philosophy, sanitation, modern medicine, equal rights, going to the moon, labor saving devices, the internet, quantum physics, cell phones, the internal combustion engine, and digital watches?

You forgot to mention laying the groundwork which would enable facebook. What were they thinking, indeed...

about a month ago
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Study: Light-Emitting Screens Before Bedtime Disrupt Sleep

codeButcher Yeah me too (179 comments)

I sometimes work into the night ("flow"). Other times I read a while in bed on my (big-screen) phone. I use f.lux on the computer, Bluelight Filter on android - other apps have been mentioned.

The science seems to be fairly well understood for a number of years, long enough to develop these apps. See e.g. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M... for pointers, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/C... may also be of interest (other effects than light on sleep).

about a month ago
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RFID-Blocking Blazer and Jeans Could Stop Wireless Identity Theft

codeButcher Re:signal blocking (110 comments)

If you build radio signal blocking into all of your pockets, doesn't that also screw up your cell phone from getting a call?

And the downside is?

about a month and a half ago
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Researchers Accidentally Discover How To Turn Off Skin Aging Gene

codeButcher Re:There is just one side effect to treatment (175 comments)

There is 40 percent chance that once you die after this product gives you cancer, you will turn into a zombie. So please weigh the risks.

A zombie with beautiful skin... what's not to like?

about a month and a half ago
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Study Explains Why Women Miscarry More Males During Tough Times

codeButcher Re:It's the production line (113 comments)

The fun question is how the mechanisms that've evolved to make this happen actually work. Figuring that out's going to keep researchers occupied for the next century or two.

This is just me speculating, but you may have answered the question already:

... the least resilient male offspring ...

Obviously is offspring is less resilient, no special mechanism is necessarily needed. Just the mother being under stress herself (nutrition) may cause the less resilient to "not pull through" in the womb. It is my opinion that the male is the less resilient of the two sexes in any case, illustrated by their lower life expectancy (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Life_expectancy#Gender_differences).

about a month and a half ago
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Study Explains Why Women Miscarry More Males During Tough Times

codeButcher Re:Selfish gene: highly misunderstood term (113 comments)

Some of the genes we have in our bodies have copies living in other species, other genera. Some of them are 100 million years old. The genes as a whole are the selfish ones vis a vis the organisms as a whole. They survive. We don't.

Getting back to chickens and eggs, part of the chicken I ate last night is now living on inside me, where I am a different species. So I'd say it was the chicken's animal body that was the selfish one, I bet the genes are digested by now.

about a month and a half ago
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A Paper By Maggie Simpson and Edna Krabappel Was Accepted By Two Journals

codeButcher Looking at the Heading of TFS (100 comments)

I noticed that the title of the summary only had two of the three names. What, Kim Jong Fun not sounding female enough for the New Improved Slashdot?

about 2 months ago
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French Publishers Prepare Lawsuit Against Adblock Plus

codeButcher Re:The anti-French jokes are on you (699 comments)

France did not give the US the Statue of Liberty just because they thought the US was a bunch of really nice guys.

As observed by someone else, hollowness of said statue says a lot about the French sense of irony.

about 2 months ago

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