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Europol Predicts First Online Murder By End of This Year

dbarron Roomba Alert (155 comments)

So is that maybe what happened when the Roomba ate my parakeet ?
Yep, that's it...the bird was hacked!

about a month and a half ago
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China Worried About Terrorist Pigeons

dbarron Carrying? (92 comments)

I wonder how many were found to be carrying during the cavity search ?

about 2 months ago
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Email Is Not Going Anywhere

dbarron Get off my email! (235 comments)

You darn kids, get off my email! Don't step there! I'll call the e-police on ya, if you don't leave that email alone!

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Bequeath Sensitive Information?

dbarron Updated info periodically (208 comments)

And...how are you going to handle updating information as you are forced to change your password for whatever reasons?

I don't have a good solution...I wish I did. There's no reason you can't change your email password today and die before you can document it (which if you're like most people might be a week later).

about 5 months ago
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'Curiosity' Lead Engineer Suggests Printing Humans On Other Planets

dbarron Re:A lot of bits (323 comments)

I think you might be surprised how compressible the pattern might be. There's a lot of duplication in them there waters.

about 6 months ago
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Should We Eat Invasive Species?

dbarron Invasive feral cats (290 comments)

I'm waiting for recipes....anyone ? :)

about 6 months ago
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Astronomers Identify the Sun's Long-Lost Sister

dbarron Re:What's amazing is that... (69 comments)

Ok, as I recall, hotter suns like blue and white, would increase his powers. Cooler, like red or brown would reduce them.

about 6 months ago
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Time Dilation Drug Could Let Heinous Criminals Serve 1,000 Year Sentences

dbarron Re:Ridiculous. (914 comments)

Perhaps some kind of burrowing parasitic worms?

about 8 months ago
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The $100,000 Device That Could Have Solved Missing Plane Mystery

dbarron Re:Lat / Long? (461 comments)

That's very doable and could probably be put in one or maybe a couple of packets of data. Given that I know nothing specifically about airplane systems, still one would expect you could install a stand alone black box that gathers and transmits this data w/o even integrating it into any systems besides onboard power. Relative compass heading and airspeed are easily derivable from last GPS positions. I can't understand why it would REQUIRE 100K per plane to do this.

about 8 months ago
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New Beetle Named After Charles Darwin and David Sedaris

dbarron Re:The beetle is not a new species. (35 comments)

However, what is important (to taxonomists) is it has a new name.

about 9 months ago
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Why Birds Fly In a V Formation

dbarron Re: This is new? (207 comments)

Do you suppose we could suggest house sparrows, grackles, or starlings as research birds in the wind tunnels? There are certainly enough of them in most major cities.

about 10 months ago
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Extinct Species of Early Human Survived On Grass Bulbs, Not Meat

dbarron Re:When we are extinct (318 comments)

Well, given the diet of the young in the last 20 or 30 years...I think HFCS is the correct analysis. The future beings will assume we were like hummingbirds.

about 10 months ago
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Dogs poop in line with Earth's magnetic field

dbarron False (4 comments)

My dogs face every which direction while pooping, it appears to be purely random from my observation.

about a year ago
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UK Govt's Censorware Blocks Tech, Civil Liberties Websites

dbarron Re:Kinds? (148 comments)

You don't want to know what 'kinds', it's censored.

about a year ago
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90 Percent of Businesses Say IP Is "Not Important"

dbarron Re:Reason (185 comments)

However, if you asked the local baker for his recipes....I think you'd hear a different story.

about a year ago
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Smart Cars: Too Distracting?

dbarron Navigation issues (180 comments)

Yes, I know how that is...you try to get it to plot a course to nearest Best-Buy while you're out in an unfamiliar neighborhood, but you have to check or it'll route you to the Best Buy headquarters 4 states away (or something innane). I wouldn't want the navigational system to start giving me directions without confirming that it had locked on to the address that I REALLY wanted to go to.

about a year ago
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Next-Gen GPU Progress Slowing As It Aims for 20 nm and Beyond

dbarron Holographic Display (91 comments)

I'm ready for the next (or next-next) gen display, holographic display hovering in midair. Preferably with sensors that can detect my interactions with them. Wonder how far out THAT is now ?

about a year ago
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Kernel Dev Tells Linus Torvalds To Stop Using Abusive Language

dbarron Re:Linus is just a mean old asshole... (1501 comments)

I wouldn't say Linus is mean (at least in person). I don't know him closely, but I've met and talked with him a few times. I certainly don't find him offensive just because. And...it does seem his method works.

about a year ago
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The Pope Criminalizes Leaks

dbarron Re:That's why I've always said.. (266 comments)

I agree totally..and I also want to use a quote from Mary Poppins, (the church believes) 'A spoonfull of sugar makes the medicine go down'.

about a year ago

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