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US Government OKs Sale of Sharper Satellite Images

deimtee Re:Good news (82 comments)

If your pixels are 0.4 x 0.4 metre you can get pretty damn close.

about 5 months ago
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After the Belfast Project Fiasco, Time For Another Look At Time Capsule Crypto?

deimtee Time delay storage. (170 comments)

Write it out on archival paper, put it in a sealed ceramic pot and bury it on the lee side of a travelling sand dune.
- Ceramic so metal detectors won't find it.
- how high up on the dune is determined by how fast the dune is travelling, and how long you want it to stay buried.
- make the average density of the pot plus contents the same as the sand, so it neither sinks nor floats.

about 6 months ago
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TrueCrypt Website Says To Switch To BitLocker

deimtee Re: Fishy (566 comments)

That's ordinary NSLs. What about the the double-secret NSLs?

about 6 months ago
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Should Microsoft Be Required To Extend Support For Windows XP?

deimtee Re:Depends (650 comments)

Then they document all released code, labelling it as either released by Microsoft or owned by $third_party.
If $third_party wants to enforce their copyright, then $third_party becomes liable for its maintenance.

about 8 months ago
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$30K Worth of Multimeters Must Be Destroyed Because They're Yellow

deimtee Re:To be fair... (653 comments)

The infringement is for using "yellow". Not a particular shade or PMS color, just "yellow".
That leaves red, pink, orange, green, blue, purple, brown, black, grey, and white. (Did I miss any?)
So about ten more trademarks and the market is locked. Not exactly unlimited.

about 8 months ago
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Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!

deimtee Re:Slashdot BETA Sucks. (2219 comments)

the problem with the boycott is that 99%+ of the users aren't active contributors, just passive viewers. So a boycott won't change the viewership numbers very much. heck, most of the people who would boycott are probably no script/adblock anyway, so there's no lost impressions there.

You are probably right about that percentage, but you miss the point that even the passive viewers are here for the comments and the links to interesting tech stuff. If the active users go away there will be nothing left to passively view.

about 10 months ago
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Australian Team Working On Engines Without Piston Rings

deimtee Re:Gasoline, diesel, etc don't have to be Fossil F (368 comments)

... nobody can make it happen on a large scale at cost, let alone at a profit...

That applies now.
The only reason it is not economically feasible is because it is so cheap to dig fossil fuels out of the ground.
Allegedly, we are now past peak oil, and the price of fossil fuels should start going up. Eventually it will be economical to produce synthetic hydrocarbon fuels using solar/nuclear/other power and either biomass or CO2 and water - either because the technology has improved, or the products have risen in value, or more likely, both.

about a year ago
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Utilities Fight Back Against Solar Energy

deimtee Re:There must be a very good reason... (579 comments)

He's saying he's paid retail up to the amount he uses (12 or 25 c/kWh). (Connection charges are not included.)
When he generates an excess they only pay him wholesale for that. (2c/kWh)

I think it is actually a reasonable model.
Maintaining the lines is a pretty fixed cost = connection fee.
Generate less than you use = you pay retail on the diff like everyone else.
Generate more than you use = you collect wholesale on what you sell, same as other power suppliers.
They make a profit on selling your excess power, you get free energy storage.

about a year ago
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Proposed California Law Would Mandate Smartphone Kill Switch

deimtee Re:No... (252 comments)

Any mobile phone in AU can call the emergency number (000) regardless of blacklists, whitelists, whether you've paid the bill, or anything else.
If the phone is still functional and can get a signal, you can call the cops, ambulance, and/or fire brigade.

about a year ago
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Gunman Opens Fire At LAX

deimtee Re:Great... (520 comments)

Your government has nukes, artillery, tanks, bombers, etc. Are you going to demand access to these too? After all your logic seems to be 'whatever government can has, I want too'.

Any objective reading of the second amendment would seem to indicate that that is the case. If you don't like it, you should work to get the second amendment changed, not work to violate your constitution.

1 year,25 days
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First 'Habitable Zone' Galactic Bulge Exoplanet Found

deimtee Re:Black Hole (48 comments)

Four thousand light years is actually quite a long way.

about a year ago
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What the Insurance Industry Thinks About Climate Change

deimtee Re:We have this thing called "competition" (385 comments)

These policy prices are largely determined by the re-insurers, not the insurance companies you deal with directly.
This is a much smaller group of much larger companies. I would have no difficulty believing they were colluding to raise prices.

about a year ago
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He Fixed 300,000+ Machines - America's Oldest Typewriter Repairman Dies At 96

deimtee Re:tech fright (201 comments)

Red or black, depending on where he set the ribbon.

about a year ago
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Sent To Jail Because of a Software Bug

deimtee Re:helpdesk india or helpdesk must use script fail (239 comments)

When he was threatened with a lawsuit the problem magically went away. Obviously, he had the power to fix it. If it took threatening him to get him to fix it, then he deserved the threat.

about a year ago
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In Praise of Hackerspaces

deimtee Re:Aren't these just workshops? (68 comments)

It wasn't budget cuts that got rid of woodshop and metalwork classes, it was the combination of legal liability and feminism.
- Little Jimmy cuts his finger on a chisel, mummy and daddy to sue the school.
- Woodwork and metalwork are mainly of interest to boys and are therefore sexist. They should learn "home economics" instead.

about a year ago
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Spain's New S-80 Class Submarines Sink, But Won't Float

deimtee Re:at least they're trying... (326 comments)

I'm also curious about what it was that made the more comfortable cabins weigh more.

Waterbeds. Those buggers are heavy.

about a year and a half ago
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White House: Use Metric If You Want, We Don't Care

deimtee Re:Start here (1145 comments)

That's pretty much what Oz did when we converted. The open road limit was 60 mph, and went to 100 km/h (~ 62 mph). Same with the in-town limit of 35 mph which went to 60 km/h (~37 mph).
Made it much more acceptable to most drivers.

about a year and a half ago

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deimtee deimtee writes  |  more than 10 years ago The preview shows that this will lose its nice formatting, but you should be able to work it out.

1 xclk* External clock
2 xclken* External clock enable
3 red Analog Red
4 green Analog Green
5 blue Analog Blue
6 DI Digital intensity
7 DB Digital Blue
8 DG Digital Green
9 DR Digital Red
10 CSYNC* Composite Sync
11 HSYNC* Horizontal Sync
12 VSYNC* Vertical Sync
13 GNDRTN Return for XCLKEN
14 ZD* Zero Detect
15 CI* Clock Out
16 to 20 GND Ground
21 -12V Max 50mA
22 +12V Max 100mA
23 +5V Max 100mA
* indicates active low.

have fun.
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