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The Grasshopper Can Fly Sideways

dmmiller2k Not the insect? (127 comments)

Am I the only one who clicked through to this while scanning headlines, thinking it referred to living creatures?

about a year ago
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'Bankrupt' Australian Surgeon Sues Google For Auto-Complete

dmmiller2k Re:Well... (305 comments)

While I understand the wanting to keep something like that quiet, it is public information. I'm not sure it is wrong to have it there even if it is undesirable.

You make a good point. And in this case, I tend to agree with you.

However, in general does anyone else see a difference between information that is merely public (I.e., freely available to interested parties) and that which is actively public-ized (however "inadvertently")?

about 2 years ago
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"Self-Healing" NAND Flash Memory That Can Survive Over 100 Million Cycles

dmmiller2k Re:800C? (76 comments)

Sorry, but the value 3000K refers to the color temperature of incandescent bulbs, not the actual temperature. See this chart.

Did you REALLY think the filament of an ordinary incandescent tungsten bulb operates at 4940.33 degrees Fahrenheit (2727 degrees C)? Seriously?

about 2 years ago
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Microsoft Security Essentials Loses AV-Test Certificate

dmmiller2k Re:Missing Piece from Test (185 comments)

... I've found regardless of what they have had installed they invariably get infected, may as well go with the AV system that doesn't choke the system to death nor constantly shove itself in your face while you're trying to get work done.

Exactly! This is precisely my thinking. And it's also what I tell my clients. I use MSE on all my (four and counting) systems, and I strip off whatever "choke-ware" my clients are running and install it for them.

Plus, I also strongly recommend Sandboxie, which is free for non-commercial use, and if they agree, I provide a prominent icon which runs the browser inside a sandbox, for those times when curiosity gets the better of them.

My own machines have been kept safe by using this approach more than once from stuff my teenaged kids clicked on, where Sandboxie prevented something bad from actually installing itself (after which I deleted the sandbox contents and it was as if nothing had ever happened). More than worth the annoyance of the occasional 5 second pop up reminder from Sandboxie when it starts, once the initial 30 days has elapsed.

For trusted browsing, I just use the unsandboxed browser.

My own machines have never actually been infected since I started doing this (five or six years now), and only once or twice have I been called out to clean a client's machine set up in this manner. Invariably, the client chose NOT to run the sandboxed browser when they knew they should have.

In any case, it's far easier to recover a system running MSE than one with a "choke-ware" which has detected but is unable to remove some malware.

Also, clients appear to appreciate the complete LACK of scare-ware pop up warnings every year or so, or whenever it's coming up on renewal time.

about 2 years ago
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One Step Toward a Babel Fish: Real-Time Voice Translation For Phones

dmmiller2k Re:Sounds like a step backwards to me (131 comments)

No, they don't need to learn other languages. THEY JUST NEED TO SPEAK ENGLISH LOUDER and sl-ow-er!!!

Here, fixed that for you

about 2 years ago
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Crooks Steal $1.5M In iPads From JFK

dmmiller2k Re:Serialized? (144 comments)

Yes, but only to the extent it costs them money.

about 2 years ago
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Dotcom's New Site "Megabox" Almost Ready

dmmiller2k Re:nice idea (101 comments)

Whoops, now it's on Slashdot. Rest assured they've gotten wind of it. Let's see if you're right.

about 2 years ago
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When Flying Was a Thrill

dmmiller2k Re:You can still fly this way if you want to (382 comments)

They don't screen them because they are flying their own planes, not commercial aircraft (which of course is because they are filthy rich, but that's secondary).

more than 2 years ago
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Six Arrested Over Japanese Android Porn Virus

dmmiller2k Mixed Feelings (92 comments)

On one hand, since I have an Android phone I'm glad the perpetrators were caught, but on the other hand this almost seems like a victim-less crime. Or at least one with Darwinian fairness...

more than 2 years ago
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Backdoor Found In Arcadyan-based Wi-Fi Routers

dmmiller2k Re:12345670? Really? (59 comments)

Gee, and I thought I was being clever omitting 8 and 9

about 2 years ago
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TSA Defends Pat Down of 4-Year-Old Girl

dmmiller2k Re:Of course. (1174 comments)

Do you really think that there aren't people who are comforted by this show of security theater?

TSA = Theater of Securité Absurditus

about 2 years ago
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Stuxnet Allegedly Loaded By Iranian Double Agents

dmmiller2k Beware Geeks bearing gifts (167 comments)

Stuxnet - the gift that keeps on giving.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is a Home Drone Feasible?

dmmiller2k Seriously? (274 comments)

The answers to those questions would give YOU enough information to answer his?

more than 2 years ago
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Self-Sculpting "Sand" Can Allow Spontaneous Formation of Tools

dmmiller2k Re:Has no one seen Star Trek? (124 comments)

This can only end badly, indeed!

Has no one read Michael Crichton's Prey?

What about the Sandman in Spiderman 3?

more than 2 years ago
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Amoeboid Robot Moves Autonomously Without Centralized Brain

dmmiller2k Disturbing trends (38 comments)

Might this be just a publicity stunt to promote, for example, a new "Rise of The Blob" movie?

If so, it's just another lame attempt to cash in on prior art, rather than coming up with something original.

more than 2 years ago
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Man Claiming He Invented the Internet Sues

dmmiller2k Re:Really? (326 comments)

Man Claiming He Invented the Internet Sues

Al Gore is gonna be sooo mad...

Why, exactly? cf., Internet of Lies

more than 2 years ago
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Rats Feel Each Other's Pain

dmmiller2k Really Misleading Headline (200 comments)

I thought this was going to be another article about investment bankers and the financial meltdown.

Just saying. John Corzine has been in the news recently.

more than 2 years ago
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MythBusters Bust House

dmmiller2k Re:Remember (631 comments)

You forgot one:

  1. 1) They get people interested in science.
  2. 2) They show scientific experimentation using a variety of tools.
  3. 3) They entertain.
  4. 4) See #1
  5. 5) They blow stuff up (or shoot at stuff) at every possible opportunity, whether it relates to the hypothesis or not (see #3).

more than 2 years ago

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Twinkies Maker Preparing for Chapter 11

dmmiller2k dmmiller2k writes  |  more than 2 years ago

dmmiller2k writes "I know, I know, this isn't actually a technical story, but Hostess? Really? It's an institution! Millions of lines of code were written, fortified by Twinkies (and Wonder Bread sandwiches)."
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Camera captures "living" pictures

dmmiller2k dmmiller2k writes  |  more than 3 years ago

dmmiller2k writes "This article discusses new type of camera invented by a start-up that captures enough image data to refocus later or even to render in 3D when the image is later viewed.

Wow! One step closer to Harry Potter style newspapers. All we need is a mechanism for printing these (think electronic ink or something derived thereof). Here's how it works: http://www.lytro.com/science_inside"

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Researchers Hack Into Cars’ Electronics

dmmiller2k dmmiller2k writes  |  more than 3 years ago

dmmiller2k writes "Reminds me of the scene in "Live Free and Die Hard" where Justin Long's character convinces the OnStar operator to start the car remotely. It'd be pretty cool to be able to warm the car up remotely from my home, before I walked out the door on a cold day."
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Space, the Final Shuttle

dmmiller2k dmmiller2k writes  |  more than 3 years ago

dmmiller2k writes "Wow! Imagine how they actually got the original Captain Kirk, William Shatner, to record this modified version of the opening voiceover during the theme song:

'Space, the final frontier. These have been the voyages of the Space Shuttle Discovery.

'Her 30 year mission: To seek out new science. To build new outposts. To bring nations together on the final frontier. To boldly go, and do, what no spacecraft has done before,' said Shatner, who played Captain Kirk in the popular television and movie series."

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'Spam King' released from prison

dmmiller2k dmmiller2k writes  |  more than 3 years ago

dmmiller2k writes "Apparently, after "nearly four years in prison, the man dubbed the 'Spam King' by federal prosecutors, is allowed back online." I wonder if there's some variation of Megan's Law requiring him to register with the local police department and notify all his neighbors with computers?"
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GM's Chevrolet Volt to Get 230 MPG

dmmiller2k dmmiller2k writes  |  more than 5 years ago

dmmiller2k writes "

General Motors Co. said its new Chevrolet Volt electric car is expected to get 230 miles per gallon in city driving as the auto maker outlined a raft of product introductions. At that rating, the Volt would dwarf any offering from a mass-market brand, including Toyota Motor Corp.'s Prius. It also could deliver a major boost to GM efforts to cultivate a green image, a key element of the company's restructuring efforts. The company said the car will use 25 kilowatt hours per every 100 miles driven.

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