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An Algorithm to End the Lines for Ice at Burning Man

drachenfyre News for Nerds? (342 comments)

More like "Bitching for hipsters". Seriously, this site continues to go down hill.

about a month ago
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Solid State Drives Break the 50 Cents Per GiB Barrier, OCZ ARC 100 Launched

drachenfyre Re:Cheaper drives (183 comments)

The crucial MX100 will also run circles around this drive, and was reviewed here on Slashdot, including its pricepoint. How did this even make it through the submission queue.

about 3 months ago
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Tesla Model S Can Hit (At Least) 132 MPH On the Autobahn

drachenfyre Infamous? (410 comments)

Infamous autobahn? I don't think that word means what you think it means.

1 year,23 days
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Measles Outbreak Tied To Texas Megachurch

drachenfyre Re:The REAL Facts (622 comments)

If a) then there is a 4 month old who had no choice in suffering the consequence and is suffering through the stupidity of others. If they fully accepted that vaccines caused autism, should have looked at the pros and cons and quickly come to the rational answer that even if you assume every single bad thing about vaccines are true, they are still the better choice, she likely would not be facing all of the potential complications.

if b) no, it's alerted us that no vaccine is 100% effective. This isn't news. Vaccines work through herd immunity. Once there are an insufficient number of carriers available, the disease will no longer be able to spread. That is the true science behind disease eradication.

about a year ago
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Measles Outbreak Tied To Texas Megachurch

drachenfyre Re:Please Explain (622 comments)

You don't need to even bother with any reputable source. The simple fact is this. If you want to beat an anti-vaxxer in an argument, simply give in to them. Admit every single thing they said is true.

Now, with that said. We are going to assume that measles causes 10 autism cases per 1000 kids. A 1% rate.

Measles alone, and JUST Measles, in a first world country, has a 0.3% mortality rate - http://jid.oxfordjournals.org/content/189/Supplement_1/S4.full

Now we have 3 dead kids, against 10 autistic ones. This doesn't factor in the kids maimed and permanently blinded by complications of just measles.

Now throw in rubella, diphtheria, polio, smallpox, pertussis, hep b, influenza, mumps and chicken pox.

How are those 10 autistic kids looking against the pile of dead, blind and scarred kids.

Exactly. I can concede every single point to an anti-vaxxer and still show the outcome is better with vaccines.

about a year ago
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Passthoughts, Not Passwords: Authentication Via Brainwaves

drachenfyre Whovians (104 comments)

So now everyone who watches Doctor Who will set their passwords to "Crimson, Eleven, Delight, Petrichor".

At least it'll be easy to get into my wife's computer.....

about a year and a half ago
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MS Targets Google With Another Smear Campaign

drachenfyre I'm not paying for it. (513 comments)

I don't pay for GMail. If I'm not the customer, I'm the product being sold.

Come to grips with that statement and all of this outcry over "free" services doing other stuff goes away. It's a fact of life.

about 2 years ago
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Privacy Advocates Slam Google Drive's Privacy Policies

drachenfyre Re:Indeed. (219 comments)

Dropbox:

I have bolded the relevant bit that the biased summary failed to include. It is exactly the same as the Microsoft term above.

No, not it is not. There is a huge difference between Microsoft's (The Service) and Google (Our Services). If Google decided to come out with a new service where they allowed you to search anyones documents on their site, you've already agreed to it. With Microsoft, you have not. Is it a glaring omission in the biased summary? Yes. But does it mean that your stuff will only be used for operating,promoting and improving Google Drive? No. No it does not. When Google collects it and starts distributing your family photos as part of GIS, you've already agreed to it.

more than 2 years ago
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Final Analysis Suggests Tevatron Saw Hint of the Higgs Boson

drachenfyre Re:50 years ago... (184 comments)

Mach 3.35 was the (declassified) speed achieved by the A12 in 1963 with the installation of the J58 engines.

more than 2 years ago
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Final Analysis Suggests Tevatron Saw Hint of the Higgs Boson

drachenfyre Re:50 years ago... (184 comments)

"50 years ago the U.S. had a plane capable of traveling at Mach 3.35. Today it doesn't.
this is just false.

Fine. The A12 broke Mach 3 in 1963. So 49 years ago. I concede your point, it doesn't change the fact that this country has continued to shy away from the industrial and scientific frontiers that used to be established on a near weekly basis here. It isn't waxing nostalgic, its a simple truth. Our frontiers no longer lie in a national interest in being better than our forefathers. They lie in getting news that someone's kid took a bike ride to my friends list on facebook faster.

more than 2 years ago
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Final Analysis Suggests Tevatron Saw Hint of the Higgs Boson

drachenfyre Re:50 years ago... (184 comments)

PS... NASA still has operating SR-71's, so we technically still have a plane capable of traveling at Mach 3.35. And, God only knows what the slow, Government-teat-sucking, mouth-breathing engineers have been able to cook up in the past 50 years. Maybe they have us up to Mach 4 now.

No they don't. They haven't since 1999...

http://www.nasa.gov/centers/dryden/news/FactSheets/FS-030-DFRC.html

more than 2 years ago
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Final Analysis Suggests Tevatron Saw Hint of the Higgs Boson

drachenfyre Re:50 years ago... (184 comments)

You're right. Nothing ever came out of the space program, aerospace industry or particle physics labs that equated back to our day to day life.

To quote JFK, "We choose to go to the moon. We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard, because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one which we intend to win, and the others, too"

The U.S. learned from going to the moon. From building the tevatron and the A-12/SR-71. From the Manhattan project.

It doesn't matter if the goals are social equality and food for all, or freeing ourselves from the Oil economy. What matters is the single, common and focused goals to drive projects and technology further. The type of projects that lead to new and better lives for everyone in it. The list of discoveries and advancements made *JUST* off of the Mercury/Gemini/Apollo projects would fill pages. It was not about putting a footprint on the moon. It was putting a footprint on the moon and learning everything we could about doing it. It was about the advancement in computers, radio, rocketry, electronics and a myriad of other fields. The A-12 project advanced our understanding of supersonic travel to a new level.

The point is, I really think as a society, we've fallen into the prediction that John Steinbeck made at the height of the progress of the 60's.

"We now face the danger, which in the past has been the most destructive to the humans: Success, plenty, comfort and ever-increasing leisure. No dynamic people has ever survived these dangers."

more than 2 years ago
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Final Analysis Suggests Tevatron Saw Hint of the Higgs Boson

drachenfyre 50 years ago... (184 comments)

50 years ago the U.S. could put a man into space. Today it can't.
50 years ago the U.S. was at the forefront of particle physics. Today it isn't.
50 years ago the U.S. started development of 3 different spacecraft on 5 different man rated rockets over a 7 year span. Today it's 10 years just to develop one.
50 years ago the U.S. had a plane capable of traveling at Mach 3.35. Today it doesn't.

I seriously feel bad for the future country my kids will inherit. It doesn't seem like we're moving in the right direction on the science and technology front.

more than 2 years ago
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Among the Costs of War: $20B In Air Conditioning

drachenfyre Independence Day had it right... (409 comments)

You don't actually think they spend $20,000.00 on a hammer, $30,000.00 on a toilet seat do you?

more than 3 years ago
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Trust Is For Suckers: Lessons From the RSA Breach

drachenfyre Re:History (79 comments)

Of the people who I've talked to with RSA tokens, most have said they're now actively planning a migration off of RSA tokens.

It isn't that they were hacked. Shit happens, even to the best of them. It was the lack of information and lack of transparency by RSA (EMC) on the whole event. Trust has been lost.

I'm not talking about public statements or mea culpas. I'm talking about why they weren't 100% open and upfront with existing customers right away. It gives the impression that EMC's execs were hoping no one would get hacked and it would all fade away over time. That they could just ride this out and weren't going to have to fork over a boatload of cash to replace everyone's tokens, thus not taking a hit on their stock or bonuses.

They were wrong, and now the price they are going to pay is not only replacing everyone's tokens, but a loss of trust and hence future business.

I just got my quote for replacement tokens. They're giving me a 3 to 6 month estimate on when I'll actually have the new tokens. I can quote the whole chain from "Nothing was stolen" to "Nothing was stolen that could replicate a token" to "Yea, our bad."

more than 3 years ago
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TEPCO Unveils Plan To Deal With Fukushima Crisis

drachenfyre Re:I'll say it... (238 comments)

Question is, would a public-run utility design and build nuclear infrastructure to within the letter of the law or would they 'overbuild' for safety? Is this entire situation the cause of capitalism running into its core fault - its lack of concern for the expensive 'doing the right thing' vs the cheaper 'doing things right.'? I don't really know, but it smacks of the reality of letting a company totally focused on making and saving money vs making decisions to protect the people of Japan.

Lets ask the fine folk of Pripyat how the government run nuclear facility, completely free from capitalism running into it's core fault worked out.....

more than 3 years ago
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The Placebo Effect Not Just On Drugs

drachenfyre Posting the entire article as the summary... (824 comments)

What happened on Slashdot? It used to be that you'd actually write a summary with several relevant links to different sources. Then it became just quoting the first paragraph of the article. Now its just posting the entire article? At least I guess we can't claim someone didn't RTFA.

about 4 years ago

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drachenfyre drachenfyre writes  |  more than 7 years ago

drachenfyre (550754) writes "SCO has announced that they have received a letter of deficiency from NASDAQ as their stock price closed below $1 for 30 consecutive days. The letter was received on April 23rd and SCO waited 4 days before releasing it to the public, which is the maximum period allowed under NASDAQ rules. They'll be trading under a special symbol indicating the pending delisting (SCOXe). The clock is ticking."
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drachenfyre drachenfyre writes  |  more than 7 years ago

drachenfyre (550754) writes "It looks like Vonage has no workaround for their recent patent infringements . This means if a permanent stay isn't granted it is likely that it will be the end of the line for Vonage. What will happen in millions of phone customers suddenly loose their service as Vonage goes under. Their own filing to the court stated "While Vonage has studied methods for designing around the patents, removal of the allegedly infringing technology, if even feasible, could take many months to fully study and implement."."

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