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Japanese Maglev Train Hits 500kph

exabrial 510kph is airliner speed? (418 comments)

Not to be "that guy" but I thought airliners cruised about 600ish mph... which is about 1000kph.

about two weeks ago
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President Obama Backs Regulation of Broadband As a Utility

exabrial Re:Obama (706 comments)

Amen. Politicians don't get it period. Example: Democrats in Cali "solve" wireless problems: http://arstechnica.com/uncateg...

about three weeks ago
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Researchers Simulate Monster EF5 Tornado

exabrial Re:Some technical info for slashdotters (61 comments)

Instead of tracking wind current using small spaghetti like tubes... is it possible to get down to business and just use flying cows?

about three weeks ago
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Home Depot Says Hackers Grabbed 53 Million Email Addresses

exabrial Time to switch to CurrentC and... (99 comments)

Time to switch to CurrentC and hand over all my information to the people in the MCX. They're so responsible and knowledgable about information security and real world threats!

about three weeks ago
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Space Tourism Isn't Worth Dying For

exabrial Jealousy and Class Warefare in the USA (594 comments)

Reading this article, it's strangely reminiscent of the events in Ferguson... It appeals to the uneducated over a topic as old as wealth itself: class warefare. Why do you need to hate on successful people? Yah, some people get lucky and are born into a rich family. But I know at least 20 people whose parents were not well off, went to school, worked hard, and are now pulling six figures a year. Stop lusting over what others have. This isn't the hunger games: a rich space tourist isn't robbing you of anything.


Look at your own money spending habits... That $600 iphone with the $100 plan a month would be better spent in your retirement savings... The money you're throwing at that new Prius that you have 19% interest on could have been spent on a 1995 Geo with the same gas mileage (or a motorcycle, in which case, you'd look cool too). You had to have that new MacBook pro. You have to have the latest in skinny jeans. You eat out every night of the week. You insist on "organic" when you don't even really know what that means.

Want to go to space in a plane? No one is preventing you from being rich. You're just act like a poor person.

about a month ago
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Rite Aid and CVS Block Apple Pay and Google Wallet

exabrial Re:Good luck with that. (558 comments)

Think of the soccer mom scenario...

Lady enters checkout line with baby on hip and two kids in cart. She's tired of wrangling, wants to leave ASAP.
Apple/Google: Using one hand, pulls phone out of purse, taps, enter pin on phone.

CurrentC: Pull phone out of purse. Unlock phone. Launch CurrentC app. Due to poor cell signal in store, app takes a long time to connect. Enter app pin. Request new transaction. Wait for QR code to show. Explain to the cashier you need them to scan this code. Wait for the second code to appear on Casher's screen. Scan that. Wait some more. Kids screaming murder now. Poor lady begins to cry.

about a month ago
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Rite Aid and CVS Block Apple Pay and Google Wallet

exabrial Target, KMart, and WalMart (558 comments)

First, CurrentC involves scanning TWO QR Codes. Wow. It's almost like we should use a radio to exchange the data. Durr. Second, Target, KMart, and Walmart are involved with this... KMart and Target are idiots; Walmart has an empire, what are they colluding with them? Apple customers are elitist that will go out of their way to use their fancy phones to do anything (ex: boarding passes). Whichever one of these retailers wakes up first and embraces secure technology wins a whole lot of new business.

about a month ago
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New EU Rules Will Limit Vacuum Cleaners To 1600W

exabrial This sucks (338 comments)

/me shows self to door

about 3 months ago
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California May Waive Environmental Rules For Tesla

exabrial Re:Screwed... (327 comments)

I love in California how there are warning labels on everything. And no one cares.

about 3 months ago
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Western US States Using Up Ground Water At an Alarming Rate

exabrial Oh really? (377 comments)

So what alarmist hyper-environmentalist news stories are we to believe? Last time I checked, we had environmentalists screaming that fracking thousands of feet down leaks chemicals (sand, light hydrocarbons) through thousands of feet of permeable geological layers. If these layers are so permeable and the alarmists are telling the trough, how come it takes `thousands` of years to recharge the aquifers?

about 4 months ago
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The First Person Ever To Die In a Tesla Is a Guy Who Stole One

exabrial Re:Great Story! (443 comments)

I don't get why slashdotters are magnetized to such stories...

about 5 months ago
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UN: Renewables, Nuclear Must Triple To Save Climate

exabrial Re:NIMBY rules (433 comments)

We need a little more forward-looking NRC. Need research into alternative fuel types (breeder reactors, thorium cycle, pebble bed, etc). AP1000 is a great step forward, but we need competition with even more designs.

about 7 months ago
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Why No Executive Order To Stop NSA Metadata Collection?

exabrial Re:Because no matter what Obama says (312 comments)

... so straight up yes or no, do you _really_ think the highest office in the USA had no prior knowledge of what was happening and this was all a genuine surprise?

about 8 months ago
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Why No Executive Order To Stop NSA Metadata Collection?

exabrial Because no matter what Obama says (312 comments)

It was a program he approved and sponsored no matter what ignorance he claims. We need to hold him accountable, but unfortunately, there is an unhealthy celebrity love affair with this president that he is using to cover the usual dirt that comes with this office.

about 8 months ago
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Brendan Eich Steps Down As Mozilla CEO

exabrial Re:I think this is bullshit (1746 comments)

Couldn't have said it better. Things would be better if _both_ sides of the argument respected and loved the individuals behind the opinions.

about 8 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Does Your Employer Perform HTTPS MITM Attacks On Employees?

exabrial Actually looking for a way to do this... (572 comments)

Malware is pretty easy to download over HTTPs, since an IDS can't fingerprint it. I've been looking for a firewall that can do this reliably, so I'd love to hear solutions that people have found work reasonably well.

Management has no interest in employee's personal lives. Hence we don't block facebook, youtube, etc. The goal is to keep the company asset's safe. Employees are made aware during their orientation that we have the ability to monitor their computers in every way. The message has been, if you want privacy, use your mobile device (and don't vote for Democrats and their spy programs).

about 9 months ago
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Whatever Happened To the IPv4 Address Crisis?

exabrial Re:Probably the home router... (574 comments)

If you're using IP based sessions you're a moron. Only the RIAA/MPAA makes that argument.

about 9 months ago

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