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Ask Slashdot: Unsolicited RAM in the mail

fauxhemian Re:Returned or dead mail...? (3 comments)

Haven't sold RAM or machines, and I haven't chucked any out.

There are a lot of possibilities, best one appears to be be that it was simply sent to the wrong address.

Sure would be helpful if there was a return address and a name on the envelope...

more than 2 years ago

Lawsuit Claims NASA Specialist Was Fired Over Intelligent Design Belief

fauxhemian Uhm (743 comments)

From the article:

He did not go around evangelizing or proselytizing. But if he found out that someone was a Christian he would say, 'Oh that's interesting, what denomination are you?'" Becker said....

"He's not apologizing for who he is. He's an evangelical Christian."


more than 2 years ago

Sergey: In Soviet Russia, Rocket Detonates You!

fauxhemian I'm sure it was awe inspiring, but... (146 comments)

you wouldnt find me close to a rocket launch

Here's a compilation of videos from a failed Soyuz launch - it got up off the launch pad and then came right back down, very close to the spectators. One person died.

Foton M-1 launch failure

If you hadnt guessed, the video contains lots of expletives.

more than 2 years ago

Russian Rocket Fleet Grounded Again

fauxhemian So.. (66 comments)

Vladimir Popovkin, is this also the fault of HAARP?

more than 2 years ago

Global Hawk downed, but not by Iran

fauxhemian A pet peave of mine (1 comments)

Global Hawk = Northrop Grumman RQ-4

Predator = General Atomics MQ-1

The drone that crash landed in Iran: Sentinel = Lockheed Martin RQ-170

Yet folks persist in using "Global Hawk" and "Predator" to describe it.

more than 2 years ago

Russian Official Implies Foul Play In Mars Probe Failure

fauxhemian The guy is trying to save his own job (451 comments)

The guy is trying to save his own job, simple.

29 April 2011 Russia has replaced the head of its space agency, Anatoly Perminov, who was reprimanded over a failed satellite launch in December First Deputy Defence Minister Vladimir Popovkin will now head the federal space agency, Roscosmos.

It's stupid and transparent and will ultimately backfire.

more than 2 years ago

13-Year-Old Uses Fibonacci Sequence For Solar Power Breakthrough

fauxhemian And the higher solar panel does better... (410 comments)

Looking at TFA, the pictures show the solar "tree" is a foot or two higher than the conventional solar array, which is barely a couple of inches off the ground - so is it really so surprising that it performed much better when the sun was lower?

It's a neat idea though and would love to see the kid continue with it :)

more than 3 years ago

Dutch Radio Geek Tracking Libyan Airstrikes

fauxhemian Re:HF (187 comments)

Apologies for lack of formatting!

more than 3 years ago

Dutch Radio Geek Tracking Libyan Airstrikes

fauxhemian HF (187 comments)

I've been able to track a lot of aircraft movements on Shortwave/HF radio from Ireland - and it's surprising just how much information still goes out over unencrypted links. Friday night, there was a marked increase in French AWACS and support aircraft activity - and then on Saturday other frequencies came alive with a whole host of NATO aircraft; for instance RAF Transports, Tankers, Surveillance, Strike and Fighter aircraft. Some aircraft discussed the targets they'd hit, the ordinance they had used and their current bearings and distance from Benghazi. There have been some intriguing transmissions - for instance aircraft operating at altitudes which are beyond their published service ceilings and voices co-ordinating movements from countries whose governments voiced opposition to the NFZ. Over the years frequency hopping and encryption have reduced the number of military transmissions to be read and understood on HF, but clearly there's still interesting ones out there. On a tangent - an Israeli Numbers Station , designated E10 and famous for lending the title to a Wilco album amongst other things, stopped transmitting on March 1st of this year - given the recent events in Egypt, it's interesting timing.

more than 3 years ago

NASA Astronomers To Observe Hayabusa's Fiery Homecoming

fauxhemian Actually... (142 comments)

JAXA is not at all certain that it is bringing a "hunk" or much at all of Itokawa back with it. The firing mechanism which was meant to fire a bullet into the asteroid malfunctioned. They're just hoping it picked up enough residue. After the various mishaps this spacecraft encountered, it's been a good effort to get it home.

more than 4 years ago

MIT Designs Aircraft That Uses 70% Less Fuel Than Conventional Planes

fauxhemian H-series looks like existing concepts... (459 comments)

The MIT H-series looks rather like the Boeing X-48B: Regarding the D-series - is it using ducted Propfans? - I couldn't find any information. The biggest problem with the Propfan technology appeared to be the noise produced by blades spinning at near or above supersonic speed. But it didn't seem insurmountable and ducting would seem like an obvious place to start in order to mitigate it. Although obvious to someone who has no aerospace training whatsoever, probably means "obviously stupid" in engineering terms.

more than 4 years ago

Wikileaks Founder Julian Assange Has Passport Confiscated

fauxhemian Re:I'm becoming... (197 comments)

Um, I'm unemployed and Irish. Now - would you care to refute the information in the link?

more than 4 years ago

Diskless Booting For the Modern Age

fauxhemian Re:Cloud? (99 comments)

It doesn't scale and isn't modular in a Unixy way. Modern applications just suck because they're so inflexible. Why can I do so many things from a little text terminal, but I can't easily script the behavior of my web browser without special add-ons?

more than 4 years ago

How To Get 39 Megapixels From a 53-Year-Old Camera

fauxhemian Re:Nice (347 comments)

The digital back was just one suggestion - I accept that there would be inherent compromises and that it's quite possibly not even a viable option. The other suggestion was a new design manual DSLR, which is perhaps somewhat more likely. I'm 26, so I don't think my preference for manual cameras is one grounded in nostalgia - I just prefer the simple interface, I prefer not having to wade around two dozen buttons on the cameras exterior. I'm happy without the bells and whistles.

more than 4 years ago

How To Get 39 Megapixels From a 53-Year-Old Camera

fauxhemian Re:Nice (347 comments)

I'm just surprised nobody has done it yet. A manual-everything camera seems to be the best way to teach photography skills, but perhaps I'm just living in the past. My little Pentax MX SLR, dating from the 70's, still compares favourably in terms of size and weight with modern DSLRS and I just enjoy the straightforward interface more than any DSLRs I've tried.

more than 4 years ago

How To Get 39 Megapixels From a 53-Year-Old Camera

fauxhemian Nice (347 comments)

It's nice to see a capability like this being added to such an old design. Personally I'd like to see a camera manufacturer or third party come out with digital versions of old manual focus SLR greats like the K1000, or produce reasonably priced digital backs for them.

more than 4 years ago



Ask Slashdot: Unsolicited RAM in the mail

fauxhemian fauxhemian writes  |  more than 2 years ago

fauxhemian (1281852) writes "So I went to the letterbox this morning and saw an envelope with no name, but obviously with my address.

When I opened the envelope up, I found two sticks of RAM in a plastic case.

There was no receipt or document inside — nothing to explain where it came from, or why.

I have not ordered RAM in years.

And now my brain keeps posing questions:
Why would someone do this? Why no name? Why no explanation of the source?

If it's a gift, why not include a note of explanation?

If it's a case of wrong address — why was no name placed on the envelope?

And that leads me to: Is this a really oafish & extremely clumsy attempt at gaining access to one of my machines? Could the RAM run embedded code, acting as a trojan attack vector?

But then why not just send me a USB stick badged as a promotional item?

Any ideas Slashdot?

Has this happened to any of you?"

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