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NASA Unveils Design for New Space Launch System

freaxeh I miss the old days. (288 comments)

If only the US Government had more balls and more incentive to launch a great big rocket into space, we might all be space cowboys by now.

If only NASA had the budget of 5% of the US Military, I could take my space guitar to a much larger International Space Station and sing the blues all with my other space buddies.

If only we all could see the amazing opportunities and forward thinking plans which a healthy space program can produce, I could retire on a farm on Mars.

You know what is missing from this so-called modern world? Ego, If only the US had the biggest Ego to orbit the center of the galaxy, we would all be better off. Just having the opportunity to say to the world, hey, I've got a plan for the world, let me build a space station orbiting around every single planet in this galaxy and we can all see the wonderful beauty that is our Solar System, we can all bring back to earth ideas for peace and ideas for bigger and better scientific projects, and oh yeah, We're the U.S of Effin' Aye, and we have a Saturn X. 5 Times the size of Saturn V and a beautiful sight to see as it takes off, this is our mark on society, this is our Image for the future free for all to look up to, and we love doing it too. Because we're the USA!

But no, instead, we've shut down it all and dug our heads in the sand, for fear of financial collapse.

This isn't the america I remember.

We are all cowards.

about 3 years ago
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Why Aren't There More Civilians In Military Video Games?

freaxeh Re:Duh. (431 comments)

I recently played Tropico 4, It came off at first as an exciting game with a good theme which was a lot of fun.

Nothing could be farther from the truth.

It is so incredibly micromanaged that basically all you are doing most of the time is working for a computer generated dreamworld for free, it requires hard work and you receive little or no payoff in the form of "fun" except for a few occasional gimmicks which quickly die off as being interesting or fun.

And that was in Sandbox mode.

Sometimes I wish for a simpler game, such as that found on the Amiga Computer.

about 3 years ago
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Nike to Unveil Self Lacing Shoes?

freaxeh Re:Where is my freaking flying skateboard? (281 comments)

The hoverboard WOULD be possible if we had magnetic roads and pathways, or at least feasible, unfortunatley the hover-car is something a bit more difficult to acheive, but as we have seen with fan propelled flying cars, it too isn't very far off.

This is both an exciting time and a terrifying time to be alive.

about 3 years ago
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Ask Kevin Mitnick

freaxeh Do or have you ever owned a Guitar? (285 comments)

If so, I've been thinking about buying a guitar and wanted to know whats your preferred Make and wood finish.

Hey, you seem eager to answer every question, I thought you might enjoy a break from the norm.

Lets just say that it would help boost my spirits when I'm running from the law, and I would get to know something about you on a personal level, that would then make me interested in reading your books more.

Oh my, Look at the time. Excetera. Excetera.

-Freax.

about 3 years ago
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Mussels With Hydrogen Fuel Cells Found

freaxeh One step closer to (76 comments)

sharks with frikin' laser beams attatched to their heads.

more than 3 years ago
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Power Companies Brace For Solar Storms

freaxeh Re:Then fix it... (111 comments)

than hoping another 1859 won't happen again.

There is no need for hope. The storms passed and as you can see, nothing happened. Slashdot is just once again days late to the party.

http://www.solarstorms.org/SRefStorms.html

mmm, I like to err on the side of caution, especially when history paints a different story.

more than 3 years ago
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Power Companies Brace For Solar Storms

freaxeh The 1989 Quebec Solar Storm, good reading material (111 comments)

I always thought that the 1989 Quebec Solar Storm was a good example of what might occur: http://www.nasa.gov/topics/earth/features/sun_darkness.html

In space, some satellites actually tumbled out of control for several hours. NASA's TDRS-1 communication satellite recorded over 250 anomalies as high-energy particles invaded the satellite's sensitive electronics. Even the Space Shuttle Discovery was having its own mysterious problems. A sensor on one of the tanks supplying hydrogen to a fuel cell was showing unusually high pressure readings on March 13. The problem went away just as mysteriously after the solar storm subsided.

http://www.ips.gov.au/Educational/1/3/12

Service restoration took more than nine hours. This can be explained by the fact that some of the essential equipment, particularly on the James Bay transmission network, was made unavailable by the blackout. Generation from isolated stations normally intended for export was repatriated to meet Quebec's needs and the utility purchased electricity from Ontario, New Brunswick and the Alcan and McLaren Systems.

By noon, the entire generating and transmission system was back in service, although 17 percent of Quebec customers were still without electricity. In fact, several distribution-system failures occurred because of the high demand typical of Monday mornings, combined with the jump in heating load after several hours without power.

So... It caused a cascading effect, just like the most recent New York blackout, scary stuff if it occured across even a marginal size of the USA.

more than 3 years ago
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Power Companies Brace For Solar Storms

freaxeh Re:Then fix it... (111 comments)

Considering that one like the 1859 Solar Storm could wipe out 50% of all transformers in the USA, that would be a pretty large and costly pile of rotting transformers to keep on spare "just incase".

more than 3 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Overcoming Convention Hall Wi-Fi Interference?

freaxeh Re:Solved this before (251 comments)

Putting the mobile device and an access point inside of a faraday cage I'm sure would've been a less cumbersome exercise, you could have integrated it into the booth design, just gotta drape a bunch of transparent metal net over the booth. Then you can ask anyone who walks in if they want their palm read or fortune told....

more than 3 years ago
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The Epidemic of Digital Distraction

freaxeh Re:This is whats wrong with the world. (159 comments)

I suggest we make it a mandatory federal law that nobody can work beyond 12 noon every day, 9-12, so I can finally have that Western themed shoot-out with my boss that he's been nagging me about all week.

more than 3 years ago
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The Epidemic of Digital Distraction

freaxeh This is whats wrong with the world. (159 comments)

This is what is wrong with everyone! They work at their jobs doing the workload of 50x people from the 1930s-1940s-1950s and don't have any time for compassion in their descision making processes.

Say for example if someone is tied down at work, they can't feel compassion for something that their teenage daughter or son is going through, so they just say the standard robotic response, just like in that movie "Click".

Imagine if everyone were like this, oh wait, I don't have to, because thats what the modern world is, a bunch of uncompassionate robots.

No wonder positions of power have no compassion and are rife with corruption.

What if we had 3 months to think about the budget crisis instead of just a few days?

People everywhere need to slow down and smell the roses!, employers need to stop loading on the work onto one single person and spread it across multiple people, and pay them more for the job, the cost of products and services need to increase for this, and people will have the money to purchase those products because they are getting employment and more income.

INSTEAD the world is tightening their belts, laying off people and replacing them with robots, WHY? Why do we have to go down this road? Why can't we make descisions for ourselves and slow the hell up?

It doesn't matter if that new thing on the market comes today or tomorrow, it will get here eventually, within our lifetimes.

Then maybe we can have understanding for the true needs in our lives, like space exploration, instead of screwing each other over for a percentage of fake wealth and fake money here on earth.

more than 3 years ago
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Beyond HDTV

freaxeh Re:HD formats are a kind of DOS attack (354 comments)

I didn't see the benefits of 1080p in 2001

Why would I see the benefits today?

1920x1080p, or its 4:3 aspect ratio cousin, 1920x1440, wasn't anything spectacular in 2001 on a 21 inch CRT monitor, so why are we all buying into the craze of 1080p? Content.

As soon as we start to see content on 4320p available, we will buy it, 3D tv is a flash in the pan idea and really screws us all over in the end, but 7680x4320 will be a content-driven format, and whatever format we see that content on will be trivial..

I personally would love to see a return of 12" (12 inch) Laserdisc systems as a home enthusiasts technology, but this time with the modern technology that we have today of Blu-Ray and Holographic storage.

Not only would this completely obliterate Piracy rings for a short time (Until we invent stream-capturing devices) but it would also provide a stable and future-proof (for at least the next 20 years, or more) ground for the new higher resolution contents, then maybe we can see a convergence of areal-density on 12" Laserdisc catch up and beat the storage requirements of 7680x4320 content, and even beyond this for years to come.

But no one will do it, no one will build it, why? BECAUSE they all just want us to buy again, and again, and again, and again, and fleece us all out of money, again, and again.

I never got into DVD, I never got into Blu-Ray, why? Because I'm happy with Laserdisc, and I have quite possibly the largest content database in the world available to me, stretching back to the start of stamping out Laserdiscs, in 1979.

You know what has won the storage format wars? Laserdisc, because I don't have to sit there and watch anti-piracy advertisments, you guys do, I'm free to sell, trade, copy, or buy my Laserdiscs from anyone I want, and most of the great movies on Laserdisc were manufactured /the year after the movie was released in theaters/, which means that I have a copy of Blade Runner made in 1983!!, Its 30 years old and it plays PERFECTLY!, without any of the digital editing that Directors or DVD Producers have added to the movie, and I have Cigarette Burns on my copy of Blade Runner, indicating when to change reels.

All honesty, movies were meant to be delivered in their native aspect ratio, but computers reached perfection in detailing information to the user at the 4:3 aspect ratio, and we need to see a divergence in the LCD screen marketplace to cater for both the movie lover and the computer user, THAT would truly drive sales up for new panels.

more than 3 years ago
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Why Your Dad's 30-Year-Old Stereo Sounds Better Than Yours

freaxeh Re:It's all about specs and price (674 comments)

You know what would work perfectly with that quad/matrixed decoder surround amplifier? A Laserdisc player, I'm serious, most Laserdiscs are encoded for "CX" 4 channel surround sound, and that amplifier hooks right up to it! All you need to do is use the 2x Analog audio outputs of the Laserdisc player and plug them into the quad amplifier and flick the setting on the front of the amplifier over to "Matrix" decode, and it will magically convert 2 channels of audio into 4-channel surround sound.

Note you also need to have a Laserdisc that says "Matrix encoded" or "Dolby Surround" or post-1987 "Dolby Pro-Logic" written on it to get the benefits of 4 true channels of audio, not just CX encoded! CX encoded is just a noise reducing technology, which is basically available on every single Laserdisc manufactured out there since the late 1970's until 2001 when all Laserdisc manufacturing ceased.

more than 3 years ago
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Why Your Dad's 30-Year-Old Stereo Sounds Better Than Yours

freaxeh Re:It's all about specs and price (674 comments)

Coincidentally, I just hooked up my 30-year old Pioneer QX-949A quad amplifier that I've had in the basement for years to my 35-year-old Fisher XP-7K speakers, and the sound was not just better than my 5.1 system, it was jaw-droppingly better, even to my not-so-good ears. The Pioneer is 40 watts/channel, and the 5.1 system is 120. So.

You know what would work perfectly with that quad/matrixed decoder surround amplifier? A Laserdisc player, I'm serious, most Laserdiscs are encoded for "CX" 4 channel surround sound, and that amplifier hooks right up to it! All you need to do is use the 2x Analog audio outputs of the Laserdisc player and plug them into the quad amplifier and flick the setting on the front of the amplifier over to "Matrix" decode, and it will magically convert 2 channels of audio into 4-channel surround sound.

Hold onto that amplifier with your dear life, they are becoming very very rare nowdays and complement the Analog audio soundtracks of a Laserdisc player perfectly!.

Personally, I have a Marantz 2275 re-capped with modern capacitors to make the high frequencies more responsive, I've got that hooked up to a Panasonic Laserdisc player (Best picture quality for a cheap LD player in my book), and I'm serious, whenever someone comes over they go "OH my god, I've never heard Aliens (or Blade Runner, 1982 Original Directors Cut Release) sound so good!"

The best part about laserdisc too is that most times the Laserdisc has been manufactured 1 year or less after the Movie was actually released in the theaters, so you get the film in its original format, with Wideband Analog FM audio to boot too!

Laserdisc looks best on a good Grundig 83cm CRT television set, or any Rear Projection tv set, or an actual Projection system, this takes care of the picture. But if you want to go a step further you can also collect PAL format Laserdiscs too.

I for example just purchased Blade Runner from Tokyo, Japan, off a seller on eBay, and as IMDB can tell you the movie was made in 1982, but the Laserdisc was manufactured in 1983, And its in 4:3 format, I don't have to worry about losing resolution with crappy Letterbox format either!.

What really makes it unique though, is that its actually got real genuine hairs falling down the screen, and Cigarette Burns in the top right hand corner whenever a reel change is made (Think Fight Club)

People's Jaws really drop though when I tell them that the copy of Blade Runner on Laserdisc they are watching is 29 years old though, lol, I'm actually planning on having a party for it once it reaches 30.

more than 3 years ago
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Space Shuttle Endeavour Blasts Off On Final Flight

freaxeh What a shuttle launch is like for Australian fans. (125 comments)

Having been a long time Shuttle fan since I was a kid, I wanted to record the STS-134 Launch, unfortunatley being in Australia this limits my options to only internet access for a station to watch the NASA TV feed on. So I go over to Ustream, but the Ustream feed doesn't work because there are too many viewers, bummer, so I go over to the NASA website to view it there, that works, hooray, I'm in luck, even though its terrible quality. Seeing as I had to go to sleep early in the afternoon, I decided I would record it, I fire up my copy of some paticular software and set it on the scope of the flash player window and go to bed. I wake up 10 hours later, to find that some application has popped up infront of the video stream capturing area warning me of something which isn't anywhere near as important as a shuttle launch. I sit here 10 hours later, having had a crap sleep because I got drunk the night before, sifting through video which has a popup window infront of it and is essentially totally useless. Why do I have to endure this? WHY? Can't NASA setup a relay station somewhere in Australia where they can send the live video feed over the internet and then convert it into DBS then send it up to an Optus D1 or D3 satellite as a free service? Whats so hard about that? Sure, It costs a great deal to get a 24/7 channel on an Australian coverage Satellite, But why have I had to wait and sit in the dark for the last 20 years and be forced to watch 5 minutes of footage cut up and voiced over by the local news outlets of JUST the launch? Shouldn't this be a global event? If another program pops up infront of the capture region on the very last Shuttle MIssion, I'm going to kill my computer.

more than 3 years ago
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Security Researcher Finds Hundreds of Browser Bugs

freaxeh We need to see another version of Lynx (145 comments)

We need to see some kind of lightweight VM machine running in a sandbox on the windows OS, which acts and looks just like a web browser to anybody using it, and saves downloaded files to a directory on the Windows desktop folder in a Directory named "Downloads". Today the majority of users certainly have the CPU power to pull it off, why not run it completely in RAM too to facilitate never having to access the hard drive. It would probably be the fastest web browser ever made, and the most secure.

more than 3 years ago
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Using LED Ceiling Lights For Digital Communication

freaxeh Re:Rife with QRM, HAMs will NOT be happy! (143 comments)

What I would like to see is a combination of this technology along with laser technology to distribute throughout an entire room invisible laser light, along with a fiber optic cabling that is tacked onto the side of power line cabling, its a sensible combination of power distribution and data distribution all rolled into one single power cable, so every light socket then automatically becomes a high bandwidth laser reception and transmission point, and every portable device then transmits back to the light socket via means of laser. But that would be amazingly costly at least in today's market, a decade or two down the road and this might just be possible, would definatley be pretty cool to have every light socket and every room an access point for unlimited bandwidth with future proofing built into it.

more than 3 years ago

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