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Cassini Discovers First River On Another World

hakey Re:200 miles or 400 km? (230 comments)

Good point, but even with high resolution images it may be hard to pinpoint the furthest "headwaters" as they may be just a trickle.

about 2 years ago
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Cassini Discovers First River On Another World

hakey Re:200 miles or 400 km? (230 comments)

Beware of false precision. If the instrument is only precise to 100 km and they measured 400 km, then it would be correct to report 200 miles and not 249 miles.

about 2 years ago
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New Contiki OS Network Regression Test Framework

hakey Re:Why C? (13 comments)

It's designed to run on microcontrollers with kilobytes of RAM. C++ and OO are possible, but C tends to fit better.

about 2 years ago
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Mars Rover Finds Complex Chemicals But No Organic Compounds

hakey Re:Can't keep this up (137 comments)

Go to the linked article, it uses "something remarkable" where Slashdot used "Earth-shaking" in the summary. Not sure if Slashdot changed the word, or if NPR revised the article. Either way, the over-hype is as much the fault of the media as it is NASA.

about 2 years ago
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Scrum/Agile Now Used To Manage Non-Tech Projects

hakey Re:Architecture (136 comments)

Pouring of concrete is analogous to software going to golden master. The architecture design effort that agile would apply to is everything that leads up to that point. Also architecture isn't just about making buildings that don't fall down, not every defect leads to jail time, some defects just mean the building isn't as nice as the client hoped for.

more than 2 years ago
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Neutrino-Powered Financial Trading In Our Future?

hakey Re:Who needs fast data rates? (275 comments)

I forgot the latency through the earth which is about 42ms. So actually you would need to transmit at 100b / (150ms - 42ms) = 952bps just to break even.

more than 2 years ago
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Neutrino-Powered Financial Trading In Our Future?

hakey Re:Who needs fast data rates? (275 comments)

Hong Kong to US is about 150ms latency using conventional technology verizon. So taking your own example of needing 100 bits to transmit a useful message (I don't know if that is realistic), the message would need to be transmitted faster than 666bps just to break even with existing communications. Given the cost of neutrino detectors and the current state of technology it just doesn't seem likely.

more than 2 years ago
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How NY Gov. Cuomo Sidesteps Freedom of Information Requests With His Blackberry

hakey Re:freedom of Rim (306 comments)

I'm surprised the FOIA applies to state governments. They are independent governments from the U.S. government, and thus U.S. law only applies to U.S. government and interstate transaction. Not internal state government affairs.

The article doesn't specifically say FOIA, just "a freedom of information request". All states have enacted there own version of FOIA.

more than 2 years ago
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Obama To Sign 'America Invents Act of 2011' Today

hakey Re:Make sure you patent everything (244 comments)

I far as I can tell, first-to-file applies only to parties that keep their inventions secret, in such a case the one that files first wins. If someone publishes their invention publicly, thus establishing prior art, the invention is no longer patentable.

more than 3 years ago
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CERN Ups Antimatter Confinement Record to 15+ Minutes

hakey Re:1000 seconds (206 comments)

I can imagine in the interview the scientists trying to explain the concept of orders of magnitude. Scientist: "You see it doesn't matter if was exactly 15 or 16 minutes, the point is we can now achieve confinement for an order of magnitude of a thousand seconds." Reporter thinking to himself while writing the story: "so it's 1000 seconds, lets see thats exactly 16 minutes and 40 seconds. Now what was they where trying to explain to me about powers of 10, I better put that in to look smart, oh yeah, the more relevant number for physicists, who often deal in powers of 10, is 1,000 seconds."

more than 3 years ago
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8000 Credit Cards' Details Compromised In Australian Bank Breach

hakey Re:Why fine the bank? (54 comments)

The summary removed the important bit. There is a second unnamed "acquiring bank" that is potentially responsible. From TFA: "Mastercard and Visa may issue penalties including fines to the acquiring bank, not CommBank, under the payment industry’s PCI-DSS compliance rules."

more than 3 years ago
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Jupiter's Moon Io Has a Volcanic Sub-Surface

hakey Re:I thought this was known? (48 comments)

From the article: "Scientists are excited we finally understand where Io's magma is coming from and have an explanation for some of the mysterious signatures we saw in some of the Galileo's magnetic field data," Krishan Khurana, lead author of the study and former co-investigator on Galileo's magnetometer team at UCLA, said.

more than 3 years ago
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Is Attending a CS Conference Worth the Time?

hakey Re:What are you planning on doing next? (244 comments)

However, student fees a generally fairly minimal. For example, the conference in question is only $45 for students, and that includes two free meals.

more than 3 years ago
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Why Tablets Haven't Taken Off In Business

hakey Re:Steal the market? (449 comments)

Maybe you are thinking about audio. They advertise "Video playback time: up to 7 hours" and "Music playback time: up to 22 hours". That is with low backlight.

about 4 years ago
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There Is No Plan B, the Ugly Transition To IPv6

hakey Re:what stuns me... (717 comments)

is why didn't we just go for an extension?

Normal IPv4 is 4 sections, for IPv6 we could have added 2 sections, making IPs such as: 150.150.150.150.150.150

It's Internet Protocol Version 6. It actually has 16 bytes.

more than 4 years ago
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Jack Horkheimer, 'The Star Hustler,' Dies At 72

hakey Keep Looking Up (84 comments)

queue Première arabesque: I. Andantino con moto (Claude Debussy)

more than 4 years ago

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ITC Deals Blow to Patent Trolls

hakey hakey writes  |  more than 3 years ago

hakey (1227664) writes "The ITC said today Garmin isn’t violating Pioneer’s patent rights because Pioneer didn’t fulfill legal requirements of having a domestic industry for the underlying technology. Google, Hewlett-Packard, and Cisco Systems supported Garmin by calling on a limit to ITC cases in which the patent owner doesn’t make a product. A broad interpretation of licensing as an industry “rewards financial speculation and mere patent ownership over the kind of jobs the statute was meant to protect and upon which this country’s future will depend,” the three technology companies said in a May 24 filing with the agency."
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