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Old Man Murray Entry Deleted From Wikipedia

hardburn Re:Moderation (432 comments)

Better idea: we'll rate Wikipedia articles by the minimum number of clicks it would take you to reach the Crate article.

more than 3 years ago
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Insider-Trading Suspects Smash Hard Drive Evidence

hardburn Re:Destruction of evidence (364 comments)

I believe there is something to that effect. Companies will routinely bring a shredder around and throw in anything they can find, including mundane post-it notes, so they can't be accused of destroying something specific.

more than 3 years ago
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Prison Cell Phone Smuggling Out of Control

hardburn Re:Proposed? (428 comments)

What I mean by "nature finds a way" is that individual actors, working in their own self-interest, will find ways to do things that the system expressly forbids, given enough incentive. It's exactly like trying to artificially impose limitations on nature (e.g., use a lot of antibiotics and end up generating antibiotic-resistant bacteria). "Corrupt officials" are just one example of the actors involved.

more than 3 years ago
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Firewalls Make DDoS Attacks Worse

hardburn Re:not enough bandwidth (217 comments)

A lot of Cisco PIX firewalls out there are running 200MHz Pentiums, and they protect massive networks behind them. Layer 4 firewalling does not take much CPU power or memory. If you want application layer firewalling, then yeah, you're going to need a lot more.

more than 3 years ago
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Prison Cell Phone Smuggling Out of Control

hardburn Re:Proposed? (428 comments)

They are designed to keep stuff out, e.g. guns, knives, etc. They're just not very good at doing that, even though you might think it's a completely controlled environment. Nature finds a way . . .

more than 3 years ago
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Firewalls Make DDoS Attacks Worse

hardburn Re:Translation (217 comments)

If it's limited to no higher than layer 4 stateful firewalling, then its not going to get overloaded. Assuming there's no bugs being exploited by attackers (if there is, you're probably screwed anyway), then an old Pentium could easily handle enough traffic to saturate the link.

If it's going to higher layers, then things get interesting. I'm also skeptical of the utility of doing that for public-facing web sites.

more than 3 years ago
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How many microprocessors are in your home, total?

hardburn Re:more than 20 is too many? (559 comments)

Should I count the old NES I have sitting around? Its CPU is probably less powerful than the microcontroller in my dishwasher. I know for certain that it's less powerful than many of the control chips in my hard drive. The ICs on a hard drive alone have enough power and RAM to run a sophisticated, modern OS (depending on how general-purpose the ICs are).

I could probably point out more than 20 microprocessors within 3 feet of where I'm sitting without too much flexibility in the definition.

more than 3 years ago
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Volkswagen Unveils 313 MPG XL1, Slates Production For 2013

hardburn Re:Expensive (417 comments)

Prices have been coming down as more production of carbon fiber ramped up. For most of the last 10 years, the majority of production went into the aerospace industry. There's now enough production capacity to fulfill general automotive needs, too.

The real problem I see here is that like plastic parts, a break in a carbon fiber part means the whole piece has to be replaced and color matched. Metal parts can often just be banged back out and the paint touched up. In cars of yore, chrome bumpers didn't even need to be painted at all--just bolt the sucker back on. Plastic bumpers these days are a pain.

more than 3 years ago
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Volkswagen Unveils 313 MPG XL1, Slates Production For 2013

hardburn Re:Exciting new technology! (417 comments)

Took only slightly longer than fuel injectors and overhead cams.

more than 3 years ago
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Volkswagen Unveils 313 MPG XL1, Slates Production For 2013

hardburn Re:Not fugly... (417 comments)

You can look good without sacrificing aerodynamics. 911s are among the most aerodynamic cars ever built, and lots of people think they're also the most beautiful cars ever built. Porsche figured out an efficient shape for a car in the 1930s, and until very recently, nobody found a better one (that being the "boxfish" design).

The little bit of improvement in drag coefficient that the Prius has over the 911 is mostly due to extra downforce on the 911. The Porsche could easily be as good or better if it wasn't designed for speeds on long back straights.

more than 3 years ago
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Volkswagen Unveils 313 MPG XL1, Slates Production For 2013

hardburn Re:Not fugly... (417 comments)

The problem with Lithium batteries is specific to Li-Ion, not Li-Po, which is what most electric cars are getting.

Nickel mining is most certainly damaging to the environment. TANSTAAFL.

more than 3 years ago
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Hackers Bringing Telnet Back

hardburn Re:who still uses telnet? (238 comments)

It's about the only way to config some old office laser printers.

more than 3 years ago
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Your Face Will Soon Be In Facebook Ads

hardburn Re:Doy?! (344 comments)

I would conceivably pay $10 for a cup where I've been shown that everything has been done perfectly from the growing location, to cultivating, to roasting, to grinding, to brewing. The beans would probably be Kona, and the roasting process would have been meticulously tweaked to perfection.

If it's just any old beans with some frothy milk added, then no. These days, a $1 McDonald's coffee is perfectly good for when I forget to buy more beans or I'm too rushed to do it myself.

That said, the donotwant tag on this story is inappropriate. This is the best news urban mischief makers could have had. A few Guy Fawkes masks should be enough to shut down this idea forever.

more than 3 years ago
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Italian Scientists Demonstrate Cold Fusion?

hardburn Re:All you need to know, from TFA (815 comments)

They have that whole mass-energy conservation bullshit, but both fission and fusion apparently produce tons of energy.

You can always "break" thermodynamics when you limit the scale in either space or time. We consider oil and coal to be energy-positive because we're not counting the energy put into the process to make the stuff in the first place (limiting the time scale). We consider solar photovoltaics to be energy-positive because we're not counting the energy that came out of the sun (limiting the space scale).

Fission/fusion work the same way. They're just releasing many times more energy than you could get from breaking a chemical bond.

more than 3 years ago
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Italian Scientists Demonstrate Cold Fusion?

hardburn Re:Riiight (815 comments)

Meh. Nuclear reactors of any kind use tiny amounts of fuel for the amount of energy they give out. Transmuting tiny amounts of one element will only give you tiny amounts of another element.

Some fission reactors can produce usable amounts of fuel for other fission reactors, but only because we can't find significant amounts of the output elements in nature.

more than 3 years ago
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Italian Scientists Demonstrate Cold Fusion?

hardburn Re:Riiight (815 comments)

ITER still makes sense on theoretical grounds; you push the boundaries of Science and something good is bound to come out of it.

The stated reason why these guys were rejected from peer reviewed journals was that they hadn't come up with a viable theory of how it works. Their data shows that it has positive energy output, but they have no idea why. If it does actually work (a big "if"), then some of the data from ITER may end up showing why this thing would work.

But it's probably all nonsense, anyway.

more than 3 years ago
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Italian Scientists Demonstrate Cold Fusion?

hardburn Re:Uh, no (815 comments)

Not so much logic as "I learned just enough about thermodynamics to prove that the sun can't work".

more than 3 years ago
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No More Version Numbers For HTML

hardburn Re:terrible idea (336 comments)

They'll start naming them the way sequels get named.

  • HTML: The Legend Continues
  • HTML Unleashed
  • HTML: The Next Generation
  • HTML Reloaded
  • Final HTML Fantasy XII-2

more than 3 years ago
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Pro Silverlight 4 In VB

hardburn Re:Pro VB?? (181 comments)

Your own dogfood. Eat it.

more than 3 years ago
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NASA Pitches Heavy Lift Vehicle To Congress

hardburn Re:Why Must NASA Develop a Launcher? (275 comments)

The numbers posted in the GP are just to get to LEO. The Saturn V got 119MT to LEO, but only 45MT to the moon. That was enough to send three guys, a buggy, and some porn. And one of the guys had to stay behind in lunar orbit (which I guess is what the porn was for).

If we're going to bother with the moon again, we'd like to do something more than just take a quick look around and scurry back to Earth, so we're going to need a lot more than 119MT to LEO.

more than 3 years ago

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