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Army To Launch Spy Blimp Over Maryland

hcs_$reboot Re:10000 feet (176 comments)

That would be 10000 meters.

3 days ago
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Backblaze's 6 TB Hard Drive Face-Off

hcs_$reboot Re:1mhz 6502 (173 comments)

Loved the 6502.

3 days ago
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Sony Leaks Reveal Hollywood Is Trying To Break DNS

hcs_$reboot Re:Fundamentally breaking the net? (385 comments)

Well, you can still connect to the site if you know its IP address. A bit harder to remember though - especially if it's IPv6.

3 days ago
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Backblaze's 6 TB Hard Drive Face-Off

hcs_$reboot Long story short (ad-less) (173 comments)

- Initial reliability (how many drives failed) – No failures.
- Running reliability (3 months) – No failures
- SMART Stats (3 months) – No error conditions recorded for the 5 stats that we utilize.
- Hard Drive Cost – about the same.
- Energy Use – The Seagate drives were 7200 rpm and used slightly more electricity than the Western Digital drives which were 5400 rpm. This small difference adds up when you place 45 drives in a Storage Pod and then stack 10 Storage Pods in a cabinet.
- Loading speed – Edge to Western Digital, by a little over 1 TB per day on average.

3 days ago
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Researchers Accidentally Discover How To Turn Off Skin Aging Gene

hcs_$reboot Accident report (174 comments)

Researchers accidentally discover ... ... couldn't help noticing that mice had beautiful skin at the end of the experiment

Who buys that? Did they really find something and hide the truth about how they did it, or are they just looking for some ways to get media attention?

4 days ago
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Apparent Islamic Terrorism Strikes Sydney

hcs_$reboot Re:Terroir (876 comments)

As everyone know, Lindt is an Australian company.

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Software For Image Organization?

hcs_$reboot Aperture (259 comments)

Aperture (yes it's on an Apple Mac) is the best thing I ever tried to organize / rate / tag index / enhance etc... pictures.

about a week ago
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Utilities Face Billions In Losses From Distributed Renewables

hcs_$reboot The study... (280 comments)

...by Accenture

Stopped there.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Are Any Certifications Worth Going For?

hcs_$reboot Re:practical-based certs hold their value (317 comments)

Hmm doing a dictionary search (Chrome extension), RHSA is

The RSHA, or Reichssicherheitshauptamt was an organization subordinate to Heinrich Himmler in his dual capacities as Chef der Deutschen Polizei and Reichsführer-SS

You must have "done some of the tasks" before.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Can a felon work in IT?

hcs_$reboot Re:What convictions? (10 comments)

Serial killer? Yes. We need more available jobs in IT.

about two weeks ago
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Why does Google Maps need to track who I'm calling on my cell phone?

hcs_$reboot iPhone? (5 comments)

You should get an iPhone. At least you won't be bothered by the engine asking for your permission before it takes something.

about two weeks ago
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British 'Porn Filter' Blocks Access To Chaos Computer Club

hcs_$reboot Sol (135 comments)

VPN

about two weeks ago
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Comet Dust Found In Antarctica

hcs_$reboot Just the beginning (17 comments)

After most of that ice melts, thanks to global warming, other interesting discoveries are to be made.

about two weeks ago
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Apple DRM Lawsuit Might Be Dismissed: Plaintiffs Didn't Own Affected iPods

hcs_$reboot Re:Lawyers not doing their homework (141 comments)

So the question, and I fear the answer, will the plaintiffs get their money back from the lawyers?

about two weeks ago
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The Sony Pictures Hack Was Even Worse Than Everyone Thought

hcs_$reboot Re:Make peace with Kim Jung Eun (528 comments)

Hackers say they stole 100 terabytes of data in total

Indeed. At, say, 100 Mbps (~ 10MB/s) on the Internet - that's fast - that would take 10 million seconds, or 116 days full time...

about two weeks ago
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How Astronomers Will Take the "Image of the Century": a Black Hole

hcs_$reboot Re:Red Dwarf question (129 comments)

The many stars near the black hole shape its silhouette - like the Invisible man is visible if covered in paint. Or maybe the Hawking bh evaporation will help.

about two weeks ago
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The Cost of the "S" In HTTPS

hcs_$reboot Re:Cost of certificates (238 comments)

they're WAY more difficult to use than they need to be.

That's probably in order to justify the price, I mean for the non-free ones (to be recognized by most browsers)? A cert takes less than a $0.01 to be made, they're sold between $30 to $1000...

about two weeks ago

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Australia elaborates a new Drift model to find MH370

hcs_$reboot hcs_$reboot writes  |  about three weeks ago

hcs_$reboot (1536101) writes "Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 disappeared on Saturday, 8 March 2014, while flying from Malaysia to Beijing with 239 people on board. And 8 months later, after millions of dollars invested in a gigantic search operation, there is still no sign of the aircraft. Now, Australia is developing a new model to predict where the debris of the missing MH370 could wash up. Authorities had initially predicted that the plane’s wreckage could drift and come ashore on Indonesia’s West Sumatra island after about 4 months of Flight MH370’s disappearance. “We are currently working... to see if we can get an updated drift model for a much wider area where there might be possibilities of debris washing ashore,” search co-ordinator Peter Foley told reporters in Perth.
The teams initially agreed an area about 600 kilometres long by 90km wide west of Perth was most likely. A new report released last month specified two high-priority areas further to the south. All five groups (Boeing, France's Thales, US investigator, the National Transportation Safety Board and the Australian Defence Science and Technology Organisation) agree that MH370's final resting place is near the “7th arc” — a curve that stretches from about 1 000km off Exmouth, Western Australia, to a point about 2 000km south-west of Perth."
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Microsoft and others behind EU breakup of Google

hcs_$reboot hcs_$reboot writes  |  about three weeks ago

hcs_$reboot (1536101) writes "In the eye of many Americans, the European Union call for the break-up of Google sounds like an aging Europe envious of some of the wealthiest young US tech giants. But American people should know that behind the EU antitrust probe of Google stand not only Europeans but US competitors, such as Microsoft, Expedia and TripAdvisor, whose complaints and big-money lobbying have driven a four-year-old investigation by the powerful European Commission into whether Google abuses its dominance of internet searches to push favored web sites.
"The American companies are using the European Commission as a battleground among themselves. They are the ones coming to us with complaints." a senior EU official told Reuters. European Union to vote on Google break-up on Thursday."
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A Woman will lead CERN from 2016

hcs_$reboot hcs_$reboot writes  |  about a month and a half ago

hcs_$reboot (1536101) writes "From 2016 a woman, Fabiola Gianotti, will lead CERN, the largest particle accelerator currently in activity, near the French and Swiss border, in Europe. This is the first time a woman is appointed to such a prestigious role at CERN,

Fabiola Gianotti attracted worldwide attention in 2012 for her leading role in CERN’s discovery of the Higgs boson particle, and will take up the post in January 2016 as scientists aim to make further discoveries about the origin and makeup of the universe."
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Apple Pay glitch has some users charged twice

hcs_$reboot hcs_$reboot writes  |  about 2 months ago

hcs_$reboot (1536101) writes "Some Apple Pay users were charged twice by Bank of America for purchases they made. The problem is due to a bug in the processing between Bank of America and at least one of the payment networks involved with the Apple Pay service. “We apologize for the inconvenient and are correcting this issue immediately and all duplicates will be refunded” said Tara Burke, spokeswomen for Bank of America.

Some funny people might be asking if that isn't the norm to pay double for something Apple. But to be fair, the Apple Pay service, beside that glitch — which appears _not_ to be on Apple side — is working great so far."
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Microsoft Surface drowning?

hcs_$reboot hcs_$reboot writes  |  about 4 months ago

hcs_$reboot (1536101) writes "Again, no much good news for the MS Surface. Computerworld reports a Microsoft's losses on the tablet device at $US1.7 billion so far. But, still, Microsoft is serene

"It’s been exciting to see the response to the Surface Pro 3 from individuals and businesses alike. In fact, Surface Pro 3 sales are already outpacing prior versions of Surface Pro. The Surface business generated more than $2B in revenue for the fiscal year 2014 and $409 million in revenue during Q4 FY14 alone, the latter of which included just ten days of Intel Core i5 Surface Pro 3 sales in Canada and the US".

Should Microsoft pull the plug on the tablet? Or maybe it's just a matter of users getting used to the Surface?"
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Bill Gates: Snowden is No Hero!

hcs_$reboot hcs_$reboot writes  |  about 9 months ago

hcs_$reboot (1536101) writes "In a lengthy interview from Rolling Stone, Bill Gates, among many other subjects, is asked: "Do you consider [Snowden] a hero or a traitor?". The Microsoft founder answers: "I certainly wouldn't characterize him as a hero (...) You won't find much admiration from me".
What about Government Surveillance? "The government has such ability to do these things. (...) But the specific techniques they use become unavailable if they're discussed in detail"
Rolling Stone retorts that Privacy can be an issue, "We want safety, but we also want privacy" says the journalist. Bill Gates's tells his main priority focuses on stopping the bad guys: "let's say you knew nothing was going on. How would you feel? I mean, seriously. I would be very worried. Technology arms the bad guys with orders of magnitude more [power]. Not just bad guys. Crazy guys.""
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How Steve Jobs Got the iPhone Into Japan

hcs_$reboot hcs_$reboot writes  |  about 9 months ago

hcs_$reboot (1536101) writes "Masatoshi Son, SoftBank CEO, remembers the early days when he tried to cut a deal with Steve Jobs in order to be the first to offer the -not even named iPhone yet- "new phone" from Apple, back in 2005. At the time, Son didn't even own a mobile carrier. He then purchased Vodafone, and was indeed the first to sell the iPhone in 2008 (then Au-Kddi in 2011, and DoCoMo in 2013). Today, 75% of smartphones sold in Japan are iPhones."
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China hits back on U.S. human rights record

hcs_$reboot hcs_$reboot writes  |  about a year and a half ago

hcs_$reboot (1536101) writes "The Xinhua news agency reports that the China's State Council, in response to the "Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2012" issued by the U.S. State Department, published in turn his own report on "The Human Rights Record of the United States", arguing that "the U.S. turned a blind eye to its own woeful human rights situation".
Notably, the report mentions "Closer surveillance of citizens", "More violent crimes involving guns", "Money wars in politics", "Growing gap between the rich and poor", "Violating human rights in other nations"."
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Fukushima power plant blackout II

hcs_$reboot hcs_$reboot writes  |  about 2 years ago

hcs_$reboot (1536101) writes "The well known Fukushima daiichi power plant suffers from a power black-out since yesterday Monday evening (local time), leading to stopping the flow of cooling water to four fuel storage pools. However, "No need to worry, temperatures will remain in the safe range for 4 days" said the also well known company in charge, Tepco. The cause of the blackout is still being investigated."
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The Boeing 787 Dreamliner is:

hcs_$reboot hcs_$reboot writes  |  about 2 years ago

hcs_$reboot (1536101) writes "- heading towards an airport, as usual
— heading towards a hangar
— heading towards an airport, by road
— heading towards a sea (pick one)
— Much Ado About Nothing"
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Japan Grounds All Its Boeing 787s After Emergency Landing

hcs_$reboot hcs_$reboot writes  |  about 2 years ago

hcs_$reboot (1536101) writes "The Boeing 787 Dreamliner has already occupied some of Slashdot news space recently: FAA to investigate the 787 (Jan 11) or 787 catches fire in Boston (Jan 08). Today (Jan 16 JST) happened another incident that makes Japan grounds all of its 787s fleet until an internal investigation gives more information about the problem: a 787 from ANA had seemingly a battery problem and some smoke has been seen inside the cockpit. The plane had to proceed an emergency landing and passengers had to be evacuated.
This is the latest setback for Boeing and its problem-hit Dreamliner planes that takes another turn today with the grounding of the Japan 787s fleet."

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Google Maps finally available on iOS

hcs_$reboot hcs_$reboot writes  |  about 2 years ago

hcs_$reboot (1536101) writes "After the disastrous Apple Maps replacement over Google Maps in September, Google made a Maps app on iOS approved and released by Apple today. The app includes turn-by-turn directions, vector-based graphics and live traffic data. It's available from the Apple Store for iPhone and iPod touch (and iPad — iPhone format). At least."
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Surface sales 'modest' so far said Ballmer

hcs_$reboot hcs_$reboot writes  |  more than 2 years ago

hcs_$reboot (1536101) writes "Sales of Microsoft’s Windows RT-based Surface tablet are off to a “modest” start according to chief executive Steve Ballmer. Given the general dropping sales in the PC business coupled with Microsoft’s relatively small inventory of Surface machines, it’ll be interesting to see how soon Surface can hit Microsoft’s million milestone.
(Update originally from French Le Parisien)"

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Japan nuke crisis crew not told of danger

hcs_$reboot hcs_$reboot writes  |  more than 2 years ago

hcs_$reboot (1536101) writes "The operator of a Japanese nuclear plant that went into a tsunami-triggered meltdown knew the risks from highly radioactive water at the site but sent in crews without adequate protection or warnings, a worker said in a legal complaint. He gave a rare public account of what happened at the plant during the accident, describing a harrowing scene of darkness and fear, wading with headlamps into a flooded basement through steaming radioactive water that felt warm even through workers' boots.

On Oct. 30, he filed a complaint with a labor standards office in Fukushima, asking authorities to confirm TEPCO's safety violations and issue improvement orders. He also is seeking penalties--up to six months in jail or fines of up to 500,000 yen ($6,250) under the Industrial Safety and Health Act--against the company that supervised him."

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Laser speed sensor promises safer air travel

hcs_$reboot hcs_$reboot writes  |  more than 2 years ago

hcs_$reboot (1536101) writes "Airplanes use currently the (un)famous pitot tubes to get an estimate of their current speed. Unfortunately the tubes may suffer from the very low temperatures at high altitudes, and send wrong data to the captain — that may lead to a crash in the worst case scenario. Australian engineers offer a brand new technology to calculate the plane speed: two lasers beams are emitted in opposite direction, the difference in frequency gives the speed, thanks to the Doppler effect."
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Apple now shipping Lightning adapters

hcs_$reboot hcs_$reboot writes  |  more than 2 years ago

hcs_$reboot (1536101) writes "Apple started shipping the Lightning (iPhone 5 connector) to 30-pin adapters, that costs from $29 to $39. Some iPhone 5 owners complained about its new connector being incompatible with the previously well known 30 pin connectors (iPhone 4S and before, iPod, iPad, chargers, music combos...). And the adapter comes to the rescue...
However, considering the recent wave of disappointment engendered by the new Apple device (Maps, iOS6 bugs, lack of innovation, lack of staff motivation, etc...), some people may argue that what Apple really needs is a Cook to Jobs adapter..."

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Nikon announces Android-powered compact camera

hcs_$reboot hcs_$reboot writes  |  more than 2 years ago

hcs_$reboot (1536101) writes "Nikon announced the S800c — the first compact camera from a major manufacturer to openly use the Android mobile operating system. The S800c is a full Android 2.3 device, that can run any available apps an equivalent smartphone could offer. The Photoshop app for instance could be an obvious choice. But one may prefer to play a famous game on the camera, like Fruit Ninja. Compared to a classic smartphone, the Android powered device offers the advantages of a Nikon Coolpix camera — like a larger sensor and 16MP.
While smartphones cameras tend to get closer to compact cameras specs, it seems Nikon took the initiative and opened their camera to the Android world. So, in the end, will we have smartphones offering true-camera specs, or compact cameras offering all the smartphones features?"

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French shootings suspect found thanks to an IP address

hcs_$reboot hcs_$reboot writes  |  more than 2 years ago

hcs_$reboot (1536101) writes "According to breaking news the French shootings suspect was found thanks to the IP address of his brother. The brother contacted one of the soldiers who was killed (March 15) to purchase his bike, and the police could trace that exchange and identify the buyer's IP address.
Fortunately, those killers are not IT experts and have no clue how they can be traced back thanks to the various logs they sow on the way."
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Movie about Steve Jobs

hcs_$reboot hcs_$reboot writes  |  more than 3 years ago

hcs_$reboot (1536101) writes "It is reported that Sony bought the rights to a biopic on the life of Steve Jobs with the intent of making a movie. The biography on which the movie would be based was written by former CNN chairman and current managing editor of Time magazine, Walter Isaacson (biography to be released October 24).
There are discussions about what could be the best title, and which actor would fit the best for the main role.
While the biography was approved by Mr Jobs, what about some other people who crossed Steve's life and who may not have always been portrayed in a friendly way in his other biographies (the most famous one being probably Bill Gates).
Is Sony able to provide an unbiased work, without having Steve Jobs around to make sure they do?"

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