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How Satellite Company Inmarsat Tracked Down MH370

jcgam69 Re:Mystery? (491 comments)

Flight 447 was found deeper than 2 miles.

about a month ago
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1GB of Google Drive Storage Now Costs Only $0.02 Per Month

jcgam69 actually it's cheaper than that (335 comments)

If you already buy storage from Google you'll get that storage in addition to the new plan. In my case I get 125 GB for $1.99/mo.

about a month ago
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1GB of Google Drive Storage Now Costs Only $0.02 Per Month

jcgam69 Re:Yeah, you can totally trust your data... (335 comments)

What if you want to access those files when you are away from home? Good luck. Even if you setup remote access, typically ISP upload speeds prevent reasonable access to large files remotely.

about a month ago
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The Science of Solitary Confinement

jcgam69 repeat offenders? (326 comments)

Prisoners should be treated humanely. I get that. What I would like to know is how many prisoners who were released after being confined in solitary for a long period of time are repeat offenders. I suspect that, given the horrible conditions of solitary, most of them would do anything to avoid going back to prison. If that is true, then it really is an effective rehabilitation technique, and ultimately reduces crime.

about 2 months ago
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Will Electric Cars and Solar Power Make Gasoline and Utilities Obsolete?

jcgam69 Re:Arithmetic denialism (734 comments)

Actually yes, solar can be the whole solution. In my case I generated 538kwh in the past 30 days with 16 - 250w panels, in the dead of winter. My all-electric car uses about 300kwh per month. In the summer I generate far more power than I need, and this compensates for extra power I use in the winter.

about 3 months ago
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Largest and Most Intense Tropical Cyclone On Record Hits the Philippines

jcgam69 followup to recent 7.1 earthquake (160 comments)

A magnitude 7.1 earthquake struck the PI a few weeks ago which cause widespread damage to buildings and infrastructure. Bridges collapsed and many roads are still impassible. The earthquake and hundreds of strong aftershocks serve to intensify the effects of this storm.

about 5 months ago
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Toyota's Killer Firmware

jcgam69 Re:Technology is hard and dangerous (610 comments)

If the crash recorder indicated that the accelerator was pressed at the time of the accident, then how could any one sane person, let alone 10 reasonably intelligent people, fault the software? I simply do not understand this.

about 6 months ago
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Car Dealers Complain To DMV About Tesla's Website

jcgam69 Re:Sour Grapes (364 comments)

If Tesla survives (which is looking pretty likely at this point) I vow to never buy another car from a dealer ever again.

about 7 months ago
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DoD Declassifies Flu Pandemic Plan Containing Sobering Assumptions

jcgam69 Re:Definition of 'scary' (337 comments)

The scary part is watching loved ones suffer and die while there's nothing you can do, and waiting for your turn. I agree with you though - the plan itself is not scary.

about 7 months ago
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Man Killed By His Own Radio-Controlled Helicopter In Brooklyn

jcgam69 Re:OUCH (479 comments)

The TFV does NOT show the incident pilot flying a helicopter FPV a few feet from his face. Note at the end of the video he reaches up to turn off the camera almost immediately after landing. Large helicopters take up to a minute for the rotor to spin down. Also the heli that killed him had a rotor span of 600 mm, so he wouldn't have been able to reach the camera. In this video he was flying a multi-copter, which use much smaller propeller blades that stop almost immediately.

about 7 months ago
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US Forces Ready To Strike Syria If Ordered

jcgam69 Re:Because US contractors want tax payer's money? (918 comments)

No, the primary goal is to what is right in the eyes of the world. Amerika is the world's savior! Generating extreme wealth for rich families and corporations is just a side benefit.

about 8 months ago
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Duke Energy Scraps Plans For Florida Nuclear Plant, Forced To Delay Others

jcgam69 Re:And maybe this is another reason... (233 comments)

What you said is true, but what is the average cost per watt over the expected life of the plant? That is a better gauge of value and efficiency.

about 9 months ago
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Obamacare Employer Mandate Delayed Until After Congressional Elections

jcgam69 Re:Oh, look! Just what the economy needs! (600 comments)

With this new plan the government limits how much it will pay for procedures, which directly addresses the problem of healthcare costs. Providers must reduce costs across the board to compete.

about 10 months ago
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Richard Branson Plans Orbital Spaceships For Virgin Galactic

jcgam69 Re:I don't see the appeal. (177 comments)

The deep sea and Everest are still experiences limited to this planet. Once the barrier to space is removed we will have an enormous variety of places to visit. I think the desire to travel in space would actually increase.

about a year ago
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Botched Security Update Cripples Thousands of Computers

jcgam69 Re:Microsoft Security Essentials... (274 comments)

I previously used MSE, updated regularly, until I got infected. I manually scanned all downloaded files before running them. Every. Single. File. Trust this product at your own peril.

1 year,1 day
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SimCity 5: How Not To Design a Single Player Game

jcgam69 Re:Wrong lesson. (569 comments)

No benefit to *US* the paying customers, but it certainly benefits EA by allowing complete control of the product and when it can be used.

about a year ago
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SpaceX Launching Dragon Capsule to ISS Today

jcgam69 Re:Brief post launch commentary reporting a proble (79 comments)

SpaceX founder and CEO just tweeted: "Issue with Dragon thruster pods. System inhibiting three of four from initializing. About to command inhibit override." Solar array deployment was delayed while engineers attempt to regain attitude control of Dragon.

about a year ago
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SpaceX Launching Dragon Capsule to ISS Today

jcgam69 Brief post launch commentary reporting a problem (79 comments)

In the comments that followed the launch, after orbital insertion, a problem was reported with the Dragon capsule. The downlink from the spacecraft was broken. No further details were provided.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Electronics Prototyping Platform?

jcgam69 Gertboard (228 comments)

The Gertboard includes an ATmega328p which can be programmed from the Raspberry Pi via putty. It includes 12 LEDs, a motor controller, A/D and D/A converters, switches, and other components.

about a year ago

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Synchronized Heartbeats

jcgam69 jcgam69 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

jcgam69 (994690) writes "Scientists have discovered that heartbeats can become synchronized during extreme events, such as firewalking. The heartbeats of relatives and friends become synchronized, while strangers are unaffected."
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Solar Super-storm could cost $2 trillion

jcgam69 jcgam69 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

jcgam69 (994690) writes "A true monster storm has the potential to wreak havoc on a global scale, knocking out communications systems, endangering satellites and astronauts and causing perhaps trillions of dollars in damages."
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Ancient Astronauts?

jcgam69 jcgam69 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

jcgam69 (994690) writes "Are ancient astronauts responsible for immense construction projects of the past? Wally Wallington doesn't think so. The video shows how he moved a 19 ton concrete block by himself with no pulleys or power tools. Impressive!"
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Bee population drops 96%, baffles scientists

jcgam69 jcgam69 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

jcgam69 (994690) writes "The abundance of four common species of bumblebee in the US has dropped by 96% in just the past few decades, according to the most comprehensive national census of the insects. Scientists said the alarming decline, which could have devastating implications for the pollination of both wild and farmed plants, was likely to be a result of disease and low genetic diversity in bee populations."
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New Tech to Help Create Blind Drivers

jcgam69 jcgam69 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

jcgam69 (994690) writes "After years of research, the National Federation of the Blind and Virginia Tech hope to demonstrate a prototype vehicle that would allow a blind person to drive independently to the public by next year. The technology, known as "nonvisual interfaces," is based on Virginia Tech's third-place entry into the 2007 DARPA Grand Challenge, a competition funded by the Defense Department for driverless vehicles."
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Why Cell Phones are Banned on Aircraft

jcgam69 jcgam69 writes  |  about 4 years ago

jcgam69 (994690) writes "Many people believe that cell phone use is prohibited on planes to force passengers to use the ultra-expensive option of making an in-flight call from the phones provided on the airplanes. However, the FCC, which does not have a stake in the phones installed on planes, banned cell phone use on planes because of concerns that their signals could cause disruptions and interfere with aircraft navigation systems."
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Shock waves from rocket launch destroy sundog

jcgam69 jcgam69 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

jcgam69 (994690) writes "NASA's Solar Dynamic Observatory amazed onlookers last week when it flew past a sundog and destroyed it. Videos of the event captured shock waves from the rocket billowing through the sundog, eliciting cries of delight and amazement from the crowd below."
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California To Protect Apollo 11 Space Junk

jcgam69 jcgam69 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

jcgam69 (994690) writes "The surface of the moon may contain Neil Armstrong's famous footstep from his 1969 Apollo 11 moon landing, but the site at Tranquility Base also houses more than 5,000 pounds of junk left over from the trip, and California historians now want to stick a flag in that. If all goes well at a meeting in Sacramento today, California could become the first state to register the items at Tranquility Base—which include a U.S. flag, bags of human waste, and the ship's lunar module descent stage—as a State Historical Resource."
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How your brain creates the fourth dimension

jcgam69 jcgam69 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

jcgam69 (994690) writes "Perhaps the most fundamental question neuroscientists are investigating is whether our perception of the world is continuous or a series of discrete snapshots like frames on a film strip. Understand this, and maybe we can explain how the healthy brain works out the chronological order of the myriad events bombarding our senses, and how this can become warped to alter our perception of time."
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Cosmic Rays Hit Space Age High

jcgam69 jcgam69 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

jcgam69 writes "NASA spacecraft are measuring record-high levels of cosmic rays--a side-effect of the deepest solar minimum in nearly a century. The cosmic ray storm appears to be intensifying, say researchers, and the peak may be yet to come."
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Ant mega-colony has colonized much of the planet

jcgam69 jcgam69 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

jcgam69 (994690) writes "Argentine ants living in vast numbers across Europe, the US and Japan belong to the same interrelated colony, and will refuse to fight one another. The colony may be the largest of its type ever known for any insect species, and could rival humans in the scale of its world domination."
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Hackers 'destroy' flight sim site

jcgam69 jcgam69 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

jcgam69 (994690) writes "Flight simulator site Avsim has been "destroyed" by malicious hackers. The site, which launched in 1996, covered all aspects of flight simulation, although its main focus was on Microsoft's Flight Simulator. The attack took down the site's two servers and the owners had not established an external backup system."
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Billy Corgan wants broadcast radio to pay artists

jcgam69 jcgam69 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

jcgam69 (994690) writes "Internet radio has to pay performance rights but broadcast stations get a free pass. Billy Corgan, founder of the rock band Smashing Pumpkins, told Congress on Tuesday that must change. "This issue is one of fundamental fairness," Corgan told lawmakers. "If the performance of a song has value to a particular terrestrial radio station in its airing, I believe it is only right to compensate those performers who have created this work."

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