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The View From Inside A Fireworks Show

jshackney Re:Illegal and Dangerous? (200 comments)

State Codes may limit/restrict use of kites/drones/models/rockets/etc. (Michigan comes to mind), but you are correct, the FAA has published no limitations on such devices. Yet.

about 2 months ago
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FreeDOS Is 20 Years Old

jshackney Re:Best DOS game... (133 comments)

Doom, that's awesome. That's pretty much when I started getting bored with games and the race for frame rates.

That was a fun game, though. Flight sims were more my thing. I enjoyed the heck out of F-19 Stealth Fighter (yeah, C64) and FPS:Football. Wish I could find a working copy of the latter. Also, been looking for a flight sim I had purchased, but never got to install (would like to see what I missed) as hardware evolved too rapidly and backward compatibility was super sketchy at that time. Wish I could remember the name of that sim.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Would It Take For You To Buy a Smartwatch?

jshackney Only if . . . (427 comments)

I'd get one if it could do all of these things:
1) Tell time in at least three time zones at one glance (local, UTC, home)
2) Must be solar powered (those kinetic watches are crazy pricey) -- My last trip to a jeweler for a battery change was wasted with a 45 minute sales pitch for Melaleuca. No thank you!
3) Must NOT be crazy pricey (I'd rather spend $100 for a GOOD watch)
4) Must, absolutely must be light and comfortable (ideally of a size that would be considered large for a ladies' watch, yet smallish for a mens' watch)

I'd be flexible on these:
1) Be able to tell the time of sunset, sunrise, civil twilight, and anything else interesting as far as sunset/sunrise is concerned, but must be able to give LOCAL times without me resetting the location manually each time.
2) Exercise tracking ability (obviously GPS/calculator/etc/)
3) USB/Bluetooth/IR connectivity

Things I really DO NOT need:
1) An E-6B built-in to the face.
2) Fancy/flashy face and/or band

about 2 months ago
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Netflix Killing DVDs Like Apple Killed Floppies?

jshackney Re:ha (345 comments)

You stole my thunder, I was going to say that there are devices that can do that now without sucking down 200W. And, they don't really cost a bundle either. Especially if one digs around on eBay.

more than 3 years ago
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Netflix Killing DVDs Like Apple Killed Floppies?

jshackney Re:ha (345 comments)

I've seen planes that use floppies, Zip, and now, my current ride uses an Ethernet connection between a laptop and the file server.

more than 3 years ago
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FBI Executes Nationwide Raid of Anonymous Members

jshackney Re:Couldn't have waited? (343 comments)

I have a feeling the FBI would not actively discourage this, particularly when a honeypot is so tasty.

more than 3 years ago
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How Investigators Deciphered Stuxnet

jshackney Re:Whats with the Layout? (131 comments)

I'm on a tiny screen (1024 wide) and had to scroll side-to-side to read the article.

Great content, but wish I had a bigger screen.

more than 3 years ago
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The 8-Bit Computer That's Been Built By Hand

jshackney Re:Old school (161 comments)

A thousand monkeys standing around a box of parts would "accidentally" build a computer long before I figure it out. I'm impressed by what this guy did.

more than 3 years ago
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Ask Amir Taaki About Bitcoin

jshackney Re:Is the gold rush over? (768 comments)

$35 (1968) is roughly equivalent to $73.80 to $107.00 (1980) using various indices

or, going the other way:

$850 (1980) is roughly equivalent to $277 to $403 (1968).

The value of gold was not allowed to inflate for several years (fixed at $35/oz. in 1934). John Seabrook wrote an article in 1989, Invisible Gold that briefly touched on the value of gold from the Gold Standard through the 1980s.

more than 3 years ago
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Cheap GPUs Rendering Strong Passwords Useless

jshackney Re:If someone gets your hashed password.. (615 comments)

The post I replied to suggests stopping at the first collision. Perhaps the question was poorly worded. I would like to know how many collisions occur for a given hash. Could this be calculated without a brute-force attempt or is that the only way?

more than 3 years ago
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Cheap GPUs Rendering Strong Passwords Useless

jshackney Re:If someone gets your hashed password.. (615 comments)

What fascinates me about this scenario is how many collisions can be found during this brute-force process?

more than 3 years ago
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Flight 447 'Black Box' Decoded

jshackney Re:Umm, no... (449 comments)

I don't think you know any pilots because if you did, you'd know that this little trick doesn't work. [citation] rthille is correct.

more than 3 years ago
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Skype Crashes and Burns In Worldwide Outage

jshackney Re:Is everybody really that stupid? (347 comments)

(It's working for me from NYC area at the moment.)

Michigan, Florida, and Kentucky here. No problems.

more than 3 years ago
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Creator of China's Great Firewall Pelted With Shoes

jshackney Missing something here... (220 comments)

Seems like most of you are missing a crucial point here. Or, possibly, I'm far too paranoid. FTFA:

Chinese police are seeking a man who said he threw eggs and shoes at the architect of China's "great firewall", the world's most sophisticated and extensive online censorship system.

and, FTFS:

Meanwhile admirers of the shoe attacker showered the anonymous young man with promises of everything from Nike trainers to replace his lost footwear, to iPads, sex and jobs.

Admirers, eh? I'd say that if I wanted to find someone, I'd find his price and start pursuing him. Just a thought, but I'd probably offer him a job. Maybe he needs one. Or, if that's not enticing enough, how about some sexual service[s] (to be provided by someone other than me, of course). Go down the list until you find his price. Then, when there's no possibility of escape, make him disappear. Just sayin'.

more than 3 years ago
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Syrians Using Donkeys Instead of DSL After Gov't Shuts Down Internet

jshackney Donkey? (207 comments)

Whoa! For a second there, I thought, uh... well, oh, nevermind.

more than 3 years ago
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One-Way Sound Walls Proven Possible

jshackney Re:Uses (177 comments)

I always wondered if it would be possible to build a huge parabolic acoustic "mirror" that could focus the energy of those 1200 watt bass systems back either to the glass or the eardrums of the driver causing aural devastation. How big would this parabola have to be to get the kind of energy that could do some real damage?

more than 3 years ago
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Bin Laden's Death Causes Twitter Record

jshackney Re:Room on the island? (167 comments)

You can apply a similar trick to just about any ne'er do well from history:

Pablo Escobar comes to mind. If he hadn't killed so many people he would've been remembered as a great philanthropist and humanitarian for all the great things he did for his countrymen.

more than 3 years ago
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Amazon Automatic Pricing Lists Book At $23M

jshackney Buy Back (147 comments)

Anyone notice that the buyback price seems to imply that the book is utterly worthless? I've had better returns on college textbooks (at the campus bookstore) and at used book sellers around town.

more than 3 years ago

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Apple Netbook Rumors

jshackney jshackney writes  |  more than 5 years ago

jshackney (99735) writes "According to one of the unnamed sources, the machine will "likely" have a touchscreen between 9.7" and 10" in size. That's in line with many current popular netbook models, which have 9" screens. Beyond that, however, "other specifications and functions are still under evaluation," according to Dow Jones Newswires."
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Microsoft: ODF wins over OOXML

jshackney jshackney writes  |  more than 6 years ago

jshackney writes "THE ISO APPROVED Open Document Format (ODF) standard has gained ground during Microsoft's campaign for its competing Office Open XML (OOXML) specification, a senior Vole executive admitted in a panel session about the long running ISO standards struggle over OOXML at the Red Hat Summit in Boston on Thursday."
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