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New Data Center Protects Against Solar Storm and Nuclear EMPs

killkillkill Re:Um. (59 comments)

Sure they know, but the suckers they sell hosting to at a premium won't.

3 days ago

Report: Microsoft To Buy Minecraft Studio For $2bn+

killkillkill Re:No. (368 comments)

And suddenly the pieces begin to come together.

about a week ago

New DNA Analysis On Old Blood Pegs Aaron Kosminski As Jack the Ripper

killkillkill Re:forensic 'science' (135 comments)

The trouble we get in this case is the chain of custody of the evidence. The fact that it past through the hands of a man long obsessed with the case who probably a favorite suspect and theory he would like to be proven correct about. Also, with the new book he stands to profit quite a bit from this evidence being discovered. Good chance it would be thrown out in a court of law, doubt it will stand up to the other "armchair detectives" (who else really cares that much anyway) who believe it to be one of the other suspects.

about two weeks ago

Twitpic Shutting Down Over Trademark Dispute

killkillkill Re:Wait, what? (81 comments)

They certainly could have, it's a pretty clear infringement. Whether it is genuine goodwill or goodwill for PR sake, they didn't. They even said they could continue using the name. They just couldn't risk giving Twitpic legal leverage with the name.

about two weeks ago

Twitpic Shutting Down Over Trademark Dispute

killkillkill Re:Wait, what? (81 comments)


“We encourage developers to build on top of the Twitter service, as Twitpic has done for years, and we made it clear that they could operate using the Twitpic name. Of course, we also have to protect our brand, and that includes trademarks tied to the brand.”

about two weeks ago

Twitpic Shutting Down Over Trademark Dispute

killkillkill Re:Wait, what? (81 comments)

It seems Twitter only wanted them to drop the application and not the name entirely.

Why do I feel like the entire business model of Twitpic was to sell out after receiving the valuable trademark? He didn't claim to get a cease and desist, barring him from using the clearly derived name for the derived service. Twitter seemed to be happy until Twitpic tried to get a legal stake in their name and asked for oppositional comment. Twitter drew a fairly generous line in the sand for a service that leaches off of theirs.

Protip: Don't become a legal threat to the only real value a company has (such as brand-it's not like the ability to post 140 characters at a time is an amazing feat) especially if your business is entirely dependent on them letting you play on their lawn.

about two weeks ago

Update: Raspberry Pi-Compatible Development Board Cancelled

killkillkill Re:Broadcom... (165 comments)

Beagleboard Black is my favorite.

I have a couple RPis and they are fun for out-of-the-box projects like RetroPi, but it's a BBB that I trust to run my 3.25hp router around my CNC table at 200in/min. Though, recently with the work going into MachineKit that's pretty much an out-of-the-box project too.

RPi had quite a bit of energy in the community to begin with and that momentum still persists and give a bit of an advantage to them in project development, but that will only go on so long with the arrogance displayed in that thread. Don't venture into the OSS space and start complaining about derivatives of your work. Especially when the project is mainly sponsored and developed by employees of the company that is selling the bloody chips that are nowhere near open or documented while all the function of your system is dependent on an OS you did not develop or pay for.

about three weeks ago

U.S. Senator: All Cops Should Wear Cameras

killkillkill Re:I like... (643 comments)

I wouldn't be happy if the police started keeping a database of the licence plates of every car they encounter and every face of every law abiding citizen they pass. Tell me this video won't eventually end up being cataloged by the NAS. Though, maybe I only care because I have something to hide.

about three weeks ago

Hemp Fibers Make Better Supercapacitors Than Graphene

killkillkill Re:Legal... sort of (178 comments)

If you start producing hemp on a scale large enough to replace his materials, I bet you're still going to end up using quite a bit of petroleum derived fertilizers to replenish the depleted soil.

about a month ago

Ask Slashdot: Why Are Online Job Applications So Badly Designed?

killkillkill Re:Contact Us (278 comments)

If they won't mail it, assume the company tries to force every employee into a rigid structure where you will not be free to operate in the manner that best suites you. Your day-to-day work life will be subject to procedures as frustrating as the online form and endless TPS reports.

about a month ago

New Process Promises Ammonia From Air, Water, and Sunlight

killkillkill Re:Nitrogen Cycle (117 comments)

For 2 days earlier this week water in Toledo, Ohio was undrinkable


about a month ago

Paint Dust Covers the Upper Layer of the World's Oceans

killkillkill Re:Math (141 comments)

So... 195,000,000 particles per square kilometer in our 361 million square kilometers of ocean. That is over 70 quadrillion paint particles polluting our oceans. We are all clearly doomed!

about a month ago

Man-Made "Dead Zone" In Gulf of Mexico the Size of Connecticut

killkillkill That's good news (184 comments)

Only the size of Connecticut? So, nothing to worry about?

about a month and a half ago

Finnish National TV Broadcaster Starts Sending Bitcoin Blockchain

killkillkill Re:now you lose even more money on bc (73 comments)

In fact, much of it is. There are many many laws on the books that already cover digital currencies. Just ask the people who have been arrested for transacting too much without a licence. Financial regulations and consumer protection laws still apply.

The ecosystem is also self-regulated in many ways. I don't mean in the whole sense of that loaded phrase, but simple things like the rules to create and maintain the money supply and rate of that creation or the fact that you can transact without the need for a bank that needs the oversight. Bitcoin, done right, doesn't have someone else in a position to abuse trust of leaving you money in their hands.

I'm sure there are things that need tweaked, but the "Wild West" notion attributed to Bitcoin has more to do with a lack of understanding of how it works by users than a lack of rules to govern it's use.

about 2 months ago

New Class of Stars Are Totally Metal, Says Astrophysicist

killkillkill Re:Ouch... (119 comments)

Are you kidding? This isn't even in the lower quartile of bad summaries here. If it were among the worst of the summaries, you wouldn't even know TFA had something to do with stars.

about 2 months ago

IRS Lost Emails of 6 More Employees Under Investigation

killkillkill Re: Massive conspiracy (465 comments)

At the very least, the consequence of either should be the loss of trust and power.

about 3 months ago

The Computer Security Threat From Ultrasonic Networks

killkillkill Re:A (hidden) communication channel is not an atta (121 comments)

The amount of serious discussions of how to mitigate this "attack" above this comment saddens me. If you have rouge software on your computer, severing one of the least efficient communication channels I've heard of is not going to be helpful.

about 3 months ago

Biofuels From Corn Can Create More Greenhouse Gases Than Gasoline

killkillkill Re:100% distrust (159 comments)

This is a bad idea because it removes organic matter from the soil and making it less fertile, more easily compacted and more prone to errotion. Fields in that condition require more fertilizer

Then we just add petroleum based fertilizers to the soil. Problem solved,

about 5 months ago

NASA Puts Its New Spacesuit Design To a Public Vote

killkillkill Re:Because (127 comments)

The engineering is done. We're just voting on the colors.

about 6 months ago

Facebook Buying Oculus VR For $2 Billion

killkillkill Re:Dat's some horseshit (535 comments)

It didn't feel like he was using any lube.

about 6 months ago


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