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"Barbie: I Can Be a Computer Engineer" Pulled From Amazon

kilodelta Re:I know this! (354 comments)

Ha ha ha ha! Yeah - but here's the thing - this isn't just a ding against women, but I've known quite a few men that couldn't code their way out of a paper bag that fancied themselves as computer or systems engineers.

So the story just needs to be modified. That's all.

3 hours ago
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Google Maps Crunches Data, Tells You When To Drive On Thanksgiving

kilodelta Re:"Ham Shop" (55 comments)

When I see anything Ham I have, for at least the last 20 years of having my amateur radio license think "radio gear"

4 hours ago
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What Would Have Happened If Philae Were Nuclear Powered?

kilodelta Then of course (440 comments)

There are the first three Mars rovers - Sojourner, Spirit and Opportunity. Those were all solar powered. However when they realized that dust would cover the cells they then sent up Curiosity and that baby is nuclear. She has an RTG on board.

10 hours ago
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Microsoft Azure Outage Across the Globe

kilodelta This is nothing new for Microsoft (157 comments)

In fact they're well known for going belly up when it really counts. Makes me wonder why people are still willing to fork over hundreds and thousands of dollars for their inferior products.

yesterday
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Debian Votes Against Mandating Non-systemd Compatibility

kilodelta Re:Go back in time 5 years (515 comments)

You have that absolutely correct! One of the prime motivators for me to move away from Windows and into say Ubuntu was the fact that Ubuntu which is based on Debian had extreme flexibility that the Windows systems lack.

Case in point, Dell's NetExtender software - on Windows it won't let me connect to a VPN because the cert is self signed. On Ubuntu the NetExtender client presents a dialog to the effect that, and I'm paraphrasing "The cert is self signed, do you want to continue?" the first few times and from then on it just works. Windows deliberately plays brain dead in lieu of security.

yesterday
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Rooftop Solar Could Reach Price Parity In the US By 2016

kilodelta Re:They WILL FIght Back (485 comments)

Be awfully hard to call them an eye sore or disruptive if they're nearly invisible. They've now done paint on solar, clear solar aka home windows, etc. Once the efficiency of those goes up the incumbent utilities are toast.

Even the big investment houses are recommending AGAINST utility investment. They see the writing on the wall.

yesterday
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NYC To Replace Most of Its Payphones With Free Gigabit WiFi In 2015

kilodelta How the hell did NYC (106 comments)

Get Verizon to just give them the pay phone booths? If we had such a thing in Providence I could get out public WiFi net up and running - because many phone booths had power too. Now you're lucky if you can find a pay phone at all in this city.

2 days ago
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Electric Shock Study Suggests We'd Rather Hurt Ourselves Than Others

kilodelta Our brute nature is evident (122 comments)

In both the Millgram study and the Zambarano Prison Experiment.

But the other thing that comes out of both studies is that the vast majority of us will follow those we believe are in authority. Then there are people like me who think authority is stupid.

2 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Dealing With VoIP Fraud/Phishing Scams?

kilodelta Re:Level3? (139 comments)

You have to approach it from the right angle. Tell them it interferes with emergency communications and they'll be all over it like white on rice.

3 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Dealing With VoIP Fraud/Phishing Scams?

kilodelta You're pretty much out of luck (139 comments)

Because with a BRI circuit - you can pump any CLID down the line that you want. Hell, that isn't even necessary. I know a few years ago a simple PERL script made the rounds and a MagicJack could be used for the nefarious spoofing.

3 days ago
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Duke: No Mercy For CS 201 Cheaters Who Don't Turn Selves In By Wednesday

kilodelta When I got my InfoSci (319 comments)

They're pretty much feed you the answers. So it wasn't hard. That said we had setup a share site for code - and we could allow others to see the code etc.

I think the school in question just has it's head up its ass.

about a week ago
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FCC Confirms Delay of New Net Neutrality Rules Until 2015

kilodelta Re:In other words. (127 comments)

Correct - just move the broadband providers and hell include the cell providers too as they're nothing but data pipe conduits now too. Make them both regulated under Title II Common Carrier rules.,

about a week ago
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Denmark Faces a Tricky Transition To 100 Percent Renewable Energy

kilodelta You can cut the incumbent providers out completely (485 comments)

If you just store the majority of energy you generate and use that when the sun isn't shining or the wind isn't blowing. Go either deep cycle lead acid, lithium ion, or even super capacitors if you're on the daring edge.

about a week ago
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Landfill Copies of Atari's 'E.T.' End Up On eBay

kilodelta You have to wonder (107 comments)

Where the Apple Lisa's are buried. I've actually had the privilege of seeing one in the flesh in recent history.

about two weeks ago
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Enzymes Make Electricity From Jet Fuel Without Ignition

kilodelta Re:Efficiency (78 comments)

Very true. I've read a lot about the development of the transistor and the initial prototype was in fact fairly crude. But they'd established a lot of the physics behind solid state before they even built the device.

When you think about it BJT versus the scads of types of transistors out there now.

about two weeks ago
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Study Shows Direct Brain Interface Between Humans

kilodelta Re:Don't we already do that? (110 comments)

Think Brainstorm. Remember that movie - and the guy who looped the orgasm scene until he was a gibbering idiot?

about two weeks ago
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Shift Work Dulls Brain Performance

kilodelta Re:Methodology? (131 comments)

The same applies for police work. The shifts go 07:30-15:30, then to 23:00 to 07:00. All the interesting antics happen on the last two shifts.

And then watching your district commander who is a Lieutenant try to twist and swerve to explain crime in the area is priceless.

about two weeks ago
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Chinese Hackers Mess With Texas By Attacking Fracking Firms

kilodelta Re:Good (104 comments)

The end of the energy chain firms like electric and natural gas providers are covered under NERC and FERC regulation. But the essence of NERC and FERC is they're CYA laws not so much they'd ever be protected from real bad stuff.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Useful Are DMARC and DKIM?

kilodelta I got involved (139 comments)

With a gubernatorial campaign. First we used one of the big campaigner sites. They are based in Canada. They didn't like that people bitched so we got a pipe from the local provider, setup and outbound smtp server and started from there. Immediately started getting bounces from AOL. Decided it wasn't worth implementing their paradigm.

about two weeks ago
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Buying Goods To Make Nuclear Weapons On eBay, Alibaba, and Other Platforms

kilodelta Even I have (260 comments)

Bought stuff on Alibaba. Mostly radio gear. But the prices cannot be beat. I've even bought electronic components on there.

about two weeks ago

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