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Ancient Campfires Led To the Rise of Storytelling

kilodelta Re:The campfire gave rise to two things (88 comments)

But you forget about message degradation the further down the line a message is passed orally so that what comes out is COMPLETELY different than what went in.

In fact kids play this game, except they call it Telephone. So you can understand that it's entirely likely the Jesus character is an amalgam of several other virgin birth and resurrection stories floating around at the time they finally wrote it down.

12 hours ago

US Revamping Its Nuclear Arsenal

kilodelta Re:It is all pork barrel politics (310 comments)

There is something Carter did that the world as a general rule doesn't know about. During his time he started phasing out land based missiles in favor of submarine based missiles. So most of our arsenal of nuclear weapons is deep in the ocean, pretty much undetectable.

12 hours ago

Secret Service Critics Pounce After White House Breach

kilodelta Just think (221 comments)

This is just theoretical but were anything to happen to President Obama, VP Biden would step in. I wouldn't mind a President who drops and F bomb now and then to be honest.


2 Mars Missions Set For Arrival, Both Prepare for Orbital Maneuvers

kilodelta Re:a collision wouldn't surprise me (64 comments)

Agreed, the robotic missions are doing very well on Mars and on their future landing sites I expect some pretty cool data coming back.


Inside Shenzen's Grey-Market iPhone Mall

kilodelta Re:Repair (53 comments)

While in the U.S. I regularly see people using iPhones with screens that are severaly cracked. This is right near MIT's campus for god sake. All you need is a heat gun and some spodging tools and you can replace the screen on them.

4 days ago

Home Depot Says Breach Affected 56 Million Cards

kilodelta Re:Credit cards? (77 comments)

The thing is for years they've always said it was the mom and pops that didn't want to upgrade. But the gear is fairly inexpensive to begin with. It's just in most places that still use the old swipe method it's the BANK that owns the gear and leases it to the merchant.

So of course the banks will charge extortionate rates for said card swipe terminals.

But nothing really prevents the really big merchants from telling the bank to stuff their machine. So I'd expect that might see the first use of chip and PIN. It's just for some time cards will have both the magnetic stripe and the chip because all merchants will take their sweet time converting.

But MasterCard and VISA are going one better - they're pushing liability onto the merchants now. So it may happen sooner than later that the upgrades take place.

4 days ago

Once Vehicles Are Connected To the Internet of Things, Who Guards Your Privacy?

kilodelta What scares me much more (130 comments)

Is that they also want the cars to be able to communicate with each other. And how much do you want to bet that these communication systems will be tied into the non-secured CAN bus on the car? Yeah - one scenario I can imagine is your car going rogue and telling all other cars to pull aside. That would be fun on the highway.

4 days ago

Next Android To Enable Local Encryption By Default Too, Says Google

kilodelta I've got (126 comments)

An Android 4.1.2 that allows me to encrypt the entire storage on the phone. So it's nothing new.

4 days ago

Ask Slashdot: How To Pick Up Astronomy and Physics As an Adult?

kilodelta I'm older but in the same boat (234 comments)

I've always had a fascination with bio-chem. Got my InfoSci degree but toying with going back on a chem track.

5 days ago

Airbnb To Start Collecting Hotel Tax On Rentals In San Francisco

kilodelta The government will always (71 comments)

Get it's pound of flesh. Here in RI they charge an extra 1% on prepared meals. One of these days I can see Chinese food places and pizza parlors just delivering raw ingredients to the customer.

Better yet - overnight parking permits are $100 per year. Except where I live it's so fucking dense the house across from me has THREE cars parked on my side of the street. Good thing I don't have a car. And when I do finally give in and buy a car again I'll just make my own permit. Not many security features built in and I doubt the cops checking overnight are gonna call the code in.

5 days ago

Scientists Twist Radio Beams To Send Data At 32 Gigabits Per Second

kilodelta I wonder if (122 comments)

This is like QAM? I recall back in the late 1980's some AM broadcasters had played around with Quadrature Amplitude Modulation. In essence twisting the phase of the carrier around to get channeling, etc.

5 days ago

Logitech Aims To Control the Smart Home

kilodelta Re:One ring to rule them all? (115 comments)

I think you miss the point. Incumbent utility providers would love to jack up your heat or AC setting to increase their revenue.

about a week ago

Scotland's Independence Vote Could Shake Up Industry

kilodelta Re:at least the nuclear weapons will be gone (491 comments)

Indeed - the U.S. Navy still has a pretty big presence in Scotland. It's how I ended up with a half brother there.

about a week ago

The FCC Net Neutrality Comment Deadline Has Arrived: What Now?

kilodelta Re:Now they Ignore It (131 comments)

I don't so much think they don't care but that corporate interests in Congress have threatened to cut their funding if they move ISP's into common carrier status.

about a week ago

Google's Android One Initiative Launches In India With Three $100 Phones

kilodelta Interestingly (50 comments)

The phone I carry is running Android Jelly Bean. Retailed for $49.

about a week ago

If We Can't Kill Cancer, Can We Control It?

kilodelta Another avenue (140 comments)

Is telomerase antagonists. The key to all cancers is that the cells use a substance called telomerase to rebuild the telomeres each time the cell divides. In essence it makes the cells immortal. But block telomerase and the cell just undergoes apoptosis after so many divisions.

about a week ago

L.A. TV Stations Free Up Some Spectrum For Wireless Broadband

kilodelta Re:They also use considerably higher frequencies. (80 comments)

Well of course and let me tell you that both VHF and UHF suffer the line of sight problem.

But you're right - I've pulled in 20 or 30 stations with a piece of 8 to 10 foot long wire from my first floor place. Just insert it into the center pin where the cable F connector would normally go.

And those of us in Urban environments tend to get better service that way anyhow.

about two weeks ago

Direct Sales OK Baked Into Nevada's $1.3 Billion Incentive Deal With Tesla

kilodelta Re:Why is this legal in the U.S.? (149 comments)

Due to some verbiage placed into a Supreme Court ruling in the 19th century, corporations suddenly had the same rights as we flesh and blood entities.

The case in question is Southern Pacific Railroad vs. Santa Clara County in 1886. The head reporter for the court inserted language into the judgement that asserted corporations had the same rights as people.

That court reporter was one Bancroft Davis - may he be rotting in hell!

about two weeks ago

Microsoft Killing Off Windows Phone Brand Name In Favor of Just Windows

kilodelta Re:KIlling off the Microsoft Store Name Too (352 comments)

In the United States it runs about 50% Android, 49% IOS and about 1% Windows Phone.

But if you look at worldwide statistics - Android accounts for over 80%.

And here's something I've noted about the average smart phone user. They have absolutely ZERO clue about some of the more fun things you can do with the phone. Like hosing all the google and Facebook apps from the phone. Or using it as a 4G wireless hotspot. And in many instances browsing the web or installing an alternative web browser (I use Chrome on my Android phone).

In essence P.T. Barnum was right, there's one born every minute.

about two weeks ago

Microsoft Killing Off Windows Phone Brand Name In Favor of Just Windows

kilodelta I think it's because (352 comments)

The Microsoft brand name is heavily tarnished. That's why they are dropping it to just be the Windows phone otherwise known as a bloated piece of shit.

about two weeks ago


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