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How Many People Does It Take To Colonize Another Star System?

linear a 30 generations in 300 years (392 comments)

30 generations in 300 years? They need to provide more entertainment on the ship...

about three weeks ago
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How Many People Does It Take To Colonize Another Star System?

linear a Re:My science book says 8 people (392 comments)

You need 450x60x40 cubits in this case. You need to bring the fish along too.

about three weeks ago
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St. Patrick's Day, March Madness, and Steve Jobs' Liver

linear a Irony? (129 comments)

Wouldn't you expect St. Patrick's day to *reduce* the overall number of livers available.

about a month ago
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Mt. Gox Knew It Was Selling Phantom Bitcoin 2 Weeks Before Collapse

linear a Re:Bitcoin (263 comments)

Mod up plz

about a month ago
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Are Bankers Paid Too Much? Are Technology CEOs?

linear a Re:Creation versus leeching (712 comments)

Millions and millions of tech support jobs created! Bonus, psychological counseling and suicide hotline job opening are up too!

about 2 months ago
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Are Bankers Paid Too Much? Are Technology CEOs?

linear a Creation versus leeching (712 comments)

Because the finance system has grown into a gigantic leech that pulls resources from the rest of the economy? The capital creation and management part seems to have become rather a sideshow for Wall Street. Because tech companies create new things that people want?

about 2 months ago
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Google Fiber Pondering 9 New Metro Areas

linear a Metro? (172 comments)

"Metro?" Ugh.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Games Are You Playing?

linear a my 3 (669 comments)

Portal, Skyrim, Civ 3

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Do You Convince an ISP To Bury Cable In Your Neighborhood?

linear a Re:Too quick to dismiss DSL? (324 comments)

DSL capability depends on distance to the nearest (hub/station/whatever). We tried that but were barely in DSL range (15,000 feet or so as the cable goes). It ran at 768 kbps max and was pretty bad. If you're closer the speeds etc gets better, if you're close enough to the closest station you can (I heard) get 25 mbps.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Do You Convince an ISP To Bury Cable In Your Neighborhood?

linear a My recent experiences in this (324 comments)

1 Consider getting enough neighbors to split the cost (depends on what the cost is of course). 2 Wait until somebody else pays to get it closer to your area. 3 Get them to give a credit (50% in my case) for future service of the money paid to bring the cable in. Have them agree that's transferable to subsequent owners if the cost is high enough to bother with. 4 Look at alternatives - satelite internet (slow and VERY laggy but otherwise usable, can't do online gaming though). - cell phone data plan (low data caps, good for gaming, drops off sometimes).

about 3 months ago
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Google Helps Celebrate 100 Years of Cr_sswo_ds

linear a "Crasswoods"? (27 comments)

"Crasswoods"? I don't get it...

about 4 months ago
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How To Avoid a Scramble For the Moon and Its Resources

linear a Re:Destabalized orbit? (365 comments)

Think of The Children!

about 4 months ago
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Lawsuits Seek To Turn Chimpanzees Into Legal Persons

linear a Re:Jerry Was A Man (641 comments)

Does the associative law therefore say chimps are corporations?

about 4 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Practical Bitrot Detection For Backups?

linear a Re:Look to the past (321 comments)

Tape MUST be sufficiently stable. Reading the reliability specs off the box in front of me and running a few calculations shows that of all the tape operations ever done (at least for my brand of tape) there should be zero or at most one (1.3% chance) tape error in the history of all tape storage by humanity.

about 4 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Practical Bitrot Detection For Backups?

linear a Re:Excellent question (321 comments)

Bitrot is a myth in modern times.

You state this without any substantiation as if it were a fact.

And I'll counter the above. The last bitrot event I had to deal with - on current server grade (Windoze, tho) hardware was waaaay back last Friday.

about 4 months ago
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EV Owner Arrested Over 5 Cents Worth of Electricity From School's Outlet

linear a Electric chair! (1010 comments)

Give him the chair!

about 5 months ago
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Why Scott Adams Wished Death On His Dad

linear a Re:Well, isn't this nice (961 comments)

Wishing mass deaths on people who don't share your views is unfortunately also just extremely common.

about 5 months ago

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Latest Windows patch may brick laptops

linear a linear a writes  |  more than 4 years ago

linear a (584575) writes "The latest (today) Microsoft patch seems to have bricked my HP Pavillion laptop running Windows XP. Nuff said."
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Nature reports Di-positronium created

linear a linear a writes  |  more than 6 years ago

linear a (584575) writes "Di-positronium has apparently been created for the first time according to the journal Nature — http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/6991030.stm. Positrons and electrons can pair up and form "condensed" molecules of multiple pairs. It lasted for about 1/4 nanosecond, not quite the stuff of antimatter engines just yet.

My favorite part is the potential to build "gamma-ray annihilation lasers". Hope my side gets that one built first."
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Unencrypted passwords at "secure" sites

linear a linear a writes  |  more than 6 years ago

linear a (584575) writes "I've noticed that quite a few web sites do *not* encrypt user passwords. I've gotten into the habit of hitting the "email me my password" from them to see what happens. So far I've found maybe 6 that must store passwords in clear since they were able to return the original password back to me. Clearly this is Bad Security Practice. Also, I've had notably bad progress when I ask them to fix this practice. Some of these are sites one would clearly expect to have better security (e.g., a software vendor and an online bank). Do you have thoughts on how to better encourage better password practice at these places? Also, is this is really as common as it seems to be for me?"

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