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Berkeley Lab Builds World Record Tabletop-Size Particle Accelerator

mark_reh I want to hear more about (90 comments)

the "smallest miscalculation could lead to disaster". What sort of disaster are we talking about here? Will it tear a hole in the space time continuum and result in an ever expanding vacuum bubble that will engulf the known universe?

about two weeks ago
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The Cashless Society? It's Already Coming

mark_reh Um, yeah, sure, you betcha! (375 comments)

Until they can incorporate my driver's license, ADA card, Chicago symphony card, corner bakery free cup o joe card, BLS/CPR card, medical insurance, Saks Off Fith More card, Sam's club card, medical flex account spending card, Bartolotta Rewards card, PADI certification card, DEA registration card, dental license, erewhon explorer card, optical insurance card, credit, debit, and ATM cards, and every other goddammed stupid card that someone forces or wants me to carry around now and in the future because they are too goddammed stupid to put all this crap onto a single memory chipped card, a payment system on a phone is just one more silly thing to have to deal with.

about two weeks ago
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Consortium Roadmap Shows 100TB Hard Drives Possible By 2025

mark_reh So much storage for what purpose? (215 comments)

We'll all be able to store all our "home movies" and photos on one drive!

about three weeks ago
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US Marshals Auctioning $20M Worth of Silk Road's Bitcoins

mark_reh So the US Marshalls are going to give the (119 comments)

drug dealers, assassins, money launderers, and other shady types who use Bitcoin a chance to buy back the bitcoins they used on Silk Road at a discount!

about 1 month ago
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HYREL 3-D Printers Were Developed by 3-D Printer Users (Video)

mark_reh There's reliability and then there's reliability. (55 comments)

It seems their idea of reliability is mainly based on the lifetime of the machine, which I get, but the real reliability problem with FDM printers isn't machine longevity, but the ability to start a print and know it will finish. My machine is built using 8020 frame- no laser cut plywood, and no 3D printed parts in the structure of the machine. I have been working to eliminate reliability problems from the beginning because I want to print full size human skulls from CT scans. Such prints take anywhere from 24-48 hours. The extruder has been the #1 reliability problem- it usually has some problem about 15 hours or so into the print. I've also had some problems with filament tangling on the spool. Slicing software has problems that occur with some STL files and not others.

CAN buses are nice, but I'm not sure that does much unless youre setting up a shop with 20 machines on a network. Show me an extruder than can run without fail for 48 hours at a time and I'll throw some money at it.

about a month ago
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Police Body Cam Privacy Exploitation

mark_reh It's the next step in the (301 comments)

devolution of American Culture. We had "Cops" on TV, but that was edited and sanitized. Now we go straight to the video. Next it will go to a "Max Headroom" style live feed direct from the cops camera to your TV.
Wonderful. That's show biz!

about a month ago
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The Largest Kuiper Belt Object Isn't Pluto Or Eris, But Triton

mark_reh Reminds me of... (61 comments)

Lime and limpid green, a second scene
A fight between the blue you once knew.
Floating down, the sound resounds
Around the icy waters underground.
Jupiter and Saturn, Oberon, Miranda
And Titania, Neptune, Titan.
Stars can frighten.

Blinding signs flap,
Flicker, flicker, flicker blam. Pow, pow.
Stairway scare Dan Dare who's there?
Lime and limpid green
The sounds surrounds the icy waters underground
Lime and limpid green
The sounds surrounds the icy waters underground.

about a month ago
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Florida-Based Magic Leap Builds Its Team With Bay Area Hires

mark_reh I moved from bay area to Dallas about 15 years ago (161 comments)

And even then, the money I no longer paid to California in income tax more than paid the mortgage on a 3000 sq ft house I had built.

Yeah I had to give up some stuff - never ending traffic jams, earthquakes, brush fires, wine snobs, ethnic variety of restaurants, shitty service everywhere, shitty public schools, milder weather, nice views from places I could never afford to live, but I managed to survive.

California is a great place if you are rich enough to be able to afford to live there without working. For everyone else it is hell on earth.

Florida? Hmmm. I lived there once. Not too sure about the politics- the frightened old people population ensures that it will remain hard core republican for at least another generation. Dallas wasn't much different- there it was frightened stupid people who kept the politics "amusing". The weather can be rough for some, but if you like water sports Florida has nice, warm seas.

Yeah, I think I'd take Florida over California.

about a month ago
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Dealer-Installed GPS Tracker Leads To Kidnapper's Arrest in Maryland

mark_reh Re:Typical!! (271 comments)

A car's radio antenna doesn't work at GPS frequencies. That's why cars with GPS always have a separate antenna for it.

about a month ago
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Mathematical Proof That the Universe Could Come From Nothing

mark_reh Re:Nothing? (429 comments)

One through nine, no maybes, no supposes, no fractions. You can't travel in space, you can't go out into space, you know, without, like, you know, uh, with fractions - what are you going to land on - one-quarter, three-eighths? What are you going to do when you go from here to Venus or something?

about a month ago
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Mathematical Proof That the Universe Could Come From Nothing

mark_reh Re:Nothing? (429 comments)

Yeah, we already know everything worth knowing.
There's no point in studying anything any more.
Everything useful has already been invented.

Yeah aerogel baby! The answer to all our problems both personal and scientific!

about a month and a half ago
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Marijuana Legalized In Oregon, Alaska, and Washington DC

mark_reh Re:tuBgi8l (588 comments)

I think it's like the old numbers stations on short wave radio. They're sending coded messages to someone.

Or they want us to think so so that we'll waste money trying to trace them and decode them.

about a month and a half ago
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Online Payment Firm Stripe Boots 3D Gun Designer Cody Wilson's Companies

mark_reh So Cody Wilson gets more free press. (353 comments)

That guy can't lose. No matter what he says or does he comes away with more free advertising/press.
For his next innovation, a 3D printed drone that fires a 3D printed gun...

about a month and a half ago
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Silicon Valley Swings To Republicans

mark_reh All I can say is (485 comments)

"if you lie down with dogs, you get up with fleas".

Good luck to them. They deserve whatever comes of this now and in the future.

about a month and a half ago

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Linux replacement for Playon Media server

mark_reh mark_reh writes  |  more than 2 years ago

mark_reh (2015546) writes "I am tired of dealing with Windows and want to go 100% linux. There is one app that I have yet to find a linux replacement for- Playon media server. Is there a roughly equivalent Linux program that makes streaming web content as easily accessible from the TV?

PS3 media server is nice for streaming from my HDD but doesn't have the easy web content accessibility that Playon has."

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Ask Slashdot: moving out but need to keep up with

mark_reh mark_reh writes  |  more than 3 years ago

mark_reh writes "I am forced to move to another state where I can work. My wife and son will be staying put. I need to go over my son's homework with him every night. Is there a decent tool that allows collaborative screen sharing accompanied by voice/video? His computer will be running Win 7 and mine will be on whatever is required, preferably linux."
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How are photos controlled on the internet?

mark_reh mark_reh writes  |  more than 3 years ago

mark_reh (2015546) writes "When you search for images via Google Images you see a bunch of pictures, but how is the availability of images controlled? For example, where are all the swimsuit pics of Sarah Palin when she was in beauty contests? How does the Palin organization or any other celebrity, or anyone else for that matter, manage to control availability of images on the web? If such control is possible, how do sex videos of celebrities manage to fall outside that control, or do they?"

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For the love of God, will someone tell me why

mark_reh mark_reh writes  |  more than 3 years ago

men who drive pickup trucks insist on backing them into parking spaces? What is the point?
The bigger the pickup, the more likely it will be backed into a parking space.
If it has a trailer hitch, it will be backed up so the hitch hangs over a sidewalk, just waiting to knee-cap someone walking by.

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