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Clam That Was Killed Determining Its Age Was Over 100 Years Older Than Estimated

mmontour Poor Ming :( (366 comments)

That was a merciless thing to do to a clam.

about 5 months ago
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North Korea Developing Electromagnetic Pulse Weapons

mmontour Let's not forget... (191 comments)

Let's also not forget that North Korea successfully launched a satellite into a stable polar orbit (higher than the ISS). That first payload was a bit of a dud, but they have a proven ability to send a package over any part of the Earth's surface.

about 5 months ago
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The Legal Purgatory at the US Border: Detained, Searched, and Interrogated

mmontour Re:Build a wall (555 comments)

Just a reminder that the terrorist pilots entered the US through Canada.

Nope.

about 8 months ago
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Former Lockheed Skunkworks Engineer Auctioning a Prototype "Spy Rock"

mmontour Tigers? (119 comments)

Does the rock also keep tigers away? Because if so, SOLD!

about 8 months ago
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Colorado Company Says It Plans To Test Hyperloop Transport System

mmontour Or this? (258 comments)

The words 'Elon Musk' and 'Loop' make me think of the Lofstrom variety, not underground tunnels.

about 9 months ago
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Solar-Powered Boat Carries 8.5 Tons of Lithium-Ion Batteries

mmontour Re:This is stupid (164 comments)

Ferdinant Magellan did it in 1520.

No, Magellan only made it as far as the Philippines and then he was killed. It was Juan Sebastian Elcano who completed the voyage.

about 10 months ago
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California Sends a Cease and Desist Order To the Bitcoin Foundation

mmontour Canada (396 comments)

Last I heard, Canada was still OK with it as long as you pay taxes on any applicable transactions. I don't know how long it will last.

about 10 months ago
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CES: Tiny Fuel Cell is Supposed to Charge a Cell Phone for Two Weeks (Video)

mmontour Re:Butane (204 comments)

In this case, the fuel cell is powered by butane. Butane is not readily available, in pure form, in large, easily transferable quantities all over the world. Gasoline, however, is.

Automotive propane is also widely available, and should be equivalent to butane as far as a fuel cell is concerned.

about a year ago
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Google Declares War On the Password

mmontour Wrong part number (480 comments)

Some other iButton products are still available, but the Java cryptographic ones I'm talking about (e.g. DS1957) were discontinued.

about a year ago
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Google Declares War On the Password

mmontour 1998 called... (480 comments)

Dallas Semiconductor once had a product called the "Crypto iButton", a small Java CPU + a hardware RSA engine and tamper-resistant memory. With appropriate plugins you could set it up as a security device in your browser and then authenticate remotely using SSL client certificates (with the private key never leaving the iButton).

http://people.cs.uchicago.edu/~dinoj/smartcard/javaring.html

about a year ago
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Developer Gets OpenSUSE Running On $249 Google Chromebook

mmontour Re:Why not Debian? (81 comments)

Maybe he just prefers SuSE?

Several years ago, I ported SuSE onto my PowerPC iBook G3 because I liked it and it was the distro I ran on my main desktop machine.

("porting" in this case mostly meant bootstrapping a build environment and working around a few bugs. The source RPMs already had PPC build targets.)

about a year and a half ago
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DVDs, Blu-Rays To Show 20-Second Unskippable Govt. Warnings

mmontour Re:Twenty Seconds? (587 comments)

Last time I checked, my DVD player did not take 45 seconds to boot up, its instantaneous: just like a TV or VCR

DVD, sure. Try a recent Blu-Ray player.

about 2 years ago
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Notch Wants To Make a Firefly-Inspired Sandbox Space Game

mmontour Re:The 6502 is key (227 comments)

Not directly related to your post, but take a look at http://nassp.sourceforge.net/ . It's an add-on to the "Orbiter" spaceflight simulator with models of the Apollo spacecraft, including an emulated guidance computer that runs actual AGC code.

about 2 years ago
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Record-Setting 100+ T Magnetic Field Achieved At Los Alamos

mmontour Re:I thought I felt (166 comments)

Many years ago I had a summer job at the TRIUMF cyclotron. When you stood above the main magnet (on top of a thick layer of concrete shielding blocks) the field was strong enough that you could hold one coin vertically and stick another one onto its bottom edge.

The stray field was too weak to affect credit cards or hard drives, but it did do interesting things to the CRT monitors in nearby offices.

about 2 years ago
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Garden Gnome Tests Earth's Gravity

mmontour Re:.6 percent (144 comments)

And just how, pray tell, do you think they measure the mass of the bars Mr. Nitpicker? Some elaborate physics experiment?

Using either a beam balance, or a force-measuring scale that's locally calibrated with a known reference mass.

about 2 years ago
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Garden Gnome Tests Earth's Gravity

mmontour Wrong units (144 comments)

It's sometimes an acceptable shorthand to express a weight in grams, but not when that's the whole point of the story. The _mass_ in grams is (hopefully) not changing. The _weight_ in newtons (or any other dimensionally-correct unit you prefer) is what's changing.

If you're using a device that measures weight and reports it in grams, then you need to re-calibrate it against a known reference mass at each new location.

p.s. don't forget about buoyancy. Accurate measurements need to be done in a vacuum chamber.

about 2 years ago
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Checking the Positional Invariance of Planck's Consant Using GPS

mmontour Re:some subject (41 comments)

Nothing reads like time cube. Nothing. :)
First off, your brain starts to bleed just from the background image

The funniest thing for me is that when you finally scroll down to the bottom of that wall of crazy-text, there's a "next page" link.

more than 2 years ago

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