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Will Fiber-To-the-Home Create a New Digital Divide?

olsmeister Re:DOCSYS? (289 comments)

Keep in mind that is shared bandwidth. However many cable MSO's are giving serious consideration to fiber to the home. I would expect you to see more and more of it in the US, however it will probably be in more upscale areas. Business class data is also a big driver.

2 days ago
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Battery Breakthrough: Researchers Claim 70% Charge In 2 Minutes, 20-Year Life

olsmeister Re:No mention on capacity though (395 comments)

It's still a lithium ion battery, they've just changed the material being used for the anode.

about two weeks ago
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Z Machine Makes Progress Toward Nuclear Fusion

olsmeister Re:I just hope (151 comments)

Yeah. You should tell them only to experiment with small amounts of hydrogen. What a boneheaded oversight! They almost killed us!

about two weeks ago
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Where Intel Processors Fail At Math (Again)

olsmeister My workaround (239 comments)

Just use SQRT(1-FCOS^2)

about two weeks ago
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Indonesian Cave Art May Be World's Oldest

olsmeister Re:Aew we sure (77 comments)

Yeah, you're thinking of Homo Floresiensis. They've probably ruled them out here because of the lack of hobbit-holes.

about two weeks ago
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When Everything Works Like Your Cell Phone

olsmeister Re:Programmed obsolescence? (175 comments)

It's not as cut and dried as you make it sound. But this may be a step in the right direction. I suspect it will be lobbied into oblivion, though.

about a month ago
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Airbnb To Start Collecting Hotel Tax On Rentals In San Francisco

olsmeister Re:Uber announces UberRV (71 comments)

Because I don't want to wake up in a bathtub full of icewater missing a kidney?

about a month ago
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eBay Redirect Attack Puts Buyers' Credentials At Risk

olsmeister NoScript (37 comments)

NoScript can help prevent XSS attacks. Use it.

about a month ago
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New Data Center Protects Against Solar Storm and Nuclear EMPs

olsmeister Re:Solar storm EMP vs nuclear weapons (59 comments)

A nuclear produced EMP would likely be from a detonation high in the atmosphere that would do little or no damage on the ground. A bunker would not be needed for such a scenario.

about a month ago
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Oculus Rift CEO Says Classrooms of the Future Will Be In VR Goggles

olsmeister Not likely. (182 comments)

I know a CEO has to say crap like that, but it's just so ... over the top. I know classrooms are the holy grail for corporations, because it's all about the kids after all and money should be no object to a quality education, but damn. I'm surprised he didn't launch into how VR technology could drastically reduce the spread of the severe respiratory disease that is currently sweeping through schools in some parts of the country. Why is this on /.? He needs to stick to where they will probably really hit the jackpot, porn.

about a month ago
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Treasure Map: NSA, GCHQ Work On Real-Time "Google Earth" Internet Observation

olsmeister Re:So they'll suffer from TMI (267 comments)

THIS! I love this idea!
Your friend,
Verizon

about a month ago
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Technological Solution For Texting While Driving Struggles For Traction

olsmeister Re:A solution in search of a problem... (326 comments)

If you want to give it some teeth, and get some free publicity, in addition to the fine add automatic confiscation of the phone and watch the world explode.

about a month and a half ago
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The MOOC Revolution That Wasn't

olsmeister Good intentions vs free time (182 comments)

I have signed up for 3 of these from Coursera. I've completed two and dumped one. They do involve a fair amount to time to get through, depending on how familiar you are with the subject matter to start with. I'm guessing most of the people who do this are people who sometimes think about going back to college but aren't quite willing to dump an existing career that pays the bills but perhaps leaves them not completely satisfied. I guess the question I would have is how important is it to these places that people finish their courses? Given that the price right now is $0, maybe they could charge a nominal free (like $20) to sign up, refundable if the course is completed.

about a month and a half ago
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Amazon Is Killing Off Its Free P2P Money-Transfer Service WebPay On October 13

olsmeister Re:And.... (34 comments)

Maybe that's why they're shutting it down. Nothing is really free, someone has to pay for your free miles or cashback, and in this case it would be Amazon through merchant fees to the credit card companies. If enough people did this, they'd be losing money more quickly than they could make it.

about a month and a half ago
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SanDisk Releases 512GB SD Card

olsmeister Re:Fahrenheit? WTHolyF? (210 comments)

Well 1,099,511,627,766 bytes / 1,073,741,824 bytes = 1024.

about a month and a half ago
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Liquid Sponges Extract Hydrogen From Water

olsmeister Re:No, not really (113 comments)

These are engineering challenges. We know how to attack them. TFA is about a scientific discovery.

about a month and a half ago
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L.A. TV Stations Free Up Some Spectrum For Wireless Broadband

olsmeister Re:Of course they don't need the full spectrum (80 comments)

They dropped the transmit power when they switched to digital. Theoretically, this was OK because digital receivers can obtain a usable signal from a much lower input power. However in reality, the effective footprint of OTA channels was definitely reduced. During the transition the maximum output power was reduced from 100kW to 45kW, even though digital transmission is only 30% more efficient.

about a month and a half ago
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Massive Study Searching For Genes Behind Intelligence Finds Little

olsmeister In a related story, (269 comments)

the researchers were coincidentally all missing a particular gene and none of them could figure out what its purpose was.

about a month and a half ago
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Hackers Behind Biggest-Ever Password Theft Begin Attacks

olsmeister Re:Two-Factor Authentication (107 comments)

Google also has two step verification, where a code will be sent to your phone via SMS that you need to enter in order to log in to your Gmail account. A little more hassle, a lot more security.

about 2 months ago

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Samsung Galaxy S4 Security Vulnurability

olsmeister olsmeister writes  |  about 10 months ago

olsmeister (1488789) writes "The Samsung KNOX enterprise security system (presumably a play on Ft Knox, the location of the United States Bullion Depository) contains a security vulnurability that could put both personal and business data at risk. This is according to a discovery by a Ph.D. student at the Ben Gurion University of the Negev in Israel. This is the security system used in Samsung's flagship Galaxy S4 phone, which Samsung hopes will allow it to compete with BlackBerry in government and enterprise applications. The flaw could allow attackers to access secure data, as well as load malicious applications."
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New All-Solid Battery Outperforms Lithium Ion

olsmeister olsmeister writes  |  about a year ago

olsmeister (1488789) writes "The new all-solid battery design uses solid sulfur and lithium, and outperforms existing lithium-ion batteries with four times the energy density. The battery can maintain a capacity of 1200 milliampere-hours per gram after 300 charge-discharge cycles. More work needs to be done, but one would think this new technology could have applications in renewable energy storage, electric cars, and consumer electronics."
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Low Levels Of Toxic Gas Found To Encourage Plant Growth

olsmeister olsmeister writes  |  about a year and a half ago

olsmeister (1488789) writes "Hydrogen Sulfide is a toxic, flammable, foul-smelling gas that some theorize may have been at least partially responsible for some of Earth's mass extinctions, including the Permian-Triassic event, which killed well over half of the species on the planet. Now, thanks to a fortuitous accident, doctoral student at the University of Washington seems to have discovered that very low doses of the gas seems to greatly enhance plant growth, causing plants to germinate more quickly and grow larger. The finding could have far reaching implications for both food and biofuel production."
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Is the Universe a Simulation?

olsmeister olsmeister writes  |  about 2 years ago

olsmeister (1488789) writes "Ever wonder if the universe is really a simulation? Well, physicists do too. Recently, a group of physicists have devised a way that could conceivably prove one way or the other whether that is the case. There is a paper describing their work on arXiv. Some other physicists propose that the universe is actually a giant hologram with all the action actually occurring on a two-dimensional boundary region."
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Alaskan Village Orange Goo was Fungal Spores

olsmeister olsmeister writes  |  more than 3 years ago

olsmeister (1488789) writes "In a follow up to a report that was mentioned on Slashdot a week ago, the NOAA has determined that the orange 'goo' that washed up on the beaches on the remote Alaska village of Kivalina was not eggs of crustaceans, but rather spores from a fungus that creates rust on plants. It is not known whether the fungus is harmful to humans or not."
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Webb Telescope In Crosshairs Of Budget Cutters

olsmeister olsmeister writes  |  more than 3 years ago

olsmeister (1488789) writes "With cutting the Federal budget high on the list of priorities for most politicians, the James Webb Space Telescope has come into the crosshairs. The telescope is slated to be the successor to the very successful Hubble and will orbit the sun well away from the Earth at the L2 Lagrange point. With the telescope well over budget and behind schedule, it is being singled out as a prime example of government waste and ineptness. If you have an opinion on this, you should contact your representative and let them know your feelings on this program."
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$500,000 Worth of Bitcoins Stolen From User

olsmeister olsmeister writes  |  more than 3 years ago

olsmeister (1488789) writes "A Bitcoin user allegedly has had $500,000 worth of Bitcoins stolen from him. A hacker supposedly gained access to the user's home computer and managed to get the user's wallet.dat file, which contained the cryptographic keys that allowed him to drain the user's balance."
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Sony to Offer Free Identity Theft Monitoring

olsmeister olsmeister writes  |  more than 3 years ago

olsmeister (1488789) writes "Several weeks after having the Playstation Network hacked, and apologizing to users for the breach, Sony is offering $1 million dollars in identity theft protection for users who sign up before June 18th. The protection is being offered through Debix and is called AllClear ID Plus. This appears to be some kind of custom plan especially for Sony, as their normal offerings are called AllClear ID Free and AllClear ID Pro."
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Titan May Have Ocean

olsmeister olsmeister writes  |  more than 3 years ago

olsmeister (1488789) writes "In the seven years Cassini has spent orbiting Saturn, the spacecraft has sent back mountains of data that has changed our view of the ringed planet and its moons. Saturn's largest moon, Titan, has been a particular focus of attention because of its dense, complex atmosphere, its weather and its lakes and oceans.

Now it looks as if Titan is even stranger still. The evidence comes from careful observations of Titan's orbit and rotation. This indicates that Titan has an orbit similar to our Moon's: it always presents the same face towards Saturn and its axis of rotation tilts by about 0.3 degrees.

Together, these data allow astronomers to work out Titan's moment of inertia and this throws up something interesting. The numbers indicate that Titan's moment of inertia can only be explained if it is a solid body that is denser near the surface than it is at its centre."

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Verizon Net Neutrality Case Rejected

olsmeister olsmeister writes  |  more than 3 years ago

olsmeister (1488789) writes "In its December ruling, the FCC voted to prohibit broadband service providers from selectively blocking or slowing Web content and applications. As expected, the ruling unleashed protests from an array of big service providers.

Verizon appealed the FCC ruling on Jan. 20.

"We are deeply concerned by the FCC's assertion of broad authority for sweeping new regulation of broadband networks and the Internet itself," said Michael Glover, Verizon's senior vice president and deputy general counsel, in a statement accompanying the challenge."

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RSA Servers Hacked; SecurID May Be Compromised

olsmeister olsmeister writes  |  more than 3 years ago

olsmeister (1488789) writes "Several of RSA's servers were hacked into, resulting in the loss of data related to its SecurID products used for two-factor authentication. The Executive Chairman of RSA, Art Coviello, insists that the lost information will not enable a direct attack, but others say that there is a possibility that new tokens may need to be issued."
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Netflix to Start Creating Original Content

olsmeister olsmeister writes  |  more than 3 years ago

olsmeister (1488789) writes "Netflix may be known for offering some of our favorite TV and movie streams, but the company is about to step up its game and begin offering original content. Netflix has allegedly outbid a number of major cable networks for a new drama series produced by and starring Kevin Spacey called House of Cards, and may be about to close a deal at more than $100 million, according to a report on Deadline.com."
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Lost City of Atlantis Found?

olsmeister olsmeister writes  |  more than 3 years ago

olsmeister (1488789) writes "A U.S.-led research team claims they have discovered the remains of what might be the mythical city in a swamp in southern Spain, according to Reuters. They theorize a massive tsunami sent the city to its watery grave thousands of years ago.

The site is 60 miles inland in an area of mud flats. The distance from the coast could be evidence of the tremendous destruction tsunamis can bring.

"This is the power of tsunamis," head research Richard Freund told Reuters. "It is just so hard to understand that it can wipe out 60 miles inland, and that's pretty much what we're talking about."

The team used ground-penetrating satellite images to discover the ruins buried in the swampy earth. The marshland, known as Dona Ana Park, is where the team believes they have pinpointed the ancient city."

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NASA Scientist Claims To Discover Alien Life

olsmeister olsmeister writes  |  more than 3 years ago

olsmeister (1488789) writes "Dr. Richard Hoover of the NASA Marshall Splace Flight Center claims to have discovered fossilized life inside of carbonaceous chondrite meteorites. Many, however, dispute the idea, claiming that the meteorites in question have been on earth for too long and have been contaminated by terrestrial microbes. Dr. Hoover may be a bit biased, however, having just co-authored a book on the subject."
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Cyanobacterium Produces Diesel Directly

olsmeister olsmeister writes  |  more than 3 years ago

olsmeister (1488789) writes "A Massachusetts based company has developed a form of cyanobacteria that can take water, sunlight, and CO2, and turn it into diesel fuel. Not only that, but they claim they can do it efficiently and at $30 per barrel. They say they can be operating commercially in 2 years."
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Amazon to Compete With Netflix

olsmeister olsmeister writes  |  more than 3 years ago

olsmeister (1488789) writes "Amazon today announced that it will allow streaming of movies and TV shows to Prime customers at no additional charge, in a move aimed squarely at competing with Netflix. Amazon's selection doesn't seem to stack up that well yet, but it has a cheaper yearly price and free shipping on purchases to boot. Let the competition begin."
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