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So Long, CmdrTaco, and Thanks For All The Posts

ookabooka Is my UID low enough? (238 comments)

I don't know if my UID is low or not, but I've been an avid visitor for years. Slashdot isn't perfect, but to me there is no better place to stimulate the mind. Sifting out the pseudoscience and understanding the political issues of "news" such as good ol' Roland's blog has enhanced my ability to think for myself. That is the most important thing Slashdot gives me: education,enlightenment, and the ability to take everything with a grain of salt.

more than 3 years ago

Sorting Algorithms — Boring Until You Add Sound

ookabooka What about Random Sort (118 comments)

What about random sort, where you swap 2 random values and test to see if it is sorted. I assume it would sound like static, probably white noise (as opposed to pink noise).

more than 4 years ago

Man Threatened Spam Attack In $200,000 Extortion Plot

ookabooka Re:Target selection FAIL (77 comments)

According to the article at the register. He included his email addres and phone while talking about how evil and vindictive he is. He either didn't have the capacity to make rational decisions or never intended to succeed. Since he was also already in debt 1.2 mil and made his demand precisely 4x his life insurance premium that he was unhappy with I'm thinking it was a little of both.

more than 4 years ago

Man Threatened Spam Attack In $200,000 Extortion Plot

ookabooka So I RTFA (77 comments)

Ok, So I got a funny mod above, then I read the article. This guy is $1.2 mil in debt and was provoked by 'becoming "dissatisfied" with the performance of his own universal life insurance policy.' That's sad. But wait, theres more:

""By the way," he added. "Yes, I am crazy. Yes, I am vindictive. Yes, I am extremely upset."

And to prove he wasn't joking, he allegedly included his personal phone number and email address. "

This man is obviously stressed out and possibly mentally ill. Still think he should go to jail though.

more than 4 years ago

Man Threatened Spam Attack In $200,000 Extortion Plot

ookabooka Hire him. (77 comments)

If I were the company, I would have hired him for PR and marketing department.

more than 4 years ago

Lessons of a $618,616 Death

ookabooka Re:Happiness (651 comments)

What if someone is bipolar and terminally ill?

more than 4 years ago

Australian Judge Rules Facts Cannot Be Copyrighted

ookabooka Re:Settled law in the United States (234 comments)

Which begs the question: Why hasn't the US gov trademarked the Washington Monument?

Did I use "begs the question" appropriately here?

more than 4 years ago

By Latest Count, 95% of Email Is Spam

ookabooka Re:Micropayments again (198 comments)

Your post advocates a
( x) technical ( ) legislative ( ) market-based ( ) vigilante

approach to fighting spam. Your idea will not work. Here is why it won’t work. (One or more of the following may apply to your particular idea, and it may have other flaws which used to vary from state to state before a bad federal law was passed.)

( ) Spammers can easily use it to harvest email addresses
( x) Mailing lists and other legitimate email uses would be affected
( ) No one will be able to find the guy or collect the money
( ) It is defenseless against brute force attacks
( ) It will stop spam for two weeks and then we’ll be stuck with it
(x ) Users of email will not put up with it
( ) Microsoft will not put up with it
( ) The police will not put up with it
( ) Requires too much cooperation from spammers
(x ) Requires immediate total cooperation from everybody at once
( ) Many email users cannot afford to lose business or alienate potential employers
( ) Spammers don’t care about invalid addresses in their lists
( ) Anyone could anonymously destroy anyone else’s career or business

Specifically, your plan fails to account for

( ) Laws expressly prohibiting it
( x) Lack of centrally controlling authority for email
( ) Open relays in foreign countries
( ) Ease of searching tiny alphanumeric address space of all email addresses
( ) Asshats
( x) Jurisdictional problems
( ) Unpopularity of weird new taxes
( ) Public reluctance to accept weird new forms of money
( x) Huge existing software investment in SMTP
( ) Susceptibility of protocols other than SMTP to attack
( ) Willingness of users to install OS patches received by email
( ) Armies of worm riddled broadband-connected Windows boxes
( ) Eternal arms race involved in all filtering approaches
( x) Extreme profitability of spam
( ) Joe jobs and/or identity theft
( ) Technically illiterate politicians
( x) Extreme stupidity on the part of people who do business with spammers
( x) Dishonesty on the part of spammers themselves
( ) Bandwidth costs that are unaffected by client filtering
( ) Outlook

and the following philosophical objections may also apply:

( x) Ideas similar to yours are easy to come up with, yet none have ever been shown practical
( ) Any scheme based on opt-out is unacceptable
( ) SMTP headers should not be the subject of legislation
( x) Blacklists suck
( ) Whitelists suck
( ) We should be able to talk about Viagra without being censored
( ) Countermeasures should not involve wire fraud or credit card fraud
( ) Countermeasures should not involve sabotage of public networks
( x) Countermeasures must work if phased in gradually
( ) Sending email should be free
( ) Why should we have to trust you and your servers?
( ) Incompatiblity with open source or open source licenses
( ) Feel-good measures do nothing to solve the problem
( ) Temporary/one-time email addresses are cumbersome
( ) I don’t want the government reading my email
( ) Killing them that way is not slow and painful enough

Furthermore, this is what I think about you:

(x ) Sorry dude, but I don’t think it would work.
( ) This is a stupid idea, and you’re a stupid person for suggesting it.
( ) Nice try, assh0le! I’m going to find out where you live and burn your house down!

more than 4 years ago

Options Dwindling For Mars Spirit Rover

ookabooka Re:Time to say good night. (120 comments)

Mars rover has been stuck for almost a year now I happen to agree with you though, If it does get freed it should be able to produce a LOT more scientific data.

more than 4 years ago

Prions Evolve Despite Having No DNA

ookabooka Re:I'm skeptical (214 comments)

Could you please explain the differences between evolution and chemical computation? You said that you understand the concept of prions replicating and some versions outperforming others; isn't that the very definition of natural selection? Whats missing? Just DNA?

more than 4 years ago

Murderer With "Aggression Genes" Gets Reduced Sentence

ookabooka Re:Ah... do you smell that? (507 comments)

Even for the mentally ill? One could argue that his brain simply works differently than yours or mine. I'm not saying I agree with the decision, I'm just curious where the line should be drawn.

about 5 years ago

Microsoft Releases Prototype of Research OS "Barrelfish"

ookabooka Re:Ahhh (366 comments)

I don't think it's over. The summary is talking about red light cameras in California, and all the comments are about Microsoft.

Well, if anyone has some modponits they dont want, have at it with "Offtopic".

more than 5 years ago

Chevy Volt Rated At 230 mpg In the City

ookabooka Re:Heat & A/C (1006 comments)

Are you sure? I drove a Prius last week, and I didn't notice that. I did notice that when I had the A/C on my MPG was much lower (e.g. 28MPG instead of 50MPG), and that the engine stayed on more often, but I never saw the A/C automaticallly shut itself off. That would be a strange thing for it to do, since it would be contradicting the user's wishes.

Yeah, they all run by the battery pack. From the wikipedia article:

The gasoline engine normally shuts off during traffic stops and the accessories (including the air conditioning) are powered by the battery pack.

more than 5 years ago

Chevy Volt Rated At 230 mpg In the City

ookabooka Re:Vaporware (1006 comments)

FYI - the volt will be operating the batteries around 30 to 85 % SOC (State of Charge). Basically rechargeable batteries die faster if you charge them up to the brim and deplete them all the way. The volt could probably run closer to 60 miles on battery if you didn't mind the battery losing a big chunk of it's storage capacity in a year.

more than 5 years ago

Chevy Volt Rated At 230 mpg In the City

ookabooka Re:Vaporware (1006 comments)

Isn't that assuming you are running at full throttle the entire trip? Think of how far you have the pedal down during your trip, probably closer to 20% average power which would raise the heater to ~6%. Then again the heating element may not need to be energized the entire duration either. In any case I would herustically guess that peripherals would run around 10%; an acceptable loss IMO.

more than 5 years ago

"Cash For Clunkers" Program Runs Out of Gas

ookabooka Re:Clunkers is a clunker (594 comments)

Yes, it is, but it is a little more complex than that. . .what if those windows you had were really inefficient? You didn't destroy windows and replace them to keep glassmakers busy. You removed old energy inefficient windows, and replaced them with brand new efficient windows that were stockpiled. The US benefits because it is essentially an investment to reduce energy usage, oil dependence, yada yada. We wreck old houses to build new skyscrapers all the time, this is just on a much smaller scale.

more than 5 years ago

"Cash For Clunkers" Program Runs Out of Gas

ookabooka Re:Clunkers is a clunker (594 comments)

It is my understanding that the point of the program is to essentially encourage people to replace their gas-guzzlers with new cars that are more efficient. Since a new car would lose around this value as soon as it goes off the lot, I see it as making people who want to buy a used high millage vehicle now able to purchase a brand new car. My friend actually falls precisely into this category. He always buys used but this time he is going to buy new if he can get the program. Think of it as the government taking cars in new (fuel efficient) cars, reducing the price, and moving them to used car lots.

more than 5 years ago



ookabooka ookabooka writes  |  more than 7 years ago

ookabooka (731013) writes ""Lamps the diameter of a human hair, made with foil and tiny plasma arrays, are being developed for use in residential and commercial lighting and some biomedical applications.
'Built of aluminum foil, sapphire and small amounts of gas, the panels are less than 1 millimeter thick, and can hang on a wall like picture frames,' said Gary Eden, a professor of electrical and computer engineering at the University of Illinois, and corresponding author of a paper describing the microcavity plasma lamps."

Article goes on to explain that the efficiency is higher than incandescents (10-17 lpW) at 15 lpw, and are expected to reach about 30 lpw. Conventional fluorescent lighting ranges from 50-100 lpW. Still the dimensions ("the diameter of a human hair") allow the device to replace cold cathodes in LCDs or any number of interesting applications."

Link to Original Source

ookabooka ookabooka writes  |  more than 7 years ago

ookabooka (731013) writes "Yahoo has a story about seven possible caves that could harbor life. These caves would offer protection from solar radiation, dust storms, and other elements of the harsh surface environment. They could also be used for future manned missions as a place to "set up camp"."


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