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Is Earth Weighed Down By Dark Matter?

pgpalmer Checked the Hitchhiker's Guide? (247 comments)

It already explains that this matter exists, and is even used by humans: as packing peanuts.

about 7 months ago
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Govt. Watchdog Group Finds Apple Misled Aussies On Consumer Rights

pgpalmer Re:Seems like result would be higher price (85 comments)

Considering that a major selling point for the iPad Air is that it's slightly thinner, I wouldn't put it past them to add gift-wrapping as a standard feature on their products.

about 7 months ago
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Next-Gen Windshield Wipers To Be Based On Jet Fighter "Forcefield" Tech

pgpalmer Re:Ice insects? (237 comments)

"I've only got a 12 volt battery, captain! I don't have the power!"

about 7 months ago
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Exponential Algorithm In Windows Update Slowing XP Machines

pgpalmer Re:Ah that explains it (413 comments)

Eventually it started locking up every patch Tuesday, so I just killed automatic updates..... problem solved.

Good plan. It's not like it will find any updates after EOL, anyway.

about 7 months ago
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NZ Traveler's Electronics Taken At Airport; Interest in Snowden to Blame?

pgpalmer Re:Figures (453 comments)

Out of curiosity, is it a crime to refuse to give a password, or a crime to refuse to give the correct password?

about 7 months ago
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NZ Traveler's Electronics Taken At Airport; Interest in Snowden to Blame?

pgpalmer Re:The Whole Issue (453 comments)

Not that obvious to me. I imagined that it would be quite simple to have a microcontroller that takes a reading from a GPS module, runs a small calculation on the radius around a specific coordinate, and reacts accordingly.

about 7 months ago
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NZ Traveler's Electronics Taken At Airport; Interest in Snowden to Blame?

pgpalmer Re:The Whole Issue (453 comments)

Must make moving problematic.

about 7 months ago
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NZ Traveler's Electronics Taken At Airport; Interest in Snowden to Blame?

pgpalmer Re:Highway Robbery (453 comments)

A broken clock might be missing the hour, minute, or second hand. Is it ever "right"?

Not to mention that I've yet to encounter a clock that compensates for the amount of time it takes for light to travel from the clock face to my eyes, as well as the time it takes for my brain to process that information.

about 7 months ago
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Add USB LED Notifications To Your PC With Just a Bit of Soldering (Video)

pgpalmer Classic science fiction (129 comments)

When watching science fiction made a few decades ago, one thing that bothered me was that the technology had a lot of fancy LEDs/bulbs that flashed but apparently did nothing else.

See any console on the original Star Trek, or Al's handheld during the first season of Quantum Leap.

But now it makes total sense. They were notification LEDs! Notifying about EVERYTHING!

about 8 months ago
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Thor: The Dark World — What Did You Think?

pgpalmer Re:Mjolnir... (233 comments)

Maybe Thor recalibrated it when Nick Fury sent Asgard the repair bill.

about 8 months ago
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Thor: The Dark World — What Did You Think?

pgpalmer Re:Meh (233 comments)

The minions had minions?
Sounds like a tough career ladder.

about 8 months ago
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NASA's Robonaut Gets Its Legs; Could a Moonwalk Be In Its Future?

pgpalmer Robonaut? (63 comments)

An astronaut moves through space.
An aquanaut moves through water.
So does a robonaut... move through robots?

about 8 months ago
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Thor: The Dark World — What Did You Think?

pgpalmer Re:First? (233 comments)

Must be a side effect from using the Bifrost.
Should have posted a sign: "Bifrost travel may be hazardous to your health."

about 8 months ago
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Thor: The Dark World — What Did You Think?

pgpalmer Re:Thor? (233 comments)

Well, if the Asgard are essentially the masters of the Nine Realms (aka universe), and Thor was going to be made king... then the theme would have fit quite well.

about 8 months ago
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Georgia Cop Issues 800 Tickets To Drivers Texting At Red Lights

pgpalmer Re:No conservation of responsibility. (1440 comments)

If the first car hadn't been stationary at a green light, the accident wouldn't have happened.

Why stop there? Why not just get rid of the lights? While we're at it, why not just get rid of all intersections everywhere and make the road a large, continuous loop? After all, if there are no intersections, then nobody can stop at an intersection to get rear-ended.

It's legally 100% the following car's fault when rear-ending a vehicle, here in NSW Australia, anyway. The reasoning? If there is an intersection and you crash into the car in front, then you were supposed to have seen the car in front and had plenty of time and space to slow down. The driver is likely focusing on the lights and the intersection, making sure that it's safe and permissable to proceed, instead of looking in their mirrors. If you're driving along and you crash into the car in front, even if they braked suddenly, then it's still your fault because you were tail-gating, which is also illegal.

about 10 months ago
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NSA Foils Much Internet Encryption

pgpalmer Responsibilities (607 comments)

From the Guardian article:

The files show that the National Security Agency and its UK counterpart GCHQ have broadly compromised the guarantees that internet companies have given consumers to reassure them that their communications, online banking and medical records would be indecipherable to criminals or governments.

As an example to compare against, I chose a major bank in my country (Australia's Commonwealth Bank), and looked around their website. There is a page called 'Security', and the first thing I spot on that page is the statement: "100% Security Guarantee: With NetBank, the safety of your money is 100% guaranteed."

Putting aside the fact that the SAFETY of something is not necessarily the same as the SECURITY of something, what does this news mean to a banking customer? Does the bank have the obligation, under the advertised "100% Security Guarantee" to find and implement methods that hinder NSA/GCHQ access?

And this doesn't affect just Commonwealth Bank (I just chose it as an example). One of the main points of putting money in a bank is that it's SECURE. If a government agency (from another country, even) has the ability to reach into my bank account and make my money disappear in a virtual puff of smoke, then how is the account any more secure than, for example, hiding cash under a mattress?

about a year ago
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Canadian Hotel Sues Guest For $95K Over Bad Review, Bed Bugs

pgpalmer Re:Free speech (432 comments)

And THIS is a classic example as to why one should never assume that everyone else uses Fahrenheit. I use Celsius, and I was uncertain as to what unit of measurement was being used here.

about a year ago
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AOC's 21:9 Format, 29" IPS Display Put To the Test At 2560x1080

pgpalmer Simplifying ratios (217 comments)

Is it just me that is bothered that they call the ratio 21:9 instead of 7:3?

I was taught that one should simplify fractions. 16:9 is such because it can't be simplified any further. Same with 4:3. But not 21:9.

1 year,19 days
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Draft NASA Funding Bill Cancels Asteroid Mission For Return To the Moon

pgpalmer Re: new capability (237 comments)

But being in space and having no atmosphere... perhaps vacuum tubes are involved somehow.

about a year ago

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