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Exomoon Detection Technique Could Greatly Expand Potential Habitable Systems

pushing-robot Re:Reasonably, how long would a solar eclipse last (65 comments)

Probably between one and several hours. Half the moon might have an extra long night every month, but the planet would retain enough heat that it shouldn't threaten the biosphere.

Well, except for the hordes of flying monsters thirsty for blood that emerge every eclipse...

2 days ago
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Snowden: NSA Working On Autonomous Cyberwarfare Bot

pushing-robot Re:On come on now Edward (194 comments)

It is according to the 9th amendment, which gives the people the right to claim the Constitution says anything they want it to say.

about two weeks ago
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Solid State Drives Break the 50 Cents Per GiB Barrier, OCZ ARC 100 Launched

pushing-robot Re:Huh... (183 comments)

OCZ's storage division was bought by Toshiba, who now sells Toshiba drives under the OCZ brand.

Not sure what the thinking was on that one.

about two weeks ago
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Skype Reverses Decision To Drop OS X 10.5 Support, Retires Windows Phone 7 App

pushing-robot Re:typed that backward. Fingers don't believe me. (99 comments)

"Why are we encouraging people to buy new Macs? We should be forcing our own users to upgrade, not theirs."
— Satya Nadella, Internal Memo, 7 August 2014

about three weeks ago
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China Bans iPad, MacBook Pro, Other Apple Products For Government Use

pushing-robot Re:Nonsense (115 comments)

Don't forget CEILINGCAT.

about three weeks ago
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Perlan II Project Aims To Fly a Glider To the Edge of Space

pushing-robot Re:100km (44 comments)

(...and I apparently have Tony the Tiger's spellchecker, since it completely missed that typo.)

about a month ago
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Perlan II Project Aims To Fly a Glider To the Edge of Space

pushing-robot Re:100km (44 comments)

I'll give them this one, considering one of the purposes of this project is to prove the feasability of extraterrrestrial flight in atmospheres as thin as that of Mars.

about a month ago
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Grad Student Rigs Cheap Alternative To $1,000 Air Purifiers In Smoggy China

pushing-robot Re:Very original (182 comments)

He managed to attach a square filter to a round duct; that's NASA-level ingenuity right there.

about a month ago
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Grad Student Rigs Cheap Alternative To $1,000 Air Purifiers In Smoggy China

pushing-robot Re:What the hell? (182 comments)

Almost all air purifiers are nothing more than a fan blowing through a filter. Thanks to fans and filters being commodity items, there are many retail HEPA air purifiers on sale for close to this guy's price. The article is little more than a cherry picking fallacy.

Next up: Man rigs cheap alternative to $500 Denon patch cable.

about a month ago
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Vint Cerf on Why Programmers Don't Join the ACM

pushing-robot Re: where's the money?! (213 comments)

The android anthropologists then went back to university and learned traits which benefit the survival of the group do not necessarily benefit the survival of the individual.

about a month ago
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Student Uses Oculus Rift and Kinect To Create Body Swap Illusion

pushing-robot Re:saw a movie sorta about this (88 comments)

Not that I can blame you, but I guess you've all blocked this from your memories.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Where Can I Find Resources On Programming For Palm OS 5?

pushing-robot Re:Be ready for a lot of frustration (170 comments)

Palm had one thing going for it, at least in the early days: excellent battery life. With no wireless, no background serivces, and no traditional backlight, battery life was measured in days—or weeks—or months!

While they don't hold a candle to modern devices in every other respect, I loved being able to tap away at the thing forever without ever worrying about finding a charger. And the EL backlight was pretty darn cool (though it made you really hate dimly lit rooms)...

about 1 month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Where Can I Find Resources On Programming For Palm OS 5?

pushing-robot Why? (170 comments)

It's hideously slow and limited by today's standards, the standards are horribly out of date (802.11b anyone?) the ten year old battery is surely shot, and the platform is dead, dead, dead.

If you're looking for a cheap hackable device, get a no-frills Android tablet. If you're looking to get into mobile development, get any decent smartphone.

Still, if you really want to work on that old Palm, you should still be able to find the Garnet OS Development Suite.

about 1 month ago
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The Misleading Fliers Comcast Used To Kill Off a Local Internet Competitor

pushing-robot Re:Get used to this... (250 comments)

Making wildly exaggerated claims always has been legal. Imagine if it were otherwise: you'd have to arrest whole advertising companies, and political parties, and organized religions, and the people who send me forwarded emails...

...

...What? Oh, sorry, I guess I kind of drifted off there.

about 1 month ago
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Satellite Images Show Russians Shelling Ukraine

pushing-robot Re:Google maps please? (582 comments)

Right here, it's a bit confusing because the maps in the article are turned ~90 degrees.

about a month ago
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Do Apple and Google Sabotage Older Phones? What the Graphs Don't Show

pushing-robot It's the OS, silly (281 comments)

As the author points out, each phone release is accompanied by a major OS release. With a major software release comes bugs, as well as a raft of CPU-eating new features to play with, so it makes perfect sense that there would be a spike in complaints about performance and a host of other issues. No conspiracy necessary.

about a month ago
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Google Looking To Define a Healthy Human

pushing-robot The finding (125 comments)

The baseline healthy person is of mixed race, has 1.93 arms and 2.1 children, and is a hermaphrodite.

about a month ago
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Black Holes Not Black After All, Theorize Physicists

pushing-robot Re:So ... (227 comments)

Chicken. It looks like chicken.

about a month ago
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CCP Games Explains Why Virtual Reality First Person Shooters Still Don't Work

pushing-robot Yeah, yeah... (154 comments)

So, the problem with first-person shooters is that you're running or crouching or jumping in the game but not in the real world

Yeah, we know you're just trying to sell these.

about a month and a half ago

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