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Microsoft Shutting Down MSN Messenger After 15 Years of Service

qvatch Re:Good riddance (127 comments)

Ah yes, HoTMaiL.

about three weeks ago
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Mozilla Ditches Firefox's New-Tab Monetization Plans

qvatch Re:Now, if they would just ditch... (195 comments)

More than one extension. One extension per interface revision, and they don't play nicely together and add lag.

about 4 months ago
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Can the Lix 3D Printing Pen Actually Work?

qvatch Re:yes (90 comments)

no one argues that the concept is impossible, just this implementation. The 3d-doodler is an available ABS extruding pen, just bulkier and with a beefier power supply.

about 5 months ago
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GOCE Satellite Is Falling To Earth But Nobody Knows Where It Will Land

qvatch Re:fall to Earth (122 comments)

and http://www.spacesafetymagazine.com/2013/09/14/european-satellite-goce-uncontrolled-reentry/ his will be the first uncontrolled reentry of an ESA satellite since Isee-2, in 1987. Unfortunately, it will not be the last, considering that the bus-size Envisat’s altitude is gradually decaying in Low-Earth Orbit without control. According to ESA, up to 25% of GOCE’s mass will survive the extreme reentry conditions to fall to the ground. However, the risk for populated areas is very small since the majority of the Earth is covered by oceans. “The major part of what survives to the surface will be the core instrument,” says Dr. Floberghagen. “From the original mass which we have now in space, we have estimated that about 25%, about 250 kilos, will reach the surface, and these 250 kilos will be distributed over between 40 and 50 fragments.” The fragments that survive will hit the ground in a 900 km long footprint. The reentry will be a good test for debris monitoring systems and fragmentation models.

about 10 months ago
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GOCE Satellite Is Falling To Earth But Nobody Knows Where It Will Land

qvatch Re:fall to Earth (122 comments)

Some, but not all of it. http://www.spaceflight101.com/goce-re-entry.html : With its fins and aerodynamic shape, GOCE will maintain a stable position in orbit as it approaches entry. During entry, the spacecraft will likely remain in that position for the initial phase of re-entry until it breaks up. Following the destruction of the spacecraft, most of its components will harmlessly burn up in the atmosphere. However, it is known that about 20 to 40% of a re-entering satellite's total mass reach Earth's surface. Dense components of satellites usually impact 800 to 1,300 Kilometers downrange from the Orbital Decay Point. Their journey back to Earth is strongly influenced by atmospheric properties like crosswinds that play a major role during atmospheric descent.

about 10 months ago
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5-Year Mission Continues After 45-Year Hiatus

qvatch Re:45 years ago... (283 comments)

You're just assuming he stopped reading after the third line or so, eh?

about a year ago
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Facebook May Dislike the Social Fixer Extension, but Many Users Love It (Video)

qvatch Re:He's Banned Now (176 comments)

Well, they'll probably do what they did to fbpurity, block all links to his site from facebook. You can't post a link to it.

about a year ago
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Charlie Stross: Why Microsoft Word Must Die

qvatch Re:Long live TeX and LaTeX (479 comments)

you don't have to do this with tex, unless you are coding in a unrelated, plain, word editing program. It isn't necessarily instant live update, but it is a far cry from paper and markers. Also, cascades shouldn't progress beyond section breaks, and you can force even finer cascade breaks.

about a year ago
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FCC Considering Proposal For Encrypted Ham Radio

qvatch Re:packet radio? (371 comments)

Would not a cryptographic signature not be enough to protect these kinds of communication?

about a year ago
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Is Google Voice Doomed To Be 2nd-Class Messaging System?

qvatch Re:volume (172 comments)

His wife must read /.

about a year ago
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Main US Weather Satellite Fails As Hurricane Season Looms

qvatch Re:check the weather out west (235 comments)

Excepting when it comes off the gulf, or from Canada. Or when it becomes suddenly severe. But yes, typically it does come from the west.

about a year ago
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New 'Academic Redshirt' For Engineering Undergrads at UW

qvatch Re:Good idea (147 comments)

it depends what you call passed. 50%, 65%, 80% (here, that's the min undergrad, honours, grad grade to "pass"). Passing means you know enough to do that material, not that you understand it well enough to apply it without effort while learning the next level, so if you stopped there you could be considered to know the material.

about a year ago
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SimCity 5: How Not To Design a Single Player Game

qvatch Re:Not an EA fan but (569 comments)

Loosing (karma) is Fun.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Electronics Prototyping Platform?

qvatch Re:$4.30 MSP430 Launchpad for starters (228 comments)

I started with arduino, and I had no microcontroller experience. The community, examples from the absolute ground up, and vendor (sparkfun, adafruit, etc) support is excellent. It all makes for a really enjoyable experience. Digikey and mouser get you parts fast. Ebay and random asian websites get you parts slow but cheap. If you want graphics (eg. TV, or monitor) though, best go with the pi. A pi costs less than an arduino graphics shield. Ethernet is doable at least.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Tablets For Papers; Are We There Yet?

qvatch Re:No, not really... (180 comments)

goodreader (ios) can cut margins. Its not automatic, but it is very quick and it remembers. I can comfortably read papers on my ipod, although scrolling (with helpful jump buttons) is necessary.

about 2 years ago
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Hairspray Could Help Us Find Advanced Alien Civilizations

qvatch Re:The problem with CFC (211 comments)

not only that, but it isn't something that you keep using, so even if civilization continues, CFC's probably won't (at high levels). The consequences of high atmospheric CFC's are enough to push them out of use. It'll be like high powered omnidirectional TV and radio signals. Those stopped too, yet we continue.

about 2 years ago
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The Downside of Warp Drives: Annihilating Whole Star Systems When You Arrive

qvatch Follows the same rule as small scale (235 comments)

It's not the fall that hurts, it is the sudden stop at the end.

about 2 years ago

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CRTC approves usage based billing in Canada

qvatch qvatch writes  |  more than 4 years ago

qvatch (576224) writes ""The CRTC has approved Bell Canada's request to bill internet customers, both retail and wholesale, based on how much they download each month.
The plan, known as usage-based billing, will apply to people who buy their internet connection from Bell, or from smaller service providers that rent lines from the company, such as Teksavvy or Acanac.
Customers using the fastest connections of five-megabits per second, for example, will have a monthly allotment of 60 gigabytes, beyond which Bell will charge $1.12 per GB to a maximum of $22.50.
If a customer uses more than 300 GB a month, Bell will also be able to implement an additional charge of 75 cents per gigabyte."

Welcome to the future, hope you don't want to innovate."

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Ars technica blocks AdBlock users

qvatch qvatch writes  |  more than 4 years ago

qvatch (576224) writes "Ars technica stops displaying articles for users browsing with AdBlock. No error is displayed, nor was any warning given.

  Clintology ( Developer / Proj. Manager )
            | tbradshaw wrote: I'm guessing that these responses mean that this is "behavior by design"?

Yes, its meant to annoy you into outing yourselves so I can guilt you ;)

If you're not willing to unblock our ads, we're fairly happy for you to not read the content we work very hard on, or to just stop visiting the site altogether."

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