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Who Needs NASA? Exoplanet Detected Using a DSLR

qvatch Re:Billions and billions: (108 comments)

We also only use two digits after the decimal marker, even when the backwards comma is used.

about three weeks ago
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Attack of the One-Letter Programming Languages

qvatch Re:Fortunately (127 comments)

and we assume people won't just overlap on whim.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Programming Education Resources For a Year Offline?

qvatch wiki (223 comments)

Offline copy of wikipedia. Tested working compiler, libraries, documentation for such. Other stuff to do.

about a month ago
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New Facebook Update Lets You Choose News Feed Content

qvatch Re:How about... (54 comments)

of course, it can only show you what facebook allows you to see. There is still a level of filtering before the browser gets to order things.

about a month and a half ago
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No Nobel For Nick Holonyak Jr, Father of the LED

qvatch Re:Not the first time: Cabibbo (276 comments)

Do you have the dates backwards, or is this another 'quantum' thing?

about 2 months ago
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Nvidia Sinks Moon Landing Hoax Using Virtual Light

qvatch Re:There are numerous other obvious flaws (275 comments)

well yeah, it's been 50 years. With today's technology we can easily go back and fake the landing sites on the moon directly. Since we won the spacerace by faking out the russians.

about 2 months ago
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Microsoft Shutting Down MSN Messenger After 15 Years of Service

qvatch Re:Good riddance (127 comments)

Ah yes, HoTMaiL.

about 4 months 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 7 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 8 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 a year 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 a year 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 and a half 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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