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Nobody Builds Reactors For Fun Anymore

qzak Re:Not real research (326 comments)

Kelvin was not "essentially" right. His view was that scientists had already discovered and understood all the fundamental particles that make up the universe, with just a few "nagging details" to be put away like the photoelectric effect. Those details were well known at the time he made his statement, but it wasn't more precise measurement that led to the discoveries that came like what...4 years later. It was more precise understanding.

about 9 months ago

LulzSec Announces That It Is Done

qzak Re:What timing... (412 comments)

No tagbacks? King's X?

more than 3 years ago

30% More Patents Issued in 2010

qzak Why are people complaining? (77 comments)

Come on guys, this is a great example of reduced government inefficiency at its best! We should be cheering!!

more than 3 years ago

Don't Stop File-Sharing, Says Former Pink Floyd Manager

qzak "Former" Manager (243 comments)

Yea right, like we're going to listen to what a former manager says. I mean, anyone stop to think why they got rid of him?

more than 4 years ago

Officers Lose 243 Homeland Security Guns

qzak Re:More Proof of Government Incompetence (125 comments)

You'll have to explain to me how losing a statistically insiginficant number of weapons constitutes proof of government incompetence. Not that I necessarily assume the government is competent, mind you, but losing 250 out of a total number of guns that must be in the hundreds of thousands doesn't constitute 'proof' of anything.

more than 4 years ago

Robots To Clear the Baltic Seafloor of WW-II Mines

qzak Re:Shortsighted or failure to complete the job? (286 comments)

I guess you could call them shortsighted. But I also guess the times they lived in were a lot more desperate than yours. This is a situation where the mines that succeeded in their job caused more environmental devastation than the ones now sitting on the ocean bed (ever think about what a large ship is made of, not to mention its cargo?).

For many of these folks, the war was one of survival: you did what you needed to. Or would you not fire a gun at someone who intended you harm, out of worry about the lead in the bullet?

more than 4 years ago

Skydiver To Break Sound Barrier During Free-Fall

qzak Re:no sound = no sound barrier (311 comments)

Not just that, but undoubtedly he'll have a suit to keep him from freezing and an oxygen supply to keep him from passing out. So if you want to be pedantic, he has plenty of 'machines' aiding him, but nothing with a motor, which I think was the point.

more than 4 years ago

Chinese Pirates Launch Ubuntu That Looks Like XP

qzak Re:why? (580 comments) you can pirate Linux?


more than 4 years ago

Best Tool For Remembering Passwords?

qzak Re:Roboform (1007 comments)

I recently went through an analysis of all the tools that are available, and ended up at Roboform as well. Yes, it has a pw generator, ability to move to a USB drive, just like a lot of the others. The problem for me was that I have macs and PCs at home, but I have a PC at work (on which I can install NOTHING) where I still want to be able to get to some sites. The only tool I found that automatically syncs to whatever computer I'm using without installing anything was Roboform.

Plus, if I'm at a computer I don't own, like at a hotel in a foreign country, I can still easily get passwords to my sites and automatically log in. I've been using it about a month and have so far been pleased.

more than 4 years ago

Massive Power Outages In Brazil Caused By Hackers

qzak Re:You need SCADA security (462 comments)

I work in SCADA on water / wastewater systems in the US. With few exceptions, all systems we deal with are completely isolated from the Internet. However, the number of exceptions is increasing these days as more people want to view their plant data in the office and tie into their business systems. This trend means I have a tougher job (as automation engineers know much less about IT security, since we didn't have to before).

more than 4 years ago

Old Operating Systems Never Die

qzak What about TI (875 comments)

Haven't seen a TI 99/4(A) in use in a while, and since the OS was (I think) in ROM...

about 5 years ago

EMI Only Selling CDs To Mega-Chains From Now On

qzak Re:What the hell? (334 comments)

And what about the iPhone and iPod?

Are you suggesting that the iPhone and iPod aren't targeted towards the upper part of the market? Sure, they dominate the market, but I can get a "MP3 Player" for $10-20, yet most current iPods are an order of magnitude more. Likewise the iPhone is targeted towards the upper echelon of the market (this argument was easier when it was $600 and not $200, but clearly they are not "racing to the bottom" with that either).

more than 5 years ago

3D Realms Sued Over Failed Duke Nukem Forever Plans

qzak Re:This isn't as cut and dry as you think. (180 comments)

"It's a shame 3DR couldn't have gotten it together sooner." It's a shame 3DR couldn't have gotten it together.

more than 5 years ago

What to Fight Over After Megapixels?

qzak Re:How about a no-lag shutter button? (596 comments)

If you're comparing a point-and-shoot camera to an old SLR and don't like the response time, the simple answer is to get a DSLR and make it a fair comparision. They start in the $500 range and typically have an practically non-existent delay from press to shutter.

I wonder sometimes if the smaller models are intentionally gimped to drive people to the DSLRs at the same price, given that a DSLR provides more incentive to stay with the same brand when it's time to upgrade.

more than 5 years ago

Stanford's Quantum Hologram Sets Storage Record

qzak Rumor I Heard (210 comments)

I hear this is replacing Blu-Ray as the basis for the storage disk for the PS4, which now has an estimated MSRP of $4260285021.99.

more than 5 years ago

Microsoft Lays Off Entire Flight Sim Team

qzak Re:Well, they already sold Train Sim (162 comments)

I know it sounds absolutely crazy. But train simulators are BIG business in Japan.

more than 5 years ago

Google Tells Users To Drop IE6

qzak Re:Makes sense (426 comments)

OK I scanned all the comments, but I dont see it mentioned anywhere. I use IE6 at work, and I have Gmail, and I saw this message 2 weeks ago. It DID have a link to IE7. Unless they changed it later, the summary is very misleading, and several comments are heading in the wrong direction.

more than 5 years ago


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