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Ask Slashdot: What Would Your 'I've Got To Disappear' Plan Look Like?

rah1420 Re:One thing for sure (789 comments)

Stowaway on a train

Stowing a way on a train might be a really bad idea, FWIW.

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Would Your 'I've Got To Disappear' Plan Look Like?

rah1420 Re:One thing for sure (789 comments)

You can live on meat. Our paleo ancestors all did. Vegetables are a frippery.

about 2 years ago
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Supreme Court: Affordable Care Act Is Constitutional

rah1420 Re:So from here on out ... (2416 comments)

Inadvertent my ass. CJ Roberts is playing the long game. He's playing chess and everyone else is playing checkers, to bastardize a quote from Erick Erickson. This is exactly what he wanted; he keeps the Supremes out of the political arena and galvanizes people to do what they should've done in the first place; repeal the freaking thing. Don't make the Court do the dirty work.

more than 2 years ago
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Give me a solder gun, and I can produce ...

rah1420 Re:Solder 64 pin dip (321 comments)

... easy, indeed. Use a socket.

more than 2 years ago
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Give me a solder gun, and I can produce ...

rah1420 Re:When I was a lad ... (321 comments)

When I was a kid we used to carve our own ICs out of wood.

more than 2 years ago
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Give me a solder gun, and I can produce ...

rah1420 Re:Soldered our supercomputer back together (321 comments)

Wire wrap is okay until you're doing a logic board and find flakeys as the little end pieces break off and make intermittent shorts across the pins. Double plus unfun to tweeze those bastards out of there.

more than 2 years ago
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Swiss To Build Orbital Cleaning Satellite

rah1420 Re:Spaceba! (147 comments)

I get it. It's like an orbital Wall*E.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Wi-Fi Solution For a Hotel?

rah1420 There's Wi-Fi, and there's wi-fi (300 comments)

You could do like the timeshare did where we recently stayed at in Ocean City, MD. They boasted free wi-fi. That said, the access point was in the office and was accessible only in the office, on a small bistro-style table (and only when the office was open) or in the indoor pool next door.

Epic fail.

more than 2 years ago
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With regards to beer, I prefer it to be:

rah1420 Re:How about with some flavor (840 comments)

I'd agree with you except that it's difficult to drink a skunked beer from a can.

more than 3 years ago
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With regards to beer, I prefer it to be:

rah1420 Re:Yuengling (840 comments)

Amen. Life is good with a bottle of Vitamin Y.

more than 3 years ago
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Final Attempts To Contact Mars Spirit Rover Fail

rah1420 Re:Spirit did well (95 comments)

If I showed this to my daughter, she would begin bawling even though she hates science and anything to do with it.

more than 3 years ago
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Winter weather this year has been ...

rah1420 Re:2010 the warmest global year! (439 comments)

Not according to this blog.

Apparently if you look at NOAA and NASA data published in 1999, the warmest year was 1934. However, if you look at that same data published today, you see VERY different data for the early 1900s. There's an FOIA request to get the raw data, but it isn't moving quickly, apparently.

more than 3 years ago
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George W. Bush Live From Facebook

rah1420 Re:Cue Bush Derangement Syndrome (372 comments)

Your anecdote regarding this other dad's animus against Obama's refusal to sign Eagle Scout congratulatory letters; I'm curious why you paint all right wingers with this brush of ignorance. I am an unabashed believer in conservative values, but I'm also a thinking individual who would have no problem debunking the Eagle Scout thing. People like that give the rest of us a bad name. Frankly, if he had made a similar snarky remark about me I guess I would've been relieved that his politics were different from mine; my politics are born of considered rational thought and his are born of dogma. I will be happy to debate but I won't argue; I can't afford the time.

more than 3 years ago
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When Your Company Remote-Wipes Your Personal Phone

rah1420 Re:we have the same policy at work (446 comments)

The owner of this smartphone doesn't find it objectionable.

I would much rather carry around a single smartphone than two. I have my apps in iTunes, my pictures in my local Picasa installation, my music in MediaMonkey. A restore is only a minor inconvenience.

It takes ten blown attempts at the unlock code to wipe it. And don't think my wife hasn't tried, when she couldn't key it one night and absolutely HAD to use my phone for a phone call. It shut down after five attempts and wouldn't allow any more tries for 10 minutes. So you have to be a real dingleberry to blow the password ten times.

The notice was clearly spelled out in the installation documentation and I had to acknowledge the risk several times before downloading the certs.

My only concern at this point is REMOVING the security, but I'm sure I'll be able to discover how to do that if ever I should want to or need to.

more than 3 years ago
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Factory To Make Biodiesel From Chicken Fat

rah1420 Re:Let us be honest (207 comments)

"Vegetables is what food eats."

more than 3 years ago
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Factory To Make Biodiesel From Chicken Fat

rah1420 Re:That's disgusting (207 comments)

There's a big difference between "biodiesel" and "waste vegetable oil" systems. Biodiesel is probably not what your TDI is rated for; rather they do not want you running WVO in it.

I have a 1996 Jetta TDI with a Greasecar conversion kit in it, and true 'nuff it does smell like french fries when going down the street running on veggie. However, another poster (an AC) was talking about running it on Chinese restaurant oil. To him/her I say "Nay!" Do not use that stuff. Use the oils from an Italian pizzeria. The oil that comes from there is barely used before being discarded.

With the proper filtration, preferably a centrifuge, you can get the WVO practically particulate free. However, do not try this on a vehicle under warranty; I take no responsibility. I just know that mine runs fine on WVO.

more than 3 years ago
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New Video of Apple's Enormous iDataCenter

rah1420 Re:Wow, no style. (182 comments)

Most likely a combination of zoning and engineering.

Floors above the 1st floor mean greater engineering for load bearing, etc. from my layman's perspective. Cheaper to just pour a slab, especially if you have the real estate for it.

more than 3 years ago
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Rounding the Bases Faster, With Math

rah1420 Re:only if you know you're in-route to a home-run. (212 comments)

>why are adults still playing this kiddie game?

Because there's apparently money to be made. More to the point, because there are people who pay to WATCH them play this kiddie game.

more than 3 years ago

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Google May Pull Out Of China

rah1420 rah1420 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

rah1420 writes "According to Reuters, Google may pull out of China in the wake of the cyber attacks suffered by Chinese domains. A frustrated China could not be reached for comment."
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Casino Denies Jackpot to Slots Player

rah1420 rah1420 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

rah1420 writes "Bill Seebeck, a Daytona Beach, Fla., resident, says he'd been gambling at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Tampa, playing for a half hour on the Bally Ultimate Party Spin Slot machine. At $4 a game he'd dropped about eighty bucks before the lights started flashing and bells started ringing. The display flashed an unbelievable winning number: $166,666,666.65. But the casino didn't pay out, claiming the machine was broken."
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Warp Speed Engine Described to Travel FTL

rah1420 rah1420 writes  |  about 6 years ago

rah1420 writes "Two Baylor University physicists have described how a vehicle could travel faster than light yet not travel at all. It essentially surfs the fabric of space, thereby getting around that pesky acceleration stuff in the theory of relativity. Since the mass of the vehicle isn't strictly accelerating, it never approaches infinity... More in the article, including the amount of energy needed to make this happen. Zefrem Cochrane is still quite a few years away, apparently."
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IBM 'positive' about open-sourcing DB2

rah1420 rah1420 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

rah1420 writes "news.com reports that IBM is open to the possibility of open-sourcing DB2. According to the article, this would be different from the light version available for free to developers."
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Random Search Stops $600 Mil of Trade Secrets

rah1420 rah1420 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

rah1420 writes "InformationWeek reports that "The feds have indicated a software engineer who was flying to China with confidential technical documents, a thumb drive, four external hard drives, 29 recordable compact discs, and a videotape."

Not too greedy, are we?"

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Leave Your Laptop At Home When Entering the US

rah1420 rah1420 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

rah1420 writes "According to a recent sidebar in the NY Times, a couple of federal appeals courts have upheld the right of the government to inspect the hard drive contents of any hard drive entering the US. So make sure you leave the pr0n at home. And your finances. And your personal correspondence. And your notes and contact list (if you're a reporter.) For my part, I am buying another hard disk. I'll just install Ubuntu and Firefox and use that if I have to travel abroad."
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Recycling Plastics Back Into Oil

rah1420 rah1420 writes  |  about 7 years ago

rah1420 writes "Kind of like putting in a sausage and getting out a pig, a US company is taking plastics recycling to another level — turning them back into the oil they were made from, and gas.

All that is needed, claims Global Resource Corporation (GRC), is a finely tuned microwave and — hey presto! — a mix of materials that were made from oil can be reduced back to oil and combustible gas (and a few leftovers).

Kind of like the thermal depolymerization stories we've not heard about either..."
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rah1420 rah1420 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

rah1420 writes ""Yeah, that is what I need! A big, fat access point with a large antenna and a bunch of Wi-Fi cards that automatically connect to the strongest signals it can pick up. Then it would combine all these signals into one FreeLoading Broadband Canal for me to use.""
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rah1420 rah1420 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

rah1420 writes "Microsoft has announced that it will open-source the core portions of the Visual FoxPro DBMS (database management system) software to its CodePlex community development site. At the same time, Microsoft has announced that it will no longer be making new versions of the FoxPro DBMS. Story here."
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rah1420 rah1420 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

rah1420 writes "Gizmag just wrote about "Instant FM Music," a USB dongle that plugs into your computer's USB Port and records FM and Web Radio stations. You can record the playlist, tag the songs for easy playback, all without that nasty DRM."
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rah1420 rah1420 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

rah1420 writes "News.com.com reports that a startup called Jitterbit has introduced a new application integration tool. In a field crowded with the big boys (webMethods, Tibco, and even the newly minted SAP XI) what makes this tool unique is that it's open source. Developers are encouraged to join the Jitterbit community and develop "Jitterpaks" to enable easy integration between all manner of applications. Best of all, the client tool runs on Windows and Linux.

Can an open source tool make it in the EAI space? I'd vote "Yes." I'd even argue that this is the most appropriate use of FOSS that I've ever seen."

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