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A Look at the NSA's Most Powerful Internet Attack Tool

reovirus1 Feed the beast (154 comments)

I wonder what this tool will think about my encrypted archive of the proceedings of Congress that I've renamed "The_anarchists_cookbook.zip".

about 10 months ago

One In Ten Americans Thinks HTML Is a Type of Sexually Transmitted Infection

reovirus1 Re: heh... (255 comments)

Talk about a useless survey, everyone knows you can get HTML from watching porn. And if you do it with IE 7 or lower, there's no known cure!

about a year ago

Are New Technologies Undermining the Laws of War?

reovirus1 This article misses a point (317 comments)

As technology advances it can also decentralize power. Laws of war are cute to discuss if there are nations that are only capable of waging war. They are a mute point when some crazy dude in a home made bio lab engineers the next bubonic plague.

1 year,20 days

Researchers: Global Risk of Supervolcano Eruption Greater Than Previously Though

reovirus1 Time to send this to the office sweaties (325 comments)

Quick, we don't have much time, lets end this on a high note...

1 year,21 days

Astronaut Chris Hadfield Performs Space Oddity On the ISS

reovirus1 imagine that (212 comments)

An astronaut and a rock star! Hope he doesn't try to run for Prime Minister next, that would be a downgrade.

about a year and a half ago

Astronaut Chris Hadfield Performs Space Oddity On the ISS

reovirus1 Re:Not the only oddity. (212 comments)

Capitalism? We haven't seen that on this planet for quite some time. Plenty of corporatism to go around though.

about a year and a half ago

Astronaut Chris Hadfield Performs Space Oddity On the ISS

reovirus1 Re:Mission Accomplished (212 comments)

DMCA only applies to Earth and one small part on it.

about a year and a half ago

Saudi Arabia Implements Electronic Tracking System For Women

reovirus1 what day is it (591 comments)

I had to check the date to see if it was April 1. Nope...

more than 2 years ago

Plans For Widespread Monitoring of Communication In Europe Revealed

reovirus1 freedom lost (166 comments)

If they hated us for our freedoms, we must be pretty well liked by now.

more than 2 years ago

Andromeda On Collision Course With the Milky Way

reovirus1 Better stock up now (217 comments)

Make sure you have at least 4 days of food and water on hand.

more than 2 years ago

Ask MIT Researchers About Fusion Power

reovirus1 If you could have anything you wanted... (318 comments)

If the president came to you and said, "We have a national emergency. We need this to become a viable form of energy as soon as possible. You have the entire resources of the nation available. I will use my executive powers to make it happen. Whatever resources, funding and people you need..." What kinds of things would you ask for? How long with the entire backing of a nation and the political will to make it happen would it take?

more than 2 years ago

Ask MIT Researchers About Fusion Power

reovirus1 Patent issues? (318 comments)

Do you find yourself hamstrung by patent issues? Are there approaches you would like to take that are just not worth pursuing because existing patents would get in the way?

more than 2 years ago

How Do You Accurately Estimate Programming Time?

reovirus1 Re:Selling horse that doesn't look too good (483 comments)

This has worked well for the last three years at two different companies across a number of projects.

1) Break the project into features/stories/usecases (whatever you want to call them). Features should be as small as possible but large enough to still offer business value. The customer would say with this deployed, I can now solve a problem or acheive a goal with the system that I that I couldn't before.

2) Only give estimates in terms of complexity points: 1 point - I've done this before, its a fairly simple thing. I'm confident it won't grow in scope 3 points - Not too much unknown, a bit of new thinking involved, more than a trivial feature but not something you'd lose sleep over 5 points - pretty big chunk of work, fairly complex, fair amount of unknowns 8 points - too big to estimate or even make an educated guess about, try to break these into separate features

3) Do a couple of months of work and see how many points you get Done. Done means the users have tried it out and would sign off on the features being ready for production. In production is an even better point to measure done at.

4) Calculate how many points you can now commit to for the next given period based on read data. At this point, you are probably ready to provide fairly decent estimates. You will find that your notion of what is complex or not won't change much over time. That's why this this method works.

5) Get your customers to define what it will take to sign off on the feature up front. Don't talk in terms of solutions, but in terms of solved business problems or achievable business goals. The how and the details are to be worked out durring development and with the end users and especially the developers creativitity.

more than 4 years ago

Electric Car Nano-Batteries Aim For 500 Mile Range

reovirus1 Re:2 Years (650 comments)

At some point in the next X years this will happen:

E-Vehicle Monthly Lease Rate + Charging Cost + Lower EV Maintenance Rates
                                will be less than or equal too
Monthly fuel cost + higher maintenance costs of current gas powered vehicles

I think when this happens, it will trigger a lot of people to walk away from gas powered vehicles.

I've already taken the plunge and ride an electric bike to work every day. Its a 60km round trip and faster than car or transit. I get some exercise on it too when I feel like pedalling. I drool at the thought of a battery that would give my bike 600km range!

more than 5 years ago

How a Rogue Geologist Discovered Diamonds

reovirus1 Re:He's not really a rogue. (237 comments)

At the end of the article he sums it up in his own words:

"Here's the thing. I learned that I did my best. I mean, I really tried my best. How many people can say that? I worked hard, and I mean really hard. I worked seven days a week from 8 am until 3 am. Every day. We drilled and drilled all winter when it was dark and the windchill was 80 below. Everyone thought I was crazy. But most people just never do their best, hey. And I did."

Sad that society today would classify this kind of individual as a "rogue".

more than 6 years ago



Mike Smith (Bubbles) leading the Race for Space

reovirus1 reovirus1 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

reovirus1 (722769) writes "Mike Smith, the character Bubbles on the Canadian TV show Trailer Park Boys is leading the
  Race for Space
  contest that will send one lucky reader into space. Throughout the series, Bubbles often talks about his love for space and his lifelong desire to become a spaceman someday, but his poor eyesight has always prevented him from even owning a drivers license. Its a fictional show obviously, but Bubbles desire to go to space on the show was actually born out of my love of space and rocketry. It has been a hobby of mine since I was 5 years old. If I win this chance to go to space, I intend to shoot a documentary of the entire process leading up to the flight, in hopes of inspiring a new generation of young people to become involved in space exploration."


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