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Ask Slashdot: New To Linux; Which Distro?

rerogo Re:Reinstall Ubuntu. (573 comments)

That may work for you, but if I spend time customizing my setup (especially window manager key bindings), I am able to get work done much faster than had I not.

about a year and a half ago
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A Humanoid Robot Named "Baxter" Could Revive US Manufacturing

rerogo Re:Guess where will it be cheapest to operate Baxt (414 comments)

The entire economy is a game of the-man-behind-the-curtain.

So much so that the phrase "man-behind-the-curtain" comes to us from The Wizard of Oz, a work of economic satire.

about a year and a half ago
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Using Technology To Make Guns Safer

rerogo Re:Missing the point. (1013 comments)

Generally the muzzle discipline (Rule 2) is relaxed only after partial disassembly. At that point, it's less a firearm and more two halves of a firearm.

about a year and a half ago
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Race To Mine Bitcoins Drives Enthusiasts Into the Chip Making Business

rerogo Re:Um? (320 comments)

Chip production is very similar, though the prices I usually hear quoted for the first unit (I am a student, so these may be out of date) are usually somewhere in the mid-hundreds of thousands. And the incremental cost (the cost of chip #2) is as low as pennies, depending on how big the chip is.

about a year and a half ago
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Brazil and Peru Dispute .Amazon TLD

rerogo Re:Good (163 comments)

That's a good reason why they shouldn't resolve. I think I had misinterpreted your previous comments to mean that they couldn't resolve.

about 2 years ago
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Brazil and Peru Dispute .Amazon TLD

rerogo Re:Good (163 comments)

The fact that com, gov, edu, and net do not have A records (that is, they do not point to a specific host) does not mean there is a technical reason they cannot have A records.

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Ideas For a Geek Remodel?

rerogo Re:Ethernet! (372 comments)

Or just cat5. This is what PoE is designed to do.

about 2 years ago
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How the Critics of the Apollo Program Were Proven Wrong

rerogo Re:Good to keep in mind (421 comments)

If you have to rebuild everything after every flight, it isn't a reusable rocket. It may get called "reusable", but it isn't really.

about 2 years ago
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The World's First 3D-Printed Gun

rerogo Re:"Military Grade" is a political fiction (846 comments)

Of course when the 2nd Amendment was written, there wasn't even a cosmetic difference between "military-grade" weapons and hunting weapons, so unfortunately this purpose was not properly enshrined in law.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Option For Heavy-Duty, Full-Home Surge Protection?

rerogo Re:Already there (341 comments)

False: a close enough strike will induce currents in things that are unplugged. This is especially bad if the things that are unplugged are feedlines to antennae, but it can happen with any metal object, given a sufficiently close strike.

more than 2 years ago
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13-Billion-Year-Old Alien Worlds Discovered

rerogo Re:Occam's Razor (302 comments)

Perhaps the orbits are set up to attract visitors, rather than hide from them.

more than 2 years ago
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Asus Transformer Drops Quad-core In Favor of Dual-core

rerogo Re:Core count obsession (207 comments)

Yes, but a 4-core phone can do this at a quarter the clock speed the single-core phone would need. Power consumption is quadratic with frequency, so adding additional cores winds up giving a net power savings (at the expense of die area)

more than 2 years ago
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The Zuckerberg Tax

rerogo Re:Such systems have been proposed before (1065 comments)

But those goods will be subject to import duties when they arrive in the US. (Unless they're never imported, in which case it isn't really the US's business that they exist...)

more than 2 years ago
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Study Says Quantum Wavefunction Is a Real Physical Object

rerogo Re:Bad example (373 comments)

The sun isn't an inertial frame of reference either. Both the sun and the earth orbit something called the barycenter,

Perhaps more accurately, the barycenter is the only inertial frame of reference in the system.

more than 2 years ago
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Study Says Quantum Wavefunction Is a Real Physical Object

rerogo Re:Bad example (373 comments)

The sun isn't an inertial frame of reference either. Both the sun and the earth orbit something called the barycenter, which is the center of mass of the sun-earth system. This just happens to be so near the center of the sun (because the sun is so massive) that for most intents and purposes, the earth can be said to orbit the sun.

This discussion, however, is not one of those intents and purposes.

more than 2 years ago
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Calif. Appeals Court Approves Cell Phone Searches

rerogo Re:Use a password (367 comments)

Except that a physical key is "something you have", whereas a password is "something you know." A search warrant allows them to make off with physical objects, but a password is just bits in your head.

Of course, whether the court sees it that way is anyone's guess.

more than 2 years ago
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UK Man Jailed For Being a Jerk On the Internet

rerogo Re:Propaganda or Bad reporting? (898 comments)

The key word being "ludicrous". Libel requires falsehood, which it isn't clear was present in this case.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Where Can I Buy Legal Game ROMs?

rerogo Re:From who? (361 comments)

Well, the BBC is British and presumably paying in pounds. 2000 pounds to a ton...

more than 2 years ago
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Can the US Still Lead In Space Despite Shuttle's End?

rerogo Re:One Era Ends To Make Way For Another (365 comments)

The idea wasn't to not overfly the Soviets, it was to only overfly them once.

Any second orbit would have been extremely predictable and run the risk of being intercepted.

more than 3 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Do You File Paper Documents At Home?

rerogo Re:scanner + evernote (371 comments)

If we're going that far, we might as well assume that he won't speak English (and it will in fact be a dead, lost language) when the archives need reading. ASCII is really just a substitution cipher on the alphabet plus some punctuation. It can be trivially cryptanalyzed. (Even if we, the entire planet, magically forget the order the alphabet goes in.)

more than 3 years ago

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