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The UPS Store Will 3-D Print Stuff For You

rminsk Low on details (144 comments)

What model 3D printer are they using? What is the printing volume? What materials can you use? Single color or multi color?

about a month ago

There's Kanye West-Themed Crypto-Currency On the Way

rminsk You can not copyright a name (237 comments)

Coinye West isn't an official production of Kanye West, and the developers are staying anonymous because they probably fear the inevitable copyright lawsuits.

You can not copyright a name. You can trademark a name and your trademark would only be valid for a particular use.

about 10 months ago

5-Year Mission Continues After 45-Year Hiatus

rminsk Very first scene using tech from Next Generation (283 comments)

So the first first scene of a continuation of the Original Series introduces technology from the Next Generation. The very technology that was used as a huge crutch for writers for the Next Generation. I think I'll pass.

1 year,1 day

New Standard For Website Authentication Proposed: SQRL (Secure QR Login)

rminsk Scanning random QR codes (234 comments)

So you go to a website and it displays a QR code it wants you to scan. Who knows where that QR code could redirect too.

Also, I go to a website on my smartphone. How do I scan the QR code? With my other smartphone?

1 year,7 days

How To Develop Unmaintainable Software

rminsk Revision control systems are not installation syst (211 comments)

svn up git pull hg pull

Quoting user tdammers on reddit:

  • Excess files in document root - version control cruft, project documentation, etc. Happens all the time, and is an actual real security problem.
  • Development race conditions. Ever done svn up on the production server, just to find that someone had committed broken code between your test run and the deployment? Ever "solved" this problem by stopping all development activity during deployment? Ever noticed how this essentially means that this makes frequent deployments practically impossible?
  • File permissions and ownership. Need I go into detail here? I think not.
  • What if you want to do things like precompile templates, preprocess CSS, minify and concatenate your JavaScript offline, move stuff around, or just make sure that your deployment will only go through if it passes a minimum set of tests?
  • What about database changes?

1 year,9 days

Adobe's Creative Cloud Illustrates How the Cloud Costs You More

rminsk Re:Lots of advantages, none for the customer (403 comments)

You only need a connection once a month for activation purposes.

I work in the visual effects industry. To comply with security audits and various contracts our production network does not have internet access. Doing so would put us in breach with many of out clients.

about a year and a half ago

Australian Tax Office Stores Passwords In Clear Text

rminsk Re:Storing plaintext passwords should be illegal (84 comments)

...browsers should not allow "hidden" fields to be transmitted directly, instead should have a default action of encrypting them with Bcrypt or SHA-256.

So now I steal the database of hashes that the browser transmitted. Just as good as having the plaintext. Now all I need to do is send the hash.

about a year and a half ago

Parcel Sensor Knows When Your Delivery Has Been Dropped

rminsk Who will recycle the sensors? (145 comments)

Who will recycle the sensors? All we need is more electronics and batteries ending up in the landfill.

about a year and a half ago

Auto-threading Compiler Could Restore Moore's Law Gains

rminsk I hate when people misuse Moore's law (404 comments)

Moore's law is only about the number of transistors on integrated circuits.

about 2 years ago

Staples Executive Outs Six New Kindle Fire Tablets

rminsk Outs six tablets (79 comments)

"Outs Six New Kindle Fire Tablets". Where they gay? How about "Staples executives leak six new..."

more than 2 years ago

Solar X-Flare Blasts Directly Toward Earth

rminsk Revised Forcast (223 comments)

The CME launched toward Earth by yesterday's X-flare is moving faster than originally thought. Analysts at the Goddard Space Weather Lab have revised their forecast accordingly, advancing the cloud's expected arrival time to 09:17 UT (5:17 am EDT) on Saturday, July 14th. Weekend auroras are likely.

more than 2 years ago

Christmas Always On Sunday? Researchers Propose New Calendar

rminsk Each 12-month period is not identical (725 comments)

...have created a new calendar in which each new 12-month period is identical to the one which came before, and remains that way from one year to the next in perpetuity.

and then later in the article

This adjustment was necessary in order to deal with the same knotty problem that makes designing an effective and practical new calendar such a challenge: the fact that each Earth year is 365.2422 days long. Hanke and Henry deal with those extra “pieces” of days by dropping leap years entirely in favor of an extra week added at the end of December every five or six years.

So it does not remain consistant from one year to the next.

more than 2 years ago

Google Incrementally Dropping Support For Older Browsers

rminsk Re:RHEL and Debian (353 comments)

The RHEL 5.6 box I am sitting at currently uses 3.6.17.

more than 3 years ago

Nokia Sells Qt

rminsk Nokia did not sell Qt (193 comments)

Nokia did not sell Qt to Digia. They sold the Qt commercial license business to Digia. Digia will now sell Qt licenses to companies like Adobe or Google who want to make closed-source modifications to Qt. Development of Qt itself will remain inside Nokia. Nokia will continue to develop Qt.

more than 3 years ago

How Many Solar Powered Devices Do You Own?

rminsk I have a home solar system (334 comments)

I have installed solar panels on my house and I generate about 10% more power than I consume. So I guess everything I plug in or that is somehow wired to my house is solar powered.

more than 3 years ago

An Open Letter To PC Makers: Ditch Bloatware, Now!

rminsk How are you going to replace the revenue? (609 comments)

Software companies pay the vendors to include the bloatware. HP and Dell are making tons of money including all the extra bloat. How are you going to replace the revenue stream?

more than 3 years ago



Cubli – A cube that can jump up, balance, and walk across your desk

rminsk rminsk writes  |  about 10 months ago

rminsk (831757) writes "The Cubli is a 15 × 15 × 15 cm cube that can jump up and balance on its corner. Reaction wheels mounted on three faces of the cube rotate at high angular velocities and then brake suddenly, causing the Cubli to jump up. Once the Cubli has almost reached the corner stand up position, controlled motor torques are applied to make it balance on its corner. In addition to balancing, the motor torques can also be used to achieve a controlled fall such that the Cubli can be commanded to fall in any arbitrary direction. Combining these three abilities — jumping up, balancing, and controlled falling — the Cubli is able to 'walk'."
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Newegg infringes Spangenberg patent, must pay $2.3 million

rminsk rminsk writes  |  about a year ago

rminsk (831757) writes "Newegg, an online retailer that has made a name for itself fighting the non-practicing patent holders sometimes called "patent trolls," sits on the losing end of a lawsuit tonight. An eight-person jury returned to court shortly after 7:00pm and found that the company infringed all four asserted claims of a patent owned by TQP Development, a company owned by patent enforcement expert Erich Spangenberg."
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Was the destruction of the Death Star an inside job?

rminsk rminsk writes  |  about a year and a half ago

rminsk writes "An examination of some questionable events and circumstances leading up to the destruction of the Death Star, through the eyes of an amateur investigative journalist within the Star Wars galaxy. The focus is mainly on the connections between the people who created and operated the Death Star and those responsible for destroying it."
Link to Original Source

Netflix cancels Qwikster. DVDs to stay on netflix

rminsk rminsk writes  |  about 3 years ago

rminsk (831757) writes "From the Netflix blog "It is clear that for many of our members two websites would make things more difficult, so we are going to keep Netflix as one place to go for streaming and DVDs.

This means no change: one website, one account, one password in other words, no Qwikster.""

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