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Reaction To the Sony Hack Is 'Beyond the Realm of Stupid'

saider Re:Land of the free (574 comments)

And wait 5-10 minutes waiting for them to get there.

3 days ago
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Reaction To the Sony Hack Is 'Beyond the Realm of Stupid'

saider Re:Land of the free (574 comments)

Nothing worse than waking up in the drunk tank with a bullet wound in the chest.

I think being dead would qualify as "worse".

3 days ago
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Drone Sightings Near Other Aircraft Up Dramatically

saider Re:These idiots are going to ruin it for everyone (132 comments)

Birds have an instinct for survival and will move away from the helicopter.

Somebody flying a drone and looking through the camera at the fire/police chase/topless neighbor/whatever, will probably not be paying attention to the airspace around them.

Heck, if you go out to the flying field, people crash into each other all the time, and that is when they are paying attention!

about a month ago
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3D-Printed Gun Earns Man Two Years In Japanese Prison

saider Re:That's the way the gyoza goes (331 comments)

If I recall, this goes all the way back to their first European contact, where guns were outlawed in order to preserve the advantage the feudal lords and their swordsmen had over the people.

about 2 months ago
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IBM Creates Custom-Made Brain-Like Chip

saider Re:to save others googling (105 comments)

Moore's law applied to transistor count and the atomic limit only applies if you limit yourself to 2 dimensional chips.

about 4 months ago
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FWD.us: GOP Voters To Be Targeted By Data Scientists

saider Re:That's just a bad idea... (422 comments)

I am Data Jesus and I have come to intelligently design a new kingdom by selecting leadership comprised of doomsday preppers, plumbers, and an Alaskan volleyball player.

about 6 months ago
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FWD.us: GOP Voters To Be Targeted By Data Scientists

saider Missing Steps (422 comments)

7. ???
8. Profit!

about 6 months ago
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UK Ballistics Scientists: 3D-Printed Guns Are 'of No Use To Anyone'

saider Re:No use/threat...right now (490 comments)

Most of these studies focus on implementing a semi-automatic. Here the problem is going to be the higher case pressures of modern ammunition. If they made a 3D gun to an older spec (e.g. 45 Colt revolver cartridge instead of 45 ACP) they would probably have better results.

about 7 months ago
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Navy Debuts New Railgun That Launches Shells at Mach 7

saider Re:Power? (630 comments)

The catapults (EMALS) are not railguns, they are essentially linear motors. As I understand they use different effects to operate.

about 8 months ago
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Author Says It's Time To Stop Glorifying Hackers

saider Re:Also time to stop (479 comments)

"Timothy McGee" (NCIS), that occasionally needs to hack something to save a life

The fact that a law enforcement agent breaks the law during the course of their duties should be cause for concern. We have the 4th amendment for a reason. You cannot make an action permissible for one person, while making it illegal for another. That sets up all kinds of trouble.

Besides, he is rarely saving lives with his actions. The hacking is usually done to catch the perpetrator after the fact as a deus ex machina to move the plot along.

about 9 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Does Edward Snowden Deserve?

saider Re:Assassination (822 comments)

We're the Russian branch of the Make The NSA Look Bad Front!

about a year ago
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How Good Are Charter Schools For the Public School System?

saider Re: Test scores (715 comments)

Then teach them how to write or modify their own games or bake their own pizza. Use a game engine and have them mess around with the physics model. Have them learn some game design/simulation concepts. Learn the chemistry of baking and maybe some small business skills. Put them in the kitchen and see if they can cook better food than the staff.

There is plenty of opportunity to teach "lazy gamers". Almost all of them want to change something about their favorite game, but our system just tells them to recite the Pythagorean Theorem. No wonder they want to drop out and play video games.

about a year ago
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Italy Approves 'Google Tax' On Internet Companies

saider Re:From Italy, yes, otherwise... (236 comments)

They don't pay taxes where the costs are incurred either. The company buying the ads may also be playing the same game.

about a year ago
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US Spying Costs Boeing Military Jet Deal With Brazil

saider Re:Yay! (439 comments)

Gripen is designed to defend a relatively small airspace against intruding planes.

Brazil is not a small country. "Medium" range would probably be more appropriate.

1 year,2 days
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The Second Operating System Hiding In Every Mobile Phone

saider Everything has software (352 comments)

By this logic, even your computer has multiple operating systems. The chipset on your motherboard is not pure hardware - there are small cores in there running embedded software that you never see. I am not talking about BIOS, which is another type of firmware, that is visible to the user.

EVERYTHING these days has software. Shipping a software patch is cheaper than a recall. This goes back to the old joke - the mechanical engineer thinks it is an electrical problem, the electrical engineer thinks it is a mechanical problem, but they both agree that it should be fixed in software.

This story reminds me of the Simpsons episode where Kent Brockman breaks a story about the government training people to kill on an industrial scale. "They call it the 'Army', but I have a better name - Killbot Factory".

about a year ago
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Central New York Nuclear Plants Struggle To Avoid Financial Meltdown

saider Re:Economic Reasons (270 comments)

New designs come from improvements on old designs and from the experiences of the engineers and workers who work on them. If the reactors are shut down and the best of the workers find gainful employment in another industry, we will not have a good starting point for the improvement process. There will be a few old coots who hung around and a bunch of new kids with book smarts and no practical experience.

Hardly a recipe for success.

about a year ago
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Robots Join Final Assembly Line At US Auto Plant

saider Re:Coming Soon (223 comments)

Their value will be as consumers of the services that must be provided to them.

about a year ago
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Wii Outselling Wii U, Only 160,000 Units Shipped Last Quarter

saider Re:I don't understand the tablet controller (212 comments)

But at least the screens are the same distance away and in the same angular area. You can easily watch both screens. With the U, you'll be back and forth between the two, refocusing and changing your field of view.

about a year ago

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