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The Best Way To Watch the "Blood Moon" Tonight

schneidafunk Re:Stop calling it 'blood moon'! (144 comments)

Indeed it does originate from a long time ago. There's this quote from the bible, Joel 2:31 (Common English Bible):
" The sun will be turned to darkness, and the moon to blood before the great and dreadful day of the LORD comes.".

Or it could also be a reference to the folklore name 'red moon'. Every full moon has a 'cutsie, abstract, or dramatic name' which predates modern astronomy.
http://earthsky.org/astronomy-...

2 days ago
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Double Take: Condoleezza Rice As Dropbox's Newest Board Member

schneidafunk meh (313 comments)

I really don't care, this is a private company and they can hire who they want to. That being said, I assumed dropbox already was infiltrated by the NSA.

5 days ago
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Smart Car Tipping Trending In San Francisco

schneidafunk Re:San Fran = the new Detroit (369 comments)

Wow, it's like the exact opposite of what happened in Detroit. Prices are going up because business are moving in... Detroit declared bankruptcy and rent is dirt cheap there... so what part are you talking about - the vandalism?

about a week ago
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Evidence Aside, FBI Says Russians Out To Steal Ideas From US Tech Firms

schneidafunk Re:so encourage domestic investors (132 comments)

Exactly! Think how many hard working people come to America from other countries to invest in their own education and then put that talent to work for the U.S. immediately afterwards.

about a week ago
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Book Review: Mobile HTML5

schneidafunk Re:Timely... (37 comments)

The last app I built was in PhoneGap and it was so much nicer than objective-C. Plus we had a website ready to go at the same time to match the app, minus a couple of phone specific features.

about a week ago
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Interview: John McAfee Answers Your Questions

schneidafunk Thank you (124 comments)

Thank you for putting in the time to answer our questions in depth.

about a week ago
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Five-Year-Old Uncovers Xbox One Login Flaw

schneidafunk Re:$300? (196 comments)

What were the details of the skype bug? I'm curious how you found it.

about two weeks ago
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Five-Year-Old Uncovers Xbox One Login Flaw

schneidafunk $300? (196 comments)

What does that come out to, about $300 for a severe bug? I thought Microsoft just paid out $100k for a Windows 8 flaw.

about two weeks ago
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New US Atomic Clock Goes Live

schneidafunk Re:Mod parent up (127 comments)

They are trying to fix it to something but right now it is just a weight.

Kilograms are a weight.

about two weeks ago
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New US Atomic Clock Goes Live

schneidafunk Re:How, exactly, do we know? (127 comments)

Even if it is arbitrary, we can use it for synchronization as long as every relies on it as the standard.

FTA:
  "If we've learned anything in the last 60 years of building atomic clocks, we've learned that every time we build a better clock, somebody comes up with a use for it that you couldn't have foreseen," says physicist Steven Jefferts, lead designer of NIST-F2.

about two weeks ago
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New US Atomic Clock Goes Live

schneidafunk Mod parent up (127 comments)

Exactly, this will be the standard for all other time standards. Just like they have their standard kilogram stored in a vault in france for reference: http://www.wired.com/2013/01/k...

about two weeks ago
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Details You're Not Supposed To See From Boston U's Patent Settlements

schneidafunk Re:Universities should have no patents (130 comments)

I disagree. A better method may be to use the profits for lowering educational fees for students or developing more research, instead of accepting tax payer money. However, I would like to see scientific papers released for free.

about two weeks ago
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Book Review: How I Discovered World War II's Greatest Spy

schneidafunk Re:strange complaint (102 comments)

That's a good point. I wasn't thinking about classified materials.

about two weeks ago
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Book Review: How I Discovered World War II's Greatest Spy

schneidafunk strange complaint (102 comments)

" Many of the articles are decades old, and some go back to the late 1970's" Isn't it a book about WWII?

about two weeks ago
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Data Mining the Web Reveals What Makes Puzzles Hard For Humans

schneidafunk chess (44 comments)

While I find this very interesting, there are chess puzzles which have been categorized for a long time now in different levels. Of course chess is a 'dependent' puzzle where each move must be made in sequence. I imagine there are many other puzzles which have different (accurate) difficulty levels. I may be missing something here.

about two weeks ago

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Russia has given Ukrainian forces a deadline of 3am before launching an assault

schneidafunk schneidafunk writes  |  about a month and a half ago

schneidafunk (795759) writes "FTA: Russia has reportedly given Ukrainian forces in Crimea a deadline of 3am on Tuesday to surrender or face military action after troops seized key strategic sites in the peninsula.

The ultimatum came from Alexander Vitko, commander of Russia's Black Sea Fleet, which has a base in Crimea where Russian forces are now in control.

According to Russia's Interfax agency, it reads: "If they do not surrender before 5am (3am UK time) tomorrow, a real assault will be started against units and divisions of the armed forces across Crimea.""

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Decentralized encrypted online data storage to thwart spying

schneidafunk schneidafunk writes  |  about 2 months ago

schneidafunk (795759) writes "FTA: About a year ago, Lissounov joined a hackathon sponsored by his employer, BitTorrent Inc., a company that seeks to transform the peer-to-peer protocol into a legitimate means of file-sharing for both consumers and businesses, and in a matter of hours, he slapped together a new BitTorrent tool that let him quickly and easily send encrypted photos of his three children across dodgy Eastern European network lines to the rest of his family. The tool won first prize at the hackathon, and within a few more months, after Lissounov honed the tool alongside various other engineers, the company delivered BitTorrent Sync, a Dropbox-like service that lets you seamlessly synchronize files across computers and mobile devices."
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Federal review board says NSA phone data collection program is illegal

schneidafunk schneidafunk writes  |  about 3 months ago

schneidafunk (795759) writes "FTA: An independent board tasked with reviewing National Security Agency surveillance called Thursday for the government to end its mass data collection program and "purge" its files, declaring the program illegal in a major challenge to President Obama."
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NSA cannot legally snoop on telecommunications during flights

schneidafunk schneidafunk writes  |  about 4 months ago

schneidafunk (795759) writes "FTA:
Glenn Greenwald Says NSA, GCHQ Dismayed They Don't Have Access To In-Flight Internet Communication.

what's holding the agencies back is likely a lack of justification for patching up this hole in its collections. The metadata being generated may not be protected by the Fourth Amendment, but there's no simple way to collect and minimize this very mobile form of domestic communication. International flights would perhaps provide some leeway for collection...

Playing the "national security" card is a non-starter. To claim potential terrorists are using in-flight connections to communicate without fear of surveillance is to call into question the skills of those providing security on the ground, putting the DHS in the awkward position of explaining why its TSA agents are allowing suspected terrorists to board planes."

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Google patents an electronic throat tattoo

schneidafunk schneidafunk writes  |  about 5 months ago

schneidafunk (795759) writes "FTA: Google-owned Motorola Mobility has filed for a patent, published last week, for a system "that comprises an electronic skin tattoo capable of being applied to a throat region of a body."

The patent says the tattoo would communicate with smartphones, gaming devices, tablets and wearable tech like Google Glass via a Bluetooth-style connection and would include a microphone and power source."

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Onion sale in India causes Groupon website to crash

schneidafunk schneidafunk writes  |  about 7 months ago

schneidafunk (795759) writes "FTA:

Groupon, which offers deeply discounted deals on everything from restaurant meals to shoes and watches, offered onions at 9 rupees or about 15 cents a kilogram. Onions can now cost up to 100 rupees a kilogram in India, where much of the population uses the vegetable in almost every meal.

Food prices have spiked across India due to supply shortages, a depreciating rupee and increased inflation. As a result, the average price of a kilogram of onions has more than tripled in the past two months.

On Thursday, Groupon sold 3,000 kilograms of onions in 44 minutes, causing the website to crash. More than 8,000 kilograms were purchased when Groupon continued the sale on Friday before they sold out.

The website advertised the deal in a tongue-in-cheek manner, claiming, "people haven't experienced onions in a long, long time," and compared them to caviar and diamonds."

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Black boxes being installed in 96% of new cars

schneidafunk schneidafunk writes  |  about 9 months ago

schneidafunk (795759) writes "With the increasing use of computer electronics in cars, it makes sense to record as much data as possible. However, it seems that the only people making use of this information are investigators, as an incident with lieutenant governor of Massachusetts, Timothy Murray, demonstrated when he was caught lying about a crash. This article shows that 96% of new cars are being installed with black boxes, without the consumers knowledge."
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Ex-microsoft manager plans to create first U.S. marijuana brand

schneidafunk schneidafunk writes  |  about 10 months ago

schneidafunk (795759) writes "From the article: 'SEATTLE (Reuters) — A former Microsoft executive plans to create the first U.S. national marijuana brand, with cannabis he hopes to eventually import legally from Mexico, and said he was kicking off his business by acquiring medical pot dispensaries in three U.S. states.'

Jamen Shively, a former Microsoft corporate strategy manager, said he envisions his Seattle-based enterprise becoming the leader in both recreational and medical cannabis — much like Starbucks is the dominant name in coffee, he said."

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Ask Slashdot: What would make slashdot a better website?

schneidafunk schneidafunk writes  |  1 year,14 days

schneidafunk (795759) writes "A lot of people have been complaining today about the annoyance of ROT13. Also, there have been frequent spamming in the posts and it is dominating (or at least influencing) many conversations. What would you propose to make the slashdot website & community better?"
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Antimatter's Magnetic Charge Revealed

schneidafunk schneidafunk writes  |  1 year,20 days

schneidafunk (795759) writes "The most precise measurement of antimatter was published yesterday at the American Physical Society and a summary article written here.

From the article: Gabrielse and his team captured individual protons and antiprotons in a trap created by electromagnetic fields that keep these particles suspended in one spot for several minutes, ensuring the two don't annihilate each other before measurements are made. For some of their experiments, the team turned to the extensive tunnels of the Geneva-based CERN (the European Organization for Nuclear Research) laboratory, where antiprotons can be created in high-energy collisions at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC)...

By looking at the oscillations of the protons and antiprotons created, the scientists measured the size of the magnetic charge of both types of particles more accurately than ever before, boosting the precision of the antiproton measurement by a factor of 680."

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Patent troll Virnetx loses court battle to Cisco over VPN patent

schneidafunk schneidafunk writes  |  about a year ago

schneidafunk (795759) writes "VirnetX, a patent-licensing firm with 14 employees, has seen its stock price fall precipitously over the last 24 hours or so after it lost a major patent trial in Texas on Thursday. A jury there ruled that Cisco did not infringe VirnetX’s patents on virtual private networks (VPNs), and that the networking giant didn't have to pay $258 million in damages."
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