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NASA Looking To Build 'Gas' Stations In Space

sxmjmae Self serve of full service (201 comments)

Would they be Self Serve 'Gas' Station or would it include full service?

more than 3 years ago

Lasers To Replace Sparkplugs In Engines?

sxmjmae The Big Question..... (351 comments)

Can they be mounted on Sharks?

more than 3 years ago

Android Tablets Were Born Too Soon

sxmjmae HP TC1100 (480 comments)

The HP TC1100 has similar specs (in some cases better) than the iPad.

It came out in 2003 and it ran XP:


Apple took proven existing technology (from ~2003) polished the OS up and made it largely idiot proof and then marketed the shit out of. Obviously a very successfully. Absolutely brilliant to be able to polish a terd and then convince people to buy it - it helps they did a very good job polishing it.

more than 3 years ago

Court Rules Dungeons and Dragons Threatens Prison Security

sxmjmae HA HA HA (353 comments)

The prison guard tell them what to do all the time - the whole system is just a big gang.

I think the same can be said about the government. After all the US President is tasked with giving directions and his fellow gang members try to achieve the goals. Although there are two gangs running the country both are just legitimized organized criminal gangs. Pay your protection money, I mean taxes!

about 4 years ago

Map Based Passwords

sxmjmae From the title (169 comments)

When I read the title I thought it would use your location in the part to valid you. IE: your IP indicates you are attempting to log-in from Europe and yet 1 hour ago you where logged in at your home in California. I have seen a website already do something similar to to... when I was using a proxy server and hit my account it knew my access was not from my regular IP address and prompted me for a some more security questions for validations - the secret question I wrote for the extra level of security (and it sent me a email that my account was accessed from non-typical IP address and supplied the IP address and time).

Nice to see. But click on a map seems a little to easy to hack or shoulder read.

more than 4 years ago

Sir Patrick Stewart

sxmjmae Stage acting (324 comments)

He is a spectacular stage actor.

I had seen him long ago and remember how good his was then.

His talent was opening door for him long before Star Trek. But TV series launched him as a very recognizable actor. I am sure he would have been noticed with out Star Trek but it did help is Career and maybe got him knight a few years early.

about 5 years ago

Archiving Digital Artwork For Museum Purchase?

sxmjmae 100+ years (266 comments)

DVDs have a shelf life of around ten years; simply, that is simply unacceptable for archive discs.

There are Archive quality DVDs....

TDK states their metal-stabilized Cyanine is also stable for 70 years.

Mitsubishi went in a different direction and produced what is called a Metal Azo dye, that they claim is stable for around 100 years.

Then there is Matsui?
New Lifetime Test results:
Expected Lifetime:
MAM-A Gold Archive CD-R: 329 years
MAM-A Gold Archive DVD-R: 116 years

Duplicated the data on 5+ disks (like in a RAID structure - maybe even RAID 10 if cost is no object). Supply the whole system to read the data and then have back up hardware in triple redundancy.

The cheaper solution would be to make a bit torrent of it and have various museum's host the entire bit torrent.

more than 5 years ago

Is City-Wide Wi-Fi a Dead Idea?

sxmjmae To unsecure (259 comments)

We have it in our local downtown core. I find it slow and very insecure. Although there appears to be camera's near the access points.

If I want it secure I have to create a VPN back to my home computer and establish a secure connection that way but it even gets slower then. For me to really buy into a free WiFi network they really need to demonstrate security.

more than 5 years ago

Texting Toddlers, How Young is Too Young?

sxmjmae Re:in MY day! (286 comments)

I was amazed when I used UUCP to send 'e-mail' to people I knew instantly any where in the world! Before that it was public BBS! Before that it was smoke singles!

more than 5 years ago

How To Build a 100,000-Port Ethernet Switch

sxmjmae How long till (174 comments)

Now how long would it take to wire that beast... how many man hours and would it be limited by the army of IT staff all trying to work with a 100,000+ port switch?

How many IT staff would go mad in the sea of network wires?

At the point of 100,000+ ports I would rather invest heavily in research to make a wireless switch that can handle 100,000+ connections at Gigabit speeds (and of course a corresponding wireless devices interface for each rack).

more than 5 years ago

iPhone 3GS Finally Hacked

sxmjmae To Jailbreak or not to Jailbreak (376 comments)

To Jailbreak or not to Jailbreak that is the question.

Whether 'tis nobler in the iPod to suffer

the incompatible and non-standard applications

Or pay apple to ensure no troubles.

To me it is simple... Apple highly restrict software makes sure that for the average dough head their authorized software will work on there product. Unauthorized software on a jailbroken device might not. Look at all the hassle and flak that MS must take for trying to allow for every possible hardware configuration and crappy written software.

To me it is simple... if I download and install authorized apple software I trust it will work. The alternative has failed to gain my trust yet. When my device is old or I have a new one I will take significantly more risks with but that time has not come.

more than 5 years ago

How Do You Sync & Manage Your Home Directories?

sxmjmae Duplication (421 comments)

I just try to avoid duplication of data.

I have backups here and backups there. One full 500 GB drive full of prized photo's.

A few restores and un-deletes and presto I can find 3+ files of the same thing.

I need a NAS that can do backups and help me avoid data duplications. Now only if the 5+ GB NAS can come down in price.

more than 5 years ago

The Commodore 64 vs. the iPhone 3G S

sxmjmae I LUV MY C64! (238 comments)

I saved and saved to get my C64. Way better than that stupid VIC 20.

I have hundreds games for it. About a dozen or so game that I enjoy so much I keep my C64 around and 'load' it up so I can play them. A emulator for the Iphone/touch would be something I would love to have and pay for it - provided it had the games I love to play.

more than 5 years ago

Microsoft Will Ship Windows 7 in Europe With IE Unbundled

sxmjmae It will automaticly install on first MS update! (578 comments)

No problem for MS. They can just have it silently install in the background upon the user doing the first update. I am sure MS will claim it is a critical patch.

more than 5 years ago

US To Require That New Cars Get 42 MPG By 2016

sxmjmae HA HA HA (1186 comments)

This is about as funny as when China made it a law that the Dalai Lama could not reincarnation with out there expressed permission.

Just because they pass a law does not mean anything will happen. The North American companies will drag there feet and claim it would cost to much money and will need a bailout. Even then they will ways to pocket the money instead of helping the community by saving energy and the environment. Most car manufactures live in a short term finical gain scenario mind set. And if thing go bad in the long term they can expect a bail out by the tax payers.

more than 5 years ago

GE Introduces 500GB Holographic Disks

sxmjmae Re:Not good enough. (370 comments)

It is also because it like a CD, DVD, Blue Ray disk! So now the movie companies can put the super higher grade/quality movie that fills almost the entire disk... see the pirates have the drive space to store hundreds of these movies? Or better yet the DRM could occupy 490 Gigabytes of the disk!!!

more than 5 years ago

Senate Bill Calls For Open Source Electronic Health Records

sxmjmae massive under taking for an open source project (170 comments)

Much needed. Saw some work go by the desk for Electronic Health Records system.... about 1 million people and 2500+ different doctor's Database. Not a single doctor wants to pay to have their own DB converted to meet a new standard. Rather the centralized DB must be able to talk to each of the 2500 specialized DB and no one want to pay for that and the little realize the scope of achieve that kind of linkages.

more than 5 years ago

Watchmen 50 Days On, Was It Worth the Gamble?

sxmjmae LucasFilm claims "Return of the Jedi" hasnâ(T (448 comments)

David Prowse, the English actor who played (but didnâ(TM)t voice) Darth Vader in the first three Star Wars, was to be paid residuals from the net profit from the "Return of the Jedi". Seemed like a good idea as how much money the Star Wars franchise brought in.... but wait a second.... LucasFilm claims "Return of the Jedi" hasnâ(TM)t made a profit so too bad no money for you!

Read: http://digg.com/d1o9ch

How the hell can you cook the books so bad as to make it appear on paper you never made a single cent.... not bloody like I would ever invest in a Lucas film as according to their books they never make a profit! I guess after to you pay all the bills you give the left over to Lucas as a 'bonus' and tada... no profit!

Lots of film make no profit. Bills assessed and paid long after the film has been out. Forest Gump's studio fees where paid a year later at astronomical rates just so the movie would not turn a real profit.

Wonders of Hollywood Account!

more than 5 years ago

Fair Use Affirmed In Turnitin Case

sxmjmae what is plagiarism? (315 comments)

Plagiarism, as defined in the 1995 Random House Compact Unabridged Dictionary, is the "use or close imitation of the language and thoughts of another author and the representation of them as one's own original work."

The "close imitation of the language and thoughts". If you have possibly hundreds or thousands of sample works on a particular topic it is very likely that duplication will start occur. It may start out at 1% match but as the database grows the matching to existing parts of other items will grow till the point where it will be virtually impossible to actually write something that is considered actually original by a logical computer.

How many ways can you interpret Shakespeare? I know my English had no frig'n clue about Shakespeare but if your interpretation did not closely imitate his language and thoughts you where 100% wrong! Every passing paper was remarkably similar in its verbiage.

more than 5 years ago

Energy-Beaming Space Collector To Also Alter Weather?

sxmjmae patent??? (274 comments)

How could they patent such a idea? Does the patent office lay claim to things in Orbit? If so could you, as a patent holder, sue China as their spy satellites pass over your patent holding country?
The patent is fully of if's could's & theoretically. The patent should be for something the YOU, as the patent holder, can do and could do and would use a means to hold the world hostage to your mad empire desires!

more than 5 years ago



Canadian Government introduces Copyright Bill

sxmjmae sxmjmae writes  |  more than 6 years ago

sxmjmae writes "The Canadian Government introduced Copyright Bill, C-61, today. Bill C-61 contains an anti-circumvention clause that will make it illegal to break digital locks on copyrighted material. People caught downloading music or video files illegally could also be sued for a maximum of $500, but uploading a file to a peer-to-peer network or YouTube could result in lawsuits of $20,000 per file. Action needs to be taken and your voice is needed. Please contact your Member of Parliament now and speak out against it. A nice site to help you out is here."


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