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The Computer Security Threat From Ultrasonic Networks

triffid_98 Re:A simple defense (121 comments)

Actually...for ultrasonics piezoelectric speakers are far better than conventional cone drivers...just not the 2 cent variety you're referring to here.

about 4 months ago
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US Secret Service Wants To Identify Snark

triffid_98 Re:Seriously? (213 comments)

Any kind of automated mass collection of data without a human in the loop to determine if a threat is credible or not is going to have significant problems.

If you haven't been paying attention lately, having any kind of civil servant in the loop to determine if a threat is credible or not is also going to have significant problems.

Keywords: Swatting, ATHF Movie/Boston, NSA/FISA Court, Hello Kitty "bubble gun" and/or pop-tarts, etc.

about 5 months ago
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Local Police Increasingly Rely On Secret Surveillance

triffid_98 Re:General trend of militarization of police (146 comments)

The police everywhere are given those assault rifles, military grade body armor, etc. just for the price of a stamp, so it's hardly surprising. This is where (some) of the boatload of money the DHS is spending goes.

about 5 months ago
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US Officials Cut Estimate of Recoverable Monterey Shale Oil By 96%

triffid_98 Re:Money is irrelevant... (411 comments)

It may be an environmental train wreck but if push comes to shove we can make our gasoline out it (coal).

...and just like our space program you can thank those cuddly Nazis for it.

about 5 months ago
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With the Surface Pro, Microsoft Is Trying To Recreate the PC Market

triffid_98 "the lack of a smaller Surface tablet" (379 comments)

There are very important reasons for this. Probably the most important one is DPI scaling, something Windows never supported properly until quite recently (Windows 8.1). With 8.1 it's possible, but any non 'DPI aware' apps (AKA almost all of them) may still need a lot of tweaking. The only reliable way of handling this is either increase the size of the screen or lower the resolution.

For anyone who hasn't experienced this for themselves, 4K laptop displays + Windows 7 = complete train wreck.

about 5 months ago
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Google Foresees Ads On Your Refrigerator, Thermostat, and Glasses

triffid_98 pwn to own=new normal? (355 comments)

You know, it depresses me enough what we have to hack our phones to remove crappy "features" (disabled OS functions, bloatware) we don't want.

I for one simply cannot wait to do the same to my new car/refrigerator/thermostat. In the meantime, one alternate plan that's worked very well so far is to not buy any new cars or refrigerators or $200 learning thermostats.

about 5 months ago
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NASA Looks To Volcanic Rocks As Target For Next Mars Rover

triffid_98 Re:can we think bigger picture? (33 comments)

The $1.5 billion rover, a near-copy of the Curiosity rover, will collect about 30 samples of rock and soil for eventual return to Earth.

Or we could spend that money on something worthwhile.

No problem. Would you prefer 3 weeks of corporate farm subsidies (20B/yr), one Ohio class submarine (2B/ea) or three B-2 bombers (500M/ea)?

about 5 months ago
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Major ISPs Threaten To Throttle Innovation and Slow Network Upgrades

triffid_98 Re:If you regulate properly, we'll stop our busine (286 comments)

"When buying and selling are controlled by legislation, the first things to be bought and sold are legislators."

-P.J. O'Rourke

about 5 months ago
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New Battery Tech From Japan Could Supercharge EVs

triffid_98 Re:Change of perspective. (81 comments)

There are fewer parts in an EV, so you might need one large bill to replace batteries, but vs water pump and two cambelt changes I've had to stump up for already at 90k and other servicing costs.

In a pure EV sure, though you still have some new things to break. Specifically anything that's an accessory. Electric motors are far less reliable than hydraulic pumps. (Power Steering, Air Conditioning, Power Brakes) and of course you have the electric motor(s), batteries, computers and any associated charging/voltage conversion hardware bits.

In a Hybrid you've got the worst of both words maintenance wise, but that's the trade-off you're making.

about 5 months ago
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Apple Reportedly Buying Beats Electronics For $3.2 Billion

triffid_98 Re:Beats sound like garbage (198 comments)

Dr. Dre can suck my dick,
that bitch got no PHD,
I lost count of mine,
I got stupid whack degrees.

-Stephen Hawking

about 5 months ago
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Feds Issue Emergency Order On Crude Oil Trains

triffid_98 Re:Environmentalists eat your heart out. (211 comments)

A new refinery hasn't been built in the US since 1976...because there are zero new players in the refining industry, not because the government has some eviiiil conspiracy preventing them from doing so.

FTFY.

It's cheaper for existing players to upgrade their existing plants than build shiny new ones and it's a double win when you get to shut down half of them down for "maintenance" at the same time and jack up gas prices

about 5 months ago
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XP Systems Getting Emergency IE Zero Day Patch

triffid_98 Re:Microsoft has no spine. (179 comments)

Why should they continue to spend money to support an ancient OS that no one is buying any more?

...because this is the exact same patch that they're already contractually obligated to release for Windows 2003 (which won't EOL until next July)?

about 6 months ago
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Toyota Describes Combustion Engine That Generates Electricity Directly

triffid_98 Re:Efficiency? (234 comments)

Pontiac is out of business. So low-priced overpowered ego-peen vehicles are slowly dwindling away

You'd like to think that wouldn't you? Even a freaking Honda Accord has (with appropriate options) 280ish horsepower nowadays.

So pretty much the same, just minus the mullet haircuts and screaming chicken hoods.

about 6 months ago
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US and UK Governments Advise Avoiding Internet Explorer Until Bug Fixed

triffid_98 Re:Convenient timing. (153 comments)

I'm fairly sure that the corporate customers running 2003 might take exception to that, and by "take exception" of course we mean sue.

That OS doesn't officially EOL until next year.

about 6 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Tech Products Were Built To Last?

triffid_98 Now will you damn kids please get off my lawn? (702 comments)

My hardest working, longest lasting tech gear, in no particular order:

1 IBM Model M (circa 1987)
1 HP LaserJet 4M+ (circa 1996)
1 Tektronics 465M (circa 1978)
1 Weller WTCPT Soldering Station (circa 1975)
..
1 Coby DVD player (circa 10 minutes ago)

about 6 months ago
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Prototype Volvo Flywheel Tech Uses Car's Wasted Brake Energy

triffid_98 Re:mass in motion (262 comments)

Diesel engines are already able to convert the potential energy stored in a drivers fat ass/belly and convert it into kinetic energy.

We've been running them on french fry oil for years, so all you need to do is cook the average American car-driver down in a large stock pot and skim off the oil as it separates from the carcass.

about 7 months ago
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Minecraft Creator Halts Plans For Oculus Version Following Facebook Acquisition

triffid_98 VR+Facebook = Hilarity (300 comments)

...and I for one welcome the forthcoming VR editions of "FarmVille" and "Panda Jam".

Excellent choice Mark, you're clearly appealing to a core demographic. Your stockholders will be pleased.

about 7 months ago
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3D Printing: Have You Taken the Plunge Yet? Planning To?

triffid_98 Re:It's easier to take away than to add (251 comments)

Far better to start with a piece of stock material and remove excess, bit by bit, until you get the fit you require. All the tools and materials are readily available now.

As an added bonus you can also fabricate parts out of strong and durable materials vs crappy extruded plastic.

...and yes, for the pedants in the audience, you CAN buy an industrial sintered metal deposition printer, but even then you'll end up with something significantly weaker than a milled part...assuming A) you could afford one and B) you have the 3 phase power service it takes to make one work

about 7 months ago

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