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NASA, France Skeptical of SpaceX Reusable Rocket Project

tsprig The electric light bulb ... (333 comments)

will also never be practical because the filament always burns up. Edison will never make it work.

about 9 months ago

FCC Proposes $48,000 Fine To Man Jamming Cellphones On Florida Interstate

tsprig Re:How about jamming Real traffic. (427 comments)

That's exempt under the politician^H{,,,,,,,,,} narrow law-enforcement clause.

about 9 months ago

What If the Next Presidential Limo Was a Tesla?

tsprig Ideal case for an electric vehicle... (330 comments)

I love all the uneducated comments about "it can't work because ... electricity."

There are very large/heavy/fast electric vehicles already. With a vehicle this large and one-off, you could do some pretty cool stuff:

    two (or more?) redundant electric motors for front vs rear drive
    inductive charging (just park next to a transformer somewhere ... haha)
    regenerative breaking for increased range in urban areas
    extreme high efficiency solar cells for maintaining charge/powering internal devices
    gas/diesel backup power plant

Also, with advances in materials, it's possible that armor isn't nearly as heavy for *better* protection.

The real limiting factor will be finding all of the components made exclusively in the US.

about 10 months ago

Whatever Happened To the IPv4 Address Crisis?

tsprig Getting dual stack right in the DC ... (574 comments)

... is not always straight forward. This is especially so if you are running in a NAT environment and want to deploy IPv6 and do host resolution correctly. Internally, you want to resolve a host as:

test1.example.com 2001:DB8::a

Since this node makes connections to the world, we need to resolve it's address for some services to work:

test1.example.com 2001:DB8::a

Before IPv6 was enabled on this network, this node would be resolved via a generic NAT IP address.

Now you have an asymmetry in how access to/from test1.example.com occurs which means it can work for some people (internal hosts, IPv6 enabled remote hosts) but not for others (IPv4-only sites.) In general, asymmetry in your security with two different paths to the same host means you are less secure. Unfortunately, IPv6 is more than IPv4:IPv4:IPv4:IPv4 and requires some thought and expertise that many shops just don't have.

about a year ago

Greenland's Fastest Glacier Sets New Speed Record

tsprig Good news! (136 comments)

If anyone thinks you're working at a glacial speed, you are now 4x as fast as you were in the 1990's. Now THAT is progress!

about a year ago

It's Not Memory Loss - Older Minds May Just Be Fuller of Information

tsprig secondary essay (206 comments)

... because my massive vernacular forbids me from uttering, "first post."

about a year ago

Federal Agency Data-Mining Hundreds of Millions of Credit Card Accounts

tsprig Want privacy? (264 comments)

... become Amish.

about a year ago

Facebook Puts 10,000 Blu-ray Discs In Low-Power Storage System

tsprig Re:Write once? (153 comments)

Hmm, how do you backup the crypto keys?

about a year ago

Will Electric Cars and Solar Power Make Gasoline and Utilities Obsolete?

tsprig You're doing it wrong... (734 comments)

What about other disruptive technologies extrapolated into the future? With self-driving vehicles, there will be less of a chance that people own their own vehicle and just tap on their smart phone (or whatever they have at that point) for the next available car to pick them up and drop them off where they are going. There should be a law of some kind about future predictions that are of the form "if everything stays the same as today except this one thing then ..." which states that the prediction is invalid.

1 year,3 days

James Gosling Grades Oracle's Handling of Sun's Tech

tsprig Re:hard to fault Oracle (223 comments)

You're doing it wrong ... http://xkcd.com/463/

sensitive data shouldn't be written unencrypted to disk in the first place.

Init doesn't make sure programs always run, it makes sure things are run once and never cares about it again. SMF makes sure that things always run.

Solaris 10/11 has a completely rewritten network stack because the old one was getting sorely long in the tooth. As time went on, developers realized that networking has gotten far more complex in enterprise environments than an interface like ifconfig can cope with. As such, there is still an ifconfig but there are many other tools for configuring the network as well.

I stopped using any kind of Solaris once they killed off the OpenSolaris community. I was an unofficial Nexenta developer and very keen on some features (and not so much on other bugs) but overall, the changes made in Solaris/OpenSolaris were done thoughtfully and carefully. At least until Oracle took over. At that point I have no clue except that their NFS appliances are kinda buggy and we are forced to upgrade constantly.

1 year,12 days

Lawsuit: Oracle Called $50K 'Good Money For an Indian'

tsprig Re:Oracle is not a person (409 comments)

Yes, however, if this person was fired and brought this issue up to management above before going to his lawyers then it's quite possible there is a culture built around it. If that's the case then Oracle isn't quite as shiny as their PR department tries to make them out to be... which I guess is news?

1 year,12 days

The SEC Is About To Make Crowdfunding More Expensive

tsprig Re:Overreach (366 comments)

It's regular overreach for our needed bureaucracy.

1 year,21 days

Police Use James-Bond-Style GPS Bullet

tsprig Come on Google... (210 comments)

Time to get that self-driving car to market!

about a year ago

Extreme Complexity of Scientific Data Driving New Math Techniques

tsprig RBTL (107 comments)


about a year ago

Data Mining Reveals the Emotional Differences In Emails From Men and Women

tsprig Re:Discuss? (100 comments)

I get extremely disgusted when people confuse discuss and disgust. One is an emotion. One is what women always do. One is an emotion you can see on women's faces when they look towards a slashdot user.

That's three you discussing swine!

about a year ago

Humans Choose Friends With Similar DNA

tsprig Re:Say it with me... (204 comments)

... white people are racist

how dare you say white people are racist!

about a year ago

BitTorrent Sync Beta Released

tsprig Re:A step in the right direction ... (69 comments)


Wow, that's pretty cool. It even supports storing an encrypted copy on a remote server as well as storage on common cloud platforms.

about a year and a half ago

BitTorrent Sync Beta Released

tsprig A step in the right direction ... (69 comments)

but we need to go further. How cool would it be to have an XMPP based initiation protocol instead of a LAMP stack? Place your jabber server credentials of choice into two devices and then have some form of pairing over XMPP. Initiate a direct connection if possible but use XMPP as a fallback. Extra points for communicating over SSL via generated public-private key pairs per device with a graphical fingerprint for pairing the two devices together.

about a year and a half ago


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