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You're Driving All Wrong, Says NHTSA

uncledrax Re: 8 and 4 (756 comments)

Was his copilot reading a book?!

more than 2 years ago
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You're Driving All Wrong, Says NHTSA

uncledrax Re:One hand, 12 o'clock ... (756 comments)

To help out our readers, this is also sometimes known as 'Shuffle-Steering', specifically the variation that Bobby Ore teaches (the stunt driver, not the Hockey legend, note the spelling..).

more than 2 years ago
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Steve Jackson Games Shows Off Their Latest Tabletop Games at SXSW (Video)

uncledrax Re:Car Wars? (95 comments)

There was one, sorta, called , it latest about 1 year before they shut it off.
While it wasn't the gritty 'car wars' or 'autoduel' feel, it was.. well.. an MMO in a post-apoc like setting, primarily featuring Cars and guns and flamethrowers..

There is a newer more indie title that a gritty feel post-apoc car-based tabletop mini-game, unfortunately the name is escaping me.. I believe it's only a year or two old however...

more than 2 years ago
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What To Do About an Asteroid That Has a 1 In 625 Chance of Hitting Us In 2040?

uncledrax Re:I will be doing one thing about it. (412 comments)

The 'Total Destruction Area' of the Tsar Bomba (@ 59mt) is cited with a 'Total Destruction Area' of r=35km, but the evidence shows that wood and brick villages up to 55km away were destroyed, with major damage to villages much further then that. An asteroid cited to impact at 2x that equivalent shouldn't be understated.

So while I think 100mill dead, as a direct result of impact, is actually unreasonable, I do not think it would only kill 5mil if it hit Delhi.

As for the OP.. what do we do about it? Nothing. Wait until the 2017 'course correction', determine if it's needed, and begin designs then, and you should be able to do something about it by 2030 easy.. besides, technology will advance in the next 7-18 years so building something NOW that will just sit and rust and decay for 30 years isn't a good idea anyway.

more than 2 years ago
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The Worst Job In the Digital World

uncledrax Re:So the moral of the story is... (258 comments)

Mod Parent up.

Also, worst case, I change your password.. do what I want to impersonate you, then restore your password from the original hash you used.

It's obvious that the days of 'Not using a system because I don't trust the system owner' gone?

more than 2 years ago
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How To Sneak In To a Security Conference

uncledrax Re:Security is about what you're securing. (189 comments)

This.

Plus the articles "guards" are near-min-wage employees hired by the conf organizer or the conf.center to just stand around and try and gate access some. They largely have no vested interest in the nature of the content or attendees.

As for ComicCon, I think you'd have a harder time sneaking into a room at DragonCon since it's fan-run, not an industry show... those volunteers are putting in a lot of time for their badge, and if nothing else, they don't want to see someone getting what they have for free. (and yes, I've been one of those people)

more than 2 years ago
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Carrier Ethernet 2 Aims For Global Connectivity

uncledrax Re:Get ready for... (44 comments)

.. um.. segment your broadcast domains? or at least don't trust your edges... kthx.

more than 2 years ago
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Carrier Ethernet 2 Aims For Global Connectivity

uncledrax Re:Sweet Jesus (44 comments)

Ahh gotcha. Yes. Assuming you know/are-smart-enough-to be CCNA type work on a regular basis, ya, you'd do fine.
I'd personally argue the world would be a better place if everyone didn't know what x-PON was.. but I realize there's alot of legacy infrastructure that needs to be supported and companies are unable/unwilling to goto regular Ethernet (or 'Active Ethernet' if you go by the MEF speak.. which.. is just silly of a title.. i'm not talking 'Active Ethernet PtP' because that's just retarded. put a switch in the field.. dump the splitters.. utilitize the damn topography capabilties of Ethernet you twits! /frothy-mouthed-rant

)...

more than 2 years ago
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Carrier Ethernet 2 Aims For Global Connectivity

uncledrax Re:Sweet Jesus (44 comments)

Yes and No. There's a world of difference between the world of basic or unmanaged switches you'd find on a LAN, and the world of Carrier-grade MPLS-TE or PBB-TE. The good is if you're a really GOOD small LAN admin, you at least understand the unpinnings concepts of Ethernet switching and hopefully some basic routing.. ...but Elvis help you if you go from a little 3Com switch and a Linksys Router into 'big iron' routing....

more than 2 years ago
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Carrier Ethernet 2 Aims For Global Connectivity

uncledrax Re:Sweet Jesus (44 comments)

My thinking is pretty much what Wiki cites it as "Overselling or Overbooking refers to the selling of a volatile good or service in excess of actual capacity. Overselling is a common practice in the travel and lodging industry. In telecommunications, sometimes the term oversubscription is preferred."... There may be a more specific usage of the term I'm not familiar with.

SLAs and BE can cover/handle congestion situations (possibly covered by Oversubscribed services being all used at once).. they are more often cited for their service restoration and availability clauses.
QoS being of course "What/Whose packet goes first if theres not enough room".. again.. a possibility in an Over-sub'ed system.

more than 2 years ago
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Carrier Ethernet 2 Aims For Global Connectivity

uncledrax about time... (44 comments)

I'm glad the rest of the world is finally catching up to the wonders of IP and Ethernet... it's not rocket science

more than 2 years ago
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Carrier Ethernet 2 Aims For Global Connectivity

uncledrax Re:Sweet Jesus (44 comments)

Um.. if they weren't overselling, they wouldn't need QoS or 'best effort'.. the whole point of Ethernet here is it's bursty in nature, so you can actually get a better over-sub rate if you manage your network correctly.

more than 2 years ago
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Are Smartphones Starting a Boom In DIY Medicine?

uncledrax Taking a photo != Diagnosis.. (111 comments)

.. I'm a bit confused.. is there an App that analysis a photograph and gives you a diagnosis?
Else I'm wondering how taking a photo of an ailment helps diagnosis.. more information is needed.

That said, I think it's the availability of Pocket Internet that is doing this. not necessary smartphones.. keep it abstract and we won't have to also have 'Are ${your-tablet-here} starting a boom of DIY medicine?'....

Further on.. do people really think that every little ailment they have requires a 'medical professional'?
(I am NOT advocating that laypersons diagnosis or treat anything remotely serious.. just it seems to me people are heading to ERs/MDs for issues that could easily be treated at home with just a tiny bit of knowledge..)

more than 2 years ago
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Transparency Grenade Collects and Leaks Sensitive Data

uncledrax Re:Holy shit (103 comments)

I think you're missing the point.. I don't think this was developed to be an actually used and deployed device.. but rather a social/technological commentary.

Otherwise.. yes.. it's a really bad idea for a case design. I think perhaps a design like the Model 24 Stielhandgranate would be better...

more than 2 years ago
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With Push for OS X Focus, CUPS Printing May Suffer On Other Platforms

uncledrax Why Print when you can just buy another iPad? (267 comments)

I'm only semi-joking here.

That said, I, as I know many people that maintain servers do, strongly hate printers and print servers.
That said, I'm grateful for those poor souls that do have to deal with them so that I do not.

also..

USE="-cups" emerge world
kthx.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Copy Protection Advice For ~$10k Software?

uncledrax I think it depends on the s/w (635 comments)

If you're releasing a fairly specialized toolset, which I imagine you are for $10k, you might want to look at how people like AutoDesk handle things like that. They USED to provide semi-feature-limited versions for the self starter.. otherwise they worked great. (GMax and Maya's Personal Learning Edition).

Alternatively, you could go the UDK (and Crysis, and whomever else now) route of just saying 'have it.. merry xmas.. free for personal use.. but if we catch you using it commercially (or for a certain value of commercial), we'll find you.. you need to license it'..

The advantage of both is you're creating a brand-name awareness and educated user base, which is good for the long-term outlook of your product.. but it might be hard to justify or pay the bills in the short-term to your business people.. As others have said, you might be able to shift into a Support-for-dollars-only model as well.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Would Real Space Combat Look Like?

uncledrax Current or now == no space war (892 comments)

"Given our current technology and potential near-future technology, what would a future space battlefield look like?"
Not very interesting. It'd be a few sat's with nukes or other orbital based weaponry.. some taking on each other, and some ground-based anti-sat weapons... alot of disruption of space-based communications systems.

The problem with a 'space battlefield' is you need to be sufficiently spread out to have a middle to meet in with a 'fleet'. Mars.. perhaps.. but not the moon.. to easy to just direct fire weapons to/from the moon.. and it'll be probably 100+ years, sadly, before we have a large enough perm. settlement on Mars that they would have to worry about independence, and thus, the need for a space war.

I think realistically the only war that will happen in space in the near Human Future would be if some people get into a scuffle on the ISS.. :[

As for general 'future' sci-fi wars, I really like the Honor Harrington version of things.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Smartest Way To Transfer an Old Domain/Site?

uncledrax Re:Maybe (113 comments)

So you're arguing that the parent is correct, and users should DEFINITELY keep under 1500ml of sodium?

more than 2 years ago
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Will "Do Not Track" Kill the Free Internet?

uncledrax Re:Evolve or die (260 comments)

ALL systems need to remain flexible over time.. developing something and saying 'NO, the world must freeze in place for how I like it' is simply retarded.. we all know what happens to the vast majority of companies that do that.. they become obsolete, irrelevant, and die out... or get heavy handed laws passed to ensure they stay alive in some grotesque crippled state.

It's not my job to make web content profitable, and I'm not saying ads will 100% go away.. there were non-tracking ads in the past, and there are tons of them now (most of them not on the Internet though.. they don't really track individual cars that pass a billboard on the highway, do they? yet that billboard owner still derives ad revenue). Perhaps you can still be profitable based on ad revenue alone even in a world with diminished $/ad value, more power to you good sir or ma'am!

more than 2 years ago

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