X-Class Solar Flare Coming Friday
I've never met a sysadmin that did have something to do most of the time. They'd probably just waste their free time doing something silly like playing tabletop games.
Or, PlanetSide 2.
As for the grandparent post, it appears to be holding up well. To everybody else, what an excellent time to check on the status of your routine system backups, disaster recovery plans and other such things that might come into play if/when this baby hits. Are you ready to lose power and/or telco?
Isolated Tribes Die Shortly After We Meet Them
"people die from smallpox and guns and other unknown diseases"
I'm pretty sure at least one of those was unintentional.
Should Newsweek Have Outed Satoshi Nakamoto's Personal Details?
From the Earth to the Moon, Episode 8, "We Interrupt This Program"
"Nobody wants to see a mother in pain."
"They do if it's news."
"That's not news. It's invasion of privacy."
CES 2014: There's a 'Pre-Show' Before the Consumer Electronics Show (Video)
Holy audio warning Batman!
I turned the volume up at first to hear person, then some guy asked a question and broke my ears.
The 4 hours light bulb is somewhat cool.
A Peek At Apple's Planned $5B HQ
Sounds like another resident of Silo 18.
FTC Demands Search Engines Separate Paid Advertisements From Search Results
You mean setting the advertisement background color to #fefefe instead of #ffffff isn't good enough for the Feds?
Contest To Crack William Gibson Poem Agrippa
A large portion of the disc (exactly 8,000 contiguous bytes) has been rewritten with only four different bytes: 0x41, 0x43, 0x47, 0x54.
Aren't those hex for ASCII characters A, C, G and T? Isn't that the same four characters that are used in DNA sequences?
Apple Settles Antennagate Class-Action Lawsuit
Well thanks guys, but come on. $15 or a free bumper? After 18+ months?
I already got my free bumper just after I got my iPhone 4. It was, and still is, a piece of shit. It completely ruined the look and feel/smoothness of the phone, messed up the top jack so that the audio aux out to my car was useless and made getting the phone out of my pocket a nightmare. After a few days I ripped it off my iPhone and literally threw it out the window of my car in a fit of rage. It's in a ditch on the side of a country road. It played out like a scene from Penny Arcade.
Boeing's Enormous Navy Laser Cannon
Perhaps you could convert old school drive-in movie theater screens into reflectors.
Or better yet, adapt them into some kind of capacitor to store the laser energy until needed.
But you would need to be very careful with your targeting. I seem to remember an experiment in the mid '80s using similar, albeit much less advanced, technology that caused untold damage to at least one network's television relay satellite. The same incident reportedly destroyed or severely damaged several consumer televisions throughout North America.
Linus Renames 2.6.40 Kernel To Linux 3.0, Announces Release Candidate
Microsoft didn't give up the version numbers after Windows NT 4. I've posted this before, so here goes again:
Windows NT 4 = Windows NT 4
Windows 2000 = Windows NT 5
Windows XP = Windows NT 5.1
Windows Vista = Windows NT 6
Windows 7 = Windows NT 6.1
Don't believe me? Open up your favorite browser in Windows and check the User Agent string.
Solar Storm Nearly Wipes Out NASA's Messenger
"...including a great flood that wiped out humanity."
Jesus, there was another one of those? How many does that make for humanity?
Happy 80th Birthday, William Shatner!
Because you can't make fun of Neil Armstrong, von Braun or Rutan. Except, of course, for their hair cuts. They are engineers after all.
Look at all of these 100's of posts you're talking about. The ones rated at +2 are all jokes, or jokes of old jokes. Or requests to end his TV show. The man can literally be made fun of thousands of different ways, time and time again, and people will eat it up.
What are you going to say about Neil Armstrong that is funny, or honestly hasn't been said before?
And yes, you appear to be in a worse mood than myself, which is saying a lot.
Two-way Radio Breakthrough To Double Wi-Fi Speeds
Seriously, pilots almost never say over. I'm not exactly sure when this stopped, but I never used over at the end of my transmissions.
Usually pilots start every request with who they're calling and their callsign, either full or short (on the West coast of the US you can usually get away with just your make and last three characters after your initial transmission to a controller. If they are getting instructions or information from a controller they usually end their acknowledgement with their callsign. Examples:
(Cessna 182) N12345: "Seattle Center, Cessna one two three four five, with you, level four thousand"
Seattle Center: "Cessna one two three four five, radar contact, local altimeter two niner niner two"
N12345: "two niner niner two, Cessna three four five"
Seattle Center: "Delta six seven eight, descend and maintain flight level two two zero"
(737) Delta 678: "Down to two two zero, Delta six seven eight"
The real question is: Can this be used to eliminate that terrible noise that happens when two users try to transmit on the same frequency at the same time?
Send Kinect Gesture Recognition Data Over Infrared
And of course you say yes, which is when Clippy brings up these pics.
Verizon LTE Can Use the Monthly Data Allotment In 32 Minutes
And Verizon just sold all that FiOS, DSL and landline business to Frontier.
Wolfenstein Being Recalled In Germany
And yet here in the US we still allow the Dixie Flag to be flown. Once you have lost the war you should not be able to continue using your flag.
Congress Mulls Research Into a Vehicle Mileage Tax
Because everybody and their dog in Portland is/has been buying a Prius (or other hybrid), and the State isn't getting what it used to from the gas tax. Of course our vehicle registration fee is a joke compared to our neighbors to the North (the State of Washington).
ES&S To Buy Diebold, Blackbox Voting To Sue
What about if:
1) When you go to vote, you are given the *option* of entering a long string
2) Your votes are tied to this long string
3) After counting is complete, county posts a public list of each long string that voted for each option/candidate
4) Voter can verify their string appears for each of their votes
It's optional, it's public, it can be verified. My long string could be something like "zamboni1138_wammalammadingdong". Probably would not conflict with anyone else in my voting area, or my county or even my state. And if it did, maybe on my printed receipt it could print my long string and kindly tell me I'm now "zamboni1138_wammalammadingdong (2)" or something. I personally don't care if people know how I vote and I think I should have the option of it being public.
I'll just toss that out there.
Sending Astronauts On a One-Way Trip To Mars
I know where you're going with this, and I couldn't be more excited. "Mars Dust", "The Red Bang", "God of War", "Red Dust", "Crystal Red"... Sure it costs $10M a hit, but holy shit, you'll feel like you're on Mars. Then the Asian and Mexican gangs will get involved, take over the "business", and suddenly we'll have a drug war in space.
Twitter Offline Due To DDoS
You mean PDT, right? 9:18 PST = 10:18 PDT
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