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Isolated Tribes Die Shortly After We Meet Them

zamboni1138 HA (351 comments)

"people die from smallpox and guns and other unknown diseases"

I'm pretty sure at least one of those was unintentional.

about 4 months ago
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Should Newsweek Have Outed Satoshi Nakamoto's Personal Details?

zamboni1138 Re:Bad (276 comments)

Agreed.

From the Earth to the Moon, Episode 8, "We Interrupt This Program"

(25:40)
"Nobody wants to see a mother in pain."
"They do if it's news."
"That's not news. It's invasion of privacy."

about 5 months ago
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CES 2014: There's a 'Pre-Show' Before the Consumer Electronics Show (Video)

zamboni1138 VolUME WarNING! (43 comments)

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.

about 7 months ago
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A Peek At Apple's Planned $5B HQ

zamboni1138 Re:Ring = Long Building (257 comments)

Sounds like another resident of Silo 18.

about 10 months ago
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FTC Demands Search Engines Separate Paid Advertisements From Search Results

zamboni1138 BGColor not Enough? (230 comments)

You mean setting the advertisement background color to #fefefe instead of #ffffff isn't good enough for the Feds?

about a year ago
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Contest To Crack William Gibson Poem Agrippa

zamboni1138 Re:Not encrypted (102 comments)

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?

more than 2 years ago
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Apple Settles Antennagate Class-Action Lawsuit

zamboni1138 Way too little, way too late (130 comments)

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.

more than 2 years ago
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Boeing's Enormous Navy Laser Cannon

zamboni1138 Re:Is it feasible to bounce the beam off satelites (291 comments)

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.

more than 3 years ago
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Linus Renames 2.6.40 Kernel To Linux 3.0, Announces Release Candidate

zamboni1138 Re:If Linux kernels had microsoft names (378 comments)

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.

more than 3 years ago
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Solar Storm Nearly Wipes Out NASA's Messenger

zamboni1138 Another Great Flood? (110 comments)

"...including a great flood that wiped out humanity."

Jesus, there was another one of those? How many does that make for humanity?

more than 3 years ago
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Happy 80th Birthday, William Shatner!

zamboni1138 Re:OK, maybe I'm a bit grumpy today. (226 comments)

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.

more than 2 years ago
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Two-way Radio Breakthrough To Double Wi-Fi Speeds

zamboni1138 Not to be a nit pick (244 comments)

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?

more than 3 years ago
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Verizon LTE Can Use the Monthly Data Allotment In 32 Minutes

zamboni1138 Re:bandwidth used (273 comments)

And Verizon just sold all that FiOS, DSL and landline business to Frontier.

more than 3 years ago
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Wolfenstein Being Recalled In Germany

zamboni1138 Dixie Flag (625 comments)

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.

more than 4 years ago
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Congress Mulls Research Into a Vehicle Mileage Tax

zamboni1138 Re:Miles * weight is what they want, so tax gasoli (792 comments)

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).

more than 4 years ago
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ES&S To Buy Diebold, Blackbox Voting To Sue

zamboni1138 Re:Paper ballots (175 comments)

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.

more than 4 years ago
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Sending Astronauts On a One-Way Trip To Mars

zamboni1138 Re:That Analogy Falls Apart (917 comments)

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.

more than 4 years ago
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Pickens Calls Off Massive Wind Farm In Texas

zamboni1138 Numbers? (414 comments)

So roughly $2.9M per turbine. Does that include shipping? Probably not. How long until I get a positive return on my investment? 10 years, 20? Come on man, I've got my bank on the other line.

more than 5 years ago

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SpaceShipTwo Makes First Powered Flight

zamboni1138 zamboni1138 writes  |  about a year ago

zamboni1138 (308944) writes "After years of design and development work SpaceShipTwo made it's first powered flight Monday morning over the Mojave Desert. The spacecraft was carried to launch altitude by WhiteKnightTwo, released and climbed to 56,000 feet during a 16-second burn. The craft was built by Scaled Composites for Virgin Galactic who plans to eventually start space tourism flights."
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Apple Drops the Ball on iPhone 2.0 Rollout

zamboni1138 zamboni1138 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

zamboni1138 (308944) writes "Anybody who purchased a new 3G iPhone today, or those that are trying to upgrade their existing first generation iPhone are running into a huge roadblock: They can't activate their phone. After about two hours of the "We could not complete your iTunes Store request" error message I gave up and went to work. Forums are ablaze with iRate iPhone customers who now own a cute brick, at least until Apple spins up some more activation servers to handle the load. Too bad iTunes will let you download and then install the 2.0 software, but doesn't tell you doing so will brick your phone until it can be reactivated."
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zamboni1138 zamboni1138 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

#Z100 (308944) writes "I'm going to be moving into a new home within the next few months and I want to get some feedback on this idea. Although the house is a single-family dwelling, when I give out my new address to organizations I want to append a fake, but unique, apartment number, like #A100, #101, etc. Then when I start to get spam to my house #A115, I can lookup in my database who sold my info (then complain and get free stuff). Will the (US) post office care? Is this legal? Will FedEx/UPS/DHL get confused? Yeah, yeah I know. slownewsday."

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