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Comment Re:10MBps (Score 1) 79

I'm not sure how Toronto got into the original explanation, but Seattle is closer to the north pole than Toronto. If you drive 300 miles north of Toronto and then west, you'll hit seattle. If you drive 300 miles north of Seattle and head east, you'll be 600 miles north of Toronto when you occupy the same Longitude

Comment Re:Quite the insider job - just a setup? (Score 1) 105

Perhaps he registered for another site with his email address and mobile number. Said site either used that info for no good, sold it to people who used it for no good, or was hacked by people who stole it and used it for no good. Taking his phone number probably put them in a position to be able to get to something more important like his bank account. Or the bank account of his elderly mother who is very concerned that her son texted her or called her saying he needed her to wire him 600$.

Comment Re:Best part about LinkedIn! (Score 5, Funny) 48

On the other side of the coin, I find joy in endorsing my friends in the most random weird things I can find in LinkedIn's pre-built list of endorsements. Did it enough that LinkedIn temporarily suspended my ability to endorse...if only one friend had accepted the "Breastfeeding" endorsement.

Submission + - SPAM: Google's Eric Schmidt Working Directly With the Clinton Campaign

An anonymous reader writes: Eric Schmidt, the chief executive of Alphabet, Google’s parent company, is working directly with Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, according to a memo contained within an email released by WikiLeaks.

“Discreet conversations” of forming “working relationships” with companies such as Facebook and Apple were also facilitated as early as October 2014, the memo stated. This is at least six months prior to when Clinton announced her candidacy for president.

The document was attached to an Oct. 26, 2014 email sent from Robby Mook, now Clinton’s campaign manager, to Cheryl Mills, a longtime Clinton aide; David Plouffe, Barack Obama’s previous campaign manager; and John Podesta, Clinton’s current campaign chairman whose email account was compromised.

The email was posted to Wikileaks after hackers believed to be working with the Russian government breached Podesta’s email account.

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Comment Re:Kids these days (Score 1) 326

I found this out on a high school trip. I knew that disposable cameras just had a regular film canister inside them and one of my friends didn't believe me so I took to opening mine once I was done with it. It was the model with a flash and as I used the metal pocket knife to pry the plastic case open my whole right arm up to my neck suddenly convulsed involuntarily causing me to drop the knife and camera. I generally knew about capacitors but really didn't know enough about them to think about the possibility that it would be waiting for me. After a bit of surprised cursing, I picked up the camera and looked at where I had the knife and saw two the two leads going to the flash. Using the knife, insulated by something this time, I touched the metal blade across both leads and was treated to a loud pop and flash of light from the arcing current. The knife blade, much to my friend's chagrin, had two divots where it had arced. That was without the battery in. I then used this knowledge to add wires coming out in the shape of a taser like device and though it didn't have nearly the power to arc like a taser, it did very well to cause not-quite-skin-damaging pain to various friends at school. We had a lot of fun with that for a couple weeks.

Comment Re:Is Perl really that hard to learn? (Score 1) 370

You know...when I watched TNG when it originally aired, I didn't recall it so quickly focusing on Wesley in a Star Wars/Luke Skywalker-esque sort of way far more often than seems reasonable. Rewatching it on netflix I was like...dang...another wesley-centric episode...oh and now he has magic control over warp fields and subspace...ok...oh wesley saved the day again...such a weird focus...

Comment Happy Meal Transformer at best (Score 1) 45

While a cool project for the nerd world to enjoy, it is basically a full size version of a McDonald's Happy Meal tranformer. A far cry from the original hasbro toys, and obviously nothing ever approaching the complexity displayed in the movies. We can wait to welcome our new robot overlords, this one isn't a concern lol.

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