* Posts by Visual Echo

28 posts • joined 18 Sep 2008

Hackers seize Detroit's database, demand $800k. Motor City shrugs: OK, take it

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Detroit is so controlled by the automobile companies, Engineers are gods and Computermen are peons. It's no wonder they think this type of thing is difficult to solve.

Right now, this isn't even on the radar. Takata is the buzz.

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FCC to Obama on net neutrality: We work for CONGRESS, SIR, not YOU

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SHOOT THE DINGO

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Shoot-em-up: Sony Online Entertainment hit by 'large scale DDoS attack'

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Re: Why?

I play the Planetside 2 SOE game, they've goofed a couple of updates and come down on some exploitive players recently. My own theory is that somebody is trying to be king for a day. It's a bit more than the average FPS and I wouldn't be surprised if it attracts this level of treachery (insidiousness? loathing?).

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Is the tech jobs market really on the up-and-up? Tell us about it

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This year? I left the IT industry *last* year.

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We got behind the wheel of a Tesla S electric car. We didn't hate it

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Re: On the verge

Thanks, I was wondering where the Volt fans were. I live in Michigan and my driving and gas prices are about the same, but if I charge from 11 PM to 9 AM (completely programmable through web pages that connect to the car), Detroit Edison Electric Company charges me 7.75 cents/KWH. Less than a dollar for 20 miles in February, 40 miles in July, and if my battery goes flat, I still have 200+ miles worth of gas. The only 'range anxiety' Volt owners get is that using real gasoline screws up their statistics.

Detroit Edison has the smart meter, the Department of Energy gave me the charger (chargepoint.com), and OnStar coonects to the car. I've got more energy usage data than I can print on a whole loaf of Koch Industries' Wonder Bread. I didn't have to wait to buy the car either... the factory is in a Detroit suburb (they're made at the Cadillac plant) and they are for sale today.

There are many like it, but this Volt is mine... right down to the "Is it still called the gas pedal? This one goes to eleven" bumper sticker.

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Seagate brings out 6TB HDD, did not need NO STEENKIN' SHINGLES

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Another 30K hours to go before half of their rated lifetime!

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Crap lifespan?

Does it go titsup at 8k hours? I do not care for Seagate drives because of their incredibly short lifespan, but hey, fanbois who only use a drive for a year usually don't care. Report on the MTBF, *AND THE METHODS USED TO DETERMINE IT*, please!

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Bitcoin blasts past $1,000 AGAIN after Zynga accepts cryptocurrency

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Re: Gimmick

Look at gyft.com . Gimmick or not, it's money.

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Re: Fluctuations

@ S4qFBxkFFg

Yes, BitPay will pay in dollars, euros, or British pounds, and 5 other currencies.

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People's Bank of China bans Bitcoin over 'drugs and guns' trade fears

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Yes, your bitcoins are worthless...

so send them to me. This bitcoin mining thing is crazy and weird, obviously it's a sucker ploy to rip-off your money, no need to find out more about it. Oh, and I would like to thank all the Chinese persons and MDMA junkies who recently helped me put a downpayment on a new Chevrolet.

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Sofas with a roof and Star Trek seating: The future of office furniture?

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LARGE please... not all of us are built like overweight circus midgets.

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iPhone too heavy? Volkswagen brings out motorised ride-on dock

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Re: This is just stupid

As an owner installed option, we shouldn't have any trouble suing them if they cause an accident. Texting while driving is illegal over here in some of the states, I'd guess just having it plugged in while moving would qualify for a citation.

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HGST: Nano-tech will double hard disk capacity in 10 years

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Meh

Is that the best you can do?

You better make it quadruple within 4 years or your competition is going to clean your clock.

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Curiosity photographs mysterious metal object on Martian rock

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busted

that's a shopping cart I dumped in a mud puddle behind the store. I was gonna go back later and steal it, but now EVERYBODY knows about it.

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Laser used to cool semiconductor

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Pint

Does it work on beer cans?

Screw semiconductors, can I snap a battery on the bottom of a Barr's Irn-Bru and keep it frosty for a few hours?

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Redmond campaigns for gay marriage rights

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Runtime Error: #define MAX_MARRIAGE_MEMBERS 2

I personally think marriage should be limited at 2 to 7 primates, and at least 29.0% of those with only one sex must be the other sex. Call me old fashioned.

Some of us in the US think it's a pretty strange place too. I enjoyed the reference to Luke. Not sure who said it first, but "I think it would be nice if someone would create a religeon based on the teachings of Jesus".

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Counter-Strike sequel aims for 2012 target

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Holmes

AMD support this time?

Can you run the server on AMD CPUs with Linux this time? Why am I not excited?

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EA angers fans over Battlefield 3 pre-order exclusives

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Holmes

Never buy EA anyway

I will never NEVER give EA any money ever again. This is just one more example of why, but my permanent boycott of their stupidity started a long, long time ago.

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San Francisco BOFH must cough up $1.5m

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Grenade

California Repubs?

>> If he didn't trust them for something like 'they're Republicans and I voted Democrat' then that's a different story...

No. It's not. It's also a good reason to open fire.

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Fruitcake profs demand strict curbs on killer robots

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Terminator

Exterminate!

Exterminate!

Exterminate!

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Artificial 'black hole' generator fashioned out of circuit boards

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Terminator

Goths rejoice

Black just got blacker. Can I get a leather jacket that does this?

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Chronos EZ430: An SDK packing watch for real techies

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Unhappy

Backordered

Bad news... they're back ordered already :-)

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Virgin Mobile fined for pushing mobile spam

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Unhappy

Mandantory in the US

Bitch all you want... they absolutely demand the right to send you incredibly irritating garbage in the US.

They sent a 'Support Haiti' all points bulletin 9 days after the quake... it appeared to be a cheap afterthought that late.

If there were *any* other choice for a no-contract paygo provider here, I'd dump them.

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Why an embedded OS is like a mammal

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Stop

Teats.

That's why things are like mammals, they have mammaries. I love operating systems with big bouncy honking teats.

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TechCruncher sues former pad partner

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Pirate

Holy smokes

That's a helluva paper. It would appear that recent articles hailing the Joojoo are now additional evidence. Go, Mike, go.

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Comcast promises not to lock Hulu behind paywall

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Alert

Nope, they won't create a paywall...

They'll destroy the web site completely.

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Glenn Beck loses and wins domain name case

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Headmaster

How about 1991?

Is glennbeckrapedandmurderedayounggirlin1991.com taken?

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Chrysler plans electric car production model

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Alert

Does it have a plug?

Can I plug it into a power outlet? No plug, no buy!

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