* Posts by bubba-bear

45 posts • joined 1 Sep 2010

Mythbusters cannonball ‘myth-fires’

bubba-bear

The article says that they are making good on their civil liabilities; they are paying for repairs and hotels. If the Toyota was totaled it will be replaced and they will probably provide a rental car. The production company has insurance to pay for this sort of damage. Maybe they can get Jamie and Adam to autograph a piece of rubble from the damage. The affected people might even get Mythbusters t-shirts.

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Atomic time boffins build better second-watcher

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From Sundials to Atomic Clocks: Understanding Time and Frequency

NIST (the US National Institute of Standards and Technology) has a pdf booklet named "From Sundials to Atomic Clocks: Understanding Time and Frequency" available at http://www.boulder.nist.gov/timefreq/general/pdf/1796.pdf

NIST has a good description of NIST-F1 which is a cesium fountain atomic clock at http://www.nist.gov/pml/div688/grp50/primary-frequency-standards.cfm

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Microsoft unveils file-move changes in Windows 8

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Alert

Pricey Windows Explorer substitute

Directory Opus on a single computer (plus an additional personal laptop).

Purchase now for only AUD $85 [55 GBP, 89 USD]

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Reg reader lost for words over blank HP keyboard

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padded boxes

I have received many sets of three sheet documentation stuck into zip lock bags and shipped in padded boxes. They ship power cords that way too. Of course neither the docs nor power cords were needed

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QC at its finest

QC at its finest

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MythBusters: Savage and Hyneman detonate truthiness

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Repeat

The Hitler Bunker was aired in the States on Wednesday -- and it was a repeat. It was followed by a new episode, they tested the believability of latex masks; Grant and Kary tested getting a playground merry-go-round to spin by shooting at it.

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Parachute jumper drag

I believe that is a suit used by parachute jumpers, and should be available from a purveyor of parachute jumper suits; they tend not to use custom made gear.

It is not a Mister S item, which they commonly use as a source for leather and rubber fetish gear. The strangest store I have seen them go to was a place that specializes in underwear -- of all types, shapes, and sizes.

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Grenade

(untitled)

One can never have too many weapons.

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Microsoft, Nokia, and RIM's wasted R&D billions

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Bell Labs

This is how Bell Labs worked. A huge amount of their research was military work, basic scientific research, and on weird shit. Some of it was telephone related; such as the transistor, com satellite, and cell phones, and some of it was WAY out there, such as radio telescopes (which started out using telephone microwave repeater gear)

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Single-patent lawsuit hits Apple, Google, Amazon, Priceline...

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<null>

This is one reason Americans put Canadian flags on their luggage.

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Steve Jobs screws my wife (out of $944)

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Pinhole camera photogs too

There have been gallery exhibitions of pictures using pinhole cameras and cheap Polaroid cameras too.

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Apple 'gay-cure' app severely slapped

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WTF?

Orientation, not preference

Being gay is a sexual orientation, not a sexual preference. If you are straight and believe that being gay is a preference, try gay sex and then tell me whether you think that straight sex is a preference or orientation.

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Who is Erasure?

What is this Erasure that you are speaking of?

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Happy

Quite simple, actually

It really is quite simple; I use a Touch that I got for xmas, and it is the only Apple product that I have owned since I had a 2e. I also have a 4.3 inch Android tablet. I have bought several apps and a few songs for the Touch. I have no pressing need need to buy any more apps or music for the Touch. It is no hardship at all for me to not buy anything Apple.

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Pirate

unfortunately it won't happen

That is a great idea, but unfortunately it won't happen.

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Fukushima on Thursday: Prospects starting to look good

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Flame

Even when the pool is empty

The pool is even full when empty and smoking.

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Sexy eco-bulb wins Design of the Year

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Newer CFLs get bright faster

The newer CFLs go to full brightness much faster than the old ones, you might also want to try a "daylight" colour bulb.

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Wi-Fi security befuddles clueless home users

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Router setup software CDs suck

I have had dismal experience with setting up new home routers using the install CD (any brand); I now just plug it in and go directly to the administration web page.

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Microsoft says 'sorry' after Japan quake marketing gaffe

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Insurance

I wonder if automobile insurance in Japan covers tsunami damage; if it does, there are going to be a lot of re-insurers out big bucks. The automobile finance companies will probably take a big hit if insurance doesn't cover the loss (assuming that many Japanese finance their cars, which may be a bad assumption considering their high saving rate).

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Japanese earthquake sparks nuclear emergency

bubba-bear
Alert

Cesium and iodine

The iodine has an 8 day half-life, but the cesium has a rather long half-life.

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Apple cripples iBooks for jailbreakers

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Kindle?

Will the Kindle app work on a jail broken iPhone? If Kindle will work, the workaround is pretty easy.

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Kindle update to add 'proper' page numbers

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Active links

Kindle books can have active links -- you just click on the link to go to location 10587 (page numbers in e-books are bullshit).

Some publishers actually do a very good job of linking so that you can go somewhere AND then go back to where you were. Cookbooks make heavy use of active links, as do active table of contents and indexes/indices.

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HP rocks Redmond with webOS PC play

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System V

That could be Linux, System V, BSD, Linux, Linux ...

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Kid spanks a grand on Xbox using Mum's bank card

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Prepaid VISA card?

Can't you use a prepaid VISA card at the iTunes store?

I have a second VISA debit card from my credit union that I keep a token amount of money in for these sorts of things. It works like a prepaid VISA debit card, the credit union simply declines any charges that aren't covered by the balance.

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Email purchase notification

I have a card on a few accounts, such as iTunes and Kindle, and after buying anything, I get an immediate email detailing the transaction. Don't people watch this stuff, especially when it was going on for months? I could understand not reading email notifications for maybe a week, but ignoring emailed purchase notifications for even a month is beyond silly. Actually, I don't understand ignoring email notifications for even two days, but not everybody checks their email daily.

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EC parades common phone charger

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Flame

USian clocks

Running a USian 60 Hz synchronous clock on 50 Hz would make it run slower, not faster.

All of the mains powered electronics that I travel with are perfectly happy on 100v to 240v, 50 or 60 Hz; and one or two will even work on 400 Hz aircraft power.

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Linux

Probably very expensive adapter

My guess is that the micro USB / 30 pin adapter will be quite expensive, and included only in kit sold in the EU.

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Oracle and Java: Mobile dev FAIL dooms Ellison's future

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COBOL is still being used

My mom is a retired COBOL programmer and she came out of retirement to make a BIG chunk of change doing Y2K remediation on COBOL applications; COBOL is still deeply imbedded into mainframe financial computing.

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Post-a-puppy woman hit with cruelty charges

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Pirate

The animal also needs a health certificate

When an animal is air shipped within the US, it needs to be certified by a veterinarian that it is healthy and has had proper immunizations. I used to check my cat as baggage -- he was in a proper kennel that was suitable for shipping an animal -- and he had to have a valid health certificate.

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Pirate

USPS Chicks

The USPS established the chick postal delivery service about a hundred years ago; it served a specific need at the time, and it is still used. There are specific requirements regarding the packaging of the chicks, and the USPS ensures that the chicks are handled properly during transport and delivery. The trays of chicks are handled quite differently from a box containing a pair of boots or an improperly packaged and posted puppy.

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Android bites big chunk out of Apple iPad market share

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Samsung is a very large and diverse company

Samsung is a very large and diverse company, and it would have to sell a WHOLE LOT of tablets for them to be more than a small part of their profit.

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Passenger cleared after TSA checkpoint stare-down

bubba-bear

Ticket may require a name, but that is no reason to require ID.

The manifest probably should have the passenger names, but there is no real need to have to prove that you are who you claim to be for the manifest. It might get tricky if you give a false name and lose your luggage, because then they might want ID to make a lost luggage claim.

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Grenade

Site with good analysis of this event and the trial

http://www.papersplease.org/wp/mocek/

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Third party developers blamed for Windows security woes

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Linux

up2date -u

For those still running RHEL 4

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Fire safety gaffe knocks out Webfusion data centre

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Black Helicopters

Security guards can also shut down data centers

At a previous job, a security guard (who was an untrained rent a cop from some third world country) tried to silence an alarm on an exit door -- by pressing the emergency power kill button next to the door. It was a large, red, well labeled button under a clear plastic cover; and it shut down all of the power in the data center except for the emergency lights.

The security guard couldn't read the sign that said "EMERGENCY POWER SHUT OFF" because it was in English rather than whatever third world language he spoke.

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Ford cars get draconian parental controls

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WTF?

Explicit satellite radio

I don't understand the restriction on "explicit" satellite radio channels (which is a subscription service) First, I think that the restriction is totally stupid. Second, if the parents want to, they can get the explicit channels blocked by calling the satellite provider -- there is far less chance of hacking that control. In addition, I believe that Howard Stern (the "shock jock") is a premium channel-- just don't buy the channel.

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Amazon: 'iPad LCD tablets no threat to Kindle'

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Flame

Kindle

The current Kindle uses a standard micro USB connector for data Xfer and charging, it can be charged with a USB port, the included charger, or 'most any recent cell phone charger.

A kindle can be used for up to a month between recharges.

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US politician: 'homosexual agenda' behind TSA groin grope

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Pirate

Turkey basters

The surrogate can get knocked up with a turkey baster, but in vitro fertilization is often used.

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Pirate

Loudon County, Virginia is VERY homophobi

Loudon County is in Virginia, and is VERY homophobic. Loudon County is on the far fringe of the DC metro area and is largely rural and full of Bush and Reagan loving horse owning Republicans. A county supervisor is like a city mayor, but for a county.

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Pirate

Maybe he needs to get out more...

I suggest that he check out the DC Eagle or the Green Lantern in DC; perhaps he is already familiar with them. Loudon county is near Washington, DC (the Washington DC Dulles airport is mostly in Loudon county).

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Tea Party activists accused of rigging Dancing vote to favour Palin

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Dirty PCs: How much filth can you take?

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Pirate

Air freshener stinks

I would much prefer to work on a computer from a goat barn than from someone with an air freshener fetish. A bonus with aerosol air freshener is that it frequently contains chemicals that attach to surfaces and causes dust to form a sticky layer.

I used to repair microwave ovens, and they are even nastier than computers. I once repaired (cleaned, actually) a grossly filthy microwave oven that had severe mouse urine corrosion -- and a dead mouse -- inside the cabinet. This microwave hadn't been in storage, it was in daily use.

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Stoke Council avoids fine over lost childcare data on USB stick farce

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Pirate

Why was the data on a thumb drive?

I really don't understand why that sort of data needs to be stored on a thumb drive, or even on a portable computer. Sensitive data would be better kept in a data center accessed with VPN WAN/LAN.

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Stuxnet worm can reinfect PCs even after disinfection

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Windows for Nuclear Plants?

I find it pretty amazing that Windows is being used for such crucial applications. I wonder why Siemens chose an operating system that has such a dismal history of exploited security problems.

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SCO gets sale approval

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What is it that they can sell?

The courts have said that SCO doesn't own very much of the UNIX IP, it was retained by Novell; what is it that they are trying to sell? If it is the SCO UNIX distro, my guess that few people would want to buy any new SCO UNIX licenses. UNIX growth is pretty much stagnant right now and Linux has largely replaced small to mid range *NIX. SCO UNIX is an orphan version of UNIX, and nobody with any sort of a memory of SCO's history will buy it.

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