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11 posts • joined 31 Jan 2012

French hard-drive maker LaCie cops to YEAR LONG card data leak

Jim Mitchell

Re: A year?

Fraud detection is not done by humans, but by computers that analyze patterns in transactions.

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Gimme a high S5: Samsung Galaxy S5 puts substance over style

Jim Mitchell

Re: Biased at all?

It's a phone, your fingerprints are all over it already.

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Obama Zucker-punched: 'NSA PR bungle whacked public trust in web giants'

Jim Mitchell
Black Helicopters

Re: Great Moral Compass, There

I would hope that most Facebook users realize from the get go that they are the product being sold, Facebook makes money from somewhere else, not them. The fact that the government might be somewhere in a dark corner sucking down data is not as obvious.

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Vietnamese city drinks the smart city kool aid

Jim Mitchell
Alert

Actually, no. You need to know the levels in the entire water distribution system. The level drops with time spent in the pipes, and other factors, such as temperature. You need to have enough product put in at the front end to ensure that the water coming at all the other ends is OK. Water pipes leak, good water leaks out, bad things leak in.

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Boeing 787 fleet grounded indefinitely as investigators stumped

Jim Mitchell

To my knowledge, Inert gas extinguishers, or anything else, will not help much in a lithium ion battery fire. As they burn they produce their own oxygen. With this kind of fire, you just try to keep anything else from igniting and wait for the fire to burn itself out. Note that it took two hours after the firefighters arrived until the fire was out.

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Ohio voting machines have 'backdoor', lawsuit claims

Jim Mitchell

Re: why they don't use pen and paper

As a student, I recall taking machine-scored multiple choice tests with many many questions, using a pencil to fill in the little bubbles. If somebody cannot handle 30 for reasons that are not due to a physical disability, perhaps they should reconsider voting at all.

But yes, I'm not quite sure why some local positions are elected and not appointed. Would anyone suggest electing the Secretary of Defense?

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Samsung ships two smartphones for every one Apple sells

Jim Mitchell

Re: But who has an app store up their sleeve?

I think most Samsung Android phones come with the Google Play app store. Does Google kick back some of that revenue to the handset maker? I had not heard that.

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Google Go language gets used: For file-scrambling trojan, though

Jim Mitchell
Go

Re: Great language name! Not confusing at all?

I give you PL/1: "Programming Language One".

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Space shuttle Enterprise makes final voyage – to New York

Jim Mitchell

@Annihilator

The Hudson River is tidal up to Albany and the salt line can get as far upstream as Poughkeepsie.

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Court rejects Tesla’s latest libel spat with Top Gear

Jim Mitchell

Re: Re: @Daivd Kelly

If that is what you want, buy a used Lotus Elise.

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Steerable bullet aims for mass army deployment

Jim Mitchell

That would help the projectile. What you want is a hat that is perfectly absorbent at the laser frequency.

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