* Posts by Scott Pedigo

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Florida man's deadliest catch forces police to evacuate Taco Bell

Scott Pedigo
Childcatcher

Speaking of Magnet Fishing...

I remember having a toy magnetic fishing set as a child, similar to this (https://www.amazon.co.uk/Digabi-Magnetic-Fishing-Toys-Colorful/dp/B07DLQ63CK/) but the magnet wouldn't have been strong enough to pull out a grenade.

The Large Hadron Collider is small beer. Give us billions more for bigger kit, say boffins

Scott Pedigo

Re: Size vs position?

> It has to be a large ring.

> It is not possible to accelerate uncharged particles, such as neutrons. When you accelerate charged particles (or decelerate, as in X-ray machines), energy is radiated away. Circular motion means sideways acceleration, same thing.

> So it has to be a large ring, i.e. small curvature.

The particle is being accelerated by alternating electrical fields along the path, both pushing it and pulling it. It's pulled as it approaches a given field, then when it passes, the field is flipped to start pushing it. If the field didn't flip, then it would start pulling it back and slowing it down again. Assuming a constant distance for the parts which generate the fields, as the particle gains speed, the rate at which the electrical fields alternate must increase in proportion.

If you want to gain a high energy with particle speeds approaching the speed of light, then if you made a linear accelerator, you'd need either an extremely powerful one (very strong electrical fields for quick acceleration) or else a very long one (more fields for longer acceleration).

If instead you use a ring, then the particle(s) being accelerated can make many revolutions, with the rate of alternating the fields increasing with each revolution. As the particle gains speed, it will gain relativistic mass, and strain against the magnetic field keeping it in the ring, which is why you need those big super-cooled super-conducting magnets. The magnetic field is vertical, and as the charged particle travels through it, it experiences a sideways force, which keeps it traveling in a circle.

A ring lets you get more use out of those expensive field generators.

Scott Pedigo
Devil

Demolition Derby Track

If the FBC and LCH are built slightly overlapping, as shown in the picture, then maybe they could cross connect the rings to allow particles to travel in figure eights, in both directions of course (courtesy of counter-rotating beams), and then hold a super destruction derby.

OK, OK, I know that the magnetic fields of the LCH wouldn't contain the more powerful beams of the FBC.

But still, as someone who used to squirt lighter fluid onto plastic model u-control planes for more realistic crash scenes (Will the burning plastic pilot escape the wreck? Of course not!), I immediately start thinking of how one could created a really big bang.

NASA to celebrate 55th anniversary of first Moon landing by, er, deciding how to land humans on the Moon again

Scott Pedigo
Paris Hilton

Boldly Not Going Where Man Has Gone Before

I'm hoping that things pick up steam if the BFR stays on track or close to it.

Voyager 1 left the planet 41 years ago – and SpaceX hopes to land on Earth this Saturday

Scott Pedigo
Joke

Re: How much is it decelerating by?

> ISAAC NEWTON IS DEAD! DEAD! COMPLETELY STONE COLD 6 FOOT DOWN EX BOFFIN / COIN MINTER

Dammit, in that case, maybe we could ask Frederick Douglas.

Revealed: British Airways was in talks with IBM on outsourcing security just before hack

Scott Pedigo
Facepalm

Aren't Vendors Supposed To NOT Store The CVV?

I have a vague memory of reading somewhere that vendors were not supposed to store the CVV, but rather only use it to validate the CC when it was entered. Is that correct? Or do they need to store the CVV to be able to use it every time they charge against the CC when the customer logs in to his/her account and orders ticket on-line?

Prenda lawyer pleads guilty to moneyshot honeypot scheme

Scott Pedigo
Coat

His Biggest Mistake Was...

that he didn't call Saul.

NASA boss insists US returning to the Moon after Peanuts to show for past four decades

Scott Pedigo
Coat

This time, said Baron von Harkonnen...

looking hungrily at the enormous tank -- the size of a small moon -- filled with liquefied tax dollars, you aren't going to pull the plug on me!

My PC is on fire! Can you back it up really, really fast?

Scott Pedigo
Flame

I Caused A Small Fire In A VMEbus Rack

I was working on a real-time military application where the hardware was a mix of proprietary and bought-in boards in a VMEbus rack. One of the vendors sent us a new model, and at some point I needed to update the firmware.

I was accustomed to a 3-pin connector, let us call the pins a, b, and c, where there was a 2-pin sized jumper. If you put it on a-b, you had the normal 12-volt operation of the memory. If you moved it to b-c, you had 24-volts instead, which allowed you to reprogram the EEPROM.

The new board had *two* sets of 3-pin connectors, for separately enabling the 12v and 24v power, where a given connector enabled or disabled the connection to that power. As usual, I moved the one connector to enable the 24v power, but not realizing there were now two connectors, I didn't disable the 12v power. I put the board back into the VMEbus rack, turned on the power, and there was a nice fireball which destroyed the board (about $2,200 at the time) and singed another board a few slots away. Luckily for me I had spaced the boards apart in the rack.

Cambridge Analytica CEO suspended – and that's not even the worst news for them today

Scott Pedigo
Trollface

Fines Up To $40,000 per User?

If only.

If only that would be paid out to me, rather than just go into to the government coffers.

Now if there were enough Mexican Facebook users, then...

The population of Mexico is about 130 million (I rounded up from a 2010 number). Let's assume 50 million are on Facebook (number pulled from thin air, since it is a nice round one) x $40,000 per user = two trillion dollars!

Yes, enough to pay for the wall!!!

But unfortunately 4 or 5 times the market cap of Facebook.

Dammit. Mexicans still won't pay for that wall.

Stephen King's scary movie reboot provokes tears from 'legit clowns'

Scott Pedigo
Gimp

Spawn Spawnned An Evil Clown

My favorite clown is the evil one in the 1997 film Spawn (based on the comic).

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0120177/mediaviewer/rm3321600256

FBI overpaid $999,900 to crack San Bernardino iPhone 5c password

Scott Pedigo
Holmes

Federal Bureau of What?

"University of Cambridge senior research associate Sergei Skorobogatov has laid waste to United States Federal Bureau of Intelligence (FBI) ..."

That would be the Federal Bureau of Investigation

Naked, drunken Swede assaults chicken shed after 60th birthday

Scott Pedigo
Coat

The Old Joke...

Someone asked him if he'd ever seen an eggplant, after he got drunk.

Google asks the public to name the forthcoming Android N operating system

Scott Pedigo
Paris Hilton

Re: Nachos

No, not everyone loves nachos. It tacos. So we have to wait for six more versions of the OS.

Paris because, I've seen the taco.

The developer died 14 years ago, here's a print out of his source code

Scott Pedigo
Boffin

> As a very extreme example, I had a customer in UAE stiff me on the final third of his bill.

Maybe leave some licensing check in the code which activates three months later, and only give them the license key if they'd paid in full?

Game over for Xbox 360

Scott Pedigo
Terminator

Re: Another Microsoft issue?

I assume that they'll continue selling the successor, X-Box One, or whatever comes after that. The article didn't say that Microsoft is abandoning the console gaming business.

Blighty's nuclear deterrent will get a software upgrade amid cyber-war fears

Scott Pedigo
Mushroom

Re: Obscured by clouds...

Is it the Microsoft Cloud?

Cisco posts kit to empty houses to dodge NSA chop shops

Scott Pedigo
Holmes

Re: How gullible

Thankfully, we have these guys to protect us:

http://www.nbc.com/chicago-pd

http://www.sho.com/sho/homeland/home

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0285331/

Wanna free web domain for a year? Hey, it's not rocket .science

Scott Pedigo
Boffin

sheblindedmewith.science is now being shown as "available", as a "premium" domain, with a "Make An Offer" button. So domain squatter hoping to cash in. What a surprise.

This could be a case for Mulder and Scully: Fox 'in talks' to bring back The X-Files

Scott Pedigo
Trollface

I like to see the show combined with Californication: the XXX Files. Or what those alien grays did to me after they kidnapped me.

Brit smut slingers shafted by UK censors' stiff new stance

Scott Pedigo
Childcatcher

Re: Just to throw in a subject for debate...

We'll have grown up over these things when a teacher can say "ok class, who's heard of bukake?"

If they'd asked me that in school, I would have had no idea. I guess I would have had egg on my face.

Scott Pedigo
Coat

Does this mean no filming in boarding schools?

I thought caning was the traditional punishment for sassy boys in boarding school. Has that been banned now too?

Why Apple had to craft a pocket-busting 5.5in Plus-sized iPhone 6 (thank LG, Samsung etc)

Scott Pedigo
Big Brother

Not Allowing Fingerprint Storage? Got A Passport?

Last time I renewed my Swiss passport, they took a digital picture on the spot (which saved me from having to bring in a passport photo for them to glue on) and the fingerprints from both of my forefingers (right and left hands), and that data all goes in their system and - I assume - on the chip embedded in the passport.

Last time I travelled to the U.S. using my Swiss passport, I had to stick a forefinger on a reader. Don't tell me that the U.S. government isn't permanently storing any fingerprint they come by.

That's not the same as letting a private corporation store your fingerprints, but the point is, if you want to travel internationally, you're not going to totally avoid having your fingerprints stored.

Private corporations can't do much to you (apart from the evil ones in films), but the government can. I would think that you'd have more fear of government abuse than of business abuse.

One of the things I don't like about businesses storing my private information is that I know the NSA is going to have it, along with any law enforcement agency that wants it, and probably a few hackers. So if the government (mine and others) already has it anyway, it's not such a big deal.

Scott Pedigo
Headmaster

Color Me (Still) Skeptical

"They have pretty much answered all the objections that have been in the market, they are taking away all the advantages that competitors have."

So now I'll be able to buy a cheaper model with less memory, and then insert a 64 GB micro-SD card for extra storage? And I'll be able to just stick the USB cable into my PC or laptop and drag pictures and MP3 files between the computer and phone, and dispense with the cumbersome iTunes software?

Women-only town seeks men

Scott Pedigo
Gimp

Send Frank Miller

Did this remind anyone else of Sin City? I say, send Frank Miller there for inspiration.

Naughty mask, because, that's what the men are going to be forced to wear.

Delaware pair nabbed for getting saucy atop Mexican eatery

Scott Pedigo
Coat

Re: Why?

The IT angle: I can see a tenuous connection with various Unix commands. Here's my "man" page:

type: she was his, and vice-versa

tee: what she was wearing

strings: he has a nice trophy collection

touch: how this all got started

wait: what they failed to do

strip: what they did

head: what he wanted

tail: what he got

expand: what happened to the burrito (that's a little donkey, right?)

join: the connection between burrito and taco

time: there wasn't enough

nice: right up until the police arrived

split: what they tried to do once the police arrived

alias: what he and she tried to give to the police

what: the crime of combining burritos and tacos in public

Boeing to start work on most powerful rocket ... EVER!

Scott Pedigo
Facepalm

Recycled Pork?

I don't get it. Everyone, even those who prefer spending money on unmanned space probes, more or less accepted, if not promoted, the Orion space capsule + Constellation program development which started back in mid 2000's. In a time frame longer than it took us to go from a V-2 to a Saturn V, and which consumed a good chunk of the NASA budget during the interim, the big aerospace companies working on the project failed to deliver much of anything. The plug got pulled when the expected delivery dates were being pushed back years, if not over a decade, and the emphasis shifted to letting private industry have a shot. Now Boeing and Lockheed-Martin are themselves private companies, yes, but I'm assuming that what was meant by private industry is letting smaller companies propose and develop their own ideas, and then try to sell them, rather than having NASA give out huge development contracts for dream projects. Now that the private industry idea is working, Space X can resupply the ISS with cheaper and reusable rockets which don't use cryogenic fuels, now they want to go back to the old way, and recycle the same type of legacy products which could not be delivered in the Constellation project? I can see the need for a heavy booster, to lift stuff into LEO which has to go in one piece. But how much is that? Wouldn't it be cheaper to, say, launch components for a Mars mission into space using smaller boosters and assemble them in orbit? Or is that not technically feasible? Or are the components all going to be too big for that?

Russian deputy PM: 'We are coming to the Moon FOREVER'

Scott Pedigo
Alien

Iron Sky Curtain?

Putin is dreaming of the Helium 3.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1034314/

My work-from-home setup's better than the office. It's GLORIOUS

Scott Pedigo

Replace Your Handwarmer with a Gamer Laptop

If you can afford it, you should consider getting rid of the HP and replacing it with a gaming laptop.

You cannot judge by the stats alone. The HP laptops look great on paper, regarding the CPU, RAM, etc. in the price/performance department. In actuality, some models have heat problems. The last time I went looking for a laptop, I did two things: (1) walked through a large electronics store, putting my hands on the keyboards of the running demo models and looking closely at where the exhaust ports are located. An HP laptop keyboard almost burned my hand. An ASUS model by comparison was cool to the touch. (2) I looked at user comments on review sites, and low and behold, there were many complaints about overheating and freezes in the HP same model that was so hot.

I purchased an ASUS Republic of Gamers laptop that has two large fan exhaust ports at the BACK of the case. One for the CPU, one for the GPU. Large enough to get decent airflow, and they blow the air out straight out the back. The only thing you cannot do is jam it up against something, because that would block the airflow. Duh. No hot air on the mouse hand. The keyboard does get warm while gaming, but not unbearably hot. However, I never notice that anyway. I use a Logitech Unified mouse and keyboard, so I have just one small USB connector for both, have a full-sized keyboard that I can turn off/on, turn upside down and shake out, and position how I want. It's usually propped up on the bottom edge of the laptop.

Gaming laptops seem to be a hit-or-miss proposition regarding quality. You probably have about a 10% chance of getting a lemon. Judging by the comments I've read, you either love yours or you hate the manufacturer for having crappy support. The same manufacturers that get 5 stars for great laptops also get rated as "never buy one from here again" by the people who get the occasional bad one.

SkyDrive is dead! All hail Microsoft OneDrive! Happy now, Uncle Rupe?

Scott Pedigo

Is the NSA Paying for This?

"OneDrive users with Android devices can also receive an additional 3GB of permanent storage if they enroll in the service's new automatic camera backup feature, which stores photos online as soon as they're snapped."

First they came for my browser history, then they came for my friends list, then they came for my phone numbers, then they came for my call list, cell towers, wi-fi hotspots and GPS coordinates, now they come for my pictures...

Wii got it WRONG: How do you solve a problem like Nintendo?

Scott Pedigo

"After a few bouts of Tennis, the machine was left to gather dust and disappointment."

Yep. I played the heck out of Paper Mario, which I thought was great. But that wasn't thanks to the Wii. I would have liked playing it on any game console. My wife played through that and Mario Galaxy, but then lost interest part way through Galaxy 2. The Wii gets turned on for occasional bouts of bowling or kart racing when guests come to visit. Otherwise it collects dust. For awhile, I checked for new games, but I never saw any that caught my fancy. It is too underpowered to play a shooter, most of the third-party games look like cheap and simplistic games shoe-horned into the Wii style of control, and the sports games like the tennis and golf are neither good simulations nor much fun to play with friends over for a party, leaving just the bowling and kart-racing. Which got old after awhile.

I was hoping for something better with Wii U. It didn't impress me enough for me to upgrade.

DON'T PANIC! No credit card details lost after hackers crack world's largest casino group

Scott Pedigo
Coat

Wasn't This Supposed To Stay In Vegas?

Breaking into a website is one thing, but violating the unwritten rule?

Thought mobe banking apps were safe from nasties? THINK AGAIN

Scott Pedigo
Joke

Re: More security company FUD

Angry Birds have to put their money somewhere, and the Piggy Bank apparently cannot be trusted with their nest eggs.

Scott Pedigo
Unhappy

Consumer Rights Need To Catch Up

Every time I personally go to my bank, I am urged to use their on-line banking system. I always politely decline. I'm not a philistine when it comes to using the Internet. I have no problem using my credit card to order from Amazon, or using PayPal to pay for some other things. With the exception that I also refuse to sign up for the "Verified by Visa" program. With my credit card, my liability is limited if there is fraudulent use. With on-line banking, the banks shove the risk of fraud onto the consumers. They claim that their multi-factor authentication systems are fool-proof. Therefore, if your account is emptied, it can only be because you didn't properly keep your password, or one-time use sheet, or whatever safe. It is up to you to prove that you weren't at fault, that the on-line banking system has a security flaw, and that is effectively impossible. I know that the chances are small that with a multi-factor authentication system my bank account could be plundered. But the chances are not zero. I won't let the bank simply wash its hands of any responsibility, so until I get the same level of consumer protection that I do with a credit card, I won't use on-line banking.

If I do decide to ever use it, I can see how a mobile application would be at the same time very convenient, and -- being a new technology -- have new attack vectors, so I'd probably stick to using a dedicated computer.

'No, I CAN'T write code myself,' admits woman in charge of teaching our kids to code

Scott Pedigo

I Think I Know The Answer To This One

"So what made Silva choose Lottie Dexter to lead the initiative? It's hard to tell."

Um, I would rephrase that as "You can tell he's hard."

He wants to see a lotta Lottie.

Suits you, sir, suits you!

Nudge, nudge, wink, wink, say no more.

Bitcoin value plunges as Mt.Gox halts withdrawals and Russia says 'nyet'

Scott Pedigo

"In accordance with Art. 27 of the Federal Law 'On the Central Bank of the Russian Federation', the official currency of the Russian Federation is the ruble ... Bitcoin are money substitutes and cannot be used by individuals and legal entities,"

I guess that the Russian players in Everquest II and World of Warcraft are going to be out some Gold then. Since any magical weapons and armor purchased with in-game money are tainted by currency violations, those must be seized as well.

This lends a whole new meaning to the term "raiding party".

Gene boffins: Yes, you. Staring at the screen. You're a NEANDERTHAL

Scott Pedigo
Childcatcher

Re: Hi handsome

"... they were actually more desireable and "beautiful" to at least the eyes of our species' males..."

Now if the scientists would kindly correlate the time frame with the discovery of fermentation, there might be an explanation.

AMD's 'Revolution' will be televised ... if its CPU-GPU frankenchip Kaveri is a hit

Scott Pedigo
Headmaster

Re: A load of marketing hot air

The article implies that in the future there could be various combinations of CPU and GPU. For example, possibly a chip with 8 CPU and 4 GPU. They'll be oriented toward specific needs, so if you only want CPU cores, there will presumably be one like that. Nobody will limit your selection. You will have to choose the correct product for your needs.

To fel with you! There's an NSA spook in my World of Warcraft

Scott Pedigo
Pirate

What? No Everquest 2 or Planetside 2 Spying?

It's a sad day for Sony I guess, when the spooks don't think there are enough users in these now free-to-play games to make it worth spying on them.

On the bright side, hackers still think it is worthwhile to hack into the Sony servers to steal usernames and passwords.

Oh no, RBS has gone titsup again... but is it JUST BAD LUCK?

Scott Pedigo

Re: not just faults

What? You never wrote an interrupt handler? Just don't forget to turn them back on...

On the matter of shooting down Amazon delivery drones with shotguns

Scott Pedigo

Re: Re Why you can't satisfy your wife and I can

Well, both do involve rods being inserted, and something being split.

Helium-filled disks lift off: You can't keep these 6TB beasts down

Scott Pedigo
Mushroom

Re: less helium than a balloon

"Helium is a finite resource, once it escapes it cannot be recovered or re-created (on Earth at least)."

Well, there is one way it can be created, but it's not practical, and collecting the fused Hydrogen atoms might prove to be a problem.

HTC phone STOPS BULLET, saves Florida gas station clerk's life

Scott Pedigo
Gimp

I've read a couple of articles referencing the Wozniak piece where he calls for patience in the face of unrealistic expectations of a continuous stream of revolutionary products from Apple. Now that phones and pads have cameras back and front, flashes, WiFi, Bluetooth, USB, 3G, 4G, etc. it seems that the best we can hope for are incremental improvements in the OS, battery life, and camera and screen resolution.

But why should phones be limited to defense? The best defense is a strong offence!

Here's my idea for the next revolutionary product: the iPistol!

Specs: a 14 round, 10mm pistol, with a white plastic inlay in the polished aluminium grip. Integrated MP3 player, phone, camera with integrated targeting sensor, and fingerprint sensor on the trigger. Can be configured to playback your favourite clips, like "Do you feel lucky punk? Well, do ya?" Automatically posts your best shots to Facebook.

You just have to be careful not to press the wrong button when you're having a conversation.

Facebook fans fuel faggots firestorm

Scott Pedigo
Childcatcher

What, No Mention of Trousers?

Thanks to all for your various hints and warnings on what terms American tourists are advised not to use. No one seems to have remembered to tell them that men should use the term trousers, rather than pants.

Why a Robin Hood tax on filthy rich City types is the very LAST thing needed

Scott Pedigo
Coat

Why only expand markets to allowing shorting of houses and real-estate? We should be able to short anything. For instance, pants. If I see a polyester bubble-butt, then I should be able to short pants.

DRAMA at 75,000 FEET: Our Playmonaut's TERROR PLUNGE from EDGE of SPACE

Scott Pedigo

Did the burst balloon remain attached and act as a drogue chute to slow down the fall of the assembly?

'Beat the lie detectors' trainer sentenced to 8 months in jail

Scott Pedigo
Big Brother

The guy should have denied ever having done anything of the sort, and offered to take a lie detector test to prove he was telling the truth.

Pair of complete tits sorry for pervy app

Scott Pedigo
Paris Hilton

Change the Name and You've Got Yourself an App

How about a description of how the app was supposed to work. I'm imagining that the app would have taken photos using both the front and rear facing cameras at the same time, pasting the two photos into a side-by-side presentation, with the gawking face on the left, and whatever the rear-facing camera was aiming at on the right. It could be anything, not just a pair of tits. So with a name change to something not involving body parts, it seems to me that it could be a perfectly legitimate app. It would be good for getting 'reaction shots', but instead of just seeing the face, you'd also see what the person was reacting to.

Paris, because I'd have liked to have seen the expression on her former boyfriend's face.

Finally it happens: MAN BITES DOG - after stabbing himself

Scott Pedigo
Trollface

Re: That's not a "hound".

It was a "hapless hound". It's obvious that the author was after some alliteration. Fits better than "daunting dog" or "courageous canine" as the dog was the one getting bit, rather than doing the biting. Artistic license!

Let's not forget, that "hound" often is used in this sort of context, as evidenced by that arbiter of such things, Dick Dastardly:

Mutley, you snickering, floppy eared hound.

When courage is needed, you're never around.

Those medals you wear on your moth-eaten chest

Should be there for bungling at which you are best.

So, stop that pigeon

Stop that pigeon

Stop that pigeon

Stop that pigeon

Stop that pigeon

Stop that pigeon

Stop that pigeon

Howwww!

Nab him

Jab him

Tab him

Grab him

Stop that pigeon now.

You, silly, stop snickering, it's not worth the chance.

For you'll be returned by the seat of your pants.

And clunk, you invent me a thingamabob

That catches that pigeon or I lose my job.

So, stop that pigeon

Stop that pigeon

Stop that pigeon

Stop that pigeon

Stop that pigeon

Stop that pigeon

Stop that pigeon

Howwww!

Nab him

Jab him

Tab him

Grab him

Stop that pigeon now.

It's the software, stupid: Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch bags big apps

Scott Pedigo
Happy

Re: I must be too old

I had a Timex Datalink. I could sync it with my PC running MS-DOS by holding it in front of the screen. You had to have a CRT though, not a TFT screen.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timex_Datalink

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