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Comment: 1950s (Score 3, Insightful) 127

by djupedal (#46384669) Attached to: The Ephemerality and Reality of the Jetpack
I suspect they ran the numbers and decided that rather than making medicore-range quasi-flyers out of ground soldiers, the smart money was on just getting it over with and develop better helicopters, instead. Better speed; longer flights; bigger payloads - all much cheaper than adding limited flight capabilities to the individual.

Comment: Article seems a bit confused (Score 3, Interesting) 63

by djupedal (#46354471) Attached to: Find Along Chilean Highway Suggests Ancient Mass Stranding of Whales
The article says:
"Second, most of the baleen whale skeletons had been preserved “belly-up”—a position that suggests the creatures died at sea, rolled upside down as they decomposed, and then remained inverted when high tides or storm surges deposited them on shore. That ultimate resting position is typical of modern baleen whales that die at sea, Goldbogen says.

Finally, ripples preserved in the rocks indicate that the carcasses ended up lying crosswise to currents that had cast them onto the beach—just as in modern mass strandings, Pyenson says."

We've been told that modern 'strandings' are the cause of death (witness all the efforts to return the creatures to deeper waters), not the result.

Comment: maybe, but . . . (Score 4, Insightful) 112

by djupedal (#46233665) Attached to: Can Electric Current Make People Better At Math?
'better at math' seems a bit vague. Better at algebra, maybe, but many who suffer from dyscalculia excel at higher math, example string theory. We don't need more individuals that are ok w/algebra, so the value here is more about trying to better understand the brain than about helping people get jobs working the register at a food truck.

Comment: Ah...the poetry of it all (Score 1) 202

by djupedal (#46213727) Attached to: Death By Metadata: The NSA's Secret Role In the US Drone Strike Program
'Death by Cop'
'Death by Intimidation'
'Death by Dieing'
'Death by Failure'
'Death by Circumstance'
'Death by Stereo'
'Death by Drowning'
'Death by Crossfit'

...the press doesn't care, as long as someone dies. 'Death by Drone' is just today's flavor, nothing more.

**If you have a domain to sell, speak up as clients are waiting** Sorry, they just left the room - never mind.

+ - Elon Musk, Tesla CTO Talk Model X Details, Model S Upgrades->

Submitted by joe5
joe5 (3510639) writes "Tesla Motors tries to keep product details quiet for the most part, but in a recent Q & A session in Norway (Teslas sell extremely well there) Tesla CEO Elon Musk and the company's CTO JB Straubel discussed some interesting nuggets about the Model S, the upcoming Model X SUV, and the company's planned Model E sedan. One hint: the production Model X will definitely have the crazy "falcon doors." (video and transcript in the article)"
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+ - October 2015: The End of the Swipe-and-Sign Credit Cards in USA->

Submitted by schwit1
schwit1 (797399) writes "US banks and merchants are shifting to a more secure way of authorizing credit card transactions in which customers will enter a personal identification number (PIN) at checkout instead of signing a receipt.

The US is the last major market in the world using the signature system, which is part of the reason why a disproportionate amount of credit card fraud happens here. The change is especially relevant given the massive fraud perpetrated against customers of Target in the fall. During a Congressional hearing last week, Target CFO John Mulligan said the company is accelerating the $100 million effort to switch to the so-called "chip and pin" system.

The change won't happen all at once. Banks must issue cards with microprocessors and merchants need the right equipment to process the so-called "chip and PIN transactions," which is likely to happen gradually. But Visa, American Express, and MasterCard have announced that banks and merchants that have not adopted the technology for face-to-face transactions by October 2015 will be liable for fraudulent purchases. That's a strong incentive to get up to date. The new system will also prepare merchants and banks to transition to contactless payments in the near future."

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Comment: Re:Help me out (Score 1) 299

by djupedal (#46207293) Attached to: Online, You're Being Watched At All Times; Act Accordingly.

In pre-internet society, those things were curtailed very efficiently by peer pressure.

Your case is actually one that is being argued against internet anonymity.

I think you mean acrimony. That and you may have had entirely different peers than some of us :) Sorry about your lunch money...

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