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Comment: Re:Can disrupt? How about INTENDED to disrupt! (Score 1) 194

by Anubis350 (#49166727) Attached to: Feds Admit Stingray Can Disrupt Bystanders' Communications
That's because the feds have been studiously trying to keep them under wraps, but the majority of users do appear to be locals, for ex the ACLU's tracking page here. The FBI has been interfering with court cases where they are filing amicus briefs and injunctions to attempt to prevent disclosures of local use of stingrays, which is why the feds are *particularly* prominent in this.

Comment: Re: Non-scientist at work (Score 3, Informative) 292

I'll bite. Ballard's discovery wasn't "accidental". He'd been pushing a new way of searching for wrecks, which he wanted to use to find the Titanic. The Navy thought his work was perfect for looking for a lost sub. They funded him for a set number of days, using his well known desire to search for the Titanic as a cover, with the deal that he could look for the Titanic with his remaining time after (if) he found the sub - first he found the latter, then the former The only irony is that the Navy was initially concerned that the publicity in actually finding the Titanic would make people wonder why the Navy had bothered funding a search for a passenger liner, but the huge amount of acclaim meant that no one really ever dug deeper into the mission till more recent times.

Comment: Re:So? (Score 1) 175

by Anubis350 (#48014719) Attached to: When Everything Works Like Your Cell Phone

There are jobs the electric tools can do that human muscle can not. Try boring a quarter inch dia. hole through an inch of case hardened 4140 chromemoly hand drill and get back to us.

Or just will do massively better and faster - I just had to drill through 3 layers of masonry to run new lines at work. I'm sure I *could* have done it manually, but the hammer drill I had did it with a nice clean inch wide circular hole in only a few mins. The best tool for a job is the one that lets you get it done right, get it done fast, and move on. It's nice to make sure you have a manual backup around, but electric tools get the job done for most people.

Comment: Re:Still pretty affordable (Score 1) 393

by Anubis350 (#47934035) Attached to: Is the Tesla Model 3 Actually Going To Cost $50,000?
because it's not *just* for the charging network, it's to stimulate growth of the whole industry - and that starts with having an install base of the *cars*. Get enough EV machines on the road and there will be a lot of third party things made for them. It's better to stimulate the primary driving force behind that than one specific aspect

Comment: Re:Simple (Score 1) 635

by Anubis350 (#47833095) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Old Technology Can't You Give Up?
Well, first of all, in that high a quantity you can get them even cheaper than what I quoted by buying at a bulk price. As to how to replicate them... dd or more user friendly duplication program if you want and then fill every available USB port you have with thumb drives. Faster and more parallel than DV burning actually /though gotta wonder.... how often are you handing out DVDs? //and the number of people who still have an optical drive on their main computing device to read 'em is shrinking, fast

Comment: Re:Not the PSUs? The actual cables? (Score 1) 137

by Anubis350 (#47771597) Attached to: HP Recalls 6 Million Power Cables Over Fire Hazard
I believe much of that cabling was actually replaced when the bridge was last rehabbed (not the current project working on the ramps and roads)

/they kept the substandard cabling in though because the bridge was built with several different support mechanisms, each one sturdy enough for the bridge on its own, Roebling was being paranoid with his design
//the cable crosshatching *is* because of the inferior wire however, though in the end they really are a just decorative feature since they aren't needed for support

Comment: Re:Mandatory panic! (Score 1) 421

by Anubis350 (#47740521) Attached to: South Carolina Student Arrested For "Killing Pet Dinosaur"
NZ has the advantage of knowing that if another nation invaded them there are countries with big sticks, like the US and UK, that would defend them. It's easy to go light on national defense when you have other people willing to step in. When you're already the big fish there isn't someone else to rely on

Comment: Re:Mandatory panic! (Score 1) 421

by Anubis350 (#47740511) Attached to: South Carolina Student Arrested For "Killing Pet Dinosaur"
What, pray tell, (ignoring all other effects for a second) do you think would happen to the economy if a)all defense contractors suddenly had their orders shrink by 80% (bearing in mind this cascades down the supply chain to everyone from small subcontractors like speciality machine shops to the delis that make their bones on selling lunch and coffee to everyone working on projects) and b)if we suddenly dumped all the people currently employed by the DoD directly in the labor market? Not that the military is really about to be drastically eliminated but if it were the economic effects alone would probably tank the US economy, and the world's right afterwards.

Comment: Re:any way to use some of that ram as a ram disk? (Score 1) 42

by Anubis350 (#47453151) Attached to: AMD FirePro W9100 16GB Workstation GPU Put To the Test
RAM is cheap, most people who are planning to toss this card in their workstation can also max its memory out to a level that 16GB wouldn't make much of a difference if they needed a ramdisk. For the few remaining people there are better solutions.

Add to that that then you're competing on bandwidth on the PCIe lanes for access to the card's memory with anything you're actually using the card for and it makes no sense to bother.

Recent research has tended to show that the Abominable No-Man is being replaced by the Prohibitive Procrastinator. -- C.N. Parkinson