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+ - UVB-76 Explained->

Submitted by Useful Wheat
Useful Wheat (1488675) writes "Recently slashdot covered the reappearance of UVB-76 in the news. Thanks to some heavy digging in an achieved Russian web page, the function of the mysterious transmitter has been revealed.

According to an archived Russian web page (purportedly written by the Russian Strategic Rocket Forces), UVB-76 is used to transfer orders to military personnel, along with the time at which they should be executed. Sample orders are given on this page, which match the format of messages transmitted by the station in the past: 45359 ½ 3749 6335 79992 f 9923 7768 7117 5770 28138 77560151 05515597 76785508 6121 2637 0931 "Words for the radio messages and code tables are selected mainly from the scientific terms of chemistry (Brohman), Geology (ganomatit), philology (Izafat), geography (Bong), Zoology (kariama), history (Scythian), cooking (drying), sports (krolist) and others, as well as rare Russian words (glashatel)."

The page continues to list all 23 transmissions that have been made from the station in the past, showing that UVB-76 may be more active than believed."
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Crime

Girls Bugged Teachers' Staff Room 227

Posted by samzenpus
from the making-the-grade dept.
A pair of enterprising Swedish schoolgirls ended up in court after they were caught bugging their teachers break room. The duo hoped they would hear discussions about upcoming tests and school work, allowing them to get better grades. It worked until one of them decided to brag about it on Facebook, and the authorities were called in. The girls were charged with trespassing and fined 2,000 kronor ($270) each in Stockholm District Court.

Comment: Re:I finally could tell my friend to go to hell (Score 1) 461

by Useful Wheat (#33354312) Attached to: Windows 95 Turns 15

From wikipedia:
"Official system requirements were an Intel 80386 DX CPU of any speed, 4 MB of system RAM, and 120 MB of hard drive space."

I have porn that wouldn't run on this computer (Blue rays take a lot of processing power). Which brings me to my next point, the code name of "Chicago" was prescient. Seriously, named for political blustering and needless posturing. The windy city by virtue of people at each other's throats because of their beliefs.

Yep. Perfect.

Microsoft

+ - Happy 15th Birthday Windows 95!->

Submitted by Useful Wheat
Useful Wheat (1488675) writes "Happy 15th Birthday Windows 95!

The official release of Windows 95 was today, Aug. 24, 1995. Internal Code Name, “Chicago”, Windows 95 went on to become the one of the most successful operating systems of the 1990’s.

Official system requirements were an Intel 80386 DX CPU of any speed, 4 MB of system RAM, and 120 MB of hard drive space.

http://www.wired.com/science/discoveries/news/2007/08/dayintech_0824

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_95"

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Comment: Re:Without any evidence? (Score 1) 457

by Useful Wheat (#33214112) Attached to: Online Forum Speeding Boast Leads To Conviction

In his case, the claim is quite plausible. His car is capable of that speed. Many people speed, every day. There is little incentive to lie about such a feat, and no easy way to positively verify it without eye witnesses.

Welcome Narcogen! I see this is your first time on the Internet. Stay away from 4chan and you'll be just fine. I would recommend good antivirus protection, and some kind of filter to protect you from Nigerian Prince scams. No matter what they claim, they are not royalty that seeks to give you millions of dollars for a small upfront fee.

Since this is the first message board you've ever been to in your life, let me explain the concept of the "E-Peen". Its like a penis, except it grows based on what strangers think of you on the Internet. To increase "E-Peen" people will often write completely ridiculous bullshit on anonymous Internet forums, so that people will think they're cool. In response, people will typically try to top that with bullshit of their own. As a result, the Internet is an overflowing cesspool of lies.

For further reading, you should visit the world of warcraft forums where approximately 78% of the population is close friends with a GM, and all of them have max level PVP heroes on their other account, with that totally awesome 0.5% drop gear.

Thank you, and have a nice stay Narcogen. Don't feed the trolls.

Comment: Re:Without any evidence? (Score -1, Redundant) 457

by Useful Wheat (#33214018) Attached to: Online Forum Speeding Boast Leads To Conviction

In his case, the claim is quite plausible. His car is capable of that speed. Many people speed, every day. There is little incentive to lie about such a feat, and no easy way to positively verify it without eye witnesses.

Welcome Narcogen! I see this is your first time on the Internet. Stay away from 4chan and you'll be just fine. I would recommend good antivirus protection, and some kind of filter to protect you from Nigerian Prince scams. No matter what they claim, they are not royalty that seeks to give you millions of dollars for a small upfront fee.

Since this is the first message board you've ever been to in your life, let me explain the concept of the "E-Peen". Its like a penis, except it grows based on what strangers think of you on the Internet. To increase "E-Peen" people will often write completely ridiculous bullshit on anonymous Internet forums, so that people will think they're cool. In response, people will typically try to top that with bullshit of their own. As a result, the Internet is an overflowing cesspool of lies.

For further reading, you should visit the world of warcraft forums where approximately 78% of the population is close friends with a GM, and all of them have max level PVP heroes on their other account, with that totally awesome 0.5% drop gear.

Thank you, and have a nice stay Narcogen.

Comment: Re:Bluff City is south of Bristol Motor Speedway (Score 1) 680

by Useful Wheat (#32499066) Attached to: Anti-Speed Camera Activist Buys Police Department's Web Domain

You've never seen a speed trap? Next to where I live, they park 3 cop cars underneath a bridge next to the main road. You can't see the cops before you get to the bridge, so they always have at least 1 person pulled over to give them a ticket. The worst part is, they do it right where the speed limit changes, right before the sign. If you live here long enough you know where all the speed traps do, but they certainly do setup a full scale man hunt for it.

I never see any rape traps setup, although I think "Jail Bait" might qualify.

Comment: Re:Bluff City is south of Bristol Motor Speedway (Score 4, Insightful) 680

by Useful Wheat (#32497166) Attached to: Anti-Speed Camera Activist Buys Police Department's Web Domain

I don't understand people that think speed limits are moral imperatives that fall on the same line as murder or arson. You people act like I just raped somebody if I want to go 55 in a 50 mile an hour zone.

I live in Houston on I-10, and due to a huge environmental/safety push they lowered the speed limit from 70 to 55. It was a joke, the highway is built for speed and it has excellent lines of visibility and intelligently designed merging sections, and they make you crawl down it. Nobody did the speed limit so they upped it to 60, which didn't really help. As a result you get fast swerving traffic trying to move at the natural pace down the highway, moving through slow road bumps.

If they would pick a reasonable speed limit based on the design of the road, and not the result of some safety pissing campaign then I bet you could get people to actually follow it.

Comment: MPEG_LA Isn't the devil (Score 3, Informative) 247

by Useful Wheat (#32328514) Attached to: Nero Files Antitrust Complaint Against MPEG-LA

Although I disagree with most of what that company does, their MPEG licensing fee is on the order of $2 per manufactured device to use their technology. This isn't really extortion. HDMI is 4 cents per device, but you're required to maintain a $10,000 license fee on top of that. I think gross abuse would be more on the order of $50/device.

Either way, I support the free and open standard provided by displayport, which dispatches with the fees.

Comment: Re:your first sentence is technically flawed (Score 2, Interesting) 531

by Useful Wheat (#31820648) Attached to: Ubuntu on a Dime

When I went to college (4 years ago, if you were interested) we went to the salvation army and bought some massive 22 inch CRTs for $10. I bought 3. My Desktop had 2 huge screens, and I had a third over my bed that I doubled up as a TV.

Seriously, go to salvation army for your ultra-cheap computing needs.

Comment: Won't somebody think of the children (Score 3, Insightful) 131

by Useful Wheat (#31687768) Attached to: Lawmakers Ask For FTC Investigation of Google Buzz

Please! Won't somebody think of the children surfing the internet without adult supervision! Gmail only added people that you had repeated email correspondence with, which means that the 9 year old girl was perfectly capable of picking up sexual predators on her own. Also? Putting any kind of responsibility on the parents is clearly across the line.

Comment: Re:Oops... (Score 1, Interesting) 289

by Useful Wheat (#31260554) Attached to: The Billion Dollar Kernel

You have the right idea, but the wrong implementation.

How much would it cost to professionally produce every video on youtube? I heard somewhere that roughly 20 videos are posted a minute, so that would be about 10.5 million videos per year. There's a lot of good content on youtube, excellent science demonstrations (look up SF6, and see an aluminum boat floating on a gas), some excellent comedy, and some great drama. However, the remaining 95% of the videos on youtube are trash that needs to be burned, and then shot into the sun to keep it from infecting the rest of us.

I'm sure that producing all of these videos would run into many hundreds of millions of dollars a year. On top of that, the writing staff needed to produce the comments would probably break the billion dollar mark. The real question is, is this an accurate measurement of value?

Maybe, Maybe not.

What I would be more interested in seeing is a comparison of what the open source community has been able to produce, compared to what the closed source community has been able to produce. Is open source labor as cost efficient as hiring a real programmer? If I paid a team of 20 experts to write code for a year, would their output be better than the same number of lines produced from open source?

I don't know. However, if I had to guess I would say no. If you look at the state of 3d video drivers, and gimp, the closed source version is typically better. Windows drivers are almost always better for video cards. Photoshop is better than gimp.

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