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Comment: Re:What did I miss? (Score 4, Informative) 95

Mass has a relationship with density. The crust is less dense that the mantle, so more crust=less mass. The mountains float on the mantle in a similar way to icebergs on water, ie they displace mantle beneath them, resulting in a 1-you-wide segment down to the core of the earth that contains more crust and less mantle, therefore containing less mass.

Comment: Re:"Kills Off PCs" -- Um, no it doesn't. (Score 1) 107

by BoogieChile (#49635147) Attached to: Self-Destructing Virus Kills Off PCs

> It first attempts to overwrite the Master Boot Record (MBR) of PhysicalDisk0, which renders the computer inoperable. If the malware does not have permissions to overwrite the MBR, it will instead destroy all files in the user’s home folder (e.g. C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator\) by encrypting each file with a randomly generated RC4 key. After the MBR is overwritten, or the home folder has been encrypted, the computer is restarted. The MBR also contains information about the disk partitions. The altered MBR overwrites the bytes for these partitions with Null bytes, making it even more difficult to recover data from the sabotaged hard drive.

I know somebody around here who didn't even read the article....

Comment: Re:Wah, "threatened" (Score 1) 87

0. You sell a home security product that is not secure and does not provide the security you advertise

1. I send you a letter warning you of the flaws in your product and the obligation I feel to advise others who may be relying on the security you advertise that isn't actually there.

FTFY...carry on.

Comment: Re:Pinto (Score 1) 247

by BoogieChile (#49566175) Attached to: The Engineer's Lament -- Prioritizing Car Safety Issues

> brake hard

There's your problem. Take your foot off the gas and wait. Once there's a two second gap, you can put it back down again. Hard braking is something that should only happen in an emergency, unless you're driving for the exercise, ie, not commuting on a crowded road.

Also, sticking in the outside lane at 5 miles an hour under, you'll always have a gap in front of you.

Driving 50 miles at 55 instead of 50 will only save you six minutes anyway. Over 25 miles, it's only three minutes difference.

Comment: Re:Bad use case (Score 1) 128

Sure, the signs are there now...

The only place where a warning was given in all of the eastern Indian ocean was on Maikhao Beach in Thailand, and that's only because one of the tourists there had been paying attention in school two weeks before. The whole of the Indian Ocean tsunami warning system only came into being as a result of the 2004 tsunami.

Computer Science is the only discipline in which we view adding a new wing to a building as being maintenance -- Jim Horning