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Comment: Re:Plastic socket wrench? (Score 2) 17

by CaptQuark (#48645465) Attached to: NASA 'Emails' a Socket Wrench To the ISS
I'll bet you any amount it won't break. This is a technology demonstration and proof of concept, not a stress-to-failure type test. The main goal is to upload the build file, print it, then return it to earth to compare against the reference model. Some of the questions they might be working to answer are: Do the extrusion heads work the same way in microgravity? Do micro-bubbles form in the material without gravity to collapse them? Do wisps of hot filament drift around the build chamber without gravity to control them?

Imagine turning an earth-bound 3D printer upside down and printing an object. What other issues does gravity alleviate that we don't know about?


Comment: Re:Who will guard the guardians? (Score 1) 49

by CaptQuark (#48645373) Attached to: Seattle Police Held Hackathon To Redact Footage From Body Cameras
The Seattle Police are working to comply with Washington State Public Records Act, not the federal Freedom of Information Act. Just as states have different versions of single-party or all-party recording consent, the Washington State law requires that certain public records be made available upon request, with the restrictions noted in the story. The Seattle Police Department currently has 350+ Terabyes of archived video subject to Public Records requests.

From the GeekWire article:

However, Seattle Police officials also admitted that about 90 percent of the video officers create probably needs no redaction at all. That’s because members of the public have no right to expect privacy in their interactions with police, unless they are juveniles or a witness or victim whose safety might be at risk if their identity is known.


Comment: Re:How about a list for Australia ... (Score 0) 43

by CaptQuark (#48579681) Attached to: New Compilation of Banned Chinese Search-Terms Reveals Curiosities
Where do you live that makes you think your access to information is being censored? Do you click on links and find the destination is blocked? Do people mention news articles that you can't access?

China has a history of blocking many sites they deem inappropriate for people to visit. You think the list of words that the country with the (now) largest economy in the world DOESN'T have an impact on you?

You think that's air you're breathing now? Hmph..

Comment: Re:Every 30 days. (Score 3, Interesting) 247

by CaptQuark (#48528811) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Convincing My Company To Stop Using Passwords?
All government agencies are transitioning to Smart Card based two-factor authentication. The Common Access Card (CAC) used by the military is one type of smart card that is supported by many other agencies. It eliminates the need for remembering passwords, can't be used if stolen, locks itself if the incorrect PIN is attempted, supports proximity-based readers like door locks, and contains certificates for encrypting email and digital signatures.

With the number of government agencies purchasing these cards, the per card cost is coming down quickly.

Comment: Re:Okay, this is a great idea (Score 2) 647

by CaptQuark (#48481621) Attached to: Debian Forked Over Systemd
Uh... NoCSS? If the top and bottom panes move for you then you must have CSS turned off. The two sections are appropriately named "navbar-fixed-top" and "navbar-fixed-bottom" so they should not move by design. I'm not suggesting it is a good design, but to each his own.

I agree the text is way too large for viewing on a monitor, but a few clicks of the scrollwheel with the Ctrl key fixes that. Or if you prefer to keep your hands on the keyboard, Ctrl+- three times brings the font down to an acceptable size. As to why they would pick a 40px font size, that is a mystery.


Comment: Re:ROFL (Score 1) 231

by CaptQuark (#48357637) Attached to: Canadian Police Recommend Ending Anonymity On the Internet
No, they are technically competent. They just want to make their jobs easier. Following their logic, every vehicle should have a GPS tracking device to make it easier to find the speeders, drug dealers, kidnappers, bail jumpers, etc. Why let privacy concerns get in the way of making their job easier?


Comment: USA are a country? (Score 4, Informative) 161

by CaptQuark (#48323519) Attached to: New Particle Collider Is One Foot Long

The Unites States of America are a country

A group is considered a single entity if all the members of the group are addressed together. You cannot have a group of "United States" be a country without including all 50 of them so they are addressed as a single group. The capitalization of United States of America also indicates you are referring to the collection of all 50 states together.

In contrast, if you said "The Red States are more conservative." then you are referring to the individual states in that group so they are treated as a plural subject.

Other examples: The Pit Crew is efficient, but the pit crew members are tired. The choir is rehearsing, but the choir singers are upset.


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