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Comment: 24kt Solo Cups? (Score 1) 191

What I'm curious about is how in the hell two disposable cups cost $127.30
Or how 220 gauze bandages comes to $424.60
Or 17 rolls of "pressure sensitive adhesive tape" (read: likely duct tape or equivalent) is $281.69
And a single plastic bag listed at $194.75

Does the US military electroplate their gear with precious metals before selling it, or what? I'm not even a US citizen, but those prices - sans a reasonable explanation - seem obscene.

PS: Taken from the MO Department of Public Safety.

Comment: Re:In Russia, Yandex uses YOU (Score 3, Interesting) 400

DDG uses a multitude of sources for it's results, like Yandex, Bing, Yahoo, and others (it will directly pull stuff from Wikipedia, Wolfram Alpha, etc) including it's own crawler. So no, it's not just a front end for someone else's results, it's more of an aggregator with a focus on privacy/anonymity.

Comment: Re:Sci Fi Really Ages Quickly (Score 1) 186

by MachDelta (#48400075) Attached to: Battlestar Galactica Creator Glen A. Larson Dead At 77

Space: Above and Beyond followed a very similar path to the original BSG (only ran one season, etc.) Except it was, arguably, pretty well written. It was definitely one of those 'ahead of it's time' shows. I could see a reboot doing very well, if only someone could wrestle the rights away from Fox - and this time not spend such a huge chunk of the production budget on bleeding edge CGI (which ended up being the perfect reason to axe it).

Comment: Re:After the first five minutes (Score 5, Interesting) 286

by MachDelta (#48247021) Attached to: The Airplane of the Future May Not Have Windows

I'm the same way - I love staring out the window of an airplane. I'll bring hours of entertainment on a flight, and then spend half the trip just wistfully gazing out the window.

One of my favorite moments (and quite probably a formative moment of my love for window seats on planes) was a landing at Victoria (or maybe it was Vancouver, been a while) airport. I was a young teenager, and was seated just aft of the left wing. I didn't know much about aircraft then, so when we touched down and all of a sudden the rear engine cowling splits in half and rejoins behind the exhaust to form a redirection chute (thrust reversal), and then the pilot throttles up (I've always loved the whistle of turbines and the power of a jet engine) while the plane shudders and rumbles to a stop... I was in heaven. I'm sure my eyes were the size of saucer plates. It was the most amazing thing I'd ever seen, like discovering you were actually riding a transformer the whole time. And that moment of surprise and joy is frozen in time in my memory, along with my love of window seats on airplanes. I'd be sad if they ever took that away.

Comment: Re:This is typical of the "Jobs era" Apple (Score 1) 135

by MachDelta (#48060093) Attached to: Apple To Face $350 Million Trial Over iPod DRM

Actually, Cowon makes an MP3 player (X7) with a 120 or 160gb HDD, although I haven't used that model myself.

They also have an audiophile device (Plenue1) that has 128gb flash + SD card (up to another 128). Beautiful device with some crazy features (when's the last time you saw optical out on an MP3 player?) - just don't ask about the price.

Comment: Re:I get it. (Score 1) 341

You joke, but two(ish) decades ago we had an ISP tell my father that their "Unlimited Internet" referred to unlimited access (eg: 24/7/365) and not unlimited bandwidth. When he asked what the monthly data allowance was, he was told that there wasn't one... but it wasn't unlimited. It was just that our household was using more bandwidth than usual (entirely my fault, being a tech-crazed teenager at the time) and it would be really nice if we would cut that out - for the good of the network. So my father explained that he had a better solution for the good of the network, and canceled our cable TV and internet on the spot. We signed up with their competition (who assured my father that their unlimited internet really was unlimited) the next day.

Of course, now no one in my area offers an unlimited bandwidth internet package for anything shy of $130/mo.

Comment: Re:Update from Synology-sec issue patched 12/2013 (Score 2) 150

by MachDelta (#47606427) Attached to: Synolocker 0-Day Ransomware Puts NAS Files At Risk

[quote]Unlike a desktop OS, browser, or other software, the DiskStation does not normally remind you to do this. You have to check manually.[/quote]
It's trivially easy to set up a Synology NAS to email/sms/skype/etc you about both OS and package upgrades being available, at least on the versions of DSM I've used.

Comment: Re:Clearly illegal? (Score 3, Insightful) 251

Depends on who you ask. Their excuse here is that they're not wiretapping anything, they're just playing 'Marco Polo' with your phone while moving around so they can triangulate where you are so then they can get a warrant. Supposedly, they aren't listening to your calls (not that you'd have any way of verifying that or even challenging it in court) so it doesn't count as wiretapping. In reality, this is taking a page out of the NSA's playbook and trying to skirt the law on a technicality.

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