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Comment: Re: Strong public relations (Score 2) 200

by TheDarkMaster (#49301127) Attached to: NZ Customs Wants Power To Require Passwords
As a citizen of a shithole country, I am concerned about worse things that border guards can do with my password and full access to my phone. Like planting "evidence" of crimes on my phone and then require a bribe to not arrest me. In these cases the options are shoot to kill, or the best one that is not to travel to countries which have such absurd laws.

Comment: I don't get it (Score 1) 184

by TheDarkMaster (#49254291) Attached to: Why Apple Won't Adopt a Wireless Charging Standard
Why all this hype around a technology that involves applying electric fields strong enough to induce electrical currents high enough to recharge an electronic device, which is DANGEROUS to do with electronic equipment (you can fry the device)? Not to mention the serious problem of electromagnetic interference in what is around? It is not much safer simply connect a cable to the device?
Space

20-Year-Old Military Weather Satellite Explodes In Orbit 253

Posted by samzenpus
from the go-boom dept.
schwit1 writes A 20-year-old U.S. military weather satellite apparently exploded for no obvious reason. The incident has put several dozen pieces of space junk into orbit. From the article: "A 20-year-old military weather satellite apparently exploded in orbit Feb. 3 following what the U.S. Air Force described as a sudden temperature spike. The “catastrophic event” produced 43 pieces of space debris, according to Air Force Space Command, which disclosed the loss of the satellite Feb. 27 in response to questions from SpaceNews. The satellite, Defense Meteorological Satellite Program Flight 13, was the oldest continuously operational satellite in the DMSP weather constellation."
ISS

ISS Crew Install Cables For 2017 Arrival of Commercial Capsules 106

Posted by timothy
from the in-meters-they're-even-longer dept.
The Associated Press, as carried by the San Francisco Chronicle, reports that NASA astronauts Butch Wilmore and Terry Virts have attached more than 300 feet of cable to the exterior of the International Space Station in a series of three planned spacewalks; in total, the wiring job they're undertaking will involve 764 feet of power and data cables. The extensive rewiring is needed to prepare for NASA’s next phase 260 miles up: the 2017 arrival of the first commercial spacecraft capable of transporting astronauts to the orbiting lab. NASA is paying Boeing and SpaceX to build the capsules and fly them from Cape Canaveral, which hasn’t seen a manned launch since the shuttles retired in 2011. Instead, Russia is doing all the taxi work — for a steep price. The first of two docking ports for the Boeing and SpaceX vessels — still under development — is due to arrive in June. Even more spacewalks will be needed to set everything up. Mission Control left two cables — or about 24 feet worth — for the next spacewalk coming up Wednesday. Four hundred feet of additional cable will be installed next Sunday on spacewalk No. 3.

Comment: Re:flattened growth?! (Score 1) 271

by TheDarkMaster (#49049023) Attached to: Peak Google: The Company's Time At the Top May Be Nearing Its End
THIS. Exactly, the original idea of the stock market was distorted. When you buy shares of a company you are becoming her partner, but the assholes from Wall Street decided to make the stock in a casino where no one remembers what is the reality and everyone ignores that is plain impossible to grow forever.

Comment: Re:No more downtime (Score 1) 117

by TheDarkMaster (#49047619) Attached to: Live Patching Now Available For Linux
Well, let me see... Having to restart a desktop computer is not a problem, after all you supposedly are not running a server. And if despite being a desktop you keeps it on 24/7 then you are wasting electricity, because you are not using your computer 24 hours a day non stop right? Then he be occasionally off is not a problem. And when Windows asks to restart it does not require you to do so immediately, you can finish what you was doing and then restart. What's the big problem with doing this?

Comment: Re:Audiophile market (Score 5, Insightful) 418

Well, a company that charges ten thousand US dollars for a network cable may easily pay very good money to have favorable "reviews" and "professional physicists" endorsing the "magical properties" of the product. As a non-American I am surprised as you Americans allow criminals freely sell products that are clearly scams like this.

Comment: Re:Artists often get little (Score 1) 157

by TheDarkMaster (#48978381) Attached to: Major Record Labels Keep 73% of Spotify Payouts
"personally I find it somewhat insulting calling many of them artists. yes without a doubt many have a gifted voice or work hard to produce excellent sounds, but they aren't artists."

The performer is just as important as the composer for a good music, I dont know from which planet you came to think such nonsense.

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