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Comment: I chose 4, 2 on each side (Score 1) 301

I would love if my laptop had 2 more USB ports on the other side. It's my bosses old laptop and he abused the two existing USB ports to the point where sometimes I need to keep USB thumb drives half in for them to be recognized. I also have an issue with the console cable where it falls out while I'm in the middle of using a USB to serial cable through PuTTY and I get a BSOD. If I had two more USB ports on the other side I might be able to get by using those (maybe they'd be less abused, or there'd be abuse evenly distributed between 4 ports instead of 2.) Plus, sometimes I'm using my laptop in a position where I want the console cable on the other side (pretty much any time I'm at my desk since my desktop keyboard is on the right where the laptop ports are.)

Space

NASA-ESA Project Will Shoot an Asteroid To See What Happens 113

Posted by timothy
from the johnny-cash-with-a-bigger-budget dept.
astroengine writes What better way to understand how to deflect an incoming asteroid than to smash into one to see what happens? This may sound like the storyline to a certain science fiction movie involving a team of oil drillers, but this is science fact, and Europe has started planning a mission to map a small target asteroid that NASA will attempt to shoot with a speeding spacecraft, no nukes required. As the first half of the joint Asteroid Impact & Deflection Assessment mission, the European Space Agency this month has started planning for the launch of its Asteroid Impact Mission (AIM) in October 2020. AIM's target will be the binary asteroid system of Didymos, which is composed of a main 800 meter-wide hunk of space rock circled by a smaller 170 meter-wide asteroid informally known as "Didymoon." It's the smaller asteroid that the joint NASA/ESA mission is interested in bullying.

Comment: It makes sense (Score 1) 193

It makes sense though, they know how well iPhone, iPads and all their other iProducts sell but the Apple Watch is new and is not likely to sell anywhere near as well as those other products. This way they can save on manufacturing tons of watches and having them shipped to all the stores just for them to sit on the shelves. Sure it'll reduce the number of people that might just walk in and purchase a watch on the same day but they'll save more than they could potentially make.

Comment: Re:Leave then (Score 1) 886

by Zakabog (#49338567) Attached to: Gen Con Threatens To Leave Indianapolis Over Religious Freedom Bill

I understand the reasoning behind this since I've felt the same way in the past, but then this reopens the door to "Well we don't serve blacks at our restaurant, you'll have to eat somewhere else." Any privately owned business that provides services to the general public is not allowed to discriminate as to who they serve.

And seriously what's the big deal? A customer comes in and wants a cake, you bake cakes, why does it matter if you're baking a cake for a straight marriage, a gay marriage or even a bar mitzvah? They're not asking you to officiate the wedding, they're not asking you to get married with them, and unless they're asking for a cake with two guys fucking on it, I don't see why it matters.

Comment: Re:How many minutes until this is mandatory? (Score 1) 287

by Zakabog (#49333947) Attached to: Ford's New Car Tech Prevents You From Accidentally Speeding

Did you even read the remark under that line?

"The driver can override the speed limit by pressing "firmly" on the accelerator."

That's what you already have to do to make an automatic downshift. Have you driven one lately that didn't do this?

The person driving the car will already be pressing firmly on the accelerator to pass, it's just normal behavior that is learned quickly through driving on a highway.

Comment: Re:Get ready for metered service (Score 1) 631

by Zakabog (#49142473) Attached to: FCC Approves Net Neutrality Rules

There is in fact a limit to how much bandwidth you have, it might seem like a fiber optic cable should have infinite bandwidth, but it doesn't. I never really thought about why there would be a limit but I just always remember thinking there must be something restricting the amount of bandwidth you have between two points, otherwise why wouldn't everyone have at least gigabit to their homes? Not only is there a technological limit (which was the first limit I learned about many years ago) due to having to process and handle the large amount of data coming in over the pipe, there's also a physical limit.

Basically, there's a limit to how short a pulse you can send down fiber optic cable, and the shorter you can make those pulses the more bandwidth you have. According to the video, the shortest pulse width is around 1 femtosecond which gives a maximum total bandwidth over fiber optic cable of 125TB/sec. While a very large number, it's certainly not infinite.

Plus, your posts seem to point out that you feel the costs to increase maximum theoretical bandwidth are trivial. It's not cheap supporting a hundred fiber connected gigabit devices, let alone the millions an ISP would need to support to give ever customer guaranteed gigabit bandwidth. It's not just the gigabit links that cost money, it's also the equipment required for the uplinks. You would need to be able to handle all of the traffic going back up to the tier 1 network, which is going to require a lot more than just a couple 1 gig GBICs. While I feel that plenty of ISPs are holding off upgrading their equipment since they can just continue charging their customers high fees for low speeds, I also don't think it would be feasible for any of them to start providing gigabit speed to everyone. Even 100 mbit is extremely cost prohibitive and not worth most ISPs resources. There are plenty that will provide guaranteed asynchronous bandwidth but they have a very small target market.

Comment: Re:Could be nice (Score 2, Informative) 156

by kobaz (#48601851) Attached to: Small Bank In Kansas Creates the Bank Account of the Future

For this exact type of thing, check out Dwolla. Paypal-style transactions (unique id is your email, but that's where the similarities end). It's run by a REAL bank (Veridian Credit Union, that's been around since 1934), and they do bank to bank transactions for 25 cents.

Disclaimer: I'm not in any way affiliated with Dwolla and don't gain anything by this post! Actually, as a business owner who accepts Dwolla payments, it would be nice to see this thing grow and become a standard thing people have to make it easier for everyone to pay each other, including me! :)

Comment: Re:UPS (Score 1) 236

by kobaz (#48436045) Attached to: What is your computer most often plugged into?

Definitely not a theoretical risk... as being in computer related work for the last 20 years I've seen a dozen machines fail due to power issues (lightning strikes mainly). I had a customer *using* a ups who had his motherboard, drive and mostly everything fry (the cdrom still worked) after a lightning hit. Despite having backups, he needed to recover the last day's work which forced him to send his drive out for full recovery for several thousand dollars.

I had a customer with an office of 20+ machines have half of them fail when lightning took out their main panel. The machines that survived were ones with UPSes.

Comment: Re:+1 for parent Re:Vyatta (Score 1) 238

by kobaz (#47893225) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Advice On Building a Firewall With VPN Capabilities?

Or, buy a box that already runs vyatta. The Ubiquiti EdgeRouter

http://www.ubnt.com/edgemax/ed...

At less than $100, with build in switching, embedded linux and apt-get support, you can't go wrong.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/...

Oh, and it's quiet. (No fans)

And wait, there's more! Their $175 version the Edgemax Pro has 5 ports and 24/48v poe. (You'll need to buy a third party power brick for 48v poe, but it's worth it)

Comment: Don't feed the trolls? (Score 1) 962

by Zakabog (#47511783) Attached to: The Daily Harassment of Women In the Game Industry

I actually thought this was going to be some real world experiences, and not "Someone on the internet called me a cunt!", "Someone on the internet said they'd rape me!"

If you make your unpopular opinion known to the world online, expect people who disagree to come out and attack you. Expect more people to come out when they know you'll make a big stink about it. The main thing they're looking for is a reaction, that's just how the internet works, people can hind behind their computers and make all the threats they want and some people find joy in getting these responses from people. I was really looking forward to an article describing real world instances where people made these comments and threats. Not that I want to see that happen, but at least that's something that can be corrected when brought to light, the only way to stop trolls is to stop feeding them.

Comment: Re:yeah. (Score 5, Insightful) 417

by Zakabog (#46439023) Attached to: School Tricks Pupils Into Installing a Root CA

Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity.

I've worked with a lot of IT people and sometimes they're just not competent enough to realize what's happening on their network. This sounds like a long time ago someone was sold on the idea that a firewall that scans all network traffic for malware would be a very good thing, and part of the requirements for that would be installing the root CA so the HTTPS traffic can be decrypted and scanned for malware. The staff the submitter dealt with likely never knew this was happening at all, then after the conversation the IT staff might have poked around in their firewall and found some checkbox that said "Scan all HTTPS traffic" and unchecked it. They might not know enough to help everyone remove the root CA.

Comment: Re:Cause and effect may be backwards (Score 5, Informative) 382

by Zakabog (#45927601) Attached to: Daily Pot Use Tied To Age of First Psychotic Episode

From the article -

But the evidence has been unclear. For example, one recent study from the Netherlands found it's equally possible that people prone to psychosis may be more likely to smoke pot, possibly as a way of "self-medicating" (see Reuters Health article of December 25, 2012, here: http://reut.rs/1d7aIvU)

The fancy is indeed no other than a mode of memory emancipated from the order of space and time. -- Samuel Taylor Coleridge

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