Follow Slashdot stories on Twitter

 



Forgot your password?
typodupeerror

Comment: Re:Any ideas for improvements? (Score 1) 340

To expand on this just a bit: I feel like the landing platform itself should somehow be helping the rocket land. It is like when you toss a ball up and catch it. If you just leave your hand at a certain height, the ball smacks into it real hard. But if you move your hand down with the ball as you catch it you provide a much smoother deceleration and it lands more softly. Obviously finding equipment and mechanisms that could assist a rocket will be hard though (massive ass weight and extremely hot fuel).

Comment: Any ideas for improvements? (Score 1) 340

Watching this got me curious if there were any radical ideas that might help something like this work better. What if you fired a bunch of harpoons that latched on to the rocket as it approached to try to help guide it down? Although they would need to be on some kind of spinning track since the rocket could spin a lot, and any latches added to the rocket would almost certainly mess with the aerodynamics of it. So probably not that good of an idea. I dunno. I feel like there is room for improvement somewhere though.

Comment: Re:So.. Why? (Score 1) 309

by blackiner (#49482037) Attached to: NVIDIA's New GPUs Are Very Open-Source Unfriendly
Just about everything the card does has already been done open source by nouveau, including the firmwares described in this article. It does change a bit between card generations, but not too much. You can already go read the reverse engineered source for these firmwares (go on, it is distributed with the linux kernel source). This is simply a matter of the card not accepting non-signed firmware. There are no trade secrets protected by this.

Comment: Meh (Score 1) 267

by blackiner (#49352003) Attached to: Generate Memorizable Passphrases That Even the NSA Can't Guess
I just use a completely random 13 digit alphanumeric password for my important stuff, and weaker more memorable passwords for random websites. Memorize the hard stuff for the important stuff. Calculator comes out to 401008959688303753940.6 years at one trillion guesses per second. Unless I did the math wrong... I ain't even give a fuck if someone gets the hash... the password practically already IS a hash.

Comment: Compaq sk-2700 (Score 1) 452

by blackiner (#49275417) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Good Keyboard?
I am still using the keyboard that came with our compaq presario from ~1995. This thing is a beast, you could develop some serious muscle just lifting it up all day. It has more stains on it than a motel mattress, the space behind the keys is a highly effective lint trap, and it has never been cleaned even once. It has also never broken even once, and it is the most comfortable thing I have ever typed on. The keys have an incredible amount of resistance to them and make an astonishingly loud noise when pressed. Perfect keyboard.

Comment: Re:Calories in/out, but nobody measures OUT (Score 1) 252

by blackiner (#48442721) Attached to: Doubling Saturated Fat In Diet Does Not Increase It In Blood
Very true. I eat quite a bit some days. I work out quite a bit. I actually want to gain weight, so that I can lift more, but no matter how much I eat in a day (sometimes I will eat an entire pizza for dinner), it all evens out... I am always within a couple pounds when I weigh myself. The days I eat a lot of food? I have massive shits the next morning. The days I eat very little? Very little poo. My body is simply too good at regulating itself I guess.

Comment: Re:The New Magic (Score 4, Informative) 74

by blackiner (#48396383) Attached to: Machine Learning Used To Predict Military Suicides
It is also such a general term as to be useless to anyone with some AI know how. Did they perform Bayesian analysis? A neural net? Get into the details. Anyway, I think the general public would be shocked to see how utterly simple some of these algorithms are. Most are just really basic probabilities generated off some input...

Comment: Re:Is there anything Obama CAN do? (Score 3, Insightful) 202

by blackiner (#48385309) Attached to: Department of Justice Harvests Cell Phone Data Using Planes
Nobody who was paying attention voted for Obama because of his anti-surveillance promises. The moment he voted for telecom retroactive immunity it was clear he wasn't about "Change" at all. I don't know why people were so easily fooled by his charade, just looking at his voting history would have made it all very clear.

Comment: Not the ISP's problem (Score 1) 200

by blackiner (#48321189) Attached to: Net Neutrality Alone Won't Solve ISP Throttling Abuse, Here's Why
The ISP should be concerned only with delivering their advertised data rates sold to the customer at low latency, regardless of how much it is used. It is not their problem if the user maxes out their upload with torrents or something, that is the user's problem (and rather easily solvable by using a modern router with fq_codel. Ingress traffic is another issue... also made difficult by the ISP, by buffering stuff too much). If they cannot actually produce the connection they advertised... then it is time for them to start changing their connection packages.

Comment: Re:Dislike Arch (Score 1) 303

by blackiner (#48099643) Attached to: What's Been the Best Linux Distro of 2014?
Hmm. You must have had a device with particularly poor driver support. Was the issue with a graphics driver? I use Arch on my desktop and laptop, update it multiple times a week. I have never had an update break the system. That is part of why I like it so much.

I don't use it for any production stuff but I imagine if you wanted to do that, it would be best to have a test machine to run updates on first. Or just stick to RHEL/CentOS.

Comment: Re:How important is that at this point? (Score 3, Interesting) 197

by blackiner (#48027235) Attached to: Adobe Photoshop Is Coming To Linux, Through Chromebooks
Take a careful look at what they released this beta for: Creative Cloud Education program. Chromebooks have gained a decent foothold in schools recently. This is Adobe looking out for their own interests, by trying to hook students at a young age. Which is totally acceptable, imo, plenty more people will benefit from this than just them.

"When it comes to humility, I'm the greatest." -- Bullwinkle Moose

Working...