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Comment Re:Clearly Samsung's QA department..... (Score 2) 155

. Although I bet in this case Samsung just went too cheap on the drum material, it probably develops stress fatigue and eventually fails. These new washers spin really fast.

There are four rods that attach to the bottom of the drum then to the top of the washer frame.
Unbalanced one or more of the rods slip out of their top retainer.

Comment Re:Samsung's business is Booming! (Score 1) 155

Good ole Slashdot, where every energy releasing failure is called an explosion.

I was standing right next to it when it exploded, my first impulse was to protect my son who was near; if he had been standing closer to it... this morning on "Good Morning America".

And from the debris it looks like it did.

Submission + - Commodore C64 Survives Over 25 Years Balancing Drive Shafts In Auto Repair Shop (

MojoKid writes: One common gripe in the twenty-first century is that nothing is built to last anymore. Even complex, expensive computers seem to have a relatively short shelf-life nowadays. However, one computer in a small auto repair shop in Gdansk, Poland has survived for the last twenty-five years against all odds. The computer in question here is a Commodore C64 that has been balancing driveshafts non-stop for a quarter of a century. The C64C looks like it would fit right in with a scene from Fallout 4 and has even survived a nasty flood. This Commodore 64 contains a few homemade aspects, however. The old computer uses a sinusoidal waveform generator and piezo vibration sensor in order to measure changes in pressure, acceleration, temperature, strain or force by converting them to an electrical charge. The C64C interprets these signals to help balance the driveshafts in vehicles.

Submission + - Maryland Hobbyist Suing the FAA over Drone Registry 1

jenningsthecat writes: Maryland drone builder and attorney John Taylor, who in January took the FAA to court over its drone registry program, is now receiving financial help with his suit from DC DUG, the D.C. area Drone User Group. In his Petitoner's Brief, (PDF), Taylor maintains that "(f)or the first century of American aviation and beyond, the federal government made no attempt whatsoever to regulate recreational model aircraft", and that "(t)he FAA seeks to revise history when it argues its failure to register model aircraft, or otherwise treat them in any manner as ‘aircraft,’ in the past was the exercise of an ‘enforcement discretion'"

As of this writing I have been unable to find any news on the progress of the suit beyond its having been filed.

Comment Re:IoT has been a /. concern for awhile (Score 1) 114

Slashdot: News for nerds, stuff that matters
Jul 3, 2000 - Re:How do you know? (5 points, Insightful) by Z00L00K on Monday September 26, 2016 @06:30AM attached to Ask Slashdot: Is My IoT Device Part of a Botnet?

Google: IoT date:2000 - 2012

My bad, just noticed the 2016 reply by Z00L00K , just a bad link all around.

Comment IoT has been a /. concern for awhile (Score 1) 114

Slashdot: News for nerds, stuff that matters
Jul 3, 2000 - Re:How do you know? (5 points, Insightful) by Z00L00K on Monday September 26, 2016 @06:30AM attached to Ask Slashdot: Is My IoT Device Part of a Botnet?

Google: IoT date:2000 - 2012

Submission + - The Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump presidential debate set a YouTube record (

BrianFagioli writes: Apparently, I was not the only one watching the debate and staying tuned-in. On YouTube in particular, the election event was wildly popular, where it set a new viewing record. While not the most-watched live stream overall, it was the most-watched political live stream in the site's history.

Comment Re:The EFF? WTF? (Score 1) 248

This strikes me as a contravention of anti-fraud and/or anti-trust laws, and should be the subject of criminal charges filed by various States and Federal attorneys. Sure, it's about Electronic Freedoms, and I'm glad the EFF is weighing in - but dammit, they shouldn't have to do so. Legal authorities should be doing their jobs.

HP has been doing this for so long that EFF weighing in now is questionable.

Comment Re:No Thanks (Score 1) 63

Not sure what you're talking about regarding "linking."

Linking would be my signing my address with my account
(I forwarded my account long ago to Gmail, and the save). /. is an old account and a address.
Signature would also be a link, it's been well used.

Submission + - Dark matter detection to go ultra sensitive with LUX-ZEPLIN (LZ) (

hypnosec writes: The US Department of Energy has given a green light to the world’s most sensitive dark matter detector ever built — LUX-ZEPLIN (LZ). The dark matter detector, has received an approval for the scope, cost and schedule. LZ is named for the merger of two dark matter detection experiments: the Large Underground Xenon experiment (LUX) and the UK-based ZonEd Proportional scintillation in Liquid Noble gases experiment (ZEPLIN). LUX, a smaller liquid xenon-based underground experiment at SURF will be dismantled to make way for the new project.

Submission + - When is a bug too old to be fixed? (

An anonymous reader writes: That’s the question after the discovery of a nearly 30 year old bug in cron. At what point would a fix break things for too many people accustomed to the existing behaviour? A must-read for anyone working with cron schedules.

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