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Docker Turns 1: What's the Future For Open Source Container Tech?

Ambvai Re:Subjects suck. (65 comments)

As did I. And I think that would actually be far more interesting.

about a month ago

The Next Keurig Will Make Your Coffee With a Dash of "DRM"

Ambvai Re:Horrible coffee (769 comments)

Unless you hate the beans yourself and picked them out of the toilet before roasting them...

Well. You might also have to be a civet.

about a month and a half ago

On the Practicalities of Counterfeit-Proof Physical Bitcoins

Ambvai Re:Bullshit... (121 comments)

It's a bit of a fluff article, but there are certainly enough relevant examples of cell phone usage being an active element in improving the lives of 'rural farmers in 3rd world countries': http://www.cnn.com/2012/09/13/...

(Also, came across this article, which is a bit more recent and covers specific products: http://www.ventures-africa.com...)

about 2 months ago

Searching the Internet For Evidence of Time Travelers

Ambvai Re:I didn't meet myself yet (465 comments)

I think it would be all the money you spent on coffee.

about 3 months ago

Ask Slashdot: How Long Will the Internet Remember Us?

Ambvai Re:Ever-Growing Accumulation (126 comments)

One may wish to consider the short story 'Ms Fnd in a Lbry', by Hal Draper. (http://folk.uio.no/knuthe/msfndinalbry.html)

Summed up, it's a report of an archaeological document discussing the collapse of a previous civilization due to information overload and how index upon index made it impossible to verify information and linkages if anything was ever misfiled... with the added addendum that the document in question appears to have a bad reference...

about 4 months ago

Bitcoin Thefts Surge, DDoS Hackers Take Millions

Ambvai Re:control (305 comments)

"The reward for solving a block is automatically adjusted so that roughly every four years of operation of the Bitcoin network, half the amount of bitcoins created in the prior 4 years are created. 10,500,000 bitcoins were created in the first 4 (approx.) years from January 2009 to November 2012. Every four years thereafter this amount halves, so it will be 5,250,000 over years 4-8, 2,625,000 over years 8-12, and so on. Thus the total number of bitcoins in existence will never exceed 21,000,000. Blocks are mined every 10 minutes, on average, and for the first four years (210,000 blocks) each block included 50 new bitcoins. As the amount of processing power directed at mining changes, the difficulty of creating new bitcoins changes. This difficulty factor is calculated every 2016 blocks and is based upon the time taken to generate the previous 2016 blocks"

about 4 months ago

Bitcoin Thefts Surge, DDoS Hackers Take Millions

Ambvai Re:dreamworld (305 comments)

Interestingly enough, a lot of the small/medium businesses I work with that do business internationally have the exact same concerns with international currencies. (Dollar, Yen, Euro, Pound are accepted as safe... but even a currency as significant as Renminbi makes some people skittish.)

about 4 months ago

Online Shopping: Hazardous To Junk Food's Health

Ambvai Re:Validates what your home ec teacher said (151 comments)

Same here-- I tried shopping with a list once. Failed horribly: Unless there's a special event, I know what I can make, and I decide what to buy based on current prices, quality, and how long to my next expected grocery trip.

about 5 months ago

Xbox One Controller Cost Over $100 Million To Develop

Ambvai Re:That's not exactly right... (206 comments)

Very likely. If they did a good job testing things, then they had to actually design and produce, in limited quantities, all the actual controllers to be given to be people, or at least have them with interchangeable parts when possible.

I participate in surveys and focus groups when I can and they can be quite interesting, and expensive on the part of the tester. A few months back, I had the opportunity to try various formulations of a hard cider produced by a major beer company. (I want to say it was Coors, based on the demo packaging, but that's probably wrong.) One at a time, they gave me sealed cans of slightly-different ciders in nondescript packaging with instructions to pour it into a (new) cup, munch on various snack foods, fill out the survey, call the guy in for the next can, repeat, for a total of 8 different versions. For my trouble, I got to keep the half-eaten bag of crackers, drink all the cider I wanted until I decided to leave (or got drunk, I suppose), and 50$ cash.

Another time, I got a steak dinner, with dessert, and a voucher to some mail order company where I got a free set of pots and pans. What were they actually testing? Steak sauce.

There's a lot of random stuff in R&D... and paying the subjects are an area that can add up to be intriguingly costly.

about 5 months ago

Xbox One Controller Cost Over $100 Million To Develop

Ambvai Re:Obvious (206 comments)

Left-handed writer, right-hand mouse, right-hand scissors, left-hand golfer and... left-handed Wiimote user. It didn't really occur to me that anything was particularly unusual until I was playing one of those dance games that uses the Remote+Nunchuck and I kept failing everything because I was holding them in the "opposite" hand. (Thankfully, a lot of games will either auto-calibrate for that, or have control settings to pick. This one... didn't.)

about 5 months ago

Apple Sued For Dividing Final Season of Breaking Bad Into Two On iTunes

Ambvai Re:Why is Apple the one being sued? (458 comments)

I read that as Vince Gilligan saying "Our lawyers want us to call it Part 2, when it's still really just the same Series/Season 5."

about 7 months ago

NASA Scientists Jubilant After Successful Helicopter Crash

Ambvai NASA Scientists Perplexed After Unsuccessful Crash (110 comments)

In other news, NASA scientists announced confusion after attempting to crash a helicopter and failing despite repeated tries. The helicopter in question had, in various stages, had its stabilizers, fuel tank and even rotors removed. Despite all this, the helicopter remained aloft. "A failure," one scientist was quoted as saying. "We'll just have to shoot it down and try to crash one next next year after more planning." "A helicopter that cannot crash is a tremendous blow to science," another was heard arguing with another, "How are we supposed to obtain crash data with an infinitely levitating hunk of junk?"

about 8 months ago

Amateur Astronomer Bruce Berger Talks About Meteors and Telescopes (Video)

Ambvai So... what does his license plate mean? (36 comments)

So... what does his license plate mean? I assume it's related to being in the ATMoB since the snippet comes right after, but what's the [SCP]-Maker supposed to mean?

He makes Special Containment Procedures to Secure, Contain and Protect makers?

about 8 months ago

10 Wearable Habitats To Shelter You From the Apocalypse

Ambvai Re:Universal survival tool (135 comments)

Sadly enough, I read that as [i]trowel[/i] on my first pass and found it a surprisingly interesting statement. Compact, can be used to dig a hole for shelter, a sharpened edge can be used as a knife, build a dam, uproot plants for transit, go gardening... then I saw the response and it turned out to be nothing more than a Hitchhiker's reference. Sigh.

about 8 months ago

Hackers Using Bots, Scripts To Lock Down Restaurant Reservations

Ambvai Re:Cold Pizza (214 comments)

Ever try a Domino's Thin Crust with Double Bacon? One of my friends in college got two of those once and, after the puking up the first one, left the second on his desk. The next day, he found the grease soaked through the pizza, its own box, the lid of the box under it, and the bottom of the box under it, sticking it solidly to the table.

about 9 months ago

Rethinking the Wetsuit

Ambvai Re:Minimal danger (153 comments)

"This thing is as dangerous as a mosquito."
"I was worried it was as dangerous as a shark or a lion."
"But sharks and lions only kill a few people. Mosquitoes kill 2 million people each year."
"One of us needs our threat level assessment recalibrated, and I don’t know if it’s her or me."

about 9 months ago


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