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FCC Mandates Text-to-911 From All US Wireless Carriers

AndroSyn Re:text is easier to give addresses (80 comments)

GPS doesn't help so much when you are in an apartment building with 50 units.

about a month ago

FCC Mandates Text-to-911 From All US Wireless Carriers

AndroSyn text is easier to give addresses (80 comments)

I think in some regards being able to send an SMS in an emergency, with important details like the exact address(including quadrant in cities like Washington DC). There are often cases in DC where they send an ambulance or something to the correct street address but the wrong quadrant and end up being 5 miles away from where they need to be.

about a month ago

Ask Slashdot: Life Beyond the WRT54G Series?

AndroSyn soekris net6501 (427 comments)

It's a little on the spendy side, but the Soekris net6501s are fairly small and reliable. They have a proper RS-232 serial port console too. Standard x86 cpus. The 6501 will boot both 64bit and 32bit kernels(even though the Intel Atom E6XX line only officially supports 32bit.

about a month ago

San Onofre Nuclear Power Plant Dismantling Will Cost $4.4 Billion, Take 20 Years

AndroSyn Re:Baby with bathwater (343 comments)

They're also stuck storing the fuel on site until the federal government comes up with a spent fuel storage solution.

about a month and a half ago

Building the Infinite Digital Universe of No Man's Sky

AndroSyn Re:"Downvoting" fucks everything up. (100 comments)

All the best posts on /. are modded -1. I just feel like I'm only hearing half of the conversation when you view the comments without the -1 posts. /. isn't the same without it.

Oh and fuck beta :D

about 3 months ago

Human Blood Substitute Could Help Meet Donor Blood Shortfall

AndroSyn All they got was the money to do the research... (172 comments)

It sounds like they just got awarded funding to do the research, which is nice and all. If money was the solution to all of the world's medical problems, surely we would have solved all sorts of issues by now, but science just doesn't work that way. Now don't get me wrong, I hope they succeed in producing a blood substitute, but I'll get excited when they have an available product.

about 3 months ago

Latin America Exhausts IPv4 Addresses

AndroSyn Re:On behalf of all network specialists, (197 comments)

His point is, slashdot doesn't even have an IPv6 address, he's using 6to4 NAT and can still reach the site. The IPv4 address for slashdot is embedded in the IPv6 address.

$ ping6
PING6(56=40+8+8 bytes) 2001:8b0:ca12:3193:7dc2:1078:67fb:31f4 --> 2001:8b0:6464::666:616:d822:b52d
16 bytes from 2001:8b0:6464::666:616:d822:b52d, icmp_seq=0 hlim=241 time=165.418 ms
16 bytes from 2001:8b0:6464::666:616:d822:b52d, icmp_seq=1 hlim=241 time=121.267 ms

The IPv6 address he was pinging was as follows: 2001:8b0:6464::666:616:d822:b52d

The d822:b52d in the IPv6 address, is actually the IPv4 address for slashdot:

d8 = 216
22 = 34
b5 = 181
2d = 45

$ host -t a has address

Make sense? ;)

about 3 months ago

New OpenSSL Man-in-the-Middle Flaw Affects All Clients

AndroSyn Re: Key phrase of vulnerability : (217 comments)

How does LibreSSL fix users who do stupid things? This I'd like to know...

about 3 months ago

Intel Wants To Computerize Your Car

AndroSyn Re:Car = driving (191 comments)

Today's cars and electronics will be 30 year old some day. Are you sure you want to integrate them?

Most cars on the road today certainly aren't going to be on the road in 30 years. Especially not cars with out of date radio systems. This is on purpose you know? Automakers want you to buy a new car every 3-5 years, not every 20 to 30 years. They *WANT* the cars to feel outdated in 5 years. You don't make money selling reliable cars anymore. You make money selling an endless line of lemons that mostly do the job of driving while otherwise having the interior fall apart into exploding bits of plastic over time.

about 3 months ago

Has the Ethanol Threat Manifested In the US?

AndroSyn YMMV as they say... (432 comments)

I've got a flex fuel suv, that I do run E85 in from time to time, when I can find it. Even then, I will only typically fill up on E85 when its at least 20% cheaper per gallon that gasoline. Otherwise, you are paying more for less energy. I usually see a reduction in MPG running on E85, if its a full tank, usually close to 20%. With that said, if you are planning longer trips, through the midwest, E85 can possibly save you a little bit of cash in some places. I took the trip out to the Dayton Hamvention this year, running mostly on E85.

Like they say, YMMV.

about 4 months ago

Game of Thrones Author George R R Martin Writes with WordStar on DOS

AndroSyn Re:JOE (522 comments)

I do pretty much all of my text editing(coding etc) with JOE as well. I too started out as a Slackware user in the mid 90s. I had jumped straight from DOS(where I was used to WordStar) to Slackware, so JOE made me feel pretty much at home...20 years later, I'm still using JOE.

about 4 months ago

OpenBSD 5.5 Released

AndroSyn Re:NetBSD time_t (128 comments)

I disagree. Look at multiarch support in Linux. There is little reason to support 32-bit binaries on 64-bit architectures, _especially_ for FOSS software.

Not all platforms are as brain damaged as the x86. On SPARC64 type systems, you'll find that most all software is run in 32bit mode, as the ABI still allows you full register access. Most software doesn't need to access more than 4GB of memory anyways.

Also there is a lot of non-FOSS software that is only available as Linux x86 32bit executables, keeping that 32 ABI compatiblity sure is useful as well on a 64bit system.

It's not entirely unthinkable to run a 64bit kernel on X86-64 and run entirely a 32bit userspace, in fact, it might run a little bit faster as a lot of the software would have a smaller cache footprint, yet the kernel would still support large amounts of physical memory without PAE tricks.

Just because *YOU* think is convoluted and not useful, doesn't mean it doesn't make sense to someone else.


about 4 months ago

Interview: Ask Bruce Perens What You Will

AndroSyn Re:Whatever happened to codec2? (129 comments)

Thanks! I've been a little bit out of the loop lately on radio stuff sadly.

about 5 months ago

Interview: Ask Bruce Perens What You Will

AndroSyn Whatever happened to codec2? (129 comments)

I saw you giving out flyers regarding codec2(a free audio codec intended for amateur radio purposes) at the Dayton Hamvention a few years ago. Are you still involved with the codec2 project? Does it still exist or did it die?

about 5 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Anti-Camera Device For Use In a Small Bus?

AndroSyn Re:you mean behavior control device? (478 comments)

Then what exactly was his point then? Other than to be a whiny Brit on a US based site?

I took his off-topic comment, turned it into an example of how people try to derail discussions on serious topics, by injecting something pointless and intentionally divisive.

As for yourself, very nice that you use derogatory slurs to try to get your point across? Fag? Euroscum? Really? That says a lot more about you than anything else.

about 7 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Anti-Camera Device For Use In a Small Bus?

AndroSyn Re:you mean behavior control device? (478 comments)

If you prefer, a "Behaviour control device", then sure, it seems like something that would be used widely in the UK.

But I guess your nitpick over the letter u I guess is a good metaphor for what is going on in our societies currently. We're losing our civil liberties while we're all too distracted by arguments over pointless details, like the letter u, or screaming over hot button social issues that really do nothing but pander for votes.

Keep on distracting yourself... :D

about 7 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Anti-Camera Device For Use In a Small Bus?

AndroSyn you mean behavior control device? (478 comments)

Really, what you want is a behavior control device, not a anti-camera device. Seriously, what the fuck? Why shouldn't people be allowed to take photos on the bus? What do they have to hide? If people want to take photos of each other on the bus, why shouldn't they?

I reject your fascist attempts at controlling others, as should others as well. In short fuck you and fuck beta.

about 7 months ago

A Dedicated Shell For Git Commands

AndroSyn why not just use shell aliases? (96 comments)

alias gstatus='git status'
alias gcommit='git commit'

Or whatever other commands you want? I don't see the need for a purpose built shell when aliases would work just fine?

Some people just want to overengineer things I guess...

about 7 months ago


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