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Russia, Europe Seek Divorce From U.S. Tech Vendors

Anonymous Cowar Re:Industrial Espionage. (201 comments)

When the russians copied our b-29 superfortress to make the Tu-4, they made perfect copy. However, they also gained enough understanding that they based a whole line of aircraft on the tu-4.

more than 2 years ago

First Android Device Certified For DoD Personnel

Anonymous Cowar All kinds of smart phones (79 comments)

for a semi-complete list of smart phones that DISA is looking at, check here: (A simple google search takes you right there).

That being said, IT infrastructure needs to expand and accommodate smart phones, both in the commercial and military world. You can only say NO for so long before everyone starts hearing "640K should be enough for anybody".

more than 2 years ago

The Weight of an e-Book

Anonymous Cowar Re:Wait a minute... (243 comments)

matter != mass.

energy stored (and accounted for as mass) goes to heat, as soon as your ebook reader cools down, the added "mass" is dissipated as entropy.

You're saying that because you can calculate the wavelength of a mac truck barreling down the highway, that it should behave as a wave when meeting an oncoming "wave" that is barreling down the highway. Which it doesn't, thus disproving a photon's behavior as a particle on the quantum scale.

Thus successful "troll" (attempt at humor) is successful and this reply is WOOOSHed...

more than 2 years ago

The Mystery of Mars' Bizarre Plumbing

Anonymous Cowar Canals are back! (62 comments)

Hooray! Percival Lowell was right! These were canals created by an advanced martian civilization!!! Life? PROVEN!!!

In other news, Space Makes Geology Fun Again!

more than 2 years ago

Microsoft-Skype Deal Poised To Win EU Approval

Anonymous Cowar Unbundle "Skype" (63 comments)

You don't think that microsoft is actually going to use the skype brand in office? No! They already have an IM/voice suite previously known as office communicator, now Lync. What microsoft is going to do is continue to produce Skype skinned IM clients for the masses (powered by Lync), while gutting the IP and integrating skype's P2P voice pathing (and other goodness) in its own products.

more than 2 years ago

Mashing Up Multiple Web Services

Anonymous Cowar Why do people view twitter as a non-subset? (59 comments)

Twitter's capabilities (follow, retweet, etc) have all been copied and become a subset of the features available on just about any collaboration suite (Facebook, google+). I've even seen it hacked into microsoft sharepoint. Why is the ability to publish a small message constantly defined as being separate from the standard features of most social sites? Just because they were first doesn't mean that we need to keep mentioning them. It's like being unable to not mention ford whenever an assembly line is brought up.

TL:DR: Twitter has become a subset of the modern web, quit mentioning it unless you are referring to microblogging or Twitter (with a capital T).

about 3 years ago

Code Hero: Play and Learn

Anonymous Cowar Re:A primitive Matrix (101 comments)

Imagine minecraft with an in game coding interface. It would get pretty crazy really quick.

about 3 years ago

Microsoft 'Ribbonizes' Windows 8 File Manager

Anonymous Cowar Re:However (951 comments)


about 3 years ago

Search the World's Smartphone Photos

Anonymous Cowar Re:Steal another phone (67 comments)

If you're planning to commit a crime, make sure nobody takes a smartphone pic of you.

more than 3 years ago

Scientists Modify Organism With Artificial Amino Acid

Anonymous Cowar Re:Prior art? (149 comments)

How is this different from those glowing Chineese pigs or those neon tetras with unnatural colors that are illegal in California?

Those involved taking a gene that created a naturally created protein using naturally occurring amino acids and then injected them, frankenstein style into another animal. These take an artificially modified gene that uses an artificial amino acid to create worms that glow. Did you read TFS?

more than 3 years ago

Doom 3 Source Code To Be Released This Year

Anonymous Cowar Re:What are the derivatives? (210 comments)

I've not followed what has happened with previous id releases. What have people done with them?

Mostly ported them to linux. Although there have been total conversions, such as tremulous, world of padman, and urban terror. I'm not aware of any non-game uses like medical imaging, 3d printer "print previews" or anything like that.

more than 3 years ago

Detroit Maker Faire Was Kinda Awesome

Anonymous Cowar Re:Polyhedral dice? (138 comments)

As opposed to... monohedral?


more than 3 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Best Offline Storage Method For Large Archives?

Anonymous Cowar Multiple copies (397 comments)

If you're worried about long term reliability, try a raid-1 array of a spinning drive mirrored against an SSD. Make monthly backups to optical. That way, if your SSD fails, you still have two other options. This would probably be the most affordable method us mere mortals could have to hope to store long term data with a pretty good reliability. Unless you can get your hands on a second hand tape drive and some 500g tapes.

more than 3 years ago

Defendant Says Righthaven Should Pay Legal Fees

Anonymous Cowar Bout time (83 comments)

I think that fee shifting should automatically be a part of any civil case. During the settlement, dismissal, or awarding process, the judge should be required to ask both sides if the bringer of the suit should pay legal fees, or a percentage of. As it stands, when you sue, most of the time you have nothing to lose and everything to gain if you get the right lawyer. Change that, break the cycle, and sanity might have a fighting chance.

more than 3 years ago

Power Grid Change May Disrupt Clocks

Anonymous Cowar Re:The real question (439 comments)

I thought streetlights had solar sensors. I came to this conclusion when, near the ocean, i saw a particularly crap encrusted streetlight that was always on, regardless off how bright the sun was.

more than 3 years ago

Power Grid Change May Disrupt Clocks

Anonymous Cowar Alarm Clocks (439 comments)

How many people pop right up at 0'dark thirty in the morning and start getting ready for school/work/drinking without any signal? Yeah, me neither. The alarm clock allowed for the suburbs by letting employees not have to cluster around public alarm clocks (church bells, factory whistles, etc). If my alarm clock is late, I'm late, if it's early, i lose precious moments in bed (not as bad as the first case, but still irksome).

I hope this gets swatted down on behalf of every person who has to wake up before dawn and doesn't rely on their cell phone to wake them up.

Besides, my Mr. Coffee machine is PFM (Pure effin magic) in that it has a warm, freshly brewed carafe of joe waiting for me every morning, if this grid experiment screws that up, I might just go on a pre-coffee shooting rampage.

more than 3 years ago

Is the Rise of Wearable Electronics Finally Here?

Anonymous Cowar New year of the linux desktop? (98 comments)

It seems like every 5-10 years or new development points to wearable electronics. First, transistors, then microchips, a decade or so ago, it was small lithium batteries, now? compact wireless. Of course i didn't RTFM, but we've been "wearing" our electronics for years. Carrying cell phones has been the status quo for a decade, walkmans/diskmans for longer. Yes, we carry more electronics every day, but I still wear a timex ironman which has the same functionality as the timex ironman I got in 1994 (indiglo FTW!). However, I doubt that people will consent to wearing t-shirts that monitor heart rate, undies that take/analyze stool/urine samples, and shoes that measure stress as long as you can get cheap clothes that look good and are comfortable. Also, the average person can, you know, feel what's going on with themselves and if they're the kind of person who would buy a watch to monitor heart rate, they can take their pulse by hand and will. How many people do you know regularly check their pulse? Especially when not exercising?

Wearable electronics are in direct competition with simple sensors that feed into your smartphone. Integrate the electronics into a garment and you only get to wear it once a week (more if you're grody) or however often you do laundry. Watches do lots, but people like not having to recharge or change batteries more than once a year.

more than 3 years ago



Best Use for a retired N900?

Anonymous Cowar Anonymous Cowar writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Anonymous Cowar (1608865) writes "So I've recently replaced my N900 with another phone that kind of runs Linux (the Atrix webtop is ubuntu based) and have a perfectly good n900 laying around. I already have a file/web/media server and am trying to figure out the best use for this powerful little device. Now I've done those dual-boot OSes and just about every gee-whiz thing you can do with it, but I'm trying to think of a better use for it than throwing it in the drawer in case I brick my new phone. What would you do with a housebound n900?"


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