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Ask Slashdot: High-School Suitable Books On How Computers Affect Society?

Aphonia Networked Life: 20 Questions and Answers (140 comments)

Networked Life: 20 Questions and Answers is a new book by Mung Chiang at Princeton which picks a few major features of our modern technological society and explains them in some detail. Doesn't require math, very clearly written and also relatively cheap.

about a year ago

India Plans To Build Fastest Supercomputer By 2017

Aphonia Re:Crores to USD (135 comments)

Crore is a counting number i should say. 1 crore of something is 10 million of that something, not 1 crore INR = 10 million USD.

about 2 years ago

India Plans To Build Fastest Supercomputer By 2017

Aphonia Crores to USD (135 comments)

1 crore is 10 million, so this comes out to be 875 million USD roughly. says that livermore spent 250 mil on sequoia (which seems like a bit of a lowball to me, given the K computer's price at 1 billion), so throwing a lot more money at the problem would seem to give better performance.

about 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Keeping Personal Tech Cool In Extreme Heat?

Aphonia "Mil-spec" or Tough tech (165 comments)

Aside from cracking open a window, some tech is designed to withstand this sort of conditions.

My Casio GZ'one Ravine 2 has (from casio's website):
High Temperature MIL-STD 501.5 Procedure I 85C 96hrs
Low Temperature MIL-STD 502.5 Procedure I -25C 96hrs

among other things (theres also a Casio smartphone called the commando which has the same test results).

Panasonic's stuff (Toughbooks) is also designed to deal with high temperatures: (140 F operating, 160 F non-operating)

So on, so forth - you can find versions fo a lot of devices (for a price premium) designed to work or be left in rather high operating temperatures

about 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Simple Way To Backup 24TB of Data Onto USB HDDs ?

Aphonia Data Deduplication (405 comments)

USB seems inane and insane for that level of data. How redundant is this 24 tb of data as well? Running it through a data de duplicator (possibly to reduce storage requirements depending on the type of data) and then a tape drive or raid array may be a cheaper and more time effective option.

more than 2 years ago

Pills With Digestible Microchips Approved By US Drug Agency

Aphonia Re:Am I the only one that finds this creepy? (163 comments)

Most medical doctors are MD's (or something similar), not PhD's. If your local PhD in philosophy is prescribing you pills, chances are you shouldn't take them.

more than 2 years ago

Valve Will Let Gamers Pick Games To Appear On Steam

Aphonia Re:don't buy into DRM (129 comments)

if its on steam, chances are its better than the alternatives (origins, blizzard's always online thing, etc).

Bioware had "leave the dvd in" if you played Dragon Age, but now that a lot of people are using laptops and dvd drives may be disappearing in the forseeable future (see: retina mbp, mb air), an online option is desirable. (they even were relatively reasonable on selling used copies - just that you wouldn't get some DLC which was desirable)

Good luck with your not buying into DRM - its not going to wither away and die, because frankly, not enough people care. I'll still buy a good game so long as it works and isn't overly intrusive.

more than 2 years ago

General Motors To Slash Outsourcing In IT Overhaul

Aphonia Re:more like 7th largest automaker! (232 comments)

Uh...: (which does put Toyota #1 and GM #2)

If you had bothered to read the article you copy-pasted that from, "Volkswagen has retained its place as the number one car company in the world, according to the Forbes Global 2000 companies survey.
The report ranks the world’s biggest companies across an equal weighting of sales, profits, assets and market value. The result is a company ranking in order of size, with 66 countries represented in the mix." (

Think of the brands VW owns versus the brands that GM owns.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Instead of a Laptop, a Tiny Computer and Projector?

Aphonia Tablets and Phones and You're Doing it Wrong (339 comments)

A rooted android device or even an ipad + 3g (possibly rooted) would fulfil this with a keyboard case.

Motorola atrix is also another option, but your main concern when traveling is room and you cant fit an ultralight laptop (thinkpad x series, macbook air, netbook, etc.) you probably need a bigger bag or to talk to other business travelers on how they're packing (cause you're doing it wrong)

more than 2 years ago

IBM's Ban on Dropbox and iCloud Highlights Cloud Security Issues

Aphonia Really, Slashdot? (115 comments)

Why is on front page slashdot when it just re-iterates a previous front page slashdot?

more than 2 years ago

Adobe Introduces the Paid Security Fix

Aphonia Re:Slight correction (392 comments)

Also, Photoshop 6 has only been the stable release for 50 days according to Wiki - not exactly the time to upgrade if you're actually working with Photoshop...

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Why Aren't Schools Connected?

Aphonia Re:flawed assumptions (568 comments)

you don't want a million parents yelling at you for doing your job - especially the over achieving ones or the ones who put a lot of pressure on their kids; it would drastically ruin teacher esteem and what not. Everyone is held accountable to someone, but nobody should be perpetually held accountable to everyone; Besides, as a parent, you should be talking to your kid about school anyway at least sometimes - do it then (theres also parent-teacher conferences, and you can set up meetings with teachers as well, if you ask nicely in most cases).

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Why Aren't Schools Connected?

Aphonia Overbearing Parents (568 comments)

Theres already too much parental control over kids lives these days - giving the assignments to the kids and what not at least forces them to somewhat talk to their parents sometimes as well as some vestige over control over their education (ie. the kids will play around with it first - in this day and age, sending the homework directly to the parents or what not will end with quite a few of them just doing it and submitting it back).

Not to mention that you're printing it out anyway and what not. Theres also the need to just develop the ability to do things without a computer (yes, slashdot, the world still exists) - try doing a college level math class on a computer, and your speed drops immensely for most people - typesetting is the last stage as it rightly should be.

more than 2 years ago



Shooting at MIT

Aphonia Aphonia writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Aphonia (1315785) writes "There was a shooting at MIT. A police officer is down, near the home of CSAIL.
"Update on shooter incident. Responding agencies continue to investigate the situation. The scene is outside of Building 32 (Stata) and 76 (Koch) near Vassar and Main Streets. Injuries have been reported. The situation is still very active and we ask everyone to stay inside. ""

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More charges for cell phone users

Aphonia Aphonia writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Aphonia (1315785) writes "It looks like cell phone companies are at it again — at least in the US. Due to falling profits from subsidized smartphones, providers are now planning to charge for phone upgrades. Short of going prepaid (which isn't always an option due to coverage or required time), are there any other options Slashdot users see?"
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