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AWS Urges Devs To Scrub Secret Keys From GitHub

AtomicDevice AWS needs to fix things up (109 comments)

People aren't putting their secret keys into code _just_ because they are dumb, it's also by far the simplest way to write code that uses amazon services from inside ec2. There are other (not particularly complicated and very secure) ways to do it, but amazon should probably look into making those so dead-simple no one would even think of using something else.

about 10 months ago

Valve Announces Hardware Beta Test For 'Steam Machine'

AtomicDevice Steeeeeeeeeam Machiiiiiine (271 comments)

Did no one else think of that immediately?

about a year ago

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

AtomicDevice Neuromancer! (140 comments)

It's got a ninja-lady in space!

about a year and a half ago

The Rails Girls Are Coming to a City Near You (Video)

AtomicDevice Re:Naked? (162 comments)

I thought:
"I bet the first comment on this article is going to be obnoxious and misogynist"

I was right!

about a year and a half ago

Facebook Silently Removes Ability To Download Your Posts

AtomicDevice Um. (229 comments)


Maybe they just replaced it with something better? Maybe learn how to use google for even a single moment? I don't recall facebook ever promising to me that they would meet my every data need if I signed up for their free ad-supported service.

Maybe build a tron canoe to ride on your river of digital tears?

about a year and a half ago

EU To Ban Neonicotinoid Insecticides

AtomicDevice Re:Oh, good (219 comments)

Forget about "greedy" beekeepers - neonicotiniods are indiscriminate insecticides. They'll kill any pollinator unlucky enough to be on the wrong plant. You know, pollinators that pollinate crops, maybe you heard about pollination, it's this crazy thing that makes your food exist.

This isn't just a beekeeper issue, plenty of farmers depend on bees (almond growers, blueberries, oranges, etc) to pollinate their crop. The california almond crop isn't a crop at all without migratory bees.

In other news: these pesticides are chronic toxins, they build up in bees until the whole colony keels over. There's other not-so-long-lived insecticides (i.e. organophosphate) that can be safely used even where bees are going to be, because it breaks down quickly, and unless the bees receive a lethal dose, they'll be able to pass the toxin.

Whine about beekeeper's all you want, you're still pissing in the well if you think using nonspecific pesticides are going to do anything other than breed tougher bugs. Why do we keep having to develop nastier and nastier pesticides anyways? Because pests are becoming resistant to all the old ones because of overuse.

about 2 years ago

EU To Ban Neonicotinoid Insecticides

AtomicDevice Re:Oh, good (219 comments)

It's not magic, honey has a low ph and high osmotic pressure (i.e. high sugar/water ratio) which lend it's antimicrobial properties. Plenty of beekeepers feed a solution of sugar similar in concentration and ph to their bees.

about 2 years ago

Washington AG Slams T-Mobile Over Deceptive 'No-Contract' Ads

AtomicDevice WHAT!!?!? (371 comments)

You mean to tell me that T-Mobile isn't selling smartphones for the low-low price of a single month of their cheapest plan?!!?!? THAT'S A RIDICULOUS ASSAULT ON MY RIGHTS AND INTERNET PRIVACY AND STUFF!!!

Really? Who cares about this?

about 2 years ago

Just Say No To College

AtomicDevice Buzzword attack. (716 comments)

Holey moley, if I was allergic to buzzwords I'd be in anaphylactic shock right now. Could the have possibly crammed more buzzwords into the summary?

Really all that needs to be said for going to college: "don't be stupid"

Racking up huge debt for a worthless degree when you aren't already rich? Stupid.

Taking gen-ed classes at community college and then transferring into a state college to get your degree? Smart.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: What Stands In the Way of a Truly Solar-Powered Airliner?

AtomicDevice Simple (590 comments)

is it more than just solar cell efficiency that's preventing the creation of a solar-powered airliner?

Short answer: No.

Why do we keep using fossil fuels really (in a non-conspiracy theory world)? Two words: energy density.

Gasoline has a significantly higher energy density than many (most?) explosives. TNT, gunpowder, etc. Compare that to batteries, solar cells, capacitors, whatever, you aren't even anywhere on the same chart. Jet fuel has an even higher energy density than gasoline. On top of that, the best solar cells ever are something like

Think about those solar planes you've seen. Super light weight, incredibly long wings with a super high aspect ratio (wingspan/chord). Often designed to fly at high altitude (above clouds). The kind of wingspan and PV cell area needed for a many-passenger plane would be astronomical. Maybe if PV cells were hyper-efficient, but even then, you can only optimize so much. I highly doubt that completely weightless 100% efficient solar cells completely covering a modern jet in perfectly clear weather at high noon would generate as much power as those jet engines do.

more than 2 years ago

Will EU Regulations Effectively Ban High-End Video Cards?

AtomicDevice Maybe actually measure efficiency? (303 comments)

Measure by joules/floating-point operation, and I bet video cards win hands-down every time over any other kind of computing unit. If you want to perform certain types of calculations (like, I dunno, graphics), a GPU is the most efficient way to do it. Now that's not to say that some GPUs aren't much more efficient that other per op. Especially when you consider the power they use while not cranking out a top-end game, I'm sure the field opens up even more. But measuring a card by total draw is dumb.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Video Monitors For Areas That Are Off the Grid?

AtomicDevice Shotgun. (340 comments)

Wait in a ground blind with a boomstick and give em a taste of frontier justice (where justice == birdshot)

Seriously though, the comment about trail cameras is right on. Motion activated camera that's self contained and battery powered. Designed for locating and tracking game movements, sounds like it would be perfect for your situation.

Double seriously, trying to wait out for them and firing some blanks and generally appearing to be a totally unhinged redneck might go a long way to scaring them off. Plus it would be a hell of a lot of fun, legal issues not withstanding.

more than 2 years ago

What Happened To Diaspora, the Facebook Killer? It's Complicated

AtomicDevice What happened? (215 comments)

Nothing at all

womp womp

more than 2 years ago

Windows 8 Has Scaling Issues On High-PPI Displays

AtomicDevice Whaaaaa (171 comments)


I get that it's really hard to make a browser do everything right, but if you're going to push IE as such a major competitor to other browsers, maybe make it less of a steaming pile? The web browser is basically a commodity nowadays, drawing things right is just about the only thing that matters.

more than 2 years ago

Alibaba Says Google Threatened Acer With Banishment From Android

AtomicDevice Re:Probably and andriod fork/knockoff (352 comments)

I don't think microsoft is doing a whole lot to support mozilla, they just don't actively shut it down. Google doesn't have to pay engineers to help acer if they don't want, microsoft sure doesn't pay mozilla engineers.

more than 2 years ago

BMW Cars Vulnerable To Blank Key Attack

AtomicDevice In other news: (291 comments)

Highly advanced cyber-thieves discover method to steal cars with a coat hanger and a screw driver! Everyone cower in terror!

Not that this isn't dumb security on BMW's part, but the thing keeping people from stealing your car is their conscience and the police, not your hyper-powerful super-locks. They might keep some dumb teenagers out of your car, but not car thieves who buy blank keys on the black market and learn to reprogram them.

more than 2 years ago

Study Finds Unvaccinated Students Putting Other Students At Risk

AtomicDevice Re:Vaccines should be mandatory. (1025 comments)

So if hitler did it that means we can't do it? Goodbye highways, you'll be missed. I guess we'll just kiss interstate trade goodbye until we build a bazillion railroads (what's that hitler? You used railroads too!? Oh Crap.)

You don't want to get vaccinated? Fine, go live in the mountains and never make contact with everyone. For the same reason we don't let people walk around strapped with unstable explosives (it's dangerous), we don't let people not get vaccinated (it's dangerous).

But but but! Almost no one gets that disease anyways, and my little johnny has a one in a billion chance of a bad reaction to the vaccine! NO ONE GETS THAT DISEASE BECAUSE THEY ALL GOT VACCINATED.

more than 2 years ago

The Cost To 'Promote' a Facebook Post: $200 To $500

AtomicDevice Meh (117 comments)

Facebook has all kinds of data analysis capabilities - I'm sure they didn't just pull this price out of their butt, but if they did, or if they are being pressured into these prices by investors, they need to nut up and let their data lead the way. What's a couple hundred bucks to a company selling a gigantic multi-million-$-revenue product - especially if facebook can use their data to target it and verify it?

Problems with bot clicks? Whatever, build that into the price. Also, I've never once clicked on a tv or newspaper ad, and yet advertisers seem to have no problem selling those.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Good Books and Tools For a Software/Hardware Hobbyist?

AtomicDevice Tools! (85 comments)

I vote tools.
1) Really nice electronics-oriented multimeter. I'm sure he has one already, but it might be cheap/lacking in function/etc
2) O-scope. Super handy and fun too. Old analog ones can be had for cheap. Check craigslist and ebay.
3) Logic analyzer/Bus Pirate. I realize these are two pretty different things, but they fill a similar place in the "debugging digital stuff" category.

Other than tools, I think some kind of audio kit/project would be cool. IMO nothing helps you learn more about how electronics really work than analog audio, synthesizers, amps, etc. It really helps connect the concepts of how voltage/current/power/etc are connected since it all ends up in a very tangible (audible) medium.

Plus: Boom Boxes are sweet. It's a scientific fact.

about 2 years ago



Google OS

AtomicDevice AtomicDevice writes  |  more than 5 years ago

AtomicDevice (926814) writes "According to the BBC:
Google Chrome OS will be aimed initially at small, low-cost netbooks, but will eventually be used on PCs as well.
Google said netbooks with Chrome OS could be on sale by the middle of 2010.
"We're designing the OS to be fast and lightweight, to start up and get you on to the web in a few seconds," said the blog post written by Sundar Pichai, vice-president of product management, and Google's engineering director Linus Upson.

They've even got a guy named linus working on it!"

Zubbles pre-orders now open

AtomicDevice AtomicDevice writes  |  more than 5 years ago

AtomicDevice (926814) writes "Apparently, Zubbles, the colored bubbles company, is finally accepting pre-orders, and you, the everyday consumer, can actually get awesome colored bubbles. They sent out an email to those on the waiting list (of which I am a proud member):
Hello to all of you awaiting Zubbles Magic, the World's First
Colored Bubbles! Thank you for your support and patience over
the past few years! We are thrilled to announce, to all of you
before anyone else, that the first bottles for public release
are currently in production and a limited supply will be ready
to ship sometime in the next couple of weeks. As a result, we
are ready to take pre-orders on our website:


We regret that we are only able to take orders for the U.S. and
Canada at this point. To those of you from other countries, we
apologize for the delay, and rest assured that we are working to
make Zubbles available to you very soon.

Thank you again,


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