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Raspberry Pi Founder Demos Touchscreen Display For DIY Kits

BaronAaron Re:After whast happened to Odroid-w, why? (76 comments)

We want tools of computing to be as useful and flexible and free (in design) as cement, steel girders, wrenches and sockets, pencils and paper.

While the general concepts of those tools are free and open, there are patents on specific implementations of all of them. People are always inventing better wrenches. If you made a copy of Craftman's new wrench of the week and started selling them, I'm sure you'd be hearing from their lawyers.

We live in a world, wrong or right, were people innovate for profit, not the betterment of society. I don't see why people feel computing devices should be any different.

yesterday
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Raspberry Pi Sales Approach 4 Million

BaronAaron Re:UI processor for a commercial product (146 comments)

If you don't require a high resolution you can use the SPI pins on the Pi's GPIO headers to directly interface with a TFT panel.

about two weeks ago
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Fusion Reactor Concept Could Be Cheaper Than Coal

BaronAaron Re:Wait... (315 comments)

I thought the biggest roadblock to adopting fusion energy was that it doesn't work?

See that big yellow thing up in the sky?

He means without having to have a reaction mass the size of a star ...

about two weeks ago
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Object Oriented Linux Kernel With C++ Driver Support

BaronAaron Re:Why do people still care about C++ for kernel d (365 comments)

In a world with only C and C++, then C++ is undoubtedly the better language on balance.

I would still pick C, and use it to write a higher level language compiler / interpreter.

about three weeks ago
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NASA Eyes Crew Deep Sleep Option For Mars Mission

BaronAaron Re:What will happen to their physical condition (236 comments)

This is also in TFA:

One design includes a spinning habitat to provide a low-gravity environment to help offset bone and muscle loss.

about three weeks ago
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Silk Road Lawyers Poke Holes In FBI's Story

BaronAaron FBI Had VPN Access (191 comments)

My guess is the FBI is covering up that they somehow got VPN access into the Silk Road's internal server network. The same VPN access Ulbricht used to administer the servers from his local coffee shop.

They had already been tipped off about Ulbricht when he tried to order fake IDs from Canada. Then they figured out he was spending a good amount of time using the local coffee shop's wifi. They then sniffed his wifi traffic directly or just ordered the coffee shop / ISP to allow them to do the same. They couldn't decrypt his VPN session but they could see the destination IP which either lead to his server host provider or a 3rd party VPN service. Either way they just pressured the company that runs the service to give them the keys. Now that they have access to the server network they could collect what ever information they needed to build a case.

The key to my theory is the PDF of the PHPMyAdmin access. Notice it's an internal IP address. No way they were accessing that from anywhere but the server network.

about three weeks ago
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Internet Explorer Implements HTTP/2 Support

BaronAaron Re:Header Compression + Binary Headers (122 comments)

Plain text is great when you're just transferring text. The problem is HTTP has been used for transferring a lot more then just text for a long time. Images, file downloads, video, etc. With HTTP/1.1 browsers have different parsing code paths depending on if it's a binary file or plaintext html. There are also special cases for handling white space and stuff like that. It makes developing and testing a browser more complex then is should be.

about three weeks ago
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Internet Explorer Implements HTTP/2 Support

BaronAaron Re:Header Compression + Binary Headers (122 comments)

This won't effect AJAX. HTTP is abstracted away from the javascript engine by the browser. I imagine there might be some additional HTTP header parameters to play with while making AJAX calls, but that's about it. All the benefits from HTTP/2 will happen behind scene as far as AJAX is concerned.

about three weeks ago
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HP Introduces Sub-$100 Windows Tablet

BaronAaron Re:No touchscreen by default (182 comments)

The Stream laptops won't have a touchscreen by default, not the tablets.

about three weeks ago
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Sci-fi Predictions, True and False (Video 1)

BaronAaron Star Trek Communicators (139 comments)

Anyone who thinks we surpassed TOS flip communicators didn't really pay attention. Those things had a range past orbit without the use of a cell phone tower or any other kind of relay infrastructure. The TNG communicators, on top of that, were hands free speakerphones with perfect audio quality and small enough to pin on your jacket.

I also never noticed them needing a charge.

about a month ago
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Developing the First Law of Robotics

BaronAaron Re:So, a design failure then. (165 comments)

With Asimov stories, start by assuming there was a fundamental shift in computing. The positronic brain is an artificial version of our brains, not a Turning machine. Even if you could manually rewire every neuron and synapses in a human brain you could not program a person in the traditional sense. Everything is based on fuzzy logic. Our brains don't work in absolutes and pure logic like a traditional computer.

The robots in Asimov books are like a brainwashed slave race. If you are brainwashing your human level intelligent slave race, The Three Laws is a good starting place.

about a month ago
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Developing the First Law of Robotics

BaronAaron Re:So, a design failure then. (165 comments)

Unlike the robots in this experiment, most Asimov robots are not programmed in the traditional sense. Their positronic brains are advanced pattern recognition and difference engines much like our own brains. The Three Laws are encoded at a deep level, almost like an instinct.

In the story Runaround, Speedy is much like a deer in headlights, stuck between the instinct to run away and remain concealed. Doing neither very well. The design mistake was putting more emphasis on the third law versus the second. The PHBs knew better though and felt the robot was too expensive to leave to the command whims of the human mining workers.

I like that story because it illustrates what happens when managers make engineering decisions. ;-)

about a month ago
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Could Tech Have Stopped ISIS From Using Our Own Heavy Weapons Against Us?

BaronAaron Re:Like DRM? (448 comments)

I think you're on to something. You don't need to blow the tank up to make it inoperable though. A command that simply instructs the engine and/or transmission to enter a mechanically unsound state and cause a major failure would work well enough.

about a month and a half ago
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Geneticists Decry Book On Race and Evolution

BaronAaron Re:Are You Kidding? (541 comments)

Well let's ignore the fact that Mongolia, Russia, and Ethiopia are places, not races. The underlying issue is:

Race is a social term used to generalize the ancestry of a person. It's to vague to make a prediction about the genes, and their expression, in a particular person.

There is a lot of genetic diversity even in, what can be considered, a genetically homogeneous population. Genes that have been unexpressed for generations can suddenly appear again if the right couple have offspring. Even the genetic expression within offspring from a single couple can vary wildly. I think most of know cases similar to the family with 3 brown hair and eyed kids, and 1 with blonde hair and blue eyes.

You throw genetic diversification increases from a few 100 years of globalization into the mix and the whole notion of scientifically defining a race, let alone predicting actual gene expressions in a individual, becomes ridiculous.

Predictions of gene expression can only be done on a case by case basis within a specific heredity context. This is the reason the doctor's form asks for your parent's, grandparent's, and siblings medical history, not what race you are.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Choosing a Web Language That's Long-Lived, and Not Too Buzzy?

BaronAaron Re:Java or C# + AngularJS (536 comments)

This.

The days of server-side framework being closely coupled to the client side presentation layer are over. Write the frontend in plain HTML / Javascript. Use a Javascript framework to make life easier. Do the server-side as a RESTful service.

Java or C# would be good server-side languages, because of the ease of finding developers.

I personally prefer C# and ASP.NET MVC Web API. A completely open source solution when you use Mono.

about 4 months ago
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Civilization V Officially Available On Linux For SteamOS

BaronAaron Re:Yay DRM (93 comments)

Nearly every Steam game release is instantly cracked by the pirate community. If you want your games forever, no matter what, just save the crack along with your Steam backups.

about 4 months ago
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California City Considers Restarting Desalination Plant To Fight Drought

BaronAaron Re:And with that yoiu get POWER! (420 comments)

As soon as the pressure equalizes between the two sides of the membrane the flow of water will stop. Your pump will have to do all the work to pull the water through the membrane at the point. It's now also going to have to fight gravity to pump the water from the depths of the ocean.

about 6 months ago
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Bloomberg's Trading Terminals Now Providing Bitcoin Pricing

BaronAaron Re:I wonder (119 comments)

1) I hate the idea of having all of these computers working harder and harder, using more and more energy, and every day there being more miners setting up more computers, all of it in an unproductive pursuit of nothing but wealth. The energy wasted for no real societal gain makes it more socially useless than a marketing department for a law firm.

A non-centralized, freely available to anyone with an Internet connection, digital currency is a huge gain for society. Miners insure the integrity of this system. It's not wasted energy if you value the idea behind it.

2) The price varies so wildly, but it's all based off of nothing. At least with stocks, you have company metrics and financials you can at least try to use to figure out where it's going. At least with national currencies, you can look at what the country is doing politically and financially to try and guess where the currency is going. With bithcoin, it's like it's decided by a magic eight ball...there is nothing you can base decisions on other than a random guess.

Bitcoin prices are driven by supply and demand. That's about as simple as economics gets. Just like gold or any other finite commodity, as long as it has value in the minds of people the price will go up in the long term because of the limited supply.

about 6 months ago
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Scientists Give Praying Mantises Tiny 3D Glasses

BaronAaron Re:"Different from ours" ?? (55 comments)

They have compound eyes like any other insect. They just happen to have Pseudopupils. Compound eyes have pigments that reflect light from wide angles and let straight on light pass through to the photo-receptor.

Mantis have a high contrast between the two states giving the appearance of a pupil, probably to creep us out a lot more.

about 6 months ago

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