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Ask Slashdot: Hungry Students, How Common?

BlackPignouf Re:Grad school is voluntary... (357 comments)

Yes, because flipping hamburgers is a great and fulfilling experience even if you're gifted for boring down-to-earth stuff like math or physics.


Google's New Camera App Simulates Shallow Depth of Field

BlackPignouf Re:"subject" (121 comments)

A well done wide-open portrait with tack-sharp eyes and everything else blurred connects you with the model like no other shot could. I know it sounds hipsterish, but it's an immutable reality.


'Thermoelectrics' Could One Day Power Cars

BlackPignouf Re:Hotter Earth (173 comments)

It's not that there's no benefit : it's a net loss. Any heat engine works better between 300K and 400K than between 400K and 500K, even though the temperature difference between two states is the same.
Pedantic remarks : There's no such thing as "heat gradient". You probably meant "temperature gradient". And thermoelectrics generators really are powered by heat.

3 days ago

Jenny McCarthy: "I Am Not Anti-Vaccine'"

BlackPignouf Re:McCarthy the Playmate? (586 comments)

Because if boobs were brains, she'd have three Nobel medecine prizes.

about a week ago

Heartbleed Coder: Bug In OpenSSL Was an Honest Mistake

BlackPignouf Re:Why is he even excusing himself ? (445 comments)

I totally agree with both of you.
But the questions he answers isn't : "My toy isn't working as expected. Who wrote this shit?" but "This 'bug' very much looks like an intentional backdoor. Does git blame returns joe@nsa.gov?"

about two weeks ago

Ask Slashdot: Which NoSQL Database For New Project?

BlackPignouf Which luxury yacht after my new project? (272 comments)

"I'm working on a new independent project. It will soon become the new Facebook, and I'll be billionaire next quarter. The only problem is that I don't know which luxury yacht to buy with all this money. I've been looking at Lady Moura, Christina O, Pelorus, Venus and others. What do you recommend? What problems have you run into with the ones you've tried?"

about two weeks ago

Isolated Tribes Die Shortly After We Meet Them

BlackPignouf Re:Prophylactic immunization (351 comments)

In French Guiana, isolated tribes saw white men coming at them, and basically telling them :
"Congrats, you're now officialy unemployed French citizens. You don't know what money is, but you'll receive XXX Francs per month from the government. You can go visit the next town, and discover what rum and hookers are. Not much else to do though. kthxbye!"

about two weeks ago

Online Skim Reading Is Taking Over the Human Brain

BlackPignouf PARSE ERROR (224 comments)

"Michael S. Rosenwald was so disgusted with myself.'
The brain was not designed for reading Andrew Dillon."

Wait, what??? Could you please write shorter paragraphs?

about two weeks ago

A Rock Paper Scissors Brainteaser

BlackPignouf Re:100% paper (167 comments)

From TFA: "At the start of each round an independent judge flips a fair coin and tells your opponent the result but does not tell you. If the coin came up heads your opponent must play rock."
The opponent isn't forced to get at least 50% rock after any number of plays.

about two weeks ago

Should NASA Send Astronauts On Voluntary One-Way Missions?

BlackPignouf PROTIP (307 comments)

PROTIP: None of us has any chance of surviving, wherever we end up.

about two weeks ago

How Many People Does It Take To Colonize Another Star System?

BlackPignouf Re:Sure, but... (392 comments)

Humans are interesting animals.
We are still 80% dependent on fossil fuels for our energy needs and have no clue what we could use at this scale when they're depleted.
But let's worry about what could happen to the sun in 5 billion years!

about two weeks ago

60 Minutes Dubbed Engines Noise Over Tesla Model S

BlackPignouf Re:Not only for Tesla or videos (544 comments)

The external speakers aren't for the engine or the driver, it's to let the hot chicks know how much you paid for your car.
From the above article :
"Volkswagen previously used a resonator tube similar to the Mustang’s in its GTI but has switched to what it calls a “Soundaktor.” This system is like the M5’s, in that an audio file is stored on the car’s computer and then played during certain throttle applications. Unlike the more selective M5 setup, VW’s broadcasts all the noise from under the hood through a dedicated speaker located near the engine’s throttle body. Soundaktor speakers are currently making noise in the GTI, GLI, and Beetle Turbo."

about two weeks ago

60 Minutes Dubbed Engines Noise Over Tesla Model S

BlackPignouf Not only for Tesla or videos (544 comments)

It's not only for Tesla, and not just on videos either.
Engines are getting more efficient and quieter every year, and cars are better insulated as well. Customers are disappointed when they spend big bucks on a car only to find out it doesn't sound like a big old sport car.
The solution? Manufacturers actually add speakers next to the engine, exhaust and inside the car.
You sometimes get V8 sound out of a V6 car :)


about two weeks ago

Vermont Nuclear Plant Seeks Decommission But Lacks Funds

BlackPignouf Re:Your only source for safe, cheap, nuclear energ (179 comments)

Fun fact : what you wrote is utter bullshit.
Another fun fact : you need to invest more energy in order to get 1kWh worth of oil than 1kWh of solar electricity.

about three weeks ago

Subversion Project Migrates To Git

BlackPignouf Re:Change (162 comments)


I love git, because all my development repos are self-contained, easy to backup and work perfectly offline.
"git rebase -i" is just wonderful.

You want to pull and overwrite your local changes? It's as easy as :

  git add *
  git commit -a -m "auto dev server commit"
  git fetch origin master
  git merge -s recursive -X theirs origin/master

You want to clone your local repo to a new remote one and use it as origin? Sure :
#On local machine
cd foo_project
git init
git add *
git commit -m "My initial commit message"
#On remote machine (Git remote repository)
sudo su - git
cd /usr/local/git_root/
mkdir foo-project.git
cd foo-project.git/
git --bare init
git config core.sharedrepository 1
git config receive.denyNonFastforwards true
find objects -type d -exec chmod 02770 {} \;
#On local machine, in your git project
git remote add origin ssh://git@example.com:2227/usr/local/git_root/foo_project.git
git push -u origin master

Those are just 2 examples that come often enough to be an annoyance, but not often enough that I can remember them.

about three weeks ago

OpenSUSE To Offer Rolling Release KDE Experience

BlackPignouf Re:KDE, the one we want to love (51 comments)

I loved KDE 3.5, and would spend weeks customizing everything to look exactly like I wanted.
It worked perfectly, I had all the right applications and buttons at the right place.

I tried 4.5 and newer versions, but with a kid and my day job, I simply don't have time to look through the 1000 menus, tabs and radio buttons.
So I have to stay with the default config, but it kinda sucks.

On the other hand, Linux Mint + Mate gets the job done out of the box and it looks decent.

about three weeks ago

MIT Researchers Create Platform To Build Secure Web Apps That Never Leak Data

BlackPignouf /dev/null (90 comments)

/dev/null ?

about three weeks ago


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