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Consumer Reports: New iPhones Not As Bendy As Believed

Boawk Vibraphone (304 comments)

Who thinks it's okay to sit on their phone?

I do. Of course I set it to vibrate first, then tell those around me that I can't find it and ask them to call my phone.

about a month ago

Ask Slashdot: Unattended Maintenance Windows?

Boawk Automate successful execution as well (265 comments)

Setting aside the wisdom (or lack thereof) of automating maintenance, you should also have some process external to the maintained machines that confirms that the maintenance worked. That confirmation could be something like testing that a Web server continues to serve the expected pages, some port provides expected information, etc. If this external process notes a discrepancy, it would page/text/call you.

about 3 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Switching From SAS To Python Or R For Data Analysis and Modeling?

Boawk Simple arithmetic shows us (143 comments)

that R is 15 better than C.
I was able to figure that out with this bit of C code:
printf("%d", 'R' - 'C');
I'm not sure how to do that in R though.

about 4 months ago

Virginia DMV Cracks Down On Uber, Lyft

Boawk Unpersuasive argument (260 comments)

Similarly people will get into a car operated by a driver without sufficient insurance or any guarantee that the vehicle is operating correctly and safe, and if its cheaper they won't care either... at least... until there is an accident.

Which is how the regulations came into effect in the first place -- the public was tired of getting into cabs that weren't insured or maintained properly.

The public seems to have a very short memory.

If people tire of getting into uber/lyft cars that aren't insured or maintained properly, they can then...wait for it...take a taxi.

about 5 months ago

German Scientists Successfully Test Brain-Controlled Flight Simulator

Boawk One-hundered percent success! (73 comments)

After getting a drone aloft, scientists released control of the drone to each test subject and asked them to use their mental powers to drive the drone "right into the ground". Scientists' exuberance became more and more frenetic as each test subject flawlessly performed the assigned task.

about 5 months ago

Hawaii's Oahu Used To Be a Bigger Island

Boawk I'm fearful... (44 comments)

...that one of the islands will tip over.

about 5 months ago

Scientists Give Praying Mantises Tiny 3D Glasses

Boawk And prosthetics (55 comments)

Scientists returned to the drawing board after their first field trial of putting the glasses on a praying mantis ended in failure. The team is soon expected to announce the design prosthetic ears for the praying mantises,

about 6 months ago

Ask Slashdot: What Do You Consider Elegant Code?

Boawk gnu coreutils? (373 comments)

wc, cat, sort, head, tail, split et al. Source here.

about 7 months ago

Massachusetts Court Says 'Upskirt' Photos Are Legal

Boawk Re:They just outlawed it. (519 comments)

A bill has been sent to the governors office and he is expected to sigh.

Because of a missed opportunity?

about 8 months ago

Face Masks Provide Chinese With False Hope Against Pollution

Boawk National institute? (156 comments)

[N95 facemasks] are certified by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health

Whose national institute? Ah, I see. I wonder what China's equivalent institute certifies, or if they even have an equivalent institute.

about 8 months ago

Under Armour/Lockheed Suit Blamed For US Skating Performance

Boawk Not pretested for everything (357 comments)

Under Armour developed the skintight aerodynamic suit for the Sochi Games and it was pretested for specific conditions

Except for having a boner.

about 8 months ago

Developer Loses Single-Letter Twitter Handle Through Extortion

Boawk Rare, one-letter Twitter username (448 comments)

Wow, that must be rare, there can't be more than about a hundred of those.

about 9 months ago

Largest-Yet EVE Online Battle Destroys $200,000 Worth of Starships

Boawk Shock and awe (463 comments)

when the CFC jumped in 12 carriers and EACH ONE lit a cyno I knew we were in for a ride...

HOLY SHIT!!! That's crazy! [discretely turns to friend and whispers, "what the hell is a cyno?"]

about 9 months ago

An Iowa ISP's Metered Pricing: What Will the Market Bear?

Boawk The rich (data users) should pay their fair share (479 comments)

It's not fair that those who use less should have to pay for the rich (data users). The rich (data users) should be subsidizing those who have less (data use). [I don't necessarily subscribe to the view, but the "tax the rich" parallel is interesting.]

about 9 months ago



Ideas for an "anachronistic tools" course

Boawk Boawk writes  |  about 2 years ago

Boawk (525582) writes "Off and on I've thought about offering a small, workshop-style course on how to use anachronistic tools. The types of tools that immediately come to mind are abacus, slide rule, astrolabe, and sextant. It would be nice to have several of each of these which could be used by students. The course could also include discussions of ancient sites with astronomical significance, such as Stonehenge. What other anachronistic tools, sites, etc. are there that could provide fodder for such a course?"

Maintain privacy by poisoning the privacy well

Boawk Boawk writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Boawk (525582) writes "Can we protect our privacy by flooding the internet with false information about ourselves?

It’s the last approach that really interests me: Pollution. Poisoning the data stream. Putting out enough false information that the real information becomes unreliable. At that point, anyone wishing to know the truth about me has to come to me directly, allowing me to control access. It’s hardly a perfect option — the untrue things can be permanently connected to you, and it does kind of make you hard to trust online — but it’s the one approach to opacity that’s purely social and extremely difficult to stop.


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Home brewing: What's the state of the art?

Boawk Boawk writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Boawk (525582) writes "I'm considering taking up the hobby of brewing my own beer. Any tips for a newcomer? What is the essential equipment? How much is the initial outlay versus ongoing costs?"

Saving the Halloween pumpkin

Boawk Boawk writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Boawk (525582) writes "Every halloween I put a jack-o-lantern on the porch, typically serving as the head of a pair of stuffed coveralls. And every morning after, I find my pumpkin smashed to pieces on my walk. This year rather than pumpkin guts, I'd like to find evidence that the culprits have wet themselves. What are your ideas for rigging up something in the Halloween spirit which would give these neighborhood kids a good scare when they try to remove the pumpkin?"

Supercarrier 2015: The Most Powerful Warship

Boawk Boawk writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Boawk (525582) writes "Popular Mechanics has a story on the next generation, Ford-class aircraft carrier.

The last time American engineers designed a carrier from scratch, in the 1960s, they drew the ship in ink and built full-scale wooden models to prove their designs. Then, the construction-yard workers had to figure out how to put the ship together. Now, engineers and foremen can wander around a mockup of the ship without wearing helmets or boots. All they have to do is slip on chunky black glasses, stare at a screen and step inside the ship's CAD plan.



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