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Army Creates a Directed Lightning Bolt Weapon

C0vardeAn0nim0 Re:it's "Ordnance" (214 comments)

ordinance = has the potential to cause untold mayhem, destruction and loss of life
ordnance = just an explosive ammunition

more than 2 years ago
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Twitter Bomb Joke Case Rolls Back Into UK Courts

C0vardeAn0nim0 Re:Even free speech has its limit (174 comments)

first of all, it's a cultural thing.

here in brasil we say "i should kill you" or "i'm gonna kill that that guy" all the freaking time, for even the smallest offense, and everybody undertands that it's just a way to vent some anger.

this is why i don't get why the british are uptight about that. people need a way to relieve tension, keep censoring this kind of stuff, people will start going crazy and actually blowing shit off, instead of just talking it.

more than 2 years ago
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The Mercedes-Benz 'Cloaking Device'

C0vardeAn0nim0 Re:It is no good .... (163 comments)

russians are testing a thermal camouflage for tanks. it uses infrared cameras to measure the temperature of objects (ground, buildings, trees, etc) surrounding the tanks, then send a command to thermal plates all around the the vehicle to match the measurements. this effectively makes the tank invisible to infrared devices, including night vision goggles.

imagine an american soldier, after being blasted by that tank saying as he dies: "the goggles, they do nothing!"

more than 2 years ago
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The Ineffectiveness of TSA Body Scanners

C0vardeAn0nim0 Re:SSDD (494 comments)

fact is, the government SHOULD be a charity. that's one of the reasons it exists. to help and assist the less fortunate.

more than 2 years ago
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Geohashing Conquers the South Pole

C0vardeAn0nim0 Re:Winter? (40 comments)

that they're faster is an established fact, but what's their unladden air speed ?

more than 2 years ago
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WindowMaker Development Resumes, Has First Release Since 2006

C0vardeAn0nim0 Re:They're gonna be sued! (192 comments)

and both trace their origins to the same place. NextStep was the inspiration for windowmaker and OS X is a direct evolution of the nextsteps codebase.

this is nextstep: http://www.fanboy.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/06/nextstep-os.jpg
this is windowmaker: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/5/57/Windowmaker.jpg
and mac OS X: http://www.knowledgerush.com/wiki_image/4/48/Aqua_(Mac_OS_X)_screenshot.jpg

the similar looks of finder and next's file browser is not a coincidence.

more than 2 years ago
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WindowMaker Development Resumes, Has First Release Since 2006

C0vardeAn0nim0 development has been going of for a while now (192 comments)

i've been following the development for more than a year. i've even contributed a fix for a null pointer exception on the menu editor.

the only news for me is to see it back on the news. which is a great thing in the sense that it'd bring awareness to this great desktop manager.

i've tried using KDE, gnome, several *boxen to name a few, but i always go back to windowmaker.

the killer featuer to me is the automatic cascading of new windows. i often need to open more than a dozen terminal windows to do my job, and having them cascaded across several virtual desktops is a helluva lot more eficient than any other method (and no, tabs don't work for my workflow)

more than 2 years ago
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White House Wants Devastating Cuts To NASA's Mars Exploration

C0vardeAn0nim0 Re:It's a good thing the military is still funded. (422 comments)

evryone IS taxed. you buy a pack of gum, you pay some taxes. it's like that in many countries, not only in US.

and if tie the upper tax bracket to the lowest, the next day congress would drop the lower bracket to 0.1%, get the votes from the lowest bracket and bribes^H^H^H^H^H^Hcampaign contributions from the upper one.

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White House Wants Devastating Cuts To NASA's Mars Exploration

C0vardeAn0nim0 Re:It's a good thing the military is still funded. (422 comments)

pulse jet - swedish / russian improved by a french engineer
ICBM - evolved from the german V2 fying bomb. work done in US by captured nazi scientists
scramjet - evolution of ramjets invented in france

ao, all you got is laser and memory foam.

more than 2 years ago
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New Cable Designed To Deter Copper Thieves

C0vardeAn0nim0 Re:Just coat them with plutonium (668 comments)

wrap it with magnesium or white phosphorous, then insulate it from the atmosphere. once the cable is cut, the oxygen/moisture would ignite the primary and produce heat enough to trigger the termite.

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Why Freemium Doesn't Work

C0vardeAn0nim0 Re:Free2play in games... (321 comments)

Really? Ok tell that to the database, operating system, and IDE vendors?

that's a small part of the software industry in terms of numbers of jobs. the few remaining player on those areas are raking the billions, of course, but how many people they actually employ writing code ?

i bet for each programer working for those big players, there are ten working for small companies or as independent programers, writing custom code tied to the business models of their employers.

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Why Freemium Doesn't Work

C0vardeAn0nim0 Re:Free2play in games... (321 comments)

multiboxing means having two (or more) WoW accounts playing simultaneously on different computers (or in the same computer if it's powerful enough).

i just checked, apparently it's not against blizzard's EULA to do that.

more than 2 years ago
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Identifying Nuclear Scientists Willing To Sell Their Knowledge

C0vardeAn0nim0 Re:Easy identification (358 comments)

most sane parents ?

we're wired to care a whole lot more for our next of kin than for complete strangers. so, i one government have a fucked up health care system, a sane nuclear scientist living there who's in need of care for his child _WILL_ sell his knowlege. his instincts will kick in and drive the decisions.

you'd know that if you were a parent.

more than 3 years ago
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Thunderbolt vs. SuperSpeed USB

C0vardeAn0nim0 Re:TFA (-1, wrong) (327 comments)

what the parent meant is that instead of using the same standard plug everybody else was using, sony developed their own connector for firewire. so if you had a sony device and a non-sony computer, you'd need an adapter.

basicaly sony reinvented the firewire "wheel" by making it square.

more than 3 years ago
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Linux 3D Games Run Faster On PC-BSD

C0vardeAn0nim0 Re:turn EVERYTHING off... (298 comments)

then try this in your windows box, shutdown all redundant services, including themes, netbios (seriously, this is 20 year old shit, why it's still there ?), server, computer browser, indexing service, etc. then compare the gaming performance to what it was before.

getting performance out of a machine by tweaking the system is not just for linux.

i'm just glad linux gives me more and better options to tune my machine.

more than 3 years ago
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Linux 3D Games Run Faster On PC-BSD

C0vardeAn0nim0 Re:turn EVERYTHING off... (298 comments)

yes i am.

and i'll do it better. i'm back to college, on a digital games major. this kind of benchmarks yould make for a great paper to show at college. thanks for the idea man.

maybe i'll pitch it showing how much OS optimizations affect older and newer hardware in diferent ways.

more than 3 years ago
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Linux 3D Games Run Faster On PC-BSD

C0vardeAn0nim0 turn EVERYTHING off... (298 comments)

some 10 years ago, when even the slightest hiccup could make a game running in linux slow to a crawl (not linux's fault. more like greedy games on average hardware), i ran several tests to find the best settings for performance. here's what i found:

- even a lightwheight window manager like windowmaker, fluxbox or xfce impacts negatively (specially if you're short on RAM)
- any cute widget, dockapp or systray app can take a hit. a simple opengl cpu meter, displaynig a spinning cube, running inside a 64x64 dockapp had a 10% hit on glxgears' frame rate
- daemons started from init.d scripts steal memory, and if they trigger a backgroud process, bye-bye performance. so make sure anything than trigger lots of disk I/O operations are off. specially if they run from cron
- get used to the command line. shut down GDM/KDM/XDM or any other graphical login. log on the console, quickly create an .Xsession file with nothing more than "xterm" on it. as soon as X starts with a windowless xterm, run the game from the CLI.

now, optimize BOTh PC-BSD and linux this way, THEN run a benchmark. otherwise, is the same as trying to compare a default ubuntu with openBSD on which one is more secure. or the other way on which is more usefull as a desktop. it's not right to ebnchmark different OSes by leaving the defaults just like that.

more than 3 years ago
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Zombie Cookies Just Won't Die

C0vardeAn0nim0 Re:*nix fix (189 comments)

easy to defeat on *NIX. set ownership of ~/.adobe and/or ~/.macromedia with permission 000. presto, no flash crap stored on your computer, unless you're stupid enough to browse the web as root.

also, Samy Kamkar's "super cookie" is easy to avoid/defeat with firefox. click on the icon to the left of the URL, click "more info" then go to permissions. on "set cookies", uncheck "use default", then block. do the same for "offline storage".

leave the site (close the tab to be sure), then clean everything from the last hour on "tools/clear recent history".

more than 3 years ago

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Microsoft Bob

C0vardeAn0nim0 C0vardeAn0nim0 writes  |  more than 13 years ago

One more word about Microsoft Bob and I'm gonna scream...

I swear. I'm fucking tired of hearing and reading about this pitifull atempt to "revolutionize" the GUI.

Bob was laughable when it was first released and it still is. Bob is dead, let it rest in peace. Why is everybody bringing this back ? let's move forward ppl.

i know, I know. Those who don't know the past are bound to repeat it, but that's EXACTLY my point. let microsoft try a new version of Bob. everybody needs a laugh once in a while.

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