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FarmBot: an Open Source Automated Farming Machine

CambodiaSam Cue Gene Simmons (133 comments)

Ah, so now we can fully realize the dream of Gene Simmons reprogramming robots to kill. I seem to remember a farming robot was part of the intro.

about 1 month ago

The Next Keurig Will Make Your Coffee With a Dash of "DRM"

CambodiaSam Act now... (769 comments) is currently available for purchase. I suspect variations will become popular.

about 7 months ago

Microsoft Customers Hit With New Wave of Fake Tech Support Calls

CambodiaSam Re:Hallo Windows man (201 comments)

I've received two calls from these scammers... and the example you provided is not far from the truth. When they claim to call from "The Windows" as the company name, it's painfully obvious what they are up to for about 99% of the computer using population. The problem is that 1%. They probably get a hit every once in a while that makes it profitable enough.

about 10 months ago

Red Cross Wants Consequences For Video-Game Mayhem

CambodiaSam Next DLC: (288 comments)

Grand Theft Auto: Warcrimes Tribunal

Experience the thrilling recreations of standing in front of a judge.

about a year ago

Firsthand Impressions of Now-Delayed NVIDIA SHIELD

CambodiaSam Re:Drone (74 comments)

I'd rather not encourage them to grow. Wait, is that what you meant?

about a year ago

Microsoft Creative Director 'Doesn't Get' Always-On DRM Concerns

CambodiaSam Games requiring a server that has been shut down? (572 comments)

Is there a list of single player games that required some type of server connection but has been shut down since introduction? The closest thing I can find is this:

It's not a perfect analogy since MMOs have a reasonable need for a connection to the server, unlike single player. It would be nice to reference whenever someone argues for always-on DRM.

about a year and a half ago

Ask Slashdot: Setting Up a Computer Lab In a Developing Country

CambodiaSam Local Equipment, Usable Skills (172 comments)

I've been setting up and teaching computer skills part-time in northwestern Cambodia for about 8 years now.

Getting equipment to a remote location is an expensive and perilous task. Damage, theft, bribes, delays, fees, more bribes, and unforeseen problems will cause you more headaches than you can imagine. I buy my equipment locally from a seller I have built up a relationship with. Because I'm a repeat customer, he goes out of his way to make sure the computers keep running when I'm not there, which is most of the year.

Because Cambodia is one of the poorest countries in the world, the idea of spending $300 on a copy of Microsoft Office is unthinkable. That's enough to run a small household for a couple months. You can install open source alternatives if you like, but it might not be a necessity since the machines are chock full of apps.

Getting the lab running is frankly the easy part. Your lesson plan needs to take precedence. Teach skills that are commercially viable in the country, inspire them to learn more, and give a solid foundation of basic skills. I have former students that can directly tie their lessons to helping them find jobs later on. They then take these skills and teach others, which creates a virtuous cycle. Good luck!

about a year and a half ago

Ask Slashdot: Dealing With an Advanced Wi-Fi Leech?

CambodiaSam Stealing Electricity (884 comments)

If someone had an extension cord plugged into my outside outlet and it ran to their house to steal power, I would walk over, knock on the door, and ask them to stop it. And yes, I would also unplug it.

If you have the means to determine where they are it's worth asking them to stop. That alone might change their attitude toward poking at networks.

about a year ago

Ubisoft Ditches Always-Online DRM Requirement From PC Games

CambodiaSam Re:Are you listening Blizzard? (218 comments)

I have $60 ready and willing for the moment they let me play the game on the airplane, quite possibly the only time I have to throw hours at it.

about 2 years ago

A Fresh Look At Multi-Screen PC Gaming

CambodiaSam Re:The last time i tried this (146 comments)

I thought of the exact same thing. I seem to remember launching the app with a command line switch like /left or /right on separate machines.

Is this one of the downfalls of DRM, where software companies don't want you loading the game on multiple machines?

more than 2 years ago

LSD Can Treat Alcoholism

CambodiaSam Re:placebo for LSD? (346 comments)

This is an excellent question. It reminds of a quote from Brain Candy:

”It’s been two weeks and I don’t feel any different. All I’ve done is gain 8 pounds. What’s in this? Sugar, isn’t it? I’m in the placebo group. My face tells me it’s sugar.”

more than 2 years ago

Police Find Apple Branded Stoves In China

CambodiaSam Non-Replaceable Gas Canister (212 comments)

I'm betting that one gas canister is all you need, as long as you have the iPhone adapter to refill it.

more than 2 years ago

It's Not All Waste: The Complicated Life of Surplus Electronics In Africa

CambodiaSam Local Cost (236 comments)

I've seen Cambodia's IT infrastructure improve over the last several years, but they still rely on much older, used equipment as their primary source of hardware. The most basic factor is cost. For someone earning about $100 a month (generally considered middle-class and able to reasonably sustain a small family), the prospect of a brand new computer, phone, or other device is unthinkable. Even a PC setup with monitor, UPS, keyboard, and mouse will run you $250. It'll be about 4 years old, but it runs Windows XP or Vista quite well because of lack of service packs. Plus, it's fully loaded with software since the concept of copyright hasn't been fully embraced.

I guess if you could bring low cost, reasonable electronics to the developing world they would embrace it instead of used equipment. I'll let you know when I see it for sale on the streets of Phnom Penh or Siem Reap. For now, it's all used PCs (mostly Dell and HP) and Nokia phones.

more than 2 years ago

Some Windows 8 Laptops May Come With Built-In Kinect Sensors

CambodiaSam Worst airline seat neighbor ever (140 comments)

I typically have someone in the row ahead of me recline as far as humanly possible, which can be frustrating but is tolerable. I hope I don't get someone sitting next to me who is flailing wildly trying to perform a copy and paste shortcut.

more than 2 years ago

PR Firm Unwisely Tangles With Penny Arcade

CambodiaSam Dave with a V (419 comments)

I'd like to propose a new Internet meme: "Dave with a V".

more than 2 years ago

Slashdot Asks: Whom Do You Want To Ask About 2012's U.S. Elections?

CambodiaSam Re:Nate Silver (343 comments)

Please mod up. I followed Nate's analysis of the 2008 election and was amazed to see him nail the results to within a few electoral votes.

more than 2 years ago



LSD 'helps alcoholics to give up drinking'

CambodiaSam CambodiaSam writes  |  more than 2 years ago

CambodiaSam (1153015) writes "One dose of the hallucinogenic drug LSD could help alcoholics give up drinking, according to an analysis of studies performed in the 1960s.

A study, presented in the Journal of Psychopharmacology, looked at data from six trials and more than 500 patients.

It said there was a "significant beneficial effect" on alcohol abuse, which lasted several months after the drug was taken.

An expert said this was "as good as anything we've got"."

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How many credits have you amassed through BOINC?

CambodiaSam CambodiaSam writes  |  more than 5 years ago

CambodiaSam (1153015) writes "I'd like to see a poll that asks fellow slashdotters how many credits they have amassed through the Berkeley Open Infrastructure for Network Computing (BOINC). I didn't see any reference to it when searching the polls. Thanks."

Xbox live is down, again

CambodiaSam CambodiaSam writes  |  more than 5 years ago

CambodiaSam (1153015) writes "After an extended maintenance session on Monday, and an unplanned outage on Tuesday, it appears that Xbox Live is down again. The quote from the Xbox support page is: "Status: Users will not be able to connect or log into Xbox LIVE. We are aware of the problem and working to resolve the issue. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause." This outage has yet to be reported in the mainstream press."
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'I Am Rich' Goes Broke In Apple Store

CambodiaSam CambodiaSam writes  |  more than 6 years ago

CambodiaSam (1153015) writes "Incredibly, the developer got 8 people to buy this before Apple yanked it 24 hours later.

Earlier this week the I Am Rich application went up, commanding a $999.99 price tag, the most a developer can charge through Apple's App Store. The program essentially loads a screen saver onto the Apple iPhone to remind users and alert others that the user has money to throw around willy-nilly. The "status symbol," once downloaded, does nothing but load a ruby red icon on the home screen, with the subtext "I Am Rich." When the user activates the program, a large, glowing red gem appears. That's all."

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Wedding proposal via code hack

CambodiaSam CambodiaSam writes  |  more than 6 years ago

CambodiaSam (1153015) writes "Several news outlets are reporting how a developer opted for a unique method of proposing:

Mr. Peng, a financial software programmer, spent nearly a month last fall reprogramming the popular video game Bejeweled for Ms. Li's Nintendo DS — a handheld system for which no commercial version of the game exists. And buried inside all those lines of code, at a relatively easy-to-reach level, Mr. Peng inserted a marriage proposal and a digital image of a pink engagement ring.

She played. She soon reached the threshold. And she said yes. "It's a very pleasant surprise," said Ms. Li, a TV producer whose ring finger is now adorned by a pink sapphire identical to the digital version."

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Female G spot 'can be detected'

CambodiaSam CambodiaSam writes  |  more than 5 years ago

CambodiaSam (1153015) writes "According to BBC News: The mysterious G spot — supposedly a route to female sexual satisfaction — can be located with ultrasound, claim Italian scientists.

"For the first time, it is possible to determine by a simple, rapid and inexpensive method if a woman has got a G spot or not"

-Dr Emmanuele Jannini
University of L'Aquila"

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ID Software bringing DOOM to tiny screens near you

CambodiaSam CambodiaSam writes  |  more than 6 years ago

CambodiaSam (1153015) writes "It appears that Id Software is teaming up with Fountainhead Entertainment to create Id Mobile, focused on bringing games to mobile devices. And you thought typing email tiny keyboard was hard, try focusing your attention to just W A S and D.
November 15, 2007 — The people behind such industry definers as DOOM and Quake are putting their money on mobile gaming. Today, id Software announced the launch of id Mobile, an entirely new division created by both id Software and Fountainhead Entertainment. id Mobile will be overseen by Katherine Anna Kang, founder of Fountainhead and former Director of Business Development at id Software.

The announcement is timed with the release of Orcs & Elves II on mobile, a sequel to Fountainhead's bestselling original, as well as Orcs & Elves for the Nintendo DS. Orcs & Elves for the DS is an upgrade of the mobile original with additional content. id Mobile is also announcing a mobile edition of its popular Wolfenstein series, as well as a sequel to DOOM RPG, the first mobile game worked on by id Software founder John Carmack.

id Mobile is dedicated not only to cellphone gaming, but also forays into DS and PlayStation portable development, although no additional game announcements for those platforms have been released at this time."

Purpose of appendix believed found

CambodiaSam CambodiaSam writes  |  more than 6 years ago

CambodiaSam (1153015) writes "From the AP wire via CNN: WASHINGTON (AP) — Some scientists think they have figured out the real job of the troublesome and seemingly useless appendix: It produces and protects good germs for your gut. That's the theory from surgeons and immunologists at Duke University Medical School, published online in a scientific journal this week. For generations the appendix has been dismissed as superfluous. Doctors figured it had no function. Surgeons removed them routinely. People live fine without them. The function of the appendix seems related to the massive amount of bacteria populating the human digestive system, according to the study in the Journal of Theoretical Biology. There are more bacteria than human cells in the typical body. Most are good and help digest food. But sometimes the flora of bacteria in the intestines die or are purged. Diseases such as cholera or amoebic dysentery would clear the gut of useful bacteria. The appendix's job is to reboot the digestive system in that case."
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