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New Facebook Phone App Lets You Stalk Your Friends

ChunderDownunder Re:On-campus groups (54 comments)

Well sure but teenagers exhibit shyness, which is one reason proximity-based hookup apps exist in the first place.

I remember also that popular classes either had 200 or more people in the one lecture hall (too many to remember faces or engage with all of them) or were scheduled in smaller rooms across different days and times.

9 hours ago
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New Facebook Phone App Lets You Stalk Your Friends

ChunderDownunder On-campus groups (54 comments)

In my younger days, we didn't have mobile phones, let alone facebook.

How to meet your future spouse (2014)

1. Enrol for a first year university subject with a broad cross-section of students e.g. Psychology or Italian for Beginners.
2. Join your professor's facebook group.
3. Enable proximity.
4. Study in a large communal area near the cafeteria.
5. Your phone beeps...

So while the article mentions 'friends', enabling proximity for classmates would be a quick way to break the ice with a large group of people.

10 hours ago
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Intel Pushes Into Tablet Market, Pushes Away From Microsoft

ChunderDownunder Re:Dalvik or recompile (109 comments)

Google Play is a competitive marketplace.

Any vendor that doesn't cross compile risks losing market share to one that does.

2 days ago
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All Packages Needed For FreedomBox Now In Debian

ChunderDownunder Re:In plain English, what's a FreedomBox? (52 comments)

my linux distribution already includes the kitchen sink for many of these services.

Perhaps they're not packaged in a 'personal' context to enable you to run the next facebook on chrooted debian running on your smartphone, using various peer-to-peer encryption protocols. Is that the intent? Or a full-blown linux server that runs in a Hyper-V container from you Win 8 Pro desktop? Sounds very "hand-wavey'.

So, I'm just curious as to why a project with vaguely defined goals and no obvious roadmap or system architectural document ends up as a front page Slashdot submission?

I have coding skills, I can't contribute docs for a project that can't elucidate its purpose to laypeople on their homepage.

2 days ago
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All Packages Needed For FreedomBox Now In Debian

ChunderDownunder In plain English, what's a FreedomBox? (52 comments)

A 3 sentence description that doesn't use meaningless mumbo-jumbo vision statement as found on the linked wiki?

(a summary of its goals and how it compares to prior art?)

2 days ago
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Study Finds US Is an Oligarchy, Not a Democracy

ChunderDownunder Re:Duh (782 comments)

Australia? hardly. We exported Rupert, remember.

Try our neighbours across the Tasman Sea.

2 days ago
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Climate Scientist: Climate Engineering Might Be the Answer To Warming

ChunderDownunder Re:Imperialist bullshit. (341 comments)

China has some of the worst pollution on the planet, due largely to their improving living standards.

So even if climate change turns out to be "absolute crap", developing nations have a vested interest in clean technologies.

3 days ago
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Phil Shapiro says 20,000 Teachers Should Unite to Spread Chromebooks (Video)

ChunderDownunder Re:Stay away from my school please (101 comments)

It's a platform that restricts the available choice of software, forcing content to be rewritten for a web interface.

Pre-existing content isn't an issue just for Chrome OS. e.g. A friend's grandchildren were forced to use an iPad for classroom use. Turns out they couldn't do a homework exercise because the educational material targeted flash.

about a week ago
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Heartbleed Coder: Bug In OpenSSL Was an Honest Mistake

ChunderDownunder Re:ya ya.. (445 comments)

Unit tests?

Advocates of TDD would stress a complex suite of tests that self-document assumptions and side-effects - especially prior to refactoring code to bug fix and add new features, as specified in the summary.

about a week ago
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How Cochlear Implants Are Being Blamed For Killing Deaf Culture

ChunderDownunder Re:How do you figure? (509 comments)

Don't you mean Deaf One-armed Leper?

about a week ago
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Australia Declares Homeopathy Nonsense, Urges Doctors to Inform Patients

ChunderDownunder Re:Not in Canada, eh (408 comments)

Even in Quebec?

about two weeks ago
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Isolated Tribes Die Shortly After We Meet Them

ChunderDownunder Re:Sad, and not black and white either (351 comments)

Not helpful??

Think of the plants in the rainforest with which local tribesmen use to treat illness. Synthesising these compounds may be crucial in treating the next batch of superbugs.

Think of terra preta, a fertile soil mix found in the Amazon, whose synthesis could be the key to 21st century crop yields devastated by climate change.

about two weeks ago
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Mozilla CEO Firestorm Likely Violated California Law

ChunderDownunder Re:Bu the wasn't fired (1110 comments)

Telefonica, the main Firefox OS licensee.

As well as their native Iberian peninsula, Portugal & Spain (where Geeksphone originates), a main market is in same-sex-marriage friendly South American nations, e.g. Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay.

So there's potential backlash in these markets where FFOS handets are to be introduced.

about two weeks ago
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Windows 8.1 Update Released, With Improvements For Non-Touch Hardware

ChunderDownunder Re:Why are you using the touch interface with a mo (294 comments)

The 20th century called - how often does the typical user *need* to shutdown?

An ACPI device should, when idle, suspend to RAM after 15 minutes and hibernate after an hour.

I have a fossil-fuel guzzling noisy desktop PC in my sleeping quarters that I shutdown every night but a modern PC should snooze on minimal juice.

about two weeks ago
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Windows 8.1 Update Released, With Improvements For Non-Touch Hardware

ChunderDownunder Re:Non-touch devices aka (294 comments)

Laptops running Windows make up more than 1% of the PC market. MS aren't just pitching to replace the hundreds of millions of ten year old office PCs running XP.

By 2015, the percentage of Windows laptops sold without a touch-screen will be single figures, as the differential between the cost of production diminishes and manufacturers compete based on value-added features.

Watch the TV ad for Windows Surface Pro. A boss buys his entire staff a tablet, so they enjoy a 'fringe benefit' of a lifestyle device outside work hours. This tablet also docks to a keyboard, so that they can run standard business programs; a free gift of a convertible tablet enslaves the corporate user to be connected to the workplace 24/7 - evil genius.

about two weeks ago
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Windows 8.1 Update Released, With Improvements For Non-Touch Hardware

ChunderDownunder Re:It's a start (294 comments)

Another promising idea killed off by improper sandboxing? :(

How is 'Little bits of random HTML' any more insecure than browsing the web using IE 11, I wonder...

I'm cheering for Mozilla at this point. Latest builds of Firefox for Android promise seamless integration of HTML apps. If they did the same for Windows, you'd see the HTML5 market expand.

about two weeks ago
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Ties of the Matrix: An Exercise in Combinatorics

ChunderDownunder Re:WHO (51 comments)

graduations, weddings, funerals, job interviews where you don't want to scare HR with your forest of chest hair.

about two weeks ago
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To Reduce the Health Risk of Barbecuing Meat, Just Add Beer

ChunderDownunder Re:Stupid (179 comments)

Kunstmann from Valdivia, Chile do a tasty blueberry beer.

about two weeks ago
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To Reduce the Health Risk of Barbecuing Meat, Just Add Beer

ChunderDownunder Francesinha (179 comments)

Since we're discussing Porto, try the local delicacy which is an artery-hardening meat sandwich featuring beer gravy!

about two weeks ago
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Most Expensive Aviation Search: $53 Million To Find Flight MH370

ChunderDownunder Re:Why the search? (233 comments)

Well in the case of the govt. of Australia, where this cynical newspaper article originated, it's a massive PR exercise.

"See, our defence force do good, noble, things in their spare time", when they're not implementing the government's polarising 'stop the boats' agenda.

Do they have a clue if and where the plane sank? Hardly...

about two weeks ago

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Android forked, apps to run in Java SE

ChunderDownunder ChunderDownunder writes  |  more than 3 years ago

ChunderDownunder (709234) writes "Android not quite free enough? Dalvik sluggish? Concerned about the Harmony/Dalvik lawsuit? Can't run your favourite app on your desktop? IcedRobot will allow Android to run as a software stack on top of OpenJDK, the standard edition of Java (TM). The obvious target bringing Android compatibility to Meego but also to Windows/Linux/OS X desktops."
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