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MIPS Tempts Hackers With Raspbery Pi-like Dev Board

Circlotron Fragmented (48 comments)

I can see this small board stuff getting as fragmented as the bazillions of Linux distributions available. Choosing which board you want to play with will get as complicated as choosing a phone plan. Too much choice is not good. What the right amount of choice is, I don't know.

7 hours ago
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Companies That Don't Understand Engineers Don't Respect Engineers

Circlotron Other responsibilities (371 comments)

I worked for 13 years at a company that designed and manufactured switch mode power supplies up to 3kW size. The last ten years was in the design lab with a team of about 15 engineers. We made decisions on a daily basis in respect of fire and electric shock safety for our products; things that affect the very lives and properties of the end users of this equipment. One wrong decision or non-comliance with a particular regulation could have caused our company to be sued into oblivion. Despite this responsibility that we shouldered, we were not allowed access to the stationery cupboard - we had to go and ask permission of some junior office member for a simple ball point pen etc.

about two weeks ago
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Transatomic Power Receives Seed Funding From Founders Fund Science

Circlotron Re:Getting permission... (143 comments)

The reactor produces relatively large quantities of tritium (~12y half life) requiring active separation and storage of the gas. It's effectively impossible to capture all the tritium (hydrogen is slippery stuff), however enough could be retained to bring it in line with conventional reactors, they claim. This assumes the capture system works, is maintained and doesn't leak. Good luck with that.

Would it be posible to burn this tritium with atmospheric oxygen? The product of this combustion could then be cooled and condensed back to "heavy water" of some sort? This water would be rather easier to store in tanks and maybe not so dangerous. I don't really know much about this stuff.

about three weeks ago
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How long ago did you last assemble a computer?

Circlotron Re:Glad to see you use the term 'assemble' (391 comments)

The plans appeared in Kilobaud magazine in 1976. Old age and treachery will beat youth and energy EVERY time!!

The logical fallacy though is that we weren't old back then.

about a month ago
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Opportunity Rover Sets Off-World Driving Record

Circlotron Apollo 11 (46 comments)

"using images from NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) cameras that reveal Lunokhod 2's tracks." -------------------- So they can photograph wheel tracks on the moons surface? It should then be a snap (pun intended) to take a pic of the Apollo 11 landing site and put that conspiracy to rest once and for all.

about 1 month ago
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How a Supercomputer Beat the Scrap Heap and Lived On To Retire In Africa

Circlotron Re: Really now (145 comments)

E-waste gets positive spin in news article.

about a month and a half ago
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How a Supercomputer Beat the Scrap Heap and Lived On To Retire In Africa

Circlotron Re:In an alternate universe (145 comments)

Head of CIA, Muslim.

A person *cannot* change their skin colour. A person =can= become a Muslim. Therefore being a Muslim or not has nothing to do with race.

about a month and a half ago
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I suffer from jet lag ...

Circlotron I can't afford jet travel... (163 comments)

...so I just have to wait for daylight savings time to begin and end. Thats as close as I can get to jet lag.

about 2 months ago
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Chinese-Built Cars Are Coming To the US Next Year

Circlotron Re:Tonka Tough (431 comments)

You'd have to be both racist and ignorant of the iPhone to think that Chinese workers can't produce quality goods; like anyone else, they build to the specs that are given to them and standards that are expected of them.

Indeed. I have a pair of Chinese made (English) Wharfedale loudspeakers I got about 9-10 years ago and they are beautiful. Interesting thing is that there is not any indication either on the boxes or the user leaflet saying where they are made. They appear to be made to Wharfedale's specs, and that's the point - if no particular quality is specified then often made-in-China stuff is rubbish. One notable exception is AFAIAC is a Rigol DS2072 oscilloscope that I bought. Very nice. http://www.rigolna.com/ Hackable too -> http://www.eevblog.com/forum/t... Review -> http://www.eevblog.com/2013/04...

about 2 months ago
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When will large-scale IPv6 deployment happen?

Circlotron Re:Fuck IPv6 (305 comments)

Out of curiosity, why haven't we just done that with an additional 1 number prefix for continent routing

That sounds so similar to segment:offset addressing I want to puke.

about 3 months ago
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Human Blood Substitute Could Help Meet Donor Blood Shortfall

Circlotron Re:Not so new. (172 comments)

My father told me they were using coconut juice in PNG during WW2. The idea was that seeing the patient wasn't competing in a triathlon they could temporarily get by with a lot less blood cells; the important thing was that there was enough liquid volume circulating, albeit diluted. Not enough volume means your heart starts sucking bubbles, then it's all over, red rover.

about 3 months ago
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Human Blood Substitute Could Help Meet Donor Blood Shortfall

Circlotron Re:Religious Objections (172 comments)

If it is made entirely of non-blood components I would have no objection. Same goes for non-blood volume expanders such as Haemaccel, Saline, Ringers Lactate, Dextran, etc.

about 3 months ago
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Linux Mint 17 'Qiana' Released

Circlotron Re: Thanks. Bad naming. (132 comments)

"Is there a single word which is unambiguously pronounced around the world? " Taxi?

about 3 months ago
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Federal Car Fleet To Become Test Bed For High-Tech Safety Gear

Circlotron Motivation (24 comments)

At least if some politician gets injured or killed because of the failure of some feature of the car (think Toyota sticking throttles, Ford Pinto gas tanks etc) then it won't get swept under the carpet like it might if it happened to some ordinary person.

about 3 months ago
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Scientists Create Bacteria With Expanded DNA Code

Circlotron Obligatory (85 comments)

I for one, welcome our new bacteria overlords.

about 4 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Good Print Media Is Left?

Circlotron Re:Silicon Chip (285 comments)

Yeah,I get Silicon Chip in my letterbox every month. A good hands-on magazine for people who like to make electronic stuff. And not just lame flashing lights either. Get a load of these past projects -> http://www.siliconchip.com.au/...

about 4 months ago
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Genome Pioneer, X Prize Founder Tackle Aging

Circlotron 99% fail rate probably (130 comments)

Make the magic pill available only to those that switch exclusively to desktop Linux and stay there.

about 6 months ago
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Designer Seeds Thought To Be Latest Target By Chinese

Circlotron Re:Beta sucks! (164 comments)

Slashdot Beta = Unity desktop. 'nuff said.

about 7 months ago

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