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Android Motorcycle Helmet/HUD Gains Funding

Cthefuture Re:As the man says... (126 comments)

There is almost no difference between say a $250 helmet and a $1000 helmet other than the graphics.

Sure, the super-cheap $50-$80 helmets can be seriously lacking in safety but almost anything above that is fine if it fits your head and has the features you want (fit, noise, venting, etc).

about three weeks ago

Android Motorcycle Helmet/HUD Gains Funding

Cthefuture Re:Oh man (126 comments)

Worth it? Meh, probably not.

I wonder how much it would cost to simply take a regular helmet and some Chinese electronics off eBay to make the same thing. I'm guessing significantly less even including your time to build it.

I mean you're looking at less than $100 in raw parts for GPS + Arduino + HD Camera + display controller/OSD. Not sure about the HUD part but I believe it's just a projection on a small piece of glass, probably also less than $100 in parts by itself not to mention alternative hardware implementations that might be cheaper. Add $300 for a decent helmet, wire it up and you're done.

Personally I think I would find the HUD hardware incredibly distracting. Not the HUD itself mind you, but the stalk that sticks up in front of your eye. I would rather it be projected on the visor even if that means it's not always available (eg. when the visor is up).

about three weeks ago

Ask Slashdot: Life Beyond the WRT54G Series?

Cthefuture ASUS RT-N16 (427 comments)

Follow the herd: RT-N16 running Tomato or similar firmware. Gigabit, 802.11N, USB, open-source.

One of the most popular routers ever made and the natural successor to the WRT54.

about three weeks ago

Google Will Give a Search Edge To Websites That Use Encryption

Cthefuture Re:StartSSL or DANE (148 comments)

Yeah, none of those work in any popular browser out of the box.

about a month ago

Google Will Give a Search Edge To Websites That Use Encryption

Cthefuture OK fine but give us a free CA (148 comments)

I have no technical problem switching every website/server I have to SSL but the actual problem is the price of all those SSL certs. Most of my sites are just hobby type sites that I run for my own enjoyment and to benefit others (quite a few "others" I should mention; some of my sites are very popular). However, I don't make any money off these, in fact it already costs me money to run them.

Now you want me to add SSL so that people can still find my relevant and useful information? Well, OK but how the hell am I suppose to pay for it? SSL server certs are expensive. The whole thing is a scam to make the few "official" CA's rich. How about some sort of official public service that can hand out server certs of every registered domain? Every domain should come with an unlimited supply of SSL certs or at least a wildcard cert and a renewal service, free of charge.

about a month ago

The Upcoming Windows 8.1 Apocalypse

Cthefuture Re:Microsoft make up your mind! (293 comments)

How is your video performance in KVM? I typically use VirtualBox or VMware because they have Windows video drivers that speed everything up. Last time I tried KVM the video in Windows was so slow that it was painful to use.

about 4 months ago

Mercedes Pooh-Poohs Tesla, Says It Has "Limited Potential"

Cthefuture Re:the New Mercedes Pooh-Pooh (360 comments)

I don't know but Piglet was quoted as saying "This thing is the poo-poo!"

about 5 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Are You Apocalypse-Useful?

Cthefuture Most developers are pretty smart people (737 comments)

I write software, as I have been doing for many decades. However, I can rebuild a car engine, I know electronics including building a radio from scratch, I can frame a house, build weapons from scratch, I know chemistry, cook, sew, farm, and any number of other useful things.

It's not about whatever skill you currently possess. It's about intelligence.

about 5 months ago

How much do you spend yearly on mobile apps?

Cthefuture Zero should be its own option (240 comments)

I imagine that is the most popular amount: Zero

Just browse the app store(s) and you can see it yourself. Even the most popular apps have hardly any sales. It's a losers bet to develop for these platforms. A huge vast majority will not make even a fraction of enough money to recover the cost of development. All mobile developers are wide-eyed morons hoping to score big. They might as well buy a lottery ticket.

about 5 months ago

The Amoeba That Eats Human Intestines, Cell By Cell

Cthefuture infects 50 million, eh? (71 comments)

Infects 50 million and kills 100000... I'll take those odds. Better than driving to work for a year.

about 5 months ago

Algorithm Challenge: Burning Man Vehicle Exodus

Cthefuture The solution: Ride a motorcycle (273 comments)

Fuck all these queues and other bullshit. Ride a motorcycle, split lanes and fuck all these idiots. Get in and out how you like. It's like walking except faster and more efficient.

As far as motorcycles and scooters go, America needs to adopt a more global attitude.

about 5 months ago

Million Jars of Peanut Butter Dumped In New Mexico Landfill

Cthefuture Humans are not 100% efficient? (440 comments)

Humans are not 100% efficient? I can't believe it, I mean we're all statistical robots are heart... Right? Right...???

Please give this tainted "butter" to some needy 3rd-world shiathole. I will feel better in my mansion.

about 5 months ago

FTC Settles With Sites Over SSL Lies

Cthefuture The next 20 years? (78 comments)

I can guarantee you that none of these companies will be in business in 20 years.

about 5 months ago

Most Useful Scripting Language To Learn?

Cthefuture It's "Lua" not "LUA" (477 comments)

Lua is not an acronym. From the Lua web page:
"Lua" (pronounced LOO-ah) means "Moon" in Portuguese. As such, it is neither an acronym nor an abbreviation, but a noun.

LuaJIT is probably the fastest scripting language in existence. I have found for math-heavy algorithms it's as fast as optimized compiled C code. Plus it's FFI interface is stunningly fast, allowing easy fast access to native libraries.

about 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: How To Clean Up My Work Computer Before I Leave?

Cthefuture Re:Wipe (547 comments)

I boot off a DVD/USB to a minimal Linux system then write over the whole drive with cryptographically secure random data. That is a bit overkill but I work in security/cryptography and often have or had extremely sensitive data on my machine. "dd if=/dev/zero" works faster and is plenty good for normal people. This "nukes" the whole drive to a blank slate.

From there I'm usually able to install whatever OS they are using and set the machine up fresh. If the company has draconian IT policies and I can't install the OS then I let them re-image the drive. I only do this after I completely wipe the drive myself though. A re-image on top of your existing system most likely will not wipe all your old data.

more than 2 years ago

EFF: Americans May Not Know It, But Many Are In a Face Recognition Database Now

Cthefuture Re:Facebook is the devil (152 comments)

People can tag anyone on Facebook. A random person could take a picture of you and tag you in it without you even having a Facebook account.

more than 2 years ago

The Leap Second Is Here! Are Your Systems Ready?

Cthefuture Re:Does this affect desktop distros? (284 comments)

Hmmm, I just now noticed that my Ubuntu and Debian systems did not insert the leap second. That's probably why they didn't have problems.

Not sure why they didn't insert it, they're all running ntpd. Now their time is off by one second.

more than 2 years ago

The Leap Second Is Here! Are Your Systems Ready?

Cthefuture Re:Does this affect desktop distros? (284 comments)

My up-to-date Arch workstation went haywire (kernel 3.4.4). mysqld, firefox, and ksoftirq were using a massive amount of CPU. Stopping the processes made the CPU usage go away but as soon as I restarted them they would go nuts again. I had to reboot the machine.

I have an Ubuntu 12.04 server and Debian stable server that apparently were not affected. My Linux based routers also seemed unaffected although they don't run ntp as a daemon which probably makes a difference.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: VPN Service For a Deployed US Navy Ship?

Cthefuture Almost all VPN services are fly-by-night ops (349 comments)

Almost all VPN services are fly-by-night ops. Just don't do it. Seriously, they come and go like the wind. I'm sure there are legit and have been around for a long time but it's nigh impossible to vet any of these companies.

Instead find a good hosting providing and rent yourself a server with the amount of bandwidth you need and the location in the US you want (most providers have data centers in various places). For more security I would get a whole machine, not a VPS. Run OpenVPN or whatever on it and you're good to go. It wouldn't need much disk or RAM.

more than 2 years ago


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