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For $20, Build a VR Headset For Your Smartphone

DarwinSurvivor Re:Instantly the most practical solution (14 comments)

I wonder how high he jumped the first time his phone got a notification while he was using it as a headset.

This sounds like a neat project for even kids to do.

1 hour ago

Snowden Used the Linux Distro Designed For Internet Anonymity

DarwinSurvivor Re:Well, If the NSA Can't Crack It, Ya Right (170 comments)

I don't know what's funnier. A broken link in a slashdot post, or someone trusting a slashdot post as the correct location to acquire said security software.

3 days ago

This 1981 BYTE Magazine Cover Explains Why We're So Bad At Tech Predictions

DarwinSurvivor Re:That micro-floppy (275 comments)

In appearance maybe, but the technology itself is not even close.

4 days ago

First Glow-In-the-Dark Road Debuts In Netherlands

DarwinSurvivor Re:Useless for Electricity shills (184 comments)

All the "pictures" in TFA are computer renderings. For a road that, apparently, has already been painted you'd think they could have taken at least 1 photo of it.

5 days ago

Comcast PAC Gave Money To Every Senator Examining Time Warner Cable Merger

DarwinSurvivor Re:If this is not a bribery then I don't know what (133 comments)

Yes, I understood what you said. What I was implying was that your post could be read as a cover story for a pump&dump scheme.

5 days ago

Private Keys Stolen Within Hours From Heartbleed OpenSSL Site

DarwinSurvivor Re:I can't use cloudflare, connection is insecure (151 comments)

Not sure about the branded Chrome, but Chromium on my arch machine shows one hell of a scary message about the browser down-right refusing to connect to it due to the certificate.

5 days ago

The Case For a Safer Smartphone

DarwinSurvivor Re:Time has come to programmatically disable featu (184 comments)

How about passengers on a train?

Um, GPS.

Do you have any idea how quickly GPS murders a cellphone battery? If I had to have that on every time I was carpooling, I'd never make it home before the damn thing died.

about a week ago

The Case For a Safer Smartphone

DarwinSurvivor Re:Human Nature? (184 comments)

So we should also outlaw conversations with passengers?

I am completely against holding a phone to your ear or texting while driving, but I feel that hands-free devices are fairly safe. As long as you aren't fiddling with them while trying to answer/make the call in the first place.

about a week ago

Ask Slashdot: Are You Apocalypse-Useful?

DarwinSurvivor Stupid Question (731 comments)

Could this question be any more vague? "Society interrupted" and "no more computers" is the total of the description of our situation? How is society interrupted, did we forget spoken language, or did Facebook go down for a week? What does "no more computers" even MEAN? Does it mean they all evaporated? Does electricity (like what keeps your damn heart beating) no longer exist? Did an EMP destroy all the transistors meaning we just need to make more?

If the technology suddenly poofed or broke (massive EMP, etc), fine, fix or replace them it. I think you'll find slashdot users to be invaluable during a global technology rebuild. Did humanity simply have all of their knowledge of technology erased from their minds? If that's the case, those doctors are going to be pretty useless as well seeing as 99% of medicin was discovered thanks to some sort of technology. Or is the "electricity no longer exists" BS scenerio where nobody's heart would be beating anymore, rendering the rest of you just as "useful" as the slashdot community?

This question is just stupid.

about a week ago

CSIRO Scientists' Aquaculture Holy Grail: Fish-Free Prawn Food

DarwinSurvivor Reliance (116 comments)

A team of CSIRO scientists has discovered the holy grail of aquaculture by developing the world's first fish-free prawn food: According to the article there is intense global interest in Novaq because it solves one of the farmed prawn industry's biggest problems — its reliance on wild fisheries as a core ingredient in prawn food. The Novaq formula is a closely guarded secret, but it is known that the product is based on microscopic marine organisms. Not only will the new feed introduce greater sustainability into a growth industry but prawns fed on the new diet grow 40% faster and are healthier and more robust.

Don't worry prawn farmers, now you'll only be reliant on CSIRO.

Seriously, who green-lighted this advertisement?

about a week ago

UN Report Reveals Odds of Being Murdered Country By Country

DarwinSurvivor Re:OpenData (386 comments)

No, but my scripts sure find them a pain in the ass to parse! If you're going to spend the time to organize and release a collection of data like this, at least provide a csv version as well.

about a week ago

Seven Habits of Highly Effective Unix Admins

DarwinSurvivor Re:Tmux (136 comments)

I too prefer tmux to screen, but I would like to warn you about 1 danger of using it. Do NOT disconnect from a tmux session that is being used to upgrade tmux. If tmux happens to upgrade to a version with a newer protocol, you will not be able to reconnect to the tmux session. I did this once and had to build a static version of tmux from the previous version and use that to reconnect and continue the upgrade. Screen is theoretically susceptible to the same problem, but the protocol almost never changes.

I still use tmux as my regular persistent terminal on my server, but I now double-check if it's in the upgrade list before starting it.

about a week ago

Heartbleed Coder: Bug In OpenSSL Was an Honest Mistake

DarwinSurvivor Re:Whatever you may think ... (445 comments)

Well, other than a frame job or stolen credentials.

about a week ago

UN Report Reveals Odds of Being Murdered Country By Country

DarwinSurvivor Re:OpenData (386 comments)

It's not just the closed format, but the whole formatting of the file itself. Anyone wanting to do any half-decent analysis of this data is going to have to do a fair bit of formatting before this "data" can be turned into anything useful like a CSV. The current layout is good for little more than looking at. They may as well have released it as a PDF or a chart!

about a week ago

Land Rover Demos "Transparent Hood"

DarwinSurvivor Re:More problems. (172 comments)

Major engine problems will. On newer vehicles there are actually 3 states to the engine light. Off is good (no error), on is emissions (fix before next inspection), blinking is "take me to a mechanic NOW".

about two weeks ago

Study: People That Think Social Media Helps Their Work Are Probably Wrong

DarwinSurvivor Re:Twitter (40 comments)

I've had great luck communicating with their product support folks via twitter.

Does your boss know you publish company problems on public websites?

about two weeks ago

Comcast Takes 2014 Prize For Worst Company In America

DarwinSurvivor Re:first world problems... (195 comments)

Ironically Iran has some of the best (and safest) airports in the world because they have actual trained people looking for subtle body language. Instead of singling out someone by their heritage, they check out people who are wearing large coats in the summer (hiding something?), breaking out in sweats in the winter, acting especially nervous, watching one of their bags continuously while completely ignoring the others, traveling in a very spread out group, etc.

about two weeks ago

Rover Curiosity Discovers Australia-Shaped Rock On Mars

DarwinSurvivor Re:Earth meteorites on Mars? (99 comments)

I think Mars's tendency to throw off meteorites has a lot to do with it's very thin atmosphere and significantly lower gravity (compared to earth).

about two weeks ago

OpenSSL Bug Allows Attackers To Read Memory In 64k Chunks

DarwinSurvivor Re:No Problem Here (303 comments)

Whoops, must have thought it was part of his signature when i read it!

about two weeks ago


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