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Ask Slashdot: Sounds We Don't Hear Any More?

Drishmung The Guillotine (790 comments)

Given that the guillotine was last used in France in 1977, and last used there publicly in 1939, it's not a sound that should be at all familiar, yet I suspect most of you can bring the sound to mind—courtesy of innumerable historical dramas and the dedicated efforts of Foley artists.

about three weeks ago

6 Terabyte Hard Drive Round-Up: WD Red, WD Green and Seagate Enterprise 6TB

Drishmung Re:To save you the click through trouble... (190 comments)

Backblaze tested the slower and cheaper STBD6000100, not the ST6000NM0024.

For their tests they note that the WD Red uses slightly less energy (which is important to them, when they have racks full of the drives) and also because it can lay down 1TB a day MORE than the Seagate. Again, a slightly different workload than most of us.

For them, the extra cost and power of the higher spec Seagate aren't worth it.

In summary: essentially equal performance (go to SSD if you need speed); essentially equal cost; slight edge on power to WD;

For reliability, no failures or pre-failures in 3 months of 24/7 operation.

about a month ago

Corning Reveals Gorilla Glass 4, Promises No More Broken IPhones

Drishmung Re:OH GOODY (203 comments)

Indeed. "Strong" is not a well understood concept. People often confuse it with hard, or tough or stiff.

I can thoroughly recommend The New Science of Strong Materials or Why You Don't Fall through the Floor by J.E. Gordon, which even has a positive review by Bill Gates.

Finding something that is:

  • Hard
  • Tough
  • Light
  • Cheap
  • Transparent

is challenging. Sapphire gets a pass for Hard and a (mostly) Transparent.

about 2 months ago

How Apple Watch Is Really a Regression In Watchmaking

Drishmung Re:Confirms that Apple's strategy is correct (415 comments)

I have an old mechanical watch. It requires winding once every two days, so I wind it every day. No big deal. BUT, it takes a few (10, 15) seconds to wind the watch. Can I charge the Apple Watch in under a minute? While wearing it?

Winding a mechanical watch and charging a cellphone/smartwatch are not quite as comparable as other posters have been making out.

about 3 months ago

Why did Microsoft skip Windows 9?

Drishmung Re:Who said they were smart? (399 comments)

MS #1: It's going to be called Windows U+122BA
MS #1: What?
MS #1: Windows SE
MS #2: "Es Ee"?

MS #1: Sumerian Edition.
MS #2: Why!?
MS #1: Well, Slashdot doesn't do unicode properly, so they can't say mean things about it.
MS #2: Who cares what Slashdot says about Windows?
MS #1: Philistine!
MS #2: No, that's Windows PE.
MS #1: ?
MS #2: Philistine Edition, a.k.a. Phone Edition.

about 4 months ago

FBI Chief: Apple, Google Phone Encryption Perilous

Drishmung Re:Beyond the law? (354 comments)

Through inheritance (isn't OOP a wonderful thing?).

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Article 12. And the UDHR was ratified in June 1992 and signed into law by Pres. Bush.

The constitution provides for the process, which has been followed.

Of course, one might cynically note many other actions that appear to be against the law, yet go unprosecuted; or indeed laws that conflict with international obligations as established by treaty, or laws that conflict with the constitution.

(Yes, I know parent was being rhetorical).

about 4 months ago

Apple's "Warrant Canary" Has Died

Drishmung impossibilium nulla obligatio (236 comments)

It may also be to a company's financial advantage to guard their customers' data in this way, and I don't mean that it will get them more customers.

The cost of complying with requests for this sort of data is not zero, and may in fact be considerable. The Agencies may do it at their own cost, but you can bet they really want the cost out of their own budgets and into someone else's.

If a company really has no way to deliver the information, impossibilium nulla obligatio (no legal obligation to do the impossible), they have no compliance costs.

about 4 months ago

LLVM 3.5 Brings C++1y Improvements, Unified 64-bit ARM Backend

Drishmung Re:Oh good. (99 comments)

Well, that didn't take long.

about 5 months ago

Apple Kills Aperture, Says New Photos App Will Replace It

Drishmung Re:My plan is to wait and see (214 comments)

"More than any other time in history, mankind faces a crossroads. One path leads to despair and utter hopelessness. The other, to total extinction. Let us pray we have the wisdom to choose correctly."

Woody Allen

about 7 months ago

Humans Not Solely To Blame For Passenger Pigeon Extinction

Drishmung Re:Regardless of any 'sensitivities'... (53 comments)

Apparently they were fairly awful creatures—flocks of a few million birds blackening the skies, decimating crops and crapping on everything.

Couldn't we direct our sympathies to a more like-able creature? Wooly mammoths or great awks, perhaps?

Because the thought of a few million woolly mammoths blackening the skies, decimating crops and crapping on everything is even more terrifying.

about 7 months ago

EFF Tells Court That the NSA Knowingly and Illegally Destroyed Evidence

Drishmung Re:Sorry, destruction is not proof of claim (269 comments)

True. The NSA, as a government agency, is obliged to follow the rules, in spirit as well as letter. Well said.

about 8 months ago

EFF Tells Court That the NSA Knowingly and Illegally Destroyed Evidence

Drishmung Re:Sorry, destruction is not proof of claim (269 comments)

Keeping the US safe is a clear and compelling interest that takes priority over a measly civil claim.

Ah, yes, "The ends justify the means". The trouble with that is that the means determine the end. If your means are corrupt, lawless and arbitrary, just what sort of outcome do you expect?

I believe this has been discussed previously: Matthew 7:16, 1 Samuel 24:13, Matthew 12:33, Luke 6:43, James 3:12

about 8 months ago

New Mars Crater Spotted In Before-and-After Pictures

Drishmung Re:Meters? (41 comments)

Or roughly 100 knot seconds.

about 8 months ago

NSA Surveillance Reform Bill Passes House 303 Votes To 121

Drishmung Re:BFDâ¦. (208 comments)

Right now, voting for someone named Malcolm Peter Brian Telescope Adrian Umbrella Stand Jasper Wednesday Stoatgobbler John Raw Vegetable Arthur Norman Michael Featherstone SmithNorthgot Edwards Harris MasonFrampton Jones Fruitbat Gilbert 'We'll keep a welcome in the' Williams If I Could Walk That Way Jenkin Tiger-draws Pratt Thompson 'Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head' Darcy Carter Pussycat 'Don't Sleep In The Subway' Barton Mannering Smith could only be an improvement.

about 8 months ago

The Case For a Safer Smartphone

Drishmung Re:The Perfect Phone Feature For Safety (184 comments)

Have a small amount of C-4 explosive in the phone. If the phone is switched on when the velocity is greater than 30 mph *BOOM*.

The TSA will just love that.

And instead of airbags, we should also have daggers sticking out of our steering wheels, poised directly at our hearts. That way people will only be able to drive like assholes once.

Shame about that child stepping out in front of you.

about 10 months ago

I prefer my peppers ...

Drishmung Re:best pepper? (285 comments)

Not in the US. My friend was in foreign parts at the time, namely Australia.

about 10 months ago

I prefer my peppers ...

Drishmung Re:best pepper? (285 comments)

FOAF story:

My friend was in a restaurant where a diner was complaining LOUDLY that the curry was not hot enough, and the chef didn't know how to cook.

The chef emerged from the kitchen with a bottle of clear liquid and a spoon.

"Your curry not hot enough sir? That's OK sir, we can make it a bit hotter if you like sir. I can put some extra heat in sir. Here sir, try this and see how much you think you need."

Hands teaspoon of clear liquid to customer.

Customer (egged on by drunken mates) sips liquid.

Customer is carried out of restaurant by his friends—to the applause of the rest of the patrons!

As the chef returns to the kitchen, my friend intercepts him and asks what is in the bottle.

"Pure Capsaicin. We use it to make the curry as hot as we need to" says the chef with an evil grin.

about 10 months ago



New Zealand set to prohibit software patents

Drishmung Drishmung writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Drishmung (458368) writes "The New Zealand Commerce Minister Craig Foss today (9 May 2013) announced a significant change to the Patents Bill currently before parliament, replacing the earlier amendment with far clearer law and re-affirming that software really will be unpatentable in New Zealand.

An article on the Institute of IT Professionals web site by IT Lawyer Guy Burgess looks at the the bill and what it means, with reference to the law in other parts of the world such as the USA, Europe and Britain (which is slightly different from the EU situation)."

Link to Original Source

Federal patents judge thinks software patents good

Drishmung Drishmung writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Drishmung (458368) writes "Retired Judge Paul Michel, who served on the Federal Circuit 1988-2010---the court that opened the floodgates for software patents with a series of permissive decisions during the 1990s—thinks software patents are good. Yes, the patent system is flawed, but that means it should be fixed. Ars Technica have a thoughtful interview with him. Ars take: "If you care most about promoting innovation, offering carve-outs from the patent system to certain industries and technologies looks like a pragmatic solution to a serious problem. If you're emotionally invested in the success of patent law as such, then allowing certain industries to opt out looks like an admission of failure and a horrible hack.""
Link to Original Source

Suggestion for poll

Drishmung Drishmung writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Drishmung (458368) writes "If you could bring one recently extinct creature back to life, it would be
  1. Aurochs
  2. Baiji River Dolphin
  3. Dodo
  4. Giant Vampire Bat
  5. Haasts' Eagle
  6. Passenger Pigeon
  7. Thylacine
  8. Cowboyneal's long handled night-jar


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