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Get a Glimpse At the Raspberry Pi Fedora Remix

Enigma23 This has huge potential (50 comments)

Imagine a Beowulf cluster of these!

more than 2 years ago
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Symantec Looks Into Claims of Stolen Source Code

Enigma23 Re:Nope.. (116 comments)

Maybe they're white hat hackers who will return the code in a vastly less bloated form?

more than 2 years ago
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Can You Beat a Computer At Rock-Paper-Scissors?

Enigma23 Re:The Princess Bride (292 comments)

Did you watch that movie? The game was entirely random, but Westley won by cheating, he poisoned both cups. You can't do that in RPS.

Poison both cups before you start playing and make sure he drinks from his...

more than 3 years ago
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Can You Beat a Computer At Rock-Paper-Scissors?

Enigma23 Re:I can beat the computer... (292 comments)

My score is 12 wins, 11 ties, 5 losses so far...

Great, now do it another 300 times to prove to a statistically significant level that you're got ESP. :)

more than 3 years ago
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A Letter On Behalf of the World's PC Fixers

Enigma23 Re:Get over it. (638 comments)

I've found saying "no" helps a lot, as does being in a relationship since I'm no longer allowed to fix things based solely on the hotness of the user.

I'd say that was a perfectly acceptable metric for deciding whose PC/laptop to fix; so would my girlfriend... ;)

more than 3 years ago
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Scientists Give NASA Planetary Marching Orders

Enigma23 Re:Get to the planets? (145 comments)

How about NASA figure out how to get to _orbit_ first? They've been fucking that part up for the past 30 years, and I don't understand why it needs to be pointed out to them that it is the first and most critical step to getting anywhere else.

Good point - the US Navy test fired a railgun projectile at Mach 5 speeds at a target 110 nautical miles away utilising 33 megajoules of energy.

NASA is looking at the possibility of using a railgun to launch craft into space at Mach 10 speeds. A rail launcher study using gas propulsion already is under way, but maybe using electromagnetic acceleration is more feasible?

more than 3 years ago
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Scientists Give NASA Planetary Marching Orders

Enigma23 Re:Develop spacefaring technology first (145 comments)

Although the defense spending is huge, it's still less than that for health care.

I'd far rather see a country spent more money on healthcare than on killing people. If the US Government really wants to save money, they should build less aircraft carriers - the incoming Gerald R. Ford class aircraft carrier, will cost $14 billion including research and development, and the actual cost of the carrier itself would be $9 billion each - nearly $100 billion in total for a like-for-like replacement of the eleven Nimitz and Enterprise class carriers in active service.

By comparison, the UK spends two and a half times as much on Health as it does on Defence.

more than 3 years ago
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Scientists Give NASA Planetary Marching Orders

Enigma23 Re:Develop spacefaring technology first (145 comments)

What permanently dark side of the planet? Contrary to beliefs in the '60s, Mercury is not tidelocked. It's rotational period is 59 days, making three complete rotations in two orbits.

You could get around this by having a mobile operating base for any manned mission to Mercury that stays out of direct sunlight to avoid frying its occupants. Its 3:2 spin-orbit resonance means that a single day on Mercury last exactly two Mercury years, or about 176 Earth days - so a single fixed point on the surface would be in daylight continuously for 88 days. Given that its radius is 2,439.7 ± 1.0 km, it has a circumference of 7667.6 km, so you'd only need to be able to move 87.1 km/day, or 3.63km/h.

more than 3 years ago
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Facebook Said To Resume Talks With Skype

Enigma23 Re:priorities (58 comments)

As I recall, the latest Linux Skype client has been version Skype 2.1 Beta 2 for Linux for well over a year now, with no sign whatsoever of it progressing any further. Then again, I'm not too bothered about that, as newer Windows versions I have used have all been more bloated then previous ones with no appreciable additional functionality worth speaking of.

more than 3 years ago
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HP Announces a Watch That Unifies WebOS Devices

Enigma23 Re:That's nice but... (84 comments)

Will it have a laser that can cut through steel bars in it?

more than 3 years ago
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HP Announces a Watch That Unifies WebOS Devices

Enigma23 Re:Brag post (not much of a brag) (84 comments)

I still prefer my Rolex.

That's a "Brag post"?

Please. Let us know when you've moved up from mass-produced stuff to something good, like my Patek Phillipe.

Pot. Kettle. Black.

more than 3 years ago
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Apple: You Must Be 17+ To Use Opera

Enigma23 Re:Opera is so cool (315 comments)

Depends heavily on the size of the company. Opera however is fairly small.

Does 757 employees (end of Q4, 2009), count as "fairly small"? Well, I suppose it does next Apple's 49,500 employees worldwide...

more than 3 years ago
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SSDs Cause Crisis For Digital Forensics

Enigma23 Re:Elementary my dear Watson (491 comments)

Destroying evidence is a crime in the US, too.

Only if you leave evidence behind that you've destroyed evidence. Absence of evidence does not equate to evidence of absence...

more than 3 years ago
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SSDs Cause Crisis For Digital Forensics

Enigma23 Re:When it absolutely, positively, has to be.. (491 comments)

..destroyed overnight, go with the SSDs. The melting point of a surface mount IC is a lot less than that of a spinning platter.

Surely putting either in a microwave oven and turning it on would suffice?

more than 3 years ago
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SSDs Cause Crisis For Digital Forensics

Enigma23 Re:Good. (491 comments)

Deleted, should mean deleted.

That's what the Linux command shred is for...

more than 3 years ago
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Can the Atrix 4G Really Become Your Next PC?

Enigma23 Re:Not as long as it's done in a crippled way. (297 comments)

$400 for a netbook that doesn't run windows. Hell, doesn't even run when it's not hooked up to your phone. You can buy a netbook running windows 7 (or a full linux distro of choice) for under $300.

You can buy netbooks for under £/$200-250 these days, some with Win XP, but more running a Linux variant of some sort. I use an Asus EeePC 1000 running Easy Peasy 1.5, which is exactly what I need - all I use it for is light web browsing (Opera, sometimes Firefox for less W3C compliant web content), listening to music (hello Banshee), writing documents and the odd bit of spreadsheeting (OpenOffice). Simples!

more than 3 years ago

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What is your search engine of choice?

Enigma23 Enigma23 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Enigma23 (460910) writes "I was amused by some of the comments on a recent story deriding a certain web search engine. *coughGooglecough*

So, if you don't like the way Google shakes and bakes your search results, what do you use instead, and why?"
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Seven atom transistor created by Australians

Enigma23 Enigma23 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Enigma23 (460910) writes "The BBC reports that Australians creators have constructed a seven atom transistor, which could result in microchip components "up to 100 times smaller" than those currently in use. The article does point out that this is not the smallest ever, as one-atom transistors have already been created. The work on the tiny transistor is being carried out as part of a larger project to create a quantum computer."
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DNA cancer codes cracked by international effort

Enigma23 Enigma23 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Enigma23 (460910) writes "As reported on news.com.au, scientists from the International Cancer Genome Consortium of 12 institutes around the world will today release the first DNA profiles of some of the most prevalent types of tumours. While the story asserts that "A new era of cancer treatment has dawned" I'm a bit more sceptical, given that gene therapy and immunotherapy are still very much in their infancy at the current time."
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Google execs convicted of Italy privacy violations

Enigma23 Enigma23 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Enigma23 (460910) writes "As reported on the BBC News website, three Google executives have been convicted of privacy law violations after "a video showing a teenager with Down's Syndrome being bullied" was posted to Google Videos. They have been convicted of breaking Italian Law by allowing the video to be posted online, although all three were cleared of defamation charges. They received 6 month suspended sentences each and a fourth was acquitted.

One of the convicted, David Drummond was said to be "outraged" by the decision and intends to appeal. He makes an excellent point by saying, "If individuals like myself and my Google colleagues who had nothing to do with the harassing incident, its filming or its uploading onto Google Video can be held criminally liable solely by virtue of our position at Google, every employee of any internet hosting service faces similar liability."

Prosecutors argued that Google broke Italian privacy law by not seeking the consent of all the parties involved before allowing it to go online, while Google argued that prescreening of all content "was impossible". IANAL — especially not of Italian law — but it seems that if this decision is upheld on appeal it would set a legal precedent that could make any internet platform liable for future Privacy Law violations. Will the likes of Google Video and YouTube simply block any access to their platforms from Italian IP addresses in the future?"

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