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Did an Unnamed MIT Student Save Apollo 13?

Fizzl Source (258 comments)

Original story is an IAMA on Reddit

more than 2 years ago

Power-Saving Web Pages: Real Or Myth?

Fizzl Hipster Fizzl (424 comments)

Bah, I was using red and neon green on black bacground (with twinkling stars) on Geocities before it was cool. I think my Yellow and Black "Under Construction" ribbon consumed someones 14" CRT energy thou.

...turns out there is a not insignificant difference

Very crafty! I couldn't decipher that double-negative sentence fragment, so I had to actually read the article to come into some kind of conclusion myself!

more than 2 years ago

AMD Confirms CPU Bug Found By DragonFly BSD's Matt Dillon

Fizzl Re:This isn't nearly as bad as the division bug (292 comments)


The amount of fuck in just this single slashdot thread offends my eyes. I browsed reddit couple of years ago daily, but it seems the glory days are over.

Unless GoodNewsJimDotCom is trolling, slashdot needs an enema.

Replying to this specific reply because I am impressed by the amount of idiocy one can contain in four words of less than four letters each.

more than 2 years ago

Coders Develop Ways To Defeat SOPA Censorship

Fizzl resolv.conf (449 comments)

Just point your DNS to

more than 2 years ago

Apple Transfers Patents Through Shell Company To Sue All Phone Makers

Fizzl OMA (422 comments)

Fucking apple. Why can't they just join Open Mobile Alliance like everyone else and share the patents. In return they would get access to the whole pool of patents from the other companies.

more than 2 years ago

Linux Journal Goes — Surprise! — Digital

Fizzl Oh no... (184 comments)

This is like the only magazine I would find interesting when browsing for something to read on a train trip.
I used to be a subscriber, but it got a bit expensive with shipping to Finland. I will dearly miss this magazine and will now go and encase my hard copies in lucite.

about 3 years ago

Apple Plans New Spaceship-like Campus

Fizzl The Onion? (279 comments)

I was expecting -- nay -- hoping to see the onion news logo in the video.

more than 3 years ago

Finnish Record Labels Want To Block Pirate Bay

Fizzl What about the levy fees? (144 comments)

We pay ungodly amounts for our blank media so we can legally copy. Fuck you Teosto and Gramex.

more than 3 years ago

China Alleged To Use Prisoners In Lucrative Internet Gaming

Fizzl Re:Seriously (313 comments)

"If I couldn't complete my work quota, they would punish me physically. They would make me stand with my hands raised in the air and after I returned to my dormitory they would beat me with plastic pipes. We kept playing until we could barely see things,"

Sounds like typical raid leader behaviour to me...
Competition at the top is TOUGH!

more than 3 years ago

Japanese Researchers Test Flying Trains

Fizzl Re:I fail to see the point.. (221 comments)

Well, I work for a software company that works with different industries. I was asked to make an estimate for an quote. We won the deal and here we are. :P

more than 3 years ago

Japanese Researchers Test Flying Trains

Fizzl Re:I fail to see the point.. (221 comments)

I'm actually now designing software which calculates the parameters for the hardware that supports the power lines.
It's amazingly precise and complicated. Even at 200km/h tracks, the tolerances where the line should be in the sky are in millimeters. For example, there should be enough tension to hold the line almost straight, but not quite straight. You have to let it hang just enough so the that the weight of the line holds it firmly to the receiver on the train.
You have to account for tilted rails in turns. You have to move the line over the rails in a zig-zag so as not to stress the receiver from one point only. Then you have to account for turns, where the train goes on a nice radial track, but the line moves straight from pole to pole.
Etcetc... It is very interesting and perhaps the most math and physics hard project I have ever been involved in in my +10 year development career.

Anyway, it makes my mind boggle to even think how precise the electricity feed line has to be installed in some 500m/h tracks.

more than 3 years ago

Who Killed Spotify?

Fizzl Re:Only to free (257 comments)

But who the fuck wants to use iTunes?

more than 3 years ago

Who Killed Spotify?

Fizzl Re:The Jews (257 comments)

mod +5 lolocaust

more than 3 years ago

Blender 2.57 Released — and It's Easy To Use!

Fizzl Re:I'll believe it when I see it... (221 comments)

Well, I learned with 3d studio max (whatever version was new in -97).
It took around one year of self learning to get in grips with the features to actually produce something nice, but I made steady progress and it was always enjoyable to learn new things.
Since then, I have also learned some Maya and some NURBS specific package I forget now.

I have tried to learn blender several times. The starting curve is just too steep. It is not fun. I once waded through the newbie guide and managed to do some basic modeling and texturing, but it took a lot of effort. I tried to do something on my own and was completely lost again. I accidentally did something and was utterly lost of how to get back on track. The workflow was just weird to me. I could follow tutorials, but couldn't apply what I learned to what I wanted it to do. Finally I just gave up.

Immediately after seeing this post, I added the ubuntu PPA for latest blender and updated.
Yeah. "OMGZ IT'S FINALLY DOING WHAT I WANT!"-moment, just as someone described would not happen.

more than 3 years ago

Hacking a Car With Music

Fizzl Explain (133 comments)

... car's stereo system, giving attackers an entry point to change other components on the car...

Wtf? This is just silly.

more than 3 years ago

I'd rather WikiLeaks concentrate on leaks about ...

Fizzl Re:(OT)This has bugged me for a rather long time.. (312 comments)

Hmm, well yes, but the original question did not have the 'have'. It makes some sense to me that it is used in conjuction with 'd or would, but the sentence would seem broken without the adverb:
"I'd WikiLeaks concentrate on leaks about ..."

more than 3 years ago

I'd rather WikiLeaks concentrate on leaks about ...

Fizzl (OT)This has bugged me for a rather long time... (312 comments)

I'm not a native English speaker, so bare with me.

Is rather really supposed to be used as a verb? To me it looks and sounds silly. I would always prefer to reword the phrase to use it as a umm... preposition? adjective? projective? :P

Like "I'd rather have WikiLeaks concentrate on leaks about..."
"I'd rather like for WikiLeaks to concentrate on leaks about..."

more than 3 years ago



Scientists cure cancer, but no one takes notice

Fizzl Fizzl writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Fizzl writes "Researchers at the University of Alberta, in Edmonton, Canada have cured cancer last week, yet there is a little ripple in the news or in TV. It is a simple technique using very basic drug. The method employs dichloroacetate, which is currently used to treat metabolic disorders. So, there is no concern of side effects or about their long term effects. Read more at HubPages."
Link to Original Source

In-depth walk through of the CSS :visited vulnerab

Fizzl Fizzl writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Fizzl writes "Yesterday I stumbled upon a comment here in slashdot, mentioning that you can use CSS to reveal information about your browsers history. I embarked upon further research. There are plenty of proof of concepts, but none which explain the problem in detail. After couple of hours of scripting, I had my own implementation of the exploit coded. You can have a look at my version at I decided to summarize my findings and give a complete run down of how the vulnerability can be exploited. You can read all about it at my blog."
Link to Original Source

Five US citizens seeking reguge from Finland

Fizzl Fizzl writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Fizzl writes "There is an article on Finnish newspaper Helsingin Sanomat web version about five US citizens who are seeking refuge from Finland. Provided here is an attempt at translation:

Five United States citizens are seeking refuge from Finland. They arrived to Finland from another Schengen-state ja applied as regugees in Helsinki-Vantaa international airport on tuesday.

The officials may not reveal the stated reason for the application, but according to present information the reasons are not connected to Iraq war.

It is most unusual that US citizen seeks reguge from Finland. Statistics of Office of Foreign matters show only one US citizen applying for refuge on 21'st century.

Iltasanomat was first to report this on their web version.

Link to Original Source



Slashdot WAP (was) broken

Fizzl Fizzl writes  |  more than 9 years ago

Gah, sdwap was broken for god knows how long.
I had forgot to enable sending of proper wap/wml headers after doing some tweaking. Sorry about that.
Also, it was down alltogether for a period after reinstalling my server.

Instructions and stuff at the usual place.


New release of Slashdot for Mobile phones (sdwap)

Fizzl Fizzl writes  |  more than 10 years ago changed their formatting. Therefore, I needed to rewrite the regular expression which extracts the content of the article. Also added 'The Dept' at the beginning of the article. Some changes to client detection too. Can't remember what I have changed since last release, and too lazy to diff :P

You can access it by pointing your wap phone to:

The source and changelog can be found at:


Slashdot WAP 1.1 Released

Fizzl Fizzl writes  |  more than 10 years ago

I finally got around and updated my Slashdot WAP converter.
Now there is no need to use Googles html2wml translator anymore, albeit it is an option. Many thanks to Andrew Blyler. He coded and mailed me the original script which grabs the content of an article.
I pretty much rewrited it for my taste. Based on my personal experiences, it does very good job at finding the right section.

For more info, go to:

Or just access the system with your wap phone at:


Fizzl Fizzl writes  |  more than 9 years ago

This is the moment you all have been waiting for!

My Slashdot WAP script is now available for your pleasure.

Check the info page for more details.


Slashdot for mobile phones

Fizzl Fizzl writes  |  more than 10 years ago

Ahh... Now I got to try out my new WAP Slashdot.

Travelling to my girlfriends parents' home for christmas was so much less-annoying.

Now, go ahead and try it out.

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