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Ask Slashdot: Hungry Students, How Common?

GNious Strange question... (389 comments)

If people worry about being able to have food on the table while studying, they are likely living in some backwater, 3rd world country, and probably do not have internet access to read your question or post a reply.

Meanwhile, in the modern, 1st-world, western countries, social policies and government-supported education (put in place to ensure the well-being and future of those countries) ensure that people are able to follow higher education, while having a place to live and food to eat.

(snarky?)

3 days ago
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The Connected Home's Battle of the Bulbs

GNious Re:..and we need this technology why exactly? (176 comments)

I'm just curious (no, didn't read your link)...
Does this X-10 thing require special bulbs for setting colouration (RGB, light-temperature etc), or can it do that with regular off-the-shelf bulbs?

about three weeks ago
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Gunshot Victims To Be Part of "Suspended Animation" Trials

GNious Re:Space travel (357 comments)

50 women, and wide range of donor eggs and sperm

about three weeks ago
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EU Votes For Universal Phone Charger

GNious Re:Dumb (358 comments)

1000mA, at least for some of the devices I have....

Note: I think Apple is "in compliance", since they have a 29.99 EUR adapter last I checked.

about a month ago
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Measles Outbreak In NYC

GNious Re:Obvious Answer (747 comments)

I'm still not 100% sure as to WHY we should work on changing their minds ...

about a month ago
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Google Won't Enable Chrome Video Acceleration Because of Linux GPU Bugs

GNious Re:Permenant Beta (295 comments)

There was (is?) specifically a plugin for Google Maps to put a Beta logo on it, for those that miss the days it was in Beta.....

about a month and a half ago
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Bitcoin Exchange Flexcoin Wiped Out By Theft

GNious Re:You can't make tech safe from malice (704 comments)

To be fair, with autonomous cars, they do not need to be perfect, just more reliable then human drivers.

I think you're underestimating people's reaction when the first incident involving autonomous cars result in a person's death. There will be a severe reaction, and lots of, "See, machine dangerous, must destroy machine", independently of whether they are 100x more reliable and safe.

about a month and a half ago
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Bugatti 100P Rebuilt: The Plane That Could've Turned the Battle of Britain

GNious Re:Such a stupid click-bait article (353 comments)

See: Scott Manly's attemp at orbit using SRBs - did pretty OK.

I'm still trying to figure out a seperatron-based launch-system.

about a month and a half ago
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The Facebook Ads Teens Aren't Supposed To See

GNious Re:Adblock! (111 comments)

I have AdBlock set to block a couple of facebook domains wholesale ... that sped up my browser quite noticeably.

about 1 month ago
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US Carriers Said To Have Rejected Kill Switch Technology Last Year

GNious Re:That's a great plan... (197 comments)

Warning label: Phone may spontaneously combust if stolen.

about 2 months ago
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US Carriers Said To Have Rejected Kill Switch Technology Last Year

GNious Re:That's a great plan... (197 comments)

Am thinking a killswitch, accessible en-mass via a carrier would make an interesting target for hackers - being able to inform a party that they have 72hrs to pay a sum money to a russian account, or have 10.000 customer-phones wiped .... ...gotta be someone out there ready to try this.

about 2 months ago
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New Interactive Map For Understanding Global Flood Risks

GNious Scary map... (64 comments)

Shite, that map is scary - if the water raises 1 mm, the fjord where I grew up will be flooded! All that water, covered by 1mm water ...

about 2 months ago
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Drive-by Android Malware Exploits Unpatchable Vulnerability

GNious Re:errr that's Unpatched not Unpatchable (120 comments)

Here it would fall under the general rules regarding selling electronics - the firmware is specifically stated as being part of the electronic device, and therefore subject to the same requirements.
If you've chosen to live in a 3rd world country where you can sign away consumer rights, and where known (severe) flaws are ignored trivially, thats really a reflection on you, not the party selling you a phone.

about 2 months ago
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Drive-by Android Malware Exploits Unpatchable Vulnerability

GNious Re:errr that's Unpatched not Unpatchable (120 comments)

There is an unofficial Cyanogenmod version for my phone - the instructions for installing it is incomplete, and refers to multiple articles that basically lead in circles.

about 2 months ago
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Drive-by Android Malware Exploits Unpatchable Vulnerability

GNious Re:errr that's Unpatched not Unpatchable (120 comments)

Not exactly QED: Most Android phones are unpatchable due to the carrier not giving a damn (for various reasons), the phone hardware being too old (or too low-end), and/or the manufactuer not giving a damn (they'd prefer you buy a new phone from them instead).

Should be trivial enough to remind the relevant party that if you get hacked from a severe bug they are aware of and not fixing, that you will hold them liable...

about 2 months ago
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Sony's Favorite Gadget Is Kinect

GNious Re:It's the ads (222 comments)

Try the music-video option on the PS3: 1 song per 2 ads, and the ads often are the same, or at least from the same company.
(have let it run for a couple of hours, only getting ads for Braun!)

about 2 months ago
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Dear Asus Router User: All Your Cloud Are Belong To Us

GNious Re:Open Source is better. (148 comments)

I'm not sure why anyone would use the stock firmware.

I'm going to go with, "because we want to buy a box, at a given price, and be done with it".
Tinkering is all good and fine, but the majority of end-users just want shit that works.

about 2 months ago
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US Secretary of State Calls Climate Change 'Weapon of Mass Destruction'

GNious Re:Bah, fake posturing. (401 comments)

Because I am an American [...], I didn't want to be presumptuous.

So much ... this is ... words ... brain ... that ...

about 2 months ago
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US Secretary of State Calls Climate Change 'Weapon of Mass Destruction'

GNious Re:Bah, fake posturing. (401 comments)

Welcome to American politics, where politicians say they are for something, but are really just out for their own self interest.

Curious: Why did you include the word "American" in that sentence?

about 2 months ago
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US Secretary of State Calls Climate Change 'Weapon of Mass Destruction'

GNious Re:Bah, fake posturing. (401 comments)

Start out with being not-stupid about reusing some of the waste (Nuclear reprocessing).

Then at least, you have a lot less waste.

about 2 months ago

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Casting For Nerds, TV that matters?

GNious GNious writes  |  about a year ago

GNious (953874) writes "Seems there is a casting-call for Nerds, looking for individuals for "King of the Nerds Season 2" — What better place to find them, than /. ? Disclaimer: not affiliated with the caster, show, network or country."
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Black Ops petition - PS3 version needs refunding

GNious GNious writes  |  more than 3 years ago

GNious (953874) writes "An online petition demanding a refund (or at least some compensation) for the Sony(tm) Playstation(tm) 3 has been signed by more than 7500 owners, all complaining of an inferior product being sold at full retail price. Perhaps someone in the video games business should look into the concept of merchantability, or are gamers just complaining too easily?"
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Danish Municipality of Rødovre changing to OO

GNious GNious writes  |  more than 4 years ago

GNious (953874) writes "Despite warnings from Microsoft and the Danish minister of Science, Helge Sander, the municipality of Rødovre, DK, has exchanged Microsoft Office for OpenOffice.org citing savings in License and end-user time as reasons. This comes after concerns that a similar move by Lyngby-Taarnbæk was causing the Software Giant to try and have the responsible IT Manager removed. Microsoft also penned a stern warning (http://lyngby-taarbaek.lokalavisen.dk/it-i-lyngby-taarb%C3%A6ks-skoler---%C3%A5bent-brev-til-borgmester-rolf-aagaard-svendsen/20091102/laeserbreve/911029910) to Lyngby-Taarnbæk when they moved their schools to OOo."
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GNious GNious writes  |  more than 7 years ago

GNious (953874) writes "Bioware has a thread about porting the upcoming game Dragon Age to Apple Mac OS X and/or Linux.

Debate include such topics as porting houses, physics engines and the value of the market, with an enormous amount of requests for such games as Neverwinter Nights 2.

With the potential for selling upwards of 1000 copies (counting individual requests) of a game at possibly $50 each, is the decision to exclude a platform and the associated revenue the correct one, or are the petitioners the ones that have gotten it wrong to think that their ca 1-5% marketshare matters?"

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