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For $20, Build a VR Headset For Your Smartphone

Grax Adding an LED seems relatively easy (50 comments)

Looks like it would be pretty easy to tape an LED with a little battery to your Poppy and I bet they could be talked into creating a version with either a visible or IR LED, if you asked really nice.

about 8 months ago
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NYU Group Says Its Scheme Makes Cracking Individual Passwords Impossible

Grax Re:You lost me (277 comments)

OK. Alice is in the Tesla that plays vroom-vroom sounds on the Blaupunkt stereo. Bob is in the Chevy. They both turn their keys but neither car starts. Carl turns the key in his Civic and all three cars start. I think.

about 9 months ago
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NYU Group Says Its Scheme Makes Cracking Individual Passwords Impossible

Grax Re:longer to crack than the age of the universe? (277 comments)

Even then it would be longer than many many lifetimes. If that were truly a measure of security, I think it would be adequate.

about 9 months ago
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The Real Story of Hacking Together the Commodore C128

Grax Re:Mind blowing (179 comments)

This was my first computer. I tried booting in CPM mode about twice, the rest of the time I was happy in C64 mode or C128 mode.

1 year,11 days
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How To Hijack a Drone For $400 In Less Than an Hour

Grax Re:No, this will not work on Amazon's drones. (161 comments)

Agreed! The article implies that his "awesome" hack gives him infinite control of the skies. It really only gives him control of one kind of toy drone and then only until they release an update that blocks his hack.

1 year,16 days
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Book Review: The Healthy Programmer

Grax Re:Rreasonable response (461 comments)

Here's a nickel. I'll take six. Does that include shipping?

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: What's Your Company's Marketing-to-Engineering Ratio?

Grax Re:Next up (202 comments)

I don't think the original poster's numbers are that odd. I think he just doesn't understand the big picture. More goes into creating a product than just engineering and if no one buys it, the engineering is entirely pointless.

In his article The Development Abstraction Layer, Joel Spolsky said "...support and administrative functions which, in a typical company, add up to about 80% of the payroll."
I highly recommend that article as there is a lot of great information in that article that can help with developing perspective on what really needs to happen to make a great product.

about a year and a half ago
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Fedora 19 To Stop Masking Passwords

Grax Re: Only in the installer (234 comments)

You're just not grasping it. It isn't about whether I use best practice, worst practice, or really stupid practice. It is about an unexpected change to my expectations.

about a year and a half ago
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Fedora 19 To Stop Masking Passwords

Grax Re:Only in the installer (234 comments)

I don't think it is the end of the world, I think it is more about expectations. I haven't seen the screen in question but I would probably be fine with it as long as it had a warning that the password would be displayed. Suppose I am installing a virtual machine while sitting in a shared space or while sharing my screen on a projector. I go type that password in with the expectation it would be hidden and next thing you know, everyone knows my password. I suppose you could say I'm a bad person for using my login password on my virtual machine's install, but I want something easy to remember. It could very easily be something else but the point is, I didn't expect to be showing that password to anyone, even with others viewing my screen.

about a year and a half ago
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Aaron Swartz Commits Suicide

Grax Re:Have some shame (589 comments)

Very said. I met him once at an ArsDigita event when he was around 14. I was surprised to find that the posts I had been reading came from someone so young. He was a very smart guy and he made a lot of waves. I am sad to see him go.

about 2 years ago
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US Near Bottom In Life Expectancy In Developed World

Grax Near the bottom of the top 17 (1063 comments)

If we improve, the author can put us near the bottom of the top 5. Or maybe even near the bottom of the top 2. Perhaps we could even be the last of the first place finishers.

about 2 years ago
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BSA Claims Half of PC Users Are Pirates

Grax Re:Democracy? (585 comments)

Yes. Thank goodness the corporate giants are there to protect with their giant wads of cash.

more than 2 years ago
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BSA Claims Half of PC Users Are Pirates

Grax Democracy? (585 comments)

If that many people are pirates, shouldn't we just use our voting power to deem the BSA as an illegal racket trying to hit us up for protection money?

more than 2 years ago
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What do you usually do with old hardware?

Grax Re:Outdated. (309 comments)

Craigslist Free Stuff There are people who will take your stuff in minutes, most of the time.

more than 2 years ago
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The Ugly Underbelly of Coder Culture

Grax A Blatant Lie! (715 comments)

There is nothing clever about the term "brogrammer"

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Dividing Digital Assets In Divorce?

Grax Re:Blegh (458 comments)

Why get married if you aren't planning to combine anything?

more than 2 years ago
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Twisted Metal Designer Rails Against Storytelling Games

Grax Re:I Don't Agree with You or Jaffe (313 comments)

I agree with Johnny Chung Lee, who pointed out in his blog, http://procrastineering.blogspot.com/2011/11/technology-as-story.html that everything is a story. In the case of movies, you consume the stories but in other cases you are actually a part of the story. I believe this applies to business software, games of all types, hardware and software.

The trick is understanding the story and what to do with it. The games I enjoy are escapist first person action where I am the center of the story. As such, I don't really care about cut scenes or any of what I consider fluff.

more than 2 years ago
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Why the NTSB Is Wrong About Cellphones

Grax Re:Might as well ban drivers if people are stupid (1003 comments)

Two "professional" drivers were very responsible for the deaths in this situation. Any driver, and especially a professional one, should be able to respond to things that happen in front of them in a way that avoids contact, and if that is impossible, in a way that minimizes damages to people or property. It is even possible the 19-year-old that caused the initial crash would still be alive if not crushed by a school bus driven by a professional driver.

about 3 years ago

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