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On 4th of July:

HagraBiscuit Re:Besides.... (340 comments)

Hubris was also invented in Europe.
History has general lessons over what happens when it starts to pervade an empire.
Watch yourselves there.

about 2 months ago

Workaholism In America Is Hurting the Economy

HagraBiscuit Work ahol? (710 comments)

So why not simply make workahol an illegal substance, or at least license it's production and distribution?

about 3 months ago

Become a Linux Kernel Hacker and Write Your Own Module

HagraBiscuit Re:just because (143 comments)

Aided and abetted by Private Parts, Corporal Punishment and Sergeant Rock.

about 4 months ago

Agree or Disagree: We are in another tech bubble.

HagraBiscuit bleh bleh Cloud based bleh bleh bleh (154 comments)

How often do you hear / read something like this:

" Company XYZ bleh bleh Cloud bleh bleh revenue bleh bleh billion dolloars bleh bleh."

Reeks of bubble.

about 4 months ago

Wolfenstein: The New Order Launches

HagraBiscuit Seriously... 50GB!!?? (167 comments)

Whaaa thaaa.... ffuuuu..?
That's some tight, tight code going on there. Or not.

about 4 months ago

New Battery Tech From Japan Could Supercharge EVs

HagraBiscuit Re:Intense skepticism. Fraud? (81 comments)

I agree that the journalist writing the article seems to lack even the most fundamental knowledge of electricity.
I simply had to stop reading after: "...4 volts of power..." which caused me to eat my own head.

about 4 months ago

Snowden Used the Linux Distro Designed For Internet Anonymity

HagraBiscuit Re:NSA boogeyman (171 comments)

"The true paranoid is just someone in posession of all the facts".

about 4 months ago

Snowden Used the Linux Distro Designed For Internet Anonymity

HagraBiscuit Re:NSA boogeyman (171 comments)

+1 point for the splendid reference, I bow my head in solemn deference.

about 4 months ago

Start-Up Founders On Dealing With Depression

HagraBiscuit Newsflash! We're all only human. (257 comments)

I was dismayed by the article referring to "entrepreneurs" as though they are distinct from the rest of humanity.

My advice, for what it's worth: Read Marcus Aurelius.

The loneliness of command is certainly not a new thing.

about 5 months ago

How would you use science to innovate upon sports?

HagraBiscuit Re:PEDs? (253 comments)

Have you seen that excellent documentary The Bourne Legacy? Strictly, the option should have stated "military grade" not "weapons grade" Peformance Enhancing Drugs. MGPEDs currently only be used by elite black ops agents or other military type folks with a shorter than average life expectancy such that long term effects are either neglected or never found out about owing to other things prematurely curbing their enjoyment of oxygen. As such, they don't need normal regulatory approval. I suppose an "all drugs allowed" athletics tournament would have a kind of macabre spectator appeal to see just how much some people are willing to fuck themselves up to gain a little bubble-reputation and a little cash, much like X-factor or similar car-crash TV.

about 8 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Why Isn't There More Public Outrage About NSA Revelations?

HagraBiscuit It all comes down to three things: (610 comments)

Cold beer, warm pizza and watchable TV. Public outrage is only genuinely piqued by a restriction in supply or enjoyment of at least two of the above commodities (or their provincial equivalent).

about 10 months ago

Largest US Power Storing Solar Array Goes Live

HagraBiscuit Point of order: Energy cannot be created. (377 comments)

The synopsis states that the facility was... "creating enough energy to power 70,000 homes". This is, as every physics 101 student knows, fundamentally incorrect. The facility may have converted or even harvested enough energy to power 70,000 homes, but it did NOT create that energy. Even the sun, from which the converted energy came, merely converted some of its mass into the heat and light which eventually reached the facility. Yours etc, Viscount Pedantic Bastard.

about a year ago

US DOJ Say They Don't Need Warrants For E-Mail, Chats

HagraBiscuit Public domain? Mostly, but it achieves nothing. (457 comments)

Given the number of servers, gateways, routers, switches any average email gets routed through, it would generally be imprudent to assume that the information contained therein is any more secure than if it were written on a postcard and sent through the mail, with the addition that a copy of the postcard is retained each time it is handled. I can't comment technically on chat messages, but I would assume the same (or similar) to be true. It is illegal for anyone, including government, to open physical mail not addressed to them without judicial oversight, but to read a postcard? I don't think that requires a warrant, does it? It might require some degree of legalisation for the information gleaned to be admissible in a court of law, but even Mr Postman can do the gleaning without getting knuckles rapped. I would imagine that a similar principle applies to emails / chats etc. If I intended to communicate anything I believe could get me in trouble with the authorities, I definitely absolutely positively would NOT do so over email or chat. I imagine that anyone else with even a third of a brain would find other methods too, so governments intercepting emails will likely achieve nothing more than: 1) Creating a hell of a lot more work for already overworked analysts and 2) Seriously pissing off civil liberties groups and the citizenry in general. So, okay go ahead and read all of our postcards to each other, see where it gets you. F#ckin' nowhere except closer to a revolution, I'll warrant.

about a year ago

Florida Teen Expelled and Arrested For Science Experiment

HagraBiscuit How can I contribute... (1078 comments)

How and where can I contribute to the legal costs for the family of this student? I want them to hire the best advocates money can provide, I want to see that judge humiliated for attempting to destroy the future of a curious student who made a mistake leading to an incident where no harm was either done or intended.

about a year ago

Doctor Who's Dalek Designer Dies At 84

HagraBiscuit As usual, cutting edge journalism from the Gruanid (106 comments)

Firstly, my condolences to the family. RIP Mr Cusick. We are all thankful for your worthy and enduring legacy. Secondly, are there any actual journalists at the guardian? "...suffering from an illness..." can you be a little more specific? Not too impertinent a question, even for a grieving daughter. The rest of the article I could easily have harvested from Whozines or wiki-whatevers. They've lost their balls since the NoTW went to the wall.

about a year and a half ago

What Did Google Earth Spot In the Chinese Desert?

HagraBiscuit Re:Agricultural rather... (257 comments)

The Wildfire facility was portrayed as having the facade of an agrigultural research station. hmmm...

about a year and a half ago

Possible Habitable Planet Just 12 Light Years Away

HagraBiscuit If I remember the story correctly. (420 comments)

Tau Ceti V became overrun with sentient robots intent on defending the power grid. We will need to, at some point, send a volunteer out there to shut down the central nuclear reactor in order to wrest back control of the system. One of the first games, (i can recall) where you could save your progress.

about a year and a half ago

Man Arrested For Photo of Burning Poppy On Facebook

HagraBiscuit A polite word perhaps. Arrest is not the answer. (534 comments)

The good learned lawyer is completely right in his comments. I imagine there are graves of brave servicemen doing a 1200rpm spin-and-rinse over how much of a bureaucratic, oppressive, surveillance police state the UK has become. The flaming-poppy-posting tosspot has every right to act the goat. Everybody eles has the right to point out to him, his social network of choice, his ISP and the rest of the straight-thinking world how much of a tosspot he is and insist that he should obligingly remove evidence of his recent idiocy and keep his tosspottery to himself in future. This situation looks to have jumped a whole big wodge of escalation and gone straight to legal remedies.

about 2 years ago

Oh Noes! VM cryptos stolen by renegade virtual bandit on same physical system

HagraBiscuit Whoops, didn't finish scribbling. (1 comments)

Hope this elucidates a little more than the above terseness. RSA labs in colaboration with Universities of North Carolina and Wisconsin have succeeded in extracting cryptographic keys from a virtual machine by exploiting a side-channel attack. The attack is from a co-resident virtual machine, i.e. sharing the same physical hardware as the target. Analysis of the processor instruction cache reveals information about the target's behaviour and can be used to extract cryptographic information when identified.

about 2 years ago



Happy software developers solve problems better.

HagraBiscuit HagraBiscuit writes  |  about 2 months ago

HagraBiscuit (2756527) writes "Researchers from the Faculty of Computer Science, Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, Bolzano, Italy, have quantified and analysed affective mood index against objective measures of problem-solving effectiveness for a group of software developers.
From report abstract:
"The results offer support for the claim that happy developers are indeed better problem solvers in terms of their analytical abilities. The following contributions are made by this study: (1) providing a better understanding of the impact of affective states on the creativity and analytical problem-solving capacities of developers, (2) introducing and validating psychological measurements, theories, and concepts of affective states, creativity, and analytical-problem-solving skills in empirical software engineering, and (3) raising the need for studying the human factors of software engineering by employing a multidisciplinary viewpoint."

Graziotin D, Wang X, Abrahamsson P. (2014) Happy software developers solve problems better: psychological measurements in empirical software engineering. PeerJ 2:e289"

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Real time trace vapour detector mimics dog nose to detect explosives

HagraBiscuit HagraBiscuit writes  |  about 2 years ago

HagraBiscuit (2756527) writes "From
Researchers at UCSB, led by professors Carl Meinhart of mechanical engineering and Martin Moskovits of chemistry, have designed a detector that uses microfluidic nanotechnology to mimic the biological mechanism behind canine scent receptors. The device is both highly sensitive to trace amounts of certain vapor molecules, and able to tell a specific substance apart from similar molecules.

Free abstract and pay per view article at Analytical Chemistry:"

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