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No Shirt, No Shoes, No Service — and No Google Glass, Either

Hans Lehmann Re:Just imagine (845 comments)

Security cameras as used for security purposes. They can have a civil liability if they release security footage. Like, if they released footage of a celebrity eating dinner, they'd sue. You may want to re-think that statement.

about 10 months ago

Texas Drivers Stopped At Roadblock, Asked For Saliva, Blood

Hans Lehmann Re:Food for thought (783 comments)

I agree, we should just shoot the next person that tries to pull us over. Better safe than sorry, and they had it coming.

about 10 months ago

Study Explains Why Lunar Craters Are Bigger On the Near Side

Hans Lehmann Not really solving the puzzle. (85 comments)

OK, there are larger craters because the crust is thinner on this side, but why is the crust thinner on this side? Mere happenstance, or is it caused by orbital mechanics or some other reason?

about 10 months ago

Crossing the Divide From Software Dev To Hardware Dev

Hans Lehmann Re:Not that simple (105 comments)

I don't necessarily agree. If you're designing the chips, then designing high speed devices today (what with all of the simulation & layout tools available) isn't really any more difficult than it was for the guys that designed the 6502. Likewise, if you're designed a product that uses those chips, you have enough tools at your disposal to make sure the design somewhat works at the first iteration, compared to back then when you might spend weeks wire wrapping and reworking a prototype board before you could think of paying someone to lay out a PCB with tape and mylar. Myself, i went the other way. Started out as mostly a hardware designer with 8080's and analog video gear, now I'm mostly software and write CUDA programs to do the same thing.

about a year ago

Microsoft Exec Says Xbox One Kinect Is Not Built For Advertising

Hans Lehmann Albert Penello is liar (75 comments)

That's what he's paid to do, so that's what he does.

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: How Do You Fight Usage Caps?

Hans Lehmann Let the advertisers know. (353 comments)

If you're an average user that mostly uses just a web browser on the Internet, install an ad-blocker of your choice if you haven't done so already. All those ad popups, flash, etc., are consuming bandwidth that count against your monthly cap. When some web site says "Oh please won't you turn off your ad-blocker" tell them to take it up with their advertisers. ISP's will listen to advertisers more than they will to the average customer scum.

1 year,13 days

Dentist Who Used Copyright To Silence Her Patients Drops Out of Sight

Hans Lehmann Re:What's most surprising about this story. (260 comments)

Most patients, when walking into the office of a new medical provider, are given a stack of forms to sign by a harried receptionist who expects them to just sign the paperwork and hand it back. Few people actually read them.

about a year ago

GPS Spoofing With $3000 Worth of Equipment and a Laptop

Hans Lehmann Re:Gyros (180 comments)

Based on what I've read on the Internet, students in the U.S. Naval Academy aren't even taught how to use a sextant any more, because, you know, we have GPS now.

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: Best Way To Store Data In Hard Copy?

Hans Lehmann Re:Text, but why? (329 comments)

How many accounts can anyone have that they actually need to have bar codes or some other such nonsense to be able to regain entry to them? Print out you account information, user names, passwords, etc., and put the printout in your fire-resistant safe. If your house burns down, or some other calamity happens, and you need to regain access to all of your accounts, then you'll just re-enter tha passwords for each one. This can't possibly be more complicated than setting up some OCR / Barcode / Rube Goldberg solution.

about a year ago

Marriages Spawned From Online Dating As Satisfying As From Traditional Dating

Hans Lehmann Nothing new... (313 comments)

My own parents met through online dating, though back then the Internet was only available on paper. They were together nearly 40 years and raised 4 kids.

about a year ago

WY Teen Cut From Science Fair For Entering Too Many

Hans Lehmann All the better.. (204 comments)

He won't lose any high school credit because he wasn't able to compete in his nth science fair. But just think how good his resume after college will read when it says that he was disqualified because he entered too many science fairs in high school.

about a year ago

Digg Hints Its Replacement For Google Reader Will Include Social Media Content

Hans Lehmann Re:So a bunch of junk I don't want in an RSS reade (78 comments)

This is what I loved about Google Reader that nothing else I've looked at seems to have. With Google, you add a shortcut to your browser to Every time you click on it it takes you to the next new page in one of your subscribed feeds. If there are no more unread pages, it takes you to some end-of-the-internet page. That's all it does, and that's all I want it to do. i don't want extra crap, I don't want to be forced to install a plug in, and I certainly don't want even more facebook , et. al, icons. Just provide me with a quick and simple way to view all the sites I've subscribed to.

about a year and a half ago

Huge Meteor Blazes Across Sky Over Russia; Hundreds Injured

Hans Lehmann Re:The result of funding cuts for observatories (409 comments)

It would also provide a viable basis for sending up a rocket with a few tons of mass to break up an asteroid into.... That would like firing a gun into the sky, hoping to hit a bullet that was also fired into the sky moments before someone else a mile away, except much harder. At the distance at which you would need to intercept these projectiles they give off no heat, so you can't even use heat seeking space rockets (which don't exist anyway). Real life isn't a Bruce Willis movie.

about a year and a half ago

New Medal Designed To Honor Cyber Soldiers

Hans Lehmann Re:Err ... (230 comments)

Military medals were created to honer a soldier without actually spending any significant portion of the King's treasury. It's so much cheaper to hand out a trinket that costs a few dollars than it is to actually give a performance bonus to those that risked their lives.

about a year and a half ago

A Subscription-Based Movie Theater

Hans Lehmann Re:Great Deal (308 comments)

It probably wouldn't work for cinemas in most cities because yes, people would just go down the street to another theater. In a one stop-light town like Oakhurst, however, it could make sense. The closest option for them to go to the movies is to drive all the way to Fresno, and face it, who wants to go to Fresno unless you absolutely have to. And as far as seeing more movies with this plan, think of it like the Netflixs business model. Our family subscribes to Netflixs, and we wind up watching many obscure movies that we would never see if we had to go out of our way to go to a theater that was screening them.

about a year and a half ago

A Subscription-Based Movie Theater

Hans Lehmann Re:Why does it cost $60K to convert to digital? (308 comments)

A projector that can cover a full sized movie screen is a lot different than a projector that we typically use to present power point slides at our weekly staff meeting, and the fact that it's 4096x2160 has little to do with that. Much more light, much bigger power supply, much more cooling, much bigger lenses, etc., all equal much more money. Can you retrofit an existing film projector? Not really, unless you can come up with some way of creating a digital film frame that can sit in the film gate of an existing projector that has the necessary resolution, can be color calibrated, and can withstand the heat of the projector lamp focused on that square inch or so that covers the film gate. If you can invent that, I'll invest in your company. Otherwise, yeah, you pretty much have to scrap the entire film projector.

about a year and a half ago

Stress-Testing Software For Deep Space

Hans Lehmann Re:pshaw, we use RTEMS (87 comments)

If a better OS came along since the start of the Voyager program, which I'm sure is true, I highly doubt that the Voyager crafts would get their disks wiped and a new OS installed, so to speak, while on their way to the edge of the solar system.

about 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: What Were You Taught About Computers In High School?

Hans Lehmann In my day... (632 comments)

My high school was fortunate enough to have a great math teacher that taught college level calculus. Her classroom still had a giant slide rule mounted above the blackboard (this gives you an idea of how long ago it was), but she also realized, even back then, how important computers would come to be. In the back of the classroom there sat an ASR-33 Teletype, complete with paper tape punch and reader. It connection to some mainframe at, I believe, Penn State through a 110 baud connection. I spent untold hours after school in that classroom learning Basic. The programs had to be typed in my hand; if you wanted to save it for later you dumped it out to the paper tape punch.

about 2 years ago

Astronaut Neil Armstrong Has Died

Hans Lehmann Re:One of my first memories (480 comments)

I was 11. I remember that the nation's focus was on the space program, and this was quite a while before I really became aware of politics. The news was always about that next big step toward a moon landing. It was a weekend, and my father, the TV hater that he was, was sitting along with us in front of the black & white TV watching the landing. This was the only time I ever saw him actually being amazed by something that he saw on TV. We all knew that the whole world was watching this, and that everything would be different from now on. To this day I still have that dog-eared copy of the local newspaper from the next day.

about 2 years ago

GPU Supercomputer Could Crunch Exabyte of Data Daily For Square Kilometer Array

Hans Lehmann 2024 (40 comments)

They're not going to even start collecting data for another 12 years, yet they're basing their hardware estimates on what's available today. Compare today's GPUs with those made 12 years ago. I'm guessing they'll be able to crunch their data in 2024 by just using a video game console.

more than 2 years ago


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