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Oculus Rift CEO Says Classrooms of the Future Will Be In VR Goggles

Harlequin80 Re:I truly hope not (39 comments)

That would surely depend on whether the platform was closed to content. I could be very wrong here but I thought the Occulus was merely a way of viewing content not in anyway controlling what the content is.

In the same way that an iPod can be filled with MP3s directly or via the itunes store means Apple doesn't control the content. It can control whats on iTunes but that is a different thing to controlling what is on your iPod.

I guess I see it as someone having the patent on LCD screens (which I'm sure there is). They don't control what you see on the LCD.

about half an hour ago
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Device Boots Drones, Google Glass Off Wi-Fi

Harlequin80 Re:What is the point? They are carrying a phone (184 comments)

I think you missed what I meant. I'm not saying it's not interesting in a "news for nerds way" I'm saying I don't believe this will have any impact on someone using google glass or equivalent, hence they wouldn't care. I don't actually believe this is any form of a counter measure baby step or otherwise.

Also, don't know about the states, but I would be very surprised if jamming wasn't illegal no mater whether it is a private residence or not. I would almost take a stab at being 100% sure that it would be illegal inside a restaurant or a store.

Finally lets say that you could take these types of devices offline. There is nothing particularly unique about the hardware in them so you would have to make your approach such that it would carpet bomb heaps of innocent devices. Virus that attack the glass will attack phones. Approaches that can break the pairing or wifi connections will disrupt all those networks everywhere.

4 hours ago
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If Tesla Can Run Its Gigafactory On 100% Renewables, Why Can't Others?

Harlequin80 Re:They do and have (430 comments)

In addition it kinda depends on what it is that you are doing. If we take this facility what is it actually doing? Is it assembly, which takes a relatively small amount of energy, or is it full fabrication, which obviously uses a lot more.

I have no idea what is in these batteries but lets say they look like lead acid batteries internally for the sake of this. Are they taking in lumps of lead, heating them, moulding them and then placing them into plastic containers which were shaped and formed in a different part of the site. Or do they bring in sourced preformed sheets of lead which they cut to size and insert into pre-formed containers manufactured in China?

Makes a pretty huge difference.

2 days ago
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Device Boots Drones, Google Glass Off Wi-Fi

Harlequin80 Re:What is the point? They are carrying a phone (184 comments)

But how exactly is it a counter-measure?

I've played with google glass and they aren't interesting enough for me to bother with. But I simply can't imagine walking into a starbucks and faffing around with connecting my glasses to the wifi in starbucks. If would be paired with my phone in my pocket. If I was taking photos it would go out through the phone.

To me there is no point to this. This seems like the equivalent of your neighbour putting a wifi password on their network to stop you getting access to the internet. Ignoring the cable connection directly into your house and the fact you have never once connected to their network.

4 days ago
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China's Island Factory

Harlequin80 Re:Any precedent? (199 comments)

The whole region is contested. Every party from Russia down to Vietnam and the Philippines is squabbling over bits of dirt so they can claim the huge oil & gas reserves that are under the sea bed there.

We saw an escalation a couple of months ago when China towed a drilling platform out into contested water and got into a dust up with so local coast guard ships (I can't remember who the other country was - Vietnam I think).

Destabilisation in the middle east is sharpening the focus on finding secondary supplies of energy. ISIS has the potential to take out huge areas of oil producing land with Iraq unstable, Syria in civil war, Lebannon screwed, Libya in civil war, Egypt under military rule and most of the other countries being split on Sunni or Shiite lines there is a real risk of an energy crisis is ISIS cannot be stopped and stopped soon.

5 days ago
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Device Boots Drones, Google Glass Off Wi-Fi

Harlequin80 What is the point? They are carrying a phone (184 comments)

Ok so the google glass or what ever doesn't connect to your local wifi.... Um and the google glass wearer with their paired LTE phone in their pocket cares why exactly????

And as for a drone connecting to your wifi - i'm assuming we are looking at war-driving (flying I suppose) drones?

Pointless devices that is probably illegal looking for a situation that doesn't exist.

5 days ago
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DNA sequencing of coffee's best use:

Harlequin80 Re:I don't drink coffee. (228 comments)

I'm not sure I agree with you on this. From your descriptions your encounters with coffee and alcohol have been of pretty rough stuff. I believe that over time you develop a taste for particular types of food or drink. Over time certain less savoury aspects (bitterness etc.) get trained out and you detect other flavours.

I wasn't a coffee drinker until my early 20s and the primary reason for that was the crap my parents drank was AWFUL! If that was my only choice for coffee today I wouldn't drink it. Seriously International Roast Instant!!!!

Now though I can acknowledge I have a caffeine addiction (I will get head aches 3 days after my last coffee) but not only that I love the taste. In particular a well crafted Mocha based on a dark bean blend is fantastic. (1 shot coffee, 1 tbs cocoa & sugar mix, frothed milk)

When it comes to Alcohol I didn't drink at all till I was 18 (legal age in Australia) for no reason other than just because. Also I have never been a heavy drinker. But I am very partial to a nice Shiraz now which is a drink which is fairly inaccessible to people who haven't developed a taste for wine. It is much easier to drink a sweet white or a gentle merlot then a Shiraz with high tannin levels.

If you like Coronas you obviously prefer the lighter paler beers. And, assuming you are in the USA, I found their beers a little rough in general. Try finding a german pilsner or a uk pale ale. I would suggest you will find them a nice drink.

about a week ago
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Did you use technology to get into mischief as a child?

Harlequin80 Re:Fairly often, but nothing serious: (230 comments)

I caused an issue for AOL by accident back around that time.

I was operating on dialup and I was too young to have a credit card to be able to rent a server for an FTP site. So my friend and I came up with the idea of using an online email system (can't remember which one now) that allowed you to auto-reply to an email with a 1.5mb file. We then created an email address for every disk of the game (Krush Kill & Destroy in ARJ format). We then told people that was how you got the program, send an email to each address in turn and it will reply with the disk.

Seemed like a really really simple idea. Then a guy in the States sent an email to every address in one go. He was on AOL and had a 10mb email limit. So he got the first couple of disks before his system started replying mailbox full. That triggered another copy of the file to be sent etc etc etc etc. Apparently he was questioned by the authorities about being involved in a serious DDOS that took a chunk of AOL offline. I never heard whether anything else came of it. I assume not.

about two weeks ago
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Taking the Ice Bucket Challenge With Liquid Nitrogen

Harlequin80 Re:People who did High School Chemistry know this. (182 comments)

The nitrogen will still form a blanket of gas independent of the quantity or flow rate and this is what keeps you safe. The problem occurs if the liquid nitrogen pools or is otherwise forced into direct contact (like you could do with a suitably high enough pressure stream or immersion). That is when people get hurt.

about two weeks ago
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Facebook Blamed For Driving Up Cellphone Bills, But It's Not Alone

Harlequin80 Re:Stupid design, appalling (131 comments)

Probably would have made sense to have started there but I started with noscript instead. I got it to stop audio and videos on websites and now it is on just about everywhere.

about two weeks ago
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Taking the Ice Bucket Challenge With Liquid Nitrogen

Harlequin80 Re:People who did High School Chemistry know this. (182 comments)

We covered this when I was about 15, which is Grade 10 in Australia. We also watched our teacher set fire to his hand after dipping it in methylated spirits. This was, depressingly, 20 years ago now so maybe things have changed.

The Nitrogen on the hand was only done by the teacher. We dropped water droplets on a hot plate to create the same effect.

about two weeks ago
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Facebook Blamed For Driving Up Cellphone Bills, But It's Not Alone

Harlequin80 Re:Stupid design, appalling (131 comments)

In general auto-playing video is awful. I particularly hate it on news sites. For me it was the biggest reason for noscript.

about two weeks ago
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Taking the Ice Bucket Challenge With Liquid Nitrogen

Harlequin80 People who did High School Chemistry know this... (182 comments)

If you did chemistry at highschool surely you did the gold fish in liquid nitrogen and then done the table spoon of dancing liquid nitrogen on your hand?

Like I get that this would be kind "geeky / cool" in MAD magazine or FHM.... But seriously I kinda thought slashdot played to a higher educated audience....

about two weeks ago
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The Frustrations of Supporting Users In Remote Offices

Harlequin80 Re:Patience is the key (129 comments)

My favourite ones are ones that go along the lines of.
"My email is all gobbledy gook, can you fix it"
"Ok, forward the email to it@blah.com and I will have a look"
"How do I forward an email?"
"Push the button that says forward and has an arrow pointing right. It is on the right hand side of your email about half way up"
"No it's not"
"Ok. Can you see a menu up the top marked message"
"No - where would that be"
"If you start at the top left corner you will see File, then Edit, View, and finally Message"
"Oooo the forward button has appeared! It wasn't there before!"

Calm. Calm. Deep Breaths....

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Linux-Friendly Desktop x86 Motherboard Manufacturers?

Harlequin80 Re:epic (294 comments)

Understood and sorry that you are having problems. I have just been lucky then but my experience with commodity hardware has always been flawless. The exceptions have always been in random peripherals such as USB 3g modems.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Linux-Friendly Desktop x86 Motherboard Manufacturers?

Harlequin80 Re:epic (294 comments)

Yes it is. But only because it is a brand that has a limited number of choices and the brand is huge to make up for it. It is also something which is essentially a closed platform that is not intended to have another OS installed upon it. Though it is X86 and windows may work on it, it is a little like saying Android won't work on an iPhone. There is no incentive for the manufacturer of the hardware to support anything other than OSX. You would be running the same risk buying a surface.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Linux-Friendly Desktop x86 Motherboard Manufacturers?

Harlequin80 Re:epic (294 comments)

That is a mac book right? I've never had a system where the wifi hasn't worked out of the box, nor the bluetooth. As for the graphics processors I don't know. I've run SLI Nvidia fine.

about two weeks ago
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Should police have cameras recording their work at all times?

Harlequin80 Re:Been trialled in Queensland - Australia (455 comments)

I may be biased as my father was a copper for 35 years and hence I have been exposed to police both on and off duty. The coppers that I met were just normal people, mothers, fathers, sons & daughters. (In Australia) it is a hard thankless job that puts you in harms way and makes you the person that is perceived to be stopping someone else's fun. I saw what it did to my dad over the years, being spat on by 14 year old girls off their heads, pulling bodies out of cars and burning buildings.

In 35 years of being an on the street cop he never had to draw his gun once. There was one occasion where in a police pursuit the grub they were chasing fired a rifle from their car at him which hit the car window behind him.

Despite that what we don't have in Australia is much of a chance that a person being stopped by police is going to have a firearm. It immediately lowers the potential risk and hence the stress. Sure shit happens still, but we have an extremely low level of police shootings, or shootings of any kind for that matter.

about two weeks ago
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Hidden Obstacles For Delivery Drones

Harlequin80 Re:The main problem: they don't make sense (215 comments)

Yes I suppose a new type of letter box. Might be hard in areas with preservation orders or heritage listing but easy everywhere else.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Linux-Friendly Desktop x86 Motherboard Manufacturers?

Harlequin80 Re:what? (294 comments)

Reply to myself - Buy this - Gigabyte G1-SNIPER-M5 - it is the most stupidly over the top motherboard (it even has green bits) with all the latest fandangly bits and it works out of the box with linux.

about two weeks ago

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Samsung stops sales of Galaxy tabs in Australia

Harlequin80 Harlequin80 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Harlequin80 (1671040) writes "This morning Samsung has agreed to suspend sales of Galaxy tabs in Australia due to Apple's patent lawsuit.

Samsung will also provide Apple three samples of a new Australian version of Galaxy at least seven days before it plans to start distributing it so Apple can review it.

If Apple's claim is not upheld then Apple has agreed to pay damages to Samsung though the amounts are unknown.

It seems that US patents are now going to cause problems here in Australia. Sigh"

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