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Android 5.0 'Lollipop' vs. iOS 8: More Similar Than Ever

Inzkeeper Re: Toad City (176 comments)

But can I use vi on it?

THAT is the question.
I use Vim Touch on my Android phone.
If it doesn't have VI, I am not interested.

about a week ago
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Expedition 42 ISS Crew Embraces Douglas Adams

Inzkeeper Re:The film sucked; the miniseries before it was g (39 comments)

Each mediam was made with the author who was well aware that they are different mediums, so the stories were adapted to each medium.

Bah! You are all wrong! For the REAL die-hard fan, get a hold of the radio scripts. They add a lot of commentary on how different things came about, how he was busy scribbling details right until air time, how he grabbed the janitor at the last second to play a part he just added in. The commentary is almost as funny as the script itself.
It describes how, at the end of one episode, he threw our heros out of a space lock and had the floating in open space with seconds to live.
He then goes on the discuss how he struggled for that next week trying to decide how to free them. Anything he came up with seemed to highly improbable.
So... he came up with the Improbability Drive (tm Sirius Cybernetics).

BTW: I agree, each medium was adapted as necessary. I enjoyed all of them. At first, the movie seemed a little too slapstick for my tastes, but it quickly grew on me. I think Douglas would have approved.

about 2 months ago
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Drones Reveal Widespread Tax Evasion In Argentina

Inzkeeper Re:Someone's going to complain (208 comments)

Its stale. I've got news for you Google Street View and Satellite images can be years old. If I were relying on it for up to date information then I'd be mistaken. My house on street view was taken in 2010. A lot has changed since then.

That may be true but...
This is a logical starting point:

1. The drone snaps pictures of undocumented development.
2. Now they send in an inspector to verify and, having done so, start the process of reassessing the property.
3. Send new taxation notice
4. PROFIT!!!

about 2 months ago
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Wave Power Fails To Live Up To Promise

Inzkeeper Re:Golden opportunity missed... (198 comments)

It looks like we will need to find a more feasible way to generate electricity from water, dam it.

about 2 months ago
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Revolutionary Scuba Mask Creates Breathable Oxygen Underwater On Its Own

Inzkeeper Re: Unlikely (375 comments)

That is a huge amount of water, needing a pretty big pump .. and a lot of energy

The article says that it uses a next-generation micro-battery! (presumably yet to be invented)
Next-gen, micro-something, molecules, scientist... why are you unwilling to believe?

about 10 months ago
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City Councilman Resigns Using Klingon

Inzkeeper Exactly (135 comments)

Just what I was thinking.
"Resign" in Klingon would have to be a polite way of saying "took a Bat'leth to the skull".
He is definitely no Klingon.

about a year ago
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Searching The Internet For Evidence Of Time Travelers

Inzkeeper Time is an illusion (2 comments)

Ok, well can we agree that if any of us discovers time travel in the future, we will come back to this point and post on this thread?
...unless, of course, the danger of altering the future is too great.
In that case, just go for the "Frist Post". We will extrapolate from there.

I read a fascinating article on the nature of time a few months ago.
Maybe the idea isn't so crazy after all!

about a year ago
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Oil Train Explosion Triggers Evacuation In North Dakota

Inzkeeper Re:Shouldn't have to run oil by rail (199 comments)

I did some work on software used for a corrosion inspection system. The basic idea is that any medium travelling through a pipe corrodes the pipe at a measureable rate. Pipelines have procedures in place to monitor corrosion over time with special attention given to "weak links". There is a lot of careful engineering that goes into building and maintaining a pipeline.

Regarding setting conditions for running a pipeline through a sensitive area:
A review of the proposed Northern Gateway Pipeline approved the proposal in principle with 209 conditions.
But the public's reaction proves that, for some people, no amount of protection will ever be enough.

I am very concerned that the opposition to pipelines will result in more of these kind of accidents.
It seems to me, from following the Lac Megantic disaster, that the safety protocols on rail lines needs some review.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Are the Hardest Things Programmers Have To Do?

Inzkeeper Re:Estimation (473 comments)

Estimating continues to be the bane of my existence.
But the most lost I every was involved trying to estimate a full database data conversion process from an old non-rdbms system.
"Oh but our data is clean", they said.
I spent over a week just fixing / coding for bad date formats.
I asked a senior guy for advice. He suggested something similar:

Come up with a number. Multiple by an arbitrary single digit. Double it. Double it again.

Eventually I learned not to fix bid data conversion. Ever.

about a year ago
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ITER Fusion Reactor On Track To Generating Power By 2028

Inzkeeper Re:Improvement (232 comments)

I agree that fusion power has been 20 years off for at least 60 years now.
We have known the basic principles for a long time so how hard can it be, right?
You just mash some atoms together until they fuse. After lunch we will tackle time travel.

What makes this different is the international consortium of government funding of the project to the tune of $30 BILLION.
Call me naive, but I believe this is going to happen. On time and on budget, well, that is a different question.

about a year ago
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German Court Finds Fantec Responsible For GPL Violation On Third-Party Code

Inzkeeper Re:This is why they hate us (228 comments)

Yes, Fantec was approached in an effort to work it out.
Their initial reaction was to deny everything.
When confronted with undeniable proof, they simply blamed a contractor and said that they were not responsible.
...at least, that's what the articles I read reported.
At that point, what options are left?

about a year ago
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Things That Scare the Bejeezus Out of Programmers

Inzkeeper Re:My Biggest Fear (641 comments)

Ah, I remember my 20s.
I wish I could find that comic. Something like:
Just out of university: "I'm going to change the world!"
After one year at first job in your field: "I'm going to change this company!"
After ten years: "I'm going to change the coffee!"

about a year ago
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Iron Man 3 To Debut As a 4DX Film In Japan

Inzkeeper Re:Seat motion? (158 comments)

Gah! I'm out of mod points!

about a year and a half ago
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Python Family Gets a Triplet Of Updates

Inzkeeper Re: The Python Launcher (196 comments)

cx_Freeze works for 2.x as well.

about a year and a half ago
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Holy iPad Slayer! Company Releases World's First Christian Tablet

Inzkeeper Re:But does it run Linux? (326 comments)

You joke but I remember (years ago) seeing an email from a user who took offense at receiving an automated message from an mail "daemon". He didn't want to receive any further emails from evil automatons. sigh.

more than 2 years ago
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World's Most Powerful Optical Microscope

Inzkeeper Re:"Seeing a cell directly without dying" (163 comments)

"Among other tiny objects the scientists will be able to examine are anodized aluminum oxide nano-structures, and nano-patterns on Blue-Ray CVC disks, not previously visible with an optical microscope."

Hmmm... Sounds like a DMCA violation to me.

more than 3 years ago
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American Solar Challenge Racers Head For Canada

Inzkeeper Re:Canada? (144 comments)

Very true. If they take a wrong turn and end up 1000km north of Calgary, communications could become a significant concern.

more than 6 years ago

Submissions

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Groupon backs down on use of GNOME trademark

Inzkeeper Inzkeeper writes  |  about two weeks ago

Inzkeeper (767071) writes "The Gnome Foundation started raising funds for a court challenge after Groupon tried to register several trademarks around the name "GNOME". After an outpouring of outrage from the open source community, Groupon decided to choose a different name."
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Fuel Cell Innovations

Inzkeeper Inzkeeper writes  |  about 2 months ago

Inzkeeper (767071) writes "I remember years ago when I first ready about fuel cells as a possible alternative energy source.
This sounded great: using hydrogen to generate electricity without combustion. The exhaust is pure water. I was excited ...until I started reading about the drawbacks. Hydrogen is not easy to produce, store, distribute, etc. The cathode is made from platinum making it expensive.

Years after losing interest, I decided to check on recent developments in the field.
I discovered that research into the use of fuel cells is alive and well.
This may very well become the disruptive technology that we hope it could be.
Here are some of the many recent innovations out there:

April 9 2013: Burn scrap paper and aluminum, add cheap catalyst and water: "cheap" hydrogen on demand

Nov 25, 2013: CellEra creates a catalyst free of rare earth metals.

April 29, 2014: Lawrence Berkeley and Argonne National Labs create a process that uses 85% less platinum and has more the 30 times the catalytic activity.

June 24, 2014: UK's Science and Technology Facilities Council experiments with ammonia as a source fuel.
It is relatively easy to store, "cheap" to make, and can be stored at low preassure.

July 2014: GE has developed a process that uses stainless steel as a catalyst instead of platinum.
The fuel is natural gas instead of pure hydrogen. The exhaust, a mixture of hydrogen
and carbon, is then put through a combustion engine for further efficiency.

August 4, 2014: Anglo American Platinum is funding a study into the use of liquid organic hydrogen carrier (LOHC) technology
as a means of storing hydrogen.

August 22, 2014: Stanford has developed an process for producing hydrogen from water using inexpensive materials and relatively little energy."
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Groupon CEO is fired but goes out with class

Inzkeeper Inzkeeper writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Inzkeeper (767071) writes "Groupon CEO Andrew Mason made public an email he sent to Groupon employees. He takes responsibility for the company's downturn, expresses his appreciation for his staff, and wishes them well. "For those who are concerned about me, please don't be — I love Groupon, and I'm terribly proud of what we've created. I'm OK with having failed at this part of the journey. If Groupon was Battletoads, it would be like I made it all the way to the Terra Tubes without dying on my first ever play through.""
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Journals

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Strange place

Inzkeeper Inzkeeper writes  |  about 2 months ago

Even after 10 years of being on Slashdot, I am left to wonder what the point of a Slashdot journal is.
Who would ever look here and why?
Perhaps if this was the graveyard of rejected submissions but otherwise...?
Hmmm....

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