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"Barbie: I Can Be a Computer Engineer" Pulled From Amazon

JabrTheHut Re: LOL ... w00t? (555 comments)

I can't tell you the time I've had to waste rereading something when some author exhibits his stupidity...

Or her stupidity...

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: Minimizing Oil and Gas Dependency In a Central European City?

JabrTheHut Gas heating (250 comments)

It depends on the amount of space you want to heat and how strong your roof is, but large gas bottles (200-500kg) can be bought in my neck of the woods, and there are multiple services that travel to my place to fill them. If access is an issue then multiple smaller bottles may do the trick - it all depends on how long you will be without gas.

Oh, and insulate your place. Walls, ceiling, windows, even consider the floor.

about three weeks ago
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Microsoft Gearing Up To Release a Smartwatch of Its Own

JabrTheHut Re:I can already see it (172 comments)

I can imagine it now - you can buy a giant dial to fit to the right hand side of the monitor to get the authentic windows watch experience. Dial 2.0 will let you fit it to the right or left side of the monitor.

about a month ago
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A Skeptical View of Israel's Iron Dome Rocket Defense System

JabrTheHut Re:I've always thought that the best way for Israe (379 comments)

Regarding Hamas bringing children to the buildings designated for destruction: you should realize that their values are different than yours and mine. We value life, they value heaven.

So you actually believe you are doing them a favour by killing their children? That's why you do it?

I've heard some low-grade racism in my time, but this takes the cake. I'd like to see you offer a source for this "Palestinians bringing children into buildings designated for destruction" that doesn't come from the IDF's propaganda division.

about 4 months ago
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A Skeptical View of Israel's Iron Dome Rocket Defense System

JabrTheHut Re:Belief (379 comments)

Unguided missiles have no military value as they cannot be aimed at military targets, that is true.

Is that true? I recall several cases where Hamas rockets have hit the IDF bases around Sderot.

about 4 months ago
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A Skeptical View of Israel's Iron Dome Rocket Defense System

JabrTheHut Re:Subject bait (379 comments)

But regardless of your personal motivation, why would you want to traumatize your children by having them grow up in the midst of such fear and violence?

Because there is actually very little violence directed at them, as the vast majority is directed at the Palestinians. And they want the Palestinians gone. They get upset when the Palestinians fight back, but it happens so rarely that they don't leave Israel over it.

about 4 months ago
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A Skeptical View of Israel's Iron Dome Rocket Defense System

JabrTheHut Re:Subject bait (379 comments)

As an Israeli and a neighbour of Gaza I tell you: pity the Gazans.

But not enough to stop bombing them....

about 5 months ago
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New Technology Uses Cellular Towers For Super-Accurate Weather Measurements

JabrTheHut The forecast for Gaza today is.... (42 comments)

The forecast for Gaza today is large amounts of rocket-propelled precipitation.

Looking at the article, which is shockingly badly written, it's a perfected method not in use anywhere in the world, including Israel, and the map they use for Israel includes the West Bank and Gaza, something that only Israel, in the whole wide world, does.

Expect lots of PR bullshit from Israel over the next few weeks while they bomb the crap out of Palestinians in Gaza...

about 5 months ago
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Tired of Playing Cyber Cop, Microsoft Looks For Partners In Crime Fighting

JabrTheHut Re:"fighting" crime? (113 comments)

You give them too much credit - it's more like bringing an egg whisk to a gunfight.

about 5 months ago
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Australian Government To Standardise On Drupal

JabrTheHut Re:Those poor bastards (102 comments)

Coding a custom CMS is a start. Programming web-based systems isn't that hard. I do it for a living, but I use Wordpress or Joomla when the customer wants it.

I'm a consultant, and you're not thinking this through. You shouldn't start writing a new CMS from scratch whenever you start a new project. When I start a new project, say for a moderately complex web site, I go back to the beginning and design a new CPU. The new system that the CPU will fit into has to be designed, built and tested, and then a new OS written and debugged. Next a new communications protocol has to be designed, written and tested. Finally, a new set of applications written for the new OS, and then, finally, a web site.

This approach is the only reasonable way to turn a three month contract into a 15-year failed project. You've grasped the basic consulting creed of re-inventing the wheel at every opportunity, but you're not going far enough.

about 7 months ago
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Setback For Small Nuclear Reactors: B&W Cuts mPower Funding

JabrTheHut Too Little, Too Late (165 comments)

If they think there will be any need for this by the mid-2020s, they're in for a rude awakening and a nasty financial loss.

Solar panels have dropped in price by 65% in the last two years. They're expecting another 60% price drop by 2020, and efficiency isn't being sacrificed - it's only getting better, with 25% being achieved in the lab now. Research is also much cheaper - researchers ask for grants such as $5 million or $15 million, not the $1 billion mentioned in the article.

Combine wind farms, hydro power, solar thermal, and the recent improvements with storing energy, both as potential energy and in batteries, and I doubt any one will want to invest in "small" nuclear reactors, either now or 10 years from now. Solar panels aren't the fix for everything, but they will make it uneconomical to put in place big, expensive nuclear reactors, which are only small and cheap by comparison to even bigger ones.

about 6 months ago
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Declassified Papers Hint US Uranium May Have Ended Up In Israeli Arms

JabrTheHut Re:Someone call Ben Affleck (165 comments)

Actually, Israel is set to pass a new law that will effectively disallow Arab parties from running for elections. There is systematic anti-Arab racism in Israel, it won't end soon, and the Palestinians don't even have human right as far as Israeli courts are concerned.

about 7 months ago
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More Than 1 In 4 Car Crashes Involve Cellphone Use

JabrTheHut Re:Statistics suck (367 comments)

It is a fact that in over 50% of all accidents there were at LEAST 2 breasts in the car at the time.

If that were even remotely true then Saudi Arabia would be the safest place in the world to drive. Looking at the stats on wikipedia, the answer is a resouding "no." Mind you, compare US and UK traffic accidents and you start to wonder why two developed nations have such different fatality rates for traffic accidents...

about 8 months ago
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Apple To Unveil Its 'iOS In the Car' Project Next Week

JabrTheHut Volve? (198 comments)

Is that a new brand I've never heard of? Maybe the editors are so busy f*cking up beta that they no longer have time to introduce more than one obvious mistake into each thread...

about 9 months ago
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Apple Will Refund $32.5M To Settle In-App Purchase Complaints With FTC

JabrTheHut Re:They should require refund window (252 comments)

Meanwhile, if a parent is idiot enough to let their toddler play with a somewhat-fragile glass-faced $500+ electronic device?

You mean like a TV? And - toddler? There's a stage or two between toddler and adult that you seem to be unaware of...

The parent(s) deserve the consequences, and should count themselves lucky that little Junior didn't slam it into the floor until the screen shattered.

She keeps slamming toys into the screen, but she's not strong enough to break it. Yet.

about 10 months ago
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Many Mac OS Users Not Getting Security Updates

JabrTheHut Re:Exactly why I stopped buying Apple (380 comments)

All your adobe software has to be repurchased and that's Apple's fault? Why don't you admit Adobe is price gouging you?

about a year ago
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Australian Team Working On Engines Without Piston Rings

JabrTheHut Re:It won't work (368 comments)

This is still vapurware...

about a year ago
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UK Men Arrested For Anti-Semitic Tweets After Football Game

JabrTheHut Re:Perhaps not (598 comments)

Clearly you are not an american. I feel sorry for you as you have been taught that you are not free to say what you believe.

That is particularly amusing given the US executes people without trial in various countries around the world for saying things the US doesn't agree with. The vast majority of Americans don't object to this policy. So, free speech as long as you don't say the wrong thing? That's very American.

about a year ago

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Australian team working on engines without piston rings

JabrTheHut JabrTheHut writes  |  about a year ago

JabrTheHut (640719) writes "An Australian team is seeking funding for bringing an interesting idea to market: cylinder engines without piston rings. The idea is to use small groves that create a pressure wave that acts as a seal for the piston, eliminating the piston ring and the associated friction. Engines will then run cooler, can be more energy efficient and may even burn fuel more efficiently, at least according to the story at http://www.motoring.com.au/news/2013/aussie-invention-eliminates-piston-rings-40773. Mind you, they haven't even built a working prototype yet. If it works I'd love to fit this into an older car..."
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Kit Radio with Digital Display?

JabrTheHut JabrTheHut writes  |  about a year and a half ago

JabrTheHut (640719) writes "I'm driving around a 30 year old car with a broken radio — it only plays AM, and even then not very well (fades in and out, static, etc). As it's such an old car, the radio fits into a non-standard enclosure. Finding a replacement radio is next to impossible. I've tried, and most wreckers don't even stock parts for such an old car any more. I started thinking of buying a kit and doing it myself — but I can't seem to find nearly as many kits now as when I was growing up. The few kits that I've found seem to have been designed before the 80s — no display, only blind tuning, mono sound, etc. Ideally I'd like a kit that did everything — digital display, USB or other input for MP3 players, AM and FM stereo. There seems to be nothing even remotely approaching that on the market. Am I missing something or someone? Or has the kit market stagnated for the last 30 years?"
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Transporting Computers by Cargo Ship

JabrTheHut JabrTheHut writes  |  more than 2 years ago

JabrTheHut (640719) writes "I'll be packing up and moving to another continent soon. Everything I own will be packed up into boxes and loaded onto a cargo container, which in turn will be loaded onto a ship and will sail from Northern Europe, through the Equator and then to it's final destination. It will be in transit for up to 8 weeks. What do I need to do to ensure my stuff survives the trip? I've got anti-static bags and silica gel for graphics cards and hard disks, which won't be in the computers, mostly, when they move, and some of what I own will be crated in order to protect both against physical damage and humidity. I'll throw in a couple of packets of silica gel into each box or crate. Clothes get moth balls. But what have I missed? Will the printer ink survive? Do I have to worry about batteries? What haven't I thought of?"
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Disappointed by Android

JabrTheHut JabrTheHut writes  |  more than 2 years ago

JabrTheHut (640719) writes "I've recently swapped to Android from an old iPhone 3GS. The model I bought was one advertised heavily in the UK, the LG Optimus L3 E400. After a month or so, I'm really disappointed. The phone is just too annoying to use. The flaws I see every day are:

1. It's slow. Way slower than it's processor should indicate. I've tried making sure only one or two apps are running in the background, but it's still really really slow.
2. No built-in spell checker. I really am amazed at this, but there appears to be no fix. You just have to learn not to make typing mistakes.
3. The email apps all have serious flaws. I've downloaded K9 right next to the default email app, and one can't search emails while the other can't attach documents. The fix for this is apparently to swap between the two util someone can be bothered fixing the issue.
4. The soft keyboard isn't easy to use. This may be tied to point 1 above, or 5 below. It certainly makes 2 more annoying.
5. It came pre-installed with Gingerbread. Yep, that's a 3-year old OS on a brand new phone. There's no custom ROM as yet. Given the phone is so slow, will upgrading to the latest make it worse? Will upgrading fix any of the above issues?

All in all, I'm not impressed. If this is what Android is like, my next phone will be an iPhone."
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Volume Bug on Samsung's Galaxy nexus

JabrTheHut JabrTheHut writes  |  about 3 years ago

JabrTheHut (640719) writes "Over on the register they're reporting on an apparently widespread problem with Samsung's latest and greatest phone. From the article: "The glitch sees the handset drop the audio volume of its own accord. The phone goes suddenly silent, without warning.." Poor software testing from Samsung."
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Icelandic MP to challenge US Court Ruling on Twitt

JabrTheHut JabrTheHut writes  |  about 3 years ago

JabrTheHut (640719) writes "The Guardian has a story of how Icelandic MP Birgitta Jonsdottir, a former Wikileaks volunteer, is challenging the US' acquisition of Twitter account information, IP addresses, mailing addresses and even bank information. The US says it wanted these details to help with it's investigation into Wikileaks founder Julian Assange."
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Best free package for designing furniture?

JabrTheHut JabrTheHut writes  |  more than 3 years ago

JabrTheHut (640719) writes "I have a one-off requirement to design a piece of furniture. It will be somewhat complicated with some parts that fold up, down, or out. I have done one or two technical drawing courses, but that was more than 15 years ago. I haven't used any technical drawing software before. What's the best package or packages to get me started, and is there anything out there that will help me visualise what the finished product will look like?"
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Eric Schmidt Criticises Apple's Lawsuits

JabrTheHut JabrTheHut writes  |  more than 3 years ago

JabrTheHut (640719) writes "Google's Eric Schmidt has criticised Apple for "suing instead of innovating." This follows the ITC's initial ruling against Android phone maker and Google customer HTC. I can see Schmidt's point — there's been nothing new for Google to copy for almost a year now."
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Checking your mail

JabrTheHut JabrTheHut writes  |  more than 4 years ago

JabrTheHut (640719) writes "I live in a block of flats, and mail is placed in a bank of mailboxes, one per flat. My mailbox happens to be placed such that the top is just below my belly button, making for awkward checking of mail every day. To make matters worse, it's close to the door, meaning that if I'm checking mail, I'm blocking the exit. I'm asking the Slashdot crowd — what is the optimal method of checking mail while maintaining grace and dignity? Do you bend your knees and lean back, Matrix style? Bend forward and present a target to passers by? Something else?"

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