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Ask Slashdot: Anti-Theft Products For the Over-Equipped Household?

Kagetsuki Offsite data backup + insure your hardware (408 comments)

Data. Use an offsite backup service or do like me and set up an offsite backup with rsync over ssh to a remote location under your control. All my drives or home folders are encrypted so even if the boxes do get stolen I won't have to worry as much. As long as my data is safe who cares about hardware that insurance will pay to replace?

This strategy also protects you from floods, fires, etc. Not just theft.

about 3 months ago
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Russia Writes Off 90 Percent of North Korea Debt

Kagetsuki Re:Journalistic Style (234 comments)

[Unfortunately?] No. Though I can't think of any post soviet ally that has actually benefitted or gotten ahead from having debt written off. It also occurs to me that many of those states with debt were basically given the debt - Russia gave them things like gas and lumber at particularly low rates but didn't take payment or only took partial payment. So once the debt built up they'd use it as sort of a threat to not go against them. Case in point: Ukraine just got a huge gas bill from Russia http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/c211... .

about 4 months ago
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Japan Orders Military To Strike Any New North Korea Missiles

Kagetsuki Re:Japan wants to shoot down NK missiles every tim (107 comments)

The policy has been to shoot down any missiles that had a trajectory indicating they could hit somewhere on land. Up until now no missile launch has really done that. There was one that came extremely close about last year and since then the discussion has been weather or not to start shooting them down reguardless of trajectory or broaden the "acceptable" limits and start shooting down missiles that look like they could come close.

The actual defense systems in place are some of the most advanced anti-missile defense systems available, save for perhaps Iron Dome in Israel.

about 5 months ago
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Ubuntu To Switch To systemd

Kagetsuki Good...? (279 comments)

I think it's good Shuttleworth was able to suck up his pride and go along with this decision to prevent fragmentation. I do however call the original decision slightly into question, but that's only because I've gotten sort of used to upstart. Hopefully anything good that was implemented in upstart but was not in systemd will make its way over.

about 6 months ago
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Up To a Quarter of California Smog Comes From China

Kagetsuki Re:Pollution from China (259 comments)

Ah! RoHS completely skipped my mind. Why would the US have even complained about that?

It does remind me of something I heard once though. Apparently an American ordered colored plastic rulers from China. The rulers that arrived had lead in the plastic. Because of the lead content they couldn't be sold [to children], so the American freaked out at the Chinese suppler and asked "what if children were to stick these in their mouths and suck on them". The Chinese supplier, confused, asked "why would children smart enough to use rulers be stupid enough to stick them in their mouths and suck on them?".

about 7 months ago
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Up To a Quarter of California Smog Comes From China

Kagetsuki Re:Pollution from China (259 comments)

Very well put. The only catch is politicians from China will freak out if the US tries to put in such restrictions, and politicians from the US will freak out once the EU tries to put in such restrictions. It's a shame governments tend to look out for national profit rather than global welfare.

Actually, what ever happened to the Kyoto Protocol? That seemed like something that could work and I remember hearing it did have a positive effect, but you don't seem to hear about it or anything like it lately.

about 7 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Many (Electronics) Gates Is That Software Algorithm?

Kagetsuki Re:The key to success. (365 comments)

Yeah but you took ASM too and I seriously doubt you would call yourself a capable ASM developer unless you happen to be doing a lot of embedded code. Just because you've done some labs doesn't make you a pro. I've done FPGA dev using Verilog as well, and I've done enough to understand what it is and how to do it. I've also done enough to know if I wanted to make an efficient ASIC for a production application I'd shell out some cash to hire a pro rather than just assuming I could do it well myself without any professional experience or analysis.

about 8 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Many (Electronics) Gates Is That Software Algorithm?

Kagetsuki Re:Why don't they know? (365 comments)

The electronics manufacturer must have assumed they had some concept of how to design ASICs if they were even calling. This is the equivilent of somebody painting a picture of a house, then calling a carpenter and saying "I've designed a house, I'd like you to build it". Both a painting and drafted design documents are images of a house, just one gives you technical information like how much wood and how many nails you will need and the other does not.

I imagine the electronics manufacturer must have asked the question and was dumbfounded when they couldn't give any sort of answer.

about 8 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Many (Electronics) Gates Is That Software Algorithm?

Kagetsuki Re:Holy crap (365 comments)

Absolutely agreed. Just the fact the author didn't mention anything about an FPGA surprised me. I imagine the chip manufacturer must have been taken aback when they couldn't even give him a ballpark range.

dryriver, you are doing it wrong. I question your motives for this if you haven't done it on a GPU or DSP as mentioned above, and compared to your current base implementation to that. If you are so convinced this absolutely needs to be done in hardware start looking for someone who knows what they are doing. I've only done enough FPGA development to know it's something that takes experience to do well and quite a bit of knowlege just to set up properly. Verilog and the like may look simple but consider how much time you spend valgrinding - you'll be doing that in hardware using a language which does not compile to something in any way you are used to, with no real conception or grasp of what to do to make things run better or even how to gauge performance. Save money by saving time by hiring a pro.

about 8 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best App For Android For Remote Access To Mac Or PC?

Kagetsuki Re:Easy (165 comments)

Interesting!

I wouldn't consider setting up the SSH reverse proxy difficult either. I forget what I used to mask the traffic as HTTP but it was something that was bundled with SSH to begin with.

How do you do this VPN setup? I've never used VPN extensively so I'm acutally not sure where one would start. If you have a link to a howto on the tools you are using I'd be quite interested.

about 8 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best App For Android For Remote Access To Mac Or PC?

Kagetsuki Re:Teamviewer (165 comments)

Something something forget Dropbox if you have SSH access something something or if you need DropBox like syncing and have SSH access make a git repo and use SparkleShare.

about 8 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best App For Android For Remote Access To Mac Or PC?

Kagetsuki Re:Easy (165 comments)

As much as I would love to disagree with that I honestly can't. TeamViewer has a lot of advantages over VNC. Though I'm not sure it would be easier if you had a really restricted network like in a locked down office. I've run VNC over an SSH reverse tunnel disguised as HTTP traffic on a closed network with a proxy server that only allowed HTTP and only outgoing connections. Since the tunnel was already established VNC was trivial to run. But as long as you don't have any super-locked-down proxy setups designed specifically to defeat remote access *cough* TeamViewer is just dead easy and surprisingly reliable.

about 8 months ago
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Linux x32 ABI Not Catching Wind

Kagetsuki Too specific (262 comments)

So for me the answer is no. The whole thing reminds me of doing ARM assembler with thumb code mixed in. If you have a very specific usage for it then yes, it would certianly be useful - but it's going to be up to the people who need it to actually use and improve it. Everyone else has no need to care and the average developer shouldn't *need* to care or even be aware of it.

about 8 months ago
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Is the Porsche Carrera GT Too Dangerous?

Kagetsuki Re:When you have a bad driver ... (961 comments)

Oh! There was a miscommunication my dear pastafarian friend! Please accept my appologies.

You are absolutely correct in that the S660 is an MR, and in stylish compact package! I don't actually know of a good resource in English but there is plenty of informatino available in Japanese. Basically it's a re-birth of the Beat with some S series touches. The car itself is a compact, just like the Beat. I haven't seen any info on the actual engine but the "S" series naming hints at something nice. What worries me about it from the concept is the center console:
http://o.aolcdn.com/dims-global/dims3/GLOB/resize/600x400/http://www.blogcdn.com/slideshows/images/slides/159/441/3/S1594413/slug/l/p1160526-1.jpg
This looks dangerously like there may be no real manual option and, even if there is, there isn't much space to shift without feeling up your passenger.

about 9 months ago
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Is the Porsche Carrera GT Too Dangerous?

Kagetsuki Re:When you have a bad driver ... (961 comments)

For the love of god man learn to use google. The Carrera GT is in fact an RR layout; you know, kind of like how most (every?) Porsche is. I even found a picture using this awesome thing called "image search": http://www.automild.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/09/Porsche-Carrera-GTS-White-Engine-Diagram.jpg

Most forklifts are RR or at least RMR. This way the engine itself works as part of the counterweight. Having a true MR layout on a forklift would probably not be the best engineering idea unless you had something heavier that needed to be part of the machine anyway.

about 9 months ago
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Is the Porsche Carrera GT Too Dangerous?

Kagetsuki Re:Stability Control (961 comments)

Accel turns are standard and basic manuvers for technical driving. The rev point at which you pop the clutch will be different by car based on balance and weight but if you were to actually blow a dif at 5k RPM just by popping the clutch you must have a really really poorly made diff or a very heavy and unbalanced vehicle.

Clutch discs are disposable items, like break pads and tires. You should be checking these things like you check your oil and coolant. If you're performing manuvers which put a lot of stress on your components and not checking them regularly you're asking for trouble. In a car like a Porsche you'd better be checking them even if you are just using it on a daily commute.

In the case of our dead celebrity friend there were apparent mechanical issues with the car before they went on their joy ride. Let it be a lesson; keep your machine in check and don't ignore warning signs.

about 9 months ago
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Is the Porsche Carrera GT Too Dangerous?

Kagetsuki Re:When you have a bad driver ... (961 comments)

Look it up, it is in fact RR. Forklifts are also RR, and I would not call them "itty" :P

about 9 months ago
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Is the Porsche Carrera GT Too Dangerous?

Kagetsuki Re:Stability Control (961 comments)

The car can't see the road or predict where you want to go or what direction you want to be facing at any point in a turn. Traction control assumes you want to make safe and mild turns and will steal energy from your wheels to stop you doing manuvers you may intentionally be trying to perform.

As a practical example let's say you enter an intersection in the turning lane such that you will cut across traffic (to the left in the US, the right in Japan). If you are in an FR or an MR and you turn the wheel enough that you would make the turn normally, then depress the clutch, rev up to say 5 or 6 thousand RPM, then pop the clutch, one of the following things will happen:
A. If you have traction control ON you will make the turn normally.
B. If you have traction control OFF the rear wheels will slip and escape to the side and you will perform a "spin turn", wich will result in a very tight U-turn.
If you intended to do a spin turn and you left traction control ON you would not end up makign that U-Turn you wanted to and would end up making a normal turn, also looking like a douchebag as your car sloppily jitters through the intersection.

about 9 months ago
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Is the Porsche Carrera GT Too Dangerous?

Kagetsuki Re:When you have a bad driver ... (961 comments)

Don't mean to nitpick but Honda makes MidShips including the upcoming S660. Also even though the above quote states "middle of the car" I'm pretty sure it's RR, not MR.

Side note: Our office car is a Toyota MR-S and it is a blast. Mind you it only has 140~ish BHP, but it's really made me love MR layouts and I am definitely checking out the S660.

about 9 months ago

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FOSS School Management to Augment Education

Kagetsuki Kagetsuki writes  |  about 3 months ago

Kagetsuki (1620613) writes "Standardized education teaches a limited curriculum without accounting for anything students achieve outside of that curriculum. GAKU Engine is an open source school management system that sets out to change that. It lets schools manage their standard curriculum, yet augments it by tracking extracurricular accomplishments and integrating with external educational services."
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FOSS School Management to Augment Education

Kagetsuki Kagetsuki writes  |  about 3 months ago

Kagetsuki (1620613) writes "Remember that bad grade you got in that class that one time? If your school had been using GAKU Engine you could have picked up some badges from Code School, or learned to solder at a Maker fair, or gotten a red belt in Karate to put on your grade report and balance it out.

Nearly every school in the world uses a School Management System. Often these are inflexible and proprietary closed source solutions which can cost over $100k a year. GAKU Engine [meaning “Learning Engine” in Japanese] is a full featured, customizable and extendable FOSS School Management system. But the objective of GAKU Engine isn’t just to replace closed source solutions, it aims to let schools break free of sticking to a standardized education and give students credit for all the skills and knowledge they acquire outside of school. Schools can also enhance their educational offerings with external content and services. They can augment student records with badges, achievements, and licenses. Plus there’s an extension system and an API so new functionality can be added and other systems can be integrated."

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FOSS School Management to Augment Education

Kagetsuki Kagetsuki writes  |  about 3 months ago

Kagetsuki (1620613) writes "Many schools pay over $100k a year on proprietary, inflexible, closed source School Management Systems. Some systems come bundled with full curriculum packages or integrated learning systems which cost schools millions in tablet computers and student licenses. Schools need a full featured, standards compliant system that is flexible, extendable, free of vendor lock-in, can be integrated with any curriculum or integrating learning system, and is free to use without a license.

GAKU Engine [meaning “Learning Engine” in Japanese] is a full featured, customizable and extendable Free Open Source School Management system. But the objective of GAKU Engine isn’t just to to run a standardized education; it aims to let schools break free of the standard by enhancing their educational offerings with external content and services, and augment student records with badges and achievements. With your help the base system could be completed and running in schools within the year."

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FOSS School Management to Augment Education

Kagetsuki Kagetsuki writes  |  about 3 months ago

Kagetsuki (1620613) writes "It’s ironic you’ll often find a poster of Einstein in schools as, after being flunked out and declared an idiot by his instructors, he had a disdain for formal education. Standardized education has become the result of countless committees deciding what they believe it is important for students to know and generalizing when and how they should learn it. This complete disregard for neurodiversity and ignorance of students who excel outside of the standard curriculum has failed Einstein and many other alternative and revolutionary thinkers. Now, programs like the US Common Core are going to very quickly make this situation worse.

GAKU Engine [“Learning Engine” in Japanese] is an FOSS School Management System that wants to change that. It’s built to support all the needs of a school providing a standardized education, but also comes equipped with tools to augment it. The core system comes with badge system integration, tools to record awards / achievements / licenses, and a system to integrate information from external educational services and other schools. It’s open source so anyone can modify it and has an extension system and an API so anyone can extend or integrate with it."

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New Animated PNG creation tools intend to bring APNG into mainstream use

Kagetsuki Kagetsuki writes  |  1 year,19 days

Kagetsuki (1620613) writes "While grainy GIF images can have entertaining uses they aren't the ideal animated image format due to lack of full color support and an alpha channel [for varied transparency]. Animated PNG doesn't have these faults and has been available and incorporated in quite a few browsers since roughly 2004. Lack of tools and recogniting has hurt adoption, so to remedy this there is a campaign on kickstarter to create an Open Source, high quality Animated PNG [APNG] conversion library and GUI Editor based on the APNG Assembler tool "apngasm". Even the primary goal includes libraries/modules for C/C++ and Ruby along with a cross platform GUI authoring tool. Aside from supporting the project simply using APNG willl help raise interest and support in the standard and bring us one step closer to a world with cleaner animated images."
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kickstarter campaign to bring Animated PNG into the mainstream with new tools

Kagetsuki Kagetsuki writes  |  1 year,20 days

Kagetsuki (1620613) writes "The same people who ran the Phantom Open Emoji kickstarter are running a new campaign to create an OSS high quality Animated PNG [APNG] conversion library and GUI Editor based on the APNG Assembler tool "apngasm". If you're sick of grainy ugly GIF images and want a high quality animated image format with transparency APNG is available for use now, but without better tools APNG images will continue to be difficult to create. If this campaign succeeds that problem should be solved."
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apngasm kickstarter to create high quality Animated PNG conversion libraries

Kagetsuki Kagetsuki writes  |  1 year,20 days

Kagetsuki (1620613) writes "The same people who ran the Phantom Open Emoji kickstarter are running a new campaign to create a high quality Animated PNG [APNG] conversion library and GUI Editor based on the APNG Assembler tool "apngasm" here: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/374397522/apngasm-foss-animated-png-tools-and-apng-standardi . If you're sick of grainy ugly GIF images and want a high quality animated image format with transparency APNG is available for use now, but without better tools APNG images will continue to be difficult to create. If this campaign succeeds that problem should be solved."
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Free Open Source Emoji Project on KickStarter

Kagetsuki Kagetsuki writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Kagetsuki (1620613) writes "There's a project on KickStarter for a Free and Open set of emoji [the grapical emoticon glyph set which has a block reserved in Unicode]. Currently there are no full sets of Emoji that are completely free (as in beer and and freedom), so if this project gets funded it will be the first and only set of emoji that can, say, be distributed with FLOSS Linux/BSD/GNU systems. Not to mention anyone will be able to incorporate them into any project without any restrictive conditions. Check it out at http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/374397522/phantom-open-emoji ."
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Chinese Anti-Japan Protests Escalate

Kagetsuki Kagetsuki writes  |  about 2 years ago

Kagetsuki (1620613) writes "Chinese have been protesting against Japan for the last few weeks over Japan nationalizing the [previously privately owned] Senkaku islands. These islands are internationally recognized as Japanese territory, but when it was discovered there is a large oil field under them China began claiming the territory as their own. More details on this situation can be found here: http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/world/war/senkaku.htm . Since the protests began the Japanese embassador to China has died under suspicious circumstances: https://rt.com/news/japan-china-island-dispute-protest-244/ and Chinese citizens have taken to looting and destroying every Japanese owned establishment and product they can find: http://www.sankakucomplex.com/2012/09/16/chinese-hate-for-japan-burns-at-fever-pitch/."
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Dealing with the Business Software Alliance?

Kagetsuki Kagetsuki writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Kagetsuki writes "We've just gotten a letter from an attorney representing the Business Software Alliance stating someone (we're certain it's a disgruntled former employee) submitted information we are using illegally copied software. The thing is we're not using illegally copied software, all commercial software we are using we have licenses for. Still, according to articles on the BSA that's irrelevant and they'll end up suing us anyway. So we now need a lawyer to deal with their claims and we don't have the money — this will surely be the end of the company I've sunk all my savings and 3 years of my life into. My question is has anybody dealt with the Business Software Alliance before? What action should I take? Is there any sort of recourse we can take to try and recover financially, or at least cover our legal fees?

As a side note Adobe is a member of the BSA. As Flash and AIR are some of our primary release platforms all the software we own happens to be from Adobe. We've also been a very pro-Adobe shop and have gone out of our way to defend our choices in using Adobe platforms (AS3 is great, check out the free Flex compiler!). Please, if any Adobe employees read this: do something, anything to get the BSA off of us!"
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Sharp NetWalker Sub-Netbook to be released 9/25

Kagetsuki Kagetsuki writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Kagetsuki writes "The Sharp NetWalker (http://www.sharp.co.jp/netwalker/), a tiny netbook with an ARM Cortex core, OpenGL ES2.0, running a custom version of Ubuntu Netbook Remix will be released in Japan on September 25th. Yes, an ARM netbook with standard OpenGL ES 2.0 that runs a fully vendor supported Linux distrobution — and it fits in your pocket! It features a unique optical pointing device that is sort of like a track pad for your thumb (which works great and takes little getting used to), and of course includes a stylus and touchscreen as well. Sharp claims battery life of about 10 hours and the unit includes UBS 2.0 and WLAN. In store demo units can be found all across Japan, and I've personally confirmed it can play full screen ogg theora/vorbis files without dropping frames, ran some GL demos very nicely, and generally found no lag in application response time at all. Perhaps most impressive is application start up time, FireFox started within seconds and gnome-terminal almost instantaneously. I found the keyboard a bit difficult to use due to size, but the keys have a solid click to them which I liked. Prices range from 39,000 Yen to 45,000 Yen (about $400US to $460US) depending on what store you purchase from. I've got mine reserved already."
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