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This 1981 BYTE Magazine Cover Explains Why We're So Bad At Tech Predictions

NoMaster Re:QWERTY Keyboard (275 comments)

I particularly like the one built around a generic 2x20 text LCD.

This one?

That's the uWatch, an open-source open-hardware DIY scientific calculator watch by Dave Jones of EEVBlog fame. He designed it simply because his old Casio CFX-400 calculator watch finally broke, and the only replacements were all basic 4-function models.

It also plays chess...

4 days ago

This 1981 BYTE Magazine Cover Explains Why We're So Bad At Tech Predictions

NoMaster Re:Fair point but. (275 comments)

Ah ... so it's a slashvertisment then?

4 days ago

How the Internet Is Taking Away America's Religion

NoMaster Re:Knowledge (1037 comments)

The fruit of knowledge. There was a reason the bible described things as it did. Knowledge isn't just the anti-christ, it's the anti-god.

If your 'knowledge' of the Bible only extends as far as an ignorant half-remembered version of Genesis, then yes.

Specifically, it's not "the fruit of Knowledge" - it's "the Knowledge of good and evil".

The Bible is actually quite encouraging of knowledge, even showing something of a kickarse attitude towards deliberate ignorance:

"An unfriendly person pursues selfish ends and against all sound judgment starts quarrels. Fools find no pleasure in understanding but delight in airing their own opinions ... The lips of fools bring them strife, and their mouths invite a beating ... Before a downfall the heart is haughty, but humility comes before honor. To answer before listening - that is folly and shame ... The heart of the discerning acquires knowledge, for the ears of the wise seek it out."

-- Proverbs 18:1-2,6,12-13,15

about two weeks ago

Creationists Demand Equal Airtime With 'Cosmos'

NoMaster Re:Demand all you want (667 comments)

This was back in the commie-Reagan era. There were real communist threats back then.

No there wasn't. Any percieved 'communist threat' in the Reagan era was nothing more than ghosts from the USA's previous 30+ years of anti-communist indoctrination.

about a month ago

Don't Help Your Kids With Their Homework

NoMaster Re:Um, right. (278 comments)

6018 come October 23rd, give or take the 3 months or so lost due to the Chesterfield Act of the mid 18th century.

about a month ago

Simple Emergency Generators and Radio Receivers (Video)

NoMaster Re:Alternative to Beta Hell (93 comments)

It will be for the commenters, by the commenters.

So, you're not going have thinly-veiled slashvertisments aimed at taking advantage of the most fearful, paranoid, and mentally ill amonst us - the gadget-nerd preppers?


about 2 months ago

In Greece, 10 Months In Prison For "Blasphemous" Facebook Page

NoMaster Re:Education, not laws (324 comments)

"Thou shalt remain ignorant of anything not printed in this book" is a tenet of most religions, and is dogmatically followed by the fervent believers.

Including Atheist fundamentalism, apparently...

about 2 months ago

Ask Slashdot: State of the Art In DIY Security Systems?

NoMaster Re:Z-Wave (248 comments)

Z-Wave, the wireless mesh protocol behind most of these systems, is an open protocol.

If by "open" you mean "closed & proprietary, but with some reverse-engineered partially-functional open-source API impementations", then you're right.

about 3 months ago

Western Australian Sharks Send Tweets To Swimmers

NoMaster Re:Wow... (75 comments)

You might want to check Google Earth there, mate. WA's coastline is huge, stretching thousands of km.

Exactly. Just as a comparison, Western Australia's coastline is roughly as long as the US Pacific coastline - including Hawaii & Alaska - or only about half as long as the entire US coastline

about 4 months ago

How To Change U.S. Laws To Promote Robotics

NoMaster Re:In a word, DON'T (118 comments)

Everything people do is something of a Faustian bargain. That's the whole point of the story.

The moral is to be wise and strive to choose incontrovertible good as the target of all your actions...

about 4 months ago

How To Change U.S. Laws To Promote Robotics

NoMaster Hmmm... (118 comments)

Hmmm... robots ... technological/social crossroads ... buzzwords/phrases ... open vs closed source ...

I see the Dice-a-matic automated headline generator is beginning to learn how to assemble the component parts of a Slashdot-centric clickbait story with minimal intelligent oversight.

On the downside, the human editors will soon be replaced by robots.

On the upside, Timothy & Soulseek will soon be replaced by robots.

about 4 months ago

Unintended Consequences: How NSA Revelations May Lead To Even More Surveillance

NoMaster Re:Does it matter (207 comments)

Have you ever heard of a thing called fluoridation? Fluoridation of water?

about 4 months ago

DoD Public Domain Archive To Be Privatized, Locked Up For 10 Years

NoMaster I guess it's ... (183 comments)

... time to download all the interesting DoD sites, data, and documentation I've bookmarked over the years. Probably the rest of the government stuff (e.g. USDA) too, while I'm at it...

about 4 months ago

How Asimov's Three Laws Ran Out of Steam

NoMaster Re:Missed the point (153 comments)

Confirmation bias. Asimov didn't write stories about the billions of robots who didn't jump their programming rails and cause problems, because that would've been boring.

Most of the ones he wrote about, with only a few exceptions (admittedly the most famous e.g. Daneel, Giskard, Andrew Martin, etc) were experimental or otherwise non-standard models.

about 4 months ago

Disney Pulls a Reverse Santa, Takes Back Christmas Shows From Amazon Customers

NoMaster Re:Reverse Santa? (418 comments)

Exactly, The evol libertarians are destroying americans with all their small government and individual freedoms


about 4 months ago

Add USB LED Notifications To Your PC With Just a Bit of Soldering (Video)

NoMaster Re:Nice. (129 comments)

"So someone gets a slashvertisment on the front page and the first thing Slashdot can do is take the piss of his his foreign name."


SMD (If you can solder DIL & through hole parts you can solder SOIC & 1206 surface mount) would make that thing 1/3 of the size, allow you to have 3 (e.g. red, yellow, & green) or more LEDs, and might make it worth the asking price.

Or, for the same price or less, you could build a USB 2x16 or 2x20 LCD display.

about 4 months ago

Australia's $44B Broadband Network May Settle For Fiber Near the Home

NoMaster Re:Don't they have an fiber to the node cable netw (229 comments)

Subscription TV is delivered by satellite in virtually all areas of Australia, save for small sections of urban Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.

And Perth.

I only add this becase there's a whackjob on one of the Australian tech forums who - despite living in Perth himself, repeatedly being presented with lists of suburbs that are cabled, and provided with first-hand information from customers connected to it - likes to claim there's no Foxtel cable in Perth.

He's such a whackjob that he's likely to use your comment as a citiation to support his claim in one of his forum posts - or, worse, one of his frequent submissions to the regulator ACMA.

about 4 months ago

eBay Founder Pleads For Leniency For the PayPal 14

NoMaster Re:history in motion, transiting from hooliganism (225 comments)

"But the protest was allowed ..."
"Allowed? I eventually had to go across town to find it!"
"That's the free-speech zone"
"I had to walk!"
"Ah, well, the buses were probably out"
"So were the taxis"
"But, look, you found the protest didn't you?"
"Yes, yes I did. It was in a fenced off park stuck in the middle of a derelict industrial area with a sign on the fence saying 'Beware of the Leopard'."

about 4 months ago

Death to the Trapezoid... Next USB Connector Will Be Reversible

NoMaster Re:It's about time (408 comments)

The USB licencing agreement mandates that, for a product with an A or B cable to be USB-compliant, the USB trident logo must be on the upper face of the plug (i.e. the side opposite the contacts).

You'd be surprised how many major manufacturers are shipping devices with cables that have the trident logo on the other side and, strictly speaking at least, can't be called USB. WD & Logitech are just the first two examples that come to mind.

(The other old-wive's tale / rule of thumb - that the "up" face of an A plug is the one without the seam - works until you find one of the many plugs that has the seam on the "up" side...)

But yes, the current mini/micro/fucked-up-bastard-son-of-USB-with-a-conjoined-foetus-on-the-side connecters are stupidly flimsy.

about 4 months ago

Death to the Trapezoid... Next USB Connector Will Be Reversible

NoMaster Re:How hard is it? (408 comments)

This was a solved problem with the original telco 1/4" plugs - the tip (and rings on more complicated versions) were narrower than the sleeve, and the insulating rings between segments had high shoulders. The design made it impossible to short the plug when jacking in/out (although you could still short a live plug tip to a live socket sleeve e.g. when plugging one piece of powered equipment into another separately-powered piece of equipment - later socket designs solved this problem too).

This basic common-sense feature was forgotton somewhere along the evolutionary line between the telco versions & the familiar consumer 1/4", 3.5mm, & 2.5mm versions. But the telco versions continued to have the sensible design (at least right up until at least the 80's).

But anyone who designs a device using a live consumer-style phone plug for power deserves all the warranty & incidental damages claims they'll inevitably get...

about 4 months ago




Stalin, Lenin - so what!

NoMaster NoMaster writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Yeah, so I made a mistake!

I caught it after I posted, and thought of posting a follow-up correction. Then I thought "no, I'll just leave it to see if anyone picks it up..."

This entry exists so I can point at the timestamp and say "yeah, I know" ;-)

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