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Ask Slashdot: Remote Support For Disconnected, Computer-Illiterate Relatives

OolimPhon Re:Missing Information (334 comments)

Not such a funny idea. It could be somewhere like this place. This is truly remote, with only a ship every three months or so to bring supplies. NO airstrip, not on the slopes of a dormant volcano.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Linux-Friendly Desktop x86 Motherboard Manufacturers?

OolimPhon Re:Intel (294 comments)

Funny that. I'm typing this on a D2700MUD with an Nvidia PCI GT620 card in it - at 1920x1080.

Just because they are not easy to find doesn't mean they don't exist.

about 1 month ago
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Chromium 37 Launches With Major Security Fixes, 64-bit Windows Support

OolimPhon Chromium 37? (113 comments)

I thought this was a story about an isotope...

about 2 months ago
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Gmail Recognizes Addresses Containing Non-Latin Characters

OolimPhon Re:Great idea (149 comments)

Hit the 'Reply-To' button, naturally.

- After adding the user to your Address book.

about 3 months ago
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Why Morgan Stanley Is Betting That Tesla Will Kill Your Power Company

OolimPhon Re:This explains why republicans push coal (502 comments)

So, they are not planning to run any industry at night? Or during the monsoon season?

about 3 months ago
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New Display Technology Corrects For Vision Defects

OolimPhon Re:How does this work exactly? (28 comments)

Yep. I have different degrees of long-sightedness in each eye plus varying amounts of astigmatism. How is a gadget like this going to show each eye what it needs?

Since I'm already wearing glasses to drive with, my eyes would have to adapt again to view whatever this gadget is displaying. They're already doing that without spending money on the gadget. FAIL.

about 3 months ago
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How long ago did you last assemble a computer?

OolimPhon Re:I don't assemble computers. (391 comments)

Cables for USB headers. Usually flat 4- or 5-pin connectors with no keys, although these days the 8- or 10-pin versions (2 USB ports) are (sometimes) keyed.

Plug one (or two) in the wrong way round, or worse, one of each, and I can tell you from experience it doesn't end well. Expensive, but not well.

about 3 months ago
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There's No Wind Chill On Mars

OolimPhon Re:How surprising... not (110 comments)

Mars' atmosphere is about 1.5 % of Earth's atmospheric density. It's around 20 mBar, or eight times too thin for sustaining life even if it was pure dioxygen. For all practical purposes it's near-vacuum. And vacuum makes for a very good thermal insulator.

Well, yes, but then the thin atmosphere doesn't interfere as much with radiative effects. If this were not so, Mars would be hot because of the continuous radiation input from the Sun, retained by the rock.

about 4 months ago
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Microsoft Demos Real-Time Translation Over Skype

OolimPhon Re:Classic joke.. (169 comments)

Dunno. Couldn't be bothered to count.

about 5 months ago
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Is Germany Raising a Generation of Illiterates?

OolimPhon Re:u can rite any way u want (431 comments)

English is a mish-mash of other languages, which also gives it more words than other languages. Its spelling and pronunciation are non-standard because most of those borrowed words retain part or all of their spelling or pronunciation from their native language. You even get words which retain spelling from their original language, but whose pronunciation gets shifted to a phonetic reading using rules from another language (e.g. niche = nitch instead of neesh).

In the US, maybe. In the UK, niche is pronounced the French way, ie neesh.

about 6 months ago
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Full-Disclosure Security List Suspended Indefinitely

OolimPhon Re:Who? (162 comments)

Snoden,

I believe this was a result of your efforts,
And now Insiders are attacking the lists,
Amoung many other things - I have seen, heard and witnessed many IT 9-to-5ers, Unlike thy,
Whom are all whining now, about NSA hacking, Infiltrations, Etc. Its happening 10 fold.
Tell the world the truth before Anonymous is forced to: That you are still working with the NSA and you are a giant psyop.

Not a haiku!

about 7 months ago
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A New Car UI

OolimPhon Re:and also... (237 comments)

But you know what? I can TALK to my iPad. Writing's on the wall, vehicle makers. Speech is it, period, end of story, get on that, dammit.

You have obviously never driven any distance in a noisy vehicle.

And don't give me that crap about modern cars being quiet inside. Modern cars are a small percentage of the vehicles on the road. Try a van, a truck, a bus, a semi - how are you going to make yourself heard over all that noise?

about 8 months ago
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EU Commission: Corruption Across EU Costs €120 Billion

OolimPhon Re:Relation to Debt Crisis? (196 comments)

"Welfare states have huge benefits."

I see what you did there!

about 9 months ago
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EU Commission: Corruption Across EU Costs €120 Billion

OolimPhon Re:Relation to Debt Crisis? (196 comments)

Nationalized assets != Socialism.

Socialism can be other things than just appropriating the means of production.

Similarly, dictatorships might nationalize assets but won't be socialist, even if they may claim to be.

about 9 months ago
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Linus Torvalds Gives 'Thumbs Up' To Nvidia For Nouveau Contributions

OolimPhon Re: me too (169 comments)

-- running XBMCbuntu on AT5IONT-I since forever

...which has an nvidia GPU. Your point?

about 9 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Protect Your Passwords From Amnesia?

OolimPhon Re:Why is "forgetting" such a problem apparently? (381 comments)

"All I have to remember is a poem".

This won't necessarily work if you have amnesia! Poem? What do I need a poem for? And all that stem/prefix/append process, if you have amnesia, what's that all about?

If your passwords, and your password generating method, are kept solely inside your head, then that is a single point of failure. Fall off a bike and it may be gone. For ever. The point is to be able to somehow reconstruct your passwords if you can't remember!

about 9 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: State of the Art In DIY Security Systems?

OolimPhon Re:Simple answer... (248 comments)

What do insurance companies say about guard dogs, by the way?

"The insurance for your guard dog will cost more than the insurance for your house."

about 10 months ago
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UK Introduces Warrantless Detention

OolimPhon Re:confusion? (153 comments)

If it is supposed to counter listening in with spy antennas and drones, then it must be quite big.

It is designed to prevent the establishement of camps by protesters, like the one which appeared at Greenham Common when the cruise missiles were based there. The camps can become distinctly unsanitary.

about 10 months ago

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