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Fooling a Mercedes Into Autonomous Driving With a Soda Can

OzPeter Re:Obvious (110 comments)

Combine the two, and you have fully autonomous highway driving under regular conditions. You just have to fool the sensor, and sensors are easy to fool.

Yeah, but I'd be worried that the cruise control would punt the car into a corner at a rate at which the lane centering couldn't compensate. You really need a bit more smarts for simple autonomous driving scenarios.

6 hours ago
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Getting Back To Coding

OzPeter Re:IDEs are for wimps (159 comments)

Once in a blue moon I try a GUI editor (like gedit, geany) or an IDE (like Eclipse or Netbeans), and I always find myself going back to vim, because everything else slows me down

What I would very much want is a fucking GUI editor for Android apps, because editing XML files from scratch is getting on my nerves.

So you dislike GUI's but secretly desire one?

I'd posit that your anti-IDE/GUI experience is based around tools that don't meet your needs, and your XML editing desires show that you are looking for tools that meet your needs.

I'd also posit that having the right tools would make you much more productive than bare bones editors (compared to a fully fledged IDE)

7 hours ago
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Inside BitFury's 20 Megawatt Bitcoin Mine

OzPeter Re:Good Thing (163 comments)

What other uses of energy do you disapprove of?

Obviously not /.

7 hours ago
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Inside BitFury's 20 Megawatt Bitcoin Mine

OzPeter Re:Hold on here, boy! (163 comments)

First of all, here in Georgia, we are a State in the US of Fucking A!

Secondly, what the fucking Hell does Athletic shoes have to do with Bitcoin?

Pity that they are talking about the country in Eurasia and not the US state. Or that when the state of Georgia seceded from the US it referred to itself as the "Republic of Georgia".

Methinks you should pay more attention to the world around you.

8 hours ago
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Inside BitFury's 20 Megawatt Bitcoin Mine

OzPeter Re:Environmental ROI? (163 comments)

The EPA emissions factor for electricity is about 0.69 tons of CO2 per megawatt hour, so producing the electricity used by this datacenter is, on average, dumping into the atmosphere 331 tons of CO2 per day or about 120,000 tons of CO2 per year

Given that the data center is in the Republic of Georgia and not the US state of Georgia I don't think that the EPA estimates really have any relevance. If anything the numbers are probably much much worse.

8 hours ago
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CIA Director Brennan Admits He Was Lying: CIA Really Did Spy On Congress

OzPeter Re:Then, Why isn't he being arrested and charged w (254 comments)

So Toss his ass into Gitmo and wait 15 years to bring him to trial ..

What?!?!?! The people in Gitmo actually gets chance to go to trial???? /sarcasm

yesterday
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PHP Finally Getting a Formal Specification

OzPeter Re:Engineer? (151 comments)

Facebook engineer and PHP core contributor....

My father in law in an actual engineer

As an actual engineer as well, this sort of inflating of titles is a peeve of mine right now. It makes job searches nigh impossible as every position out there has the word engineer in them, and all recruiters seem to be doing nowadays is matching keywords - sort I keep getting emails about 'engineer this' and 'engineer that', when they are totally irrelevant to any sort of genuine engineering position.

yesterday
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PHP Finally Getting a Formal Specification

OzPeter Re:its why devs cringe. (151 comments)

Python has emerged a juggernaut to contend with in RESTful coding environments.

Putting aside the whole whitespace debate(*), I'm pretty sure that python has its own list of issues. Maybe not to the same extent as PHP, but they exist.

* For which I personally do have trouble with python - I want the computer to bend to my will, not the other way around.

yesterday
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Ford, GM Sued Over Vehicles' Ability To Rip CD Music To Hard Drive

OzPeter Re:A car's PRIMARY purpose is TRANSPORTATION ! (314 comments)

A car's primary purpose is to advertise the size of a guy's dick(*), in order to facilitate picking up chicks. Getting around is just a by-product of its intended function.

FTFY

* Although an inverse function is typically applied here, for some reason the chicks in question don't seem to notice or care.

2 days ago
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Airbnb Partners With Cities For Disaster Preparedness

OzPeter AirBnb vs local laws (54 comments)

I saw a story last week of an AirBnB "issue" Palm Springs Airbnb 'squatter' protected under law. In CA, if a person stays in your house for longer than 30 days they are recognized as a tenant. At which point all sorts of tenant protection laws kick in, and the only way to remove them is to start a lengthy legal process.

I'd say its nigh on impossible to circumvent laws like this in CA while still keeping your house as a private home. So I see jumping into AirBnB arrangements without understanding the legal framework of what you are doing as the equivalent of skipping through a minefield - regardless of the "good" intentions of this disaster preparedness scheme.

2 days ago
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Suddenly Visible: Illicit Drugs As Part of Silicon Valley Culture

OzPeter Re:Red Bull (507 comments)

But then you could also buy your coffee at costco, and a nice flask, and you get your cheapest caffeine every day and less disposable cups going to landfills.

You could also live in a country where you could grow and roast your own coffee beans. There is always a price vs convenience tradeoff.

Though, another point worth mentioning is that coffee's stimulant effect on the body wears off after a while as the body learns to adapt.

Which is great reason to kick the caffeine addiction habit in the first place.

Some athletes will give up coffee so that their caffeine gels are a bit more effective on race day.

There was an Australian Modern Pentathlon competitor who was sent home from the 1988 Soul olympics due to excess caffeine levels (but was later cleared).

4 days ago
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Suddenly Visible: Illicit Drugs As Part of Silicon Valley Culture

OzPeter Re:Red Bull (507 comments)

It's kind of a gateway drug, in that once you open the Red Bull gate you are entering a world where you pay triple for the equivalent energy of a banana, and the equivalent caffeine of a cup of coffee. It's kind of like a gateway to a world of dummies.

Unless of course you shop for Red Bull at Costco vs buying your Double Mocha Lattes from Starbucks. In which case your Red Bull caffeine price will be less than a quarter than that of the Starbucks content.

4 days ago
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How Bird Flocks Resemble Liquid Helium

OzPeter Re:There have been attempts before (40 comments)

Can this claim even be proven or disproven?

Silly question on a nerd site, you don't "prove" anything with science, and Jurassic park was a movie, not a scientific model.

Years and years ago I saw some academic research that modeled bird flocking with a simple "Try and keep a constant distance from my neighbors" algorithm. The video (vector graphics with the birds rendered as simple triangles) of the animations produced a very lifelike behavior of a flock of birds flying around and through groups of fixed objects. I'd say if anything that the animators of Jurassic park were probably aware of such techniques.

4 days ago
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Bad "Buss Duct" Causes Week-long Closure of 5,000 Employee Federal Complex

OzPeter Re:It's not "buss" - its bus. (124 comments)

Maybe your EE lecturer had a crush on you?

All slurs aside, buss was all over the place on schematics for all sorts systems at the time. It was not an isolated occurrence. So you don't get to invalidate my experience.

about a week ago
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Bad "Buss Duct" Causes Week-long Closure of 5,000 Employee Federal Complex

OzPeter Re:Earthshaking (124 comments)

Redundancy should only be necessary when and where it makes sense. I don't think this is one of those cases.

Though I am a bit surprised that it would take a week to get and install replacement parts...

From someone posting the link below and reading TFA, there has been no indications to what the actual problem was.

But given that it effected the whole building in order to enact a repair it might have taken a bunch of upstream switching of large capacity power systems. Co-ordinating, doing arc-flash assessment, safety plans, organizing labor and proper tools etc could easily take a couple of days in itself. Let alone performing the work, doing proper testing and then reversing all of the up stream switching.

Performing work in large scale systems does get paperwork intensive. However that has come about as a means to combat workplace injury and/or death. So I'd rather do the paperwork.

about a week ago
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Bad "Buss Duct" Causes Week-long Closure of 5,000 Employee Federal Complex

OzPeter Re:It's not "buss" - its bus. (124 comments)

A fool's drivel repeated often enough will some day end up in the lexicon, especially in the moden age of instant mass communications, but that does not make it correct.

"Buss" is not a word, but because there was an electrical manufacturing company called "Bussman" that makes fuses, and people would often shorten it to "Buss Fuses", other illiterates have created a spurious spelling that uses "buss" instead of "bus". It's still incorrect however, in spite of the illiterates repeating it on the internet.

This holds true within the electrical trade, as many old-timers frequently write (not type!) "buss" -- I often see it on equipment labels, one-line drawings, etc.

Thats funny, because in my EE degree back 30 years, and in another country, we learnt that buss was the term used for a collection of signals being routed in a signal direction. From my point of view, *your* definition as to the origin of buss is apocryphal.

about a week ago
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Household Robot Jibo Nets Over $1 Million On Indiegogo

OzPeter Your plastic pal who is fun to be with? (61 comments)

It looks like that HHGTG is also being treated as a manual rather than as a warning.

about a week ago
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Russia Posts $110,000 Bounty For Cracking Tor's Privacy

OzPeter Soooo .. (98 comments)

I'm supposed to give an oppressive government details on how to crack a piece of software, and they'll give me (pinky to mouth) $100,000?

This is the same government that plays around with nuclear tipped umbrellas isn't it? That likes to shoot down civilian planes? If so what guarantees do I have that 1) I'll get the money, or 2) that I'll live to tell the tale?

about a week ago
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Wikipedia Blocks 'Disruptive' Edits From US Congress

OzPeter News source (165 comments)

I was amused to see that TFA was a front page BBC article. For comparison I went to CNN and FOX to see what was reported there. Didn't find anything on either of those 2 sites.

about a week ago
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Long-range Electric Car World Speed Record Broken By Australian Students

OzPeter Re:Australia? (120 comments)

I forgot to mention .. Pretty well at Sea level as well.

about a week ago

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I am Slashdot

OzPeter OzPeter writes  |  about 6 months ago

OzPeter (195038) writes "I submit stories. I read stories. I add comments. I moderate comments. I am the reason that there is ad revenue.

I am Slashdot.

(please propagate the "I am Slashdot" meme in anyway you can)"
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The Inside Story Of The World's Biggest 'Battery'

OzPeter OzPeter writes  |  about a year ago

OzPeter (195038) writes "With 24 gigawatt-hours of capacity, the Bath County (Virginia) Hydro Pumped Storage Facility is one giant sized storage battery that is the largest in the world. The Inside Story Of The World’s Biggest ‘Battery’ And The Future Of Renewable Energy talks about its operation, where pumped storage fits into the mix of power generation and the challenges they expect in the future. Also see this youtube video for another overview of the facility.

Disclaimer .. I have nothing to do with any of these websites .. I just drove past the place on the weekend."
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$1b Ghost town to be built in New Mexico

OzPeter OzPeter writes  |  more than 2 years ago

OzPeter (195038) writes "As reported in the Brisbane Times, construction of a $1b Ghost Town is expected to start in Lea County near Hobbs, New Mexico this year. The town is the brainchild of Pegasus Global Holdings and represents its Center for Innovation, Testing & Evaluation (CITE) and will be modeled after the real town of Rock Hill S.C. From the Brisbane times article:

The point of the town is to enable researchers to test new technologies on existing infrastructure without interfering in everyday life. For instance, while some researchers will be testing smart technologies on old grids, others might be using the streets to test self-driving cars. "The only thing we won't be doing is destructive testing, blowing things up — I hope," said Brumley (senior managing director of Pegasus Holdings).

Also from the that article:

Brumley said plans are to break ground on the town by June 30. The initial development cost is estimated at $US400 million, although Brumley estimates the overall investment in the project to top $US1 billion.

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Robot bird perches on human hand

OzPeter OzPeter writes  |  more than 2 years ago

OzPeter (195038) writes "As reported in The Age and also directly from Department of Aerospace Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign researchers have demonstrated a robot bird that can fly down and perform a soft landing, such as perching on a human hand. From the the Age's article

"The ability to perform perched landings on a human hand endows our robot with the ability to operate around humans," says Aditya Paranjape, a post-doctoral scholar working on this project. The project is based on Paranjape's PhD thesis and journal articles written with Soon-Jo Chung, an assistant professor in the Department of Aerospace Engineering at Illinois who is also working on the project."

. Video of the robot performing various landings can be seen on youtube at: First Successful Perching on a Human Hand by a Robotic Bird Airplane"
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War driving puts on a uniform

OzPeter OzPeter writes  |  more than 2 years ago

OzPeter (195038) writes "As reported in The Age and from the Press release as a part of National Consumer Fraud week, the Queensland Police are going war driving in order to identify insecure WiFi setups. from the press release "The War Driving Project involves police conducting proactive patrols of residential and commercial areas to identify unprotected connections. Police will follow this up with a letterbox drop in the targeted area with information on how to effectively secure your connection". While some people may like having an open WiFi AP its interesting to see that the Police also feel that "Having WEP encryption is like using a closed screen door as your sole means of security at home. The WPA or WPA2 security encryption is certainly what we would recommend as it offers a high degree of protection""
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Re-programming the thermostat

OzPeter OzPeter writes  |  more than 2 years ago

OzPeter (195038) writes "As reported in WA Today, Tony Fadell of iPod fame has been using Nest Labs to design and build a thermostat that learns how you live in your house by following how you manually change the temperature. Once you have taught it how to behave (How the Nest learning Thermostat learns), it then can schedule temperature changes that suit your lifestyle, and help you cut down on energy costs."
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Rent an iPad for inflight entertainment

OzPeter OzPeter writes  |  more than 4 years ago

OzPeter (195038) writes "Jetstar will be trialling the renting out of pre-loaded iPads as a form of inflight entertainment instead of the the more typical seat back video system. No word in the article on how or if they will handle wi-fi connections, but interestingly it does mention that they will be usable during takeoff and landings — something that will be sure to spark lots of discussion regarding planes and modern electronics."
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Volvo demonstrates automated car breaking

OzPeter OzPeter writes  |  more than 4 years ago

OzPeter (195038) writes "Back in 2009 slashdot ran a story about Volvo working on a crash proof car that used radar and and automated braking (http://tech.slashdot.org/story/09/01/02/159210/Volvo-Introduces-a-Collision-Proof-Car). Well a few weeks ago they demonstrated their S60 car with full auto braking. One small problem, it rear ended the truck it was meant to avoid. Fortunately (or perhaps smartly) no driver was in the car, so no one was injured. The failure of the demonstration was blamed on "one or more of the car's sensors had been "fried" before the demo, caused by the car maker fast-charging the S60's battery after discovering it was flat.". After seeing that I am not sure which is worse — that Volvo failed to properly run a demonstration of a new technology (and did not have a backup car ready), or that the said technology can easily be damaged without anyone noticing that it no longer works.

[note to editor — yes I deliberately said "breaking" in the title — its a joke, see]"

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Airport full body scanners not so secure

OzPeter OzPeter writes  |  more than 4 years ago

OzPeter (195038) writes "The Sydney Morning Herald is reporting a story out of Manchester, UK of how an Indian actor claims he was asked to autograph printouts of his full body scans for two female security officers. If true, then this makes a mockery of the official claims that scans will be deleted immediately after they are performed. How long before copies of printouts of celebrities' scans start appearing on websites devoted to security porn?"
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Flying cars .. get yours now

OzPeter OzPeter writes  |  more than 4 years ago

OzPeter (195038) writes "Flying cars (or more rightly "Driving Planes") are just around the corner. The Terrafugia website is hosting several videos detailing some of the test flights performed in the last 6 months. The site also suggests that the initial delivery will be in 2011 — just in time for the end of the world when the Mayan calendar rolls over!"
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Ploughing carbon into the ground

OzPeter OzPeter writes  |  more than 4 years ago

OzPeter (195038) writes "A wheat farmer in Australia has eliminated adding fertilizer to his crop by the simple process of injecting the cooled diesel exhaust of his modified tractor into ground when the wheat is being sown. In doing so he eliminates releasing carbon into the atmosphere and at the same time saving himself up to $AUD500,000 that would have been required to fertilize his 3900 hectares in the traditional way. Yet the crop yields over the last 2 years are on at least par with his best yields since 2001. The technique was developed by a Canadian, Gary Lewis of Bio Agtive and is currently in trial at 100 farms around the world."
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What to do with a free XBox 360 Pro?

OzPeter OzPeter writes  |  more than 4 years ago

OzPeter (195038) writes "Last week I won an XBox 360 Pro, however I am not a gamer and after looking at the current MS offerings I am not tempted to become one.

But I am in the market for a Media Center PC that I can use for streaming TV shows off the 'net as well as general web browsing and displaying the video through the HDMI port. With that in mind I again looked at MS and saw that they seemed to have positioned the XBox as an adjunct to a separate Windows Media Center PC and not as a stand alone unit (which is not what I want). So once again I did some more research into the XBox homebrew scene and discovered things like Xbox Linux. But after reading that site it is apparent that MS is trying to beat down the homebrewers and I am left wondering how much hassle it would be to go down that path.

So my question is how should I re-purpose my XBox? is it worthwhile doing the Homebrew/Linux option (and can anyone share any experiences)? Are there other ways of re-purposing the device that I haven't considered? Or should I just keep it boxed up as a Christmas present for a favourite nephew?"
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Getting better cellphone reception

OzPeter OzPeter writes  |  about 5 years ago

OzPeter (195038) writes "I currently have cellphone service with T-mobile and I get great coverage everywhere I go — except for in my own home. Their coverage website indicates that I should get reasonable signal strength at home, but in practice I only get about 1 bar and that can drop to zero depending on which side of the house I am in. This is very annoying given that my cellphone is my work phone. So I have been looking around for solutions to my problem.

Switching to AT&T might be a solution as that way I can keep my GSM phone, but their website also indicates that I should get about the same level of signal strength as I get with T-mobile. I am not too trusting about that, but I will be trying to track down a friend with AT&T and invite them over to see what actual signal strength I can get. My current phone is a Motorola Razr V3, but I am wondering if a newer phone might have better receiver sensitivity. And the third possible solution would be to install a cellphone booster — which is a big unknown.

So I am looking for recommendations/experience with each of these options:
  1. Switching from T-mobile to AT&T
  2. Getting a newer phone
  3. Installing a cellphone booster
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Microsoft loses patent case to tune of $US331 mil.

OzPeter OzPeter writes  |  more than 5 years ago

OzPeter (195038) writes "As reported Microsoft has lost a patent case relating to copy protection and has had a $US331 million judgement awarded against them. The case was brought by Uniloc, which sued Microsoft in 2003 for violating its patent relating to technology designed to deter software piracy. From the article (with my emphasis):



"Richardson's patent, one of many under his name, relates to work he did in the early 1990s and covers a software registrations system that allows software makers to create try-before-you-buy versions of their work.

Once users buy the software they get a registration key that unlocks the full featured version of the software.

Uniloc claimed Richardson showed a copy of his software to Microsoft in 1993 but Microsoft did not license it, instead developing its own almost identical version and incorporating it into its products from 1997 or 1998.

Microsoft said that its system works differently from Uniloc's and that Uniloc's patent was obvious.""
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How should I increase my billing rates?

OzPeter OzPeter writes  |  more than 5 years ago

OzPeter (195038) writes "Last year I formed a company for the sole purpose of sub-contracting to another larger company, and for the last 14 months I have working exclusively for that larger company. At the start of the process I set my contract rates based on the level of salary I wanted, number of hours I wanted to work and additional overheads such as business and health insurance. The number I came up has given me a quite a healthy income, but I have come to realise that I have undervalued myself by a considerable amount. In fact rates double what I currently billing would not be unreasonable in my field of work. As I now know what I am really worth in the market I would have no problem telling a new client what my rates are, but the question is how should I approach my current (and main) client? There is currently no formal contract between myself and them and thus no set rates, I do the work and invoice them, and they pay weekly. So should I just announce to them that as of some date I will be raising my rates to $$, or should I sit down with my main contact and try and feel out their response to a rate increase? And does the lack of a formal contract worry people, and should I use a new contract as the mechanism of increasing rates?"
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OzPeter OzPeter writes  |  more than 7 years ago

OzPeter (195038) writes "The Age is reporting that Google has set up a group for developing humanitarian projects around the world. Details can be found on Google.org

From the article: "The ambitious founders of Google, the popular search engine company, have set up a philanthropic group, giving it seed money of about $US1 billion and a mandate to tackle poverty, disease and global warming. But unlike most charities, this one will be for-profit, allowing it to fund start-up companies, form partnerships with venture capitalists, and even lobby the US Congress. It will also pay taxes."

So do we like Google again?"
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OzPeter OzPeter writes  |  more than 7 years ago

OzPeter (195038) writes "In light of the Maryland election, Princeton's Centre for Technology Policy has released a paper on the security risks of the Diebold AccuVote-TS voting machine. From the summary: "For example, an attacker who gets physical access to a machine or its removable memory card for as little as one minute could install malicious code; malicious code on a machine could steal votes undetectably, modifying all records, logs, and counters to be consistent with the fraudulent vote count it creates." and "We have constructed working demonstrations of these attacks in our lab." As a foreigner I can't even begin to understand how the USA can allow such systems to control their elections. It seems the only possibilities are negligence or explicit fraud — and I don't know which is the worst possibility."

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