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Subsurface 4.3 Released

OzPeter Re:Lame and not even a direct link (35 comments)

The "Lame" blog, mine blog, is one of the main authors of the app ( me ).

And respectfully it is lame. I cannot see any link at all to your software on your blog, and the posted images were deliberately cut in half so they lost a lot of context. In order to find out actual details of the software I had to google the name in order to find the actual website. That is a big fail in my book.

The lack of links, carved up pics and "generalness" of the blog make it and the /. story look like pure click-bait.

yesterday
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Subsurface 4.3 Released

OzPeter Lame and not even a direct link (35 comments)

So some program with a limited audience has a new release, and not only does this make the front page, TFS doesn't even link to the software itself, but to some lame blog talking about the software.

FWIW Subsurface

yesterday
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Apple Pushes First Automated OS X Security Update

OzPeter Also note (111 comments)

They only update back to Mountain Lion.

2 days ago
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An Automated Cat Litter Box With DRM

OzPeter Re:sigh (187 comments)

Why can't companies just price shit appropriately

In this case the shit is free, and its the disposal that costs money.

2 days ago
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Texas Instruments Builds New Energy Technology For the Internet of Things

OzPeter Re:Power from the human body (54 comments)

I've seen this movie for humans it doesn't end well

So were you like me, and totally avoided the sequels?

2 days ago
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Texas Instruments Builds New Energy Technology For the Internet of Things

OzPeter Re:Someone just failed Physics 101... (54 comments)

"...can boost 300 to 400 millivolts power to 3 to 5 volts".

Power? Volts? Boost? Huh???

In common vernacular of an EE you refer to voltage as power with the understanding that there is current being supplied. EG This device is powered by a 9-volt battery. So the the use of power in TFS and TFA is not out of line.

The paragraph form TFA is:

All these ambient energy sources, such as the difference in temperature in a pipe carrying hot water and the outside air, can generate 300 to 400 millivolts, which isn't enough to power anything. TI has built an "ultra-low powered" DC-to-DC switching converter that can boost this power to 3 to 5 volts, which is sufficient to charge a battery, according to Niranjan Pathare, senior marketing development manager at TI.

Also while current is a needed aspect, the level of voltage is a defining factor in electronic design.

2 days ago
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Major Security Vulnerabilities Uncovered At Frankfurt Airport

OzPeter Re:It's normal (91 comments)

This is not America where every second grandma has a gun in their purse that they can forget to take out.

And from reports I see in the local news, loaded as well.

3 days ago
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26 Foot Long Boat 3D Printed In 100,000 Different Pieces

OzPeter Re:You guys never miss an opportunity (58 comments)

"Climate change, ecological crises, and environmental pollution are all changes that this planet is facing, yet seemingly humans do not have a way to correct these problems"

Quote is from TFA, not that I'd expect you to have read it.

3 days ago
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Dish Pulls Fox News, Fox Business Network As Talks Break Down

OzPeter Re:Get Out of Your Bubble (268 comments)

but there is some useful information to be gleaned amongst the chaff.

Except that most people don't seem smart enough to discern the wheat from the chaff, and believe 100% what their preferred news source is saying.

3 days ago
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Google Sues Mississippi Attorney General For Conspiring With Movie Industry

OzPeter Google play (114 comments)

The best comment I saw on Ars, was that as a response to these AG tactics by the MPAA and RIAA, Google should remove all references to the MPAA and RIAA from its search results. There doesn't seem any reason that google *has* to index your site.

4 days ago
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Researchers Discover SS7 Flaw, Allowing Total Access To Any Cell Phone, Anywhere

OzPeter Re:Hardware Security (89 comments)

You could take pretty much any speaker you wanted to, run a jumper to the switch and listen to any phone call you wanted.

Back in the day I had a friend who worked for a phone company. As a part of their QC they had a speaker in their office that was connected to various random landlines in order to keep a check on call quality. (In hindsight the choice of lines is a bit suspect)

He told me a story of one call they heard, about the mother of little johnny calling up a phone sex line (but not knowing it was one) and wanting to know what all these charges were for. The phone sex worker tried to sidestep the issue by saying that little johnny was just talking to "friends". The mother replied "but little johnny has lots of friends". At that point the phone sex worker drop all pretense as to what the calls were about, and the last thing the mother said was "wait until little johnny's father gets home"

5 days ago
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US Links North Korea To Sony Hacking

OzPeter Re:Dubious because facts (182 comments)

One thing mentioned in Marc Rogers article that I am also surpassed at is how do you miss that much data flying out of your network?

A couple of years ago I was a customer site and had to download and install some updates onto an HMI system. Less than 5 minutes after starting this, my client's IT people had connected to the system in question and were poking around trying see why that device had suddenly started consuming network resources. Their attempts to shut it down were annoying to me, but at least they were on the ball when it came to knowing what was normal and what was not normal on their network.

about a week ago
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New Cargo Ship Is 488 Meters Long

OzPeter Re:An enormous natural disaster waiting to happen (116 comments)

One typhoon later Deepwater Horizon will look like child's play in comparison.

Well its a good thing that this floating facility is not in the pacific then.

about a week ago
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11 Trillion Gallons of Water Needed To End California Drought

OzPeter Re:Begun ... (328 comments)

Begun, the water wars have.

Just watch out for the mutant Kangaroos and the hot girl driving the tank.

about a week ago
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Skype Unveils Preview of Live English-To-Spanish Translator

OzPeter Re:few details digging into the articles. (99 comments)

I know enough Spanish and French to get by. If I need to learn another language, I will. No need for Skype to do the translations for me.

You are comparing Apples to Oranges, by saying you are fluent in english, but just get by in other languages. This Skype system has the potential to enable you to communicate fluently in other languages.

And yes I know what it is like to get by in other languages vs fluency having previously gotten by in Russian, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish and suffered various misadventures because of it.

about a week ago
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Skype Unveils Preview of Live English-To-Spanish Translator

OzPeter Re:Was cool in 2010 when foss BigBlueButton did th (99 comments)

What a jaded asshole.

You actually understood what he said? I thought his automatic translator had taken a wrong turn when avoiding the hovercraft full of eels.

about a week ago
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Skype Unveils Preview of Live English-To-Spanish Translator

OzPeter Re:few details digging into the articles. (99 comments)

No habla "Windows" ocho. Muy Guano de toro

And BTW that should be

No hablo "Windows" ocho. Mucho mierde de toro

about a week ago

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The case for a Federal Robotics Commission

OzPeter OzPeter writes  |  about 3 months ago

OzPeter (195038) writes "Ryan Calo (assistant professor at the University of Washington School of Law and a former research director at The Center for Internet and Society.) has written an interesting piece in which he explores why the US needs a new Federal agency to oversee the use of various types of autonomous robots (cars, drones, surgery, finance etc) slowly being introduced into society. Even if you disagree with his conclusions, this paper certainly makes for some interesting reading."
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I am Slashdot

OzPeter OzPeter writes  |  about a year 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 3 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 5 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 5 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 5 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  |  more than 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 6 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 8 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 8 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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