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Arizona "Papers, Please" Law May Hit Tech Workers

Patrik_AKA_RedX Re:What about the presumption of innocence? (1590 comments)

What does an illegal immigrant look like?

Easy, just keep an eye out for the following signs:

  • No feathers on head
  • No bow and arrows
  • No horse
  • Doesn't live in a tent
  • Doesn't speak any of the native languages

more than 4 years ago
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Porn Virus Blackmails Victims Over "Copyright Violation"

Patrik_AKA_RedX Re:hmm (222 comments)

I don't think it's dumb. How many would rather pay a small amount and have it over with, than go through a whole legal battle? If they were asking a large amount, people would be more likely to put up a fight.

more than 4 years ago
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Microsoft Mice Made in Chinese Youth Sweatshops?

Patrik_AKA_RedX 66 cent compared to what? (481 comments)

In my opinion saying they "only" make 66 cent an hour means nothing without a reference. How much can you buy with 66 cent in China?

more than 4 years ago
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MIT Researchers Harness Viruses To Split Water

Patrik_AKA_RedX Re:End of the world? (347 comments)

Pick your own reply:

A) Tell that to an anaerobic organism.

OR

B) philosophical question: Is the global firestorm, caused by a spark igniting the H and O mixture, toxic?

more than 4 years ago
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Solar-Powered Augmented Reality Contact Lenses

Patrik_AKA_RedX Re:sounds cool but... (213 comments)

Coming to you as soon as I find a suitable large catapult.

more than 4 years ago
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The Future of Wind Power May Be Underground

Patrik_AKA_RedX Re:Generate a Vacuum (223 comments)

We could use those stones to build houses for the poor. So, ... Six stones?

more than 4 years ago
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The Grown-Up Video Game

Patrik_AKA_RedX Grown up games (152 comments)

You mean the kind I can put one a USB-stick and can hide realy quickly when the boss get near me?

more than 4 years ago
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The Grown-Up Video Game

Patrik_AKA_RedX Re:the game (152 comments)

Damn you LiquidCoooled, I hadn't tought about it for 355 days! Now I can start all over again...

more than 4 years ago
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LHC Reaches Record Energy

Patrik_AKA_RedX Re:Energy consumption hypocrisy. (347 comments)

Kurzweil speculates that if computer development keeps following Moores law, we'll have sufficiently fast computers to simulated an entire human brain in a few decades. This is pretty much a brute force methode to get an AI. No need for AI-researchers, just a fast computer, extremely accurated brain scanner and a good programmer with experience in simulation software.

more than 4 years ago
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How To See Through an Invisibility Cloak

Patrik_AKA_RedX Re:The easy solution, from the article (201 comments)

You don't teleport the powerplant or the pylons. You teleport the bombs droppped on them. Just imagine the suprise on the faces of the crew when they find their ticking bomb back on their plane. Now if the teleporter makes a "meep meep" sound, we'll be all set...

more than 4 years ago
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William Gibson's Neuromancer Staged With Porn Star

Patrik_AKA_RedX Re:Why.. (204 comments)

Also who hires a pron star to play a prostitute and has her keep her clothes on for 99% of the film?

A dressed porn star? The perverts!

more than 4 years ago
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NASA Reproduces a Building Block of Life In the Lab

Patrik_AKA_RedX Re:so all this stuff happened (264 comments)

Nope, Happened last thursday. Your memories of last wednesday were placed in your head by the FSM to test your fate.

more than 4 years ago
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No Hand-Held Devices In Ontario Cars

Patrik_AKA_RedX Re:Man! (584 comments)

Great, I feel I going to waste a whole lot of time on that site you linked to. Now if I don't find a cure for cancer this weekend it's all your fault.

more than 4 years ago
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No Hand-Held Devices In Ontario Cars

Patrik_AKA_RedX Re:Man! (584 comments)

Either you park your car first, or you ask someone to do it for you.

more than 4 years ago
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E-book readers ...

Patrik_AKA_RedX Re:Simple... (503 comments)

Yes, you can. Just buy a 1,5m by 2m e-inkt-screen and have it display a computer generated image of shelfs filled with the appropriate books.

more than 4 years ago
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Artificial Brain '10 Years Away'

Patrik_AKA_RedX Re:Brain impairment (539 comments)

"Around two billion people are thought to suffer some kind of brain impairment, he said."

Most of those do not have a real brain impairment. It's just that so many people waste so much time on /. they're as productive as the average coma-patient.

about 5 years ago
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Korean DDoS Bots To Self-Destruct

Patrik_AKA_RedX Re:Omg, think of the pr0n (501 comments)

Let's hope the guy who's good at curing cancer is also good at making backups...

Seriously. It overrides every attached HD. How well does a RAID stand up to that in terms of data protection? Or an attached USB HD?

about 5 years ago
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Korean DDoS Bots To Self-Destruct

Patrik_AKA_RedX Re:Really that bad of a thing? (501 comments)

More likly they'll complain their kid's game broke their computer, buy a new one and continue punching the monkey.

about 5 years ago
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ESA and NASA Establish a Joint Mars Exploration Initiative

Patrik_AKA_RedX Re:All I forsee is confusion. (95 comments)

The US uses Imperial while most of the world uses Metric

All the fault of the Stonecutters...

about 5 years ago

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Patrik_AKA_RedX Patrik_AKA_RedX writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Patrik_AKA_RedX writes "Since I spend considerable amounts of time on the bus each day, I want to use that time productively. I combine a fulltime dayjob with evening classes, so reclaiming my time on the bus as study time would be very valuable to me.
Using books and binders or a laptop is not very practical, since I don't always have a seat and occationaly busses tend to be quite crowded.
My idea involves using an ebookreader like the Sony Reader, since most of my course notes are electronic. This solves the issue with thick books and large binders. But this still leaves the problem of taking notes.
A paper notebook requires two hands, a voice recorder gets me strange looks and writting on the sides of the bus has the problem of not always having the same bus.

My question is: what do you do to learn on the road? How do you take notes, what experiences do you have with Ebook readers (dedicated devices, PDA or other) in real life situations? Is it practical to use a PDA both as reader and notebook? Do you know of any sites or forums specific about this?"
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Patrik_AKA_RedX Patrik_AKA_RedX writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Patrik_AKA_RedX writes "I spend quite sometime on the bus each day, and most of it I spend reading. A lot of it I get from the net and have to print to take with me. IMO this is a bit of a waste of perfectly good trees so I was looking for an alternative. I've tried taking a laptop, but even the compact Armada M300 is quite cumbersome. Real Ebook readers haven't shown up in stores around here yet, the closest thing I've found is a MP4 player with ebook support, which didn't specify how much this support actually is. My question is what ebook reader-device do you have and is it worth the trouble? Also which of these devices are available in Europe?"

Journals

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Captain's log.

Patrik_AKA_RedX Patrik_AKA_RedX writes  |  more than 8 years ago Got a DVD-ROM drive for my HP, you know those thin PCs with parts you can't buy in a normal PC shop and cost twice as much as normal parts. Now this DVD-ROM drive is a normal 5-and-a-bit. While every HP saleperson would say it's impossible to use such a drive in a HP, my drill and velcro thought otherwise. Most people would say to use the much cheaper ductape solution, but Velcro allows you to upgrade the machine later on in a much cleaner fashion.
Suprisingly this works perfectly. Especially considering I have my cellphone always nearby.

Note that I removed the cover before drilling a hole through it.

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weirdness all around.

Patrik_AKA_RedX Patrik_AKA_RedX writes  |  more than 8 years ago Life is odd. 2 of my friends are pregnant, well, one is pregnant and the other his gf is. Feels like I'm being dragged into adulthood as well.
Worse is the good life is almost over. Sometime next month I'll probably be employed, so I'll be no longer paid by the state to stay out of harms way. I'll have more money and no time to spend it.

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Dramatic changes in my life.

Patrik_AKA_RedX Patrik_AKA_RedX writes  |  more than 10 years ago Sheesh, Last month has been a busy time. Exams are the number one cause of stress in my life during this part of the year. Not to mention they really interfere with usefull projects. Anyway they are over and I've got nothing to worry about until september.
What made this period special is I finaly found my gf. We've met throught the internet, so I guess this proves miracles do happen.
Enjoy the summer and may you all find love as well.

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Noisy oscillators are evil I tell you!

Patrik_AKA_RedX Patrik_AKA_RedX writes  |  more than 10 years ago This week has been great. I've spend all of monday evening building a ultrasone distance meter. I had already build the 40Khz oscillator on a standard pcb and build the 2 stage AC-amplifier on a breadboard. After adding a NAND schmitt trigger as a wave shaper the whole thing worked like a charm. Range from about 3cm to about 164cm (probably more, but the ceilling got in the way) accuracy: 1cm. Me happy!

So tuesday I've spend the evening soldering this circuit on the pcb too. When done all I got was noise. So my oscillator floods the receiver with noise. So now I'm going to spend the rest of next week getting the noise out of the receiver. aarrgh!

Lesson learned: don't mix sensitive analog amplifiers and fast digital electronics without proper noise handling.

But I'm not defeated yet! I've shielded the receivers wires, added a quick-and-dirty LC-filter on Vcc and GND of the receiver, and I'm trying to add a bandpass filter before the AC-amplifiers.

I'll get this to work or die trying
(the last is a very possibility. My ancient osciloscoop has a metal frame and wasn't grounded. I tend to wear a ESD grounder. Touching the oscilloscoops frame while wearing this grounder tends to be, well, a shocking experience. Now I've grounded the scoop too. Matter of keeping this a bit safe. Until I discover another ungrounded electric device that is.)!

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Added my "freaks" to my "Foes"

Patrik_AKA_RedX Patrik_AKA_RedX writes  |  more than 10 years ago I've added all (both) of my "freaks" to my "Foes" list. Not because I give a damn about them, just because I'm not going to bother to read what those people write, no point wasting my time on those who filter me away.

Ok, and partialy because I'm in a bad mood.

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Happy valentine. (Or Singles Awarness Day S.A.D.)

Patrik_AKA_RedX Patrik_AKA_RedX writes  |  more than 10 years ago Last friday me and some friends celebrated Friday Evening in Castel (a standard disco).
And just to make some people jealous, I've posted this link to one of the photo's made that night. (I'm the one on the left, without the breasts).
I guess this made this years S.A.D. not as terrible as other years.

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