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Coffee Naps Better For Alertness Than Coffee Or Naps Alone

Pikoro Re:Unless... (130 comments)

Caffeine is acts as a stimulant chemical in the brain and some other tissues of the body. It can also block an inhibitory neurotransmitter (brain chemical) called adenosine. Adenosine acts on our brain to calm things down and even bring on a sleepy feeling. When we have caffeine, the brain produces more adenosine to counter the caffeine. If you feel sleepy after drinking coffee then your body is producing even more adenosine than normal. The caffeine and adenosine compete for brain receptors and the adenosine wins out. I have this same issue. I've also heard that it can be linked to mild ADHD due to the chemical imbalance which causes this reaction to caffeine.

3 days ago

Apple Begins Storing Chinese User Data On Servers In China

Pikoro Re:And? (92 comments)

But if the keys are stored in the USA, and the data is in China, then the keys will have to traverse the great firewall in order for the user to decrypt their data. That data will be susceptible to interception once it passes into China.

This is just marketing.

about two weeks ago

Point-and-Shoot: TrackingPoint's New Linux-Controlled AR-15s

Pikoro Re: Apply liberal amounts of gloss. (219 comments)

500m with an M16A2 is part of normal training in the Marine Corps. This is with open sights. I can put 10 rounds in an 8" circle at such distances.

about three weeks ago

Perlan II Project Aims To Fly a Glider To the Edge of Space

Pikoro Re:100km (44 comments)

Ouch. s/you're/your/ My spell czecher sucks.

about a month ago

Perlan II Project Aims To Fly a Glider To the Edge of Space

Pikoro Re:100km (44 comments)

You're spell checker is Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrreat!

about a month ago

TSA Prohibits Taking Discharged Electronic Devices Onto Planes

Pikoro Re:That'll show 'em! (702 comments)

I was just thinking of that. Put a battery powered Raspberry Pi inside a stripped out laptop case and fill the empty space with whatever you want. Then when asked to power it on, it would boot without issues but would allow you to pack it to the brim with something more dangerous...Yah I know the xray machine would show that it looked abnormal, but perhaps some etched circuit boards in a single layer on the bottom to confound scanners?

about 2 months ago

US Navy Wants Smart Robots With Morals, Ethics

Pikoro Re:Humans Can Not (165 comments)

Wish I could mod this up. This is _the_ problem that needs to be dealt with. Taking the "Easy" way out.

about 3 months ago

US Navy Wants Smart Robots With Morals, Ethics

Pikoro Re: Ethics and Morals ? (165 comments)

I think what the parent means to say is that, in a war created by politicians, it should be fought by politicians. My Prime minister doesn't like your president. Ok. Grudge match! Stick em both in a ring and let them fight it out. First blood, till death, whatever. Doesn't matter. Or perhaps a forfeiture of that leader's assets should be on the line. Hit em where it hurts. You lose, you retire and lose the entirety of your assets to the victor.

Point being... leave the rest of us out of it.

about 3 months ago

US Navy Wants Smart Robots With Morals, Ethics

Pikoro Re:Up to 11 (165 comments)

Actually, with the invention of the NATO round, bullets are designed to maim instead of kill. This way, one bullet can take out 2 or 3 people from the immediate "action". One to get shot, and up to two to carry the wounded solider to safety.

about 3 months ago

FCC Proposes $48,000 Fine To Man Jamming Cellphones On Florida Interstate

Pikoro Re:Cause and Effect (427 comments)

I think the suggestion was that by blocking the calls, the people had to concentrate on driving, thereby preventing the accidents from happening in the first place, which negates the need to make those 911 calls that might have been blocked.

Wow, that was confusing to type.

about 4 months ago

OpenSSL Cleanup: Hundreds of Commits In a Week

Pikoro I would think (379 comments)

Well, I would think that this is mostly to do with publicity. Once someone calls your software into question in a very public light, you will be more willing to go through your project with a fine toothed comb and clean up all that old cruft you've been meaning to clear out.

This is not a sign of inherent insecurity, but one of obvious house cleaning.

about 4 months ago

Criminals Using Drones To Find Cannabis Farms and Steal Crops

Pikoro Re:Left-Wing Propoganda (258 comments)

Wait, what? So if a mother miscarries, we should toss her in prison for murder?

about 4 months ago

L.A. Police: All Cars In L.A. Are Under Investigation

Pikoro Re:Don't they need... (405 comments)

This is what I was thinking. Have the cameras doing the scanning, no problem. The camera scans a plate, then does a search for specific violations such as: Is the vehicle reported stolen, Has the vehicle been flagged as having received more than N parking or traffic violations, etc. Only a few select items to scan for. If it's a positive match, flag it and track it and notify an officer. If it's not, immedielty purge the record and move on to the next one.

To me, that does not sound wholy unreasonable.

about 5 months ago

How Steve Jobs Got the iPhone Into Japan

Pikoro Re: Summary is wrong (104 comments)

the iphone is a non player here in japan. a good estimation based on what i see on the train is one in ten. the rest are a split between android and flip phones, which still offer more features than an iphone. things like saifu keitai, one seg, etc.. are considered necissary features here. the iphone just cannot compete.

about 6 months ago

Report: Space Elevators Are Feasible

Pikoro Re:Plenty of scientists (374 comments)

Ahh, but say the ballast asteroid cut loose, or the cable was severed above the center of mass, the remainder of the cable would still be attached to the earth. The rotation of the earth would impart some lateral velocity to what was left. The end of the cable would immediately begin to accelerate and would either burn up in the atmosphere (which shouldn't happen at the strengths of materials needed to build such a cable) or hit the ground at hyper velocity speeds devastating anything within kilometers around the line of impact. On the positive side, we would get a nice line on the equator, kinda like what we have on maps now :)

about 6 months ago

Plan 9 From Bell Labs Operating System Now Available Under GPLv2

Pikoro Plan 9 Torrent (223 comments)

Site doesn't seem to be accepting any connections to download this so here's a magnet uri:

Magnet Link

about 6 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Distributed Online Storage For Families?

Pikoro Bittorrent Sync (168 comments)

There's this program called bitsync: which you each have a client on your computers. Share hashes with each other, and you get a distributed, synced in real time copy on each client running the software. It's free, secure, and no servers required. You each have a copy locally, and any modifications are replicated to each client.

about 7 months ago

Cops With Google Glass: Horrible Idea, Or Good One?

Pikoro Re:Don't see a problem if some conditions are met. (192 comments)

Along the same lines, how about the "metadata" is put up on a public website immediately. For example, as soon as one of the police cameras start recording, there would be a log entry on a public website which would show activation time, officer who activated the camera, and termination time, plus a checksum for the newly completed video. That way, when evidence is needed, we can tell if the video has been edited/altered, and there is also a public record of who and when the camera was used. Then the officer can't simply say "we weren't recording during the altercation" or whatnot. You would also be able to see if the camera was activated while approaching someone, then switched off for 5 minutes, and then reactivated and now there is a guy bleeding on the ground. Any arrest made without a complete record, could be tossed out.

about 7 months ago



Microsoft signs android patent deal with Foxconn

Pikoro Pikoro writes  |  about a year ago

Pikoro (844299) writes "Microsoft has secured a patent deal with the world's biggest consumer electronics manufacturer to receive fees for devices powered by Google's Android and Chrome operating systems.

Hon Hai — the parent company of Foxconn — said the deal would help prevent its clients being caught up in an ongoing intellectual property dispute.

Microsoft says that Google's code makes use of innovations it owns.

Google alleges its rival's claims are based on "bogus patents".

"The patents at issue cover a range of functionality embodied in Android devices that are essential to the user experience, including: natural ways of interacting with devices by tabbing through various screens to find the information they need; surfing the web more quickly, and interacting with documents and e-books.""

Judge rules that resale of MP3s violates copyright law

Pikoro Pikoro writes  |  about a year ago

Pikoro (844299) writes "A judge has sided with Capitol Records in the lawsuit between the record company and ReDigi — ruling that MP3s can only be resold if granted permission by copyright owners.
"The Order is surprising in light of last month's United States Supreme Court decision in Kirtsaeng v. Wiley & Sons, which reaffirmed the importance and applicability of the First Sale Doctrine in the United States of America.""

Raspberry Pi available for Sale 0600 GMT on Feb 29th

Pikoro Pikoro writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Pikoro writes "Raspberry Pi has just sent out the following email notice to subscribed users:

The Raspberry Pi Foundation will be making a big (and very positive) announcement that just might interest you at 0600h GMT on Wednesday 29 February 2012. Come to to find out what's going on."

Sony begins banning Jailbroken PS3s from PSN

Pikoro Pikoro writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Pikoro (844299) writes "This morning, Sony started sending out emails to PSN subscribers which Sony has detected are running jailbroken Playstation 3 consoles.

From the email:
"A circumvention device and/or unauthorized or pirated software currently resides on your PlayStation(R)3 system.
Immediately cease use and remove all circumvention devices and delete all unauthorized or pirated software from your PlayStation(R)3 system. Failure to do so will result in termination of your access to the PlayStation(R)Network and access to Qriocity(TM) services through your PlayStation(R)3 system."

Time to leave your network cable unplugged if you have jailbroken your PS3."

Link to Original Source

LINE: LINE Is Not an Emulator

Pikoro Pikoro writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Pikoro writes "I'm curious. I have been using Linux since my first Slackware install (13 floppies back in the 286 days). I always see people trying to get Windows programs running under Linux using WINE. I've been wondering. Why all the time being spent trying to get Windows software running under Linux, when there is so much great Linux software out there that doesn't run under Windows? Why not a "LINE" project to help people port Linux software to windows? Or perhaps a Linux ELF compatibility layer so we can run Linux software on Windows, the same way we can run Windows software under Linux.

Update: I have just started the "LINE" (LINE Is Not an Emulator) project at .

This will, of course, require community support, so I'm asking for help in all areas. Monitoring current porting efforts, creating an application compatibility layer to enable ELF and APP binaries to run under Windows, etc...

So I pose the question to the Linux community: Any interest in a GPL ELF application compatibility layer for Windows?"

Pikoro Pikoro writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Pikoro writes "Matt over at has a curious and slightly over-engineered project up at his site.
He has created a Mechanical hit counter for his website.
From the page:

I've always subscribed to the Rube Goldberg School of Engineering Design, the philosophy of which is "simple, elegant solutions are for the unimaginative". These are words I can live by.
Overengineered designs are where Art and Science meet, eye each other up a bit, sink a few pints, and head off to Science's apartment to see his etchings. I tip my hat to Mr. Goldberg, using a machine that tips hats in 22 steps, starting with cracking an egg.
Here, then, is my humble contribution to the rich tradition of overengineering — the Mechanical Hit Counter.

Pikoro Pikoro writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Pikoro writes "I have been working in the IT field for the past 20 years or so, and after getting hired by the largest financial company in the world, I thought I might have finally found a place to retire from.

However, after working here for about 6 months, I find myself, not exactly burnt out, but longing for a complete career field change.

It's not that doing IT related tasks aren't fun anymore, but they have become more "work" than "play" over the last few years.

Since all of my experience has been IT related, I'm not sure where I could go from here.

What would slashdot readers consider doing for a living after being in a single field for so long?"



Open Source Cola

Pikoro Pikoro writes  |  more than 7 years ago While Pepsi and Coca-Cola (and others) closely guard their secrets to making cola beverages, several organizations have released their own recipes.

At the link is the recipe for homemade "OpenCola," an open-source cola beverage that invites makers to create and modify their recipe to achieve a better beverage.

It is licensed under the GNU General Public License.


Looking for slashdot user TakeyMcTaker

Pikoro Pikoro writes  |  more than 7 years ago

In my submission, Where to go after a lifetime of IT, a slashdot user posted a comment saying to ask for information about working in IT for the entertainment industry.

I posted a reply to the comment but the user never got back to me. TakeyMcTaker, if you're out there, please reply to this with any information you might have :) or email me: pikoro AT

Or, if anyone has any info on how to reach TakeyMcTaker, please drop me a line.


Where to go after a life of IT work?

Pikoro Pikoro writes  |  more than 7 years ago

I have been working in the IT field for the past 20 years, and after getting hired by the largest financial company in the world, I thought I might have finally found a place to retire from.

However, after working here for less than 6 months, I find myself, not exactly burnt out, but longing for a complete career field change.

Since all of my experience has been IT related, I'm not sure where I could go from here.

What would slashdot readers consider doing for a living after being in a single field for so long?

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