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Criminals Using Drones To Find Cannabis Farms and Steal Crops

Pikoro Re:Left-Wing Propoganda (247 comments)

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


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 a month 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 a month 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 2 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 2 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Distributed Online Storage For Families?

Pikoro Bittorrent Sync (168 comments)

There's this program called bitsync: http://getsync.com/ 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 2 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 2 months ago

Australia's Bureau of Meteorology Dumps Water Data Project

Pikoro Re:And you're dreaming. (112 comments)

But. What could the costs really be other than what they paid for the site? Subtract that, and you got what? 5 "editors" at say $80,000/yr (which is insane for how little they do, should be $30,000) So $80k x 5 is 400k/year total. Hosting should be in house. Bandwidth costs are practically non-existent, and server maintenance should be done by the editors cause they're "geeky". If they couldn't handle something as simple as that, they shouldn't even be here. I don't see the issue. I ran a site that got millions of unique users per month for damn near nothing but my personal time and the cost of an internet connection (~$80/mo). If they're losing millions, they're doing it wrong. Way wrong.

about 2 months ago

Apple Reportedly Testing Inductive, Solar and Motion Charging For Its Smartwatch

Pikoro Re:Duh? (219 comments)

Wow.. I totally forgot about those. And I HAD one. Timex Datalink. Talk about a walk down memory lane... Thanks! :)

about 3 months ago

200 Dolphins Await Slaughter In Japan's Taiji Cove

Pikoro Re:Total uninsightful and blatant trash (628 comments)


Grover Cleveland "Cleve" Backster, Jr. (February 27, 1924 – June 24, 2013) was an interrogation specialist for the Central Investigation Agency (CIA), best known for his experiments with plants using a polygraph instrument in the 1960s which led to his theory of "primary perception" where he claimed that plants "feel pain" and have extrasensory perception (ESP), which was widely reported in the media but was rejected by the scientific community.

Rejected by the scientific community. Seems pretty definitive to me.

about 3 months ago

How Perl and R Reveal the United States' Isolation In the TPP Negotiations

Pikoro You down with TPP? (152 comments)

Yah you know me!

about 5 months ago

25,000-Drive Study Gives Insight On How Long Hard Drives Actually Last

Pikoro Um.. (277 comments)

Yah, except for my Western Digital Green which failed 3 days after the warranty expired. And similar accounts on newegg...

about 5 months ago

Full Details of My Attempted Entrapment For Teaching Polygraph Countermeasures

Pikoro Re:We need a workers government (465 comments)

So what you're saying, is that people are the problem.

about 5 months ago

Collapse of Quantum Wavefunction Captured In Slow Motion

Pikoro No video in the link (242 comments)

So don't bother unless you want to read a dry paper.

about 6 months ago

Engineers Design Tornado Proof Home

Pikoro Re:Third world countries have it right. (189 comments)

True. I am sitting in Japan right now, and we are having a typhoon. We expect another one tomorrow. (seriously, check the weather reports). No issues with buildings blowing down here. Steel reinforced concrete will stop any problems with wind you might have. Granted, it won't float during a flood, but at least after the waters recede your house will still be there :)

The house I am in is constructed of wood. We used 2x6s instead of 2x4s and 2x10s instead of 2x6s. Hurricane ties on the roof, asphalt shingles, fiberboard siding. House has lasted through at least 20 typhoons in 10 years with zero damage. Just build your house right and it will survive.

about 6 months ago

Students Hack School-Issued iPads Within One Week

Pikoro Re:"They were bound to fail" (375 comments)

If this program was to replace all those heavy books, or give them access to the grand sum of human knowledge, then they should have gone for a kindle or sony ebook reader. Load the year's books onto it, and allow wifi internet access. Problem solved.

about 7 months ago

Middle-Click Paste? Not For Long

Pikoro Re:Probably a good thing (729 comments)

Exactly. I have completely gotten used to the 2 clipboard model. One on the right click copy, and/or ctrl+c, and one on the highlight then middle click mode which is good for more immediate uses. Would love it if Windows/OSX implemented something like that.

about 7 months ago

Middle-Click Paste? Not For Long

Pikoro Re:No thanks (729 comments)

As much as I used CTRL+ALT+BKSP to kill X, CTRL+ALT++ or - were NOT to zoom in or out. Those keystrokes switched between desktop resolutions. From say, 1200x900 to 1024x760 to 800x600, etc... only switched between modelines specified in the config file. Yes handy, but they essentially redrew the screen but since most window managers couldn't handle it, things got messy quick.

I may be wrong, but I believe you can re-enable the C+A+B and C+A++ C+A+- by adding an /etc/X11/xorg.cfg file with the appropriate options enabled.

about 7 months ago



Microsoft signs android patent deal with Foxconn

Pikoro Pikoro writes  |  1 year,2 days

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  |  1 year,17 days

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 www.raspberrypi.org 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 3 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 http://www.linehq.org .

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  |  about 7 years ago

Pikoro writes "Matt over at embeddedether.net 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 6 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 6 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 glbb.jp

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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