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BitTorrent Sees Sync Users Share Over 1PB of Data

Random Data Re:Ubuntu £inux Parasite (56 comments)

the mars rover is tracking and recording our brainwaves also

That would explain this

about a year ago

Motorcycle App Helps You Ride Faster, Turn Sharper, Brake Harder

Random Data Re:This will probably kill people. (148 comments)

Or it could save people by letting them realise just how awful their riding skills are, with some pointers to improve them. Watching people try to drive or ride on a twisty road shows you just how poor most of them are at picking lines, making corrections if required, and judging entry/exit speeds. This is supposed to be used on racetracks, which means the local fun roads will be tracked/mapped about 3 seconds later.

about 2 years ago

How Hair Can be Used To Track Where You've Been

Random Data Point Break (133 comments)

The ex-Presidents are surfers!

about 2 years ago

Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder Goes Live

Random Data Re:I'm pretty smart (25 comments)

Don't be afraid. There's nothing harmful to click on on the internet! Oh, right. links are generally going to be safe, though I'm sure someone somewhere will find something objectionably. Call it Rule negative-34: someone on the Internet will find *anything* offensively pornographic!

Short answer: The SKA is (as the name suggests) a whole heap of radio telescopes spread out over 1 square kilometre. By using interferometry you can treat them as a giant dish about 1km across, which lets you detect much fainter signals and also increases the resolution, or ability to see detail.

This pathfinder is a proof of concept that may be rolled into the full thing. At the moment it looks like the main SKA will be in South Africa, while a similar array with fewer dishes will be in Australia. The Australia version just had its official opening, which is what the story is about. But three paragraphs is too long for a submission, so there were links to sites with further info.

about 2 years ago

Google's Nexus Tablet To Be Unveiled Next Week

Random Data Sounds pretty! (198 comments)

I want one, just so I can call it Rachael.

more than 2 years ago

In Australia, Apple Fined $2.5 Million For '4G' Advertising Claims

Random Data Countersuit in 3...2...1.... (154 comments)

I'm now waiting for Apple to turn around and countersue Telstra for making a 4G network that is not compliant with the capabilities of the Ipad. Clearly Telstra are advertising a 4G service that isn't compatible with a 4G device, which is misleading!

more than 2 years ago

The Nearest Supernova Candidate To Earth: IK Pegasi

Random Data Re:Holy Shit Batman! (55 comments)

640 ly ought to be enough for anyone

more than 2 years ago

MacControl Trojan Being Used In Targeted Attacks Against OS X Users

Random Data Re:Updates? (187 comments)

OK, so I've been playing with 2004 from memory (possibly even earlier), and that's been changed. This means the exploit shouldn't actually affect too many people - if you blindly click "OK" then you'll already be patched. Thanks for confirming.

more than 2 years ago

MacControl Trojan Being Used In Targeted Attacks Against OS X Users

Random Data Re:10,000 hipsters abandon the Mac (187 comments)

Wait, fixies are passé now? Awesome, I can ride mine without people demanding I wear tight jeans and a sour expression!

more than 2 years ago

MacControl Trojan Being Used In Targeted Attacks Against OS X Users

Random Data Updates? (187 comments)

Interestingly Office for Mac (at least, the version I have access to) doesn't seem to have automatic updates enabled by default, if it has them at all. It's not my computer, so I'm not going to dig that much - correct me if I'm wrong.

I've used Libreoffice, Neooffice or OO on my mac, and all of those prompt me to update reasonably regularly - certainly more often than every 3 years! While it can be annoying, it's probably better than a compromised computer.

( Insert Microsoft bashing for karma-whore points here)

more than 2 years ago

Anne McCaffrey Passes Away At 85

Random Data Burial in space (181 comments)

I've no idea whether she had a preference for the disposal of her remains, but I think there's a certain attraction in "burial" in a decaying orbit. It's been about 20 years since I read much McCaffrey, but ISTR that was a major aspect of threadfall from a planetoid in a weird harmonic orbit with Pern.

more than 2 years ago

$80 Android Phone Sells Like Hotcakes In Kenya

Random Data Re:Google account required? (205 comments)

One would expect Korea to be Korea, I'd say.

Only in Soviet Russia!

about 3 years ago

Apple Ships OS X 10.7 Lion 'Gold Master' For July Push

Random Data Re:"As a digital download" (370 comments)

Cocklebiddy, whose sole claim to fame is that it has a Wikipedia entry.

Hey, I saw that and thought of the caves immediately. There was a doco on ABC years ago about those, so the wikipedia article is not the "sole" claim to fame.

more than 3 years ago

Apple Releases iOS 5 Beta 2 For Developers

Random Data Re:What is the point of this story? (72 comments)

If beta 2 is out then it's indicative that iOS 5 isn't too far from public release. There are enough people who aren't registered developers but who may find this interesting that it's worthwhile running.

more than 3 years ago

Aussie Government Competition To Predict Commute Times

Random Data Holidays.. (79 comments)

If ((Easter || Christmas) && road==F3)
delay = 6 hours;
(You know the traffic's shit when you can play cricket on the 3 lane each way freeway.)

more than 3 years ago

Apple's Game Center Shares Your Real Name

Random Data Spartacus! (182 comments)

As far as Apple is aware, I'm Steve Jobs.

more than 3 years ago

How Much Math Do We Really Need?

Random Data Re:Precisely (1153 comments)

Instead of just teaching the essentials in the early years and allowing them to choose their classes in high school, they force you to take classes which have nothing to do with your desired profession.

So you know *at age 16* what you want to do for the rest of your life? Congratulations! I'd suggest a large number of people here have changed professions/desires at least once since that age, and it's increasingly rare to stick with one basic job for life. Being multi-skilled makes changing paths much easier.

more than 3 years ago


Random Data "A consistent stream of thought" (58 comments)

"A problem with books of collaborations such as this is that they often lack a consistent stream of thought."
A problem with this reviews is it lacks a consistent stream of thought. I know that this is /., but I really have trouble taking a review seriously when the author can't string two sentences together without my having to reread due to a change in tense or subject. I'm certainly not going to buy a $180 book on the word of a review like this.

more than 3 years ago

The Great Typo Hunt

Random Data Re:expresso and missing words (416 comments)

E*x*presso?!?! Get out!

more than 4 years ago



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