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Ask Slashdot: Replacing Paper With Tablets For Design Meetings?

Ransak Re:Just use a cheap access point. (143 comments)

I'm assuming based on the described environment that these could be random people that aren't full trusted since there was concern about allowing people to edit and mark up documents.

about 5 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Replacing Paper With Tablets For Design Meetings?

Ransak Just use a cheap access point. (143 comments)

Pick up a $30 access point that supports WPA-PSK, put it in the middle of the table and only power it on during the meeting. Unless you have a specific need for net access it doesn't even need to connect to a WAN. You can buy $50 off brand tablets running Android from most Chinese manufacturers, pile them up and hand them out like coasters preloaded with the wireless key and Screenshare or Splashtop.

about 5 months ago
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Nintendo Announces $99 Wii Mini For US Release

Ransak Just remember: No Transfers! (147 comments)

Any content you've purchased on one Wii is stuck there forever in most cases. Nintendo won't transfer digital purchases unless you have documentation showing your original Wii was stolen, and that's iffy. Why people keep paying for the same, tired rehash of their game catalog and obvious abuse of the platform is beyond me.

1 year,15 days
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The Pentagon May Retire "Yoda," Its 92-Year-Old Futurist

Ransak Re:Interesting (254 comments)

In all fairness, he was busy being one of the men who stared at goats. That book/movie was closer to fact than fiction in many, many areas.

1 year,23 days
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Vote To Name Two Newly Discovered Moons of Pluto

Ransak Re:Hubris and Calamity (144 comments)

Was it? I stand corrected, it's been awhile since I saw it. Surprisingly watchable.

about 2 years ago
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Vote To Name Two Newly Discovered Moons of Pluto

Ransak Hubris and Calamity (144 comments)

... from the BBC's Space Odyssey: Voyage To The Planets.

about 2 years ago
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WotC Releases Old Dungeons & Dragons Catalog As PDFs

Ransak Re:$5 seems high (224 comments)

You've been pardoned!

about 2 years ago
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FBI Dad's Misadventures With Spyware Exposed School Principal's Child Porn

Ransak Re:This is probably common (346 comments)

I came here to mod and chew bubble gum, and I'm all out of gum. And mod points. Well done sir.

about 2 years ago
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Microsoft Denies Windows 8 App Spying Via SmartScreen

Ransak Re:Um.. They didn't exactly deny it. (198 comments)

I'd hardly call it irrelevant, think about it for a moment. Let's say the authorities (pick your country) decided that anyone installing a specific application (for example, the Bitcoin wallet app, or even a specific political party app if you're more inclined to believe in conspiracies) is a 'person of interest'. It doesn't take a huge leap of imagination to picture what a little data mining could do from there.

more than 2 years ago
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NASA's Kepler Discovers Multiple Planets Orbiting a Pair of Stars

Ransak Re:Never say (121 comments)

I'm talking use a pun go to jail level of enforcement.

That's awfully punitive.

more than 2 years ago
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Microsoft Denies Windows 8 App Spying Via SmartScreen

Ransak Um.. They didn't exactly deny it. (198 comments)

TFA just says they aren't doing anything with the information... for now. That doesn't mean the FBI or whatever 3 letter agency can't put a shunt between the Internet and their SmartScreen servers. It's a sniffing vector.

more than 2 years ago
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Can Anyone Catch Khan Academy?

Ransak Education more art than science (190 comments)

"Fair enough, but in its essence, teaching is a performance art." - Amy Farrah Fowler

more than 2 years ago
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BOLD Plan To Find Mars Life On the Cheap

Ransak Didn't this kill Mars exploration for years? (61 comments)

After all of the newspaper headlines reading 'MARS IS DEAD, NO LIFE FOUND!' killed public interest of Mars back during the 70s after the Viking probes' questionable experiments, I'm not sure firing six small static probes at a sizable planet to look for DNA is a good idea. If history is any indicator it seems like a big risk to the entire exploration effort.

more than 2 years ago
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BioWare Announces Free DLC To Add More To the Mass Effect 3 Endings

Ransak Re:Translation (235 comments)

I agree 100% about the ending, but honestly I had problems with the whole thing. The writing in Mass Effect 3 with the Crucible was one big Deus Ex Machina (the plot device, not the game of the same name) and the ending was a tacked on, rushed out, last minute hack job similar to Deus Ex:Revolution (the game this time, not the plot device).

I'm a little shocked more people didn't have issues with the ME3 storyline considering the whole Crucible plot device was never alluded to or foreshadowed in the previous games. Bioware has fallen from where they once were in the pantheon of gaming development companies that would consistently produce tightly written, well thought out stories. Perhaps EA is to blame and based on what came out of Bioware after Dragon Age 2 was shoved out the door that's not a bad theory.

more than 2 years ago
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BioWare Announces Free DLC To Add More To the Mass Effect 3 Endings

Ransak Translation (235 comments)

BioWare strongly believes in the team’s artistic vision for the end of this arc of the Mass Effect franchise. The extended cut DLC will expand on the existing endings, but no further ending DLC is planned.

Translation:

EA believes we've spent enough money on an ending. We're getting dinged on fan review sites like Metacritic so we're going to throw another bandaid on it for as little cost as possible.

more than 2 years ago
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Followup: Ultraviolet Vision After Cataract Surgery

Ransak They Live... (311 comments)

You could potentially help Rowdy Roddy Piper stop the alien invasion!

more than 2 years ago
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DC Comics Announces "Before Watchmen"

Ransak Re:Greed (130 comments)

The movie made money. Not a truckload, but it did make a profit in theaters. Factor in DVD sales and they did alright.

more than 2 years ago
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IBM's Five Predictions For the Next Five Years

Ransak Um, the Mythbusters busted #2... (219 comments)

2) Biometrics is not authentication, it's identification. Any system pretending otherwise is ripe for abuse.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Getting a Grip On an Inherited IT Mess?

Ransak Re:methodically and late into the night (424 comments)

What if you got really sick?

I call this the 'Hit By A Bus' scenario. If you're hit by a bus in the next five minutes can the business carry on without you? If the answer is no for any reason then the business has major problems.

more than 2 years ago

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Ask Slashdot: Encrypted digital camera/recording devices?

Ransak Ransak writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Ransak writes "As dashboard cameras catch more unplanned events, I've thought of equipping my vehicles with them just in case that 'one in a billion' moment happens. But given how much over reach law enforcement has shown, I'd only consider one if I could be ensured that the data was secure from prying eyes (ie, a camera that writes to encrypted SD memory, etc). Are there any solutions for the niche market of the paranoid photographer/videographer?"
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BitTorrent only movie denied listing on IMDB

Ransak Ransak writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Ransak (548582) writes "The Tunnel (a publicly funded movie being paid for a frame at a time) movie is currently in production and despite pleas from the makers, IMDb won’t allow it on their site. The creators of this horror movie believe that because they have shunned an official distributor and chosen a BitTorrent model instead, this has put them at a disadvantage with the Amazon-owned site."
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Windows 7 Upgrade: Why Pay Twice For the Same OS?

Ransak Ransak writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Ransak writes "It would appear that despite the recession Microsoft is looking to get paid twice for Windows 7 from some business customers. FTA — "In another blow to customers, Microsoft says free Windows 7 upgrades--for companies that purchase new hardware between now and the Oct. 22 release date of the new OS--will be limited to 25 machines." As pointed out in the article, Gartner has weighed in on this."
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Ransak Ransak writes  |  more than 8 years ago Something dawned on me today. Well, it dawned on me long ago, but the articulation of it finally came to me just today.

Young earth creationists are all the rage in todays US society, claming fault with evolution and whining to the courts that Intelligent Design isn't being taught. Much time and energy has been put forth to try to derail evolution as the de facto basis of biology in favor of a more religious (and slightly crazy) view that the world is only ten thousand years old, and Radiocarbon Dating is a tool of the Devil.

I think part of the problem why some people feel compelled to believe these religious extremists is simply a matter of scale. If you tell Joe Average on the street that humans are the decendants of a mammal that lived (for example) one million years ago, that number is completely incomprehensible to that person. Evolution provides the viewpoint that species develope over millions of years, however, the average person that has not had extensive scientific training cannot fathom five thousand years, let alone one million.

Can you fathom one million years? Here's a test:

Go and read this article. It's completely unrelated to evolution, but it's a short article and very interesting: The Crypt of Civilization

From the date that this journal entry is being written, the Crypt will not be opened for another 6107 years. That's well beyond all of 'recorded' human history. That's over 60 times longer than a lifetime.

Now think about that ancestor of ours that lived one million years ago. Over 160 times longer than the entire planned timespan of the Crypt of Civilization! That's ten thousand lifetimes if the life in question lives to be one hundred.

Asking Joe Average to fathom such large time scales is really the key to acceptance of evolution. Science just needs to find a way to 'reconceptualize' and explain one million years to the average layperson other than just saying 'millions of years ago'.

I'm sure many scientists aren't very concerned at the moment in the opinion of Joe Average. At some point however, in this climate of religious extremes convincing Joe Average could be the only way to keep science moving in the right direction.

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