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Ask Slashdot: Dealing With Electronics-Induced Inattentiveness?

RenderSeven Re:tl;dr (312 comments)

He started Slashdot. He wrote:

I dont like Beta cant you tell?
The clowns at Dice can go to Hell!

I do not like it in a post
I will not read it from your host
I do not read it from the tubes
No one likes it! ('cept the n00bs)

When MyCleanPc's over done
It leaves more room for Haselton
Dont talk of Hitler, please just stop it
As Godwin said "Hey! Step 4 - Profit!"

I do not care for Beowulf, see?
In Soviet Russia they cluster ME!
Reading TFA's unthinkable
And karma whores post things unlinkable

Until you mod me +5 Troll
This 'global warming' wont get old
Lets talk of Darwin and of God
(If you're game, you insensitive clod)

So mode them down, it makes them stronger
The flames will only get much longer
I wont reply and I wont bore you
But if I do say FTFY

- D. Seuss, (Nuked from orbit 'just to be sure' - 1998)

about two weeks ago
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Car Thieves and Insurers Vote On Keyless Car Security

RenderSeven Re:I wish I'd thought of that (221 comments)

... and then doing some challenge/response authentication

Power management. Ever tried to make a decent transceiver that runs for 3-5 years on a 2016 coin cell? Burst transmitters are easy enough, but receivers eat power. And everything else you assume is pretty much wrong too. Its not a static password, and its not possible to clone a key based on the signal it gives off. Now, you can do a man-in-the-middle replay attack with a jammer, maybe, and if you have the master key you can clone a key from two sequential transmissions, but thats different. And its been suggested that you can recover the master key from a side channel attack, but I havent heard that its been practically demonstrated outside the lab (yes Ive seen the papers but havent seen any evidence that master keys are in the wild at this time (someone correct me if Im wrong)). The biggest security 'flaw' seems to be the case where drivers press the remote 'lock' button 3 or 4 times because they like the sound of the horn.

"Incompetent" and "crappy" are pretty strong statements for something you know so little about. There is always room for improvements in a technology, but key fobs need to cost pennies to make, occupy a few square centimeters of PCB space, work reliably with cheap circuit components and few PCB design restrictions, transmit long ranges with truly awful power budgets, use an open standard (not dependent on obfuscation), and it does need a back door for a corrupt and idiot-based dealer network to override when people lose their keys. If you can come up with something better (and by that I mean actually design AND build something that can be mass produced) you will be fabulously wealthy. So get to work, read the KEELOQ spec, and profit.

about 2 months ago
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British Army Looking For Gamers For Their Smart-Tanks

RenderSeven Re:No respawns (163 comments)

Best job I ever had.

about 2 months ago
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Assange: Google Is Not What It Seems

RenderSeven Re:Oh yeah, that guy (289 comments)

Mr. Assange, what you've just written is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this room is now dumber for having read it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Smarter Disk Space Monitoring In the Age of Cheap Storage?

RenderSeven Re:Performance issues? (170 comments)

I typically partition the drive into two logical drives. The inner partitions with awful performance are where my media goes (movies, music, photos). The performance falloff is non-linear. Also, performance degradation over time is worse for the inner tracks, so inner tracks are where you put data that is more or less static, or at least written sequentially.

about 2 months ago
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FTDI Reportedly Bricking Devices Using Competitors' Chips.

RenderSeven Re:On the other hand... (700 comments)

Yeah, right, its the victims fault.

Ive been designing in FTDI devices for years. They work first try, they're cheap, the drivers are excellent, support is good. If I need a USB interface device, I only buy FTDI-based adapters because, well, all the same reasons. Plus they're faster than anything else Ive tested (a serial port at 1mbps can be iffy - only a few do it reliably and they all have FTDI bridges).

Given all that, why should FTDI support knock-off crap? I dont want the crap on my systems, in my board designs, and the faster I know about it the better. Hell yeah, brick it baby, and let the retailer sort out the counterfeiting mess in their supply chain.

And while we're at it, same for SD Cards. "If they work I dont care", seriously? Another place where counterfeiting is rampant, the knock-offs cant hit speed and reliability targets, if they work at all. Last bulk buy I made at Staples was 70% counterfeit and wasnt close to hitting published specs. And sure the store manager took them back, but Staples Corporate couldnt care less that their supply chain was contaminated. SanDisk and FTDI are *NOT* the scumbags here, its the consumers that dont give a rats ass as long as they save 3 cents, the retailers that make 3 cents extra, and the wholesalers that make 2 cents extra. You, sir, are the scumbag thats the problem.

about 2 months ago
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Fusion Reactor Concept Could Be Cheaper Than Coal

RenderSeven Re:Fusion isn't "expensive", it's lossy (315 comments)

The problem [is] that the energy output is less than the energy inputs.

Which is just economics, easily solved. Just use a massive wind and solar farm, paid for with government subsidies, to run initiation and containment. Take your 30% energy yield, sell it on the spot market as "green energy" at an inflated price (with more subsidies). Use the paper losses to eliminate taxes on your oil refinery. What am I missing? Oh yeah; 'Step 4 - Profit?'

about 2 months ago
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Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Premieres On Linux, 2 Years After Windows

RenderSeven Re:Awesome (93 comments)

Related: Microsoft now maintains Linux games.

That remains to be seen, actually...

about 3 months ago
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Court Rules the "Google" Trademark Isn't Generic

RenderSeven Re:Well, if you're going to push... (159 comments)

Take some Aspirin, too.

Interestingly the trademark 'aspirin' (and the trademark 'heroin') was taken from Bayer AG and made generic as part of the war reparations from WWI. Outside of the major WW1 allied powers, 'aspirin' is still a trademark of Bayer.

about 3 months ago
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California Tells Businesses: Stop Trying To Ban Consumer Reviews

RenderSeven Re:reviews (275 comments)

The one's with teeth marks are caramel?

about 3 months ago
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Welcome To Laniakea, Our New Cosmic Home

RenderSeven Re:'Musican (67 comments)

You want Dark Matter with that for a dollar more?

about 4 months ago
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Fermilab Begins Testing Holographic Universe Theory

RenderSeven Re:Flip the switch (247 comments)

We can retire hot grits, but Black Swan with Natalie Portman & Mila Kunis (with added emphasis on the '&') was 2010, so even with time dilation and accelerating meme entropy, a hot key link to the YouTube clip is not at all out of place on my desktop.

Now launch all ZIG. For great justice.

about 4 months ago
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Fermilab Begins Testing Holographic Universe Theory

RenderSeven Re:Flip the switch (247 comments)

In Soviet Russia Conservatives Obama *you*. FTFY. Beowulf cluster of Hitlers. Step 4 - Profit. MyCleanPc you insensitive clod. Global warming. Intertubes. Nuke them from orbit.

Did I miss anything?

about 4 months ago
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How the Ancient Egyptians (Should Have) Built the Pyramids

RenderSeven Re:Corroborating Hieroglyphics? (202 comments)

If it was the History Channel, it would have just been leading questions: "Did aliens build the pyramids with the help of Bigfoot? Did Atlantis use the pyramids for time travel?"

Is the History Channel a sensationalist fringe tabloid thinly disguised as historical documentary?

about 4 months ago
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Phoenix Introduces Draft Ordinance To Criminalize Certain Drone Uses

RenderSeven Re:Photographic law precedence (200 comments)

They certainly have violations, which are below misdemeanors. Thats what speeding tickets and parking violations are. By making it specifically a violation, with a maximum fine of $1, supercedes any general application of higher charges.

Not my idea - got it from this beat up a flag burner law.

about 4 months ago
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Phoenix Introduces Draft Ordinance To Criminalize Certain Drone Uses

RenderSeven Re:Photographic law precedence (200 comments)

... provided you can draft the laws right.

And thats always the trick. As well as enforcement, which in this case will be almost impossible.

Perhaps empowering people to enforce for themselves: "to interfere with or damage a drone operating over your property or engaged in warrantless surveillence of your propertry, shall be a violation punishable by up to $1 for each occurence". Make it legal by making it illegal. Sort of a cheap drone-hunting license.

about 4 months ago
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Historians Rediscover Einstein's Forgotten Model of the Universe

RenderSeven Re:But we ain't gonna have a Big Cruch, right ? (35 comments)

Yep GP had a few math issues
- Hindu cycle is 311.04 trillion (3.11 * 10^14).
- Came up with that ~2000 BC
- The Cattle Problem was Archimedes not Aristotle
- Solution to that is 7.76 * 10^206544
- Thats a few more cattle than years. Even if we convert it to nanoseconds.
- Years in the vishnu cycle is about the same oreder of magnitude as the number of nanoseconds in a year.

about 4 months ago
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Why Hasn't This Asteroid Disintegrated?

RenderSeven Re:Molten piece of crystalline rock with ionic bon (74 comments)

it's in the elliptic plane,

It might be in the epileptic plane (so its shaken and not stirred). I dont think anyone has an electric plane yet. Airbus might be considered an eclectic plane. Or perhaps you meant the ecliptic plane?

about 4 months ago

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The Fascinating Science Behind Beer Foam

RenderSeven RenderSeven writes  |  about a year ago

RenderSeven (938535) writes "Science has so far been at a loss to explain why tapping a beer bottle with another causes it to explosively foam over. Thanks to a grant from the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness, a research team at the University of Madrid studying fluid mechanics has found the answer with some fascinating slow-motion video. Their soon-to-be-published paper found that tapping the bottle (or shooting it with a laser) causes a series of compression and expansion waves, that generate unstable buoyant plumes, quickly turning most of the liquid into foam. PhysicsBuzz notes that the process is very rapid and nearly unstoppable once started."
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Hostess to Close, No More Twinkies

RenderSeven RenderSeven writes  |  more than 2 years ago

RenderSeven (938535) writes "In a press release issued today, baker Hostess Brands asked a bankruptcy court for permission to close all of its plants and sell off their assets, immediately laying off 18,500 workers. Citing high labor and rising health care costs, increasing competition and growing consumer awareness of healthy foods, Hostess says it can no longer operate without union concessions. A crippling strike has already shut down operations at all facilities, and while the Teamsters Union has ratified a new contract to keep Hostess in business, the Bakers Union has refused saying they would rather see the company closed than accept pension cuts. The Teamsters union is urging the bakers union to hold a secret ballot on whether to continue striking; citing its financial experts who had access to the company's books, the Teamsters say that Hostess' warning of liquidation is "not an empty threat or a negotiating tactic" but a certain outcome if workers keep striking. If your late-night programming is fueled by Twinkies, Ding Dongs and Zingers, better stock up now."
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Buckyballs Throws in the Towell

RenderSeven RenderSeven writes  |  more than 2 years ago

RenderSeven (938535) writes "As previously reported the immensely popular Buckyballs office toys have been targeted by the Consumer Product Safety Commission. Last week Maxfield and Oberton, the maker of Buckyballs gave up the battle and announced they would discontinue sales and close. However, being driven out of business is not enough for R Buckminster Fuller's estate, who has filed yet another lawsuit that they own all rights to the name "buckyballs" despite widespread use of the term. If you still haven't bought your own yet, a few thousand sets in stock are still available."
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FDA to review Inhalable Caffeine

RenderSeven RenderSeven writes  |  more than 2 years ago

RenderSeven (938535) writes " Manufacturing .NET reports that U.S. Food and Drug Administration officials plan to investigate whether inhalable caffeine sold in lipstick-sized canisters is safe for consumers and if its manufacturer was right to brand it as a dietary supplement. AeroShot went on the market late last month in Massachusetts and New York, and it's also available in France. Consumers put one end of the canister in their mouths and breathe in, releasing a fine powder that dissolves almost instantly."
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Apple's Toughest Competition in the Fourth Quarter Tablet Market Was Apple

RenderSeven RenderSeven writes  |  more than 2 years ago

RenderSeven (938535) writes "Although soaring sales of Amazon’s Kindle Fire and other low-priced tablets trimmed Apple Inc.’s media tablet market share in the fourth-quarter, it was Apple’s own newly introduced iPhone 4S that proved to be the strongest competitor for the iPad during the final three months of 2011."
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"An Inconvenient Truth" Banned in British

RenderSeven RenderSeven writes  |  more than 7 years ago

RenderSeven (938535) writes "The BBC reports that a High Court judge ruled on whether climate change film, An Inconvenient Truth, could be shown in schools. The ruling said it contains "nine scientific errors", and cannot be shown unless accompanied by guidance giving the other side of the argument. He found that "but for the new guidance note, the film would have been distributed in breach of sections 406 and 407 of the 1996 Education Act" which cover political indoctrination. The Times Online gave a more detailed list of the judges objections, including dismissing as "distinctly alarmist" the claim that sea levels could rise by 20ft "in the near future" .

Let the flame wars begin!"

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