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Robot Operating System To Officially Support ARM Processors

RogueWarrior65 Why does it need to be processor-specific? (33 comments)

Why isn't that whole code base in plain C/C++? Aside from hardware layers, it would seem that the higher lever functionality shouldn't be tied to a specific processor.


High School Student Builds Gun That Unlocks With Your Fingerprint

RogueWarrior65 Take this one step further (557 comments)

A few days ago, a new ant-sized radio was announced. Couple this fingerprint tech with tiny radios and the "internet of things" and eventually, some government server will have to authorize the firing of the weapon. Right now, the NICS computers, you know, the ones that are supposed to do those oh-so-important instant background checks, go down at unscheduled times and for indeterminate periods of time for no published reason. Do you really think a permission-based firearm will work when you need it? Add this one to your net neutrality arguments.


Laid Off From Job, Man Builds Tweeting Toilet

RogueWarrior65 And the newest trend in home construction (114 comments)

will be Faraday cages.

And while I have your attention, maybe a tweeting toilet is intended as a commentary on Twitter in general as in everything that's on that site is worthless crap.

4 days ago

Massive Study Searching For Genes Behind Intelligence Finds Little

RogueWarrior65 Looking in the wrong place (267 comments)

Did they look at the CVs of those 100,000 people? How many of them were PhDs? How many were prolific inventors? How many where self-made *gasp* one-percenters?

4 days ago

Text While Driving In Long Island and Have Your Phone Disabled

RogueWarrior65 Not to worry... (363 comments)

Given that governments usually buy the crappiest software out there, this will be easily cracked. Not that I'm suggesting people do this, mind you.

5 days ago

AT&T Says 10Mbps Is Too Fast For "Broadband," 4Mbps Is Enough

RogueWarrior65 How much do you need? (523 comments)

How much bandwidth do you need for a family of four to stream four separate HD movies simultaneously? That would seem to be a practical threshold above which there isn't much benefit. I'd opine then that streaming one movie would be the minimum to call it broadband.

about a week ago

Fedora To Get a New Partition Manager

RogueWarrior65 Re:The origin of the term "blivet" (170 comments)

I've always heard that it was six pounds. It's funnier because the bag might survive or it might break but you won't know when or where.

about a week ago

3 Recent Flights Make Unscheduled Landings, After Disputes Over Knee Room

RogueWarrior65 Re:Something's gotta give (811 comments)

Yup. People are putting up with all that security theater, too. Even first class on some airlines has less to offer beyond a big seat. IIRC, USAir had no inflight entertainment on a Phoenix to JFK trip.

about a week ago

FAA Scans the Internet For Drone Users; Sends Cease and Desist Letters

RogueWarrior65 It's probably about money (222 comments)

I would bet that there is money involved in this somewhere. Just as every other regulatory agency, they need money to operate. Further, they continually need to justify their existence. Technology can't be uninvented. Picture this: A small group of UAV companies need to make money and keep making money without the fear of Joe-schmo and his home-built UAV cutting in on their territory. The formal companies get together and hire a few lobbyists to convince the FAA that the home-built UAV is dangerous and needs to be regulated in the form of expensive annual certifications. The companies that could afford the lobbyists can also easily afford the annual license fees. The little guy can't so he's forced to go away. The FAA is happy to have the additional revenue and probably some baksheesh from the lobbyists so they go along with it.

about a week ago

3 Recent Flights Make Unscheduled Landings, After Disputes Over Knee Room

RogueWarrior65 Something's gotta give (811 comments)

I'm wondering at what point are the consumers going to rebel against all of this. The whole luggage debacle has to be included in this discussion too. First, the airlines decided to start charging for checked baggage. The customers responded by not just switching to carry-ons but finding the biggest carry-on possible and getting one for each of their kids too. Trouble is that overhead storage can't accommodate one of these for every passenger so now the extras have to get checked at the door and they don't get charged for this either. The result is more pissed off customers and departure delays. The real question is why this had to happen in the first place. Was it the additional cost of fuel? Unlikely because fuel costs are directly related to weight and the planes know how much they weigh. Is it then the higher cost of fuel? Maybe but if domestic production of oil has been increasing over the past ten plus years and is now surpassing imports to the point of producers wanting to export, why are the fuel costs still as high as they were ten years ago? Or is it labor costs which never go down?

Which leads us to the seating arrangements. Adding 10 more seats puts another roughly $5000 revenue per flight assuming that the flight is fully booked. Would you be willing to pay an extra $33.33 for one inch of legroom? If people aren't willing to spend $25 to check a bag, $33.33 must make people apoplectic. What would you be willing to give up to bring those costs down and the comfort level up?

about a week ago

Bill Gates Wants To Remake the Way History Is Taught. Should We Let Him?

RogueWarrior65 Depends (362 comments)

If it's taught in the style of Connections, I'm all for it. I absolutely loathed traditional history teaching methods until I saw that series.
If it's revisionist, then screw that noise.

about two weeks ago

Scientists Sequence Coffee Genome, Ponder Genetic Modification

RogueWarrior65 Apoplectic (166 comments)

The coffee world is already deep in bed with the organic, fare-trade, square-deal, jump-through-hoops, still-tastes-the-same movement(s). GMO coffee will make these folks lose their excrement in old testament fashion. Should be amusing to watch.

about two weeks ago

FBI Investigates 'Sophisticated' Cyber Attack On JP Morgan, 4 More US Banks

RogueWarrior65 A practical question (98 comments)

What if such cyber attacks are a form of misdirection or rather click-bait? Here's the scenario: launch a cyber attack on a bank but you're really not interested in any data you might get or rather the attack makes the target think that you're after data. The target then tells its customers to change their passwords. It's only then that the attacker gets what their after i.e. account holders' NEW passwords.

about three weeks ago

Net Neutrality Is 'Marxist,' According To a Koch-Backed Astroturf Group

RogueWarrior65 Re:Nobody has explained this to me sufficiently ye (531 comments)

IMHO, this isn't the same as residential electricity because you either have it or you don't. Okay, sure there are the few residential exceptions that might need three-phase or something like that. The watts used for one device will work just fine for another device. Most houses have a 200 amp service and that's all most people are ever going to need. That 200-amp service has been the same 200-amp service for 50 years. And if I use 10,000 watts all day, that doesn't mean my neighbors won't be able to run their fridge.

My point is that eventually, a few people will want to get full-blown 4k video through their connection to multiple TVs in their house and that's going to take major infrastructure upgrades. Most people aren't going to need all that so do you think they'd be willing to subsidize a few high-bandwidth users? Do you expect the ISPs to just eat the cost of keeping up with bandwidth demand? One thing is for sure, government regulation rarely precisely targets the entity in private sector it's intended to. Take a look at your utility bills and see how many regulatory fees are being passed on to you even when you don't use the service.

about three weeks ago

Net Neutrality Is 'Marxist,' According To a Koch-Backed Astroturf Group

RogueWarrior65 Nobody has explained this to me sufficiently yet (531 comments)

I understand the user community's desire to have all content be treated the same. But let's assume for a moment that tomorrow, net neutrality is passed and ISPs are no longer able to charge some customers (provider or consumer) more for priority routing/transmission. What incentive do they have to continue to invest in the infrastructure when they have a near-monopoly over the end-users? Consider television distribution. Pretty much everyone has a choice between one cable provider and two satellite providers whose feature set is virtually identical these days. Those companies have little incentive to do things that end-users want e.g. a la carte channel lineups. Maybe eventually it will happen but it might take years and the possible threat from internet content distribution to get them to do anything. So back to the ISPs. End users have a choice between their local cable company and their local phone company. Net neutrality takes away a potential revenue stream. Why then would they continue to either invest in upgrading their technology or continue to keep everyone's rates low or both? Why wouldn't they jack up the prices of the service level necessary to serve up Netflix or whatever for everyone regardless of whether or not the customer uses those types of services?

about three weeks ago

News Corp Australia Doesn't Want You To Look Closely At Their Financials

RogueWarrior65 Somebody 'esplain this to me (132 comments)

Pretty much every comment on this story is troll-worthy flamebait. Shouldn't the story itself be modded down accordingly?

about three weeks ago

Scientists Baffled By Unknown Source of Ozone-Depleting Chemical

RogueWarrior65 Silly engineering question (303 comments)

Why don't we capture this supposed ozone-depleting chemical and spray it all over urban centers that are now showing rising levels of ozone?

about three weeks ago



Poll: How many monthly fees do you pay?

RogueWarrior65 RogueWarrior65 writes  |  about 4 years ago

RogueWarrior65 (678876) writes "How about a poll on how many monthly fees you pay for every month e.g. cellphone, broadband, Netflix, Lifelock, etc, etc. etc, etc. etc.
1-5, 5-10, 10-15, 15-20, more than 20"

Retro-electronics: The Philips Coffee Machine

RogueWarrior65 RogueWarrior65 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

RogueWarrior65 (678876) writes "In the early 1970s, I was fortunate to discover the Ontario Science Centre in Toronto. For the Gen Y'ers out there who never knew a world without computers, to Gen X'ers, this place was the future. Computer technology was just beginning to be exposed to the world and this museum had the coolest exhibits around most of which were interactive. One of the exhibits was a machine reminiscent of an old vending machine. On its face was a large circuit board with lights that spelled out the word "coffee". There were several dials and a button which when pressed, would cause the machine to speak the word. The knobs adjusted various inflections and tonal qualities of the speech. Feeling nostalgic, I inquired of the museum about this exhibit. Was it still there? If not, was it in storage somewhere and could I purchase it. I was told that the machine was developed by Philips Electronics but the exhibit was no longer in their collection. Then I asked Philips about it and was told that no, they have nothing in the archives, no schematics or parts list. A Google search is came up empty as well. So, for mature slashdotters out there, does anyone have any more information on this gadget?"


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