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Wave Power Fails To Live Up To Promise

SQLGuru Re:Lots of problems with it (190 comments)

Most of the solutions for harnessing wave power that I've seen rely on something staying moored in the same place and letting the waves go back and forth over the device. So, a boat anchored for a time could use a similar device (probably combined with something to harness the sun and winds, too -- power needs probably exceed the generation capabilities of each of them individually). While the boat is moving, you have an engine which can generate power as well as locomotion. So, I don't really see the problem with it.

2 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Have You Experienced Fear Driven Development?

SQLGuru Re:Wow... (231 comments)

Agile itself has a process for this (marketing can request all of the features they want, stack rank them, and pull into the sprint what can be done in the sprint --- keep working on the project until the budget is gone or everyone agrees it's complete). However, most people doing "Agile" aren't really doing Agile......they're doing more of an iterative-waterfall with the overhead of certain Agile processes. I've worked at places that do both and where they followed a truer Agile process, they got more done and the staff was less stressed.

3 days ago
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Turning the Tables On "Phone Tech Support" Scammers

SQLGuru Re:Start Button ? (210 comments)

Next time you get the call, you could try this approach:

You: Wait, you know I have a computer? Are you my parole officer? I've been banned from using electronic devices due to my recent conviction. If you're accessing my computer, that makes you an accomplice. Per the plea agreement, we both going get 20 years in a federal prison. The NSA is probably now tracking us both.

about a week ago
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AT&T Says 10Mbps Is Too Fast For "Broadband," 4Mbps Is Enough

SQLGuru Re:Seriously? (528 comments)

If you're on a 4mbps connection, you probably aren't one who cares about 60fps or 4k video.....you just want to watch the cat fall over.

I'm ok w/ the definition of broadband being 10mbps. It doesn't stop anyone from selling a 4mbps connection --- as long as they don't call it broadband.

about two weeks ago
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Akamai Warns: Linux Systems Infiltrated and Controlled In a DDoS Botnet

SQLGuru Re:Hahahahahahaha (230 comments)

Not a Linux apologist (Windows pays my bills), but in defense of Linux, these were programs running on Linux that had exploits. Of course, many of the exploits in Windows are through programs running on Windows and not the OS itself.......but Linux fanboys wouldn't be as quick to point that out.

about two weeks ago
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New HTML Picture Element To Make Future Web Faster

SQLGuru Re:Client or Server side? (161 comments)

Something akin to using a background image and media queries to pick the right version of the image based on the window size?

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: the State of Free Video Editing Tools?

SQLGuru Re:Cinelerra or Creative Cloud (163 comments)

For the money, it's hard to beat Magix Movie Edit Pro. It's feature rich and not as limited as the Sony product. That being said, it does tend to run slow, but you can throw hardware at it. It's not free; it's not open; and it's not Adobe, but it is better than most of the Windows free/open options.

http://www.magix.com/us/movie-...

about two weeks ago
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In Maryland, a Soviet-Style Punishment For a Novelist

SQLGuru Re:In Soviet Maryland (441 comments)

It isn't......but acting on the thought is. Writing the novel isn't even proof that you had a thought, much less acted on it. Do they have purchase history of guns or bomb making material? Has he had a history of erratic behaviour? Or did he just put pen to paper?

about three weeks ago
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In Maryland, a Soviet-Style Punishment For a Novelist

SQLGuru Re:In Soviet Maryland (441 comments)

Stephen King is probably lucky he lives in a different area of the northeast.......otherwise, he'd be on trial for all sorts of sick demented things.

Seriously, though -- if the teacher had other suspicious behaviours, it would be one thing, but just writing a fictional story based on an area he's familiar with isn't enough to indicate criminal thought.

about three weeks ago
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Low-Carb Diet Trumps Low-Fat Diet In Major New Study

SQLGuru Re:The diet is unimportant... (588 comments)

If the equation to be healthy is (and I'm not arguing that it isn't)

Caloric Intake == Exercise (or at least approximately equals)

You are assuming that people want to maximize the Caloric Intake variable. I think most of us are trying to minimize the Exercise variable instead. To do so, we are looking for the maximum Caloric Intake that requires the least amount of Exercise so that we can still be healthy. Low-carb seems to be better at this than Low-fat.

about three weeks ago
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Numerous Methane Leaks Found On Atlantic Sea Floor

SQLGuru Re:Global Warming? (273 comments)

Earth farts......

about three weeks ago
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Linus Torvalds: 'I Still Want the Desktop'

SQLGuru Re:Infrastructure? (727 comments)

You remove the ability to configure, you remove the most important part of your user base.

Most important *today*. Not most important if you want to win the desktop wars.

And I didn't say that I wanted configurability to go away. But my mom and grandma and the lady down the street and any clueless redneck that uses a computer don't want as many options. THEY aren't "computer people" and there are only a handful of people that I'll spend the time helping when problems creep up.......

about a month ago
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Linus Torvalds: 'I Still Want the Desktop'

SQLGuru Re:Infrastructure? (727 comments)

I think the main problem is that Linux is *TOO* configurable. "Normals" don't want hundreds of options. They want people to tell them which of a limited number of options will work for them.

Which distro should I pick? Which window manager should I pick? How do I configure my computer to be optimal for *ME*? I'm a techie and I can't tell you which distro is really the best for most people. I can tell you which ones are more stable.....but it isn't just ONE.

With Windows....and even Apple.....those choices are more or less made for you. All a "normal" needs to do is decide which apps they need to run and whether their OS supports those apps.

about a month ago
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Watch a Cat Video, Get Hacked: the Death of Clear-Text

SQLGuru Re:Reduced rights (166 comments)

They also have a harder time installing executable code.....if my browsing user can't install code, then they've only got memory to play with.

about a month ago
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Watch a Cat Video, Get Hacked: the Death of Clear-Text

SQLGuru Reduced rights (166 comments)

This is one of the reasons that I don't use an admin/root level account for normal activity. If I need those privs, I'll escalate my rights for a single action. While that also won't prevent all hacks, it drastically reduces my exposure.

about a month ago
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Samsung Buys Kickstarter-Funded Internet of Things Startup For $200MM

SQLGuru Re:Enquiring minds want to know (107 comments)

A stack of dollars (implied ones) that is 200 millimeters high.

about a month ago
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Of the following, I'd rather play ...

SQLGuru Re:Chess (274 comments)

Actually, if properly (perfectly?) played, doesn't White win? So that random selection at the very beginning really determines the inevitable outcome?

about a month ago
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Web Trolls Winning As Incivility Increases

SQLGuru Re:Not Government (457 comments)

I agree. I browse Slashdot at -1. I'm an intelligent person and recognize that trolling can take multiple forms......it could be content (comments) that are trolling, but I've also seen moderation trolling (i.e. down-modding anything pro-Apple or pro-Microsoft depending on which side you are on). But browsing at -1, I know that I will be exposed to a lot of content meant to incite. I think those people need an outlet and at least on a moderated site such as Slashdot, their drivel is generally only seen by those who are prepared for it.

about a month ago
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Writer: Internet Comments Belong On Personal Blogs, Not News Sites

SQLGuru Re:Never read the comments anyway (299 comments)

This is Slashdot. We read neither the article, nor the comments.

about a month ago
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Oracle Hasn't Killed Java -- But There's Still Time

SQLGuru Re:Nobody kills Java (371 comments)

I thought lawyers were a profit center based on the statement regarding all of the lawsuits........

about a month and a half ago

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One step closer to Jurassic Park

SQLGuru SQLGuru writes  |  more than 5 years ago

SQLGuru (980662) writes "http://www.statesman.com/news/content/news/stories/nation/11/20/1120mammoth.html Scientists are exploring techniques to salvage DNA from Woolly Mammoths and bring the species back to life (as well as possibly other extinct species). With current samples, they think they can get 80% of the way from an elephant to a mammoth. The article also talks about doing the same with Neanderthal and the religious implications (and circumventing it by using a Chimpanzee as the host instead of a human)."
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A case for evolution

SQLGuru SQLGuru writes  |  more than 6 years ago

SQLGuru writes "A scientist at Michigan State has some significant findings that make a really strong case for evolution. He's been growing E. coli bacteria for over 20 years to observe how they have changed over time. One group has developed the ability to metabolize a nutrient that E. coli normally does not process. He's found where the mutation happened and is now researching what the change was that led to this capability.

http://www.newscientist.com/channel/life/dn14094-bacteria-make-major-evolutionary-shift-in-the-lab.html?feedId=online-news_rss20"
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SQLGuru SQLGuru writes  |  more than 7 years ago

SQLGuru (980662) writes "http://www.computerworld.com/action/article.do?com mand=printArticleBasic&articleId=291633

Digg Inc., which operates a news aggregation Web site that lets users determine the placement of stories through voting, last week found itself at the center of what some analysts and academics are calling a test case on who has control over user-generated content on social networking sites. What happened on Digg.com was described even more trenchantly as "an Internet riot" by many bloggers and online posters. And the outcome was clear: The rioters won.
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SQLGuru SQLGuru writes  |  more than 7 years ago

SQLGuru (980662) writes "http://www.thestreet.com/pf/funds/toponepercent/10 336694.html This article shows reasons why a company may do well with spending money on R&D and why others may be better off not spending on R&D. I know that there was an earlier Slashdot discussion on the benefits of R&D (couldn't find the link). This article refers to a study that looked at how much of that R&D money translated to money on the bottom line."
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SQLGuru SQLGuru writes  |  more than 7 years ago

SQLGuru (980662) writes "http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20070124/sc_nm/germs_sp onges_dc_3

People who read the article the other day that talked about how 2 minutes in the microwave would kill 99% of the bacteria on the sponge were complaining that they tried it and it ruined their microwave. Apparently, reading the whole article should have clued them in that the sponge needed to be wet. It isn't just Slashdot where people don't RTFA."
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SQLGuru SQLGuru writes  |  more than 7 years ago

SQLGuru (980662) writes "As a follow-up to the discussion from YRO: Face Recognition: Real or Science Fiction (http://yro.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=06/10/25/1 353221), I came across this article that seems related. http://www.livescience.com/scienceoffiction/061009 _technovelgy.html
Polar Rose is a new search engine now being tested that will allow you to find anyone in any photo on any site. Type in the name of a person you know, and find pictures of that person all over the web, on sites like MySpace or blog pages using face-recognition technology.
Or just skip the article and go to the web site: http://www.polarrose.com/ (not much to see on the web site yet)."
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SQLGuru SQLGuru writes  |  more than 7 years ago

SQLGuru (980662) writes "http://www.theregister.co.uk/2006/09/19/ati_gpgpu/
Even before its merger with AMD closes, ATI plans to charge the server market with a new type of graphics product that could shake up the high performance computing scene. Advocates of ATI's technology say it could create a lucrative new revenue stream for the company and add some weight to the ATI/AMD marriage. ATI has invited reporters to a Sept. 29 event in San Francisco at which it will reveal "a new class of processing known as Stream Computing." The company has refused to divulge much more about the event other than the vague "stream computing" reference. The Register, however, has learned that a product called FireStream will likely be the star of the show.
While the ideas aren't new, direct support by the hardware companies is pretty cool."

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