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Why Women Have No Time For Wikipedia

Splab Re:Gender imbalance is self selected (515 comments)

If the reason women don't participate is because women are more likely to have their edits reverted when people see they are done by a feminine name

Or you know, women could find the interface horribly bad to work with and don't find the time required to learn it well spend? Personally I can't be bothered learning the markup and thus I can't be bothered contributing.


Russian Military Forces Have Now Invaded Ukraine

Splab Re:Ukrainians are a modern civilized people ... (801 comments)

It's well established that the weapon was supplied by Russians, there are pictures of the truck entering and exiting the Ukraine.

2 days ago

Dropbox Caught Between Warring Giants Amazon and Google

Splab Re:Dropbox use AWS (272 comments)

The "could" will kill a lot of investor interest.

5 days ago

2 Galileo Satellites Launched To Wrong Orbit

Splab Re:Stupid metric system (139 comments)

What a load of rubbish. Celsius are intuitive for those who grew up with them.

And regarding tools, sure when all your tools are made to imperial standards, it's quite a surprise when working with them are easier than trying to do convert them to metric...

about a week ago

New EU Rules Will Limit Vacuum Cleaners To 1600W

Splab Re:Do the math (336 comments)

Not sure why you are modded informative, you should be modded ignorant.

We run at 230v. +/- 10% in Europe, we generally have 10-16A fuses, and no one is selling 100w bulbs any longer.

about a week ago

Processors and the Limits of Physics

Splab Re:can't cross chip in one clock. big deal. (168 comments)

Erm, well true, but same goes for light, yet we speak about the speed of light as a constant...

The point I was trying to make, obviously, Slashdot of old has gone away, so I guess you need to pencil it out in stone, was that the guy is claiming a clock cycle took ages to propagate through the systems, which tells us he has no idea, what was and is going on in a computer. Now syncing a clock across several huge monolithic machines back then was easy, because a clock cycle was happening almost at a walking pace, going to 5Ghz is a entirely different beast, as you are now dealing with the limits of physics.

about two weeks ago

Berlin Bans Car Service Uber

Splab Re:liability coverage is needed (341 comments)

Sorry but you are wrong.

If a driver hits you and doesn't have insurance, your own insurance company will cover you and they in turn will do civil suits against the driver to get reimbursement. (This isn't the US, you guys get screwed by your government and insurance companies, we do less so here in Europe)

about two weeks ago

Ask Slashdot: Bulletproof Video Conferencing For Alzheimers Home?

Splab Re: WebRTC, Asterisk/FreeSwitch and a JS SIP clie (194 comments)

Why are you getting modded insightful? There is no fucking single solution out there, that has the magic bullet, if there can't be no single person doing anything to maintain it.

OP wanted a cheap, simple easy to maintain solution, one was offered. People suggesting dedicated IT guys are fucking idiots, if they think that matches cheap.

And yes, my solution is complicated, if you don't know how to read howtos, but then again, you are out of luck, if you want it cheap.

And regarding server setup and maintenance, if you think that is expensive, then you sir are delusional. You can get 5 9's cloud based hosting with excellent support for very little money; and yes, someone needs to update it from time to time, but if that can't be done, there is nothing to do.

No matter if you select TV, iPads, Macs, Windows or magic unicorns, you will have to have some software update from time to time - and it sucks no matter which one you select. Personally I think the TV option is the worst, as there is very little reason for Samsung, Sony, et. al. to push updates to old televisions, they will just tell you to get a new one, when you favorite Skype(ish) app decides to change protocol.

about a month ago

Ask Slashdot: Bulletproof Video Conferencing For Alzheimers Home?

Splab Re:just too good... (194 comments)

You guys are truly amazing. You grasp on to simple misunderstandings in language and go completely ignorant, not to say full blown retard of the points trying to come across.

If you make a solution with WebRTC, some sip server, some JS client, you are dealing with one single point of distribution and maintenance. All clients can be kioskmode if they need to be in their simplest form.

If all clients on the other hand are using Samsung TV setups, that means every single person using the system needs a Samsung setup, configured proper and used basically just for that - try explaining to Joe Average how to get into their TV apps, log into the right account etc. vs. having them click on a single fucking link synced with their favorite flavor of social data gathering.

The weak point is the Alzheimers home, but one would expect some form of caretaker who can place the patient in front of the computer and click a single icon.

about a month ago

Ask Slashdot: Bulletproof Video Conferencing For Alzheimers Home?

Splab Re:example of "dork" thinking ruining tech (194 comments)

Not sure what your point is, other than going absolutely abeshit on the wrong guy. The magic rainbows aren't directed at the original questioner, but at the doofus who I was answering.

And he is out of luck if he expects a no maintenance cheap solution exists, there is no such thing. Even going iPad proprietary will be a headache as soon as iOS 8 hoes out.

Oh yeah, and let me finish off by pointing out you just went full retard by doing the exact thing you say I was doing.

about a month ago

Ask Slashdot: Bulletproof Video Conferencing For Alzheimers Home?

Splab Re: WebRTC, Asterisk/FreeSwitch and a JS SIP clie (194 comments)

Do tell how those points are fixed by using a Samsung product.

If he sets that up, he is still on the hook, when some software needs to be updated, when the internet is down or whatever else might get in the way.

Oh and have you actually used samsung products? They are a fucking pain in the arse to setup, my solution pushes updates through the browser using html5 and JS; yes he will need to keep that server running, but that can be outsourced very cheaply and since it's not using proprietary software, codecs and service providers, any part of it can be switched - tired of chrome? use FF or safari (IE will work from next verion as well). Tired of Asterisk? Use FreeSwitch. Don't like the SIP ML5? Well switch to JS SIP.


about a month ago

Ask Slashdot: Bulletproof Video Conferencing For Alzheimers Home?

Splab Re: WebRTC, Asterisk/FreeSwitch and a JS SIP clien (194 comments)

Do elaborate mr. know-it-all.

OP says no maintenance at the Alzheimers home, my suggestion needs no intervention on the Alzheimer homes part once it's up and running.

If OP wants something that requires absolutely no setup, no software, no hardware and magic internet rainbows, then he is shit out of luck. But that's not how I read the request.

Also, thanks for joining the debate with zero input.

And Slashdot, seriously? You want us to debate, but will not allow us to make more than one reply every 5 fucking minutes?

about a month ago

Ask Slashdot: Bulletproof Video Conferencing For Alzheimers Home?

Splab Re:WebRTC, Asterisk/FreeSwitch and a JS SIP client (194 comments)

There is always a weak point.

The way I read OP is he needs something that doesn't need to be maintained at the Alzheimers home.

This setup moves the responsibility to a server of his choice. Granted, if that is too much, he needs to pay someone for doing it, but the suggested setup is a weekends worth of configuring and you are good to go, all updates are automatically handled by clients, you just need to make sure your linux box is up to date and perhaps ensure some sane firewall rules for the OS.

about a month ago

Ask Slashdot: Bulletproof Video Conferencing For Alzheimers Home?

Splab WebRTC, Asterisk/FreeSwitch and a JS SIP client (194 comments)

Move the maintainance to something you control and deploy through a browser.

One setup could be:
Crhome/Firefox as VoIP client
Webrtc2sip (see above)
Asterisk for handling the RTP exchange and authentication.

The security aspect is handled by Asterisk via. simple sip.conf, all clients use a webcam + browser and connect through a simple client (see the call.html example at ).

This way you have a linux box somewhere at your control running asterisk, apache and webrtc2sip (needed for dtls proxying); the clients can be a simple kioskmode setup with a webcam and a single page served from your apache.

about a month ago

Tesla and Panasonic Have Reached an Agreement On the Gigafactory

Splab Re:What makes this a gigafactory? (95 comments)

Thank god for that, imagine having to deal with imperial bits and bytes vs. metric bits and bytes!

about 1 month ago

Gaza's Only Power Plant Knocked Offline

Splab Re:Radicalization (868 comments)

Did they now?

Perhaps you should read other propaganda than you normal intake and see what other parts of the world is thinking.

Right now Israel is facing a lot of problems, it seems like they very well knew that Hamas in fact did *not* sanction the kidnappings; also Israel seems to have left out important informations regarding the kidnapping in order to step up the conflict with Hamas.

about a month ago

FTC To Trap Robocallers With Open Source Software

Splab Re:Ah, how adorable... (125 comments)

Why do you think it takes that much hacking?

Setting up a robo dialler takes less than an hour and "spoofing" your number is equally simple. You just sign up with Anveo or any service like that and you are good to go - go through a proxy in eastern Europe and chances are no one can do squat about it.

about a month and a half ago

Verizon's Accidental Mea Culpa

Splab Re:Connect with a VPN (390 comments)

Actually using a VPN might work, if said VPN connects to some other provider, like Comcast, which might not be saturated and then using their backbone connects to Netflix.

about a month and a half ago


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