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HP Recalls 6 Million Power Cables Over Fire Hazard

TechyImmigrant Re: Not the PSUs? The actual cables? (135 comments)

"Pakis..." I suppose you must be from Great Britain, probably one of those "old school tie" types who think those savages should still be all under the Queen's boot.

Yes i'm from Great Britain, but what I think I that the colonials should be using 220-240V, not 110-120V. Since P=i^2*r and i is proportional to v, resistive power loss in the cable the cable would be cut to 1/4 of what it is today, greatly reducing the risk of excess heat in skinny power cables.

2 days ago
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$75K Prosthetic Arm Is Bricked When Paired iPod Is Stolen

TechyImmigrant Re:Strange software design (194 comments)

Apple doesn't allow access to UDIDs (universal device identifiers) anymore, so unless the software is quite old, or requires a jailbroken device, the prosthesis cannot be paired to the device. (That's one of the reason why you can't access the UDID anymore, because pairing information with a device is stupid; the bigger reason is privacy).

The prosthesis can easily be paired to an AppleID plus an application specific ID. However, all information about this would be stored on the device, backed up to iTunes, and could be restored by just buying a new phone, entering the AppleID and password, and downloading the last backup.

If that doesn't work, then these guys must have some really strange and stupid software design + implementation.

Any app writer can include their own magic number in the instance on the device and use that for pairing.

2 days ago
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Princeton Nuclear Fusion Reactor Will Run Again

TechyImmigrant Re:Spherical Torus (147 comments)

A topologist and an engineer walked into a bar.
The engineer kicked the shit out of the topologist for using the same words to mean different things than engineers use them to mean.

3 days ago
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NRC Analyst Calls To Close Diablo Canyon, CA's Last Remaining Nuclear Plant

TechyImmigrant Re:In other news... (216 comments)

So read the rest of the post. FFS.

3 days ago
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NRC Analyst Calls To Close Diablo Canyon, CA's Last Remaining Nuclear Plant

TechyImmigrant Re:In other news... (216 comments)

Solar cells on every house is great as long as there is local storage in every house too.

Wind power is great as long as there is good power distribution infrastructure: It's always blowing somewhere.

Nuclear power is great as long as you address operational safety and waste storage, both of which are addressable if you do engineering rather than politics. Part of that is again, good infrastructure so you can build the nukes in good places for nukes.

It's easy to point at any single generation or harvesting technology and identify it's flaws as a sole solution. However there are many technologies and combined together they form a robust and comparatively clean solutions.

 

3 days ago
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Students From States With Faster Internet Tend To Have Higher Test Scores

TechyImmigrant ACT Tests (175 comments)

If there was any data to suggest the ACT tests are statistically valid (they test the thing you think they test) or reliable (they would get the same result if you tested again) then the correlation may be a clue to something. However when the underlying test is neither valid nor reliable, the correlation it shows doesn't even show you there is correlation.

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

TechyImmigrant Re:Why focus on the desktop? (725 comments)

Layout tools, Schematic capture, logic simulators, analog and mixed signal simulators, P&R, floorplanning etc, etc.
The all have a GUI that needs to be used.

What's notable is that with all these tools, the specific ones I use in the company I work for making big-ass chips, precisely none of them work on a windows desktop. You either run them locally or remotely on a Linux desktop. As time goes on they tend to drop support for older unixes. I don't know anyone who runs these on anything except Linux these days and windows is just a platform to run X or VNC to get to the desktop of the Linux box running the tools.

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

TechyImmigrant Re:Why focus on the desktop? (725 comments)

Well if it does, they can just give up and go to the baker on foot.

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Do You Wish You'd Known Starting Out As a Programmer?

TechyImmigrant Hardware (548 comments)

1) Screw software, hardware is where it's at.

2) Hard topics pay well: DSP, information theory, crypto, information coding, etc.

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

TechyImmigrant Re:Why focus on the desktop? (725 comments)

>rather than trying to break into the standalone desktop OS market.

It's there and dominant in a whole host of industries. The western world would collapse if Linux ceased being available on the desktop. For example we couldn't make chips.

But the eastern world would be ok?

Yes. They have good bread and public transit.

about a week ago
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Kolab.org Groupware 3.3 Release Adds Tags, Notes, and Dozens of Other Features

TechyImmigrant Re:Kolab.or (26 comments)

>Sounds grea

It's following the lead set in the SuperValu article a couple of days ago.

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

TechyImmigrant Re:Why focus on the desktop? (725 comments)

>rather than trying to break into the standalone desktop OS market.

It's there and dominant in a whole host of industries. The western world would collapse if Linux ceased being available on the desktop. For example we couldn't make chips.

about a week ago
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Processors and the Limits of Physics

TechyImmigrant Re: Lightfoot (168 comments)

I don't think you design chips do you?

about a week ago
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C++14 Is Set In Stone

TechyImmigrant Re:Oh god so what? (192 comments)

> Integer overflow has absolutely nothing to do with security.

Yes it does. I take it you don't write much crypto code?

about two weeks ago
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Munich Reverses Course, May Ditch Linux For Microsoft

TechyImmigrant Re:Bribery and corruption (578 comments)

>Because, you know the average Linux user is smarter than the nose-picking windows users.
I use Linux and I pick my nose you insensitive clod!

about two weeks ago
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Munich Reverses Course, May Ditch Linux For Microsoft

TechyImmigrant Re:Misleading title & summary (578 comments)

Try disabling scripting in Linux and see how far you get.

about two weeks ago
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Women Founders Outpace Male Counterparts In Certain Types of Kickstarter Funding

TechyImmigrant Re:Kickstarter Goals? (98 comments)

I won't fund any electronics hardware project that appears to be asking for too little money. It's a sure sign they don't understand the scale of electronics manufacturing.

about two weeks ago
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Women Founders Outpace Male Counterparts In Certain Types of Kickstarter Funding

TechyImmigrant Re:Kickstarter Goals? (98 comments)

We need to do a controlled experiment to establish causality. First get a second KickStarter web site..

about two weeks ago
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Women Founders Outpace Male Counterparts In Certain Types of Kickstarter Funding

TechyImmigrant Kickstarter Goals? (98 comments)

Reading TFA is seems by 'Kickstarter Goal' they mean getting funded.
Once you've got funded you have to actually do the thing you said you were going to do with the money.

If people are using gender to determine who they are funding, they are presumably displacing more rational metrics, like "does the project make any sense?", or "Does this person seem competent to do what they claim they can do?'.

Thus in those areas where gender bias is measurable in funding, I would assume the odds of eventual successful delivery to be reduced.

about two weeks ago
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Ebola Quarantine Center In Liberia Looted

TechyImmigrant Re:Motive? (359 comments)

>where AIDS was/is spread primarily through homosexual sex and intravenous drug use.

and blood transfusions.

about two weeks ago

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IACR Finally Gets Around to Repudiating Mass Surveillance

TechyImmigrant TechyImmigrant writes  |  about 3 months ago

TechyImmigrant (175943) writes "Following the focus on government mass surveillance resulting from the information revealed by Edward Snowden, many organizations involved in security and communications put out statements essentially repudiating that surveillance. As of yesterday (May 15th 2014) the IACR (International Association for Cryptologic Research) who one might expect to have a position on this, has finally one year after the anniversary of the leaks, got around to making a position statement.

"The membership of the IACR repudiates mass surveillance and the undermining of cryptographic solutions and standards. Population-wide surveillance threatens democracy and human dignity. We call for expediting research and deployment of effective techniques to protect personal privacy against governmental and corporate overreach."

So the crypto guys don't like it either. Now we know."

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Unemployment. It's just too good..

TechyImmigrant TechyImmigrant writes  |  more than 7 years ago

I am now into my second week of unemployment. I have a job offer and start next Monday.

This would be great except I'm really enjoying unemployment. All the work related stress has been lifted from my shoulders. I have no travel planned, no economy seat hell. I got to write some code for fun. I've got a whole lot better at playing the guitar.

Perhaps somebody could give me a few million dollars. Then I could retire and live a stress free life.

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