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Study: Multimedia Multitasking May Be Shrinking Human Brains

TeknoHog Re:multi screen (87 comments)

what? puppies! bassline.

4 days ago
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Outlining Thin Linux

TeknoHog Re:What about BSD derivatives (221 comments)

I used NetBSD for a while back in the day, and I loved the Real Unix purity and simplicity after years of desktop Linux distros, but I missed some of the userland idiosyncracies and hardware support. Then I found out about Gentoo, and to me it's been the best of both worlds, starting with Portage which obviously owes a lot to BSD Ports.

Of course, I don't recommend Gentoo to anyone, because the collective wisdom of /. says it is only for ricers. All those oldskool BSD users must be ricers too, for doing all that compiling. (Pro tip: you can share your once-built binaries across several machines...)

about a week ago
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Remote Exploit Vulnerability Found In Bash

TeknoHog Re:Missing in windows? (399 comments)

Or an app for us 1337 Linux users to bash Windows...

about a week ago
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How Our Botched Understanding of "Science" Ruins Everything

TeknoHog Re:The whole article is just trolling (794 comments)

"Why?" is still a valid question; and science says we lack the tools to gather evidence of "why?".

IMHO, "why" questions either form an endless chain or are completely subjective, so they are far from valid in any scientific setting. For example, some say the reason god created the universe is love. Why love? What's the point of love? What's the point of that point? The only way to end this chain is by invoking some value, which is inherently subjective (even if a great number of peole share values).

Of course, the same can be said about the "what" and "how" questions of science. You can always dig deeper into nature and never find out how everything really works. However, we still do it because it's fun to know and understand things.

about a week ago
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Star Wars Producers Want a 'DroneShield' To Prevent Leaks On Set

TeknoHog Re:*waves hand* (138 comments)

I'm looking at your 'roids. Happy now?

about two weeks ago
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Star Wars Producers Want a 'DroneShield' To Prevent Leaks On Set

TeknoHog *waves hand* (138 comments)

These aren't the drones you're looking for.

about two weeks ago
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U2 and Apple Collaborate On 'Non-Piratable, Interactive Format For Music'

TeknoHog Re:Apple's new streaming service? (358 comments)

Do you still get the occasional partygoer who says they have connectivity, and they really really want you to play this great song from Youtube or Spotify with their phone? Because that's why DJs have all the fancy equipment and skills, to plug in someone's phone.

Connectivity is one reason why I stay away from closed systems like Spotify. Even with good signal, I wouldn't take the risk of something happening halfway, I really need the entire song on my machine. However, it's more about the principles and practice of DJing. For starters, I need the actual file for loading on the digital turntable and some analysis/planning to get a smooth mix. If someone wants to show off their 1337 Spotify skillz, then by all means do it, take my place for the rest of the night and let me hit the bottle.

about two weeks ago
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Slashdot Asks: What's In Your Home Datacenter?

TeknoHog Re:Minimal and low power (286 comments)

You call Atom low power? ARM based boxes don't even need a heatsink. (I've run Gentoo on Buffalo Linkstations since 2009.)

about two weeks ago
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What To Expect With Windows 9

TeknoHog Re:Virtual Desktops (Workspaces) (545 comments)

Virtual desktops help me focus on one thing at a time. Having multiple monitors would be simply distracting.

about two weeks ago
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Astronomers Find Star-Within-a-Star, 40 Years After First Theorized

TeknoHog Re:Yo (72 comments)

It's the Dawg Star, but navigating with it will be difficult. Too dim.

Are you sirius?

about two weeks ago
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Sapphire Glass Didn't Pass iPhone Drop Test According to Reports

TeknoHog Re:Ion strengthened? (207 comments)

Regular glass doesn't contain any ions, in the same way that regular vegetables don't contain any genes.

about two weeks ago
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Amazon Is Killing Off Its Free P2P Money-Transfer Service WebPay On October 13

TeknoHog Re:Guess I'll have to use google wallet or paypal (34 comments)

I dipped my toes into the Bitcoin world, just to say I'd done it... My $0.1245 worth of bitcoin is now worth $0.0955 Yeah, that's a lot better than keeping my money in a bank...

It's a good thing they value it in dollars, because the value of a dollar never changes, and that's how we know our money is safe in a bank.

about two weeks ago
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The MOOC Revolution That Wasn't

TeknoHog Re:I WAS a regular on Coursera (182 comments)

Sometimes lumberjacks cut down trees, wear high heels, suspenders and a bra.

FTFY. I hope the video has it all.

about two weeks ago
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The Challenges and Threats of Automated Lip Reading

TeknoHog Re:How Naive (120 comments)

Try lip reading the many wives of terr'rists.

about two weeks ago
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Why Atheists Need Captain Kirk

TeknoHog Re:Golf logic (937 comments)

IMHO, everything that people do can be explained by the ultimate goal of enjoying. If you do something because it makes rational sense, then perhaps you're the kind of person that enjoys rationality. I certainly get a kick out of doing math and science, and I try not to make the excuse that I'm doing it for some obscure higher purpose. People also tend to feel good when they help others, it's just what has kept mankind alive. If you say you exercise to keep yourself fit for work, then perhaps it's the work/money/status that you just happen to enjoy.

It's a good point about values, though. The question "why" is generally meaningless as it only leads to other questions "why", but the chain can end at some ultimate value -- I do $x because of money/friendship/hookers/blackjack -- but values are personal, and don't necessarily mean anything more than "I happen to enjoy money/friendship/hookers/blackjack, and that's that. In fact, forget the money and the friends."

about two weeks ago
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UCLA Biologists Delay the Aging Process In Fruit Flies

TeknoHog Re:Great... (82 comments)

Slowing the aging process doesn't add 20 years of the worst health at the end of the life but would extend each portion of the process.

IE, if the aging process was truly slowed 30% you'd get 30% longer years at 30, 40, 50 or whatever, not 20-25 years extra in the shape you'd be at 90.

I guess it depends on when this technique is applied. If you're an old geezer now, chances are you won't enjoy any more years with the 20-year-old-you's physique.

about three weeks ago
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3 Short Walking Breaks Can Reverse Harm From 3 Hours of Sitting

TeknoHog Re:What's "Easy" About This? (176 comments)

If the boss is more interested in accumulating a set number of hours sitting down, as opposed to getting productive work done, then perhaps it's time to get a new job.

about three weeks ago
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Intel Releases SD-Card-Sized PC, Unveils Next 14nm Chip

TeknoHog x86? (47 comments)

As this wasn't clear from skimming the articles, should I assume this is the old 32-bit x86 or x86-64? Because the latter has been around for 11 years, which is a geological time in computing, and we should really move on. Of course for something really embedded you'd want an ARM or a microcontroller, so there would be little point in keeping the x86 32-bit.

about three weeks ago
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Intel Releases SD-Card-Sized PC, Unveils Next 14nm Chip

TeknoHog Re:An army! (47 comments)

It's amazing how cheap and effecient microcontrollers have become... who needs a beefy computer when you can have a Beowulf cluster of controllers for less!

FTFY.

about three weeks ago
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Paypal Jumps Into Bitcoin With Both Feet

TeknoHog Re:What can possibly go wrong? (134 comments)

Bitcoin is a technology that solves real-world problems, it's not some fancy collectible. If you don't care to find out and appreciate the tech, then what are you doing on Slashdot?

about three weeks ago

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Startup by ex-Nokians will keep Meego phones alive

TeknoHog TeknoHog writes  |  more than 2 years ago

TeknoHog writes "A team of former Nokia employees behind the N9 has revealed plans for an upcoming Meego phone. According to the press release, "Jolla Ltd. will design, develop and sell new MeeGo based smartphones. Together with international private investors and partners, a new smartphone using this MeeGo based OS will be revealed later this year.

Jolla Ltd. has been developing a new smartphone product and the OS since the end of 2011. The OS has evolved from MeeGo OS using Mer Core and Qt with Jolla technology including its own brand new UI.""

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Microsoft worms to patch software

TeknoHog TeknoHog writes  |  more than 6 years ago

TeknoHog writes "According to New Scientist, Microsoft researchers at Cambridge, UK are studying the use of computer worms for spreading software fixes and fighting malevolent worms. From the article: "Software patches that spread like worms could be faster and easier to distribute because no central server must bear all the load." Not that there aren't other ways to avoid the server bottleneck, even from Microsoft itself."
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TeknoHog TeknoHog writes  |  more than 7 years ago

TeknoHog writes "European scientists have developed a system for tracing the position of fingers on any surface. From the New Scientist article: "Two or more sensors are attached around the edges of the surface. These pinpoint the position of a finger, or another touching object, by tracking minute vibrations. This allows them to create a virtual touchpad, or keyboard, on any table or wall.""

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