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Touring a Carnival Cruise Simulator: 210 Degrees of GeForce-Powered Projection

TeknoHog Re:Que the norovirus jokes (42 comments)

I always thought you que the first one, then queue the second one, then queueue the third...

2 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Should a Liberal Arts Major Get Into STEM?

TeknoHog Re:Not a Real Question (271 comments)

WTF does STEM even mean?

It means the branch of biology where you grow new kinds of cells from old ones.

2 days ago
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Denmark Makes Claim To North Pole, Based On Undersea Geography

TeknoHog Re:underwater ridges (184 comments)

Don't put in any new ideas for the Russian government... especially with a name like Lomonosov, yeah, that really has the good old Danish ring to it...

2 days ago
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Seagate Bulks Up With New 8 Terabyte 'Archive' Hard Drive

TeknoHog Re: Helium and the density of the disc (219 comments)

There's always cooling by radiation, though it might not be enough with such shiny surfaces.

4 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Software To Revive PocketPCs With Windows Mobile 5-6?

TeknoHog Re:Trashcan (110 comments)

The problem is, the GPS isn't very good by modern standards (even cheap phones will use GLONASS as well now)

Let's have some references before turning this into a USA vs. Russia fistfight. Oh, and Galileo FTW :D

4 days ago
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No More Foamy Beer, Thanks To Magnets

TeknoHog Re:Home mitigation? (130 comments)

Should be the other way round - the atmospheric pressure is higher in the basement...

I guess the beer experiences a shock upon the extreme pressure delta of getting upstairs. Where exactly does the OP open the beers?

4 days ago
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No More Foamy Beer, Thanks To Magnets

TeknoHog Re:Home mitigation? (130 comments)

Horizontality is definitely an issue for bottle-fermenting beers. You'll mess up the yeasty sediment when turning it around.

In my experience, extreme cold is only a problem if you get down to freezing temperatures. I've blown up a few bottles by trying to cool them down faster in a freezer. What happens upon freezing is also great for the nucleation of gas bubbles; hence the cloudy appearance of homemade ice cubes, and the measurements of ancient CO2 levels from the bubbles in antarctic ice.

4 days ago
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Time To Remove 'Philosophical' Exemption From Vaccine Requirements?

TeknoHog Re:There is no vaccine for the worst diseases (1039 comments)

I agree with you on a general level, but I still think it's a nasty idea to use organic compounds of heavy metals as vaccine additives. You'd think there were saner alternatives by now.

Of course, the amounts are probably minuscule to other sources of heavy metal poisoning we have around. This IMHO is the biggest issue about non-scientific reactions -- hysterical focus on $some_single_chemical and ignoring all other dangers and matters of scale. In my scientific education, I think one key thing has been learning how to deal with uncertainty.

Case in point: getting hysterical about aluminium in deodorants, and switching to alternatives such as crystal deodorant... which are 100% alum. Of course, the real issue is probably with specific compounds such as aluminium chlorohydrate - no need to ban the entire aluminium industry for that. And don't even get me started on genetic modification which has been going around for about 10000 years...

5 days ago
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Study Explains Why Women Miscarry More Males During Tough Times

TeknoHog Re:You are not in control (113 comments)

In other words, men = O(deer).

about a week ago
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AMD Offers a Performance Boost, Over 20 New Features With Catalyst Omega Drivers

TeknoHog Omega (73 comments)

So it's their last driver release ever?

about a week ago
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Linux 3.18 Released, Lockup Bug Still Present

TeknoHog Re:Don't use Bleeding Edge Kernels (106 comments)

Yup, I've used Pine since the 1990s and I continue to use Alpine.

"I use pine - not because its necessarily the greatest email reader ever, but because I'm used to it, and it does what I need it to do with a minimum of fuzz." -- Linus Torvalds

about two weeks ago
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Samsung SSD 850 EVO 32-Layer 3D V-NAND-Based SSD Tested

TeknoHog Re:.50 WHAT? (127 comments)

If you really must know, I got mine for a .357 per GiB.

about two weeks ago
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Linux 3.18 Released, Lockup Bug Still Present

TeknoHog Re:Don't use Bleeding Edge Kernels (106 comments)

I like pine kernels in my salad, and I PINE for the good old days when men where men and used real email clients, you sensitivity-challenged clod!

about two weeks ago
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Why Apple, Google, and FB Have Their Own Programming Languages

TeknoHog Re:Algorithms (161 comments)

You can implement a 3D game in Python, but its interpreter and memory management is going to make it much less efficient than the same game in C++.

IMHO that is a rather unfortunate example. I'm sure people have written 3D games in Python with not so bad results, because the 3D heavylifting is done on a GPU anyway (via PyOpenGL).

about two weeks ago
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Aliens Are Probably Everywhere, Just Not Anywhere Nearby

TeknoHog Re: the key formula scientists use (334 comments)

The number of data points for "planets with intelligent life" equals 1. I have a model that fits this data perfectly, I dare you to improve on it.

about two weeks ago
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Consumer-Grade SSDs Survive Two Petabytes of Writes

TeknoHog Re:Most people write far less. (125 comments)

Servers, depending on their usage platters could have a problem

FTFY.

about two weeks ago
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Riecoin Breaks World Record For Largest Prime Sextuplet, Twice

TeknoHog Re:'Sextuplets' (51 comments)

A sextuplet is a tight-knit group of 6; typically used to refer to the birth of 6 kids together.

I guess that's why they call it "nitpicking".

about three weeks ago
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Corning Reveals Gorilla Glass 4, Promises No More Broken IPhones

TeknoHog Re:horrible brand (203 comments)

It was originally called guerilla glass, to refer to the marketing strategy.

about three weeks ago
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Corning Reveals Gorilla Glass 4, Promises No More Broken IPhones

TeknoHog Re:"Two" times, not ten times (203 comments)

News for nerds, remember? Ten is simply the base-2 representation of the same number that two represents in base-10. It's exactly the same statement.

So is that base two too? I can understand a reference to seeing "2" in a binary datastream when talking about bending strength, but I could never really get past second base myself.

about three weeks ago
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Tracking a Bitcoin Thief, Part II: Illustrating the Issue of Trust In Altcoins

TeknoHog Re:Obligatory (46 comments)

Ha

/half nelson

about a month 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  |  about 8 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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