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LinuxFest Northwest 2015 Will be Held April 25 and 26 (Video)

WarJolt Re:Fastest way to increase attendance (21 comments)

Seducing a bunch of nerds with free awesome swag to entice them to show up does not constitute bribery.

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LinuxFest Northwest 2015 Will be Held April 25 and 26 (Video)

WarJolt Fastest way to increase attendance (21 comments)

What you need is corporate sponsors for free swag.
Most the people go to Google IO for the free stuff.

yesterday
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Quantum Physics Just Got Less Complicated

WarJolt Re: Science, bitches, that's *how* it works! (180 comments)

"That's how science work. You don't base your decision on the mere principle that it more or less looks kind of logical."

Newtonian physics looks kind of logical. It's completely wrong, but plenty of decisions are based on it. Despite that we know is wrong we still use it today because it's incredibly useful.

Science constantly bases decisions on kinda logical principles until those principles are proven to be wrong.

yesterday
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Quantum Physics Just Got Less Complicated

WarJolt Re: Lame (180 comments)

Someone needs to invent a urinal aiming sticker for /. comments.

yesterday
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Grinch Vulnerability Could Put a Hole In Your Linux Stocking

WarJolt Re:Grinch is not a flaw - has no CVE!!! (116 comments)

Relax dude. Now that the media is hyping vulnerabilities, this is just a way for the TV networks to make a movie about the vulnerability that stole Christmas from some poor sysadmins. They'll replay it every Christmas until the end of time. Our great great grandchildren will have to suffer through it.

2 days ago
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Raspberry Pi In Space

WarJolt Re:Hope he doesn't lose power (56 comments)

This has nothing to do with a RPi. It is a common file system problem.
RPi has 2 file systems.
      1. Fat32 for the bootloader, proprietary firmware and kernel
      2. Linux rootfs that can use many different kinds of file systems.

ext2 wasn't very good at handling unclean shutdowns.
ext3/4 are a little better.
fat32 is terrible.

Fortunately the fat32 partition doesn't need to be written very often, so you're good. Reads aren't dangerous.

What you really want to do is make sure your Linux kernel has an initramfs installed in the kernel image, so it can fsck and fix any file system errors if the partition wasn't cleanly unmounted.

http://wiki.gentoo.org/wiki/Cu...

There you go. Not a hardware issue.

5 days ago
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OpenMotics Offers Open Source (and Open Hardware) Home Automation

WarJolt Re:Cloud Managed? (36 comments)

If you're interested in home automation, then you're probably familiar with the different protocols that exist which can work either wirelessly or over the powerline.
This system requires you to run 2 wires for the rs-485 to each module + power. This is not really convenient.
http://wiki.openmotics.com/ind...

ZigBee and Z-wave seems to be taking over. I love open source, but I'm probably going to go the proprietary route.
http://myharmony.com/products/...

about a week ago
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OpenMotics Offers Open Source (and Open Hardware) Home Automation

WarJolt Piss poor open source (36 comments)

You can't even compile the firmware without paying for a compiler.

"The firmware of our modules is written in Pic Basic Pro (except for the power measurement module which is written in C). Pic Basic Pro is an easy to use programming language that can be learnt very easily. We provide all source code free of charge (GPLv2 licence). The Pic Basic Pro compiler however is not for free so we ask everyone to play fair and to purchase the compiler (PBP Gold edition that supports the Microchip 18F) from www.melabs.com." - http://wiki.openmotics.com/ind...

about a week ago
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Canada Waives Own Rules, Helps Microsoft Avoid US Visa Problems

WarJolt Re:Fucking Hell, Harper needs to go! (122 comments)

We do not have a shortage of CS workers in this country, we have a surplus

CS workers is an ambiguous term, since a lot of CS jobs require vastly different skills. Even if your statement is based on real data, I don't think it's telling the whole story. Employment statistics are incredibly easy to spin. Not every CS worker has the skills necessary to work for Microsoft.

Not being a Canadian myself I don't have any first hand experience. The ictc article from 2013 seems to contradict your statement.
http://www.ictc-ctic.ca/?p=184...

about a week ago
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BitTorrent Launches Project Maelstrom, the First Torrent-Based Browser

WarJolt Re: Private? (67 comments)

All distributed systems have similarities, but bit coin doesn't really apply very well to this. The problem with bit coins is that distributed monetary transactions have to be synchronous. The proof of work function(generating hashes) basically creates a giant global virtual clock, such that consensus can be reached. This fixes your double spending problem and also why it takes so long for a transation to go through.

This system wouldn't have to deal with all that nonsense.

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

WarJolt Re:Very cool. (127 comments)

I had a professor who would build an atom based PC and install an ssd. IO is usually why users perceive a system as slow.

It amazes me how hard it is to find a sub $500 laptop with ssd. Tablets and 2 in ones seem to have them, but nothing with a 15 inch screen. I was temped to buy a $200 laptop and throw a ssd in there. Not sure what I was going to do with the 500GB hd it comes with.

about two weeks ago
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French Publishers Prepare Lawsuit Against Adblock Plus

WarJolt Re:Have the Germans threaten to invade (698 comments)

That was quick. An article about ads devolved faster than anticipated. On /. We strive for excellence.

about two weeks ago
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Why does Google Maps need to track who I'm calling on my cell phone?

WarJolt Re:different behavior when on a call? (5 comments)

Yes, but permissions should be grouped by actual privacy concerns instead of API. Arguably APIs should be designed that way too.

about two weeks ago
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The Sony Pictures Hack Was Even Worse Than Everyone Thought

WarJolt Re: Over what time interval? (528 comments)

They wanted to put a 10Gb fiber connection to my house. I said fuck no. I want to notice when all my bandwidth is being used to steal all my data.

about two weeks ago
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18th Century Law Dredged Up To Force Decryption of Devices

WarJolt Re: 5th Admendment? (446 comments)

My money is on the chicken.

about two weeks ago
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FAA Report Says Near Collisions With Drones On the Rise

WarJolt Re: The FAA isn't doing jack (115 comments)

And those pesky helicopters keep chasing them around.

about three weeks ago
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FAA Report Says Near Collisions With Drones On the Rise

WarJolt Re: The FAA isn't doing jack (115 comments)

You have the right to use an open space reserve, but you don't have the right to do whatever you want there. You can reserve airspace for rocketry without a pilots certificate, but you have to call Oakland center first. Usually the FAA wants to arbitrate the use of the airspace for safety reasons. Most FARs are written in blood. This might seem unfair to drone operators, but regulations are changing.

about three weeks ago
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No, You Can't Seize Country TLDs, US Court Rules

WarJolt North Korea? (120 comments)

Who gave North Korea a computer? Why would they need a TLD?

about a month ago
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New Book Argues Automation Is Making Software Developers Less Capable

WarJolt Computers are making everyone's life easier (212 comments)

Why are programmers singled out? Arguably computer automation is helping everyone. Skills are only important to have if there is value in the skill. I don't think theoretical computer scientists are any less intelligent because they never program in C or C++.

about a month ago

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iPad 3 was plan B

WarJolt WarJolt writes  |  more than 2 years ago

WarJolt (990309) writes "Ever think your iPad is too bulky? Brooke Crothers writes about how the iPad was plan B for apple. They wanted to use IGZO displays from Sharp. This may make some folks feel better about skipping a generation. Hopefully the next iPad will be smaller thinner and just as beautiful."
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Proposed Bill Allows Fed to Shut Down Your Interne

WarJolt WarJolt writes  |  more than 4 years ago

WarJolt (990309) writes "The 197 page bill will allow the president in a time of an emergency to flip a "kill switch" in a time of emergency. Do you think giving the federal government power over the greatest forum for free speech in a time of an emergency is a good idea?"
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