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Nokia's N1 Android Tablet Is Actually a Foxconn Tablet

WarlockD I just don't know what Nokia is doing anymore. (109 comments)

You have this tablet, by pure specs doesn't look that much better than the newer atom tables coming out and the glorified auto app sorter for your android (Z Launcher)? When I worked for US Nokia as a lowly support, developers and managers were just screaming at Finland about trying something to innovate. If you didn't speak Finish, your opinion didn't matter.

To make matters worst, they thought they "won" when they released the N97 and just planned to make reversions off that thing. Sure it was good, but they just never paid attention to Google. Got laid off about 6 months after that.

So now that the non-compete clause is almost over they are trying again? I still think Stephen Elop was a Trojan horse. It doesn't help maters how he and his cronies got a sweet deal after the merger.

I know Nokia isn't "just a phone company". They have multiple divisions and a large part of Finland economy. But to just come out with an Android tablet, branded launcher all relying on Foxcom's support and build quality? I am not saying I know much about Foxcom, but it still feels kind of a big gamble right after you get burned badly from a market you dominated. What the hell are they thinking?

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Remote Support For Disconnected, Computer-Illiterate Relatives

WarlockD Re:It doesn't make sense (334 comments)

Here is another food for thought. Allot of people are talking about fancy "chrome books" or "iPads". Hell, someone even dug up UUCP from the grave as a remote communication solution, baring ssh connections might be scrubbed from the state. The big problem is that, while I can make an educated guess where your family is, I can honestly say it doesn't matter. Whatever solution your going to implement:

YOUR FAMILY IS GOING TO HAAAATTTTEEE IT.

Oh they won't say it to your face, they will just ask if they can keep the old computer "as a backup" and just use that once your gone. I know this. I know this from 10 years of experience of helping my grandma, her friends, her friends friends, and working at Unisys as a drive around tech for both enterprise and consumers. My american born Korean friend knows this as well and has tried hard to find similar solutions. At the end of the day, all people want to surf the web, go to links friends and family talk about, and emal/text. Computer literacy ONLY helps the safety of said activity's. When my grandma discovered her grand-kids were all on Facebook, she didn't care that she set up 3 accounts with different passwords, but I was able to strengthen that out by having chrome force sign her in one. My friends mom would constantly complain about the linux install because it wouldn't play flash properly, so he had to switch her back to XP. These are just a few examples I can mention, and you WILL get these calls.

Just remember, any "teaching" you do must be "with" them. Not "to" them. From their perspective, everything is working on their end. Their computer might be selling their information to the highest bidder and telling everyone how their penis can grow larger with one payment to the Nigerian, but they can still get pictures from family, they can still get messages. They can still see the latest football game scores.

Do the wifi idea. Hell do one better. Set up a small embedded system with a built in modem. They sell embedded boxes, but an old p4 with a modem should work. PFSense is something I would suggest. I forgot the package but there is a way to set it up to act as an email proxy. Have it drop all attachments that aren't images. It can even unpack zip files and check if its just images in those. Have it dial in daily keeping the email box clear. Just say it just checks your mail every day at 1am or such. Its like 4 am and I am half out of fuel and I am sure you have looked at some of these products. They will still get viruses as I don't think it will have the bandwidth to keep the updates up, but at-least you can have it track their surfing habitats and can block country's they have no reason to go to. Talking to you Russia and most of Africa:P

I hate to say it, but this is the best way for someone who is computer illiterate and doesn't use the computer much to care. You come in saying "just plug this between the computer and the modem to make the internet faster/safer" They don't feel alienated on the limited computer knowledge they learned and you can, they keep the computer/interface they are used too, and at the very least, have some control over the data going in and out.

Whatever you decide just ask yourself, "Does this improve their experience? If not, what would happen if they just chunk it and not tell you?"

As a side note, if it wasn't to much of an extreme luxury for the country its going to, I would recommend also an iPad for the interface. That single thing has introduced text messages, Facebook and god help me gaming to my grandma. If it wasn't for the large constant patches it needs and the very high chance it would get stolen, I would recommend it too.

about 2 months ago
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Texas Town Turns To Treated Sewage For Drinking Water

WarlockD Re:I'm a WFTX resident (242 comments)

My grandpa lives on the other side of Dallas, around Tulsa. The whole reason he spent more than 30k on getting a few wells down was because he couldn't trust the water from the lake. "I don't know about you, but I spent 40 years dumping my trash (before it illegal dumping was enforced) , no way in hell I am drinking out of it!" I know we are constantly out of water, but I still think we need to dredge the lakes more than once every 20 years.

Ugh I meant Tyler. Don't know why I said Tulsa:P

about 4 months ago
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Texas Town Turns To Treated Sewage For Drinking Water

WarlockD Re:I'm a WFTX resident (242 comments)

My grandpa lives on the other side of Dallas, around Tulsa. The whole reason he spent more than 30k on getting a few wells down was because he couldn't trust the water from the lake.

"I don't know about you, but I spent 40 years dumping my trash (before it illegal dumping was enforced) , no way in hell I am drinking out of it!"

I know we are constantly out of water, but I still think we need to dredge the lakes more than once every 20 years.

about 4 months ago
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Malaysian Flight Disappearance 'Deliberate'

WarlockD Solution Unsatisfactory by Heinlein (436 comments)

One of the first story's that got me reading his fiction. Why go though all the trouble of building a complex bomb when you can just fill the belly of that airplane with as much radioactive dust and you can and spread it over New York or Washington like a crop duster over a corn field?

At most they just need to make some panels blow off at low altitude to spread as much as they can. The result would be worst than any bomb. You wipe out a city the size of New York (Washington, etc) and you also make it uninhabitable for 40 to 100 years. Much stronger physiological impact as there is no way you can clean that stuff up for that time. Heinlein talked about using low half life radiation (5 years) so you could just walk back in. I doubt terrorists would be so considerate.

As a side note, he wrote this thing in the mid 40's. How scare is that shit:P

about 8 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Keeping Digital Media After Imaging?

WarlockD If you are 100% you have everything off of it. (122 comments)

I was recently did the same thing. I had about 2 old OnStream 30 GiG tapes and a hand full of old QIC-80's. Not even mention the CD-R pile in my room.

During the years I never had the space to just extract everything and sort though it all. Not to mention I would move backup data from tape, to CD, back to tape so I have copy's of the same things all over the spectrum. I have recently started consolidating it all, finding an old OnStream tape drive and old QIC floppy drives to restore everything to a single drive, get rid of all the duplicates and save the important stuff on archived DVD media and/or "the cloud" It was a nightmare but now I don't have to worry about trying to get hold of a bankrupt tape drive company's hardware in another 10 years.

I will then delete the tapes and burn them.

If it was hand labeled by a professor he liked or someone famous like Bill Gates I could see that. But there is no other reason to keep it around once it's contents have been properly indexed and stored. The only exception is when you need the obsolete media to be used in another obsolete computer. AKA making a disk for a cC64.

Let me put it this way. What do you think will happen in 10 years, when someone else finds that box of media. Even if he was told that it was all indexed and stored, he might question it and do it all over again "just to be sure" :P

about a year ago
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Why the Tablet Market is Really the iPad Market

WarlockD Re:People want cheaper tablets (657 comments)

Thats not the point of the article. Its because Google and Amazon are subsidizing the cost of their tablets so much that the consumers are expecting other manufactures to do so. Apple can get away with it because of their market presence and the idea that they are a quality product.

Your right, the Nexus 7 will explode the tablet market but who OTHER than google/Amazon can subsidize the price point to 200 bucks? This is why Dell and other manufacture companies jumped ship. The OEM's sell hardware for a profit, they cannot compete with companies that don't care about the hardware cost when they make up for it on content distribution.

Hell, this is why Microsoft is giving the finger to all the OEM's when it comes to their tablet. They will either have to subsidize the tablet to make it a "cheaper" alternative OR spend the time (years) to keep it on the market and compete with Apple directly on features and not on price.

If you want a real example of this, look at the US Cell Phone market. People EXPECT free phones with a contract or pay just a little more for a higher quality phone. However, if you look at Japan or Europe, those same phones are bought at full price for cheaper service.

more than 2 years ago
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Judge to Oracle: A High Schooler Could Write rangeCheck

WarlockD Re:Oracle surrenders? (478 comments)

Humm. It might seem that Oracle's laywers are pulling at straws, but I think they had this argument as a backup. Right now they are trying to save face so they threw this in because they don't think the jury is going to rule in their favor on the first, so maybe throwing in a less technical argument and more "Goggle is evil" will work.

The argument is not about the 9 lines of code, the lawyer isn't a coder, the idea is that Google copied the original java to get an idea on how the VM worked. Like how a programmer reads other peoples code to improve his own skills. By doing so, while not specifically infringing, it spread up Android's development, making Google getting to the market faster. Essentially, their argument is, without the decompiled java code Google would not of released sooner, thus, not made "as much" money.

Its all a fishing expedition though. They are hoping the CEO will make some stupid comment. Even if he does, they have to prove a nexus. That is
1. Decompile Java code to get Android out faster
2. Nexus?
3 .Profit!

Otherwise, all that effort is in vain as even if they say it did speed up the Android to market, it doesn't matter if it didn't help Google any.

PS = IMNAL but IRTFA:P

more than 2 years ago
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16-Year-Old Creates Scientific/Graphing Calculator In Minecraft

WarlockD Re:Somewhat impressive (160 comments)

I suspect he is doing some trickery with the display. That is, its not a true dot-matix display. Also this thing is using a sift BCD adder, I doubt he has more than 16 bytes in the entire thing. See the propagation delay in the final result? I don't even think he latches the registers. Also on 1:24 you see his decoder, He only has a single 5 row encoder (32 charters max). I suspect he has a shift register at the back of the display, the symble comes in, gets decoded and shifts onto the display. Remember, the atari 2600 could only draw one line at a time, this thing can only shift one digit at a time. The answer display looks attached to the adder directly however.

Got more on my response here: http://games.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=2748105&cid=39485531 , but the jist is that its perfectly reasonable to say this guy did it. It just has NO CPU logic. At best, its like one of those cheap solar calculators you buy at walmart.

more than 2 years ago
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16-Year-Old Creates Scientific/Graphing Calculator In Minecraft

WarlockD Re:Did it without RedPower2 addon (160 comments)

I've built some ALU's and prototypes of CPU's, here is some grandstanding of my TMS1000 clone: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t82p-Ql8Djo The thing is though, while I am an older guy, I went from zero knowledge to this in under 6 months in minecraft. Binary logic is just not that hard. Its just really really repetitive.

After the hundreds of test projects I built, I have a good judge on the amount of logic you need and I have to say, the kid knows his shit. He is basically using 3 shift registers and a shift ALU. That is, he is only calculating one digit at a time with bits hold carry/overflow flags. Notice how he said it was a 6 bit BCD adder? That is JUST enough bits to calculate 9x9 with one bit over for carry. This is why those cheap 99 cent solar calculators are so cheap, it has about the same kind of logic in them. If you build your logic around needing to shift, everything is smaller and easier. It might be slower, but it properly takes longer to cycle the display than to multiply a number. Also, its so small is because he doesn't have a big ass ram bank. 9/10 cpu projects usually are big because of even a bank of 20 registers.

On the mine craft side of things, he uses pressure plates as they look a bit nicer and generally its an easier interface to wire. There is this is/was a big design stuff in the forms about dot matrix displays so I figure he put in his own display stuff there. The only thing I am not impressed with is the "graphing" part of his calculator. Lets face it, the entire core of the thing is a 6 BCD adder with shift logic. This thing is WAY to small and far to limited memory for it to have nothing but static formulas. Also, why didn't he put in a simple clock to just "draw" the grid instead of pressing a button?

But to be honest this is WAY better than that stupid HACK alu. I AM impressed with the original guy who made it, just not all the 100's of clones people have made of it. Very few people have made a 100% working cpu. Anyone can build an ALU, no one builds the state/decoding logic:P

Look at his older caculator, you can see how small the basic logic is there and how much you need for the display:P http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aSC_YXuONZg

more than 2 years ago
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Sony To Delete Virtual Goods

WarlockD Re:I'll give you my Neopets... (171 comments)

You laugh but I know people that are proud of their 500+ days /played. How about all those pets they grinned up and collected? the more than 12k achievement points that "don't mean anything"? Even baring the pets you can buy, alto of people sunk their kids and marriages into this game. They won't just scream, they will take to the streets.

more than 2 years ago
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Reasons Behind the Demise of Kodak

WarlockD Re:Pretty simple (200 comments)

As Tharsman said earlyer it wasn't that they couldn't, its that they couldn't admit that they lost. What do you tell investers, workers and even the world: "Thanks for hanging around and investing in us these 80 odd years but we are going to have to axe half of you."?

I am sure once the digital camera tech got high enough people in the board room were looking like zombies but there wasn't much they could do. Take a chance with a bunch of upstarts in California? Sell their silver mine for a foxcom like company in china? Anything they do sounds like they are losing badly or at worst, if any of these ideas fail, like their blatantly incompetent. I bet that's why we get these fancy CEO's in charge to take the fall when things go south.

Toy's R Us is still around because they did the hard decision to kill allot of the non profitable stores, But it took being bought out by hedge fund company and having THEM make the hard decisions rather than the board to get where they are today. Hopefully that will happen to Kodak and we might see them again.

As a dying printer company:P

more than 2 years ago
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Microsoft Killing Off Zune, Windows Live Brands?

WarlockD Ding Ding the witch is dead! (262 comments)

Kind of saw it coming though. Windows 8 is kind of make or break for Microsoft right now in the phone/tablet market right now. No reason to have any other products to distract consumers with. I wonder if Windows 8 will have an emulation layer for x86 on the ARM.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Would Real Space Combat Look Like?

WarlockD Re:Laser Beams (892 comments)

lasers? seriously? I can tell you what space combat will be like with our level with tech.:

It will be jousting with big aluminum polls, ball bearings as dropped mines and tracking missiles with pikes at the end.

People can talk about all the offence ability they want (lasers, rail guns, etc) but the fact is that we don't have the engine or armor technology to move things fast in space. So we will be forced to make do with ships built like Russia pods or "cruisers" like what the shuttle is. We don't even have the scanning ability to track incoming fire if its not self powered. A long aluminum poll with a steel tip going 0.01c at a shuttle will destroy it just as much as a billion dollar rail-gun.

In space, inertia is the empire. We are just rebels trying to survive:P

more than 2 years ago
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The Gradual Death of the Brick and Mortar Tech Store

WarlockD Re:Thank god we still have Radio Shack (491 comments)

Yea I heard of that. Never happened with me or the guys I worked in. I mean the instructions clearly tell us to unplug the battery FIRST. Its bloody obvious as you got live power running in that memory so you should unplug it before you do anything. Not saying other techs haven't done it though. Sigh. Even as a server tech I have been dispatched to fix other techs problems. You shouldn't need to replace everything in the chassis to fix a bad cpu. I will say one thing, I will never again use an ESD strap using a rack as ground. Half the people don't even tag it to ground. Getting the shock of my life from an ESD strap when ATTACHING it to a rack made me thing there was more than just a bad board going on in that case:P

more than 2 years ago
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Non-Copied Photo Is Ruled Copyright Infringement

WarlockD You all are worst than our leaders.. (657 comments)

"AHH! All the world is going to shit because ONE judge ruled in ONE case not even in my same country!"

Seriously, as some smarter posters had posted, the defendant is a moron. He didn't want to pay licence costs for it, got sued, THEN painted another Mona Lisa with a different hair color to get around said licencing fees. This ruling was about his intent. Had he commissioned the photo and claimed he had never seen the original it would of been different. There is a reason why clean room reverse engineering is so expensive but also so valuable here in the states:P

I am sure the judge knew the implications to it and I am sure everyone is going to go nutters about this once it reaches the 5th page of the news. But how else was he supposed to rule? The defendant was clearly trying to get around paying for the original work. Do you punish the photographer who made the original art or the guy who wants a free ride.

Please slashdot, tell me why I, Leonardo Polizzi can't charge $50 to look at my Mona Lisa

PS - Bad example as its just the original with some junk on it. But what if I painted it exactly as it was, strokes and all, even the same smile, but changed the hair color?

more than 2 years ago
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Paypal Orders Buyer of Violin To Destroy It For a Refund

WarlockD So, what is she going to sue paypal for the 2500? (362 comments)

She is screwed. I am sure the case would win agents PayPal as you could say they didn't have the technical expertise to verify it was fake. IANAL, but I cannot believe a judge in small clams court would deny that Paypal was stupid in this case.

I am curious, any lawyers out there familiar with small clams? Would you sue the buyer, who lives out of country, because he is stupid and doesn't know a real from a fake or Paypal who ordered the destruction of the violin? If you do sue Paypal, do you just go to your local court for it, it doesn't seem like they would bother to send anyone there as it just be cheaper to pay her off.

It all could be bogus though. Someone paying 2500 for a violin, even an amateur, might understand something "Made in Japan" doesn't make it 100 years old.

more than 2 years ago
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Toxic Montana Lake's Extremophiles Might Be a Medical Treasure Trove

WarlockD Re:Nature is very very versataile (133 comments)

That's a scary thought. Imagine all the permafrost melting in Russia. All of a sudden Russia has the most farm-able land in the world:P

more than 2 years ago
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Institutional Memory and Reverse Smuggling

WarlockD Re:I've been there (312 comments)

You know I heard this one before. "I want to buy this off you so I could make sure I know what your destroying." Quote for Quote too. I guess its resonable, they can't just send lawyers at your because you will just say I destroyed it like the documentation said and its not like they can prove otherwise.

But then, their real objective is to "save their asses" as they lost the stuff in the first place. They can justify the cost to as its cheaper than getting lawyers involved and even the lawyers might just want the data destroyed for legal reasons.. It makes me wonder if world peace can never be achieved without all party's saving face.

more than 2 years ago
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Ticketmaster Customers, Get Ready For Your (Tiny) Class-Action Payout

WarlockD Re:Finally, not a scam (140 comments)

Your reading the slashdot'ers wrong. Its not that the lawyers didn't get paid for their work, its that it cost SO much and took SO long for essentially nothing. I don't know who the plaintiffs are, but 20k for a few processing fees? Why they get 20k and the rest of us get a damn 1.50 coupon.

Seriously, why does this take 8 years?

more than 2 years ago

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BioShock released early....sort of

WarlockD WarlockD writes  |  more than 7 years ago

WarlockD writes "Looks like the genius at Toy's R Us released Bioshock a good week early as shown in this video. Before you even ask, yes, its on the torrents as we speak. What gets me is that you buy Bioshock and Madden 08, you get $30 off. Anyone know if there are going to be other release specials?"
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