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Ask Slashdot: Linux Login and Resource Management In a Computer Lab?

William Robinson ulimit? (98 comments)

Try ulimit. It helps a lot keeping things under control.

about a month ago
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Heartbleed Bug Exploited Over Extensible Authentication Protocol

William Robinson Re:Lots of things can be exploited. (44 comments)

Simple solution is to patch it although it might be harder on some devices.

Agreed.

I do welcome these kind of reports, because they will motivate procrastinating managers. I know managers having big 'change resistance', with simple arguments like "Does it affect us?". These kind of report does tell them why it is much better to act now.

about 3 months ago
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Biggest Dinosaur Yet Discovered

William Robinson Analogy (113 comments)

it was as heavy as 14 African elephants

Next time, could you please use car analogy?

about 3 months ago
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Programmers: It's OK To Grow Up

William Robinson Re:Buzzzzz word compliant. (232 comments)

I find it difficult to believe that a developer would NOT be able to pick up HTML5 in a weekend.

Absolutely. There is only one category, good developers and bad developers.

There is no usch thing as YOUNG and OLD developer.

about 3 months ago
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Could Google's Test of Hiding Complete URLs In Chrome Become a Standard?

William Robinson Bad Idea (327 comments)

How the hell user will be able to go to the website in the first place? Google it and then surf around even if you knew the URL? I like entering URL of sites I know, for example 'mail.yahoo.com' when I am in hurry to check my mails. For me it sounds like a bad idea.

about 4 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Can Creating New Online Accounts Reduce Privacy Risks?

William Robinson Re:I have enough accounts.... (164 comments)

That's nothing.

There is web site of Indian Railways. To book a ticket, they need your name, address, telephone number, blood group, blood sample, retina scan, tongue sample, sperm sample and name of your first born son, your great grandparents and names of all teachers who have taught you in past.

I said, no thank you.

about a year ago
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Legislators Introduce Bill To Stop Set Top Boxes From Watching You

William Robinson Re:Oh please! (161 comments)

As if the law is going to stop people from spying...

They do. Or else your DNA would have been public property and related information a public property.

about a year ago
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Oxford Tests Self-Driving Cars

William Robinson Re:Google has done this already. (95 comments)

Once one company has done it all others should stop.

Well, not necessarily. There could be lot of interesting (read creative) ideas one could have missed. And indirectly, it creates a healthy compitition everybody benefits from.

If that was not the case, we would have had only one type of car, only one type of plane, only one type of phone..and the list may go on.

about a year and a half ago
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Australian Economists Predictions No Better Than Flipping a Coin

William Robinson Re:Economy is not a science. (290 comments)

Economy is not science and won't ever be.

Yep. That's why Indians used to use astrogers as Finance Ministers (except for Manmohan Singh.)

about a year and a half ago
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Device Sniffs Out Signs of Life After Disasters

William Robinson Re:Dogs (48 comments)

I agree that dogs do great job. However trained dogs are expensive and they have a time limit.

Back on topic, I was involved in design electronics and algorithms of chemical detector useful for military/security forces. Right now I am involved in design of device that would detect certain diseases. We used nanomaterial and I believe it does great job. It provides great sensitivity and helps package everything in a small 3 inch box.

IANAC, could anybody explain me whether the technology used in the device "ion mobility spectrometry" is better?

about a year and a half ago
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Insurance For Cybercriminals, or Giant Sting?

William Robinson Insurance for without ticket (72 comments)

Long back I heard that in India there are people offering insurance against getting caught by ticket checker. The insured person pays money in advance and travels without ticket, and when caught pays fine and the amount is reimbursed.

about 2 years ago
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Ubuntu Will Now Have Amazon Ads Pre-Installed

William Robinson Re:I see (646 comments)

I tried switching to Xubuntu, thanks to Unity. Xfce is much better. Works great for me. Hope they will not include this feature in Xubuntu OR atleast provide option to disable it.

about 2 years ago
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Ig Nobels Feature Exploding Colonoscopies, Left Leaning Views of Eiffel Tower

William Robinson Re:Speech Jamming Device (91 comments)

Husbands, take notice.

I would think about it later. Do they have anything on 'how to attract chicks'!!

about 2 years ago
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Tesla CTO Talks Model S, Batteries and In-car Linux

William Robinson range (181 comments)

300 miles is impressive, and probably because they are using Lithium Ion batteries, it should weight less. With gas prices touching sky, I would certainly be interested in this kind of researh ongoing. Some interesting add-ons to this could be PV cells embedded in the body to charge batteries while driving and add couple of hundred miles on the fly.

about 2 years ago
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The Strange Nature of the Nigerian App Market

William Robinson Re:No surprise there (110 comments)

Just checked and surprised to see India has 929 million mobile subscribers. That is huge market.

about 2 years ago
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Indian Government Mulls Giving Away Mobile Phones To the Poor

William Robinson Re:I would guess.. (104 comments)

No. This is done typically in India, just before elections, to make sure the voters forget their inefficiency and incompetency while choosing their leaders. This is nothing, compared to 80000 Crore rupees (US$ 20.8 billion) loan waiver before previous elections.

about 2 years ago
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Curiosity Lands On Mars

William Robinson Re:Tune in to Coast to Coast AM (411 comments)

He is planning to prove that NASA never landed on Mars and then he will proceed to prove that NASA found human-like-creatures on Mars which NASA has hidden somewhere in Arizona.

about 2 years ago
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Laser Powers Lockheed Martin's Stalker Drone For 48 Hours

William Robinson Re:Power it from above (129 comments)

Yep, I was thinking same. The laser from ground will limit its usefulness to line-of-sight distance only.

Another improvement could be to use solar heat on the fly and run Stirling Engine for additional power. That way the plane would be used for way longer period.

more than 2 years ago
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Telefonica Shows Prototype Firefox OS Phone

William Robinson Re:Need a niche (91 comments)

Could be. But TFA does not talk about the loads of features that make Android or iOS rich. For example security, extensibility (installing apps from market) and so on. They will have tough time matching lot of goodies existing OS has to offer.

more than 2 years ago

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Snipping HIV-1 Out From Human Cells Achieved

William Robinson William Robinson writes  |  about a month ago

William Robinson (875390) writes "Scientists from Temple University School of Medicine have achieved a way to snip out the integrated HIV-1 genes for the very first time. They created molecular tools to delete the HIV-1 proviral DNA. When deployed, a combination of a DNA-snipping enzyme called a nuclease and a targeting strand of RNA called a guide RNA (gRNA) hunt down the viral genome and excise the HIV-1 DNA. From there, the cell's gene repair machinery takes over, soldering the loose ends of the genome back together – resulting in virus-free cells."
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Hunt for Gravitational Waves Begin as Black Hole Trio Discovered.

William Robinson William Robinson writes  |  about 2 months ago

William Robinson (875390) writes "Astronomers from Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy in Bonn, Germany, have discovered three closely orbiting supermassive black holes in a galaxy more than 4 billion light-years away. This is the tightest trio of black holes known to date. Researchers say the discovery will help astronomers hunt gravitational waves, the ripples in the curvature of spacetime that propagate as a wave, travelling away from the source."
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NASA Recreates Space Dust on Earth

William Robinson William Robinson writes  |  about 3 months ago

William Robinson (875390) writes "A team of NASA scientists has successfully replicated the process of formation of interstellar dust occurring in the atmosphere of a dying star in a specialized facility called the Cosmic Simulation Chamber (COSmiC). Scientists believe that dust grains are the building blocks of universe, enveloping dying stars and then getting eventually ejected into "interstellar medium lead" to be part of the formation of planet. During the COSmiC experiments, they could simulate gas-phase with high radiation environment by using cold argon gas filled with hydrocarbons sprayed into a vacuum, similar to the cosmic space that has average temperatures of less than negative 270 degrees Fahrenheit or about 100 degrees in Kelvin. The researchers formed and detected nanoparticles on the order of 10nm size grains varying from 100-500 nanometers and combined grains up to 1.5 micrometers in diameter"
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A Star Cluster Thrown Out Of Galaxy At Hypervelocity Discovered

William Robinson William Robinson writes  |  about 4 months ago

William Robinson (875390) writes "According to these reports, A globular cluster of several thousand stars, compressed into a space just a few dozen light years apart, is thrown out of galaxy M87. The cluster, named as HVGC-1, is traveling at a rate of 2 million miles per hour. The discovery was made by Nelson Caldwell of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics and his team while studying the space around the supergiant elliptical galaxy M87. Caldwell and colleagues think M87 might have two supermassive black holes at its center. The star cluster wandered too close to the pair, which picked off many of the cluster’s outer stars while the inner core remained intact. The black holes then acted like a slingshot, flinging the cluster away at a tremendous speed."
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Astronomers Discover Pair of Black Holes in Inactive Galaxy

William Robinson William Robinson writes  |  about 4 months ago

William Robinson (875390) writes "The Astronomers at XMM-Newton have detected a pair of supermassive black holes at the center of an inactive galaxy. Most massive galaxies in the Universe are thought to harbor at least one supermassive black hole at their center. And a pair of black holes is indication of strong possibility that the galaxies have merged. Finding black holes in quiescent galaxies is difficult because there are no gas clouds feeding the black holes, so the cores of these galaxies are truly dark. It can be only detected by this ‘tidal disruption event’,."
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NASA proposes "water world theory" for origin of life

William Robinson William Robinson writes  |  about 4 months ago

William Robinson (875390) writes "A new study from researchers at Nasa's Jet Propulsion Laboratory has proposed the "water world" theory as the answer to our evolution, which describes how electrical energy naturally produced at the sea floor might have given rise to life. While the scientists had already proposed this hypothesis called "submarine alkaline hydrothermal emergence of life" the new report assembles decades of field, laboratory and theoretical research into a grand, unified picture."
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New black holes found in Andromeda

William Robinson William Robinson writes  |  about a year ago

William Robinson (875390) writes "Astronomers have discovered 26 new likely black holes in the neighboring Andromeda galaxy — the largest haul of black hole candidates ever found in a galaxy apart from our own. The central region of the Andromeda galaxy is chock-full of black holes, according to extensive observations with NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory. 26 new stellar-mass black hole candidates have been identified, adding to nine previously known and bringing the grand total to 35. Scientists believe it may be 'tip of the iceberg'"
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X-Ray Laser for creating supercharged particles

William Robinson William Robinson writes  |  about 2 years ago

William Robinson (875390) writes "Scientists have found way to use X-Ray Laser for creating supercharged particles. The specific tuning of the laser's properties can cause atoms and molecules to resonate. The resonance excites the atoms and causes them to shake off electrons at a rate that otherwise would require higher energies. This could be used to create highly charged plasma."
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Tech companies and politics

William Robinson William Robinson writes  |  about 2 years ago

William Robinson (875390) writes "There are iteresting stories about which tech companies are supporting Obama and which tech companies are supporting Romney. According the article, Obama's biggest donators features the likes of Microsoft, Google, IBM and Comcast whereas the only tech name on Romney's list is EMC. The tech community are choosing Obama because they see him as man with a similar vision"
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Why Solar Stirling Machines are not popular?

William Robinson William Robinson writes  |  about 2 years ago

William Robinson (875390) writes "Having lot of interest in renewabe energy, I came across solar Stirling Machines, which could have become very popular in remote areas where electricity is scarce. Countries like Indonesia, India, and middle east has abundant solar power, still I do not see Stirling Machines anywhere except couple of experimental setup. I wanted to ask the experts here, what could be the reason? Delayed start is not an issue and hundreds of applications can live with delayed start including waste heat recovery mechanisms. I am planning to build one for the third world countries. Do you see any reason why this may not fly?"
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Major net espionage traced back to China

William Robinson William Robinson writes  |  more than 4 years ago

William Robinson (875390) writes "The New York Times is reporting that 'Canadian and United States computer security researchers have monitored a spying operation for the past eight months, and have been observing while the intruders pilfered classified and restricted documents from the highest levels of the Indian Defense Ministry, including documents on several Indian missile systems. Though the Indian government was the primary target of the attacks, one chink in computer security can leave many nations exposed. The researchers said that the spy operation appears to be different from the Internet intruders identified by Google and from a surveillance ring known as Ghostnet, also believed to be operating from China, which the Canadian researchers identified in March of last year. Ghostnet used computer servers based largely on the island of Hainan to steal documents from the Dalai Lama, the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader, and governments and corporations in more than 103 countries.'"
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ISRO launches Indian version of Google Earth

William Robinson William Robinson writes  |  about 5 years ago

William Robinson (875390) writes "Indian Space Research Organisation is launching beta version of Bhuvan (meaning earth in Sanskrit), a web based tool similar to Google Earth. Some of the key differences include, Bhuvan will be able to take much closer pictures of the Indian Subcontinent as compared to the Google Earth. Bhuvan will feature a zoom level of upto 10 meters while the Google Earth features a zoom level of up to 200 meters. The user can also navigate through 3D viewing environment. One can "fly" to destinations of choice and even draw 3D objects such as placing of expressive 3D models, 3D polygons and boxes. The site also offers tools to measure horizontal, vertical and aerial distances."
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The first Indian Cartoon porn is officially dead

William Robinson William Robinson writes  |  about 5 years ago

William Robinson (875390) writes "The first Indian porn website has been shutdown after it was banned by Indian government a month ago. Savita Bhabhi, an Indian cartoon porn star born just a year ago, attracted more than 60 million visitors a month. Puneet Agarwal, creator of the web site, who had remained incognito using the pseudonym 'Deshmukh' and who came out openly to save the web site, has finally decided to pull the plug in spite of attempts to save the website by fans over twitter and blogs."
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Google plannig new web oriented OS

William Robinson William Robinson writes  |  more than 5 years ago

William Robinson (875390) writes "Googlers announced a new project, Google Chrome OS saying lower-end PCs called Netbooks from unnamed manufacturers will include it in the second half of 2010. Linux will run under the covers of the open-source project, but the applications will run on the Web itself. According to Sundar Pichai, vice president of product management, and Linus Upson, engineering director, "Google Chrome OS is being created for people who spend most of their time on the Web, and is being designed to power computers ranging from small Netbooks to full-size desktop systems. And as we did for the Google Chrome browser, we are going back to the basics and completely redesigning the underlying security architecture of the OS so that users don't have to deal with viruses, malware and security updates". The story is discussed on CNET."
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Comet Lulin closest to earth tonight

William Robinson William Robinson writes  |  more than 5 years ago

William Robinson (875390) writes "Comet Lulin, formally known as C/2007 N3, which is on visit to solar system, will be closest to earth tonight, about 38 million miles. To the naked eye, the comet looks like a fuzzy patch of hazy light in southeastern sky near Saturn, at the tip of Leo the Lion's hind leg. After this brief visit, Lulin will be heading back out to its kin in the Oort Cloud."
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Minerals Found on Moon by Chandrayan M3

William Robinson William Robinson writes  |  more than 5 years ago

William Robinson (875390) writes "The moon mineralogy mapper (M3), a scientific instrument of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) onboard India's first lunar mission Chandrayaan-1, found iron-bearing minerals on the lunar surface. The images revealed changes in rock and mineral composition, and the abundance of iron-bearing minerals such as pyroxene. The moon mineralogy mapper, designed and built by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, provides detailed compositional information regarding the moon a thing which has never been done before. The region that was mapped recently is called the Orientale Basin. Different wavelengths of light captured in the image provide new insights into the composition of the region. The story is available here too."
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Terrorist Attacks on Mumbai

William Robinson William Robinson writes  |  more than 5 years ago

William Robinson (875390) writes "Mumbai, in India, has been attacked by terrorists killing more than 100 innocent people while looking for foreigners, especially US and UK citizens, some of them still being hostages. The new design of military style armed attacks brings up new possibilities of unsafe cities, five star hotels, civil as well as nuclear installations. While recalling memories of 9/11, and condemning these attacks, I wanted to ask slashdotters what needs to be done for preventing the terrorists becoming successful?"
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Chandrayan Faces Heat on Moon

William Robinson William Robinson writes  |  more than 5 years ago

William Robinson (875390) writes "India's first unmanned lunar craft, Chandrayaan-1 has reported an unexplained rise in temperature on the atmosphere of Moon. According to the officials at ISRO, rise in the temperature is a normal phenomenon since it was still a summer time on Moon. They feel that the temperature would back to normal by December. The temperature inside India's first unmanned lunar spacecraft Chandrayaan-1 has gone over 50 degrees Celsius, prompting scientists to explore various options to cool down the unexpected surge. They have rotated the spacecraft by 20 degrees which has helped reduce the temperature of the craft to 40 degrees Celcius. As a last resort, they are planning to raise the orbit of the spacecraft to cool it down."
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Chandrayan enters Lunar Orbit

William Robinson William Robinson writes  |  more than 5 years ago

William Robinson (875390) writes "After 18 days journey, Chandrayan, the moon mission of India, has entered Lunar orbit. The manoeuvre was described as crucial and critical by scientists, who pointed out that at least 30 per cent of similar moon missions had failed at this juncture, resulting in space crafts lost in outer space. The lunar orbit insertion placed the Chandrayaan in an elliptical orbit with its nearest point 400 to 500 kilometres away from the moon and the farthest, 7,500 kilometres. By November 15, the spacecraft is expected to be orbiting the moon at a distance of 100 kilometres and sending back data and images. The Chandrayaan is also scheduled to send a probe to the moon's surface."

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