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Preferred smartphone screen size?

X10 size or dpi? (258 comments)

I want a small phone with a small screen with the maximum number of pixels possible. And a quad core fast cpu. But what they offer is either a small phone with low dpi and slow cpu, or a high dpi fast cpu phone that is huge. Why can't a fast phone be practical, or a practical phone be fast?

about a month ago
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Researchers Scrambling To Build Ebola-Fighting Robots

X10 US Robotics? (87 comments)

US Robotics, do they still exist?

about a month ago
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First Man To Walk In Space Reveals How Mission Nearly Ended In Disaster

X10 Eaten by a bear (122 comments)

You survive a spacewalk, an inflated suit, too much G-force, and everything dangerous that can happen in space, then after you land you get eaten by a bear. How ironic.

about a month and a half ago
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Fusion Reactor Concept Could Be Cheaper Than Coal

X10 Worth trying (315 comments)

When, a few years from now, all oil fields in the middle east will be controlled by IS, we want to make the switch away from oil. This seems a solution worth investigating.

about a month and a half ago
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Microsoft Announces Windows 10

X10 Re:OMFG, stupid (644 comments)

Windows One - oh!

about 2 months ago
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Ubuntu Touch For Phones Hits RTM, First Phones Coming This Year

X10 Re:Nobody even uses tablets! (132 comments)

The stupidest thing is that nobody even really uses tablets.

People do use tablets. I use my nexus 7 quite a lot. With Android, which I think is best for phones and tablets. As Ubuntu is the best for desktops, or at least used to be.

about a month ago
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Ubuntu Touch For Phones Hits RTM, First Phones Coming This Year

X10 Re:Desktop GUI (132 comments)

I wish Canonical would concentrate on making a linux for the destkop with usable UI. Every move they make towards tablets, touch pc's and phones makes Ubuntu worse for desktop users. Which are also the people contributing most to Ubuntu.

about a month ago
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Researchers Propose a Revocable Identity-Based Encryption Scheme

X10 Re:Something seems off... (76 comments)

from wiki (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ID-based_encryption)

A trusted third party, called the Private Key Generator (PKG), generates the corresponding private keys.

Right. It's the same as PKI, just more complicated.

about 2 months ago
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My resting heart rate:

X10 Do the math (169 comments)

You heart will beat 2.5 billion times in your lifetime. The slower it beats, the longer you'll live.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Avoid Becoming a Complacent Software Developer?

X10 happy happy (275 comments)

Next year, it'll be 35 years that I've been developing software. I have never been dissatisfied with my job. I have never felt lack of energy or lack of enthusiasm to develop new software. I work for customers, as a freelancer, I work on my own projects. And I change the area I work in every five years or so. I may be the oldest Android programmer in the world, but keeping up with state of the art technology keeps me alive. I don't feel old. Nor complacent.

So what's your point?

about 2 months ago
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TrueCrypt Gets a New Life, New Name

X10 Secure? Wordpress? (270 comments)

Their site says "proudly powered by wordpress". Err, "security", "wordpress", isn't that mutually exclusive?

about 2 months ago
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Putin To Discuss Plans For Disconnecting Russia From the Internet

X10 Cool! (241 comments)

A lot of the child pornography we see comes from servers in Russia. Most of the spam we get comes from servers in Russia. Now, wouldn't it be nice if Russia cuts itself off the internet?

about 2 months ago
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ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

X10 Re:they will defeat themselves (981 comments)

A society that doesn't allow math won't last long.

They do allow math. Just not for everyone. They keep children stupid, except the ones that work for them using and creating technology to keep them in power. The leaders of the group know that Islam - and religion in general - is bull shit, but - as in our countries - religion keeps people dumb and easy to manipulate. As Dostoevski wrote in his parable about the cardinal great-inquisitor.

about 2 months ago
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To Really Cut Emissions, We Need Electric Buses, Not Just Electric Cars

X10 Re:No emission (491 comments)

I am. I know that a power plant is a lot more efficient, but I don't think it's easier to make the plant cleaner than individual cars. If a power plant has an 80% or even 90% efficiency and a car has 30%, the power plant still emits a significant amount, compared to cars with combustion engines. From discussions, especially when politicians are involved, you could think that electrical cars are emission free. They are not.

Btw, the future of cars is synthetic gasoline created by solar panels, not electricity.

about 3 months ago
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To Really Cut Emissions, We Need Electric Buses, Not Just Electric Cars

X10 No emission (491 comments)

because electric vehicles don't cause emission from powerplants.

about 3 months ago
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Why Munich Will Stick With Linux

X10 Re:At home too (185 comments)

There's nothing easy about getting various H/W setup on Linux even with the best distro.

I disagree. I have a standard Dell laptop, I put linux on it, no problem. Same with previous three laptops, various makes, never an issue.

about 3 months ago
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Why Munich Will Stick With Linux

X10 At home too (185 comments)

They should teach these people how to install linux on their home computers too. It's less confusing to have one os (all linux) than two (linux in the office, windows at home). Maybe even give them a free linux laptop for the home. They can afford that because of the license fee savings for not using windows.

about 3 months ago
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New Windows Coming In Late September -- But Which One?

X10 Gefilte fisch (251 comments)

I'll vote for "Windows Gefilte Fisch".

about 3 months ago
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New EU Rules Will Limit Vacuum Cleaners To 1600W

X10 more rules.... (338 comments)

The EU found yet another way of telling me what to do. They should mind their own business, and stop wasting tax money.

about 3 months ago
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Android Motorcycle Helmet/HUD Gains Funding

X10 Re:I'd be interested in the module alone as a kit (126 comments)

Apart from being able to take the kit to your next helmet, I want to choose the best helmet that fits my head perfectly and I think is maximum safe and strong. A kit would allow me to choose the best helmet, then mount the kit on it.

about 3 months ago

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The sudden policy change in Truecrypt explained

X10 X10 writes  |  about 6 months ago

X10 (186866) writes "I use Truecrypt, but recently someone pointed me to the sourceforge page of Truecrypt that says it's out of business. I found the message weird, but now there's an explanation: Truecrypt has received a letter from the NSA."
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Ask Slashdot: what do you guys do with moderator points?

X10 X10 writes  |  about 8 months ago

X10 (186866) writes "Every once in a while, I get 5 moderator points. But I don't know what to do with them. I can go through comments, but rating them feels like to much of a responsibility to me. Rating down a troll is easy, but the rest, well, I let it go. So my points go away after a few days.
What's your opinion about moderator points? Do you like getting them?"
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Ask SlashDot: What if they give you a broken project?

X10 X10 writes  |  about 10 months ago

X10 (186866) writes "Suppose you're assigned to a project that someone else has created. It's an app, you'll work on it alone. You think "how hard can it be", you don't check out the source code before you accept the assignment. But then, it turns out the code is not robust. You create a small new feature, and the app breaks down in unexpected ways. You fix a bug, and new bugs pop up all over the place. The person who worked on the project before you is well respected in the company, and you are "just a contractor", hired a few months ago.

The easy way out is to just quit, as there's plenty of jobs you can take. But that doesn't feel right. But, what else can you do?"
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Google introduces programming test for attending GoogleIO

X10 X10 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

X10 writes "Google announced some time ago that they want only developers to attend their Google IO conference. They hinted at developing a "programming test" that you have to pass before you can register. Now, they have introduced the Input Output machine at the same time they announced that Google IO registration will open on March 27. I take it that registrations will be ordered according to the quality of one's IO machine. Cute idea...."
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Iranian woman to be hanged for adultery

X10 X10 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

X10 writes "Iranian Sakineh Ashtiani will be hanged for adultery. Originally, she was going to be stoned to death, but er sentence was changed to hanging, according to sources. Punishment for adultery is absurd and ridiculous. Killing someone for adultery is barbaric and insane. What can /. readers do to prevent this?"
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No graphics card support for linux laptops?

X10 X10 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

X10 writes "I bought an Asus laptop, and I put Ubuntu linux on it. I couldn't get the Nvidia GeForce graphics card to work. Then I found that the card has "Optimus", it saves power by being off by default, and linux doesn't switch it on. I need my laptop for work, so I bought a Dell Vostro 3550 which is officially certified by Ubuntu — beit without the graphics card. It has an AMD ATI card. Which didn't work, for the same reason: laptops with hybrid graphics have an onboard integrated graphics card for normal use, and a separate Nvidia or ATI card for better graphics. So now I have two new laptops with different graphics card, and neither works. And believe me, I've spent many days trying to make it work, on both laptops. There's a group at http://linux-hybrid-graphics.blogspot.com/ that tries to solve the problem. As everyone who buys a new laptop and puts linux on it, will experience this problem, I wonder why the linux community hasn't solved this issue already. I'm willing to help."
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google webgl hacks my computer

X10 X10 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

X10 (186866) writes "I watched a youtube video of Danger Mouse, then I watched a Google WebGl video about the making of the video clip with WebGL. But ever since, I see the image of the video in every transparent picture on my screen in Ubuntu 10.10. Did Google WebGL put something in my videocard? My page shows a picture I drew for the occation, and a camera screenshot of how it looks on my screen.

This is the clip I watched:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ReH7zzj5GPc&feature=player_embedded"

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Is Android open source?

X10 X10 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

X10 (186866) writes "Everybody is discussing the features of the new Google Nexus One phone, but developers are worried about the future of Android: Google did not provide version 2.1 of the Android SDK which is used on the Nexus to developers prior to releasing the Nexus. Is Google taking Android back to being proprietary rather than OS?"
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Religion is not good for kids in school

X10 X10 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

X10 writes "Dutch researchers Jaap Dronkers and Manon de Heus of European University Institute in Florence, Italy, show that the more religiously children are raised, the worse they do in school. NRC today published an article (in Dutch only, unfortunately, this is a google translation of the page) and an interview with Dronkers. Dronkers' research involved 9,414 children in 16 western European countries with parents from 46 different countries. They show that kids from China, where there's no dominant religion — not counting Confucianism as a religion — do best, whereas children from Muslim countries (either Arab countries or non-Arab countries) do worst. Apart from the obvious relationship they find with religion, the fact that in Islam countries women are considered inferior does also influence childrens performance in school, Dronkers says. Too bad the publication doesn't seem to be available in English, yet."
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