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New Windows Coming In Late September -- But Which One?

X10 Gefilte fisch (239 comments)

I'll vote for "Windows Gefilte Fisch".

yesterday
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New EU Rules Will Limit Vacuum Cleaners To 1600W

X10 more rules.... (332 comments)

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

4 days 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 two weeks ago
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Android Motorcycle Helmet/HUD Gains Funding

X10 Re:This helmet scares me. (126 comments)

I ride a GSX-R1000. On the street, sometimes on the track. The site says the helmet has a "quick release chin strap". So it's not safe. On the track, a double D is required. I want a double D strap always. That made me want to find more info, but there's surprisingly little info on the quality of the helmet itself. Apparently, it's a cheap helmet. But at $1500, what does the extra $150 matter to make it a safe helmet? I would love to have a helmet with the gadgets that Skully gives us, but not at the cost of safety. What's the use of a heads up display after your skull broke in a crash?

about two weeks ago
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Slashdot Asks: Should Schooling Be Year-Round?

X10 Yes, the more schooling the better (421 comments)

I see language skills of people deteriorate. Young people are awful at spelling and language in general. We should give kids as much education as possible, or we'll find ourselves back in the dark ages.

about two weeks ago
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New Process Promises Ammonia From Air, Water, and Sunlight

X10 Re:Ammonia production (117 comments)

You have a special cat. Mine need additional components to create the ammonia.

about three weeks ago
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New Process Promises Ammonia From Air, Water, and Sunlight

X10 Coming up next: synthetic gas from CO2 and H2O (117 comments)

This is a first step. Ten years from now our cars will run on synthetic gasoline, created from CO2, H2O and electricity from sunlight.

about three weeks ago
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My degree of colorblindness:

X10 Re:I am not colorblind (267 comments)

"afaik" because you don't know how other people see colors. Maybe you see orange very well, and you call it "orange", but other people see fifty different shades of orange. Then you're color blind but you don't know. Or whatever.

about three weeks ago
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My degree of colorblindness:

X10 Re:Different colors (267 comments)

He lives too close to a black hole.

about three weeks ago
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My degree of colorblindness:

X10 Re:Different colors (267 comments)

I thought different pupil sizes are a rare condition. My oldest son has different size pupils when it's a little dark. One pupil gets more than twice the size of the other. This has changed a little when he almost lost an eye during a soccer match.

about three weeks ago
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My degree of colorblindness:

X10 Re:Different colors (267 comments)

I guess no two eyes are the same, that goes for one person's eyes too. I see colors more bright with one eye than the other. At the tennis court, one with orange gravel, my left eye sees the gravel as a faded orange, while the right eye sees it as bright orange.

about three weeks ago
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FBI Concerned About Criminals Using Driverless Cars

X10 In Iraq? (435 comments)

I'm sure that terrorists in Iraq, Afghanistan and similar countries know what to do with a driverless car they steal. The question is, will the suicide car go to heaven to the 72 virgins? 72 virgin cars? Or what is car heaven?

about a month and a half ago
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The debate over climate change is..

X10 Re:n/t (278 comments)

... while the issue is entirely scientific.

about a month and a half ago
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Australian Electoral Commission Refuses To Release Vote Counting Source Code

X10 Re:Security (112 comments)

This gets scored "Funny". I think it's sad, very sad, that there's still people who think that keeping their source code a secret makes their software more secure.

about a month and a half ago
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Google's Project Zero Aims To Find Exploits Before Attackers Do

X10 Future Proof Jobs (62 comments)

The poster of "Future Proof Jobs" should have read this subject rather than posting his question.

about a month and a half ago
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A Brain Implant For Synthetic Memory

X10 Where can I apply (87 comments)

to get one?

about a month and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Correlation Between Text Editor and Programming Language?

X10 Java. Android. Eclipse. (359 comments)

Nothing else.

about a month ago
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Match.com, Mensa Create Dating Site For Geniuses

X10 Re:The second test (561 comments)

People who pass the second test are the people who don't join Mensa in the first place. People join Mensa because they don't have friends. This is because they fail your second test.

about 2 months ago
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Match.com, Mensa Create Dating Site For Geniuses

X10 Socially disabled? (561 comments)

Why does a community of socially disabled people need a dating site? Do they think it will help them?

I know plenty of people who would qualify for Mensa (I know I do) but they don't join because they have a happy social life with lots of smart friends, and even "normal" people. It's only the "smart" people who are more or less socially disabled who need to join Mensa in order to "get a life". Get a life!

about 2 months ago
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Intuit Beats SSL Patent Troll That Defeated Newegg

X10 It's not the infringement that's the issue (59 comments)

it's the patents that are bogus. Judges need to invalidate more patents, they need to invalidate all software patents.

about 2 months ago

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The sudden policy change in Truecrypt explained

X10 X10 writes  |  about 3 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 5 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 7 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 2 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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