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Brain Injury Turns Man Into Math Genius

Xemu Re: No story here, move along (208 comments)

I don't know about fried but that was my thought. the injury cross linked his normal "cpu" and vision "GPU" basically using his normal vision processing as a massive floating point processor. Not unlike using your GPU to mine bit coins or do other massively parallel processing.

Mining bitcoins in your head just by looking, now THAT would be a savant skill worth having.

about 7 months ago
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UK Cryptographers Call For UK and US To Out Weakened Products

Xemu Re:Unlikely (105 comments)

Does anyone really expect these criminal organizations, headed by the kind of people who set up a Star Trek style command bridge, are going to do the right thing?

Sure. The Star Trek bridge seems to indicate that it's an organisation headed by a trekkie, so I think there is a pretty good chance they are geeks and will do the "right thing". I would be more worried if they had built a replica of the White House and was an organisation headed by politicans or lawyers.

The only way to deal with these scum is to shut them down and start from scratch.

Repeating the same experiment is likely to yield the same results.

about a year ago
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Schneier: We Need To Relearn How To Accept Risk

Xemu Re:Diminishing returns (478 comments)

Eventually, people will understand that to avoid risks originating from the poorest countries, the final solution is to just eradicate those countries.

Terrifying prospect. Before this 'final solution' is implemented, I think it's equally possible that the rest of the world will understand that the biggest and most harmful risk is the United States, and arrive at a different solution.

about a year ago
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Electrical Engineering Labor Pool Shrinking

Xemu Re:Quite so! (401 comments)

this is a bay area company and I KNOW that they, as a general trend, have stopped investing in people and now only look for exact matches

Why should they "invest" in someone when the investment can just walk out the door whenever he/she pleases? Invest in yourself then get a higher paying job.

CFO asks his CEO, “What happens if we invest in developing our people and then they leave the company?” CEO answers, ‘What happens if we don’t, and they stay?”

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Getting Hired As a Self-Taught Old Guy?

Xemu Re:Start your own (472 comments)

42 is the anwer? What was the question? :p

I refuse to answer that question on the grounds that I don't know the answer.

about a year and a half ago
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How European Startups Are Battling Labor Laws For Developers and Programmers

Xemu Re:Hate labor laws? (293 comments)

Instead we make them show up every day, for their 7-8 hours and sit in chairs and do nothing

If this is the best use of available resources your company's management can come up with, I suggest replacing management with smarter people.

Even asking these people to clean toilets would have made the company more money.

about a year and a half ago
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YouTube To Offer Subscription Service This Week

Xemu Re:Ads (189 comments)

I'd definitely pay $2/month to remove the damn ads. Same goes for Hulu - why don't they have this option?

It will go the same way as cable. First you pay $2/month to remove the ads. Then you pay $4,$8,$16 and then they put the ads back in as well.

about a year and a half ago
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The Text-Your-Parents-Your-Drug-Deal Experiment

Xemu Re:really? (267 comments)

I've never actually done a comment like this, where I go "Oh come on Slashdot, what is this and why is it here?"

But come on Slashdot, why is this here?

News for Nerds, Stuff that Matters.

Y combinator Hacker News are a good alternative site with no lame drug stories.

https://news.ycombinator.com/

about a year and a half ago
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Secret Chat Between Julian Assange and Eric Schmidt Published By WikiLeaks

Xemu Re:I wondered (212 comments)

Accidentally referring to TOR as "Thor"

Thor, the god, is spelled Tor in Nordic languages, so this only proves that Eric Schmidt is well educated and knows this.

about a year and a half ago
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Has Kickstarter Peaked?

Xemu Re:Kickstarter has peakerd for me. (156 comments)

I mainly pick up games on kickstarter...and initially games were pretty cheap about $5, the companies got seed money during development, and maybe I get a game...all of a sudden those games have shot up in price to $20, its gone from funding development to payment upfront...I haven't funded a game in a while.

It's because of people like you that Kickstarter is failing. Shame on you!

Of course not. Not every project posted on Kickstarter inherently deserves to succeed. There's a lot of crap posted on Kickstarter now, where people outright beg for money for nothing. ("Hey, I want to do X, never did it before, fresh out of college, show me they money")

It's also mostly treated as a pre-order system - "Hey, give us X dollars for product Y today and you'll maybe get it when we build it" is a really dangerous proposition. As the backer, we take all the risks, for no gain. X dollars for product Y is not a gain either, as you can buy the product Z online today for X dollars, and it does the same as the future-Y would do.

          I can fund the development of a game because I want to see the game come to life, but why should I fund the manufacturing of product Y, where I can buy Y+1 in the store next door already. A game is a unique piece of digital art, a random manufactured product very rarely is unique except in shape or colour.

There's another huge problem and that is the high failure rate and high risk of backing. I have backed five projects now, and so far only one has delivered - the other four are all late by 6 months or more. I am definitely more cautious with funding another project now. 20% success rate is abysmal and makes backing projects a very expensive hobby.

Kickstarter in itself is doing fine, but the good projects are being shadowed by the many poor ones. In a way, Kickstarter is failing because it's own success.

about a year and a half ago
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Bitcoin To Be Regulated Under US Money Laundering Laws

Xemu This is meant to kill Silkroad (439 comments)

They will use this law to strike against Silk Road.

Remember, Capone was convicted on federal charges of tax evasion.

about a year and a half ago
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Google Reportedly Making a Smartwatch, Too

Xemu Re:Tyranny of Age (196 comments)

There are bluetooth watches that already exist (and have for years, cost about $40-60 depending on style) that do the caller ID for you so you know if you want to answer your bluetooth headset.

Maybe you should try looking for what you want instead of waiting for it to be provided by Google, etc.

You saythere is already a "smart watch" for 60 bucks. Anybody can afford that. What anybody can afford, nobody desires.

Make a smart watch for 6000 bucks and a premium bling smart watch for $60,000 and see your sales skyrocket!

about a year and a half ago
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Jedi May Be Allowed To Perform Marriage Ceremonies In Scotland

Xemu Re:"groups promoting a belief" (196 comments)

"Let anyone who believes that these two should not be connected via the holy symbols of <, |, and > speak now or forever hold your peace!"

"By the power vested in me by the great RMS, I now pronounce you, emacs and vi."

about a year and a half ago
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Why Freeloaders Are Essential To FOSS Project Success

Xemu Re:Force in numbers (86 comments)

If your FOSS project only has a handful of users, it's nice.

If your FOSS project has thousands of users, it's good.

If your FOSS project has millions of users, it's excellent.

You have mixed up cause and effect, good Sir.

e.g

The way you wrote it: If your egg lays a millions of chickens, it's excellent.
The right way: If your chicken lays a million eggs, it's excellent.

about a year and a half ago
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Mobile Sharing: "Bezos Beep" Vs. Smartphone Bump

Xemu Re:New and interesting technology (180 comments)

New form of urban terrorism: Ringtone trolling. Set your ringtone to loud, have it as the encoded URL to $ShockSite.

In the next generation of this technology, there will be a secure way of transmitting messages by moving the audio in a small tube connected to the other device.

Future developments may include sending audio messages to multiple devices across a network of interconnected tubes.

about a year and a half ago

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LAN games now requires $5000 permit from Swedish Gaming Board

Xemu Xemu writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Xemu (50595) writes "In Sweden, a recent judgement from the Supreme Administrative Court, has declared that anyone arranging a LAN game must seek permission from the Swedish Gaming Board. Such a permission carries a 35 kSEK (5000 USD) administrative fee. Failure to register your LAN game with the authorities may result in penalties, and a criminal record, preventing a young gamer from getting a driver's license, US work visa and potentially causing problems with employers with strict hire policies."
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T-rex revived from fossil DNA by Chinese Academy of Sciences

Xemu Xemu writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Xemu writes "The feared T-Rex have been successfully cloned by Chinese researchers by inserting missing pieces of bird DNA into the fossil DNA. The technology to use bird genes was pioneered by american researcher Jack Horner. The research will be soon be published in Nature, reveals Swedish popular science magazine Illustrerad Vetenskap"
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Etch-a-Sketch inventor Andre Cassagnes, has died at 86

Xemu Xemu writes  |  about 2 years ago

Xemu writes "Andre Cassagnes, the inventor of the Etch-A-Sketch has died in Paris at the age of 86. The famous toy was actualized during the presidential campaign Etch-A-Gate when Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich, began holding up Etch-A-Sketches during their rallies. The toy is pretty advanced as it is essentially a manually operated plotter with a built-in erasing system. Plenty of hacks out there exists to mod the plotter to draw greyscale robotically, turn it into a temperature logger etc. Thank you Andre!"
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Humans smell in Stereo

Xemu Xemu writes  |  about 2 years ago

Xemu writes "Humans can locate an odour source thanks to a feature called stereo sniffing, says researchers in an article just published in Nature Communications. To further enhance odorant location capabilties, mammals combine serial sampling with bilateral nasal cues. Much like your average teenager in a dark basement would locate that smelly sock. Blocking one nostril makes it harder."
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Norwegian oil Statoil customer data hacked

Xemu Xemu writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Xemu writes "Norwegian oil company Statoil has just moments ago closed down all it's customer portals in Norway, Sweden and Denmark after a computer intrusion was detected on Wednesday. According to Bård Standal, a Director at Statoil Fuel & Retail, there are indications that customer data has been compromised and steps have been taken to increase the monitoring of Statoil debit and credit cards fraud."
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$500,000 Batmobile stolen by Swedish TV star

Xemu Xemu writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Xemu (50595) writes "Swedish TV star Bobo Krull was supposed to drive half a million dollars worth of Batmobile between New York and Los Angeles. Now the 550 horsepower Batmobile is missing. When asked, Mr Krull says it's "between two garages". The full scale replica was built over many years by Stockholm long-time Batman fan Leif Garvin. Use google translate to read the article."
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Italian team successfully demonstrates Cold Fusion

Xemu Xemu writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Xemu (50595) writes "Today, an italian team of researchers from the University of Bologna has demonstrated Cold Fusion together with a peer-reviewed paper. The demonstration was made using a kilowatt cold fusion reactor using nickel and hydrogen that can produce up to 10 kilowatts. There's only one catch: They refuse to show how the blue box works, citing patent concerns. What does our esteemed slashdot readership say, has the dream come reality, or is this a scam? Hard facts welcome."
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Sweden declares cartoons to be illegal child porn

Xemu Xemu writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Xemu (50595) writes "Don't keep manga on your hard drive if you travel to Sweden. Swedish manga translator Simon Lundström had four million manga pictures on his hard drive, downloaded from the net in large packages. He was found guilty of posessing 50 cartoons depicting child pornography, after he was reported to the police by his ex-wife in a custodial fight."
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Brain damage from game violence proved in study

Xemu Xemu writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Xemu (50595) writes "A team of brain researchers at Sweden's Karolinska Institutet warns that a newly published compilation of more than one hundred scientific studies — based on over 130,000 individuals — show a strong connection between violent computer games and aggressive behavior and decreased empathy."
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Swedish Teen Racy pictures stolen from Facebook

Xemu Xemu writes  |  about 4 years ago

Xemu (50595) writes "A brash website allowing users to rate Swedish teenage girls as "ugly" or "hot" has caused an outroar in Swedish media. The images of the girls, the majority of whom were 16 to 18 years old, were copied from their Facebook sites without permission. According to Anders Ahlqvist from the IT-crimes department of Sweden's National Bureau of Investigation (Rikskriminalpolisen), the site violates Sweden's law governing the use of personal information (Personuppgiftslagen – PUL)."
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Europe to monitor all Internet searches

Xemu Xemu writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Xemu (50595) writes "European parliament is issuing a written declaration about the need to set up an ”early warning system” to combat sexual child abuse. However, the substance of the declaration is to extend the EU Data retention directive to search engines, so that all searches done on for example Google will be monitored. If you are a citizen concerned about the right to privacy and freedom on the Internet, you can help by sending a mail to the MEPs from your country, and explaining the issue to them."
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German court kicks Pirate Bay off the net

Xemu Xemu writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Xemu (50595) writes "The district court in Hamburg ordered bandwidth provider CB3ROB to discontinue service to one of it's customers, the Pirate Bay, on grounds of copyright violations. This has caused the infamous torrent site to go offline. Spokesmen for the site has said that they have a backup plan and expect to come back online within hours."
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Swedish Cabinet Office attacked by Chinese hackers

Xemu Xemu writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Xemu (50595) writes "In a leaked report, the Swedish Secret Service, SÄPO, claims a 2005 computer attack on Cabinet Office computers were perpetrated by Chinese hackers working for the Chinese government."
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Study shows TV makes kids fat, computers don't

Xemu Xemu writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Xemu (50595) writes "Computer's don't make children fat, but watching TV for the same lenght of time does. This is shown by a recent Swedish study of all school children in Lund's county conducted by RN Pernilla Garmy. The results were clear: The child's obesity was directly affected by placing a TV in the child's room, but placing a computer in the room had no effect at all. One theory is that it's common to have a snack in front of the TV, while a computer requires a more active user, for example when chatting or playing games."
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'Hit The Bitch' Violent Web Game Causes Outrage

Xemu Xemu writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Xemu (50595) writes "A web computer game called 'Hit The Bitch!' created by a Danish anti-violence advocacy group has stirred controversy.
The game's objective is to use your computer's mouse to move a male hand so that it repeatedly strikes a female model in the face until it shows bruises. The site then rates each hit on a scale beginning at "100% pussy" and ending at "100% gangsta." Once enough blows are struck and the user reaches "100% gangsta," the woman falls down on the floor in agony. The computer game has caused an outrage in feminist media around the globe, despite it's noble intentions. What does slashdotters think about video games possible effects on increasing or reducing domestic violence against women?"

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Green light for Pirate Bay acquisition

Xemu Xemu writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Xemu writes "On a special shareholders meeting on Thursday, shareholders of Global Gaming Factory gave the CEO, Hans Pandeya the green light to proceed with the acquisition of The Pirate Bay. The big question on how the 5.5 million ($7.5 million) acquisition is to be financed was still left unanswered. Last week trading of GGF was halted at the equity marketplace Aktietorget. Just hours before the shareholders meeting in Stockholm, Aktietorget said that they considered delisting of the GGF stock share from the exchange, because 'GGF lacks the ability to inform its stockholders in a correct, relevant and credible way'."
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Pirate bay buyer chairman resigns

Xemu Xemu writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Xemu writes "Global Gaming Factory X (GGF), the company that plans to purchase Swedish file-sharing site The Pirate Bay, has encountered an additional setback. Last week trading in GGF stock were suspended due to suspected insider trading. On Friday, Magnus Bergman, GGF chairman, submitted his resignation to the Swedish Companies Registration Office. Bergman's resignation is the latest in a series after the previous departures of board member Johan Sällström and adviser Wayne Rosso. The CEO of GGF, Hans Pandeya, is being pursued by the Swedish enforcement service for mounting unpaid debts. In an interview with Swedish the business daily "di.se" today, CEO Hans Pandeya says that the deal is still on."
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Saudi Arabia searches laptop drives at the border

Xemu Xemu writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Xemu writes "Travelers beware! All Airports in Saudi Arabia have new rules regarding arriving and departing overseas travelers effective today. All Electronic devices (including laptops, cellphones and mp3 players) must be submitted for inspection. A special instrument is used to scan all contents of the traveler's device and interesting data is copied. No technical details are known about the system at this time. All devices found to have nude pictures in it will be confiscated immediately. There will be no fines but the person will be sent to jail, deported and black-listed from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Laptops with pirated software will also be confiscated. This policy has not yet been announced to the public, but the airport authorities have already implemented the new rule. This rule is being practiced in Riyadh, Dammam and Jeddah Airports. The security concerns of allowing a foreign government to execute its own software on your devices can not be overstated."

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