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60 Minutes Dubbed Engines Noise Over Tesla Model S

Xenna Re:Lies (544 comments)

Never attribute to incompetence what can be adequately explained by competitivenes:

The noise you hear is from the Mercedes S-Class driving behind it trying to keep up.

about three weeks ago

1GB of Google Drive Storage Now Costs Only $0.02 Per Month

Xenna Re:You can get a 1TB external for like, 80 bucks (335 comments)

I wouldn't pay to backup my (non-home) movies, but I would pay to backup my music documents and photo's which is under 1TB.

An external hard disk on premises is too risky. You could wipe it out during a backup operation. You could lose both the original and the copy in a flood, burglary or fire. Off-site backup is essential IMHO. And a colo server with 1TB+ storage is not really cheap.

about a month and a half ago

Who's On WhatsApp, and Why?

Xenna Easy (280 comments)

It's cheaper than SMS, allows conferencing and really easy sharing of pictures, interface is better that regular Android SMS. Biggest drawback is that you can't use it from your computer. I also use Google Talk (now reluctantly hangouts) and regular sms. Never use MMS.

about 2 months ago

Routers Pose Biggest Security Threat To Home Networks

Xenna Re:PFsense (264 comments)

Yeah, I've been running that stuff for years after getting frustrated with commercial routers. Has been extremely stable.

Of course, being lazy I got it in appliance form from this place:

"Hopefully no huge flaw comes out on that without me noticing. That would be embarrassing."

Ultimately it's a matter of (perhaps misguided) trust...

about 2 months ago

It's Not Memory Loss - Older Minds May Just Be Fuller of Information

Xenna Finding the word (206 comments)

You know how it goes with simple words or names that you have trouble remembering repeatedly? You get the wrong associations with people and objects end every time you can't find a word and you go through these wrong associations again you're actually reinforcing these pathways. So, next time you can't find the word or name, stop thinking! Or you may be stuck with a permanent misassociation.

about 3 months ago

Tesla's Having Issues Charging In the Cold

Xenna Re:Blaming the cables? (476 comments)

I don't know about the Tesla, but my Ampera (the European version of the Chevrolet Volt) has a conditioning system for the batteries that cools or heats to keep them in the optimum range either when plugged in or when driving (although the latter also costs battery capacity). You can tell the car at what time you leave in the morning so that it can pre-condition the batteries for the ride.


I'd be surprised if the tesla wouldn't have something similar.

about 3 months ago

Tesla Wins One Over Chinese Trademark Troll

Xenna Re:More for show than environment (103 comments)

Well, as far as eco-bookkeeping goes they'll probably be able to point to their electric bill and prove they use only hydro-electric from, say, the three gorges dam..

Same way I only use atomic electricity in my Ampera (aka Volt). Thankfully when everyone's killed their nukes the electricity will still keep flowing. I suspect my billl will look a little different though...

about 3 months ago

New Home Automation?

Xenna Re:Z wave (336 comments)

I'm OCD in that area too. I also have kids who can open (and forget to close) the garage door (which is invisible from the house).

So I set up two magnetic contacts to monitor the door status and connected them (as well as the door trigger) to a Flyport (PIC microcontroller with Wifi) which interfaces with my Linux server. I have a (mobile) web page that displays the door status accessible via the Internet (or Wifi). The web page is protected with SSL and a secret token. I can give out tokens to others that I want to give access to my home within a time window.

Also there's an RF controlled light in the living room that indicates the status of the garage door. I probably
should add one of those in the bed room.

about 3 months ago

Inside South Africa's First Fully Digital Government School

Xenna Re:An enormously bold move... (47 comments)

Hi Adam,

"I think it's hard to compare countries like South Africa and Holland."

I agree, what comes to mind is the old saying: If it ain't broke, don't fix it. The text book system is working well enough as far as I can see.


about 6 months ago

Inside South Africa's First Fully Digital Government School

Xenna An enormously bold move... (47 comments)

I just took my 7 year old out of a school that made a similar 'enormously bold move', yeah, and I'm an old time Slashdot nerd.

In the case of my son's school the idea was to replace all the practice material for all the important subjects by similar material on a (custom made) tablet. No writing skills were necessary anymore. Making math exercises is now a matter of guessing, the tablet will immediately respond with correct or false and the kid can go back and fix things.

I love technology and all but I'm seriously worried about what such a 'bold move' will do to my kid's future cognitive abilities. The long term effects of this are unknown. So we took him to another school where they teach according to the (properly debugged) Montessori model.

The kicker is that pilots for this system are going on on 10% of Dutch schools and none of the other parents of the 200 or so affected children seemed to be bothered by this.We'll probably know the results of this experiment in another 5 years.

about 6 months ago

Citrix Founder and Key OS/2 Player Ed Iacobucci Dead At 59

Xenna Re:Sad loss. (98 comments)

You got the time frame wrong.
When OS/2 appeared Windows was already in use.
So OS/2 was competing with Windows from the start.

about 10 months ago

New Process For Nanoscale Filtration Holds Promise of Cheap, Clean Water

Xenna Re:Holy moly (116 comments)

But surely the biggest use of this technology is not for drinking water but for irrigation? Turning the desert into arable land...

about a year ago

European Parliament Decides Not To Ban Internet Porn

Xenna Wrong order (397 comments)

They probably realized they're doing it in the wrong order.

You have to establish a police-state first and *then* you ban porn.

about a year ago

Washington Post: We Were Also Hacked By the Chinese

Xenna I figure... (135 comments)

Symantec has probably been hacked by the Chinese too...

about a year ago

Perl's Glory Days Are Behind It, But It Isn't Going Anywhere

Xenna Re:Wait, what? (379 comments)

"I think this is in error. Perl is less maintainable than other languages, due to the myriad of "correct" was to implement solutions to various problems"

I know myriads of correct wa[y]s to implement solutions in any of the dozen languages I know. Are you saying you know only one?

(this complaint about Perl has never failed to puzzle me)

about a year ago

Perl's Glory Days Are Behind It, But It Isn't Going Anywhere

Xenna Re:Wait, what? (379 comments)

Ultimately what killed it, and what launched PHP's rocket, was the ease with which the latter could be embedded in HTML code.

It was possible to do that with Perl (Apache::Sandwich), but a bit of a hassle. PHP came standard enabled on most Linux distributions. All you had to do was create a .php file in the right place and you were in business.

If the Perl guys had made that as effortless as with PHP, then Perl would've been the winner right now.

about a year ago

How Do You Backup Your Data?

Xenna Re:Tape drives not on list? (212 comments)

Is your data encrypted or do you trust your friends with everything?

about a year ago



The French Minitel system is finally dying

Xenna Xenna writes  |  about 2 years ago

Xenna (37238) writes "In the eighties the French were far ahead of the rest of the world with their Minitel system. A huge centralized bulletin board system accessed by ubiquitous and free state supplied terminals. In some ways (the payment mechanism) it's still ahead. But after surviving well into the 21st century it's finally being switched off. R.I.P."
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