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PS3 Root Key Found

XnR'rn Re:More Likely... (380 comments)

A flight of B-17s bombarding Redmond with air-dropped lawyers.

Hmm, Paratrooper remake with lawyers? :>
Do they serve you C&D when there are four?

more than 3 years ago
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Growing A House From Meat

XnR'rn Re:Exoskeleton (133 comments)

Now, this is more obescure then all those Farscape, Soy Green and B5 references, but what you describe sounds like one of the ways they 'built' houses in the Future of Kir Bulychev books.

more than 4 years ago
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Chinese Company Seeks US Workers With 125 IQ

XnR'rn Be careful with wishes like that. (553 comments)

Many a PHB was made that way.

Also, it is one of the reasons that USSR crumbled [citation needed?]. ;->

more than 4 years ago
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Fallout Online Website Arises Amid Legal Battle

XnR'rn Re:New MMO's (85 comments)

For me great MMO was Underlight. :-P But that was more people based.
For me also a great MMO was Discworld MUD. :>

more than 4 years ago
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Blizzard vs. Glider Battle Resumes Next Week

XnR'rn Wider implications? (384 comments)

Does this case have much wider implications (as summary hints at) for the software licensing at large?
I haven't read the article yet, but it seems so.

more than 4 years ago
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Microsoft Talks Back To Google's Security Claims

XnR'rn Re:Some Helpful Advise (528 comments)

Oh, right. On Linux, you just recompile your soft against security enhanced libraries et al. You have the source for most apps, and large percentage of it has patches that allow it to run in locked down environment.
Still, for some things you'll have to write your own patches, I guess quite a bit of FOSS also won't run 'off the shelf' for such an environment (but does it have to? Such environments are more common in *nix, and most anything that is supposed to run on very secure boxes does).
Still, if you do have something that noone else to execute in such an environment, you have much easier time doing that. In contrast on windows, you have to contact the developers of the software in question and hope the patches it will be in next release (yeah, right).

more than 4 years ago
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Japan Plans Moon Base Built By Robots For Robots

XnR'rn Re:Just $2.2 Billion? (253 comments)

Thats Japanese we're talking about. There was a joke about ships around WW2 (and earlier) era. Where American ship has extra lavatory, Russian has an extra gun. Japanese? Two guns.

more than 4 years ago
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Japan Plans Moon Base Built By Robots For Robots

XnR'rn Go go Grendizer! (253 comments)

They were culturally indoctrinated for years for stuff like this (random link to random giant robot anime ommited). I am not surprised.

more than 4 years ago
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H.264 and VP8 Compared

XnR'rn Re:Mobile Phone Cameras (337 comments)

I use a really cheap Philips phone (~$30 equivalent), because I need my phone just to have conversations, and sometimes write an odd sms. And it has a huge battery life.
No camera on this one. There is an FM radio (that I haven't used for about a year).

I don't know what the people there are thinking, if there are no mobile PHONES, and not Camera+MP3player+blah-blah-blah-blah-blah+'oh, it also allows you to make phonecalls!' monstrocities.

Speak about bloatware. :>

more than 4 years ago
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New iConji Language For the Symbol-Minded Texter

XnR'rn Re:"It's that simple" (195 comments)

They need some user interface insight into sorting those symbols then.

It would improve the situation, but I have to point out that Chinese and Japanese use IME for their systems of iconographic characters. :>

more than 4 years ago
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A Contrarian Stance On Facebook and Privacy

XnR'rn Re:In other words (160 comments)

In my experience end users always end up as guinea pigs in real world testing, one way or ther other...

While it is bad, it is mostly inevitable.

more than 3 years ago
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When Rewriting an App Actually Makes Sense

XnR'rn Re:And why? (289 comments)

I am about half way through the article in the second link, and it is really interesting, and informative. :>
Maybe not news, but it is worth your time (or at least mine).

more than 3 years ago
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Opera Plans Containerized Data Center In Iceland

XnR'rn Sounds to be nice location (35 comments)

Good for them. Renewable energy. Lower cooling bills.

I wonder how large the datacenter needs to be to have a significant ecological impact?

more than 3 years ago
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Russian Man Aims To Reinvent "Taser" Technology

XnR'rn Re:A few caveats... (131 comments)

From the article:
The Russian Institute of Biophysics at the Moscow State Research Centre has been experimenting with single shocks rather than a long series. Their aim is to have an effect that is "instant or nearly so", but that incapacitates the target for a prolonged period. In tests on animals they have shown that with the right sort of electrical pulse (frequency appears to be the key), a shock lasting less than a hundredth of a second causes an electroconvulsive reaction that knocks the animal out for 20 seconds. ...
Western researchers have not validated the safety and effectiveness of this type of shock, but there is known to be work on similar technology in the US. ...
Nemtyshkin's next project, the Leyden Gun, will deliver a short shock with lasting effects ... with a magazine of thirty rounds. The projectiles are simple needles rather than elaborate barbed darts, as they do not stick to the target but administer a single jolt from a high-voltage capacitor. ... The lightweight darts are effective out to 30 metres ... Longer range will make it harder to guarantee a hit, so the Leyden Gun can fire a burst of three shots with each trigger pull to improve the odds.
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Oh, sounds just wonderful. 3 hits with "a single jolt from a high-voltage capacitor" that "causes an electroconvulsive reaction that knocks" you out for 20 seconds, sounds much more non lethal and less dangerous to me! [/sarcasm]

more than 3 years ago
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Russian Man Aims To Reinvent "Taser" Technology

XnR'rn Re:A few caveats... (131 comments)

Well, even slow firing tazers aren't all that safe.

Is it just me, or does this 'burst shock', that persists longer increase the danger involved?
I second this it sounds 'not so non-lethal anymore' motion.

more than 3 years ago
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Vast Asteroid Crater Found In Timor Sea

XnR'rn Re:total disbelief (121 comments)

True that, but while I don't want to imply that you must be new here, it has been used to measure almost anything, of almost any unit.
For example, see below.

more than 4 years ago
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Vast Asteroid Crater Found In Timor Sea

XnR'rn Re:total disbelief (121 comments)

Yeah, true that. But, don't want to imply that you must be new here, but it has been used here on Slashdot for measuring almost anything of any unit. See below.

more than 4 years ago
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Vast Asteroid Crater Found In Timor Sea

XnR'rn Re:Global Warming solution (121 comments)

Are YOU implying that it is YOU that is causing the Global Warming? I request that you kindly stop doing it, or people might start throwing rocks on you!

more than 4 years ago
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Vast Asteroid Crater Found In Timor Sea

XnR'rn Re:total disbelief (121 comments)

I thought it was "Libraries of Congress" as the universal slashdot omni-unit measure?

more than 4 years ago
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Toyota Partners With Tesla To Make Electric Cars

XnR'rn Re:Toyota + Tesla (327 comments)

Yeah, but I wasn't talking about regenerative braking. AFAIK the trolleybuses (at least ones that we have here in Moscow), use active electrical braking, which is NOT regenerative. On other hand they have different movement context. They are tethered to the power lines, and they were not designed to reach speeds, that cars can reach.

more than 4 years ago

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