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There Is No "You" In a Parallel Universe

Z00L00K Re:Well (132 comments)

The universe is merely a soap bubble.

2 hours ago
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There Is No "You" In a Parallel Universe

Z00L00K Re:My lack of "Other Me" didn't get the first post (132 comments)

A yet more intriguing question is; What says that the laws of nature are different in another universe?

Compare with soap bubbles, where our universe is one bubble. The laws are the same in all bubbles even though the sizes and shapes differ.

2 hours ago
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Gmail is no longer acceptable - Slashdot, please opine on alternatives!

Z00L00K Set up your own mail server. (1 comments)

Set up your own mail server, run Thunderbird as client.

2 hours ago
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Why ATM Bombs May Be Coming Soon To the United States

Z00L00K Re:Positive pressure? (364 comments)

Just glass capsules, the explosion breaks the capsules and drenches the money.

yesterday
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FDA Wants To Release Millions of Genetically Modified Mosquitoes In Florida

Z00L00K Re:What could possibly go wrong? (256 comments)

Or it will just not work at all. 2 years from now there won't be a difference.

yesterday
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Why ATM Bombs May Be Coming Soon To the United States

Z00L00K Re:Positive pressure? (364 comments)

A better idea - Add a large canister of ink in the money box. That's what they do over here in Sweden and it seems to limit the amount of bombings.

It's a higher risk to get skimmed at the ATM than to encounter a bombing.

2 days ago
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How Do We Know the Timeline of the Universe?

Z00L00K Re:We don't (152 comments)

Which is a theological way to define what Douglas Adams described on why the universe is so elusive to explain.

Another aspect is also - how do we know that the Universe was created at Big Bang. What if it was an empty void that suffered a spontaneous mass appearance.

Or do we live on the inside of a giant black hole?

4 days ago
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Is Pascal an Underrated Programming Language?

Z00L00K Re:Why yes it is. (6 comments)

Another language that should be more widespread is Ada.

The big problem is that major companies like Microsoft don't provide support for neither Pascal nor Ada in their Visual Studio. You can with quirks get Pascal and Ada support in Eclipse though.

about a week ago
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UHD Spec Stomps on Current Blu-ray Spec, But Will Consumers Notice?

Z00L00K Re:Doubtful (332 comments)

And the content on TV has progressively gotten worse since the 70's.

70's had cheesy TV shows that you could at least smile at. The TV shows today - they are either just stupid or depressing.

about a week ago
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UHD Spec Stomps on Current Blu-ray Spec, But Will Consumers Notice?

Z00L00K Re:Nope (332 comments)

The problem with better resolution is that now even more snafus and easter eggs can be found in movies and TV shows.

about a week ago
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WhatsApp vs. WhatsApp Plus Fight Gets Ugly For Users

Z00L00K Re:No (192 comments)

And what prevents the standard "WhatsApp" from doing that? Just look at the EFF scorecard ( https://www.eff.org/secure-mes... ) reveals that there are better alternatives.

about a week ago
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Best 1990s Sci-fi show?

Z00L00K If it had been 80's (476 comments)

It would have been Max Headroom.

"This is Edison Carter, Live and Direct".

And it certainly looks like we are heading that way...

about a week ago
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Best 1990s Sci-fi show?

Z00L00K Re:X-Files vs. Bab-5 - ouch! (476 comments)

Why really compare them - both Star Trek and B5 were good in their own way.

Considering the CGI of B5 - it was at the time good - and did shock some. Now it looks dated, but there are more modern CGI that actually is worse even if it has finer details. Just because you can have 1000 times more polygons today than when B5 was made it's not worth crap if you don't get the perspectives right or get strange artifacts.

As for the 5th season - it's not as sharp as the beginning, but it do bring some closure and brings up side stories. As in real life - people come and people go, and I think that it was part of the beauty in B5 - that even main characters weren't there all the time and that they changed.

I think that too many series get stale because there's a fear of replacing main characters.

about a week ago
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New Nicotine Vaccine May Succeed Where Others Have Failed

Z00L00K Re:Required vaccine? (178 comments)

That's a pure myth - the health costs caused by the Tobacco and Alcohol exceeds the profit.

about a week ago
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New Nicotine Vaccine May Succeed Where Others Have Failed

Z00L00K Re:Why would you want this? (178 comments)

Better would be a vaccine that makes you feel really like shit when encountering nicotine.

about a week ago
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Researchers Moot "Teleportation" Via Destructive 3D Printing

Z00L00K Re:Prototyping security? (162 comments)

Hint: Don't put your pet hamster in this machine.

about a week ago
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Researchers Moot "Teleportation" Via Destructive 3D Printing

Z00L00K Re:Hmmmm (162 comments)

Would anyone notice a difference between the erased original and the copy?

about a week ago
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Doomsday Clock is now 3 minutes to midnight!

Z00L00K And the server is already slashdotted. (1 comments)

Trying to access the server provides the message: "Server Too Busy - Please try again later."

about a week ago

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Finding ET – we're gonna need a bigger dish

Z00L00K Z00L00K writes  |  about a week ago

Z00L00K (682162) writes "The hunt for alien civilisations may need a rethink. A new paper argues that the signals we're listening for might not be the ones ET would choose.

Historically, SETI – the search for extraterrestrial intelligence – involves scanning the sky for radio signals that another civilization is deliberately sending. The simplest would be a constant blast in all directions, but in a narrow range of frequencies, similar to early radio broadcasts – like a constant hum that would tell a listener it is artificial. From light years away, we would not be able to get any other information – all we would be able to tell from Earth is that a signal was there and where it was coming from, not what it says."

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Snowflake-shaped networks are easiest to mend

Z00L00K Z00L00K writes  |  about 4 months ago

Z00L00K (682162) writes "Networks shaped like delicate snowflakes are the ones that are easiest to fix when disaster strikes.

Power grids, the internet and other networks often mitigate the effects of damage using redundancy: they build in multiple routes between nodes so that if one path is knocked out by falling trees, flooding or some other disaster, another route can take over. But that approach can make them expensive to set up and maintain. The alternative is to repair networks with new links as needed, which brings the price down – although it can also mean the network is down while it happens.

As a result, engineers tend to favour redundancy for critical infrastructure like power networks, says Robert Farr of the London Institute for Mathematical Sciences.

So Farr and colleagues decided to investigate which network structures are the easiest to repair. Some repairs just restore broken links in their original position, but that may not always be possible. So the team looked at networks that require links in new locations to get up and running again. They simulated a variety of networks, linking nodes in a regular square or triangular pattern and looked at the average cost of repairing different breaks, assuming that expense increases with the length of a rebuilt link."

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Swedish dad takes gamer kids to warzone

Z00L00K Z00L00K writes  |  about 5 months ago

Z00L00K (682162) writes "A Swedish father has come under fire for taking his two sons on a trip to Israel, the West Bank and occupied Syria in order to teach them the reality of war.

Meet Carl-Magnus Helgegren, a journalist, university teacher, and proactive dad.

And like so many other dads, Helgegren had to have the violent video-game conversation with his two sons, Frank and Leo, aged ten and 11 respectively.
"We were sitting at the dinner table last autumn, and my kids started telling me about this game they wanted to play, the latest Call of Duty game, and told me about the guns and missions," Helgegren told The Local on Friday.

So Helgegren struck a deal. The family would take a trip to a city impacted by real war. The boys would meet people affected, do interviews, and visit a refugee camp. And when they came back home, they would be free to play whatever games they chose."

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Disconnection of subscription through Comcast Customer Service

Z00L00K Z00L00K writes  |  about 6 months ago

Z00L00K (682162) writes "A customer wanted to end his subscription by Comcast and recorded the call. It did take some interesting steps to even be allowed to end the subscription.

Please note: this conversation starts about 10 minutes in — by this point my wife and I are both completely flustered by the oppressiveness of the rep. So! Last week my wife called to disconnect our service with Comcast after we switched to another provider (Astound). We were transferred to cancellations (aka "customer retention"). The representative (name redacted) continued aggressively repeating his questions, despite the answers given, to the point where my wife became so visibly upset she handed me the phone. Overhearing the conversation, I knew this would not be very fun. ...

The conversation can be heard at Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/ryan-bl..."

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Pirate Bay judge 'biased'

Z00L00K Z00L00K writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Z00L00K writes "According to several sources like The Local and many Swedish newspapers it seems to have been the case that the judge in the Pirate Bay trial was biased.

The judge who sentenced four men to jail for their involvement with The Pirate Bay is also a member of the same copyright protection organisations as a number of the main entertainment industry representatives in the case, Sveriges Radio's P3 news programme reports.

This means that the trial may have to be redone."

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Passive cooled case also looks cool

Z00L00K Z00L00K writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Z00L00K (682162) writes "As any of us know the fans are evil creatures hiding in our computers. Noisy and prone to give up at the worst possible moment. Ville 'Willek' Kyrö has now done something about this problem by creating the "Passive cooling consept case." The end result is a completely fan-less PC.

I have wanted to build a fully passively cooled computer case since I had my first Athlon Thunderbird 800 MHz. That time the fan noise was amazingly high, and manufacturers didnt much care about the noise levels, and didn't offer products for building a quiet PC. Nowadays a quiet PC is not much of a challenge to build, but totally silent? It would require that there were no moving parts at all. But of cource there has to be the compromise of a hard-drive. One could buy a SSD drive, but at least I don't have that kind of money to spend. :)
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Infoworld has a Save Windows XP petition

Z00L00K Z00L00K writes  |  about 7 years ago

Z00L00K (682162) writes "The magazine InfoWorld has started a petition in order to save Windows XP as a product.

Microsoft will end OEM and shrink-wrapped sales of Windows XP on June 30, 2008, forcing users to shift to Vista. (System builders, meaning those who do white-box PCs, can sell XP through December 31.) Don't let that happen!

Millions of us have grown comfortable with XP and don't see a need to change to Vista. It's like having a comfortable apartment that you've enjoyed coming home to for years, only to get an eviction notice. The thought of moving to a new place — even with the stainless steel appliances, granite countertops, and maple cabinets (or is cherry in this year?) — just doesn't sit right. Maybe it'll be more modern, but it will also cost more and likely not be as good a fit. And you don't have any other reason to move.
If this is good or not remains to be seen, but there are reasons to not move to Vista (yet), and even if not everyone loves XP it's wide-spread and well-understood (mostly) while a step to Vista can require the same amount of learning as a step to a different desktop like Linux or OSX."
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Disabled runner may not compete with able-bodied.

Z00L00K Z00L00K writes  |  about 7 years ago

Z00L00K (682162) writes "
A Paralympic gold medal winner will not be allowed to compete in the Beijing Olympics later this year after athletics' governing body ruled that his specially-designed prosthetic limbs gave him an unfair advantage over other runners.

The International Association of Athletics Federations ruled that Oscar Pistorius' shock-absorbing carbon-fiber prosthetics gave him a "demonstrable mechanical advantage" compared to able-bodied athletes.
All this according to an article at CNN.

Maybe he has an advantage during the race — but there are certainly disadvantages involved too. And it's not like this equipment will be useful to other runners. End result — a complete PR disaster."
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DuPont dos not like piercing or tattoos

Z00L00K Z00L00K writes  |  about 7 years ago

Z00L00K (682162) writes "The holder of the Swedish site www.teflonminne.org is threatened by a lawsuit from DuPont for the use of the word "teflonminne". (Translates to "Teflon Memory" or "Teflon Storage" — essentially a linguistic joke that means that one has a brain where at least some information doesn't stick.)

The cause is that teflonminne infringes on the product name TEFLON that is registered by DuPont and that they don't like some of the information on his site, more specific two pictures, one of a pierced ear and one of a tattoo.

This is referred in an article in the Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet.

A name collection is also started in support for the current owner Stefan Svensson.

And a search on Google reveals more than 30000 uses of the word "teflonminne", and also that there are several other persons and organizations that has registered a domain name with this word.

(Sorry for only linking to Swedish pages.)"
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Invention: Microsoft mind reader

Z00L00K Z00L00K writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Z00L00K (682162) writes "And finally in an article at NewScientist — just another proof that Microsoft are the evil overlords of the universe:

Not content with running your computer, Microsoft now wants to read your mind too.

The company says that it is hard to properly evaluate the way people interact with computers since questioning them at the time is distracting and asking questions later may not produce reliable answers. "Human beings are often poor reporters of their own actions," the company says.

Instead, Microsoft wants to read the data straight from the user's brain as he or she works away. They plan to do this using electroencephalograms (EEGs) to record electrical signals within the brain. The trouble is that EEG data is filled with artefacts caused, for example, by blinking or involuntary actions, and this is hard to tease apart from the cognitive data that Microsoft would like to study.

Read the full Microsoft mind reading patent application.
So one must ask: Will the next step be to mind-read you to verify that you aren't running a pirated version of their software?"
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QuickTime plays havoc with RAID in Vista!

Z00L00K Z00L00K writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Z00L00K (682162) writes "This may be old news to some, but anyway...

According to an article there is a serious problem with Vista when Quicktime is used.

I thought I was just unlucky the first time but when something happens two times in the exact same fashion, you just got to check into it a little more.

System is Vista Ultimate 32-bit with RAID 10 on Intel ICH8R chipset. A couple of weeks ago I tried running a .mov file using Apple QuickTime software (latest version) and that is when things started to go downhill. The file seemed very slow to load and eventually QuickTime crashed after a lot of persuasion. Once QuickTime was closed, I was notified of a RAID error through the Intel Matrix Storage Console but the same thing will happen if you reboot during the lockup as well.
The problem here is that a rather normal application is able to cause data corruption on this level. This means that there is an obvious problem with Vista that can be exploited by malware.

Maybe it's the cause of "Beauty is only skin deep but ugly is down to the bone." from where I refer to that Vista has got a new skin of security but under the skin it's still the same ugly security handling."
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Z00L00K Z00L00K writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Z00L00K writes "There is a collection going on to put Tux the Penguin on an Indy 500 race car at http://tux500.com/.

Marketing Linux has always been a tricky proposition. As a community, we have relied on corporations who have a stake in the Linux operating system to market Linux to the world at large. Today, we have an opportunity to change that, and make Linux marketing as much a community effort as Linux development. That effort begins with the Tux 500 project.


Why not make a donation? Hurry up — it will end May 21, 2007."
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Z00L00K Z00L00K writes  |  about 8 years ago

Z00L00K (682162) writes "Now it seems like Blu-ray also is cracked according to "muslix64" in a post at Doom9.

The supposedly cracked film is "Lord of war" and playable with VideoLan.

It's just to continue to consider the fact that copy-protection only benefits those with resources to circumvent it."
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Z00L00K Z00L00K writes  |  about 8 years ago

Z00L00K (682162) writes "Wibu-Systems posts a chance of winning of 32,768 Euro via the Hacker's Contest 2007

The challenge is to decrypt the encrypted competition software that is to be protected with a CM-Stick/M for the USB interface. The first contestant who can enable the protected demonstration software to run without a CM-Stick/M and describe the right solution will win the prize of 32,768 Euro. The competition will be completed when the first contestant can enable the protected software to completely run without a connected CM-Stick/M and if the contestant has sent the hidden solution text to Wibu-Systems.

The conclusion of the competition will take place at CeBIT during a press conference on March 15, 2007, 1 p.m., room 13 in the Convention Center by C.E.O. Oliver Winzenried.

So any /.:ers that are up to this challenge may register (registration started January 17, 2007)."
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Z00L00K Z00L00K writes  |  about 8 years ago

Z00L00K (682162) writes "According to Swedish newspaper Ny Teknik (Swedish article, I haven't found any info about this elsewhere) Airbus moves all the A380 manufacturing to Toulouse instead of having part of the construction made at the Airbus plant in Hamburg.

One of the reasons behind the troubles with the Airbus problems is that different versions of the CAD program Catia was used in Germany and France. The Germans used Catia 4 while the French used Catia 5. Bloomberg has an old article about this.

I hope that somebody will learn a lesson from this and figure out that it is a good idea to be consistent of software use within a corporation."

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