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Verizon Boosts FiOS Uploads To Match Downloads

Z00L00K Re:No More Limited Upload Globally (229 comments)

So essentially Verizon tells you to share movies and music to hurt Netflix that way.

2 days ago
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Linux Needs Resource Management For Complex Workloads

Z00L00K Re:Lotta work for an OS nobody uses (160 comments)

2% may be the desktop share for Linux, but when it comes to servers and handheld devices like Android it's a different story.

3 days ago
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Giant Crater Appears In Northern Siberia

Z00L00K Re:Wasn't that a movie? (122 comments)

Possibly, but what I find more surprising is that someone was able to discover such a small crater. 80m isn't big relative to how big Siberia is. It must have been in someone's backyard.

Maybe it was just Ivan's still or meth lab that exploded.

about a week ago
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The debate over climate change is..

Z00L00K Mostly political was my choice (278 comments)

This since too many politicians tries to score cheap points by putting guilt on the opponents and voters for not doing enough - and at the same time imposing additional local regulations on emissions and promoting "impossible" alternatives all while countries like China just goes full throttle with full emissions. (OK, they have actually acknowledged that they have a problem now, but improving the situation there will give a lot more effect than trying to improve the situation in the western world.

However the "green" parties just thinks that we all shall go for a no-meat, no-car society where all electricity comes from wind turbines.

about a week ago
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Predicting a Future Free of Dollar Bills

Z00L00K As a person from Sweden (751 comments)

I think that it's hard to pay with card in the US in some places like Taxi and small shops - something that's so common in Sweden that it gets annoying when you can't.

The few shops that don't take cards these days have to put up huge signs to avoid annoyed customers that assumes cards are good there.

about two weeks ago
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Nano-Pixels Hold Potential For Screens Far Denser Than Today's Best

Z00L00K Re:What's the point? (129 comments)

So next generation of Oculus Rift can get better image quality.

Other applications may be more light-weight devices for disabled people as well.

A higher density also means better images at short distance between eye and screen (you may want to add some optics to relieve eye stress though).

about two weeks ago
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Rocket Scientist Designs "Flare" Pot That Cooks Food 40% Faster

Z00L00K Re:Completely useless for me. (203 comments)

Most households here have 400V 3-phase for the heavy stuff like stove/oven, washer and dryer, Older households may only have 230V 1-phase, but that's usually only small apartments.

Also realize that a lower voltage with a certain current is more sensitive to voltage loss due to current if the current is the same, so your 110V 1760W plate may if you have a loss of 1V/A only put out 1500W. A 230V 1760W plate may at the same loss figures still provide 1700W (only 7.65A current for the same power)

And a 400V plate may see even lower loss since it will only draw 4.4A. (Assuming that the voltage loss per amp is the same, i.e. same wiring/fusing etc.)

It is actually easy to underestimate the actual loss of power in the wiring, fuses and switches to a heating plate causing it to provide less than the rated power.

about two weeks ago
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Rocket Scientist Designs "Flare" Pot That Cooks Food 40% Faster

Z00L00K Re:Completely useless for me. (203 comments)

I don't want BTUs in my food, I use metric, so it has to be Joules.

about two weeks ago
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Rocket Scientist Designs "Flare" Pot That Cooks Food 40% Faster

Z00L00K Completely useless for me. (203 comments)

Since I have an electric stove - together with probably more than 95% of all households where I live (in Sweden).

The latest fad is induction heating, and I don't see that such a pot would be any advance there either.

about two weeks ago
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Mars (One) Needs Payloads

Z00L00K Re:just... (77 comments)

Poppy seeds, if nothing else grows then they can at least have some fun.

about two weeks ago
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Ode To Sound Blaster: Are Discrete Audio Cards Still Worth the Investment?

Z00L00K Re:Boycott Creative (502 comments)

That explains a lot why I seem to have headache with Creative drivers on an older card I have when I tried to make it work under Windows 7.

about two weeks ago
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Ode To Sound Blaster: Are Discrete Audio Cards Still Worth the Investment?

Z00L00K Re:Surely, It Depends (502 comments)

I would say that the people intentionally buying the Soundblaster cards are people that want to have something more than what the ordinary on-board cards can provide. But the reason may vary - it may be because they need additional inputs, better sound quality or have a specific application that works best with the Soundblaster cards.

That said I think that today it might be worth to consider USB connected sound cards as well as alternatives.

However the standalone sound card manufacturers have to work hard to keep up. For high-end audio the best connection is a digital connection from computer to a good amplifier supporting all the latest formats and good speakers. Personally I routed the CPU board digital output to a Denon 5.1 amplifier connected to a pair of Dali Concept 1 loudspeakers and a subwoofer. Definitely a lot better than the ordinary sound that you can get from even the more expensive loudspeaker sets dedicated for computer use.

about two weeks ago
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Prof. Andy Tanenbaum Retires From Vrije University

Z00L00K Re:His epitaph in future years: (136 comments)

Both architectures have their merits. I wouldn't say that one is better than the other.

At least Minix has come a long way since the late 80's where any crash after an uptime of more than 2 hours could be attributed to the OS instead of the application.

about two weeks ago
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India's National Informatics Centre Forged Google SSL Certificates

Z00L00K Re:Repercussions? (107 comments)

This yet again highlights that the three-party trust system is broken.

There are ways around it, but there is no great solution - only workarounds.

about two weeks ago
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Mathematicians Solve the Topological Mystery Behind the "Brazuca" Soccer Ball

Z00L00K And another question (144 comments)

Which ball is the best for the players?

Personally I prefer the Telstar.

about two weeks ago
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A Box of Forgotten Smallpox Vials Was Just Found In an FDA Closet

Z00L00K I think this is the biggest risk. (120 comments)

I think this is the biggest risk when it comes to a possible new outbreak. Some uneducated people clean out a lab of storage facility and just throws everything in a dumpster without knowing what they are working with.

It has happened before with other stuff (medical records, computers etc.) and it will happen again. The question is if there is something somewhere that is a major danger. Even worse is if there are some vials with biological warfare material that makes Ebola seem like a common cold. Since much of that research is done secretly it's not easy to know - and in some cases everyone that knows may have passed away and the remains of those projects are just stored in a warehouse with a reference to some documents that have been shredded a decade or more ago.

about two weeks ago
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My most recent energy-saving bulbs last ...

Z00L00K Missing option: Don't know. (278 comments)

I plainly don't know the answer to it yet.

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft Kills Off MapPoint and Streets and Trips In Favor of Bing Maps

Z00L00K Re:Problem with proprietary 'free' offerings (174 comments)

Same goes for commercial offerings - you never know when they get killed.

I have yet to see anyone really using the map services Microsoft offers as primary source.

about two weeks ago
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TSA Prohibits Taking Discharged Electronic Devices Onto Planes

Z00L00K And what if I don't have a battery in my computer? (702 comments)

And what if I don't have a battery in my computer?

I never installed the battery in my previous laptop, so I would need an outlet at all times. It didn't matter to me since it was so heavy that I couldn't use it except as a portable desktop anyway.

about two weeks ago

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Disconnection of subscription through Comcast Customer Service

Z00L00K Z00L00K writes  |  about a week 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  |  more than 6 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  |  more than 6 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  |  more than 6 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 6 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  |  about 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  |  more than 7 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  |  more than 7 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  |  more than 7 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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