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Former FBI Agent: All Digital Communications Stored By US Gov't

ZeroExistenZ Re:Jupiter Tape? (621 comments)

They already did this since the 40s. See echelon. Pretty certain they have found some nifty ways to store all this data.

about a year ago

A Supercomputer On the Moon To Direct Deep Space Traffic

ZeroExistenZ Re:$moking Crack They Are (166 comments)

I can only imagine how many tens of billions that will cost.

Just get a google datacenter up there and have them pay rent to NASA.

Soon you'll have Microsoft trying to follow, while a privatized space-launcher shoots up new techies and supercomputers.

Economical crisis averted, jobcreation as long we whip our globally our creditcards and click adwords.

about a year ago

Archaeologists Find Oldest Known Mayan Calendar

ZeroExistenZ Re:No Doomsday (185 comments)

I miss the golden days of slashdot where there weren't guys like you.

more than 2 years ago

Mammoth "Metal Moles" Tunnel Deep Beneath London

ZeroExistenZ Re:GPS? (294 comments)

I don't think you're going to find a GPS based solution to help you

If the guy wants scuba GPS, get him his scuba GPS and become somewhat creative:

  • Make a small floating GPS-receiver which floats and follows you and tracks your location (by your sonar pattern fe.) add some sonar panels.
  • Attach GPS-receiver to snorkel, only update GPS location when you come to the surface for a low-resolution path of your adventures
  • etc.. I'm sure egineers in this forum can come up with another 100 approaches

more than 2 years ago

The Engineer Who Stopped Airplanes From Flying Into Mountains

ZeroExistenZ Re:And yet somehow (237 comments)

A man with such an accomplishment on his CV will always find a job.

You must be a youngling.

I have an impressive CV. Each job or client they allow me to do more difficult and complex things.

In your carreer, if you give your maximum you won't come into a comfortable zone: each other job I need to give maximum (to maintain what I have on my record) PLUS the extra edge expected "for someone with such a CV".

There are moments you cannot keep it up though, and your energy levels and determination can't keep up with your CV. After 10 years carreer in misc fields (advertizing, finance, mobile, retail, ...) I burned out. I haven't cashed in my CV and will need to perform at the same level to embody my CV.

If you want to take a step back (my exgf worked 10 years in finance, wanting to get out) you'll hear "You are overqualified for this job".

more than 2 years ago

Are Programmers Ruining the Design of eBooks?

ZeroExistenZ Re:Yes! (470 comments)

Too bad they've traditionally been buried beneath a *horrid* UI

Make the UI layer detached from all the core logic. Get a GUI-oriented guy to focus on the UI only.

I thought this was a standard design pattern, no ? There's nothing "burried", they just had more focus on the functionality and don't have a dedicated GUI guy.

more than 2 years ago

Microsoft In Talks To Buy Nokia's Smartphone Division?

ZeroExistenZ Re:This story is a lie (192 comments)

You must be old here...

more than 2 years ago

Microsoft In Talks To Buy Nokia's Smartphone Division?

ZeroExistenZ Re:This story is a lie (192 comments)

By saying "Troll" without added information, in reply to a comment.

The most logical conclusion is that you replied to the parent and are asking yourself wether he's trolling.

Let me take the liberty to tell you "wow, you must expect people to be telepathic and feel often misunderstood! wow!"

more than 2 years ago

Transforming Any Flat Surface Into a Control Panel With Sound

ZeroExistenZ Re:Huh? (53 comments)

How do you recognize the sound ?

Pitch? volume? Or really "patterns" (sequence of sound signatures) ?

Fe. can you measure the distances from the microphone of multiple sound signals ?

more than 2 years ago

How a Gesture Could Get Your Google+ Profile Picture Yanked

ZeroExistenZ Re:The advertisers (262 comments)

Because it wouldn' tbe comfortable and convenient. It took almost 30 years to have people adjust to wearing their seatbelts as "inconvenience". (even with the fear of being fined for it and strong campaigning like they do now with using a cellphone while driving.)

Why would you get into a flame-resistive, full helmet and four point harness for you and your family every time you drive to the grocery store or commute to work ? You would find it hilariously inconvenient.

People DO however on motorcycles.

People DO however on bikes: 10 years ago, people didn't wear helmets on bikes. Right now where I live, everybody growing up with a "helmet for bikers campaign" and over-concerned parents forcing it on their children are now riding around (also as young adults) with a helmet. I don't see the use as I BMX-ed like a crazy free child in the woods and Mountainbiked through airbagless jungles of cities as a teen without dieing and brushing myself off after crashing; my concepts are "this is ridiculous", yet now 90% of bikers in traffic are wearing helmets.

more than 2 years ago

How a Gesture Could Get Your Google+ Profile Picture Yanked

ZeroExistenZ Re:The advertisers (262 comments)

It's part of that. But also that it started as markettability: "car x is safer as car y so if you care about your life, you but car x".

Later this got put into law (Health insurance costs, disabilities, people being taken out of workforce, political popularity: "He cares abour our safety", people who care about the lives of those who don't care and could drive reckless, ...) and later insurance companies who need to insure for less injury or death (and those who stay behind like women and children without a "caregiver" in the few traditional homes left). And as you point out the safety of other drivers who get impacted of your driving stupidity (crash impact).

And perhaps some personal motivations of people in the entire line of history losing someone left or right in an accident and "wanting to prevent the preventable".

I don't think these things are in place out of selfish reasons, nor a conspirist undertone, nor are a form of "silencing the people" or "taking responsability away"; it's an organic process of many linked and related people trying to do good (wether that means for themselves or for a higher, personally defined, purpose.) the same way you go to work and do your thing.

It's intelligence of crowds and the current time-spirit. Nothing fancier.

more than 2 years ago

How a Gesture Could Get Your Google+ Profile Picture Yanked

ZeroExistenZ Go cry to your mother (262 comments)

This is a very good policy to keep up the atmosphere in G+ and not deteriote so a myspace or facebook.

It's another universe, if you want to put up "immature" material, don't go on G+. It's the same as with the Android store or AppStore of IPhone: "you are offered a free platform. But the platform is defined for you. IF you want to express yourself outside of the set boundaries, take your expression onto yourself and your own platforms/tools"

more than 2 years ago

Insects Rapidly Becoming Resistant To GM Corn

ZeroExistenZ Re:Surprise? (368 comments)

microarray analyzing robots will inherit the earth.

Unless you become cyborg and be one of them.

more than 2 years ago

Insects Rapidly Becoming Resistant To GM Corn

ZeroExistenZ Re:Jeff Goldblum (368 comments)

Unless the insect that has a mutated gen isn't reproducing and isn't stimulated or motivated to reproduce anymore.

I suggest we play insect-porn on GM-crop fields. So, if there would be any resistant insect.. We'll, he'd be fapping foreveralone, becoming overweight and dieing of diabetes because of excessive plentyfulness.

more than 2 years ago

Insects Rapidly Becoming Resistant To GM Corn

ZeroExistenZ Re:Jeff Goldblum (368 comments)

Many if not most GM plants are rendered sterile so that you are forced to purchase new seeds

And now I went on to believe that it was to avoid contamination and halt unforseen outcomes. I don't know how to find back this story of modified crops which contaminated the surrounding fields by pollination and they had a situation going on.

Guess I'm still from the generation where "chaos theory" was theoretical and implications of genetic engineering were investigated in SciFi making people cautious about uncertain outcomes compared to the current one where everything is conspiracy or for economical gains.

more than 2 years ago

Insects Rapidly Becoming Resistant To GM Corn

ZeroExistenZ Re:Jeff Goldblum (368 comments)

Reading that as from a Samantha, I imagine that's "clod-ette".

I hope she's hot, that would make her smart, funny and hot. I'm at your feet Samantha!

more than 2 years ago

Coders Develop Ways To Defeat SOPA Censorship

ZeroExistenZ Re:Good move (449 comments)

Can you hook me up with a GEO-location?

Oh; wait he said without internet.

Can you hook me up with a compas, a map and 2 coordinates?

more than 2 years ago

Why Developers Still Prefer iOS To Android

ZeroExistenZ one word: consistency (614 comments)

I'm developing on both Android and IPhone; started out on Android and now have extended my repetoire to IPhone.

The advantage but also disadvantage with Android is that it's very open-ended. Often you want to get a specific thing done and you end up alot of time bending the API to your will. (Oh tabview, why art though so...) Or bump into the limitations of your architecture and need to rework some things to get it running.(why does it crash on device x when I have two nested frameviews to have this design? Why doesn't it scale well on device y?)

The IPhone API takes more knowledge (how does that delegate call again and what object is stored where and how do I get a refernce to this?) but it's consistent. And the look is consistent. (which shaves up alot of time thinking about the GUI when trying to implement it.)

I'm an avid Android lover but I can appreciate the IPhone API as well.

about 2 years ago

Earthscraper Takes Sustainable Design Underground

ZeroExistenZ Re:lol (269 comments)

Or surface tension, pressure, Earth movement, ...

Although, at that depth you can get creative with rainwater seeping down and you can store your heat of the summer/cold of the winter in the ground to inverse while the season changes. (see Geothermal heat pump)

more than 2 years ago



NASA looking for ideas to explore Mars

ZeroExistenZ ZeroExistenZ writes  |  about 2 years ago

ZeroExistenZ (721849) writes "NASA plans to make another trip to Mars in 2018 for which they want to devise a plan by this summer. To come to idea's for this mission, they turn to the public to takle a few challenge area's:

Challenge Area 1: Instrumentation and Investigation Approaches —>

Challenge Area 2: Safe and Accurate Landing Capabilities, Mars Ascent, and Innovative Exploration Approaches —

Challenge Area 3: Mars Surface System Capabilities —

I was wondering how slashdot what Slashdot would come up with."

Link to Original Source

White house officially states: "We don't know ET"

ZeroExistenZ ZeroExistenZ writes  |  more than 2 years ago

ZeroExistenZ (721849) writes "The white house officially answered the question "Do we know ET?" following a petition. Phil Larson kindly points out what we already, dissapointedly, suspected.

The petition was motivated out of a white house committment, "We the people", to answer any petition within 30 days counting 5,000 signatures"

Link to Original Source

WEB 3.0: What used to draw you online

ZeroExistenZ ZeroExistenZ writes  |  more than 4 years ago

ZeroExistenZ (721849) writes "I I've been going along with the "Facebook"-hype and "twittering". Even played a role in popularizing it in media in the companies I've worked for as I was enthousiastic about it; it helped me to connect to my international "buddies" which have been standing string since my first contacts in the 90s, when the internet was something "we created".

With websites going the "Web 2.0 / social media" path, and the massive general public flow towards these places showing off their dogs, cats, babies and what have you to "connect to people online."

It struck me lately, that the web has for many reduced to "facebook", "twitter", "gmail", "google" and "youtube"; while I used to wonder where the people are online, I now wonder where the people are offline. It often feels the cosy place the "geek" has built for him or herself has evolved to a market and media place, a modern "interactive Tele-vision channel" if you will.

After being "in the loop" for a year, also professionally in online media, it started all to be very close to a "myspace"-experience. If I wanted to be popular offline before, or the new offline, online, and play the "look at me"-game, I would have pursuited a different carreer and values.

In my perception, that seems a very limited experience, compared to the internet I used to know, where people saw potential (even if it were adding more glitter to their gifs) and actively persuided to go out of their way to discover how it works and actively do something with it.

How is the experience of the recent geek, who dreams up an utopian web or technology and is working through the night feeling he has discovered something unseen before? (like I felt as a teen sacrificing sleep on the internet, but not for porn, watching status-updates or videos.)

My question to slashdot: how has your experience and perception of the internet altered? And how are new geeks using it in a mind-expanding way? Is there the same sense of discovery, still?

Personally, I've closed down my "popular social media tools" and try to see potential and become a creator or discoverer again instead of a user."

ZeroExistenZ ZeroExistenZ writes  |  more than 7 years ago

ZeroExistenZ (721849) writes "Researchers from Intel Corporation and the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) have built the world's first electrically powered Hybrid Silicon Laser using standard silicon manufacturing processes. This breakthrough addresses one of the last major barriers to producing low-cost, high-bandwidth silicon photonics devices for use inside and around future computers and data centers.

There's a small clip available where they explain how the raman effect is used to generate the laser. A whitepaper on the continious silicon laser is available here, the paper on the modulation can be found here"


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