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The Human Brain Project Kicks Off

aembleton €10bn != $1.3bn (251 comments)

I like to think the editors at /. would understand that the $ hasn't just rocketed in value.

Also, this was copied verbatim from the Fox News website. Over-valuing of the $ might be normal there but lets keep it off tech sites.

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: What Magazines Do You Still Read?

aembleton Private Eye (363 comments)

I've taken out a subscription to Private Eye I find it funny and insightful and get much more depth of what's going on than I get out of the internet. In additional it feels good to be able to just flick through dead trees and spot something interesting. At £28/year it's not noticably expensive either.

about a year and a half ago

RMS Speaks Out Against Ubuntu

aembleton Re:Stallman Forgets (597 comments)

How is getting more closed source software developed for Linux a step backwards? Does it prevent open source software from being developed? Does it remove OSS from repos? Does it prevent you from developing OSS?

about 2 years ago

Workers Raise First Section of New Chernobyl Shelter

aembleton Re:Nuclear... (149 comments)

Have you got any links or books on this? There's a lot in this post that I wasn't aware of and I'd like to read more about it.

about 2 years ago

CIA Director David Petraeus Resigns, Citing Affair

aembleton IT Connection? (401 comments)

I'm just trying to work out where the IT / news for nerds connection is here?

about 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Which Virtual Machine Software For a Beginner?

aembleton Virtual Box (361 comments)

VMWare Player and VirtualBox are probably equally good for what you want.

The only real advantage of one over the other that I've found is that the free VMWare Player seems to pause traffic on the network connection every IIRC 2 minutes for about 5s. Not a huge problem but was something I noticed when trying to stress test some code. BTW, I was running Linux Mint as the client and Windows 7 as the host if that might have been the reason. When I tried on VirtualBox everything just worked without any trouble.

about 2 years ago

The Information Age: North Korean Style

aembleton Re:Moron (156 comments)

. These days, they've done away with much of the blood guilt that would kill your family

Have you got any sources to back this up? It doesn't have to be particularly authoritive as NK is so restrictive this would be hard to get.

Human Rights Watch reported in 2007 it was getting harsher:,HRW,,PRK,45fff1b92,0.html

It may well have improved; I'd just like to read about it.

about 2 years ago

The Information Age: North Korean Style

aembleton Re:Moron (156 comments)

WTF, did you read his reply?

I'm sure he's aware that a cell tower near the DMZ could reach into North Korea. However, the only village near the DMZ is a propoganda village: where nobody lives.

Also, anything that transmits can be detected and located. You do know what transmit means don't you?

Yes you can create mesh networks in Africa because in Africa you can transmit without being hunted down and placed in a forced labour camp along with your parents, grand parents and any children you may have. If you want to learn more, read this book:

about 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: What Distros Have You Used, In What Order?

aembleton My Distro use (867 comments)

Mandrake -> Suse -> Mandrake -> Ubuntu -> Mint

about 2 years ago

LinkedIn Password Hashes Leaked Online

aembleton Re:Hashes list link (271 comments)

Is there any reason why this passwords weren't salted?

more than 2 years ago

Ubuntu 12.04 LTS Precise Pangolin Beta 1 Released

aembleton Re:There's always an alternative.... (243 comments)

Or install Linux Mint Debian edition with XFCE:

This gives you the benefit of Debian rolling releases and I found that my wifi worked out of the box just as it does on Ubuntu based distros. XFCE uses GTK 2, and should eventually move to GTK 3 when that API stabilises. This seems to be the best option for me for now, although I'm keeping an eye on Cinnamon.

more than 2 years ago

Canada's Internet Among Best, Report Says

aembleton Link to report? (186 comments)

Does anyone have a link to this report? It would be interesting to see the rankings for the UK and also their methodology.

I'd like to know how they define broadband. Is it >2Mbit/s or >10Mbit/s? What data limits are they comparing? When they compare pricing does that include phone lines if they are a mandatory pre-requisite to broadband access?

more than 2 years ago

New Online Dictionaries Automate Away the Linguistic Middleman

aembleton Telivision (60 comments)

It doesn't detect that telivision is an incorrect spelling because there are so many authoritative examples of that spelling:

Google seems to do a good job of detecting spelling errors and automatically updating it's dictionary and of course it also shows you websites where that word is used. I don't really see what Wordnik provides.

more than 2 years ago

The Register Hacked

aembleton meta content="MSHTML 6.00.2900.3698" name="GENERA (192 comments) seems to be down but the same group has cracked and the source shows that they used a Microsoft product.

There you are, Microsoft aid crackers.


about 3 years ago

Mars Rover Opportunity Surpasses 30km Driving

aembleton Re:Non-units "holy war" thread here (86 comments)

I like this.

This could be modelled in a similar way to the BBC where every 10 years it's charter has to go for review by politicians so that its plan for the next 10 years can be accepted. This could then include the funding that would be required for NASA to operate and then the politicians would have to keep their hands off it.

more than 3 years ago

The Future of Shopping

aembleton Been around for ages in the UK (163 comments)

I first used these in the UK in Safeway back in the late 90s. Now that they've been takenover by Morrisons I don't think they have them anymore.

Waitrose still have them though. You just swipe your credit card and it tells you which handset to pick up, and then you do your shopping. Article from 1997:

Is this really a new thing in the US?

more than 3 years ago

Michio Kaku's Dark Prediction For the End of Moore's Law

aembleton Re:professional expert (347 comments)

The BBC brought in a fashion designer as the expert on the Fukushima nuclear power plant and its affect on the nuclear industry.

more than 3 years ago



Microbes live for 533 days in space

aembleton aembleton writes  |  about 4 years ago

aembleton writes "The Open University has tested microbes removed from the cliffs of south of England on the outside of the ISS. The microbes have been returned to their labs and it can be confirmed that they survived their 533 days in space."
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North Korea has created its own Linux Distribution

aembleton aembleton writes  |  more than 4 years ago

aembleton writes "North Korea has created a Linux Distribution running KDE to monitor those few citizens that have access to a computer. A copy was bought by a Russian student who is studying in the country and has written up about it in his blog."
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