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UN Mounts Asteroid Defense Plan Following Chelyabinsk Meteor

aglider Re:Unfeasible (163 comments)

The ISS is almost dead ... and cannot even deflect a baseball sized body ... yet it costed billions ...

about 10 months ago

UN Mounts Asteroid Defense Plan Following Chelyabinsk Meteor

aglider Re:Impossible technology. (163 comments)

None of the mentioned technologies costed the mankind billions per year for years. But I could be wrong.

about 10 months ago

UN Mounts Asteroid Defense Plan Following Chelyabinsk Meteor

aglider Unfeasible (163 comments)

We would need:
1. A system to track "anything larger than a certain size"(tm) moving within out solar system and within "a certain maximum amount of time"(tm)
2. A reliable way to deflect/destroy "anything larger than a certain size"
3. A system to implement that way within "a certain maximum amount of time"(tm) available 24x7
4. The same as above multiplied by 2 or maybe 3, just in case.

It would take not less than 100 or 200 years, just to reach the agreement about who is going to look into it.

about 10 months ago

Why Can't Big Government Launch a Website?

aglider Easy Things Made Complex Dept. (786 comments)

This department is highlky active in every big company and government. They like it this way. That's it.

about 10 months ago

Time Lapse of Endeavour's Final Ride

aglider Thieves (59 comments)

That was posted on Astronomy Picture of the Day long ago.
This is another side-effect of the shutdown: online media theft.

about 10 months ago

Finland's Algorithm-Driven Public Bus

aglider Thiefs! (123 comments)

That was put online long ago on Astronomy Picture of the Day. Thanks to a bunch of stupid people (you name them) we cannot see that any more!

about 10 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Best Open Source Project For a Router/Wi-Fi Access Point?

aglider OpenWRT (193 comments)

I only buy hardware where OpenWRT can run. With USD 50.- you can buy a TP-Link box and get a great router later on.

about a year ago

Using Laptop To Take Notes Lowers Grades

aglider Sadly and badly wrong! (313 comments)

surfing the net or checking email [...] reduces concentration

Surfing the net or checking email defies concentration.

1 year,7 days

When it comes to (download) bandwidth needs, I require..

aglider trivial: whatever available (279 comments)

Whatever it is available! I'd like to have gigabit. But only 8 Mbps is available and slower products cost the same

1 year,8 days

OmniCam360 Camera Cluster Lets You Choose the Viewing Angle

aglider 360 degrees only? (66 comments)

Do those persons know we live in a 3D world?

1 year,10 days

Your preferred Linux distribution for 2013?

aglider linuxfromscratch (627 comments)

Of course.

1 year,12 days

Silent Circle Follows Lavabit By Closing Encrypted E-mail Service

aglider Re:Weird! (470 comments)

So what'd be "encrypted email" for? Horny partners? Surprise birthday parties?
I am really curious what they think about it.

Me english to be bad. Sory!
If I establish an internet activity to provide encrypted email service I am supposed I know what encryption is for and that I won't be bale to snoop into it.
If later I say "I shut down the service not to help terrorists, as my service was meant only for horny partners and surprise birthday parties, not to really get un-snoopable communication", then I show everyone I am an incompetent and a simpleton.

1 year,13 days

Silent Circle Follows Lavabit By Closing Encrypted E-mail Service

aglider Re:Weird! (470 comments)

judging by your UID you are probably of the facebook generation

Your wrong, sir! If you're UID if dividible by 47 you be on faceboek. M'ine is not.
I be from the whazzup generation as I be divided by 1217537 and 2 alone.

1 year,13 days

Silent Circle Follows Lavabit By Closing Encrypted E-mail Service

aglider Weird! (470 comments)

So what'd be "encrypted email" for? Horny partners? Surprise birthday parties?
I am really curious what they think about it.

1 year,13 days

IBM Opens Up POWER Architecture For Licensing

aglider IBM won't ever change! (131 comments)

It's loo late, dude.
25 years too late.

1 year,15 days

Most Americans Think Courts Are Failing To Limit Government Surveillance

aglider Courts==Govts (281 comments)

Courts apply laws written by governments. In the best case.
In the worst case, courts are directly managed by governments.
So, you really think that a government would give its powers up in favor of the people?
I don't think so.

1 year,24 days

Forget Apple: Samsung Could Be Google's Next Big Rival

aglider That may not be enough (223 comments)

In order to be a Google competitor you have to differentiate away from it.
In my opinion TouchWiz and a few Samsung online services atop of Andoid are not enough.
Google controls the Android ecosystem.
Making real hardware also it is not, partly because Google is expected to deliver some in the near future.
Different/better hardware and different OS (like FirefoxOS) with different GUI could help. Let's see what happens.

1 year,27 days

Fedora Project Developer Proposes Layered, More Agile Design to Distribution

aglider We need a ring (74 comments)

to rule them all! Of course, you insensitive hobbit clod!

1 year,29 days

Fedora Project Developer Proposes Layered, More Agile Design to Distribution

aglider What we'd really need (74 comments)

In order to get Linux growing is a similar thing.
A "ring0" with a very basic system on top of which all other distros are based.
This would avoid everyone re-inventing the warm water multiple times, while distros would focus on the other rings.
More or less the same as is seen in FreeBSD with the "GIU"derivatives.
A controlled ring0 would focus on keeping the system up and running at the very best with a centralized repo for everyone.
But you may say i am a dreamer ...

about a year ago

British Prime Minister Promises Default On Porn Blocking

aglider They simply cannot do that (311 comments)

Apart of the technical points, useless in /., that would hinder the hard work in UK banks which in turn would lead to worse crisis effects!

about a year ago



Africa makers get energy from pee

aglider aglider writes  |  about 2 years ago

aglider (2435074) writes "A few sources is reporting about this technology breakthrough.
A group of African students built a small generator where with

1 Liter of urine gives you 6 hours of electricity.

It's not 100% clear how much energy you can get out of that liter (you insensitive Imperial clod) though.
It's also not 100% clear whether the main aim of the setup is to purify water or to generate energy thanks to electrolysis.
In any case either aim would be a great thing in a continent like Africa. And the whole world as well."

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OpenWRT finally presents its lates brew: Attitude Adjustment (aka 12.09)

aglider aglider writes  |  about 2 years ago

aglider (2435074) writes "OpenWrt has been delivering in the lastes 8+ years alternative, opensource firmware for a rather large (and growing) number of devices, not just routers, like Linksys, NetGear and TP-Link just to name a few. The latest version, like in the past 5 years, has been code-named after an alcoholic beverage, the attitude adjustment drink. From the original announcement:

The OpenWrt Team is happy to announce the beta release of Attitude Adjustment (12.09). This release is sligthly overdue, but it is now ready for testing.
General improvements:
* Improved LuCI interface
* Switch to the netifd infrastructure for better network configuration support
* Fixed Imagebuilder, relocatable SDK
* Full (?) eglibc support
* Release support for bridge firewalling
* Vastly improved ath9k driver stability and performance
* Dependency fixes for packages
* More iptables addons, improved netfilter performance
* Experimental support for 5 and 10MHz channels in ath5k and ath9k
* Support for 6RD configuration
* Experimental crashlog feature to track kernel oopses
* Reduced space requirements and improved squashfs/kernel compression
* Various package improvements and updates.

OpenWrt is a project based on a consensus decision model amongst the core team developers. With over 1000 binary packages, the Attitude Adjustment release is the biggest to date.
These 1000+ packages have the inherent problem that they need to be maintained. As the name of the release already suggests things are in a process of adjusting. The main change is that the developer group has arrived at the mutual agreement, that the packages feed is too much bloat for the project to carry around. This massive set of packages causes the developers not to have enough time for the core of OpenWrt.
The result is: The package feed is not being maintained in a way that ensures the required quality.

A couple of warnings are due here. First, your warranty can be voided by loading those firmware into your device.
Second, it can be tricky to do so, up to needing to solder a serial console adapter into your device PCB.
Third, you won't use your stock firmware any more!"

Link to Original Source


Razor-Qt: A New Qt-Based Desktop Environment?

aglider aglider writes  |  more than 2 years ago

aglider (2435074) writes "Phoronix has an interesting piece of news about a new emerging desktop environment. And it's Qt based!
From the project home page:

Razor-qt is an advanced, easy-to-use, and fast desktop environment based on Qt technologies. It has been tailored for users who value simplicity, speed, and an intuitive interface. Unlike most desktop environments, Razor-Qt also works fine with weak machines.

Someone has already tagged Razor-Qt as

a KDE ripoff

What we have so far is version 0.4 as announced on a blog and, very important, a number of easy ways to install and test it on a few main Linux distributions. Maybe time has come for something really new in the desktop environment arena almost completely occupied by GNOME and KDE."
Link to Original Source


Dennis Ritchie: The Shoulders Steve Jobs Stood On

aglider aglider writes  |  more than 2 years ago

aglider (2435074) writes "A few days ago Wired put some focus on the two deaths that plagued the world, not just the IT one.
The tributes to Dennis Ritchie won't match the river of praise that spilled out over the web after the death of Steve Jobs. But they should.
Again from the article:

Pretty much everything on the web uses those two things: C and UNIX, Pike tells Wired. The browsers are written in C. The UNIX kernel, that pretty much the entire Internet runs on, is written in C. Web servers are written in C, and if they're not, they're written in Java or C++, which are C derivatives, or Python or Ruby, which are implemented in C. And all of the network hardware running these programs I can almost guarantee were written in C.

And later:

Jobs genius is that he builds these products that people really like to use because he has taste and can build things that people really find compelling. Ritchie built things that technologists were able to use to build core infrastructure that people don't necessarily see much anymore, but they use everyday.

And before the flame war starts, I'd suggest to go for a complete read of this article. Even if the words "Unix" and "C language" don't make much sense to you."
Link to Original Source


Hubble shots the movie of star births

aglider aglider writes  |  more than 2 years ago

aglider writes "A number of different scientific sources is giving big echo to one of the latest announce made by the NASA and the Hubblesite.ORG. Quoting from Hubblesite.ORG:

A team of scientists [headed by Rice astronomer Patrick Hartigan] has collected enough high-resolution Hubble Space Telescope images over a 14-year period to stitch together time-lapse movies of powerful jets ejected from three young stars. The jets, a byproduct of gas accretion around newly forming stars, shoot off at supersonic speeds in opposite directions through space.

The report is also accompanied by a number of photos and, of course, astounding small movies.
The complete scientific study, that dates back to 2011.07.20, has been published on the Astrophysical Journal (subscription needed) but also on European Space Agency's Space Telescope and Cornell University Library's arXiv."


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