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US Sentinel Drone Fooled Into Landing With GPS Spoofing

alobar72 Re:self distruct/booby trap (647 comments)

i think that would require some extra weight, some extra this and that...I think the focus while building that thing was more to make it do the things it should do - I think they tried to prevent this kind of think to happen on a electronical level ( encr. GPS ) rather than on a mechanical level (breaking the shelf)

more than 2 years ago
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Weak Typing — the Lost Art of the Keyboard

alobar72 Caged in keyboard paradigm (362 comments)

I always find it kind of suspicious that we are using keyboards to program computers... The keyboard was invented roughly 170 years ago or so and the actual layout designed to avoid fast typing. I think the concept of the keyboard is so dominant and omnipresent that it really keeps us from thinking outside the box, and to come up with a better concept. I mean should there not be a better concept to instruct modern computers than a interface concept invented a century ago for slowly writing human language ?

more than 2 years ago
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Schmidt: G+ 'Identity Service,' Not Social Network

alobar72 Re:Don't Be Evil? That's just a lie (417 comments)

I actually believe google considers what it does as "not evil" I believe Facebook and google are seeing themselves as pioneers of new social structures and values. Us still sticking to the idea of privacy maybe seems strange to them. Could be that from their strategic point of view we are already Living in the World of yesterday.

more than 2 years ago
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Native Apps Are Dead, Long Live Native Apps

alobar72 Re:The Native App Will Never Die... (168 comments)

It's always hard to go cross platform for platforms that the manufacturer has build to be locked in ...

more than 2 years ago
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Native Apps Are Dead, Long Live Native Apps

alobar72 Finally :) (168 comments)

I read similar arguments when java applets arrived, or flash, or webstart... Cant wait to read why native apps are dead when HTML 6.x arrives :) The point is, there are plenty of use cases where web apps are the thing to do instead of going native - and a whole lot of situations, where you just don't want a web app. I think also one has to remember that browsers didn't start as runtime environments but as rendering engines. Will there be more web apps coming ? Sure Will there still be native apps ? Sure.

more than 2 years ago
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Apple Rips Off Rejected App, Says Wireless Sync Developer

alobar72 Re:Apple may not have ripped this off. (549 comments)

I would think so too. Even a company like apple has limited development resources. They used to have laptops and desktops basically. With phones, cloud and tablets they have new product lines that demand many more resources. Their roadmap is really heavy I think. Sometimes you have to make sure that thinks work somehow first and later deal with making it cool later

more than 2 years ago
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Apple Rips Off Rejected App, Says Wireless Sync Developer

alobar72 Re:Apple may not have ripped this off. (549 comments)

I think it is too obvious to implement _wireless_ sync on a _mobile_ device. Other Plattforms have it, you can download apps and music etc wirelessly - it was just a question of time when we would hit the spot on the IOS roadmap, where full wireless sync would be there, from my perspective.

more than 2 years ago
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Apple Rips Off Rejected App, Says Wireless Sync Developer

alobar72 Re:Apple may not have ripped this off. (549 comments)

Your right - we don't know for sure. But don't you think it would we kind of weird, if apple had been blind on that eye? I mean, I'm just picturing Forestall in the meeting, face going pale, looking at Steve, saying"wow, we wouldn't have thought of that one... Wireless sync, what a great idea"

more than 2 years ago
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Tech That Failed To Fail

alobar72 Re:The GSM phone (428 comments)

Actually I though the same when 3G came up. Those days I thought the license fee alone that the carriers had to pay could as well be spend to build up a nation wide wifi mesh instead...

more than 2 years ago
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A5: All Apple, Part Mystery

alobar72 Re:It's a JOKE! (124 comments)

What I find interesting about that, is that apple is blamed for not basically revolutionising the Market with every revision of their product. I never heard a reviewer blaming dell that a new product line of notebooks was just lighter, more powerful etc. I find that totally in order . The iPad 2 is a new revision of a well received product. That is totally normal. I think that everybody who expects a revolution from apple every single year has fallen more for the "apple fanboyism" the the so called fanboys :)

about 3 years ago
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WikiLeaks Nominated For 2011 Nobel Peace Prize

alobar72 I just picutre... (495 comments)

The Szene: Torture chamber, guantanamo, seven floors downstairs. A guard steps over to the poor fellow who leaked some stuff and says: "congrats, buddy - those wikileakians just won the Nobel price with your leaked documents... We will keep you here for another 10 years " :)

more than 3 years ago
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100 P2P Users Upload 75% of Content

alobar72 Thank God 100... (269 comments)

I feared it was only me ...

more than 3 years ago
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WikiLeaks Defenders Threaten Amazon

alobar72 Re:DDoS Attacks, or Rightful Protest? (703 comments)

As a matter of fact, this differentiation will be made by the future. The outcome of each society ist based on breaking the laws of the one before. I don't say wikileaks has broken laws - and infact I am thankful for what I learned through them about my and other nations governments. When in x years net neutrality is gone and censorship has strictly regulated the Internet - they will sure be seen as riots and vandals. On the other hand... If the majority thinks that the same rules that are long accepted for paper mail should apply to modern means of communication, be it blogs, mail whatever, And if this majority thinks that the whole democracy thing was once installed to make governments impossible that do some of the things we saw on wikileaks... Then they will be seen in a positive light... As always. - it's up to our children to decide :)

more than 3 years ago
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WikiLeaks Defenders Threaten Amazon

alobar72 Re:DDoS Attacks, or Rightful Protest? (703 comments)

So, you are a bit angry that you cannot punch THEM on their noses, aren't you ? Oh boy...

more than 3 years ago
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WikiLeaks Defenders Threaten Amazon

alobar72 Re:False flag once again (703 comments)

Interesting thought that "they" will use it as an argument to further restrict the Internet... That is scary indeed. But on the other hand : it would ultimately educate us where "they" are standing...

more than 3 years ago
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MasterCard Hit By WikiLeaks Payback Attacks

alobar72 Re:why mastercard? (715 comments)

What about unguilty unless proven otherwise ? To the best of my knowledge wikileaks has not been Convicted for any Crime. For example : would mc and vc stop their relationship with a fortune 500 company because the CEO was possibly but not proven corrupt ? Don't think so. It is in the power of the court to judge what is illegal and what is not. With that act mc and cc actually Convicted an organisation and Punished it. The way I understand democracy this should only be the job of judges.

more than 3 years ago
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Windows Phone 7 Sales Continue To Struggle

alobar72 Re:A Shame (351 comments)

I think they are just to Late in the Game. The sudden Drop of wm 6 shocked many business customers. And now I believe it is mostly the "who needs another platform" reason

more than 3 years ago
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UK Asks News Outlets Not To Publish WikiLeaks Bombshell, US Prepares For Fallout

alobar72 Re:honesty (606 comments)

I am not yet having a solit attitude about wiki leaks. But one thing comes for sure into my mind. By the end of world war one when there where those optimistic efforts and ideas to give the world a new order and reduce the risk for new wars there was one thing politicians identified as one source of great danger : secret diplomacy. And if I remembered corectly, the us Pesident Wilson wanted to ban secret diplomacy completely. Of course it did not came to that. But it still makes you thinking... Maybe wiki leaks is on the right track. Forcing the government to tell the truth from the first minute one because they learned nothing can and will be a secret for long... Doesn't sound that wrong to me. Of course they have to change the very heart of modern politics for that. But that doesn't sound too bad to me either.

more than 3 years ago

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Digitizing and geocoding old maps

alobar72 alobar72 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

alobar72 (974422) writes "Hi all,
I have a problem and wanted your opinion and hints on that.
I have quite a few old maps (several hundreds; 100+ years old, some are already damaged – so time is not on my side)
What I want to do is to digitize them and to apply geo-coordinates to them so I can use them as overlays for openstreetmap data or such.
Obviously I cannot put those maps onto my 80€ scanner and go. Some of them are really large ( 1,5m x 1,5m roughly I believe ) and they need to be treated with great care because the paper is partly damaged.
So firstly I need a method or service provider that can do the digitizing without damaging
Secondly I need a hint what the best method is to apply geo coordinates to those maps then.
The maps are old and landscape and places have changed, it maybe difficult to identify exact spots.
So: are there any experiences or tips I could use?
Thanks in advance"
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six-legged walking robot controlled by two neurons

alobar72 alobar72 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

alobar72 (974422) writes "a tiny network of neurons — consisting of two neurons to be precise — enables this robot to walk.
Most funny thing: Not all aspects of this concepts seem to bee fully understand — but it works"

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how much is the internet ?

alobar72 alobar72 writes  |  about 6 years ago

alobar72 (974422) writes "I was wondering: how much is the internet ? How much does this huge infrastructure cost in terms of energy and money ? Could it be that we come to a point, where we cannot afford to maintain the internet any longer, because global productivity dropped dramatically ? ( War, Clima change, plague,...) And since we ( Culture, economy, etc ) are more and more dependend on this infrastrucutre, could it be, that the "internet civilization" collapses completely when this infrastructure cannot be maintained any longer ? Are we — as a culture — fully dependend on an infrastructure that is more and more expensive — and maybe once impossible — to maintain ? What are you thinking ?"
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opened tabs on browser startup

alobar72 alobar72 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

alobar72 (974422) writes "As I just installed a new computer and configured firefox with some tabs to open per default on startup... I wonder what are the default tabs, /.ers like to have on browser startup ?"
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Motorola mobile with PicoP laser projection

alobar72 alobar72 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

alobar72 (974422) writes "Motorola and Microvision are planing to bring out a mobile phone with a laser projector included http://www.engadget.com/2007/07/25/motorola-signs- on-with-microvisions-picop-laser-projection/ ( german article here: http://www.golem.de/showhigh2.php?file=/0707/53722 .html&wort%5B%5D=motorola ) I only hope this new mobile phones with projectors, GPS, large displays and so on all build in will not need a battery the size and weight simmilar to a common projector."

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