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Pinholes and Plastic Wrap Make Solid Walls "Transparent" To Sound

archshade Re:Let's see them patent the drum all over again (127 comments)

There's also a use in controlled/clean rooms. You can already get some something similar, there called Talk-Throughs (not affiliated, just top google hit).

I am not sure if this technology has a benefit over the existing solution, but it may. Maybe just because it looks cool. There is also a section at the bottom of TFA that gives over uses.

about a year and a half ago
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British Foreign Secretary on Surveillance Worries: '"Law Abiding Citizens Have Nothing To Fear"

archshade Re:Yeah, right! (404 comments)

I agree that the centre should not have the tools under discussion. You suggestion that far left and far far right are further away from each other than from a central democratic position is flawed.

The archetypal manifestation of the far left is communism. In comunism the party elite take full control of the the system, supposidley to distrubute wealth evenly among the population (although I do not beleive this has ever happend). The party also used there power to control the populace to maintain the status quo and there positions.

The archetypal manifestation of the far right is fascism. In fascism the goverment takes all the economic and political power and gives it to an elite few. The elite few are meant to provide a functioning society for the populace in exchange for them being held above all others (this has on occasion happend, however the elite more often than not (by a wide margin) abbuse there power, to the detriment of the populace).

Effectivley it can be shown that the far left and the the far right are closer than the moderate left to the far left or the moderate right to the far right. This has bee described as Horseshoe theory/horshoe of politics.

You also suggest that the "national socialist party" = "left wing", this really is not true anymore since WWII, national socialism is connected to the the German Nazi party, and only parties wishing to attach the Nazi image would use this terminology to describe themselves. The Nazi party was a [agressive] nationalist party, wich ultimatley used fascist techniques to backup there stance.

about a year and a half ago
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What Keeps You On (or Off) Windows in 2013?

archshade Linux CLI -gt MS CMD (1215 comments)

I use Linux for my primary home OS, and have done for 9 years. In that time I have found that Linux will do 90%+ of the things I can do in Windows. Likewise I have been in situatons where I am forced to use Windows, again 90%+ of the things I do in Linux I can do in windows. So which OS I use forms very little diffrence to what I'm trying to achieve. In the last year I have finally bitten the bullet and returned to having a Windows machine (Windows 7 dual booting with openSuSE 12.3, on my laptop). My desktop still runs Linux exclusively.

Reasons for needing/liking Windows
>My university has free student liscences for software that are windows only (the software is availible for Linux but would cost me €100s if not €1000s to aquire legally on linux, some libaries are held under NDA and I have to have a the university build (windows) and VPN to the university to use them.
>Some software is tied to the OS and is of benefit - Actually there is only one peice of software that I use frequantly that I cannot use in linux, this is a .NET script which ties into LTspice. LTspice itself works great in wine but I could not get the script to work in Wine/Linux.
>University support is better for windows - (e.g. connecting to University WiFi took 2 mins with a guide, same task took 30 mins on Linux - included reading man page to connect to a network type/authourization I had never used before, and reading the windows guide to extract the infomation needed).
>Most genral use PCs are windows, not just at university but in companies and the public libaries, knowing how to use windows becomes essentially.
>MS office is better than any alternative I have used (LO/OO/Abiword/Gnumeric), but I so rarely use office applications this makes little diffrence to me.
>Better hardware support - You don't have to reaserch if drivers are available you buy the hardware and install provided drivers if needed.

Reasons for needing/liking Linux
>Better command line, for me this is the biggest advantage. Quick bash scripts save me loads of time, being able to manipulate text streams is invaluble. When I am using windows I feel clipped WRT these features, I know they are acheivble in windows, but I am yet to come across a Linux install that does not have these tools where these features on Windows are rare.
>Large trustworthy source of free(gratis) software. I know there are plenty of of free/low cost software for Windows (I don't mind paying a small amount but I can't afford €50+ for an applications all the time). I feel I can trust the large collection of software availible in my repos, I have less trust of windows installers.
>Better documentation - In my experiance at least the documentation for Linux software seems better, alot of people seem to find the opposite.
>Software works as expected - I think this is just what I am used to, I often spend time working out what I am meant to be doing in windows or what a button actually does (actually this is more a GUI thing - I have the same problem with Gnome and KDE apps), where as on Linux/Bash I know what to do and what it is actually doing.
>Choice of desktop, I like tiling WMs I use xmonnard on my desktop, there is no simple way to do this.
>Lower overhead - my experiance is that Linux runs perceptivley faster on the same hardware (depending on DE)

about a year and a half ago
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BBC Clock Inaccurate - 100 Days To Fix?

archshade Re:A simple remote clock design (487 comments)

So your algorithm for determining the time on the local computer is

local time = (local time - remote time) + remote time

?

You realise that simplifies to:

local time = local time

No it's not, it's:
Thread 1:
while(1){
delta_t = remote_time - local_time;
sleep(5 mins);
}

Thread 2:
while(1){
display_time = local_time + delta_t;
update_clock(display_time):
}

This actually simplifies to:
display_time = local_time + (remote_time - local_time)
or
display_time = remote_time

But with the advantage of only polling the server every 5 mins, not every time you want to update the clock. 5 mins is probably to frequent for the application, but in the correct order of magnitude.

about a year and a half ago
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Matt Smith Leaves "Doctor Who"

archshade Re:I hope it's John Hurt (375 comments)

What's with you people? This doctor is the most fun of any since Tom Baker, and maybe even moreso.

I also like the general attitude (both his character and the show) that the Doctors is someone all the foes have learned to fear since he always beats their ass.

It has, logically, indeed come down to this:

This may be case, but this may be my [reletive] dislike of him, the doctor should be fun at times but Matt Smiths episodes come off as having to much fun, it often ends up being silly (I suppose a lot of this comes from the first Matt Smith episode). For me Matt Smith never pulls off the serious aspect well, he never truly comes off as a tortured soul. For me this is one of the big charater trait that the Matt Smith incarnation fails to portray.

Most of the previous doctors would have been angry, or remourceful, but Smith comes off as conceited. I understand why he did what he did, but he seems to lack some depth that the doctor should have.

about a year and a half ago
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Oculus VR Co-founder Andrew Reisse Killed In Auto Collision

archshade Re:He should not have been pursued (302 comments)

I agree completely. AlphaWolf_HK did you actually read the link you posted? From TFL

But criminologists say crime figures can be affected by many factors, including different criminal justice systems and differences in how crime is reported and measured.

In Britain, an affray is considered a violent crime, while in other countries it will only be logged if a person is physically injured.

There are also degrees of violence. While the UK ranks above South Africa for all violent crime, South Africans suffer more than 20,000 murders each year - compared with Britain's 921 in 2007.

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But Police Minister David Hanson said: 'These figures are misleading. Levels of police recorded crime statistics from different countries are simply not comparable since they are affected by many factors, for example the recording of violent crime in other countries may not include behaviour that we would categorise as violent crime.

Admitted this was after the the shouting about how bad the UK is, but considering the source the fact that they are willing to include these provisos speaks volumes. I'm half amazed they didn't have a graph suggesting that it was due to increased immigration, or the death of Dianna.

about a year and a half ago
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Oculus VR Co-founder Andrew Reisse Killed In Auto Collision

archshade Re:FTA (302 comments)

No you don't have to do any of that. You simple need to be outspoken and equally loud as the nuts (WBC are not the only ones, just the best known). The issue is that from outside it looks like most Americans are staying quiet on the subject. The people at the head of WBC are obviously clever and using US law to there advantage, are there no people with comparable skill set that see there actions as abhorrent and willing to take them on? Or are people to scared to take on these hate spewers, that they wont stand up and at least go on record that they don't? Maybe people just don't think its worth there time.

I know there are people who protest against the bigots but it is a small proportion of the community. If 70%+ came to a few of these protests it would send a clear message that the majority did not agree with there message, and found it disturbing/painful/unwanted/ etc... This would send a strong message to all the people viewing. As it is there is no way to tell that Average Joe does not agree or at least not see a big problem with the actions of the group.

about a year and a half ago
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Matt Smith Leaves "Doctor Who"

archshade Re:I hope it's John Hurt (375 comments)

I agree with this - I don't really like Matt Smith (he is OK but the worst of the modern Whos). I don't think it's just the age thing either, the Dr. has always been eccentric but Matt Smith comes off more as "quirky". He comes off as someone trying to eccentric for the sake of the image and not because that is how his mind works.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Can I Make a Computer Science Club Interesting?

archshade 10% does not seem bad. (265 comments)

10% of people staying on for a year does not sound to bad (especially for a disorganized group). I would say that making the group accessible to people during the year (certainley the first term) will help boost numbers.I highley doubt you will achieve more than 25% of people to stay. I would say that 20% is really the best you can hope for. If you want more people your probably better off trying to get more people though the door (although this will drive down your %)

Have goals, - what do you want to achieve? Come up with a few ideas yourself for projects, then in the first few meatings get suggestions from members, do whatever you can to keep then involved and take ownership of the project. The decsion of which projects to follow needs to decided by the group. Don't run to many projects in parralel (not a problem if you only have 4 people) but have everyone working towards a common goal.

Don't be autocratic, members are putting time into it they don't want someone pushing them around, do be prepared to take on the role of arbiter in disagreements.

Don't assume everyone is at the same level, some people will have experiance, others will want to learn. Come up with an itroduction corse that is not mandatory, even if the course is just go away and read this documentaion/work though theese examples at home. Be prepaired to help. Agree on a group language, make it appropriate for the type of project you want to do, for application stuff I would recomend python.

I asuming that this will be be coding based - thats not a requirment but I would definatley go for somthing where you make/design somthing.

about a year and a half ago
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Scientists Recover Wooly Mammoth Blood

archshade Re:Photo Op (190 comments)

You can have a diffrent view of warm than I do. I would consider warm to be anything above the correct tempreture range for the Beer, and type does matter. I have had limited but good experiance with American (US) beer, (not the big mass market stuff). Diffrent beers need to be serverd at diffrent temps. Darker beers, bitters and ales genrally warmer but still at cellar temp (5'C-15'C) depending on the beer, lighter lagers and pilsners should be cooler (3.5'C - 10'C). There are probably exception I would have thought the super strong beers (e.g. TNP and STB) could benefit from being a little warmer, but still below room temp . Anything below 3'C may as well be fizzy water with an inebriating effect, if a beer can only be drunk like that its a bad beer.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: What's the Best Way To Work On Projects While Traveling?

archshade Re:Visas are going to be an issue (273 comments)

although the trains are slow until you get out of the country

Clearly you have not had experiance of trains in the UK, I have been in the Netherlands for almost a year now and my experiance Dutch trains although not super fast, they are puntual, and rarely suffer from extreme delays. I only have refrence of UK which is a known hell hole for trains (the last train I took in the the UK was >3hrs late and missing 2 carriages, so packed.)

The rest of your points all seem true, well as far as I know. I have only been here a year and am not fammiliar with NL/USA VISA arrangements.

about a year and a half ago
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Xbox One: No Always-Online Requirement, But Needs To Phone Home

archshade Re:Insight (395 comments)

you should cite your sources: oblig

about a year and a half ago
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Microsoft Unveils Xbox One

archshade Re:Multi-tasking in windows (on x86) s novel? (782 comments)

It's running 3 VMs over a hypervisor. One is basically Windows 8 and does the apps and TV and movies and shit, the other is the Xbox OS which runs the games, and the third is a video compositor so you can seamlessly transition between them and have the little side pop-up things. It literally is running 3 OS instances at any given time.

OK, that does sound more impressive than the what the quote said, I did not really RTFA (this is /.), just kinda skimmed it. Although what is the advantage of this setup over a single OS with good task scheduling? Is the XBOX OS so radically diffrent to the rest of the system it need a totally independent OS? Is this a way to sandbox the game console from the media centre, possible to ensure MS lockdown of the console while still allowing the media centre to work more like a traditionol computer? It seems like an over engineered system that brings in overhead. Could some one fill me in on the benefit of this, I accept my understanding of OS design is somewhat lacking.

about a year and a half ago
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Microsoft Unveils Xbox One

archshade Re:Backwards Compatible? (782 comments)

Any news on if it can play Xbox 360 games? The thing is if MS drops 360 Xbox Live support the 360 becomes an expensive boat anchor. Everything on the 360 revolves around Live including your profiles, Important game patches, Video content like renting movies and HBO GO, etc.

The new Xbox One will mean EOL of the 360, I am yet to see a new console release not have caused a lack of (new) software for old models withn 6 months. If they keep XBL silver running for 12 or 18 months thats more than enough time for critical games updates (Also why is it now acceptable to release games before they are ready). The lack of online gaming and services sucks, but it's kind of expected and if you bought your 360 for the live feature in the beleif that the service was going to run in perpetuity, then you are a fool.

about a year ago
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Microsoft Unveils Xbox One

archshade Multi-tasking in windows (on x86) s novel? (782 comments)

“Snapping in” is the Xbox One’s task-switching mechanism, and it’s made possible by some serious operating system kung fu.

WTF, this thing has a an x86 core and is running a modified version of MS Windows, how much effort did they put into multitasking. If they really did put this much effort into it isn't this a bit of wheel re-invention, or maybe they have a better scheduler than in desktop Windows. If the systems is better than standard Windows why is it not being pushed into there main OS.

I may well get one of these, I always liked my XBOXes (original and 360, never had one break). It really depends on whether the always on internet requirment is actually a requirment. I never connected my xbox to the net, and infreaquantly connected my 360. When I want to play games I like to be able to grab a beer and play by myself (I never really enjoyed online gaming) or even better get some mates round get more beer and play games on a big TV, oh and pizza don't forget pizza.

Although I won't be buying this when its brand new, I let some kinks get ironed out and the price drop a bit.

about a year ago
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Microsoft Unveils Xbox One

archshade Re:I look forward to hearing about why this will f (782 comments)

How can you have slightly less than half a bit? surley there fundamental quanta. I think it must be 9 bits but with 151 reserved codes, The incrementer is designed to wrap around at this poit, any value greater than 360 shows an error condition.

about a year ago
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$200 Intel Android Laptops Are Coming

archshade Re:bets? (319 comments)

You can install Linux on Android.

How? this makes no sense to me how can you install linux on android, android is Linux (well a modified Linux).

Ths is one of the few occasions when using the term GNU/Linux is actually helpfull. Normally when I refer to Linux I mean GNU/Linux. If I am talking about the kernal I will say the Linux kernal, when talking about Android I will say Android or DALVIK/Linux depending on context. This system seems pretty universal (RMS dislikes though).

ofcourse you can run GNU tools in a chroot, thats not "Installing Linux on Android", thats installing an new set of userland tools on an existing kernal.

I can think of lots of usage cases for a proper GNU/Linux distro on a low powered sub $200 Atom laptop, I would be tempted by one if I can easily install a poroper distro (either dual-booting or just replacing the Android install). If the process is made artificially difficult (e.g. by locking the bootloader) I am not going to support the company and buy crippled HW. Even if the process is only running a script.

PS: I am aware that the are othe */Linux setups. Discussion is beyond the scope of this post.

about a year and a half ago
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Most Projects On GitHub Aren't Open Source Licensed

archshade Re:Open Source License (630 comments)

In GPL only world, the entry costs to producing and selling software become a lot higher. I cannot use an GPL code, so I must replicate all that functionality. You might think this is great since people will produce free software instead, but most people are motivated by money so what it really means is that people are more likely to work for a big company (which can overcome these entry costs) than start their own company.

This makes no sense. In a GPL only world there is no other licences, so everthing is compatible. You would have to publish under the GPL as well (if you did not, it would no longer be a GPL only world). The GPL may make monetizing you work difficult (not impossible, but may make less, and you will have to give contius support).

I know this was not the point you where making - you where thinking of of a world where the GPL is the only F/OSS liscence, as well as a load of commercial licenses. Well why should someone profit from my work, I put my time and effort into it, I gave it to the community and now someone wants to add somthing (reletively simple), and sell it. if this was not the intention why should I allow it. There are good reasons for the GPL.

about a year and a half ago
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Rhombus Tech 2nd Revision A10 EOMA68 Card Working Samples

archshade Re:Does Realtek RTD1186 have a FPU (57 comments)

Maybe I'm missing something but why are you focusing specifically on that chip? Some of the chips (e.g. A20) definitely have an FPU unit. If you need an FPU (and who doesn't), get a card (or cards) with an appropriately specified CPU core.

about a year and a half ago
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Extended TeX: Past, Present, and Future

archshade Re:What about pictures? (300 comments)

True I frequaently run searches on how to do stuff in latex, and I do not care weather I'd google links that data to me or not. I'm not embaressed about how much help I need from the internet with my latex documents. So maybe my past searches have coloured my result

about a year and a half ago

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