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EU Votes For Universal Phone Charger

ayjay29 I must be tired... (358 comments)

I read it as:

EU Votes For Universal Phone Charger
The draft law was approved by an overwhelming majority: 550 volts to 12.

about 8 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Mitigating DoS Attacks On Home Network?

ayjay29 Cloud providers... (319 comments)

Hi,

>> I've noticed the IPs trace back to Microsoft or Amazon domains

This is probably stuff running on VMs in Amazon or Azure cloud services. Users can create VMs with insecure passwords and they are often the target of attacks.

about a year ago
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Christmas On Mars

ayjay29 Simulate the Internet (41 comments)

If they really want to simulate life on Mars they should set up an internet connection with realistic latency built in. I think after a few days of waiting 60 minutes for Twitter and Facebook refreshes they will be tearing the walls down to get back to civilization...

about 2 years ago
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Complex Systems Theorists Predict We're About One Year From Global Food Riots

ayjay29 Re:Like the saying goes.. (926 comments)

Yes, you need square meals to make a well rounded diet.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: I Want To Read More. Should I Get an eBook Reader Or a Tablet?

ayjay29 2nd Hand Paperbacks (415 comments)

I pretty much only read 2nd hand paperbacks. You can pay a couple of $ per copy from a 2nd hand bookshop or charity shop, read them, then give them back. You support charity / the local economy, and its pretty much carbon neutral.

more than 2 years ago
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The Mathematics of Obesity

ayjay29 Re:It really isn't sugar, that is just one avenue (655 comments)

>>while consuming a whole bag of chips or having that bagel covered in cream cheese

I love American food...

I visited the US for a week a while ago, and gained 3 kg (5 lb), I was aiming for 5 kg. If you go to Prague you go an a beer binge, in Amsterdam its a drugs bunge, but if you go to the US you go on a food binge.

I worked out that if I lived there for a year I would weigh about 230 kb (460 lb).

more than 2 years ago
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Employers Need Wind Power Technicians

ayjay29 Re:Oh please (170 comments)

I was at an open day at a wind turbine. They had a small cage lift that could take two people at a time to the top, it took a long time, and there were a few people in the queue. As a joke I asked the operator "Can I climb up the ladder? it will be quicker!". Instead of saying "No, don't be stupid!" he handed me a harness and said "Of course! Go ahead...". Not being one to turn down a challenge I put the harness on, cliped in, and headed up the ladder. It was hard work, and I was not carrying any tools. It was also a bit scary.

I'd take that job. The climb to work is good excercise, and the view from the top is amazing.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Life After Software Development?

ayjay29 Re:Write or teach. (416 comments)

Teaching or IT training is a good option.

I love the feeling on a Friday afternoon when a training course has gone well, the students are happy, the course is over, and you have the weekend to relax.

If you can travel a bit then delivering a couple of 3 or 5 day IT training courses in different cities can set you up financially for the month.

more than 2 years ago
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Where does your electricity come from?

ayjay29 Re:I have no idea (498 comments)

>>No, electrons from coal or oil are "dirty electrons".../

As long is it's not "Heavy Electricity" i'm happy with it.

more than 2 years ago
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Cloud Computing Democratizes Digital Animation

ayjay29 Re:gives everyone a supercomputer... right (167 comments)

Its not that expensive.

I have a demo that I run in Windows Azure where I spin up 16 servers to render a 1500 frame animation in HD quality. I demo it an conferances and user group meetings, it fits nicely into a one-hour session. It takes about 10 minutes to provision the environment and around 20 minutes to render the animation.

The total cost for compute time, storage and data transfer is less than $2.

more than 2 years ago
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Books I bought to read, but haven't yet:

ayjay29 Re:Less than 10% may be more than a handful... (298 comments)

In the UK there are a lot of charity shops selling used books. I buy a big stack or paperbacks for £1 to £3 each, then read through most of them, then take them back. It's a great way to get a cheap read, it's a great way to recycle, and most of the monay goes to charity.

more than 2 years ago
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The best computer upgrade I've ever done was:

ayjay29 Re:Multiple Monitors (522 comments)

I had a 4 monitor setup once, when I was working on an instore advertising desplay system. It was great, but I kept loosing the mouse pointer...

more than 3 years ago
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The best computer upgrade I've ever done was:

ayjay29 Re:Monitor definitely (522 comments)

I agree here. I had my boss splash out for a 27" monitor and a workstation class PC to have at home a couple of years ago. Today the workstation classs PC feels a bit slow, but the monitor is still one of the best you can buy, and will be on my desktop for many years to come....

more than 3 years ago
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Electric Tron Lightcycle Hits the Streets

ayjay29 Does impress the chicks though... (113 comments)

After all that effort imagine his dissapointment when he rides it past a couple of hot chicks and they don't even notice (0:30).

more than 3 years ago
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Do you take a print newspaper at home?

ayjay29 Re:Missing Option (316 comments)

>>She loves coupons and, hey, they save money when we shop for groceries.

My wife saved over $400 on a new fridge last week, the week before she saved $500 on furnature. She says she is saving for our retirement...

more than 3 years ago
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If You're Going To Kill It, Open Source It

ayjay29 Good Story Sequence... (245 comments)

"If You're Going To Kill It, Open Source It"

then

"Nokia Outsources Symbian OS Work"

more than 3 years ago
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I prefer to listen to recorded media via ...

ayjay29 Re:Need bass (344 comments)

Perhaps a set of these bad boys would do the trick: http://www.bbspot.com/News/2005/09/subwoofer_surround.html

more than 3 years ago
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Unsecured IP Cameras Accessible To Everyone

ayjay29 Red-light cameras? (146 comments)

>>He also managed to access three red-light cameras in a town in Texas, and while he didn't change any settings, he could have.

Oh, that kind of red-light, shame....

more than 3 years ago
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US Army Unveils 'Revolutionary' $35,000 Rifle

ayjay29 Re:Hope It Helps End the Fighting (782 comments)

>>Rounds are going to be relatively expensive yes, but it's not as if you fire the thing full auto.

Hell yes, I'm gonna fire the thing on full auto.

I'm sure most level designers will ensure there are a reasonable number of ammo-backs lying around...

more than 3 years ago

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