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A Toolbox That Helps Keep You From Losing Tools (Video)

blueshift_1 More of a proof of concept. (81 comments)

In essence, it's just inventory control. There are quite a few companies that make systems like this (my company uses a few for small tooling parts). I see this being relevant for small fab shops or similar who don't have the capital to invest in the larger, more unified system - but still have an issue with misplaced tools. So they make DIY system using a prototype board and some basic sensors. In the end, this is a very basic prototype that is more of a proof of concept than a practical prototype. And definitely using a bunch of tablets could be a hassle in many places (though I'm sure Intel has them sort of just lying about for everyone). So a badge RFID/barcode scan or keypad would probably do nicely for entry and some sort of automatic unlocking/locking mechanism is naturally required. Also, I could definitely fool some silly little optical sensor with dark tape or a small piece of paper - so I think in the long run, you'd have to improve on that. But all in all, it's a clever little solution.

2 days ago
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Cameron Accuses Internet Companies Of Giving Terrorists Safe Haven

blueshift_1 Hindsight, Hindsight, Hindsight. (178 comments)

In the end, this is just trying to blame hindsight. "Now that [insert horric event] has occured, we've found evidence that [insert person doing horrific event] was doing things that now appear obvioius that he would do terrible things." However, just because people want to do horrible things, it doesn't make them a criminal. If we were punished for every malicious thought we had, then many people would never see the light of day again.

2 days ago
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Married Woman Claims Facebook Info Sharing Created Dating Profile For Her

blueshift_1 Change of scenery. (188 comments)

Our algorithms analyzed the tones of your status updates and thought you might like a change of scenery. You're welcome

3 days ago
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NASA Offering Contracts To Encourage Asteroid Mining

blueshift_1 For the novelty! (153 comments)

Anything obtained will be overpriced and just a general novelty for quite a few years. I could see asteroid mining to be relevant for rare-metals once we improve the cost-effectiveness of venturing into space. But for now, the price point is just too high. And what are these "companies" even doing in the meantime? Hmmm...

3 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Professionally Packaged Tools For Teaching Kids To Program?

blueshift_1 If she likes it, stick with it (107 comments)

You could continue to use minecraft to teach her to servers work as well as use eclipse to create server plugins and use APIs. I mean I'm all about riding the train of what people are already interested in. And Java skills are pretty applicable to a variety of languages. Naturally MC servers can have... questionable people on them, but I'm sure she could make a server with friends (and just whitelist). It could be a really interesting project for sure!

about two weeks ago
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Interviews: Warren Ellis Answers Your Questions

blueshift_1 Interesting. (15 comments)

I'm more of a passive comic book guy, but I thought this was one of the better /. interviews as of late. A decently interesting mix of questions and some detailed, personal, and interesting answers. Very nice.

about two weeks ago
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Big Talk About Small Samples

blueshift_1 Sample accuracy Sample size (245 comments)

Even a large sample can be bad is the sample doesn't represent the population as a whole. Sample size only goes so far when you have a skewed sample based on the demographics of the population as a whole.

about two weeks ago
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How Baidu Tracked the Largest Seasonal Migration of People On Earth

blueshift_1 Wait.. HALF THE WORLD?!? (48 comments)

World population is about 7.1 Billion (give or take a few). How did HALF THE WORLD'S POPULATION travel across China around a small time period. I feel like they may need to check a few number and make a move a few decimals.

about two weeks ago
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After Silk Road 2.0 Shutdown, Rival Dark Net Markets Grow Quickly

blueshift_1 Re:The dark net (86 comments)

I agree Evolution is a lame choice in names. I was thinking more like Black Hydra.

about two weeks ago
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Apple Releases iMessage Deregistration Utility

blueshift_1 Re:Overdue (136 comments)

The issue is when it sends a message to a person who was formerly iOS, but has since moved to android. It default to attempt to iMessage, however it doesn't truly fault out so that it then sends a text message. They just sit out on the apple iMessage servers. The only real work around was to constantly turn iMessage off, send message, turn iMessage back on. Just a hassle.

about two weeks ago
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Apple Releases iMessage Deregistration Utility

blueshift_1 Overdue (136 comments)

While I'm still on iOS myself, this was a long overdue issue. It's incredibly frustrating to have to switch on/off imessage to send messages to people who have moved over to android. iMessage was/is a great idea, but it took a bit too long for this bug fix to be resolved.

about two weeks ago
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Canadian Police Recommend Ending Anonymity On the Internet

blueshift_1 Tsk tsk. (231 comments)

I feel like the drivers and marriage licenses are not that relevant here. A drivers license is mainly used to show that are at least reasonably competant drivers (though we all know that doesn't mean that much) and a marriage license is more of a way to formalize the legal agreement so that you can file taxes and whatnot as married. The internet is a tool of communication and you can definitely use a pay phone, send a letter, or even buy cellphone without a license of any sort. Just have the cash and pay for the service. Just looking for the easy button on determining who did what on the internet.

and on a side note, the US uses marriage licenses/laws (in some states) to limit who can get it. Imagine the damage this could cause with the government limited who could use the internet... like dangling fruit over our head to make sure were good little kiddies and never did anything bad on the net.

about two weeks ago
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Blizzard Announces Overwatch, a First-Person Shooter

blueshift_1 Interesting (183 comments)

It definitely has a TF2 look (and absolutely some copied aspects), though I also see some almsot LOL style strategy play (assuming the balance it properly). I agree the gameplay trailer made most characters seem a bit overpowered, but it was made in a way that is more like a trailer than actual game play. I'm intrigued but certainly not sold. I'd like to see how they plan to allow match development. All in all, it looks nice, and if blizzard can get the mechanics solid it could be a very interesting game.

about three weeks ago
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Pacific Northwest Lab's Sensor-Packed Fish Gauges Hydropower Facilities

blueshift_1 Air Pressure vs Force (28 comments)

At least it's not the force required to throw them to the top of Everest in the blink of an eye. Basically it's all relative.

about three weeks ago
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Physicists Resurrect an Old, Strange Dark Matter Theory

blueshift_1 Re:In laymen's terms... (138 comments)

B) so invisibility cloak anyone?

It'd probably be more like... invisible clothes. Just let it all hang out!

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Single Sign-On To Link Google Apps and Active Directory?

blueshift_1 Seriously? (168 comments)

Please hold off on any Google haters, that's a different discussion for a different forum.

clearly they don't know slashdot comments...

about three weeks ago
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XYZPrinting Releases All-In-One 3D Printer With Internal Laser Scanner

blueshift_1 Import scanning is what we really need. (46 comments)

I don't see that much benefit in the direct replication (short of finally achiving Banarch-Tarski?), however being able to import the scanned item into [insert you favorite cad/3d design tool] and be able to manipulate it from there would be fabulous. It'd certainly help with reducing the prototyping timeframe - especially when you are only trying to make a replacement part of a broken item (assuming you didn't already have the design implemented).

about a month ago
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Google Announces Inbox, a New Take On Email Organization

blueshift_1 It begins again (173 comments)

... now we get to see comments everywhere flooded with "Can I haz invite code, plz. user@genericdomain.com kthx"

about a month ago
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Windows 0-Day Exploited In Ongoing Attacks

blueshift_1 Definitely Users (114 comments)

Yeah, you defflinitely have "allow" it. But most people don't read half the messages excel or powerpoint throw at them. Just accept, accept, open, enable, install, install. Why do we even make botnets... I'm sure the users would do it on their own if they were prompted.

about a month ago
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Hungary To Tax Internet Traffic

blueshift_1 So what are you paying for? (324 comments)

How interesting, you're paying initially for the opportunity to use the internet at a cretain bandwidth and then actually paying for the content you're using. Sort of like paying the capital cost for the infrastructure and then paying for the usage. Like paying for the sewer pipes each month then paying for water. While this isn't ideal, I don't consider it a terrible way to look at things. Maybe if you had a reduced subscription so everything balanced out (though we all know that won't happen).

about a month ago

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