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bmsleight Re:Link broken? (1191 comments)

I can even think how to comment on the new beta. If you dont get how important this comment are - how this should not even have got to Beta without the comments working. Than /. is doomed.

about 7 months ago

Ouya Performance Not Particularly Exciting

bmsleight Re:Not even remotely true (305 comments)

Wow - these games are never even on my radar. Any FreeCIV like games for android ? (Apart from FreeCiv its self)

1 year,6 days

Rhombus Tech 2nd revision A10 EOMA68 Card

bmsleight Interesting development (1 comments)

Wow - looking really good. Is opensource hardware on the way ?

1 year,22 days

Video Editor OpenShot Wants To Kickstart Windows, OS X Versions

bmsleight More for existing (55 comments)

Good, but why not pay for more development of the GNU/Linux version.

about a year ago

I can juggle ...

bmsleight Got up to 5 (111 comments)

Dyslexic and un-coordinated, but stubborn enough to learn juggling. Even got up to 5 balls at one point. Once you learn, it is engrained. Can still juggle whilst drunk.

about a year ago

21st IOCCC Source Code Released

bmsleight Re:endoh2.c (24 comments)

It is a thing of beauty. OMG - that is real skill.

Author’s comments:
Yeah, “Again”. Sorry. But I don’t feel guilty or uncomfortable.

This entry is based on ‘over-used themes’ such as self reproducing program and pi or e computation. I know you’re tired of them.

But have you ever seen all-in-one?

about a year and a half ago

London Hacked Its Own Traffic Lights To Make Sure It Got the Olympics

bmsleight Re:Reminds me of the Italian Job (202 comments)

But the _Houses_Of_Parliament_ signals were stand alone. Just working at that junction.

The first traffic control system - were the signal were co-ordinated in London was ~1960s

about 2 years ago

London Hacked Its Own Traffic Lights To Make Sure It Got the Olympics

bmsleight Parent is speaking rubbish. (202 comments)

Absolute rubbish. Change the "green lights", behind the jam/incident will slow the flow into the congested area. Making it easier to get relieve the congestion. This with the use of VMS, encourages people to take alternative routes. Also upstream from the incident long green times will help traffic get away from the congestion.

Guess what - it is complex, but computer system and good algorithm can handle complexity.

about 2 years ago

London Hacked Its Own Traffic Lights To Make Sure It Got the Olympics

bmsleight Re:Scary (202 comments)

technically Transport for London..

about 2 years ago

London Hacked Its Own Traffic Lights To Make Sure It Got the Olympics

bmsleight "Hurry Call" in the UK (202 comments)

Traffic Signals can be designed this way - it is called priority "Hurry Call" in the UK.

However, it is counter-initiative in that a crash change to the approach where the Emergency vehicle is heading may (for example) cause the middle of the junction to not clear - making it harder/long for the Blue light vehicle to get through and cause more congestion for subsequent emergency vehicles.

about 2 years ago

London Hacked Its Own Traffic Lights To Make Sure It Got the Olympics

bmsleight Re:Reminds me of the Italian Job (202 comments)

(Article Submitter)
The person who wrote the first Italian Job got the idea from London's first traffic control system.

about 2 years ago

LastCalc Is Open Sourced

bmsleight Clear mod (103 comments)

I modded in correctly, hence post to clear.

more than 2 years ago

UK Plans Private Police Force

bmsleight Re:Sad (252 comments)

Yep - it sad when the Tory party can even do Tory-stuff. Their are something where is it more efficient to do a group purchasing (i.e. The Government), then the waste of Tendering.

As a left-winger is sad. I always apply the Thatcher test - was it even crazy enough for her to do ?
Privatising the Post office - Nope
Privatising the Police - Nope
Privatising the NHS - Nope

more than 2 years ago

Pirate Bay To Offer Physical Item Downloads

bmsleight MOD UP (343 comments)

MOdders please

more than 2 years ago

EOMA-PCMCIA modular computer aiming for $15 and Fr

bmsleight Good Follow up (3 comments)

This is a good follow up on this submission and these posts.

more than 2 years ago

Technical Details Behind the LAN-Party Optimized House

bmsleight Thank-You (123 comments)

Great follow up to the previous article.

Kudos to you.

more than 2 years ago

Aging Consoles Find New Life As Video Streamers

bmsleight Re:New Life? (255 comments)

I still using up to 3 Xboxs around the house to steam my mythtv. Work great and £20-25 a box it not bad value.

more than 2 years ago



Opensource Traffic Light Cufflinks

bmsleight bmsleight writes  |  about a year and a half ago

bmsleight writes "Just finished my latest project. I have always liked cufflinks, apart from my wedding ring it is the only form of jewellery that I wear. Inside each cufflink, I have a ATTINY45, a Real Time Clock chip, a couple of resistors and three LEDs. Each cufflink can display a normal UK Traffic light Sequence, a normal UK Pelican Crossing Sequence, the current time, date and even the temperature. All the hardware and software is open source."
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Best tablet for running a real GNU/Linux distribut

bmsleight bmsleight writes  |  more than 2 years ago

bmsleight (710084) writes "Android is nice, but I do not want to pay to print or be beholden to the cloud to do everything or chroot. I just want a tablet that can run as mythtv-client, OpenOffice.org and not a app-market but just good old apt-get. I have a Joggler — which costs £60, I like something like this with batteries for ~£150, with screen size 10.1", at least 802.11g, usb, minimal on board storage, large RAM, battery life less important. So what is the best tablet for running a real GNU/Linux distribution, ideally Debian. Bonus points for the best apt-get-able distribution that works with a tablet."

Drug giant pledges cheap medicine for World's Poor

bmsleight bmsleight writes  |  more than 5 years ago

bmsleight writes "The world's second biggest pharmaceutical company, GlaxoSmithKline is to radically shift its attitude to providing cheap drugs to millions of people in the developing world. Including putting any chemicals or processes over which it has intellectual property rights that are relevant to finding drugs for neglected diseases into a "patent pool", so they can be explored by other researchers."
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How to make money with free software

bmsleight bmsleight writes  |  more than 5 years ago

bmsleight writes "The Dutch Ministry of Finance organized an architecture competition not to design a building, but the new 5 euro commemorative coin with the theme 'Netherlands and Architecture'. The winning design made with 100% with free software, mainly Python. The design is amazing, the Queens head is made up of names of the architects based upon the occurrences in a yahoo searches. In the end the artist Stani Michiels had to collaborate closely on location together with the technicians of the Royal Dutch Mint (coin factory). So all the last bits were done his Asus Eee PC, which took 30 seconds instead of 3 seconds to generate a whole coin. So soon 350.000 Dutch people will use the fruits of free software."
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Bank details of 25 million people lost in the post

bmsleight bmsleight writes  |  more than 6 years ago

bmsleight (710084) writes "The BBC are reporting that two computer discs holding the personal details of all families in the UK with a child under 16 have gone missing. Data on them includes name, address, date of birth, National Insurance number and, where relevant, bank details of 25 million people, (including me) were lost by the HM Revenue & Customs. The two CDs were send by internal mail, using a plain password, the data was not encrypted."
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