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High School Student Builds Gun That Unlocks With Your Fingerprint

chrylis Re:99.99%, eh? (599 comments)

No, the actual number of defensive gun uses is only around 7000 per day in the United States.

about two weeks ago

TweetDeck Hacked

chrylis Re:Not really a hack (19 comments)

The code that I saw, which basically reached out of its container and hit the "retweet" button on itself, was definitely a clever hack.

about 3 months ago

The Case For a Safer Smartphone

chrylis So basically (184 comments)

The Moto X, or an enhanced version of it? In addition to the now-standard voice control, it automatically detects when I'm driving and goes into a "driving mode" that will suppress some notifications and use text-to-speech for calls and texts.

about 5 months ago

Why Is US Broadband So Slow?

chrylis Re:Why Is US Broadband So Slow? (513 comments)

Hardly "insightful". If corporate greed were allowed to take its natural course, I'm quite sure that plenty of companies would be happy to offer faster access at lower prices than I currently have available, but local governments won't let them. It's regulatory capture, not the profit motive, that keeps the incumbents fat and lazy.

about 6 months ago

Ask Slashdot: What Games Are You Playing?

chrylis Re:Fast and slow (669 comments)

I'm trying not to pick up any extra bad habits, and I figure having one MOBA is plenty. ;-) I like the completely-free-to-play model, which Dota 2 also uses, and Valve's legitimate efforts to support their products on Linux.

about 7 months ago

Ask Slashdot: What Games Are You Playing?

chrylis Fast and slow (669 comments)

Local friends got me playing WC3 DotA, and I moved over to Dota 2 when Valve got the native Linux client working reliably. I also keep Civ 4: BTS around when I really have to be unproductive but can't sign up for an hour-long game.

about 7 months ago

Kernel DBus Now Boots With Systemd On Fedora

chrylis Re: "Slashmirrored" (341 comments)

Pretty obvious typo for "can now be".

about 9 months ago

Dial 00000000 To Blow Up the World

chrylis Re:Isn't the actual launch code for a nuclear warh (306 comments)

Depends on which level you label the "code". The way the PAL worked was that the firing parameters were stored encrypted, and the code entered was used as a decryption key. Bad code, random firing sequence (and a fizzle).

about 10 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Low-Latency PS2/USB Gaming Keyboards?

chrylis Caps Lock isn't a hardware issue (177 comments)

What the system does with the key labeled "Caps Lock" is controlled by the OS, just like all the other keys. Remapping Caps Lock is usually quite easy in any modern system; KDE's Keyboard settings page has options to make it an extra Control or more exotic things like Hyper or Super, and on Windows you can use RemapKey or AutoHotkey.

about a year ago

MagicPlay: the Open Source AirPlay

chrylis For a streaming protocol... (177 comments)

the site is remarkably content-free. In particular, is this just a nice implementation of SAP/RTP, and if not, why? Even AirPlay is just RTP with an obnoxious (and broken) encryption on the payload.

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: How To Begin Simple Robotics As a Hobby?

chrylis Re:Arduino (166 comments)

I'll pile on the Arduino bandwagon here. For somebody who knows software (specifically, C with a bit of kinda-C++ for libraries), it's quite simple to get started, literally just requiring plugging in the USB cable and clicking the "upload" button to send a program to the board. You can get "shields" (stackable expansion boards) like the already-recommended Motor Shield to handle high-power or specialized connections, and you get a USB serial port to talk to the Arduino board from a computer (necessary if your "simple" soccer robot needs vision processing). It's great as either a simple standalone controller or a scriptable I/O breakout board.

about a year ago

Most precise measuring tool I've used ...

chrylis Re:Depends on quantity being measured (328 comments)

Our group was focused on muon tracking, and I never got into any detail on the calorimetry. Which detectors did you work on?

about a year ago

Questioning Google's Disclosure Timeline Motivations

chrylis Re:Just Google? Not at all (73 comments)

Oh, I'm completely with you: Developers should run QA, but there will always be bugs that slip through. I was responding to the AP's insinuation that Google should be catching all their security problems in internal QA but that Microsoft should get a pass for some reason.

about a year ago

Questioning Google's Disclosure Timeline Motivations

chrylis Just Google? (73 comments)

Why single out Google? Shouldn't traditional software vendors have also run programs through QA?

about a year ago

Judge Orders Child Porn Suspect To Decrypt His Hard Drives

chrylis Re:Here's his best defense.. (802 comments)

Yes, there actually is a difference. In the United States, the consensus of the Supreme Court appears to be that there's a distinction between producing a physical object in one's possession (such as a key) and divulging information in one's memory. Among other things, giving up an encryption key or a combination to a safe is an admission that you did in fact have access to the contents, whereas a key might have been planted in your office.

about a year ago

Ask slashdot: Which 100+ User Virtualization Solution Should I Use?

chrylis Eucalyptus (191 comments)

I'd suggest taking a look at Eucalyptus, an open-source cloud management system that's compatible with the Amazon EC2 APIs and thus pretty easy to script and automate for production resources and any of the students who want to play with features like on-demand load balancing.

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: Building a Web App Scalable To Hundreds of Thousand of Users?

chrylis Algorithms matter more than languages (274 comments)

While there are a number of good tools out there for working with scalability, more important than any particular tool is building your application in such a manner that it's easily parallelizable. In a Web app, a core principle to keep in mind is that the more stateful the application server-side, the more difficult it is to scale, and so designing your application tiers in such a way as to decouple requests is key. Limit the amount of session state the server has to keep track of, and you'll be able to load-balance request handling smoothly.

about a year and a half ago

Ask Slashdot: Why Buy a Raspberry Pi When I Have a Perfectly Good Cellphone?

chrylis Re:Ask better questions, get better answers (273 comments)

To be fair, the blame regarding OTG lies mostly with Intel, which explicitly designed USB to be a master-slave protocol (requiring a host PC) to compete with FireWire, which is peer-to-peer and has a layer 2 that looks more like Ethernet. OTG actually does put the phone into host mode, but there's negotiation required so that the phone knows which state it's supposed to be in and two OTG-capable gadgets can still operate correctly with OTG-oblivious hosts.

about a year and a half ago



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