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Want To Influence the World? Map Reveals the Best Languages To Speak

citizenr Spanish is great (150 comments)

If you want to ask Donde Esta La Biblioteca? or tell someone to clean your pool, bot USELESS for business (unless you make "us" cars).

about two weeks ago
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Raspberry Pi In Space

citizenr Re:Quick question (56 comments)

You know what else is stupid? You :)
Old hat NASA engineers have been repeating that same old story about hardening for years. They all said it cant work, will be unreliable, is a waste of time and money. All until Phonesat was tested and worked.
http://www.space.com/21036-spa...

Today there is over 100 NONhardened satellites in orbit
http://www.wired.com/2014/10/p...

They cost thousands instead of millions of dollars, and work just fine. You can listen to an interview with one of the founders/engineers here:
http://www.theamphour.com/220-...

about two weeks ago
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Seagate Bulks Up With New 8 Terabyte 'Archive' Hard Drive

citizenr Re:Archive? (219 comments)

Yep, I remember watching some Linux conference about upcoming hot new SMR tech (2 years ago?), and I think they said those drives are read-modify-write on every write, that is the price you have to pay for huge capacities.

They are targeting long term storage, and will be useless for desktop/server use.

about two weeks ago
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Sony Reportedly Is Using Cyber-Attacks To Keep Leaked Files From Spreading

citizenr Re:Is SONY breaking the law with this "defense"? (190 comments)

umm, Sony was worse to begin with, whole reason they got hackled is because Sony is FUCKING EVIL!

about two weeks ago
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Are the TSA's New Electronic Device Screenings Necessary?

citizenr smoke screen, like CIA Pakistan vaccination (184 comments)

They want you to power up devices so its easier to dump data without leaving a trace.

Recent iPhone encryption bypass (if the phone was powered up and manually locked) using USB connection comes to mind.

about two weeks ago
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With Eyes on China, Intel Invests Billions In Mobile Ambitions

citizenr Re:Big Mistake (33 comments)

It was either that, or getting thrown out of China like Qualcomm. Intel was screwed no matter what, this way at least they get to slap a lot of intel inside stickers on cheap phones and getting piece of the market.

about three weeks ago
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Sony Employees Receive Email Threat From Hackers: 'Your Family Will Be In Danger'

citizenr Re:Agenda? (184 comments)

you mean they are just following orders?

about three weeks ago
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Ofcom Will Remove Mandatory Ham Callsign ID Interval, Allow Encryption For Some

citizenr Re:bad idea (57 comments)

except a lot of people use encryption every day right now and FCC doesnt do anything about it. AMBE is basically encryption, and only way to decrypt it is to pay DVSI or ICOM

about three weeks ago
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Valve Rolls Out Game Broadcasting Service For Steam

citizenr Re:I guess it shows that Valve as a company .... (92 comments)

> I'm the proud owner of 300+ games

you havent read Steam TOS have you?

you are the proud owner of a TEMPORARY license to use those games, steam borrowed you those games, steam owns them and can delete them from your hdd at any time

about three weeks ago
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Probe Into NSA Activity Reveals Germany Spying On Germans

citizenr Re:Something we need to take care off.... (83 comments)

The German version of the General Accounting Office does a pretty good job of spotting

wasnt the GAO guy actively spying for the NSA during the investigation?
    hmmmm no, he worked for Germany's Defense Ministry, all right then ....

about three weeks ago
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Graphene May Top Kevlar As a Bullet-Stopping Material

citizenr "on this scale" (129 comments)

>We cannot use conventional techniques such as a gun barrel or gunpowder [on this scale]

this means they essentially made bulletproof vest for a LEGO figurine, or a green army men

> 2000mph by the gases produced by laser pulses rapidly evaporating a gold film

yep, it will work great next time someone wants to shoot a speck of DUST at you

about three weeks ago
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FAA Report Says Near Collisions With Drones On the Rise

citizenr So many "close calls" (115 comments)

so dangerous, and yet no accidents. Sounds like a PR campaign before another FAA power grab.

about a month ago
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Alleged Satellite Photo Says Ukraine Shootdown of MH17

citizenr Re:uh, no? (340 comments)

it was barely visible with naked eye, probably recorded by the same bastard that shot it down
gee, i wonder why people that shot pasanger plane didnt upload their home movie

about a month ago
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Elite: Dangerous Dumps Offline Single-Player

citizenr Re:No longer a day one purchase (473 comments)

Single player still seems to exist, but will need to sync your universe with that of the multiplayer universe "from time to time". That's perfectly acceptable

no, that online DRM, like simcity

about a month ago
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Alleged Satellite Photo Says Ukraine Shootdown of MH17

citizenr Re:uh, no? (340 comments)

1 its manpad, not buk
2 no missile trail either

about a month ago
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Alleged Satellite Photo Says Ukraine Shootdown of MH17

citizenr Re:uh, no? (340 comments)

Their other point on the other hand sounded much more reasonable. They note that BUK missile makes a very brightly visible plume and persistent smoke trail as it goes through its trajectory, and there were apparently no confirmed instances of footage of this in relation to the plane. Considering just how obviously exceptional it would look in the sky and how many photos there are of pretty much anything weird happening in the warring region, it does sound odd that no one got any footage of the missile. It should be visible for tens of kilometers in all directions.

Overall, the case is getting stranger with every relevation.

Pro russian/rusian forces used BUKs to shot down three other Ukrainian planes days before the MH17, got any pictures from those? No? see, not so weird.

about a month ago

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New iGoogle sucks, users hate it.

citizenr citizenr writes  |  more than 6 years ago

citizenr writes "not really a story, Google updated iGoogle (home page) and Gmail iGoogle gadget (gmail reader on a google home page) yesterday totally ruining usability. Maybe if you mention it on the /. they will be pressured to at least give users option tio chose the old style. I propably should of posted this to digg as it is a non story in slashdot news, on the other hand only geeks use igoogle afaik and this is kind of a big deal for us geeks :)

http://tech.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=998259&cid=25405651

update to iGoogle (which is extensive and undoubtedly the cause of the outage) is quite a step backwards. It's a pretty clunky hybrid of a window based system and a widget based system, with a lot more AJAX and a lot fewer clickable links.

http://tech.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=998259&cid=25409497

http://www.google.com/ig/directory?hl=en&url=www.google.com/ig/modules/builtin_gmail.xml [google.com]

I commented how much it sucks an hour ago, and already 30 more people commented how much it sucks and my comment is gone (it displays only last 30 comments). People HATE IT with passion.

also this page
http://www.google.com/support/bin/answer.py?answer=20324&topic=13918 [google.com]
is missing pictures of the "great" new Canvas crap that everyone uniformly hates.
We got TABS in our browsers, we dont need no canvas"

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