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Opportunity Rover Sets Off-World Driving Record

cjjjer Time for some GPS technology (34 comments)

I am no scientist but since we want to send more rovers to Mars as well possibly have people there; setting up a network of GPS satellites might be the real next step.

5 minutes ago
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A Credit Card-Sized, Arduino-Based Game Device (Video)

cjjjer Something does not see correct here... (33 comments)

9+ hours of playtime on standard batteries and 1 hour on rechargables.

Coin-sized batteries are that poor when it comes to recharging? What's the point then?

2 days ago
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California In the Running For Tesla Gigafactory

cjjjer Re:The walken-comma (172 comments)

You would think that Tesla would build the plant in Detroit, not only is land cheap and most likely loads of incentives but it would be a direct slap in the face to the big three automakers.

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: Future-Proof Jobs?

cjjjer Trades... (509 comments)

PROFOUNDLY DISCONNECTED®?

* A trillion dollars in student loans.

* Record high unemployment.

* Three million good jobs that no one seems to want.

The goal of Profoundly Disconnected® is to challenge the absurd belief that a four-year degree is the only path to success. The Skills Gap is here, and if we don't close it, it'll swallow us all. Which is a long way of saying, we could use your help...

http://profoundlydisconnected....

about two weeks ago
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Making an Autonomous Car On a Budget

cjjjer Can you hear it? (61 comments)

The sounds of US lawyers smacking their lips with anticipation upon the first accident with a self-driving car and a human.

about a month ago
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Great White Sharks Making Comeback Off Atlantic Coast

cjjjer Actually it's good news since... (107 comments)

The seal population has been running unchecked for decades now. I just hope that people don't go all anti-shark when more people are mistaken for seals and get attacked. Sorry but you are swimming in their habitat, expect you might get confused for food.

about a month ago
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Greenland Is Getting Darker

cjjjer Re: ...if impurity levels grow with time. (174 comments)

Scientists have generally attributed that darkening to larger, slightly less white snow grains caused by warmer temperatures.

Actually I cannot believe that scientists are that stupid. Maybe they should visit here in Winnipeg Canada where we see this every year from the tonnes of sand they put on our streets in the winter. As warmer temps rise the snow banks go from white piles to brown/grey mud piles and as more snow melts the darker it gets and the faster it melts.

No wonder people doubt climate change when scientists say things like this.

The only thing that can reduce it is if the melt water floats/washes the impurities way.

Actual in 90% of the time this is not the case, we get rain in the spring with the piles of mud and all it does is causes the snow pack to compress more (unless the snow pack is already compressed).

about 1 month ago
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Free Wi-Fi Coming To Atlanta's Airport

cjjjer Re:Never use the wifi at an airport (135 comments)

You realize that there are private companies that collect *way* more information about you than the NSA does and they sell it to whomever wants to buy it.

Oh wait I forgot this is /.

Sorry move along...

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Where's the Most Unusual Place You've Written a Program From?

cjjjer Coding in a closet at a fashion company (310 comments)

This was over 15 years ago now but the company didn't have any place to put me so it ended up being an unused closet with no air conditioning (but heat) a small desk/chair and a LAN cable. It also happened to be beside the fitting room where they test wear prototype garments. Suffice to say they eventually forgot that I was working in there a couple of times and I had a pretty good view of a couple of models changing clothes, no nudity (just down to underwear). Because I was around the company so much I guess they figured that I was an employee or something and not a contractor so the models would always shrug it off and never complain.

about 2 months ago
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The Andromeda Galaxy Just Had a Bright Gamma Ray Event

cjjjer Re: Uh oh (129 comments)

Unless it was some kind of alien weapon of mass destruction and they are performing a mass genocide. I can't help think that if we are not the only life form in the universe some would be just as or more perverse than we are and have been in our history.

about 2 months ago
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China Looks To Linux As Windows Alternative

cjjjer Re: Good. (222 comments)

The problem is it is unlikely that their version will ever be useful outside of China and it's not like they will be honoring the GPL at all.

about 2 months ago
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A Look at Smart Gun Technology

cjjjer Re:The bigger picture (765 comments)

While not the several times a week (for toddlers) here are some not so recent stats...

http://nyagv.org/wp-content/up...

Personally I am not a US citizen nor do I live in the US just wanted to throw some stats out there..

about 3 months ago
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Netcraft: Microsoft Closing In On Apache Web Server Lead

cjjjer Re:Nginx (102 comments)

Funny most of the phishing links I tend to investigate are actually PHP running under Apache. You think that phishers are going to pay extra for MS hosting when Linux hosting is far less and for the most part scriptable?

about 3 months ago
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Apache OpenOffice Reaches 100 Million Downloads. Now What?

cjjjer Over 100 million downloads... (285 comments)

Only 1 million actual users who use it on a daily basis (I am just guessing here to prove a point). Downloads mean absolutely nothing, unless they have stats on if people actually use it and or keep it installed.

about 3 months ago
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Commenters To Dropbox CEO: Houston, We Have a Problem

cjjjer Re: It is an easy call for so many of us. (448 comments)

Well if you don't want her in this world and I doubt that she is going to leave; maybe you and your cronies can leave? I mean you are soooooo.... strict in your stance and all Yeah I thought so...

about 4 months ago
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UK Government Pays Microsoft £5.5M For Extended Support of Windows XP

cjjjer Re:Re:well then! (341 comments)

No they will buy cheap ass tablets/phones to do that for them and keep a Windows desktop for business/enterprise. The bottom line is that the standard Linux distributions currently out there will never be *on the desktop* popular it's pretty much a moot point.

about 4 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Do You Consider Elegant Code?

cjjjer Elegant code != Good code (373 comments)

Most of your so called *elegant code* I have seen is either difficult to maintain or performs poorly due to the original developer trying to be a fancy pants. I can count the times on one hand that I have ever said "whoa" when looking at a piece of code.

about 4 months ago

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Is Slashdot's news aggregate model viable anymore?

cjjjer cjjjer writes  |  more than 5 years ago

cjjjer writes "In this day and age of people updating their status on Twitter, FaceBook, [insert latest social network site here] and how quickly news is gathered and available to us within minutes of it happening I find the /. news aggregate model rather outdated. I am finding more often than not I am reading news/articles on some other sites RSS feed sometimes days before it shows up on the front page of /.. For example this article I already read about here two days ago.

So my question is if it wasn't for the colorful and often hilarious commentary would you even bother with /. as a way to get up to the date "News For Nerds"?"
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Seagate's Hard Drive Woes Continue

cjjjer cjjjer writes  |  more than 5 years ago

cjjjer writes "Back in January /. reported about Seagate's Hard Drive Fiasco and how it was a possible PR nightmare. Well things are getting worse, the community forum on Seagate's site has been a battle field of war cry's from flashing issues to problems with drives dropping out of RAID configurations after being flashed with "fixed" firmware. Of course there is the possibility of a class action suit being brought up against Seagate."
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The Red Ring of Death = New 3 Year Warranty

cjjjer cjjjer writes  |  about 7 years ago

cjjjer writes "In an open letter from Peter Moore today Microsoft is extending the terms of its Xbox 360 warranty to three years for certain general hardware failures which are indicated by three flashing red lights on the console. This will apply to new and existing customers and we will retroactively pay back the out-of-warranty repair costs paid by customers for console problems indicated by the three flashing red lights."
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cjjjer cjjjer writes  |  more than 7 years ago

cjjjer writes "Looks like Google and friends are getting proactive about cleaning up the Internet experience for it's users. Berkman Center for Internet & Society, the Oxford Internet Institute, Google, Lenovo, and Sun Microsystems have teamed up to form StopBadware.org. StopBadware.org is a "Neighborhood Watch" campaign committed to fighting badware by providing reliable, objective information about downloadable applications so that consumers can make informed choices when they download programs to their computers (so the site says). The idea is not much different than MS's anti-phishing filter. Stop the user from going to the web site that has been reported with malware, inform the user what the problem is and why they should not continue. This is an example of what you may encounter from clicking on a search result."

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