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Ask Slashdot: Is There a Modern IP Webcam That Lets the User Control the Output?

dargaud Motion (129 comments)

Use any webcam or USB connected camera and 'motion' a Linux FOSS tool that lets you program picture taking any which way you want.

4 hours ago
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How One Small Company Blocked 15.1 Million Robocalls Last Year

dargaud Re:Let's get this straight (145 comments)

It's probably too expensive for robocallers to call from outside.

4 days ago
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How One Small Company Blocked 15.1 Million Robocalls Last Year

dargaud Re:Let's get this straight (145 comments)

That. In most European countries there's no such thing as robocalls. They get their line disconnected fast.

4 days ago
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DEA Cameras Tracking Hundreds of Millions of Car Journeys Across the US

dargaud Re:Wish I had the money to offer a bounty on camer (152 comments)

Most of them are probably invisible. Good luck finding them. Or placed at the top of high poles/3D towers. Good luck reaching them.

5 days ago
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Scientists Determine New Way To Untangle Proteins By Unboiling an Egg

dargaud Re:Wow .... (155 comments)

As if the price of medications depended on the techniques used to produce them... Ha, you must be new here.

5 days ago
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NASA Considers Autonomous Martian Helicopter To Augment Future Rovers

dargaud Re:Lift? (83 comments)

A tethered blimp that can be winched back. And a pump to fill it with martian air (or deflate it in case of storm). And a heating element to give it buoyancy.

about a week ago
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Government Recommends Cars With Smarter Brakes

dargaud Re:I have an even better idea (304 comments)

I completely disagree with you. If there were enough people with (rightfully so) suspended licences in the US they would work to improve the infrastructure. You know that there are cities in the US that you CANNOT cross on foot ? Yes, I've lived there.

Another country that has driving peculiarities is France where you can buy licence-less car (voitures sans permis). Small cars that you can drive without license, or with a suspended license. They legally top out to 60km/h but I've seen some beefed up to go 120km/h. When you seen one you KNOW it's driven either by a drunk or by a blind 90 year old. Fuck those people and the car they rode onto. Let them walk or bike.

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Anti-Virus Software In 2015? Free Or Paid?

dargaud Best AV: Linux + VM (467 comments)

Install Linux on your machine, browse with GhostScript, adblock plus, flshblock. Use it for everything except the very few tasks where you need Windows.
Then install Windows in a virtual machine. Take snapshots regularly. Don't use any AV. Don't browse the web with it.

about a week ago
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User Plea Means EISA Support Not Removed From Linux

dargaud PC104 ? (189 comments)

Isn't EISA (or ISA) still used on CURRENT industrial embedded systems like PC104 ? I'll soon know, I've just been asked to work on some... In that case it's very good if a modern kernel can support it.

about two weeks ago
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Fake Engine Noise Is the Auto Industry's Dirty Little Secret

dargaud Re:Just give the option to turn it off... (820 comments)

Yeah, but it is only because the cities are so drowned in noise from other cars. Once all cars are quiet, the problem will solve itself (you can still hear them enough when its quiet). But if you mandate noise on them, it'll never happen. A quiet city would be awesome, particularly if you've ever lived near a busy road.

about two weeks ago
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Fake Engine Noise Is the Auto Industry's Dirty Little Secret

dargaud Re:electric car driver here (820 comments)

Yeah, those drivers remind me of little kids who go 'Wrooom wroom !' in their pedal cars... While adults secretely hope 'he'll grow out of it'...

about two weeks ago
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Fake Engine Noise Is the Auto Industry's Dirty Little Secret

dargaud Re:I want silent vehicles (820 comments)

Also I bike a lot and I can't believe the number of people who cross the road without even a glance. The sooner those people are out of the gene pool thanks to electric cars, the better.

about two weeks ago
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Pope Francis: There Are Limits To Freedom of Expression

dargaud Re:Pope Francis - fuck your mother (894 comments)

I agree 100% with what you wrote, but not matter how you slice it, I fail to see how the cover of the latest Charlie Hebdo is in any way rude, mean or nasty. Some people are really thin skinned and should grow up.

about two weeks ago
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Anonymous Declares War Over Charlie Hebdo Attack

dargaud Re:negative reinforcement (509 comments)

Instead of defacing websites, they should find the list of porn sites that ISIS/Daesh/wahabite members visit and publish that. With full name and addresses of course. That'd be fun to watch.

about three weeks ago
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Gunmen Kill 12, Wound 7 At French Magazine HQ

dargaud Re:islam (1350 comments)

But let me just remind you that it was the US that initiated a coup in Iran that unseated a democratically chosen head of state to install a US friendly dictator.

The US did a lot of dirty deeds in many places, for instance in central and south America. But you don't see Chileans or Nicaraguans or even Vietnamese going around with dynamite vests. Please explain why ?

about three weeks ago
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Gunmen Kill 12, Wound 7 At French Magazine HQ

dargaud Re:islam (1350 comments)

Marxism is not a religion in any way

It has its prophet, Marx. It has its bible, the little red book. It has its apostles, Lenin, Trotsky, etc. It has its saints/martyrs, Stakhanov and others. It requires faith. What else do you need in a religion ? Oh yes, It's damn stupid and it kills people who disagree.

about three weeks ago
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Gunmen Kill 12, Wound 7 At French Magazine HQ

dargaud Re:islam (1350 comments)

That was long ago. What about NOW ?

about three weeks ago
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Cuba Says the Internet Now a Priority

dargaud Re:Uncensored Access for All (115 comments)

Yeah, and a free subscription to Brazzers on it for the middle east too.

about a month ago
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The Magic of Pallets

dargaud Re:and they make big bonfires, too (250 comments)

wood chipper to make compost

I don't think it'd make good compost as pallet wood is heavily treated with chemicals to make it flame retardant and resistant to insects, molds and humidity. If you manage to burn some (with difficulty), it burns with weird colors and smells.

about a month ago
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GCHQ Warns It Is Losing Track of Serious Criminals

dargaud Question: (229 comments)

If they had been monitoring all their drug and other illegal activities... why haven't they arrested them long ago ?

about a month ago

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Ubuntu closes longstanding bug #1

dargaud dargaud writes  |  about a year and a half ago

dargaud (518470) writes "Mark Shuttleworth of Ubuntu fame has closed the primal bug on launchpad, standing since 2004 and titled "Microsoft has a majority market share", due to the 'changing realities' of tablets, smartphones, wearable computing..."
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Ask /.: are home drones a possibility ?

dargaud dargaud writes  |  more than 2 years ago

dargaud writes "I live in an alpine setting and I'd like to be able to remotely view various remote valleys to check for ice formations for winter climbing. I wonder if there are cheap drones that could do that. Requirements would be: GPS guided on a preset route (no remote control necessary, and anyway there's no line of sight), at least 20km autonomy, 1 or 2 cameras on the sides to record valley walls, easy launching and autonomous landing (parachute?) at predefined point, ground detection to avoid crashes (if preset route is wrong or GPS echoes on valley walls as is often the case). Is there anything commercially available cheap enough, or any DIY that doesn't require a year of assembly ?"
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You can say that the Taser kills (in France)

dargaud dargaud writes  |  more than 6 years ago

dargaud writes "Although in the US Taser International is known to sue anybody who claims tasers contributed to the cause of death of people (even going as far as changing causes on death certificates), in France things now go the other way. A communist leader was sued by the company after claiming in an interview that tasers had killed 150 people in the US and Canada. And they lost yesterday (link in french) after failing to prove otherwise. It's the 2nd victory for free speech in the country against the company which is trying to sell its devices to police forces. But where the story gets even more interesting is that 6 staff members of the company were arrested while spying on the political leader..."
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dargaud dargaud writes  |  more than 8 years ago

dargaud writes "I just received a spam message that was so geeky that I held my finger off the delete key in curiosity: it's the usual pump'n'dump scam, but in ASCII art ! The message contains only numbers and spaces, but when read in a monospaced font it spells a stock reference 11 characters high and contains nothing else. The hitch is that in the usual windowed mail reader it's pure giberish so I doubt this new attempt at evading spam filters will catch on."
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dargaud dargaud writes  |  more than 8 years ago

dargaud writes "The Washington Post (reg necessary) is running a story about yet another airport paranoia: MPAA sponsored DVD sniffing dogs! Two dogs have been trained to recognize the smell released by the plastic of pirate DVDs. The catch? They smell just like legal ones..."

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