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LTE Upgrade Will Let Phones Connect To Nearby Devices Without Towers

dargaud PTT ? (135 comments)

On my old 1995 Nokia, there was a Push To Talk function that used a little known option of the GSM protocol. But of course the provider disabled that function in the phone it 'offered' with the contract, since you didn't need to pay them if you used it. Is that function somewhat similar ?

8 hours ago
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Facebook's Atlas: the Platform For Advertisers To Track Your Movements

dargaud Firefox addon (87 comments)

What was the name of that firefox addon that disables facebook (and others) when it is embedded in somebody else's page ? While still allowing you to use facebook.com. I forgot.

yesterday
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Piracy Police Chief Calls For State Interference To Stop Internet "Anarchy"

dargaud Re:How about protecting the public (289 comments)

The only scenario I find credible and that is perhaps not so unlikely is that large parts of the army and national guard would split off and join the resistance [...]

Which is basically also the only way that any rebellion/revolution has managed to succeed in the past.

yesterday
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New Study Projects World Population of 11B by 2100

dargaud Re:No, It Won't (325 comments)

capitalism as severed the world well

There are so many different ways to interpret those two (?) typos...

about two weeks ago
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I think next winter will be:

dargaud Re:I moved away from winter (148 comments)

I didn't know that... but weren't most towns established at the time of the wild west, long before there was any city 'planning' ? And what are those obstructions you speak of ? Isn't the midwest dead flat for the most part ?

about two weeks ago
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I think next winter will be:

dargaud Re:I moved away from winter (148 comments)

...that's when the hurricanes and floods hit you.

I hear the Midwest is nice.

...that's when the tornadoes hit you.

about two weeks ago
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AT&T Proposes Net Neutrality Compromise

dargaud Re:You mean... (241 comments)

Yeah, I have those options on my ISP-provided ADSL router where I can select between 'best ping time', 'larger frames for P2P transfer' (their words) and 2 other options I don't remember.

about two weeks ago
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Who Is Buried In the Largest Tomb Ever Found In Northern Greece?

dargaud Re:Alexander (92 comments)

A DNA test would only be relevant if the remains of another member of Alexander's familly was available for comparison. Ptolemy I may have been the half-brother of Alexander so the answer could be in some of the mummies of that dynasty.

There's actually a likely possibility that the cranium of Alexander's father, Phillip II of Macedonia, has been found some years ago in another tomb. Don't know about the state of DNA on it though.

about three weeks ago
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To Really Cut Emissions, We Need Electric Buses, Not Just Electric Cars

dargaud Re:Compromise: (491 comments)

Humans like cars, not buses.

Talk for yourself. I like the bus a lot more than a car. In the morning I'm sleepy and don't like to drive. In the evening I'm tired and don't like to drive. Plus in the bus I'm comfortable, can nap, talk with the cute chick or most likely watch videos on my phone. I can also bike to work (long ride) in the morning and put the bike in the bus on the way back (uphill). Plus it's cheap. The bus is great.

Exemptions would be made for large families and legitimate business use.

Why ? If you want 6 kids, you should be able to afford them. Otherwise <snip> Overpopulation is to root of all evil so I don't see reasons to encourage it except by economists who think 'growth' can be forever.

about three weeks ago
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3 Recent Flights Make Unscheduled Landings, After Disputes Over Knee Room

dargaud Re:Reclining should be banned in coach. (819 comments)

This has been debated to death already, but I find all your arguments pretty weak, if not plain wrong. What else is there to do on a noisy flight besides taking a nap ? If you want to work, get an office ! As for hurting your back, those seats are way too straight and hurt my back quickly if not reclined. PS: the angle of the table doesn't change upon reclining.

about three weeks ago
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Taking the Ice Bucket Challenge With Liquid Nitrogen

dargaud Re:I did it first ! (182 comments)

I have no idea. I was a student and just wanted to test some of my hardware at cold temperatures. The guys in charge of cryogenics were on vacation but other guys were all like "we know this stuff, we can run the test..." Yeah, right.

about a month ago
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Taking the Ice Bucket Challenge With Liquid Nitrogen

dargaud I did it first ! (182 comments)

In 1994 I had a liquid nitrogen tube break above my head while preparing an experiment for Antarctica. About 30 liters poured on my head in a second. I felt it go instantly trough my clothing, run over me, and on the floor. Everybody else in the lab ran away, but I couldn't because it formed a dense could, I couldn't see anything and I was behind a lot of equipment and cables. Then the floor exploded: I couldn't see what was going on but very loud cracking and banging noises later proved to be the tiles shattering. Fortunately I was wearing security shoes and just stood my ground. After the fog cleared I saw some faces at the door: "Are you still alive?"

about a month ago
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Hackers Behind Biggest-Ever Password Theft Begin Attacks

dargaud Re:many sites still dumb (107 comments)

Ha, for years my bank website used 4-digit pins as passwords... Fortunately that changed. After a major break-in I assume.

about a month ago
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DNA Reveals History of Vanished "Paleo-Eskimos"

dargaud Dorset ? (57 comments)

So is that about the Dorset which were finally wiped out... only 112 years ago by disease ?

about a month ago
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Ukraine Asks Zuckerberg to Discipline Kremlin Facebook Bots

dargaud Re:Rules of war (254 comments)

Ukraine needs to STOP attacking it's own people and begin TALKING.

And Russia needs to stop attacking other people...

about a month ago
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For $1.5M, DeepFlight Dragon Is an "Aircraft for the Water"

dargaud There are reasons for that (76 comments)

Going too deep and particularly up too fast will get you killed. Going underwater is dangerous. More so than being up in the air where the only risk is basically hitting the ground.

about a month ago
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Should police have cameras recording their work at all times?

dargaud Re:If a ruggedized camera breaks (455 comments)

as cops with guns cause more trouble than they prevent

[citation required]

England

about a month ago

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Ubuntu closes longstanding bug #1

dargaud dargaud writes  |  about a year 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 5 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 7 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  |  about 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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