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UK Computing Teachers Concerned That Pupils Know More Than Them

dhaen Unfortunately... (388 comments)

This is nothing new. My son is now 29 and at school was in this situation. He isn't even a techie, he's an artie, but had computer access at home from birth. I think the only answer is to have technical professionals teaching. At school (in the 60's) I learned metalwork and woodwork, not from graduates, but from tradesmen who been taught teaching skills.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Sounds We Don't Hear Any More?

dhaen Re:60 Hz. hum in audio equipment (790 comments)

Actually the audible buzz from the speakers of most audio equipment is 100/120Hz due to full wave rectification which doubles the frequency. There are families of harmonics too.
A sound restoration area I'm involved with uses the mains hum present on old master recordings to determine the optimal playback speed.

about two weeks ago
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Anonymous Declares War Over Charlie Hebdo Attack

dhaen Re:Muslims? (509 comments)

". . . which is exactly what Muslims are trying to do to us today, in OUR countries!"
There is some truth in this, though they're just the 3rd Abrahamic religion to try it. They won't touch us Pagans!

about two weeks ago
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Anonymous Declares War Over Charlie Hebdo Attack

dhaen Re:Muslims? (509 comments)

"When the USA was trying to form a liberal democracy Iraq and Afghanistan, what happened? A bunch of insurgencies with attacks with homemade bombs on the troops."
I think you mean: When the US (and allies) were trying to impose THEIR idea of how to live. Whilst liberal democracy works quite well in in the west, that doesn't mean it can be transplanted into any society successfully. Many of those who have lived under dictatorships or tribally have no concept of how to integrate with it so it is hardly surprising that even ordinary folk, let alone those with a stake, will rebel.

about two weeks ago
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In Paris, Terrorists Kill 2 More, Take At Least 7 Hostages

dhaen Get over it (490 comments)

They're just cunts.

about three weeks ago
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Glitch In OS X Search Can Expose Private Details of Apple Mail Users

dhaen This is serious for users (49 comments)

I've used OS X since it's release, this is the first of the many published vulnerabilities that actually causes me concern. From a security perspective Spotlight is unusable on Yosemite machines until this is fixed. Thank goodness my main machines are still on 10.9.

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

dhaen Re:islam (1350 comments)

"Well let's see... the IRA/English's battle over Northern Ireland (largely drawn across Catholic/Protestant religious lines) cease fire was just over 20 years ago. And the final peace accord was only 17 years ago. That marked the end of 30 years of assassinations, murders, bombings, and attacks all of which were surrounded by religious fervour."
Wrong. The conflict was about differing traditions and governance. The fact that the 2 groups had differing flavours of Christianity was a detail.

about three weeks ago
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Norse Security IDs 6, Including Ex-Employee, As Sony Hack Perpetrators

dhaen Re:um... (158 comments)

Nevertheless it's slightly more credible than N.K. having done it.

about a month ago
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N. Korea Blames US For Internet Outage, Compares Obama to "a Monkey"

dhaen Re:He called a black man a monkey? (206 comments)

There is something disturbing about your selective use of apostrophes. Which part of me isn't a monkey? - Said the Eskimo...

about 1 month ago
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Backblaze's 6 TB Hard Drive Face-Off

dhaen Just noise (173 comments)

Isn't this the company who gave Seagate a a hard time over the reliability that they had WITH THIER SAMPLE? I have no reliability issues with Seagate compared with several other suppliers (WITH MY SAMPLE).

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Why Is the Power Grid So Crummy In So Many Places?

dhaen Re:In Finland (516 comments)

I go once got lost in an Icelandic forest, but then I stood up.

about 2 months ago
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Mathematical Proof That the Universe Could Come From Nothing

dhaen Re:Rules (429 comments)

Thanks, I'd never considered "remove(ing) the dimensions". It helps a lot!

about 3 months ago
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NSA Director Says Agency Shares Most, But Not All, Bugs It Finds

dhaen They needn't be lying (170 comments)

They probably pass on the chaff and keep the juicy ones. But let me ask you this: If you had their brief, would you do anything different?

about 3 months ago
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World War II Tech eLoran Deployed As GPS Backup In the UK

dhaen Jamming (139 comments)

AC is correct. Jamming GPS (or equivalent other satellite system) is trivial and has been done. It's a major system weakness.

about 3 months ago
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Satellite Images Show Russians Shelling Ukraine

dhaen Broken trust (582 comments)

A decade ago I would have believed this as gospel, now I'm not sure. It's difficult to believe the US voice any more.

about 6 months ago
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Microsoft Wants You To Trade Your MacBook Air In For a Surface Pro 3

dhaen Why just the MB Air? (365 comments)

If MS were serious they'd say ANY Apple laptop. After all, what are they going to do with the trade-ins, open a store? No, they'll destroy them.

about 7 months ago
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AT&T To Use Phone Geolocation To Prevent Credit Card Fraud

dhaen Easy (228 comments)

Or they could just phone you.

about 8 months ago
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Can Thunderbolt Survive USB SuperSpeed+?

dhaen No (2 comments)

Try finding a Windows or Linux computer with a Thunderbolt connector.

about 8 months ago
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Astronomers Identify the Sun's Long-Lost Sister

dhaen Sol Sister (69 comments)

It's the best I can do!

about 8 months ago

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Cryptography experts meet inunction against publishing research

dhaen dhaen writes  |  about a year and a half ago

dhaen (892570) writes "The Guardian runs a story that VW group who build Porches, Audis, Bentleys and Lamborghinis plus some lesser cars that ordinary mortals can afford, have banned publication of research that exposes security algorithms. It's becoming well known that security through obscurity is flawed and the Streisand Effect will now get to work"
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Why speaking English can make you poor when you retire

dhaen dhaen writes  |  about 2 years ago

dhaen writes "BBC Business News reports that speaking English can significantly affect your savings philosophy. It seems that languages with strong future time reference (such as English) detach us from the future, thus making us care less about it. Languages with a weak future time reference (such as Mandarin) treat the present and future as being much more closely related, making people more likely to care and this save for it. The article goes further to suggest the degree we care about the future is language related."
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