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Scientists Determine New Way To Untangle Proteins By Unboiling an Egg

dinfinity Re:oven baked? (134 comments)

Regular chips are fried, not baked.

9 hours ago

Google Explains Why WebView Vulnerability Will Go Unpatched On Android 4.3

dinfinity Re:The solution is obvious (460 comments)

Yeah, that can't be right.
A WebView can be used in pretty much any app. It may or may not be vulnerable, depending on whether certain features of the WebView are used, but a WebView has the potential to be the core of a complete (vulnerable) browser in any app.

More info on this matter here: https://community.rapid7.com/c...

My guess (or hope, maybe) is that Google is responding the way they are to strongarm the handset manufacturers into (allowing) properly updating Android on their older products. A sort of 'this shit has been going on long enough: take some fucking responsibility for your products'. Either that or they really see no realistic way to fix this.

10 hours ago

Anonymous Asks Activists To Fight Pedophiles In 'Operation Deatheaters'

dinfinity Re:Think of the children! (377 comments)

when justice systematically fails to protect the weak

Does it, though?

Or do people just want to think it does so they can satisfy their innate bloodlust and apply some good old medieval uncivilized mob justice?


Ask Slashdot: Where Can You Get a Good 3-Button Mouse Today?

dinfinity Re:Middle wheel/button seems to work ok, no? (418 comments)

I remapped the side tilt clicks of the mouse wheel to the middle mouse button action (exactly because reliably depressing the mouse wheel without side tilting or scrolling is insanely difficult on it [Logitech Marathon Mouse] and it was annoying the fuck out of me).

This actually works that well that I recently mapped left tilt to 'Media next' and only right tilt to middle button. The lateral movement with either index or middle finger is extremely simple, reliable and a welcome variation to the vertical movements of typing and normal clicking.

2 days ago

Hands On With Microsoft's Holographic Goggles

dinfinity Re:Amazing (170 comments)

These bits from Engadget sum the most important elements up for me.

The negative:
"In practice, the resolution is sharp but the field of view is extremely limited. There's a rectangular area in the center of your vision that acts as your "window" into the reality HoloLens presents. It's this limitation that makes HoloLens not a VR headset, and also keeps it from being the Back to the Future 2 glasses we're all waiting for (I'm waiting for that, anyway). "

"The bigger issue for me was that the image was relatively transparent, which often made things look less than real."

The positive:
"Tracking -- which is to say, "how the headset interprets where your head is in relation to the world around you" -- felt the most fully-baked of any of the headset's sensors. Though the prototype was a bit finicky to move very quickly in, I had no issue turning around quickly or kneeling, or any other movements I tried."

( http://www.engadget.com/2015/0... )

4 days ago

Your Entire PC In a Mouse

dinfinity Re:My mouse gets really dirty... (165 comments)

HDMI cables are (and will be) pretty stiff.
Considering that you'll probably need a HDMI->microHDMI-adapter 'on the go' to actually connect to the display at hand, I don't see this being very convenient as a mouse (let alone when attaching an external HDD to the USB-port as well).

Just clicking some standard micro-PC with some plastic hooks onto some standard mouse would be more usable and almost just as portable. In fact, if you buy this product, you'd be best off buying an actual mouse with it and connect it to the Mouse-box (there's an Inception-joke waiting to be made here).

about a week ago

Could Tizen Be the Next Android?

dinfinity Fuck, no. (241 comments)

Fuck, no.

about a week ago

Windows 10: Can Microsoft Get It Right This Time?

dinfinity Re:It's Microsoft tone-deafness that scares users (489 comments)

Yeah, no, not really, though. Most consumers are a lot less idealistic than you seem to think. Even most of the guys who scream "this time they've gone too far! fuck 'em" eventually find a rationalization to stay with Windows.

The reasons for buying Windows 10 are pretty much the following:
- 'It was bundled with the computer'
- 'I needed the newest version of Windows to run x'
- 'They told me I should't use XP anymore and this was the Windows they sold.'

And then there's also what seems to be the largest part of consumers: the part that actually likes Windows 8.

about a week ago

Feds Operated Yet Another Secret Metadata Database Until 2013

dinfinity Re:Illegal activity by the government (102 comments)

Metaphorically speaking: yes. People should be prosecuted.
But let's not become barbarians ourselves.

about a week ago

How To Hijack Your Own Windows System With Bundled Downloads

dinfinity Re:Download from the source (324 comments)

If you can settle for just updates, filehippo's update checker works well to get quick links to the original installers (also of older versions) for programs you have already installed:
http://filehippo.com/download_... (The newer versions are supposed to be sucky).

Secunia PSI 2.0 is also good: http://secunia.com/vulnerabili... -- 3.0 was more noob-friendly, last time I checked (Yes, I realize the irony of purposefully installing older versions of programs created to update software to their latest version).

They don't help in installing or uninstalling software and only Secunia supports automatic updates for some programs, but keeping programs up to date under Windows using these tools is at least acceptable.

about two weeks ago

Would You Rent Out Your Unused Drive Space?

dinfinity Re:Nope (331 comments)

Man, that was the least confusing part of your post. At that point I was still wondering how many Slashdotters own colleges.

After understanding what you wrote, though, it is indeed a solid easy strategy. You don't even need to have drives in the systems of your colleagues or family. Just place a NAS in their network and put BTSync or Syncthing (FKAPulseFKASyncthing) on it. With BTSync there even is a hidden method to create an encrypted key so that the data on the 'untrusted' nodes is only there in encrypted form: http://forum.bittorrent.com/to...
Syncthing is actively considering adding this feature: https://github.com/syncthing/s...

I haven't tested the BTSync encryption yet and am not aware of how secure it is, especially considering that BTSync is closed source, but this approach seems to me to be the future of small scale offsite redundancy (and of ad hoc file sharing in general).

about two weeks ago

3D Cameras Are About To Go Mainstream

dinfinity Re:Do not want (141 comments)

OTOH: I think a lot of people see affordable stereoscopic consumer VR as a serious market, at the very least for gamers. This time, '3D' may actually stick.

Considering that most photos aren't shared face to face anymore, there might even be a reason to make '3D' photographs and movies.

about two weeks ago

Wireless Charging Standards Groups Agree To Merge

dinfinity Re:With apologies (65 comments)

Why would someone that has been at the cap for over a decade need to karma whore? Also, funny mods have not increased karma for at least as long.

I'm not sure that improves your position.

The joke here, for people that lack either foresight or humor (and, to be fair, you are right, most xkcd jokes are just not funny);

I never said that.

is that while they intend to merge the standards, they will probably end up either picking one of the two or creating a third one.

Note how the article (did you read it?)

I did.

worded this. "set up an as yet unnamed organization" That sounds like a 3rd standards body to me.

You forgot the start of that sentence: "They have agreed to merge their two organizations by mid-2015 and set up an as yet unnamed organization ..." (remember what I said about your knowledge of the meaning of the word 'merge'? I'll help you. Replace 'and setup' by 'into' and read the sentence again. Remember that it was a reporter who wrote the sentence.)

The key point you're missing is that the XKCD-comic is about a third party creating a standard. This is about two parties already solely responsible for their standards agreeing on a single standard. Whether or not that is a new standard or one of the two existing standards doesn't matter for the resulting count of standards. It's not as if the new standard will be competing with the old ones (as is the case in the XKCD-comic). The old ones will obviously be abandoned, ergo: fewer competing standards.

I have a Google Android wireless charger.

I'm not familiar with the 'Android' wireless charging standard. Is it new?

about two weeks ago

Intel 5th Gen Core Series Performance Preview With 2015 Dell XPS 13

dinfinity Re:i5? Call me when they have the i7 (97 comments)

Yeah, the 'jitter' is almost certainly not caused by CPU interruptions from other processes (on a HTPC).

What you need is a video player that uses a dedicated D3D drawing surface (if you're on Windows) and either a frame blender/interpolator (MadVR smooth motion, SVP, although this is definitely a workaround), or better yet, a video player (MPC-BE / MPC-HE) or renderer (madVR) that matches the refresh rate of the display with the frame rate of the source content.

The latter is the best option, but your display needs to support slightly exotic refresh rates.

Warning: after having experienced perfectly smooth video playback, you will be spoiled for life.

about two weeks ago

Unbundling Cable TV: Be Careful What You Wish For

dinfinity Re:Airline anaolgy is incorrect (448 comments)

science centered channels

I'm pretty sure those don't exist.
Maybe 'warning-may-contain-occasional-science' channels. But 'science centered'? No.

about three weeks ago

Wireless Charging Standards Groups Agree To Merge

dinfinity Re:With apologies (65 comments)

You have no idea what the word 'merge' means, do you?
You just wanted to karma-whore by posting an irrelevant XKCD-link. Shame on you.

about three weeks ago

AMD, Nvidia Reportedly Tripped Up On Process Shrinks

dinfinity Re:bean counters ruin another company (230 comments)

Don't be silly. It's not as if GlobalFoundries is putting AMD at the back of the line.
They just haven't been able to keep up with TSMC technologically (GF couldn't promise to deliver 20nm or 16nm when TSMC could), and they probably wouldn't have been able to if they were still a part of AMD.

The only big difference is that it would have been a pretty hard sell to have your GPUs be produced by a third (technologically more advanced) party instead of in your own (struggling) fabs.

about three weeks ago



Solar power absorbing nanoparticle-based steam generation boasts 24% efficiency

dinfinity dinfinity writes  |  more than 2 years ago

dinfinity (2300094) writes "Rice University scientists have unveiled a new technology that uses nanoparticles to convert solar energy directly into steam. The new “solar steam” method from Rice’s Laboratory for Nanophotonics is so effective it can even produce steam from icy cold water. Details of the solar steam method were published online today in ACS Nano. The technology’s inventors said they expect it will first be used in sanitation and water-purification applications in the developing world."
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