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The Brief Rise and Long Fall of Russia's Robot Tank

dov_0 Re:Link no longer there. (79 comments)

Give popular science a big miss, they are weird ass copyright freaks, articles not available in other countries, articles deleted at random intervals etc. Just give them a big miss and go somewhere else and never ever link to them, really rather pointless to attempt to do so.

The link was pop-sci Australia. I'm in Australia, can read all the other articles, but it says that one isn't there. Strange. It was however while reading my first article on the main page that I realised that I didn't want to bother with any more...

about 7 months ago
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Dell's New Sputnik 3 Mates Touchscreen With Ubuntu

dov_0 Re:Why do you find it interesting? (166 comments)

Well said! Unfortunately, catering for idiots is the mark of the late 20th century and early 21st and it isn't going to get better. People are busy and lazy. They don't want to have to learn new things. Learning for the joy of learning is going out the door and has become 'vocational learning' only. Universities even back in the 70's were dropping art and history courses as well as classical languages and history etc. The industries that have run the American economy that has influenced the world in these things so much just want consumers. People who know what the specials are at the dept store, but don't really think much. They know how to use facebook, are not savvy enough to avoid the ads and know how to use youtube enough to view cat videos. Mostly, they know how to buy, buy, buy and consume what they are told to consume. Stupidity is the desired outcome. Stupid consumers who just buy whatever crap is dished out to them.

about 10 months ago
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Dell's New Sputnik 3 Mates Touchscreen With Ubuntu

dov_0 Re:Why do you find it interesting? (166 comments)

What's useful about it? I mean the laptop itself this time. You have a keyboard and a touchpad. Why reach further and touch the screen? Touch screens are great on tablets, but somewhat limiting. Why the hell would they be useful on a laptop or a desktop? Just seems like more work for the same results to me.

about 10 months ago
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The Feathered Threat To US Air Superiority

dov_0 Re:No worries (195 comments)

Who wants the US to have air superiority anyway? US meddling in foreign affairs has generally led to future diplomatic problems, civilian suffering and wars. Bring on the birds I say.

about a year ago
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Exploiting Tomorrow's Solar Eclipse To Help Understand Sea Levels

dov_0 Re:Nice, but.... (92 comments)

Talking of math and science in general, this idea isn't related to either. What the hell are pictures and videos of a single king tide going to tell us about about anything EXCEPT the level of that single king tide. There simply isn't enough data to show anything. No real measurements, no real data.

about a year ago
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Brazil Announces Secure Email To Counter US Spying

dov_0 Re:Who wants email hosted by Federal Government? (165 comments)

Strange as it may seem to citizens of the USA, in other countries people have this thing called democracy and trust their governments more. Also in other countries, people are sometimes more concerned about what the USA will do invading their privacy or killing off their soldiers than their own government. This is just part of a trend - the world slowly standing up to the USA and putting it back in it's place as just another nation.

about a year ago
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US Adults Score Poorly On Worldwide Test

dov_0 Re:Not surprised (745 comments)

The rest of the world isn't that surprised either.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Does Your Work Schedule Make You Unproductive?

dov_0 Re:Really? (311 comments)

While managing milestones is important, in Australia it just seems well recognised that after 8 hours of work, people's brains have often turned to mush and the quality of people's work goes down, so we have, in general, the 38 hour week and even strict rest stop and log book requirements for truck drivers.

1 year,10 days
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Feds Seek Prison For Man Who Taught How To Beat a Polygraph

dov_0 Re:Pseudoscience debunked? (374 comments)

They still use polygraphs in the USA?!? Polygraph results are inadmissable as evidence in Australia most of Europe.

about a year ago
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Driver Trapped In Speeding Car At 125 Mph

dov_0 Re:Awesome (1176 comments)

Just wondering why he didn't just put the car in neutral and then use the handbrake to control his decelleration? Seriously some people should never be allowed to get behind the wheel...

about a year and a half ago
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Why Worms In the Toilet Might Be a Good Idea

dov_0 Don't we already have good composting toilets? (124 comments)

In Australia we already use composting toilets on country roads for rest stops etc. They don't smell and are cheap to produce and maintain and the ventilation fan runs off a solar cell on the roof. Why should someone pay 40k for old tech?

about 2 years ago
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Skydiver Leaps From 18 Miles Up In 'Space Jump' Practice

dov_0 Re:Pretty Cool (192 comments)

If only the video on the link had shown some real footage instead of only CGI...

more than 2 years ago
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Chords To 1300 Songs Analyzed Statistically For Patterns

dov_0 Re:Sorry, I have to: (132 comments)

That was an awesome clip. Anyway. They wanted to analyse MUSIC and chose chart toppers? Music?

more than 2 years ago
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The Link Between Genius and Insanity

dov_0 Re:This just in... (402 comments)

Sounds like me.

Tell your friend to try Ecstasy. It's a permanent fix.

I was actually writing about myself. Tried marijuana, opium, alcohol and stimulants. Didn't do me any good. Keep it clean these days.

more than 2 years ago
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The Link Between Genius and Insanity

dov_0 Re:This just in... (402 comments)

You can question and probably should until you are satisfied. Just don't be blinded by your own opinions when you do question things. Case in point. This guy I know has been tested to have an IQ way higher than average. He's designed and built beautiful gardens, is generally considered by his friends to be able to fix anything from their washing machine to their cars (and generally can), he learned html, css, javascript etc on the fly just because someone asked him to build a website for them. He writes all his code/markup by hand - no editors - it works in all common browsers equally and is standards compliant. It's good solid code. He reads and writes in 4 alphabets and was a top grade student of ancient languages. He's written beautiful music, poetry that people want to publish etc etc. When he's up he just do what he want to do and learns what he want to learn, figures out whatever he puts his mind to generally without any formal training at all. He thinks of elegant solutions to problems that suprise professionals - while doing things he's never done before. When he's down however... He suffers terribly from depression. He finds it hard to remember to wash his clothes or trim his beard. It is almost impossible for him sometimes accomplish even do the basics of life. Stability has never been his strong point, but pretty much everyone I know still considers him to be brilliant. While there may be discrepancies in IQ testing, surely people can be considered to be brilliant by their accomplishments.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Which Comic Books To Start My 3-Year-Old With?

dov_0 Re:Tandy Computer Whiz Kids (372 comments)

The Phantom. Only comic you need.

more than 2 years ago
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The Apple II Turns 35 Today

dov_0 Re:I started on one of those (173 comments)

My big sister's boyfriend gave us his old Apple II Europlus when I was a kid. Awesome little thing. When we weren't playing Akalabeth or Moonpatrol, we were teaching ourselves Apple Basic.

more than 2 years ago
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Nuclear Disaster In Japan Could Have Been Mitigated, Say Industry Insiders

dov_0 Re:But so could anything (204 comments)

Any disaster could be averted with extra millions and millions spent on it, it's just balancing risk and reward.

Come on, don't be dense. The claim here is precisely that they weren't balancing risk and reward - they were overweighting their own immediate gains and underweighting the future risks, which were mostly to other people.

So a country rebuilt by the USA after WWII ended up with an industry based oligarcy? How surprising!

more than 2 years ago
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Schools In Portugal Moving To OSS

dov_0 Re:Waiting for MS to underbid (319 comments)

I think he is mostly refering to older hardware, not modern hardware.

That is something I am curious about to. A lot of old hardware isn't supported anymore by modern drivers in new linux kernels. Possibly most of it is FOSS anyway and so you could (given the needed knowledge) recompile them to work for modern distros but I can see where a gov implementation would get stuck there. Not to say I don't like the idea, I fricking love it. Still I really don't think much of the IT skills of the gov sector (in any country).

This problem is lessened by the machines involved probably having been purchased in large numbers. All that is required is to get the OS running on one machine, then roll it out to the 10,000 or so identical machines from the same purchase. Personally though I've been setting up free student computers for years using, at times, some very old hardware. I have very rarely had any driver issues at all.

more than 2 years ago

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Merkel wants a European communication network to avoid US spying.

dov_0 dov_0 writes  |  about 7 months ago

dov_0 (1438253) writes "German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said she will talk to French President Francois Hollande about creating a European communication network to avoid emails and other data passing through the US.

Merkel, who visits France on Wednesday, has been pushing for greater data protection in Europe following reports last year about mass surveillance in Germany and elsewhere by the US National Security Agency (NSA)."

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Australian scientists unveil single-atom transistor

dov_0 dov_0 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

dov_0 (1438253) writes "A team of Australian physicists have created an accurate single-atom transistor, which could prove a critical building block toward the development of super-fast computers.
The tiny electronic device, described today in a paper published in the journal Nature Nanotechnology, uses as its active component an individual phosphorus atom patterned between atomic-scale electrodes and electrostatic control gates."

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Film Industry loses court battle with ISP

dov_0 dov_0 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

dov_0 (1438253) writes "A hefty group of film industry heavy-weights has lost a court battle with iiNET in Australia. The group had alleged that iiNET was responsible for the piracy on it's network, as it did not actively prevent people from downloading copyright material. Thankfully, common sense has prevailed in the courts — this time."
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Future of Compiz Uncertain

dov_0 dov_0 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

dov_0 writes "Kristian Lyngstol from the Compiz project has shared some pretty big worries about the health of the Compiz/compiz-fusion project. He cites a lack of direction, organisation and a dropping number of programmers as major areas of concern. Responses from the compiz community to his mailing list post have not been overwhelming, with only one person posting in his support so far.

If Compiz was gone, surely someone else would pick up the pieces? Distros like Ubuntu have made it a notable feature of their desktop setup. Haven't we all enjoyed the glazed over eyes and admiring stares of onlookers as we spin our desktop cubes and pull out bling that makes Vista desktop effects fade by comparison?

Is the compiz project already dead without knowing it and who will pick up pieces and keep our desktop cubes spinning?"

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