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Ask Slashdot: Sounds We Don't Hear Any More?

drkim Car alarm symphony; real bells (790 comments)

In the early days of car alarms, that little 'symphony' of:
dee-doo-dee-doo, whooop-whooop, beep-beep-beep-beep-beep, etc.
http://www.freesound.org/peopl...

Also, actual physical bells and chimes for things like churches, ice-cream trucks.
Seems like now they just play recordings of bells over speakers.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: High-Performance Laptop That Doesn't Overheat?

drkim 'Lunchbox' style case (325 comments)

You may be looking for a 'Lunchbox' style case.

I've seen these in military applications, it's a portable case (like a laptop, but thicker) that will let you use full-size ATX mobos.

One model (below) actually lets you fold three displays out of it (The "FieldGo M3")

This would give you the performance and cooling of a desktop, and (almost) the portability of a laptop.

http://www.bsicomputer.com/pro...

about three weeks ago
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Ford Touts Self-driving Car, Launches Global Mobility Experiments

drkim Re:When will this stupid crap-o-rama end? (73 comments)

Why does anyone need a self-driving car?

This is possibly the weirdest argument against self-driving cars - and yet it pops up time and again on this topic.

What if I told you I would pay for a chauffeur driven limousine for you? It would pick you up every morning and take you to and from work. You could shave, or sleep, or surf the net while he took you to work. He would drop you at the door, and you'd never again have to look for parking.

If you wanted to go to a club or party, you could get as toasted as you like and your chauffeur would drive you home safely.

Now, just replace "chauffeur driven limousine" with "self-driving car".

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Are Progressive Glasses a Mistake For Computer Users?

drkim Use single vision (464 comments)

Don't use progressives or bi-focals. Do this:

Take a tape measure and measure the exact distance to your monitors when working.

Go to an optometrist and get a written prescription for that exact distance (bring the tape measure with you*) including the "PD", pupillary distance, at that range. Do not buy the glasses from them.

Go to Zenni Optical
http://www.zennioptical.com/u6... ...and order some $6.95, single vision prescription glasses from them that fit your PD size.
Add the standard anti-reflective coating for $4.95

For about $12 you have custom computer glasses.

* Yes, I actually do this. And, yes; I'm a nerd.

about three weeks ago
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Librarians: The Google Before Google

drkim 800-Hoot-Owl (94 comments)

There was a 24 hour library information service (800-Hoot-Owl) where you could call in any question and a reference librarian would give you an answer.

If they couldn't find the answer right away, they would take your number and call you back once they found it.

about a month ago
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Apparent Islamic Terrorism Strikes Sydney

drkim 4 bombs (880 comments)

Update: terrorists claim to have 2 bombs in the cafe, 2 more in the financial district.
Say they will release 1 hostage if ISIS flag brought to cafe.
5 hostages released/escaped so far.

about a month and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Dealing With Electronics-Induced Inattentiveness?

drkim Re:Focus (312 comments)

The Bridge Inspector's Reference Manual does sound like a good way to avoid masturbation.

Are you kidding?!
This month's Bridge Inspector's Reference Manual has a fold-out of an unpainted 340 ft. Bowstring Arch Truss Bridge.
Oh, baby!

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Dealing With Electronics-Induced Inattentiveness?

drkim Re:Focus (312 comments)

...being flogged around by feminists...

I found this strangely arousing.

about 2 months ago
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Consortium Roadmap Shows 100TB Hard Drives Possible By 2025

drkim Re:How about transfer rate and reliability? (215 comments)

100 Terabytes.

Even I would have a hard time finding enough porn to fill that.

Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha. Amateur.

No, seriously, check out 'Amateur'.

about 2 months ago
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MARS, Inc: We Are Running Out of Chocolate

drkim Re:This is what the Free Market is for (323 comments)

I don't mean to judge you, but if you're having sex with the chocolate instead of eating it.... You're doing it wrong.

Who says I can't do both?

about 2 months ago
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AT&T To "Pause" Gigabit Internet Rollout Until Net Neutrality Is Settled

drkim Re:Government ISP's? (308 comments)

Good idea. Lets see:

  New ToS- All packets will flow into a government data center to be analyzed before being forwarded onto their ultimate destination.

Ha ha, what do you mean NEW TOS?

Isn't this the same network invented by the DOD? :)

about 2 months ago
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AT&T To "Pause" Gigabit Internet Rollout Until Net Neutrality Is Settled

drkim Government ISP's? (308 comments)

I would love to see Government (Federal, State & Local) start providing high-speed internet to its citizens, the same way there are municipal water companies and power companies.

Perhaps they could embed the signal on the power lines.

about 2 months ago
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The Math Behind the Hipster Effect

drkim Re: True anticonformancy (176 comments)

I anti-conform by shaving one testicle

I was shaving one testicle before it was cool...

about 3 months ago
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Washington Dancers Sue To Prevent Identity Disclosure

drkim Re:Yes, but the real problem is being ignored. (461 comments)

You're kind of missing the point. They're not even trying to "keep prostitutes from expressing themselves" they are keeping prostitutes from being in a commercial business with a bunch of horny guys with money; with the same types of powers they wield to keep people with illegal addiction issues becoming pharmacists.

They are regulating this in commercial venues because they can.
e.g. If your Mom is sick, and sneezes all over the food she's about to serve you, there is nothing government can do about it.
They CAN (and do) however, regulate health practices that go on in commercial restaurants.

This has nothing to do with whether or not you approve of prostitution. Prostitution can be legalized by legislation, as it is in most of Nevada. You can always move there, or get enough friends together to change your local law.

about 3 months ago
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Discovery Claims It Will Show a Man Being "Eaten Alive" By an Anaconda

drkim Re:Poor animal. (164 comments)

How about giving the beast some real food and/or just leave it alone?

How about grinding up the people who came up with the show's concept, and the show's producers, and feed them to the snake?

about 3 months ago
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Discovery Claims It Will Show a Man Being "Eaten Alive" By an Anaconda

drkim Re:Oh good (164 comments)

"Little people swamp loggers taking a big shit in a pawn shop.

This is the working title for the new Kardashian show.

about 3 months ago
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Washington Dancers Sue To Prevent Identity Disclosure

drkim Re:Yes, but the real problem is being ignored. (461 comments)

Depends on the business, and what's being regulated. I would argue that certain regulations are, in fact, bad. Including ones restricting something like dancing.

Also, assuming that dancing is free speech, free speech doesn't become null and void just because it's done by a business.

They are not regulating dancing.
Non-hookers are not being restricted.
And hookers are free to dance as free expression in a non-commercial venue.
However, government DOES have the ability to regulate business.

They are trying to stop known prostitutes from furthering their prostitution business under the cover of nekkid dancing.

You're saying, "You can't keep someone from getting a job as a bank teller just because they have multiple priors for embezzling cash."

Well, yes you can.

about 3 months ago

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Physicist Builds Supercomputer From Old PlayStations

drkim drkim writes  |  about two weeks ago

drkim (1559875) writes "A home-made PlayStation 3 supercomputer is 3,000 times more powerful than any desktop processor, and is being used to study black holes.

Guarav Khanna, a black hole physicist at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth in the US, has managed to build a powerful and extremely cheap supercomputer using old PlayStation 3s (PS3s), and he’s used it to publish several papers on black holes.

His research focusses on finding gravitational waves, which are curvatures in space-time that ripple out from a violent astrophysical event, such as two black holes colliding. They were first predicted by Einstein’s theory of general relativity, but no one has been able to observe them."

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Kano Ships 18,000 Learn-To-Code Computer Kits

drkim drkim writes  |  about 3 months ago

drkim (1559875) writes "Kano Computing, a startup that plays in the learn to code space by adding a step-by-step hand-holding layer atop the Raspberry Pi single-board microcomputer to make hacking around with code and learning about computational thinking child’s play, has shipped all the hardware kits in its first batch of crowdfunded orders and pre-orders.

That’s around 18,000 kits in all, co-founder Alex Klein confirmed to TechCrunch. “They are all in the wild, they are out of our hands. About 1,000 have arrived already — the early bird kits."

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Is your textbook studying you?

drkim drkim writes  |  about 8 months ago

drkim (1559875) writes "Shades of "Snow Crash"?

A number of schools have started using a program called CourseSmart, which uses e-book analytics to alert teachers if their students are studying the night before tests, rather than taking a long-haul approach to learning.

In addition to test scores, the CourseSmart algorithm assigns each student an “engagement index” which can determine not just if a student is studying, but also if they’re studying properly.

(BTW: We are holding a 'In Soviet Russia....' reference contest on this one, too.)"

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Guys Make A Better Healthcare.gov In Days

drkim drkim writes  |  about a year ago

drkim (1559875) writes ""Three tech geeks in their 20s... ...didn’t like witnessing the abysmal rollout of the Affordable Care Act website that is Healthcare.gov, so they did what any self-respecting web gurus would do... ...made their own version. On a few nights and weekends."

Rather than make this a flame war about the ACA, what would YOU do to build a better web site?"

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Computerized Rifle Scope Puts Every Bullet On Target

drkim drkim writes  |  more than 2 years ago

drkim (1559875) writes "A computerized sniper scope allows even beginning shooters to target accurately at long ranges — a "real-life" aimbot.

The scope has you designate the point you wish to hit, it then calculates all the variables of where the rifle should be pointed, and then while you hold down the trigger, the scope decides when to make the shot. It can even send multiple bullets to the same spot.

Sadly — it will not be available 'til January — too late to be my Christmas present..."

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Do you want your mouse spying on you?

drkim drkim writes  |  more than 2 years ago

drkim (1559875) writes "Razer’s 'Naga' gaming mouse not only needs a connection to the net to activate advanced functions and extra buttons, their ToS lets them harvest 'aggregate,' 'individual,' and 'personally identifiable' information on you. The constant connection to the net can also cause sluggish response during gaming. Remember, here in US, mouse watches you. Another article: http://boingboing.net/2012/11/07/razer-naga-gaming-mouse-requir.html"
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Apple Fires Head Of Mapping Team

drkim drkim writes  |  more than 2 years ago

drkim (1559875) writes ""Apple fires head of mapping team after backlash from customers. Richard Williamson was manager of troubled maps division that has been dogged by glitches since dropping Google."

Mr. Williamson promptly left Apple headquarters in Antarctica, and walked to his home in Middelfart, Denmark."

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Lytro newest camera lets you change perspective, focus, content based filters

drkim drkim writes  |  more than 2 years ago

drkim (1559875) writes "Lytro previous camera let you adjust focus after the picture was taken, this new version also lets you shift perspective and apply cool post effects, based on content, long after the picture is taken.

The image shift could allow for 3-D imaging.

On the sample page there are 'live' examples. Try clicking and dragging; single clicking; or double clicking to get different effects."

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The advertising industry wants to make "Do Not Track" mean "It's OK To Track"

drkim drkim writes  |  more than 2 years ago

drkim (1559875) writes "The advertising industry wants to change the definition of "Do Not Track" into "Give me all your data."
A representative of the DMA says, "Marketing fuels the world. It is as American as apple pie and delivers relevant advertising to consumers about products they will be interested at a time they are interested."

"DNT should permit it as one of the most important values of civil society...Marketing as a permitted use would allow the use of the data to send relevant offers to consumers through specific devices they have used.""

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World's largest kinetic art sculpture = computer controlled copper raindrops

drkim drkim writes  |  more than 2 years ago

drkim (1559875) writes ""Kinetic Rain" the world's largest kinetic art sculpture is an array of 1216 copper coated aluminum 'droplets' which are individually motorized on wires, and their animation controlled by computer.

It can be seen at the Singapore airport and is the length of four checkout counters.

You can see a "making of" and demo here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jhP9n6WvVfQ ...and the entire 15 minute animation cycle here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cmETioVtRG0
(which is lovely, but warning: sappy elevator music!)

It was designed by Art+Com of Berlin."

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Religious sites riskier than porn sites

drkim drkim writes  |  more than 2 years ago

drkim (1559875) writes "Article: "According to a report released... by security software firm Symantec, religious and ideological websites are riskier to visit than adult and pornographic websites. ...analysis found that religious sites had more than triple the average number of threats per infected site than pornographic sites...""
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Robot Fish Take Over Schools

drkim drkim writes  |  more than 4 years ago

drkim (1559875) writes ""I, for one, welcome our new goby overlords"

A researcher in New York is building fish robots that infiltrate schools of fish and take them over. The cyberfish could be used to lead fish away from unsafe underwater turbines or other hazards.

An assistant professor at the Polytechnic Institute of New York University, studied the fluid dynamics of leader fish to build a realistic fishbot. The university says the technology could even be expanded to tap energy from the movement of water to charge its batteries."

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No porn for Jobs

drkim drkim writes  |  more than 4 years ago

drkim (1559875) writes "When asked about allowing porn in the Apple apps store, Steve Jobs responded, "Folks who want porn can buy and Android phone."

Earlier this month he said:
"You know, there’s a porn store for Android. You can download nothing but porn. You can download porn, your kids can download porn. That’s a place we don’t want to go – so we’re not going to go there.""

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