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Ask Slashdot: How Would You Build a Home Network To Fully Utilize Google Fiber?

drkim Re:Man up (279 comments)

It gets better , when you realize most rooms only need one jack or none at all.

I would argue false economy on this. Cable is cheap and labour is expensive (even if it is your own time) if you are pulling a single cable to a room, pull at least 2.

No need to pull two cables. Every time you run a line, tie in a double-long length of braided poly rope. If you ever need to run another cable in the future (who knows what it will be; fiber, CAT 9, 10?) attach it to the poly rope and pull it through.

Because it's double-long, you can pull it back in to the 'starting position' when you're done and it will be ready for the next pull.

about two weeks ago
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A Production-Ready Flying Car Is Coming This Month

drkim Re:In other words... (203 comments)

If it's not produced, then technically it isn't "coming".

OK. It's not "coming" ...but it's breathing really fast.

about two weeks ago
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Possible Reason Behind Version Hop to Windows 10: Compatibility

drkim Re:better name (349 comments)

they should have just changed the whole name from "windows" to "Balmers gone, and its safe to us windows again, please come back".

Have you tried it?

It's neither safe nor pleasant.

Win 7 was out under Balmer, and it was quite good.

about two weeks ago
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World's Smallest 3G Module Will Connect Everything To the Internet

drkim Re:Cost (118 comments)

Er, if you have a wireless LAN, you might as well have router to an always-on internet connection, and say a Beaglebone Black for smarts to collect the data and forward it. That way you don't need any of these modules at all.

Excellent point!

Perhaps this would still be useful where no always-on internet connection is available - like an RV, or on a fleet of shipping trucks where you want to monitor a constellation of activities= speed, gas level, lights, engine status, reefer temps, etc.

Or, where you don't want to spend money for an always-on internet connection, like a vacation cabin (when empty).

about three weeks ago
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World's Smallest 3G Module Will Connect Everything To the Internet

drkim Re:Cost (118 comments)

So I have 10 devices I want to hook up. The AC, the lights, refrigerator, washing machine, toaster, whatever. Does that mean I need 10 phone and data contracts with AT&T...

Perhaps you could have a little wireless LAN in the house that each device could talk to, with all the data coming into this module for remote monitoring and control. That way you only need one module.

about three weeks ago
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Miss a Payment? Your Car Stops Running

drkim Re:Oh good (907 comments)

There has been 'repo' tech in place for a while now.

While offering a buyer the factory "theft prevention GPS tracker" the dealership retains the right to share the tracking data.

While passive, (it doesn't do the engine cut-off described above) if someone starts to miss payments, the repo boys know just where to find the car.

This has been in place for at least 5 years.

about three weeks ago
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Solar System's Water Is Older Than the Sun

drkim Re:Score one for the other team (173 comments)

It is possible one has evidence of something. It is possible that one does not have evidence of something.

Still waiting to hear your evidence...
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about three weeks ago
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Study: Chimpanzees Have Evolved To Kill Each Other

drkim Re: No surprise (224 comments)

I am a bit tired of Dawkins and I never did get around to reading him...

I typically read an author first, and then see if I get tired of him/her.
Perhaps I've been doing it wrong.

Try "Selfish Gene", write back and let me know what you think.

about 1 month ago
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Study: Chimpanzees Have Evolved To Kill Each Other

drkim Re: No surprise (224 comments)

...a behavior is "right" if it's beneficial to the species' survival and prosperity, and "wrong" if harmful to the species...

Great insight, very close. There is no need to cut along species lines.

A behavior is "right" if it helps carry the greatest amount of your genes (or the genes most similar to yours) into the next generation.

Like giving up your life for your kids, but maybe not for your grandparents.

Not risking your life to try to save a mouse.

Feeling free to eat vegetables but maybe not other mammals.

It's funny how people who want to "save the baby seals" are perfectly fine taking antibiotics and anti-virals.
They are both just as 'alive'.

We have more empathy for people and animals who's DNA is more similar to our own.

(Disclaimer: I gleaned all these insights from reading Dawkins. I wasn't smart enough to come up with them on my own.)

about a month ago
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Netropolitan Is a Facebook For the Affluent, and It's Only $9000 To Join

drkim Rich people on a plane... (178 comments)

I guess the Netropolitan folks didn't actually know any rich people, so the image of rich folks on their site is a stock photo called:
"Businessman showing project on digital tablet with colleagues in private jet"

http://www.shutterstock.com/pi...

about a month ago
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Netropolitan Is a Facebook For the Affluent, and It's Only $9000 To Join

drkim Re:.info (178 comments)

$6,000 to join $3,000 pa and they only have a .info domain? Nothing says "exclusive" and "accomplished" like a .info domain...

they have a .club: https://netropolitan.club/

(and it runs on wordpress...)

In all fairness - although Netropolitan runs on Wordpress, users do have their choice of a vanilla, chocolate, or strawberry color theme.

about a month ago
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Netropolitan Is a Facebook For the Affluent, and It's Only $9000 To Join

drkim Re:.info (178 comments)

According to their website:

"The entire service is inaccessible from the public Internet, including search engines. "

You have to call their number on your 14.4k dial-up modem.

about a month ago
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Netropolitan Is a Facebook For the Affluent, and It's Only $9000 To Join

drkim Re:.info (178 comments)

Try the .WEB TLD sometime.

about a month ago
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Netropolitan Is a Facebook For the Affluent, and It's Only $9000 To Join

drkim Re:.info (178 comments)

$6,000 to join $3,000 pa and they only have a .info domain? Nothing says "exclusive" and "accomplished" like a .info domain...

Well, for $60 down and $30 a month you can join the .MOBI version...

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Smartwatch Apps Could You See Yourself Using?

drkim Re:Skydiving apps (471 comments)

Skydiving may be a niche sport, but it's also at times a sport that relies on many gadgets.
As a skydiver, I could see uses for the following:
A barometric altimeter...

This could be hilarious:

"I wonder if it's time to pop the chute yet?"
[Checks watch]
"Damn beachball! Come on! Maybe I need to rebo..."
[Splat!]

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Smartwatch Apps Could You See Yourself Using?

drkim Re:Clock. (471 comments)

So I can tell the time, which I currently use my phone for. Oh, I still need a phone?

That seems to be the main issue here.

It's not really a stand-alone 'Smart Watch' (in the way that a phone is a 'Smart Phone')

It's more like a "peripheral for your smart phone"

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Smartwatch Apps Could You See Yourself Using?

drkim Re:The war that no one wanted (471 comments)

I just love the 4k TV trend.

Those rich people parting with their money now will finance a cheap very good quality set of computer monitors for me in just a few years.

They are coming out with 5K TVs now.

That's good, 'cause all those people with 4K TVs are probably tired of watching movies and TV in stupid 4K.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Smartwatch Apps Could You See Yourself Using?

drkim Re:Debt is Wealth. Ignorance is Strength. (471 comments)

Debt is Wealth... ...Cold is Warm.

So, I guess what you're looking for is the app that could shield you from the death rays that the black helicopters are beaming at you, and pop up a pre-folded tin-foil hat.

Got it.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Smartwatch Apps Could You See Yourself Using?

drkim Re:No comments here yet... (471 comments)

do you have any idea how small the display on google glass actually is?

Yes. It's like a 25" inch high definition screen seen from eight feet away.

about a month ago

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

drkim drkim writes  |  about three weeks 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 5 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  |  about 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  |  about 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  |  about 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  |  about 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  |  about 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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