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Panasonic's 16-Finger, Hair-Washing Robot

ekran The Big Bang Theory... (181 comments)

This, and its usage, was pretty much covered in the latest episode of The Big Bang Theory.

more than 4 years ago

'Leap Seconds' May Be Eliminated From UTC

ekran Re:Why not get rid of leap year correction? (470 comments)

I think that the major benefit is that you don't have to worry about experiencing snowfall in July (unless you live really far North.)

more than 4 years ago

The Chicken May Have Come Before the Egg

ekran The egg came first. (341 comments)

The egg came first. It is the only natural answer because there had to be an egg before there could be a chicken. Now usually the smartasses at this points out that the egg couldn't be there because it must have been laid by a chicken. To that the answer is that it was of course laid by another hen (different, not by much, but yet different) this process continues today even as we try to breed new stocks based on different properties in hens and cocks, creating new breeds.

more than 4 years ago

The Curious Case of SSD Performance In OS X

ekran Re:Flawed article (205 comments)

I think that the biggest mistake in the test was that they wrote zeros to the drive first, which means that the blocks got allocated (dirty) and had to be read/rewritten with new data when the next phase of the test started. So, basically both tests are the same and it's no wonder they got about the same test results.

more than 4 years ago

Home Computers Equal Lower Test Scores

ekran statistics "may" lie! (278 comments)

There are two things that strikes me when looking at the graph. The increase in laptop sales (ignoring the smaller ones) is ingsignificant, the other thing is that it's in percentage, which clearly doesn't say anything about the change in PC sales, since netbooks and smaller laptops are newer technology and I have a feeling that people have more money to buy computers these days. I could be wrong, but it would be interesting to see the graph taking into account the actual sales in number of units, and the actual sales in terms of cost.

more than 4 years ago

Microsoft's Sleep Proxy Lowers PC Energy Use

ekran Re:Wake on Lan? (163 comments)

So, basically it's a wake on lan, but that which works everytime some moron is doing a portscan or ssh-breakin attempt on your system? Why would such a system even have a off mode?

more than 4 years ago

Blizzard Boss Says Restrictive DRM Is a Waste of Time

ekran Nice going Blizzard! (563 comments)

Nice going Blizzard, and I'll buy your game as soon as it is available on Steam. I don't want to install several software installer clients and I know and trust Steam, even though it's not optimal (the I-wanna-see-your-passport-before-I-tell-you-the-price is utterly rubbish for instance.) Still, I like your attitude.

more than 4 years ago

Salad Spinner Made Into Life-Saving Centrifuge

ekran I see potential... (87 comments)

can it also be used to centrifuge Uranium?

more than 4 years ago

The Awful Anti-Pirate System That Will Probably Work

ekran Re:Thank you ubisoft (1027 comments)

Same here. I was considering buying the game, but my internet connection isn't really that stable and the way they are treating their customers are really appaling. I say boycott!

more than 4 years ago

Microsoft Security Essentials Released; Rivals Mock It

ekran Performance? (465 comments)

So, what kind of performance hit are we talking about here, that being that the PC in question is a gaming PC and needs every cycle I can squeeze out of it, should I even bother? I rarely surf on that specific PC and I don't read mail on it either (Have a real OS for those things.)

more than 5 years ago

EVE Online's Fight Against Currency Farmers

ekran It's a question of what your time is worth. (208 comments)

A 2 month GTC will cost you around 600-650M isk. With a proper setup and the right skills you can easily make this within 12-15 hours (2-3 days of semi casual playing.) - The way I look at it is that basically you're working for 12-15 hours and the pay you get is $30, which isn't exactly impressive if you compare it with other jobs (i.e. if you take a weekend job every other week and use that money to buy play time.)

Still, if you don't have the money and you do want to play the game, it's a nice way to keep your account(s) running. I definitely think that the GTC trade has made things less interesting for gold miners and that's a good thing. The Eve economy is good, in fact better than most other MMORPGs I've been playing.

more than 5 years ago

"Terminator Vision" Is Here For the iPhone

ekran Virtual Light! (245 comments)

This really makes me remember Virtual Light by William Gibson. YAY! Finally we have telepresence!

more than 5 years ago

Bing Search Tainted By Pro-Microsoft Results

ekran Linux it also getting hammered. (582 comments)

I tried searching for "Why is windows so expencive?" using firefox in Linux and got these results:

"Why I use Windows? | Windows Server 2008 and Microsoft virtualization ..."
"Why Windows Isn't Hell Or Why Linux Isn't Bliss, Part II > Comments"
"The Firefox 3.5 fiasco - Frans Bouma's blog"

at the 3 top. I think it's safe to say that I'll stay with Google.

more than 5 years ago

Australian Police Plan Wardriving Mission

ekran Knock, knock... (340 comments)

Oh, there are a lot of strange ways this could play out:

[ knock, knock ]
-Do you have the WLAN with the SSID MonkeyTails?
-The what, Sir?
-Wireless Network?
-Oh, for the computer Internet? No, I think ours is called captaincrook.
-Okay, that one is safe.
-Yeah, we are driving around checking for insecure WLANs. Do you know who MonkeyTails are?
-I think it's my neighbour.
-Ok, thank you.
[ knock, knock ]
- Hello.
- Hello, are you the owner of the WLAN MonkeyTails?
- Yes?
- It's insecure.
- I know.
- Well, you should secure it.
- No, I don't want to secure it.
- You should secure it or pedophiles could use it.
- It is an old router that doesn't support encryption.
- Well, let us know if you see any pedophiles.
- Bye.

more than 5 years ago

Best Mouse For Programming?

ekran Keyboard with integrated mouse. (569 comments)

When you code, at least when you do things like I do, that is, you are using vim and a lot of xterms, it's best to have something that enables you to move your pointer without you having to move your hand a lot. What I have at work is a Thinkpad keyboard (Lenovo/IBM make those) which has a pointing stick in the middle. It's not made for accuracy (for that I have a separate mouse next to the keyboard. Which is a simple Razer Copperhead gaming mouse. The point is, you shouldn't have to move your hands too much when you code. Especially when all you do is changing xterm.

For those that use other development environments the answer may be different.

more than 5 years ago

Licensing Issues Shut Down Pandora Outside US

ekran RIAA off the bend.. (248 comments)

So, this is how RIAA is going to combat piracy? It's the same with Spotify, if you're not UK or Swedish bound you can still register through a proxy, but the problem is, after using it for a while from your native country it starts whining.

I guess the only solution is to obtain and constantly use proxy servers in order to route around this?

more than 5 years ago

How To Get Out of Developer's Block?

ekran Could it be related to boredom? (601 comments)

I always find that when I start working on something, it's fun, it's a challenge. When I'm almost done with a project things slow down, get boring and getting things done is quite painful. The only solution is to force yourself into continuing, sometimes I tell myself that I'll just get this or this done, then I'll take a break or do something else. Other ways to speed up the process is trying to make it into a challenge again, but that is quite hard.

In some aspects I think you can compare it to riding on a ride in a park. The first times it's fun, but after 100 times on the same ride the fun wears off.

more than 5 years ago

Pirate Party Wins At Least One European Parliament Seat

ekran Grats to TPP! (674 comments)

Grats to the pirate party!

Now, I wonder how they'll vote in not related cases? I mean, when things like economical issues or education or other stuff comes up, are they just going to abstain or are we going to see real politics being performed?

more than 5 years ago

Average User Only Runs 2 Apps, So Microsoft Will Charge For More

ekran How are they going to explain this to their users? (842 comments)

I mean, from a salesmanager's point of view it might be a good idea to sell such a version of the OS for next to nothing expecting people to upgrade (and pay more) as soon as they run into the 3 applications wall, but you must remember that people are basically paying for an inferior product (compared to Linux anyhow.) - so, if you take that into consideration, why not give something even more inferior out and charge even more for the upgrade? I think this sounds like something that truly came out of the marketing/sales department.

Also, there is a difference between applications and processes on Windows, at least there is on my old XP machine where I currently have 4 applications running and 25-ish processes running. My Linux system currently claim to have 178 processes running.

more than 5 years ago



Most expensive javascript ever?

ekran ekran writes  |  more than 5 years ago

ekran writes "A while ago Opera Software needed more servers. Not just a few servers either — they were planning Opera Mini's growth, implementing Opera Link, and My Opera was also growing quickly. Most of the major hardware vendor's grabbed their specs and came back with offers and sample servers shipped all the way to Oslo for testing. One of the biggest hardware vendor did however not do their homework. They shipped the server, but when the Opera sysadmins started up the web-admin interface they were met by a javascript that managed to piss off the whole company including the CTO. The script, apparently, locked out the Opera web-browser."


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