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12-Year-Old Rewrites Einstein's Theory of Relativity

elronxenu Re:That kind of thing has been done actually (588 comments)

I can confirm that; the radios and TVs I repaired as a kid had pretty simple faults. Rarely a non-simple fault came around which I couldn't fix.

more than 3 years ago
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Canadian Songwriters Propose $10/mo Internet Fee

elronxenu Re:No. (407 comments)

Videos: $10/mo.
Games: $10/mo.
ebooks: $10/mo.
Software: $10/mo.
Music scores: $10/mo.
Scientific papers: $10/mo.
Recipes: $10/mo.
Knitting instructions: $10/mo.

There's an endless variety of types of copyrighted work. Paying a blanket fee for "music" only sets up the situation for the next type of content owner to demand their tithe from all.

Disney: $10/mo.
WB: $10/mo.
Sony: $10/mo.
CNN: $10/mo.
FOX: $10/mo.

Don't think these megacorporations won't want their own guaranteed slice of your assumed piracy.

more than 3 years ago
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I would draw the line at cloning...

elronxenu Re:Organs? (471 comments)

Replying to myself, but the OP's question is very pertinent. The best way to get a properly developed organ is to clone the entire organism; that takes care of the genetic and environmental signals I mentioned above but leaves a question about what to do with the unwanted remainder of the organism.

more than 3 years ago
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I would draw the line at cloning...

elronxenu Re:Organs? (471 comments)

That's crap. You don't know what you're talking about.

The likely answer to the OP's question is it would be necessary to reproduce a complicated sequence of activated genes to reproduce the development of the organ over time, the way it does in a foetus. So stem cells would be the likely source material but they don't just turn into a heart or liver by themselves; they need extensive prodding from the environment to go down that route from undifferentiated cells and eventually become a functioning organ.

more than 3 years ago
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Scientists Create Programmable Bacteria

elronxenu Christopher A Voigt (117 comments)

Is that the biologist Christopher A Voigt?

more than 3 years ago
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FBI Watching Oracle-SAP Trial

elronxenu I wish we had that for SCO (66 comments)

An FBI agent watching the courtroom activity might have curbed some of SCO's outrageous behaviour.

more than 3 years ago
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KDE Developers Discuss Merging Libraries With Qt

elronxenu Re:Quanta? (196 comments)

I changed to xfce recently after trying KDE 4.x for the 2nd time after 12 months (debian lenny to squeeze). The first time, I backed out of my upgrade. The second time, I took a friend's advice and switched to xfce. It's more stable than KDE (kdm locked up my screen twice in a day), much faster, and things mostly work the way I expect.

more than 3 years ago
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Spammers Using Soft Hyphen To Hide Malicious URLs

elronxenu Re:Why would soft-hyphen be legal in a URL? (162 comments)

Indeed; it seems to be a good example why extending the DNS character set was not such a good idea. DNS should have readable domain names, and avoid using different characters with identical glyphs and non-printing characters.

more than 3 years ago
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The Advent of Religious Search Engines

elronxenu "Server Error in '/' Application." (583 comments)

Description: An application error occurred on the server. The current custom error settings for this application prevent the details of the application error from being viewed remotely (for security reasons). It could, however, be viewed by browsers running on the local server machine.

Your God is not so powerful now, is he??

about 4 years ago
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Security Guards, Alarm Companies Object to Australia's National Fiber Network

elronxenu Re:Actually great for these companies! (156 comments)

I've had "Securitel" monitored alarms, both the type where cable integrity is monitored at the exchange and the type where the alarm system dials out over PSTN with a low baud-rate modem.

My current alarm system, the LS-30 is much superior to both. Because it's ethernet-enabled, it can be monitored by a security company over the Internet. It also can alert via GSM or PSTN. Of course, one of the features of this alarm system is that the owner doesn't have to get a professional monitoring service, but the choice is there.

I haven't seen security company infrastructure but my impression is that they can achieve much better economies of scale by using the ContactID protocol and net-connected alarms. They can also provide better service to home owners.

about 4 years ago
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UK Music Industry Calls For Truce With Technology

elronxenu Re:Your capitulation is insufficient (209 comments)

'Our future is now totally dependent, totally entwined, totally symbiotic'

I would have said more parasitic than symbiotic, actually ...

about 4 years ago
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Senate Candidate Sued By Copyright Troll

elronxenu Re:is it really copyright trolling? (253 comments)

Yes, it seems pretty sensible. Righthaven was not harmed at the time of publication. They clearly looked for an infringement and then brought the harm upon themselves.

On the other hand, it could be said that the Las Vegas Review-Journal had suffered harm, and Righthaven bought the rights, thus relieving LVRJ of the harm and taking it upon themselves.

about 4 years ago
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Where To Start With DIY Home Security?

elronxenu Go wireless networked burglar alarm (825 comments)

I use the Scientech LS-30 which is a device supporting several types of wireless sensors including PIR (infra-red), reed switch, glass breakage detector, smoke detector, medical alert button and wireless outdoor alarm.

The alarm system can report a break-in, fire or medical emergency via PSTN or SMS. It's very programmable, with support for lots of different zones, X10 home automation switches, day-of-week and time-of-day mode setting, doorbell and so on.

The LS-30 has accessories including a GSM module (for sending alerts via SMS) USB interface and also ethernet interface.

I wrote the LS30 project to allow me to control and monitor the device from linux. There's a daemon which connects to the alarm's ethernet port; it proxies commands (from clients on my machine) and events (alerts / status updates) from the device.

I have daemons to watch for particular events (e.g. door open/close), logging the activity rates of PIR sensors (movement detection is reported by the unit even when disarmed) and burglaries (so the computer knows and can react accordingly e.g. by sending SMS messages or twitter).

more than 4 years ago
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The Oldest Timestamp On a File I Created and Still Have Is...

elronxenu Hmm, 1987 (375 comments)

Looks like 1987 for me. That's not an exhaustive search, only looking through my homedir, and I'm ignoring files with obviously bogus mtimes (like Jan 1, 1980).

Files I converted from the TRS-80 would have preserved the timestamp and I think it was limited to the years 1980-1987 (due to using only 3 bits to represent the year number).

more than 4 years ago
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Google Chrome Now Has Resource-Blocking Adblock

elronxenu Re: a sad day (335 comments)

When does the system become sentient? Looking forward to the day.

more than 4 years ago
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Apple Wants To Share Your Location With Others

elronxenu Re:Somebody tell me again ... (248 comments)

So, yeah, information like this can be useful.

Not to me.

more than 4 years ago
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Apple Wants To Share Your Location With Others

elronxenu Re:you missed the car analogy (248 comments)

It's like parking my car and coming back to find friends of the ice-cream vendor making out in the back seat and they want me to drive them somewhere.

more than 4 years ago
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Apple Wants To Share Your Location With Others

elronxenu Somebody tell me again ... (248 comments)

... why, in order to buy music, I have to agree to let Apple sell my location to unknown businesses? What exactly is it about the music transaction that has anything at all to do with my location and some other company that have no relationship with?

It's like going to the shop to buy an ice-cream and coming back to find some squatter living in your house.

more than 4 years ago
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Australian Buyers Say They Were Told "No iPad Without Accessories"

elronxenu Re:Bad summary (412 comments)

Thanks for the information. I can't confirm that from my own experience, but I'll be wary.

I have had some bad experiences with Strathfield however ... they are definitely a shop-of-last-resort.

more than 4 years ago

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