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

fabioalcor Hammer of a blacksmith (790 comments)

I've only heard it in games (Age of Empires II) and movies. Never in real life.
Lifetime of this sound: human history minus a few centuries.

about three weeks ago

What Northern Hemisphere Astronomers Are Missing From the Southern Hemisphere

fabioalcor Re:Erh... I don't get it (104 comments)

Aren't some of the most powerful observatories in Chile? What they are missing?

about a month ago

The Malware of the Future May Come Bearing Real Gifts

fabioalcor Pirated software (103 comments)

I bet that software pirates already have injected malware in many warez, mainly heavy graphics games. Doing so they could discreetly control a lot of powerful machines.

about 4 months ago

It's Not Just How Smart You Are: Curiosity Is Key To Learning

fabioalcor Too bad (83 comments)

Most schools makes sure to kill curiosity in its nest.

about 4 months ago

Piracy Police Chief Calls For State Interference To Stop Internet "Anarchy"

fabioalcor Re:Anarchy??? (302 comments)

The Internet has already descended into Anarchy.

It has not descended, it was born as an Anarchy. Internet is anarchic by design. That's the way it always was, is, and must be.
A computer net with strict rules is not internet, it's something else.

about 4 months ago

New Long-Range RFID Technology Helps Robots Find Household Objects

fabioalcor Expensive sollutions (38 comments)

The problem with both StickNFind and UGrokIt and any other similar product I've heard about is that they're too much expensive. 25$ tag on a $10 remote control? Haha.
I wouldn't mind a product with a short detection range (1 meter for me is good enough to find stuff in lockers and below sofas or inside my car), and/or without any security (for what, burglars can detect stuff with eyeballs too). Doesn't need any fancy stuff like sound beeps or remote tracking or anything, make it simple and CHEAP. I just want a detectable "thing". If it could be affordable (tags in 1 US$ price range), and the tags could be small enough to fit in most stuff (especially the small stuff like keys, thumbdrives, etc), I'm totally sold.

about 4 months ago

'Optical Fiber' Made Out of Thin Air

fabioalcor Re:What a silly title ... (115 comments)

Not necessarily - there are lots of situations where it's not practical to run a cable. Secure connectivity between naval vessels is a prime example, others would be for use in the space program, or cheaper data communication between buildings in a campus. Residential broadband internet would be simpler - put an optical transceiver on the roof and point it at a tower - no more digging up the garden to provide fttp.

It would work... until it rains.

about 6 months ago

German NSA Committee May Turn To Typewriters To Stop Leaks

fabioalcor Re:So what? they can be tapped to. (244 comments)

The typewriter can be moved around, so you would have to plant microphones everywhere.

If one install the microphone/sensor in the typewriter, disguised like a part of it, it'd overcome all these problems. It could even harvest power to operate from the vibrations of the machine.

about 6 months ago

Google Kills Orkut To Focus On YouTube, Blogger and Google+

fabioalcor Re:Brazil killed it (71 comments)

True. We Brazilians even coined a term in Portuguese: "orkutizar" ("orkutize"), that is, invade and ruin with crappy stuff a service that was good once.
For the record, many of us are not proud of it though.

about 7 months ago

Fasting Triggers Stem Cell Regeneration of Damaged, Old Immune System

fabioalcor Re:Obviously not quite true (148 comments)

Fasting is different of malnutrition. Fasting is just pause your healthy diet for some time. Malnutrition is not having an adequate diet for long periods or for life. The latter is not healthy for obvious reasons. The former can be healthy since your body has reserves of nutrients and fasting just make the body to use them. You'll not suffer any harm for fasting, if done correctly.

about 8 months ago

It's Time For the Descent Games Return

fabioalcor Re:Perfect time for a Descent reboot (251 comments)

main problem with it was your head doesnt turn 360 degrees in 6 axis

Actually it would be pretty shitty to control the ship with your head movement.
It doesn't need to. Make the ship move by the controllers command, but if you move your head, you would move your head inside the cockpit, that is, you'd be able to see the side windows, the instruments above you, etc. The game would even show additional information in "displays" inside the cockpit, kind of stuff that you don't need to see all the time, only when needed. But such feature should demand a real preparation of the game for the Oculus/Morpheus/whatever, not only an image adjustment.

about 8 months ago

It's Time For the Descent Games Return

fabioalcor Perfect time for a Descent reboot (251 comments)

Because of Oculus Rift. It not only would make a fucking amazing experience, but the immersion and 3D effect of the Oculus would really ADD to the gameplay, especially when using the 3D map, and it even could be included as an "holografic HUD minimap".

about 8 months ago

Electric Stimulation Could Help You Control Your Dreams

fabioalcor Re:Used to be able to dream lucidly when ... (138 comments)

I still do, at 30 years old. Especially when I sleep at evenings, it's almost certain that I will have a lucid dream, sometimes I incorpore the sounds around me in my dream, even whole conversations.
And yes, is's totally cool when I am able to fly in my dreams, even when sometimes I can't control my flight.

about 9 months ago

How 3D Printer Maker Aleph Objects Pushes the Open Source Envelope

fabioalcor Quick Aleph! (51 comments)

Please, hurry, do prior art for the following "patents":
3D printing... ... with computers. ... without computers. ... over the internet. ... with a mobile device. ... with a smartwatch. ... for children. ... for elderly. ... wireless. ... through SMS. ... using XML.
[insert yours obvious patents here]

about 10 months ago

Wozniak To Apple: Consider Building an Android Phone

fabioalcor It would be amazing if Apple... (249 comments)

... ah forget about it. FUCK SLASHDOT BETA. The coments aren't even working here, all I've got is a stupid message "Shazbot! We ran into some trouble getting the comments. Try again... na-nu, na-nu!".
Fuck you Dice Holdings.

about a year ago

Tesla's Having Issues Charging In the Cold

fabioalcor Yes, but... (476 comments)

"Have you solved the icing problem?"
- Tony Stark

1 year,2 days

New Windows XP Zero-Day Under Attack

fabioalcor Re:Upate to the most current (241 comments)

You'd rather create a virtual machine, map your physical parallel port to the VM (it's easy in VMWare at least), turn off the VM's network adapter and install your legacy CNC software in there. Turn it on only when you need to use the CNC. Use a secure/modern OS in the physical machine.

about a year ago

Teen's Biofuel Invention Turns Algae Into Fuel

fabioalcor Came into my mind... (113 comments)

she connected a cut-up orange to a clock with wire and watched it tick

A Clock Work with Orange? :)

about a year and a half ago


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