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A Low Cost, Open Source Geiger Counter (Video)

gigne Re: A New High (46 comments)

is there some kind of confirmation algorithm he could help us with?

about a week ago
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Speed Cameras In Chicago Earn $50M Less Than Expected

gigne Re:it's funny what people will spend their money o (398 comments)

real conversation:
work colleague: "studies have shown seatbelts do more damage than not having one on"
me: "what studies. extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence"
work colleague: "lots of them! google it"

There is no hope

about two weeks ago
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Infinite Browser Universe Manyland Hits 8 Million Placed Blocks

gigne Re:n/t (67 comments)

yep same here. It isn't even like I have many tabs open in Firefox, and I would rather not use Chrome.

about three weeks ago
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Apple Yanks iOS 8 Update

gigne Re:ha ha (203 comments)

ja know geography good an ting!

about a month ago
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Linus Torvalds: 'I Still Want the Desktop'

gigne Re:Well, you have mine. (727 comments)

single prime here. i'm glad they are just smaller. Not sure how I would cope with a unibollock

about 2 months ago
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Senior RIKEN Scientist Involved In Stem Cell Scandal Commits Suicide

gigne Re:Case closed (127 comments)

I'm a go see if I can find that article.

Any luck?

about 3 months ago
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Print Isn't Dead: How Linux Voice Crowdfunded a New Magazine

gigne Re:As a subscriber (56 comments)

"Why even delay individual articles until there's a whole magazine's worth. Why not just publish individual articles online as they become available."

Excellent idea! We should call it a web log. I'm sure we could shorten that into something punchier.

Joking aside, I do prefer the rollup content. I treat the magazine like a monthly digest and allocate 3 hours to read it all.

about 3 months ago
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Print Isn't Dead: How Linux Voice Crowdfunded a New Magazine

gigne As a subscriber (56 comments)

I love the magazine. Great content. However...

I currently have 4 unopened on my desk. Instead of the paper version, I read the pdf versions while I was out and about.
I still read the dead tree in occasionally, it is great in my bathroom, but print is dying.

Also Linux Voice guys, great job but please get some proof reading in there. Sometimes the articles are almost impossible to parse.

Thanks!

about 3 months ago
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The First Person Ever To Die In a Tesla Is a Guy Who Stole One

gigne Re: Thrown from the vehicle (443 comments)

and he stole another because he needed spares maybe?

about 4 months ago
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The First Person Ever To Die In a Tesla Is a Guy Who Stole One

gigne Re:Thrown from the vehicle (443 comments)

"The Tesla was made to last sir, this old baby's crashed more times than a ZX81. "

about 4 months ago
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Chinese-Built Cars Are Coming To the US Next Year

gigne Re:Chinese Quality? (431 comments)

Thought it was fiat that owned them. no?

about 4 months ago
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Clueless About Card Data Hack, PF Chang's Reverts To Imprinting Devices

gigne Re:Never store sensitive data you don't need. (142 comments)

"Things have changed now; storing credit card data has come to be regarded as routine in the post-1 click, impulse buy Internet world."

Having intefgrated with several payment processing systems, I can tell you no one stores credit card information any more. At least in Europe. PCI-DSS regulations are very clear on this.

What we have now is a token we can use. The token is returned after a payment is made. You can keep this token int he DB to allow repeat purchases. This is similar to storing the credit card, but you can only re-use that token with the single payment processor company and give the original payee that money.

Pretty much useless for a criminal.

The liability for leaking a cc number is now with the payment processor, and they are generally held to a higher security standard than your average chinese retaurant chain.

about 5 months ago
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New Permission System Could Make Android Much Less Secure

gigne Re:I want silent denial (249 comments)

This. This is what I want too.

Anyone, does this exist without root?

about 5 months ago
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Testing 65 Different GPUs On Linux With Open Source Drivers

gigne Re:Phoronix Rocks (134 comments)

Yeah i'm going to have to second that.

Not only do they have great perf tests, but there is also a great depth of kernel news, x/wayland/mir and other general good to know linux news

If only those popup ads were destroyed. On my mobile it can be hard to get rid of them.

I'm going to head over there right now and pay for a subscription

about 5 months ago
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I Want a Kindle Killer

gigne Re:The Nook is/was excellent (321 comments)

What happened to keeping things simple. I really like that my Kobo has one function... e-books. All the rest of that stuff, annotations etc are just fluff.
I just want to read the book. No mess, no fuss.

I only pine for a better backlight that doesn't illumate my room in the dark. Waking my wife because she thinks she is in the headlights of an incoming car is not ideal.

about 5 months ago
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Servo Stock 3D Printer Brings Closed-Loop Control To Reprap

gigne Re:Hall Sensors (56 comments)

That servo has to turn more than the 270 degrees of a normal servo. The pot isn't setup for 360 degree rotation. The end result is that you have to modify the serv and replace the pot with something else.

about 5 months ago
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Servo Stock 3D Printer Brings Closed-Loop Control To Reprap

gigne Re:Move along nothing to see here. (56 comments)

This.

I have spent a lot of time with servo motors and closed loop PID. (mainly Openservo) Even the best servo has some slop in the mechanics.

The real problem here isnt the mechanics, it is the PID loop. Unless precicely calibrated (and I mean really precicely) then the overshoot or settle becomes a big problem.

Much better to close that loop with a stepper motor or decent DC and precision gearbox.

My UM has never missed a step that I know of, and is certainly more precise than +/- 2 steps.

about 5 months ago
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This Is Your Brain While Videogaming Stoned

gigne Re:Pah (168 comments)

It's not finished.

It's finished.

about 5 months ago
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Goodbye, Ctrl-S

gigne Re:I'd rather not use (521 comments)

I used to be in the group of people that didn't save often.... at least until I owned a box that would bluescreen randomly.... and frequently. Amazing how that has changed my habits forever.

Now I have the problem of auto-saving breaking my shit.

If I open a doc and start changing it, I may want to save it as a different file completely. Problem is, autosave has overwritten theoriginal file. (admittedly this has only happened once, and it was a not so great application).

Now if I am changing a doc, the first thing I do is save-as.

about 5 months ago

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Hackable in car GPS

gigne gigne writes  |  more than 5 years ago

gigne writes "I'm in the market for a new in car GPS/sat nav. I am preferably looking for one that has live up to date traffic information and route planning that doesn't make you want to cry. I'm not quite dumb enough to drive off a cliff, but something that doesn't even try and lead me to watery doom is preferable.
The only thing I absolutely must have is the ability to hack it. It would be prefereable if it ran GNU/Linux, but given a convincing argument, I would be swayed to another OS.
Without wanting the Moon on a stick, what is the best device that would offer a decent modding community and a good feature set?"

Link to Original Source
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gigne gigne writes  |  more than 7 years ago

gigne (990887) writes "Makezine have produced a nice lineup of Open Source and hackable gadgets for Christmas:
"There are hundreds of gift guides this holiday season filled with junk you can buy - but a lot of time you actually don't own it, you can't improve upon it, you can't share it or make it better, you certainly can't post the plans, schematics and source code either. We want to change that, we've put together our picks of interesting open source hardware projects, open source software, services and things that have the Maker-spirit of open source."

So when considering that Christmas gift, make sure it is hackable!"

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Makezine's Open Source Christmas

gigne gigne writes  |  more than 7 years ago Makezine have produced a nice lineup of Open Source and hackable gadgets for Christmas:

"There are hundreds of gift guides this holiday season filled with junk you can buy - but a lot of time you actually don't own it, you can't improve upon it, you can't share it or make it better, you certainly can't post the plans, schematics and source code either. We want to change that, we've put together our picks of interesting open source hardware projects, open source software, services and things that have the Maker-spirit of open source."

So when considering that Christmas gift, make sure it is hackable!

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