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Student Records Kids Who Bully Him, Then Gets Threatened With Wiretapping Charge

hattig Re:Rewarding the bullies... (797 comments)

Most likely the bullies are members of the school's football team, hence the protection afforded to them.

So option three, but targeting the Achilles heel tendon or other sport-critical tendon/muscle, is a great option, in my opinion.

Clearly the school has a bullying problem, and a control problem. It's a sick, diseased school run by weak people, and teachers too afraid to do their job to protect students from bullies who are on the school football team. This is something that requires state intervention, I presume the state has school inspection bodies, and the ability to enact punishments? I would suggest a ban in intra-school sporting competition for a couple of years until the school's curriculum has moved back towards education.

Indeed, I think that US school sports is really weirdly venerated. I'd split the two up, schools can have basic sport, but clubs, etc, should be run outside of the school, maybe with loose affiliation, but having no influence on the school's central reason for existence - education.

about a week ago
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How Many People Does It Take To Colonize Another Star System?

hattig Re:Sure, but... (392 comments)

Even better, you could probably find a million people willing to pay money to have their DNA stored for use on future colony planets. That could help fund this space programme, a little.

The cost and availability of storage for these genomes isn't really the issue. The automated human-building factories are an issue (synthetic wombs, etc, will probably be a solved issue by the time we can build a 300-year lifespan spacecraft carrying hundreds of people - the surrogate mother issue will probably not be an issue), and the subsequent raising of these children will require real human contact - hence the point of this article which is getting those humans to the end of the journey in a reliable manner (those humans will also monitor and repair the spacecraft during the voyage, even if automated processes are good enough for most problems).

about two weeks ago
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How Many People Does It Take To Colonize Another Star System?

hattig Re:Sure, but... (392 comments)

I believe that was meant to be around 80,000 years ago.

That's a pretty serious long-term colonisation programme. I wouldn't want HP building the computers they needed to last through this process.

A large portion of any spaceship is going to be storage for end-of-journey supplies, and fabrication robots (that fabricate bigger fabricators, etc, until you have colony-builders).

Small villages traded with other small villages, they didn't exist in a vacuum. These people will, however many exabytes of media you supply them with to keep themselves occupied. 150 people have a high risk, on a 300 year journey, of being wiped out, or decimated to a level they can't recover from. 500 people is better, 2000 is nearly okay, 10,000 is basically great, 40,000 is excellent. A convoy of ships is better than a single ship (which makes the single giant asteroid spaceship idea a bit less desirable).

about two weeks ago
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How Many People Does It Take To Colonize Another Star System?

hattig Re:Sure, but... (392 comments)

Who's going to look after the embryo children if the generational population died out, or are crippled by genetic defects?

That's why you need on-ship genetic variation. The on-ship population needs to survive, year after year, century after century.

Sure, the idea that the ship also hatches embryos en-route in case of gaps is fine, except for the catastrophe case (decimation of the population means the population is too weak or non-existent to even raise the in-ship hatchlings).

It seems that 2000 people is a strong enough population, especially if spread over several different spaceships travelling in convoy (which also helps with the Dunbar's number issue). But 150, or 500, is not enough.

Or you wait long enough until spaceships are fast enough to allow the people who want to populate another planet to be the ones who arrive there and populate it. Advances in cryogenic sleep may allow this.

about two weeks ago
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How Many People Does It Take To Colonize Another Star System?

hattig Re:Sure, but... (392 comments)

figure out how to introduce additional genetic diversity once you arrive and establish yourselves.

Keeping to the spirit of the original article (i.e., ignoring embyros and overloading the workload of the colonists to also raise loads of children on the side, rather than just a few children), that could mean staggering the launch of each of the ships, rather than launching together.

By the time the second ship arrives, the crew of the first ship are either all dead (and their roles fall to the second ship), or the first ship has prepared the optimal landing site with all the facilities, cleared the lands for the orchards (which will be mature by the time the second ship arrives) and agricultural needs, and have enough information on living on the new planet to get the new colonisers up to speed rapidly.

Again, human nature is going to be a major problem. A close knit community on the ground, say for 10, or even 20 years, is probably not going to welcome the next spaceship load of humans. But they would like the tools and seeds and animals and facilities they have. There is a strong chance that instead of one large colony, you'd end up with multiple, small, separated colonies. Maybe close enough to trade and therefore amalgamate one day...

about two weeks ago
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How Many People Does It Take To Colonize Another Star System?

hattig Re:Sure, but... (392 comments)

And if you don't think that 150 humans (however advanced and brilliant their on-ship education and upbringing is) aren't going to be selfish and decide that they would rather raise their own children than 10,000 "other peoples" children then you've got another thing coming. It's not like anyone is going to be able to punish them for making a decision like this either.

Disregarding that, these 150 people will be spread over a range of ages and capabilities too. So maybe there will be 50 couples capable of raising an additional child every three years, for the rest of their lives. I.e., you can probably hatch up to 20 additional children a year from the 10,000 at most. Which isn't an ideal rate, I would assume that the extra genetic diversity such a small injection provides would be lost. That's if they're not excluded from society as being "others", blah blah human nature, etc. Of course the population would increase rapidly, so the rate of hatching could increase too.

But then you need people to actually build the civilisation on the new planet. Agriculture, Buildings, Defences. I'm sure the initial landing fleet (for humans and end-of-journey world-building supplies) would suffice initially, but even so a sizeable portion of the population is going to be engaged in colonisation, not parenthood.

Maybe 2000 people + 10,000 embryos would work better. Keeping 2000 people entertained on their asteroid based spaceship is going to be fun.

about two weeks ago
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Dropbox's New Policy of Scanning Files For DMCA Issues

hattig Re:That's it (243 comments)

Or you could read the article and get answers immediately.

They use file hashes of previous DMCA requests when new files are shared. If it transgresses, it's blocked just like this situation.

It's not "policing", it's blacklisting the sharing of specific files via comparing file's hash against a list of blacklisted hashes.

I just hope they're not using CRC16.

about three weeks ago
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Geologists Warned of Washington State Mudslides For Decades

hattig Re:Muh freedoms! (230 comments)

You would have thought that insurance companies would have been quite quick to refuse to cover the properties because of the risk. "We'll have to apply a landslide exemption to this cover" should ring alarm bells, just as "We won't cover flood damage" should be taken to mean "we expect your house to flood" because it's built on a flood plain. Yet people still buy houses on flood plains and then complain bitterly to the media when their house floods.

about three weeks ago
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Firefox 29 Beta Arrives With UI Overhaul And CSS3 Variables

hattig Re:CSS variables? (256 comments)

I don't understand why they didn't just add a "variables" CSS key.

e.g.:

div {
        variables: {
                color: #000000;
        };
        padding: 0px;
}

div.header {
        color: var(color);
}

TBH I don't even think they need to be "variables", just "cascading named constants". And ultimately, because CSS hasn't supported such a feature before, even though back in the 90s people were saying how nice it would be to have such a feature, we have various pre-processors/template driven CSS/in-house solutions.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Can an Old Programmer Learn New Tricks?

hattig Re:Specialism (306 comments)

Yes, hyper-specialism is a problem, as is unwillingness to learn new things. Those Flash devs will not go far unless they push their boundaries.

SVN is not hard. Git is not hard, but a little more complex up front than svn checkout/update/commit. Any intelligent person can get their heads around these in a couple of hours, especially when someone is willing to help them or sit with them through a sample session (an essential part of mentoring).

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Can an Old Programmer Learn New Tricks?

hattig Re:what you need them for? (306 comments)

And which framework was that? If it's targeted at "enterprise" use, then speed and efficiency won't be one of its core features, not with runtime annotation processing...

For example, Apache Wicket is a gross bloated thing to avoid the "horror" of learning how to program a web UI in JS that communicates with the backend server using sane RESTful APIs. OTOH it saves you from writing those APIs and keeps your codebase in a single object oriented language.

Hibernate is a gross-but-cool thing that saves the developer from touching JDBC. It's overhead pales in comparison with the network latency/RTT and database effort though, and it allows the programmer to again do database operations at a decent OO high level. Personally, I prefer JDBC but that can end up with a lot of boilerplate code to do simple operations. But OTOH you could end up with dodgy DB code, failure to try/catch/finally properly, etc. HQL can DIAF.

And Spring ... Spring does everything. Dependency injection is a major advantage (until you use it, you might wonder why your "EntityManager" class is not good enough), interceptors, etc. Ignore the MVC crap, that's old hat.

And tooling is another thing. Maven is essential for the Java developer today. Until I used it, I was happy with Ant and manually updating dependencies. Selenium is an essential web UI integration test tool too. Anything that makes testing, integration testing, etc, easier should be welcomed with open arms. Team-based development is a recipe for breaking code contracts in multiple places.

There are a lot of new tricks that a programmer that has stayed in a comfortable role for a long time could have missed, and find problems when looking for a new job. Luckily, a good C programmer is unlikely to be applying for Java roles, and roles are often now in the embedded marketplace where frameworks are less common over raw C with common libraries.

And there will be plenty of people that disagree with everything I've written. The joy of programming, eh?!

about a month ago
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Ouya CEO Talks Console's Tough First Year, and Ambitious "Ouya Everywhere" Plan

hattig Re:Ouya just isn't compelling (134 comments)

Vapourware is a bit harsh. There were delays, and the end result is not the miracle hardware that some people expected for $100, but they did make and ship the hardware, controllers and create an app store that had games in it. They were also up front about the Ouya hardware, and people were free to consider whether or not they thought it was good enough for a cheap small games console.

about 1 month ago
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Ouya CEO Talks Console's Tough First Year, and Ambitious "Ouya Everywhere" Plan

hattig Re:They need more games... (134 comments)

Can you use the Ouya controller with your Nexus 7? It is a standard Bluetooth controller, yeah?

about 1 month ago
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Ouya CEO Talks Console's Tough First Year, and Ambitious "Ouya Everywhere" Plan

hattig Re:Ouya just isn't compelling (134 comments)

The devices run Android, and thus gain from being able to play Android games.

Ouya has its own app store where games that are optimised for the Ouya are sold. By optimised, I mean more than just targeting the hardware, but also how it is used - controller on a TV, rather than touch-screen device.

As you can imagine, this can be quite hit and miss. Additionally, the Ouya hardware fell behind the market fairly quickly because of its use of a Tegra 3 which is actually quite poor in terms of graphical power. A Tegra 4 iteration should do a lot to fix this, although a Tegra K1 would be most optimal.

If Apple cared about this market, they would stick an A7 in the next Apple TV and thrash the Ouya senseless with superior hardware, and their app store and developer mindshare (everyone would optimise their iOS games for the Apple TV fairly rapidly).

about 1 month ago
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The Ever So Unlikely Tale of How ARM Came To Rule the World

hattig Given that Marvell is continuing to design it's ow (111 comments)

...it seems likely that the ARM Architecture License the Intel acquired in the Digital takeover/litigation mess also transferred to Marvell.

about 2 months ago
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Financing College With a Tax On All Graduates

hattig Re:Lifers? (597 comments)

I expect that you would be eligible for the subsidy for three years, or for your first degree (for long running degrees like medicine, where higher earnings afterwards would make it well worth investing up front in free education).

I also expect that the rate of tax required to fund it (and repay the initial upfront investment) would be more than 3%.

You could also target the free education at courses that are deemed valuable to the country's economic development and future - i.e., sciences, maths, engineering, rather than media studies, equine science and history of art.

about 2 months ago
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AMD Open-Sources Video Encode Engine

hattig Re:interesting, hardware video chip on the CPU (34 comments)

Yes, this is the sort of task-oriented dedicated function blocks for video decode and encode that have been popular in GPU, ARM SoC and now x86 "APU" for quite some time.

Useless for high quality encoding, but great for standard consumer uses, quick encoding and transcoding of all those phone videos.

The PS4 probably uses VCE for its TwitchTV integration, for example.

about 3 months ago
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Samsung's First Tizen Smartphone Gets Leaked

hattig Re:Competition is always good (153 comments)

Does Tizen support Android apps in any manner? (i.e., in a manner like BlackBerry 10 supports Android apps).

If not, the software ecosystem is going to be very poor, and kill the device.

If it does, then third-party native software is probably never going to get written.

about 3 months ago
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IBM's PC Junior Turns 30, Too

hattig Re:Not as bad as the reviews made it seem (178 comments)

But the model with disk drive and 128KB RAM was $1269 on its own, $1459 with DOS and a keyboard and a keyboard cord ($20!)...

To use the decent graphics modes, which used 32KB system RAM, you needed the 128KB version. The graphics interfered with the CPU when it needed memory, slowing it down.

But it had potential, but IBM probably wasn't the company to achieve it.

about 3 months ago
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Network Solutions Opts Customer Into $1,850 Security Service

hattig Re:Easy Solution (405 comments)

It's far easier to transfer the domains away from them and not run into the problem in the first place. Let them know why you are transferring the names, of course.

In addition, the credit card chargeback facility exists for a reason. Enough of them and the company's payment merchant can choose to put a block on the company's merchant account and ability to take payments.

about 3 months ago

Submissions

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Electroluminescent plastic bulbs to replace CCFLs?

hattig hattig writes  |  about a year ago

hattig (47930) writes "US researchers say they have developed a new type of lighting that could replace fluorescent bulbs. The new light source is called field-induced polymer electroluminescent (Fipel) technology. It is made from three layers of white-emitting polymer that contain a small volume of nanomaterials that glow when electric current is passed through them. The developer is promising cheap, hard-to-break, mercury-free, highly efficient bulbs from 2013."
Link to Original Source
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Sharp Develops Five-Primary-Color LCD

hattig hattig writes  |  more than 4 years ago

hattig (47930) writes "Sharp Corporation has developed a five-primary-color display that faithfully reproduces the real surface colors that humans are capable of perceiving. By adding Cyan and Yellow subpixels to the existing Red, Green and Blue, the display can reproduce more than 99% of real surface colors, including colors that have been difficult to render using conventional LCD monitors — for example the color of the sea (emerald blue), brass instruments (golden yellow), and roses (crimson red). Side effects include greater energy savings over conventional LCDs. I imagine that such a combination of primary colors could also be applied to other display technologies such as OLED in the future."

Journals

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It looks lame to have a journal entry updated 7 months ago

hattig hattig writes  |  more than 9 years ago

Well, I am now running Gentoo Linux on my Linux box and laptop. No KDE anymore (well, it is on the FreeBSD EPIA-800 box I use for e-mail and other sundry tasks), just pure OpenBox simplicity and wonderfulness.

Gentoo rocks.

'nuff said.

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Slashdot works again!

hattig hattig writes  |  more than 10 years ago

Yay! No more problems with my ISP proxy server it appears.

And I'm still using the exact same KDE3 build that I installed in April last year. :( I really should do a nice fresh install again soon... if I can be bothered.

Also I'm nearly unpacked from moving 2 years ago!

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Slashdot it broken for me :(

hattig hattig writes  |  more than 11 years ago Fucking crappy shitty arsefaced lameass useless Slashdot... I can't post... I get "You can't post to this page." regardless of browser used... WHY?

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KDE3 upgrade

hattig hattig writes  |  about 12 years ago

Arsing fucking crappy thing from hell.

1) Remove old KDE2 installation from Mandrake Linux - Good
2) Install new KDE3 packages - Good
3) Oooh, security updates for Mandrake, better get them as well!
4) Reboot
5) LILO - Can't boot - XYZ too large
6) 2 hours later, after reinstalling the kernel whilst not reinstalling the whole darn OS...
7) Why isn't KDM working anymore?
8) Arse.
9) 3 hours later - they called the session "KDE 3" which chksession couldn't parse! Renamed "KDE3" - works.

Was it worth it? So far it seems it is!

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Tired again

hattig hattig writes  |  more than 12 years ago Crappy Java has no decent APIs for getting all information you need. MAC addresses for all NIC in a machine today - had to parse the output of "ifconfig -a" for that one (cross Unix platform requirement).

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I am fucking knackered

hattig hattig writes  |  more than 12 years ago

Arse moving house is a knackering experience. 2 hours sleep in about 60 hours, but the stuff has now been loaded onto the removal van and will be installed later at the new house.

Stupid damn build-your-own cardboard boxes and stupid piles of worthless paper that had to be sorted. Too many books, too many clothes, too many frickin' cables.

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Pointless feature

hattig hattig writes  |  more than 12 years ago This is a pointless feature. And it goes on my permanent record. Is that like a criminal record?

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