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Ask Slashdot: Is There a Modern IP Webcam That Lets the User Control the Output?

hodet RaspberryPi (163 comments)

This would dead simple with a raspberrypi and pi camera module. Cron takes a still shot (raspistill -o filename.jpg) every 5 or 10 minutes. Rsync over ssh to your website via cron every 5 or 10 minutes. Create a nice looking webpage that displays the image. Since the image name never changes your web page is updated as soon as the new jpg is uploaded.

6 hours ago
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Tech Companies Worried Over China's New Rules For Selling To Banks

hodet Re:Painted target (126 comments)

Ahh....thank you. A thousand times this. They could always....say no!

2 days ago
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Justice Department: Default Encryption Has Created a 'Zone of Lawlessness'

hodet Re:Fifth amendment zone of lawlessness (423 comments)

It is amazing how they keep talking out both sides of their mouths. We believe in encryption, we just don't like when everyone uses it. The more they talk the more I am careful to use encryption for almost everything.

4 days ago
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How To Hijack Your Own Windows System With Bundled Downloads

hodet Re:Application installers suck. (324 comments)

Sure, but they can use the graphical software installer (Software Centre in Xubuntu) That is dead easy as well.

I am not criticizing people for using Windows, I feel bad for the average user who tries.

about three weeks ago
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How To Hijack Your Own Windows System With Bundled Downloads

hodet Re:Application installers suck. (324 comments)

never heard of it. will take a look, thanks :-)

about three weeks ago
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How To Hijack Your Own Windows System With Bundled Downloads

hodet Re:Download from the source (324 comments)

used ninite once for uTorrent. No uninstaller. fuck that, never again.

about three weeks ago
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How To Hijack Your Own Windows System With Bundled Downloads

hodet Re:Application installers suck. (324 comments)

I just bought a laptop for my wife with Windows 8.1 and reclaimed the old laptop for myself with a fresh install of Xubuntu. Setting up a Windows system "preloaded" that is, is simply asinine.

Example we love Stellarium.
Windows --> Find Stellarium webpage. Download software, Install next next next
Linux --> sudo apt-get install stellarium --> go have coffee

Rinse lather and repeat on multiple apps.
Just horrible.

about three weeks ago
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'Silk Road Reloaded' Launches On a Network More Secret Than Tor

hodet Infamous Tor Network? (155 comments)

One crappy drug site and the whole Tor network is now infamous.

about three weeks ago
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Researchers "Solve" Texas Hold'Em, Create Perfect Robotic Player

hodet Re:Bets (340 comments)

Yes, this one is limit heads up only. This group from Alberta have been working on this for a long time. I think this is the group that created Poker Academy Pro which is Windows poker software. I have played heads up limit against several of their bots. At the time Vexbot was the best one and he was really good. The best players would easily beat him over the long run but he could put even good players on tilt with some of his runs. I would love to see how they have advanced their bot technology and would happily buy the program to see.

Poker Academy Pro also let you play multi player and no limit tables with the bots and they were laughably bad. Even Vexbot was a fish.

about three weeks ago
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Researchers "Solve" Texas Hold'Em, Create Perfect Robotic Player

hodet Re:Bets (340 comments)

I think a bot could get very good at 2 person no limit and beat most recreational players over the long run. But I would give the edge to the top human players. No limit is a different beast.

about three weeks ago
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Researchers "Solve" Texas Hold'Em, Create Perfect Robotic Player

hodet Re:Bets (340 comments)

In limit poker there is more often a correct play. The odds would dictate, in a large pot to call that last bet because it is only a fraction of the pot. As long as your pot odds are better than your card odds it is correct to call, even if you only have one or two outs. In no limit where you can adjust the size of your bet, the correct bet is to give your opponents worse pot odds then their card odds. No bot can ever master no limit, it's not a card game at all. it's a people game played with cards.

about three weeks ago
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Researchers "Solve" Texas Hold'Em, Create Perfect Robotic Player

hodet Re:Perfect? Really? (340 comments)

The beauty of Holdem is how easy it looks. But don't kid yourself, it is real poker. Two minutes to learn, a lifetime to master. It draws in less skilled players because they think they can play this easy game as well as anyone else. Then they slowly get bled dry.

about three weeks ago
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WSJ Refused To Publish Lawrence Krauss' Response To "Science Proves Religion"

hodet Re:Yawn (556 comments)

Ok now I see the distinction you are making and agree. But I think its reasonable in a discussion such as this to infer religion here to mean a specific religion (mine/yours/someone elses), not technically in the name of religion as a concept.

about a month ago
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WSJ Refused To Publish Lawrence Krauss' Response To "Science Proves Religion"

hodet Re:Yawn (556 comments)

I am not going to say nobody has killed in the name of atheism because, how would we know? But..... ...no-one kills in the name of "religion" Are you sure about that? Not defending Dawkins here, but is that your reply?

about a month ago
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WSJ Refused To Publish Lawrence Krauss' Response To "Science Proves Religion"

hodet Re:Yawn (556 comments)

He's a pretentious prick. So what? His opponents should respond to his arguments, not his personality. It boils down to hating the guy because he's rude. Is it the message or the messenger?

about a month ago
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WSJ Refused To Publish Lawrence Krauss' Response To "Science Proves Religion"

hodet Re:Krauss = "leading voice"? (556 comments)

Who would you consider as alternate leading voices on the topic of religion in the scientific community? Or should they all just shut their cakeholes?

about a month ago
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WSJ Refused To Publish Lawrence Krauss' Response To "Science Proves Religion"

hodet Re:Yawn (556 comments)

I don't see much difference in the two statements. I think if someone keeps a cool head they can rebutt either one if that is what one truly believes. I think it is just his style that rubs people the wrong way. The best way to answer this is to confront it directly just as you lined it out and make him answer to it. Problem is, the guy is pretty well spoken and intelligent, so your average person debating with him gets flustered because they feel they cannot defend their view intelligently. I am no huge fan of Dawkins, just my observation. He rarely, if ever that I noticed, spews the same vitriol he gets in return. He says what he believes without much emotion. Hitchens was aggressive as hell.

about a month ago
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WSJ Refused To Publish Lawrence Krauss' Response To "Science Proves Religion"

hodet Re:Yawn (556 comments)

That's right there isn't. But they are fair game to be called out for their bias.

about a month ago
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WSJ Refused To Publish Lawrence Krauss' Response To "Science Proves Religion"

hodet Re:Yawn (556 comments)

disagreeing with somebody does not make them a douche. Dawkins is not in the same league as Hitchens when it comes to this. I think Dawkins rubs people the wrong way because he does stay so cool under fire. He comes across as an intellectual (an eeeeleeeet). Hitchens just crucified (sorry for the pun) people of faith.

about a month ago
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WSJ Refused To Publish Lawrence Krauss' Response To "Science Proves Religion"

hodet Re:Yawn (556 comments)

I don't get this from Krauss. Hitchens maybe, did not like his approach. Krauss and Dawkins are not as aggressive, they only say they need proof and they challenge absurd assumptions based on faith alone. They even say it is impossible to prove or disprove the existence of a supreme being. What we know about the universe today leads us to believe that there isn't but in the end it is impossible to know for sure.

about a month ago

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Joining the Canadian Arctic with the world through

hodet hodet writes  |  about 3 years ago

hodet (620484) writes ""Toronto businessman Doug Cunningham hopes to lay 15,000 km of fibre optic cable from the eastern Arctic all the way to Asia, connecting remote areas of Canada's north to the rest of the world with high speed, modern telecommunications.""
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Microsoft's server boss talks Azure and more (Q&am

hodet hodet writes  |  more than 4 years ago

hodet (620484) writes "Interview with Bob Muglia on Windows Azure

From TFA:
After two years of building Windows Azure, Server and Tools President Bob Muglia said yesterday that the cloud operating system is ready for business customers of all sizes to give it a try. At its annual Professional Developers Conference, Microsoft announced several new Azure features including the ability to move existing applications and virtual machines into Microsoft's hosted service.

Read more: http://news.cnet.com/8301-13860_3-20021119-56.html#ixzz13ksHQSMa"

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Quantum computing may lead to a quantum Canadian l

hodet hodet writes  |  more than 4 years ago

hodet (620484) writes "From the TFA: .."D-Wave is pioneering a new high-performance computer that uses the laws of quantum mechanics. In theory, one can dramatically reduce the time and memory requirements for computation by harnessing and leveraging the mysterious properties around quantum physics.""
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Ottawa killed cellphone cost calculator

hodet hodet writes  |  more than 5 years ago

hodet (620484) writes "The Canadian Government has killed what could have been a very helpful application for Canadian consumers amidst some lobbying by the the Telcos.

From TFA....

"After spending tens of thousands of dollars creating and testing an online calculator designed to help consumers select their ideal wireless plan, Industry Minister Tony Clement killed the project weeks before it was scheduled to launch. Government records suggest intense lobbying this spring by Canada's wireless companies, who feared the service would promote lower-cost plans, played a key role in the decision.""

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Police find dope farm using Google Earth

hodet hodet writes  |  about 6 years ago

hodet (620484) writes "Swiss police use Google Earth to find marijuana growing in a farmer's corn field. I have heard of dope being grown this way before and that many farmers don't even know what's happening. Those who do, know to just keep their mouth shut about it. The stuff gets harvested at night without their knowledge."
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The Great Leader peddles limited capitalism

hodet hodet writes  |  more than 7 years ago

hodet (620484) writes "Interesting article on the North Korean attempt to dip its toe into capitalism. They figure they can do it without giving anyone access to the Internet or the use of cell phones. Just makes me so grateful to live in the free world."
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