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Open Source Russian Vacuum Fluorescent Tube Clock

iamdrscience Re:Since when are nixies "high voltage"? (155 comments)

I dunno, as an electronics hobbiest, I generally consider "high voltage" to be any power source that would be dangerous to lick. 5V TTL? No problem. 9V battery? Fairly uncomforable. 18V power supply? Not dangerous, but uncomfortable enough that I wouldn't lick it more than once (and haven't). 120V-180V leading to a Nixie? High enough that I'm not going to try.

I understand the standard may be different in industry.

more than 5 years ago
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Danish Expert Declares Vinland Map Genuine

iamdrscience Re:hm (210 comments)

The map shows it as an island presumably (assuming it is genuine) because the area was explored to a very limted extent and the explorers were unaware that it was part of a much greater land mass.

Huh? The map shows Vinland as an island because it's Newfoundland and Newfoundland is an island. The province people commonly refer to as "Newfoundland" is more properly known as "Newfoundland and Labrador", Labrador being the mainland part of the province (possibly what the Norse called "Markland", as your article noted) and Newfoundland being the island of Newfoundland (site of the only Norse village in North America outside of Greenland).

more than 5 years ago
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Danish Expert Declares Vinland Map Genuine

iamdrscience Re:hm (210 comments)

I know it's not cool on Slashdot to read the article or any links from the summary, but "Vinland" is Newfoundland, and that's basically why people consider this map important.

more than 5 years ago
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Pirate Party Coming To Canada

iamdrscience Re:Sick (394 comments)

Since when does "the popular stuff" not include booze, women and free stuff? If those are unpopular, then I guess I'm doomed to a life of being utterly uncool. Don't feel sorry for me though, I'm sure I'll survive somehow...

more than 5 years ago
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Pirate Party Coming To Canada

iamdrscience Sick (394 comments)

I for one am sick of these neo-pirates perverting the time-tested ideals of classical piratism. Copyright and patent reform? What happened to grog, wenches and plunder? For shame on these people, ruining the good name of pirates.

more than 5 years ago
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SCO Springs a Prospective Buyer

iamdrscience Re:Idle speculation... (89 comments)

What would Eddie Bauer or Nintendo of America want to do with SCO?

more than 5 years ago
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A Visual Expedition Inside the Linux File Systems

iamdrscience My chart (85 comments)

Usefulness of a hammer:
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Usefulness of an average Slashdot article:
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Usefulness of a screen door on a submarine:
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Usefulness of this Slashdot article:
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more than 5 years ago
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Better Tools For Disabled Geeks?

iamdrscience Re:Cite please (228 comments)

I'm immortal, you insensitive clod!

more than 5 years ago
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Default Passwords Blamed In $55M PBX Hacks

iamdrscience Re:Hacking? (102 comments)

Never leave default passwords is Rule #1. Or at least in the top 3.

Indeed. The rules of IT:

  1. You do not talk about IT.
  2. You DO NOT talk about IT.
  3. Never leave default passwords.
  4. No girls allowed.

more than 5 years ago
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Lies, Damned Lies, and the UK Copyright Industry

iamdrscience Re:Doh! (219 comments)

Everyone knows bits don't weigh anything!

How perfectly ridiculous! Every bit in a binary number has a weight. Furthermore, every bit you add doubles the weight, so while a single zero or one may only weigh a little bit, every one you add to that will weigh a bit more. It's very easy to see how these sorts of things could add up.

more than 5 years ago
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New Display Keeps an Eye On the Viewer

iamdrscience Prototype, eh? (61 comments)

The camera in the researchers' current prototype is still fairly rudimentary. It has a resolution of only 12 pixels, which means that it can't yet track a user's eye movements.

In other news, I have made a prototype flying car in my garage. It doesn't fly yet, but I have put some stylish looking fins on it.

more than 5 years ago
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First Zero-Gravity Wedding Planned

iamdrscience Zero G dress? (133 comments)

The dress is specifically intended to be worn in zero gravity? So what, it's like vomit colored and easily washable?

more than 5 years ago
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Music Streaming to Overtake Downloads

iamdrscience Re:+1 troll (254 comments)

Or maybe, just maybe, in the future, in the future we won't have to choose. Oh, what a glorious world that would be where one could not only choose to purchase music, but also choose to listen to music selected by someone else and pulled right from the air! Sadly though, you are right, we must choose only one method of listening to music -- any other way would be impossible, I feel foolish for ever having imagined otherwise.

more than 5 years ago
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Internet Explorer 6 Will Not Die

iamdrscience Re:Stop writing ugly hacks for IE6.... (531 comments)

Stop writing ugly hacks for IE6.... And IE6 will go away quickly.

...and so will your job.

It doesn't matter that getting rid of IE6 is a good idea and this is a good ay to do it. If your job is to write websites for a company and your pages are ugly/unnavigatable/non-functioning for 40% of that companies customers, then you are not doing your job.

more than 5 years ago
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AMD's Six-Core Istanbul Opterons

iamdrscience Fuck Everything, We're Doing Six Cores (123 comments)

You think it's crazy? It is crazy. But I don't give a shit. From now on, we're the ones who have the edge in the multi-core game. What part of this don't you understand? If two cores is good, and four cores is better, obviously six cores would make us the best fucking processor that ever existed. Comprende? We didn't claw our way to the top of the CPU game by clinging to the two-core industry standard. We got here by taking chances. Well, six cores is the biggest chance of all.

Here's the report from Engineering. Someone put it in the bathroom: I want to wipe my ass with it. They don't tell me what to inventI tell them. And I'm telling them to stick two more cores in there. I don't care how. Make the cores so thin they're invisible. I don't care if they have to cram the sixth blade in perpendicular to the other five, just do it!

more than 5 years ago
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Who Would Want To Be Obama's Cybersecurity Czar?

iamdrscience Doesn't sound so bad actually... (131 comments)

I'd take this job in a second. The position has a track record of failure and thus, expectations are low. This is exactly the kind of job I'm looking for. If you succeed, you're a miracle worker, if you fail, nobody blames you, either way it's not bad. It looks even better when you add in the fact that the pay is good and you have an awesome title. I mean c'mon, you'd be a freaking czar, how many people can legitimately put "Czar" on their resume?

more than 5 years ago
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Ridiculous Software Bug Workarounds?

iamdrscience Re:Ok, (655 comments)

John Wayne's not dead - he's frozen! And when we find a cure for cancer, we're gonna thaw out the Duke and he's gonna be pretty pissed off. You know why? You ever taken a cold shower? Well, multiply that by 15 million times. That's how pissed off the Duke's gonna be.

more than 5 years ago
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Is Linux's "Overall Market Share" Statistic Meaningful?

iamdrscience Ridiculous. (300 comments)

Operating systems aren't immortal beings, and by rights, there can't be (there shouldn't be) only one.

What? This directly contradicts the widely-known fact that Linux is The Highlander of operating systems.

more than 5 years ago

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Boston Mistakes Blinking LEDs for a Bomb... Again.

iamdrscience iamdrscience writes  |  more than 7 years ago

iamdrscience writes ""In a story bearing a striking similarity to the Aqua Teen Hunger Force "hoax device" story from a few months ago, Star Simpson, a 19 year old MIT student, was arrested this morning at Logan airport by Boston police for allegedly carrying a fake bomb. She has already been charged with "disturbing the peace and possessing a hoax device" to which she plead not guilty and was released on $750 bail. The device in question consisted of a black sweatshirt with prototyping breadboard attached to the front which had been wired up a few blinking LEDs. In a press conference, State Police Major Scott Pare, the commanding officer at the airport was quoted as "She was immediately told to stop, to raise her hands and not to make any movement, so we could observe all her movements to see if she was trying to trip any type of device, had she not followed the protocol, we might have used deadly force.""
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Boston Police Arrest and Charge Another LED Artist

iamdrscience iamdrscience writes  |  more than 7 years ago

iamdrscience writes "In a story bearing a striking similarity to the Aqua Teen Hunger Force "hoax device" story from a few months ago, Star Simpson, a 19 year old MIT student, was arrested this morning at Logan airport by Boston police for allegedly carrying a fake bomb. She has already been charged with "disturbing the peace and possessing a hoax device" to which she plead not guilty and was released on $750 bail. The device in question consisted of a black sweatshirt with prototyping breadboard attached to the front which had been wired up a few blinking LEDs. In a press conference, State Police Major Scott Pare, the commanding officer at the airport was quoted as "She was immediately told to stop, to raise her hands and not to make any movement, so we could observe all her movements to see if she was trying to trip any type of device, had she not followed the protocol, we might have used deadly force.""
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Man Has Thumb Surgery to Enable Better iPhone Use

iamdrscience iamdrscience writes  |  more than 7 years ago

iamdrscience writes "ZDNet is reporting that 28 year old Thomas Martel has undergone "whittling" thumb surgery to enable better use of the iPhone. The procedure involved making a small incision into both thumbs and shaving down the bones, followed by careful muscular alteration and modification of the fingernails. Were turning plastic surgery from something that people use in service of vanity, to a real tool for improving workplace efficiency says Dr. Robert Fox Spars, who worked on developing the procedure."
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50 Laws of Software Development

iamdrscience iamdrscience writes  |  more than 7 years ago

iamdrscience (541136) writes "There's no better way to pretend you're smart than quoting an idea thought up by some other smart guy who is now dead or old. This post from the Tucows Developer Blog catalogs 50 Laws of Software Development. In addition to the well-known ideas like Occam's Razor and Clark's Third Law the list includes many other lesser known laws such as Joy's Law ("No matter who you are, most of the smartest people work for someone else.")."
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MIT team designs a new, sleek, skintight spacesuit

iamdrscience iamdrscience writes  |  more than 7 years ago

iamdrscience writes "MIT aeronatuics professor Dava Newman has designed a new spacesuit along with her colleague, Jeff Hoffman and a group of students. This is far sleeker and lighter weight than the suits used by astronauts today, promising greater mobility than the traditional bulky suits of today which can weigh 300lbs or more. Instead of gas pressurization, the new prototype BioSuit employs "mechanical counter-pressure" in the form of skin-tight layers wrapped around the body."
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iamdrscience iamdrscience writes  |  more than 7 years ago

iamdrscience writes "The NY Daily News has reported that the Hotel Pennsylvania which has hosted 2600's HOPE hacker conference since its inception is set to be demolished. Its owners, Vornado plans to replace the building with 2.5-million-square-foot office building by 2011. The future of the HOPE conference remains up in the air because of the difficulty in finding another hotel with similarly convenient location (Hotel Pennsylvania is just across the street from Penn Station) and with similarly affordable room rates.

Since this announcement, Emmanuel Goldstein has filed the necessary paperwork to have the building considered for being declared a landmark, but this effort seems to be in vain due to remarks by Peg Breen, president of the New York Landmarks Conservancy who has said "It holds a lot of cultural resonance with the city because of all the big bands that played there, but the inside has been pretty much stripped, I don't think anyone who has stayed there recently has been overly in love with the place Whatever tears are going to be shed, they're too late."

Updates about the demolition of the hotel and the future of the HOPE conference can be found on the 2600 message boards."
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iamdrscience iamdrscience writes  |  more than 7 years ago

iamdrscience writes "
Karl Szmolinsky, a 67 year old, East German pensioner that have breds [sic] rabbits the size of dogs for 47 years was asked by North Korea's ambassador whether he might be willing to sell some rabbits to set up a breeding farm in North Korea.
So far he has sold 12 rabbits for 80 per rabbit instead of the usual price of 200-250. Each of the rabbits weighs about 7kg and can be used to feed eight people."
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iamdrscience iamdrscience writes  |  more than 7 years ago

iamdrscience writes "Those crazy Swedes are at it again — the fellows from The Pirate Bay have created a fundraising website with the hope of buying Sealand and creating a copyright-free nation. If this sounds a bit far fetched to you, don't worry, they have a backup plan:
Plan B: If we do not get enough money required to buy the micronation of Sealand, we will try to buy another small island somwhere and claim it as our own country (prices start from USD 50 000).
Of course!"
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iamdrscience iamdrscience writes  |  more than 7 years ago

iamdrscience writes "Researchers have developed a way to make almost any surface into a touch-sensitive tablet by just attaching two (or more) cheap piezo-electric sensors. The sensors pickup the minute vibrations of a finger or another object on the surface and derive the location using a technique similar to sonar. The same technique has also been demonstrated on 3D surfaces, including a globe that accesses geographical information on a computer based on where a users touches.
The system, called Tai-Chi (Tangible Acoustic Interfaces for Computer-Human Interaction), was developed by researchers from Switzerland, Italy, Germany, France and the UK. "We have made a system that can give any object, even a 3D one, a sense of touch," says Ming Yang, an engineer at Cardiff University, UK, who is coordinating the project.
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iamdrscience iamdrscience writes  |  about 8 years ago

iamdrscience writes "Paul Birch, a member of the exec committee and main board of the International Federation of Phonographic Institutes (IFPI), an international recording industry association has said that http://newmusicstrategies.com/2006/11/12/major-lab els-to-abandon-drm/>major labels have decided to abandon Digital Rights Management. They havent announced it yet but its coming soon.
"DRM as we know it is over. There may be Son of DRM but thats another matter."
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