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Fish Raised On Land Give Clues To How Early Animals Left the Seas

inasity_rules Re:Seriously? (62 comments)

Jason above doesn't appear to be very Christian. I would hope he is not representative, and merely loud.

His reaction appears to be that of one fighting a losing battle, since deep down he doesn't believe the literal account in Genesis. Ironically that unnecessary tension within him will likely ultimately result in the loss of his faith. Leave him be, unless he learns better, it will eventually and sadly run it's course from uninformed christian to uninformed atheist. I am not entirely sure which is worse.

about three weeks ago
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Google Offers a Million Bucks For a Better Inverter

inasity_rules Re: 110 or 240v (260 comments)

A DC drive is generally variable voltage/current and switched through a scr. At full power, they would be smoother. At low power, the switching frequency will cause severe ripple. 3 phase is better for simple rectifiers and is indeed smoother.

about 2 months ago
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Google: Indie Musicians Must Join Streaming Service Or Be Removed

inasity_rules Re:People pay for music? (364 comments)

That is how I read it too. Basically google is trying to use Youtube to leverage it's way into the audio streaming market. This in itself isn't evil, but the means they're using (brute force) is a bit shitty and the contracts they offer are also (allegedly - I haven't read one) shitty. That would be evil, or at least not good.

about 3 months ago
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New Evidence For Oceans of Water Deep In the Earth

inasity_rules Re:Old bible scolars (190 comments)

I thought everyone knew about Elvis!

about 3 months ago
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New Evidence For Oceans of Water Deep In the Earth

inasity_rules Re:Old bible scolars (190 comments)

I don't actually think this is about tolerance. Sure AC is a rude bastard, but he isn't entirely wrong. It is ... shall we say unwise... to jump upon every minor discovery as supporting a particular world view without considering it carefully first.

Personally, I don't buy a literal interpretation of Genesis, and I have found people who do tend to grasp desperately at anything that seems to support their argument, which often leaves them with egg on the face, as it were. Almost as if they don't really believe, but are trying desperately to convince themselves. It's a position that seems to me to be a bit antithetical to Christianity, and perhaps is ill-advised. I don't doubt that there are literalists who aren't quite like that, but it seems to be a trend of sorts. Perhaps because the television evangelists realised that a good conspiracy sells very well and have been pushing it for years to try and trap people in order to part them with their money.

about 3 months ago
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Apple Says Many Users 'Bought an Android Phone By Mistake'

inasity_rules Re: Other way around (711 comments)

Because no steam content is hosted locally. Right... ok, keep insulting me, you're really on a roll there, and it makes you look so good. Never mind that my complete complaint is that even if what you alledge is the case, why can't apple put "pending local approval" or similar in the store, instead of dangling something in front of you and denying it on the location of not your accound, but your credit card. So if I wanted to buy the game with a sa card while physically located in the states I should be able too. I understand governments can be thick, but I can't see a way apple comes out of this looking good. You certainly don't.

about 3 months ago
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Apple Says Many Users 'Bought an Android Phone By Mistake'

inasity_rules Re:Other way around (711 comments)

Oh, right. That would naturally explain why it was available on steam at the time. I stand corrected....

about 3 months ago
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Apple Says Many Users 'Bought an Android Phone By Mistake'

inasity_rules Re:Other way around (711 comments)

This incident happened over a year ago. The app was at the time unavailable.

about 4 months ago
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Apple Says Many Users 'Bought an Android Phone By Mistake'

inasity_rules Re: Other way around (711 comments)

I do believe him, yes. He seems like an honest fellow, and I have a record of the conversation. Apple, is however, exactly that, a faceless corporation. Who did not care enough to respond to either myself, or the author (again, I choose to trust the author over some beurocratic and notorious corporation, perhaps simply because he was polite enough to respond). You alledging I am a liar is nothing more than an ad homien attack. I did make a best effort attempt to contact both, and I think it is totally reasonable to find in favour of the one who showed up to defend themselves.

about 4 months ago
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Apple Says Many Users 'Bought an Android Phone By Mistake'

inasity_rules Re:Other way around (711 comments)

http://slashdot.org/comments.p...

For whatever reason, Apple chose to ignore his selection and then did not communicate why. So, I am quite happy not to believe apple apologists in this case.

about 4 months ago
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Apple Says Many Users 'Bought an Android Phone By Mistake'

inasity_rules Re:Other way around (711 comments)

And yet the author insisted he had selected all regions/countries. I am inclined to believe him, given my communications with him. Apple's guilt.

about 4 months ago
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Apple Says Many Users 'Bought an Android Phone By Mistake'

inasity_rules Re:Other way around (711 comments)

The author claims he did. Apple did not comment.

about 4 months ago
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Apple Says Many Users 'Bought an Android Phone By Mistake'

inasity_rules Re:Other way around (711 comments)

I actually can and will. There is something called customer service. Difficult in a large company like apple/google, I understand. I have never had the need to query google, but if I do and they don't answer, like any reasonable consumer, I shall presume their guilt and take my business elsewhere.

about 4 months ago
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Apple Says Many Users 'Bought an Android Phone By Mistake'

inasity_rules Re:Other way around (711 comments)

The author said it was Apple, and that they were notorious for being uncommunicative. Apple did not ban it, and later (about 1.5 years) released it here. I was not inclined to wait around for them to decide. To be clear, my communications from Apple amounts to adverts they sent me.

The author's last email to me was as follows:

I'm afraid I still have no idea what is going on there. And, alas, Apple is notoriously uncommunicative about these things. I'm not sure there'll be anything I can do about it. Many apologies!

Why are you now attacking my or the Author's integrity? I smell a shill.

about 4 months ago
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Apple Says Many Users 'Bought an Android Phone By Mistake'

inasity_rules Re:Other way around (711 comments)

Given that the author replied and took it up with Apple, while my queries to Apple were ignored, I am inclined to disagree. If Apple had responded that it was unavailable because of x, or y or the author, I would have some way to say you may be correct. But given their silence to me, their customer, I must assume their guilt.

about 4 months ago
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Apple Says Many Users 'Bought an Android Phone By Mistake'

inasity_rules Re:Other way around (711 comments)

I almost did, but I got an android and payed him through google play. I considered this, but I was simply pissed off at the time.

about 4 months ago
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Apple Says Many Users 'Bought an Android Phone By Mistake'

inasity_rules Re:Other way around (711 comments)

Pity my credit card was geolocated in South Africa.

about 4 months ago
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Apple Says Many Users 'Bought an Android Phone By Mistake'

inasity_rules Re:Other way around (711 comments)

I specifically asked Jeff Vogel about this, and he said, no, it was only Apple. Apple did not respond to my query, so I must presume their guilt in the matter.

about 4 months ago
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Apple Says Many Users 'Bought an Android Phone By Mistake'

inasity_rules Re:Other way around (711 comments)

Not quite, specifically this was the game Avernum in South Africa. Not DRM or nudity or anything like that, just bloody-mindedness on apple's part. I could have pirated it, but I prefer to pay Jeff for his work.

about 4 months ago

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Interesting Challenging Masters Project?

inasity_rules inasity_rules writes  |  more than 5 years ago

inasity_rules (1110095) writes "I'm considering burning another two years of my life on a masters degree in electronic engineering. I'm a little bored of telecommunications (my honours project is a fun but completely useless wireless mesh network at low frequency) and electric cars around here are common projects and thus boring. Can anyone think of an interesting challenging electronics masters project? I'm looking for problems not solutions — I'll provide the solutions myself. I'm looking for problems that have not been solved many times before, or have only very inefficient or expensive solutions."
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Internet Campaigning in Zimbabwe

inasity_rules inasity_rules writes  |  more than 6 years ago

inasity_rules (1110095) writes "It seems even Zimbabweans are campaigning on the internet. "THE internet age might be felt more keenly in western countries where technology has advanced, but that is not stopping Zimbabwean presidential candidate Simba Makoni from tapping into the mobilising power of the internet. With virtually no media coverage of his campaign activities in Zimbabwes strictly controlled state media, Makoni, who is running as an independent in presidential elections on March 29, has set up a website Simbamakoni.com and another account on the social utility network site, Facebook."

See — not only the Americans get to have an election."

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Open Source software you have never heard of...

inasity_rules inasity_rules writes  |  more than 5 years ago

As an electronic engineering student, I used to believe that I still required windows for some software. Thankfully, it turns out not. I have discovered a really cool project; PiKdev. An all in one solution for writing code for the Microchip PIC family including a powerful built in programmer. And it works almost flawlessly. My only complaint is that I had to compile it from source(and install KDE3 libraries) - there is no Mandriva 2009 package. When I get time, I'll make one. It has all the features I need and more. If only it I'd found it sooner.

It made me wonder, what other really cool obscure niche projects are out there? Anyone paying attention to my ramblings care to point out some?

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Gambling with my degree :)

inasity_rules inasity_rules writes  |  more than 5 years ago

I am doing something rather stupid, but nevertheless interesting. I am not sure what possessed me to do it, but I chose to do a rather strange honours project. I am implementing a wireless (CM)FSK mesh network. Sane so far? Just wait, it gets a bit crazy. I sat and thought, we don't have Oscilloscopes at my university that can cope with frequencies above 20MHz (heck some can't cope above 2MHz), so I was thought, "Hey, there is an ISM band at ~13.5MHz. Why not use that?" After all debugging a system is easier if you can look at the signal anywhere on the circuit...

Data rate? I'll be lucky to get 300bps. Which is fine. Its not a commercial project in any way, its just something I thought would make a pretty cool project to hack around with. Plus I implement lots of blinking lights and some embedded nodes which can be remote controled, which'll make everybody think "wow..."

So, I thought let me implement the whole thing using Phase Locked Loops. Cool so far - one chip and minimal external circuitry becomes a modulator and demodulator. Nice and easy(I hope), especially at such a low frequency and data rate. Now the fun begins; what the heck am I gonna use for an antenna? 1/4 wavelength is going to be 5.55m long! It would be fine, but to implement 4 nodes, I need ~23m of cable... At the distances I'm likely to run, I may as well just implement a wired network... Simple truth - my budget does not support 23m of wire, unless I cannibalize a transformer or something. Besides, its not elegant - its an ugly hack. And I don't have a spectrum analyser to measure the resonant frequency of any loop antennas. Its trial and error and CROs all the way. Here I am worried about ugly hacks when I got very limited time to complete this thing... Anyway, Shorter antennas will complicate the radiation pattern somewhat (I'd like an ideal sphere and to win the lottery) and probably degrade my signal to noise ratio.

I'm selling it to my supervisor as a control/sensor array idea, a use for which it is completely unsuited, since in the ISM band you can never guarantee data transfer.

This is all only interesting if you're a hardware geek/ham I guess. In any case now I've gotta start looking for a challenging, fun, and commercial masters project. Assuming these ideas of mine work and I actually graduate.

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Am I a Troll?

inasity_rules inasity_rules writes  |  more than 5 years ago

It recently occurred to me that I may have been unintentionally trolling slashdot. Somehow I managed to pick up positive Karma, but that doesn't particularly interest me. I came here years ago for the tech and science news and the "intelligent" discussion. I did not participate much, and it was quite a few years before I even got myself an account. Which is a good thing, because I used to go through email addresses and lose passwords often.

In any case, I am what many consider a rare (or impossible) creature; a rational intelligent Christian. I have no problem with people of other religions or atheists(you guys are not a religion, no matter how much you try and "convert" me), but when I see my religion misrepresented (how many strawmen do you guys have to make up?) I post. It occurs to me now, that perhaps I shouldn't - it appears to be considered Trolling. After all I only came here for the technical discussions.

In any case, I have observed that a lot of atheists here seem to be very emotional about the whole debate. They hate religion. Which I find incredibly weird. The atheists I know personally don't see hating religion as logical. I mean, why? Sure bad things have happened because of religions in the past. But so what? Its the people in the religions that are normally the cause of all the problems - the religions themselves (with a couple of exceptions) seem to preach tolerance and the brotherhood of man and have the goal of making the world a better place. Most atheists I know respect my beliefs and choices, just as I have great respect for theirs. We can agree to disagree. Why is that so hard for slashdot atheists?

No offence, but with such strong polarization between Christians and atheists, America must be a strange place. Perhaps it is the Christians in America. They have some really strange ideas at times. But still, I can not believe that guys in America have not met at least one sane Christian?

This is not to say I am blameless either. Sometimes I do get a little upset and respond badly, but these days it is rare.

In any case, perhaps I will limit my posts on religious topics from now on, unless I see someone who is happy to have a reasonable debate.

Oh, well. And there you have it, my first journal entry. Thinking about it, perhaps I'm not trolling, more flamebait? Or perhaps its the syndrome of not having a "-1 does not subscribe to slashdot group think" mod. But I am a Linux user(from redhat 4.0 no less)! :}

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