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Snowden Used the Linux Distro Designed For Internet Anonymity

inasity_rules Re:Anonymous (170 comments)

But I revel in sharing! :P

3 days ago
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GM Names Names, Suspends Two Engineers Over Ignition-Switch Safety

inasity_rules Re:Why not? (236 comments)

I do exactly the same thing, but I use problems from Project Euler. I think I may be a bit evil, but really, if you claim to know a language and can't at least brute force a numerical problem...

Weirdly though we just took on two paid interns to develop some internal tools under supervision. One failed my sadistic little test, and the other passed it. Turns out the one who failed writes better code and grasps the problems better. Anecdotal, but surprising. Disclosure: I am definitely not a software engineer.

about a week ago
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GM Names Names, Suspends Two Engineers Over Ignition-Switch Safety

inasity_rules Re:Comparison to code bugs a bit flawed (236 comments)

"Ethically" isn't always clear cut. Perhaps let's use "Professionally". If you act professionally, you won't let known issues endanger the lives of the operators or general public, even if it means losing your job.

about a week ago
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GM Names Names, Suspends Two Engineers Over Ignition-Switch Safety

inasity_rules Re:Hero ? (236 comments)

This. Please mod parent up. AC is exactly right, except maybe about it getting fixed. The CEO isn't always clued up enough. Also, prior to the press, one should likely approach whatever government regulatory is appropriate in your country.

The paper trail here is the important thing. That email, is critical.

about a week ago
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GM Names Names, Suspends Two Engineers Over Ignition-Switch Safety

inasity_rules Re:Hero ? (236 comments)

Actually, the ethical course is to blow the whistle. Sure you will loose your job and probably never work again, but .... Yeah, there are no up-sides to this one...

about a week ago
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Mathematical Proof That the Cosmos Could Have Formed Spontaneously From Nothing

inasity_rules Re:If you make this a proof of God... (595 comments)

That is curious. What if you chose to believe based on invulnerable toast, and later found out it was a new accidental carbon alloy - and a phenomenon with a purely natural(if invaluable) explanation? That is my problem with toast as a proof. However, it proof appears to be a fairly subjective thing. Having watched some of the Pistorius trial (when one lives in a country it is wise to see a little of it's judicial system at work), it is fairly easy to see just how subjective something as simple as where a pair of jeans was at specific time. In your worldview toast may well be acceptable and my judgement meaningless.

I do well agree with you though - as far as I can tell, any system of thought must rely either on external assumptions or internal inconsistency and in many cases, both. I would not like to try to prove this rigorously, but anecdotally, it seems to be true.

about a week ago
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Seven Habits of Highly Effective Unix Admins

inasity_rules Re:Bait (136 comments)

You really need to have a beard to get it. Do you have a beard? You don't sound like you have a proper beard.

about a week ago
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Mathematical Proof That the Cosmos Could Have Formed Spontaneously From Nothing

inasity_rules Re:If you make this a proof of God... (595 comments)

That is often paraded out as the ultimate question to "resolve" God. The trouble is, I have always found, one tends to end up at the same point from which one started. And then both sides have a nice little flame war and storm off in a huff.. Oh, wait, this is /. Carry on...

about a week ago
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Mathematical Proof That the Cosmos Could Have Formed Spontaneously From Nothing

inasity_rules Re:If you make this a proof of God... (595 comments)

If you embrace naturalism you must assume that there is a natural explanation for everything (toast included), and thus it would be illogical for you to leave that position simply because you failed to find an explanation. While I applaud your open-mind, I have to question if toast would (or indeed should) be sufficient. That includes characters played by Matt Berry. Full disclosure - I don't hold to naturalism myself...

about a week ago
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Mathematical Proof That the Cosmos Could Have Formed Spontaneously From Nothing

inasity_rules Re:If you make this a proof of God... (595 comments)

Perhaps, but the excessive use of CAPITAL letters, does not help his case much.

The trouble is not mathematics though, it is philosophy, which some argue is a ridiculous thing as their version of science trumps all philosophy. A perhaps untenable philosophical position.

As one who believes in the existence of a creator, I am unsure I find his arguments convincing on a philosophical level. Deism is functionally indistinguishable from agnosticism or outright atheism..

about a week ago
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Scientists/Actress Say They Were 'Tricked' Into Geocentric Universe Movie

inasity_rules Re:where is the controversy? (640 comments)

I fully agree. It is a huge problem. The trouble is, in our sensationalist media, who do you give more air-time to? Westboro? Or, say John Lennox(or any other vocal Christian who'd be against Westboro)? Which sells better? A dry boring treatise on why Westboro are really really wrong or pictures of some idiots picketing a funeral?

Society doesn't want to see logic and reason from anyone! No, we as consumers demand sensationalism. That way we can vilify anyone who is wrong and we don't really have to think about it too hard.

about two weeks ago
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Scientists/Actress Say They Were 'Tricked' Into Geocentric Universe Movie

inasity_rules Re:where is the controversy? (640 comments)

The problem with sane Christians, (like sane Atheists, Republicans, Democrats, Muslims, Hindus, and pretty much any group you can think of) is they tend not to shout that loudly. That doesn't imply that they don't exist, or even that they may not be the majority.

If someone shouts too loudly, my suggestion is to ignore them, they will likely eventually go away.

about two weeks ago
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Elite Violinists Can't Distinguish Between a Stradivarius and a Modern Violin

inasity_rules Re:Moo (469 comments)

Let me help you out. The Devil went down to Georgia is a song about a man who can play the violin better than the devil. Look it up.

about two weeks ago
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European Parliament Votes For Net Neutrality, Forbids Mobile Roaming Costs

inasity_rules Re:Well, that does it (148 comments)

You must drive a Lada.

about two weeks ago
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How interested are you in Virtual Reality tech?

inasity_rules Re:VR again? (202 comments)

Have you ever watched the in-cockpit view of a stunt pilot? They turn their heads all the time in high (and negative ) g conditions. The use-case I see for this is a better virtual cockpit for a flightsim.

about three weeks ago
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Smartphone Kill-Switch Could Save Consumers $2.6 Billion

inasity_rules Re:Go to hell (218 comments)

Waiting for process "ExchangeFetch" to terminate... *Explosion.

Yeah, I'll still pass.

about three weeks ago
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Linux 3.14 Kernel Released

inasity_rules Re:Extended compared to which older CPU? (132 comments)

It doesn't actually look that bad. I did a lot of Pentium 1(pre MMX) stuff many years ago, and I could remember and properly use a fair percentage of it. That is only perhaps twice as long. I would imagine a compiler designer would be comfortable with the majority of that, and then some (pipeline optimizations, etc).

But I do agree with you, RISC or near RISC is perhaps better. Especially now memory is cheaper. Cache memory never seems to get cheaper though, not the real fast Level 1 stuff anyway...

about three weeks ago
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Smartphone Kill-Switch Could Save Consumers $2.6 Billion

inasity_rules Re:Go to hell (218 comments)

Error: 25367. Watchdog timer failed. This phone will now self destruct.

You're the legit owner and now your head has assploded. Welcome to the weird world of embedded systems, where the not every combination of failure can always be accounted for. I get the sentiment you have, but I'd never buy such a device.

about three weeks ago

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Interesting Challenging Masters Project?

inasity_rules inasity_rules writes  |  more than 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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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