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Ask Slashdot: Replacing Paper With Tablets For Design Meetings?

jackd Re:Ah no (143 comments)

Right, if you don't have remote users, then it's less of an issue. But the thing is, I run a lot of meetings where I need to explain some fairly complex technical things to non-tech end users.

Plug a USB Web cam into the laptop connected to the online meeting solution (we use gotomeeting) and point it at the whiteboard. Closes the loop for remote people.

Otherwise agree with your approach.

about 5 months ago
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Book Review: MODx Revolution - Building the Web Your Way

jackd Re:Criticism from a past MODx user (70 comments)

I was using MODx Revolution for around two years, [..] But there are also some issues that led me to seeking an alternative now. MODx developers

So what did you end up using instead?

about a year and a half ago
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After Japan's Quake, Taiwan Helps Fill iPad 2 Supply-Chain Gaps

jackd What about quality? (98 comments)

This could easily have extended consequences for the quality of the devices that are put in the market over the next 1-6 months. New possibly untested stopgap suppliers, providing technology condensed sensitive parts. This won't just affect Apple, many manufacturers will get hit by this. Would be interesting to see stats for returns from some of these companies over the next few months.

more than 3 years ago
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Preserving Memories of a Loved One?

jackd Re:Don't lose out on experiencing her life with he (527 comments)

Sadly out of mod points today, but mod up parent. Enjoy the time you have together now, don't get caught up in trying to capture everything.

more than 4 years ago
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Data Sorting World Record — 1 Terabyte, 1 Minute

jackd Oh brother.. (129 comments)

Wow, I realize I am seriously a nerd, getting genuinely excited about someone sorting large amounts of data. Please don't tell my girlfriend, she'll realize I've been faking being a semi-normal cool guy for years, and leave me.

more than 4 years ago
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Rats Breathe Air From Lungs Grown In the Lab

jackd Re:They're not (112 comments)

The researchers are not trying to save rats. They're trying to save human lives. Unfortunately, it isn't wise to use experimental medical procedures on humans as sometimes the treatment being tested ends up doing more harm than good.

I can't tell if you're just trying to be funny or if you really don't understand this.

Thank you! I was deeply concerned there for a minute. What a waste of resources trying to create artificial rat lungs, when I can go down to my local pizza place, and find freshly dead rats, who are all great candidates for rat-to-rat transplants for example. Thanks for clearing this up. I really think they should have been more clear in the headline.

more than 4 years ago
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Rats Breathe Air From Lungs Grown In the Lab

jackd Argh! (112 comments)

Rats Breathe Air From Lungs Grown In the Lab

Argh! Stop trying to cure rats. We have billions of rats, we don't need to try to heal the unhealthy ones.

more than 4 years ago
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Wikileaks Releases Video of Journalist Killings

jackd Fuck. (1671 comments)

This is probably one of the worst things I have ever seen. What terrible terrible judgment. These poor people presented NO present danger. Completely slaughtered. Terribly terribly sad. Shit like this is why I've come to hate wars. Mod me down for saying nothing new, but this is so fucking sad.

more than 4 years ago
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Scambaiting Gets Comical; Internet Scammers All Dressed Up

jackd Re:OMMFG. (178 comments)

Argh, no mod points when I need them. Someone mod up parent. I just waited fucking 10 minutes for this piece of stinking turd to load.

more than 4 years ago
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Giant Ribbon Discovered At Edge of Solar System

jackd Cosmic caring (251 comments)

Red ribbon? Guess our galactic overlords are concerned about aids as well..

more than 5 years ago
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German Gov To Ban Paintballing After Shooting

jackd Re:Haven't these people learned? (580 comments)

Exclude drug-related murders from both Germany and the US. The remaining violence statistics are on par.

Absolutely complete BS. There exist no reliable statistics whatsoever that shows whether a particular crime is motived by drugs or not. Motivation for a particular crime is not tracked on any national level, so your post is complete speculation. The US has a far higher violent crime rate than any other country in the western world.

more than 5 years ago
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Shell Ditches Wind, Solar, and Hydro

jackd Re:Two contradictory theories... (883 comments)

Mod parent up. This is one of the most dead-on insightful replies to this Shell change.

more than 4 years ago
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Visitors To US Now Required To Register Online

jackd Re:America, for one, welcomes... (734 comments)

Today, the process does not incur any cost, is almost instantaneous, and you do not have to surrender your passport, answer intrusive questions during a life interview that that could go anywhere, depending on your answers and whims of the interviewer.

When is the last time you traveled to the USA? It is a nightmare. One on one pre-interviews in the airport you're departing in Europe, then another quite intrusive interview upon arriving in the USA. You're completely at the mercy of the interviewer. If he's having a bad day, you'll be stuck with a permanent note on your record, making all your subsequent visits even more painful.

more than 5 years ago
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Amazon Beefs Up Its Cloud Ahead of MS Announcement

jackd Re:What is it? Scaling (89 comments)

While most of what you say is true, that particular statement is not. EC2 provides a virtual machine, running the operating system of your choice - anything you could do on your single co-located server, you can do on an EC2 machine.

There are heaps of limitations compared to dedicated machines. Check out the Amazon forums, and you'll be surprised how far you'll be from getting the full sensation of the real thing.

You can for example only have 1 static public IP per instance. Bad for hosting multiple Web apps with SSL on each domain.

Load balancing multiple instances is also a bitch.

We considered it seriously for a high-volume high-availability Web site project, but kept running into dealbreaking limitations, and some we just happened to stumble upon during testing. Minor things that suddenly turn incredibly difficult to solve.

Add to that the cost.. In our cost comparisons we found EC2 costing the same or more than managed dedicated servers with tier 1 providers.

There's no question EC2, VMWare and other "cloud" platforms will be highly attractive, but not yet.

more than 6 years ago

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Skunk Works Reveals Compact Fusion Reactor

jackd jackd writes  |  about 2 months ago

jackd (64557) writes "Skunk Works, a Lockheed Martin research team has been working quietly on a nuclear energy concept they believe has the potential to meet, if not eventually decrease, the world’s insatiable demand for power. The device is conceptually safer, cleaner and more powerful than much larger, current nuclear systems that rely on fission, the process of splitting atoms to release energy. Crucially, by being “compact,” Lockheed believes its scalable concept will also be small and practical enough for applications ranging from interplanetary spacecraft and commercial ships to city power stations. It may even revive the concept of large, nuclear-powered aircraft that virtually never require refueling."
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New giant offshore wind turbine with 80 m wing

jackd jackd writes  |  more than 3 years ago

jackd (64557) writes "Quite an interesting news piece on a new giant wind turbine being able to produce a whopping 7 MW, designed for rough sea conditions. Each new Vestas turbine will be able to provide electricity for 6,500 homes. The turbine has a greater capacity to generate electricity than any machine currently working at sea. Can't help but think this announcement is relevant in the face of the nuclear troubles, but how can they possibly cope with energy demand, or compete with one 1,000 MW nuclear plant."
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jackd jackd writes  |  more than 7 years ago

jackd (64557) writes "Great article in Technology Review, bordering on "too good to be true" about a small company in Texas who has developed the replacement for the electrochemical battery. No more Litium Ion. From the article: "The company boldly claims that its system [..] will dramatically outperform the best lithium-ion batteries on the market in terms of energy density, price, charge time, and safety. [..] The implications are enormous and, for many, unbelievable. Such a breakthrough has the potential to radically transform a transportation sector already flirting with an electric renaissance.""

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