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Half of GitHub Code Unsafe To Use (If You Want Open Source)

josath Re:Because (218 comments)

It could very well be illegal to download from the artist. Often artists don't own the rights to their work, having signed them away in contracts in exchange for money.

about 2 years ago
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Apple Announces iPhone 5

josath Re:Still not HD? (1052 comments)

Compare the actual number of subpixels on the two phones. The GS3 and Nexus have 2/3rd the number of subpixels in a regular display (they go RG BG instead of RGB RGB), which makes them seem to have a higher resolution.

more than 2 years ago
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Magic: the Gathering Is Turing Complete

josath Re:Not so sure. (135 comments)

Apprentice gave me some error about couldn't open Plains.jpg, then repeated "Send buffer full, try again later" and then crashed on my first attempt to play a game. Second attempt I got into a game, but when I drew 7 cards it gave "List index (59) out of bounds." Interface still sucks, you have to know all the commands and all the rules of the game to play it (compared to the commercial M:tG games, which suck for other reasons, but at least they help you with the rules)

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Would You Fix the Linux Desktop?

josath Re:It's not broken. (1154 comments)

That's actually the state of Java today. You have to tell the VM ("interpreter") how much memory to allocate.

more than 2 years ago
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Quantum Teleportation Sends Information 143 Kilometers

josath Re:If I recall..... (333 comments)

Here's the thing you and the other reply is missing: There's no way to encode, you cannot change the value of the bit! You both take the same measurement and both get the same result, but there's now way of forcing that result to be 1 or 0. You're both flipping a coin, and the coins will always land heads or both will land tails, but it's random and you have no control over it.

more than 2 years ago
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Serious Problems With USB and Ethernet On the Raspberry Pi

josath Hit with USB issues (202 comments)

I was hit with the USB issues, can't plug in more than two USB devices without the third one failing. There's some experimental kernel patches that solve the problem for some people, but not everyone. I haven't gotten around to trying them yet.

more than 2 years ago
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Sensor Networks In San Francisco Finds Parking Spots

josath Re:Parking tickets (209 comments)

Uhh...I'm sorry, but if you're getting within $200 of your credit limit, you're doing it wrong.

more than 2 years ago
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VGA and DVI Ports To Be Phased Out Over Next 5 Years

josath Re:Ain't happening (704 comments)

Just picked three random motherboards off newegg, expensive, midrange, and cheap, and none of them had serial or parallel ports:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131803
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130582
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813138339

Interestingly, the cheapest one does list serial and parallel headers on the board, so with the right adapter you could still get them.

more than 2 years ago
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Teens Share Passwords As a Form of Intimacy

josath Re:TOS (533 comments)

You need them to take money out of an ATM. Also, if you make a purchase with a debit card using the PIN, you get less protection (coincidentally, the bank makes less money in fees from the purchase as well)

more than 2 years ago
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Raspberry Pi Beta Boards Unveiled

josath Re:Unsuitable for teaching (161 comments)

RMS, is that you? The world is never going to be your communist open source utopia where closed source and profiting off of software is illegal. People don't need the netlist for every IC they use. This board is more closed than most, but it's a compromise I'm willing to make as the price per performance is better by a mile than anything out there.

more than 2 years ago
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The Painkiller That Saves Money But Costs Lives

josath Re:It's dangerous to have in the store. (385 comments)

Putting it in a safe wont stop a determined criminal. Just like the common Slashdot aphorism that the most powerful encryption can often be defeated by a $5 wrench in a back alley.

more than 2 years ago
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Fake Raspberry Pi Shops Pop Up

josath Re:Really? (119 comments)

There are already several places selling "fake" Arduinos. They are actually identical to the real ones, because the design to arduino is completely open source, and the official one has a rather high margin, so there's space for chinese manufacturers to come in and produce clones for cheaper.

about 3 years ago
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Anonymous Hackers Take Down Child Porn Websites

josath Re:Analogy (481 comments)

So you're saying hacking child porn sites is like sleeping in tents outside banks?

about 3 years ago
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Bug Opens Chrome to Easy Remote Code Execution

josath Re:Chrome also runs as root (61 comments)

Basically they do this because they want to be able to update the browser silently. The update process for firefox involves dialogs popping up, you have to OK them, then next time firefox restarts you have to approve a UAC prompt (on windows at least, I assume some kind of sudo popup on linux/mac). Chrome updates silently in the background, next time you open it you have the new version, but you don't get all sorts of popups and new tabs spamming you about it like with firefox. Also updating chrome doesn't disable half your extensions which is nice.

about 3 years ago
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Eben Upton Answers Your Questions

josath Re:HDMI to VGA (37 comments)

That cable is totally non standard, for crazy devices that output analog over their HDMI port. Most do not. HDMI is digital, VGA is analog, you can't convert from one to the other with a simple cable. It would not work for the raspberry pi (notice how the page says NOT FROM COMPUTER OR LAPTOP on it)

more than 3 years ago
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IBM, 3M Team To Glue Together Silicon "Bricks"

josath Re:CPU cores devoted to DRM (81 comments)

Hmm, you've got a good point. We should definitely discourage any sort of technical advances, since those advances might be used for DRM!

more than 3 years ago
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Ask Director Eben Upton About the Raspberry Pi Foundation

josath Re:Might there be a kit? (194 comments)

From what I read the theoretical max is 512MB, but it depends on a 512MB chip in the specific format being available (it's a special package, it mounts directly on top of the processor), which at this point either doesn't exist, or is hard to get.

more than 3 years ago
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Ask Director Eben Upton About the Raspberry Pi Foundation

josath Re:Wifi/Bluetooth (194 comments)

For about $10 you can add on wifi and bluetooth ($2 for a USB BT adaptor, $8 for a USB wifi adaptor). Sure they may not be the fastest, but for something like this low powered ARM chip, you're not going to be pushing hundreds of megabytes per second anyway, so it's not an issue.

Due to issues of scale, I bet it would cost them much more than $10 to add wifi & bt onto the board itself.

more than 3 years ago
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Ask Director Eben Upton About the Raspberry Pi Foundation

josath Re:Open Hardware (194 comments)

They are using a Broadcom processor, which is proprietary and not available to the general public. Coincidentally, the leader of Rasberry Pi also works for Broadcom. They are known for being pretty unfriendly to open source in general, so most likely that has rubbed off on him? My thoughts are that they are trading away openness in order to get the price down ($25 is an amazing pricepoint for an ARM board at this caliber)

more than 3 years ago
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Ask Director Eben Upton About the Raspberry Pi Foundation

josath Re:Might there be a kit? (194 comments)

The chipset powering it is a proprietary broadcom System-on-a-Chip. The reason they are able to use it, is because the leader of the rasberry pi project works for broadcom. You can't even get a datasheet for the processor. Also it's BGA, something you can't normally solder together in your home without fancy equipment.

more than 3 years ago

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TI Calculator DRM Defeated

josath josath writes  |  more than 4 years ago

josath (460165) writes "Texas Instrument's flagship calculator, the Nspire, was hacked to allow user-written programs earlier this year. Earlier this month, TI released an update to the OS that runs on the calculator, providing no new features, but only blocking the previous hack. Now, just a few weeks later, Nleash has been released, which defeats this protection. The battle rages on as users fight for the right to run their own software on their own hardware..."
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