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New Shape Born From Rubber Bands

jovius Re:Old phone cords? (89 comments)

Now re-create that technological relic with two joined flat and straight surfaces by simulating a natural growth pattern, and maybe apply what you found to study plant root formation for example. The summary is a bit over the top, but the science is sound in the experiment anyway. This deepens understanding how nature has worked out the mechanics of the helical forms.

3 hours ago
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The $5,600 Tablet

jovius Re:All that and water resistant, too (95 comments)

It's not unlike the professional field recorders. Who would need a field recorder that costs thousands of dollars? Quite a many. Durability, longevity, solid service promise and practical usability costs, and the production numbers are not high It's not about the price but having the right tool; the users of such tools also readily know what to do with them and are a demanding bunch of people.

yesterday
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Ask Slashdot: How Can We Create a Culture of Secure Behavior?

jovius Re:This approach has gone nowhere for years (168 comments)

Exactly. What helps is a step by step process which doesn't allow any missteps, and which guides on the way. Encryption is perceived as sorcery; something summoned by the high priests. Even a shortcut key combination and a password is too much. Strong passwords are hideous monsters from the netherworld anyway. The concepts are too complicated. They need to be hidden away or in some way built in. Maybe a key analogy would work, something like the final key or similar setup.

Anyway, the process should function as a learning platform for all. In the corporate world the security culture is often found only in the proper IT department, and everybody else are more than happy to throw out their responsibility of the matter, because the days are too busy nevertheless. What is needed is a common vision about what is IT security and why is it so important. If the users know why does it matter the process becomes natural.

2 days ago
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Reinventing the Axe

jovius Re:Not at that price (214 comments)

The price of this one won't come down easily. It's almost thoroughly hand made from a man of the woods to another and comes with 10 year guarantee. Sure mass production would bring the price down but it would still be expensive. It's a high quality designer tool nevertheless. Quick searching shows that splitting mauls can go over $100 too. From the description / faq it's evident that a whole lot of thinking how to improve the axe experience has been put to practice.

3 days ago
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Linus Torvalds Suspends Key Linux Developer

jovius Re:informal poll (641 comments)

I currently run software on Linux, Windows and OS X simultaneously on a single machine. It's true: the issue is not about the best OS but choosing the best tools regardless. The whole question of which OS is the best is so 90s. There really are no borders these days.

about three weeks ago
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Classified X-37B Space Plane Breaks Space Longevity Record

jovius Another blow for Redmond (123 comments)

It did it without windows.

about a month ago
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Prototype Volvo Flywheel Tech Uses Car's Wasted Brake Energy

jovius Re: Fuck Hypermilers (262 comments)

Shouldn't you just leave a few moments earlier to catch the green wave then?

about a month ago
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Scientists Develop Solar Cell That Can Also Emit Light

jovius Whoa (79 comments)

A window with tunable coloring.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Fastest, Cheapest Path To a Bachelor's Degree?

jovius Divorce or separation (370 comments)

by airplane.

about a month ago
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NSA Hacked Huawei, Stole Source Code

jovius Re:Good for NSA (287 comments)

So NSA does its job by stealing documents from China. Chinese do their job by stealing documents from the US. Snowden as a whistleblower does his job by exposing the documents. Its win-win-win for all.

about a month ago
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Russian Army Spetsnaz Units Arrested Operating In Ukraine

jovius Re:We need a US base in the Ukraine (623 comments)

Moral obligation only means acting if it serves the interest of the protector. Otherwise we would live in a world of peace already.

about a month ago
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Creationists Demand Equal Airtime With 'Cosmos'

jovius More Airtime (667 comments)

Seems that the Designer blundered with the respiratory system and lungs then.

about a month ago
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NSA Can Retrieve, Replay All Phone Calls From a Country From the Past 30 Days

jovius Re:Traitors (320 comments)

It's their job. That's actually the defense many use when they are blamed of taking part in atrocities. It was my duty, it was my job. One way to externalize oneself from what's happening, and from the moral and ethical dilemmas. The fact that ones duty is to maintain an undemocratic bureaucratic structure should be proof enough that the system is rotten from inside. The human interaction can be structured in multitude of ways.

about a month ago
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New Facial Recognition Software May Detect Looming Road Rage

jovius Re:Not that much more dystopian... (133 comments)

So naturally being a location aware and personalized the system parks the car by the beach or slows the car down.

about a month ago
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New Facial Recognition Software May Detect Looming Road Rage

jovius Re:Not that much more dystopian... (133 comments)

Probably they settle for the eye tracking. Sensing distraction and sleepiness would prevent a lot of accidents. The car would alarm the driver or gently park by itself.

about a month ago
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NASA-Funded Study Investigates Collapse of Industrial Civilization

jovius Re:Insightful study... (401 comments)

The most profitable thing to do is to steer the change into one's pockets. Uncontrolled collapse evolves into a controlled collapse. The so called elite will stay in power once they understand this - and I don't doubt a bit that this scenario is already drawn. The long term capital survives. The ones who make the most noise (poser elite) are just a decoy, and this study has also been fooled.

about a month ago
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Einstein's Lost Model of the Universe Discovered 'Hiding In Plain Sight'

jovius Re: which he at first found "abominable", (118 comments)

Depends on dice. The universal constants are not randomly changing at least, so the outcome is based on certain rules.

about a month and a half ago
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Tim Cook: If You Don't Like Our Energy Policies, Don't Buy Apple Stock

jovius Re: so let me get this straight (348 comments)

Cook did care and the result was that basically all of the Apple does care. They just don't give a flying fuck about unscientific drivel, that's all. They care about what they do and how they do it. It's in the best interest to follow the green policies. The brand value just inched a bit higher.

about 2 months ago
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Astronomers Catch Asteroid Striking Moon On Video

jovius Money shot (69 comments)

At the bright side though...

about 2 months ago

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Finland's Upper Secondary School Exams Going All Linux

jovius jovius writes  |  about 9 months ago

jovius (974690) writes "The Matriculation Examination Board of Finland has just opened an international hacking contest to find flaws and exploits in Digabi Live — the Live Debian based operating system to be used in the all-digital final exams by the year 2016.

The contest ends on 1st of September, and the winners are about to scoop hefty hardware prizes, also available as cash."

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