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China Plans To End Executed Prisoner Organ Donations Within 5 Years

jperl Re:why ? (214 comments)

I agree with you that it does not make a difference from whome the organs come from, regardless whether this is a prisoner or someone else. But I think you should have to have the possibility to opt out, again regardless whether you are in prison or not. At the end of the day it is your body and this is a human right they are taking away from you.

The problem of too little organ donors in some countries could easily be solved with opting out systems. A lot of people are just too lazy to opt out. However also some countries with opt out systems like Sweden have low donor rates.

more than 2 years ago

UK To Dim Highway Lights To Save Money

jperl Re:Highway lights??? (348 comments)

They can only do that, since they are already home by 8 because they are allowed to drive so fast.

more than 2 years ago

New ZeuS Botnet No Longer Needs Central Command Servers

jperl first post (137 comments)


more than 2 years ago

Tech Billionaire-Backed Charter School Under Fire In Chicago

jperl Re:Of course they should (326 comments)

Billionaires are the people who (in general) rose above their competition and found great success. Why wouldn't you want them to control schools? Does it really make more sense to have schools controlled by mediocre individuals?

Yes and they got all their money through hard work. There is no way they did not inherit their wealth, they were always loyal citizens, never broke any rules or crushed their rivals.
It think is enough if they have to deal with Zuckerburg outside school.

more than 2 years ago

Tech Billionaire-Backed Charter School Under Fire In Chicago

jperl Something to think about (326 comments)

Should billionaires rule the world?

more than 2 years ago

Computer Program Reconstructs Heard Words From Brain Scans

jperl For me: Brain scan != electrodes within the brain (147 comments)

When I read brain scans I though of BOLD fMRI at first. This is a little misleading since the technique uses intracranial electrodes to obtain the signal. Nevertheless it is a great acchievement and a little scary.

more than 2 years ago

How Will You React To Twitter's Regional Censorship Plan?

jperl This makes my opinion on Twitter even worse (181 comments)

Another reason for me to continue my boycott. To be honest, the only way Twitter makes sense for me is sort of real time support to questions I ask to a company. Apart from that I simply cannot see real benefit for my life.

more than 2 years ago

Cloud Computing Democratizes Digital Animation

jperl Re:Bandwidth ? (167 comments)

the article is not talking about getting the data from amazon, but shipping them to amazon.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Best Open Source Answer to Dreamweaver?

jperl web development edition of eclipse (300 comments)

For 8 years now I use eclipse for all my web development. With additional plugins development is pretty easy and I have never ever thought of using Dreamweaver again. I am pretty sure that there will be a plugin for ASP support too.

more than 2 years ago

Notes On Reducing Firefox's Memory Consumption

jperl Re:Firefox 4? (297 comments)

I'm already up to Firefox 9, so this must be from the ancient past, right?

If 22nd March 2011 is ancient past for you, then yes. Thanks to the new release cycle, version numbers increase every 6 weeks.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Most Efficient, Worthwhile Charity?

jperl Seal of quality? (570 comments)

Don't you have any independent seals of quality in the US?
In Europe seals of quality exist, which guarantee that 100% of the donation is transferred to the relief projects. This way you could be sure, that no money is wasted.

Another possibility is to directly donate food or clothes.

more than 2 years ago

Retina Implant Company Seeks FDA Trial Approval

jperl Re:Macular degeneration? (46 comments)

According to this study, reading requires approximately a field of 3 by 5 degrees. With the retinal implant used (38x40 pixels) a field of view of 11 x 11 degrees was restored.
I do not think that the number of electrodes is the limiting factor. I guess the size of the electrodes and therefore the resolution achieved is really important. Another thing is that the contrast has to be sufficient to be able to detect things.

more than 2 years ago

Retina Implant Company Seeks FDA Trial Approval

jperl If you are too lazy to read, watch the videos (46 comments)

I lately had to present a paper dealing with these retina implants from Germany. It is quite amazing what can be done.
To have a quick view on what was possible there are some videos as additional material: Videos

more than 2 years ago

EU Regulators Delay Google's Motorola Buy, Seeking More Info

jperl Re:Wonder how much Apple paid the EU regulators... (45 comments)

Motorola Problems (opposite of Solutions) is a US company. Google is a US company.

Why is the EU even getting involved at all? This has nothing to do with them, other than the fact that some of their lobbyists see Apple dollars and that hamstringing this merger would help keep Apple with the upper hand in this patent polka that all the phone companies are forced to play.

Maybe the EU should look at other things like banks, and their problems.

Google has officially asked the EU regulation commission on its statement to the merger.
Even though the commission could not stop them from merging, there could be serious consequences after the merger in the EU member states.
So it is in Google's best interest, to get an OK by the EU.

more than 2 years ago

Microsoft Finalizes Skype Acquisition

jperl Re:And still Linux is badly supported (111 comments)

And still Linux version is ancient. 2.something beta that is badly outdated compared to Windows version. Sad... :( I must find something else that I could use instead.

To be honest I like the current skype version of linux more than the newest windows version. I can video chat, call and write messages. My webcam is supported an works well.
Who needs all that facebook connect crap, games, ...

Skype on windows for me definitely crashed more often than on linux.

more than 2 years ago

Australian Malls To Track Shoppers By Their Phones

jperl this might already be used in a lot of locations (236 comments)

The technique is nothing new. Already 3 years ago there was an article about this.
I fear this is already widely used in some countries without people even knowing.

more than 2 years ago

Window Shopping With Gesture Recognition

jperl Re:Consumers (39 comments)

I for one would think that online shops which are open 24/7 are worse for people suffering from shopping addiction. An online shops seems much more tempting than a physical store which is even closed. If you are dependent on shopping, simply getting information about a product will not satisfy your needs.

about 3 years ago

ICANN Domain Expansion Could Increase Phishing

jperl Re:First TLD to go? (142 comments)

I would guess .shop

more than 3 years ago

LulzSec Suspect Arrested By UK Police

jperl Re:It's prison time (361 comments)

Honestly, who modded this post insightful?

more than 3 years ago

Mac Users More Liberal Than Windows Users

jperl Re:Misleading Statistics. (638 comments)

it should be 25% OSX users * 58% liberal among OSX, but your outcome of 14.5% is calculated with these numbers anyway.

more than 3 years ago



Chrome on Android 50% faster than Safari on Iphone

jperl jperl writes  |  more than 3 years ago

jperl (1453911) writes "Testing by blaze software has shown that Chrome on Android performed much faster on 45.000 web pages than IPhone's Safari. Chrome performed better in 84% of the webpages, with an median loading time of 2.144 seconds, resulting in being 52% faster than Safari. Another suprising result was that iPhone 4.3 and Android 2.3 did not perform much faster than previous versions.

The study was done primarily on iPhone 4 and Google Nexus S. The websites used were those of the Fortune 1000 companies.

Meanwhile Apple has also released a statement explaining the gap in performance:"

Link to Original Source

Wikia is dead, all hail google

jperl jperl writes  |  more than 5 years ago

jperl (1453911) writes "Economic crisis has found another popular victim.
The free and open source web search engine Wikia will be closed down today at March 31, 2009. This was announced today by Jimmy Wales founder of wikipedia in his blog.
In an interview with CNet Jimmy Wales said:
"This one is too far away." and "It was going to take at least a another year to two before it's usable by the public, and we can't afford that right now.""

Link to Original Source

usb finger prothesis with handy linux

jperl jperl writes  |  more than 5 years ago

jperl (1453911) writes "In his blog Jerry Jalava, a software engineer describes his new finger he needed after having had an motorcycle accident. The new finger prothesis has an usb stick inside with built in linux. So the developer has important programs always within reach. For the next version of his finger he already has plans to integrate an RFID chip."

iTunes Gift Card System might not have been hacked

jperl jperl writes  |  more than 5 years ago

jperl (1453911) writes "In "Clever Hack, or Carders-at-Work?" Joe Stewart, Senior Security Researcher at SecureWorks reasons why the itunes gift card key system might not have been hacked. According to him it's much more likely that stolen credit cards are used to buy the gift cards. Credit card numbers could be bought at black market and used then. Since there might be the same activation procedure for online gift cards, as there is for offline bought cards, this possibility is much more likely.

See the blog entry at:"

microsoft threatening open source

jperl jperl writes  |  more than 5 years ago

jperl (1453911) writes "Microsoft vs. TomTom hast made Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols to writes in his blog about microsoft threatening open source projects and increasing the price for commercial open source support.

He writes:
Microsoft has essentially been giving companies a choice: pay us under the covers, and violate the GPL, or don't pay and risk a lawsuit.

Well to me this sound exactly like FUD.

Read more:"


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