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Your Phone Can Be Snooped On Using Its Gyroscope

khr Hiding the phone... (80 comments)

the gyroscopes integrated into smartphones were sensitive enough to enable some sound waves to be picked up, transforming them into crude microphones

Yeah, that's why I always stick my phone inside an empty potato chip bag when I'm talking to someone...

5 hours ago

Researchers Make Fruit Flies Perform Aerobatics Like Spitfire Pilots

khr The old saying... Updated... (51 comments)

Time flies like an arrow, magnetized fruit flies like a banana.

about two weeks ago

Extracting Audio From Visual Information

khr Class and Security (142 comments)

Not only is it classier, but now serving your potato chips in a nice bowl is more secure.

about two weeks ago

Researchers Design Bot To Conduct National Security Clearance Interviews

khr Liar Paradox (102 comments)

Can you make smoke come of it by saying that everything you say is a lie?

about a month ago

UN Report Finds NSA Mass Surveillance Likely Violated Human Rights

khr Re:The U.N. Finds... (261 comments)

U.N., what a joke...

In the future they'll just turn it into low rent housing anyway.

about a month ago

How Japan Lost Track of 640kg of Plutonium

khr 640 kilograms (104 comments)

640 kilograms ought to be enough for anyone.

about a month and a half ago

US Arrests Son of Russian MP In Maldives For Hacking

khr Re:Hm... (176 comments)

Since when did the US got power to arrest people in Maldives?

It looks like they took that power on July 5th.

about a month and a half ago

The Internet of Things Comes To Your Garden

khr Re:Costumers! (66 comments)

I hope that Garden Gnome costume isn't too tight around the waist!

It is if they spend too much time gulping Mountain Dew and scarfing down Cheetos while playing MUDs in the garden...

about 1 month ago

Hospitals Begin Data-Mining Patients

khr Anathetic? (162 comments)

Is data mining patients done under local or general anesthetic?

about 2 months ago

Microsoft Won't Bring Back the Start Menu Until 2015

khr Re:flame away, but... (516 comments)

Except for the system requirement of having a touch screen... if you try using Win 8 without a touch screen for long enough you'll smash the screen anyway.

I've had my Windows 8 desktop machine for almost a year now. I tried the touchscreen a few times early on, but I haven't touched it in seven or eight months. There's no need.

In fact, unlike my other touch devices, with hardware and software from other manufacturers, whatever font or display choices Microsoft and Dell made, smudges make it really hard to read the text underneath.

So... Hands off! No touching my screen!

about 3 months ago

Microsoft Won't Bring Back the Start Menu Until 2015

khr Re:flame away, but... (516 comments)

There is no redeeming this pile of shit

Sure there is... It's that my boss gives me money every couple of weeks to do my programming work in it, because his customers use it, and most of his customers' customers use it.

about 3 months ago

You've Got Male: Amazon's Growth Impacting Seattle Dating Scene

khr Re:We need to fix the root cause (315 comments)

My older daughter wants to be a princess when she grows up

Well good luck changing that... I only know one princess and she's a mean, nasty horrible woman.

Actually, she's not a princess anymore, not after India's Independence did away with royalty. She was born a princess of some royal house in Rajasthan just before that. Now she's horribly bitter that she isn't "someone" anymore...

about 3 months ago

You've Got Male: Amazon's Growth Impacting Seattle Dating Scene

khr Re:Which one? (315 comments)

should I aim for Seattle or San Fransisco?

I don't know much about San Fransisco, but I do know the weather in Seattle, while uncomfortably dry is less so than most other cities... If I had to pick between them, I'd probably go for whichever gets more annual rainfall.

about 3 months ago

US Nuclear Missile Silos Use Safe, Secure 8" Floppy Disks

khr Re:It makes a lot of sense (481 comments)

Plus you ensure nobody can use the launch computers for anything else, even if it is reportedly the most boring job in the world being on watch down in the missile silo.

They can't play a nice game of chess on them? Only global thermo nuclear war?

about 4 months ago

I expect to retire ...

khr Re:how many of these people don't want to retire? (341 comments)

When I see ages like 75 and never, I wonder if these are people who don't want to stop working, or people who financially can't stop working. My grandfather is 92 and still choice.

It's a money issue for me. I screwed up by not saving money starting earlier in my career, so I have nothing to fall back on once I start working. I'm still not doing a good job saving money, despite knowing I probably should.

about 4 months ago

US Intelligence Officials To Monitor Federal Employees With Security Clearances

khr Re:1984 Cascade (186 comments)

But who monitors the monitors?

The Hawtch Hawtch Who Monitor?

about 5 months ago

Teaching Calculus To 5-Year-Olds

khr How about me? (231 comments)

I plan to get my children learning the 'advanced' topics as soon as possible. How about you?

I hate children, you insensitive clod!

about 5 months ago

'Google Buses' Are Bad For Cities, Says New York MTA Official

khr Re:Ain't no body got time for that (606 comments)

I cook from scratch most of my meals, and in doing that, I dine much healthier and cheaper than if I were buying junk food and dining out at the usual middle of the road chain type restaurants

As a younger man, I used to cook for myself all the time. I was never very good at it, but I could come up with simple, satisfying meals for myself (I've never mastered getting two dishes to get ready at the same time). That was in Oregon, with an electric range...

But then I moved to India for ten years and had my first experience cooking on gas. Continuing now in New York City it's much the same. With gas I haven't figured out how to cook food. Everything is either undercooked or burnt, and only rare flukes turn out right. After several attempts at baking cheesecakes, which I had mastered long ago in an electric oven, and completely failed in gas, I sort of gave up. It was frustrating to fail, and I was spending a lot of money on expensive ingredients for food that was inedible...

Fortunately Manhattan has lots of restaurants that aren't junk or middle-of-the-road chains... Lots of really good stuff, fresh ingredients and all that... And a variety of prices, so it's possible to eat well for fairly cheap. And in many cases, ordering a full meal is cheaper than buying a similar quantity of the ingredients at the grocery store (Manhattan is seriously expensive...)

about 6 months ago

'Google Buses' Are Bad For Cities, Says New York MTA Official

khr Re:Ain't no body got time for that (606 comments)

Yeah, but who actually eats out all that much?

Until recently, me and my wife... Or order in, there's hundreds of restaurants that'll deliver to our address in under an hour...

But she just started learning to cook last month (she grew up in an Indian household with servants and never had to cook before, but now decided it was time). I think our food bills have gone up as we've switched from ordering most meals to home cooked. We order dry and packaged stuff from Amazon to save some money and get it delivered right to our door, but fresh things cost a fortune in our neighborhood...

about 6 months ago

South Park Game Censored On Consoles Outside North America

khr Think of the children... (221 comments)

They censored a game because of content? Ug, "think of the children."

The children now deprived...

about 6 months ago


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