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Dotless Domain Names Prohibited, ICANN Tells Google

ksandom Re: no.maybe.yes? (132 comments)

I'd like to have "dot". Can you imagine the confusion when people try to communicate what the URL is?

about a year ago
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Dishwasher-Size, 25kW Fuel Cell In Development

ksandom Re:Fuel cell - storage device or generator? (379 comments)

In my limited understanding, I believe it's both. A fuel cell is a device that converts the chemical energy from a fuel into electricity through a chemical reaction with oxygen or another oxidizing agent. Therefore if there is fuel in it, it's generating electricity. If the fuel is sitting in a tank beside it, it's storage... I think my interpretation is a somewhat liberal interpretation of those ideas. And I don't know what what maintenance is required. Eg Is it bad to leave it dry for long periods of time? Is it bad to leave it full when idle for long periods of time? But back to my point, potentially you could use it in both ways.

I'm curious to hear the opinions of someone who knows more on the topic than me.

1 year,3 days
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"Anti-Gravity" 3D Printer Sculpts Shapes On Any Surface

ksandom There are many uses for this (51 comments)

Though its broad practicality is questioned outside artistic creations,

This absolutely could be used in all sorts of scenarios. In the most direct sense, it could be used to form wireframes for which other methods build on top of. It could even do traditional 3D printing without any change in equipment.

Every limitation that I can think of or have seen written here can easily be solved. This is a good idea.

about a year ago
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Moving the Linux Kernel Console To User-Space

ksandom Re:why? (311 comments)

I don't think that's right. Serial via technologies like ILO kick in as early as the BIOS. Ie a long time before the kernel starts, let alone getty. I'm pretty sure it does this via the graphics card (since it's taking text at that time anyway), but certainly not getty (which is great for separate serial connections once the computer has booted).

about a year and a half ago
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Unresolved Issues Swirl Around Securing Mobile Payments

ksandom 2 degrees compared to what? And over how long? (44 comments)

For anyone else that was curious about this, I found this two links deep:

That means it’s becoming increasingly difficult for the world to meet its professed goal of limiting global warming to 2C (3.6F) above pre-industrial levels.

about 2 years ago
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US Navy Funds 'MacGyver' Robot

ksandom Thrilled scientists (70 comments)

"The scientists who invented the robot say they are thrilled that it worked out how to use two tampons to escape a flooding room, but disappointed that it did not foresee Johhny 5's jealousy that ultimately lead to its destruction."

about 2 years ago
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Tech Firms and Regulators Meet At UN About Patents

ksandom Scary movie (65 comments)

This feels much like watching those bad horror movies where it feels like main character is either intentionally ignoring you, or is really stupid.

about 2 years ago
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Microsoft Unveils First New Company Logo In 25 Years

ksandom Re:Unimaginative (378 comments)

You make some good points. But dude! That's a fascinating site you linked to right there.

about 2 years ago
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Microsoft Unveils First New Company Logo In 25 Years

ksandom Re:Unimaginative (378 comments)

It's recognisable, and it's easy to put on a letter head/thing, which helps it be recognisable. While it's not that pretty, it is doing what a logo is supposed to do.

about 2 years ago
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Senator Pushes For Tougher H-1B Enforcement

ksandom The H-1B is a non-immigrant visa in the US (262 comments)

For those who also didn't know, it's:

The H-1B is a non-immigrant visa in the United States under the Immigration and Nationality Act, section 101(a)(15)(H). It allows US employers to temporarily employ foreign workers in specialty occupations. If a foreign worker in H-1B status quits or is dismissed from the sponsoring employer, the worker must either apply for and be granted a change of status to another non-immigrant status, find another employer (subject to application for adjustment of status and/or change of visa), or leave the US.

more than 2 years ago
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Firefox 13 Released, Debuts Brand New Tab Page and Homepage

ksandom Re:The new-tab page isn't a chrome invention (320 comments)

A release and a commit are not the same thing. A very small portion of any user base use a nightly build of any given product. Hope that helps clear up the confusion ;)

more than 2 years ago
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Another Step Forward In Small Scale Electrical Generators

ksandom Pants? (137 comments)

This could evolve to underwear that powers your phone!

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Type of Asset Would You Not Virtualize?

ksandom Re:High Performance Clusters (464 comments)

VMs are basically a step towards the cloud mentality. Once you're in that mentatlity, it suddenly becomes trivial to remove and add new nodes when one dies. Suddenly failure just isn't a big deal any more*.

*Assuming both scenarios have good fault tolerance where viable, eg bonded network interfaces, redundant power, RAID 5 etc

more than 2 years ago
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Mega-Uploads: The Cloud's Unspoken Hurdle

ksandom Re:tapes have to be written and read (134 comments)

station wagon has low bandwidth, the tapes have to be written and read.

No. Bandwidth is how much you can send in one go (tapes/hdds in a car are extremely high). Latency is fairly much how long it takes you to do it. Throughput brings these together.

about 2 years ago

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Using Windows 95 to browse a modern internet

ksandom ksandom writes  |  about a year and a half ago

ksandom writes "The goal was simple. Make a post to facebook using Windows 95 in a virtual machine and using only software on the box, or software acquired from the Internet using software on the box. Sounds like a 5 minute task, right?

I've included a time-line to help you find the key moments in the video. But what I find really interesting when watching the video again is to watch our process for solving the problem, the tangents we explored, and the fact that the challenge put up much more of a fight than I expected."

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Smartphone app to hail taxis gets $17M in funding

ksandom ksandom writes  |  more than 2 years ago

ksandom (718283) writes "

Hailo, a European mobile taxi network, is announcing a $17 million round of Series A financing led by Accel Partners.

Hailo, which has been operating in London since last year, is a mobile network that matches passengers and licensed taxi drivers.

This looks like a real business with real revenues that has worked in London. I wonder what this will be like when it gets to the US."
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