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Ask Slashdot: Why Is the Power Grid So Crummy In So Many Places?

lapm Thats easy (459 comments)

Because bean counter walk over the engineers... Grid is built cheap as bossible instead of being reliable, maintained even cheaper and that means no alternative routes, no backups... All this in name of Maximizing profits... After all you cant sue them for not delivering, so wheres their risk of this gamble...

12 hours ago
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Visual Studio 2015 Supports CLANG and Android (Emulator Included)

lapm Not suprising (192 comments)

This is just nothing more then Microsoft realizing they are loosing it. They lost supercomputers, they lost mobile markets, now Linux is taking over servers, next battle ground is desktop and Linux is starting to make inroads there also... What choice Microsoft has but try to adapt, if they wish to be in business still in 10 years from now?

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Programming Education Resources For a Year Offline?

lapm Hmm (223 comments)

People have allready recomended many excellent books... Now if you are going to drag any deadweight electronics there, make sure you bring in means to charge them too. Laptop with empty battery is useless.. So solar-panel or two (bigger the better), inverter, battery and battery charge manager.. And you can charge what ever western not needed electronics use you have... Personally i would look what it-related projects are already there and try help them. Working with actual people will always be superior to any dull book. In fact if you can show that you have managed to come along even with people that you have no common language, might help your career more then any book. If all else fails, just enjoy scenery and piece of quiet you have there, your soon enough back to civilization and hurry..

about two weeks ago
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Mars One Studying How To Maintain Communications With Mars 24/7

lapm Re:Here's another project that needs funding (143 comments)

Anything is bossible. Its only matter of question how much effort and resources its going to take to make it happen.

about 10 months ago
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Mars One Studying How To Maintain Communications With Mars 24/7

lapm Interesting problems ahead (143 comments)

Its not difficult to maintain constant connection, add few satellites in good spots in space to bounce signal throw.. Its bandwidth issue. They want to make reality tv out of this so that's going to take some massive bandwidth between two planets. Video streaming down on earth is sometimes difficult all ready.. Add significant distance between planets that's constantly changing and you have problems...

about 10 months ago
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USB Sticks Used In Robbery of ATMs

lapm Interesting (252 comments)

Hmm why rob the bank when you can empty ATM with much less risk of cops catching you. Somehow i would have expected ATM to use something else then Windows or Dos system.

about a year ago
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UK Retailer Mistakenly Sends PS Vitas, Threatens Legal Action To Get Them Back

lapm In Finland (617 comments)

In Finland if you receive item you did int order, its yours to keep. Its sellers responsibility to make sure they ship right stuff to customers. If they want it back well that up to negotiation. Want something i now own, well give me something i think is worth it in return.

about a year ago
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US Military Settles Software Piracy Claims For $50M

lapm Re:ha? (127 comments)

Whats there stopping this corporation to take some of that money and help develop that opensource solution. Whats wrong with you? Anything government does is away from some private sector people... Example, they could hire private accounting corporation to run the whole tax system.

about a year ago
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US Military Settles Software Piracy Claims For $50M

lapm Goverment (127 comments)

Its the government, what did you expect :P Government does everything in way its most expensive as possible.

about a year ago
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Researchers Build Covert Acoustical Mesh Networks In Air

lapm Soon(tm) (107 comments)

If malware dint use it before, its sure going to use it soon enough after this paper.

1 year,1 day
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World's Smallest FM Radio Transmitter Created With Graphene

lapm Re:*world's smallest VCO (60 comments)

How do you know they haven't done that all ready? What we see in civilian side is always few years back from Military/Super secret spy stuff. You dont think army spends all that money just for guns and ammunition do you?

1 year,5 days
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FBI Reports US Agencies Hacked By Anonymous

lapm Hehe (156 comments)

Hand up anyone thats suprised US goverment IT systems got hacked once again...

1 year,10 days
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Brazil Orders Google To Hand Over Street View Data

lapm What that software was doing there in first place? (130 comments)

So software is removed now, it would be interesting to know what it was doing in those car first place.. Google mus have known they would be world in trouble if extent of their snooping comes out.

1 year,16 days
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Edward Snowden Leaks Could Help Paedophiles Escape Police, Says UK Government

lapm lame excuses (510 comments)

One of these claims? Something MAY happen because XXXXX.. Like those people that may escape dont know cops are after them all ready? Seriously what a joke. If their methods are/were so effective then how come there's still pedophiles free? Why aren't they all in jail? Because their methods are not so effective, except spying on all people illegally. People in power will always try to abuse those powers, if not for anything else then secure their own position of power.

1 year,19 days
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Microsoft Warns of Zero-Day Attacks

lapm So bad development quality (165 comments)

I'm wondering, considering the massive amounts of money Microsoft has, the army of developers they have, just the sheer size of corporation, how the heck they cant write a single piece of software that does not have some exploitable vulnerability in it. With that massive amount of resources at its disposal and they write still crappy software... Almost like hey, lets hide all these deliberate backdoors in all these software we ship...

1 year,20 days
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Linux 3.12 Released, Linus Proposes Bug Fix-Only 4.0

lapm Re:Do you think they're JavaScripters? (274 comments)

And yet they are very much humans and capable of making errors. Where do you think all those bug fixes comes from? If dev's would be such super humans you describe them to be, there would be no need for bug fixes ever, since their code would be perfect from start. Personally i have newer understood why Linus stopped having separate stable with bug fixes only time to time.

1 year,22 days
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How Your Compiler Can Compromise Application Security

lapm All human is inperfection (470 comments)

Its humans writing a code, humans are not perfect.. If this tools actually works as advertised, it should make fine addition to us not so perfect coders toolbox. Somehow i would have expected that compiler would warn you about it going to leave piece of code out. But i guess that's shows how little i code actually.

1 year,27 days
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Ubuntu's Mark Shuttleworth Wins Austria's Big Brother Award

lapm Ubuntu in decline (116 comments)

Personally i do not accept default option where Cannonical gets info even on local searches. So i don't use regular Ubuntu. I got couple older laptops that runs light version of Ubuntu.Thank god no mandatory warrant-less searches there. Im all for Cannonical to gain ad-revenue if they need it. But not at expence of them knowing what i search in my local repositories. I do coding sometimes and most of that is done either case by case basis or just for myself. I also have documents that im contractually obliged to keep secret. Do i want someone else to know what i search locally? Hell no. What i don't understand why don't they just ask during a installing system: Would you like to help us spy on you and gain even more advertisement revenue by letting us see everything you search on your computer, over internet or locally?

1 year,28 days
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UK Prime Minister Threatens To Block Further Snowden Revelations

lapm Now im curious (431 comments)

Sure makes me wonder what the heck has government of England got it self involved into... Must be something really bad if PM is making threats to news outlets. Personally i'm glad Snowden decided to reveal what e knows. Now we all get to know exactly how much NSA has been spying on us all. Long live the queen, down the PM.

1 year,28 days
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Nebraska Scientists Refuse To Carry Out Climate Change-Denying Study

lapm Sad day (640 comments)

Sad day indeed when politics try to dictate scientific truth. My thumps up for scientist that refuses to be puppet and sell the truth.

1 year,29 days

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