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Ask Slashdot: Non-Coders, Why Aren't You Contributing To Open Source?

m.alessandrini Don't translate software you don't understand! (488 comments)

Many programs have translations to non-english languages that contains many ridicolous mistakes, obviously coming from people that don't understand the technical terms in that given program. In many cases I override the system language when I call certain programs, it's simply irritating.

Please choose to contribute to localization only for programs you fully understand and use.

about three weeks ago
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Armies of Helper Robots Keep Amazon's Warehouses Running Smoothly

m.alessandrini Re:not staff increases, either (110 comments)

Well, you can not force a company to hire more people, nor blame it for optimizing their warehouse. It they're really not firing people, that's a good thing. I guess their business is growing, too, so to compensate the reduction in manual labor.

about three weeks ago
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Who Needs NASA? Exoplanet Detected Using a DSLR

m.alessandrini Re:all credit is due.... (108 comments)

And what about the article? Not even a photo with some kind of visual cue of how and where the planet has been found.

about three weeks ago
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How the World's First Computer Was Rescued From the Scrap Heap

m.alessandrini It was blue! (126 comments)

Now we can see it in colors... Did IBM name "Deep Blue" after that?

about three weeks ago
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Nokia's N1 Android Tablet Is Actually a Foxconn Tablet

m.alessandrini Re:It's an Intel Atom (109 comments)

I have a Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10", it has an Atom CPU (unlike all other Samsung tablets), and it feels better than other ARM devices I tried, both in speed and battery duration. It seems like Intel is getting it right in the mobile too, and their silicon technology in unrivaled today (22 nm, or even less soon).

About software compatibility, they have a proprietary software, called houdini IIRC, that recompiles (I think) ARM native code to intel on the fly. I never noticed any differences with apps and games, and 99% of them have native ARM code inside.

about a month ago
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Nokia's N1 Android Tablet Is Actually a Foxconn Tablet

m.alessandrini Tired of big brands selling someone else's product (109 comments)

We should buy it from Nokia instead of Foxconn, spending more money for the brand and little additions... why exactly?

Many phone and tablet sellers don't even design them anymore.

about a month ago
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Physicists Resurrect an Old, Strange Dark Matter Theory

m.alessandrini statistics? (138 comments)

But everything that's "strange" in physics cannot form the most part of the matter in the universe, isn't it? I'd bet more on our physics not having discovered everything yet, i.e. relativity, 3-dimensional space... could only be a temporary step in our evolution.

about a month and a half ago
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Infected ATMs Give Away Millions of Dollars Without Credit Cards

m.alessandrini Re:This doesn't add up (83 comments)

I don't know, imagine the bank discovers that someone installed the malware, and only one man serviced the machine recently... He would not be so safe.

about 2 months ago
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Elon Musk: We Must Put a Million People On Mars To Safeguard Humanity

m.alessandrini Re:Moving people == dumb idea (549 comments)

The only problem would be getting the robots to let go of control, once the humans arrive.

People would not arrive, all the rockets needed to do this would have destroyed earth's atmosphere and all the living creatures in it.

about 3 months ago
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Elon Musk: We Must Put a Million People On Mars To Safeguard Humanity

m.alessandrini Terraforming (549 comments)

I think you must do terraforming first, or the tecnhological infrastructure to keep one million people alive would be just prohibitive.

about 3 months ago
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Tetris To Be Made Into a Live Action Film

m.alessandrini Re:Why? (137 comments)

Indeed, I expect to see it featured on cracked.com soon.

about 3 months ago
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David Cameron Says Brits Should Be Taught Imperial Measures

m.alessandrini Re:As a Breton... (942 comments)

Maybe unity is more meaningful if you mean it with respect to the rest of the world.

about 3 months ago
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Device Allows Paralyzed Rats To Walk, Human Trials Scheduled Next Summer

m.alessandrini Re:Poor rats (85 comments)

What do you mean by "evolved"? I mean it in the technological sense, like going beyond what nature offers you to survive.

about 3 months ago
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Device Allows Paralyzed Rats To Walk, Human Trials Scheduled Next Summer

m.alessandrini Re:Poor rats (85 comments)

You're right, I too feel for animals suffering, but would we be here talking about this if medicine had not evolved like it currently has, thanks (also) to research on animals? It's a sad choice you must make. And maybe you would not find a high enough number of human patients to experiment with.

A friend of mine working in a lab with rats, told me that rats live a very comfortable life there, at least until they are "used", arguably more comfortable than rats living in the wild. I know, this is not exactly a valid excuse.

about 3 months ago
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Device Allows Paralyzed Rats To Walk, Human Trials Scheduled Next Summer

m.alessandrini Re:Poor rats (85 comments)

I realize my post sounded cynical, but research on animals (or part of it) can contribute to save your life or the life of a loved one, so you have to choose, and it's sad to say but humans have evolved more than other animals, and exploit this condition to try to fight diseases and other problems. Maybe who knows, one day we will be able to save all the other species in exchange, think for example if one day a big asteroid will be directed towards earth and we will be able to deflect it.

about 3 months ago
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Device Allows Paralyzed Rats To Walk, Human Trials Scheduled Next Summer

m.alessandrini Re:Poor rats (85 comments)

Please everyone, let's draw a line with animal-right defense. It's rats here, the same rats we exterminate in thousands when they approach our towns. And we eat a lot of animals more intelligent than rats (we = majority of people). I would argue that curing lethal diseases and paralysis is as important as eating. Another thing I really hope for the future is having transpantable organs grown in pigs or other animals.

I'd rather die than have dozens, hundreds or thousands of animals tortured to help me live more comfortably

Really? Really? Tell us again when you'r really dying.

about 3 months ago
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Device Allows Paralyzed Rats To Walk, Human Trials Scheduled Next Summer

m.alessandrini Re:Jackass Moment (85 comments)

Obviously the average slashdot reader can always do better, be it rocket science or neuro science. Ask a paralysed person it this is good news or only "marketing". And why test it, risk some human lifes from the very beginning.

about 3 months ago
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IBM Solar Concentrator Can Produce12kW/day, Clean Water, and AC

m.alessandrini Re:Pretty innovative...easy to mass produce. (268 comments)

I wonder if they could actively change via computer control.

Not sure if you mean tuning each mirror, but as a minimum I expect the whole structure to rotate during the day to follow the sun, or you'd waste a lot of its potential.

about 3 months ago

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Ask Slashdot: How will you replace iGoogle?

m.alessandrini m.alessandrini writes  |  about a year ago

m.alessandrini (1587467) writes "Hi, it seems Google did not change its mind on closing iGoogle, a homepage that has always been very useful to me, and I think to many other people. Now, this is only my personal opinion, but the "do no evil" company here seems to have no valid reasons to close it other than forcing you to use their browser, that, how you may have noticed, they try to install to your computer every time you close your eyes. So there is that warning "iGoogle will close in xx days, be sure to backup your data"... Instead I will be sure to replace my homepage, thank you. I already found some good replacements, but what are your other options?"
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Ask Slashdot: how real is GNU/Linux malware?

m.alessandrini m.alessandrini writes  |  about a year and a half ago

m.alessandrini (1587467) writes "I've been using Debian for a life, and I'm not a novice at all; I install system updates almost daily, I avoid risky behaviors on Internet, and like all linux users I always felt safe. Yesterday my webcam suddenly turned on, and turned off after several minutes. I'm pretty sure it was nothing serious, but I started thinking about malware... At work I use noscript and other tools, but at home I have a more relaxed browser to be used by other family members too. Here I'm not talking about rootkits or privilege escalation (I trust Debian), I think more of normal user compromission. For example, these days many malwares come from malicious scripts in sites, even in advertising banners inside trusted sites, and this is more "cross-platform" than normal viruses. So, what about non-root user malwares? How much could this be real? And how can you diagnose it? Be assured that I will NOT install anti-virus programs or similar on my linux."
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Is Google going evil?

m.alessandrini m.alessandrini writes  |  more than 2 years ago

m.alessandrini (1587467) writes "I'm a bit disappointed by the last Google moves. One example, they're closing iGoogle, even if millions users are protesting, to force you to use their products (chrome, android). Another case, I recently signed on Youtube to be able to write comments or other marginal uses, and I had to create a Google+ account. I didn't want it, but now I must be there if I want to use another (unrelated) service.
Doesn't this remind of Microsoft's antitrust trials, when they were accused of forcing people to use their products?"
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Applications for notebook's 3D display?

m.alessandrini m.alessandrini writes  |  more than 3 years ago

m.alessandrini (1587467) writes "I recently saw a notebook with a 3D display (with glasses).
Suddenly a big question arose in my mind: apart from movies and games,
which programs can currently exploit such a feature? Obvious candidate
would be 3D modeling software (Autocad, Blender, etc, etc), but I think
the third dimension could add productivity to a lot of other fields,
by dramatically expanding the desktop space.
Who knows some? And what about GNU/Linux?"
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Where is Wolfram Alpha criticism?

m.alessandrini m.alessandrini writes  |  more than 5 years ago

m.alessandrini (1587467) writes "When Wolfram Alpha came to light, after much debate, I went and played with it a little, like most of you I think. Now, maybe it's me who's not good at making questions or not intelligent enough, but my impression was: embarrassing to say least. It was not able to understand my most basic questions, only single-word queries like search engines do from decades. Results too were no exception. Now, I was expecting tons of flames and criticism, but I can't see anyone speaking about it (in both good or bad terms). What's up? Is it for respect to Mr. Wolfram's great contributions to Science? Or again is it me?"

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