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Amazon's Echo Chamber

miknix Re:Give credit to the first voice-only product (112 comments)

I think this technology can be particularly useful in the kitchen. If you like to cook you certainly know how annoying it is to smear olive oil or butter all over your phone screen while you are trying to bake a cake following an internet recipe :D

about two weeks ago
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Amazon's Echo Chamber

miknix Re:Who is that? (112 comments)

I was wondering the exact same thing! Why did this article hit the front page, slow news day?

about two weeks ago
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LAX To London Flight Delayed Over "Al-Quida" Wi-Fi Name

miknix wireless access points, what is this? 2002? (339 comments)

since wireless access points can be had for just a few dollars these days.

Every major phone nowadays allows setting up a softAP, you do not need a frigging wireless AP to send a few "Al-Quida" Wi-Fi beacons..

about three weeks ago
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Microsoft Gearing Up To Release a Smartwatch of Its Own

miknix Behold the bluescreen watch! (172 comments)

Wait no more, with this new windows watch you will be able to make pauses during your work and stare a wonderful 8-bit blue.
No need to wait for the 16h to drink your tea, with the windows watch you get random bluescreens every time!

Now available with the new RandomFunctionEx32! It is random 7.9999 times in 8!

Call now, and get a free copy of Windows 10 Fisher price edition!

about a month ago
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Google Threatened With $100M Lawsuit Over Nude Celebrity Photos

miknix Re:Indeed. Let's also sue the white pages... (225 comments)

Indeed. Let's also sue the white pages because they list the phone numbers of people that do prostitution and sell drugs.

about a month and a half ago
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Researchers Successfully Cut HIV DNA Out of Human Cells

miknix Re: With all this progress on HIV, (64 comments)

The thing is that as horrible as it may sound, cancer is part of evolution. When there is a genetic mutation, there is high change it turns out into just cancer but it can also turn out into another eye color, or immunity against a virus. If you put a CRC into our genome, then we could never evolve genetically anymore. But then, well, some say our natural process of genetic evolution stopped the moment we learned to change the genome.

about 3 months ago
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Netcraft: Microsoft Closing In On Apache Web Server Lead

miknix Re:This article is a load of PR bullsh*t (102 comments)

From TFA [1]:

Apache's position is much stronger when considering only Active Sites — it retains an absolute majority of 52.3%, and second place is held by nginx (14.4%), rather than Microsoft (11.3%). By excluding much of the automatically-generated content present on the internet, the Active Sites metric better reflects web server market share amongst human-maintained web sites. (emphasis by me)

[1] http://news.netcraft.com/archi...

about 6 months ago
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Netcraft: Microsoft Closing In On Apache Web Server Lead

miknix Re:This article is a load of PR bullsh*t (102 comments)

Please mod parent up.

What a load of PR bullshit this article is. If people actually care reading the netcraft results [1], you will see that in ACTIVE WEBSITES the Microsoft webserver is falling below 12% during the last two years, while Apache has been well over 50%, despite all other webservers gaining place (Nginx for example).

[1] http://news.netcraft.com/archi...

about 6 months ago
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Autonomous Car Ethics: If a Crash Is Unavoidable, What Does It Hit?

miknix Re:A cat (800 comments)

There's nothing worse than seeing an animal suffer, even if that animal is considered by many to be vermin.

That's why the car ethics algorithm, besides heading into the cat, need to accelerate as well. :D

[Disclaimer: Although I dislike cats as a pet, I respect them as animals and would never (and have never) hurt them.)]

about 6 months ago
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Autonomous Car Ethics: If a Crash Is Unavoidable, What Does It Hit?

miknix Re:A cat (800 comments)

definitely, a cat, I hate them.

about 6 months ago
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Tiny $45 Cubic Mini-PC Supports Android and Linux

miknix Re: How much RAM? (197 comments)

Aha, the UI was in Portuguese. I thought the language depended on your login and was not hard-coded into the blog, guess not!
Regarding not being able to leave a comment there, can you provide more info? I checked through all the settings and everything seems fine. You just need a Google or OpenID login.

The keyboard (YAMAHA PSR E-333) has a generic USB MIDI connection (no wave audio, just midi), it works perfectly with the usbmidi kernel module and is shown as a bidirectional MIDI device in ALSA. I can record MIDI events from the keyboard using (for example) Rosegarden and also use the keyboard as a general midi output (instead of timidity++). For someone who just started messing with this, I find it pretty cool.
By the way, since ALSA is also used in Linux/ARM, I expect that it will work the same way.

I was wondering if I could actually use my phone (since it has a MHL connection) instead of a beagleboard/cubepc/raspi. The thing is I need both the HDMI and USB ports but they are both in the same connector : \

about a year ago
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Tiny $45 Cubic Mini-PC Supports Android and Linux

miknix Re: How much RAM? (197 comments)

I was not planning creating one but maybe that would be cool. I'll setup something tonight then,. I'll drop the link here, maybe you guys have some good ideas.

Basically I want rosegarden and timidity to work. I didn't check yet if rosegarden can be built for ARM. Timidity can be built for ARM.
Regarding the distribution, I'm going to create something dedicated using Gentoo.

  Then I'll need to find a good input device. I thought about using a cheap resistive touch panel over the LCD. But maybe that's not the best. A mouse is out of the question.

about a year ago
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Tiny $45 Cubic Mini-PC Supports Android and Linux

miknix Re: How much RAM? (197 comments)

I am considering purchasing one to make it some sorts if midi station connected to my piano keyboard. I already have a laptop LCD screen in place of the partiture, so this is just the last piece of the cake.

about a year ago
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Official: Microsoft To Acquire Nokia Devices and Services Business

miknix Re:Beware of Microsofties bearing gifts (535 comments)

I'll be impressed if this passes regulation.. If it does, any chance of bringing this to European courts?

about a year ago
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Asus CEO On Windows RT: "We're Out."

miknix Re:A tablet isn't a PC. That's the point. (246 comments)

What part of "using another completely different OS." didn't you understood? :P

I completely "understanded" [sic] exactly what you said,

I see what you did there :)

and you confirmed what I presumed, that at least *most* of your "powerful skills" (super elite k00l p0werful skillz) would be there on OS X too.

The kernel reference was not to make me look l33t but rather make the distinction that I could hack Linux (the kernel) but not the OSX's kernel. However I just did a quick read and now realize than Darwin's kernel was opensourced by Apple..
Still, I cannot do other goodies as getting my Linux disto to run everywhere, including my router and toaster. - LOL

about a year ago
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Asus CEO On Windows RT: "We're Out."

miknix Re:A tablet isn't a PC. That's the point. (246 comments)

right now, the problem is getting the processing power of a mid-range laptop into a tablet form factor is very expensive, or even not possible. you think that will last forever, especially considering the r&d that is going into miniaturizing components for phones and traditional tablets?

The way I see it, the problem is not really the miniaturization of components or even the available processing power. It is the energy storage technology (more specifically the maximum energy density) which is not quite on par with the power rating of our electronic devices :)
But I agree with you, we have seen quite a few novel approaches right here on /. Maybe...

about a year ago
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Asus CEO On Windows RT: "We're Out."

miknix Re:A tablet isn't a PC. That's the point. (246 comments)

The pro is a regular PC which comes with comes with an uncrippled version of windows 8 and can have other operating systems installed if you with.

That is interesting, did not know that. I thought all of them were Windows RT. Well, with the prices down, one day if I ever find the need to get a tablet, I'll also consider the surface pro, given that Linux is supported well enough on it. : )

about a year ago

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Virtualbox OSS outperforms VMWare.

miknix miknix writes  |  about 7 years ago

miknix writes "Virtualbox which came to the opensource scene some time ago is now outperforming VMWare workstation/player in speed. But don't think this is a minimal difference, because VBox looks supersonic near VMWare, maybe because it is now supporting AMD-V and Intel VT-x extensions.

I was testing the SVM extension of my new Turion 64 X2 on my Gentoo-amd64 linux when got amazed by virtualbox speed. I googled about this and looks like I'm not the only one."

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