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Interview: Ask Ben Starr About the Future of Food

nachtkap future of cooking (137 comments)

How would you cook if all of humanity's food(/sugar/fuel) production had to be algae plus 3d printing because of environmental concerns and space requirements?

about 9 months ago

European Court of Justice Strikes Down Data Retention Law

nachtkap Re:Europe, here I come! (77 comments)

The solution seems to be to live on/near the line then. as far as I can make out the areas to live in would include Paris, Frankfurt, a sizable chuck of the Rhine, Stuttgard, Lake Constance, Vienna.
Just view the state religions as Europe's 2nd Amendment. A somewhat annoying relic from a bygone age where the (hardcore) adherents ruin the general climate for everyone. Assuming religion while be around for good while longer, having state religions in secular state isn't as bad as one might think. In my opinion it keeps the religions from going of the rails because they would lose their befits if they don't play nice.

about 10 months ago

Ask Slashdot: What Are the Books Everyone Should Read?

nachtkap hyperion (cantos) and thawn (796 comments)

Dan Simmons - Hyperion (Cantos)
At least the 1st novel is like a kick in the stomach at times. It also moved me to tears on a level I would thought impossible. Includes: Spiked killing machine, Poetry, evil AI's and a Scifi world/society that feels way more believable then Star Trek/Wars ever was.

Timothy Zahn - (1st) Thawn Trilogy
It is hard not to like these books if you like Star Wars IMO.

Imaginary Friend - The Bible
Most of it can be skipped but select parts like Genesis and the Sodom and Gomorrah bit should be read. Cant imagine that there isn't a list for that.

My "short" list consists of the best known books of these people: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Nobel_laureates_in_Literature. Names like Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Ernest Hemingway, Hermann Hesse and Bertrand Russell speak for themselfs.
I have only read very limited passages from those authors. That glimpse convinced me however that their works must provide the best access to differing points of view possible.

1 year,24 days

StarCraft II Gamer Receives US Pro-Athlete Visa

nachtkap Re:A company can actually ban someone from a sport (114 comments)

Or something free like beach volleyball, where a Brazilian pro player was (at least partially) baned for being outspoken about something. Sadly I can't find a source.
But I agree that 'Sport' isn't the right label here. It should be labeled as a 'competition' just like every other 'sport'. After all we watch a competition between professionals (people that devoted way more time to a activity, then we could be bothered to, and there got really good at it) based on set rules. IMO we only call professional sports 'sport' because we most likely play/played that sport.

about a year ago

StarCraft II Gamer Receives US Pro-Athlete Visa

nachtkap Re:South Korean Visa Waiver (114 comments)

He is playing for a US based team (Evil Geniuses). The do have a team house at/near SF where he has stayed for a limited amount of time. E-sports tournaments are also often part of another venue (Trade shows and Comic Con) and his team might want him there because of their sponsors. Of which there are many.

about a year ago

StarCraft II Gamer Receives US Pro-Athlete Visa

nachtkap Re:H1B Visas and now this? (114 comments)

I don't think the US works like you think it does. Its success has been based on varying degrees of home grown talent and imported talent.

While the top earners in e-sports, apart from Fatal1ty, aren't from the US, 7 out of the top 20 are employed by a US organization (EG/[A]). The picture gets more favorable for the US the further down one goes in the top 100. As far as SC2:HotS goes the US has the famdom scene locked. I would guesstimate that ~80% of successful players are either Korean or play for a US based team (EG or TL). In DotA2 things are a bit more spread out (between China, CIS and the US), but the US is still in a favorable spot.
[EG: Evil Geniuses; [A]: Alliance; TL: Team Liquid; CIS: former USSR]
Source: http://www.esportsearnings.com/players

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: Easy Wi-Fi-Enabled Tablet For My Dad?

nachtkap Size matters (370 comments)

I was in the same position with my mum a while ago. She never had any contact with the web until she tried my tablet. From her experience (I just asked) and mine I have to say that the what doesn't matter that much. What is important is the size of.... well everything. Nine inches at least or the touch screen keyboard and text will be to small.
The Font Size:Huge thing is one the most important aspects. We all missed links on a touch screen but older people can be somewhat confused when they miss a link. Find an Analogy to explain that this sometimes happens (to you too).
He should be set if you throw in some accessories like a tablet pillow.

about a year ago

Advanced Chatbot Could Help With Social Awkwardness

nachtkap MyAutomatedConversationCoach (84 comments)

The MIT site: http://web.media.mit.edu/~mehoque/MACH.htm for the project has a bit more content in the form of before and after vids. The site links to http://web.media.mit.edu/~mehoque/SignUpForMACH.htm if you are interested in try MACH out.

Is MACH available for me to use?
We would love to make the system available to the general mass for free. Here are the caveats.
MACH was developed as part of a PhD thesis consisting of more than half a million lines of code. The current prototype works on a personal laptop. However, it is an extremely complicated system that we were able to put together with 2 years of effort.
In order to make a public release with seamless interaction experience, we would need to do more testing.
It is possible to make MACH work in a computer browser and make it widely accessible. However, that will require hiring 2-3 full time software engineers with 6-12 months of development and test period. Currently, we are looking for resources to make that happen. If you are in a position to support our work, or know of any funding agencies who might be interested to fund us, please do get in touch (mehoque at media dot mit dot edu) with us. In the mean time, please feel free to write/tweet to AutismSpeaks, NLMFF, Autism Science Foundation
I am remote and I would like to participate in your studies.
Recruiting participants is the most challenging part of our research and we appreciate your interest. However, with our current experimental set up, it makes it very difficult for us to recruit participants unless they are local. We hope to address this issue by developing an online version of our system.
I would like to be notified when the system becomes available to public.
Please sign up here. http://goo.gl/LDwb8

about a year ago

Researchers Now Pulling Out of DEF CON In Response To Anti-Fed Position

nachtkap Live stream? (204 comments)

Are the speeches from the keynote speakers broadcast by any chance?

about a year and a half ago

Interviews: Ask Freeman Dyson What You Will

nachtkap What is it good for? (181 comments)

Since I'm studying physics I'm all for research that is non application specific. Reading /. and walking through the physics building at my university I realize quite often that I have no idea what practical applications research could yield. Derivative applications like improved imaging algorithms and filtering stemming from telescopes are somewhat obvious. However I have idea for instance what things like ever more precise measurements of the Neutrino mass or Quantum chromodynamics research for instance could yield for practical application.
I'm hoping your horizon extends further than mine in that you can see future applications for research done today.

about 2 years ago

Interviews: Ask J. Michael Straczynski What You Will

nachtkap what's missing (215 comments)

When B5 characters were supposed be in "space" there was always something that seemed to make the characters belong where they were. Since then shows have largely been doing less with more. B5 had CGI zooms that turned into actors on a set. It had sets with CGI (through a view screen) where the set dominated on screen without getting in the way of where the CGI action was focused. More recent Shows felt largely like a set with a disconnected CGI mixed in to remind the viewers that it is happening in space.
What do think the foundation for this disconnect between actors and set is and where have shows gone awry?

about 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: How To Stay Fit In the Office?

nachtkap the usual + 3x (372 comments)

-I will list bike to work even thoughit has been clubed to death in this thread.
-Don't take elevators, ever. Once a week I have to go to the 4th floor when I get to the university and I definitely feel that exercise everytime I take the stairs. Going to the 1st floor 4 time might not have as much impact but exercise = exercise.
-An non-perfected option that might show potential is to secure a squash sized bouncy ball to a elastic rope and secure that to the ground with a tent peg. Then start hiting it back and forth with squash racquets.
-Get yourself a hackysack/footbag (https://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=hackysack) and find someone to play with. 3 meters from floor to ceiling is usually enough space. If you kick it higher than that then it isn't usually a well controlled kick. In my experience regardless of the effort you put into it, you be breaking a sweat after 10-15 minutes.
-Indjaca (https://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=indiaca) is pretty much an outside only option that might not be as frustrating as hackysack to get into. Meaning you might get more people (even women) to play with. To break a sweat with Indjaca or related activities, I found that you have to hit it in a flat angle and put power behind your hints. More power means less accuracy which means you have to move more to keep it in the air.
The last three options can be played outside when temperatures reach ~10C.

about 2 years ago

EU Commissioner Reveals He Will Ignore Any Rejection of ACTA

nachtkap Re:You mean he actually bought the European Court? (253 comments)

I follow the decisions of the highest German Courts, and to a lesser extend the European Courts, with passing interest. I have to say that I cannot recall a single instance that I found one of their decisions even a little bit unacceptable. Literally every time that I thought politicians totally went off the rails, along comes the highest Courts with a "oh no you don't".

about 2 years ago

45th and 46th Mersenne Primes Confirmed

nachtkap poor bruce (47 comments)

Well that suxs for Bruce. Now he has to change the combination on his luggage again.

more than 6 years ago



European Court of Justice strikes down data retention law

nachtkap nachtkap writes  |  about 10 months ago

nachtkap (951646) writes "The BBC reports:

The EU's top court has declared "invalid" an EU law requiring telecoms firms to store citizens' communications data for up to two years. The EU Data Retention Directive was adopted in 2006. The European Court of Justice says it violates two basic rights — respect for private life and protection of personal data.

Germany's supreme court did call on the ECJ to look into this issue as well."


German State's attorney investigates law firm that sent porn streaming letters

nachtkap nachtkap writes  |  about a year ago

nachtkap (951646) writes "The State's attorney for Cologne is investigating the law firm that sent the threating letters to German Redtube users. The investigation will look into the method that was used to determine the IP adresses of the redtube users. The method described in the affidavit doesn't match the traffic investigation performed by a heise.de reader. heise.de in turn verified the plausibility of his results.
[graphic in German and google.translate links]"

German online search law unconstitutional

nachtkap nachtkap writes  |  more than 6 years ago

nachtkap (951646) writes "The German Verfassungsgericht invalidates the German state's North Rhine-Westphalias online search law. In their decision the President of the German Supreme Court said that that the law in question was far to broad. The judges also gave very specific guidelines under which an online search would be acceptable. A online search law would have to protect body, life and freedom of the people. This would mean that the law could only be applied in cases of murder, manslaughter or kidnapping. Terrorism was also mentioned because a terrorist attack could destroy the public services that ensure the fundamental needs of the people. This has consequences for a online search law planed by German Interior Minister Wolfgang Schäuble, since that law now has to abide by guidelines laid down by the Supreme Court.
These guidelines would make it rather hard to show cause for the application of the planed law if terrorist propaganda or recruitment activities are to be targeted.
The google translation of the online article at the German news magazine Spiegel Online goes on to explore the politics inside the Coalition that currently governs Germany and further explores the history between the German Supreme Court and past administrations."

German BundesTrojan on the move.

nachtkap nachtkap writes  |  more than 7 years ago

nachtkap (951646) writes "A lot of conservative politicians have been going nuts since the terrorist cell was busted last week in Germany. They have been trying to 'explain' the merits of the so nicknamed 'Bundestrojan' to the public. The ZDF (2nd German Television) hosted a short discussion last sunday (Google translation) with left leaning Jürgen Trittin from the German Green Party and the conservative Wolfgang Bosbach from the Christian Social Union.
The conservative demonstrated a serious lack of understanding, for what is and what is not possible with a Trojan or data in general.

Tritin: "We are today in a situation, where the search in the end — in the sense of the execution — can't be controlled anymore."
Bosbach: That is simply wrong. Every time the forensic software (read: Bundestrojan) is employed a protocol is created. It can be exactly traced back what data was accessed. The data itself can not be manipulated, because the use of malware is explicitly forbidden.

I find his ignorance and the fact that to ordinary people he sounds like he knows what he is talking about disturbing."

nachtkap nachtkap writes  |  more than 7 years ago

nachtkap (951646) writes "NASAs mission to provide space weather forcast just got the first images (2-D and 3-D) from their Solar TErrestrial RElations Observatory (STEREO) satellites. There are also 3-D movies including one with the Sun at different wavelength.
From the article: STEREO (Solar TErrestrial RElations Observatory) is the third mission in NASA's Solar Terrestrial Probes program (STP). This two-year mission, launched October 2006, will provide a unique and revolutionary view of the Sun-Earth System. The two nearly identical observatories — one ahead of Earth in its orbit, the other trailing behind — will trace the flow of energy and matter from the Sun to Earth. They will reveal the 3D structure of coronal mass ejections; violent eruptions of matter from the sun that can disrupt satellites and power grids, and help us understand why they happen. STEREO will become a key addition to the fleet of space weather detection satellites by providing more accurate alerts for the arrival time of Earth-directed solar ejections with its unique side-viewing perspective.
For those of you that unable to locate their 3-D classes in a timely fashion, NASA has been kind kind enough to provide us with instructions on how to build your own."

nachtkap nachtkap writes  |  more than 7 years ago

nachtkap (951646) writes "The German newspaper Die Zeit has a picture series about the Large Hadron Collider (LHC). There is some information (in German) on what the LHC is supposed do and how certain parts works. A few sentences go with each picture to tell you what you are looking at. Babelfish works well enough to get general meaning across.
Fun fact from the article:
The brass of one of the detectors is originating from old Russian shell casings."

nachtkap nachtkap writes  |  more than 8 years ago

nachtkap (951646) writes "ABCnews reports that long time '60 Minutes' correspondent and Emmy winner Ed Bradley has died at age 65.
from the article:
Ed Bradley, one of television's most prominent African-American journalists, died of complications from leukemia Thursday. He was 65 years old.

A longtime correspondent for CBS News' "60 Minutes," Bradley's probing questions and salt-and-pepper beard distinguished him for millions of TV viewers. He died this morning at Mount Sinai hospital in New York City.

Bradley was diagnosed with leukemia two years ago but was in remission. He apparently took a turn for the worse two weeks ago, contracting pneumonia and succumbing to the disease.
Somehow nothing more comes to mind except a simple 'Goodbye' to a great journalist"


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