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Doppler Radar Used By Police To Determine Home Occupancy

nadaou Re:Simple solution (139 comments)

One point which often gets missed with the recent militarization of police forces in the US: Cops ARE civilians.

The mentalitily that they are not is a major threat to the citizenry.

about a month ago

Seattle Police Held Hackathon To Redact Footage From Body Cameras

nadaou Re:Why dashcams? (93 comments)

There is no need to [...] unless you have something to hide.

Now where have I heard that argument before...?

All the same, dashcams should be mandatory. They protect good cops while catching or putting a check on bad cops, and add an extra POV that neither the cop or the accused had available to them. Bonus witness.

about a month ago

Seattle Police Held Hackathon To Redact Footage From Body Cameras

nadaou Re:Why dashcams? (93 comments)

> Police cams should be treated the same way as 911 calls


> If the police charge someone with a crime, then that defendant's
> attorney will also have access to the original video.

double bingo

about a month ago

Federal Court Nixes Weeks of Warrantless Video Surveillance

nadaou Re:undocumented immigrant (440 comments)

and likely tortured,

Feinstein and McCain delivered a 6000 page report on the floor of the Senate last week. You can drop the "likely" part now.

about a month and a half ago

Last Three Years the Quietest For Tornadoes Ever

nadaou Evar (187 comments)

Since "third calmest since the 1950s" and "we haven't seen conditions like this since the 1980s" doesn't make for as good of a headline. (RTFA)

about a month and a half ago

Hackers Breach Payment Systems of Major Parking Garage Operator

nadaou Crackers (38 comments)

Crackers people, cheese.


about 2 months ago

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

nadaou Re:That's unchecked capitalism for you (516 comments)

Simply put: money * greed + lack of political will to do anything about the money * greed situation.

about 2 months ago

GNOME Project Seeks Donations For Trademark Battle With Groupon

nadaou Re:If this were ten years ago, I would have (268 comments)

Hear hear. If one of the biggest and best known names in the FOSS world can't defend themselves from something so blatant it just encourages other big corporations from abusing smaller groups.

Red hat, we're looking at you to step up here.

The Systemd and GNOME3 toxic manouvers are irrelevant.

about 3 months ago

Barometers In iPhones Mean More Crowdsourcing In Weather Forecasts

nadaou High frequency pressure waves (79 comments)

If you get the chance to monitor the barometer at high frequency there are a couple neat atmospheric phenomena which you can observe.

The shockwaves which preceed an oncoming strong front or thunderstorm are especially cool to watch.

about 3 months ago

ChromeOS Will No Longer Support Ext2/3/4 On External Drives/SD Cards

nadaou Re:Is the really that much of an issue? (345 comments)

Why bother developing, testing, and supporting a feature that few in their target market will ever use?

Because Google has a vested interest in the next generation of SD card not having patented and royalty incurring filesystem such as exFAT as the mandated standard. The more they can support TF card hardware spec instead of the SD card "experience" spec the better it will be for all of us. Except for Google's main competition in the laptop market that is.

As it stands now every smartphone with an SD card has as part of its manufacturing cost about $2 going straight to Microsoft for the privilege of using exFAT, because the SD standards committee in their wisdom decided that SD cards can't be called SD cards without it.

about 4 months ago

Systemd Adding Its Own Console To Linux Systems

nadaou Emacs as PID1 (774 comments)

It won't be done until it incorporates a reinvention (poorly) of Emacs into PID 1.

about 4 months ago

AMD Building New GPU Linux Kernel Driver To Unify With Catalyst Driver

nadaou Re:Still not actually open (56 comments)

> Do you really think last years video card can't support the newest
> version of DirectX?

I'm pretty sure that DirectX support is not that important for a Linux driver.

> Remember the Intel chips that you could upgrade by simply soldering
> 2 pins together? I suspect that THAT is what they are really afraid of.

And the tens, nay hundreds of lost sales that incurred?

> The mod community figuring out how to make upgrading less important.

Since most or many AMD graphics these days ship as part of an APU, I'm
also pretty sure there's more to the upgrade decision than just the

I'd really love the Catalyst driver to improve, right now the open source
Radeon driver is much more stable on my system but lacks full OpenCL
support. Anything which maximizes the open part of the driver and shrinks
the binary blob is a gain for all of us.

about 4 months ago

NASA Study: Ocean Abyss Has Not Warmed

nadaou Re:Yesterday Oceans were warming more than predict (295 comments)

The article from the other day was quite clearly talking about the upper waters.

This one is quite clearly talking about much deeper waters.

Nothing like settled and well defined science.

You got that right! It's a wonderful thing and the way they measured this using gravitational anomalies viewed from space is a great testament to our progress as a species. We are documenting our destruction in unprecedented detail.

about 4 months ago

Bangladesh Considers Building World's 5th-largest Data Center In Earthquake Zone

nadaou as opposed to SanFran and LA? (65 comments)

Good thing there are no tech companies along the San Andreas!

And before anyone goes on to say that M3s and M4s are an order of magnitude or two smaller than a M5, the energy is more like 32 times more intense for each magnitude level, it's not log10.

about 4 months ago

Energy Utilities Trying To Stifle Growth of Solar Power

nadaou Re:net metering != solar and 10% needs new physics (488 comments)

For example, I read a study a while back that pointing solar panels West of due South resulted in a much better match between electricity use and demand

That's an interesting point. From a pure kWh point of view facing them a bit to the east gets you better numbers since the crisp morning air is clearer than the late afternoon haze.

If you have batteries it becomes a balance between storage losses in the morning versus irradiation losses in the afternoon.

GP completely ignores the daily demand curve, especially in areas like southern California with a million A/C units humming away at noon, which lays the rest of his arguement to waste.

And total fail? 100-200% growth year on year certainly doesn't sound like fail to me.

about 4 months ago

Obama Presses China On Global Warming

nadaou Re:The pot calling the kettle black (261 comments)

stop blaming this thing on Greenpeace. clue-bat: they aren't the ones blocking renewable energy in this country.

about 4 months ago

Remote Exploit Vulnerability Found In Bash

nadaou Re:Already fixed in Debian... (399 comments)

I wonder if Debian's default /bin/sh being dash instead of bash reduces the attack surface somewhat.

Nope. I just tested dash on a Debian system which hadn't been upgraded yet. Dash is vulnerable too.

On an upgraded Debian dash is not vulnerable.

about 4 months ago

South Australia Hits 33% Renewal Energy Target 6 Years Early

nadaou Re:They need to get their shit together (169 comments)

> If you're going to peg your renewable hopes on solar or wind,
> you're going to have a bad time.

Er, so you're saying Australia suffers from lack of sunshine and bushfire-loving winds?

about 4 months ago

Friendly Reminder: Do Not Place Your iPhone In a Microwave

nadaou Re:Why is this here? (240 comments)

you've fallen into a fallacious trap -- what makes you think the sets overlap?

are you really saying that everyone without a background in electro-magnetics is evil and should be punished, because you knew a dumb jerk in grade school?

or are you just beating up the next weakest kid after you to make yourself feel better about yourself? (and so become the bully)

about 4 months ago



The Whole Earth 'Lectronic Link sold to it members

nadaou nadaou writes  |  more than 2 years ago

nadaou (535365) writes "From The NY Times: 'One of the earliest online communities, The WELL, has a new owner: its members. On Thursday evening, Salon Media Group, the previous owner of The WELL, said it had sold the community to the Well Group, a private investment group consisting of longtime members of the community, which was founded in 1985, long before the rise of the Web.'"
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