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Reviving a Commodore 64 Computer Using a Raspberry Pi

nadaou Re:8 out of 10 for cool. 1 out of 10 for interesti (165 comments)

What would be interesting would be to bring the spirit of these old systems into the modern age rather than just replicate them wholesale. Boot into a system which allows you immediate programming (preferably with a modern OO syntax) and access to video, sound and peripherals. If there's anything that has suffered over the past three decades, it's easy access to I/O.

hmmm, if only there was something like that already under our noses.

about two weeks ago

How much do you spend yearly on mobile apps?

nadaou Re:Question (240 comments)

Instead of searching for that app it is perhaps a better use of your time to study the difference between ionizing and non-ionizing radiation, and the energy required at common cell phone frequencies to generate ionizing radiation. And then comparing it with the power your cell phone transmits at.

[disclaimer: I can't guarantee that minor localized warming of the brain has no long term effects]

Or just buy a wired headset and leave your phone in your bag, then be happy in simply not worrying about it.

about two weeks ago

Linux Developers Consider On-Screen QR Codes For Kernel Panics

nadaou Re:Huh? (175 comments)

> (that they need v40 codes to store an entire oops, and
> few phones will read v40 codes).

few of today's phones perhaps. but the development of phones is
not exactly at a standstill, when QR-oops gets released with some
future kernel what will the phone technology support then?

to quote Doc Brown, you have to think four dimensionally.

about three weeks ago

Federal Bill Would Criminalize Revenge Porn Websites

nadaou Re:Freedom of Speech? (328 comments)

That it was not written in a vacuum and it is shown that the authors thought a lot about the existing common law and how what they wrote would relate to it, only gives more weight to the simple and precise words they put down on, er, hemp. They knew exactly what they were saying and said it as plainly as they could.

I guess it was inevitable that not leaving any room for lawyers to weasel out of it would eventually be used as a "look how strict it is! they can't have been serious! ignore what it says!" opposite-day fantasy.

oblig. look up the ironic history of yelling "fire" in a movie theater, an idea first used in a court case trying to illegally silence political protesters in the early years of WWI.

about three weeks ago

Illustrating the Socioeconomic Divide With iOS and Android

nadaou Spain loves Android (161 comments)

Interesting that the map shows Spain to be so solidly in the Android camp.

I wonder if iOS is doing something funny there to skew the data, Apple has abandoned the market, or if it is local preference.


about three weeks ago

MtGox Files For Bankruptcy Protection

nadaou Re:Ha ha (465 comments)

> And we need growth because?

Because electrolytes, stupid.

about 2 months ago

At my current workplace, I've outlasted ...

nadaou market research (177 comments)

does it ever occur to you that your role in life is to provide market research to some corporate holding company by describing the demographic you best fit into?

or do you take a more active role, by answering incorrectly to poison the statistics?

I mean come on, at least entertain us with a CowboyNeal option.

about 3 months ago

Voynich Manuscript May Have Originated In the New World

nadaou Re:You've been snookered (170 comments)

just because they may be alternative medicine crackpots does not mean that they are not experts in identifying exotic plant species. one might expect just the opposite actually.

train your brain to avoid the ad hominem.

about 3 months ago

The Year's Dumbest Moments in Tech

nadaou "Worst dressed" (96 comments)

As this is a more or less duplicate top-10 style list to the one posted yesterday, among many other "biggest foul ups" and "worst dressed" articles, the floor is open for meta-discussion.

I get that laughing at others' misfortune and fuckups makes sad people feel better about themselves and sells lots of glossy magazines, but you've got to admit it's all a bit depressing that we can't get past the psychology of school yard bullies and instead have at least one in five of these top 10 lists be about the greatest medical, quantum physics, and space exploration breakthroughs of the previous year and what's on the horizon for the next.

Celebrate good times, come on.

about 4 months ago

Massive Android Mobile Botnet Hijacking SMS Data

nadaou Re:Mf-droidisoSMS (117 comments)

> No kidding. I had to look through dozens of "flashlight" apps
> to find one that didn't want my calendar, SMS, internet access,
> and GPS.

F-Droid is your friend.

As always, FOSS means you don't have to put up with the bullshit.

F-Droid build all apps they ship from source, including some sort
of grep filter on permissions to catch (and then remove) any code
which is not in the user's best interest, or at minimum flag and
explain the issue in detail to let you decide for yourself.
Otherwise-good apps with flagrant ad-ware or cripple-ware in it
simply gets patched.

about 4 months ago

Tesla Fires and Firestorms: Let's Breathe and Review Some Car Fire Math

nadaou Re:American cars in general... (264 comments)

> Perhaps you should ask Google what "citation" means.

It's old Spanish which translates roughly to mean "painted horse".

about 5 months ago

Android KitKat Released

nadaou Re:Nexus 5: Can it run linux? (358 comments)

As another poster pointed out, Android already is running the Linux kernel. If you want the GNU-ecosystem OS on top of the kernel all you have to do is install a chroot environment like "Lil' Debi" and you're done. (requires root)


Same goes for those very nice and very cheap long-life Chromebooks.

People give RMS lots of grief for calling "it" GNU/Linux, but he ain't no fool. Linux can be many things besides the kernel for the GNU OS, and see the Debian ports for the familiar GNU environment running on BSD, and yes, Hurd kernels instead of the Linux one.

about 6 months ago

Nebraska Scientists Refuse To Carry Out Climate Change-Denying Study

nadaou Re:Really? (640 comments)

This is a bit like asking physicists to come up with a reason that newtons apple falls that DOESNT involve gravity.

That could be considered apostrofal.

about 6 months ago

Arctic Ice Cap Rebounds From 2012 — But Does That Matter?

nadaou Re:Basic Statistics Deception (400 comments)

the laws of physics care not what Al Gore thinks or does.

it does not matter if it is Al Gore, JP Morgan & Co., or Colonel Fucking Sanders who points it out: internalising the market externalities around the burning of fossil fuels is the single greatest tool we have to do something about this before it is too late.

we know pretty much how many barrels oil, gas, and coal we sell (and so extract and burn) each year. We know quite well how many molecules of CO2 that will release. We know, pretty much, since the mid-1800s (starting with Fourier) what effect that CO2 will have on our atmosphere. We monitor it both in amount and radioisotope and it matches expectations pretty much spot on.

arguing over the minute details or the character of the messenger is both totally irrelevant and short sighted, not to mention intellectually dishonest.

A cap and trade marked based solution worked beautifully for SO2, there's absolutely no reason it wouldn't work for other pollutants as well, beyond intentional and sociopathic sabotage that is.

about 7 months ago



The Whole Earth 'Lectronic Link sold to it members

nadaou nadaou writes  |  about a year and a half 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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