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Researchers Break Video CAPTCHAs

neongrau deCaptcha as browser plugin (109 comments)

Hopefully they'll start integrating these deCaptcha tools into Firefox and Chrome. Captchas became so hard it's impossible for mere humans to solve them.

more than 2 years ago

Inductive Charging For EVs To Be Tested In Berlin

neongrau Re:a smart fortwo? (123 comments)

smart uses some tech to compensate for the lack of crumple.
Basically some slightly-time-delayed absorber built-into the chassis.
The german word for it is "Tilgermasse" couldn't find a proper english term for it.
A lot of ppl fear driving smarts but being more endangered in a crash is just FUD.
Especially crumple seems to be a fetish of US car makers after their historical ignorance of it when they built massive chunks of metal that behaved the way you fear smarts would do.
It's probably already a tradition to lack behind in the automotive industry. ;)

more than 2 years ago

Inductive Charging For EVs To Be Tested In Berlin

neongrau Re:a smart fortwo? (123 comments)

see smart fortwo
vs BMW 5 series

not too much of a difference, except that you have higher chances to kill pedestrians in a BMW :P

more than 2 years ago

In the simplistic left/right divide, I'd call myself

neongrau Re:First (past the) Post (639 comments)

IMHO the main problem is that none of the left / center / right sides have REALLY changed. They all seem to have the same views and prejudices like decades ago.
Being annoyed of hardcore capitalism doesn't mean that one is either communist or socialist. But that's what ppl seem getting accused of all the time. Center/conservative for me has the flavor of being stagnant. The right wing has that stench of chauvinism. And classic left-wingers seem too naive and unrealistic.
I for example love the "Floating above, thus transcending this question" option that's how i personally roll. Time to move on. I believe it's time to try something new altogether.

more than 2 years ago

German Copyright Group To Collect From Creative Commons Event

neongrau like a friend from scotland said (349 comments)

after i explained what GEMA is / does: "wtf? so they're the music-nazis of the world?"

more than 2 years ago

The Next Firefox UI

neongrau Are the nerds coming of age? (401 comments)

And turning conservative? Why all the hate for change? "I hate it because it doesn't look the same way as before" ?!? Same way like the latest Tips & Tricks on your flavor of OS.... latest example OSX Lion. I saw a couple of articles already that list nothing but how to turn off the newest features and make it look and behave like the old version. Then why even bother upgrading? Are you trying to become the next breed of those 50% of die-hard-2011 win-XP users because Vista was horrible once and Win7 is just a polished turd in your opionion? Let loose of the past already, it'll never come back. And it's good that way.

more than 3 years ago

Terror Attack On Norwegian Government

neongrau Re:Not clear, yet, that it's terrorism. (401 comments)

on german news they said there are no gas lines as norwegians solely use electric heating since they have an abundance of clean energy (water).

more than 3 years ago

Because of Cigarettes, Apple Warranty Service Reje

neongrau A november 2009 story?!? (2 comments)

On a very questionable blog as an "original source".

Looks like someone want to drive traffic to his site.
smells fishy

more than 3 years ago

Is Science Just a Matter of Faith?

neongrau short answer: no! (1486 comments)

could write a lot more but what for? i'd be preaching to the choir here, wouldn't i?

more than 3 years ago

Earth's Water Didn't Come From Outer Space

neongrau well, let's wait for thursday... (181 comments)

when they're prolly going to announce that a water-ice meteorite had been discovered, that also brought extraterrestrial life with it.

NASA press release

more than 3 years ago

Inventor Creates Flotation Device Bazooka

neongrau Re:200 year old technology (144 comments)

not sure if that was the same show i saw. but that's what i was thinking when i read that. they had 2 or 3 teams, one used a remote controlled model airplane to carry the life buoy to the person, another team built some kind of mortar which was in fact a t-shirt cannon. after tweaking targetting with a computer to assist against wind they successfully delivered the life buoy within a few metres to the person in the water.

more than 3 years ago

Supernova Shrapnel Found In Meteorite

neongrau Re:The wonders of science... (105 comments)

well if he intended to be funny or ironic he should have written his comment that way.

"if you don't want your beliefs ridiculed you shouldn't have such funny beliefs"

about 4 years ago

EVE Player Loses $1,200 Worth of Game Time In-Game

neongrau Re:Is there a killmail? (620 comments)

yes here:

the articel on massively has quite some facts wrong anyway. the alliance that guy was in had an active war declaration going (during that their opponents are allowed to shoot them even in the normal safe "empire"). So it was in fact sheer stupidity to undock with such valuable cargo in such a fragile ship during an active war. The attackers didin't even knew that he was carrying the PLEX's. Without checking they also blew up the wreck. But that didn't matter anyways since they all blew up anyway (there is a chance for the cargo to drop intact and then it'd be retreivable from the resulting ship wreck).
In game news reported the victim already left the game for good. No wonder, he's now the laughing stock for almost the whole playerbase. *g*

more than 4 years ago

The Creativity Crisis

neongrau Re:Its for the Childs Safety (571 comments)

me (33), shortly afterwards my chemistry grades went from barely average to A

more than 4 years ago

The Creativity Crisis

neongrau Probably because... (571 comments)

especially in the last years parents pumping their kids full of behavior adjusting drugs? Ritalin maybe?

more than 4 years ago

KDE Founder Receives Highest German Honor

neongrau Re:He deserves it more than Obama / Gore do. (142 comments)

i wonder, do you see it as a farce because you think he hasn't deserved it (yet)?
Or because they gave it to him with the idea to put some kind of pressure on him to actually do something?

I fully agree that it was questionable. But hopefully it'll work out for a greater good.

more than 4 years ago



neongrau neongrau writes  |  more than 7 years ago

neongrau (1032968) writes "On the german version of the monster job portal site, Microsoft is hiring people to work as a "Web/Live Evangelist". In case you wonder what the job of an evangelist for Microsoft is, these quotes pretty much sum it up:

"...As a WLE, you are Microsoft's representative to the web designer community helping to win the hearts and minds regarding the Microsoft platform..."
"...must also be able to engage in technical dialog with more traditional "development" organizations such as software companies and IT departments, where the art and business of "design" is less understood and developed...".

So beware, you'll have to religiously believe that on any other platform than the Microsoft platform developers understand less about software design! Sounds pretty arrogant, doesn't it? But hey, at least you will get paid for such arrogance!"


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