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The Last Three Months Were the Hottest Quarter On Record

neorush Re:Well here we go again. (552 comments)

interestingly enough....
neorush@localhost:~$ apt-cache search popcorn
pd-chaos - Pd library for calculating various chaotic attractors

about two weeks ago

Google Announces "Classroom"

neorush Re:"For advertising purposes" (143 comments)

...well at least for the next 3-5 years until we decide to cancel this project.

about 3 months ago

Department of Transportation Makes Rear View Cameras Mandatory

neorush Re:Useless Most of the Time (518 comments)

Might be the car design, but even rain / road wash put a mist on it so it is basically useless.

about 4 months ago

Department of Transportation Makes Rear View Cameras Mandatory

neorush Re:Useless Luddietery (518 comments)

The GPS in dash and heated seat trim level also came with a camera. Seat belts are always effective. The data on seat belt safety is overwhelming, there are a few other good comments here that outline how little backup camera's do to save lives.

about 4 months ago

Department of Transportation Makes Rear View Cameras Mandatory

neorush Useless Most of the Time (518 comments)

Our rearview camera is completely useless about 70% of the time, as the snow and mud almost always have it covered unless you physically get out of the car and clean it off. But good thing for this, lets make cars even more expensive for average joe just trying to get by.

about 4 months ago

Is This the End of Splitscreen Multiplayer, Or the Start of Its Rebirth?

neorush Re:The social interaction is HUGE (126 comments)

I totally miss the art of staring at a wall while running so that the people you are playing with don't know where you are...I do not mean this sarcastically...there really was an art to it.

about 4 months ago

How Do You Backup 20TB of Data?

neorush Re:reduce the amount (983 comments)

Subtitle and multiple audio track support seems to always work....also xbmc really loves these files.

about 5 months ago

The JavaScript Juggernaut Rolls On

neorush Re:Kinda Suprised...but I guess I shouldn't be... (505 comments)

...and poorly written python sucks up server resources. You can't say a language is bad because there are people out there who don't know how to efficiently leverage it. The reality is it uses less power / network to say calculate an md5 hash in-browser than to send a json or a full http request to the server. Despite that "bulky" inclusion of Crypto.js

about 6 months ago

The JavaScript Juggernaut Rolls On

neorush Kinda Suprised...but I guess I shouldn't be... (505 comments)

I'm kind of surprised that there is not one good comment about the benefits of javascript up above this yet. I mean you can off load sooo much data to the client cpu. With the latest in webstorage and the sqlite port to JS I can actually create a friggen database server running on the client. WebRTC and WebSockets are seriously about the change everything in the next 1-2 years....I'm curious how many of the above posts are done by folks who actually do web development? It is pretty much indispensable these days, and really pretty awesome, so get used to it.

about 6 months ago

Embedded SIM Design Means No More Swapping Cards

neorush Cloning a phone just got easier... (192 comments)

How long before the market for phone serials are is just as big as credit card data. I would imagine this technology be jail broken in hours and then the bad guys can easily change phone numbers. Imagining being able to change phones in-between calls, or how about randomly using a stolen one...that said, I do feel moving this to software is a good idea. As long as I can switch carriers as easy as the carriers can switch it.

about 7 months ago

More Students Learn CS In 3 Days Than Past 100 Years

neorush Re:Yeah, no ... (287 comments)

Computer Science: the study of the principles and use of computers. I would dare say that coding is a use of a computer. If it gets kids fascinated in it, it is the BEST way to start. I did not pickup calculus very well until later in life because we are only taught how to solve a paper problem high-school. But, show kids how you can use calculus to land your Kerbal Space craft more efficiently....

about 8 months ago

More Students Learn CS In 3 Days Than Past 100 Years

neorush Re:Yeah, no ... (287 comments)

I would classify that reading a speedometer is part of learning how to drive. I agree the headline is missing leading. TFA (and summary) says they learned about the subject.

about 8 months ago

More Students Learn CS In 3 Days Than Past 100 Years

neorush Re:Yeah, no ... (287 comments)

This is a pretty academic way of looking at it. You have to start some where. When you were learning to add single digit numbers no one said "Learning a little bit about adding numbers is not Calculus." While in a literal sense it is not, you simply can not proceed without the latter.

about 8 months ago

Cybercrime Marketplace Mastermind Faces 18 Years In Prison

neorush We have a new record holder! (59 comments)

I watched an episode once of American Greed about Max Butler who had the longest prison sentence for hacking in history (13 years). In my opinion he had no remorse for what he did. He truly believed he didn't really hurt anyone. In his interview he was basically like, "when they raided me, I thought they were just picking up bricks (encrypted hard drives) but apparently the FBI has some really smart guys". He seemed more remorseful with the fact that he lost to the FBI than anything else. This guy probably deserved the sentence and then some. Also as a note, in the program they eluded to the fact that they needed to catch him with his machine running to decrypt everything....I'm sure the keys were in memory.

about 8 months ago

Yota Phone Launches With Secondary E-Ink Display

neorush Sweet! (72 comments)

I have absolutely eaten 50% of my battery in a two hour long meeting because I was constantly paging through documents of notes during the discussion. Most of it is spent with the document just sitting on the display for reference / discussion. I leave the LCD on because I have to keep unlocking the phone with my pin every time someone asks something like "what was that number from March?" This would also make reading more practical, as I often do not do any e-reading during the day because I am worried about battery life over 12hrs.

about 8 months ago

Hammerhead System Offers a Better Way To Navigate While Cycling

neorush Re:no thanks. (249 comments)

You've got it, I do this on my motorcycle all the time. I could mount it on the handle bars like a lot of guys, but I find it is just too distracting. If I'm really not sure I just stop and look at the screen. The other piece to this is to review your route before you head out. 2-3 mins of review and there is really no problem.

about 8 months ago

Next World of Warcraft Expansion: Warlords of Draenor

neorush Re:I guess I'll see (156 comments)

Darkfall tried this, the mechanics were just abused (their are no "levels"). So instead of grinding, people would macro their guy into doing the basic task to up that skill. On paper Darkfall looked awesome, it may have been implemented poorly, but I'm not sure there is a way to do it otherwise. If you're not else do you make it hard to level up?...that is the question....

about 9 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Good Satellite Internet For Remote Locations?

neorush Re:There are none (175 comments)

I've been a satellite internet user for ~10 years, I have used both wildblue and hughesnet. The big problem for regular internet use is not latency, my current hughesnet connection:
Pinging [] with 32 bytes of data:
Reply from bytes=32 time=775ms TTL=54
Reply from bytes=32 time=1013ms TTL=54
Reply from bytes=32 time=1108ms TTL=54
Reply from bytes=32 time=1098ms TTL=54
Ping statistics for Packets: Sent = 4, Received = 4, Lost = 0 (0% loss),
Approximate round trip times in milli-seconds: Minimum = 775ms, Maximum = 1108ms, Average = 998ms
While this makes online gaming pretty much impossible, you can reasonably browse the web send emails, etc....though.

The REALLY BIG PROBLEM is bandwidth. I am on the most expensive package hughesnet provides...and that is 450MB a day. Which again is fine for checking email and 'normal' web browsing (according to hughesnet) but any kind of downloading, like for instance my new smartTV with built in YouTube and Netflix, yeah, useless. I switched from Wildblue to hughesnet a few years ago because wildblue uses a 30 day bandwidth total like most cell services, so if you use all 15GB of bandwidth in the first week, you have to wait until the end of the billing cycle to get more bandwidth. Hughesnet is a 24 hour cycle, so after 24hrs you get your 450 mb and are back to normal speed.
The other nice thing about hughesnet is they let you keep your previous days unused bandwidth, so if I do not use the internet for a day, the next day I will have 900mb of bandwidth to use, if I have 100mb left at the end of the day, I get 550mb the next day, etc...of course the "pool" maxes at 2 days worth of bandwidth. Both services also have a 2am to 7am unlimited bandwidth, the problem is it feels like the connection drops to a crawl during this time, and the normal 300 kb/s I would get during the day is more like 20 or 30kb/s. But at least I have my linux servers and windows updates scheduled to run during this time.
By the way, I live in NY, and there is not even cell service at my house. Currently it looks as if I will have satellite internet for the foreseeable future.

about 9 months ago

A Year After Sandy, Do You Approach Disaster Differently?

neorush Datacenter Geography (230 comments)

I have several customers on long island, and my customers were some of the quickest to recover (they just had to get themselves back online) as all data and POS systems are in the cloud. I keep 3 separate geographic locations of server clusters and a fourth backup at our office. Those IT guys who think data centers / companies are infallible have not been around long enough to see a data center go under financially, or have servers raided because the police don't understand what a virtual server means. Much less an actual natural disaster. IMHO there is very little reason to be 'down' these days, with on demand services from rackspace and S3, it just takes proper planning.

about 9 months ago

Largest US Power Storing Solar Array Goes Live

neorush That's a Lot of Area to go pure solar! (377 comments)

In 2010 there were 114,800,000 U.S. households, 114,800,000 / 70,000 powered homes = 1,640 of these facilities at 3 square miles per facility = 4,900 square miles! Airizona is 114,006 square miles, that is 4.2% of the state covered in panels....or roughly the entire state of Connecticut if you have some room for growth.

about 10 months ago



My Space Deletes 29,000 Sex Offender Accounts

neorush neorush writes  |  about 7 years ago

neorush writes "From TFA:
"Social networking Web site MySpace Latest News about MySpace has found and purged more than 29,000 sexual predators using the site, a number described by Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal as an "exploding epidemic." The figure is more than quadruple the amount MySpace said it found two months ago. In May, MySpace — which allows users to create their own Web pages — said it banned from its site about 7,000 people discovered to be sex offenders."

First of all MySpace has more than 100 Million registered users (I didn't confirm that number I just remember reading it somewhere awhile back), which means that 29,000 is only .029% of the MySpace population. Sure I have a better chance of running into a sex offender on MySpace than say winning the lottery, but is this anymore dangerous than letting my child walk down the street in the suburbs? Its just describing this problem as an "exploding epidemic" seems just like another media scare tactic."

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