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New Facebook Messaging System Announced

nmoog Re:RFC? Standard? (240 comments)

To be fair though I don't think Facebook is bound legally to internet principles. Besides, Google opened up the federation protocol of Wave and a bunch of other technologies, and look where that got 'em!

more than 4 years ago

A 3D Lego Fabricator Made of Lego

nmoog Re:Recursion (87 comments)

No, but it can print the individual parts that make up itself.

more than 4 years ago

Texting On the Rise In the US

nmoog It's typical (468 comments)

Most average slashdot summaries (even including summaries that don't include statistics) are less confusing and ambiguous than this summary. But that's only if we are talking about _average_ summaries, not _typical_ summaries.

more than 4 years ago

Samsung's Galaxy Tab Android Tablet Now Official

nmoog What are its dimensions? (210 comments)

7" LCD is convenient - but I'd have to know how many sheets-of-glass thick it is before I'd consider buying one.

more than 4 years ago

Many Hackers Accidentally Send Their Code To Microsoft

nmoog Re:So then what's with the wait? (220 comments)

I'm guessing it's because the real "hackers" don't accidentally click the send button.

more than 4 years ago

Firefox Mobile Threatens Mobile App Stores, Says Mozilla

nmoog It's the flashy "store" people want (278 comments)

"Over time, the web will win because it always does." Yeah, over time... "over time" linux will win too. It's true most of the apps from the app store could have been made identically as web apps. But then they wouldn't have been on the app store - and no one would have ever seen them. I'm continually shocked at the amount of money the non-nerds (bosses, project managers, those other people who I'm not sure what they do except go to corporate lunches) at my work spend on the app store. MONEY! that's crazy - I've never seen people voluntarily spend MONEY on apps before! But Apple made a great system for "the normals". They don't want to trawl the web for nifty web apps (like this JavaSript platform game I may or may not be shamelessly plugging). The just want a happy little environment where they can buy stuff while pretending to be typing important emails during meetings.

more than 5 years ago

Academics To Predict Next Twitter and Its Pitfalls

nmoog Re:Pseudonyms, encryption and Identity theft (150 comments)

I was going to say that pseudonyms are no help anymore, because other people will tag REAL stuff and point it at your pseudonyms. For example, I have NEVER put my real name on my blog. But search for my name on google and my blog is the first result. And it sure doesn't take much work to find my name from my pseudonyms either. (This may have been addressed in the article, but I couldn't read it because it started with the word "Boffins")

more than 5 years ago

Nintendo Brain Games Effectiveness Questioned

nmoog so "go bust" means... (63 comments)

a professor of cognitive psychology dissed your product?

more than 5 years ago

Bill Gates' Plan To Destroy Music, Note By Note

nmoog Re:This is actually pretty cool (659 comments)

It is a damn interesting piece of shit software - i had a go: it would take any of my inane wailings and put some decently picked chords to it. Sure they they were played through some horrible GM sounds: but they tell you the chords (and the file format is just a renamed zip file with a .wma file and and xml file which contains all the chord info)

I don't know how good you are at listening to a monophonic sound source and deriving the key and related chords - but I suck at it. This software is a toy, but it doesn't mean you wont get something useful out of it!

about 6 years ago

Technical Specs Released For Aussie Net Filtering

nmoog Re:Unethical (231 comments)

Except even the people who ask us to please think of the children don't want this one!

more than 6 years ago


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The end is nigh, and most likely boring.

nmoog nmoog writes  |  more than 9 years ago [copy pasted from me blog]

Well, things look shakey for the happy continuation of modern society. Either global warming is going to get off it's lazy bum, wipe out our food supply and leave us living on the juice of cockroaches (lucky I live in Sydney). Or global warming will be averted due to the fact we have run out of fuel to burn, in which case food transportation and production will be halted and leave us living on the juice of cockroaches.

Either case will have the same result of course - our shortage of fuel/food will be balanced by an over-abundance of commercial television's delightful shock-reports that no family can afford to miss. I might try and tape as many of those as I can actually... If we can dig up a VCR they will be hilarious to watch in 40 years time.

When society finally crumbles and we are forced to fend for ourselves I am confident that people will remain calm, distributing the remaining supplies amongst everybody equally and working harmoniously toward a new beginning. Should that not happen, however, we may have to piss-bolt for our lives and live out the rest of our days in a cave. And boy, without the Internet, that is going to suck.

Keeping entertained during the immanent Apocalypse.

I don't know which will be first past the post (I've got my money on Peak Oil at the moment) but I guess we've got at least a good 5-8 years head start on either of them. As it stands, all I know about survival is that if you get lost then stay exactly where you are. Therefore I've decided to learn a bit more about living without today's mod-cons, like water.

There are three main things required for survival: Entertainment, food and water, and shelter. I figure Entertainment is the most important, as there is really no point being alive if you can't do it in style, so I'll concentrate on that one and maybe delve in to the others if time permits.

So much time, so little to do.

Strike that. Reverse it. Here's a list of things I need to learn before I lose my Internet connection to crazed looters:

  • Solar energy - Better get on to this one first for a couple of reasons. One - I don't wont to live in a world without electricity, and Two - once other people realise they don't want to live in a world without electricity they will buy up all the solar resources from E-Bay. Better get in quick.
  • Alcohol - Once we've got electricity we have to be able to get drunk and talk about technology. I've been meaning to try my hand at homebrew anyway. I just need to take it a step further, and learn to ferment weeds and grubs into a kind of vodka. Can't be that hard.
  • Radio - I think its pretty easy to whip together a crystal set out of some twigs and some blu-tak. People smarter than me would have figured out how to broadcast signals. God I hope there's no "Morning Crew", or "The Drive-time Shenanigans", or whatever. There probably wont be ads though.
  • Ham Radio - I don't know what that is, but in the first episode of A.L.F. the father is talking to his friend in Russia, or somewhere in Europe or something before he is interupted by an alien signal. Which could be useful. And hardcore nerds are into it. Sounds like the Internet of tomorrow, today really.
  • Water - purification and um, getting. And growing food that doesn't need many resources. I know, I know.. it's not real exciting, but perhaps could prove useful.
  • Shadow puppets. That'd be great.
  • Fire making. Serves a variety of purposes: you can't have fireworks without fire.
  • Basic electronics. I wanna learn that anyway.
  • Wood working and plumbing - There'll be heaps of timber and PVC left in the decaying cities and surrounding suburbs. It would be good to be able to whittle a small bird feeder or spice rack.
  • Learn from the masters - watch as many episodes of The Wombles and Gilligan's Island as possible. I think I've seen a couple of both. I didn't really like Gilligan's Island but I supposed studying isn't always easy.

Better get cracking.

That's the list I came up with just then. Apart from the grammatical and typographical errors, it looks pretty fair. As you should have noted by the bullets, it's an unordered list so I might tackle the last one first and the first one second. I doubt bit-torrent has many of The Wombles episodes, so off to the video store. I have to return Shaolin Soccer anyway. Next I'll get some small solar panels and try and figure out how to power my old lappy with them. Or, failing that, my old "Computer Battleships" game.

I'll document it but. So you can at least expect a review of The Wombles on return. Stick with me, people of the internet, for important lessons in surviving the tedium of survival.

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