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Reviving a Commodore 64 Computer Using a Raspberry Pi

olsmeister Re:old tech (165 comments)

Also, because I felt like on the C=64 I really understood what was going on at the hardware level. You knew the machine inside/out, top-to-bottom (at least a lot of people did). It's really hard to get that same kind of feeling these days with high level languages, code libraries and code bloat, and hardware abstraction layers.

It would be naive to think the same kind of system could exist in this day and age of networked computers and malicious hackers, but back then it was nigh impossible to get into something that a simple power cycle wouldn't fix.

3 days ago
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Raspberry Pi Compute Module Release

olsmeister Re:The Children (51 comments)

The Raspberry Pi Foundation is a charity, and as with everything we make here, all profits are pushed straight back into educating kids in computing.

about two weeks ago
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Why Are We Made of Matter?

olsmeister Matter, anti-matter... (392 comments)

If we were made from anti-matter, we'd call that matter, and call matter anti-matter. TFS summary starts out with the statement that the universe began with equal amounts of matter and anti-matter. Are we sure there were equal amounts? It seems like there must have been more of one than the other. Why that would be is the real question in my mind.

about two weeks ago
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Mathematician Gives Tips On How To Win $1 Billion On NCAA Basketball

olsmeister Re:Model Worship (76 comments)

Yes, I did. Shouldn't post before coffee!

about a month ago
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Mathematician Gives Tips On How To Win $1 Billion On NCAA Basketball

olsmeister Re:Model Worship (76 comments)

OK then. Tell me the exact value of the diameter of a circle divided by its radius, in base 10 please.

about a month ago
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Why Did New Zealand's Moas Go Extinct?

olsmeister Did past people hunt in a sustainable manner? (180 comments)

One look at the current state of the world's ecosystems and a small amount of insight into human nature should answer that question easily.

about 1 month ago
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US Navy Strategists Have a Long History of Finding the Lost

olsmeister Re:Arcs are a lie (145 comments)

Well that would present a problem! One would then wonder how those creative terrorists managed to get a jet engine to operate outside of an atmosphere. :)

But seriously, wouldn't you just compare the timing of the signals received from the jetliner of interest with the timing signals received from other, less hijacked, planes and based on their more reliable locations figure out what distance 370 must have sent from?

about a month ago
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Federal Student Aid Requirements At For-Profit Colleges Overhauled

olsmeister Re:Wrong target (295 comments)

Not only that, but student loans are one of the few types of debt that are not normally discharged in a Chapter 7 bankruptcy filing. It's pretty much with you for life. You'd be better off putting your tuition on a credit card than taking out a student loan for it. Starting off that far in the whole with student loans is one of the worst mistakes you can make, unless you really understand what you are taking on.

about a month ago
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Supreme Court Ruling Relaxes Warrant Requirements For Home Searches

olsmeister Re:I've to admit... (500 comments)

What should concern you here is that the police simply removed the occupant that objected to the search and then obtained consent from the remaining occupant (who probably saw what happened to contestant #1 and didn't care to share the same fate).

about 2 months ago
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I need an anti-camera device for use in a small bus.

olsmeister Re:Confiscate (5 comments)

It's a party bus, how about a fog machine? Make the onboard cameras infrared.

about 2 months ago
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New Type of Star Can Emerge From Inside Black Holes, Say Cosmologists

olsmeister Re:Black hole (193 comments)

I'll be gone if forced into Slashbeta. At least once I figure out where the consensus is for a good alternative.

about 2 months ago
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Hard Drive Reliability Study Flawed?

olsmeister 5 years? That's not a given. (237 comments)

I have an 80 GB IDE hard drive in my old desktop machine that's still alive and kicking from - I'm not even sure how old it is. At least 10 years, I'd say. I use it for temporary storage.

about 3 months ago
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VC Likens Google Bus Backlash To Nazi Rampage

olsmeister Re:DOSBox (683 comments)

Don't mean to imply that it does. I'm just commenting on how things got to this point. Also, I would add that the iPod / iPhone have been extremely key in keeping the Mac viable as well, although more so in people's homes and not the corporate world. But rewind the clock 20 years, and most people probably didn't have a computer at home.
I was in a big engineering school back in the early 90's, and I had to take a technical writing class. I was randomly enrolled into a 'special' version of the class - the first that was going to be all done on Mac's. We had plenty of other computers around back then, mostly PC's and SparcStations. The only place the Mac was used was in the humanities writing lab; I'm not sure there were any other ones anywhere on campus. That was their niche. They couldn't run the technical software we used in other classes and normal students could never afford one for their dorm room. This was the hole they started from.

about 3 months ago
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VC Likens Google Bus Backlash To Nazi Rampage

olsmeister Re:Technology taking jobs (683 comments)

Mac's [sic] never made it in the corporate space because they were monolithic and overpriced. With a PC, you could put one together with as few or as many different components as you wanted, of varying capabilities according to your needs, and different hardware manufacturers would compete driving innovation and dropping prices. Also, PC's had a head start. Before there were Windows or Macs, there was MSDOS. There was a lot of software written for DOS and Windows would run them (mostly). Or at least allow them to be run. This was a big deal. The deck was stacked against the Mac from the start. Having said that, I'm still impressed that they're still around and doing quite well.

about 3 months ago

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Samsung Galaxy S4 Security Vulnurability

olsmeister olsmeister writes  |  about 4 months ago

olsmeister (1488789) writes "The Samsung KNOX enterprise security system (presumably a play on Ft Knox, the location of the United States Bullion Depository) contains a security vulnurability that could put both personal and business data at risk. This is according to a discovery by a Ph.D. student at the Ben Gurion University of the Negev in Israel. This is the security system used in Samsung's flagship Galaxy S4 phone, which Samsung hopes will allow it to compete with BlackBerry in government and enterprise applications. The flaw could allow attackers to access secure data, as well as load malicious applications."
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New All-Solid Battery Outperforms Lithium Ion

olsmeister olsmeister writes  |  about 10 months ago

olsmeister (1488789) writes "The new all-solid battery design uses solid sulfur and lithium, and outperforms existing lithium-ion batteries with four times the energy density. The battery can maintain a capacity of 1200 milliampere-hours per gram after 300 charge-discharge cycles. More work needs to be done, but one would think this new technology could have applications in renewable energy storage, electric cars, and consumer electronics."
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Low Levels Of Toxic Gas Found To Encourage Plant Growth

olsmeister olsmeister writes  |  1 year,6 hours

olsmeister (1488789) writes "Hydrogen Sulfide is a toxic, flammable, foul-smelling gas that some theorize may have been at least partially responsible for some of Earth's mass extinctions, including the Permian-Triassic event, which killed well over half of the species on the planet. Now, thanks to a fortuitous accident, doctoral student at the University of Washington seems to have discovered that very low doses of the gas seems to greatly enhance plant growth, causing plants to germinate more quickly and grow larger. The finding could have far reaching implications for both food and biofuel production."
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Is the Universe a Simulation?

olsmeister olsmeister writes  |  about a year and a half ago

olsmeister (1488789) writes "Ever wonder if the universe is really a simulation? Well, physicists do too. Recently, a group of physicists have devised a way that could conceivably prove one way or the other whether that is the case. There is a paper describing their work on arXiv. Some other physicists propose that the universe is actually a giant hologram with all the action actually occurring on a two-dimensional boundary region."
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Alaskan Village Orange Goo was Fungal Spores

olsmeister olsmeister writes  |  more than 2 years ago

olsmeister (1488789) writes "In a follow up to a report that was mentioned on Slashdot a week ago, the NOAA has determined that the orange 'goo' that washed up on the beaches on the remote Alaska village of Kivalina was not eggs of crustaceans, but rather spores from a fungus that creates rust on plants. It is not known whether the fungus is harmful to humans or not."
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Webb Telescope In Crosshairs Of Budget Cutters

olsmeister olsmeister writes  |  more than 2 years ago

olsmeister (1488789) writes "With cutting the Federal budget high on the list of priorities for most politicians, the James Webb Space Telescope has come into the crosshairs. The telescope is slated to be the successor to the very successful Hubble and will orbit the sun well away from the Earth at the L2 Lagrange point. With the telescope well over budget and behind schedule, it is being singled out as a prime example of government waste and ineptness. If you have an opinion on this, you should contact your representative and let them know your feelings on this program."
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$500,000 Worth of Bitcoins Stolen From User

olsmeister olsmeister writes  |  more than 2 years ago

olsmeister (1488789) writes "A Bitcoin user allegedly has had $500,000 worth of Bitcoins stolen from him. A hacker supposedly gained access to the user's home computer and managed to get the user's wallet.dat file, which contained the cryptographic keys that allowed him to drain the user's balance."
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Sony to Offer Free Identity Theft Monitoring

olsmeister olsmeister writes  |  more than 2 years ago

olsmeister (1488789) writes "Several weeks after having the Playstation Network hacked, and apologizing to users for the breach, Sony is offering $1 million dollars in identity theft protection for users who sign up before June 18th. The protection is being offered through Debix and is called AllClear ID Plus. This appears to be some kind of custom plan especially for Sony, as their normal offerings are called AllClear ID Free and AllClear ID Pro."
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Titan May Have Ocean

olsmeister olsmeister writes  |  more than 2 years ago

olsmeister (1488789) writes "In the seven years Cassini has spent orbiting Saturn, the spacecraft has sent back mountains of data that has changed our view of the ringed planet and its moons. Saturn's largest moon, Titan, has been a particular focus of attention because of its dense, complex atmosphere, its weather and its lakes and oceans.

Now it looks as if Titan is even stranger still. The evidence comes from careful observations of Titan's orbit and rotation. This indicates that Titan has an orbit similar to our Moon's: it always presents the same face towards Saturn and its axis of rotation tilts by about 0.3 degrees.

Together, these data allow astronomers to work out Titan's moment of inertia and this throws up something interesting. The numbers indicate that Titan's moment of inertia can only be explained if it is a solid body that is denser near the surface than it is at its centre."

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Verizon Net Neutrality Case Rejected

olsmeister olsmeister writes  |  about 3 years ago

olsmeister (1488789) writes "In its December ruling, the FCC voted to prohibit broadband service providers from selectively blocking or slowing Web content and applications. As expected, the ruling unleashed protests from an array of big service providers.

Verizon appealed the FCC ruling on Jan. 20.

"We are deeply concerned by the FCC's assertion of broad authority for sweeping new regulation of broadband networks and the Internet itself," said Michael Glover, Verizon's senior vice president and deputy general counsel, in a statement accompanying the challenge."

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RSA Servers Hacked; SecurID May Be Compromised

olsmeister olsmeister writes  |  more than 2 years ago

olsmeister (1488789) writes "Several of RSA's servers were hacked into, resulting in the loss of data related to its SecurID products used for two-factor authentication. The Executive Chairman of RSA, Art Coviello, insists that the lost information will not enable a direct attack, but others say that there is a possibility that new tokens may need to be issued."
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Netflix to Start Creating Original Content

olsmeister olsmeister writes  |  more than 3 years ago

olsmeister (1488789) writes "Netflix may be known for offering some of our favorite TV and movie streams, but the company is about to step up its game and begin offering original content. Netflix has allegedly outbid a number of major cable networks for a new drama series produced by and starring Kevin Spacey called House of Cards, and may be about to close a deal at more than $100 million, according to a report on Deadline.com."
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Lost City of Atlantis Found?

olsmeister olsmeister writes  |  more than 3 years ago

olsmeister (1488789) writes "A U.S.-led research team claims they have discovered the remains of what might be the mythical city in a swamp in southern Spain, according to Reuters. They theorize a massive tsunami sent the city to its watery grave thousands of years ago.

The site is 60 miles inland in an area of mud flats. The distance from the coast could be evidence of the tremendous destruction tsunamis can bring.

"This is the power of tsunamis," head research Richard Freund told Reuters. "It is just so hard to understand that it can wipe out 60 miles inland, and that's pretty much what we're talking about."

The team used ground-penetrating satellite images to discover the ruins buried in the swampy earth. The marshland, known as Dona Ana Park, is where the team believes they have pinpointed the ancient city."

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NASA Scientist Claims To Discover Alien Life

olsmeister olsmeister writes  |  more than 3 years ago

olsmeister (1488789) writes "Dr. Richard Hoover of the NASA Marshall Splace Flight Center claims to have discovered fossilized life inside of carbonaceous chondrite meteorites. Many, however, dispute the idea, claiming that the meteorites in question have been on earth for too long and have been contaminated by terrestrial microbes. Dr. Hoover may be a bit biased, however, having just co-authored a book on the subject."
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Cyanobacterium Produces Diesel Directly

olsmeister olsmeister writes  |  more than 3 years ago

olsmeister (1488789) writes "A Massachusetts based company has developed a form of cyanobacteria that can take water, sunlight, and CO2, and turn it into diesel fuel. Not only that, but they claim they can do it efficiently and at $30 per barrel. They say they can be operating commercially in 2 years."
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Amazon to Compete With Netflix

olsmeister olsmeister writes  |  more than 3 years ago

olsmeister (1488789) writes "Amazon today announced that it will allow streaming of movies and TV shows to Prime customers at no additional charge, in a move aimed squarely at competing with Netflix. Amazon's selection doesn't seem to stack up that well yet, but it has a cheaper yearly price and free shipping on purchases to boot. Let the competition begin."
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