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Plant Breeders Release 'Open Source Seeds'

ortholattice Re:The wrong license (86 comments)

You are confusing copyright with patents. TFA is about "patent-free" seeds, not GPL copyrighted seeds (if there even is such a thing).

3 hours ago

New 360-Degree Video Capture Method Unveiled

ortholattice Re:Video too slow (58 comments)

So how come I have no problem with streaming video, youtube, etc. which typically use about 20% of the CPU? What makes this so special?

about 2 months ago

New 360-Degree Video Capture Method Unveiled

ortholattice Video too slow (58 comments)

On my 2GHz laptop, the CPU is pinned to 100%, and all I see are frozen frames that skip through the video every few seconds. The dragging response is so sluggish as to be meaningless since any visual feedback is delayed many seconds. I guess this technology isn't ready for prime time unless you have a bleeding edge gamer GPU or something.

about 2 months ago

Would Linus Torvalds Please Collect His Bitcoin Tips?

ortholattice Re:Copyright infringement. (231 comments)

I don't see what this has to do with "copyright infringement". Anyway, from what I could tell, Tip4Commit takes a 5% cut.

about 3 months ago

An OS You'll Love? AI Experts Weigh In On Her

ortholattice Re:OS upgrade time... (175 comments)

Yes, but for those of us who know how to root it, your old one will keep up the house and intelligently manage half of your assets.

about 3 months ago

Ask Slashdot: How Can I Improve My Memory For Study?

ortholattice Re:Nootropics (384 comments)

Be careful with priracetam. There is anecdotal evidence that although it may make people with low IQ/memory problems smarter, it might also make people with high IQ dumber. Personally, I tried it for a while and it seemed to make no difference. (Does that mean I have an unremarkable IQ? :-) )

about 3 months ago

Smart Cars: Too Distracting?

ortholattice Re:Buttons vs Touch screens (180 comments)

Buttons vs Touch screens? I must be really ancient, because I still hate the replacement of Knobs with Buttons. There is nothing more user-friendly than a rotating volume control knob you can reach for in the dark without taking your eyes off the road, vs. finding a little button and hoping it's not set to the wrong mode.

Oh and while I'm at it, what's the deal with the "fade-in" response volume control knobs where when you turn up the volume, it only increases a half-second later? Give me the old-fashioned potentiometers that respond instantly.

And get off my lawn.

about 4 months ago

Have 100GB Free? Host Your Own Copy of Wikipedia, With Images

ortholattice Re:2013-11-04 (151 comments)

I agree that ISO 8601 is much better, but people will still put the year last in informal usage no matter how much you try to convince them otherwise. Among the countries that I've visited (not an exhaustive list obviously), only the US (usually) uses "/" as the separator. The others usually use "." or "-". And only the US has the month first. So an informal convention that usually works for me when there is ambiguity is to interpret "/" as meaning month first, anything else day first.

about 5 months ago

Man In Tesla Model S Fire Explains What Happened

ortholattice Stupid idiot messages (526 comments)

A pet peeve with cars is the stupid engine light that gives no clue what the problem is. I have no idea if it's some lower-priority thing like a polution sensor slightly out of spec or something where I need to stop immediately to avoid engine damage. (I know you can buy the code readers, but I don't carry one around in my car typically.)

So the Tesla, with all its sophistication, says 'Car needs service. Car may not restart.' WTF? They might as well replace it with an engine light to save money.

I do agree that 'Please pull over safely. Car is shutting down.' is a little better, but not much.

about 5 months ago

Laser Communication System Sets Record With Data Transmissions From Moon

ortholattice Bandwidth of early space missions (43 comments)

One thing that still puzzles me about the early space explorations is the extremely poor quality of the audio. When I see film clips of those days, I often cannot understand what they are saying at all; "Houston, we have a problem" would be like "Hous-acch w-cch acch a pracch-acch". At first I thought it might be that the extra bandwidth needed for clean audio would be prohibitively expensive in those days, yet they were able to transmit live video very early on, which of course uses far more bandwidth.

Wouldn't the barely intelligible audio be a safety issue, or is it just that I'm not trained to understand it? Does anyone with historical knowledge know what the deal with this was?

about 6 months ago

IsoHunt Settles With MPAA, Will Shut Down And Pay Up to $110 Million

ortholattice Re:ISOhunt had 5-6 million dollars?!? (245 comments)

Actually, if they have 5-6 million, they might as well just use it up on appeals rather than paying the MPAA. In the best case there's a minuscule chance of finding an uncorrupted, rational judge who understands how the Internet works and that an informational link to content they don't host isn't the same as hosting or distributing the content. In any case, once it's exhausted, they declare bankruptcy, and the MPAA will have nothing to collect.

about 6 months ago

ArkOS: Building the Anti-Cloud (on a Raspberry Pi)

ortholattice Re:Net neutrality (166 comments)

I'm not sure you understand the problem. The outgoing service (free public wireless) allows only outgoing ports 80 and 443, whether I'm using ssh, http, or whatever. The destination (my home) blocks incoming ports 80 and 443. It is impossible to get from one to the other without going through a commercial 3rd-party service, which is the point of my complaint.

about 6 months ago

ArkOS: Building the Anti-Cloud (on a Raspberry Pi)

ortholattice Net neutrality (166 comments)

To me, it seems that providers that prohibit home servers (either by TOS or by actually blocking e.g. port 80) are in violation of FCC-10-201 (net neutrality).

This was brought up before on Slashdot http://tech.slashdot.org/story/13/07/30/2322253/google-argues-against-net-neutrality with specific reference to Google Fiber's TOS prohibition of incoming ports. The complaint is described in http://cloudsession.com/dawg/downloads/misc/kag-draft-2k121024.pdf . I wish someone would pursue this against all major providers, not just Google Fiber.

There is simply no valid reason to prohibit incoming ports. This issue is not bandwidth - most home servers use far less than say streaming video. In any case if it's abused, the providers can use their existing procedures to deal with bandwidth abusers.

This is really at the heart of network neutrality. The only reason I can see for prohibiting incoming ports is to prevent individuals from competing with commercial interests that provide network services. Personally, it really PO's me that my ISP blocks ports 80 and 443. I keep my files on a home server, and although I can access them via ssh, many public wifi services (e.g. at hospitals) block every port, in and out, except 80 and 443. I can't really complain about the public wifi (well, I can complain, but they'll just tell me that it's a free courtesy they're under no obligation to provide, so if you don't like it, don't use it). So, to access my personal files, I need to use a 3rd party's commercial server (cloud or VPN) that allows port 80.

(As for the dynamic DNS, that hasn't been a serious problem for me - my ISP keeps it fixed as long as my cable modem is powered and connected, and the IP only changes when I restart the cable modem. Anyway, that is a secondary and minor problem.)

about 6 months ago

Asian Giant Hornets Kill 42 People In China, Injure Over 1,500

ortholattice My yellow jacket story (274 comments)

Last summer I had a huge colony of yellow jackets living in my wall. Maybe not as exciting as killer hornets, but still terrifying to me at the time.

The first sign was coming home to find dozens of yellow jackets in my basement, which congregated around the light after I turned it on. I caught most of them with a butterfly net. Next day, same thing. Two days later, they worked their way up to my bedroom, apparently having eaten through the radiator pipe seal. I focused on my bedroom, catching maybe a dozen per day and increasing. They flew out of my printer when I printed a page. Flying insect killer would only kill the ones I hit directly. I started to feel like I was living in the kind of nightmare you see in movies.

I found their entrance hole in the wall outside the house, with hundreds coming in and out. I tried spraying hornet/wasp killer deep into the hole, but no luck. I was warned against sealing the hole, since they would escape into the house, chewing their way through the wall if necessary.

Being a cheapskate, I didn't want to an exterminator to rip open the wall, with repairs to the wall that might have cost thousands, as was suggested. Instead, I ran a shop vac hose next to the opening, sucking up any wasp that tried to enter or leave the hole. After 24 hours, the shop vac was 1/3 full of solid wasp mass, maybe 10000 of them as a guesstimate. I left it running for a week, each day finding fewer. Then I ran it during the day every couple of days, finding less each time.

After a month or so, a batch of new queens and drones came out among the workers, and eventually nothing. There might have been 50K, maybe even 100K total. It was interesting how the queens were very robust and hard to kill compared to the smaller workers.

Close to wintertime, when I was pretty sure they were all gone, I sealed the hole with putty. I read they don't often return to the same nest, and luckily there was no sign of them this year.

Amazingly, I wasn't stung even once throughout all of this, although I was very careful, donning a raincoat, gloves, and a butterfly net over my head in the beginning. On the other hand, my GF was stung a couple of times on her face at her house, causing lots of pain and swelling, just by casually walking next to a bush where they had a nest in the ground.

about 6 months ago

Malware Now Hiding In Graphics Cards

ortholattice Re:Mine it (125 comments)

I flush mine out by giving it a Class-A compulsory directive to compute pi to the last digit. Since the value of pi is a transcendental figure without resolution, this is a task it can never complete.

about 7 months ago

Interview: Contiki OS Creator On Building the Internet of Things

ortholattice "Open source" (45 comments)

Nice marketing plan. Thingsquare will provide software for all the little devices as an open-source reference design (hyped as "Open Source" everywhere on their web site), which will encourage companies to use it (and then likely close it, being BSD) for devices they manufacture. This will provide Thingsquare with a large collection of compatible devices with little effort on their part. On the other hand, it is all useless without a server to manage everything, which of course is provided by Thingsquare and closed source.

All this is fine and well, but anyone expecting a truly open source network of devices should keep this in mind. For practical purposes, most everything may likely end up closed source.

about 7 months ago

Google To Encrypt All Keyword Searches

ortholattice Re:One down... (224 comments)

Doesn't DuckDuckGo have US servers? I would trust ixquick.com more.

about 7 months ago

Japan Launches Talking Humanoid Robot Into Space

ortholattice Re:Grammatically, yes, practically, no. (87 comments)

Japanese is more regular than English, and it is SOV order instead of SVO order.

Interesting - it sounds like Japanese is an RPN version of English's infix notation (where the verb is a binary "operation" acting on noun arguments).

I wonder how that affects thought processes - with RPN, you wouldn't need the (often erroneous or omitted) parenthetical commas that makes long English sentences so confusing.

about 8 months ago

After a User Dies, Apple Warns Against Counterfeit Chargers

ortholattice Re:Not buying it (457 comments)

At least this one makes some attempt, if incompetent, to isolate the AC. Some years ago I bought a battery charger (from a shabby convenience store while traveling) that had exactly 3 components: a capacitor in series with the AC, a rectifier diode, and a zener.

about 9 months ago


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