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Ask Slashdot: Advice On Building a Firewall With VPN Capabilities?

ottawanker Re:geek or not (238 comments)

I'm fairly certain my pfSense box has no video card in it at all to generate heat. It also has 6 ethernet interfaces, all in a nice mini-itx package.

about two weeks ago

Georgia Tech Researchers Jailbreak iOS 7.1.2

ottawanker Why buy a product that you're going to jailbreak? (136 comments)

When are people going to stop buying products that they feel the need to jailbreak instead of buying unlocked or open alternatives? Keep rewarding the bad behaviour that you don't like, and you'll just get more of the same, except locked down even better.

about 2 months ago

Intel To Offer Custom Xeons With Embedded FPGAs For the Data Center

ottawanker To help prevent people from buying AMD and nVidia (80 comments)

Intel Xeon customers can reap higher performance for critical functions without translating the majority of their code to OpenCL or bothering to update it for GPGPU

In other words, to help prevent people from buying AMD and nVidia products.

about 3 months ago

Comcast Converting 50,000 Houston Home Routers Into Public WiFi Hotspots

ottawanker Re:Liability (474 comments)

I'm assuming their modems/routers have a way of provisioning a second IP address so that the wifi hotspot doesn't get you in legal trouble (or steal your bandwidth).

about 3 months ago

Ford's Bringing Adaptive Steering To the Masses

ottawanker Re:Ghost in the machine (128 comments)

Electric power steering works with sensors on the steering wheel that detect when you turn it, and how much. The car then does some calculations taking into account the force and speed with which you turn the wheel, and the speed at which the vehicle is traveling. It then activates a motor, which actually turns the wheels.

I believe there is an electromagnetic clutch that disconnects the steering wheel from the actual rack and pinion, unless a fault is detected.

about 4 months ago

60% of Americans Unaware of Looming Incandescent Bulb Phase Out

ottawanker Re:Is there any hope for my Lava Lamps? (944 comments)

Buy one of the halogen bulbs that are still allowed for sale. You'll end up with more light, but basically the same amount of heat.

about 9 months ago

60% of Americans Unaware of Looming Incandescent Bulb Phase Out

ottawanker Re:What is the best way to buy some in bulk? (944 comments)

They actually generate a lot of heat. Not as much as incandescent, but they are still not all that efficient.

about 9 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Communication Skills For Programmers?

ottawanker Start smoking (361 comments)

In my experience if you really want to 'fit in' and be part of the group you need to start smoking. Those 5 or 10 minute breaks they take every hour to go outside to smoke is when they do all their social networking.

about 10 months ago

Intel Haswell CPUs Debut, Put To the Test

ottawanker Graphics.. (189 comments)

Haswell completely redefines the expectations for processor graphics.

.. for Intel. It still seems to lag behind AMD's on-die graphics.

about a year ago

Canadian Cellphone Users May Get Justice Over Phantom Charges

ottawanker Re:So many extra fees (91 comments)

My parents still have pulse dialing.. Every once in a while Bell tries to sneak the Tone dialing onto their bill and they have to call and have it taken off. The funny thing is, I bet is costs Bell more now to supply Pulse dialing than Tone.

about a year ago

Did B&N Pass On the 6.8" E-ink Screen That Kobo Snapped Up?

ottawanker Re:6.8' (132 comments)

336.75 miles if they are end to end. If you placed them in a diagonal you could get over 386.36 miles.

They would occupy 0.21 square miles.

about a year and a half ago

Gartner Says 3D Printers Will Cost Less Than $2,000 By 2016

ottawanker Waiting for the day.. (170 comments)

I'm waiting for 3d printers that can print metal.

about a year and a half ago

Music Industry Sees First Revenue Increase Since 1999

ottawanker Re:CD's ARE digital (393 comments)

Compact Discs are digital. LaserDiscs can be analog.

Audiophiles complain about music stored on digital media, its too bad Laserdiscs didn't catch on and too bad albums weren't released on Laserdisc, we'd have a much better analog source for music. Way less popping and hissing than vinyl.

about a year and a half ago

Ask Slashdot: What Is Your Favorite Monitor For Programming?

ottawanker Re:27" FTW (375 comments)

2 monitors are much better than 1 large monitor in my experience, but that may mostly be because of the habits I've gotten into. Newer versions of windows work a bit better with single monitors, but its still not as convenient as having 2 separate ones.

about a year and a half ago

Russian Univ. Launches Course Based On ReactOS Led By Alex Bragin

ottawanker Re:Actual Operating System (90 comments)

I had no idea this existed, it is very cool and would make for a good learning experience. If I hadn't already posted I'd mod your post up..

But how about the feeling you'd get if you were a student and the code you wrote or modified actually made it into an OS that you could install and run on your own computer, and that thousands of others would also install and run.. and your teacher is the guy who maintains the project, so you should have a good chance of your code actually making it in.

about a year and a half ago

Russian Univ. Launches Course Based On ReactOS Led By Alex Bragin

ottawanker Re:Actual Operating System (90 comments)

I'm assuming by 'work on' he means the actual code of the OS.

Its impossible to do this with Windows, and Linux is already fairly feature complete. Maybe ReactOS has places where it could use some fairly simple code that would at the same time teach the students how to write code for an OS...

about a year and a half ago

A Humanoid Robot Named "Baxter" Could Revive US Manufacturing

ottawanker Re:This is the long term future (414 comments)

I just read Kurt Vonnegut's first novel, Player Piano.which happens to deal with this issue. I found it quite enjoyable.

about a year and a half ago

Nintendo Investigating Underage Workers At Foxconn

ottawanker Working at 14 (124 comments)

That's the legal age in most places of Canada to start working, what's the problem? In Ontario you'd need to be 15 to work in a factory. I had my first job (part time) when I was that age.

about 2 years ago



Google turns out the lights for Earth Hour

ottawanker ottawanker writes  |  more than 6 years ago

ottawanker writes "Google Canada (and others including Google United Kingdom, but not the main have turned out their lights for Earth Hour. On the Google Earth Hour webpage they write that while a black search page won't save power on most displays currently in use, they hope that it will raise awareness for Earth Hour.

"On Saturday, March 29, 2008, Earth Hour invites people around the world to turn off their lights for one hour — from 8:00pm to 9:00pm in their local time zone. On this day, cities around the world, including Copenhagen, Chicago, Melbourne, Dubai, and Tel Aviv, will hold events to acknowledge their commitment to energy conservation.""

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