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First Laptop With Full-Sized Solar Panels Will Run On Ubuntu

pokoteng Avoid like the dog (155 comments)

Props for everything except for choice of CPU and thus GPU; Intel D2500 atoms don't have the usual Intel graphics, but rather rely on PowerVR chipset, which isn't so well supported. I'm even surprised they can actually have Ubuntu on it; good luck trying it with any other distros, or at least, painlessly. Perhaps GMA3600 is a lot better supported? At least it sin't GMA500, which has complete dog support for anything.

about a year ago
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New EU Rules Require ISPs, Telcos To Come Clean Within 24 Hours of Data Breaches

pokoteng Re:Hopefully coming soon to the US (70 comments)

It just means any whistleblower or hackers themselves can report the findings into public. Companies are pretty much forced to hand in any reports of breaches; they can't keep quiet about it because otherwise the penalties will be even more severe after the day's over.

This is a good move. It'll finally keep people/companies on their toes instead of try to hide their flaws.

about a year ago
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Australian Intelligence HQ Blueprints Hacked

pokoteng Re:how long will this behavior be tolerated... (180 comments)

It may not come easy to hear this for Americans, but fact is, China's owned the world for quite some time; the far far vast majority of everything you own and will use and own etc, comes from China. Everything depends on them. They're the ones with the power, not the US with their supposed big guns. Attacking China will just destroy everything about US, or just about any other first world nation.

They won't face any response at all. It just gets filtered out, like their firewall.

about a year ago
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Australian Intelligence HQ Blueprints Hacked

pokoteng Wifi? (180 comments)

TFA comments there are wifi access points installed in government systems. I think they deserve everything they get, if they're stupid enough to allow any form of wireless communications inside a secured government facility.

about a year ago
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Robotic Bartender Assembles Your Drink, Monitors Alcohol Consumption

pokoteng Re:Another job is lost. (138 comments)

Again, you're underestimating the careful care a (good) bartender has to follow when preparing for drinks. Say for instance, the recipe calls for lemon juice. A typical implementation of a robot would be to have lemon juice prepared earlier, but that has different taste profile to freshly juiced lemon. Then ok, let's have a juicer... except are you going to also roll the lemon carefully first to bring out the juice and flavour before cutting it carefully for the wedge? Or are you going to shred/press it? How are you going to do careful presentation work on the slice, like zesting it? Carefully pinch the skin to bring out the oils from the skin, but not actually put it in the drink?

And hell, that's just lemons.

I can't imagine having machines that are yet delicate enough to do this quickly, that are also small enough to fit in a bar, as well as being so versatile. Most likely, for a while yet, only humans can do the task considering how delicate the work is.

about a year ago
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Robotic Bartender Assembles Your Drink, Monitors Alcohol Consumption

pokoteng Re:Another job is lost. (138 comments)

Don't think so. Although it's common to imagine a bartender as someone who just pours drinks, it's just as possible to say a programmer is someone who types stuff into a computer to do some work. It doesn't even scratch the surface of any actual professional work.

I'd say the robot would be good enough to do pre-mix drinks, for people who don't particularly care for the drink. Sort of like a vending machine. For actual bartending work involving complex cocktail production, where the bartender needs to have extremely high perception, flexibility, stability, control in mixing the drinks in just the perfect timing, temperature, amount, AND on top of that being social and friendly with ability to reply to the drinkers who sit at the bar? Nah, I think bartenders will still hold a job for a long while yet.

At least, until we get robots that pass turing test. Then we're all fucked.

about a year ago
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'CodeSpells' Video Game Teaches Children Java Programming

pokoteng Not a new idea (245 comments)

Colobot was here before this, and I'm sure there are many other games that involve programming as major gameplay. Colobot itself didn't use an existing language (had some kind of OOP thing made up by the devs), but the idea is there. But still, I'm glad the idea is being pushed. I really enjoy games that pushes the skill on the players, with actual skill, not merely time invested or money invested.

about a year and a half ago
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WHSmith Putting DRM In EBooks Without Permission From the Authors

pokoteng Re:Hmmm.... (88 comments)

That's a job for editors, not writers.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Stay Fit In the Office?

pokoteng Nothing. (372 comments)

There's nothing you have to do during work hours, except keeping your workspace ergonomically sound. Standard desk, posture, good chair.

Then after work or before work, you spend an hour at the gym doing proper strength training and some cardio. I won't repeat other sites as there are many, but mainly dead lifts, squats, bench press, run-as-fast-as-you-can-a-mile. Just remember to keep improving yourself, log what you're doing, and always do a little more than before.

And that's it. If you get used to it it won't even be an hour, and you do it on alternate days too so it's not like it's every single day. That should not just make you fit, but probably one of strongest people around.

about a year and a half ago
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World's First Linux Powered Rifle Announced

pokoteng Re:Just you wait (272 comments)

I know it exists in bigger scale, but wasn't aware of it existing on hand-held small arms scale. As in, rifle size.

about a year and a half ago
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World's First Linux Powered Rifle Announced

pokoteng Just you wait (272 comments)

I'm waiting for them to add small servos to the barrel for a feedback loop to compensate for weapon sway and etc. Real life hand-held autoaim weapons.

about a year and a half ago
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Is It Worth Investing In a High-Efficiency Power Supply?

pokoteng Check the reviews (328 comments)

As mentioned, efficiency of PSU changes over variety of conditions (load being most significant), so it's good to check reviews that do proper measurements to get the one that has good efficiency all across the range. Unlike posts above, it doesn't always fall at 50% mark. That said, good PSUs often sport high efficiency for a reason; they're made well. It'll serve you well to get a really high quality PSU if anything so it doesn't blow up on you, possibly losing all sorts of other parts in the computer, which would cost a lot more than just larger electricity bill.

about 2 years ago
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Pirate Bay Founder Released From Solitary Confinement

pokoteng Recursive link? (150 comments)

Recursive link?

about 2 years ago
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Belgian Researchers Build LCD Contact Lenses

pokoteng Re:Dead pixel test (98 comments)

Not as fun as remotely playing with people's pacemakers.

about 2 years ago
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Voyager 1, So Close To Interstellar Space That We Can Taste It!

pokoteng Re:The don't make 'em like they used to (271 comments)

What happened to us engineers? Where did we go wrong?

We started listening to business requirements and started engineering for products that had x year lifespan which happens to be much shorter than older machines.

Given funding, we can probably make extraordinary machines now that can last for a millennia. We just don't because of cost and customer requirements to constantly upgrade to next new thing and dump the old with lesser features and looks.

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Server Room Toolbox?

pokoteng Leatherman (416 comments)

In fact, you should have it on you at all times when you're working, or at least within easy reach (because they're kinda heavy).

about 2 years ago
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$200,000 Judgement Against Google In Mokbel Shots Case

pokoteng Re:Did this cause $200,000 worth of damages? (140 comments)

I stand corrected on that note then. But yes, most likely this is the end of it and google will pay up.

about 2 years ago
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$200,000 Judgement Against Google In Mokbel Shots Case

pokoteng Re:Did this cause $200,000 worth of damages? (140 comments)

Except if you read TFA it says it's a decision by supreme court, which by I assume the high court of Australia, which is the highest and final court of appeal for making decisions on. There isn't much else to go from here, AFAIK.

about 2 years ago
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$200,000 Judgement Against Google In Mokbel Shots Case

pokoteng Re:Did this cause $200,000 worth of damages? (140 comments)

No, unlike American courts, Australian courts take these things seriously. They probably sat there pondering for a long time with whole list of evidence and whatnot, and came to conclusion that indeed, the person is owed $200k worth of damages for defamation. $200k AUD is, assuming $50k salary (relatively low income), only some 4 years worth of salary. It's not a massive jackpot of any means, and most of it probably goes to the lawyer fees. You'll barely afford half a suburban flat with it here. Evidence must have stacked that the image results search for him has made him suffer some level of financial and other damages, but not as great as people seem to think. I don't know the exact court details, but some poor judge sat there and added up the sums for this.

about 2 years ago
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Glow-In-The-Dark Smart Highways Coming To the Netherlands In 2013

pokoteng Re:So... (167 comments)

It's often black ice that is invisible on the roads that causes slipping, rather than visibly obvious snow. That is probably what this targets. Snow is an obvious indicator that road is dangerous, and this paint fixes parts where you can't easily see that.

about 2 years ago

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