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Source Code For 22nd IOCCC Winners Has Been Released

prichardson Re:Ray tracer + web server + image encoder + clock (47 comments)

Are you seriously shitting on this guy for not implementing a generic solution? Would you go to an impressionist art gallery and lament the lack of photorealistic paintings? Would you go to a game of Fiasco and complain about the lack of interesting combat mechanics?

about 8 months ago
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Fighting the Number-One Killer In the US With Data

prichardson Re:Don't believe the salesman's hype (121 comments)

There was a study of using an electronic medical record in a pediatric intensive care unit. The patients with the EMR had a higher death rate than the control patients. The doctors said that when they needed to write a prescription in a hurry, they would just take out their Rx pad and write it. When they needed to write it with the EMR, they had to sign in, go through screens, and find what they were looking for.

Do you have a link to that? I would like to see it.

about 10 months ago
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What's Not To Like About New iPad?

prichardson Re:"1/10 of a pound" (617 comments)

It's still lighter than the first generation.

more than 2 years ago
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Siri To Power Mercedes-Benz Car Systems

prichardson Oh No (193 comments)

For me, Siri is unusable. I don't know if it's my voice or accent, but it rarely understands me, that is when the service is even up. A lot of the time, Siri is 'unavailable' presumably because Apple's servers are getting hammered by requests. I found the google voice recognition stuff to work a lot better. The only thing Siri has going for it is a rich set of commands.

more than 2 years ago
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The Future of Hi-Tech Auto Theft

prichardson Re:Wrong demographic (272 comments)

I'm not saying that the attack vector isn't present, I'm just saying it's not worth it. Someone with the skills to steal a car that way isn't going to bother to make $5000 (at most) selling a stolen car for parts when they could make that in a week at a legitimate job (that they can get with the skills required to steal said car in said fashion).

Now, stealing a crazy-expensive car is another matter entirely.

more than 2 years ago
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The Future of Hi-Tech Auto Theft

prichardson Wrong demographic (272 comments)

I seriously doubt this will have much effect on car thievery. A jimmy and hotwiring are things pretty much anyone can do. On the other hand, hacking a car's PC is not a skill generally held by people who have an actual desire to steal cars. I expect a few very expensive cars will be stolen via high-tech means, but I wouldn't expect this to cause a noticeable change on cat theft rates for non luxury cars.

more than 2 years ago
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RAM in my most-used personal computer:

prichardson Re:phones (543 comments)

I spend about 30 minutes per day using my phone. I spend hours on my computer every day.

more than 2 years ago
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Siri Protocol Cracked

prichardson Re:Slightly less impressed (403 comments)

What's hilarious is that the Android developer tutorial is for a notepad application.

Link here

I guess you could load it on your phone if you wanted.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Connect Scheme For a 2-ISP Household?

prichardson Multi wan router (206 comments)

When I google 'multi wan router' (I assume you didn't get that far), Peplink is the first result. They seem pretty legit, but I don't have any of their products. They even have one that can connect to wifi networks and ethernet for internet connectivity, which seems right up your alley.

As far as I know, just linking to routers together will not work. Your computer can only have 1 gateway (where it looks for the real internet). Maybe there's custom firmware that allows load-balancing with another router, but I doubt it.

more than 3 years ago
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LulzSec Hacks the US Senate

prichardson Re:Is hacking spate supporting internet lockdown? (344 comments)

polarize the public...

I don't think that means what you think it means.

But yes, they did have it in a drawer. That's not to say 9/11 was a US government conspiracy; rather they just got to get it all through at once rather than as a rider here and there for each provision.

more than 3 years ago
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Do Gadgets Degrade Our Common Sense?

prichardson Fear Technology! (311 comments)

Blah blah technology is evil blah blah. This generation clearly is suffering from blah blah more than any other. Humanity is in danger blah blah.

My favorite part is the end:

So no need to throw your iPhone off a cliff - just yet.

What are we supposed to take away from this? Let's all be unspecifically fearful of future technology.

KARMA WHORE
printable version /KARMA WHORE

more than 3 years ago
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The Vatican Lauds Hackers

prichardson Re:After all ... (375 comments)

Deistic Rights Management?

more than 3 years ago
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A Game Played In the URL Bar

prichardson Re:History (156 comments)

With Safari 5.0.3 (6533.19.4) I only have 1 piece of history from that site.

As an aside, a working game in the URL bar is awesome!

more than 3 years ago
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What Would You Do With Open.org?

prichardson Re:Solutions Database (239 comments)

ProTools = Audacity

No.

I've used Audacity. It's great for quick and dirty audio editing and the price is right. It's not a replacement for ProTools.

That said, the number of people who actually need the features in ProTools that Audacity doesn't have is really miniscule. Maybe that's what you were getting at.

more than 3 years ago
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Feds Settle Case of Woman Fired Over Facebook Posts

prichardson Re:Beer companies will fire you (316 comments)

I seriously doubt that if the owner of Lake Louie caught one of his employees enjoying the latest concoction from Dogfish Head that there would be any problem. People who make beer know how to enjoy and appreciate beer, even if they didn't make it.

Maybe you meant those companies advertise beer but actually bottle alcoholic horse urine? Since Budweiser and Miller both bottle the same thing, I could see why they might get a little upset if one of their employees was drinking horse urine from the other company.

more than 3 years ago
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Maximum Items You've Powered From a Single Outlet

prichardson Re:Poll responses should be in Watts (497 comments)

365W is a 27" iMac. Obviously the drives aren't all running all the time; we're talking peak usage here. I know plenty of people with towers that pull 500 watts (not counting a display).

more than 3 years ago
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Maximum Items You've Powered From a Single Outlet

prichardson Poll responses should be in Watts (497 comments)

It's not about how many devices, it's about power draw.
Desktop: 365 W
Laptop: 65 W
3x External HD: 36 W total
Router: 12 W

total: 478 W. It's just not that much.

more than 3 years ago
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Mozilla Proposes 'Do Not Track' HTTP Header

prichardson Re:Already exists? (244 comments)

Oh and Slashdot, how the heck am I supposed to post on your system when I'm behind my ISP's NAT and someone else has already beat me to it?

Look for an ISP that gives you a real IP address?

more than 3 years ago
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Laser Incidents With Aircraft On the Rise

prichardson Re:I've had it.. (546 comments)

Given the quote and the number of asterisks, I believe "motherfucking" is what he intended.

more than 3 years ago

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Blizzard Co-Founder Calls DRM "Losing Battle"

prichardson prichardson writes  |  more than 4 years ago

prichardson (603676) writes "Frank Pearce, a co-founder a Blizzard Entertainment calls DRM a "losing battle." He recommends developers shift their focus to developing a good product instead of unbeatable DRM. Blizzard games certainly qualify as good products, but removing LAN play is clearly a from of Digital Rights Management."
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iPhone Parts Repurposing

prichardson prichardson writes  |  more than 5 years ago

prichardson (603676) writes "A friend of mine recently dropped his first-generation iPhone, causing some damage. The glass is cracked, messing up the touch interface and the antenna got bent and the phone can't find service. The screen, processor, internal speaker, battery, and memory still work; and presumably so do wifi, the headphone jack, and camera (I can't test these with multitouch broken on the top and bottom). Fixing this unit seems like it would cost almost as much as a new iphone, but just tossing it seems like a waste. Does Slashdot have any ideas for salvaging the working parts and using them for some cool project? More importantly, how would I handle I/O with an iPhone logic board?"

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