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My favorite season:

ross.w Re:hunting (346 comments)

And being herded into endless Hotel Miramars and Bellvueses and Bontinentals with their international luxury modern roomettes and their Watney's Red Barrel and their swimming pools full of fat German businessmen pretending they're acrobats and forming pyramids and frightening the children and barging in to the queues and if you're not at your table spot on seven you miss your bowl of Campbell's Cream of Mushroom soup, the first item on the menu of International Cuisine, and every Thursday night there's a bloody cabaret in the bar featuring some tiny emaciated dago with nine-inch hips and some big fat bloated tart with her hair brylcreemed down and a big arse presenting Flamenco for Foreigners.

1 year,5 days
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My favorite season:

ross.w Re:hunting (346 comments)

Yes I quite agree with you, I mean what's the point of being treated like a sheep, I mean I'm fed up with going abroad and being treated like a sheep, what's the point of being carted around in buses surrounded by sweaty mindless oafs from Kettering and Boventry in their cloth caps and their cardigans and their transistor radios and their 'Sunday Mirrors', complaining about the tea, 'Oh they don't make it properly here do they not like at home' stopping at Majorcan bodegas, selling fish and chips and Watney's Red Barrel and calamares and two veg and sitting in cotton sun frocks squirting Timothy White's suncream all over their puffy raw swollen purulent flesh cos they 'overdid it on the first day'!

1 year,5 days
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Motorola Uses NFC To Enable Touch-to-Unlock For Smartphones

ross.w Re: implant (87 comments)

I do this already using Tasker. Definite prior art there.

about a year ago
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Major Backlash Looms For Apple's New Maps App

ross.w Re:Galaxy Nexus infringes an Apple patent (466 comments)

Good luck with that one. Even if that actually happens, there are plenty of fruit free alternatives.

about 2 years ago
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Ecuador Grants Asylum To Julian Assange

ross.w Re:Oh, the delicious irony! (923 comments)

No, but someone who's confessed profession is "information warefare" astroturfing blogs is.

more than 2 years ago
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Ecuador Grants Asylum To Julian Assange

ross.w Re:Oh, the delicious irony! (923 comments)

Since he's now been exposed and thoroughly put back in his box, I'd say the answer to that is "not very". I despise paid shills. Fortunately this one was dumb enough to be obvious.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Science-Fiction/Fantasy For Kids?

ross.w Re:Don't try (726 comments)

I'd like to add my vote here for Orson Scott Card and John Wyndham. My son who is now 13, enjoyed "Ender's Game" and "Ender's Shadow". John Wyndham's novels may start a bit slow for a young reader. In this regard "The Kraaken Wakes" is one I found hard to get into as a child. The "Midwich Cuckoos" or "The Chrysalids" are two that I would recommend, although some background explanation of the latter might be necessary for someone born after the Cold War. "The Day Of The Triffids" is perhaps, a bit dark. His short stories are great if you can find them.

more than 2 years ago
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The Science of Handedness

ross.w Re:Good question! (258 comments)

My wife and I are both left handed. Our son is right handed.

more than 2 years ago
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Search For Earth-Like Worlds Focuses On Sun's Siblings

ross.w Re:billions of worlds with life (64 comments)

Is this something we really want to do though? I suspect that advertising our presence, our location and the fact that there is a habitable planet here, to random civilisations that will thus know about us before we know about them? I think it's safer to stay hidden and keep listening.

more than 2 years ago
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US Wants Natural Gas As Major Auto Fuel Option

ross.w Re:Oh Frack! (377 comments)

A lot of modern sewage works use the methane to run the heaters that keep the digestion process going. Sometimes they use it to run modified IC engines that power generators. The heat from the engines is then used to heat the digesters instead of using a standard radiator. There is at least one plant in the UK that has used this system for over ten years.

more than 2 years ago
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US Wants Natural Gas As Major Auto Fuel Option

ross.w Re:Oh Frack! (377 comments)

No, Propane is a longer chain hydrocarbon that liquifies more easily. Natural gas is mostly methane that requires much higher pressure and/or lower temperature to turn it into a liquid. Fine for an ocean going tanker. Not really practical for a road vehicle.

more than 2 years ago
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Satellite Spots China's First Aircraft Carrier

ross.w Re:Not first, just first functional (449 comments)

I've seen this up close. It's a mock up for a military aircraft display in a tourist resort near Shanghai.

more than 2 years ago
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German Court Issues Injunction Against iPhone & iPad

ross.w Re:He who lives by the sword... (349 comments)

I think in this case, it's more likely to be "Fruit Ninja"

more than 2 years ago
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Iranian TV Shows Downed US Drone

ross.w Re:It sounds feasible (612 comments)

At least this time there is no pilot to beg for the return of.

more than 2 years ago
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Designers Build 35-Foot Robot Snake

ross.w A giant snake (38 comments)

but no badgers or mushrooms. What were they thinking?

more than 2 years ago

Submissions

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Can multifunction displays in cars be modified?

ross.w ross.w writes  |  more than 5 years ago

ross.w writes "Lots of cars now are coming out with multi function displays that tell you things like your instantaneous fuel consumption, travel time, range to empty, whether your passengers are wearing their seatbelts, and even sometimes traditional gauge functions like coolant temperature. Examples of such cars I've seen include Honda Jazz/Fit (not US models), Honda Civic, Mitsubishi Lancer, Ford Mondeo, some Holdens.

How hard would it be to access the software in one of these to add extra functions? Much neater than adding extra gauges. Examples of this include coolant temperature, fuel injection duty cycle, Lambda sensor output, Turbo boost.

I know engine management systems are very proprietary and harder to access than a game console, yet some can be programmed via the OBDII interface to behave differently to standard (eg some GM ones). Has anyone tried to do the same to one of these displays?"
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Killer Asteroid probability corrected by schoolboy

ross.w ross.w writes  |  more than 6 years ago

ross.w writes "A German schoolboy corrected NASA's calculation of the chances of an asteroid colliding with Earth. He took into account the possibility of the asteroid colliding with an Earth satellite first, which increased the probability from 1 in 45,000 to about 1 in 50. NASA thinks he's right."
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ross.w ross.w writes  |  about 8 years ago

ross.w writes "Customers of ISPs using the services of Broadband wholesaler, Veridas have been without service of any kind since Wednesday afternoon. ISPs were not given any information from veridas, and were left to deal with thousands of angry customers. The story is emerging at Whirlpool that the protracted outage is due to a dispute over who controls the company among the directors.

Angry customers are churning elsewhere by the thousand, and competing Broadband providers are gleefully picking over the carcass."

Journals

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Colourful language

ross.w ross.w writes  |  more than 10 years ago

Some people don't seem to realise that for those of us behind so-called "profanity" filters, one ill-considered word can make an entire article and its posts off limits, as well as making my usage logs look like I've been trying to access pron or something.

How about at least obfuscating words like "fsck" and "c__t" to get through such filters without altering your meaning?

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ross.w ross.w writes  |  more than 12 years ago

The builders have started on our house at last!

Now I will be able to fulfil my dream of ethernet in every room!

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Someone sees me as a foe?

ross.w ross.w writes  |  more than 12 years ago

Hieronymous Cowherd has listed me as a foe? I still don't know why. Maybe he/she will tell me?

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The thin end of the wedge

ross.w ross.w writes  |  more than 12 years ago

Our IT people have weighed up the option of a Windows NT based proxy server for A$3,000 plus OS & hardware, or an old P133 running Redhat Linux and Squid. It looks like they're going to save the $3000 and go with the free software. Could this be the thin end of the wedge?

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