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Ask Slashdot: Protecting Tech Gear From Smash-and-Grab Theft?

sc0p3 Never let it go... ever (514 comments)

I was buying a lock-cable in a computer store (ironically) and put my heavy laptop down on a table to reach into wallet to pay. Within a 5-second window someone had taken it out from under me...

I ran outside, chased him down, got him in a headlock and yelled out for the police and arrested the guy!

Moral of the story, never ever let it go. I was incredibly lucky and learnt my lesson.

more than 2 years ago

Biggest Changes In C++11 (and Why You Should Care)

sc0p3 Re:Cruft removed? (385 comments)

See C#. All the good bits, with all the cruft skimmed off.

more than 3 years ago

Australian-Built Hoverbike Prepares For Takeoff

sc0p3 Sad Day (200 comments)

Its a sad day when 90% of the comments I've read here are from trolls and doubters. Slashdot posts a fascinating article about a really cool new invention and if there is anywhere he should find support it should be here. If everyone says its "snake oil", "don't listen", "don't try", "go away" we'd never have the Wright Brothers who would easily be discounted as inventors tinkering in their workshops today.

He's already facing tough odds and breaking ground. An innovative technology community should understand that.

I know this will probably be marked trolling; just check yourselves. Support instead of heckle.

PS I'm a kiwi. I have no reason to support this team, but damn, tip of my hat to them. Bloody good job Aussie.

more than 3 years ago

Activists Destroy Scientific GMO Experiment

sc0p3 Re:Sounds like (1229 comments)

Its well known politics not shortage are the reason for famine. The reason we don't feed the poor is because if they stop paying for it the price will diminish and industries will collapse. We've had enough to feed everyone for years.

GMO keeps it value added so they can charge a premium, using suicide seeds keeps it in the control of Monsanto. Its pretty much all an evil-empire sort of reality but life in a capitalist world without sufficient regulation.

I support GMO research but also support choice, we need to keep GMO's super tightly regulated & in labs to preserve the rights of people to choose organic food. In the US GMO is everywhere - its virtually impossible to choose not to eat it.

more than 3 years ago

Is Sugar Toxic?

sc0p3 As usual... (1017 comments)

As usual on Slashdot people post without actually RTFA at all... His point is that Fructose is 10x worse than Glucose, because it inhibits satiation response meaning you eat more, as well as cross linking compounds in the liver (sclerosis) leading to liver failure. Also that compared to glucose; 10x more fructose reaches the liver that needs to be processed, and that because of the specifics of fructose processing reaction - It isn't processed, leading to build up, generation of high density LDL protein (heart attacks), insulin resistance, diabetes. Its a toxin! Simple! And much more toxic than water.

more than 3 years ago

How Do People Respond To Being Touched By a Robot?

sc0p3 Re:Human touch is seen as empathetic (137 comments)

It was a misleading summary, actually people liked it more when they thought it was cleaning! "Although Cody touched the subjects in exactly the same way, they reacted more positively when they believed Cody intended to clean their arm versus when they believed Cody intended to comfort them." See the original:

more than 3 years ago

National Opt-Out Day Against Virtual Strip Searches

sc0p3 Re:The pilot thing shows how stupid it really is (647 comments)

I see it as the prisoner-guard dynamic that is seen in so much of psychology. And we all know how that ends! US needs to restore sane levels as fast as possible.

The passengers are customers, not criminals.

more than 3 years ago

Google Challenges Facebook Over User Address Books

sc0p3 Re:Lead to Walls? That's FUD! (120 comments)

hear hear! Same with Facebook and Twitter, its one way.

more than 3 years ago

TSA To Make Pat-Downs More Embarrassing To Encourage Scanner Use

sc0p3 Re:One more recourse (642 comments)

Good post, just a thought re:cancer - the radiation flying on the plane itself is 100x more than the backscatter. You leave the protection of the ozone.. its the wild west up there. Looks like I'll be avoid USA now on my travels.. the options are pretty terrible. Groped or photographed naked. Surely this won't stay for long?

more than 3 years ago

When You Really, Really Want to Upgrade a Tiny Notebook

sc0p3 That is novel... (104 comments)

"...further instillation of a Huawei E172 modem for 3G.."

Instillation is... "the introduction of a liquid (by pouring or injection) drop by drop"
I never thought of connecting a modem like that.

about 4 years ago

Kids Who Watch Popeye Cartoons Eat More Vegetables

sc0p3 Causation (119 comments)

Who ever tagged this "!causation" obviously didn't watch Pop Eye growing up. It definitely influenced my vegetable intake. I remember thinking about Pop Eye when sucking up the strength to eat more steamed broccoli.

more than 4 years ago

How To Get a Game-Obsessed Teenager Into Coding?

sc0p3 Limit Game Time (704 comments)

When I was young we had a rule - 30min of computer time a day - with the exception of programming. The only way I was allowed to use the computer past 30min a day was in QBASIC.

more than 4 years ago

Study Shows Standing Up To Bullies Is Good For You

sc0p3 Re:No (458 comments)

Its not like this everywhere thank goodness. In my school I had the same situation - and regularly stood up for myself and the school only punished the guy that started it (3 of them, 2 got expelled)
Go to New Zealand for common sense =)

more than 4 years ago

Of these options, I'd call the place I live ...

sc0p3 South America (515 comments)

Santiago! Amazing city for expat's.

more than 4 years ago

Steve Jobs Hints At Theora Lawsuit

sc0p3 The world is upside down... (686 comments)

Apple is turning evil.. what is happening?
- Theora Lawsuit,
- Raise Ebook Prices,
- Shut down Laja,
- Battling Flash,
- Nailing the Engineer who dropped the iPhone,
Where is their PR department?

more than 4 years ago

Extremists Warn South Park Creators Over Muhammad In a Bear Suit

sc0p3 Re:They couldn't want anything more (1131 comments)

The same *misinterpretations* are regularly applied * misinterpreting* the old testament, sacrifice and stoning, gay ministers and hard-right-zealot Christian towns in the US. Christianity really should remove its log before picking the dust,

Mainstream in Iraq or Mainstream in Europe? My basic argument still stands, poverty and extremism go hand in hand. All the religions are founded on love.. not hatred. Individual agendas twist religion and poverty to acts of hatred - in all religions

Simply saying - don't believe ALL Muslims are extremists, its blatantly incorrect, just like I don't believe all republicans are nut-jobs ;)

more than 4 years ago

Extremists Warn South Park Creators Over Muhammad In a Bear Suit

sc0p3 Re:They couldn't want anything more (1131 comments)

Yep! Factor in poverty and lack of basic necessities, I bet the proportionality would still stand. Extremism is born from poor education => from poverty.

5% was for illustration purposes only. Obviously the actual percentage would need to be looked up somewhere. My point was its people that are extreme! Not islam!

more than 4 years ago



Ask Slashdot: What makes Silicon Valley tick?

sc0p3 sc0p3 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

sc0p3 writes "Chile is trying to copy the success of Silicon Valley in fostering innovation by bringing in foreign entrepreneurs and providing grants and networks to kick start their technology companies. What are the key components to a successful tech-community culture where so many communities like this have failed? What recommendations would you have to a programmer aspiring to get funding?"
Link to Original Source

sc0p3 sc0p3 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

sc0p3 writes "As a long time slashdot reader I thought I would submit a story about a non-profit organisation I started a few years ago, ASTRO. I need Slashdot's help to make it happen or it will die.

ASTRO is a global network of people dedicated to making a positive difference in the world. Because we're not all able to go to Africa, it allows you to help simply be being employed by ASTRO in your field of expertise. The excess profits would then be cycled into non-profit ventures, such as curing cancer, saving the rain forest or promoting democracy, peace, sustainability, human rights and freedom.

We had a successful pilot project installing water systems in outlying Vanuatu villages, as well as many commerical development contracts. It is a demonstration of engineers who normally work in a cube, can contribute to saving the world. But it took a long time to get to that point, and ASTRO really needs external support + mentoring to get set up. However, because it's hardly a conventional business model, it is extremely difficult.

Before I close it forever, I thought I'd get slashdot's opinion and potential networking for funding. If anyone has direct, immediate funding + mentoring + ideas then I'll keep it open and try to make it happen. Please get in touch"


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