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Investigation: Apple Failing To Protect Chinese Factory Workers

schweini Is this actually effective? (201 comments)

Is this kind of abuse actually effective? European (and maybe American) companies and policymakers often insist that giving workers time off and treating them decently actually increases overall productivity, so does anyone know of studies if this would be true in this case, too?

about a month ago

Soda Pop Damages Your Cells' Telomeres

schweini Re:Link to the study. (422 comments)

In Germany, EVERYBODY drinks carbonated water all the time, so this would spell doom on almost the whole population, hence i am a bit sceptical?

about 3 months ago

Reverse Engineering the Oculus Rift DK2's Positional Tracking Tech

schweini Re:Article mentions me! (26 comments)

Sorry to highjack this thread for an OT question, but: Do you know if there is a way to emulate OR DK2's tracking data? I would like to homebrew a very poor man's Oculus Rift. The screen should be no problem, and there are many IMUs available - but how would i get an Oculus-enabled game to read the IMUs data?

about 4 months ago

Breakthrough In LED Construction Increases Efficiency By 57 Percent

schweini Re:You know what this means (182 comments)

Hence, installing and runninf F.Lux on your computer is a must!

about 4 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Remote Support For Disconnected, Computer-Illiterate Relatives

schweini Chromebook (334 comments)

I can whole-heartedly recommend any cheap chromebook. They are basically completely support free, and can be reflashed in an instant.
I'm not sure how well they work with dial-up, but can't really see why they'd perform worse than any other modern browser.

I dont know how to hook them up to POTS line, though. But i guess there is some kind of solution for that.

On another note: where do they live that they don't have access to slightly higher-speed 3G internet? I've travelled through third world countries, and cell-phone-internet seems to be almost omnipresent in some form or another.

about 4 months ago

Eye Problems From Space Affect At Least 21 NASA Astronauts

schweini Re:What can be done about this? (109 comments)

Wouldn't it be easier to just have a capsule and a counterweight on a long rope of sorts, and spin/orbit it around an axle that is on the spaceship?
Why hasn't this been done yet? It would seem to me to be almost energy-neutral, since you would only have to compensate for the friction on the axle, once you get the capsules spining?

about 5 months ago

Slashdot Talks WIth IBM Power Systems GM Doug Balog (Video)

schweini Refreshingly 'normal' interview (36 comments)

I just wanted to say that I was pleasantly surprised that this guy seems relatively buzzword free and seems to know his stuff. Obviously he has his corporate agenda, but I would really like more higher-ups in big companies to do interviews like this.

about 5 months ago

Ecuador To Forge Ahead With State-Backed Digital Currency

schweini Re:Wow (85 comments)

The Costa Rican Colon is actually not directly pegged to the USD. It's a bit more complicated

about 6 months ago

Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!

schweini constructive criticism, anyone? (2219 comments)

Yes, beta is really surprisingly horrible, and i really hope classic will remain an option.
<conspiracy>i bet the GNAA infiltrated dice, and made them create beta! (what have they been up to, anyhow?</conspiracy>
That being said, may I recommend some kind of diplomatic hybrid solution?
- make slashdot's CSS not suck, so that it is easily skin-able. Let US come up with funky themes in CSS form - and we can bet you that 'classic' will be one of the first ones to appear
- make slashdot more reddit-esque in the sense that everything should be API-accessible. That way, if you want to add some oh-so-great feature, you can just add an API call, an someone will mangle the CSS to reflect that. Hopefully, many new slashdot reader apps will pop up (including a decent mobile one! something like 'reddit is fun', but for slashdot!)
- you want to make more money? add that reddit 'give gold' option. They really seem to be making money of that over there, and it goes along nicely with the whole "karma" economy that slashdot basically started. I mean: you've got us all working for you, indirectly, because we all come here for the comments, which are made by us. So give us some additional way of cheering at each other for doing a good job, and make some money off of it!
- unicode! Hell - i make my living writing perl, and basic unicode is really not THAT hard. Geeez.
- if you want to make the whole place more modern and dynamic, you can always add bells & whistles like (unobstrusive) auto-updates and all that jazz. Hell, some CSS themes could even incorporate those obnoxious, but "modern" jQuery animations!

about a year ago

SSDs: The New King of the Data Center?

schweini Any experiences on Hybrid RAID-1? (172 comments)

What a coincidence! I am getting ready to transition our main DB servers (couple of GB mysql data) to SSD, but I simply dont want to trust it that much yet. So my plan is to set up RAID-1, with an SSD and another conventional drive. There seems to be this "--write-mostly" option that tells linux to preferably read from the SSD. Anybody know if this is worth it? If it works? What kind of random access performance gains can i look forward to, running mysql on SSD? I found it surprisingly hard to find any good data on these subjects.

about a year and a half ago

Bill Gates To Help China Build Traveling Wave Nuclear Reactor

schweini Bill Gates' presentation on TerraPower (467 comments)

Here's Bill Gates' TED presentation on this project from almost 2 years ago:

Even if half of this design works out as advertised, i think this would be awesome! Pity that the 'western world' wasn't interested in investing in it and trying it out....

more than 3 years ago

Favorite seasonal transition?

schweini I miss seasons! (451 comments)

Living in Costa Rica, let me say that I really miss the 'classical' seasons. Here, we just have 6 months of dry time, followed by 6 months of rain in the afternoons. It's great for a couple of days, since the temperature is nice and cozy all year long, but it really does get boring after a while.
If I'd designed the climate here, I would've at least had the decency to switch between rain and dry every two weeks or so, to keep it interesting.

more than 5 years ago

How To Make Science Popular Again?

schweini Re:3 steps (899 comments)

I agree, most of all with your first step, because IMHO, the others more or less follow naturally from critical thinking.
The problem is that all the conspiracy-nuts insist that they are the sole owners of - what THEY call - 'critical thinking'.
Why is there no obligatory class called 'critical thinking' in schools? Should be really easy to implement, and could easily made fun, i think.

more than 5 years ago

Utah Law Punishes Texters As Much As Drunks In Driving Fatalities

schweini Re:I have no problem with this. (620 comments)

Actually in Germany we (used to?) have a similar law: it is legal to drive with relatively low BAC, and if you get stopped by a routine control operation, that's fine. But if you get stopped because your were driving in a way that might seem "adventurous" (stuff lke running a yellow light, speeding, weird manouvers) with the same low BAC level, you'd get fined.

more than 4 years ago

Neuron Path Discovery May Change Our Conception of Itching

schweini Re:that article actually changed my world (161 comments)

I just thought of an experiment:
Assuming your tinnitus is a near-constant frequency sine wave, what happens if you try to cancel the imaginary sound out using an external sound?
I have no idea whether it's even possible to try to sync soundwaves that exactly by hand/mind, but maybe you can hear/perceive some interference, at least?
I'm not saying that this could be a cure for tinnitus, but me, at least, would be fascinated if imaginary sounds can interfere and maybe even cancel out physical sounds...

more than 5 years ago

Licensing Dispute Threatens Future of Skype

schweini Whatever happened to Wengo? (282 comments)

On a related note: there used to be this nice open source skype-alternative (using SIP and all that) called openwengo, but i cant find it anymore. the company also offered a flash based SIP client (wengovisio), and a flash-based teleconferencing thing (wengomeetings), but i cant find any of them anymore. quite a pity.

a little side-rant: the person that designed the SIP protocol in such an incredibly NAT-unfriendly manner should be drawn and quartered. I know there are work-arounds, but i blame this NAT-unfriendliness for the rise of skype, and now we're stuck with that nonstandard closed protocol crap. I think it was the glorious idea of incorporating the IP addresses inside the SIP packets, or something like that. sigh.

on a related note: whatever happened to Google's open-source VoIP thingy that incorporated with XMPP/Jabber? I think it was called 'Jingle', but I haven't heard a lot about it since then. And what protocol is Google using for their video-chat in gmail?

more than 5 years ago



SpaceShipTwo crashes in Mojave desert

schweini schweini writes  |  about 3 months ago

schweini (607711) writes "The BBC and many other outlets are reporting that:
"Virgin Galactic's suborbital space plane SpaceShipTwo suffered a serious malfunction during a rocket-powered test flight over Mojave, California, today (Oct. 31) resulting in the loss of the spacecraft. The fate of the vehicle's pilot crew is unknown.","

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How would WiFi look, if we could see it?

schweini schweini writes  |  about a year and a half ago

schweini (607711) writes "A couple of days ago, this story showed of a rather childish and art-sy way of visualizing WiFi, and was rightfully sneered at.
But I wondered how wifi would really look, if our eyes could see the relevant frequencies.
I would imagin that this should be possible to do, with a spectrum analyzer and an extremely directional antenna, that scans the viewport pixel by pixel, and assigns a color.
My guess is that most walls would be slightly opaque, whereas rough metal surfaces would be bright, and so on. Has anybody done this? Is this possible? Are there antennas that are THAT highly directional?"

Office document 'DRM'?

schweini schweini writes  |  more than 2 years ago

schweini writes "Even though DRM is obviously 'evil', I have recently come across a good use for it: I work with a travel agency that manages a lot of semi-confidential office documents (internal price lists, etc.).
Everytime an employee decides to leave, the big question if (or how much) information he will steal from us.
Hence, the question popped up if there's an easy way to restrict the usage of office documents to our LAN. I figured that a feature like that must be so popular that it shouldn't really be a problem. After consulting with my good friend Google, the only thing I could find was Microsoft's "Information Rights Management" option, which surpisingly is very under-documented, IMHO.
To make things worse, we are using a Samba server, so all the fancy windows-based licensing options are not available for us.
My question to my fellow slashdotters is if anyone knows of a way to (as transparently as possible) implement some way of restriction/encryption that renders internal documents useless as soon as they leave the premises. For my case, it wouldn't even have to be bulletproof — even some embedded macro that asks our server for permission based on an IP address or something would be a lot better than no protection at all."

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schweini schweini writes  |  more than 7 years ago

schweini (607711) writes "Space.com is reporting that the Mars Express probe's MARSIS (Mars Advanced Radar for Subsurface and Ionospheric Sounding) experiment has detected and measured an enormous amount of water ice near mars' south pole, which would be sufficient to submerge the whole planet's surface underneath aprox. 10m of water on average."


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