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Link Between Salt and High Blood Pressure 'Overstated'

scsirob I can simply ignore all health and diet advice (291 comments)

Just about everything that is bad for you today is being negated a few years later. Can't find the link today, but at one point "research" showed that jeans were responsible for higher risk of cancer. So I will just continue to live my life and enjoy it to the fullest. If something kills me, at least I had a good time.

5 days ago

UN Study Shows Record-High Increases For Atmospheric CO2 In 2013

scsirob I want my money back (427 comments)

For the past decade I have been taxed the hell out of, all for the savior of our planet. All to reduce emissions, lower pollution and stop Global Warming (which has conveniently been renamed to Climate Change).

Apparently all for nothing. Taxing the hell out of ordinary people makes zero difference on CO2 emissions. So can I please have my money back???

about a week ago

Grand Ayatollah Says High Speed Internet Is "Against Moral Standards"

scsirob Re:The key bit (542 comments)

I find it quite interesting that sharia which has to be taken literally and has not changed in a thousand years, has anything to say about internet speeds. So somewhere over 1000 years ago a bearded guy sat in a tent, writing "Thou shalt not surf the interwebs over more than 14.4k Baud...". These guys are goood..

about two weeks ago

Dropbox Caught Between Warring Giants Amazon and Google

scsirob Re:I seem to remember... (275 comments)

You seem to have missed that they didn't specifies *who's* life.. Yours? Theirs? Their dog?

about three weeks ago

Facebook Experimenting With Blu-ray As a Storage Medium

scsirob Re:Everything old is new again. (193 comments)

^^^^ This. Tape is very robust. Last year I restored 15 tapes with old Netware 5 from SDLT. For test I have read 8mm MP tapes from the early 90's and still can read every bit off of them.

I have more trust in reading back a 10-year old tape than any writable optical media, or even harddisks for that matter. Leave a harddisk to gather dust for several years and chances are it won't start up.

about three weeks ago

Facebook Experimenting With Blu-ray As a Storage Medium

scsirob Re:Why not the "boring" Tape storage? (193 comments)

That is a load of b*ll.. LTO tapes are serpentine recording and tape positioning is pretty fast. The average time to reach any file on a tape is half the time it takes to spool it from one end to the other.

You are not 'trying to find' anything on tape, the software does that for you. Check out LTFS.

about three weeks ago

How long ago did you last assemble a computer?

scsirob Re:Glad to see you use the term 'assemble' (391 comments)

Mine was a bit later than that, but around 1982 I built a CP/M system using a Z-80 compatible HD64180. BYTE ran some articles back then (Chaos Manor) but I could not afford the boards. So I designed my own on breadboard (10x16cm experimenters PCB) with an Elektor 64-pin A/C backplane bus. I added 256KB RAM (The HD64180 had some crude bank switching mechanism), and later on build a floppy disk controller. Later on I added a separate Z-80 based video card and keyboard controller, and to top it off a SASI (no typo, Shugard Associates Systems Interface, not SCSI) controller. That attached to an Adaptec ACB4070 SASIRLL controller and a 10MB harddisk. Needed to partition it, as CP/M couldn't go beyond 8MB

I wrote my own BIOS for it, and implemented ZCPR-2. Looking back I just can't imagine how I ever found the time.

Feel free to play on my lawn ;-)

about a month and a half ago

How long ago did you last assemble a computer?

scsirob Minutes ago... (391 comments)

I just literally minutes ago finished soldering the last connections to a NUC board that I will be using in a mobile project. Added RS-232 using FTDI modules, added a CarPC power controller, made a nice little chassis to cram it all in a tiny aluminum box, put an SSD on the bottom of the chassis and it's running!

about a month and a half ago

Favorite "Go!" Phrase?

scsirob CLEAR PROP! (701 comments)

The adrenaline of starting the engine of your own plane and take to the skies.. Whenever and wherever you are.

about 2 months ago

Buying New Commercial IT Hardware Isn't Always Worthwhile (Video)

scsirob Re:My company... (92 comments)

I used to work for a hardware vendor who sold equipment to IBM. IBM demanded that all red power LED's be replaced with green ones. IBM users were used to seeing red LED's only when there was a fault with the equipment.

Bottom line: Sometimes a LED upgrade cycle makes sense..

about 2 months ago

US Senator Blasts Microsoft's H-1B Push As It Lays 18,000 Off Workers

scsirob Free market economy (529 comments)

Well, as tough as it is, and as right as this senator may sound, this is the result of global free market economy. Companies get their resources where they are cheapest, regardless if this is parts or people.

about 2 months ago

Nano-Pixels Hold Potential For Screens Far Denser Than Today's Best

scsirob Re:What's the point? (129 comments)

The human eye is limited to certain pixel densities at certain distances. Technology such as this can create QHD displays in Google Glass applications where the pixels are much closer to the eye. In fact, it may be possible to implant this inside the eye and have augmented reality without p*ssing off the people around you.

about 2 months ago

Unintended Consequences For Traffic Safety Feature

scsirob Re:LOL No shit!! (579 comments)

Easy fix for this. Just make sure that as soon as the light turns red, big steel spikes come up from under the road to stop or pierce any car that might try to outwit the system. Oh, and on both sides of the street to ensure that real high-speed idiots will be caught on the other end.

about 2 months ago

Microsoft Opens 'Transparency Center' For Governments To Review Source Code

scsirob Re:...and.. (178 comments)

That will only work if government officials observe the creation of the gold RTM code and then every patch there after. Inspecting the source code today and not finding anything is no guarantee that this will be the case tomorrow. You don't get 'your compiled version' as the production code. And even if you do, the next round of patches you are done for.

Using a checksum/hash for the produced files is no use either. Even with unmodified sources, if you compile the same code twice, the produced executable will have different metadata (creation date, file headers, build number) so the hash will be differrent.

about 2 months ago

Grandmother Buys Old Building In Japan And Finds 55 Classic Arcade Cabinets

scsirob Re:neat, but was probably in use to 2000's (133 comments)

Agree. There are some pictures of PCB's that have chips with '90s date codes stamped on them.

about 2 months ago

Court Allowed NSA To Spy On All But 4 Countries

scsirob Agreement?? (242 comments)

"Only four countries in the world — Britain, Canada, Australia and New Zealand — were exempt from the agreement"

So, did the 193 sovereign countries all agree to be spied upon? Or did one American tell another American that they had every right to do so.

about 2 months ago

FAA Bans Delivering Packages With Drones

scsirob Re:Luddites on the loose. (199 comments)

Meanwhile, over 400 military drones have crashed:
No-one knows if this happened over schoolgrounds yet, but considering the number of drones in service, that's a pisspoor safety record. I can only imagine that flocks of cheap, commercial drones over populated area's will cause some 'mechanical rain' when electronic disturbance (nearby lightning strike) causes them to fail.

about 3 months ago

When will large-scale IPv6 deployment happen?

scsirob Recycle old ranges (305 comments)

In the early days companies were able to claim entire class B or class C address ranges without much penalty. Usually only a few of these addresses are reachable from the outside world. Some companies don't even exist anymore but the range just lingers on.

A real world example is my former employer Exabyte. They used to produce tape streamers and libraries, the remnants are now part of Tandberg. They claimed the entire 161.81/16 address range in the early nineties. All but a few were reachable from the outside. Today there's still a few addresses active, but most of the range is lost.

Go through the list of address range owners. If they expose less than half of their range to the outside world, recycle. DNS will cope with the changes.

about 3 months ago



No more Groklaw

scsirob scsirob writes  |  1 year,26 days

scsirob (246572) writes "Word is out that PJ has pulled the plug on Groklaw. A source of education on US law, patents, SCO versus IBM and much more stops. PJ simply cannot justify to herself to stay connected in a world that is under constant surveillance. The Internet as it stands today is a threat to humanity, she explains.
Goodby PJ, you will be missed."

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Slashdot Poll: Reader age distribution

scsirob scsirob writes  |  about 2 years ago

scsirob (246572) writes "Today's logo about the demise of Ceefax included the comment that most readers were born after Ceefax was introduced. This, combined with the 15th anniversary of Slashdot, would make a great poll. "How old are you?" with options in 10-year intervals."

scsirob scsirob writes  |  more than 7 years ago

scsirob (246572) writes "Novell has maintained free developer support for many years on it's news server. Just yesterday, all novell.devsup.* newsgroups received the following message: "This forum is now closed to new traffic but will remain open in a read-only status for reference purposes. Novell has made the decision to phase out forums for API Developer support excep for GroupWise. Novell partners with a valid agreement will continue to be supported via your existing contract. Customers with developer related questions are welcome to post messages in the technical support forums which are not oficially monitored by Novell, but are used for user-to-user conversations regarding Novell products. You can find the link to the technical support forums at" Is Novell not interested in helping out developers for their products anymore? Could this be related to the Microsoft agreement?"

scsirob scsirob writes  |  about 8 years ago

scsirob writes "When I first started playing with computers (25 years ago), they were relatively easy to understand. Intel 8080 chips, TRS-80 Model 1 and CP/M isn't exactly rocket science. I tought myself how to program in assembly and later in C. I now design little gadgets with embedded processors and program them, and I write diagnostics software on a range of O/Ses. My kids (8 and 10 years old) are starting to get interested too and want me to teach them how to do all this. But I find that their level of expectation is waaay to high. They want to design games without any basic knowlegde. So my question is, how do you 'bootstrap' kids into computer knowledge to a comfortable level without turning them off or disappointing them?"


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