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Jackie Chan Discs Help Boost Solar Panel Efficiency

skaag Mass produce! (188 comments)

If this can be mass produced quickly by the likes of Solar City, imagine the gains! This could mean independence from fossil fuels in the next 2 years. Very exciting stuff.

2 days ago

The EU Has a Plan To Break Up Google

skaag This isn't Soviet Russia (332 comments)

First, the EU is a joke. But even if it wasn't, who are they to tell a company not to favor its own products? It is a socialist agenda, and goes against the very core of capitalism.

They can't claim it's anti competitive, there are still a lot of search engines out there. If they did as good a job as Google, maybe customers would have used them more. The fact is that Bing is also popular enough, and there are a few other search engines that are slowly gaining in popularity.

about a week ago

Harvard Scientists Say It's Time To Start Thinking About Engineering the Climate

skaag Re:Chemtrails (367 comments)

Said the anonymous coward.

about a week ago

It's Not Developers Slowing Things Down, It's the Process

skaag Re:Nope... Nailed It (185 comments)

This is not exactly accurate. It hinges greatly on the type of manager we're talking about.

For example if the manager is very hands-on, goes into the details, produces proper mock-ups, flow diagrams, and everything is properly documented: This type of manager can actually accelerate the development process significantly since developers now know exactly what to do. But again, this manager has to really know what he's doing, and have some serious programming experience in his past.

about a week ago

Longtime Debian Developer Tollef Fog Heen Resigns From Systemd Maintainer Team

skaag Re: Who are you calling "immature twats" ?? (550 comments)

Like I said, they can voice their opinions, switch distros, or make contributions to non-systemd projects. Nothing is an excuse to use verbal violence against a developer who has contributed thousands of hours to the Debian community.

about two weeks ago

Longtime Debian Developer Tollef Fog Heen Resigns From Systemd Maintainer Team

skaag Re:Who are you calling "immature twats" ?? (550 comments)

Whatever they wanna say, they are more than welcome to share with the world. It's a free country, and with free software, you get Double Free! They can choose another distro, or they can uninstall systemd (see instructions here: http://forums.debian.net/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=112364 ).

But using verbal violence against a developer is unacceptable, and immature. So I stand behind my prognosis.

about two weeks ago

Longtime Debian Developer Tollef Fog Heen Resigns From Systemd Maintainer Team

skaag Re:Not resigning from Debian (550 comments)

Glad to hear. And for what it's worth, I think it's a shame some elements in the community behaved like they did. I chalk it off to them being immature twats, but mostly it's that people are people, and a good chunk of humanity are just idiots.

about two weeks ago

Ask Slashdot: Dealing With VoIP Fraud/Phishing Scams?

skaag Contact the FBI (159 comments)

I suggest you contact the FBI and work with them. Why? Obviously the criminals are asking for banking information, and I can't imagine this being used for anything other than nefarious purposes. The FBI can sting them and locate the relevant bank accounts and freeze the money (in other words, give the scammers a kick in the balls). If you both get lucky, the FBI will actually catch the criminals and jail them.

about two weeks ago

If You're Connected, Apple Collects Your Data

skaag And will they fix Yosemite as a result? (313 comments)

In other words, assuming the data is being collected in order to improve the OS, will they actually be able to analyze this huge amount of data and come up with actual fixes?

I'm asking because my past experience as an OSX user is that there is a massive amount of garbage warnings and errors in the OS's system logs, which never seem to get fixed (and that's kinda annoying). You would think that they would analyze the data and fix those issues, being the "thorough" and "detail oriented" people they purport to be.

about a month ago

How English Beat German As the Language of Science

skaag They speak English in Star Trek (323 comments)

Obviously English becomes the language of our planet before star date 2233.

about a month and a half ago

Hackers Break Into HealthCare.gov

skaag Let me guess: Windows (150 comments)

No doubt it was a Windows machine, and the poor bastard who hooked it up to the internet probably used Internet Exploder 7.

about 3 months ago

Idiot Leaves Driver's Seat In Self-Driving Infiniti, On the Highway

skaag Re:No deadman switch? (406 comments)

That's exactly what I was thinking when I saw this. They should count 10 seconds from the moment the person leaves the seat, and slowly break until the car stops safely. But is that the right thing to do? I'm not 100% sure.

about 4 months ago

Ask Slashdot: What Would It Take For You To Buy a Smartwatch?

skaag Battery Life + Health Tracking (427 comments)

The only way I would ever consider wearing something on my wrist:

1. Long battery life (Charging it once a month would be a reasonable compromise, but ideally once every 6 months or 12 months).
2. It tracked my health in a meaningful way, and produced helpful insights that actually help me keep healthy.
3. NO PHONE FEATURES and NO GPS! I prefer to leave that for my phone.

Things I want me watch to tell me:

- You are lacking fluids, drink water
- You are too stressed, relax
- You are hunched, stand straight
- You have been sitting for too long, get up and walk for 5 minutes
- Blood Oxygen levels too low, do some exercise
- You are not sleeping well, consider changing your sleeping environment (or a number of recommendations about sleep)

Those are just a few, I'm sure I can think of a few more if I really put my mind to it.

about 5 months ago

NADA Is Terrified of Tesla

skaag Waste of time (455 comments)

I think the NADA is wasting their time, if they are indeed "scared" of Tesla, or even really actively fighting Tesla. The number of people currently buying a Tesla is so insignificant compared to regular car sales, that the NADA has nothing to worry about for at least another 5 years (which is when all-electric vehicles hopefully become cheap enough to actually compete, price wise, with gas fueled vehicles).

about 5 months ago

The Andromeda Galaxy Just Had a Bright Gamma Ray Event

skaag There goes the death star (129 comments)

Somewhere, in a galaxy far, far away, a death star was just blown up to smithereens by the rebel forces :-)

about 6 months ago

I Want a Kindle Killer

skaag Dead wrong (321 comments)

While your suggestions speak to my inner geek, I think if Amazon does add those features they will kill the kindle.

That product sold 40 million because it does NOT have those features. It is already far more convenient than using a paperback, looks bright enough to read even in low light conditions, and can hold tons of books. For those 40 million people who bought a Kindle, that's more than enough. Add more features and you'll make the product cumbersome, suddenly it needs more processing power, suddenly battery life sucks...

No, I say the Kindle should remain as it is, and this simplicity is its strength.

about 6 months ago

UAE Clerics' Fatwa Forbids Muslims From Traveling To Mars

skaag Finally, a loophole! (363 comments)

I believe we may have found a loophole where muslims are left behind on earth, and sane people can safely travel to another planet without fearing being followed by retarded religious zealots!

about 9 months ago

Cartels Are Using Firetruck-Sized Drillers To Make Drug Pipelines

skaag I'm surprised they haven't used tiny drones (323 comments)

They would be very hard to spot, and only need to travel one way, recharge, then travel the other way again but this time with cash.

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: Best Way To Implement Wave Protocol Self Hosted?

skaag blech (112 comments)

Isn't sharepoint a microsoft product? why touch that crap? he would have to install a *gulp* windows "server" for it.

about a year ago


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Difficult times...

skaag skaag writes  |  more than 10 years ago

These are difficult times for me. I manage to keep a smile, because I must, because this is how i'm built. Must keep smiling.

I just hope to pass this journey in relative safety, and maybe even succeed with my plans to change the world a little bit.

Oh yeah, If you have some money and want to invest in an idea that's going to make the world a slightly better place, and bring people closer, then the first thing you should probably know is that I plan to invest this money back in projects that improve life for many other human beings, and not just spend that money on expensive cars, models & stupid narcotics.


First post

skaag skaag writes  |  more than 11 years ago

There, I get to have a first post SOMEWHERE! So this is my first post in my own journal! Tada!

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