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Scientists Slow the Speed of Light

snikulin ...slow down that speed (139 comments)

Somehow it reminds me about US educational system.

2 days ago

Telepresence Store Staffed Remotely Using Robots

snikulin Re:Cool, walk the walk! (52 comments)

Ordering to a butler does not require CAN

about a month ago

Tesla Model S Has Hidden Ethernet Port, User Runs Firefox On the 17" Screen

snikulin ... modified version of Ubuntu (208 comments)

I assume they made all their sources available to Tesla owners, right?

about 10 months ago

WHO: Air Pollution 'Killed 7 Million People' In 2012

snikulin Re:you wait for a new planet... (97 comments)

I think you need to wait for a supernova for everything beyond iron.

about 10 months ago

NASA's Garver Proposes Carving Piece Off Big Asteroid For Near-Earth Mining

snikulin Do asteroids really have what we are looking for? (110 comments)

Moon seems does not have much.
Why we are so sure asteroids do?
I read somewhere all "heavy metal" stuff is mostly in Mercury/Venus/Earth zone, the further away, the lighter the "metals".
Are we so desperate for chondrite and iron?

about a year and a half ago

Code Released To Exploit Android App Signature Vulnerability

snikulin Re:A malicious APK? (81 comments)

nonono! We need to assign a governmental agency to watch all our traffic and block all malicious content.

about a year and a half ago

Java 6 EOL'd By Oracle

snikulin Re:Hating Oracle (115 comments)

Being old and in hate == big chance of death (stroke, cardiac arrest).
Learn to love Oracle and live long! /OK, that last bit was a tasteless joke/

about a year and a half ago

Ask Slashdot: Does LED Backlight PWM Drive You Crazy?

snikulin Re:first world problems (532 comments)

Finally a good reason to be an insensitive clod!

about a year and a half ago

Google Security Expert Finds, Publicly Discloses Windows Kernel Bug

snikulin Win 32bit only? Meh (404 comments)

The code is clearly targeted for x86 only, not for x64 (__declspec(naked)).
I don't have x86 PC.
On Win7x64 the code plainly crashes.


about a year and a half ago

Bruce Schneier On the Marathon Bomber Manhunt

snikulin WMD? (604 comments)

I guess the feds are worrying about a hypothetical chain "Chechens - Russia - WMD".
I am not informed enough to judge their merits.

about 2 years ago

GCC 4.8.0 Release Marks Completion of C++ Migration

snikulin Licensed under the GPLv3 or later (269 comments)

Can it be used for non-OSS development and releases of compiled binaries to a customer?
It's not trolling, I really need to know (embedded dev here).

about 2 years ago

West Virgnia Auditor Finds Cisco Router Purchase Not Performed Legally

snikulin Over-specking... (280 comments)

I would not judge the guy from Virginia who did the speck *before hearing his version*.

My employer often indirectly black-mouthed by media (including /.) for over-specking sins and it's hard to read totally unprofessional charges and keep silence.

I always over-speck our embedded gear RAM at least by 2.
If I know the HW spec is frozen forever and the SW one is not, I over-speck by x4 and sometimes even more.
Usually such HW freeze happens on gov orders.
I am ready to defend my approach before a Senate Committee.

about 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Server Room Toolbox?

snikulin Impact punch down tool, cable tester... (416 comments)

A boot-able USB floppy drive (to do firmware upgrades). USB boot-able DVD drive just in case. Kill-a-watt or something alike. IR thermometer. LED flashlight.

more than 2 years ago



Linux kernel 2.4 or 2.6 in embedded systems?

snikulin snikulin writes  |  about 6 years ago

snikulin (889460) writes "My 6-year old embedded SW happily runs on kernel v2.4 for XScale CPU. The SW gets a bunch (tens of megabytes) of data from FPGA over PCI-X bus and pushes it out over GigE to data-processing equipment. The tool chain is based on somewhat outdated gcc v2.95.

Now, by certain technical reasons we want to jump from ARM-based custom board to Atom-based COM Express module. This implies that I'll need to re-create new Linux RAM disk from scratch along with the tool chain. The functionality of the SW will be essentially the same.

My question: is it worth to jump to kernel 2.6 or better to stick with old and proven 2.4?
What will I gain and what will I loose (besides modern gcc compiler and the other related dev tools)?"

FAR went open source

snikulin snikulin writes  |  more than 7 years ago

snikulin (889460) writes "Venerable FAR Manager (File ARchive Manager) was released under the revised BSD license.
From the project web site:
Starting from October 26th 2007 the unicode development version of Far Manager 1.80 is distributed with its source code under the revised BSD license. We hope that with the help of our community this long awaited project will spring to life.

Good luck to us all!"

snikulin snikulin writes  |  more than 8 years ago

snikulin (889460) writes "This [livejournal.com] Russian blogger ran a chess match between Mac OS (X?) and Vista's chess programs.
The claimed result: Mac OS beat Vista in 14 moves.
Can someone please repeat the match with all moves recorded?"

snikulin snikulin writes  |  more than 8 years ago

snikulin (889460) writes "Optimus Upravlator keyboard has been announced [livejournal.com].
From the original web site [www.artlebedev.com]:
The Upravlator keyboard is an input device of a new type. Within the case, a 10.8 LCD screen with a resolution of 800×600 pixels is enclosed. Over the screen, there is a board with 12 transparent buttons. Every button features four contacts (at the top, at the bottom, on the left, and on the right). Pressing the button in the middle is possible, too ("fifth contact")."


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