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Eye-controlled Laptop Presented At CeBit

solevita Indeed (43 comments)

Maybe the next Slashdot summary will be built it in English.

more than 3 years ago
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Almost-Satnav For Cycling

solevita Re:Openfietskaart.nl (119 comments)

There's also www.opencyclemap.org. Yes, open mapping is cool, no, this is not news.

OpenCycleMap tiles are used as part of this app; the news isn't maps for cyclists, it's a satnav app for cyclists that's interesting.

more than 3 years ago
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Almost-Satnav For Cycling

solevita Based on OpenStreetMap data (119 comments)

As one of the devs writes:

"CycleStreets has been made possible by the brilliant OpenStreetMap project, dubbed the 'Wikipedia of Maps'. Cyclists and others all around the UK collect and update street data that enables us then to create routing that thinks like a cyclist. Unlike traditional SatNav data, OpenStreetMap data is controlled by its user community. Anyone can get involved in OpenStreetMap, and over 300,000 people around the world are already doing so."

So if you want to help improve the application, and contribute to plenty of other worthy projects, you could think about checking out The Map in your area and seeing if there's anything you could contribute.

more than 3 years ago
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Calling Shenanigans On Super SATA's Claimed Audio Qualities

solevita Re:HA HA HA HA: (827 comments)

I love this quote:

I have been writing professionally about consumer electronics — high end hi-fi in particular — since the early 1980s, although I had a ten-year break when mainstream magazine publishers decided that the profits on their titles were far more of a concern than the enjoyment and satisfaction of their readers.

Or - "I was unemployed in the field for 10 years because nobody wanted to buy my stuff". Nice work expert.

about 4 years ago
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Sifting Authorities From Celebrities On Twitter

solevita Re:Could data mining tools like this be the future (86 comments)

Speaking of slashdot; I can "claim" my twitter account and also tell them about what I do on LinkedIn and Facebook, but not Slashdot? Clearly they're missing out on the good stuff there...

more than 4 years ago
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Spinal-Fluid Test Confirmed To Predict Alzheimer's

solevita Re:Thank goodness: (138 comments)

And on the plus side, if you do have Alzheimer's you will at least be able to forget about the late life spinal tap.

more than 4 years ago
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Claimed Proof That P != NP

solevita Re:Well, duh (457 comments)

But ACs can't bank karma. I guess someone had mod points to burn.

more than 4 years ago
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The Bus That Rides Above Traffic

solevita Re:Crashes (371 comments)

According to TFA, it does indeed run on rails.

more than 4 years ago
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Attacking Game Consoles On Corporate Networks

solevita Re:Don't plug it to internet (79 comments)

The problem isn't network connectivity, the problem would be large flat corporate networks. Why have one network with all your office machines, manufacturing equipment, games consoles and telephones on it? Just create a games console VLAN that has access to the Internet and no routes to any internal networks.

This story is only a story if your Network Admin knows nothing about network admin.

more than 4 years ago
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BP Caught Photoshopping Disaster Response Photos

solevita Re:Who cares (560 comments)

The court of public opinion has decided that oil = bad.

More like BP = bad. I think oil is still thought of as pretty cool. How many of these BP NIMBYs drive to their local spill protest?

more than 4 years ago
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Tunneling Under the Great Firewall?

solevita Re:ok (403 comments)

Or use NoMachine to connect to your remote box.

more than 4 years ago
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Desired Input For Console Video Games?

solevita Re:Classic Nintendo GamePad (271 comments)

Ah, come on, nobody minds you using Slashdot to sell your stuff (plenty of others do it), but don't treat us like fools:

The parent was taking [sic] about the replacement controller chips they sell.

When the parent actually said:

So, I purchased an adapter [retrousb.com] that allows me to plug my classic NES controller into the USB port on my PC.

I'm pretty sure the original link I posted was to an adapter that would allow you to use a NES controller on a USB port without breaking anything.

more than 4 years ago
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Desired Input For Console Video Games?

solevita Re:Classic Nintendo GamePad (271 comments)

Unlike the device mentioned by the parent you don't need to trash the controller to use the Retro Adapter. It remains untouched and will still work on the original console/computer.

How does this trash anything?

more than 4 years ago
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Swype Beta For Android Is Open, Temporarily

solevita Privacy? (104 comments)

Presumably this is going to phone home and report usage stats from my usual mix of sexting and work emails? Android has already warned me of this on installation. I'll give it a go, but not for anything I wouldn't want made public.

more than 4 years ago
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Chatroulette Working On Genital Recognition Algorithm

solevita "View picture"? (364 comments)

Oh, I wish this article had a "read more" link to get to the comments...

more than 4 years ago
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How many processes are running on your desktop box?

solevita Re:ps auxw (382 comments)

All in all, I don't think there would be a normal ubuntu box that would have a lot less than 200 processes running.

168 for me. Guess I could be working harder...

more than 4 years ago
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Rubber Boots Charge Your Phone

solevita Re:Oh good, just what I need (111 comments)

Boots that don't keep my feet warm because they depend on heat flowing across a thermocouple as quickly as possible to produce electricity? That sounds great! I'll take two.

There are many inventions like this that suggest you can pull energy from nowhere. Of course you can't, it has to come from somewhere. In this case, it's your body heat powering the phone. You'll have cold feet and you'll have to put more energy into yourself everyday to power the phone in the form of calories. No such thing as free energy, just different ways to transfer it about.

more than 4 years ago
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Taylor Momsen Did Not Write This Slashdot Headline

solevita American headlines wrong, stupid (192 comments)

Is it just me, or does the usual replacement of "and" in headlines with a comma get really boring? I seem to see it only on en-US language sites and have stopped reading more than one because it was really wrong, stupid.

more than 4 years ago

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MapQuest launches Open Data Mapping

solevita solevita writes  |  more than 4 years ago

solevita (967690) writes "MapQuest has announced that it will provide maps based on OpenStreetMap data, as well as investing a million dollars into the project to improve US resources: “We fundamentally believe that community-contributed mapping will be better than any closed platform". From the article:

The company, a subsidiary of AOL, plans to announce Friday morning that it is launching a site in the U.K. based on a project called OpenStreetMap, which is dedicated to user-created mapping. The OpenStreetMap project has caught on most quickly in Europe, which is why MapQuest is starting there, but AOL also will devote $1 million to support the growth of open-source mapping in the U.S. The site has a U.K. address — http://open.mapquest.co.uk/ — but users can navigate to user-created maps from any country.

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Open Source GSM network at Dutch hacker convention

solevita solevita writes  |  more than 5 years ago

solevita (967690) writes "Harald Welte, who's been interviewed previously by Slashdot, has written on his blog about operating an Open Source GSM network at the recent HAR2009 conference.

Photographs and a description and of the setup, run under license of the Dutch regulatory authority, are provided; essentially the setup consisted of a pair of BTS' (Base Transceiver Stations) running at 100mW transmit power each and tied to a tree. In turn these provided access to the Base Station Controller (BSC), in this case a Linux server in a tent running OpenBSC. The system authenticated users with a token sent via SMS; in total 391 users subscribed to the service and were able to use their phones as if they were on any other network.

Independent researchers are increasingly examining GSM networks and equipment, Welte's work proves that GSM is in the realm of the hackers now and that this realm of mobile networking could be set for a few surprises in the future."

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solevita solevita writes  |  more than 7 years ago

solevita writes "The Register is reporting on the fate of a short lived viral marketing campaign by Virgin. The campaign was started as a challenge on B3ta.com, but ended after the results were deemed inappropriate by Virgin. Ironically, the campaign revolved around Virgin's new mantra of saying "yes" to everything. El Reg writes of B3ta.com:

"The site is famous for its slightly twisted humour — it recently published a book of sick jokes and runs sickipedia — a Web2.0 collection of offensive humour. Entries for Virgin's competition included doctored pictures of the Soham murder victims and an apparent snap of Richard Branson relieving himself over site founder Rob Manuel, wearing a toddler's pink dress and chained to a radiator.

The Guardian and The Inquirer are also running the story, whilst B3ta remains quiet on the matter. They have, coincidently, set their question of the week to the topic of not losing your virginity."
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solevita solevita writes  |  more than 7 years ago

solevita (967690) writes "FON is described as a "wireless movement"; using communist influenced branding we are encouraged to stick it to the man by participating in the world's largest WiFi hotspot. Unfortunatly for FON, a recent blog post to tech.am warns us of the potential disparity between FON's published statistics and the truth behind the popularity of the service.

Notably, there are less than 3700 FON routers online now and, despite claims that FON was making advances in Asia, only 9 routers are registered (although that doesn't mean that they're even running) in China and Taiwan combined.

This isn't the first time FON's practice has been questioned, although it hardly makes much difference now; the group has already secured $21.7 million in startup cash from the likes of Google and Ebay. In short, that's a lot of money for each router in use."

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