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Rocket Scientist Designs "Flare" Pot That Cooks Food 40% Faster

sosume Re: Wow. (202 comments)

Have you seen the picture in tfa? It will be a nightmare to clean, unless there is an inner layer smoothing the surface. But that would not be very efficient.

about a week ago
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Google To Take On Apple's CarPlay

sosume Re:Answer: Both (126 comments)

Windows XP was officially supported for over 12 years after release. Apple usually supports its hardware until up to 4 years after release. Android support is usually only offered *before* release date and a few months after.

about a month ago
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Google To Take On Apple's CarPlay

sosume Re:Answer: Both (126 comments)

Neither please. Choosing between a big brother-like ad-riddled OS from Google vs a severely restricted vendor lock-in from Apple? I'd rather run my car on Windows than either of these.

about a month ago
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Millions of Smart TVs Vulnerable To 'Red Button' Attack

sosume Millions of conventional TVs vulnerable too (155 comments)

"Researchers from Dickweed University's Network Security Lab discovered a flaw affecting nearly every TV on the planet. The flaw allows a radio-frequency attacker with a low budget to take control over tens of thousands of TVs in a single attack, forcing the TVs to turn on or off, or switch channels. The attack works by equipping a drone with a powerful universal remote, sending commands to all TVs in a broad range." It's even scarier like this!

about a month and a half ago
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'Godfather of Ecstasy,' Chemist Sasha Shulgin Dies Aged 88

sosume Re:Drugs can be bad mmkay! (164 comments)

I don't expect that you will be allowed to have such a laboratory in your house anymore.

about a month and a half ago
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'Godfather of Ecstasy,' Chemist Sasha Shulgin Dies Aged 88

sosume Re:Drugs can be bad mmkay! (164 comments)

Shulgin's work had nothing to do with weed, addictive drugs or getting a body high.
He invented and classified an entire new spectrum of chemicals closely related to the brain's chemicals such as serotonine. He tried to synthesize every possible combination, moving the amino groups around, substituting existing compounds with allyl or methoxy groups, and experimented with all these chemicals on himself with precise procedures to ensure his safety. These chemicals have proven to be extremely powerful consciousness-altering drugs, active at just a few milligrams, producing profound mind-bending effects and providing an unparalleled insight in the inner workings of the mind and its chemical balance.
He has provided the public with detailed descriptions of these chemicals, both synthesis and their subjective effects. He never profited financially and risked his life and freedom many times just to chase this knowledge. (And have great sex, as he states in his books). Alexander Shulgin was a genius, and the way society is developing there will probably never be a man like him again.

about a month and a half ago
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Scientists Warn of Rising Oceans As Antarctic Ice Melts

sosume Re:Should solve water shortage issues... (784 comments)

Exactly. Employ large scale desalinization plants near the coast of western Africa and just keep pumping that water into the Sahara. Africa would have to be recolonized to make it happen in time though.

about 2 months ago
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The Man Behind Munich's Migration of 15,000 PCs From Windows To Linux

sosume Re:Cheaper beer (264 comments)

They will deeply regret this once a weird error on a critical system pops up in a few years time, and nobody is around to give support. Or when the laptops start failing. Or when they hire an incompetent admin from one of these small local companies. Linux is fine for running servers or machines with limited functionality (appliances). But for a full fledged desktop, Linux just doesn't cut it due to many reasons. WHy do you think MacOS restricts itself to a verry narrow hardware profile? Windows is the only complete system able to run userland on so many different configurations.

about 2 months ago
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Netflix Confirms Deal For Access To Verizon's Network

sosume Re:As long as the US doesn't reign in on monopolie (135 comments)

By your reasoning the US would have to be way cheaper. Still, I get 300/300 mbps, cable tv and telephone for 60 euro/month. Which is about 80 USD. No fast or slow lanes.

about 3 months ago
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ARIN Is Down To the Last /8 of IPv4 Addresses

sosume Re:About time! (306 comments)

These addresses were allocated in the age before The Great IP Shortage. There were no signs that the internet would be used privately by regular people and many sysadmins were clueless as to how IP networking worked. NAT routers were incredibly expensive and the right way to go was to just buy an IP block, distribute it globally across branches and use the router to block traffic from other IP blocks. All major companies in the eighties bought IP blocks, see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/L... . Ofcourse many more companies have settled with 'just' a bunch of class B networks as 64k hosts is not enough if you're aiming to dominate global business. I can actually understand companies like Ford or US Postal to register an A class. Others such as Eli Lily or the UK Gov Dept of Pensions really don't need so many adresses. But now the internet has changed and there are barely enough addresses for all existing devices. So these blocks should be revoked and private networks should be private.
Perhaps a nice rule would be : if you want to have a single public IP adress you will need to be online with it for at least 1% of a month. Failure to do so will cause the address to be revoked after 3 months. And for B and A classes. If the networks do not route and cannot be accessed through their gateway, the block grant should be revoked and NAT or VPN should be used instead. This should give us a few more years until we come up with a radical replacement of the current internet. Not that IPv6 crap..

about 3 months ago
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Apple Patent Could Herald Interchangeable iPhone Camera Lenses

sosume Re:how cool/innovative is that (160 comments)

No, it's now "With an IOS device". The phone related patent was claimed a few years back by a competitor, but clearly should not apply in Apple's case..

about 4 months ago
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Software Upgrade At 655 Million Kilometers

sosume Re:Lauched with defects? (57 comments)

H.265? "H.265 is said to double the data compression ratio compared to H.264/MPEG-4 AVC at the same level of video quality"

about 4 months ago
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Software Upgrade At 655 Million Kilometers

sosume Re:Lauched with defects? (57 comments)

The software obviously wasn't ready when the probe launched. They needed nine more years to develop it. Had they waited, the probe wouldn't be near the comet in time. So it's a rather smart decision.

about 4 months ago
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Drone-Assisted Hunting To Be Illegal In Alaska

sosume Re:Redefine hunting. (397 comments)

Yeah, better kill the ones that have a good life in nature as well, these animals must sure be darn tasty.

about 4 months ago
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Routing and DNS Security Ignored By ISPs

sosume Re:Good (101 comments)

Sure, until the DNS steering comittee becomes headed by the representatives of Iran, North Korea, Pakistan and Jemen.

about 4 months ago
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Mozilla Scraps Firefox For Windows 8, Citing Low Adoption of Metro

sosume Re:Probably a tough choice to make. (200 comments)

There is a larger market for Firefox in Windows Metro users than in Linux desktop users. Heck, the installed base of Windows 8 is larger than all Mac OS flavors combined. So why keep developing for these inferior audiences and ignore the big fish? This smells like anti-MS propaganda.

about 4 months ago
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Apple Demands $40 Per Samsung Phone For 5 Software Patents

sosume Re: How are those kind of things patentable? (406 comments)

I remember implementing tel:// uri's which could be clicked by the user, which would then run a phone dialer. Somewehere around 2003, though it was not on a 'mobile device' but on windows boxen. I may still have the source code.

about 4 months ago
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LABONFOIL: A Portable Bond-Style Lab

sosume Scary (30 comments)

The only area I can image this technology to be succesful in is surveillance. I really hate all the electronic snooping, sniffing and profiling. Can we please have a revolution?

about 4 months ago
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Meat Makes Our Planet Thirsty

sosume Re:Shill (545 comments)

"Water table depletion" .. you have obviously spent too many hours with Simcity.

about 4 months ago

Submissions

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Apple patents Apple Store

sosume sosume writes  |  about a year and a half ago

sosume (680416) writes "Apple finally convinced the US Patent Office to grant patents for its Apple Store design. Despite many thousand years and forms of prior art, this seems like a new form of abuse of the patent system."
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Nature: global temeratures are a falling trend

sosume sosume writes  |  about 2 years ago

sosume (680416) writes "An article in Nature shows that the temperature in the roman times were actually higher than current temperatures. A team lead by dr Esper of the University of Mainz has researched tree rings and concluded that over the past 2,000 years, the forcing is up to four times as large as the 1.6Wm2 net anthropogenic forcing since 1750 using evidence based on maximum latewood density data from northern Scandinavia, indicating that this cooling trend was stronger (0.31C per 1,000years, ±0.03C) than previously reported, and demonstrate that this signature is missing in published tree-ring proxy records. This is a big setback for global warming scientists."
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Samsung Galaxy phones banned in EU

sosume sosume writes  |  more than 2 years ago

sosume (680416) writes "A court in The Hague has ruled on a EU-wide sales ban for the Samsung Galaxy S-, S-II and Ace smartphones, beginning Oct. 13. Basis for the statement is an Apple patent that relates to browsing photos."
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Sony adds rootkit to latest PS3 firmware

sosume sosume writes  |  more than 3 years ago

sosume (680416) writes "You'd think that Sony had learned from the rootkit-cd fiasco, but they're at it again. According to PS3 hacker Mathieulh the latest firmware contains a phone home feature which enables Sony to inspect all files saved to a PS3."
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Apple censors posts about consumer report

sosume sosume writes  |  about 4 years ago

sosume (680416) writes "If you were looking for a message thread on Apple's support forums pointing to Consumer Reports' article 'not recommending' the iPhone 4, it's not there any more. Apple's support forum moderators deleted the thread. Bing cached it."
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Journals

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sosume sosume writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Apparently, slashdot has had an achievement system in place for the last 2 years .. oops .. well here's my achievement for the journal poster

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