Welcome to the Slashdot Beta site -- learn more here. Use the link in the footer or click here to return to the Classic version of Slashdot.

Thank you!

Before you choose to head back to the Classic look of the site, we'd appreciate it if you share your thoughts on the Beta; your feedback is what drives our ongoing development.

Beta is different and we value you taking the time to try it out. Please take a look at the changes we've made in Beta and  learn more about it. Thanks for reading, and for making the site better!



WD Announces 8TB, 10TB Helium Hard Drives

ssam Re: well of course they did! (296 comments)

If you are in the UK you are covered by distance selling laws, so you can return an un-opened product within 14 days.

about a week ago

Ask Slashdot: the State of Free Video Editing Tools?

ssam Pitivi (163 comments)

Pitivi is approaching being a good basic editor. From the pre-releases of 1.0 it is looking good. Gstreamer is getting pretty solid now and picking up things like GPU acceleration. Format support is as wide as the plug-ins you install.

They are also teasing some updates

about two weeks ago

Ask Slashdot: the State of Free Video Editing Tools?

ssam Re:Impossible (163 comments)

Smart editors use a framework like gstreamer so that they don't have to care about codecs. The user can add what ever codecs from whatever sources (e.g. fully licensed ones from Fluendo or open source ones from ffmpeg/libav).

about two weeks ago

Raspberry Pi Gets a Brand New Browser

ssam Re:Raspberry Pi is not slow (107 comments)

Having kids that can program at all is a very good thing. I think its good to teach programming concepts in simple languages instead of throwing them in at the deep end with C/C++.

about two weeks ago

Raspberry Pi Gets a Brand New Browser

ssam Raspberry Pi is not slow (107 comments)

People and programmers have been spoilt by multi-GHz multi-core CPUs. People used to edit video, design space ships, simulate physics, ray trace liquid metal and just about everything else on far weaker machines. It good to see that some people can achieve good performance on limited hardware. The raspberrypi foundation are funding work all over the free software stack, which will benifit plenty of people who have never seen or used a pi.

about two weeks ago

Microsoft Shutting Down MSN Messenger After 15 Years of Service

ssam I felt a great disturbance in the Force (127 comments)

"I felt a great disturbance in the Force, as if millions of voices suddenly cried out ...

No, wait. Nobody cares.

about two weeks ago

Mozilla Rolls Out Sponsored Tiles To Firefox Nightly's New Tab Page

ssam donate (171 comments)

If every Firefox user donated $1 they would not need to do this.

about three weeks ago

Errata Prompts Intel To Disable TSX In Haswell, Early Broadwell CPUs

ssam Re:Strange Timing... (131 comments)

19.802874743326488 years ago

about a month ago

Lots Of People Really Want Slideout-Keyboard Phones: Where Are They?

ssam Nokia N900 (544 comments)

The Nokia N900 was a pretty nice phone, but the CPU does not really cut it any more. The project is pretty neat idea to put a modern motherboard into it.

about a month and a half ago

White House Approves Sonic Cannons For Atlantic Energy Exploration

ssam Re:Not Even Funny (272 comments)

You can reduce carbon emission a lot without changing lifestyles.
US has carbon intensity of 0.413 (Metric Tons of Carbon Dioxide per Thousand Year 2005 U.S. Dollars)
France has 0.167

So they make 2.5 times more money for each ton of CO2

about 2 months ago

How Japan Lost Track of 640kg of Plutonium

ssam Re:Nuclear Power (104 comments)

Do you have a reference for that? All I see is him pointing out that the linear no threshold model its unproven and inappropriate for low radiation doses.

High doses of radiation (and pretty much anything else) will obviously kill you. I bet the are 10s or hundreds of substances of which there is enough in your house to kill you consumed it all at once.

(Also worth noting that the plutonium in the article was not actually lost)

about 2 months ago

How Japan Lost Track of 640kg of Plutonium

ssam Re:Nuclear Power (104 comments)

He was pointing out that we attach irrational levels of fear to some substances, while are completely unconcerned about consuming significant (if not deadly) amounts of other toxins. I don't know what the 'most deadly substance on earth' is, but there are plenty of things that will kill you at the mg level.

If you define 'renewable' to mean it will never run out then there is no such thing as renewable energy.

about 2 months ago

Half of Germany's Power Supplied By Solar, Briefly

ssam Re:Thanks for pointing out the "briefly" part. (461 comments)

Fear of nuclear power is part of the reason we still burn so much coal, oil and gas. This is why thousands die every year in mining, drilling, fuel transportation, domestic gas explosions, and millions die every year from air pollution.

Even using big numbers for deaths at chernobyl (by estimating unmeasurable small risks and multiplying them by large populations (linear no threshold model)), nuclear is historically far safer than fossil fuels, and even safer than renewable. Reactors from the 70s are an order of magnitude safer than chernobyl (water cooled, graphite moderated is a terrible design) and modern designs are safer still (passive safety beats complex systems).

about 3 months ago

Linux Mint 17 KDE Released

ssam Re:Updating? (61 comments)

The ubuntu installer lets you install over the top of an existing install without need a seperate /home. As long as you don't tick the format box, it will only delete system directories and leave things like home. Mint is based on ubuntu, so it might work.

about 3 months ago

Will 7nm and 5nm CPU Process Tech Really Happen?

ssam Re:Low Hanging Fruit (142 comments)

how many transistors can you etch onto the side of a silicon atom?

about 3 months ago

Swiss Space Systems Announces Plan To Offer World's Cheapest Zero-G Flights

ssam Re:no such thing as zero-g. (64 comments)

"Do you really expect me to do coordinate transforms in my head while free falling in a plane?"

about 4 months ago



Fairphone reaches 5000 preorders, starts production

ssam ssam writes  |  about a year ago

ssam (2723487) writes "The Fairphone is an ethical smartphone made using conflict-free materials under fair working conditions. It has a Quadcore CPU, dual SIM and all the usual smartphone specs. They needed 5000 preorders to start production, and reached that goal today."
Link to Original Source

CERN Physicists Announce the Substandard Model

ssam ssam writes  |  about a year and a half ago

ssam (2723487) writes "Now that we are on the verge of completing the Standard Model of Particle Physics, it's time to look to the future of the field. Five physicists at CERN present their new state of the art theory: The Substandard Model of Physics!"
Link to Original Source

Decay: A Zombie Film Set at the LHC

ssam ssam writes  |  about 2 years ago

ssam (2723487) writes "I'm part of a group of physics PhD students who are about to release a feature-length zombie film, shot entirely on location at CERN near Geneva (although not officially authorised by CERN). It was filmed on borrowed DSLRs on home made rigs with a non-existant budget, and will be released online in a few weeks under a CC-BY-NC licence. For now there's a trailer on the site and youtube to whet your appetite!

The film follows a small group of students (played by physicists) after a disastrous malfunction in the LHC. As they try to escape from the underground maintenance tunnels, they are hunted by the remains of a maintenance team, who have become less than human."

Link to Original Source


ssam has no journal entries.

Slashdot Login

Need an Account?

Forgot your password?

Submission Text Formatting Tips

We support a small subset of HTML, namely these tags:

  • b
  • i
  • p
  • br
  • a
  • ol
  • ul
  • li
  • dl
  • dt
  • dd
  • em
  • strong
  • tt
  • blockquote
  • div
  • quote
  • ecode

"ecode" can be used for code snippets, for example:

<ecode>    while(1) { do_something(); } </ecode>