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Domain Registry of America Suspended By ICANN

technosaurus I noticed this a few years ago and wrote a script (113 comments)

I noticed this a few years ago and wrote a script that used curl and the wordnet dictionary to query every possible dictionary name + a random string and log the tried combinations.  Unfortunately the log ran me out of disk space before I could check to see if it worked, but hopefully it got them to register a few useless domains in the mean time.

about a week ago
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US Senator Blasts Microsoft's H-1B Push As It Lays 18,000 Off Workers

technosaurus At least the "off workers" are getting laid (528 comments)

"Lays 18,000 Off Workers"
I think that beats Jenna Jameson's record.
What a difference a transposition makes.

about a week ago
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Tesla Releases Electric Car Patents To the Public

technosaurus 3 words (211 comments)

Open invention network.

about a month and a half ago
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Comcast Converting 50,000 Houston Home Routers Into Public WiFi Hotspots

technosaurus Easy fix - faraday cage (474 comments)

Just get some metal screen and make a box to put the comcast router in. (you can just line a small cardboard food container with the screen)
Cut small holes to fit power cord, coax and ethernet cable through.
Connect the ethernet cable to your own router and BAM!! you are opted out.

about a month and a half ago
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Musk Will Open Up Tesla Supercharger Patents To Spur Development

technosaurus Re: What a great idea! (230 comments)

Stirling engine would work just as well but more efficiently... Warm-up times prevented their use in the past but that was before hybrids.  They are more efficient than getting it from an outlet and can burn nearly any fuel.

The future research is mostly in battery but a Stirling engine with a better drive train would be worth looking into.

Think of a maglev train wrapped around a circular track except the train is the tire (actually probably more like a "twheel") and the rail is the "motor".
http://contest.techbriefs.com/2013/entries/transportation-and-automotive/3911

This would make for an incredibly smooth ride, extremely high speeds, independent traction control and many other benefits.

It doesn't even need to be maglev, a simple AC motor where the rotor and stator are swapped and controlled by DC powered SCRs (or whatever) would be fine for non-luxury models.

about a month and a half ago
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No, HealthCare.gov Doesn't Require 500 Million Lines of Code

technosaurus WOW (142 comments)

Over 3 million lines of bugs for what is essentially a database frontend.

about a month ago
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Blizzard Sues Starcraft II Cheat Creators

technosaurus Re:Blizzard Shizzard (252 comments)

really, How likely?  How many people wait for the cheats before they purchase? vs. How many people can actually get a refund if they don't like it because of the cheating? vs. How many people don't buy a game because they heard there were cheats?
It is just as likely that Blizzard is reaping financial benefit and not sharing it with the creators (which is fine, they were never asked to)
Besides, the code itself does no harm - only when the users actually use it does it do anything at all.  Gunmakers don't go to jail or get sued when someone commits murder with one of their guns.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Anti-Theft Products For the Over-Equipped Household?

technosaurus Re:Protection (408 comments)

does pepper spray also kill bugs?

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Anti-Theft Products For the Over-Equipped Household?

technosaurus start the board-a-geek program (408 comments)

Provide a fellow geek free room, board, wifi and mentorship for X-months to develop their great idea in exchange for a share of the result.  The house is never empty and it may even pay off.  Rinse-repeat.

about 2 months ago
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The Truth About OpenGL Driver Quality

technosaurus What we need is... (158 comments)

A Posix consortium to establish some standards for self standing games that boot themselves and can only interact with specific partitions (intentionally not NTFS, HFS so a game is less likely to mess with them)
If there were better tools for it, game vendors would prefer to build on a single platform that could run on MS*, i*, PS*, etc...
It would be up to them whether they wanted to include anything besides their game (a browser for looking up game hints... ok, ok really to serve ads and do in app purchases)

about 2 months ago
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FCC Chairman Will Reportedly Revise Broadband Proposal

technosaurus Its called a CDN (105 comments)

"in which content companies could pay them for faster delivery of Web content to customers"
This could be interpreted to allow Netflix (or whoever) to pay local ISPs to host content on local servers so that content doesn't need to go through the slow interwebs.
Honestly they should do some modified version of torrent format that prefers seeders on the same ISP so users can provide the hosting.

about 2 months ago
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UN to Debate Use of Fully Autonomous Weapons, New Report Released

technosaurus The Navy has been using them for years. (180 comments)

The are called CWIS aka r2d2.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phalanx_CIWS

about 2 months ago
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Norwegian Infectious Disease Specialists Have New Theory On HIV In Africa

technosaurus correlation != causation (118 comments)

How many times does it need to be said?

about 3 months ago
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$7 USB Stick Aims To Bring Thousands of Poor People Online

technosaurus give a man a fish (201 comments)

feed him for a day.  Teach him how to fish...

about 3 months ago
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Court Orders Marvell To Pay Carnegie Mellon $1.5B For Patent Infringement

technosaurus Re:1.5 Billion? (85 comments)

my vote goes to advancing text2speech and voice recognition for one http://www.speech.cs.cmu.edu/, computer vision http://www.cmucam.org/

about 3 months ago
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Take a Picture: Snapchat Settles With FTC Over "Dissapearing" Claims

technosaurus Re:Disappearing $3 Billion (51 comments)

Its not hard to make them disappear on the server side:
1. mkfifo a named pipe somenthing like <image>sender-receiver-timestamp
2. read the incoming file from the tcp socket and write to the named pipe
2a. verify file is less than the size of the pipe buffer via return value of write
2b. if error or size exceed PIPE_BUF return error message
3. send messages to sender and receiver with unique uri
4. when either the sender or receiver goes to the uri:
a the pipe is read back just like a regular file to the tcp socket and the data disappears
b since it was never really on the filesystem (it only looks like it) there will be no trace
... at least after a reboot to clear traces in RAM, but you could memcpy zeroes for that
5. run a cleaner daemon that deletes all pipes older than X hours in case they aren't viewed in a timely fashion

6. make the end users agree to an EULA saying that they won't save the data in any way
-- no matter what you do the receiver could take a screenshot or take a picture of the screen with a camera

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Why Do Mobile Versions of Websites Suck?

technosaurus Re:Slashdot being a prime example of bad (382 comments)

And Radio Shack recommends a separate site for rendering on the remaining Tandy 1000s in operation....(j/k) right whatever,  OK Apple you can sell a bunch of pretty machines but can't make them play nicely with regular resources.... mmmKay

Lesson:
Don't use a bunch of hacky hacks to make sites work better on devices that you know.  Use real world data of width, height and resolution to make it behave on all devices.
Why do web devs have such a problem with things like dpi and icon sizes?  Its not that hard, but does require some trickery since DPI is not an ECMA standard.
Till there _is_ a standard way of getting DPI, Apple needs a button (it has to be a button or something even simpler, because it is for an Apple user) to emulate a standard DPI.

about 7 months ago
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Playstation 4 Vs Xbox One: Which Shares Better?

technosaurus Which one charges you to use external services? (174 comments)

I'm sorry but I will not buy another MS box that wants to charge me for access to services they don't even provide like watching Netflix or Hulu.  I've paid enough MS taxes over the years as one time expenses, buying a computer, android phone, etc... With the PS removal of "Other OS" and the Wii forcefully removing dvd playback at a hardware level, I hope the steam box drives them both under.  Till then steam gets preferred status followed by wii and games that play on an un-updated PS3 followed by games (for my kids) that are only available for kinect.

about 7 months ago
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Google's Dart Becomes ECMA's Dart

technosaurus Re:Not to rain anybody's party, but.... (190 comments)

IDK why they don't just use a static musl-libc (or bionic) toolchain... it could even be included in the source tree.

about 7 months ago

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