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FBI Completes New Face Recognition System

tommeke100 Big Brother is already watching you (129 comments)

In Belgium, for a murder case, they checked the nearby cellular phone antenna and send all 1,400 phones connected at the time of the murder a message to look for witnesses (aka suspects).
I hope none of the innocent people will be in the vicinity of another one or two murders.

3 days ago
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The Growing Illusion of Single Player Gaming

tommeke100 Mass-Effect series (291 comments)

Along the same line (and from the same company) are the Mass-Effect series.
But space-sci-fi instead of post-apocalypse.
Playing New Vegas at this moment, BTW.
What I love about these games is that you get 60-70 hrs of gameplay (still way short of my 260 hrs of Skyrim). Even GTA V felt way short with about 45 hrs (although I loved that game as well).
Plus, these games can be picked up for under 10$ on Ebay for the PS3.
Borderlands is next on my list.
What's the gameplay time to beat a FPS in single player mode? 10 hrs max ???

5 days ago
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Using Wearable Tech To Track Gun Use

tommeke100 false positives (264 comments)

... or chronic masturbators.

about two weeks ago
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John Romero On Reinventing the Shooter

tommeke100 Re:That was the start (266 comments)

And it came on 4 floppies!

about two weeks ago
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3 Recent Flights Make Unscheduled Landings, After Disputes Over Knee Room

tommeke100 Re:Today's business class is the 70s' economy clas (818 comments)

6'4" buddy here.
I always take an aisle seat which gives me the chance to stretch my legs whenever I want too.
If you travel for work, flights are often booked late so you may not have the chance of choosing your seat.
However, I don't mind for short flights (2 hrs). Transantlantic flights (+8hrs) are hell.

about two weeks ago
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The Quiet Revolution of Formula E Electric Car Racing

tommeke100 lawnmowers (116 comments)

Indeed. People are now complaining the cars actually sound like lawnmowers. It's not the high-screeching sounds anymore.
I like the new sound actually.

about two weeks ago
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Taking the Ice Bucket Challenge With Liquid Nitrogen

tommeke100 Re:I did it first ! (182 comments)

So have you gained any super-powers?

about two weeks ago
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Raspberry Pi Gets a Brand New Browser

tommeke100 Re:An improvement (107 comments)

I installed and used it and it's still slow as hell, Youtube doesn't work at all, the CPU still maxes out.
On a side note, I do have the 256mb rasb-pi, so maybe it requires the 512mb version to work well?

Oh well, I just went back to playing MAME and beat "The Punisher" arcade game instead :p

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Linux-Friendly Desktop x86 Motherboard Manufacturers?

tommeke100 Re:Just wait a little (294 comments)

I second this.
I've installed different flavors of Linux (including Ubuntu, since you're looking for something desktop friendly) on 32-bit computers (old aspire one, old Pentium 4 with old video and sound card) and haven't had any issues at all with motherboards (and most other things).

If you're in doubt, most distros now have a live CD/DVD so you can always test it out before installing. Of course this entails that you have access to the motherboard in the first place.

about three weeks ago
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Software Error Caused Soyuz/Galileo Failure

tommeke100 Re:"Programmers" shouldn't write critical software (157 comments)

> How many people are going to be killed by C++ in the next decade?

Depends on how many missile launch systems, drones and other high-tech weaponry was implemented in C++.

about three weeks ago
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Fermilab Begins Testing Holographic Universe Theory

tommeke100 Breaking Bad (247 comments)

In the mean time, they managed to cook the purest batch of meth yet known to men.

about three weeks ago
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How many devices are connected to your home Wi-Fi?

tommeke100 let me check... (260 comments)

My laptop, my Playstation 3, my smartphone and "FBI surveillance Van #39". Oh, Dam....java.net.SocketException: Interrupted system call

about three weeks ago
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Is Dong Nguyen Trolling Gamers With "Swing Copters"?

tommeke100 original games? (113 comments)

Those original games are blatant rip-offs as well.
Angry Birds? Flappy Birds? I had similar games on my C64 and those were probably already copies of similar games on Atari and earlier computers.
Except for the eye-candy, these games could be programmed by anyone taking a basic programming/gaming 101 course.

about a month ago
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ACM Blames the PC For Driving Women Away From Computer Science

tommeke100 Re:What about nursing?? (329 comments)

I don't think that's true.
In Belgium at least in the 90s med school was populated by more women than men (I'd say 2/3rd).
I would actually argue that where intelligent scientifically inclined men tend to choose engineering, the women tend to choose med school.

Med school is harder than nursing school as well. I'm sure the women that are smart enough to go for med school won't just settle for nurse. And respect is due for nurses as well, it's a tough job.

about a month ago
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Illinois University Restricts Access To Social Media, Online Political Content

tommeke100 Re:I'm wondering about protocol (130 comments)

exactly.
When you're blocking everything, you're blocking nothing.
Instead of having a clear view of what was on the mind of students, these students will now use anonymous proxies, vpn , tor and the like to still access this content.
In turn, the university will have lost control or at least oversight of what the students were actually accessing.

about a month ago
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"MythBusters" Drops Kari Byron, Grant Imahara, Tory Belleci

tommeke100 Re:good (364 comments)

Jamie and Adam won't be seeking work after Mythbusters? Jamie is 57 and Adam is actually only 47 years old ! Unless Mythbusters runs until they're 80, I'm sure they'll be looking for other gigs after this one. There is no retirement age in media, unless you're physically unfit to do the job or nobody wants you anymore.

about a month ago
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Companies That Don't Understand Engineers Don't Respect Engineers

tommeke100 income (371 comments)

average salary software developer in the US is 98k.
average business manager is 48k.
We might not get the respect we think we deserve, but the stats don't lie about our income.

about a month ago
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New NSA-Funded Code Rolls All Programming Languages Into One

tommeke100 CSS? JavaScript? PHP? HTML5? (306 comments)

To write better Apps and Websites?
Are these what the kids call programming languages these days?
It doesn't sound very serious.

about a month ago
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Slashdot Asks: Should Schooling Be Year-Round?

tommeke100 (Poor) kids get dumber during holidays (421 comments)

Research concluded that poor kids, where parents usually don't spend as much 'meaningful' time with the children, because they're busy working three jobs to get food on the table, actually lose knowledge (math, reading comprehension) during summer. Blue collar/middle class children usually were leveled whereas middle class/rich kids actually got a bit smarter during summer. (http://www.education.com/reference/article/Ref_Summer_Learning_Loss/).
So for some children there may certainly be a benefit to less vacation.

about a month and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is Running Mission-Critical Servers Without a Firewall Common?

tommeke100 Re:Its Fine. - not (348 comments)

I've had to do the "port forward - tunneling - port reconnect" thing for Oracle, and I'm pretty sure you can put the reconnect and initial connection on the same port, or at least you can specify a specific port where that reconnect happens. Because indeed otherwise you're left with a range of open ports or you don't know which port to tunnel on.
The database had to be in a certain mode though (Don't know if it was shared or dedicated), and some changed to the ORA file or other were necessary too to specify the port.
Oh yes, and in good Oracle fashion, this was only possible from Oracle9i, or before Oracle10 or something like that :-)
And why it pays to be an Oracle consultants, folks :-) (I'm not an Oracle consultant for the record).

Next lesson: try installing Oracle on a linux platform...I hope you guys know something about library linking, compiler options and make files

about 1 month ago

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