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Senate Trying To Slip Internet Kill Switch Past Us

tpwch Re:How? (461 comments)

Explosives to cut off the international cables?

more than 3 years ago
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Real-Time, Detailed Face Tracking On a Nokia N900

tpwch Re:Nokia USA: N900? Oops sorry, 404. (139 comments)

No its not discountinued, the model isn't even a year old. Plenty of stores around here (Sweden) has it.

more than 3 years ago
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Real-Time, Detailed Face Tracking On a Nokia N900

tpwch Re:Mod parent up! (139 comments)

Nokia has in fact stated that this is more of a research project currently. According to what they posted years ago they plan generation 5 of the device to be ready for mass usage by everyone. The 770 being gen 1, N800 gen 2, not sure if N810 is gen 3 or just counts as a "2.5" since it was just a few small improvments over N800, which makes N900 either gen 3 or gen 4. That doesn't mean that the N900 isn't worth getting however, its an amazing device.

more than 3 years ago
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Real-Time, Detailed Face Tracking On a Nokia N900

tpwch Re:N900 without phone? (139 comments)

I have an N800 and I think its the best thing I ever bought. I use it for hours every day and have for almost 3 years. I'm just sad that its battery is starting to die and I can't afford to replace it at the moment.

I don't see why you couldn't get a N900 and just not use the phone feature. Unless you live somewhere where you have to buy a phone plan to buy a phone (read: The U.S., the only country I know where you can't buy all phones separately without a subscription from any phone stores. And even there you might be able to import one without a subscription.).

more than 3 years ago
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Debian 6.0 "Squeeze" Frozen

tpwch Re:Debian? (202 comments)

Whoops, I meant experimental, not unstable.

about 4 years ago
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Debian 6.0 "Squeeze" Frozen

tpwch Re:Debian? (202 comments)

Must have been quite a while ago then. I don't remember kde 4.0 ever being in unstable, the debian kde devs maintained a separate repository with the kde 4 packages before they got added to unstable:

http://qt-kde.debian.net/

about 4 years ago
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Debian 6.0 "Squeeze" Frozen

tpwch Re:Debian? (202 comments)

Well, report the bug then. =)

I've run unstable for years without any major problems. But then I know how to fix problems I encounter, and I don't run gnome or kde =P

about 4 years ago
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Debian 6.0 "Squeeze" Frozen

tpwch Re:Debian? (202 comments)

Most of the time when ubuntu needs to update a package they first check if debian has an updated version, and most of the time it has. And if you compare the package count of the distros debians is higher. It happens, but is pretty rare, that ubuntu adds some package that debian doesn't have for some reason. You've probably come across a few of those. You shouldn't be running experimental. Things that gets put in experimental are things that are known to be very likely to break stuff. Its mean for debian developers and people who want to help test things and report bugs only. And even they don't install all of experimental, just the packages they want to test. Chances are you didn't run experimental unless you know a lot about how the package system works, as you have to specifically specify that you want stuff from experimental when you install or update a package, just adding it to the repos doesn't do it. Its pretty unlikely that you got a system working with no problems if you really did install all of experimental.

about 4 years ago
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Debian 6.0 "Squeeze" Frozen

tpwch Re:Debian? (202 comments)

Compared to a few years ago, yes, debian is a lot more up to date. I'd recommend running testing, or unstable if you know what you're doing. Stable doesn't get updated after release except for critical fixes like security updates (which is the way its supposed to be, so you can throw it on a server and not have to worry about a future update breaking things), but debians testing and unstable quality is higher than the stable of most distros.

about 4 years ago
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Debian 6.0 "Squeeze" Frozen

tpwch Re:sweet! (202 comments)

Thats not exactly true. A lot of stuff Ubuntu does/fixes gets sent back to Debian. Its a mutual relationship that they both benefit from. The same is true for many other debian-based distributions. And hey, its open source, the people who makes Debian want others to reap their benefits.

about 4 years ago
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Debian 6.0 "Squeeze" Frozen

tpwch Re:Took long enough _ (202 comments)

Debians policy is always that fixing problems takes priority over release schedules. They don't release a half-finished product. They'll wait years if its required to get things the way they want it.

about 4 years ago
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Wine 1.2 Released

tpwch Re:Make the switch from Dual Booting (427 comments)

Vent has worked in wine for years. I'm using it right now. You just need to download the audio codec since that doesn't come with vent. Just google for msgsm32.acm and put that file in the system32 folder in your wine installation. Getting push-to-talk takes a bit more work, but its doable, just google and you'll find it.

more than 4 years ago
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DARPA To Turn Humans Into Batteries

tpwch Re:How many KiloCalories if you burn a human? (183 comments)

Its a pretty easy calculation. According to google an average non-overweight human is about 15% fat and 18% protein (the protein number varies a bit depending on the source, but lets use 18% for this calculation).

A gram of fat is 9 kcal and a gram of protein is 4 kcal for a person. Not sure if there is anything else in the human body that would store energy, the carbohydate amount is small enough that its neglegible.

So a person weighing 75 kilos would have 155 250 kcal in his body. I imagine that when burning that however a lot of the energy would be lost to evaporating the water in the human body.

more than 4 years ago
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Claimed Proof That UNIX Code Was Copied Into Linux

tpwch Re:More details and downloadable archive (578 comments)

Interesting. I just figured that it was because i was short for iterator, and if you needed more than one you went with the next letter. Maybe thats part of it as well. I've just always done it since the example code I first looked at when I learned my first language did it that way.

more than 4 years ago
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A Genetically Engineered Fly That Can Smell Light

tpwch Re:What a wasted opportunity (111 comments)

Which is why I wrote that they should insert another favorable gene as well, to increase the chances of those individuals genes being spread.

more than 4 years ago
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A Genetically Engineered Fly That Can Smell Light

tpwch Re:What a wasted opportunity (111 comments)

Well think about it. How many generations does it take for a favorable gene to spread trough the population? Give the flies another favorable gene as well as the smell gene, then set them loose to make babies. I read somewhere that it takes 3000-5000 years for humans, but fly generations are much shorter, so maybe we could reap the advantages in our lifetime.

more than 4 years ago
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Swedish Court Rules ISP Must Reveal OpenBitTorrent Operator's Identity

tpwch Re:it's not the justice... (230 comments)

Yeah well at least we don't have to pay millions if we're guilty. There is no such thing as punitive damages paid to the opposing party here, only actual damages that can be proved. Also if you're sentenced to a fine (which would be the most likely sentence for a file sharer) that fine is based on how much income you have, its never so much that it'll drive you bankrupt for the next 50 years. You might be sentenced to pay, for example, 30 days of your income after taxes.

more than 4 years ago
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Swedish Court Rules ISP Must Reveal OpenBitTorrent Operator's Identity

tpwch Re:it's not the justice... (230 comments)

Don't assume that because it works that way where you are it works that way everywhere. Copyright infringement is a criminal offense in Sweden, it is supposed to be enforced by the regular police.

more than 4 years ago
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Adding Some Spice To *nix Shell Scripts

tpwch tools I found useful (411 comments)

Here are some random things I find useful, related to user interaction (mostly becuase it notifies the user):

Oven timer:
sleep $((20*60)); xmessage "Dinner is done"

Quick macro for automating some repetitive task in a program:
xdotool type "something"; xdotool key Return; xdotool mousemove $x $y; xdotool click 1; (and so on)

Copying a file to/from the clipboard (can also copy from /topipe, so the output of any command). Faster than opening a text editor:
xclip -in file

Notifying me when some specific thing changed on a website:
CHECKLINE="$(curl -s http://somewebsite.org/somepage.html | grep "currently undergoing maintenence")"
while true; do
    sleep 120
    [ -z "$CHECKLINE" ] && xmessage "somewebsite is open again" && exit
done

Or just checking for changes in general (I use this for notifying me when something changed when tracking something I ordered, so I know the minute the package is ready to get picked up at the post office):
while true; do
    OLD_MD5=${MD5}
    CONTENT=$(elinks -dump 1 -dump-charset iso-8859-1 "http://someurl.com/track?id=someid")
    MD5=$(echo -n $CONTENT | md5sum -)

    [ "${MD5}" != "${OLD_MD5}" ] && {
        xmessage "$(printf "New action: :\n\n${CONTENT}")"
    }
    sleep 120
done

If you don't want to interrupt what you're doing with a pop-up you can pipe it to osd_cat instead to have the text appear over whatever program you're currently working with. Adding a few beep; beep; beep; beep; is also a good way to get your attention if you're not paying 100% attention to your computer all the time.

more than 4 years ago
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Largest Sodium Sulfur Battery Powers a Texas Town

tpwch Re:That's a great price! (301 comments)

Thats not entirely accurate since it can be charged and discharged multiple times. Apperantly thousands of times according to a comment earlier. So the price in your example goes down by a few factors.

more than 4 years ago

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Poll Suggestion: Where do you live?

tpwch tpwch writes  |  more than 4 years ago

tpwch writes "There have been some debating on slashdot recently regarding us-centric stories and polls, usage of imperial units, etc. How about we settle it once and for all with a poll to see if the visitors to slashdot really are mostly from the U.S. or if the us-readers are in minority with readers from all over the world?

I suggest this poll:

Where do you live?
* Africa
* Antarctica
* Asia
* Australia (and surrounding areas)
* Europe
* North America
* South America
* I'm on the ISS, you insensitive clod!"
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tpwch tpwch writes  |  more than 7 years ago

TPC writes "I recently acquired a small cd case that fits 12 CDs. I figured that it would be useful to always carry around a few cds to use when helping others with computer issues, or in case something goes wrong with my own computer. But I'm having a hard time deciding what CDs to pick, there are probably many hidden gems out there. I'm sure I'm not the first person with this idea, so I ask you: What 12 live (and otherwise) CDs would you carry around?"

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