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Ask Slashdot: Stop PulseAudio From Changing Sound Settings?

tshawkins Re: are the debian support forums down? (280 comments)

All varients except the android version, have deteriorated over the last year or so. I use skype a lot to call into conference calls, i have a Mac, Linux desktop and large android tablet, and one by one each version has stopped generating recognisble touch tones that can be used to drive the conferencing services (more than 1) . If the android version goes the same way, i will have to give up on skype.

2 days ago
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India Successfully Launches Region-Specific Navigation Satellite

tshawkins Re:GPS (82 comments)

US has been known to shut down gps over regions during conflicts, last happend to india in 1999. India like eu, china, and russia now want thier own systems so they are not dependent on the USs goodwill and support.

2 days ago
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India Successfully Launches Region-Specific Navigation Satellite

tshawkins Re:Region-Specific (82 comments)

IRNSS sats are geostationary, they are positioned above india and dont move.

2 days ago
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Microsoft Partners With Docker

tshawkins Re:made for each other. (104 comments)

I love docker, its great to work with, but i have one concern with its use of dockerhub, the worse case scenario being somebody like the NSA getting in there and attaching to the os integration libs in the os api stubs. Suddeny you get all your docker containers being vulnerable and phoning home. Has anybody looked at wether that could be a problem. It would be a fat juicy target for them. People are putting a lot of trust in a bunch of images that are outside of thier control and verification.

5 days ago
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Texas Ebola Patient Dies

tshawkins Re:The Conservative Option (480 comments)

Its virilence works against it, a parasite that kills its host quickly, with high mortality rates, limits its opportunities for propergation, add to that its relatively narrow window of infection, and the fact that it is only infectious when symptoms are showing, helps put the brakes on transmission. That said it is still a very scary organism and needs to be dealt with carefully. This second infection in Texas is worrying though, if indeed it has been communicated by the officer being exposed to the environment that the first patient inhabited, then that goes against all that has been said so far about likely methods of transmission, and does not bode well for the other folks who where living in that appartment.

about two weeks ago
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US Remains Top Country For Global Workers

tshawkins Re:Oh yippie (123 comments)

Bigot.

about two weeks ago
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Department of Defense May Give Private Cloud Vendors Access To Top Secret Data

tshawkins Like nothing could go wrong (60 comments)

Plan for invading world.... 1. Hack amazon, download DoD documents detailing access codes for all US drone Weapons". 2. Upload new crapola ones 3. Instant army of killer machines. Profit....

about two weeks ago
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Arducorder, Next Open Source Science Tricorder-like Device, Nears Completion

tshawkins Re:Arduyawn (56 comments)

He is using a 32bit monster, its a pic32 device, a chipkit32 clone. Its running an emulation of the io of the 8bit aurduino through wiring. Its not a common of garden aurduino 8bit avr.

about three weeks ago
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Artificial General Intelligence That Plays Video Games: How Did DeepMind Do It?

tshawkins Re:all about 'vision' (93 comments)

Check out a mini robot learning to physicaly fly light aircraft. http://airsoc.com/articles/vie... Uses vision and robot arms to operate scaled down controls on a flight simulator.

about three weeks ago
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Dremel Releases 3D Printer

tshawkins Re:Obligatory (105 comments)

It is a flashforge dreamer, its just had one extruder removed and the heated printbed plate removed which stops it from being able to print ABS. Most printers have single or dual options. Presumably dremel did not want consumers using ABS plastic which requires the bed to be at 100c and gives off toxic fumes whilst printing. PLA plastic is biodegradable, made from organic polymers (corn) , and prints onto a cold bed at a lower temperature. However it is less durable, but gives off no toxic fumes (smells like waffles whilst it is printing). The products it prints are also food safe to a degree unlike ABS. Dual extruder is tricky to use, so its removal was probaly both a cost and useability move. The software is just rebadged autodesk software, so dremel have had virtualy nothing to do with this device other than deciding the configeration, where the logos went and designing the packaging. You can buy the same setup with dual extruder, heated bed and the software from the original producers for about $1400

about a month ago
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California Declares Carpooling Via Ride-Share Services Illegal

tshawkins Re:Can we please cann these companies what they ar (288 comments)

No, what will happen is that the worse will be the ones that remain in business, the ones with the fake driving license, no insurance, and vehicles pulled off a scrap heap and welded together, because those will be the only ones capable of preserving a margin. If the app showed you the validity of the drivers license, the result of the last vehicle inspection, then you could choose the drivers that are best before you hail, and the market could operate as you describe. But hey would it not just be easier if in order to operate they had to meet licensing requirements enforced by the state. And we have now come around full circle.....

about a month ago
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Fedora To Get a New Partition Manager

tshawkins Re: So.... (170 comments)

Fedora installs python as part of its base, pretty much all the command line system-* tools used to install and configure rh/fedora are written in python, hence there is a large community of devs who work in python at the system level, and a bunch of existing python libraries for touching just about every part of the system, including as pointed out in the article all the filesystems supported by the installer. While i am not a python programmer, and not a system level hacker, i can see how the approach makes absolute sense.

about a month and a half ago
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New DNA Analysis On Old Blood Pegs Aaron Kosminski As Jack the Ripper

tshawkins Re:Mitochondrial DNA? (135 comments)

Jack the Ripper was a fucking Jedi?

Ohhh come on, we all know he was a godamm sontaran, who else could it have been. Jedi where never anywhere near 18th centry london, sontarans however, whole different kettle of fish... thats where Strax keeps sneaking off to. Dont belive all that bollocks about a mate called Archie from Glasgow.

about a month and a half ago
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Hidden Obstacles For Delivery Drones

tshawkins Re:The main problem: they don't make sense (215 comments)

The main problem is the overall uneconomical and generally nonsensical idea of using delivery drones. Trucks are simple and work well in bad weather. There's a huge non-employed workforce of people who can easily be trained to deliver packages. Delivery trucks can be powered by natural gas, which is so abundant that many oil rigs simply burn it off rather than going to the trouble of capturing it.

in the general case, delivery drones don't work. Trucks do.

Dang, thats exactly what i told them when they bought in those new fangled automobiles, nobody wants or needs to move faster than 15 miles per hour, and the economoics of them will never work out.

about a month and a half ago
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EU Should Switch To ODF Standard, Says MEP

tshawkins Re:Why switch to that Euro-weenie format? (111 comments)

Also, switching MS Office versions makes documents unreadable.

Show me a document where upgrading your office version made it "unreadable".

Its people being forced to upgrade thier older perfectly functional versions of office to read documents being created by people who have upgraded. There are at least half a dozen major varients of the "word doc". In government that is a major problem.

about 6 months ago
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Malaysian Flight Disappearance 'Deliberate'

tshawkins Re:Tracking (436 comments)

This is where it all starts getting too complicated again, there are already other systems that do that and they got disabled, when you start adding functionality and connectivity you add significant vulnerability. It should be a very simple standalone, inaccessible device, serving one simple task. Answering the question "where the fuck has my $123 MILLION plane got to".

about 7 months ago
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Malaysian Flight Disappearance 'Deliberate'

tshawkins Re:Tracking (436 comments)

Put it in end of the wing, try getting at that when the plane is in flight. Self contained, self powered tracker. Run for 7 days on an external charge. No connection to internal systems or power supplies.

about 7 months ago
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A Look at the NSA's Most Powerful Internet Attack Tool

tshawkins Re:I wonder (154 comments)

Its the same question that should have been asked of the doctors that assisted with the torture and stress programs, the psychologists that aided and abetted the threats made against detainees families. The aviation engineers that built remote controlled ariel death machines. The lawyers that twisted and bent the law to try to justify all the above. There is a tendancy for professions to remote themselves from the consequences of thier actions, and to adopt both the "obeying orders" and the "if we dont do it, somebody else will" defense. Scumbags the lot of them, there is a very hot place waiting for them all.

about 7 months ago

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