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Ask Slashdot: What Tech Products Were Built To Last?

vikingpower Re:Car, anyone ? (675 comments)

I don't know about the US, but here in Europe there are quite lively user and enthusiast communities around the older models. Especially the old Saab 900, the one with the "beak" spoiler on the back, became iconic and still stands, as an image, for everything Saab had to offer. It is loved not for a small part by women, BTW. There is an informal market for spare parts, paint jobs, engine tuning etc. etc., especially in Britain. I recently saw a black 9000 Aero, in perfect state and with around 100,000 kms on the tachometer, being sold by a dealership for around € 8000. Saab is very much alive :-)

I fell in love with 9000 a long time ago, as it has such rocket-on-wheels qualities which are amazing for a large, heavy sedan. When you hit the gas pedal on a highway ramp you are literally pushed back into the deep leather seats. It is not without a reason that the Swedish police had them as patrol cars for a long time. The thing is a beast of a car - a very, very reliable beast.

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Ask Slashdot: What Tech Products Were Built To Last?

vikingpower Car, anyone ? (675 comments)

I have a 1990 Saab 9000, with all the original parts. It is close to hitting the 400,000 kilometer mark. The "onboard computer", as it is grandly called ( basically a piece of electronics computing instantaneous and average fuel consumption, as well as capable of predicting ETA based on a rolling speed average ) still works perferctly. Just like the Bosch cassette player. And the engine.

2 days ago
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Study Finds US Is an Oligarchy, Not a Democracy

vikingpower Ill fares the land (806 comments)

Ill fares the land, to hastening ills a prey / where wealth accumulates, and men decay

Oliver Goldsmith, "The deserted village", 1770. Also, "Ill fares the land" is the title of a book by Tony Judt that many of us western people would do very, very well to read.

3 days ago
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I expect to retire ...

vikingpower Never (267 comments)

There is nothing so rewarding, to me, as to code and design software. Why would I stop ? Why would I suddenly let all that joy cease and become a vegetable at age 60-something ? Slowly moving, with 20 years experience as of this year, into consultancy is my preparation for the future. The retirement money I put into my European state's national retirement scheme can serve other people - I want to die in the harness.

4 days ago
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How the Internet Is Taking Away America's Religion

vikingpower Kewl. (1037 comments)

I have been fighting for years against religion, "the great orgasmatron". Kewl to see that I am not alone. Wit less religion, the US of America can only become a better country.

about two weeks ago
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Creating "Homo Minutus" — a Benchtop Human To Test Drugs

vikingpower Re:What about a joke ? (49 comments)

Misunderstanding. There is a Chodov that is a suburb of Karlovy Vary. I did not check that there is also a Chodov close to Prague. In fact, I am not in the least interested in Oracle. Sorry for your hurt feelings. Next time I go to Prague ( which is slightly over 3 hrs driving from here ), I'll bring you a hair from the Golem. Do you feel better now ?

about two weeks ago
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Creating "Homo Minutus" — a Benchtop Human To Test Drugs

vikingpower Re:What about a joke ? (49 comments)

Hm. The Golem leaving the Prague ghetto and wreaking havoc at Chodov, which belongs to the administrative district of Karlovy Vary - that would be an historical first. The defenestration of tradition, so to say :-)

about two weeks ago
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Creating "Homo Minutus" — a Benchtop Human To Test Drugs

vikingpower Re:What about a joke ? (49 comments)

He was quite polite to me, pointing out that Oracle had already hired him to shovel Big Data. "My salary is a hype, but I am in for the spell and the hype only, anyways". After which we drank one of those excellent Czech beers and went our separate ways.

about two weeks ago
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Creating "Homo Minutus" — a Benchtop Human To Test Drugs

vikingpower What about a joke ? (49 comments)

What with April 1st and so on... Anyways, tomorrow I will be in Prague, and will propose the job offer to the Golem. He's been jobless for centuries now.

about three weeks ago
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Used IT Equipment Can Be Worth a Fortune (Video)

vikingpower Re:Slashvertisement? (79 comments)

Rob, both you and the other slashtards here have a point. You sound credible enough in pointing out that inserting this item as an ad would go against your ( journalistic ) ethics. The other users, however, are not without a point in remarking the ad- or plug-like quality of the item. And yes, you are right: I sit here in Central Europe, reading this, and my brain cells start humming : "this might be a business opportunity.... tight-budget government agencies in eastern europe.... hmmm".

about three weeks ago
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3-D Printed Skull Successfully Implanted In Woman

vikingpower Can I get one (132 comments)

with eSATA, USB 3.0, FireWire 800, HDMI, DVI, RJ45, RJ11 and Thunderbolt ports ? With a 40-year upgrade plan for future interface types ?

about three weeks ago
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OpenSUSE 13.2 To Use Btrfs By Default

vikingpower Re:Beta testers (91 comments)

Absolutely agree. This guy could earn good money as a Linux guru.

about a month ago
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UK To Create Alan Turing Institute

vikingpower Great idea, although... (62 comments)

"I am determined that our country is going to out-compete, out-smart and out-do the rest of the world."

I dunno, for a Britisch chancellor to say that in 2014... I dunno.

about a month ago
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Turing Award Goes To Distributed Computing Wrangler Leslie Lamport

vikingpower Well-merited (40 comments)

Lamport wrote the paper "Time, Clocks and the Ordering of Events in Distributed Systems", one of the papers that stayed with me and influenced me most, during a career of slightly over 19 years now. For that paper alone he merits an award.

about a month ago
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Stanford Bioengineer Develops a 50-cent Paper Microscope

vikingpower This guy (83 comments)

merits an engineering prize.

about a month ago
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School Tricks Pupils Into Installing a Root CA

vikingpower Good on you. (417 comments)

You go to secondary school, so you are pretty young. Good that you took a stance. Good you made a /. post out of the story. Carry on, lad, you'll go a long way.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Do I Change Tech Careers At 30?

vikingpower Re:You like MS products huh? (451 comments)

Second that. Learn anything you can about Linux, and - beyond that - about *at least* one of the other Unices: Solaris... Learn a *real* OS inside out. It will serve(r) you well into your 60s.

about a month and a half ago
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Interview: Ask Theo de Raadt What You Will

vikingpower When, oh when (290 comments)

are you going to abandon CVS ? I mean, even in the fairly conservative environment where *I* work, CVS is considered a dinosaur. Mercurial ? Subversion ? Git ? C'mon, man !

about a month and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Software Can You Not Live Without?

vikingpower all the Java stuff (531 comments)

jdk 1.8, apache maven, ant. Also: git, emacs, netbeans. Can't survive a day without those 6.

about a month and a half ago
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The Emerging RadioShack/Netflix Debacle

vikingpower Suits them well (122 comments)

In / on a US market, you are fully liable not only for what you do, but also for the consequences, even if and when unintended or unforeseen, of what you do. Or say.

about 2 months ago

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Dutch Railways set to facilitate suicide, Re-use of Old Locomotives

vikingpower vikingpower writes  |  about three weeks ago

vikingpower (768921) writes "The Dutch Railways ( NS ), national & state railway provider of a country already (ill-)famed for its liberal-mindedness, have come up with an audacious plan to facilitate suicide. The initiative, under the moniker "Terminal:Rail", will be signposted on all major stations, where a track #13 will be reserved for the new initiative. Railway spokesman Duisenbuik was quoted as saying: "Terminal:Rail will re-commission older locomotives, as those are heavier and sport more sharp-angled parts, which comes in handy under such circumstances"."
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Suicide Bomb Trainer in Iraq Accidentally Blows Up His Class

vikingpower vikingpower writes  |  about 2 months ago

vikingpower (768921) writes "If there were such a thing, it would probably be rule No. 1 in the teaching manual for instructors of aspiring suicide bombers: Don’t give lessons with live explosives.

In what represented a cautionary tale for terrorist teachers, and a cause of dark humor for ordinary Iraqis, a commander at a secluded terrorist training camp north of Baghdad unwittingly used a belt packed with explosives while conducting a demonstration early Monday for a group of militants, killing himself and 21 other members of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, army and police officials said.

Al Qaeda had already disavowedd the group, although it is not known whether this was due to....um.... "lack of terrorist professionality"."

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Heat Waves in Australia are Getting More Frequent - and Hotter

vikingpower vikingpower writes  |  about 3 months ago

vikingpower (768921) writes "In a landmark report on bushfires and climate change, the Australian Climate Council concludes that heat waves in Australia, as driven by climate change, are becoming more frequent — and that they get hotter. "It is crucial that communities, emergency services, health services and other authorities prepare for the increasing severity and frequency of extreme fire conditions.", says the Council in the report. Sarah Perkins, one of the report's co-authors, was interviewed by The Guardian Australia. "“While we can’t blame climate change for any one event, we can certainly see its fingerprint. This is another link in the chain.” Perkins said her latest work had analysed heatwave trends up to 2013. She said the trend “just gets worse – it’s a bit scary really”." Already back in 2009, the United Nations World Meteorological Organization signaled that a Southeast Australian heatwave was the hottest in 100 years."
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Increasing Number of Books Banned in the USA

vikingpower vikingpower writes  |  about 4 months ago

vikingpower (768921) writes "Isabel Allende's The House of The Spirits. Sherman Alexie's The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian. Alice Walker's The Color Purple. Toni Morrison's The Bluest Eye. Ralph Ellison's The Invisible Man.

What do all these titles have in common with each other ? Exactly, they are banned somewhere, on some school, in the USA. . Yes, in 2013. A project named The Kids' Right to Read ( by the National Coalition Against Censorship ) investigated three times the average number of incidents, adding to an overall rise in cases for the entire year, according to KRRP coordinator Acacia O'Connor. To date, KRRP has confronted 49 incidents in 29 states this year, a 53% increase in activity from 2012. During the second half of 2013, the project battled 31 new incidents, compared to only 14 in the same period last year.

"It has been a sprint since the beginning of the school year," O'Connor said. "We would settle one issue and wake up the next morning to find out another book was on the chopping block."

The NCAC also offers a Book Censorship Toolkit on its website. If such a toolkit is needed at all, does this indicate that intellectual freedom and free speech are ( slowly ) eroding in the USA ?"

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Hilarious: MSDN pages vor Visual J++ are STILL Online

vikingpower vikingpower writes  |  about 4 months ago

vikingpower (768921) writes "But of course: Visual J++! And of course: "When you have finished modifying and debugging your application, you can http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa265470(v=vs.60).aspx it to into an .exe or .cab file and deploy it to the Web." [ literal text, the link appears exactly as it appears on the MSDN site ] How could we ever forget this ? And how can this still be online ?"
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Snowden Document Proves that Dutch Secret Service AIVD Hacks Internet Forums

vikingpower vikingpower writes  |  about 5 months ago

vikingpower (768921) writes "In the ever-longer wake of the NSA scandal, much-respected Dutch newspaper NRC today reveals, in English, as mandated by the gravity of the occasion, that the Dutch secret service, the AIVD, hacks internet forums. And yes, that is gross misconduct against Dutch law. The service, whose headquarters are in Zoetermeer, did not yet comment upon the divulgation of the document from Edward Snowden's collection. Incensed Dutch parliamentaries are calling for an enquiry."
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Julian Assange "Unlikely to be Prosecuted in US", according to Washington Post

vikingpower vikingpower writes  |  about 5 months ago

vikingpower (768921) writes "The Justice Department has all but concluded it will not bring charges against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange for publishing classified documents because government lawyers said they could not do so without also prosecuting U.S. news organizations and journalists, according to U.S. officials. Read the rest of the article in today's online edition of the WP."
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New Alternative to WiFi has a Range of Nearly a Mile

vikingpower vikingpower writes  |  about 8 months ago

vikingpower (768921) writes "Robotics engineer Taylor Alexander needed to lift a nuclear cooling tower off its foundation using 19 high-strength steel cables, and the Android app that was supposed to accomplish it, for which he’d just paid a developer $20,000, was essentially worthless. Undaunted and on deadline—the tower needed a new foundation, and delays meant millions of dollars in losses—he re-wrote the app himself. That’s when he discovered just how hard it is to connect to sensors via the standard long-distance industrial wireless protocol, known as Zigbee.

It took him months of hacking just to create a system that could send him a single number—which represented the strain on each of the cables—from the sensors he was using. Surely, he thought, there must be a better way. And that’s when he realized that the solution to his problem would also unlock the potential of what’s known as the “internet of things” (the idea that every object we own, no matter how mundane, is connected to the internet and can be monitored and manipulated via the internet, whether it’s a toaster, a light bulb or your car).

The result is an in-the-works project called Flutter."

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After Lavabit, Groklaw is Going Down

vikingpower vikingpower writes  |  about 8 months ago

vikingpower (768921) writes "Pamela Jones tells us Groklaw is going down. Forever."The owner of Lavabit tells us that he's stopped using email and if we knew what he knew, we'd stop too.
There is no way to do Groklaw without email. Therein lies the conundrum. ( ... ) I can't continue. There is now no shield from forced exposure. ( ... ) So this is the last Groklaw article. I won't turn on comments.""

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NSA Broke Privacy Rules Thousands of Times per Year, Audit Finds

vikingpower vikingpower writes  |  about 8 months ago

vikingpower (768921) writes "Here is a full executive summary of a classified internal NSA report on breaches of NSA privacy rules and legal restrictions.The report covers the period from January through March 2012 and includes comparative data for the full preceding year. Its author is director of oversight and compliance for the NSA’s Signals Intelligence Directorate, but the scope of the report is narrower. Incidents are counted only if they took place within “NSA-Washington,” a term encompassing the Ft. Meade headquarters and nearby facilities. The NSA declined to provide comparable figures for its operations as a whole. A senior intelligence official said only that if all offices and directorates were included, the number of violations would “not double.” A main article in today's Washington Post covers the scoop. US District Judge Reggie B. Walton, leader of the US Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court and interviewed in a related article, says " ( ... ) the court lacks the tools to independently verify how often the government’s surveillance breaks the court’s rules that aim to protect Americans’ privacy. Without taking drastic steps, it also cannot check the veracity of the government’s assertions that the violations its staff members report are unintentional mistakes ( ... ) ""
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Blackberry Probably for Sale

vikingpower vikingpower writes  |  about 8 months ago

vikingpower (768921) writes "Today, Blackberry ( fomerly Research In Motion or RIM ) announced, in corporate-speak, basically that the company is for sale. In 5 years time, Blackberry stock market capitalisation plunged from $ 84 billion to less than $ 5 billion. The fact that Blackberry is basically going up for sale is further supported by unconfirmed rumours that Prem Watsa, who is on majority stock holder Fairfax Financial's board of directors, is stepping down from the Blackberry board."
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First-ever Public Tasting of Lab-Grown Cultured Beef burger

vikingpower vikingpower writes  |  about 9 months ago

vikingpower (768921) writes "Today, at 14h Western European Time, Professor Mark Post of Maastricht University ( the Netherlands ) will present a world first: he will cook and serve a burger made from Cultured Beef in front of an invited audience in London. The event will include a brief explanation of the science behind the burger. You can witch the event live, online. The project's fact sheet is to be found here."
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Creator of xkcd Reveals Secret Backstory of His Epic 3,099-Panel "Time" Comic

vikingpower vikingpower writes  |  about 9 months ago

vikingpower (768921) writes "Randall Munroe, the comic author best known as the author of the xkcd webcomic, reveals the secret backstory of his epic, 3099-panel "Time" comic in an interesting interview with Wired.
The comic can be seen as an animation on youtube. There is also a complete click-through version available on geekwagon, of this comic that inspired a dedicated wiki and has its own glossary."

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XKeyscore: NSA tool Collects 'Nearly everything a user does on the internet'

vikingpower vikingpower writes  |  about 9 months ago

vikingpower (768921) writes "There is new, quite hard material published by The Guardian on XKeyscore, a program permitting NSA analists to search pretty much everything a user does, types, searches or sends online. The Guardian has a slide show that is actually NSA training material for the XKeyscore program. It is now clear that NSA analysts require no prior authorization for searches. The article is partially based upon a further interview with Edward Snowden. Enjoy."
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Dutch Government: Number of Internet Taps has quintupled in one year

vikingpower vikingpower writes  |  about 9 months ago

vikingpower (768921) writes "A Dutch newspaper has a ( Dutch-only, alas ) digital version of the letter Mr. Opstelten, Secretary of Justice and Security, sent to Dutch Parliament, in which he quietly admits to 56825 phone taps ( a 3% rise in one year ) and to 16676 internet taps in 2012, a 400% rise, or a fivefold increase, in one year. An older report alreay designed the Netherlands as one of the biggest wiretappers in the western world. Slate also knew, back in 2006, that Europeans actually love wiretapping and internet tapping. In the Netherlands, a country with a population of only 16 million, the practice has risen to the level of a staggering 1 in 1000 phones being tapped."
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Blackberry 10 sends Full Email Account Credentials to RIM

vikingpower vikingpower writes  |  about 9 months ago

vikingpower (768921) writes "How a phone manufacturer making a somewhat successful come-back can shoot itself in the foot: Marc "van Hauser" Heuse, who works for German technology magazine Heise, has discovered that immediately after setting up an email account on Blackberry 10 OS, full credentials for that account are sent to Research In Motion, the Canadian Blackberry manufacturer. Shortly after performing the set-up, the first successful connections from a server located within the RIM domain appear in the mail server's logs. ( most of the story in english, some comments in German ). At least according to German law, this is completely illegal, as the phone's user does not get a single indication or notice of what is being done."
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Venezuela is waiting for Snowden. So is Anna Chapman.

vikingpower vikingpower writes  |  about 9 months ago

vikingpower (768921) writes "Anna Chapman, well-known for her having been arrested in New York for spying activities asked Edward Snowden to marry her, via Twitter. . Basically, Edward Snowden now has only two options left: to marry Anna, or to try and get to Venezuela. The latter is possibly his last option for obtaining political asylum anywhere in the world, according to Alexey Pushkov, a member of the Russian Parliament regularly taking the role of more or less official Kremlin speaker."
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Clinkle Wants to Become your Wallet

vikingpower vikingpower writes  |  about 10 months ago

vikingpower (768921) writes "Clinkle, a new mobile payments start-up, may or may not have succeeded where so many other efforts have fizzled by inventing a practical way to replace credit cards with smartphones. It’s hard to say, though, since Clinkle won’t say much about how its system works. Its website is... well... slight.

But a prominent group of Silicon Valley investors who do know what Clinkle is cooking up are acting as though it has achieved a breakthrough. On Thursday, Clinkle announced that it had raised $25 million in early financing from Accel Partners; Andreessen Horowitz; Intel; Intuit; Marc Benioff, the chief executive of Salesforce.com; Peter Thiel, the co-founder of PayPal; and a long list of other investors with technology industry pedigrees.

The Huffington Post runs an article on Clinkle, or rather: about Stanford students putting their degree on hold to go work at Clinkle.. The Wall Street Journal mentions Clinkle having some 30-odd employees already. Are the days of tech bubbles and hypes back, is this a one-off, or is this imitator of Facebook's initial business model ( campus incubation ) doomed to fail ?"

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Functional testing of software: literature scarcity

vikingpower vikingpower writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Recently I ( a software architect ) was asked, by my current employer, to do some "thought work" on functional testing. Of software, that is. To my surprise, there is surprisingly little scientific literature on the subject., and much of it is outdated. Is it not being taken serious as a topic of research and investigation ? Or is it really not worth it ? I was thrown back all the way to a paper by Priestley ( paywall, alas ) and, before that, to the thoughts of famous mathematician Imre Lakatos on empirical science. And no, Wikipedia has nothing of value on the foundations of functionally testing software. So - are we dealing with a technique ? With one of the human sciences ? Or with baked air ?

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How to wean a customer off Oracle

vikingpower vikingpower writes  |  more than 2 years ago

All right. They are one of the ( supposedly ) leading media corporations in the world. No, I am not going to name them, but they are Japanese.

As a consultant, together with two colleagues, we identified one of the main painpoints in their information system: an excessive dependence upon Oracle. 50% or so of business logic in Oracle RDBMS. Oracle as central integration point.

They could save big money on going to a replacement. But fear ( from upper management ) and shame dominate management culture. My colleagues and I are running out of arguments to convince them. We are in the position of a doctor whose hand is struck away while trying to cure a bad wound. Who provides us with arguments ? What would you tell these scared, ashamed people ?

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