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Ask Slashdot: Classroom Eco-Projects Suited To Alaska?

xixax Re:Biofuel (157 comments)

Yeah, set up a digester that takes biodegradable material and generates methane. Should be cheap enough to leave a plastic tub or three at each school so they can continue to observe/monitor and look at the effects of input material, temperature and the like on the rate of gas prodduction.

Xix.

more than 3 years ago
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Aussie Security Forces Testing Apple's iOS

xixax Spiderman Pyjamas (58 comments)

Information technology used *anywhere* in the Aussie government should be approved by Defense Signals Directorate, the assessment doesn't mean it's going to be used by military personnel ("security forces") for sensitive tasks.

I'm not surprised they are evaluating the iPhone/iPad. It's trendy, is probably cheaper than Blackberry (AFAIK only currently evaluated smart phone product) and it has all the hallmarks of classic "Spiderman Pyjamas" for style aware executives. Probably more a case of people having private iPhones and being underwhelmed by the available approved options.

No doubt they'll get pressure to assess Andriod next.

more than 3 years ago
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Microsoft To Disable Windows Phone 7 Unlocking

xixax Join me (237 comments)

"Luke, you do not yet realize your importance. You have only begun to discover your power. Join me, and I will complete your training..."

more than 3 years ago
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Open-Source Social Network Diaspora Goes Live

xixax Re:If I quote LL Cool J, feel free to tell me to s (266 comments)

Glad to hear it! The perceived hiatus was the only negative for Appleseed on my short list of FOSS social options to explore.

More likely than not I'll be taking you up on that invite. :)

about 4 years ago
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Open-Source Social Network Diaspora Goes Live

xixax Diaspora motivating Appleseed (266 comments)

In which case Disapora is worth some effort even if all it does is motivate Appleseed back into life. I found this article after reading Tim Berners-Lee's recent article. On hiatus since 2007 is not exactly a reassuring release history either.

http://downloadsquad.switched.com/2010/05/21/diaspora-social-network-fail-kickstarter-facebook/

Other comments about the lardy nature of Diaspora have also convinced me to only try it if I can put it one someone else's server.

Xix.

about 4 years ago
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Open-Source Social Network Diaspora Goes Live

xixax What alternatives? (266 comments)

None of the contenders are anywhere near complete (at least the last time I went looking). It will take a few years with people that care about this sort of thing to mature the various projects. If we wait for a "good experience the first time", it will be a long while. I'm prepared to put up with quite a bit if it means long term options for open social networks. For example by creating testbeds for open social APIs.

99% of people don't care and are going to stay on Facebook. These projects are not for those people. At least until TBL's recent prognostications about the emerging Walled Gardens come true.

Xix.

about 4 years ago
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DOS Emulator In and Out of App Store

xixax Troll? (338 comments)

Whoever modded my post as a troll needs to read RMS's "The Right to Read". :-p

more than 3 years ago
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DOS Emulator In and Out of App Store

xixax Welcome to Richard Stallman's future (338 comments)

Apparently the new MacBook Air borrows features from iOS and we can expect to see more iOS "features" in OSX as time goes by. I can't see any proprietary operating system provider to not be tempted by this level of consumer/vendor control and taxation. Steve's just be the first to realise that handcuffs are best slipped on gently over a period of time rather than ham fisted "Plays For Sure" edicts.

Why is today's Slashdot reading more and more like an RMS essay?

Fortunately Windows is too much of a sprawling shanty town to be readily ammenable to similar attempts for a while yet.

more than 4 years ago
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AU Band Men At Work Owes Royalties On 'Kookaburra'

xixax Too many notes! (371 comments)

I particularly like this report about the judgement where "the flute riff made up only 5.8 per cent" of the song. Five point eight percent? You have got to be kidding me!

It speaks volumes when the legal system must resort to distillation and quantification of art to such spurious accuracy. It reeks of the text book explainging the linear programming of poetry that gets ripped up in Dead Poets Society or the King of Austria as portrayed in Amadeus, "And there are simply too many notes, that's all. Just cut a few and it will be perfect!".

Xix.

more than 4 years ago
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Australia Gets Its First Female Prime Minister

xixax Policies WILL change (419 comments)

First up, why bother with all the elctoral "Kevin 07" paraphenalia if I'm not voting for the guy?

Second, Julia will pursue different policies to Kevin (if she doesn't we're toast).

I can appreciate how some people might be put out when the PM is replaced by a) Someone else and b) They proceed to change the promises.

Counter to that: a) She was the deputy at least (somewhat by chance) and b) The new deal is likely to be closer to what Kevin promised anyhow

Xix.

more than 4 years ago
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Testing and Mapping a Cellular Data Network?

xixax Re:Don't waste your time (114 comments)

The data is outright modelled and cannot take into account a bunch of factors that limit the actual signal strength. I had a somewhat heated discussion with a saleperson who was convinced that their telco had actually sent someone with a meter to measure the reception at 100 metre intervals across some wild and rugged terrain. It would be funny to take some samples and quantiatively demonstrate the exaggeration in each provider's coverage maps, the tabloid media would lap up the right analysis.

Xix.

more than 4 years ago
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Testing and Mapping a Cellular Data Network?

xixax Modelled data (114 comments)

Most providers use modelled data to estimate signal strength as it's too expensive to actually measure every point within their coverage. You might be able to obtain and use modelled coverage (which is mostly based on putting virtual towers into a digital terrain model) and undertake some validation. This would provide a meaure of the optimism usually present in modelled coverage. Actual coverage is usually going to be less due to buildings, weather, trees and other rubbish you rarely see in a DTM. Validation of published coverage maps would also require far fewer observations ("field work") than creating your own map from scratch.

Suck the whole lot into Quantum GIS (FOSS) and generate a text dump of obesrved/modelled coverage to analyse statistically in R (also FOSS).

Xix.

more than 4 years ago
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Open Source Alternative To Google Earth?

xixax Just one ingredient (190 comments)

As well as the shiny interface, what makes Google is oodles of current, hi-res imagery and enough grunt to make the same base set of data available to a large chunk of the world's population.

Taken as a complete product, I can't see anything remotely in the ballpark. FOSS can do software, but data and servers to cough it up is not a software issue. Bing has data, but from what I've seen their data currecny and resolution is trailing Google. Due to the economies of scale involved, catching up would probably need deep pockets.

Xix.

more than 4 years ago
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Man in Court Over Simpsons Porn

xixax Depiction of illegal acts (673 comments)

That is a really good question.

Why does this particular crime warrant such a thorough approach when other crimes don't? Last year, one of Australia's most popular TV series was a Sopranos style DocuDrama about an organised crime family.

more than 4 years ago
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Australia Could Finally Get R18+ Games

xixax Mod parent up (143 comments)

Not related TFA, but most insightful comment I've read about the net filtering all day.

more than 4 years ago
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Bing To Use Wolfram Alpha Results

xixax Best of breed hype engine (179 comments)

LOL. I'll bet a dollar that this is more or less how the two go about creating a new standard in hype engines.

Xix.

about 5 years ago
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Is City-Wide Wi-Fi a Dead Idea?

xixax Re:You mean those smartphones (259 comments)

That was my first thought. In most places, mobile data pricing has dropped to the point where most people will pay for it and get reasonable coverage rather than hope for free WiFi. Free is still important and useful, but I don't think there's going to be any huge push for comprehensive coverage when the city is already full of mobile phone towers. It's quite possible that the window of oppportunity for that great idea has been and is now gone.

Xix.

more than 5 years ago
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Facebook App Exposes Abject Insecurity

xixax Some pointless advice indeed (205 comments)

Or: Your privacy is only as good as the the aggregate social stupidity of your friends.

I created a bogus ID and my image has already been tagged numerous times by other people who know my fake name (so it pretty quickly becomes a rather thin alias). Unfortunately a social site that only has me on it is not very useful (unless I want to have the social life of John Kaczynski).

This reminds me of a recent Onion article:
        "Google Opt Out Feature Lets Users Protect Privacy By Moving To Remote Village"
http://larvatusprodeo.net/2009/08/17/video-of-the-day-from-the-onion-on-google-and-privacy/

Xix.

more than 5 years ago
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An Electricity-Cost-Aware Internet Routing Scheme

xixax Because Belgium is cool enough (88 comments)

Old newss. Google already shift load globally to reduce electricty consumption for cooling and is probably more important than saving a few percent on electrity cost:

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2009/07/16/google_chillerless_data_center/

While Belgium is likely to be pretty expensive to live, I bet it's still cheaper than Iceland (though the whole country going titsup during the GFC may change that).

more than 5 years ago

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CSIRO v. HP Wi-Fi settlement

xixax xixax writes  |  more than 5 years ago

xixax (44677) writes "There has been a settlement in the long ongoing lawsuit over wireless patents claimed by CSIRO. No-one seems to be telling what the terms of the settlement were but the headline describes it as a CSIRO win, suggesting that the patents stand."

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