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Google Makes It Harder For Marketers To Collect User Data

yahyamf Re:Summary is wrong wrong wrong (195 comments)

It would be interesting if Google would hash the images and replace the image URL with a comon one per hash that is stripped of tracking info and shared by all users who got the same hashed image in their mail. It would even reduce storage requirements as the images would get deduplicated.

1 year,4 days

Canon DSLR Hack Allows It To Shoot RAW Video

yahyamf Re:Let's DMCA the pants of this guy! (171 comments)

Canon support is really good. True story - I had a canon A70 that I left inside a car in probably 160F heat during a Dubai summer. All the photos it took after that were all washed out white except one corner where some of the image showed through. I took it to the local Canon service center for repair. The camera was purchased in the US and was out of warranty. I got it back in a week fully repaired and at 0 cost. All my cameras since then have been Canons.

about a year and a half ago

Ask Slashdot: Best Incentives For IT Workers?

yahyamf Mandatory reading (468 comments)

This discussion should be mandatory reading for PHBs and HR drones.

more than 2 years ago

Plantronics Helps Make Remote Workers' Lives Easier (Video)

yahyamf Re:Here's how to fix slashvertizements (233 comments)

ok, so seriously, what are good or better alternatives to Plantronics?

more than 2 years ago

The Gaping Holes In the UAE's Net Firewall

yahyamf No need to block everyone (107 comments)

The UAE authorities know very well that they cannot block everyone. Even with the "gaping holes" in their firewalls, I won't be surprised if they block more that 90% of the local population from accessing restricted sites. That's probably good enough for them. The effort required to block the remaining 10% would be too high and not worth it.

more than 4 years ago

Whistleblower Claims IEA Is Downplaying Peak Oil

yahyamf Re:If True, Fascinatingly Bizarre Logic (720 comments)

In many cases it makes sense to spend more energy in extracting oil than the energy available in the oil itself. This is because oil is mobile energy. It can be easily transported and stored. Also, much of modern infrastructure depends on energy in liquid form, eg. cars, airplanes, farming equirpment etc. There may be plentiful nuclear, solar, coal, or natural gas energy, but it's useless in many cases because the current infrastructure can not use it. So it does make sense for example to use a certain amount of nuclear energy to get a lesser amount of energy in the form of oil.

more than 5 years ago

VoIP Legal Status Worldwide?

yahyamf Deep packet inspection used for blocking VoIP (180 comments)

In Dubai in the UAE as well as in most Gulf countries, VoIP is completely illegal, and the state run telcos use DPI technology to block it. This adds about 200ms of latency to *all* packets which the telcos think is an acceptable tradeoff to preserve their monopoly revenue.

more than 5 years ago

(Useful) Stupid Unix Tricks?

yahyamf Re:tricks (2362 comments)

escape-dot seems to fill in the last argument as well in bash

more than 6 years ago



Dell offers Ubuntu and RHEL OS options on Precision laptops

yahyamf yahyamf writes  |  about a month ago

yahyamf (751776) writes "Dell is offering pre-installed Linux OS choices on their Precision M4800 laptops. The options available are Ubuntu 12.04 LTS and RHEL 6.4. For the Ubuntu option, the price drops by $100 compared to Windows. This is a high end machine with QHD+ display (3200x1800, 16:9) display, up to 64GB RAM, and optional optical bay hard drive. Here's your chance to show support using your wallet!"
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Flat lens focuses without distortion

yahyamf yahyamf writes  |  more than 2 years ago

yahyamf (751776) writes "Applied physicists at the Harvard have created an ultrathin, flat lens that focuses light without the distortions of conventional lenses.

“Our flat lens opens up a new type of technology,” says principal investigator Federico Capasso. “We’re presenting a new way of making lenses. Instead of creating phase delays as light propagates through the thickness of the material, you can create an instantaneous phase shift right at the surface of the lens. It’s extremely exciting.”"

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Smartphone recommendation for a former N900 user?

yahyamf yahyamf writes  |  more than 2 years ago

yahyamf (751776) writes "My N900 recently broke and I'm looking for a replacement. The N9 looks great, despite not having a keyboard, but it seems that it will not have as many packages and developer interest as the N900. The iPhone is not an option as a matter of principle. I've never used Android before, and am a bit bewildered by the number of choices. Is there any particular phone the Slashdot crowd would recommend as a worthy replacement for the N900 both in functionality and spirit? Or should I wait for Tizen phones to appear?"

Advice on software for running a small library

yahyamf yahyamf writes  |  more than 3 years ago

yahyamf writes "I've been asked to help setup software for managing a small library at a non-profit school in the middle-east for under-privileged children. The library has about 5000 books and will be run mostly by student workers. The requirements are low cost, ease of use and maintenance, and support for Arabic and English. Barcode printing and scanning capabilities would be great as well. I've looked briefly at koha, but is there anything else out there (both hardware and software) slashdotters can recommend?"

Giant buses in China that cars can drive under

yahyamf yahyamf writes  |  more than 4 years ago

yahyamf (751776) writes "One Chinese company has proposed new buses that are so big they straddle the road, while cars drive beneath them. Designers at Shenzhen Hashi Future Parking Equipment Co., Ltd say that these behemoth buses solve a number of issues in one fell swoop, and would result in fewer traffic jams, less emissions, and faster travel.

These buses are actually being put into pilot use shortly. They should make their debut in Beijingâ½âsÂâs Mentougou district, where work is to commence on the first 186km of track at yearâ½âsÂâs end.

Each of the jumbo buses will measure 4 to 4.5 meters high, with passengers aboard the upper level and other vehicles lower than 2 meters going under. Powered by electricity and solar energy, the bus can carry 1,200 to 1,400 passengers at a time."

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yahyamf yahyamf writes  |  about 8 years ago

yahyamf writes "ASUS recently announced that their ASUS TeleSky(TM) telecom adaptor will now be included in some of their motherboards. The TeleSky telecom adaptor converts ordinary house phones into multi-functional Skype phones. With one jack connected to the house phone and the other linked to the ground telephone line, the TeleSky can switch the house phone connection between PSTN and VoIP networks. While it sounds interesting, how would this compare to the dedicated VOIP adapters available from SIPURA and others?"


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