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Google Announces Project Ara Developer Conference, Shows Off First Prototype

zenith1111 Re:Don't learn from the past. (66 comments)

Mobile phones have very powerful magnets in their speakers and they don't usually cause problems like that, do they? Maybe they have very good mu-metal shields in the sepakers.

That is valid concern but, as far as I know, magnetic cards are mostly being replaced with smartcards or RFID, that might not be an issue in a couple of years. I've not used the magnetic stripes in my cards in a long time, the ICs are so cheap and functional that using smartcards or RFID instead of magnetic stripe is a no-brainer in most applications.

about 3 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Life Beyond the WRT54G Series?

zenith1111 Re:Mikrotik (427 comments)

Agreed, Mikrotik routers are awesome, you simply can't go wrong with them. They are also very cheap.

Out of curiosity, my last purchase for the office was an EdgeRouter from Ubiquity. It was a pain to configure, it took me a couple of hours to configure dual wan, but this thing is fast, really fast. 5 gigabit ports, all of them capable of delivering PoE (passive). It doesn't have wifi, though, but that's where the PoE comes in handy to power the AP. AFAIK there is no alternative firmware, though...

about 6 months ago

YouTube Introduces 60fps Video Support

zenith1111 Re:Like it matters (157 comments)

I've just watched the video in the article, 720p videos also clearly play at 60fps. 480 and lower all played at 30fps.

The video bitrate was around 4 or 5 mbps, maybe they will add a 30/60 fps selector in the future?

I was waiting for this for some time :)

about 7 months ago

Did the Ignition Key Just Die?

zenith1111 Re:The actual technical fault. (865 comments)

This is the reason I oppose moving to a push-button system. We've already seen at least one person have an uncontrolled acceleration problem and not have a key to turn off. Push-button HAS to include an emergency cutoff switch. Requiring the user to hold in a button for several seconds to stop the engine is not acceptable.

There may be cars that are not like those I've seen with start/stop buttons, but from what I've seen I don't see any problem.

My car has a start/stop button, when driving above 5 or 10 km/h the button does not shut down the engine when pressed, and it is plausible that it could mechanically malfunction at some time. In any of these cases I can force the engine to stop by removing the electronic key from the slot, either by pressing the emergency release button or simply by ripping it off.

Other than keyless systems, all cars I've seen with start/stop buttons need the electronic key to be inserted in some kind of reader, and I would very surprised if those with keyless systems didn't have some simple way to stop the engine in case of emergency.

about 9 months ago

Inside the Stolen Smartphone Black Market In London

zenith1111 Re:Changing IMEI is illegal (109 comments)

Your car is also your property and you can't change the VIN either.

about 10 months ago

Are You a Competent Cyborg?

zenith1111 Re:!cyborg (101 comments)

No, that's like arguing you're a plowing cyborg :)

about a year ago

Samsung Unveils Galaxy Gear Smartwatch

zenith1111 Re:Expensive (244 comments)

I won't be ditching my Casio for that thing, but I reckon the battery life will be low because of the screen. Besides, the battery is not that large to begin with, if the user doesn't make calls the Bluetooth v4 connection won't drain the battery very much, see the "Bluetooth Smart" part: https://developer.bluetooth.org/TechnologyOverview/Pages/v4.aspx

Citizen has been selling Bluetooth 4 enabled watches for some time, their watches use the bluetooth connection the get the current time from the internet a couple of times a day and run from a tiny solar cell: http://www.citizenwatch.com/en-ir/2012/10/12/citizen-eco-drive-unveils-proximity/

about a year ago

Pastafarian Wins Battle To Wear Colander In License Photo

zenith1111 Re:Heckler's Veto? (535 comments)

What are you talking about?

about a year and a half ago

Bill Gates Is Beginning To Dream the Thorium Dream

zenith1111 Re:Finally! (327 comments)

I do not deny that the areas they invest in are areas that would benefit us all but the way they do it is not in any way open, accessible or selfless.

Well, i guess sometimes it's better to benefit us all even if it isn't open and selfless than being open and selfless and not benefiting us all, isn't it? :P

Slashdotters have been grumbling forever that thorium is the way to go, why the hell does it matter if Gates is the one that spends money on it? The guy had some dickish and questionable business practices, but as as far as I know he's not a Bond villain.

about a year and a half ago

Microsoft Is Sitting On Six Million Unsold Surface Tablets

zenith1111 Re:Bury (550 comments)

a) Give away inventory for free at schools etc

They are not for free yet, but they are being sold to schools at discount prices: http://blogs.technet.com/b/microsoft_in_education/archive/2013/06/19/it-s-true-we-re-putting-surface-rt-in-the-hands-of-educators-and-students-schools-and-universities.aspx

I know of people that bought them for 190 euros, for someone that only uses the tablet to browse the web and edit office documents I guess it is a reasonably good deal, but some of them are a bit disappointed with the lack of flexibility of windows rt.

about a year and a half ago

Hardly Anyone Is Buying 'Smart Guns'

zenith1111 Re:Smart guns... (814 comments)

I can't believe how fucking retarded the anti-gun crowd can be, while not even realizing it.

You guys get very passionate when discussing guns, I don't live in the USA but, from what I see in the media, the pro-gun crowd seems to be at least as "retarded".

You do have to admit that you guys have a problem of too many deaths by firearms, either because it's too easy to get a gun, or the problem is in your culture and education you have to make something about it.

Also, how the hell can you claim you live in the "land of the free", while getting groped at the airports and not demanding someone's head for the shenanigans of NSA & co.?

about a year and a half ago

Surgeon Uses Google Glass and iPad To Capture Live Procedure and Stream It

zenith1111 Re:!Sterilization (100 comments)

When devices with embedded electronics can't handle sterilization with gamma rays or electron beams, they usually can be sterilized chemically with stuff like chlorine dioxide or vaporized hydrogen peroxide.

about a year and a half ago

Ubuntu Closes Longstanding Bug #1

zenith1111 Re:Ubuntu? (267 comments)


about a year and a half ago

17-Year-Old Girl Wins Boston TV API Programming Contest

zenith1111 Re:Censorship (117 comments)

I find the idea rather clever and a very good fit for that contest.

Just because you and me don't use twitter, that doesn't mean her generation won't when they are older :)

about a year and a half ago

Game Site Wonders 'What Next?' When 50% of Users Block Ads

zenith1111 Re:Start turning the cogs (978 comments)

The problem with that (subscription) revenue model is that there are lots of sites with decent content that lots of people enjoy but almost no one is willing to pay for, I would only be willing to pay for just a couple of all the sites I view daily. I'm perfectly happy to tolerate a couple of ads per page, the AdBlock problem was caused by greedy people that filled the pages with lots of annoying and distracting flashing random colors, enough flash ads to make my laptop fan scream and even screaming loud videos that would autoplay.

about 2 years ago

Canon Shows the Most Sensitive Camera Sensor In the World

zenith1111 Re:Mo it is 7.5 time larger larger (218 comments)

I'm not familiar with the instruments described in your link, but they don't look either cheap or suitable to use in a consumer video camera. The clips of the meteor shower and the guy with the incense looked like they were taken at video frame rates, that prototype camera looks like it can be hiding a Peltier cooler, thoughttp://hardware.slashdot.org/story/13/03/05/0219240/canon-shows-the-most-sensitive-camera-sensor-in-the-world#h.

about 2 years ago

My favorite resolution for the new year:

zenith1111 Re:WUXGA (266 comments)

I was looking for one of those too but I ended up buying a 23" IPS 1920x1080, the cheaper 1920x1200 sold nearby costed twice as much. 170eur for an extra 120 pixel rows was too hard to justify. Most stores don't even have monitors with more resolution than 1920x1080 anymore...

about 2 years ago

My favorite resolution for the new year:

zenith1111 Re:FHD? (266 comments)

Almost all the monitors I've seen recently on stores are 1920x1080 too. I'm using a 23" one right now.

about 2 years ago

AMD FX-8350 Review: Does Piledriver Fix Bulldozer's Flaws?

zenith1111 Re:How about idle?? (259 comments)

That may be true, but all the good quality fluorescent bulbs I've bought lately have a color quality at least as good as the good quality LED ones and with very similar power efficiency.

I've found a place were LEDs are superior, tough, we have a corridor with a motion sensor with 5 bulbs and, with dozens of daily starts, some CFLs don't even last 6 months there, others quickly get very dark near the heating filament. I replaced them with cheap LED bulbs and they are going strong after one year.

more than 2 years ago


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