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An Algorithm to End the Lines for Ice at Burning Man

zerosomething Automation (337 comments)

Automate it. Have fewer people feed bags of ice into the back side of vending machines hanging off the sides of the ice truck. You wouldn't even need much mechanical or electrical. You really only need an automated cash taker, change maker. Post the number of bags the customer wants inside the truck for someone to drop down a hopper. The number resets as bags drop down the chute until the right number is met. Next...

4 days ago
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Apple Fixes Shellshock In OS X

zerosomething Re:that was fast (174 comments)

Unfortunately Apple knows very few actually run OS X server and Apache through it so the possible compromised systems, in their eyes, was very small. i.e. not a big deal to get this out fast. What they don't realize is that a large number of institutions actually use their server product to manage all the Macs in the institution. If the servers were compromised then all the clients would then be at risk. Think instant Mac bot net! Fortunately this is open source software and you can patch it your self but most Mac servers are run by people that don't know how to do that. Sigh...

about three weeks ago
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Stanford Promises Not To Use Google Money For Privacy Research

zerosomething Apple funding opportunity ? (54 comments)

I'm probably to simple minded but this looks like a gold opportunity for Apple to exclusively fund the "Privacy Research" and specifically note that there are no strings attached other than research on "privacy".

about a month ago
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Say Goodbye To That Unwanted U2 Album

zerosomething Misleading links (323 comments)

Yet another /. article with links that don't actually give you any useful content. When you select the link in the text "tool to make it possible to remove the album from your iTunes library in a single step." wouldn't you expect to see an article about the tool and actually have a link to the tool? Oh no can't have that because you have to prop up what ever favorite news feed you are promoting.

about a month ago
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Inside BitFury's 20 Megawatt Bitcoin Mine

zerosomething ASIC is the real innovation (195 comments)

Money (exchangeable value) has always driven innovation. The application-specific integrated circuits made just for Bitcoin math were rapidly developed and produced in mass quantities in multiple variations. All of this if about a 2 year span at most. These the ability to quickly design and produce ASIC chip is real innovation here and actually commodity. It won't be long now before we have ASIC for all kinds of number crunching and specific tasks. It's hardware that's innovating and changing nearly as fast as software. I bet on this as a new wave of tech. Multipurpose CPUs are likely going to become just small components in a much larger system replacing what we know as computers.

about 3 months ago
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Funding for iFind Kickstarter Suspended

zerosomething Free Energy! (104 comments)

WOOOOO! Spin spin sugar WOOOOOO

about 4 months ago
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'Selfie' Helps Doctors Diagnose Mini-Stroke

zerosomething Why no MRI the first time? (47 comments)

I'd like to know why the doctors didn't ask for an MRI the first time around. Why did the patient need to wait and get "proof" there was a real problem? Intact why don't we get an full body MRI and maybe even a CT scan maybe every 20 years to find possible problems before they happen?

about 4 months ago
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Will Living On Mars Drive Us Crazy?

zerosomething Re:Why not? Living on Earth does (150 comments)

slashdot is stupid, I can't upvote because you're an AC....

umm... yes you can. I got mod points I'm not wasting you either of you. Sorry.

about 7 months ago
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Scientists Solve the Mystery of Why Zebras Have Stripes

zerosomething Re:Terrible summary (190 comments)

Biting flies can't evolve

Like most science this brings up more questions. Additionally why didn't Zebras evolve longer hair if the flies can't get through that as well, apparently other animals did evolve long hair and not stripes. Maybe for different reasons, maybe none of the explanations are any good. Isn't science fun!

about 7 months ago
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Department of Transportation Makes Rear View Cameras Mandatory

zerosomething Re:Small market, won't matter (518 comments)

Yea, self driving won't really be on high end autos. That service will likely just replace Taxies and Busses. If I can call a car and have it take me where I want when I want who needs any other public transportation. At that point who really needs a car anyway. $avings!

about 7 months ago
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Department of Transportation Makes Rear View Cameras Mandatory

zerosomething Self driving car (518 comments)

So about 2 years after this is required most high end autos will be equipped with self driving systems making the rule almost irrelevant. It won't be long before technology will be outpacing this kind of safety law. We really should be putting energy into liability issues around the self driving car.

about 7 months ago
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Wal-Mart Sues Visa For $5 Billion For Rigging Card Swipe Fees

zerosomething Re:Bitcoin (455 comments)

These local merchants (gas station and minimarts) providing a cash discount are one breaking the law and most likely are cooking the books,....

When did cash discounts become illegal? In almost any business you can offer cash over credit and get a discount. There is no law that says you have to actually pay the advertised price or that the merchant must collect the advertised price.

about 7 months ago
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Wal-Mart Sues Visa For $5 Billion For Rigging Card Swipe Fees

zerosomething Bitcoin (455 comments)

That would fix it.

about 7 months ago
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AT&T Exec Calls Netflix "Arrogant" For Expecting Net Neutrality

zerosomething Try net neutrality at home (466 comments)

So setup your home router to not give any priority to the data coming in and going out. Assume you have 6Mbps download service. Start up a Netflix HD movie for the kids, then setup that Windows Remote Desktop connection to the office so yo can work on that Access db. Then try to make a Skype phone call. Lets say you have training material you need to also look at from iTunes or YouTube. Hope you done also have VOIP and someone picks up the phone to call the mother-in-law.

about 7 months ago
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AT&T Exec Calls Netflix "Arrogant" For Expecting Net Neutrality

zerosomething Re:It's not arrogant, it's correct. (466 comments)

If we had true net neutrality Netflix might be the only content you could get at a reasonable speed, it would be cached all over the net. Content form Vimeo would play second fiddle to the Netflix congestion. I might not even get the content because my 18 neighbors are all watching 18 different shows on Netflix. Net neutrality doesn't solve this nor does providers paying for access.

about 7 months ago
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Russian State TV Anchor: Russia Could Turn US To "Radioactive Ash"

zerosomething Celebrity Death Match (878 comments)

In this corner Bill O'Reilly for the U.S of A and in the other corner Dmitry Kiselyov for the Russian Federation. In a match to see who can talk their own country into radioactive ash first!

READY, FIGHT!!!

about 7 months ago
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Transhumanist Children's Book Argues, "Death Is Wrong"

zerosomething Fear of what you don't understand (334 comments)

It's really sad to see the comments about life extension being bad or we are going to overpopulate the planet etc. They truly show the lack of imagination and understanding of much of the /. readership. There are some truly closed minds here among people calling them selves Liberals, Libertarians and Progressives. The reactions are very much like those of a society and system of thinking that thinks a cat can steal the breath of a baby, a society where superstition is given more weight than science.

The population models of Thomas Malthus were wrong. Paul Ehrlich's reuse of those models was wrong and reusing those same tired models will continue to be wrong. You are placing your hopes in Armageddon and self distraction instead of the creativity and ingenuity of humanity to make more from what we have than the last generation thought possible.

Stop being small minded lovers of doom!

about 7 months ago
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Transhumanist Children's Book Argues, "Death Is Wrong"

zerosomething Re:Irresponsible or what? (334 comments)

There's already far too many humans on the planet. If we stop dying there'll be nothing to eat and nowhere to stand.

That's a very narrow and conservative point of view that doesn't allow for any kind of technological achievement that we don't yet understand. What makes you think we will only ever live on this planet, do you really think we can't, ever, utilize the vast resources out side this planet?

about 7 months ago

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supersonic ping pong gun

zerosomething zerosomething writes  |  about a year and a half ago

zerosomething (1353609) writes ""If there’s one thing wrong with Ping Pong Guns, it’s that they can’t fire their ammunition at supersonic speeds. At least, that’s the feeling of Mark French, a mechanical engineer at Purdue University in Indiana, and his graduate students Craig Zehrung and Jim Stratton."

400 meters per second! That's going to leave a mark!"

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Singularity Summit Videos Now Available

zerosomething zerosomething writes  |  more than 4 years ago

zerosomething (1353609) writes "Videos from the October Singularity Summit 2009 have finally been posted for those of us unable to attend. Speakers include the usual suspects Peter Thiel and Ray Kurzweil plus other well know thinkers like Abubery de Grey and Stephen Wolfram and a host of other apparently intelligent people. What ever you may think of the truth or myth of smarter than man technology there are a number of big names working to pave the way."
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Indonesian Asteroid

zerosomething zerosomething writes  |  more than 4 years ago

zerosomething (1353609) writes "Space Weather is reporting that on Oct. 8th around 11 am local time in the coastal town of Bone, Indonesia the planet was hit by a 10 meter wide astroid. It exploded in the atmosphere "with a yield of about 50 kton of TNT". "The explosion triggered infrasound sensors of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO) more than 10,000 km away,"

"The asteroid that caused the blast was not known before it hit and took astronomers completely by surprise.""

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Brain control for the Arduino - Hack a Day

zerosomething zerosomething writes  |  about 5 years ago

zerosomething (1353609) writes "When we hear about a brain controlled Arduino project we immediately think about a coding nightmare." "It turns out they purchased Uncle Milton’s Force Trainer which uses a headset to measure brain waves and has a base unit that reacts to these measurements. Hacking into this device didn’t require reverse engineering of anything. They took the easy route, and tapped into the five LEDs on the base unit."
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