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Boo! The House Majority PAC Is Watching You

zigfreed Re:West Virginia too (468 comments)

In central Pennsylvania you can vote blank. The machines are the eSlate model and you can just keep pressing next and hit 'cast ballot' at the end. Registering beforehand makes sense; it's no different than any other governmental form. The ID card part is wrong however, since you can't use it for anything but voting, it can't be done where you register, and it treats voters as guilty of fraud until proven innocent by a card.

about 3 months ago

Ask Slashdot: LTE Hotspot As Sole Cellular Connection?

zigfreed This service already exists. (107 comments)

WiFi calling is Republic Wireless's business model. There cut would be $5/mo. which would be the VoIP portion, and using an AT&T hotspot like the Straight Talk one you'd be targeting 1G @ $15/mo. Disclaimer: none, but I am biased because I use this setup.

about 3 months ago

Ubuntu To Switch To systemd

zigfreed Car analogy (279 comments)

Init systems are like the starter motor and gear shift of the system. They are not designed to give feedback to the operator since most drivers can hear the clanking and do something about it. SystemD is like the dashboard and steering column with an integrated starter motor. It's got the gear shift built in and some lights that you can sometimes see when you look at it. In essence it is tuned to the motor (kernel) and faster than trying to guess where the clunking is coming from.

You choose systemD because you want the convenience of a dashboard and none of the alternatives considered that part of the design.

about a year ago

AMD Considered GDDR5 For Kaveri, Might Release Eight-Core Variant

zigfreed Obvious questions (120 comments)

Why couldn't this be a package-on-package chip in the current generation? The raspberry pi does this with it's graphics & system RAM; a redesign of the heat spreader and the chip package wiring would allow older motherboards to support it since the new pins come out the top, directly attaching to the GDDR5. Since AMD already sells DDR3 memory, selling GDDR5 with the chip would be business as usual.

Regardless, motherboard manufacturers might still want to integrate the GDDR5 to sell the next generation like they did with sideport memory back when the HD3000 series was integrated in the northbridge.

Third point: since build-your-own computers are commodity devices, traditional layout isn't prohibitively expensive -- splitting the CPU so it's more like a xeon phi and adopting a UMI interconnect is acceptible especially if it could sell on mobile.

1 year,9 days

Has the Apache Software Foundation Lost Its Way?

zigfreed Re:Apache and OpenOffice (126 comments)

Openoffice needed a home away from Oracle, and the Apache Software Foundation is big enough to host it. Being removed from Oracle, OpenOffice was able to become a combination of Sun StarOffice and IBM Lotus Symphony. At this point in time, LibreOffice and AOO have different licenses - LO is GPL, and AOO is AL.

about a year and a half ago

So What If Yahoo's New Dads Get Less Leave Than Moms?

zigfreed Re:Equal rights (832 comments)

Pay rates are either negotiated per employee or codified indifferent to sex. Benefits being discussed here are codified, are non-medical (this isn't leave due to pregnancy complications), and ignore the fact that the mother (who may not work for Yahoo) may need to get back to work. The argument isn't that men and women are equal, but rather should they have equal opportunity to get things back in order.

about a year and a half ago

Steve Forbes: Bitcoin Not Money

zigfreed Forbes fail (692 comments)

I was hoping to see why it isn't money in the article. He doesn't say. He also didn't read about bitcoin, because he concludes the article with,

"We don’t really know how this coin is created. You can’t have a functional money without a basic transparency."

I remember when journalists actually learned about what they wrote about.

The biggest problem I can see with bitcoin is its value is directly related to its popularity. Where dividend yielding stocks will give you a return in a currency the government will always use, bitcoin's value is always tied into what you can get cashing it out. If it wasn't for bitcoin's strengths (as difficult to exploit, steal, and sieze) and the resilience of the Internet, it wouldn't be as successful as government backed currency.

A mildly amusing conclusion I inferred about bitcoin's design: the same conditions required to break the network (having over 50% of the mining performance) are the same conditions required to devalue the currency (excessive mining and dumping).

about 2 years ago

IRS Spent $60,000 Producing Star Trek Parody

zigfreed Wow (280 comments)

Unlike the AP, the IRS has a sense of humor!

about 2 years ago

GNOME Aiming For Full Wayland Support by Spring 2014

zigfreed This X Forwarding Stuff (300 comments)

I used to do X forwarding, but these days you can remote mount the filesystem in userspace and execute the remote apps locally. The server doesn't have to keep X11 hogging server memory and I get local graphical acceleration. Xorg has features that aren't available in Wayland, and Wayland has a performance advantage because it sheds those features. If it's an old application, X11 is still available. If it's a Wayland-only application, it will have features and performance beyond the limits of X11.

Network transparency of audio was done through PulseAudio (lots of /. complaints in those threads) with ALSA being the lower level component. Wayland (and/or Mir) are heading towards being the lower level component, and network transparency (lets call it PulseVideo) could come later.

about 2 years ago

Gamer Rewrites Valve's Steam Installer For Debian

zigfreed Re:Wow Slashdot! (158 comments)

It's worse than that. This is a Slashdot discussion about a Reddit thread, with a third site intermediary.

about 2 years ago

Adam Lanza Destroyed His Computer Before Rampage

zigfreed Re:Guns And Abortion (1719 comments)

It's already illegal to shoot guns at people.

more than 2 years ago

Matthew Garrett Makes Available Secure Bootloader For Linux Distros

zigfreed Matthew Garrett FTW! (274 comments)

And here's to hoping coreboot renders UEFI obsolete someday!

more than 2 years ago

FBI Dad's Misadventures With Spyware Exposed School Principal's Child Porn

zigfreed Re:I'm still trying to wrap my brain around... (346 comments)

a lot of OK suggestions, but urandom is slow and not designed for essentially writing junk to disk.

mkpasswd -n 512 | cryptsetup create 0 /dev/sda && badblocks -wst random /dev/mapper/0

1. writes a random, but repeating string to the drive really fast
2. verifies random string which tests disk readability & reliability, but encrypted so the random string doesn't repeat if the drive is read raw.
3. can be done from the livecd, but you have to install expect to get mkpasswd.
4. you can crank up the mkpasswd length, but cryptsetup included in the F18 beta is limited to 512 character passwords.
5. easy enough to remember (mkpasswd, cryptsetup, and badblocks) that you just need to open up another terminal to do the other drives in the system.

i normally start with hdparm's --security-erase-enhanced && --security-disable so I know that the drive started blank, is written to the maximum, and I won't get a disk I'll have to unlock on the next reboot.

more than 2 years ago

France Applies Tax Pressure To Google For Republishing News Snippets

zigfreed Re:Monopoly muscles (350 comments)

Many commenters here oversimplify the problem. Do not forget that Google is in a monopolistic position. Deindexing newspaper web pages could be considered as Google using their monopoly as an advantage.

They would be deindexing at the request of the French legal system, not at the request of management.

The monopolistic position you're referring to is search, which is equivalent to Bing's search (which Bing has the data to show). Continuing with the Bing-Google equivalency hypothesis, adds will be removed from the French news page, creating no ad revenue.

more than 2 years ago

EFF Wants Ubuntu To Disable Online Search By Default

zigfreed Re:Eclipse - the IDE not the movie (124 comments)

This is my experience with dash in 12.10 as well. By default it crams as much useless information in as possible. It posts magazines from the Ubuntu software center before it posts the programs those magazines reference.

I don't mind it searching Amazon, however posting Amazon searches in full view unless entirely disabled is moronic.

more than 2 years ago

Trouble For Microsoft Developers With the Windows Store

zigfreed Re:only 7000 apps? (232 comments)

A credit card processor and a CDN cost a fraction of that. For small usage, PayPal or Google Checkout charge around 3% and you can host the data in Amazon's cloud and get a pretty scalable distribution system for a lot less than Apple charges

And Apple doesn't have Steam weekend sales.

Simple test: go to itunes.com and steampowered.com. Which is going to sell what you have to offer?

more than 2 years ago

Feds Continue To Consider Linux Users Criminals For Watching DVDs

zigfreed Re:Not so fast (423 comments)

I can hold a dozen licensed players

FTFY. It doesn't matter how you obtained the material, watching the material is a different act altogether.

more than 2 years ago

Feds Continue To Consider Linux Users Criminals For Watching DVDs

zigfreed Re:Yay old people! (423 comments)

Why is there now law requiring knowledge and education in the field for which you make and enforce laws?

Because, from a legal standpoint, patents and copyright are really, really boring. Someone understands it; there isn't a market for DVD rippers and the console mod community is pretty black. The downside is this massive barrier to entry on a low damage, personal use item kills any secondary use growth.

more than 2 years ago

Apple Is Now the Most Valuable Company In History

zigfreed Re:If this article... (398 comments)

If Apple stops pumping iPods, iPhones and iPads tomorrow, what's the worst that will happen?

The year of the Android desktop.

more than 2 years ago



Terahertz CMOS video camera

zigfreed zigfreed writes  |  more than 2 years ago

zigfreed (1441541) writes "From IEMN, STMicroelectronics, and the University of Wuppertal comes a 1024 pixel terahertz camera capable of 25fps. Fabricated on 65nm, it won't give a resolution good enough for the TSA but will allow new applications to be developed in the 0.6 to 1THz range."
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