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Comment: Re:this is great news! (Score 1) 34

by drinkypoo (#47513131) Attached to: Open-Source Blu-Ray Library Now Supports BD-J Java

I have the world's slowest blu-ray player, an original Sony. BDP-S300, I think. It lacks both ethernet and performance. Sadly, the Raspberry Pi lacks SATA, which is what the unit uses to connect to the optical drive. That gives it hack value, though not with R-Pi. I'd probably have to shoehorn something Micro-ITX in there, or use a laptop motherboard, as the optical drive is smack in the center.

I've bought just one Blu-Ray movie because the player is so godawful slow and I have to use a crappy remote with it. Ideally I'd be able to run XBMC on Windows (XP or 7) on whatever I stuffed into the case, and then I could use the android remote app. Right now my entertainment system is a mk908 running Finless 1.4 or so and it leaves a lot to be desired. Playing discs is one of those things.

Comment: Re:I know this is /. but RTFA (Score 1) 166

by drinkypoo (#47513059) Attached to: Google Offers a Million Bucks For a Better Inverter

Go ahead and do lots of work with almost no chance of payment.

If you aren't already working on this, or don't already have a pretty good idea with at least a fair chance of succeeding, then you're probably not too smart if you decide to take this challenge on. So what? There are those who are working on solving this problem already. If they have the means to produce a product, they're already doing that. If not, then this will give them some money for production of prototypes for larger systems, and probably attract some investment dollars from Google.

Comment: Re:Pft (Score 1) 357

by gweihir (#47512921) Attached to: The Daily Harassment of Women In the Game Industry

Indeed. The text is a nice, manipulative propaganda piece. While I don't know women in the game industry, I know several female engineers, in EE, CS and some other fields. Some of them are very attractive, some are more plain. (I don't mind either way, conversation is far more important than looks.) Now, from their comments, there is no specific discrimination against women in tech. Some think there may be a slight bias either way, but not anything significant. Of course, incompetent women get yelled at and derided just the same as incompetent men, but they though that was rightfully deserved. And the one thing that they universally find quite repulsive is women playing the "women card" to get ahead instead of demonstrating solid skills. Most of them have observed that happening.

My conclusion is that this is nothing but a part of an ongoing power-grab effort by styling women as victims and men as primitive cave-men.

Comment: Re:How do you think they get your IP? (Score 1) 125

by gweihir (#47512637) Attached to: Exodus Intelligence Details Zero-Day Vulnerabilities In Tails OS

They just send data to some server they own in clear and they know your last public IP. For spywork, that is enough. If laws are draconian enough, they are also sure to find _something_ when they kick down your door. Also, when you are not on US ground (warning: current state, this may change), they may also just drone-murder you and bypass any legality whatsoever.

Comment: Re:Curious (Score 1) 125

by gweihir (#47512571) Attached to: Exodus Intelligence Details Zero-Day Vulnerabilities In Tails OS

What is certainly there is at least several JavaScript zero-days. JavaScript is complex to implement and easy to get wrong. As this is a commercial effort (as can be seen by its immorality and focus on profit), they will go after low-hanging fruit. The JavaScript engine is the most promising one.

And who said it would not affect other users too?

Comment: Re:you dont need biometrics for this at all. (Score 1) 79

by drinkypoo (#47511339) Attached to: Researchers Test Developer Biometrics To Predict Buggy Code

1. downtime is unacceptable for this application. this code controls so much, does so many things, and is so obscure (say it with me, payments processing subsystem) that to do ANYTHING to it is literally worse than pistol whipping the CEO's daughter.

Then you can't afford not to have a backup server and a development server. This point needs expansion :p

Comment: I know this is /. but RTFA (Score 5, Informative) 166

by drinkypoo (#47511257) Attached to: Google Offers a Million Bucks For a Better Inverter

Stupid objection the first: "This is worth a lot more than a million dollars."

Does Google own the intellectual property created during the competition?

No. Google is not requiring any IP or licenses be granted except a non-exclusive license to be used only for the purpose of testing the inverter and publicizing the prize. [...] However, in the spirit of advancing this power electronics community, Google may choose to make public some or all of the teamsâ(TM) high-level technical approach documents

Stupid objection the second: (something stupid about 12 volts)

Will be taking in 450 V DC power in series with a 10 Ω resistor
Must output 240 V, 60 Hz AC single phase power

I know that slashdotters don't RTFA, but seriously, all of you jaw-jacking about 12 volts or about how a million is chump change are a bunch of Useless McToolbags. STFU already.

Comment: Re:Why are Zorro cards worth anything at all? (Score 1) 180

by drinkypoo (#47507063) Attached to: The Almost Forgotten Story of the Amiga 2000

It also had a slow speed scsi interface that no-one used.

It was a good place to hang a scanner, of course.

I really honestly can't think of any Zorro cards I wish I had still.

If your goal is to play games, the obvious answer is a better disk interface with some non-resetting RAM on it that you could use for a RRAD:. That's a lovely thing to have in your system.

Neutrinos are into physicists.