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Comment: Move it out of your house (Score 1) 405

by Inoen (#48380159) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How To Unblock Email From My Comcast-Hosted Server?

I know it isn't the answer you're looking for, but i would suggest to move the mail server to Linode or similar.

I have have been through a similar story, trying to avoid being blocked as spam. If you fix this problem, new ones will appear again and again. It just isn't worth the fight IMO.

Moving to the cloud won't solve all your problems, but it will be easier.

Comment: Lack of real competition (Score 1) 544

by Inoen (#47555377) Attached to: Lots Of People Really Want Slideout-Keyboard Phones: Where Are They?
I see this as a result of the fact that telcos in most places are also the biggest/only retailers of handsets. Since the two markets (handsets and connectivity) have merged, the competition in both markets has suffered.
The telcos, who connect phones to the network, promote their services using easily marketable handsets instead of competing on their own merits.
This is a horrible subversion of competition, and it destroys both markets. If handsets were sold by independant vendors, there would be a lot more room for "niche" customers, who like smaller phones, physical keyboards, long battery life or large screens for vision impaired. And if connectivity was sold in its own market, there would be room for subscriptions that don't bleed you dry when abroad, give you good coverage everywhere at a higher price or give you low price, but low coverage etc.

Instead we get just a few "one size fits all" models and subscriptions that favor the only the largest demographics.

Obligatory car analogy: If you want to buy a car, you have to get it from the oil company. Statoil have a good offer on Ford this month, but you can get a Fiat for "free" if you subscribe to BP's monthly refill service. And, of course, the car will not run if you fill it at a competing gas company.

Comment: How do you fight these things? (Score 2) 514

by Inoen (#45904927) Attached to: Weapons Systems That Kill According To Algorithms Are Coming. What To Do?
So, there is a war. One side has robots, the other one doesn't. The guys with robots can claim high accuracy, hardly any losses on their side. Not human losses anyway. The other guys can claim... just about nothing. Sure, they may destroy some robots, but that doesn't really matter. Only human losses matter.

So how do they fight back against an army of robots?

I can only see one way to do it; move the fight away from the battlefield and into the civilian world. Not exactly a desirable outcome for either side.

Comment: Re:Antibiotic Placebo? (Score 5, Insightful) 240

by Inoen (#43243905) Attached to: Most UK GPs Have Prescribed Placebos
A friend of mine is currently in the hospital with a simple infection, that would normally be easily treated with antibiotics. But this one has been resistant to everything they've tried. Worst case, they will have to take off his leg.

I agree; using antibiotics where they aren't needed is despicable.

Comment: Re:Incomprehensive garbage (Score 1) 453

by Inoen (#42511181) Attached to: Why JavaScript Is the New Perl

Perl never ran on any browser.

Actually, i believe it did in one of the early vesions of IE.
Not out of the box, mind you. As far as i recall, IE at the time would run any scripts that could be executed in an interpreter that complied with MS' scripting interface (forgot the name). And there was such an interpreter for perl.

Comment: Re:Perhaps (Score 2) 446

by Inoen (#41765261) Attached to: 72% of Xbox 360 Gamers Approve of "More Military Drone Strikes"

The gamers understand it's unrealistic to expect civilians not to get killed, and the best that you can really do in any war is to not go out of your way to kill them like the Nazi's did.

Last i checked, US was not at war with Pakistan, which is where (according to the summary) there are civilian casualties.

Comment: Re:CPUs/GPUs/SOCs/etc (Score 1) 262

by Inoen (#39472225) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Would Room-Temp Superconductors Affect Us?

Why not go all the way and have a thermal wires in addition to electric wires in the house? Need cooling for an electric appliance? Just plug it into the cold socket. Heat for a cup of coffee? Use the hot socket.

All the heat+cold could be collected in a Stirling engine, or even go all the way back to the power plant for "recycling".

Comment: Use a flash (Score 1) 170

by Inoen (#37892960) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Image Recognition For Race Timing?
A couple of suggestions:

Get a digital camera, that can be triggered externally, with low (and known) latency.
Use a flash. It will 1) eliminate the need for shutter speed and 2) illuminate the scene so the camera can use a small aperture, and not need auto focus.
Use barcodes as identifying symbols - there is plenty of barcode scanning software. Turn it "sideways" if needed for further robustness against motion blur
Print the barcode on a reflective material. Then it could easily be the brightest spot in the photo - easy to identify.

Comment: Re:The pen[cil] is mightier than the sword! (Score 1) 426

by Inoen (#34331298) Attached to: Students Banned From Bringing Pencils To School

Look at Japan! Sure, they have probably the most strict gun control laws of any place -- even police rarely carry guns. But does that stop murders and mayhem? Nope! It just making the killings more gruesome and painful.

The statistics seem to disagree with that statement: (Japan is 3rd from the bottom) (4th from the bottom)

+ - Batteries smaller than a grain of salt

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Lithium-ion batteries have become ubiquitous in today's consumer electronics — powering our laptops, phones, and iPods. Research funded by DARPA is pushing the limits of this technology and trying to create some of the tiniest batteries on Earth, the largest of which would be no bigger than a grain of sand. These tiny energy storage devices could one day be used to power the electronics and mechanical components of tiny micro- to nano-scale devices."

Japanese Researchers Make Plastic Out of Water 117

Posted by timothy
from the what's-kanji-for-boffin? dept.
greenrainbow writes with this excerpt from Inhabit: "The material shown in the picture above is just ice, right? Look again. Elastic water, a new substance invented by researchers at Tokyo University, is a jelly-like substance made up of 95% water along with two grams of clay and a small amount of organic materials. As is, the all-natural substance is perfect for medical procedures, because it's made of water, poses no harm to people, and is perfect for mending tissue. And, if the research team can increase the density of this exciting new substance, it could be used in place of our current oil-based plastics for a host of other things."

Get hold of portable property. -- Charles Dickens, "Great Expectations"