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Comment: Re:lolwut (Score 2) 205

It will never happen anyway. The German Railway Company is even unable to keep the air conditioning working in summer nor the heating in winter, much less such a sophisticated advertisement method. It's a running joke that ain't funny anymore, because it happens every fucking year.

Though to be fair, they do occasionally manage to have the heating running on full power in the summer and the air conditioning in the middle of winter...

Comment: Re:What does it include? (Score 2) 219

by Kam Solusar (#42083083) Attached to: LiMux Project Has Saved Munich €10m So Far

I'd like to see what that includes on the labour side. I've seen proposals before showing massive savings in software purchases but it didn't account for anything else such as expert labour, training for the staff and the headaches and inefiencies that come with changing users world.

RTFA: "Costs that are not related to the operating system, such as staff and training costs, were identically listed at around €22 million (£17 million) in all three scenarios. Overall, the project says that Windows and Microsoft Office would have cost just over €34 million (£27 million), while Windows with Open Office would have cost about €30 million (£24 million). The LiMux scenario, on the other hand, has reportedly cost less than €23 million (£18 million)."

Hardware Hacking

Researchers Turn Home Wi-Fi Router Into Spy Device 108

Posted by Unknown Lamer
from the no-warrant-required dept.
hypnosec writes "Researchers at University College of London have applied principles of radar used in defense and designed a detector using home based Wi-Fi routers to spy on people across walls. Using the principles behind the Doppler effect ... Karl Woodbridge and Kevin Chetty, at University College London, have built a prototype unit that uses Wi-Fi signals and recognizes frequency changes to detect moving objects. The size of the prototype unit is more or less the size of a suitcase. The unit contains a radio receiver comprising of two antennas and a signal-processing unit. The duo carried out test runs and ... they managed to determine a person's location, speed, and direction (even through a one foot thick brick wall). The device could be used to spot intruders, monitor children or the elderly, and could even be used in military applications."

Comment: Re:Aside from the games' rules themselves... (Score 1) 93

by Kam Solusar (#40726317) Attached to: Kids Still Playing <em>Pokemon</em> Like It's 1999

Chess will never be solved in a meaningful way. Sure, it may be solved for computers, but I don't need to play against computers, and the solution will be too complex for humans to memorize.

At least with the current state of technology. But wait a few decades and maybe we will all be running around with cyborg enhancements. Won't be quite as much fun if the other player has a more powerful chip in his brain.

Comment: Re:worrying use of extraditionb laws (Score 1) 94

by Kam Solusar (#40440967) Attached to: Jimmy Wales Calls UK Government To Halt O'Dwyer Extradition

So, should a US-hosted site that (amongst other things) sells Nazi memorabilia, have its operators extradited to Germany? Etc.

I think we already have enough problems with (Neo-)Nazis and right-wing extremists as is in Germany. I don't think German law enforcement agencies are too keen on importing even more of them from other countries...

Somebody's terminal is dropping bits. I found a pile of them over in the corner.