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Comment: Re:Google on the way down? (Score 2) 149

by Ogi_UnixNut (#49086759) Attached to: Google Faces Anti-Trust Probe In Russia Over Android

You could have argued that they may have existed in the beginning, but once Google did an IPO, that was the end of it.

Then again, if I remember correctly, Google never said their official motto was "Do no evil", but that was more like a goal they aspire to.

Amazing how an IPO can make all such aspirations vanish overnight, eh? :-)

Comment: Re:Is it just me? (Score 1) 330

by Ogi_UnixNut (#49048877) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Affordable Large HD/UHD/4K "Stupid" Screens?

Porsche 944 (although the 914 family is also good, you can fit 911 engines in those).

Because they are front engined and watercooled, purists don't see them as "pure Porsche's", so they don't have a huge markup like the classic 911's.

Still plenty fast though, derived from the 924GTP Lemans racer, so a good base to improve from, if tuning is your thing.

They were the most popular Porsche of the 80's. Hundreds of thousands were made, so to this day there are parts all over the place. Plus as they are heavily tuned and raced, all sorts of third-party performance parts suppliers are available.

Comment: Re:Is it just me? (Score 1) 330

by Ogi_UnixNut (#49041417) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Affordable Large HD/UHD/4K "Stupid" Screens?

Well, why don't you buy a 20-30 year old car then? I mean, I fully agree with you on all counts, as a software/computer guy, I know that there are some places where shoving in a computer is not a solution (I find people who don't fully understand computers, and see them as magical black boxes, are mostly guilty of this).

As such, I went out and got myself a car from 1982. Simple, fast enough to be fun (due to being really light compared to modern cars, it actually ends up being faster then them, despite being low in the power department) and really easy to fix.

I mean, seriously simple to maintain. As it was built mostly by people rather than robots, it was designed to be easy for a human to take apart and put together. Also, second hand parts are really cheap. Additionally, I can see that within 5-10 years, most of the parts (apart from the drive train) could be made on a decent spec 3D printer. I find 30 years is roughly the gap between what is "state of the art" and what can be done by an enthusiast in his shed.

There is one piece of computing in it though, which is the ECU, but being 30+ years old, and based on the 8051 uC, it has been reverse engineered multiple times, and could probably be reimplemented on a raspberry pi if push came to shove.

Comment: Re: You know, im fine with a car that doesnt have (Score 1) 83

Not originally. Originally ABS was all mechanical. Nowadays they have a ECU fo do a "better job" at it (things like detecting slippage/lock on a per wheel basis).

And even then, if the ABS electrics fail, you still have full brake power, just no anti-lock. So even then, there is no "CPU between the brake pedal and the brakes". At least on every car pre 2005 (I stay away from any car that is newer, so I don't know about new ones, but I would be amazed if the brakes are fly-by-wire even now)

Comment: Re:MSFT ON BSD! (Score 1) 175

by Ogi_UnixNut (#48943235) Attached to: Microsoft Launches Outlook For Android and iOS

Paaah, real nerds didn't get invited to parties :-) We just hung out on online chat for our entire lives, arguing! :-P

Well, the result of this particular multi-year long argument was that "GNU" was dropped, and everyone (bar RMS) called it "Linux".

I was always in the "GNU/Linux" camp, because the two projects, while complimentary, were not bound for eternity. You could just as easily have GNU/Hurd or GNU/kBSD, or as we have now, "Android/Linux".

It is funny that it has taken this many years for the lack of distinction of what exactly people think "Linux" is to rear its head. The main argument of the opposing camp was that "Everyone knows what Linux is, no need to make it longer with GNU in front".

As for Picard vs Kirk, I think resurrecting one ancient flamewar is enough for today :-)

Comment: Re:MSFT ON BSD! (Score 2, Informative) 175

by Ogi_UnixNut (#48938891) Attached to: Microsoft Launches Outlook For Android and iOS

If you really want to be pedantic. Android is Linux, but it isn't GNU/Linux. Android uses the Linux kernel, but had its own userspace structure on top of it, which is not compatible with GNU/Linux (hence you have to specifically (re)write apps to run on Android).

I guess it should be called Android/Linux, and the "normal" Linux we know on our PC's is GNU/Linux. The one time where there is a real-world reason for having these things spelt out in full (there used to be a large argument about naming conventions of Linux a few years ago. Whether it was important to have the "GNU" bit at the front).

Comment: Re:Can someone explainn (Score 3, Interesting) 165

Ok, I'll give it a go:

Drones are better than high power telescopes because... you don't need line of sight. A Drone can go over hedges/bushes/walls, or round corners. Things that would render a telescope useless. Drones can also theoretically go inside buildings.

Also, if you spot someone watching you with the telescope, you can see who is doing it (just look back at them with your own optics). The drone operator could be inside a building, or someone over the internet. You could not easily work out who was the operator just by looking at the drone itself.

(on the flip side, people are less likely to notice someone 500m away with a telescope than a drone buzzing above you).

Drones are not better than mortars, but they make for very good artillery spotters, giving you GPS co-ords to calculate trajectory for your target, again without the target risking finding out who is behind it.

Comment: Re:Cool, but not as cool as the N9 series... (Score 2) 60

I feel the same way, which is why I'm looking at the Neo900 project with hope. The way things are going they might actually pull it off, and I will have my n900 replacement.

No modern phone, even with a bluetooth keyboard, comes close to what the n900 could do, and how easy it was to modify, tweak and bend to your will, I miss it :-(

Comment: Re:Feed 8 million GI, what about USSR? (Score 1) 250

by Ogi_UnixNut (#48651955) Attached to: The Magic of Pallets

They did it the same way the Nazis did when they pushed in, via the railways. Railways stretched all the way across Europe. When there was no rail, it was done with trucks. To this day Russian rail network is a different gauge from the rest of Europe, to prevent an enemy easily moving troops and equipment into Russian territory.

Russia is first and foremost a land power, unlike the UK (and then the US) which are maritime powers, and would do a lot of logistics via ships, ports, etc...

Comment: Re:Under US Jurisdiction? (Score 1) 281

Grey beards? So what of us who remember them as Before the great rebrand?

Fossils... right? :-)

But yeah, on the topic, I go out of my way now to not store data on US servers, nor do business with US based companies. It is rather hard in the IT world, but slowly and steadily I'm making progress on it.

Comment: Re:Unsustainable business model (Score 2) 59

by Ogi_UnixNut (#48559797) Attached to: Royal Mail Pilots 3D Printing Service

I don't know, it sounds somewhat interesting for me. You see, In London, space is expensive. I barely have the space in my tiny flat for a desk, bed and TV. Even having the computers on overnight is annoying because I can hear the fans when I try to sleep.

Much as I would like a 3D printer, I don't have the space for it. Nor could I deal with the noise (and most likely smell) while it spends hours printing.

The only hackerspace is clear across the city for me, so it isn't really convenient to go there to use their 3D printer. The idea that I can send a STL file to Royal mail, and get the printed part back in the mail after a week or so is actually not a bad idea. Especially if (due to their ability to have larger capital expendeture) they go for one of the proper 3D printers, that are normally out of reach of mortals.

We have to see what they come up with, and if it would suit my needs, but the idea ain't that far fetched.

An inclined plane is a slope up. -- Willard Espy, "An Almanac of Words at Play"