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Comment: Re:Is there an open-source alternative? (Score 1) 69

by Phil Hands (#44313009) Attached to: BitTorrent Sync Beta Released

git-annex (and git-annex assistant for those that don't like CLI):

    https://git-annex.branchable.com/assistant/
    https://git-annex.branchable.com/

does lots more than just sync you files, and can do that with proper encryption (GPG) to a load of cloud providers, or to your own servers, or without needing a server at all. I could go on, but it would be better to just follow the links.

+ - Rhombus Tech A10 EOMA-68 CPU Card schematics completed->

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lkcl writes "Rhombus Tech's first CPU Card is nearing completion and availability: the schematics have been completed by Wits-Tech. Although it appears strange to be using a 1ghz Cortex A8 for the first CPU Card, not only is the mass-volume price of the A10 lower than other offerings; not only does the A10 classify as "good enough" (in combination with 1gb of RAM); but Allwinner Tech is one of the very rare China-based SoC companies willing to collaborate with Software (Libre) developers without an enforced (GPL-violating) NDA in place. Overall, it's the very first step in the right direction for collaboration between Software (Libre) developers and mass-volume PRC Factories. There will be more (faster, better) EOMA-68 CPU Cards: this one is just the first."
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Comment: Let's just blacklist all these stupid new TLDs (Score 1) 116

by Phil Hands (#40312411) Attached to: ICANN Reveals New TLD Application List

It strikes me that I'm extremely unlikely to be interested in domains below many (or any) of the listed TLDs (having glanced down the list) so why not teach the silly sods a lesson by blackisting them in bind by default, and thus make ICANN get the blame they deserve for peddling this nonsense.

Comment: Daily Mail is moronic (Score 5, Insightful) 116

by Phil Hands (#34789418) Attached to: BBC Astronomer Misses Meteor During Live Show

The last time I had the misfortune to have my brain polluted by a Daily Mail story was when sitting bored in a physio's waiting room.

Flipping the rag open at random, I see a headline something like:

    87% of Britons now members of a persecuted minority

this little nugget of wisdom had apparently been assembled by taking the percentages of various "minorities" and adding them all together.

The groups included:

    51% Women

*cough* minority?

and then:

    12% Single Mothers

[SubEd Are you sure we can simply add that number to the Women?] [Ed: yeah, no problem]

Comment: make 4 kids share 1, and they teach themselves (Score 2, Interesting) 152

by Phil Hands (#34035288) Attached to: Some Aussie High Schools Moving To Two Devices Per Child

as proven by Sugata Mitra (of Hole in the Wall project fame), if you get rid of the teachers and provide one computer per 4 children, and let the kids collaborate, they teach one another

http://www.ted.com/talks/sugata_mitra_the_child_driven_education.html

The quote from Arthur C Clark is particularly telling: Any teacher that can be replaced by a computer should be replaced by a computer.

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+ - Kilogram prototype mysteriously loses weight

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mernil
mernil writes "The 118-year-old cylinder that is the international prototype for the metric mass, kept tightly under lock and key outside Paris, is mysteriously losing weight — if ever so slightly. Physicist Richard Davis of the International Bureau of Weights and Measures in Sevres, southwest of Paris, says the reference kilo appears to have lost 50 micrograms compared with the average of dozens of copies. "The mystery is that they were all made of the same material, and many were made at the same time and kept under the same conditions, and yet the masses among them are slowly drifting apart," he said. "We don't really have a good hypothesis for it.""

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