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Comment: Lobby to have some tickets issued (Score 1) 474

by Phoinix (#41501647) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Hacking Urban Noise?
There are detailed laws for the sound level from cars. If you have the connections a cop can issue some tickets on that specific corner; otherwise, you can lobby for an automated system similar to speed cameras. It will bring lots of money to the municipality and improve the neighborhood. You will not be able to do anything about ambulances, police cars and firetrucks.

Comment: Re: should be a story on abandoning Firefox (Score 0) 364

by Phoinix (#38899985) Attached to: Firefox 10 Released
It became a hassle to have to deal with addon incompatibility that I removed it when they updated to version 8. Opera works much better on mobile platforms anyway. On my PC I stopped updating it for the addon issues too. I had to hack the addons every time specially Aardvark, and it is a hassle when you have it on several PCs including coworkers and friends. The story should be how many people are planning to leave or left Firefox for Chrome, Opera or other browsers due to the annoying version issue...

Comment: Unfortunately Fundementalists are (Score 1) 105

by Phoinix (#38082720) Attached to: Syrian Protesters Roll Out New iPhone Apps
still the driving force in that revolution. These apps will also be used by fundamentalists in that movement.

For the record I despise the Assad dictatorship ( who wouldn't unless you are the dictator :P ), and I wish the Syrian people a true democracy and not another dictatorship or another Iran-like Theocracy (a sunni one). Most of the people running the show in the Syrian revolution have fundamentalist and pro Al-Qaedah positions. This was seen in many sectarian and extremest speeches by Mosk Imams in Daraa and other cities and is also seen in some of the pro-revolution demonstrators. Even though the Arab media moronically tries to hide these facts and images (picture below shows Bin-Laden and Hamas founder), foreign governments have people on the ground and know these facts. Rarely seen image of a demonstration in Tripoli-Lebanon by the so called Future movement (Harriri group who are for some reason still supported by the US gov):
The PDF file(s) of the corresponding article (article in Arabic):

It is unfortunate that in-spite of all the wars (and civil wars) in that region no one accepts the principle of separation of religion and state except dictatorship regimes!

These are just few facts worth knowing.

Comment: Re:Maybe not. (Score 1) 596

by Phoinix (#27215107) Attached to: What to Fight Over After Megapixels?
The performance of the mid range professional DSLR was a bit disappointing for me from the performace in low light to their AF system. One interesting new variable is MP/cm pixel density. DSLRs (~ 2 MP/cm), higher end point and shoot digital camera's (~ 20 MP/cm) and range-finder cameras (~ 2 MP/cm) have a lower density than the cheaper cameras.

The new Leica S2 is an interesting leap with a 37.5 megapixel CCD, a larger sensor (56% larger than 35mm full-frame).

With higher MP, you will need higher optics or switch to medium format cameras.

At the source of every error which is blamed on the computer you will find at least two human errors, including the error of blaming it on the computer.