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Comment: Re:Medical doctor (Score 1) 737

by blackest_k (#46737477) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Are You Apocalypse-Useful?

In a post apocayptical world, you would have to have amniesia to not get a working electricity supply back fairly quickly. The obvious renewable is wood and with water that gets you steam which can drive a turbine which drives a generator. Would it really be so hard to ramp up to modern civilisation? Its not like we would have to invent things more reimpliment the things that already have existed in one form or another.

While i happen to have a plc that would run off 12 volts. its basically relay logic anyway so scavange from a few cars and i can automate from that basis. probably the two most important things needed are electricity and refridgearation. computers would be one of the best accelerators of recovery.

Comment: Re:It's a pity (Score 1) 161

by blackest_k (#46641585) Attached to: Canonical Shutting Down Ubuntu One File Services

grive is available as a linux client for the google gdrive. It syncs a folder to the gdrive so you don't have to be on a particular computer/phone/tablet or operating system.

It's pretty useful especially to students, they get network storage in the college but its not really much use to them outside of the college most use unbacked up usb sticks which is fine until they fail...

Comment: Re:Darmok and Jalad at Tanagra (Score 1) 465

typically downed tools and walked off the job.

They put down the tools they were working with and walked off the job.
Or Down tools we're on strike.

usually its some form of strike action followed by up tools and back to work.
in this case they stopped work and walked out.


Comment: Re:Im all for human rights... (Score 1) 1482

by blackest_k (#46633505) Attached to: OKCupid Warns Off Mozilla Firefox Users Over Gay Rights

well your free to do as you please but for mint 16 and probably ubuntu users this snippet may be of interest

You can use this PPA: ... 2-backport. Just open Software Sources from your menu, go to PPA, click Add, and enter this: ppa:dirk-computer42/c42-backport

It gives you iceweasel at version 24 (you can also keep firefox v28 but not run both at the same time).
Personally I think its a reasonable compromise.

Comment: Re:Automobile tires? (Score 1) 400

A lot has changed in 30 years :) though steel is still crystalline:) There has been some increase in knowledge since my day (we used electron microscopes and we liked it) cold drawing of steel takes some force hard to imagine it being done on less than an industrial scale. anyway agreed we're in violent agreement :)

I guess it might be possible to make composite materials by 3d printing in quite complicated forms but generally the strength is never going to match our metals and alloys.

Comment: Re:It is the single most reliable piece of tech (Score 1) 449

by blackest_k (#46613659) Attached to: WSJ: Prepare To Hang Up the Phone — Forever

Trouble is your broadband typically relies on pots to work, cable tv providers don't reach everybody even in cabled area's.

I live in an area where there is never going to be cable tv its uneconomic for them to lay cable this far out. DSL via the phone line is also not possible due to distance from the exchange and 3g barely works.
Cell service is adequate for text messaging but making voice calls is tricky you have to be in precisely the right place for you and the person you are talking too to hear each other.

when it rains the 3g service becomes intermittent. Even the satellite tv broadcaster needs a pots connection to use their broadband option.

Comment: Re:Automobile tires? (Score 1) 400

You cannot 3D print out high tensile strength steel wire, because that strength comes from the orientation of the atom and molecules. That orientation is achieved by drawing it through a die.

no it isn't Steel is an alloy of primarily iron crystals with interstitial carbon atoms which lock the slip plains of the iron crystals. There is a lot more to it than that but making a high tensile steel wire is not like making a rope although it is drawn done through dies. But you are right you will not be 3d printing a high tensile steel wire but not for the reasons you have stated.

Comment: Re:use a user-friendly operating system (Score 1) 266

by blackest_k (#46608855) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How To Handle Unfixed Linux Accessibility Bugs?

Yesterday I was involved in an issue installing reason5 on a mac running maverick
it doesn't work using normal instalation methods.

Later versions version 6 and version 7 do but require more resources and a new licence. There is more than one program on OSX which doesn't work with Maverick.

I did get it working by installing the (3.9GB) demo version of reason 7 it patched the system and while having that open and running I was able to install reason 5 (it overwrote the reason 7 files) a couple of files also had to be copied into the reason folder from the reason5 install disc. However once i'd done this Reason version 5 was installed and running correctly.

So from my experience with OSX I'd have to conclude that it is user friendly except for the times when it isn't.
Much like other operating systems really.

I do wish developers would try to be helpful when their programs crash or fail. Or failing that a program like snoopdos from the Amiga would be wonderful. This program would monitor a program and tell you where it succeeded or failed. The Amiga used shared library files much like .dll files on windows Snoopdos would tell you the version number it was looking for and if it failed it might be something like arp.lib version 1.4 and version 1.3 was installed so it would normally be a matter of finding version 1.4 or later putting that in the libs folder and then the call would succeed. The nice thing about libs was that later versions extended functionality but never removed existing functions. Other calls might be for a particular font to be loaded and you would know that was needed to get the program to work. I know Amiga os is a dinosaur in todays world but they got a few things spot on.


Comment: Re:What the hell is wrong with some people? (Score 1) 266

by blackest_k (#46608781) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How To Handle Unfixed Linux Accessibility Bugs?

Most posts on Slashdot are unhelpful drivel, although some are golden.
How do comments made on slashdot relate to Linux?

Did he mention the system used to work as expected, and now is broken?

I read your comment why wouldn't I have read the summary? but yes it is at the top of the page if you use your page up button you can check for yourself. do you have a UI that allows you to do that? You might consider my reply insulting but look at what you wrote.

If I was a Linux advocate, I'd be ashamed of the community over stupid crap like this situation.

which community? which situation? That a Slashdot story has a lot of crappy comments? That you post flamebait and it gets modded insightful? As a member of the same species as yourself its a sad situation to see posts like yours and the story was overstated. A feature of sticky keys was broken.

from latter posts it appears there is a patch for it, but it appears that it has to be approved and tested by one guy who is overworked, thats not a good situation but perhaps someone who has the knowledge and ability to work on X might step up to help out.


Comment: its not the grade that matters particularly (Score 1) 278

by blackest_k (#46552295) Attached to: Don't Help Your Kids With Their Homework

I guess it depends on the parent but homework seems to something that involves parents with their kids lives you know where they talk to them.

I think that beats sitting in front of the TV and just providing meals and a change of clothes. It also involves the parents with the kids progression through school. Teachers don't really have enough time in a lesson to make sure the kids are actually learning what they are supposed to be learning.

It seems to get worse as the kids get older, teachers tend to become baby sitters rather than educators. Its great when you find a teacher who manages to raise an interest in their subject for a kid but we all pretty much know which teachers educated us and which were in the same room for a year or two.

I really don't get on with these studies that try to say homework is worthless it isn't and just gives parents an excuse not to spend time with their kids.

Comment: Re:The Internet Changes Everything (Score 1) 260

by blackest_k (#46497231) Attached to: The Era of Facebook Is an Anomaly

I think you forgot about the 1% or so of useful information from our friends and family, that is the reason for having a facebook account, but the internet is not facebook, most people I know don't use slashdot for example but slashdot does cater to some of my interests. Soylentnews is now overlapping quite nicely with slashdot similar subjects but a lot less spammy trolls. It's probably not going to stay that way.

There are quite a few other sites I use as well such as photography sites , gardening sites and others ebay is useful to me for buying relatively obscure items that are not available locally. there are local market place sites to use as well for example is good for finding cars in ireland can be a handy place to find items locally.

So honestly facebook is just a feed to me of things i might actually care about and a lot i don't. I don't think i am unusual in using it that way. The instant messaging side of facebook is also handy when there is something i want to talk about with a particular person.

I honestly don't believe facebook has what it thinks it has, because most of the stuff that matters to people is not done on facebook and g+ is a complete failure because it doesn't provide anything that is of any use. one feed of mostly useless crap is enough.

Comment: Re:I hope they get things sorted out before July (Score 1) 149

by blackest_k (#46490921) Attached to: Hungarian Law Says Photogs Must Ask Permission To Take Pictures

That might be the case, I've seen conditions that say something like by entering the event you are concenting to be filmed ect. This was for a rock concert in the uk at sheffield arena. This was posted at every entrance into the place. I would imagine it would be part of the terms and conditions of tickets for the Hungarian GP.

Incidentally a lot of places require you to have public liability cover of several million as a photographer or you will not get access. which kind of makes sense even if most of the time its never needed. (was a case of a photographer stepping back knocked into an old lady who went over and cracked her skull freak accident but it was worth his premium) Track side photography has even higher insurance requirements.

This new law in Hungary is ripe for abuse, never again can compromising pictures of politicians and celebrities be taken.

On the otherhand you could argue that there are some times it would be better for people involved if there was no picture. On thursday i was on my way home and came upon a car on its roof that had just crashed, I stopped and helped unfortunately one lad died later at the scene. There are photo's of the car on several news websites and it feels quite raw seeing it there just for me and it must be worse for the families of the kids that were in that crash. Feels a lot different when you crawled in through the window and found it impossible to do anything to help the kid trapped inside. does there need to be a picture?

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