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Comment: easiest vs hardest. (Score 1) 425

by gl4ss (#49144541) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Old PC File Transfer Problem

yeah by far the easiest is just take the harddisk and put it in a ide usb dongle(10$-30$ bucks).

second easiest is to get INTERNET on the machine. it's not that hard or impossible, then just ftp the files over. you need to find a isa network card though. ebay should have plenty of them. also this is the best way if you intend to play some old games or what have you with it.

third easiest, to get a null modem is also doable, the newer machine can use a usb serial dongle. if you don't find a null modem cable it's easy enough to make one from a serial cable. then use some program to transfer the files over that. it's just 20 megs so speed isn't a real problem.

then there's possibilities of using some crap like ooold zipdrives etc. possibly a cdr drive as well but eh good luck with burning on that machine..

Comment: Re:teachers ? (Score 1) 28

by gl4ss (#49137313) Attached to: Interviews: Ask Senior Director Matt Keller About the Global Learning XPRIZE

they're CHEAP in many ways though.

in thailand it's not that uncommon that teacher drinks beer during schoolday - in class.

in semi-developed countries teachers are cheap but sometimes, if not often, not good at all. these are the same places where your grade depends on gifts.

Comment: Re:Breaking news! (Score 1) 148

by gl4ss (#49136901) Attached to: Artificial Intelligence Bests Humans At Classic Arcade Games

a looong while ago.

what do you think the military used the computers first for? I thought that was the joke of the comment.

the thing is though giving it an arbitrary video game. making a robot to play just breakout is very easy, but that it plays breakout after it sees it is not that easy (though breakout is very easy on that scale, paddle follows ball and you get points, not much trial and error involved before you have winning combination(also wasn'tthat done a year or three ago already??)

Comment: Re: Is that really a lot? (Score 1) 274

by gl4ss (#49136793) Attached to: Drones Cost $28,000 Per Arrest, On Average

nearly all of them? not directly of course. and why do you think I gave the leeway of double expenses(6months).

what do you think subcontractors or rentals are getting.
they could make it into a jobs program as well, no biggie.

also, I could see the point of the drone program at 28k per arrest if it was effective at keeping the border shut. but it's not! it's ridiculous that it's not shut with all the resources put into it, it's like they don't even want it to be shut

Comment: Re:Is that really a lot? (Score 3, Interesting) 274

by gl4ss (#49136523) Attached to: Drones Cost $28,000 Per Arrest, On Average

well considering that minimum wage for yearly is something around $22,283 then yeah 28k is a bit expensive. let's say that the employer costs are double what the employee gets.

yes, you could hire guys with motorbikes and have them drive around 6 months to catch one guy per one hired guy EASY.

it's friggin expensive thats what it is. besides, borders aren't that hard to keep. for some reason russia-finnish border keeps people from getting over it illegally very, very tight - and it's wilderness for most part. though russians are very very keen to keep Russians from coming over..

Comment: Re:GTA San Andreas (Score 1) 100

by gl4ss (#49120361) Attached to: Police Use DNA To Generate a Suspect's Face

the article with real vs. made pictures is about the method by some university person, while the police are using a company.

the method MIGHT be the exact same, but is doubtful.

basically what the genome will tell is just ethnicity(color, nose shape etc sterotype stuff really). basically what I'm getting at is that a VERBAL description made from the same information could be more useful - and yeah I'm pretty sure the coppers in case knew already that the dna was a "black male". now we have a sims(1) quality picture to go with that... I mean, fuck, why even include the hair in the picture except as a color marker?

and heck, you know, they couldn't match the face with 50 persons.. 50 is a whole lot smaller than "the world".

There's no sense in being precise when you don't even know what you're talking about. -- John von Neumann