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Comment Stop the non-sense. (Score 2) 218

What they really need is scientific and strategic thinking on how to take their life ahead, manage the village life, their farms more modern and productive, etc. in a smart way, etc. Simply throwing computers and computer education around without first giving them the fundamentals does not help at all. It just adds to the problem.

That said there are many ideas:

Write or install software where they can create friendly quiz for each other on various topics.
Teach them how to draw graphs and interpret them.
How to use maps.
If there is internet in a far away school, let the children interact with each other over Video Chat once in a month with proper agenda on discussing something important.
Really, there is no limit to how they can use computers to make their life more interesting and better , all limited by imagination.

Comment Re:Needs to be Linux? (Score 1) 212

> "...Doggie would help. ...

And yes, they bark really loud.


Not at all an expert in this field, but I think your post leads to a good idea. And the following is a braindump of my ideas.
If you are really bent on doing custom Linux based stuff, use your power of customization.
Instead of a standard siren sound, add fake Dog barks, Police sirens, etc. and place speakers strategically for best realistic effect.
Make sure the recording(and playback) is in stereo and is long enough that it convinces the miscreants it is a real dog/siren.

Add triggers to fake police car flashing lights in strategic places.
Also add a trigger to call *your* cellphone.
Depending on the type of neighborhood, also add fake gunshot sounds?

Think psychology and plan first. Plan technology next.
Add timers and fake the lights, fake television sound/ vacuum sound in the house if you are away to make them feel someone is still at home.

Add fake cameras in visible areas complete with fake wiring and red "active" LED. Keep the real cameras hidden. If you are a total DIY type, trigger the door and windows to automatically close and lock back after 40 seconds. I know it is silly, but the scare it gives them will be worth it? Psychology expert advice needed on that.

Add weight sensors below your matting. This could trigger the cameras immediately and send you the photo over whatsapp/hangout/custom app, etc.

Minimum 2 of everything:

2 different controllers cum DVRs located in 2 different places in the house, connected to 2 different cloud services. through 2 different ISP of which 1 is wired the other wireless 3g/4g Internet connection. Both must have battery backup.

Comment America is not the world. (Score 1) 45

Dear American Slashdot (and other) reporters,

When you talk about stuff specifically related to America, please do mention that it is American. There are slashdot readers from rest of the world too.
For example: This summary talked about "The Navy" . Nowhere in the summary is it mentioned as "The *US* Navy". I had to go RTFA before I realized that! I have come across this "frog in the well" syndromes in many other summaries problem before too. It makes Americans look bad

Thanks and regards,

Submission + - SPAM: No test, no treatment 7-year-old Diya dies in hospital

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Submission + - After a Five Year Delay, Snort 3.0 is Back in Development (eweek.com)

darthcamaro writes: The world's most popular open-source Intrusion Prevention System (IPS) has long been Snort, but it has been a while since there has been a major upgrade. Back in 2009 an effort started to build a Snort 3.0 but it got shelved. This week, Cisco announced that Snort 3.0 is now in development and it will bring a new policy language engine and a new command line shell.

"The user-friendliness features, for example, might enable users to build a programmatic interface for Snort, so when you run it, it can ask the user what class of attacks to look for," Marty Roesch, Snort founder said

Submission + - Sony Reportedly is Using Cyber-Attacks to Keep Leaked Files From Spreading

HughPickens.com writes: Lily Hay Newman reports at Slate that Sony is counterhacking to keep its leaked files from spreading across torrent sites. According to Recode, Sony is using hundreds of computers in Asia to execute a denial of service attack on sites where its pilfered data is available, according to two people with direct knowledge of the matter. Sony used a similar approach in the early 2000s working with an anti-piracy firm called MediaDefender, when illegal file sharing exploded. The firm populated file-sharing networks with decoy files labeled with the names of such popular movies as “Spider-Man,” to entice users to spend hours downloading an empty file. "Using counterattacks to contain leaks and deal with malicious hackers has been gaining legitimacy," writes Newman. "Some cybersecurity experts even feel that the Second Amendment can be interpreted as applying to 'cyber arms'.”

Comment Meditation, other problems, other languages, etc. (Score 1) 223

Compiled from other's

Do meditation,
Try to understand the world in different perspective.
Try solving totally different types of problems.
Try learning a new human language.
Practical discipline. *Practical*
These things will add different new patterns for your mind which will help you do better when you come back.

Submission + - India enters its deep space exploration era successfully (bbc.com)

rahultyagi writes: With Mangalyaan (Mars Orbiter Mission) successfully completing the final stage of its voyage to the red planet, ISRO — Indian Space Research Organization — now joins the US, Russian and European space agencies in a small club of deep space exploration capable entities. Entering Martian orbit just 2 days after NASA's MAVEN, Mangalyaan cost only about a tenth of the cost, thus demonstrating India's capability to successfully complete space missions at highly competitive costs to exploit the fast expanding space industry.

Submission + - Mangalyaan successfully put into Mars orbit

knwny writes: India's Mars satellite Mangalyaan was successfully placed into orbit around Mars early on Wednesday following a 10-month journey from Earth. India thus joins the U.S., the European Space Agency and the former Soviet Union in having successfully completed a Mars mission. It is however the only one to have done so on the first attempt. Headed by the Indian space agency ISRO, Mangalyaan was made in 15 months at a cost of just around 70 million USD crore — the cheapest inter-planetary mission ever to be undertaken.

Submission + - Obama Presses China on Global Warming

HughPickens.com writes: The NYT reports that President Obama spoke at the United Nations Climate Change Summit and challenged China to make the same effort to reduce its greenhouse-gas emissions and join a worldwide campaign to curb global warming. Obama's words were directly focused on putting the onus on China, an essential partner of the United States if a global climate treaty is to be negotiated by 2015. The United States and China bear a “special responsibility to lead,” said Obama, “That’s what big nations have to do.” The United States, Obama said, would meet a pledge to reduce its carbon emissions by 17 percent, from 2005 levels, by 2020 — a goal that is in large part expected to be met through proposed EPA regulation.

There were indications that China might be ready with its own plan, although many experts say they will be skeptical until Chinese officials reveal the details. A senior Chinese official said his country would try to reach a peak level of carbon emissions “as early as possible.” That suggested that the Chinese government, struggling with air pollution so extreme that it has threatened economic growth, regularly kept millions of children indoors and ignited street protests, was determined to show faster progress in curbing emissions. In recent years, the Chinese government has sent other signals about addressing carbon pollution, some of them encouraging to environmental experts. “Five years ago, it was almost unimaginable to discuss China putting a cap on carbon, but now that is happening,” said Lo Sze Ping, chief executive officer of the World Wildlife Fund’s office in Beijing. “Chinese leaders have seen that it is imperative to move toward a low-carbon economy.”

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