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Comment Re:That's a smidge under 4" for the entire state (Score 1) 330

Off topic but thanks to open pipes in between different minded individuals. 15 years of linux in an international biz and I had never heard of units.

$ rpm -qi units (edited)
Name : units
Summary : A utility for converting amounts from one unit to another

I do live in the SF bay area and it feels likes most of the rain gets immediately back to the sea. Clearly we have not reached 97 rainfalls yet, when the water went over the levies in the Sac delta IIRC. In a pile of subjective opinions, it is nice to find a rose.

Submission Stanford bioengineers develop "Neurocore" chips 9,000 times faster than a PC

kelk1 writes: From the Stanford News Service:

Stanford bioengineers have developed faster, more energy-efficient microchips based on the human brain – 9,000 times faster and using significantly less power than a typical PC. This offers greater possibilities for advances in robotics and a new way of understanding the brain. For instance, a chip as fast and efficient as the human brain could drive prosthetic limbs with the speed and complexity of our own actions.

Boahen and his team have developed Neurogrid, a circuit board consisting of 16 custom-designed "Neurocore" chips. Together these 16 chips can simulate 1 million neurons and billions of synaptic connections. The team designed these chips with power efficiency in mind. (...) The result was Neurogrid – a device about the size of an iPad that can simulate orders of magnitude more neurons and synapses than other brain mimics on the power it takes to run a tablet computer.

But much work lies ahead. Each of the current million-neuron Neurogrid circuit boards cost about $40,000. (...) Neurogrid is based on 16 Neurocores, each of which supports 65,536 neurons. Those chips were made using 15-year-old fabrication technologies. By switching to modern manufacturing processes and fabricating the chips in large volumes, he could cut a Neurocore's cost 100-fold – suggesting a million-neuron board for $400 a copy. With that cheaper hardware and compiler software to make it easy to configure, these neuromorphic systems could find numerous applications.

Submission No https on /.? 2

kelk1 writes: I am pretty sure used to exist, but even logged into my account, I cannot find any way to get encryption to and from the site.

Ah! Hold on, submissions are at, but despite https everywhere being enabled on my browser, all the other urls were http.

Am I wrong to think https would be preferable, at least once I am logged in? I am tired of being scanned, monitored, analyzed, prodded from everywhere through anywhere.

Submission A pizza that stays fresh for three years

kelk1 writes: The AP reports that the US military may near the Holy Grail: a pizza that stays fresh for three years, on the counter and without refrigeration.

"How does it taste?"

"It pretty much tastes just like a typical pan pizza that you would make at home and take out of the oven or the toaster oven. The only thing missing from that experience would be it's not hot when you eat it. It's room temperature."

Not sure about the soldiers, but I guess that this would also be big news for the /. crowd.

Submission Slashdot forces a beta site by default

kelk1 writes: As a poor submitter found out (, Slashdot ( suddenly forced a preview of its beta site without any warning on all its viewers.

Judging by the comments, the feedback was immediate and clearly negative.

I cannot speak for the forum moderation side, but my reaction to the front page was an knee jerk: "Oh no!, not another portal full of noise I cannot speed-read through." Text and hyperlinks are what we need, please, and as little graphics as possible. Think lynx, thank you.

Comment Re:Use Google-like monopolies to your advantage (Score 1) 174

On Android, you can use the AdAway application from unrooted. It uses a proxy and work pretty well.

From both the app website ( and F-Droid (, this statement seems incorrect.

"Requires root: Yes. The hosts files is located in /system which is normally read-only."

Submission Milky Way is Surrounded by Halo of Hot Gas->

kelk1 writes: If the size and mass of this gas halo is confirmed, it also could be an explanation for what is known as the "missing baryon" problem for the galaxy [...] a census of the baryons present in stars and gas in our galaxy and nearby galaxies shows at least half the baryons are unaccounted for [...] Although there are uncertainties, the work by Gupta and colleagues provides the best evidence yet that the galaxy's missing baryons have been hiding in a halo of million-kelvin gas that envelopes the galaxy.
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Comment $232.49/month for phone-tv-internet is not enough? (Score 1) 329

xfinity bundled (digital premier) services 209.95 additional xfinity internet services (modem) 7.00 additional xfinity voice services (mandatory taxes) 1.60 service protection plan 2.99 taxes, surcharges and fees 10.95 It is my only possible internet provider, and the only shows I occasionally watch are on these premier channels satturated with crappy soft porn. Seriously, that is a lot of money to get internet and occasionally watch a football or a tennis game. $10 for 50GB really is a rip-off at this point.
Only because they have a monopoly can they charge this much for their services _and_ the upload speed is still capped at a 100KB when I am lucky, so forget hosting anything.
Only positive point: customer service has improved a lot in the last 5,6 years.
I tried AT&T, but their service is the worst I have ever experienced, from cell phones data to dsl.
Sometimes I really wish I could teleport to Seoul...

Comment Free E-Mail for life (Score 1) 202

That is what they promised, and why I signed up for Hotmail. It was free, it was great, it was _independent_.

It was 1995. I knew I would physically move within the global village, and I needed a permanent address. Microsoft very quickly bought this successful idea, crippled it but did not, to its credit and my surprise, completely kill it. My addresses are still valid, I still use them, and among the international spam, I can still receive messages from my friends.

Comcast offers a miserable storage space for a maximum fee and arbitrarily bounces emails when they do not come from the same zip code. Notifiying the recipient is obviously beyond their ability. That is true, they could do even worse and drop the messages altogether and never notify the sender either.

That being said. It did hurt me hard when Hotmail was acquired by the Evil Empire. MSN is as much as I can take today. If I have to see Microsoft in full letters, I'll puke my last ties with it and a long gone global, free internet. I'll just set some email server at home.

Without the OSS move, internet would have been a very sad story. I knew from the start that corporations would very quickly try to clog and profit from the communication pipes. Thanks to free OSes, nobody but old farts or young idiots has to use hot or g or rocket or whatever mail.

RIP Hotmail, and big thanks to the original creators.

If it's worth hacking on well, it's worth hacking on for money.