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Comment: Re:Political/Moral (Score 4, Interesting) 305

by ozmanjusri (#47356811) Attached to: How Often Do Economists Commit Misconduct?

I knew the shit would hit the fan. All those experts are either complete, utter fools - or they were outright lying to all of us!

They were lying.

Like many aspects of the DotCom bubble before it, the housing bubble was thoroughly well understood and predicted by pretty much every observer (and discussed as such by those with integrity). The only people who said otherwise were those who were participating for their own benefit, and who well understood the risk to themselves of prematurely bursting their giant Ponzi scheme.

Similar liars will crawl out of the woodwork to pump up the next bubble too, I'm sure.

Comment: Re:try it in a VM? (Score 1) 176

by ozmanjusri (#47329853) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Is It Feasible To Revive an Old Linux PC Setup?

I have a machine of a similar vintage running an age-old copy of RHEL. I keep it, but the chances of me firing it up are slim to none, because I can fire up VMWare Workstation with an older OS release.

I still have an Intergraph TDZ 2000 workstation that I used for 3D/video editing back in the late '90s. It cost around $15,000 new, with dual PII 300MHz CPUs, 256MB RAM and dual 80GB 10,000rpm SCSI drives in RAID 0. It's still set up to dual boot NT4 and Debian 2.2, and I occasionally fire it up (if only to to remind myself what it was like to hear the jet-engine whine as those those drives spool up to speed).

It still feels very responsive with that old OS/software combination, so an old version of Linux on a cheap SBC should perform well enough. It will need to be an x86 based box to run OP's software though, so the (ARM based) Raspberry PI is out. Some of the Vortex86 based kits could be worth trying, though I suspect they'd fall over on driver support. They can be had for less than $40, and can run contemporary Linux so worth trying just for the fun of it. It's hard to say how well it would cope with drivers though

Comment: Re:What a joke. (Score -1, Troll) 625

by ozmanjusri (#47227623) Attached to: EU's Top Court May Define Obesity As a Disability

In the olden days, they'd round them all up, lock them in a barn and set it on fire.

Or harpoon them from ships and render their blubber for oil.

If the Europeans were sensible, they'd erect statues of Cap'n Ahab in every capital city, legalize chubby-hunting as a sustainable biofuel harvesting method, and watch with glee as a combination of terror fueled adrenaline and frantic waddling from danger shrunk the waistlines of all but the most irredeemable behemoths to non-disabling proportions. Better still, if manufacturers fitted the harpoons to cars, I have no doubt that the average Citroen, Peugeot, Fiat or small VW could be run for several weeks on the fruits of just one venture onto the streets of Brussels or any other large European city.

Citizens of the world, start petitions, start lobby groups. This needs to happen now, to save our environment and improve the scenery in our streets and supermarkets..

Comment: Re:Salae logic (Score 1) 172

by ozmanjusri (#47226491) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: PC-Based Oscilloscopes On a Microbudget?

Since the OP asked in parentheses for spectrum analyser suggestions, he seems to be interested in cheap measurement instruments in general.

The best option for students needing cheap and versatile measuring equipment. would be the Red Pitaya.

It's not as cheap as OP wants, but it's a far better learning tool than a half-assed knock off.

+ - Supermarket chain Woolworths ditches Microsoft for Google's Chrome OS->

Submitted by ozmanjusri
ozmanjusri (601766) writes "In what is believed to be the largest such deployment in the world, the Australian supermarket chain Woolworths will begin rolling out 8000 Google Chrome OS devices to replace Microsoft Windows desktop computers in the second half of this year.

Woolworths program director Deon Ludick told The Australian newspaper that they would be replacing a large part of their PC desktop fleet with Chrome OS devices from a number of providers. The company is expected to reveal more details in the coming weeks.

Gartner research director Gunnar Berger said one of the biggest advantages to this approach was that Chrome OS was extremely secure — Google has an ongoing competition that pays large rewards to anyone able to hack the device via the browser. Analysts have said the Chromebook segment was the fastest-growing part of the mobile PC market last year, mainly in North America and in some emerging and mature Asia-Pacific countries such as Malaysia and Australia."

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+ - The Only Way Apple Can Save iTunes Is To Bring It To The Web->

Submitted by redletterdave
redletterdave (2493036) writes "The mother of media players, iTunes is still the central hub for sending multimedia content to any Apple device you might own, be it an iPhone, iPad, or Mac. But as Apple attempts to integrate its software and services in OS X Yosemite and iOS 8, iTunes is perhaps the one major piece of the puzzle that’s still left behind."
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Comment: Re:so apple and samsung should just research it al (Score 1) 131

Granted I'm not a plow engineer so I really don't know everything that goes into one, but how complicated can one plow really be...

Complicated enough...

Following an initial trial, Richard, then in business with Clarence at Kalkabury (Arthurton) on Yorke Peninsula, exhibited two prize-winning versions of a stone- and stump-jumping plough at the agricultural show at Moonta in November 1876. The Farmers' Weekly Messenger accurately forecast that Smith's invention had the potential to 'cause a complete revolution in tilling uncleared land'. The mechanism allowed the shares to glide over stumps which otherwise required grubbing, a laborious and costly process. He failed, however, adequately to secure his rights under the Patents Act of 1877 and prosperity eluded him.

Of course, if he invented it today, he and his descendants would have prosperity guaranteed for as long as they could buy lawmakers...

Comment: Re:Welcome to your new walled garden (Score 4, Informative) 225

by ozmanjusri (#47104941) Attached to: Google Starts Blocking Extensions Not In the Chrome Web Store

No fucking thanks indeed!

Or you could just not use Windows.

And if that's not an option, you could use the dev channel version of Chrome to sideload anything you want. Or use Chromium instead. You're not locked into the App store unless you want to be,

Look, you can spin it any way you want, but his is pretty obviously a step to protect non-technical Chrome users from malware. It's not aimed at people who have the know-how to manage their own plugins/apps.

Comment: Re:What could go wrong? (Score 1) 174

by ozmanjusri (#47096541) Attached to: Report: Apple To Unveil "Smart Home" System

Why would Apple be interested in grabbing your data? They're the only one of the major tech companies which have so far shown no interest at all in the "you're the product" business model.

iAd Workbench is the simplest way to advertise to millions of people on their Apple devices. In a few steps, you can create a campaign that drives traffic to your website, generates video views, or promotes your iTunes Store content. Choose your audience, set your budget, and run your campaign across thousands of Apple-verified and brand-safe iOS apps.

The Apple Data Mining Lab is looking for an outstanding data mining scientist who is interested in designing, developing, and fielding data mining solutions that have direct and measurable impact to Apple.

SAN FRANCISCO (CN) - The lack of specific injury dooms a massive lawsuit accusing Apple and 14 app developers of mining iPhones and iPads for data, a federal judge said.

Comment: Re:no thank you apple (Score 2) 174

by ozmanjusri (#47096289) Attached to: Report: Apple To Unveil "Smart Home" System

um what open solutions?

I've just plonked down the cash for a Ninja Blocks kit.

It's very simple to use, based around the open Beaglebone SBC and has both free apps and open source development tools.

I'll probably upgrade to the Sphere when it's available too.

Comment: Re:Given all the spy satelites pointed at hotspots (Score 3, Informative) 245

The number of suitable hangars with suitable runways to land on nearby is pretty limited. Maybe all of them should simply be checked.

That's been considered, and I assume the checks would already have been completed.

You can see all the known runways on this map:

The rest of the discussion here is interesting as well.

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