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Comment: Re:Don't learn from the past. (Score 1) 66

Mobile phones have very powerful magnets in their speakers and they don't usually cause problems like that, do they? Maybe they have very good mu-metal shields in the sepakers.

That is valid concern but, as far as I know, magnetic cards are mostly being replaced with smartcards or RFID, that might not be an issue in a couple of years. I've not used the magnetic stripes in my cards in a long time, the ICs are so cheap and functional that using smartcards or RFID instead of magnetic stripe is a no-brainer in most applications.

Comment: Re:Mikrotik (Score 1) 427

by zenith1111 (#47634133) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Life Beyond the WRT54G Series?

Agreed, Mikrotik routers are awesome, you simply can't go wrong with them. They are also very cheap.

Out of curiosity, my last purchase for the office was an EdgeRouter from Ubiquity. It was a pain to configure, it took me a couple of hours to configure dual wan, but this thing is fast, really fast. 5 gigabit ports, all of them capable of delivering PoE (passive). It doesn't have wifi, though, but that's where the PoE comes in handy to power the AP. AFAIK there is no alternative firmware, though...

+ - Surgical Snakebots Are Real, And Heading For Humanity's Orifices-> 1

Submitted by malachiorion
malachiorion (1205130) writes "Last week marked the first use of a surgical snakebot—the Flex system, from MA-based Medrobotics—on living human beings. It wriggled down two patient's throats, to be specific, at a hospital in Belgium. That's neat, and could mean an interesting showdown-to-come between this snake-inspired robot (invented by a Carnegie Mellon roboticist), and the more widely-used da Vinci bot. But this is bigger than a business story. The next era in general surgery, which involves making a single small incision after entering the anus or vagina, instead of multiple punctures in the abdomen, might finally be feasible with this kind of bot. This is my analysis for Popular Science about why instrument-bearing snakebots wriggling into our orifices is a technology worth rooting for."
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Comment: Re:The actual technical fault. (Score 1) 865

by zenith1111 (#46923253) Attached to: Did the Ignition Key Just Die?

This is the reason I oppose moving to a push-button system. We've already seen at least one person have an uncontrolled acceleration problem and not have a key to turn off. Push-button HAS to include an emergency cutoff switch. Requiring the user to hold in a button for several seconds to stop the engine is not acceptable.

There may be cars that are not like those I've seen with start/stop buttons, but from what I've seen I don't see any problem.

My car has a start/stop button, when driving above 5 or 10 km/h the button does not shut down the engine when pressed, and it is plausible that it could mechanically malfunction at some time. In any of these cases I can force the engine to stop by removing the electronic key from the slot, either by pressing the emergency release button or simply by ripping it off.

Other than keyless systems, all cars I've seen with start/stop buttons need the electronic key to be inserted in some kind of reader, and I would very surprised if those with keyless systems didn't have some simple way to stop the engine in case of emergency.

+ - Nasa's next Mars mission will join the interplanetary internet->

Submitted by radioedit
radioedit (3442513) writes "When MAVEN arrives at Mars on 22 September 2014, the spacecraft will join up with the other seven nodes of Nasa's interplanetary internet, exchanging data with orbiters, rovers on the surface, and us back on Earth using delay-tolerant protocols. It's the latest part of Vint Cerf's mission to create a giant antenna array across the solar system that'll be able to receive signals by laser from Alpha Centaurii."
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+ - Men arrested for 'anti-Semitic' comments on Twitter, after football game-> 2

Submitted by magic maverick
magic maverick (2615475) writes "Reuters reports that three men were arrested for posting anti-Semitic comments on Twitter following the English Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United in October, police said on Friday.

Two men, aged 22 and 24, were arrested on Thursday in London and in Wiltshire, while a 48-year-old man was arrested at his home in Canning Town in London last week on suspicion of inciting racial hatred. The investigation following the match on October 6 was triggered by complaints about tweets that referred to Hitler and the gas chambers.

I guess it goes to show, you'd be stupid to use your real name, or identifying details on Twitter. Perhaps the British should also work on reforming their laws on free speech (or lack there of)."
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+ - Google Autocomplete Ruins Man's Life -> 1

Submitted by DavidGilbert99
DavidGilbert99 (2607235) writes "Google's autocomplete function turned a mild-mannered man into a terror suspect and four years of sustained harassment by various US government investigators, according to a lawsuit filed today. Jeffery Kantor says that Google's autocomplete changed ""How do I build a radio controlled airplane?" to "How do I build a radio controlled bomb?" triggering a sequence of events which saw him lose his job. He is seeking $58million in damages."
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Comment: Re:Expensive (Score 3, Informative) 244

by zenith1111 (#44760289) Attached to: Samsung Unveils Galaxy Gear Smartwatch

I won't be ditching my Casio for that thing, but I reckon the battery life will be low because of the screen. Besides, the battery is not that large to begin with, if the user doesn't make calls the Bluetooth v4 connection won't drain the battery very much, see the "Bluetooth Smart" part:

Citizen has been selling Bluetooth 4 enabled watches for some time, their watches use the bluetooth connection the get the current time from the internet a couple of times a day and run from a tiny solar cell:

Comment: Re:Finally! (Score 1) 327

by zenith1111 (#44374881) Attached to: Bill Gates Is Beginning To Dream the Thorium Dream

I do not deny that the areas they invest in are areas that would benefit us all but the way they do it is not in any way open, accessible or selfless.

Well, i guess sometimes it's better to benefit us all even if it isn't open and selfless than being open and selfless and not benefiting us all, isn't it? :P

Slashdotters have been grumbling forever that thorium is the way to go, why the hell does it matter if Gates is the one that spends money on it? The guy had some dickish and questionable business practices, but as as far as I know he's not a Bond villain.

Comment: Re:Bury (Score 2) 550

by zenith1111 (#44325901) Attached to: Microsoft Is Sitting On Six Million Unsold Surface Tablets

a) Give away inventory for free at schools etc

They are not for free yet, but they are being sold to schools at discount prices:

I know of people that bought them for 190 euros, for someone that only uses the tablet to browse the web and edit office documents I guess it is a reasonably good deal, but some of them are a bit disappointed with the lack of flexibility of windows rt.

You can be replaced by this computer.