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Photographers, You're Being Replaced By Software

An anonymous Frank Re:CGI wishes (282 comments)

Examples (pretty) please?
Just curious to see what the fuss is about.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Skype Setup For Toddler's Room?

An anonymous Frank old refurbished iPad + Skype + Wifi (302 comments)

Or, iPod touch + Skype + Wifi, in a plastic casing, and you could wall-mount it fairly easily.

more than 2 years ago

Chinese Boy Claims To Have Cat-Like Night Vision

An anonymous Frank Re:Night vision (171 comments)

I'll have to second that.

I've always had an uncanny ease to move about in near darkness but never thought much of it. A few years ago when I got my right eye corrected through laser surgery, the doctors couldn't believe how wide my pupils could open up; makes sense.

more than 2 years ago

Augmented Reality's Disruptive Potential

An anonymous Frank Re:Bad Example (126 comments)

Here is another take: you put up (virtual) anti-homophobia posters on the walls of the Vatican, or, you setup a (virtual) gallery of banned artworks before prominent government buildings in China.

more than 3 years ago

Using Tablets Becoming Popular Bathroom Activity

An anonymous Frank Re:Obvious (348 comments)

>> Isn't reading still the most popular bedtime activity?

> I though it was sleeping. I'm way out of touch these days..

I most certainly had something else in mind. ;)

more than 3 years ago

Researchers Report Spike In Boot Time Malware

An anonymous Frank No problem; who reboot's anymore?! (132 comments)

I don't even remember the last time I've rebooted; I must be safe! ;)

more than 3 years ago

Apple: "We must Have Comprehensive Location Data"

An anonymous Frank Re:Many apps require location services by design (556 comments)

Undercover uses the (cached) location details of your device to send to its servers whenever it gets a chance, to help (re)locating it if/when lost/stolen.

more than 3 years ago

Hypertext Creator: Structure of the Web 'Completely Wrong'

An anonymous Frank Re:two-way links (357 comments)

what about blog trackbacks (or were they called pingbacks?), but for any/all documents.

more than 3 years ago

Apple AirPlay Private Key Exposed

An anonymous Frank Re:What does it do? (306 comments)

I'd love to see/gain the ability to direct sound from the operating system out to the Airport Express, (instead of only from iTunes itself,) such as when watching a movie on a DVD or even a video on YouTube.

more than 3 years ago

IBM Charged With Bribing Korean, Chinese Officials

An anonymous Frank Re:I have mod points (263 comments)

somewhat offtopic, but, I used to get 5 mods points every few days, without fail.
now, perhaps at least since the new look/interface, no more.

(perhaps I should dig into the options and see what I can find.)

more than 3 years ago

Getting Past Censorship With Unorthodox Links To the Internet

An anonymous Frank iPhone 'hot spot' extend option? (82 comments)

Can you extend a wifi network originating from a mobile device such as a mifi or iPhone (w/ iOS 4.3)?

more than 3 years ago

ACLU's Mobile Privacy Developer Challenge

An anonymous Frank Little Snitch (mobile) ? (43 comments)

Where are the interactive firewall apps?

more than 3 years ago

Slashdot Launches Re-Design

An anonymous Frank Re:Looks pretty bad here. (2254 comments)

Yes, indeed, I cannot get enough of the added suspense and general sense of mystery now sprinkled about every page, and by this I mean that no matter which option I fiddle with I am unable to get rid of the 'stories' navbar that is cutting off a portion of every post/comment on the left margin. I love puzzles as much as the next cave dweller but this is a bit much; might be a way to promote the use of the 'quoted' text, since those are the only ones I can see properly. (Using Iron here.)

about 4 years ago

McDonald's Hacked and Customer Data Stolen

An anonymous Frank Re:The Draft (178 comments)

What if his dad was trying to be funny?

more than 4 years ago

Facebook Buys a Private File Sharing Service

An anonymous Frank Re:Wait, what? (87 comments)

Wouldn't that make for an awesome privacy policy implementation?

You'd need to renew or extend the sharing, else it eventually all expires.

more than 4 years ago

Plants Near Chernobyl Adapt To Contaminated Soil

An anonymous Frank No predator(s)? (293 comments)

Could it be that whatever fauna that survived, adapted and/or now thrives might do so under conditions perhaps harsher due to radiation, yet plausibly improved by a potentially reduced presence of any predator species, whom may not have fared as well, or may have been displaced?

more than 4 years ago

Craigslist Removes Its Controversial Adult Section

An anonymous Frank Re:oh darn (522 comments)

In Sweden, prostitution is not illegal, but being a pimp and frequenting a prostitute are illegal. Imagine the wonderful nature of your transaction of: "if you stiff me, I can call the cops, and they'll arrest you, and I walk away." Clients won't screw their prostitutes in this case. The same with pimps. "Go ahead, slap me... I'll call the cops, and they'll haul you away, and I can admit openly that I'm a prostitute, and I won't get taken away."

How about making prostitution a SAFE profession, rather than demanding it be illegal to stop people from doing it? If you're concerned about their health from the sex alone, either physical and/or mental, then when shall we expect an intent to make promiscuity itself illegal?

reminds me of a documentary where a camera crew was tagging along to an early morning bust of illegal (Mexican) workers at a few plants in California; targeting 'the worker' (instead of the corporations) seemed a clear proponent to imposing and sustaining horrible working (and even living) conditions onto the workforce

more than 4 years ago



Firfox won't load since yesterday

An anonymous Frank An anonymous Frank writes  |  more than 6 years ago

An anonymous Frank writes "within the default bookmarks is a reference to: headlines.xml, or "http://en-US.fxfeeds.mozilla.com/en-US/firefox/headlines.xml", which (currently )redirects to: "http://newsrss.bbc.co.uk/rss/newsonline_world_edition/front_page/rss.xml" which was unavailable.

Somehow this kept Firefox from even loading one's home page, or do much else even with about:blank as a home page, soon to be "not responding" in any case, for that past day or so. --The BBC site and/or page is coming back up now, so Firefox is back to normal.

What looks like a server-side redirect is the culprit, but you have to wonder why it's such an imperative to connect to all the bookmarks before allowing for any other work to get done."

Torrent tools or solutions to deploy MSI packages

An anonymous Frank An anonymous Frank writes  |  more than 6 years ago

An anonymous Frank writes "Our 1500+ workstations, spread across central and remote branches, are setup using PXE, RIS, and then populated using MSI packages assigned by AD/GPO via group memberships; it works albeit it is a bit slow. Most branches have a local server, very few branches don't and thus get deployed using an optical media when absolutely necessary.

When disaster strikes, we have 100 workstations sitting at a removed (supplier) site waiting to be reset and built to the needs of the moment, and then shipped off to whichever location will temporarily host our distraught comrades. The nightmare begins where suddenly it all takes far too long before we have ready-to-use workstations. This exercise saw us make changes here and there, some technological, some more humane, and then some more. ;) In any case, it occurs to me that even though we've made RIS/File servers available here and there, this is still a somewhat centralized, or one-to-many delivery model, as opposed to say, using peer-to-peer tools such as BitTorrent to do the same. I think it would be a great benefit to switch to p2p even during normal operational conditions.

I've used several BitTorrent clients for personal purposes, and though I keep finding likely contenders in the Linux world, I really have to stick to some form of Win32 service so as to keep its footprint on our workstations as small as possible, thus I'd also rather keep away from Cygwin, which I'm familiar with.

Conceptually, I can see how one could rig things so that we actually continue to use AD/GPO to "deploy" software, thus keeping the business processes intact, but making Windows Installer use a torrent client to find, and nearby computers to fetch, the MSI packages. The way I see it, I could deploy small MSI packages that would use some tool to get its sources (torrents) and then install them. I'd write some maintenance scripts to handle aging and local disk space among other things.

So I need a Win32 daemon that would download and then seed MSI packages (really torrents) listed in a multitude of private trackers (the existing RIS/File servers which would also seed). So where is this tool (or mix of tools) I could use or shape into what I need?

Any comments, suggestions, experiences or advice will be greatly appreciated.

An anonymous Frank An anonymous Frank writes  |  more than 8 years ago

An anonymous Frank writes "You want to reduce the MTU, or disable NetBIOS on Windows Targets?

You look around and you can't find a Policy to do it, and you quickly find out that these registry keys are located under each interface, who's names or IDs change from node to node. You search on the net and can only find rumours of having to get some script to do it for you...

Well, a little bit of VBScripting training later, and I've got this script going that will find your NICs and push those registry keys for you, all you now need to do is add it to the COMPUTER startup scripts policy in a GPO:


Dim objShell
Dim BindKey, BindarrValues, BindstrValue, BindItem
Dim BindstrValuePrefix, BindstrValuePrefixLen, BindstrValueUIDPrefix

BindKey = "HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\Tcpip\Link age\Bind"
BindstrValuePrefix = "\Device\"
BindstrValuePrefixLen = Len(BindstrValuePrefix)
BindstrValueUIDPrefix = "{"

Set objShell = WScript.CreateObject("WScript.Shell")
BindarrValues = objShell.RegRead (BindKey)
For Each BindstrValue In BindarrValues
BindItem = Mid(BindstrValue, BindstrValuePrefixLen + 1, Len(BindstrValue) - BindstrValuePrefixLen)
    If Mid(BindItem, 1, 1) = BindstrValueUIDPrefix Then
        'Set Maximum MTU
        objShell.RegWrite "HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\Tcpip\Para meters\Interfaces\" + BindItem + "\MTU", 1300, "REG_DWORD"
        'Disable NetBIOS over Tcpip
        objShell.RegWrite "HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\NetBT\Para meters\Interfaces\Tcpip_" + BindItem + "\NetbiosOptions", 2, "REG_DWORD"
        'Wscript.Echo BindItem
        'To be ignored, i.e., NdisWanIp
    End If


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