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Whose car is it? Bricked Model S a no go unless Tesla says so.

Artifex It's still his parts collection, regardless. So? (3 comments)

If the company running the auction misrepresented the car's condition, he can certainly take it up with them or their lawyers. But he has no reason to blame Tesla for his situation, at all. According to the article, they're not trying to force him into any service contract, or pay a huge fee (they even said they would waive the inspection fee). But they have got to be able to cover themselves if he does something like electrocutes himself or hits someone if a repair they weren't responsible for is insufficient.

about 2 months ago
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To prepare for a coronal mass ejection, I ...

Artifex Re:CORONAL. (151 comments)

Waxed my cablemodem so I could surf faster!

Thanks, now I'm having dirty thoughts about your DOCSIS.

about 2 months ago
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To prepare for a coronal mass ejection, I ...

Artifex Re:CORONAL. (151 comments)

The solar flare thing that was supposed to affect us this afternoon (in the USA).

Which raises the question, did anyone notice?

Well, I certainly didn't. Actually had a better throughput on my connection than I did the previous day.

about 2 months ago
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To prepare for a coronal mass ejection, I ...

Artifex Re:CORONAL. (151 comments)

Meh :) At the time I was reading, only one other comment in response to the article spelled it properly, and I just figured someone might actually be wondering, as a result.

Oddly, the site is offering to let me moderate you now. But that would be immoderate.

about 2 months ago
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To prepare for a coronal mass ejection, I ...

Artifex CORONAL. (151 comments)

You were probably joking, but for anyone who is really confused, it's coronal mass ejection. The solar flare thing that was supposed to affect us this afternoon (in the USA).

about 2 months ago
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What is your Facebook "username" any way?

Artifex FB and usernames and security (8 comments)

Don't you just love how the Facebook login page will volunteer the name and linked account for an email address, if someone's registered it?

about 3 months ago
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Circular Refuge on reddit

Artifex Re:Wow (5 comments)

who would vote this as flamebait?

about 4 months ago
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$7 USB Stick Aims To Bring Thousands of Poor People Online

Artifex OS on a stick is not novel (201 comments)

We have other OS distributions that that live just fine on SD cards or sticks, already. If you want to bring computing to slums as a useful resource, the big problems are probably really:

1) actual hardware, shared or not, to run whatever open source OS you pick;
2) electricity to run the hardware and shelter for the hardware;
3) people to train those who have never used computers before, may have other literacy issues besides, and quite possibly speak dialects you will have difficulty getting localization for; and
4) affordable/free network access if these people want to use the internet.

I'll bet these are not the only issues, but if you don't address these, I suspect your money and time will be mostly wasted.

about 6 months ago
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NASA Puts Its New Spacesuit Design To a Public Vote

Artifex Seems a bit of a setup. (127 comments)

They only have one option that mentions immediately practical applications in its supporting information. That's the Technology skin, with the applications being easier crew identification, etc. Precisely the only reason why you would think they would invest the resources to play with pretty lights on the surface of a prototype, right now. The others are designs that might be nice to have someday, if there are large populations in these environments that might want to express individuality and creativity.

about 8 months ago
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A Rebuttal To Charles Stross About Bitcoin

Artifex Re:ENOUGH. OF. THE. BITCOIN. (396 comments)

http://slashdot.org/index2.pl?fhfilter=bitcoin

Over the last few months, we've been averaging a little more than 1 Bitcoin story every 2 days. Please - please, stop accepting every submission that has the word Bitcoin in it. At this point, I'd almost like them to start covering the 2016 Presidential Election. Enough.

Agreed. There should be an algorithm to make it progressively more difficult to create each Bitcoin story, with reviewers getting paid a small amount of karma for each submission they proc-- aarrgggh, doing it again!

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: What's On Your Hardware Lab Bench?

Artifex Not much at present. (215 comments)

A work-grade Matter Compiler, an electron microscope, and a few loupes and precision drivers. Oh, and some prototypical mediatrons I've been compiling that can share a bus when the sheaf is arranged like a book...

1 year,5 days
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Boy Scouts Bully Hacker Scouts Into Submission

Artifex Re:Turning in my Eagle Scout badge (289 comments)

I can remember a day when Boy Scouts of America would have been approving of something like hackerscouts.org because they would have shared a central theme; curiosity, experimentation, education, science -- all good things to interest young people. It's disappointing to see the BSA stooping to such douchenozzly levels. The have apparently lost enough positive virutue I would not want to be associated with them today.

So you held onto your badge while they were actively booting kids and scoutmasters for being gay and/or atheist, and during the child abuse scandals. But them trying to enforce their trademark gets you mad enough to do something?

about a year ago
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How Colleges Are Pushing Out the Poor To Court the Rich

Artifex fact check? (668 comments)

The study notes that, according to the Department of Education's most recent study, 19 percent of undergrads at four-year colleges received merit aid despite scoring under 700 on the SAT. Their only merit, in some cases, might well have been mom and dad's bank account.

The study doesn't actually say that, at least not according to the chart on page 4. It says that 18.8% of the students in college who had scores of 0-699 got merit aid. Not that 18.8% of all the students in college received aid with such low scores.

about a year and a half ago
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How Facebook Ruined Comments (at Least For One Writer)

Artifex Let me guess why (135 comments)

It's because it's harder to tell when there are new comments in a thread, so conversations fragment.

Nothing at all like pretending to start a topic here, just to try to get us to click on your link to continue, right? :)

about a year and a half ago
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Threats Posted On Your Own Facebook Page Are Crimes, Florida Court Rules

Artifex Personal page or not, it was published (2 comments)

I don't have a problem with this ruling. If you publish such a declaration on your page for your friends, enemies, and/or other family members to see, I think you've intended and made a real threat, and as such, should be subject to the consequences.

Clam666, please explain why you disagree. Am I wrong to think people should be held accountable for this?
Also, what sorts of other rulings are you worried might follow from this?

about a year and a half ago
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Demand for Kopi Luwak May Be Threatening Wildlife

Artifex Re:This is anymal cruelty (112 comments)

Well, I'm convinced: it's our civet doodie not to support this animal cruelty.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is there honestly a reason to use Ubuntu anymore?

Artifex Which flavor of Linux Mint did you choose? (6 comments)

I tried several different ones on my notebook: 14 KDE, 14 Xfce, and MATE & Cinnamon from either 13 or 14. Turned out Xubuntu was actually faster for me.
Also, the latest (well, 12.10) Ubuntu lines have "full" disk encryption available during default install, and that's handy. Could be useful if your grandmother stores her bank information on that netbook, but even more useful if, say, you're setting up a(nother) laptop up for an executive who is always getting drunk and losing his at bars.

Beyond that, though, it's mostly a matter of which programs are set up by default and whether you need to (un)install a bunch of stuff in one distro compared to another, to get the programs you want. If I were you (actually, I do this anyway), I'd stick with my current distro for a while but start reading the weekly reviews over at Distrowatch to see what novel things other people are doing.

about 2 years ago
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When Was the Last Time You Used a Landline Phone?

Artifex Re:This Month/This Year? (329 comments)

How many people who say they used landlines today used them at their work and assumed VoIP was a POTS line?

If it is at my desk at work, and wired to the wall...it is a landline.

Landlines == wired to the wall

No need to dicker about behind the scenes protocols.

You are either cellular or landline.

You're forgetting satellite phones. While they are often mobile, they're technically not cell phones.

about 2 years ago
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Facebook's Graph Search Is a Privacy Test For Internet Users

Artifex Easier for hate groups to find local victims, now. (104 comments)

Try a search for "gay people in Kenya," for example.

I don't know if these people all made the mistake of thinking the "interested in" sections of their profiles would not be publicly visible by default, or whether they set them public but were relying on the obscurity of only friends looking them up. Perhaps some made their accounts years ago, and haven't kept up with the ever-eroding privacy on this site that requires you to go back and re-specify as private some things that used to be private by default. The point is, it hasn't been this easy before to just search for masses of people based on one common trait.

Whether it's being gay [an orientation (not just a set of activities) still actively punishable by death or jail time in many countries], atheist or minority religion in a fundamentalist country, or some other minority that can be profiled ("people who like red hair in London" -- only partly joking, "gingers" do get bullied), a lot of people are about to find out what Facebook Feature Creep really means.

about 2 years ago

Submissions

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Artifex Artifex writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Artifex (18308) writes "1. Yes, totally.
2. No.
3. Sort of/I'm not sure?
4. Are we counting oral?
5. ...the butt?
6. ...playing doctors and nurses (or doctors and doctors)?
6. You mean with someone else?
7. SLOW DOWN, COWBOY!"

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No legal relief from spammers spoofing my domain name?

Artifex Artifex writes  |  more than 7 years ago

For a few years, spammers have been sending out spam pretending to be from my personal, vanity domain. I haven't seen many complaints recently, but it now costs me a considerable amount of time daily to delete hundreds of bounces from mail servers that don't recognized forged headers, etc. The recipients' mail filters are probably also down-rating my domain name as a result, too, further degrading the value of my domain name if I ever want to use it for a commercial venture. I am also concerned about someone trying to hold me accountable for spam sent under my domain's name, as I see a lot of the bounces contain evidence that the payloads have been viruses. Yes, I suspect some of this to be joe jobbing, to get back at me for the years I reported spammers to their hosts.

I'm seriously broke, and don't even know what sort of lawyer I can't afford to hire over this anyway, so has anyone know of anyone who has ever been able to get relief from spammers who are using their domain name? I consider this to be fraud and deliberate misrepresentation on the spammers' part, but I really don't know how I could make anything stick in court, especially when most bouncebacks don't even include full headers with IPs. Some days I feel like just rotating to an unused form of my domain name and letting this form go dormant without any MX for a while, but I doubt that will stop the spammers. It just means I will have ceded the field. But what other choice do I have?

Note: one of the reasons why I'm concerned about being held accountable is that in the one business law class I had, years ago, they had a case study of a company that was sued after someone claiming to be their agent made a bad deal in their name. The company had been advised the person was claiming to be their agent before the deal, but had not told him to stop. The company was ultimately held responsible for the person's actions.

Further note: there are technical reasons why I can't use use SPF right now, but when I had the text fields in my zone file previously, I still had a similar number of bouncebacks, which suggests most servers don't follow them anyway. So don't bother giving that advice.

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Tsunami appeal

Artifex Artifex writes  |  more than 9 years ago

Amidst reports of over 120 thousand reported dead, there are many hundreds of thousands of children who have survived. Most, of course, are local children, but a few are tourists. Most have someone surviving in their immediate family to cling to, so they can return to some semblance of their former life. Some, unfortunately, do not.

Karl Nilsson is a seven year old Swedish tourist, who went to visit Phuket, Thailand, with his parents and brothers. He was swept out of his hotel room by the tsunami, thus separating him from the rest of his family, and was found wandering alone in the aftermath.

Hannes Bergstroem, another Swede, is only about two years old. Amazingly, not only did he survive, but just recently he's been reunited with his father, though his mother is still missing, presumably dead. But in times like these, this is miracle enough to be thankful for.

You can read the details of these kids at the links below, or by Googling the news for their names. But all you really need to know is in Karl's mournful, exhausted eyes, as he holds up a sign begging for word of his family. Family which, local workers believe, likely all perished in the waves.

http://www.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,4057,11808458%255E952,00.html

http://www.canoe.ca/NewsStand/EdmontonSun/News/2004/12/29/800375-sun.html

http://thescotsman.scotsman.com/international.cfm?id=1471712004

Remember that for USA citizens, it's not yet too late to donate to certain charities and receive a tax break for 2004, but time is absolutely of the essence. The front page of Google now lists several relief organizations, and I'll make a pitch for another one, Mercy Corps at www.mercycorps.org, if you remain undecided. Some progressive airlines will even let you donate your unused mileage points, so if you have some that are expiring soon, all it will cost you is the five or ten minutes' time it takes to call your reward program and ask.

Hannes is going home with his father. Karl, on the other hand, like countless other children in Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Myanmar, Bangladesh, India, Sri Lanka, Maldives, Seychelles, Somalia, Kenya, and Tanzania, may have no one to take him home. Please lend whatever support you can.

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Superman is Dead.

Artifex Artifex writes  |  more than 10 years ago

(Here's my rejected story submission:)

Top story currently in the news is that Christopher Reeve, 52, died of cardiac arrest over the weekend. Sadly, this comes just as news starts surfacing that nerve grafts might become practical within 10 years as treatment for those who are paralyzed. Reeve, of course, had been paralyzed for the last nine years as a result of a riding accident, but had always hoped to be able to someday walk again...

While Christopher Reeve's filmography includes such diverse themes as roles opposite Muppets and achieving time travel through sheer will, it was the donning of tights and other comic-book imagery that garnered him lasting fame. And yet, it was only late in life, after almost everyone thought his riding accident would remove him from the picture forever, that the true strength of his spirit asserted himself, in what would truly be the role of his life. As a result, he will be missed for his extensive and public rehabilitative efforts and his activism, as well for his acting career.

By the end of his life, with his perseverance setting an example for many thousands of others with spinal paralysis, his foundation spending millions of dollars on pioneering research and therapies, and his personal lobbying on behalf of stem cell research, he had truly grown into the role of a super man.

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I'm quitting my job! And I want your thoughts.

Artifex Artifex writes  |  more than 10 years ago

No, really. I've been saying it for a while. But this "survival job" is keeping me from moving forward.

I'm planning to enroll in either the CCNA / PIX Firewall Specialist / CCSP Advanced Network Security Professional Program or CCNA-Firewall / Wireless Security / CCNP Advanced Network Professional Program at SMU, or an MCSE program there or elsewhere in town. This is going to put me in the hole by $10K or so, although I might get a part-time job to offset costs, so when I come out in about 6 months I need to be able to move into something fairly quickly.

I know there's a reasonably good market for MCSEs here, as I do see ads for "LAN/WAN Network Engineers," Microsoft-speak for network/server administration, etc. And frankly, that's the real reason why that's even an option for me. But I'd much rather go back to routers, which is what I used to do before I got laid off. So what I'm looking for, from y'all, is a sense of the market out there, particularly for certified router jockeys, and whether I should go all-out for the CCSP track or the CCNP and wireless track. Although, if you can think of something else that I should be looking at, I want to hear that also. Of course, if you have a pointer to a job already, tell me quick! :) (And yes, I'll move out of Texas for work, I had a great time in Portland)

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games for my GC and GBASP?

Artifex Artifex writes  |  more than 10 years ago

Okay, a week ago I bought a GBASP, and today I bought a GC.
Only problem is, I haven't yet decided on any games to get for them.

Any ideas? :) I've historically been into RPG and strategy and puzzle games, and so far hate FPS games, and generally dislike sports games as well...

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friends/foes becoming unwieldy

Artifex Artifex writes  |  more than 10 years ago

I use friends and foes, not really as a love/hate notation, but just as a way of cutting down on the chaff I have to sort through when I read articles. People who make good arguments, even if I disagree with their positions, tend to end up getting a friend slot, while people who are either trolling, brain-dead, or rude in their commentaries end up getting a seat with my other foes.

However, for a while now, (longer than my moderation points have been missing, in fact) I've had so many friends and foes listed for my account that I've run out of slots, and had to cycle some back off the lists.

I started out by cycling back off anyone who hadn't posted/journalled in at least a month, and that worked for a while, but with the increasing volume of posting, especially by trolls, I've gotten to where I need to keep it under two weeks in order to stay effective. Some people get permanent places on my friends list, like Bruce Perens and Wil Wheaton, (because I know when/if they post again, I will want to read them still) but for the most part, everyone else gets cycled off because, quite simply, if they're not active, there's no reason to keep a modifier tied up for them.

There's a problem with this, however, and that is that it doesn't leave room for improvement by people who post frequently. Obviously, I can remove neutralize the position of a friend if I see them turning into trolls, etc., but if I'm filtering out foes, and automatically keep it going, it's harder for me to see when, for example, newbies wise up and start posting sensible comments instead of flamebait. Sure, their comments are hopefully moderated up by others, but I'm so used to ignoring anything with a red (or yellow) sphere that I might not even notice them under +5, if they're not starting threads.

So... I think I may kill my foes list, soon. I can just as easily start reading at (x+1), and it frees up slots to show me who's actively making worthwhile contributions to the site. What do you guys think? Have you figured out alternate ways of using these tags? (My foes and freaks are as welcome to respond as friends to this - if you're also tired of a pointless detente because of something stupid that happened a year ago, great, let's move on.)

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wow, becoming a newbie again here sucks

Artifex Artifex writes  |  more than 10 years ago

As some of you know, I started another account here at Slashdot because I haven't had mod points in a very long time, probably a year or so, and wanted to see whether I could build up another account.

I must say, being a newbie here sucks, these days. Now that everyone seems to be reading at +2 or better, it's really hard to get people to reply to anything, much less vote on it. I know, I haven't made any stellar insights in that account (or this one, either, actually), but still, I figured someone would have something to say about some of those.

Ah, well. Reply if you feel like it. Right now I'm testing the rumor that adding a journal puts some of us old-timers with perfect karma and "too many posts" back in the running for mod points. Heh.

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