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US Strikes ISIL Targets In Syria

B5_geek Overkill? (401 comments)

Doesn't this sound like using an elephant gun to try to kill a fruit fly?

9 hours ago
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Scotland Votes No To Independence

B5_geek Canada & Quebec (471 comments)

I wonder if this will silence or encourage the separatists that want Quebec to leave Canada?

4 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: What To Do After Digitizing VHS Tapes?

B5_geek How important is your data? (268 comments)

If you really want to save your data:

Step 1: make a ZFS array and save your data there.
Step 2: copy the data to single hard-drives and store them in a different location then home.
Step 3: upload a copy to some online 'cloud storage' provider.

Use checksums/md5 hashes to determine data integrity.

Based on your budget pick any of the above 3. If you are paranoid, do all 3.

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: Advice On Building a Firewall With VPN Capabilities?

B5_geek Software answer (238 comments)

The hardware is easy:
Either get a router that you can add DD-WRT/tomato to or build your own PC.

Software answer:
OS = OpenBSD
VPN = OpenVPN

BUT you are not asking the right questions.
VPN's only work when 2 ends connect. So what VPN server/client will the other end of your connection use? What are you actually trying to do? Does your work have a fat-connection that they will let you use? Are you planning on paying for VPN service from a 3rd party? Do you want to create a VPN between your home and your laptop while you travel?

If you want to build yourself a solid, dependable, 'solution' follow this guide:

http://www.bsdnow.tv/tutorials...

about two weeks ago
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Scientists Sequence Coffee Genome, Ponder Genetic Modification

B5_geek Make it taste better? (167 comments)

Which pairs taste good?
        A: adenosine
        C: cytosine
        G: guanine
        T: thymine

Tastes better to who?

about three weeks ago
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Magnetic Stimulation Boosts Memory In Humans

B5_geek MRI doesn't help though? (74 comments)

Have there been any studies correlating MRI's to better memory?

And/or everybody gets an MRI as part part of your 'getting older checkups' like a colonoscapy?

I had a brain tumour, and lobectomy to remove it. my memory is kinda crappy (except for things that I deem are *VERY* important (like wifes birthday).

I want something to fix me!

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Are the Best Games To Have In Your Collection?

B5_geek Old-school is best (382 comments)

MOO2
Civ2 - Call to power
Descent
NeverWinterNights 2
Tribes (I & II)
Seawolf
MechWarrior
Dark Reign

about a month ago
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Scientists Confirm Life Under Antarctic Ice

B5_geek But what about... (46 comments)

I see that nobody has asked the really important question.

How do they taste?

about a month ago
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Dramatic Shifts In Manufacturing Costs Are Driving Companies To US, Mexico

B5_geek Reading between the lines. (233 comments)

If you read between the lines the real truth reveals itself.

North America can no longer be considered a 1st world. We are 2nd word and quickly heading towards 3rd-world status.

This is what Eisenhower warned us about.

about a month ago
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A Warm-Feeling Wooden Keyboard (Video)

B5_geek Re:good wood? (82 comments)

Bamboo.

Hard - check
Pretty - check (beauty..eye..beholder..blah)
sustainable - check
inexpensive - check

about 2 months ago
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Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 Released

B5_geek Re:Some nice looking features/updates (231 comments)

Since I have have started seriously working on BSD systems I have enjoyed the simplicity/straight-forwardness of it's configuration setup. The only thing that keeps me from switching to OpenBSD for all my servers: apt-get dist-upgrade

I have only been bitten in the ass once by this (15'ish years ago), and it makes keeping the system updated so easy.

about 3 months ago
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Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 Released

B5_geek Some nice looking features/updates (231 comments)

I have always admired RH for it's feature set and pursuit of enterprise-related features.
I do however have one gripe: All the config files are in the wrong place!
This isn't a real complaint, more akin to a whine. I have been using Debian for too many years on far too many servers; my muscle memory demands that the config files that I need to edit be located in the same place across distros.
Does anybody know why there is such a difference in file locations? /etc/network/interfaces
vs /etc/sysconfig/network/networking/where/are/the/damn/config/files

about 3 months ago
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Eye Tracking Coming To Video Games

B5_geek Almost there.... (102 comments)

I don't care about games, but I would love it when they can adapt this technology to give X magic focus powers.

I already use 'Focus follows mouse' on fluxbox, but too often I am looking at a differnt terminal window when I start typing away, and I had forgotten to move the mouse.

[Paranoid Mode] imagine how much more advertising money Google could make if they tracked WHERE you were looking. [/mode]

about 9 months ago
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How Google, Tesla, and Uber Could Team Up For the Driverless Taxis of the Future

B5_geek Is demand high enough? (126 comments)

1st caveat: I am very cheap and never pay for anything that I don't feel like I need.

Is there enough demand for services like this? I have lived in very large urban areas (Toronto) where the public transportation (taxis included) are well used and well implemented. But I still see dozens of empty taxis (at all hours) queued up near theaters, bars, conerts and other similar venues waiting for clients. Empty/Idle taxis are losing money.

I always hear on the radio that taxi companies wanting the city to allow more licenses to be given out, so it appears that there is demand for these services. But alas, i always see a lot of them idle.

I have had to take a taxi 3 times in my life. All three times the fare was over $20. If I were to replace my bike and car for taxis and public transportation it would cost me more then $800 per month, which is almost as much as rent!

1 year,10 days
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Blizzard Set To Debut 'Something New' At PAX East

B5_geek Why do you care? (150 comments)

Have you forgotten how poorly they treated the community and the whole bnetd fiasco?

I don't give a flying fuck what they make, they will never get a dime from me.

about a year and a half ago
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Tech Leaders Encourage Teaching Schoolkids How To Code

B5_geek Not every round peg goes in a square hole. (265 comments)

As many others have pointed out, if there were such a high demand for skilled programmers the base salary/wage would go up. Too often I have seen crazy-stupid job requirements and they are only willing to pay $1 more per hour then MINIMUM WAGE ffs!!!

But I digress, what schools need to teach is critical thinking, and basic logic-reasoning. (aka trouble-shooting)

I don't want to program, I don't like it. I enjoy scripting repetitive tasks. The peak of my programming abilities was realized when I developed custom MIRC events/notices back in ~'96.

about a year and a half ago
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Hackers In Space: Designing A Ground Station

B5_geek Work on the easy stuff first. (95 comments)

Step #1) Improve HAM bandwidth for data transmissions to/from space.

On a good day my old 14.4k modem is faster then the throughput I can get on packet radio.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Ubuntu Lockdown Options?

B5_geek Good option: Fluxbox + browser 'lock-down' (387 comments)

0) install Fluxbox
1) edit the keys file and remove the right-click option (disable the other hotkeys too)
2) have firefox set to launch at startup
3) use the firefox addon 'Kiosk mode' and edit settings

That should protect you against most undesired activity.

more than 2 years ago
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Nationwide Test of the Emergency Broadcast System

B5_geek Time to attack! (271 comments)

How kind of them to notify us of when the entire warning system will be disrupted. If I wanted to stage an attack, this would be the perfect chance. All levels of emergency services will be 'confused' and not know what is real and what is fake.

Add the frightened sheep to the mix and it is a perfect chance for an act of terror.

more than 2 years ago

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Production audio/video software for a Mac?

B5_geek B5_geek writes  |  more than 5 years ago

B5_geek (638928) writes "I have ordered a new Macbook Pro 17" and I have a few questions.

What software would you recommend for semi-professional audio & video production? I will be creating/editing/producing some music videos for a hopefully 'up & coming" starlet. I have used audacity in the past (on Linux) but I feel I need something more polished and better suited for high-quality. I also plan on editing video and I don't know what software to use.

Audio: record, edit, effects, and multi-thread weaving
Video: record, edit, effects, (green-screen capable but not a must)
CD and DVD authoring from the above projects.

Hardware: I have never owned a camcorder. What do I get for HD (720P) recording without killing the bank? (The MBP already did that!) Firewire800 interface would be best.
Flash or HDD?

Caveat: I have never used a Mac before, (Dos -> Windows -> Linux) so I don't even know where to start or if the included software is 'good enough'."
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Intro to Programming for begineers?

B5_geek B5_geek writes  |  more than 5 years ago

B5_geek (638928) writes "My girlfriends daughter (15) has shown a keen interest in mathematics and computers. I would love to help encourage her and guide her in possible career paths that good math skills make use of.

What tools/guides can I use to introduce her to programming? My programming skills peaked with Basic, .bat and simple linux shell scripts.

The challenge; it can't appear too geeky. She will likely turn her nose up at anything that isn't 'cool'. It is her birthday soon, so I was planning on getting her an EeePC (she already loves mine), so it should be a decent platform to pound away code on."

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