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Ask Slashdot: Are You Apocalypse-Useful?

Beardo the Bearded Re:Medical doctor (730 comments)

Indeed.

I'm an EE. If the grid goes down and I've got carte blanche, I could get some semblance of electricity up and running in under a week. (Which would enable you to plug in your standard appliances.) I could get solar USB chargers working in the same time frame.

First you get the electricity, then you get the... power... uh... then you get the wom... can I start over?

I know how to make beer.

5 days ago
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How Cochlear Implants Are Being Blamed For Killing Deaf Culture

Beardo the Bearded Re:Let it die (509 comments)

Deafness used to run in my family.

My cousin is stone deaf. There's a genetic thing on the women's side where sometimes the flap covering the semicircular window in the ear just doesn't fall off. This causes the hairs in the cochlea to atrophy and die, and cause permanent uncurable deafness.

Modern testing and surgery has made this a thing of the past. A quick test as a newborn checks for this via echo and a minor outpatient surgery is all it takes.

Fuck deafness. Sneak up behind it with a marching band and stab it in the neck.

about a week ago
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Study: People That Think Social Media Helps Their Work Are Probably Wrong

Beardo the Bearded Re:Hmm.. (40 comments)

Indeed. PLCs.NET has been great for my work in PLCs.

about a week ago
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A 2560x1440 VR Headset That's Mobile

Beardo the Bearded Re:Transparent OLED (135 comments)

Let me know when someone starts making OLEDs.

They've all but stopped production. My guess is that there are far too many LCD panels sitting in warehouses to change the tech to OLED.

about two weeks ago
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Gameover Malware Targets Job Seekers

Beardo the Bearded Re:rushed target selection? (42 comments)

Yeah, that's what I was thinking. Are you going to steal my no money? Go right ahead.

It's like... if someone breaks into my house looking for money and valuables, I'll hand out flashlights, turn on the lights, and we'll all look together.

My CC is maxed, my LOC is full, my mortgage is full, and my savings are nil. Nothing like getting laid off just after finishing up a divorce.

about three weeks ago
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Second Federal 'Kill-switch' Bill Introduced Targeting Smartphone Theft

Beardo the Bearded Re:"... as a means to reduce theft." (158 comments)

I can report the IMEI number to my provider if I really want to brick it. I have a hunch that a portion of these "mysterious black man stole mah phones!" are people that dropped them and just want to get a new one on their insurance.

I believe that they get stolen, sure, but at least 10% are mishaps.

about a month and a half ago
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F-Secure: Android Accounted For 97% of All Mobile Malware In 2013

Beardo the Bearded Re:welcome to the big time (193 comments)

And that checkbox is useless because there are perfectly valid reasons why you want to install apps not from Google Play - Amazon App Store, and Humble Bundle, for instance. Legit app stores, but by using them you have to disable one of the most powerful protections Android has.

Don't forget AdBlock. You have to allow every library on earth to install AdBlock for Android.

I don't understand why we have to allow every ppa one at a time to install unverified code on Linux, but for Android the choice is "play in the sandbox" or "everyone on earth is allowed on your phone... er, their phone."

about a month and a half ago
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Second Federal 'Kill-switch' Bill Introduced Targeting Smartphone Theft

Beardo the Bearded Re:"... as a means to reduce theft." (158 comments)

Mine's trackable, lockable, and erasable from any web connection.

It's also password protected and encrypted.

I'm not sure what a kill switch would do that's better than that.

about a month and a half ago
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Skydiving Accident Leaves Security Guru Cedric 'Sid' Blancher Dead At 37

Beardo the Bearded Re: Security 101 (332 comments)

It's the "I know what I'm doing" area. Once you get to about 100 jumps, 100 dives, then you think you're getting the hang of it and you know what the risks are and that you can mitigate them.

If you live through that 100-200 Dead Man's Area, then you'll realize that you have no idea what's going on and reign it in effectively.

about 5 months ago
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Skydiving Accident Leaves Security Guru Cedric 'Sid' Blancher Dead At 37

Beardo the Bearded Re:look out below ! (332 comments)

splat !

I suppose a lot of people deal with tragedy through humor, but I sure wouldn't want to be a surviving family member and read some of the comments posted so far.

I dive, and I've been in a diving accident that left me with some spinal cord damage. (It's minor and doesn't affect my mobility). There's a good chance that I could have died through my own stupidity. I still dive, and I'll continue to do so. Will I die in bed? Maybe. Will I die while diving? Maybe. Will I die? And how.

I would like anyone who wants to to make as much fun of me as possible. My family and friends would appreciate the humour, and I'd honestly be touched that someone took the time to say "well, bye".

My funeral, such as it is, includes instructions for everyone to tell the most embarrassing thing they know about me.

about 5 months ago
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The Case Against Gmail

Beardo the Bearded Re:iGoogle Disaster (435 comments)

Awesome, that is totally the fix that would help my work computer that runs Win7, my home computer that runs Win7, my netbook that runs Ubuntu, or my cell (CM SIII) that has a 200MB data plan.

about 6 months ago
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The Case Against Gmail

Beardo the Bearded Re:iGoogle Disaster (435 comments)

Yes, it's totally bullshit that you would want to have a single page with all your email, news, weather, and everything else, launching from the start of your browser session. It's idiocy only pursued by the elderly to want to look at one page to get instantly up to date on everything.

I'm sorry that iGoogle was your singularity.

about 6 months ago
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Dell Fixes Ultrabook That Smelled of Cat Urine

Beardo the Bearded Re:A Feature! (133 comments)

Thanks man, you almost made me choke on an apple, which is ironically what I'm eating as a snack right now.

about 6 months ago
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Dell Fixes Ultrabook That Smelled of Cat Urine

Beardo the Bearded Re:A Feature! (133 comments)

Which company did you say you work for?

about 6 months ago
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How Safe Is Cycling?

Beardo the Bearded Re:How safe? (947 comments)

Indeed, that's the last line in the colregs:

"If in doubt, the larger vessel has the right of way."

about 6 months ago
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How Safe Is Cycling?

Beardo the Bearded Re:only? (947 comments)

Same as me. I've been biking for 17 years and haven't broken a thing.

My boss was passed by a bus too close, the last thing he remembered seeing was "Goodyear" rolling by, almost touching his face, and then he was in the hospital a couple of days later. It took them four hours to get him off the bridge. He's got a lot of scars.

about 6 months ago
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How Safe Is Cycling?

Beardo the Bearded Re:How safe? (947 comments)

Okay, when I did an analysis of US stats last year, I found that cyclists are:

1% of traffic
2% of traffic injuries and fatalities

You're more likely to get seriously hurt when you get into an accident on a bike. That's just obvious, since you're cruising around in nothing but skintanium. There's no way -- none -- that a bike is going to come out ahead in a collision with a motorized vehicle. A fight with someone that's got 20 pounds on you is one-sided, so imagine a fight against someone that's got 2 tons on you and is made out of steel. This is why, when I bike, I assume that I never ever, under any circumstances ever, ever think that I have the right of way. A bike never has the right of way. I say this because of the laws of physics -- if a delivery van blows a stop sign and t-bones you, he can hose down his van and get back to work tomorrow. If you're really, really lucky and you have good medical care, you might be able to pee on your own in a couple of months. So whose fault is it? Who cares? As the cyclist, you're always "all in" when you're biking, so you always assume that every accident is your fault.

I started biking to school 17 years and 90 pounds ago. I bike to work 4/5 days a week unless it's snowing. (I don't bike when it's snowing; it's too dangerous with the cars out there, and on Thursdays I jog in.) In all that time, I've been hit one time. A woman on a road bike that was drafting behind me. A car was approaching the intersection (they have a stop) but they were approaching a little too fast for my liking. I hit my brakes, and they're tuned to stop my bike from full speed to stopped in about 2 meters. She couldn't stop nearly that well, and she rear-ended me. She tacoed her wheel and broke one of my rear lights. A lot of close calls, drivers that don't pay attention, but I pay enough attention for both of us.

Ironically, I do have a spinal injury, but I was hours away from the closest car when I got it.

about 6 months ago
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Scientists Induce New Hair Growth In Balding Men

Beardo the Bearded Re:Dumb... (232 comments)

That's why my toupee is made entirely of $100 bills.

about 6 months ago
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Physicist Unveils a 'Turing Test' For Free Will

Beardo the Bearded Re:Siri doesn't have free will (401 comments)

Only if they hand me an envelope with the discussion we're about to have on it, then we have the conversation, then I open it up, and there is it, line for line.

about 6 months ago

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Warrants required for text messages

Beardo the Bearded Beardo the Bearded writes  |  1 year,22 days

Beardo the Bearded (321478) writes "The Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) has ruled that your text messages cannot be seized without a wiretap order.

FTA: "The decision overturns a lower court ruling against Telus that required the company to hand over copies of two of its customers' text messages after it was served with a general warrant by police in Owen Sound, Ontario.

Telus had appealed the ruling. The phone provider argued that seizing the messages would constitute "interception" of the communication and would therefore require a wiretap warrant. That is more difficult to get than a general warrant, because of special privacy provisions in the Criminal Code protecting private communications.""

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What MP3 players are available?

Beardo the Bearded Beardo the Bearded writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Beardo the Bearded (321478) writes "Dear Slashdot:

I have to get a new MP3 player. For years I've been using a Sony Walkman after winning one at work. I used it every day to block out the cubicle sounds, especially the humming of the fans. (I have noise-blocking earbuds.) It saw frequent use it at the gym. I also used it when biking, so an external speaker is critical. Last week it got wet and despite my best efforts (I'm an Electrical Engineer) it did not survive.

I don't want to get an iPod because of their attitude towards slave labour. iTunes is also something I want to avoid because it's a closed format that doesn't work under Ubuntu.

Sony's... well, we all know what Sony's been up to lately. You also had to use Windows Media Player to make playlists — Rythmbox, Banshee, and other Ubuntu players couldn't create the propietary format. I could drag-and-drop music but that was it.

It seems like all the brick-and-mortar retailers carry are iPods and some junky low-end disposable models that barely passed quality control. I had to return a Polaroid player because it was unusable.

I've had bad luck with Archos products as well, with a battery on my Archos 7 dying after about 6 months. It doesn't have to be an all-singing, all-dancing pony. I want music. I don't have a cell phone, nor do I plan on spending several thousand dollars over the next three years to get an MP3-capable cell. In fact, because of the rules at work, it shouldn't have a camera in it. Nor will I be able to use any streaming audio features at work.

I've looked at the Anything but iPod website, but none of the players they recommend are available anymore. There are a few from Amazon retailers but few, if any, will ship outside of the US.

What players would you recommend? It's got to be something that's rugged enough to take a fall, has an external speaker for biking, and work under Ubuntu. Cost is a secondary concern, my main goal is to have a nice machine that does its job well."

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Details of Canadian Copyright Law

Beardo the Bearded Beardo the Bearded writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Beardo the Bearded (321478) writes "For the third time, the Canadian Government is bringing forward new copyright legislation. While generally balanced and creating a differentiation between personal and commercial copyright violaters, there is a catch. The proposed law would create $5000 penalties for breaking any digital locks. ANY locks. That means unskippable commercials on Blu-Ray players and broadcast / delete flags on TV transmissions. Even attempts to circumvent the locks are violations, and that means Sony gets to install rootkits on your... er, their computer, and your cable provider gets to disable your PVR that you bought and paid for. These locks over-ride any other rights that consumers would have under the new Act.

This would have the side effect of outlawing any operating system that includes region-free players, or even watching imported movies that are impossible to obtain in Canada.

This ignores the wishes of the Canadians who participated in the lengthy consultations; we said that the locks would be too restrictive.

Too bad we can't apply a three-strikes law to laws..."

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Scubaboard sued over post content

Beardo the Bearded Beardo the Bearded writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Beardo the Bearded (321478) writes "In early 2008, several SCUBA divers were injured (one killed) due to contaminated air provided by a dive boat. Old news is exciting, but legal gears grind slowly.

The operator of the dive shop has filed suit against the owner of the board in an attempt to discourage discussion about the bad air, the fatality, and the conditions of the dive operation. Part of the issue is that the operator closed ship and moved to another company in January of 2010. The posters on scubaboard found that it was the same person and started warning divers against using the new company altogether.

Is it possible or reasonable to hold public forums accountable for the posts of its users?"
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Canada's Heritgage Minster Violating own Bill

Beardo the Bearded Beardo the Bearded writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Beardo the Bearded (321478) writes "In Canada, the legislation for Copyright Reform comes from either the Heritage Minister or the Industry Minister. According to an article on the CanWest news service, "Heritage Minister James Moore — one of the government's leaders on the copyright file — admitted Monday that he hasn't always abided by Canada's copyright law." In other words, the person in charge of copyright legislation in Canada doesn't follow his own rules. The most recent legislation, Bill C-61, would have made it unlawful to (among other things) record TV shows for watching later, or shifting any media with any form of copy protection. It was abandoned during the elections in October 2008. This raises the question: Why are these guys making laws that they aren't going to follow themselves? If Bill C-61 had passed, he would have been civilly liable for $20,000 per offence, and possibly even jail time."
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