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Ask Slashdot: Server Room Toolbox?

DRACO- Re:Leatherman (416 comments)

Read "Swiss Army Wife..."

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Make a DVD-Rental Store More Relevant?

DRACO- Re:Hey Guys (547 comments)

Libraries have book clubs. How about putting together some must watch lists for different interests and making those highly available or 1 day rentals so there are quick turn arounds. Drag together some film nuts that really like to discuss movies finer points and have discussion days on the list like very other Thursday, BOYB.

The local video store sold pizza for a few years, then switched to bbq.... then shut down the video store and sold nothing but bbq.

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Keeping Personal Tech Cool In Extreme Heat?

DRACO- Re:Low-Tech Way (165 comments)

I have a ford ranger with an extended cab with double layer limo tint on the back windows. I park opposite of what you suggest, rear facing the sun, with reflective window shades in the front windshield. It does makes a difference compared to parking the other direction. I suppose it is less clear glass pointed at the sun.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Use For an Old Smartphone?

DRACO- Mom (301 comments)

Mom does not have a smart phone and prefers not to have one. But she does need a smart phone at work (a farm and feed store) at least connected to wifi to scan QR codes on coupons sent to customers by Purina. She is the only cashier that does not have a smartphone. I'm planning on sending her my old android phone now that I saw a note that google goggles can now use phones with non-autofocus cameras. If that doesnt work, I might give up my ipod. I have just too lazy to move all my podcasts to my android phone.

more than 2 years ago
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Stanford Robot Car Capable of Slide Parking

DRACO- Re:Just a few points... (265 comments)

Yes Baby steps.. Currently they are coping with the personnel hazards of flywheels, large banks of batteries, different chemical makeups of batteries and how to handle things when they blow up, catch on fire and go flying up into the stadium crowd. Fire suppression, using water in some cases is trouble with shorting big banks of batteries brimming with energy.. Yes.. Baby Steps.

more than 4 years ago
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Europeans Bury "Digital DNA" Inside a Mountain

DRACO- All well and good (161 comments)

Oh this is all well and good to bury a digital copy of prized data.. What happens when everyone forgets it exists. Is anyone going around and passing out titanium plates with maps of where this data is to all libraries for the future?

more than 4 years ago
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Could Colorblindness Cure Be Morally Wrong?

DRACO- another question to answer (981 comments)

If you really want to ask, is putting plastic covers over outlets for safety of our children morally wrong? Is all the safety training and safety equipment morally wrong? Without the advances of safety we would have millions of people dying and darwinism would actually be working in the human race. Humanity would actually be able to evolve to our next level except because of our intelectual abilities, we have staved off our next level of evolution.

Change the question, is curing cancer morally wrong? Curing color blindness wont change much. Those who are color blind know not to go into bomb diffusion jobs or other color coded problem jobs. Evolutionary wise those who are color blind are not getting themseleves killed or dying out of the human gene pool and instead are passing on the 'damaged' gene set.

Question now is, do we now chose our evolutionary paths now?

Yes.

more than 4 years ago
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Can Ubuntu Save Online Banking?

DRACO- Re:What about security patches? (462 comments)

Yes, lets just mail Joe user a cd every quarter. Then John the hacker can just mail out his own version to Joe user and own him anyway. Best way to distribute such a cd would be bank teller pick up or drive thru pickup at the bank. Not a pile of cds on a table/desk or in the vestibule or some random public shelf.

more than 4 years ago
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Can Ubuntu Save Online Banking?

DRACO- Re:It's also stupid (462 comments)

The credit card number generator has been compromised by man in the middle attacks. Man in the middle intercepts your ssl connection, makes another connect himself to your bank, presents you the screen he gets. You see what looks like the bank, you enter your user/pass and generated number. Man in the middle thief does the same and starts moving money.. gets a prompt for another code from the generator and spits that out at you to get another code. You supply it, he enters it for his transaction.. Bye bye money.

Feel secure holding that number generator card now?

more than 4 years ago
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Can Ubuntu Save Online Banking?

DRACO- Re:BIOS (462 comments)

How about cartriage based, like c64, nintentdo, gensis etc?

more than 4 years ago
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Can Ubuntu Save Online Banking?

DRACO- Re:Reply (462 comments)

Sure, clean VM may mean nothing snooping on the vm.. but what about the host? Infect the host, snoop the VM's network traffic.. You get exploited even with a clean VM.

Banks need to just put out closed hardware, like an automated teller machine.. Oh I know an ATM!

Really what should be done is the bank host a secured remote desktop session and give users a client disc. So long as the client software doesnt have a major hole, the bank can handle the software on the bank's remote desktop side.

more than 4 years ago
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Toyota's Engineering Process and the General Public

DRACO- Re:Gods fault (345 comments)

Have you heard of mechanical computation? Analog computers? Water computers? We could do all this fancy eco crap with more mechanical parts in the linkage but software is cheaper.

more than 4 years ago
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Toyota's Engineering Process and the General Public

DRACO- Re:Mechanical linkages != automatically safer (345 comments)

I've had borrowed my brother's '02 ford ranger that I experienced a throttle stuck open problem that was caused by a frayed cable linkage. I couldn't pull the pedal up. I had to shift to neutral and stop while then engine roared to 6000 rpm then dropped to 3000 rpm when the computer noticed no load. I shut the engine off after I stopped, popped the hood, spotted the fray in the throttle cable and pulled the throttle shut and drove it another 60 miles to get parts and home to fix it.

more than 4 years ago
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How Do You Get Users To Read Error Messages?

DRACO- Re:Nagging Nora (951 comments)

In some cases at least in fords, just click the seatbelt unlock button will silence the bell for the driver side chime. I tend to drive through a series of locked gates at the farm which require closing after pulling through. Putting on a seatbelt to drive through a gate at 1/2 mph isnt high priority for me. I just click the unlock button on the seatbelt latch and it silences till the next time I start the engine.

more than 4 years ago
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How Do You Get Users To Read Error Messages?

DRACO- Re:Make it turn the volume up (951 comments)

It would also help if windows would bluescreen and not immediately reboot the machine. I keep my cellphone or my dslr (it's faster) around when dealing with blue screen errors because so often a machine will blue screen and throw up a stop code. You read stop and it goes away faster than you can read the rest of the screen.

more than 4 years ago
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Google CEO Says Privacy Worries Are For Wrongdoers

DRACO- In some cases it isnt privacy but accuricy (671 comments)

Privacy is not the issue, it's the inaccuracy that could occur that would dishonor a user. Do you always remember to log out of google when a friend borrows a computer?

more than 4 years ago
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Computer Failure Causes Gridlock In MD County

DRACO- Re:Where's a traffic cop when you need one? (483 comments)

There is a t-bone light in my town that has a funky sensor if you want to go left from the trunk to the through highway, you will have the best luck, arriving at line, back up 2 car lengths and pull back up to the line. Luckily, I now live on the other side of town and avoid that light.

about 5 years ago
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Computer Failure Causes Gridlock In MD County

DRACO- Re:Report from the field: "Drivers very confused" (483 comments)

Downtown Houston is like that. Every time I go to downtown Houston I have to remember to watch for lights on the side. I've almost ran lights because I didnt notice them as I am used to my home town, 6 intersections 2 way stop signs... 1 intersection 4 way stop sign. 6 2 way... then a t-bone 1 stop sign. (small town)

about 5 years ago
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Toyotas Suddenly Accelerate; Owners Up In Arms

DRACO- Re:Put the damn thing in neutral! (1146 comments)

This all reminds me of the day I borrowed my brother's ford ranger (automatic) and he forgot to tell me not to floor it, the cable had a spot where it was unbraided slightly and would get stuck in the ferrel before the cable jacket. I found this out the moment after I raced ahead of some vehicles after coming off the red light and got in the left hand lane to make a u-turn... I suddenly discovered the stuck throttle and shifted into neutral. The engine blared and the computer knocked the rpm's down to 3k after running at 6k for a few seconds unloaded. Good on ford for that programming.

I typically drive manual transmission and it was of course my first thought was throw into neutral. Once I stopped, all I had to do was shut off the engine, pop the hood, tap the throttle cable and all was good. All I had to contend with is complaining to my brother his ford is crap again. Funny thing is now, he gave up the truck a few months later and had me take over the payments/owership of it. He got pissed off at ford when working at an automotive shop and decided he will never own a ford again.

about 5 years ago
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ARM Stealthily Rising As a Low-End Contender

DRACO- Re:It's JVC's VHS-C versus Sony's Video8 again (285 comments)

He's not assuming. When I worked retail, the first question out of a customer's mouth was, 'Will this work in my vcr?" or "Is there an adapter for my VHS-C/Sony 8/hi8/digital8?" I had several that had Sony 8/hi8/digital8 cameras swear up and down that there had to be a vcr cassette adapter for their camera's tapes--For them I showed them the VHC-C adapter and told them "It wont work, but you can buy it anyways if you dont belive me."

Not a one of the customers knew the difference between the formats. They knew SONY as a brand name and often wanted SONY. I had some ask for SONY cameras with VHS-C after explaining the differences. We often steered joe customers to VHS-C in herds because we knew they wanted simplicity. Throw some batteries in the adapter (or not if it is geared), shove the VHS-C in and shove in the vcr.. done. Any other format required cabling the camera to the tv, or vcr or dvd burner or pc and fat finger mashing the tiny buttons on the camera to play the video back.

about 5 years ago

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Testing.

DRACO- DRACO- writes  |  more than 13 years ago

This is simply a test..
Who knows if this code works right or not.. I enabled the comments as a test also.. so if you stumble upon here.. do bother to test them. not that it matters..

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