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Exploiting Wildcards On Linux/Unix

DarwinSurvivor Re:Question... -- ? (215 comments)

rm /my/directory/path/-f

find . -maxdepth 1 -name -f -delete

python -c "import os; os.remove('-f')"

about a month ago
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Exploiting Wildcards On Linux/Unix

DarwinSurvivor Re:Question... -- ? (215 comments)

after swearing at my terminal for a while before resorting to reading the rm man page.

I find that half the time the swearing comes after trying to read the man page. Then it's time to fire up the old Google...

... which more often than not returns a link to the online copy of the man page ...

about a month ago
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Google Demos Modular Phone That (Almost) Actually Works

DarwinSurvivor Re:Heater (126 comments)

I can tell you from first hand experience, pun intended, than MANY current phones work just fine as hand warmers.

about a month ago
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Google Demos Modular Phone That (Almost) Actually Works

DarwinSurvivor Re:Anyone else remember... (126 comments)

Replacement is easy, upgrades are a PITA.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Would It Take For You To Buy a Smartwatch?

DarwinSurvivor Re:Acceptable battery life (427 comments)

They are getting better. The Pebble is waterproof (5ATM) and runs for almost a week on a charge.

about a month ago
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4K Monitors: Not Now, But Soon

DarwinSurvivor Re:Occulus Rift (186 comments)

80 columns is fine if you are only working with a single file. Being able to have long vertical views of code with documentation, design work, other code, compiler outputs, etc beside the code without having to switch between virtual displays is a huge productivity booster.

Call me spoiled if you like, but without people pushing for bigger and better ways of doing things, we'd still be stuck punching holes in pieces of cardstock and hoping we stacked them in order.

about a month and a half ago
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4K Monitors: Not Now, But Soon

DarwinSurvivor Re:Occulus Rift (186 comments)

Then you need better eyes.

What? I'm saying that even on standard desktop-sized displays, I can see the characters become blocky when reduced because there are not enough pixels. Someone with poor eyesight wouldn't notice a difference between a pixel display and a printout at the same physical size.

about a month and a half ago
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4K Monitors: Not Now, But Soon

DarwinSurvivor Re:Display Port (186 comments)

Why is there no mention of Display Port? Current 4K LCD all accept this, and with the right GPU, you can most certainly drive at 60Hz, full resolution.

This is more about HDMI being a broken standard to me. I just don't like DisplayPort because it's sort of Apple's thing.

Nope

about a month and a half ago
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4K Monitors: Not Now, But Soon

DarwinSurvivor Re:Over 30yo+ you won't see the difference anyway. (186 comments)

I regularly use a 1080p monitor in the 24" range and I can tell you I would *definitely* like the resolution to be higher. I do a lot of text-based work and I can see the letters start to get blocky if I reduce the text size while I know for a fact I could easily read text even smaller when printed on a decent laser printer.

Try it one day. Use a word processor to print "the quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog" in steadily reduced font size down the page. Print that page and hold it next to the computer screen at a comfortable viewing distance and find the smallest font size you can read on the printed version and the on-screen version. If picked the same paper and monitor sizes (as measured by a real-life ruler), you may want to see an optometrist.

about a month and a half ago
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4K Monitors: Not Now, But Soon

DarwinSurvivor Re:display port (186 comments)

DVI != DisplayPort

about a month and a half ago
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4K Monitors: Not Now, But Soon

DarwinSurvivor Re:Occulus Rift (186 comments)

Yes, resolution DOES matter. A line of text requires a certain number of vertical pixels to be legible. Whether that line is an inch high or a quarter-inch high makes no difference. For people that need to see more at once, they absolutely do need more pixels. The image from a 1080p projector may look fine from across the room, but you can still only see a small amount of text at a time.

You are making the fundamental error that people just want their displays to look nice instead of actually being able to see either fine detail or large quantities of information at the same time. Some of us DO need (or want very, very much) more pixels on our displays.

about a month and a half ago
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Nokia Extorted For Millions Over Stolen Encryption Keys

DarwinSurvivor Re:Feature or bug? (89 comments)

That's just it. The summary says "Had the keys been leaked..." when in reality it is very obvious that they were leaked, Nokia just paid somebody and hoped they wouldn't use it. Encryption keys aren't something you can just give back, and a giant certificate revocation would have been noticed by a lot of security researchers.

Basically, this story boils down to the fact that Nokia is out millions of dollars and their infrastructure is STILL compromised. Pinky swear indeed...

about a month and a half ago
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Amazon's 3D Smartphone As a (Useful) Gimmick

DarwinSurvivor Maps (68 comments)

Maps could be made much easier to read with 3D as you could focus on a "layer" much easier and see buildings/etc in relief to get a better view of landmarks.

about a month and a half ago
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Rising Sea Levels Uncover Japanese War Dead In Marshall Islands

DarwinSurvivor Re:The USA (182 comments)

Yes, there is a fair bit of infrastructure to put in. Many places are putting in their own chargers, be it 1 or 2 designated spots (a couple of strip malls near me have them) or an entire parking lot of charging stations (like BCIT just installed). I live near Vancouver, so I am probably seeing a lot more progress than most of North America, but once its been proven to work in one city, others will follow. Where I live, almost all new structures are getting high-amperage cabling laid during construction to facilitate future charger installations (even private homes), so the infrastructure is already being built.

As for the cost of power, most estimates put it at around $3 for a full charge (from dead to 100%). For existing paid-parking garages, they already have the ability to charge for the parking spot by the hour/etc, so simply adding a flat percentage increase should take care of the cost of any power they consumed (just like the costs of maintenance and security are already included in the ticket fee). There are also chargers on the market that have built-in transaction systems for credit cards or coins similar to how a parking meter works.

I spot (without looking for them) at least 1 electric car almost every day during my daily commute (more if I drive instead of taking the train) compared to them being almost non-existent only a year or two ago.

about 2 months ago
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Rising Sea Levels Uncover Japanese War Dead In Marshall Islands

DarwinSurvivor Re:The USA (182 comments)

We are very close to a large percentage of the population being able to do all of their day-to-day driving by simply recharging at their various destinations without any inconvenience. Instead of going down to the gas station ever week (or half-week) and sitting there waiting for it to fill up, just plug it in when you get home or to work and let it recharge until you get back.

about 2 months ago
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Rising Sea Levels Uncover Japanese War Dead In Marshall Islands

DarwinSurvivor Re:The USA (182 comments)

Google the term "energy density". Hydrocarbons beat any non-nuclear alternative in this department, which is a large part of the reason why they're cheaper than the competition. I can put 14 gallons of gasoline (roughly equivalent to 1.8 billion joules or ~512 kilowatt hours) into my automobile in about one minute. I can't fully charge my cell phone battery (with a paltry capacity of ~10,000 joules) in less than an hour....

I think you just answered your own question.

about 2 months ago
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Report: Watch Dogs Game May Have Influenced Highway Sign Hacking

DarwinSurvivor Re: Well then the SOLUTION is obvious (154 comments)

Many areas have roads whos conditions change with the weather or other scenerios. Mountain passes can be closed due to heavy snow, highways can have reduced traffic from a large accident, detours can be set up for long-term (but sporatic) construction, etc.

about 2 months ago
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Report: Watch Dogs Game May Have Influenced Highway Sign Hacking

DarwinSurvivor Re:Weed valley (154 comments)

There's a highschool near where I grew up called "Tweedsmuir". Every year at the end of the school year, the grade 12 grads would steal the "T" off the sign. One year the principle, knowing about the tradition, made an announcement threatening the grads "if anyone took the "T" off the sign". He said he'd with-hold report cards, cancel some event, or something like that. The next day they discovered that someone had taken *all* the letters, leaving only the "T".

about 2 months ago
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The Sci-Fi Myth of Killer Machines

DarwinSurvivor Evil vs buggy (222 comments)

I'm fairly convinced that if the human race is extinguished, or at least heavily reduced, by robots or computers, it will be from a bug, not it becoming "evil". With so much infrastructure and technology being computer controlled (from water filtration to drones and aircraft carriers), a shorted out relay or buffer overflow is probably more likely to have catastrophic effects than some computer becoming smart enough, and evil enough to decide that the human race requires culling.

about 2 months ago

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