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

DittoBox Re:EdgeRouter Lite (238 comments)

This. I have one at home, and install them for clients who need to replace SonicWalls and the like. Very hackable, very stable, very fast.

about 4 months ago

Google Hangouts Gets Google Voice Integration And Free VoIP Calls

DittoBox Re:Deprecating the telephone system (162 comments)

On most cell/mobile networks, your calls are just run over the data service. Meanwhile you're charged much higher prices for the phone-as-data than data-as-data.

about 4 months ago

Google Offers a Million Bucks For a Better Inverter

DittoBox Re:I've heard this one... (260 comments)

GP also assumes you can convert one form of potential energy to another at or around 99+% efficiency. The rest of humanity would like to know how that works.

about 6 months ago

Who controls the HVAC at work?

DittoBox Re:A Candle (216 comments)

Where I live they only show up once a year, and they're scheduled visits.

Which is, you know, pretty great.

about 8 months ago

NASA Honors William Shatner With Distinguished Public Service Medal

DittoBox Denny Crane. (111 comments)

Denny Crane.

I'm kookoo for Cocoa Puffs.

about 9 months ago

Mazda Says Its Upcoming Gas-Powered Cars Will Emit Less CO2 Than Electric Cars

DittoBox Re:Do electric cars actually produce CO2? (330 comments)

Also consider how the materials for the batteries are sourced (emissions/energy cost to mine), where they're sourced (emissions/energy cost to ship), how they're put together (emissions from factory, energy cost), and where the entire vehicle is put together (emissions/energy cost to ship batteries to car factory). Is continuing to use older vehicles less and more impactful to the environment?

People who are totally against innovation in this sector tend to think all of these are worse than continuing to rely on dead dinosaur-based fuels. I think we need to push forward and research all options, including reducing individual demand for vehicular use through public transit, better civic planning, automated vehicles (which increase efficiency in the system greatly) among other options.

I'm a car guy and I desperately do not want to see organic fuels disappear because of over use or damage to the environment. I think converting to more efficient travel methods and shrinking work-to-home distances are ultimately the way to go. Having access to fossil fuels in the future will then be reserved mostly for folks who just want to have fun, like owning horses is today. I don't want to see track days go away, or being able to take apart and put back together an almost entirely mechanical engine. There's a certain mechanical hackery to it.

Cars as appliances need to move on from fossil fuels, cars as projects/things to hack shouldn't. If we continue to treat fossil-fuels as infinite and undamaging we're going to lose cars as toys and projects and things to hack. That's sad.

about 9 months ago

Federal Smartphone Kill-Switch Legislation Proposed

DittoBox Just because you can... (173 comments)

Just because you can, doesn't mean you should. Just like the remote kill switch that was proposed in cars. This is a solution looking for a problem, and more over it's a solution that's ripe for abuse.

about a year ago

HTML5 App For Panasonic TVs Rejected - JQuery Is a "Hack"

DittoBox Re:ask them instead... (573 comments)

[...] you can stab them in the face when they reject it again.

An artful negotiating technique, subtle in its cunning.

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: Are AdBlock's Days Numbered?

DittoBox Adblock is also a safety measure. (731 comments)

AdBlock is something I've started installing for friends and family more as a way to block malware, than as a way to block ads outright. Poisoned ads (malvertising) account for a lot of malware installs. Just Google for iTunes or Firefox and the top ad results are malware infected installers.

Besides the incredible annoyance of ads in the slow downs they cause, they're also a dangerous pathway to malware and viruses. Common methods like embedding an iframe into a page that loads a script that targets a browser exploit to install something nasty (drive-by downloads), oneclick exploits, baiting users to download things, etc.

Ad networks—at least the slimy ones—don't care because they're getting paid.

1 year,7 days

Winamp Purchased By Radionomy

DittoBox Re:There's nothing that makes winamp great or uniq (188 comments)

I've been using REAPER for about 5 years now, professionally. It's cheap, works great, and there's no DRM beyond a registration code. I'd argue it's much more than a Swiss Army Knife, it's easily about 85% of ProTools is for my uses, and I can fake the other 15% without a sweat.

1 year,10 days

NASA Boss Accused of Breaking Arms Trade Laws

DittoBox "NASA Boss Accused of Breaking Arms" (88 comments)

"NASA Boss Accused of Breaking Arms"

Das parts of NASA's loss of funds. You gots to break legs if youse wants to makes moneys.

more than 2 years ago

Gimp 2.8 Finally Released

DittoBox Re:Here comes the complaning... (737 comments)

Designers like myself have a hard time because so many people say it's, "photoshop for free!!11@omgwtfbbq," whenever a new release comes out. If people stopped making the absurd assertion that they're remotely comparable for most pro work, we wouldn't make a stink about it. But even the summary here is saying it's that good—it isn't. I would call it a decent tool, one worth spending time with, but it's not in the same league yet. It needs layer styles (which from the way most open source projects go, I can see them pulling off a far better version than Adobe currently does), better typography tools, nested files and other non-destructive techniques.

Just quit comparing them and we'll stop complaining.

more than 2 years ago

The Laser Unprinter

DittoBox Re:Fraud (168 comments)

Infinitely worse.

Many companies buy check paper (complete with anti-fraud holographs, watermarks etc.), and then print on top of that using a regular laser printer. Being able to remove just the laser overprint.

That having been said, it wouldn't take long for the check paper companies to begin making check paper that will fail upon being introduced to the green laser field.

more than 2 years ago

Oil May Be Finite, But U.S. Production Is Ramping Up

DittoBox Re:Just buzzwords (745 comments)

Government investing in private industry isn't exactly Bolshevik, now is it? But you'd rather attack people than ideas any day.

more than 3 years ago

Mozilla Rejects WebP Image Format, Google Adds It

DittoBox Re:Perhaps I should blame English (262 comments)

Well then, we agree in more ways than one: english is stupid!

more than 3 years ago

Mozilla Rejects WebP Image Format, Google Adds It

DittoBox Re:Why? (262 comments)

Actually, JPEG doesn't lack ICC, or EXIF. Every camera that makes JPEG files embeds EXIF. Any suitable photo editor can embed ICC profiles as well.

I'll agree that the lack of alpha channel sucks, and that JPEG's lossy compression can be improved, but it's simply untrue that neither EXIF nor ICC can't be embedded. I do it all the time.

more than 3 years ago

Robots 'Evolve' Altruism

DittoBox Re:Robots Randroids? (360 comments)

Randian thought and Objectivism works on the basic question of, "Is this good for me?" At it's core is selfishness, and quite a few people—from christians to secular humanists—find this selfishness repugnant.

Before you claim I don't know what I'm talking about, I used to be a Randian drone. It's a sick, inhuman mindset that places self on a pedestal above all others.

more than 3 years ago

Why Science Is a Lousy Career Choice

DittoBox Re:Because hedge fund managers are asshats (694 comments)

What kind of twisted, self-righteous bullshit is this? I've known plenty of underhanded, socially-maladjusted, smarter-than-thou, back-stabbing engineers in my short time here. Explain that.

If you're going to start throwing out anecdotal crap as evidence to justify your blind hate for people with other talents than yourself you might as well give up. I'd expect a man of science such as yourself to at least try harder.

more than 3 years ago



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