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Ask Slashdot: Best Medium For Personal Archive?

Doug Otto Re:family Archive (250 comments)

The M-DISC has a limited lifetime warranty covering defects in materials and workmanship of the product when the product is used as directed and data is written to the M-DISC using an M-DISC READY Drive. Verification that an M-DISC READY Drive was used to write data may be required. If this product is found to be defective, it will be replaced at no cost to you. Product replacement is your sole remedy under this warranty, This warranty does not apply to normal wear or to damage resulting from abnormal use, misuse, abuse, neglect or accident, or to any incompatibility or poor performance due to the specific computer software or hardware used. Consequential or incidental damages, damage to property, liquidated damages, special damages, and any damages for loss of use or data are excluded. Defective discs will be replaced with a new, functionally equivalent blank disc only.

Well, at least they'll give your grand kids new media........

3 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Medium For Personal Archive?

Doug Otto It's the egg and basket thing.... (250 comments)

Your best bet is to pick more than one. You have a better handle on your needs and recovery point objectives than anyone here. Pick two (or even three) strategies that fit your needs and utilize both. Finding out you picked wrong usually happens at the very worst moment. Duplicating your efforts adds an awful lot of cushion.

3 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Where Can You Get a Good 3-Button Mouse Today?

Doug Otto Re:Logitech Anywhere Mouse MX (429 comments)

The only problem with Logitech mice is the Logitech software. I hate, hate, hate it.

I've got a big, heavy, Gigabyte Aivia Krypton Ghost mouse.You can modify the internal weighting to your liking. It's got the scroll wheel but it's big and grippy. You could also map away the scroll entirely, or map a side button for that dangling ring finger. One caveat is their software too. If you're on OS X, you need to set the mouse up the first time in Windows. It's an annoyance but it's a really good mouse. Maybe you can get an old school Sun3 mouse before they went to a wheel. You'd have to build/buy an adapter but it's be unique.

5 days ago
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Blogger Who Revealed GOP Leader's KKK Ties Had Home Internet Lines Cut

Doug Otto Internet cables? (418 comments)

Who the hell writes this crap? Internet cables?

about a week ago
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Your High School Wants You To Install Snapchat

Doug Otto Re:ITS HIM (157 comments)

Tampermonkey lets you add/remove scripts on the fly without needing to restart.

about two weeks ago
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The Mainframe Is Dead! Long Live the Mainframe!

Doug Otto Re:I didn't think they called them that these days (164 comments)

Then there is z/VM -- this is IBM's software crown jewel of mainframe software. This is where most shops run virtualized Linux servers. Create, start, stop, reconfigure guests as needed. You can reallocate storage among guests very easily. You can create software-only (virtual) networks for the guests.

Sounds like a wicked expensive VCenter cluster.

about two weeks ago
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UK Computing Teachers Concerned That Pupils Know More Than Them

Doug Otto It's been going on for years (388 comments)

Even back in the 80s, I had a teacher fail me on a programming assignment because I was using things she hadn't taught yet. This isn't a 'new' problem. It's difficult for teachers to stay on top of the required curriculum and still have time to be continually training.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Options For Cheap Home Automation?

Doug Otto Re:what is your return on investment? (189 comments)

So the utility company can ask for a rate hike because "people aren't using enough electricity...."

about three weeks ago
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Text Editor Created In Minecraft

Doug Otto Re:Most important question of all (114 comments)

Boot into single-user mode and soak up the goodness of ed, the only available text editor.

vi works just fine in single user, you just need to set a few variables first.

about three weeks ago
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The Slow Death of Voice Mail

Doug Otto Hell, I'm damn near 50 (237 comments)

My VM box is like the Roach Motel; messages check in but they don't check out. I'm not even sure I remember my VM password.

about a month ago
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Schneier Explains How To Protect Yourself From Sony-Style Attacks (You Can't)

Doug Otto Re:Sure... (343 comments)

Unfortunately, security is a cost center, not a profit center. That doesn't sit well with the MBA types. Security does not support the success of a business in any obvious way - so we have to use metrics to show value.

about a month ago
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Ford Ditches Microsoft Partnership On Sync, Goes With QNX

Doug Otto Re:Riiiiight. (233 comments)

QNX has been the choice for realtime OSs for a long time. Blackberry has little to do with that but they certainly are trying to cash in on it.

about a month and a half ago
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The Cost of the "S" In HTTPS

Doug Otto Re:Yes (238 comments)

I believe the "Firewalling" comment was likely in regard to packet inspection, not port filtering.

about 2 months ago
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FBI: Wiper Malware Has Korean Language Packs, Hard Coded Targets

Doug Otto Re:And it was signed Kim Jong Un (81 comments)

The analysis doesn't blame Korea or anyone else, it's the media taking that route. The analysis just lists the file targets and the information you'd want to see if you have a match; e.g.

File: igfxtrayex.exe
Size: 249856 bytes (244.0 KB)
MD5: 760c35a80d758f032d02cf4db12d3e55
PE Compile Time: 2014-11-24 04:11:08
Language pack of resource section: Korean

It seems sans-bullshit to me.

about 2 months ago
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Montana Lawmakers Propose 85 Mph Speed Limit On Interstates

Doug Otto Maths (525 comments)

State Senator Scott Sales says he spent seven months working in the Bakken oil patch, driving back and forth to Bozeman regularly. "If I could drive 85 mph on the interstate, it would save an hour," says Sales. "Eighty-five would be fine with me."

Apparently you don't need to know math to become a Senator. Montana isn't big enough to save you "an hour" by going an extra 10mph end to end, let alone Bakken to Bozeman.

about 2 months ago
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Microsoft Rolls Out Robot Security Guards

Doug Otto Of course (140 comments)

I for one welcome our new dalek shaped robotic overlords.

about 2 months ago
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Number of Coders In Congress To Triple (From One To Three)

Doug Otto Actually... (163 comments)

If all of congress truly would code (blue) it could pave the way for some actual improvement.

about 2 months ago
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Microsoft Azure Outage Across the Globe

Doug Otto Re:Out of band patch.. (167 comments)

No kidding. On the other hand, perhaps the outage was due to them not applying it soon enough......

about 2 months ago
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Coding Bootcamps Presented As "College Alternative"

Doug Otto Re:Here we go again (226 comments)

In all fairness, it doesn't sound like they're trying to churn out geniuses. From the linked site:

Can you really become a programmer in 19 weeks?

Software engineering is a craft that takes years of deliberate practice and learning to master. Our goal is to graduate world-class beginners, and jumpstart your journey towards becoming an elite coder. Having said that, we are betting that in 18 weeks you can learn enough programming to start contributing value to an engineering team as an entry level developer, where your learning can continue on the job. In fact, we think that our most successful graduates are those that view their first job as covering their food and rent while they continue to learn.

It sounds, very much, like what you can expect after graduating from a 4 year program; it's just more of a trade-school approach.

about 2 months ago

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We're your government, and we know who you are.

Doug Otto Doug Otto writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Doug Otto (2821601) writes "Buried deep in the bowels of a bi-partisan immigration reform bill is a "photo tool." The goal is to create a photo database consisting of every citizen. Of course the database would be used only for good, and never evil."
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Does antimatter fall up? Experiment could provide the answer.

Doug Otto Doug Otto writes  |  about a year ago

Doug Otto (2821601) writes "Scientists at CERN ask the question:
But one interesting question remains unanswered: does antimatter possess antigravity, experiencing a repulsive force when matter experiences attraction? And, even if antimatter experiences plain old gravity, does it behave in exactly the same way as matter does? And if it does fall up, could a dog see it?"

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Which licensing model for a "free to use" application?

Doug Otto Doug Otto writes  |  about 2 years ago

Doug Otto (2821601) writes "I work for a small defense contractor. We provide long range cameras and control systems to the military. We've developed an application to aid in configuration and maintenance of these systems that we'd like to distribute with the camera systems. The idea is to provide the application with a "free to use and distribute" license that doesn't give up ownership. Any thoughts?"

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