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Systemd Adding Its Own Console To Linux Systems

Dwedit Good. (771 comments)

Good. When you have some hairy kernel module that hasn't been touched in a long time, and has security holes because nobody's willing to change it, sometimes you just need something better.

about two weeks ago

Ask Slashdot: Remote Support For Disconnected, Computer-Illiterate Relatives

Dwedit Standard remote access (334 comments)

Use a SSH or VNC server, and also use a dynamic DNS client so you have a hostname instead of some random IP address, Then you can control the machine directly when it's online. VNC might be really slow over dialup though, you'd need to use Tight encoding with JPEG quality cranked all the way down to make it usable at all.

I usually end up tunneling VNC over SSH, and the VNC server only allows connections through the tunnel.

about a month ago

Ask Slashdot: What Smartwatch Apps Could You See Yourself Using?

Dwedit Needs a tiny joypad (471 comments)

I think smartwatches need a tiny joypad that can be clicked in as an extra button, kind of like old cell phones had. This would greatly expand the potential for video games, since you can't do much on a tiny touchscreen.

about a month and a half ago

Linus Torvalds: 'I Still Want the Desktop'

Dwedit Windows 8 (727 comments)

Windows 8 basically handed Linux an opportunity on a silver platter. Now they just need to make the desktop significantly better than what Microsoft is currently offering.

about 2 months ago

$125,000 Settlement Given To Man Arrested for Photographing NYPD

Dwedit Re:Always lock your phone! (231 comments)

Probably the $5 wrench solution to unlock the phone.

about 2 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Should You Invest In Documentation, Or UX?

Dwedit Documentation can be opportunity for code review (199 comments)

If nothing else, making documentation ensures that you get to check that your features are sane and make sense. Nothing like documenting something then realizing how stupidly it was written, then you can fix it so the documentation can be simpler.

about 2 months ago

Reversible Type-C USB Connector Ready For Production

Dwedit Charge + Ethernet (191 comments)

If I can power my laptop and get a network connection (powerline ethernet) over the same cable, that would be really sweet.

about 2 months ago

Nasty Business: How To Drain Competitors' Google AdWords Budgets

Dwedit Re:Hm (97 comments)

Adblock has element hiding, so if the web designer makes a <div class="adbox"> or something, that's really easy to override the CSS on to make it invisible.

about 3 months ago

Steve Wozniak Endorses Lessig's Mayday Super PAC

Dwedit And then when we elect that politician... (209 comments)

"Cast it into the fire! Destroy it!"
And he kept the corrupt political system of big money. It should have ended that day, but evil was allowed to endure. There's no strength left in the world of Men. They're scattered, divided, leaderless.

about 4 months ago

After the Belfast Project Fiasco, Time For Another Look At Time Capsule Crypto?

Dwedit Re:Space (170 comments)

If you can't have space, you can have international ping times. Generate keys, deploy one in one place, one in the other, and keep bouncing messages off of each other.

about 4 months ago

OpenPandora Design Files Released

Dwedit Why Non-commercial? (65 comments)

Why not release it allowing commercial use, and let anyone manufacture it? Availability problems have always been a huge problem for the OpenPandora team.

about 5 months ago

Why You Shouldn't Use Spreadsheets For Important Work

Dwedit Spreadsheets destroy data (422 comments)

Spreadsheets tend to mess with strings that look somewhat like a date, it will automatically convert it to a date when it sees things like that. You need to be really careful about spreadsheets automatically reformatting your data, make sure you properly indicate whether a field is Text or not.

about 5 months ago

Stung By File-Encrypting Malware, Researchers Fight Back

Dwedit Paging file? (85 comments)

Okay, stupid question time...
If someone took a disk image during the time when the virus was in the process of encrypting files, would it be possible to find the key in the paging file?

about 6 months ago

Final Fantasy XIV Failed Due To Overly Detailed Flowerpots

Dwedit Final Hallway 13 (195 comments)

So how did this game compare with Final Hallway 13?

about 7 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Reviewing 3rd Party Libraries?

Dwedit ILSpy (88 comments)

This is not a security analyzer, but ILSpy is the .NET decompiler that I currently use. Red Gate .NET Reflector went commercial only, so this is what's left.

about 8 months ago

FLOSS Codecs Emerge Victorious In Wikimedia Vote

Dwedit Why does Wikimedia hate batteries? (235 comments)

Mobile devices have efficient hardware support for codecs like H.264, and using something else takes a toll on battery life.

about 8 months ago

Mozilla To Show Sponsored Links To First-Time Firefox Users

Dwedit Jumped the shark (182 comments)

Firefox has jumped the shark.

about 8 months ago

Eclipse Foundation Celebrates 10 Years

Dwedit Re:Still using it (155 comments)

You must be exaggerating, since GW-BASIC required you to manually type in line numbers, just like on an Apple II. Eclipse may be bloated and sluggish, but at least you don't need to type in line numbers.

about 9 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Are AdBlock's Days Numbered?

Dwedit Re:HOSTS file (731 comments)

But in practice, they're not. Ads are distinguishable from the content, and that's why Adblock works.

about 9 months ago


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