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MacBook Mod Gives Base Station Chassis New Purpose

Ergasiophobia Re:Um (129 comments)

I think it should be called a scrapple. Even though scrapple has nothing to do with apples.

about 5 years ago
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Russian Whistleblower Cop On YouTube

Ergasiophobia Re:Dead man walking (176 comments)

"On August 20, 1940, Trotsky was attacked in his home in Mexico by a NKVD agent, Ramón Mercader, who buried the pick of an ice axe into Trotsky's skull." That sounds like a piercing headache to me.

more than 5 years ago
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Goodbye Apple, Hello Music Production On Ubuntu

Ergasiophobia Re:I know this guy... (513 comments)

On top of what wakingrufus said, it seriously is possible to do almost everything even a power user would want to do in a GUI. In some cases, using a CLI is actually more difficult. Ever try to connect to a wireless network in a terminal? It's a pain in the ass in my experience, almost always.

more than 5 years ago
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Goodbye Apple, Hello Music Production On Ubuntu

Ergasiophobia Re:I know this guy... (513 comments)

Chances are a security update won't break your setup, it's entirely possible to update a linux system without breaking most major things. If you can live with not running the most current kernel, not having the newest drivers, and basically not running a bleeding edge desktop you should in most cases be find. This is not always the case, but speaking as someone who's been running linux for a while now and who's tried everything from a bleeding edge system to a less updated system, if you can live without the newest updates for something that aren't for security reasons, do it. Hell, I'd be willing to say that applies with any OS. Not to mention that sometimes the newest versions of things just suck compared to their previous ones. I'm looking at you, Amarok developers.

more than 5 years ago
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Goodbye Apple, Hello Music Production On Ubuntu

Ergasiophobia Re:I know this guy... (513 comments)

Assuming ubuntu (considering that's what was discussed before), pulseaudio or possibly alsa-base. I recently had some major issues with my sound on ubuntu, and they were fixed by doing sudo apt-get purge alsa-base pulseaudio && sudo apt-get install pulseaudio alsa-base and installing some packages suggested in this guide.

more than 5 years ago
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Ray Bradbury Loves Libraries, Hates the Internet

Ergasiophobia Re:God Bless Him (600 comments)

Just because you can't find something on the internet, it doesn't mean it isn't there.

more than 5 years ago
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Behavior May Influence Evolution

Ergasiophobia Re:Frist MNNGG (262 comments)

Yet another great literary work of art from Mrs. Keller. This one belongs right up there next to, "Life is either a daring adventure or nothing. Security does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than exposure."

about 8 years ago

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Sniffing Browser History Without Javascript

Ergasiophobia Ergasiophobia writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Ergasiophobia writes "I'm just going to quote the page itself here, as it gives a pretty good description.

It actually works pretty simply — it is simpler than the Javascript implementation. All it does is load a page (in a hidden Iframe) which contains lots of links. If a link is visited, a background (which isn't really a background) is loaded as defined in the CSS. The "background" image will log the information, and then store it (and, in this case, it is displayed to you).

http://www.making-the-web.com/misc/sites-you-visit/nojs/ Is a demonstration of a method to find out the browsing history of a visitor to a website, no javascript required. It seems the only drawbacks to this method are the increased load on your browser, and that it requires a list of websites to check against."
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Ergasiophobia Ergasiophobia writes  |  more than 8 years ago

Ergasiophobia (971409) writes "It seems the National Cable & Telecommunications Association is spreading a blatant lie in the form of a commercial claiming that the net neutrality act will cost the consumer more and that it is "bad" for the consumer. This of course ignoring how much the cable companies will profit from the act not passing. For some truthful information on the net neutrality act check out savetheinternet.com"
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Ergasiophobia Ergasiophobia writes  |  more than 8 years ago

Ergasiophobia (971409) writes "Recently my old Dell inspirion 1100 just got too old and and decrepit to be of any real use, so I got a new computer. I'm interested in installing Linux on it, I have two separate 20Gb hard drives so I have one to experiment with as I'd like to keep the other as a backup. So I ask you, the slashdot community, this: What is the best distribution of Linux to "start out" with, and why?"

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Steve Jobs confirms iPhone "kill switch" security feature

Ergasiophobia Ergasiophobia writes  |  more than 6 years ago Will from Into Mobile recently reported that the iPhone essentially has a built in "kill switch" that allows Apple to uninstall any application installed on the the iPhone. The Wall Street Journal reported today that Steve Jobs himself has confirmed the "kill switch" built into the iPhone.

Apple raised hackles in computer-privacy and security circles when an independent engineer discovered code inside the iPhone that suggested iPhones routinely check an Apple Web site that could, in theory trigger the removal of the undesirable software from the devices. Mr. Jobs confirmed such a capability exists, but argued that Apple needs it in case it inadvertently allows a malicious program -- one that stole users' personal data, for example -- to be distributed to iPhones through the App Store. "Hopefully we never have to pull that lever, but we would be irresponsible not to have a lever like that to pull," he says.

Is this a necessary security feature, or just Jobs' way of keeping even more control over the iPhone?

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Military plans to aquire fossil bed for training purposes

Ergasiophobia Ergasiophobia writes  |  more than 7 years ago The Denver Post is reporting that the Picket Wire Canyonlands of Southeast Colorado are being targeted by nearby Fort Carson as a possible place for military training grounds. Picket Wire is well known for it's abundance of fossils, links to the past that could be lost forever if not properly handled after being found. The chances of thousands of years of history being lost are too great to give the military control over this region. In John S. Wilkins' commentary on the article he provides information on what has happened before when the military has been given control of a region rich with fossils, as he quotes Adrienne Mayor of the Dino-L list.

Badlands National Monument was established in 1939, outside of the reservation boundary. During World War II, the US Air Force took over more than 300,000 acres of land from the reservation, land that contains abundant remains of Titanotherium and other large vertebrate fossils. Beginning in 1942 and continuing until 1968, the Stronghold area was used as a huge aerial bombing range by the Air Force. Old wrecked cars were collected and painted bright yellow, then scattered throughout this badlands area as targets for the bombers. The Air Force also used plows to create gigantic bulls-eye targets, 250 feet across, carved into the prairie mesas.

Mr. Wilkin's also provides a number for the Ft. Carson Colorado Commanding General's Hotline for anyone wishing to complain, which is: (719) 526-2677.

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50 terabyte flash drive made of bug protein

Ergasiophobia Ergasiophobia writes  |  more than 7 years ago

A prototype USB drive using bug protein to store data in the neighborhood of around 50 terabytes worth of data could be here in less then 18 months. This idea first started out by coating DVDs with a layer of protein so that one day solid state memory could hold so much information that storing data on your computer hard drive will be obsolete, says Professor V Renugopalakrishnan of the Harvard Medical School in Boston while reporting on his findings at the International Conference on Nanoscience and Nanotechnology in Brisbane this week.

The whole story is available here. This brings up an interesting question. With USB ports getting faster and faster, and the storage space of small portable storage devices getting bigger and bigger, will the hard drive ever be phased out for personal use?

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Goatse.cx for sale

Ergasiophobia Ergasiophobia writes  |  more than 7 years ago That's right, the original home of that infamous hello.jpg that almost every slashdot user by this time has had the misfortune of seeing is currently up for auction. At the time of this writing the minimum bid is only $460, so step up and get yourself a piece of internet history. http://www.goatse.cx/ Is the original site for anyone who doesn't know, and the site to bid at is http://www.seobidding.com/buy/auction/goatse.cx

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Help Find Jim Gray

Ergasiophobia Ergasiophobia writes  |  more than 7 years ago As was reported on slashdot January 30th, computer scientist Jim Gray went missing at sea. As of February 1st the coast guard has given up on looking for him. However Amazon has stepped in to try to help.

Through a major effort by many people we were able to have the Digital Globe satellite make a run over the area on Thursday morning and have the data made available publicly. We have split these images into smaller tiles that can be easily scanned visually and stored into the Amazon S3 storage service. We then created tasks for reviewing these images and loaded then into the Amazon Mechanical Turk Service.

If you would like to help in finding Mr. Gray then please visit this site and go through a few images.

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The First HD DVD Movie Hits BitTorrent

Ergasiophobia Ergasiophobia writes  |  more than 7 years ago Ars Technica reports that the first HD DVD movie has made it's way onto BitTorrent, showing that current DRM efforts to prevent illegal sharing of copyrighted content are still futile and fighting an uphill battle. From the article:

The pirates of the world have fired another salvo in their ongoing war with copy protection schemes with the first release of the first full-resolution rip of an HD DVD movie on BitTorrent. The movie, Serenity, was made available as a .EVO file and is playable on most DVD playback software packages such as PowerDVD. The file was encoded in MPEG-4 VC-1 and the resulting file size was a hefty 19.6 GB.

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Net Neutrality Is Just "Mumbo Jumbo"

Ergasiophobia Ergasiophobia writes  |  more than 8 years ago It seems the National Cable & Telecommunications Association is spreading a blatant lie in the form of a commercial claiming that the net neutrality act will cost the consumer more and that it is "bad" for the consumer. This of course ignoring how much the cable companies will profit from the act not passing. For some truthful information on the net neutrality act check out savetheinternet.com

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Best Linux?

Ergasiophobia Ergasiophobia writes  |  more than 8 years ago Recently my old Dell inspirion 1100 just got too old and and decrepit to be of any real use, so I got a new computer. I'm interested in installing Linux on it, I have two separate 20Gb hard drives so I have one to experiment with as I'd like to keep the other as a backup. So I ask you, the slashdot community, this: What is the best distribution of Linux to "start out" with, and why?

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Free VoIP, in and out.

Ergasiophobia Ergasiophobia writes  |  more than 8 years ago With skype's http://skype.com/helloagain.html recent change to allow free out-bound calls within the US and Canada, and gizmo http://support.gizmoproject.com/ allowing for the sign-up and use of a free (albeit with a credit card, but that doesn't need to be billed) service that creates a number for you for free in-bound calling, with the two tag-teamed it should allow completely free VoIP calling, in and out. Until the end of the year, of course.

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