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Ask Slashdot: Best Way To Destroy Hard Drives?

GiovanniZero They make great decorations (1016 comments)

I always just take the platters out, run a magnet over them and hang them on my wall. I play with the platters fairly often as well so there's not a whole lot of chance for any data recovery. Plus they look cool!

more than 2 years ago

Why Twitter's Is a Game Changer

GiovanniZero Re:Just what we need (109 comments)

Or you could just not click on the short link. I mean...the host file solution would work to but it's not l like they can track you if you don't click on the link. And since you're already not clicking on the link maybe you shouldn't both with the host file.

about 4 years ago

ISC Releases the First Look At BIND 10

GiovanniZero Re:A Monument to "Software Engineering" (172 comments)

Mod Parent up. Seriously, they're basically in alpha here and are opening up for help from the community. They're obviously testing their code like crazy, that's how they know their issues. Why is everyone pissed that a bunch of developers are giving their time to develop a free project that is going to make the internet more reliable and safe in the end. Too many armchair developers in here. "Years! I could rewrite Bind in my sleep with one arm tied behind my back!"

more than 4 years ago

Coming Soon, Smartphone-Based Banking

GiovanniZero Re:DUPE (187 comments)

Of course, I always want to steal from people that know who I am and where I live.

more than 4 years ago

Coming Soon, Smartphone-Based Banking

GiovanniZero Re:DUPE (187 comments)

Mod parent up, I'm on usaa and I've been depositing my checks using my iphone and now my android phone for about a year now.

more than 4 years ago

US To Build Nuclear Power Plants

GiovanniZero Re:from the wikipedia page (622 comments)

In short, that same article basically says you can use different thorium cycles to make bomb making much more difficult. This article is also fairly old. Wired did a more recent one (obviously not a scientific journal. )

From the article that line is taken from

"A more sophisticated thorium cycle would include a little U 238 - enough to make the resultant U 233/U 238 mixture less than 20% and therefor unsuitable for a bomb without (expensive and tedious) isotope separation. But then Pu 239 would be produced from the U 238 and the problems of the plutonium cycle would reappear. But the LANL group argues that although the problems of plutonium would reappear, they would be less serious because the mix would include a large fraction of the isotope Pu 238 (produced from the thorium) which generates a lot of heat and makes the mixture impossible to use in present designs and difficult to use in other designs. This was raised with considerable optimism by Coops (1995) and was discussed at an IAEA meeting (Altshuler, Janouch and Wilson 1997), but some scientists who are knowledgeable about bomb design insist that a bomb can be made with any amount of Pu 238. But to the extent that it is more difficult, this may be a non-proliferation advantage. "

more than 4 years ago

Do Your Developers Have Local Admin Rights?

GiovanniZero Re:You mean the root password? (605 comments)

They're writing windows software. That may make your strategy a little more difficult. Also, most large companies have a problem with you installing your own OS on company computers...

more than 4 years ago

Comparing Microsoft and Apple Websites' Usability

GiovanniZero Re:Backwater sections (314 comments)

I'd like to see links for reference. I've been on a lot of developer pages and Im not sure that I know what you're talking about. I know this isn't wikipedia but [citation needed]

about 5 years ago

Researchers Store Optical Data In Five Dimensions

GiovanniZero Re:Five dimensional in the same way... (239 comments)

Ever used multi-dimensional arrays? I'm pretty sure they're called that because geeks want people to think that they are masters of the universe...

more than 5 years ago

Konami Cuts and Runs From Iraq War Game

GiovanniZero Re:Cowards. (321 comments)

I disagree. My grandfather landed on the beach in Okinawa as a US Marine and I've spent a lot of time trying to understand what he must have gone through.

Reading With The Old Breed while I played through CoD5 was at times a very sobering and insightful experience. Obviously I don't think I "understand what war is really like" if I did, I would have that 1000 yard stare so common to those soldiers.

I don't know if my grandpa would approve or not but I found it to be a very interesting experience that gave me some insight.

more than 5 years ago

Should Google Be Forced To Pay For News?

GiovanniZero Re:Shooting self in foot (322 comments)

This is how google search works. If you goto and search for something they give you results. If Google has a tailored special kind of search just for your topic then they will provide a link to that tailored search..

For example, if you search for a swim suit model then they will add a link to search for that swim suit model using google image search

In a similar way, they offer a search specifically for news. Its true that they display ads on that page but you can return to search motivation. When you search for news are you trying to buy something or get information? The answer is get information, therefore you click on the news result, not the ad.

If a user actually wants to read a news article (the only reason they'd come to your news site anyway) then they will click on the news link. No wonder you're "notaprguy" you're way to oblivious to ever be useful in that function. If you are in marketing I cringe for however you work for because you obviously have clue what you're talking about.

Google doesn't force websites to be listed, if you want out then you can get out and Google could careless because anyone with half a brain recognizes that Google listing their content is WAY more beneficial.

more than 5 years ago

Utah Mulls a Database of Bar Customers

GiovanniZero Re:Out of curiosity (623 comments)

Rape being above the national average probably has more to do with reporting. The Mormon church has a lot of safe guards and members of the church have interviews with their Bishop. Bishops are required to report cases of rape etc so it makes sense because there is a better system for reporting.

Also, before you assume Mormons have bad attitudes towards women consider that Utah was one of the first states to allow women to vote and sponsors the largest Women's service organization in the world.

It isn't all gravy of course. There are polygamist groups (no longer associated with the Mormon mainstream see LDS) that live in Utah and have very different ideas. However these groups also live in Colorado, Idaho, Texas and elsewhere (lots in Mexico).

more than 5 years ago

Utah Mulls a Database of Bar Customers

GiovanniZero Re:Bad for what tourism? (623 comments)

I'm from colorado and live in utah and while Utah doesn't get as much skier tourism as Colorado its still significant. Also, you may have heard of the Sundance film festival? There were also some Olympics in utah not too long ago? That being said I do think the liquor laws are retarded. I don't drink (nor do I endorse drinking) but I do absolutely recognize and defend the right of others to drink. Having half the alcohol level just makes people drink more (so now they're fat AND drunk). And private clubs? This is a huge turn off to tourists. Thank goodness we have Governor Huntsman...

more than 5 years ago

IBM Building 20 Petaflop Computer For the US Gov't

GiovanniZero Re:OH NOES!!! (248 comments)

At 6:18 pm EST IBM's super computer went online At 6:19 pm EST IBM's super computer declared nuclear war on humans At 6:20 pm EST there was a SEG FAULT and skynet must reboot to continue genocide

more than 5 years ago

How Do You Stay Upbeat Amidst the Idiocy?

GiovanniZero Re:Idiots are everywhere (442 comments)

I think the hardest thing about being "The Computer Guy" is that people stop taking the time to think through problems themselves and just ask you. That ends up making their questions stupid because they no longer need to think about problems.

more than 5 years ago

What Restrictions Should Student Laptops Have?

GiovanniZero Re:Can of worms. (1117 comments)

I have a MBP that I've carried half way around the world and back and its running great after two years. I actually had it in my backpack when I got in a motorcycle accident. When I pulled it out of my backpack the bottom half was actually bent about 8 degrees in the middle. I put the bend on the edge of a table and bent it back. It had trouble ejecting disks for a little while but after a month or so it "just worked" Also dropped it down a flight of wooden problem. Your best bet if you're not going to get a MBP is to get an Acer. Its the most likely to break the fastest so you can buy a real computer.

more than 5 years ago



GiovanniZero GiovanniZero writes  |  more than 7 years ago

GiovanniZero writes "The developers just can't seem to take a rest and have released 3.0 RC1. Version 3.0 adds some innovative features to the popular image editing client.

New Features include, a tab-based UI, a revamped toolbar, a more customizable color palette (not just a color wheel), better gradient drawing, Merge Down layer command and new effects."

GiovanniZero GiovanniZero writes  |  more than 7 years ago

GiovanniZero writes "Child's Play, the Penny-Arcade based charity just kicked off their 2006 season. Stop by, donate and bring some cheer to sick kids all over the world.

"Since 2003, gamers have banded together through registered Seattle-based charity, Child's Play. Over a million dollars in donations of toys, games, books and cash for sick kids in children's hospitals across North America and the world have been collected since our inception....Last year's drive raised over $605,000 for sick children, and we're hoping to smash that record total this winter. Check out the wish lists, read up on the local events and let's show the world what the gaming community is all about!""

GiovanniZero GiovanniZero writes  |  more than 7 years ago

GiovanniZero writes " has posted an excerpt from a recent CNBC interview with George W. Bush (transcript only mirrored here) where he mentions his use of google.

From the transcript: "Maria Bartiromo: I'm curious, have you ever googled anybody? Do you use Google? George Bush: Occasionally. One of the things I've used on the Google is to pull up maps. It's very interesting to see — I've forgot the name of the program — but you get the satellite, and you can — like, I kinda like to look at the ranch. It reminds me of where I wanna be sometimes."

Is it just me or don't you think the president should have access better satellite intel than google earth?"

GiovanniZero GiovanniZero writes  |  more than 7 years ago

GiovanniZero writes "Joystiq is carrying a story with several screen shots from a host of PS3 titles as well as some possible information about Sony's online offering.

From the article:
"A tipster clued us into a survey to gauge future interest in downloadable games on a certain unnamed gaming console featuring motion sensitive controllers (hrmmm) as well as "HD and surround sound" (well, that narrows it down)....[We'll] concentrate on what it offers: 1080p, motion control support, online rankings, and a potential $5 price point (one of their surveyed price points, and the equivalent of GW's 400 MS points).""



Matching up hotkeys for OS X and Linux

GiovanniZero GiovanniZero writes  |  more than 5 years ago

I use a macbook pro for my main machine but also have a Ubuntu desktop. I get irritated about switching between command oriented hotkeys and ctrl oriented hotkeys (cmd-a on OSX = ctrl-a on Linux/windows).

I've looked over a lot of forums and have found that Gnome doesn't seem capable of changing hotkeys while xfce and fluxbox can. The ideal solution would be a way to change system keys in X or at the system level that way I can keep compiz.

Does anyone have any ideas or know a trick to change system hot keys?

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