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Steam For Linux Bug Wipes Out All of a User's Files

Hattmannen One file tree under / (329 comments)

And that's one reason I don't like the structure of *nix file systems.
One false move and you can erase everything you have plugged into your system, including, but not limited to, all your hard drives, external hard drives, network mounts, memory cards, USB sticks etc.
Sure, there's a good chance you can recover the lost data, but rebuilding a file system on one disk is painful enough, let alone all of your disks plus your NAS and it's even worse if just some of the files had their records deleted. At least in my experience.

about two weeks ago

Decades-old Scientific Paper May Hold Clues To Dark Matter

Hattmannen Re:FREE: Leftover HE electrons (93 comments)

Had I modpoints, I would mod you up. I did not LOL, but I did SPASS (Smile Pleasedly And Snicker Silently).

about 3 months ago

China Targets 2022 For Space Station Completion

Hattmannen I for one... (100 comments)

I, for one, welcomes our Chinese space overlords.

about 5 months ago

Your Phone Can Be Snooped On Using Its Gyroscope

Hattmannen Re:I give up... (96 comments)

Battery door? Oh, that thing on the back of the phone. Isn't that that elusive back door I've been hearing so much about? :-p

about 5 months ago

First Automatic Identification of Flying Insects Allows Hi-Tech Bug Zapping

Hattmannen Refinement of previously demonstrated tech? (99 comments)

This sound very much like a continuation and refinement of technology demonstrated a few years back that could identify mosquitoes and differentiate between males and females to only zap the females.
I remember seeing this TED talk some time back where they had constructed a working rig. At least working under laboratory conditions. Is that the precursor of this?

about 10 months ago

Fujitsu Labs Develops Prototype Haptic Sensory Tablet

Hattmannen The title is the summary (24 comments)

This summary has reached a new level of not summarising the article at all.

Zothecula writes

about a year ago

Wikipedia's Lamest Edit Wars

Hattmannen The Slashdot effect (219 comments)

I'm sure all these editorial discussions will be promptly settled once and for all now that they have been slashdotted.

about a year ago

Aussie Scientists Find Coconut-Carrying Octopus

Hattmannen Re:What do you mean? (205 comments)

Neither, it's Australian.

And its common name is Bruce.

more than 5 years ago

50 Years of the Twilight Zone

Hattmannen Oh did they really? (104 comments)

Sorry to be nitpicking here but:

'You're moving into a land of both shadow and substance, of things and ideas. You've just crossed over into... the Twilight Zone.'

Is not what the intro to my first episode says... I wasn'a around at the time, and YouTube stated it was down for maintenance when I was going to check the link.
The intro to the first episode (1959) that I watched says:

'You're traveling through another dimension. A dimension not only of sight and sound, but of mind. A journey into a wonderous land whose boundaries are that of imagination. At the sign-post up ahead, your next stop - The Twilight Zone'

I guess there may have been alternate intros though...

more than 5 years ago

The Homemade Hard Disk Destroyer

Hattmannen Re:In the real world, fire is a bad solution (497 comments)

Sorry if I seemed harsh. That was not my intention. And you are most certainly right. Most of the stuff will probably end up as oxides. Doesn't make it any easier to recover data from though. :-) Intresting that about aluminium being used as a deoxidizing agent. I didn't know about that method, although I can imagine it must be terribly effective. As I remember from primary school we learned that coal was often used in the old Swedish ironworks to purify the metal.

more than 5 years ago

Microsoft Poland Photoshops Black Guy To White One

Hattmannen Re:Dark Tan? (964 comments)

Oh, you mean something similar to this?

more than 5 years ago

Dirty Coding Tricks To Make a Deadline

Hattmannen Re:One word.. (683 comments)

Such loops are almost certainly buggy

[citation needed]

That seems a bit redundant. You just cited him, didn't you? I get the strangest feeling of recursion when someone quotes somebody else and asks for a citation...

more than 5 years ago

The Homemade Hard Disk Destroyer

Hattmannen Re:In the real world, fire is a bad solution (497 comments)

Actually in the case of thermite... (yes right now I'm being a besserwisser, but so is everyone else here, so I don't see shy I shouldn't be one as well :-p) Thermite can be made using several different metal oxides and mixing this with a metal powder. What this resulting mixture is is something that will burn with extreme heat because of its composition. It will also provide the reaction with oxygen, meaning that as soon as it's lit it can burn in an anaerobic atmosphere. The extreme heat that is generated from this reaction is actually enough to break up many compounds that comes in contact with it (or are nearby). E.g. water could be split into oxygene and hydrogene. So potentially, yes, a drive could be reduced to it's elemental components by burning thermite on it. And even if you don't succeed in breaking it up entirely, trying to recover data from a heap of metal is probably not so easy.

more than 5 years ago

Hope For Multi-Language Programming?

Hattmannen .NET anyone? (371 comments)

"is there hope for the multi-language development process?"

I dare venture that the .NET initiative (and mono) is just that.
Common language runtime, sure. But use any language you want as long as you can bind it to the framework.

[sarcasm] So my next major, multi-megabyte project I will build with brainf*ck.NET. [/sarcasm]

more than 5 years ago

D-Link DIR-655 Firmware 1.21 Hijacks Your Internet Connection

Hattmannen Re:Why... (428 comments)

There are routers that run open source firmware. An example of a company that uses open source firmware is Canyon. I've had one for a couple of years now. I got the first hardware revision, so I haven't been able to upgrade my firmware to the latest, but my model is still manufactured, albeit in a later hardware revision and the firmware is open source. Works like a charm.

more than 6 years ago



First Swedish CC-licensed movie hits TPB

Hattmannen Hattmannen writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Hattmannen (658936) writes "Cory Doctorow over at Boing Boing tells us about the first ever Creative Commons-licensed, feature-length movie to come out from Sweden. It's called Nasty Old People and premiered yesterday at The Pirate Bay.
The story:

"Member of a neo-Nazi gang, her day job is to take care of four crazy old people that all are just waiting to die. Her life becomes a journey into a burlesque fairytale, where the rules of the game are created by Mette herself. Mette is indifferent about her way of life, until she one night assaults a man, kicking him senseless. Waking up the day after, she realizes that something is wrong, and in company with the her crazy oldies she longs for respect and love. She can tell that the old folks are marginalized by the modern society, but together they create a world and a voice of their own."


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