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"BadUSB" Exploit Makes Devices Turn "Evil"

John Bokma Re:Limited scope of vulnerability (195 comments)

just keep an eye on what device types are showing up in /sys/bus/usb or device manager.

I'll pass this on to my mother, thanks!

yesterday
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Raspberry Pi-Compatible Development Board Released

John Bokma Re:Here's a novel idea (47 comments)

typos: Single borad computer & Reapberry Pi & Respberry & Pi Raspbery Pi & SATA is 2T not 2G. I almost have the feeling you did some (bad) SEO... Anyway, thanks, I like to stay somewhat up to date with SBC. My current favorite is the CubieTruck, though.

2 days ago
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Private Data On iOS Devices Not So Private After All

John Bokma Re:So... (100 comments)

That's a choice that has been made. AFAIK the iOS device asks if the computer can be trusted....

5 days ago
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Ebola Outbreak Continues To Expand

John Bokma Re:The only solution... (168 comments)

Clear, thanks for the clarification/correction. TBH, I was surpised that nothing had to be paid.

about a week ago
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Laser Eye Surgery, Revisited 10 Years Later

John Bokma Re:Monovision (547 comments)

Disadvantages*. But overall, I think it's better than having a pair of reading glasses, or switching to glasses. I hike a lot, and check during hikes for small animals (arachnids, mainly small scorpion species), and being near sighted is good for that. With both contacts in I am "as blind as a bat". Prices and menu cards also have become unreadable, hence why I switched to monovision. Not sure if I want to laser my right (dominant) eye to make it permanent. Probably not.

about a week ago
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Laser Eye Surgery, Revisited 10 Years Later

John Bokma Monovision (547 comments)

It's called monovision. Outdoors I currently wear only one contact lens (right eye). I recommend to give it a try for a while. It does have advantages; mainly if my right eye gets blocked by something things far away are blurry (as expected). I am 47.

about a week ago
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Ebola Outbreak Continues To Expand

John Bokma Re:The only solution... (168 comments)

My daughter was born in NZ in a maternity center, we didn't have to pay a single thing. Back then we still had tourist state. So I don't think you're correct. But I have no idea how much TB treatment costs. In Mexico, where I live right now, in order to get married one has to be tested for HIV. I think that's a sane thing to do. No health tests where required for migration, if I recall correctly. Anyway, my point is: if you test immigrants only, it's pointless.

about a week ago
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Ebola Outbreak Continues To Expand

John Bokma Re:The only solution... (168 comments)

When I migrated to NZ, back in 2000/2001 my blood was tested (for HIV, amongst other things) and an X-ray of my lungs was taken. However (!) I was already in the country for some time as a tourist...

about a week ago
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Harvesting Energy From Humidity

John Bokma Powerless dehumidifier (89 comments)

I live in an area with high humidity (~80% / 25C) and am wondering how well this would work as a dehumifier that uses no electricity. The one we own is rated at 400 Wh. We often run in daily for 2+hrs. Also, if this is effective I can see other uses, like drying clothes. Or a small set up that can provide 2-3 liters of potable water/day.

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft Settles With No-IP After Malware Takedown

John Bokma Re:I see these and laugh (83 comments)

I am no longer surprised that even at a tech site people really think that malware is a MS-only issue...

about three weeks ago
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Microsoft Settles With No-IP After Malware Takedown

John Bokma Re:And it was all a smokescreen (83 comments)

Yeah, right, like malware only runs on Windows.... The real problem is that a lot of ISPs take a lot of time (if ever) to do anything about this. You really think that nobody has reported this before MS decided to take action?

about three weeks ago
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Nathan Myhrvold's Recipe For a Better Oven

John Bokma Good luck with Whirlpool (228 comments)

Last 10 years? Make sure you don't buy garbage made by Whirlpool as it's made to fall apart in a very short time. This is the front of our gasrange after less than 5 years of careful use: http://toxicice.com/images/eng...

According to Whirlpool this is "normal wear and tear". Good luck using an oven if you can't even read the markings anymore

Aside: the "clock" doesn't even have battery backup. It's 80's technology but made to last way less long.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Choosing a Web Language That's Long-Lived, and Not Too Buzzy?

John Bokma Yesod (536 comments)

http://www.yesodweb.com/ Lookie, it's even in the domain name ;)

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Correlation Between Text Editor and Programming Language?

John Bokma Perl programmer, using Emacs (359 comments)

I use Emacs, mostly. For editing files as root or over SSH I often use vi(m). I still want to switch to vim for all my editing for a few months, just to see if I can get used to it. Don't think I will convert to vim, but I think the only way to get used to an editor (and have non-biased opinion about it) is to use it for a few months (and RTFM, of course). On Windows, several years back, I used TextPad mostly.

about a month ago
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Perl Is Undead

John Bokma Re:Books like.... (283 comments)

A lot of best practices for Perl are good programming practices in general. Of course there are (plenty) of exceptions, but that's the case with other languages as well. One thing one wants to avoid is to program Python in Haskell or Pascal in C, for example.

As for hard to read (for a beginner) have a look at Haskell, for example.

Python's fame is that it "reads like pseudocode". That's nice, but utterly fails if a programmer has no good feel for algorithms. Pascal used to have the same fame. A few years back I had to reimplement a Pascal program into Perl. One of the pieces of code was 100+ lines. After some studying it turned out to be a variant of bubble sort. At the end few lines reversed the sort order (!). It could be replaced with a few lines of Perl. And no, not because I write short and cryptic code. The code could've been written way shorter in Pascal as well, even when implementing a sort manually.

about a month ago
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Perl Is Undead

John Bokma Books like.... (283 comments)

You mean books like Perl Best Practices?

about a month ago

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