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Motorola Seeks Ban On Macs, iPads, and iPhones

KlaymenDK Suggestion (446 comments)

I got my nickname tsa long before the TSA existed so please refrain from making remarks about the TSA.

I think you mean us to refrain from making remarks about the other TSA?

You being "the" TSA ... or maybe you don't want us to make remarks (such as this one) about you ... or both ... or I've confused myself. I'll sit down now.

about 2 years ago
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Linux Mint 13 (Maya) Has Arrived

KlaymenDK LXDE? (216 comments)

I'm currently on Linux Mint LXDE 11, or Linux Mint 11 LXDE, or whatever it's called. I love that it's so extremely fast to start stuff up, much more so than my previous some-other-distro with KDE4.

Is there, or will there, be an LXDE release for Mint 13? I can't figure it out from the site. (Yes, I'm bad at reading, apparently.)

about 2 years ago
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Living Fossils: Old Tech That Just Won't Die

KlaymenDK Re:Flat Files FTW! (388 comments)

Any rule that says "always start with X first" is suspect.

True enough. :-) I might have been a bit simplistic, rather than accurate and lengthy.

more than 2 years ago
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Living Fossils: Old Tech That Just Won't Die

KlaymenDK Re:Hang in there (388 comments)

Thanks a lot (really!), but software availability isn't the issue ... I don't have a Palm device any longer, and the installer requires it to be connected. :-/

more than 2 years ago
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Living Fossils: Old Tech That Just Won't Die

KlaymenDK Re:Flat Files FTW! (388 comments)

I would write a data reader/writer module for the program.

Quoted in lieu of an upvote. This is the #1 step in optimising file system access -- store it in a flat file first, with a proper wrapper, and then you MAY update to a higher-end system later on IF it's needed. Don't underestimate the bandwidth and accessibility (as in: hacking data for testing, etc.) of the flat file! :-)

more than 2 years ago
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Living Fossils: Old Tech That Just Won't Die

KlaymenDK Hang in there (388 comments)

Hey there. I just want to say, stick to your Tungsten as long as you want. There is pain in switching (I hesitate to write "updating").
Personally, I switched (from a couple of T3's) to Android as the "best" alternative to PalmOS. It's not crap --it is the "best", after all-- but it is nevertheless not nearly as good as PalmOS. Oh handwriting, how I do miss thee! (Yes, I realise that Access put out a "Graffiti" app, but it does not compare to the full-screen support and custom strokes of TealScript.) My ailing work laptop is in dire need of a reload, but I'm loath to do it -- I can't ever reinstall Palm Desktop.
My brother used *up* a small handful of Psion Series5's with several parts replacements, but in the end went for an iPhone and is reasonably content with that.

more than 2 years ago
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What To Do About an Asteroid That Has a 1 In 625 Chance of Hitting Us In 2040?

KlaymenDK Re:Attach a solar sail (412 comments)

If we can't get off this planet in serious numbers before it hits, the universe goes on without us.

That is the most objective statement I've ever seen on Slashdot. Not "we'll all die, and that's that", but a far greater perspective where our loss is immeasurably tiny.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Good, Forgotten Fantasy & Science Fiction Novels?

KlaymenDK Re:sci fi masterworks (1244 comments)

Yup. You don't need to go further back in literature than "Cryptonomicon" to see that use of the word. Many other words have gone the same way, from esteemed title to unthinking machine ... "dish washer", "navigator", hey even "senator".

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Good, Forgotten Fantasy & Science Fiction Novels?

KlaymenDK +1 ! (1244 comments)

Yes! How odd that it took this long to get mentioned -- what with the movie adaptation bringing it back into current relevance.

I read these many years ago and found them quite entertaining: The story is quite good, and the quaint ancient-science-finction-before-it-was-even-called-that just adds to the enjoyment. Of course the 8th colour is lighter than air and can be stored in tanks to make ships fly...!

(Also, you don't have any problems with "disturbances in the avidyne fusion converter", so no need to "neutralize the electroplasma pattern with adaptive matter stream". :-)

more than 2 years ago
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Solid Buckeyballs Detected In Space

KlaymenDK I'm no lunatic, but ... ? (73 comments)

I would very much like a knowledgeable person to explain how it can be that a telescope can be used to find molecule-size phenomena, when we have so often heard that we can't use a telescope to verify if there actually is NASA hardware on the moon "because it's too small to detect".

I once read a very good article (link long lost) about optical mirror angles, focus, and relative sizes of stuff in distant nebulae and on the moon surface. I wonder if a similar explanation exists for detecting these molecules.

Well, in the meantime, I'd better go RTFA!

more than 2 years ago
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99.8% Security For Real-World Public Keys

KlaymenDK It does not matter the strength of your public key (108 comments)

It does not matter the strength of your public key if nobody knows to demand it.

THIS! This is the core problem! Everybody knows email, and most people know that you shouldn't share your password with others, but nooobody knows about proper signatures and how to work with them.

If each and every digital signature out there was useless, how much of our total bandwidth would be compromised?
The painful answer is, at most the percentage that is signed in the first place, which is a drop in the proverbial ocean.

Cory Doctorow has a statement about obscurity being a far bigger threat to authors than piracy, and I posit that an analog can be drawn for obscurity of security practices, the population at large, and privacy/security.

It's hopeless to encrypt all your email unless your peers (including granny and junior) knows how to process such email, and knows to be suspicious of unsigned communications. If only some of the globally popular communications services would have the guts to enable, and indeed, enforce this. (Google and Facebook, I'm looking at you.) Yeah I know, they wouldn't be able to stay in *business* if they did that (which nicely highlights what, or rather who, the "product" really is).

more than 2 years ago
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99.8% Security For Real-World Public Keys

KlaymenDK /dev/urandom vs /dev/random? (108 comments)

They will complain that '/dev/random is too slow (implicitly not realizing the urandom option)'

Please help me understand this bit. It sounds as if you would prefer urandom over random. I'm not skilled in randomness on Linux, so I checked Wikipedia (emphasis mine):

[...] A counterpart to /dev/random is /dev/urandom ("unlocked"/non-blocking random source) which reuses the internal pool to produce more pseudo-random bits. This means that the call will not block, but the output may contain less entropy than the corresponding read from /dev/random. While [/dev/urandom] is still intended as a pseudorandom number generator suitable for most cryptographic purposes, it is not recommended for the generation of long-term cryptographic keys. [...]

That, to me, sounds as if one should not use urandom if random is as all feasible.

So what's the deal here?

more than 2 years ago
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$10M Tricorder X PRIZE Kicks off

KlaymenDK Re:Hundreds of million$ already on just glucose (111 comments)

This video is no longer available because the YouTube account associated with this video has been closed.

They go on to say "Sorry about that" but I'm not convinced they are. Anyway, you might want to update you sig.

more than 2 years ago
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Reddit to shut down in opposition to SOPA

KlaymenDK Done (3 comments)

Voted up. Glad to see you again and hope you make it.

I'm far away from all this (geographically, politically, probably not effectively) but I wonder ... if this would allow anyone to shut down anything on the grounds of a mere complaint, then what's to stop the general public from complaining about a long list of .gov and .com domains on the same day this takes effect, and keep doing that?

more than 2 years ago
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MIT's New Camera Can Take 1 Trillion Frames Per Second

KlaymenDK Wish to see! (197 comments)

What would you like to see slowed down to such a degree?

The Big Bang.

more than 2 years ago
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Researchers Expanding Diff, Grep Unix Tools

KlaymenDK Re:Strange names (276 comments)

Ooh, but that doesn't work. I must admit: I haven't tried this in Linux, but that is certainly the case on the BSDs.

more than 2 years ago

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Denmark decides on open document formats

KlaymenDK KlaymenDK writes  |  more than 4 years ago

KlaymenDK (713149) writes "The Danish government has taken its good long time to decide on regulation of document formats for public documents. Today, finally, a majority has announced their support for proper open standards, with the final vote taking place on Tuesday.

The following principles must be fulfilled before a standard can be included on the list. The standard must be:

  • - Fully documented and publicly available;
  • - Freely implementable without economical, political or legal limitations on implementation and use;
  • - Approved by an internationally recognized standards organisation such as ISO, and standardized and maintained in an open forum through an open process;
  • - It must be demonstrable that the standard can be directly implemented by anyone in its entirety on multiple platforms;
  • - Interoperable within the functionality parameters with the other standards on the list

Take special note of the last point — what is interesting is that initially, ODF is the only standard on the list, so what this means is that even if OOXML should make the cut, it must "play well" with ODF. There is an additional provision that documents that are not intended for editing must be published in PDF/A-1 format."
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Dealing with moving into open-space offices?

KlaymenDK KlaymenDK writes  |  more than 4 years ago

KlaymenDK (713149) writes "The team of developers I'm part of will soon be moving into our country headquarters from a branch office. The branch office consists of 2-3 person offices, with more space for managers and meeting rooms. The headquarters, on the other hand, was rebuilt some years ago into the then-fashionable "open-space" format; apart from the print rooms there are now only a few huge 60-80 person open-space offices; even the hallways were included so people must walk right between the tables (talking to one another or into cell phones) and there are no meeting rooms or manager's offices. Of course we have our share of colleagues who are plain noise-makers, or who just happen to have "fog horn" or "buzz saw" voices (poor souls). My awesome boss and team leader have been unable to secure any kind of "quiet space" for us developers.

So I ask: How can we, as developers, best deal with this? (I don't want to quit over it, so that's one suggestion you can skip). I could work from home several days a week, but I really don't have room for a permanent home office in my flat. I am looking into noise cancelling headphones/earbuds (I don't want to drown out noise with more noise (music), I would "just" like a bit of quiet) and even considering DIY egg-carton cubicle partitions. I am also trying to locate some of the studies and reports that debunk open-space offices (convincing management is a reeeaaal long shot, but I have to try turning every stone) so if you know where to find 'em, links please. I fear I'll be the guy who jumps up twenty times a day and shouts SHUT THE HELL UP EVERYONE! I clearly need some help before that actually happens!"
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A big step for a man, a small step for mankind

KlaymenDK KlaymenDK writes  |  more than 5 years ago

KlaymenDK writes "Hello my fellow privacy-conscious slashdotters!

This last decade or so, I have strived to maintain my privacy. I have uninstalled Windows, told my friends "sorry" when they wanted me to be on Facebook, had a fight with my brother when he wanted to move the family email hosting to GMail, and generally held back on my personal information online. But since, amongst all of my friends, I am the ONLY one doing this, it may well be that there is no point in all of this and my battle is lost already.

Worse, if in spite of this I'm still not "on" any of these services, I'm really putting myself out of the loop (and poking myself in the eye everytime I use Squirrelmail instead of GMail). It is starting to look like self-flagellation, and I can't particularly enjoy it if I don't see at least some advantage to it. Indeed, it is a common enough occurrence that my wife or friends strike up conversations based on something from their Facebook "wall" (whatever that is) that it has become clear to me just how out of the loop I really am.

Becoming ever more unconnected with my friends (be it in a human or online way) is ultimately harming my social relations — and since I have a slashdot account you know they can't be that good to begin with...

What's my point? I am seriously considering throwing in the towel (hoping I won't be doing any impromptu space travelling) and signing up for GMail, Facebook, the lot (and then using Tor a lot more than I already am). My point is, if "they" have my soul already, I might as well reap the benefits of this newfangled, privacy-less, ajax-2.0 world. It doesn't really matter if it was me or my friends selling me out. Or does it?

I'd love to hear your thoughts on this matter. How many Windows-eschewing users are NOT also eschewing the social networking services and all the other 2.0 supersites with their dubious end-user license agreements?"

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Finding an OSS project that needs help?

KlaymenDK KlaymenDK writes  |  more than 6 years ago

KlaymenDK (713149) writes "My father has been thinking about retiring from the (lumbering behemoth of a) company he's been working at, and I've teased him by saying that he can always find an open source project that needs his kind of skills.
A few days ago he actually did retire (well, was retired) but he's got plenty of energy left in him, and also more than 35 years of IT experience. So how, specifically, would one go about determining the best project to dedicate one's effort to?

He's a civil engineer, has done a ton of wizardy mainframe programming "back in the day", and has spent the last 15-20 years doing product presentations and educating the sales force about the technical side of the product lines. He's an avid promoter of "green" technology (that is, energy-efficiency and recyclability), and has never been afraid to go against management if he had a better plan. However, he's not entirely up to speed on the open source movement and free operating systems, though I do my best to educate him.

I'm sure he would make an excellent spokesperson for the OpenMoko, except they don't have any openings. So where else could you suggest, where would you start looking?"

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Dealing with moving into open-space offices?

KlaymenDK KlaymenDK writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Also submitted as a story:
http://slashdot.org/firehose.pl?op=view&id=8731706

The team of developers I'm part of will soon be moving into our country headquarters from a branch office. The branch office consists of 2-3 person offices, with more space for managers and meeting rooms. The headquarters, on the other hand, was rebuilt some years ago into the then-fashionable "open-space" format; apart from the print rooms there are now only a few huge 60-80 person open-space offices; even the hallways were included so people must walk right between the tables (talking to one another or into cell phones) and there are no meeting rooms or manager's offices. Of course we have our share of colleagues who are plain noise-makers, or who just happen to have "fog horn" or "buzz saw" voices (poor souls). My awesome boss and team leader have been unable to secure any kind of "quiet space" for us developers.

So I ask: How can we, as developers, best deal with this? (I don't want to quit over it, so that's one suggestion you can skip). I could work from home several days a week, but I really don't have room for a permanent home office in my flat. I am looking into noise cancelling headphones/earbuds (I don't want to drown out noise with more noise (music), I would "just" like a bit of quiet) and even considering DIY egg-carton cubicle partitions. I am also trying to locate some of the studies and reports that debunk open-space offices (convincing management is a reeeaaal long shot, but I have to try turning every stone) so if you know where to find 'em, links please. I fear I'll be the guy who jumps up twenty times a day and shouts SHUT THE HELL UP EVERYONE! I clearly need some help before that actually happens!

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A big step for a man, a small step for mankind

KlaymenDK KlaymenDK writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Also posted as a story:
http://yro.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=08/10/07/2112249

Hello my fellow privacy-conscious slashdotters!

This last decade or so, I have strived to maintain my privacy. I have uninstalled Windows, told my friends "sorry" when they wanted me to be on Facebook, had a fight with my brother when he wanted to move the family email hosting to GMail, and generally held back on my personal information online. But since, amongst all of my friends, I am the ONLY one doing this, it may well be that there is no point in all of this and my battle is lost already.

Worse, if in spite of this I'm still not "on" any of these services, I'm really putting myself out of the loop (and poking myself in the eye everytime I use Squirrelmail instead of GMail). It is starting to look like self-flagellation, and I can't particularly enjoy it if I don't see at least some advantage to it. Indeed, it is a common enough occurrence that my wife or friends strike up conversations based on something from their Facebook "wall" (whatever that is) that it has become clear to me just how out of the loop I really am. Becoming ever more unconnected with my friends (be it in a human or online way) is ultimately harming my social relations (and frankly they're not that good to begin with).

It doesn't matter whether or not I'm on Facebook if my friends are posting pictures of me anyway; it's actually worse than that since I can't know if that's actually the case unless I sign up for the thing. It doesn't really matter if it was me or my friends selling me out. Or does it?

What's my point? I am seriously considering throwing in the towel (hoping I won't be doing any impromptu space travelling) and signing up for GMail, Facebook, the lot (and then using Tor a lot more than I already am). My point is, if "they" have my soul already, I might as well reap the benefits of actually USING the services of this newfangled, privacy-less, ajax-2.0 world.

I'd love to hear your thoughts on this matter. To which extent is personal privacy really an illusion? I know some of you eschewing much more of the "generally accepted society" than just the online facet, but I'm wondering, how many Windows-eschewing users are NOT also eschewing the social networking services and all the other 2.0 supersites with their dubious end-user license agreements?

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KlaymenDK KlaymenDK writes  |  more than 10 years ago

Hi all.

I figured I should probably post something here, just so it's not completely empty. You know, when any sound makes that undying warbling echo between empty walls? Yuck. So, in goes some text to dampen things down.

At first I thought, "let's just post a referral to my home page, and let that be it. You could just go there and read if you're interested in me." But then I thought, this is Slashdot, and I have no idea where this rant will end up.

So ... no home page link. Sorry. But you can ask for it, and I'll tell ya!

Bye for now. :o) Klay

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