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MIT's Ted Postol Presents More Evidence On Iron Dome Failures

Kludge Isreal? (424 comments)

Why should anyone believe a person with a clear agenda

Are you talking about Isreal and its military complex?

2 days ago

Apple Announces New Programming Language Called Swift

Kludge Yeah! Especially on the iPhone (636 comments)

You can still use all the same languages you did before.

Yeah! We can program in standard C++ on the iPhone like we've always been able to do!

about 1 month ago

A Different Kind of Linux Smartphone: Samsung To Sell Tizen-Based Model Z

Kludge Keyboard? (105 comments)

Does it have a physical keyboard?

about 2 months ago

Which desktop environment do you like the best?

Kludge Nope, still fvwm1 (611 comments)

When fvwm2 came out I thought it was too bloated, so I stuck with fvwm-1.24. It starts in less than a second, never swaps to disk, never slows or freezes up, and gives me superpowers that more modern desktops don't have because they would scare off the morons. I install an rpm that was built on in 1998, and it still just works.

about 2 months ago

After a Long wait, GNU Screen Gets Refreshed

Kludge Totally newsworthy! (77 comments)

Look at who posts on this article and you will see who the real nerds are.
Screen was the first piece of software that I ever downloaded and compiled. That was almost 23 years ago. It was awesome. It gave me lots of virtual terminals on my shiny VT100. I still use it when I have to get stuff done on a slow remote connection. Long live screen!

about 3 months ago

David Auerbach Explains the Inside Baseball of MSN Messenger vs. AIM

Kludge Another reason not to use nonstandard software (86 comments)

People need to learn not to use non-standard software controlled by corporations for their communications. For me, no Skype, no Facebook, no stupid crap.

about 3 months ago

App Developers, It's Time For a Reality Check

Kludge Mod parent up! (161 comments)

Taking advice from an MBA is a bad idea.
The reality is that if you blow a couple years of your life learning how to code and build apps, that is a great two years of your life spent, whether your app is "successful" or not. You will have learned a lot and people with good technical skills will always be in demand.

about 4 months ago

3D Printing: Have You Taken the Plunge Yet? Planning To?

Kludge Re:How strong is the plastic used? (251 comments)

Of course the answer is... it depends.

The objects that you make will not be as strong as a solid mold-made part. Printed objects are susceptible to shearing across the printed layers.

That said, you can make parts that are really quite strong. By increasing the print density, by orienting your model in the right direction, by reducing printing speeds, you can make a pretty sturdy piece of plastic.

about 4 months ago

3D Printing: Have You Taken the Plunge Yet? Planning To?

Kludge Not a nerd (251 comments)

It's not. Not in the farthest reaches of the imagination is it even close to cool.

Dude, this is news for nerds. If you don't think this is cool, you are on the wrong site.

I did Metal CNC at home before 3D printing was ever imagined.

Did you build that Metal CNC machine yourself?

and Blender (real 3D CAD it is not)

So you are saying that I should buy my son a several thousand dollar copy of AutoCAD before I know if he is really interested in making models?

I will admit it introduces you to a world of manufacturing, where the same principals apply,

Which was the entire point of my post...

about 4 months ago

3D Printing: Have You Taken the Plunge Yet? Planning To?

Kludge 3D printing rocks! (251 comments)

Apparently there is quite a bit of ignorance about 3D printing here. Also slashdot has become populated with too many Apple and M$ users who have "it's not ready for the consumer" mentalities.

I bought a Printrbot Simple ($300) for my son for Christmas. He and I put it together, tweaked it, and now we use it to print cool plastic stuff. He printed a rose for his girlfriend for Valentines day which she like very much. How f*^%ing cool is that? Taking a bunch of parts, putting them together to make a machine that can make stuff. It is totally fun and cool. I'm so glad I got this thing. It has given me the opportunity to give to my son what I had when I was his age with computers: the ability to tinker with tech and make something cool.

As far as 3D printing not being "standard" nothing could be further from the truth. When you order the Printrbot Simple unassembled, you get a box full of parts in the mail and nothing else. No instructions, no software, nothing. You don't need any non-standard crap. The connector is a standard micro-USB cable. The instructions are online as web pages and help is available on the forums. The software I need to run the printer and make models is already in my Linux distribution.
"sudo yum -y install RepetierHost blender" and off we go!

If you want to do some hobbyist tinkering or if you want to give that joy to someone whom you love, get a 3D printer.

about 4 months ago

Level 3 Wants To Make Peering a Net Neutrality Issue

Kludge Go on the offensive (182 comments)

Netflix and Google need to go on the offensive. When Comcast asks for extortion money, shut them off and pay for advertisements for its competitors like Verizon or RCN.

about 4 months ago

The Era of Facebook Is an Anomaly

Kludge No, AT&T's monopoly was on long distance (260 comments)

In many places local phone service was provided by small providers, and AT&T primarily linked them together. All these small providers used the same protocols and standards so anyone could make a phone call to anyone else.

about 4 months ago

Is Verizon Already Slowing Netflix Down?

Kludge Verizon screws up Skype too (298 comments)

Verizon screws with Skype too. I was trying to run Skype at a friend's place. The latency was terrible, making the program unusable. So I fired up a connection to my VPN service, which in theory should increase the latency, because it is an extra hop. Running through the VPN fixed the problem, and I could use Skype.

about 6 months ago

After FDA Objections, 23andMe Won't Offer Health Information

Kludge Thank you for the problematic example. (146 comments)

For example, gallstones. My risk is 6.2%, where avg risk is 7.0%. Not bad, I have a lower chance.

If you think that "23andMe" can detect a 0.008 difference in the probability of your getting gallstones based on a genetic test, then you have been duped. The studies that 23andMe use to estimate these values are not nearly accurate enough to make these kinds of statements. That sort of statement has not been validated, and that is part of the FDA's problem with these scams.

about 8 months ago

Mozilla Organizes Game Creating Contest, Prizes Worth $45,000

Kludge Goo Engine is closed too. (55 comments)

It would have been nicer if Mozilla had chosen one of the multiple open source html5 engines out there.

about 8 months ago

Tech Companies Set To Appeal 2012 Oracle Vs. Google Ruling

Kludge Java. (198 comments)

Another good reason not to use Java

about 8 months ago

Jolla's First Phone Goes On Sale

Kludge xterm? root? (307 comments)

When I saw that my N900 had an xterm installed by default, I knew I was in love.
How open is this Jolla phone? Do I have to jump through hoops to get root? Does it use a standard packaging system with repositories?

about 8 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Where Are the Complete Hosting Providers?

Kludge Thank you for the strawman, however... (178 comments)

The point of the question was not to find an "NSA-proof" (as you said) hosting provider. The question should have asked for a provider that is not on the PRISM list, a provider that does not funnel data to the NSA by default.

about 9 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Where Are the Complete Hosting Providers?

Kludge Close... (178 comments)

Dreamhost was the closest thing I found so far. However, no VOIP, and no public-key server that I know of.

about 9 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Where Are the Complete Hosting Providers?

Kludge The answer is in the post. (178 comments)

What actually is a complete hosting provider?

A close example is Google. Google provides email, web, webmail, domain, XMPP, VOIP, all available from a single gmail login and manageable from a web interface.
No, I do not want to just rent a server from someone else, and set up and manage all this stuff myself. I want to pay for it, but I would like some competition, I do not like to send everyone to Google.
I realize that not every client will need or want all these services when I first set them up. Some clients will only use half the services ever. But having them easily accessible to the customer from a single provider if/when they need them has real value.

about 9 months ago



Ask ./: Where are the complete hosting providers?

Kludge Kludge writes  |  about 9 months ago

Kludge (13653) writes "In 2000 there were thousands of email/web hosting businesses. In 2013 not much has changed.
To get my email/web/webmail/domain/VOIP/public-key/XMPP/VPN hosting I have to deal with five different service providers. Where are the complete hosting providers? The absence of competition in this area drives many to Google, making data siphoning easy for the NSA.
Why has hosting not advanced in the last 10 years? Where are the hosting providers that make end-to-end encrypted email/web/VOIP/XMPP easy and automatic for all my clients?"

CIA's renews funding for ""

Kludge Kludge writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Kludge (13653) writes "The Onion is reporting that the CIA has renewed funding for its successful '' program. Apparently the Agency's program has saved the agency millions of dollars. Perhaps I should get myself one of those nifty "Facebook" web pages."
Link to Original Source

DOJ moves to block AT&T T-Mobile merger

Kludge Kludge writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Kludge (13653) writes "Apparently the US government has been not completely bought out yet. The Washington Post notes that 'The U.S. Department of Justice has filed papers in federal court in Washington to block AT&T's $39 billion acquisition of T-Mobile ... The U.S. is asking the court to declare the deal in violation of U.S. antitrust law.' I think I may have a T-mobile party."
Link to Original Source

Kludge Kludge writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Kludge (13653) writes "If I have to view another pump-and-dump spam I'm going to scream! As a user, I want to know why the tech world has been unable to give me control over my electronic mail system. Why can't I just have an email system that allows emails with senders and subjects that I choose, and everyone else has to put 10 cents in my account to give me an email? Is that so hard? Is this just an inability to agree on a standard?"


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