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Programmer Admits Stealing US Gov't Accounting Software Source Code

LMacG However ... (125 comments)

... it was written in Ada, so nobody knows what to do with it anyway.

more than 2 years ago

Worried About Information Leaks, IBM Bans Siri

LMacG Re:Serious use for Siri? (168 comments)

Yes, but Siri exists in the cloud, and everybody knows that when it's cloudy, you can't see the sun.

This also explains why she is so sure it's raining when Zooey "I'm so Quirky" asks about it.

more than 2 years ago

Of currently dead inventors, my favorite is ...

LMacG Edwin Land (542 comments)

"It's not that we need new ideas, but we need to stop having old ideas. "

"Marketing is what you do when your product is no good."

more than 2 years ago

Mini Mammoth Once Roamed Crete

LMacG Prior Art (50 comments)

Check out Wilma Flintstone's vacuum cleaner.

Or perhaps Bedrock was located on Crete?

more than 2 years ago

Verizon To Begin Offering "Text To 911" Service

LMacG Re:Getting details could be a problem (194 comments)

Looks like this one didn't get over the ...




more than 2 years ago

Coursera: Dozens of Free, Massive, and Open Online Courses

LMacG Still waiting .... (101 comments)

I signed up for "Human-Computer Interaction" on 29 December. It's been indefinitely on hold since 6 March.

Can't say I'm terribly impressed with what they've done so far

about 2 years ago

iTunes' Windows Problem

LMacG No iDevice (332 comments)

I don't have an iDevice and don't want one, but a couple days ago I had to load iTunes just to get a specific music release that wasn't available anywhere else. Sure I could have scoured TPB, but I wanted to make an effort to be a paying customer. Aside from the music company being dicks and only releasing to iTunes, how would a "PC Free" solution have helped me in any way?

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Best Book For 11-Year-Old Who Wants To Teach Himself To Program?

LMacG (525 comments)

Site name is (no first "a" in the "academy" part).

more than 2 years ago

On Slashdot Video, We Hear You Loud and Clear

LMacG Re:Mark Advertisements as Such (263 comments)

How could anybody have looked at the Plantronics video and NOT thought it would come across as an advertisement? Paid or not, there was nothing in there but promotion.

I'd have thought the days or "hey, I just got a video camera, I'm going to shoot videos of everything that crosses my path" would have come and gone in the late 20th century.

Slashdot TV is not a hammer, and everything you see in the viewfinder is not a nail.

more than 2 years ago

Huge Triangle-shaped Spot Over the Sun

LMacG Re:My god!!! (229 comments)

That was thousands of years ago. The Mayans have had plenty of time to work on their anti-aliasing algorithms.

more than 2 years ago

The Math of Leap Days

LMacG Now's your chance? (225 comments)

I'm pretty sure the math doesn't go anywhere. It's not Brigadoon.

In fact I'm going to take the URL and put it in my calendar for next June.

Will report back ....

more than 2 years ago

Slashdot Visits the Seattle Pinball Museum (Video)

LMacG Re:Illegal in some places (82 comments)

Ordnance is explosives. An ordinance is a law. And what kind of a businessman opens any establishment without checking on local regulations and restrictions?

more than 2 years ago

Slashdot Visits the Seattle Pinball Museum (Video)

LMacG Re:Gorgar (82 comments)

I have a Gorgar. He knows seven words, You Me Beat Got Hurt Gorgar Speaks.

I even got a Gorgar inspired tattoo -

more than 2 years ago

GoDaddy Backs SOPA

LMacG Re:Of course they back SOPA... (353 comments)

Dude, how can you spell out the name of the act and still get the acronym wrong?

HIPAA. One P, two As.

more than 2 years ago

iPhone Auto-Combusts On Australian Airplane

LMacG New Website (277 comments)

Quick, somebody register ""!

more than 2 years ago

What's Keeping You On Windows?

LMacG Re:Games (1880 comments)

> Duel booting is easy

Perhaps, but all that slapping with gloves, choosing of weapons, arranging for a second, walking ten paces at dawn ... it just takes so much time.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Florian Kaps of the Impossible Project

LMacG Re:Financing (61 comments)

They already are selling film, as alluded to (and linked from) TFS.

more than 2 years ago


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Epson NAS

LMacG LMacG writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Last week I bought a shiny new Epson Artisan 800 all-in-one printer. I already had a Canon printer and an HP scanner, but the former is not so great, akshully and the latter's bundled software was annoying as hell. For faxing, I was getting by with what's built into XP, which is fine for receiving and for sending documents that already exist as files (but then why not use email?...); even with the scanner though, there was no simple way to fax anything else - like something I'd had to sign. So the all-in-one concept seemed useful, and I've been an Epson fan since I got my first RX-80. I also liked that the Artisan 800 has WiFi connectivity, so I could make it part of my home network.

I knew that the 800 had slots for memory cards, so I can just take a card from my (or any) digital camera and print directly, but what I didn't notice or anticipate in my pre-purchase research was the USB port on the front. After I got it home and set it up, I thought "hey cool, I can dump a bunch of photos to this USB stick and print them," which of course is true. But what I suddenly realized is that I can plug in a portable drive, enable read/write access, and whammo, I have a network attached storage device.

I'd been looking at many of the NAS options out there, and hadn't quite decided on any of them, primarily due to cost, or sometimes to bad reviews on Newegg or wherever. I'd also considered re-configuring an old dormant PC using FreeNAS, but that requires planning and thinking and scary stuff like that, so I just never got around to it.

Now I suddenly have "free" solution - OK sure, the printer wasn't cheap, but I worked the price-match and converted some credit card points to gift cards, making my out-of-pocket price less than half of suggested retail.


Have you meta-moderated lately?

LMacG LMacG writes  |  about 6 years ago

Nope, can't say that I have meta-moderated lately. I've tried, but the system changed to something that doesn't render on this corporate mandated IE6. I don't really care that Idle is unusable on IE6, because it truly is a waste of my time. But that's a whole nother topic.

Of course I tried to find some information about this change to the M2 system, but the FAQ is about as useful as tits on a bull. And dog forbid that any announcement of this change be made in somewhere that is obvious and accessible.

Aside from the new whizzy non-functional interface, from what I can tell, the new system isn't even about meta-moderation anyway. I'm supposed to decided if a given comment is "good or bad." So it's not really about moderating the moderation anymore.

There is an amusing part to all this, though. The title on each and every comment that's presented on the "Metamoderation" page is WHY. Yes indeed, Taco, WHY?



LMacG LMacG writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Jebus, people like to hear themselves talk. Or see themselves write. Something like that. And I guess I'm going to jump on in.

I downloaded and used Chrome as soon as I could on Tuesday. I used it for a couple hours and thought it was OK, although I had a bad tendency to click on the bookmark bar instead of the tabs, since I seem to navigate my screen as much from muscle memory as anything else, and those tabs are not where I expect them to be. There was not anything specifically wrong with Chrome at all, but I'm going to stick with Firefox for primary browsing, simply because of AdBlock Plus and NoScript.

I am going to use Chrome though, for GMail and other AJAX heavy sites. Over the next few days/weeks/months, I'll figure out which sites I want to run in which environment, and if I'm lucky, FF will get snappier as I use it less for the AJAXy sites.

In the case of GMail, I'll probably make an app window out of it. And that's my own theory about what Google's up to anyway . . . they probably don't care so much about overall browser market share as they do about creating a framework within which one can run their apps. In the meantime, other browsers can take some of the better bits (V8?) and incorporate them, and in the end, everybody benefits.

To close this out, a quick note about those who screech "OMG, WTF, it's phoning home!!!111!!!1!" There's a simple way to turn that off. Don't download and install Chrome. There's no gun pointing at your head. See? Easy peasy.


Honda Robot is a Semi-Conductor

LMacG LMacG writes  |  more than 6 years ago

A Honda ASIMO robot walked on stage and acted as conductor for the Detroit Symphony Orchestra last night, leading them in a performance of "The Impossible Dream" from Man of La Mancha. Although some musicians found the little robot to be more lifelike than expected, it still can't respond to the musicians. "It's not a communicative device. It simply is programmed to do a sense of gestures," said Leonard Slatkin, the orchestra's musical director. "If the orchestra decides to go faster, there's nothing the robot can do about it. Hopefully, I keep that under control."

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