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Ask Slashdot: What Good Print Media Is Left?

Lord Byron II Whatever you're interested in (285 comments)

I like my tech magazines and news digital. I like my Muscle & Fitness and Popular Science in print. It's personal preference really.

4 days ago

You Will Get DirectX 11.2 Only With Windows 8.1

Lord Byron II Re: Mehh (403 comments)

is [DirectX 11.2] going to help Microsoft convince people to ugprade or will make them angry?

That's my secret... I'm always angry.

about 10 months ago

iPhone Apparently Open To Old Wi-Fi Attack

Lord Byron II Re:Editors didn't read the summary? (90 comments)

That and "BTWiF" which makes no sense. It's supposed to be "BTWifi" which is BT's public WiFi network.

about 10 months ago

United States Begins Flying Stealth Bombers Over South Korea

Lord Byron II Re:Good luck with that (567 comments)

Yes, it is an alpha emitter. But it and its decay products also produce plenty of gamma. See http://www.csupomona.edu/~pbsiegel/decaychain/U235.html . You build a detector to detect the gammas at the particular frequencies that U235 emits at and bam - you've got a detector that will detect U235 and nothing else. Also, gammas are highly penetrating, so unless that cargo container is lined with a significant amount of lead, you will detect something if its there.

1 year,20 days

Hitachi's Tiny Robo-Taxi Carries 1 Passenger and No Driver

Lord Byron II Sounds good to me (86 comments)

I ended up in Tsukuba a few years back in the middle of the night, lost, with no GPS, and I don't speak a lick of English. I finally found a bus station and waited for a half-hour in the cold before one came by. I got on and it was just me and the driver and he spoke no English. Finally, by sketching out landmarks near my hotel, he managed to figure out where I needed to go and let me off at the nearest stop with some gestured-directions.

Anything that would have made that experience more pleasant is gladly appreciated.

1 year,25 days

Smartest Light Bulbs Ever, Dumbest Idea Ever?

Lord Byron II Re:Dumbest story title, ever? (235 comments)

Not as much as you think. Using lightbulbs to heat the air near the ceiling, where hot air naturally convects to anyway, is just a waste. Only if you have a way to efficiently recirculate air from around the light fixture to where you're at will you see a benefit. Otherwise, most of it will be lost up to the attic and then outside.

about a year ago

OpenSUSE 12.3 Is Out

Lord Byron II Re:I look forward to upgrading (62 comments)

Don't forget the Evergreen project for extended support then. I just started using it with a 11.4 box a couple of months back and so far, so good.

about a year ago

OpenSUSE 12.3 Is Out

Lord Byron II Re:Favorite Distro (62 comments)

I've been with openSUSE since the 8.x days and I've had multi-monitor the entire time. As I recall, 10.3 was good, as was 11.1 and 11.4. 12.3 has been excellent so far, especially since it is really more of a service pack for 12.2.

about a year ago

Canadian Newspaper Charging $150 License Fee To Publish Excerpts

Lord Byron II Re:Embrace the experimentalism (217 comments)

aren't they the only warp-capable race to buy their first drive?

Citation needed. Seriously, I don't remember that and I'd like an excuse to re-watch a good episode of Trek.

about a year ago

In Wake of Poor Reviews, Amazon Yanks SimCity Download

Lord Byron II Re:Not sure... (511 comments)

Wow... your hate of EA is old enough to drink... and older than a lot of the 7-digit UIDs on /.

about a year ago

Salt Linked To Autoimmune Diseases

Lord Byron II Re:Everything good is bad for you (308 comments)

The problem with your argument is the "2.5 million years". That somewhat arbitrary timeframe allows you to make the argument that high-fat meat-based diets are ideal. However, if you consider the "diet" of all of our ancestors back to the dawn of life on Earth, roughly 4 billion years ago, you'll find that most of our ancestors over that time were simple organisms that ingested simple sugars - a diet that would kill us today.

At the other extreme, our species has only existed for around 50k-200k years and if we've been eating grains for 10-20k of that, then we've had grains in our diet for around a quarter of the time of our existence.

Either way, its hard to infer what we should eat based off of what our ancestors ate. They weren't us and we're not them.

about a year ago

Microsoft Restores Transfer Rights To Office 2013

Lord Byron II Re:Great (130 comments)

Ah, Clippy--the Jar Jar Binks of software.

"Meesa thinks yousa tryin' to write'a letta."

about a year ago

RSA: Self-Encrypting USB Hard Drives for all Operating Systems (Video)

Lord Byron II Re:Not new? (154 comments)

Please explain something to me. The Apricorn drives use a ten digit keypad to enter a (maximum) 15-digit key. That gives a key space of approximately 50 bits (log(10^15)/log(2)). They why do they advertise the drive as using 256-bit security? Why not just implement a 64-bit algorithm? That is still a greater level of security considering the passkey.

about a year ago

Tax Peculiarities Mean Facebook Paid No Net Taxes For 2012

Lord Byron II Re:Peculiarities? (307 comments)

This is normal in that generally, in the US tax code, you can defer paying taxes by paying employees more, by making investments, etc. Only if that dollar you collect becomes profit do you generally pay taxes on it.

It's not a rich vs poor thing either. Poor people get tax benefits in the form of the EIC and the personal deduction. Middle income earners get to deduct health care expenses and certain job expenses (uniforms, union dues, sometimes use of a vehicle).

The point is that everyone gets tax breaks and the reason why is that our tax code is crazy complicated. Facebook will pay their share eventually, but it's just not going to be on their 2012 return.

about a year ago

Retail Copies of Office 2013 Are Tied To a Single Computer Forever

Lord Byron II Re:No its pretty good (464 comments)

0.1% who actually use those deep-down-and-buried features which the rest of us don't even know exists.

Everyone always says this when comparing other office suites to MS Office, but can you give an example of something you can do with MS Office that you just can't with LibreOffice?

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: Name Conflicts In Automatically Generated Email Addresses?

Lord Byron II Re:Go with usernames. (383 comments)

Some of those points are just stupid.

"People’s names fit within a certain defined amount of space."

And I do not believe that some people have infinite names. That is obviously untrue.

That does not imply that their names are of infinite length, only that if the array you choose to store names in is of length N, there could be someone with a name of length N+1. No infinities, but you still can't store their name.

about a year ago

Why a Linux User Is Using Windows 3.1

Lord Byron II Re:what about warp4? Warp has some VM issues. (415 comments)

I loved Warp 4. I got a copy of it and Windows 95 at the same time and Warp was light years (pun intended) ahead of Microsoft. The built-in voice recognition worked and that was a decade and a half before Siri. If you moved a program, the links (shortcuts) would automatically adjust. There were so many other nice features that Windows was just missing. But Warp only supported 16-bit Windows (i.e., v3.1) apps and that made compatibility a nightmare, which is why I eventually deleted the Warp 4 partition and moved fully to 95.

about a year ago

Why a Linux User Is Using Windows 3.1

Lord Byron II Re:Old software? (415 comments)

No one has to move off XP.

Well, technically, Microsoft someday will shutoff the activation servers and you will have to move off XP then. 98 and 2000 are a different story since you don't have to phone home to use it. (Yes, hacked copies of XP can run forever, but I'm talking about using it without breaking the EULA.)

about a year ago

How Verizon's 'Six Strikes' Plan Works

Lord Byron II Re:can someone please explain to me (505 comments)

what is the point of "avoiding paying for" transformers 3 or harry potter? I mean can you not afford the massive 4 dollar price or whatever that they charge you to watch this stuff online?

Have you seen Transformers 3? I guarantee you that at $4 it's roughly $6 over-priced.

about a year ago



OpenSUSE 12.2 Has Been Released

Lord Byron II Lord Byron II writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Lord Byron II (671689) writes "OpenSUSE 12.2 has been released. The new version includes Kernel 3.4, KDE 4.8.4, LibreOffice 3.5, and Gnome 3.4. Updated versions of LXDE and XFCE are also included. The full list of features include single window mode in Gimp, better large file writes in the Kernel, better C# support in Wine, and the choice of multiple browsers (Firefox, Chromium, and Rekonq). You can download a DVD or LiveCD image from here."
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Touchscreen device for the elderly?

Lord Byron II Lord Byron II writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Lord Byron II (671689) writes "My grandma is in her 80's, is bed-ridden, in a nursing home, and is basically reaching the end of her life. Her legs are weak, meaning that she is confined to her bed, and her hearing is pretty much gone. Her sight is good and her mental facilities are still there, but even so, she spends most of her days just watching daytime TV, like the Price is Right and talk shows. The family has tasked me with finding her an easy-to-use, not overly expensive device that would mentally challenge her. Ideally, I would like to get something iPad like so that she could play card games and such. But the Internet connectivity and advanced features are completely unnecessary. Is there a simple device that will let her easily play some games?"

Fixing Hubble Easier than Watching a DVD

Lord Byron II Lord Byron II writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Lord Byron II (671689) writes "Astronauts were able to perform the repair job on Hubble in only a few days, but playing a DVD was too difficult. Once in space, the crew of Atlantis discovered that their laptops did not have the proper playback software and Mission Control was unable to assist. There's no word if they were simply unsure of which region code they were supposed to use while in orbit."
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How to detect malware on a Windows pc?

Lord Byron II Lord Byron II writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Lord Byron II writes "Although I almost exclusively use Linux on all of my computers, I keep an XP install on my laptop for those rare times when I need to run something Windows-only. Recently, a yellow exclamation mark icon has been showing up in the system tray. If I click on it, it disappears. I saw a machine about a year ago that was infected with adware and presented with the same icon, only in that case, if you clicked on it, you got an ad for a fake anti-spyware program. Both that computer and mine showed no infection according to Ad-Aware, Microsoft's Malicious Software tool, TrendMicro AV, and ClamAV.

Considering the number of hacked machines out there sending spam, participating in botnets, eavesdropping for credit card numbers, et cetera, and considering that (in my experience, at least) most AV programs tend to be ineffective in detecting these threats, how can a Windows user definitively determine if their machine has been compromised or not?"

Free Unbox Videos DRM-Free, Courtesy of Adobe

Lord Byron II Lord Byron II writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Lord Byron II writes "Apparently the latest version of Flash has a major flaw which allows the wholesale downloading and copying of any video that Amazon offers through their Unbox service. The worst (best?) part is that the videos are DRM free. It seems that Amazon and Adobe need to coordinate a little before they give away any more movies for free."


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