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Librem: a Laptop Custom-Made For Free/Libre Software

Lord_Byron Good news! (227 comments)

You can replace the SSD in the current Macbook Pro: https://www.ifixit.com/Guide/M...

I suppose you could in theory upgrade the RAM though, but I don't count any Mac upgrade solution that requires re-soldering anything.

about a week ago

Despite Media Confusion, Raspberry Pi Boards Still On Schedule

Lord_Byron I hope they ordered a lot of them (57 comments)

I have a feeling these things are going to sell out fast - hopefully the Foundation was able to accurately predict the demand, or can ramp up production quickly.

Translation: I'm really excited about this, and suspect a lot of other people will be too.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Unity/Gnome 3/Win8/iOS — Do We Really Hate All New GUIs?

Lord_Byron Yes. (1040 comments)

Yes, precious, we hates them. We hates them forever! Nasty little interfaceses.

more than 3 years ago

How Windows Gets Infected With Malware

Lord_Byron Re:70% on fully updated installs. (373 comments)

A what? Oh wait, I think I remember hearing about those...they don't make them anymore, do they?

more than 3 years ago

LHC Gets Android App

Lord_Byron Re:Faster Than Light (53 comments)

Yes. Then you run into a bunch of Wibbly-Wobbly, Timey-Wimey-stuff.

more than 3 years ago

Ask Slashdot: What Will IT Look Like In 10 Years?

Lord_Byron Re:Wireless = less network engineers? (444 comments)

> Meanwhile, IT will end up buying a golf cart to help hunt down freeloaders in the parking lot.

At least there will be some stress relief there...

more than 3 years ago

Vintage Collection of Tech Failures

Lord_Byron Re:17 pencils (160 comments)

Why do you bother? I mean, your screen is lit, and surely lights up your keyboard....

Yes, yes, most people need papers or books or something as they work, I know. But more seriously, a low-wattage LED task light might be more efficient & less annoying.

I'm lucky to have a private office, and the overhead lights are almost always off. It's just a personal preference, but I keep a number of smaller, softer, perhaps more power efficient lights on, to make the space more attractive.

more than 3 years ago

Oracle's Android Claims Cut By 98%

Lord_Byron Re:Moot = debatable (130 comments)

I would like to draw your attention to the second definition at the link you posted, "of little or no practical value or meaning; purely academic."

more than 3 years ago

Is Canonical the Next Apple?

Lord_Byron Re:No. (511 comments)

You should be able to inhibit sleep w/o a special program - just set it to Never in Energy Saver in System Preferences.

I can't help much with the lid, though I recall hearing something about running them closed with a keyboard, mouse, & monitor attached, so there may be a way.

more than 3 years ago

NYC Resistor: DIY Hackers Doing Awesome Things

Lord_Byron Re:Labels and Pop Culture (134 comments)

There may not be quite as little cross-over as you think. I know at least some of the Resistor folks are hams, for example. And the TAPR license is one of the better known Open Hardware licenses; Open Hardware being a related movement and TAPR being a group that concentrates on digital amateur radio.

There is some culture clash, I'm sure, as there are individuals we're talking about. Although IME, both groups are very welcoming to newcomers.

You probably won't find hackerspace types rag-chewing on HF much, but doing cool stuff on VHF+? Sure.

If you know an ARC and a hackerspace community in close-ish range, have you tried introducing them? Maybe try to work with both groups to get a fox hunt on, or something.

more than 3 years ago

Computer Opens Unmanned Store For Holiday

Lord_Byron Re:Exiled From Earth (333 comments)

I stayed in a hotel like that a couple of times. It was over Christmas, so you might've seen people at other times, but I checked in via credit card at a terminal in the vestibule, and got my keycard which gave me access to the lobby and room. The next morning, I checked out via the same system, got my receipt, and moved on. It was really very peaceful.

more than 3 years ago

China Aims To Build World's Largest Rocket

Lord_Byron Re:Long Dong Rocket (250 comments)

Whooosh! The ridges the GP was referring to are on Klingons, playing on their change in appearance between TOS and the first movie. The character Checkov on TOS used to talk about how Russia invented everything, and later the Klingons did they did (even Shakespeare was Klingon).

The other examples are good, thank you. And you're right, the joke became unfunny through over use & should have died before Worf got to it. ;)

more than 3 years ago

Federal Prosecutors Tempt the Streisand Effect

Lord_Byron Re:Unclassified until Deemed Classified? (100 comments)

I'm sorry, but you still don't quite have it. Classified Sources And Methods Information (SAMI) can be protected as Sensitive Compartmented Information (SCI) or any other Special Access Program (SAP). These types of information are marked with a compartment name. However, per DCID 6/5 there is also non-SCI SAMI, which is marked with a label that controls dissemination but does not require SCI or SAP access. This marking is similar to other caveats like PROPIN (proprietary information) or RELROK (Releasable to the Republic of Korea).

So you could have something like SECRET//MAJIC//RELROK for secret (causes serious damage to national security) UFO info that can be given to Korea, but that doesn't necessarily tell anyone how we got the UFO data. It's classified, it's compartmented, but it's not SAMI. OTOH, you could have SECRET//-//SAMI that does tell how the goods were got, but anyone with a secret clearance & a need to know can have. Also classified, but no compartment, and sources. I guess you could have UNCLASSIFIED//-//SAMI, but I'm not sure & can't imagine anyone would bother

Note: All information in this post was prepared from unclassified sources, authorized for public release.

more than 3 years ago


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