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NASA To Send SpaceX Resupply Capsule To ISS Despite Technical Problems

Lorens Critical backup unit (71 comments)

I want more stories about critical backup units. I don't like plain non-critical backups, or redundant systems, or backups of critical systems, just critical backups.

3 days ago

Earth Barely Dodged Solar Blast In 2012

Lorens Editing? Verbs? (202 comments)

"Coronal mass ejections, with in 2012, according to researchers.

Yea, researchers for the win. According to grammar researchers (with in 2014), no verbs in this sentence either!

about a month ago

Ask Slashdot: What Essays and Short Stories Should Be In a Course On Futurism?

Lorens Kallocain (293 comments)

Examines government use of a truth drug.

Bonus: Wikipedia links to a full digital English translation

about 2 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Anti-Camera Device For Use In a Small Bus?

Lorens Dark (478 comments)

1) Cover all the windows
2) Passengers on high-class limo travel in the dark
3) Install an infrared camera
4) Sell film to adult and/or paparazzi websites
5) $$$PROFIT$$$

about a month ago

Scientists Create Pizza That Can Last Years

Lorens Re:Mc Donalds have beaten them (225 comments)

So does this mean that McDonalds will now be able to serve pizza?

about 2 months ago

What Are the Weirdest Places You've Spotted Linux?

Lorens Re:On a TV show (322 comments)

It's running the Matrix!

about 2 months ago

Building an Open Source Nest

Lorens Re:The hard part (195 comments)

No, the hard part is writing a summary that doesn't leave the reader lost and perplexed at the third word.

about 3 months ago

Do Non-Technical Managers Add Value?

Lorens Re:Acronym abuse (249 comments)

Those who put check-marks next to items on SOWs

I assume you mean the first item on this list?

At least the use of upper case let you assume that the items in question aren't attached on the backs of female swine.

about 3 months ago

Only 25% of Yahoo Staff "Eat Their Own Dog Food"

Lorens Re:People use outlook? (292 comments)

TFA quotes the e-mail:

In the rare case you do need Outlook, like adding a delegate for your calendar, you can still fire up Outlook for 30 seconds.

Is that feature so important that it has to mentioned? It certainly doesn't seem like it should be months of work to add it to the in-house webmail client if Outlook can do it! I'd certainly press for having the feature added to the in-house solution *before* sending out an e-mail lambasting employees for not using it!

What I find really funny is that Zimbra belonged to Yahoo, and Zimbra definitely can add a delegate to a calendar.

about 5 months ago

Meet the 'Assassination Market' Creator Who's Crowdfunding Murder With Bitcoins

Lorens Bernanke and Bitcoin (291 comments)

Searching for Ben Bernanke brings up as first news "BERNANKE: Bitcoin 'May Hold Long-Term Promise'
Business Insider - 4 hours ago
Ben Bernanke sort of endorses Bitcoin."

Do you think he knew of the bounty?

about 4 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Mitigating DoS Attacks On Home Network?

Lorens Not on your end (319 comments)

If you're really being DOS'ed with more bytes per second than your little DSL can take, there isn't much you can do to mitigate it on your side. Either your ISP helps out, or you change your IP and they *don't* find your new one (how are they finding it?), or you make them stop (fat chance).

about 6 months ago

Azerbaijan Election Results Released Before Voting Had Even Started

Lorens Re:Just unprofessional. (266 comments)

Lucky you don't have any elections this week!

about 6 months ago

French Police To Switch 72,000 Desktop PCs To Linux

Lorens Re:the text is incorrect (183 comments)

Gendarmerie are not military police. They are not part of the French army. They are uniformed police.

Wrong, see previous comments. To put paid to the discussion, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gendarmerie has it right: "a military force charged with police duties among civilian populations", which is the case in France. There is also non-military police (uniformed or not depending on assignment and rank and whatever), and the French territory is carved up between these two police forces, mainly Gendarmerie in the countryside and Police Nationale in cities and towns (plus municipal police which do not have the same rights, usually not armed, etc.)

I remember some gendarmes were already using OpenOffice (or something similar) over ten years ago, I've found references to an official announcement of migration to Openoffice in 2005, and to Ubuntu in 2010, so this is just the latest step.

about 6 months ago

Middle-Click Paste? Not For Long

Lorens Re:GNOME: We don't want Microsoft to have all the (729 comments)

vi and clones have 26 named buffers + 9 delete buffers + 1 yank buffer. I actually remember one day using up some 10 named buffers. I have one mouse buffer that works everywhere and one Ctrl-C/Ctrl-V that only works in certain programs.

I've read through the wiki page linked, and sure, they have a point, even several points. At least one won't have to use Ctrl-C/Ctrl-V to copy (imagine the havoc in a terminal). However, it all falls down on the fact that I *like* having two distinct buffers, and that I *want* to paste with a single click.

I also want focus-follows-mouse (I managed to do that in Gnome), and I'm extremely annoyed that when I click-to-select or click-to-paste(!) in a window Gnome seems to think that I also want the window to go to the front (never did manage to correct that in Gnome, but it was a breeze in KDE). I've yet to try out XFCE et al.

about 7 months ago

Why Are Japanese Men Refusing To Leave Their Rooms?

Lorens Re:Averages (770 comments)

What's interesting is that they chased a lot of people off their island (most of whom went to Brazil)

A lot went to Peru. That brought the world Nikkei cuisine, and the world is thankful.

about 9 months ago

Why Are Japanese Men Refusing To Leave Their Rooms?

Lorens Averages (770 comments)

So in 20 years, the average age went up by 11 years. That probably simply means that living in your mom's basement is not immediately dangerous to your health.

about 9 months ago

IBM Takes System/z To the Cloud With COBOL Update

Lorens Re:We can... (256 comments)

Nuke it from orbit. It's the only way to be sure.

You sure about that? I hate to be the one to break this to you, but the people using COBOL are the same people who pay insane amounts of money for a backup site thousands of miles away and offsite backups in nuke-proof shelters. If you want to get rid of COBOL, make something better. A nuke certainly won't do it.

about a year ago

IBM Takes System/z To the Cloud With COBOL Update

Lorens Re:Anyone? (256 comments)

In my company I'd be very surprised if the mean age of the COBOL developers is over 35. But yes, of course, I work in a bank.

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: How To Track a Skype Account Hijacker?

Lorens What about the IP (152 comments)

Won't Skype tell you the IP that was used by the thief?

about a year ago


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Metamod one self?

Lorens Lorens writes  |  about 4 years ago

I just metamodded myself. Methinks that should not be possible. Of course I said I was informative :-)

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