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Grad Student Rigs Cheap Alternative To $1,000 Air Purifiers In Smoggy China

Lumpy Re:What the hell? (143 comments)

China.

7 hours ago
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Grad Student Rigs Cheap Alternative To $1,000 Air Purifiers In Smoggy China

Lumpy Re: Very original (143 comments)

Not with a fan that size. and I highly doubt that a HEPA filter and a fan works. you need significant air pressure behind the fan to get any real filtering volume.

Honestly people buying cheap pleated paper furnace filters and doubling them up over their windows will be more effective. when it can filter 50CFM then I'll be impressed. and that will be for a very small one that can barely keep up with air leakage of a tiny apartment.

7 hours ago
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Grad Student Rigs Cheap Alternative To $1,000 Air Purifiers In Smoggy China

Lumpy Re:Very original (143 comments)

Comparable particle counts HOW? right up against the filter? What about over time? Zero details except you MUST go to his workshop for $33 to find out... Fishy...

I have a rock that keeps tigers away, My most recent tiger count shows zero so it's as good as a $10,000 tiger cage.

Need real data, full information on how the test was done and for how long. Anything else is made up BS or misinformation.

7 hours ago
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Grad Student Rigs Cheap Alternative To $1,000 Air Purifiers In Smoggy China

Lumpy Re:Very original (143 comments)

It's because he is a grad student, be nice to the mentally challenged. grad students are people too.

7 hours ago
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"BadUSB" Exploit Makes Devices Turn "Evil"

Lumpy Re:USB 4.x to offer signed USB device signatures?? (172 comments)

All you need to do is have the USB drive mounted by a locked down device. Example, RasPi set to read only on the OS and disable everything all it does is mounts the USB drive and then offers up the contents via the network.

I dont care what you have in the USB stick it will not auto run and infect. then your can look at the contents with another pc via the network and see the real contents or even run automated tests on it before it is available to the users machine.

It is not hard to make something that will stop this crap.

8 hours ago
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Vint Cerf on Why Programmers Don't Join the ACM

Lumpy Re:"For Computer Programmers" (190 comments)

The problem is that people on the internet in their garages are doing more for the advancement of "machinery" than the ACM has ever done in it's lifetime.

The ivory towers are crumbling, the staunchy University model is becoming irrelevant.

yesterday
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The Milky Way Is Much Less Massive Than Previous Thought

Lumpy Kevin Sorbo will be pissed... (119 comments)

The commonwealth is a lot smaller than expected!

Yes, I went there.... Deal with my vast knowledge of really bad SciFi!

yesterday
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Airbnb Partners With Cities For Disaster Preparedness

Lumpy Re:AirBnb vs local laws (54 comments)

"the only way to remove them is to start a lengthy legal process."

You mean the only LEGAL way.. I have friends that will remove them within hours for only a case of beer and gas money.

yesterday
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Airbnb Partners With Cities For Disaster Preparedness

Lumpy Re:Third Amendment Violations, dead ahead (54 comments)

Same as the delusion that strict anti- gun laws make a difference... See Chicago for an example of this as a failure.

yesterday
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Comcast Confessions

Lumpy Re:I must be the outlier (231 comments)

If you think they will not modify that agreement when the time comes to renew it, you are silly. in my town it was a requirement to carry public channels and OTA local channels unencrypted. They simply had their lawyer remove that from the last one they signed.

when your town is ran by a bunch of morons (only morons want to be politicians in power) you get this kind of stuff happening. And 99.976% of all american cities and towns have complete drooling morons in charge.

The mayor here is so stupid he demanded they pass a law making it a felony to say anything bad about him. And then threw a fit when everyone told him that will never happen.

yesterday
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Ask Slashdot: Is Running Mission-Critical Servers Without a Firewall Common?

Lumpy Very common (338 comments)

For incredibly inept companies that really know nothing at all about security to run without firewalling.

Make sure you have a clause written in that without a firewall your client is fully responsible for any and all damages their unsecured server will cause.

yesterday
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Ford, GM Sued Over Vehicles' Ability To Rip CD Music To Hard Drive

Lumpy Please have GM do the right thing... (300 comments)

And fight this for "fair use" in court and completely and utterly fuck over the RIAA and record labels in their war against the people.

GM is big enough to get this fixed. but I guarantee it will all disappear as soon as they push back.

yesterday
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Comcast Confessions

Lumpy Re:I must be the outlier (231 comments)

Watch out, they may have accidentally reactivated your account and you are being charged for something. your only warning will be a credit collections company contacting you.

It was a very common thing back in 2006 that Comcast did to customers that successfully cancelled their service.

yesterday
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Comcast Confessions

Lumpy Re:I must be the outlier (231 comments)

Comcast is closing those customer centers in most towns to avoid this.

yesterday
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Comcast Confessions

Lumpy Re:Lost the "tech" in tech support (231 comments)

I have my own script.... Yes, rebooting now... yes still the red blinking light. I am waving a dead chicken over it now... yes it's facing north. No the red light did not change.

Yes I moved all holy relics away from the modem... No it's still a red blinking light. Yes I'll wait....

yesterday
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Comcast Confessions

Lumpy Understaffed? (231 comments)

They fired most of the technicians and now 90% are subcontractors to get around most of the labor laws. Around here the guys that do Comcast have a magnetic sign on their rust bucket and will swap out for Dish when they go to that next job. They barely train these guys and they pay them a flat rate per job so they want to be in and out as fast as possible many times half assing it because they average out to being paid less than $7.00 an hour on most jobs.

yesterday
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How Gygax Lost Control of TSR and D&D

Lumpy Re:5thed is irrelevant. (182 comments)

That's it for your punishment you must create a character for Rolemaster.

2 days ago
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How Gygax Lost Control of TSR and D&D

Lumpy 5thed is irrelevant. (182 comments)

Everyone has moved away from it to either Pathfinder or 13Th age. DnD is on it's way to becoming another savage worlds for lovers of crunchy dice rolling only.

2 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Where Can I Find Resources On Programming For Palm OS 5?

Lumpy Re: let it go (170 comments)

"I don't think any laptop has ever been produced that consumes more than 150W."

I had one, the Samsung Series 7 gaming laptop monster with dual video cards.

200 Watts.

2 days ago

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Steve Jackson Games to Re Release OGRE by using kickstarter.

Lumpy Lumpy writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Lumpy (12016) writes "IT seems that many geeks late night prayers have been answered. Steve Jackson Games is going to re release O.G.R.E. as a super deluxe verswion and he is using Kickstarter as a way to get the ball rolling.

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/847271320/ogre-designers-edition

I for one remember a lot of time spent playing OGRE with friends at school, on the bus, etc.. IT was a dirt cheap paper game back then but was unlike anything else ever released."

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Linux and Windows H.323 Videoconferencing apps?

Lumpy Lumpy writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Lumpy (12016) writes "I work with businesses that have Tandberg and Polycom H.323 Videoconferencing gear every day. Many of them are medical companies or research companies here in the USA that communicate with doctors in 3rd world countries that don't have the resources we do here and have asked me if there are any free or open source H.323 video conferencing apps available for linux and Windows. I was able to find one for Mac OSX, xmeeting but It seems that the offerings for Windows and Linux are either nonexistent or hiding.

What do you use for real videoconferencing?"
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Satellite collision might cause problems in space.

Lumpy Lumpy writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Lumpy writes "reading my morning RSS feeds I saw this article at http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090212/ap_on_sc/satellite_collision about a Russian and American satellite collision in space that has debris that is worrying the ESA and NASA. From the Article — "Scientists are keeping a close eye on orbital debris created when two communications satellites — one American, the other Russian — smashed into each other hundreds of miles above the Earth. NASA said it will take weeks to determine the full magnitude of the unprecedented crash and whether any other satellites or even the Hubble Space Telescope are threatened. The collision, which occurred nearly 500 miles over Siberia on Tuesday, was the first high-speed impact between two intact spacecraft, NASA officials said." Is this a precursor of the fabled "cascade" that everyone has been worrying about might happen in orbit? Granted it was in higher orbit than the ISS and where the shuttle operates, but it may have a HUGE impact on communications if the debris cloud rips apart other satellites."
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Great games to put on a Free PC.

Lumpy Lumpy writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Lumpy (12016) writes "I am giving several new Pc's to a local charity that will be giving them to needy kids this Xmas. They are not powerful, basically baseline Dells that have intel graphics and Celeron, but more than enough to do homework and other studies on. They are going out with XP on them, and a Ubuntu CD. as well as a bunch of OSS software like OO.o and the others.. But I would like to include some games for the kids. Strategy, fun, etc... Great freeware games that are fun to play. Anyone have a list of the best games that a 13-16 year old will like to play that are free and legal to give away?"
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Comcast loses lawsuit over moving analog channels

Lumpy Lumpy writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Lumpy (12016) writes "Comcast Lost their lawsuit to move analog channels to the digital tier. http://blog.mlive.com/chronicle/2008/01/lawsuit_seeks_to_block_comcast.html#preview Comcast has been trying to move channels around in Michigan claiming they need to move analog channels to the Encrypted digital channels. Their latest attempt was to move the community access channels in the detroit area. Comcast keeps claiming they NEED to do this, but in fact can simply move channels to Unencrypted QAM channels giving them the space they need while eliminating the required Comcast cable box. Almost all TV's sold in the past 5 years can receive unencrypted QAM channels over cable-tv."
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Best USB thumb drive for keychain

Lumpy Lumpy writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Lumpy writes "After having to replace my 8th USB thumbdrive I have had attached to my key chain in 2 years because of failures I was starting to wonder,What have other slashdotters found as their best choice in a USB thumb drive?

I love having one on my key chain, but 95% of these things have a port cover that gets lost in the first 10 minutes, have a really bad design for attaching to the key chain so you lose the drive completely, or are incredibly bad quality, my last designer leather on with leather cover strap comes to mind.

What do you use for your always with you most important usb thumb drive? What is the most durable that will take getting dropped in a puddle or survive living on a key chain?"
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Lumpy Lumpy writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Lumpy writes "Lately there has been a HUGE push by Certified Microsoft Professionals and their companies to call clients and warn them of the dangers of open source. This week I received calls from 4 different customers that they were warned that they are dangerously insecure because they run Open Source Operating systems or Software because "anyone can read the code and hack you with ease" they are being told. Other colleagues in the area also have noticed this about 3 Microsoft Partners or so they claim have been going out of their way to strike fear of OSS in companies that respond with "yes we use Open source or Linux" when the sales call comes in. I know this is simply a sales tactic by these companies that will remain nameless, but how do I fix the damage caused by these sales tactics? I have several customers that now want more than my word about the security of the systems that have worked for them flawlessly for over 5-6 years now with minimal expense outside of upgrades and patching for security. Does anyone have a good plan or sources of reliable information that can be used to inform the customer?"

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