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Slashdot Asks: Do You Label Your Tech Gear, and If So, How?

Nebulo High quality labels (250 comments)

These are great, and I use them on all my gear. The kit includes a variety of sizes and shapes. The adhesive is very strong and will stick to virtually any surface, and the label is protected by a transparent plastic coating that makes it very resistant to scratches. The printing is rated for fade resistance after several years in the outdoors, and the price is just right.

http://www.mavericklabel.com/p...

Disclaimer: I used to work at this company. They're good people.

about 10 months ago
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Apple Starts Blocking Unauthorized Lightning Cables With iOS 7

Nebulo Re:Confused as usual. (663 comments)

Last time I checked, iMacs didn't come with an expiration date stamped on the back, nor do they burst into flames when some imaginary expiration date is met. Apple hardware lasts a *long* time. If you CHOOSE to upgrade, that is your choice, not Apple's.

nebulo

about a year ago
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Apple Starts Blocking Unauthorized Lightning Cables With iOS 7

Nebulo Re:Load of crock (663 comments)

Get a USB extension cable, duh.

nebulo

about a year ago
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Apple Updates MacBooks and Mac Pro Desktop With Haswell, "Unified Thermal Core"

Nebulo Re:So No then (464 comments)

What doubts would those be? They're displays. You plug them in and they work. If you don't like Thunderbolt displays, feel free to use a DisplayPort monitor. Unless, of course, you have doubts about *them*, in which case I suggest you get a DisplayPort->VGA converter for your 1992 amber-on-black monochrome display.

Troll.

nebulo

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Finding Work Over 60?

Nebulo iOS is an option (306 comments)

A 62-year old friend of mine took an iOS certification course at the University of Washington (Seattle) and promptly found a full-time position at one of the Big Four professional services firms, developing mobile applications for their clients. Prior to this job, he was a self-employed specialty developer, until his wife fell ill and he needed to procure full-time employment.

So hope springs eternal - it's at least possible to get a job after being Of A Certain Age, if you have the right skills for the right field.

nebulo

more than 2 years ago
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The Great Meteor Grab

Nebulo Talk about crying wolf (152 comments)

The article makes a huge logical leap: that US laws governing items on federal lands somehow apply to items that are not on federal lands (for example, the asteroid belt). This is akin to saying that US antiquity laws would prevent a US citizen from prospecting for fossils in, say, Canada. What a load of baloney. The author is trying to conflate and confuse two issues (mining in space and prospecting on US federal lands) which are utterly unrelated.

Nebulo

more than 2 years ago
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Gawker Media To Require Commenters' Facebook, Twitter, Or Google Logins

Nebulo Walling the gardens (231 comments)

Frost prist!?!

The days of Anonymous Cowards are seemingly coming to a quick close. This abdication of authentication authority seems in-line with the overall garden walling of various sections of the Internet, operating systems, and devices.

nebulo

more than 2 years ago
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Facebook Malware Goes Viral

Nebulo Bad advice in article (123 comments)

The article states, "Of course there is no such Flash update. You should always download Flash from a genuine Adobe site."

This is poor advice. I would suggest, "Flash should never be installed on anyone's computer, ever."

nebulo

more than 2 years ago
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'Vocal Fry' Creeping Into US Speech

Nebulo Placing the blame (331 comments)

I blame Kate Mulgrew and Alanis Morissette! And maybe Natalie Merchant, too.

nebulo

about 3 years ago
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HP's Shift On PCs Could Boost Acer, Dell and Lenovo

Nebulo Re:Or Apple (156 comments)

I recommend paying particular attention to the entire book - it's an outstanding story by an author in his prime.

nebulo

more than 3 years ago
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Large Hadron Collider is a Time Machine?

Nebulo Re:Anything like this in Sci-Fi? (332 comments)

Spoiler alert, because this isn't revealed until the end of the story:
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"Timescape" by Gregory Benford does this, quite elegantly.

more than 3 years ago
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It's Surprisingly Hard To Notice When Moving Objects Change

Nebulo Not for me (140 comments)

I'm surprised to report that this one doesn't affect me; I can definitely perceive that the dots change color, even when they're moving around.

Nebulo

more than 3 years ago
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Is Going To an Elite College Worth the Cost?

Nebulo Re:Not for undergraduate (391 comments)

To coin a phrase, "Duke sucks."

Nebulo

about 4 years ago
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Looking Back At OS X's Origins

Nebulo Re:Jobs reality distortion field (312 comments)

Um. Not sure which 1996-2000 you lived through, but that history doesn't quite match the one I experienced.

Nebulo

more than 4 years ago
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China Bans Military Personnel From Blogging

Nebulo Re:USMC (82 comments)

Cannot judge! All cultures are the same! Cannot judge! How dare you!

nebulo

more than 4 years ago
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Knuth Got It Wrong

Nebulo Re:Does he get a check? (298 comments)

I believe Knuth pays for bugs in code, not misconceptions or obsolescence.

Nebulo

more than 4 years ago
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Knuth Got It Wrong

Nebulo Re:Cache behavior is hard and not portable (298 comments)

Isn't that a big part of what he's saying - that some algorithms should be written in a non-portable way so they maximize performance? For example, a different system might implement VM in a way that eliminates his performance gains.

Nebulo

more than 4 years ago
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Knuth Got It Wrong

Nebulo Re:Crank it to 11 (298 comments)

That has to make the other one 10 of the better binary jokes around.

Nebulo

more than 4 years ago

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Apple relaxes iOS Xcode requirement

Nebulo Nebulo writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Nebulo (29412) writes "In an apparent 180-degree turn, Apple has eliminated their requirement that all iOS applications be developed using Xcode, provided the applications do not download and execute code. This opens the floodgates for alternative environments such as Flash, REALbasic, and many others. Apple also announced that they will be publishing a clear set of guidelines for submissions to the App Store. "We hope it will make us more transparent and help our developers create even more successful apps for the App Store.""
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Slashdot seized in overnight coup

Nebulo Nebulo writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Nebulo (29412) writes "Popular geek-technical-libertarian website ./ (pronounced "slash-dot") has apparently been taken over by a mysterious figure calling himself "Cmdr. Taco". "Slashdot" is a news aggregator, providing a clearing house for links to sites that contain "news for nerds, stuff that matters" for over ten years. Normally, stories are submitted by readers and later reviewed and approved by a cadre of editors; however, in the early morning hours of September 2, 2010, all stories on the site became to show "Cmdr. Taco" as the approving editor. Details are sketchy, with no word from "Taco" on his demands or agenda after this unexpected coup, and there is no word on the safety of the former editors."
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Recommendation for basic astronomy text?

Nebulo Nebulo writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Nebulo (29412) writes "A co-worker and I were discussing the discovery of asteroid belts and a large planet orbiting Epsilon Eridani. He had a very poor education growing up and I had to explain a great deal for him to really 'get' what's going on at Epsilon Eridani and why it is so exciting to scientists.

Can anyone recommend a good basic astronomy/cosmology book that I can give him to bring him somewhat up to speed? For reference, I had to explain that all the stars in the sky are just like our sun; that's his level of understanding. He's very smart and motivated to learn, but has very little background in science.

Thanks!"

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