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Ask Slashdot: Sounds We Don't Hear Any More?

Pikoro The sound of (790 comments)

The sound of an old rotating ditto machine. And the associated smell. ohhh. that smell...

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Sounds We Don't Hear Any More?

Pikoro Re:Modem connection tones (790 comments)

Yah, I worked at an ISP back then and it when customers would complain that they were getting a slow connection, I'd have them hold the phone up to the modem speaker and try to connect so I could hear it and determine the connection speed and protocol. The BONG! mentioned above pegs it as a 56k modem string :) v.90 i believe.

about three weeks ago
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Why We're Not Going To See Sub-orbital Airliners

Pikoro I think the thing being missed here (300 comments)

I think the thing being missed here is that people are in a hurry. If I can fly a 747 from Seattle to Japan and the flight takes 14 hours, I would pay more to be able to do it in 7. That's an easy choice. Time spent in the air is generally wasted time. Turn trans-Pacific/Atlantic into a weekend trip instead of the current 3 days of travel time and there's a market for it.

The futuristic prediction that it would be economical to take a sub-orbital flight from NY to LA is probably not going to happen, but for trans oceanic and/or China/Japan to Europe. Definitely a market there.

about three weeks ago
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Netflix Cracks Down On VPN and Proxy "Pirates"

Pikoro Re:Cat and mouse... (437 comments)

I guess you just don't have any idea how hard it is to re-encode everything upside down do you? That's not free you know.

about a month ago
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AirAsia Flight Goes Missing Between Indonesia and Singapore

Pikoro Re:who cares how many children (275 comments)

I live in Alaska. Never heard it uttered here. Strange.

about a month ago
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Being Colder May Be Good For Your Health

Pikoro Re:Yes brown fat will help you (234 comments)

I don't know about you, but I plan to live forever. Or die trying.

about 1 month ago
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AirAsia Flight Goes Missing Between Indonesia and Singapore

Pikoro Re:who cares how many children (275 comments)

Sorry, but I've never heard "get fucked" uttered by someone from the USA. You appear to be an Aussie, mate.

about a month ago
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Librarians: The Google Before Google

Pikoro We just called Information (94 comments)

I don't know about calling the library, but when I was a kid, we'd call 411 and ask questions. They were called "information".

about a month ago
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Behind the Scenes With the Star Trek Fan Reboot

Pikoro Re:Neat (106 comments)

It would seem that all of their sets are based on the original set plans which were designed for the 4:3 aspect ratio. Trying to shoot in a widescreen format would likely show parts of the set which weren't intended. I mean, check out how much of that bridge set is open plywood. That set requires some strictly framed shots to work right.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Resources For Kids Who Want To Make Games?

Pikoro Re:Good god (121 comments)

I was going to post RPGMaker as well. It has some good tools for character and story development. Picked this up for my kid a year or so ago. She loves it.

about a month and a half ago
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After 40 Years As a Double Amputee, Man Gains Two Bionic Arms

Pikoro Re:Damn (66 comments)

The proper reply was "Soon".

about a month and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Software For Image Organization?

Pikoro Re:Google Picasa 3 (259 comments)

Under the Tools menu, there is an Experimental sub-menu. Select "Show duplicate files". Then I just deleted everything that shows up. Seems to work just fine. It's not automatic or anything, but it works.

about a month and a half ago
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Attorney General Won't Force New York Times Reporter To Reveal Source

Pikoro Re:Justice in the U.S.A (55 comments)

Perhaps he was just burning CDs or DVDs.

about a month and a half ago
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French Publishers Prepare Lawsuit Against Adblock Plus

Pikoro Re:You use more power, & risk redirects too (699 comments)

So if you hit a site that has 5-10 of your "blocked" sites, you have to parse that file each time, for each query. Talk about a waste of resources.

Also, my DNS box is doing more than just serving up dns requests. You still haven't shown me any kind of benchmark. Only your made up numbers and statistics.

Come on... Step up. Show me a single study that compares a million+ line host file against a single dns query for the same item.

As for adding complexity... Yah, I guess it does add some. Things that someone that only knows how to parse a plain text file in notepad might not grasp...

Bring it on! Show me the study!

about 2 months ago
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French Publishers Prepare Lawsuit Against Adblock Plus

Pikoro Re:You pile on more inefficiency (699 comments)

So your only comeback is that a DNS server uses more power? Really? Is that the best you got?

Still no response to #10. Come on buddy... show me the benchmarks. I want to see the speed difference between parsing a 1,000,000+ text file vs a single dns query.

Take your time.. I'll wait.

Are you sure you're not the lovechild of Bennett Haselton and the Timecube guy?

about 2 months ago
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French Publishers Prepare Lawsuit Against Adblock Plus

Pikoro Re:Ask yourselves these questions... apk (699 comments)

1.) Secure you vs. known malicious sites/servers (beyond malicious adbanners - see 2 thru 6 below next)

2.) Secure you vs. downed DNS servers aiding reliability

I run my own DNS server.

3.) Secure you vs. DNS redirect poisoned dns servers

See the answer to 2 above

4.) Protect you vs. fastflux using botnet attacks and stop their communications back to their C&C servers

Yup. Don't install shit from unknown sources.

5.) Protect you vs. dynamic dns using botnet attacks and stop their communications back to their C&C servers

See Answer to #2 above.

6.) Protect you vs. domain generation algorithm using botnet attacks and stop their communications back to their C&C servers

Again, see #2

7.) Speed you up for websurfing not only by adblocking but also hardcoding favorite sites

Utterly stupid approach since every decent site used CDNs now.

8.) Get you past a dnsbl you may not agree with

See #2 above

9.) Keep you off dns request logs

See #2 above

10.) Do all of those things and block ads (better than adblock) more efficiently in cpu cycles and memory usage

Show me the benchmarks

11.) Work on ANY webbound application (think stand-alone email programs, for example).

See #2.

12.) Give you direct, easily notepad/texteditor controlled data for all of the above

Hmm. vi on my dns server seems to work fine.

13.) Block out trackers

See #2.

14.) Block spam mails sources

Don't sign up for stupid sites using real email addresses and/or use an email specifically for those sites and blackhole the resulting email.

15.) Block phishing mails sources

Have a little common sense and this isn't an issue.

Debating if I should paste this after every one of your spam posts...

about 2 months ago

Submissions

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Microsoft signs android patent deal with Foxconn

Pikoro Pikoro writes  |  about 2 years ago

Pikoro (844299) writes "Microsoft has secured a patent deal with the world's biggest consumer electronics manufacturer to receive fees for devices powered by Google's Android and Chrome operating systems.

Hon Hai — the parent company of Foxconn — said the deal would help prevent its clients being caught up in an ongoing intellectual property dispute.

Microsoft says that Google's code makes use of innovations it owns.

Google alleges its rival's claims are based on "bogus patents".

"The patents at issue cover a range of functionality embodied in Android devices that are essential to the user experience, including: natural ways of interacting with devices by tabbing through various screens to find the information they need; surfing the web more quickly, and interacting with documents and e-books.""
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Judge rules that resale of MP3s violates copyright law

Pikoro Pikoro writes  |  about 2 years ago

Pikoro (844299) writes "A judge has sided with Capitol Records in the lawsuit between the record company and ReDigi — ruling that MP3s can only be resold if granted permission by copyright owners.
"The Order is surprising in light of last month's United States Supreme Court decision in Kirtsaeng v. Wiley & Sons, which reaffirmed the importance and applicability of the First Sale Doctrine in the United States of America.""
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Raspberry Pi available for Sale 0600 GMT on Feb 29th

Pikoro Pikoro writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Pikoro writes "Raspberry Pi has just sent out the following email notice to subscribed users:

The Raspberry Pi Foundation will be making a big (and very positive) announcement that just might interest you at 0600h GMT on Wednesday 29 February 2012. Come to www.raspberrypi.org to find out what's going on."
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Sony begins banning Jailbroken PS3s from PSN

Pikoro Pikoro writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Pikoro (844299) writes "This morning, Sony started sending out emails to PSN subscribers which Sony has detected are running jailbroken Playstation 3 consoles.

From the email:
"A circumvention device and/or unauthorized or pirated software currently resides on your PlayStation(R)3 system.
Immediately cease use and remove all circumvention devices and delete all unauthorized or pirated software from your PlayStation(R)3 system. Failure to do so will result in termination of your access to the PlayStation(R)Network and access to Qriocity(TM) services through your PlayStation(R)3 system."

Time to leave your network cable unplugged if you have jailbroken your PS3."

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LINE: LINE Is Not an Emulator

Pikoro Pikoro writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Pikoro writes "I'm curious. I have been using Linux since my first Slackware install (13 floppies back in the 286 days). I always see people trying to get Windows programs running under Linux using WINE. I've been wondering. Why all the time being spent trying to get Windows software running under Linux, when there is so much great Linux software out there that doesn't run under Windows? Why not a "LINE" project to help people port Linux software to windows? Or perhaps a Linux ELF compatibility layer so we can run Linux software on Windows, the same way we can run Windows software under Linux.

Update: I have just started the "LINE" (LINE Is Not an Emulator) project at http://www.linehq.org .

This will, of course, require community support, so I'm asking for help in all areas. Monitoring current porting efforts, creating an application compatibility layer to enable ELF and APP binaries to run under Windows, etc...

So I pose the question to the Linux community: Any interest in a GPL ELF application compatibility layer for Windows?"
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Pikoro Pikoro writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Pikoro writes "Matt over at embeddedether.net has a curious and slightly over-engineered project up at his site.
He has created a Mechanical hit counter for his website.
From the page:


I've always subscribed to the Rube Goldberg School of Engineering Design, the philosophy of which is "simple, elegant solutions are for the unimaginative". These are words I can live by.
Overengineered designs are where Art and Science meet, eye each other up a bit, sink a few pints, and head off to Science's apartment to see his etchings. I tip my hat to Mr. Goldberg, using a machine that tips hats in 22 steps, starting with cracking an egg.
Here, then, is my humble contribution to the rich tradition of overengineering — the Mechanical Hit Counter.
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Pikoro Pikoro writes  |  about 8 years ago

Pikoro writes "I have been working in the IT field for the past 20 years or so, and after getting hired by the largest financial company in the world, I thought I might have finally found a place to retire from.

However, after working here for about 6 months, I find myself, not exactly burnt out, but longing for a complete career field change.

It's not that doing IT related tasks aren't fun anymore, but they have become more "work" than "play" over the last few years.

Since all of my experience has been IT related, I'm not sure where I could go from here.

What would slashdot readers consider doing for a living after being in a single field for so long?"

Journals

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Open Source Cola

Pikoro Pikoro writes  |  more than 7 years ago While Pepsi and Coca-Cola (and others) closely guard their secrets to making cola beverages, several organizations have released their own recipes.

At the link is the recipe for homemade "OpenCola," an open-source cola beverage that invites makers to create and modify their recipe to achieve a better beverage.

It is licensed under the GNU General Public License.

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Looking for slashdot user TakeyMcTaker

Pikoro Pikoro writes  |  more than 7 years ago

In my submission, Where to go after a lifetime of IT, a slashdot user posted a comment saying to ask for information about working in IT for the entertainment industry.

I posted a reply to the comment but the user never got back to me. TakeyMcTaker, if you're out there, please reply to this with any information you might have :) or email me: pikoro AT glbb.jp

Or, if anyone has any info on how to reach TakeyMcTaker, please drop me a line.

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Where to go after a life of IT work?

Pikoro Pikoro writes  |  about 8 years ago

I have been working in the IT field for the past 20 years, and after getting hired by the largest financial company in the world, I thought I might have finally found a place to retire from.

However, after working here for less than 6 months, I find myself, not exactly burnt out, but longing for a complete career field change.

Since all of my experience has been IT related, I'm not sure where I could go from here.

What would slashdot readers consider doing for a living after being in a single field for so long?

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