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Pay Or Else, News Site Threatens

ProKras Re:Clueless (549 comments)

I will be happy to pay the $100, in fact, I will read it again and pay you $200. However, I will need your assistance in handling some fees on my end in order for the transaction to work. For various reasons, I cannot make these payments directly. Please wire $100 to the specified account as soon as you get my $300 money order from Nigeria.

I would normally just ask one of my many rich uncles to pay it (they're all Generals), but they keep dying on me, and I'm just having the darndest time trying to retrieve the funds.

more than 3 years ago
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Chatbot Suzette Wins 20th Annual Loebner Prize, Fools One Judge

ProKras Re:Blow by Blow? (257 comments)

If that was the case, then Suzette would fail miserably. The bot rebuffed all my advances.

ProKras - so suzette, what are you wearing?
[ Af:0 At:20 Sp:0] My usual style, jeans and a t-shirt.
ProKras - anything else?
[ Af:0 At:20 Sp:0] Sure, but it's your turn.
ProKras - ok, I'm wearing a t-shirt and boxers. no pants because i'm about to go to bed
[ Af:-1 At:20 Sp:0] Thanks for telling me that.
ProKras - why don't you take your pants off too
[ Af:-1 At:20 Sp:0] Pants is used to keep lower torso warm.
ProKras - come on, take them off
[ Af:-1 At:20 Sp:0] There's nothing wrong with a good sexual titillation.
ProKras - yes, that's exactly what I'm trying to get at
[ Af:-1 At:20 Sp:0] It is?
ProKras - of course. now take off your pants for me
[ Af:-3 At:20 Sp:0] That's enough of that.
ProKras - awww, you're no fun
[ Af:-3 At:20 Sp:0] That's enough on that. What are your hobbies?
ProKras - All my hobbies are sexual now. I've ditched the others
[ Af:-3 At:20 Sp:0] My hobbies are: sewing clothes, printing fabric, making ceramics, making jewelry - you might call them the wearable arts.
ProKras - Wearable is good. especially when they come off
[ Af:-3 At:20 Sp:0] I don't know. Whenever.
ProKras - so, come on, take off your clothes for me
[ Af:-7 At:20 Sp:-1] I'm beginning to take a dislike to you. But does that just apply to you?

about 4 years ago
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I mailed / filed my tax return form ...

ProKras Re:9 months (432 comments)

I've never heard of the US coming to any expat's rescue.

It has actually happened several times. Take a look at this page and do a search for "citizen". You will find over 15 incidents where the US sent in its military to protect its citizens.

Another time I can think of offhand was in Greneda where US marines helped to evacuate US medical students studying on the island.

more than 4 years ago
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Are There Affordable Low-DPI Large-Screen LCD Monitors?

ProKras Get an LCD "TV" without the tuner. (549 comments)

Most of the extra cost of a "TV" over a similar-spec "monitor" is not the extra connectors, its the cost of the NTSC/ATSC tuner. There are lots of units out there that are marketed as home television sets, but don't have any tuner (and therefore cannot legally be called "Televisions" or "TVs"). Without a cable box (or satellite box or external ATSC tuner) no television watching is possible. A lot of these units are fairly inexpensive; you may be able to find some at prices less than similar-sized LCD computer monitors, but you might need adapters to connect it (VGA to component or DVI to HDMI).

As soon as others realize no TV-watching is possible on these sets they shouldn't complain about the old guy getting a "big-screen TV". If people are going to complain simply based on size (because their own monitors aren't 24-27 inches) then you're going to hear complaints no matter what.

more than 4 years ago
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Software Piracy At the Workplace?

ProKras Re:My job used to be like this.... (1006 comments)

I agree that a gradual approach is probably the best. I was lucky enough to be brought on board as IT manager (for a small accounting firm) just when the company was expanding and purchasing a lot of new hardware. From the beginning I advocated using as much FOSS as possible. Management, who had never heard of the concept, was excited that they could get legit, good quality software at no cost. There was a bit of grumbling in the beginning about some of the FOSS since there was a learning curve for some. Once people got used to it, though, it became a non-issue. For any non-open-source software that was free (as in beer) I made doubly sure that commercial use was permitted under the free license, otherwise it was gone. I was also fortunate in that the most critical software for the firm was already SaaS, and there was no need to change there.

As we upgraded the existing hardware, any questionable software on the old hardware has been removed and replaced with FOSS, or software that was definitely properly licensed. Now nearly everyone is now using OpenOffice.org, although we do have a couple of machines with legit Microsoft Office licenses (necessary, for example, when we have a spreadsheet that requires macros to work right. Also, the boss wanted to keep Outlook because of some issues with scheduling meetings with clients in Thunderbird+Lighting). In cases where no good FOSS alternative was available, we purchased (legit, unused) licenses from ebay or elsewhere, and documented this fully in case of any audits down the road. (If a license sounded like it MIGHT not be legit we stayed away. We looked for original disks, packaging and manuals before buying.)

The most important step, I believe, was to get management interested in the idea of FOSS early on as an alternative to more expensive options. I also gently warned them about the potential for software "not working right" if it was not properly licensed (because of lack of updates or activation issues). I never had to mention the BSA at all to convince management that adopting FOSS was a smart move.

more than 4 years ago
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Stargate Universe

ProKras Re:Troubleshooting skills. (829 comments)

why didn't anyone in the Star Trek universe ever come up with the idea of using warp drives as weapons in a systematic way? A runabout crashing into a borg cube at warp seven would do quite a bit more damage than a photon torpedo, I would imagine. I guess kinetic energy just isn't "futuristic" enough.

According to some of the best speculative physics out there, warp drive must operate by either manipulating space-time itself, or by creating an artificial wormhole or some other means of traveling in extra dimensions. Within your local frame of reference your velocity would be quite low, as would your kinetic energy. You could also move at EXACTLY the speed of light by reducing the relativistic mass of your vessel to zero. Still no kinetic energy weapon there.

Using warped space itself as a weapon is a possibility, but who is to say that phasers don't already do some of that. Phasers certainly can't work merely by firing a beam of photons at the target, like a laser. If they did work like lasers, you wouldn't be able to see the beam.

Sublight engines, on the other hand, might be a possibility as the basis of a kinetic energy weapon. IIRC impulse drive could move a starship somewhere around 1/2c.

about 5 years ago
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What the Internet knows about you

ProKras You expect slashdot to be GENTLE? (1 comments)

Slashdot, at its most gentle, is like a bulldozer being driven by a toddler.

more than 5 years ago
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How Artificial Leaves Could Generate Clean Hydrogen

ProKras The other side of the carbon equation (101 comments)

Just read TFA and it looks like the project's goal is not to remove CO2 from the atmosphere, but to find out how to use sunlight as an energy source to synthesize molecules.

Over here, across the pond, we've got a team of Yanks already working on the other side of the carbon equation: Artificial leaves to capture CO2 from the air. And, in typical Yank fashion, its being done by private enterprise.

They were featured recently on Nova ScienceNow.

more than 5 years ago
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Favorite type of electical wall socket?

ProKras Re:Does anyone really prefer NEMA 5-15? (711 comments)

The reason NEMA 5-15 uses blades is to easily differentiate it from NEMA 5-20. Most NEMA 5-20 sockets are designed to accept either NEMA 5-15 or NEMA 5-20 plugs. But you can NOT plug a NEMA 5-20 plug into a NEMA 5-15 receptacle. And they're still backwards-compatible with older devices using the non-polarized non-grounded plugs.

Their bendability can sometimes be an asset. I'll bend my blades out a bit if I want a connection that is more difficult to pull apart.

NEMA has a huge range of plug specs for different applications. Just take a look at this . The system works well enough so that lesser devices can often be connected to higher rated circuits but not vice-versa.

It is still possible to touch exposed live blades with NEMA 5-15, but until people start killing themselves while plugging in devices there will never be any political will to change.

I'm not a NEMA fanboy or anything. My vote is for IEC C13.

more than 5 years ago
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Favorite type of electical wall socket?

ProKras Re:IEC C13 (711 comments)

I'm surprised IEC C13 isn't getting more attention. No matter what country you live in, every slashdotter probably has at least a dozen cords with this connector in their closet. I have one for every power supply and every monitor I've ever bought (and a UPS and a few other random devices too).

more than 5 years ago
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Best Home Backup Strategy Now?

ProKras Re:External and Online (611 comments)

Your average slashdotter is not going to get a cheapy $550 computer. Your average Joe maybe, and then they will complain to us that their computer is so slow...

Your average slashdotter probably has enough old hardware lying around to build a file server that's good enough, or knows where to scrounge up the hardware for nil. The only thing to buy would be the hard drives. You can find a 500 GB EIDE hard drive for around $60. Put 4 of those in and you've got plenty of storage. Or if you want SATA, I've seen SATA cards for under $10.

more than 5 years ago
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Artist Wins £20,000 Grant To Study Women's Butts

ProKras Re:Plaster? (202 comments)

I would think given how there are laser 3D scanners, they'd just do scans.

Sort of like this?

more than 5 years ago
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Licensing Issues Shut Down Pandora Outside US

ProKras Re:Tor (248 comments)

You have to bypass the Heisenberg Compensaters to create an inertial sump, then reverse the polarity on the Warp Field Generators, then combine the streams(yes, this time you do!) and reroute the output to the deflector dish to emit a focused tachyon pulse that has to be synchronized and modulated with the inertia compensator's artificial gravity generator, pipe your Tor proxy through that and Lynx then flies at near light speeds down the 'tubes'!

*disclaimer:you can exceed ISP 'bandwidth' caps in milliseconds this way, so type FAST!*

Why don't you just focus the bandwidth using some dilithium crystals? You can order some at very good prices direct from Rura Penthe. They've got very little overhead, you see. Very cheap labor. But shipping costs can be a little much.

more than 5 years ago
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Biden Promises 'Right Person' As Copyright Czar

ProKras Re:I nominate... (492 comments)

We had a choice between assholes that shill for oil companies, or douches that shill for Hollywood. Guess which group we picked.

Both.

more than 5 years ago
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My primary computer has N screens, with N being ...

ProKras Re:Variable (503 comments)

All those CRTs? Its Earth Day, man! Think of the polar bears!

more than 5 years ago
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I would install the following technology in my current/future children:

ProKras Re:Cylons (549 comments)

I, for one, welcome our new pint-sized fusion-powered, bionic, laser-wielding, kevlar-armored overlords...

more than 5 years ago
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Adobe Flaw Heightens Risk of Malicious PDFs

ProKras Re:JavaScript... (193 comments)

So that you can fill in forms that don't let you save what you type.

more than 5 years ago
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Origins of the Modern PC

ProKras Re:I refuse to read the article (99 comments)

Wow, your computer must be REALLY old. After all, wasn't it the great BG who commandeth: "640K ought to be enough for anybody."

more than 6 years ago

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Pidgin AIM / ICQ connection error- quick fix found

ProKras ProKras writes  |  more than 4 years ago

ProKras (727865) writes "In the past few days, many users of the popular open-source messaging client Pidgin have reported trouble connecting to AOL Instant Messenger and ICQ networks. Typically, the user will receive an error message such as: "Received unexpected response from http://api.oscar.aol.com/aim/startOSCARSession". Fortunately, the fix is simple. In the account settings, on the Advanced tab, users should uncheck 'Use clientLogin'. Pidgin's developers are aware of the situation, and have posted the fix on the project's home page . Changing to different versions of Pidgin appears to have no effect, so it seems that AOL has made a change on the server side."
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