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How Yucca Mountain Was Killed

Sabalon No long term consistency (340 comments)

That's the biggest problems with shifts in power, especially if parties change every four years. One party spends four years getting something in place, or sets some long term goals, and then next election someone else comes in and changes it all. So they spend all the time and money getting one thing spun up and then it gets canned and they spend the next four years doing something else and it may be canned.

Gotta be a better way.

about 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: What Distros Have You Used, In What Order?

Sabalon Hard to remember back to 1992 (867 comments)

Am trying to remember the beginning days from the 0.98 or so era in 92. Was using 386BSD for a bit then decided to go to Linux (or perhaps I had them both going...had CP/M installed then too.) I think the first was a boot disk and a root filesystem disk. Then there were all the different disk images for GCC, and so on. rawrite it to a disk in dos, tar vfxM in Linux. Token ring at college, so no networking for me :( First real distribution was SLS, followed by Slackware, which was the main one for a while. Used RedHat at workt, and then Debian (about 1998). Since then, it's been Debian. There are a couple things I use uBuntu for, but that's pretty much the same.

Don't care about the free philosophy behind it, and don't really think it's perfect, but it is the one that has felt right. Have touched RedHat and SuSE since then because of things based on it, and still come back to Debian and uBuntu.

about 2 years ago

'Superpoke' To Be No More, Thanks To Google

Sabalon Re:Get the torches! And pitchforks! (97 comments)

Meanwhile I'm sure they have some real pets who are being neglected.

This must be one of those things that I have blocked cause half the mom's I know are obsessed with that crap.

about 3 years ago

Who Makes Your Favorite Networking Gear?

Sabalon Re:Cabletron? (322 comments)

My favorite!

about 3 years ago

Victory For Music Locker Services?

Sabalon That's why my music career failed (51 comments)

I rested all my hopes and futures on my one hit song "Bootleg Rum and the Red Flag Pirate" Little did I know they were forbidden words.

about 3 years ago

HP Sues Oracle For Dropping Itanium Support

Sabalon Ha on HP (153 comments)

For everytime I had to call for support, or try to use their itrc, or everytime I had to come up with a model number from a device that had 20 different numbers on it, none of them matching the format they expected, for everytime I had to deal with HPUX...serves them right.

more than 3 years ago

Mozilla MemShrink Set To Fix Firefox Memory

Sabalon Re:Problem of perception? (375 comments)

RAM is good - free ram is wasted. However when I leave my machine locked overnight and FF's memory usage goes from 200MB to 1200MB, that's probably bad, unless it's trying to pre-cache the Internet for me. :)

more than 3 years ago

A Court's Weak Argument For Blocking IP Subpoenas

Sabalon Re:I stopped reading... (220 comments)

The analogy still holds by a thread. Generally that is true, but what if the car was stolen, used in a crime, in the accident, and then returned to the original location. The renter at the hotel could have slept through the whole thing and be none the wiser.

Like I said - by a thread :)

more than 3 years ago

CNET Sued Over LimeWire Client Downloads

Sabalon Sue Dell and Cisco next (206 comments)

Dell made the computers that people downloaded Limewire from CNET.
Cisco routed the packets.
Kingston made the RAM.
Seagate made the hard drives that stored it.

more than 3 years ago

Aaron Computer Rental Firm Spies On Users

Sabalon Re:Whoops (510 comments)

Not all schools have labs. With laptops and netbooks costing less than some textbooks, the schools realize why should they pay all the money for lab upkeep when it's easier just to push that out onto the students, charge them a fee and put some wifi in.

more than 3 years ago

Osama's Hideout Gets 3 Out of 5 Stars on Google Maps

Sabalon Re:No Streetview (108 comments)

That's okay. I hear there was a commissioned low altitude aerial fly by.

more than 3 years ago

Mirah Tries To Make Java Fun With Ruby Syntax

Sabalon Guess it depends on how old you are (444 comments)

well...what languages you started with. Looking at that, the c++ based code is perfectly readable, but I can't make heads or tails of the other. In fact, reminds me of perl and objectiveC - just start hitting all those shifted characters - they each signify something special.

Am waiting for :
Draw Pacman;
Draw Ghosts;
Ghosts chase pacman;
Pacman follows joystick movement;

more than 3 years ago

Microsoft Conducts Massive Botnet Takedown Action

Sabalon Re:Microsoft helps the internet (302 comments)

AFAIK, no versions of DOS were written with TCP/IP. Version 3.1 had support for Microsoft Networks, and 4 or 5 ish you started to see some of the NDIS stuff. And lets not forget all the joyful NetBIOS stuff. However, it wasn't really until Winsock came out that there was any sort of TCP/IP support in MS products. Before that, there were a lot of shareware/freeware type implementations that you could use, with the packet driver interface becoming pretty popular. But all addon's.

DOS 3.1 and bulletin boards - if not earlier. And the only ports usually involved there were COM1, COM2, etc... not TCP/IP ports. Completely different beast and not related.

WfW was the first thing that MS had an addon for to do TCP/IP, and then Win95 shipped with it.

So yes, DOS and Windows up til 95 shipped without TCP/IP support, and din't monitor thie "myriad of ports" (65535 actually, and it's not like they are being created and added to - it's a 16bit unsigned int.

Why do I feel like I'm feeding trolls here?

more than 3 years ago

ICANN Approves .XXX

Sabalon Re:The Porn Industry Won't Go For It (259 comments)

The best will be when it becomes a hosting situation wherein some site that hosts also hosts on the same IP.

more than 3 years ago

Facebook Photo of Stolen Ring Puts Couple In Jail

Sabalon lol...facebook status (143 comments)

Okay...with a not so common name like that, it was easy to find her page. While I feel for her a bit (7 month old, hence the marriage pressure, and the fact that she fell for something like that), I just had to laugh at the current relationship status: It's complicated.

more than 3 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Worst Computer Scene In TV or Movies?

Sabalon Re:Tron (1200 comments)

For all the praise it got for the graphics, you think when MCP died, they could have done something better than "You...back your head out of the hole in recede into the darkness."

more than 3 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Worst Computer Scene In TV or Movies?

Sabalon Re:Star Wars (1200 comments)

6 movies he was in. Speaking in each of them. may have not been what Luke was speaking, and the viewer couldn't understand him, but so what. Chewbacca could not be understand by the viewer either. Neither could Jar-Jar Binks.

Perhaps the people that made and programmed the astromech's could understand them as clear as day? They just didn't see the need for language packs. After all, they would have to support over 6 million language packs - Sure...English and Bocce may sell well, but the resources required to translate into so many languages would be a huge money sink. So, they speak astromech and that's it. :) - ah..."serious" discussions :)

more than 3 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Worst Computer Scene In TV or Movies?

Sabalon Re:The Net gets my vote as well (1200 comments)

Yeah...shame they chose that. We all know it should have been
555.555.555.200 :)

more than 3 years ago

Crime Writer Makes a Killing With 99 Cent E-Books

Sabalon Re:Just like the music industry (445 comments)

I like the rawness of the home recordings. Albums are WAY too polished lately. Each to their own.

more than 3 years ago



Affordable and usable video conferencing

Sabalon Sabalon writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Sabalon (1684) writes "I work at a state university with remote sites, minimal space, and all the other usual bits. We used to have some dedicated circuit video conferencing but those have fallen into disuse. The administration is now interested in being able to stream a class from site to site, or at least have a student at one site have visual interaction with a person at another site. It seems to me that many of the players (Tanberg for instance) may have good products, but are designed to be stand-alone room devices with many options and simple controls. My thought is that if Skype, uStream and others can do live video, there has to be somethings out there that don't cost a fortune but work effectively. Key things would be the ability to use commodity web cams as a source, viewable on a PC (preferably all the main OS's) and the ability to add in other devices (say H.323 encoders) or desktop/application sharing. Are there decent products and solutions out there for us mere mortals?"


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