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NSA Considers Linux Journal Readers, Tor (And Linux?) Users "Extremists"

Shadyman Re:Twitter (361 comments)

In other (related?) news, I can't seem to send twitter direct messages containing "". Is it just me?

False alarm, it seems you can't direct message any urls except Google's. Derp.

about 2 months ago

NSA Considers Linux Journal Readers, Tor (And Linux?) Users "Extremists"

Shadyman Twitter (361 comments)

In other (related?) news, I can't seem to send twitter direct messages containing "". Is it just me?

about 2 months ago

'Vampire' Squirrel Has World's Fluffiest Tail

Shadyman So fluffy (54 comments)

Squirrel with huge, fluffy tail and a taste for blood?

"It's so fluffy I'm gonna die!"

about 3 months ago

Ask Slashdot: What Good Print Media Is Left?

Shadyman Re:Make Magazine (285 comments)

+1 for Make

about 5 months ago

DDoS Larger Than the Spamhaus Attack Strikes US and Europe

Shadyman Re:You get some funny looks (158 comments)

Zombie used Reflection! It's super-effective!

about 7 months ago

Customer: Dell Denies Speaker Repair Under Warranty, Blames VLC

Shadyman Moral of the story (526 comments)

So I guess the moral of this story is to uninstall any non-Windows-Media-Player sound applications before sending laptops in for warranty work.

about 7 months ago

Partially Censored Database From Snapchat Intrusion Released

Shadyman Beta is the new Mobile? (51 comments)

Maybe beta can be made the new mobile version, and then they can let us have our regular slashdot back.

about 9 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Best FLOSS iTunes Replacement In 2013?

Shadyman Linux (317 comments)

On Linux, I prefer Amarok. On Windows, Winamp.

about 9 months ago

Ask Slashdot: What Magazines Do You Still Read?

Shadyman Subscriptions (363 comments)

I've got Make Magazine and Circuit Cellar on subscription right now.

about a year and a half ago

What To Do When an Advised BIOS Upgrade Is Bad?

Shadyman Re:Yes (467 comments)

As far as the bricked units go, do they have JTAG ports? You could always try re-flashing the bricked units. Otherwise, you could always try a BusPirate to flash the EEPROM/FLASH chip directly. I hate to see hardware go to waste :) (Assuming you could get your hands on a copy of the firmware that *doesn't* brick the unit)

Also, just thinking aloud, but flash memory is cheap and plentiful; why don't manufacturers, when designing a board, design it such that it uses a flash chip that's one size up (16MB vs 8MB, etc), and write the factory firmware twice, so the device can still boot even after a bad update? I guess that's just wishful thinking, but would certainly save them money (vs, say, overnighting a new unit and a technician to install it halfway across the globe) while still upholding their service contracts. I was originally inclined to think "they just wanted to save a buck", but really, if this had happened under a service contract with defined SLRs, it would be in the company's best interest to make it easily fixable.

about a year and a half ago

Surfcast Sues Microsoft Over Tile Patent

Shadyman Patent Law? (255 comments)

How long as Windows Phone 7 had tiles? (honest curiosity)

IANAL, but if it's been a while, one might assume that SurfCast has been sitting on the lawsuit, waiting for Microsoft to roll tiles out into more and more products so that they could reach a bigger settlement, though that might have to be weighed against the notion of "not defending one's patents".


about 2 years ago

GNOME: Staring Into the Abyss

Shadyman Re:Reason? GNOME3 (535 comments)

This is the reason why I switched to KDE from Gnome back around '05.

Gnome and its related applications presume to know how best to use an application, regardless of peoples' varying workflows and, by extension, their preferred configuration.

To sum up my experiences with Gnome:
1) Find something that doesn't act how you want it to
2) Open configuration menu for that particular application / OS function
3) Find out that the configuration menu only has one checkbox, and it's not for the feature you want to change.
4) Ragequit

Conversely, of course, KDE is more along the lines of:
1) Find something that doesn't act how you want it to
2) Open configuration menu for that particular application / OS function
3) Tab through multiple pages of options until you find what you want
4) Celebrate

Honestly, I'd rather have to wade through 100 pages of configuration options to find what i want than to not be able to find it at all. That said, there are some Gnome apps that have 100,000 options, and some equivalent KDE apps that have 1 or 2; however, I'm speaking more to the overall design ideology of the Gnome system.

On a side note, I'm amazed that there is actual honest discourse going on in this thread. Why, even just a few years ago, one couldn't shout "Gnome!" or "KDE!" without starting an all-out flamewar. This thread seems, in comparison, fairly civil.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Are Smart Meters Safe?

Shadyman Smart Meters (684 comments)

At least one of the major brands of Smart Meter use Zigbee radios. Hardly what I'd consider unsafe.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: How To Add New Tech To Old Van?

Shadyman Car Hacks (212 comments)

If it hasn't been mentioned yet, you'll want a second, deep-cycle battery rigged up in parallel with your regular one, but that cuts the connection when the ignition is off such that you can use the deep-cycle for accessories until it's dead, while not killing the ignition battery.

I've seen the circuit in a few different books; you might want to hunt down a copy of O'Reilly's "Car PC Hacks" or 50 Awesome Auto Projects for the Evil Genius, as I'd imagine they would go into it.

more than 2 years ago

Researcher: Interdependencies Could Lead To Cloud 'Meltdowns'

Shadyman XKCD (93 comments)

XKCD (jokingly) saw this coming a while ago:

more than 2 years ago

Robot Firefighter To Throw Extinguisher Grenades

Shadyman Extinguisher Grenades (78 comments)

That could make a great band name...

more than 2 years ago

The Specter of Gasoline At $5 a Gallon

Shadyman Spectre? (1205 comments)

What, John Shepard buys gasoline? Madness.

more than 2 years ago

New WiFi Setup Flaw Allows Easy Router PIN Guessing

Shadyman WPS (86 comments)

As all of the of the more recent router models come with WPS enabled by default...

Don't you still have to physically push a button to (temporarily) enable WPS? If not, whose bright idea was *that*?

more than 2 years ago

Go Daddy Reverses Course On SOPA

Shadyman Major sites moving off of GoDaddy (330 comments)

and several major sites threatened to pull their domains from Go Daddy, including Stack Overflow and I Can Has Cheezburger.

You can add Wikipedia to that list. [cite]

more than 2 years ago



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