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TrueCrypt Website Says To Switch To BitLocker

Spiridios Re:What! (566 comments)

Guess everyone on Home / Pro versions gets screwed!

Or not running windows at all..

FreeBSD has built-in full-volume encryption, and it's pretty simple to make that volume a file-backed volume if you wish. I'd be extremely surprised to find out that Linux doesn't also have similar support.

about 2 months ago
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It's Time For the Descent Games Return

Spiridios Re:Descent VR (251 comments)

"Unfortunately my old LCD glasses can no longer work, as the polarization of them isn't compatible with the polarization of modern LCD screens."

Try rotating the lenses 90 degrees.

Seems reasonable, but I'm not entirely sure the lenses are square, which would mean some serious hacking. See this image: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Sega-Masters-Sys-3D-Glasses.jpg

about 2 months ago
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It's Time For the Descent Games Return

Spiridios Re:Retrovirus (251 comments)

Well broadly similar, but isn't it also a MMO game. Plus all the destructible environment stuff.

Been meaning to give it a try, but last I heard it was still in beta. But it has been a while since I checked.

It's on steam and not tagged as beta or anything. Nothing there is mentioning MMO either, nor did I see anything in the tutorial that mentioned MMO type things. It's getting pretty bad reviews now, so I'm pretty glad I bought it on a steam sale.

about 2 months ago
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It's Time For the Descent Games Return

Spiridios Re:Hell Yes! (251 comments)

D3 was a serious let down for the series, followed up by "Free Space" and by then, the ride was over. While Free Space was a decent game, it's inclusion in the Descent series made it drift too far from what made "Descent" Descent.

FreeSpace came out before D3, and it was never intended to be a Descent game, nor is the universe the same. It was was only named Descent because "FreeSpace" on it's own was trademarked for a disk compression tool. I never played it beyond the demo, but a lot of people enjoyed the game in it's own right.

about 2 months ago
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It's Time For the Descent Games Return

Spiridios Re:Along with the 3x speed strafe bug? (251 comments)

There was lot of interesting levels you could make because of the flaws.

I don't think I'd call those flaws, so much as artifacts. For those not familiar, Descent used a portal based engine, but unlike today's portal engines where a portal links a room to a room, Descent's rooms were made out of many 6-sided polyhedrons (aka cubes, even though they could be deformed beyond cubiness). Each face of the polyhedron could be textured (to form a wall) or be a portal to the face of another, arbitrary, polyhedron, anywhere in the level. I forget now if the level format supported self-referencing (eg, a face that links to itself or to another face on the same polyhedron). The editors usually made it hard (but not impossible) to pull some of these tricks, but the raw data supported it.

about 2 months ago
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It's Time For the Descent Games Return

Spiridios Re:Descent VR (251 comments)

I have been playing quite a bit of D2X-XL recently, an excellent Descent 2 mod with oculus rift support. It all comes together very nicely in VR.

(I didn't have a chance to try the earlier versions of Descent VR in the 90s).

Vanilla versions of Descent 2 (and Descent 1 I think) had VR support in them. I found a second-hand pair of Sega LCD shutter glasses that I rigged up to work with it for 3D, but Descent had head tracking support for full VR headsets too. Unfortunately my old LCD glasses can no longer work, as the polarization of them isn't compatible with the polarization of modern LCD screens.

about 2 months ago
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It's Time For the Descent Games Return

Spiridios Re:Retrovirus (251 comments)

It already has, it is called Retrovirus.

Miner Wars 2081 is supposed to be similar too. I didn't get more than 5 minutes into the game before realizing my joystick kinda sucks and I haven't found a replacement.

about 2 months ago
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Adaptation From Flash Boys Offers Inside Look at High-Frequency Trading

Spiridios Re:I cant turn off beta to read slashdot. How do I (246 comments)

You can opt out of the beta by hitting the Slashdot Classic link in the footer. Or click this: http://slashdot.org/?nobeta=1

That wasn't working this weekend. I'd visit a story and be forced into beta and the header indicated I was logged out. I'd hit that no beta link and I'd be back at the main page, logged in. I'd click a link to the story and be back in beta and logged out. Repeat several times, since obviously if it didn't work the first time it's going to work the 3rd time. No script blockers or cookie blocking on my end since it breaks too much crap.

about 4 months ago
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The 3D Economy — What Happens When Everyone Prints Their Own Shoes?

Spiridios Re:What do the cartridges cost? (400 comments)

You do know that there are printer manufacturers that provide you with options for using economic ink refill systems. I haven't been able to demo it yet, but there are some options from Sign Warehouse that will allow our business to print our own signage and we can be economical with the ink since they offer an optional refill system.

When you're paying $5k for a desktop printer, they don't need to make up the price on ink. That's hardly a consumer level printer though.

about 4 months ago
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The 3D Economy — What Happens When Everyone Prints Their Own Shoes?

Spiridios Re:What do the cartridges cost? (400 comments)

Depending on the 3-D printer that you have, you can buy the spools of material separately, then load it into a cartridge. You could probably do this on all machines with a small amount of modding.

You used to be able to inject fresh ink into inkjet ink cartridges, until the printer companies got wise and chipped them so they can only dispense so much ink before expiring.

about 4 months ago
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Fluke Donates Multimeters To SparkFun As Goodwill Gesture

Spiridios Re:Good PR Move (250 comments)

Fluke moves from villain to hero.

$30K is cheap for good PR.

While I agree it's good PR and great thing for Fluke to do, one wonders at the price of Fluke vs the price of those knockoffs, how many Flukes will Sparkfun actually get? It's obviously not a 1:1 replacement, and probably shouldn't be, but Sparkfun might still be coming out negative on this if they were planning on selling those original meters.

about 4 months ago
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Origins of Blarney Stone Revealed

Spiridios Re:How Do You Slice A Stone So Thin? (47 comments)

How do you slice a stone so thin that it becomes transparent? I have enough trouble with blocks of cheese.

You start by cutting it into a thin, but not extremely thin, block. Then you grind away material until it's thin enough to transmit light. See Thin Sections.

about 4 months ago
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Voynich Manuscript May Have Originated In the New World

Spiridios Re:Is there an Ebook (170 comments)

Is it available as an Ebook?

Yale has digital scans and you can download the whole thing as a PDF.

about 6 months ago
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Candy Crush Maker King.com Has Trademarked 'Candy' For Games

Spiridios Re:Internet history repeating (1996 Hasbro vs IEG) (169 comments)

Recall that trademaks on Candy were among the first intellectual property debates involving the entire internet: Hasbro vs. Internet Entertainment Group "CANDYLAND Case"

That appears to be over "Candy Land", not "Candy". I doubt anyone would care if "Candy Crush" was trademarked. Here, the sole word "Candy" has been trademarked in conjunction with video games as a whole, and could conceivably be used against Hasbro if Hasbro came out with a Candy Land video game. King doesn't seem to care what kind of game it is, just that the word "Candy" appears in the title.

about 6 months ago
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Short Notice: LogMeIn To Discontinue Free Access

Spiridios Re:Uh? (408 comments)

That's the problem with depending on a "free" service.

Isn't that the most important lesson from all of this? Google cancels stuff willy-nilly (admittedly with decent notice). Other stuff disappears completely. Even paid services get acquired, merged, destroyed.

If you rely on a free web service for personal use, you could be in for a shock. If you rely on a free web service to run a business .... I don't want to buy shares of your company.

That said, I use gmail and Google calendar. I should know better....

What's the answer? I suppose I should say, "do it all yourself" but that can be a tall order, especially if you need to sync mobile devices or multiple operating systems. The truth is, I don't know of an easy answer.

I'd say "if you rely on a third-party web service with no alternatives or exit plans, then you're screwed whether you pay for it or not." Relying on a third-party email provider is pretty easy, just point your MX record at the new server, bam, you're migrated. Ok, so there's replication and actual migration, but the point is email is standard and you can pick and choose at will if one service goes away. You were making backups right? When LogMeIn, Google whatever, Facebook, etc, go belly up, get bought out, or just decide to shut off the service you like because it's not profitable, you're sunk because they are not standard.

about 6 months ago
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Low-Cost Morphing Robotic Hands Could Revolutionize Blue-Collar Bionics

Spiridios Re:I remember the discovery just a few years back (21 comments)

Basically put sand in a tough balloon, push it onto something so it deforms around it, and suck out the air -- boom, a near-rocklike custom-shape gripper.

Pretty much. There's a couple of links in TFA, but this video I found was pretty illustrative: Versaball

about 6 months ago
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Programmer Debunks Source Code Shown In Movies and TV Shows

Spiridios Re:oh duh (301 comments)

Computer geeks do do two finger typing. Personally, I touch type like a proper typist, but a younger colleague of mine types almost as fast as me using a rather frantic two finger typing method. I reckon he'd be good for about 70wpm if he tried one of those typing test things.

Just about everywhere I've ever worked, I've worked with someone that types fast (for a programmer) with only 2 fingers. There are also the dvorak-wielding snobs. Just because we all sit in front of a keyboard doesn't mean we all use them exactly the same.

about 6 months ago
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Searching the Internet For Evidence of Time Travelers

Spiridios Re:But seriously speaking ... (465 comments)

Seems that you could use statistics to see if there are more cancellations on doomed flights.

That assumes a time-traveler didn't know their flight was doomed until after they booked the ticket.

about 7 months ago
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Scientists Extract RSA Key From GnuPG Using Sound of CPU

Spiridios Re:Daisy, Daisy... (264 comments)

Back when the 486dx4 was out, I'd tune my FM radio to ~100mHz

Wow. You have a radio that tunes that low? What signals did you hear? Nyquist tells us that the highest frequency you could modulate on that would be 50 mHz, well below the range of human hearing.

Who said I was human?

about 7 months ago
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Scientists Extract RSA Key From GnuPG Using Sound of CPU

Spiridios Re:Daisy, Daisy... (264 comments)

In High School, we had a program we would run on the IBM 1620 (this was in ancient history...) that would play a song on a transistor radio placed on the console. Somebody figured out what instructions to run to create different frequencies.

We used to just leave the radio there even when not running that program.

"That's a loop!"

"Whoa! A "FORMAT" statement!"

One can easily see how A leads to B.

Back when the 486dx4 was out, I'd tune my FM radio to ~100mHz and listen to the weird whirs and buzzes that occurred during disk access or mouse movement. Many years later, during a security class of all things, when I suggested using this as a method to leak information out of a secure room, the speaker said using radio transmission to leak information was much too sophisticated to be a viable attack for anything but the government and military.

about 7 months ago

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