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NetWare 3.12 Server Taken Down After 16 Years of Continuous Duty

Stavr0 30,000,000 miles (187 comments)

Is the order of magnitude these heads have traveled (in a circle).

8000rpm x 60 x 24 x 365 x 16 x (5.25/2/2)*pi x 12 x 5280

about a year ago
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Nvidia Walked Away From PS4 Hardware Negotiations

Stavr0 Re:The Man Who Said No To Sony (255 comments)

Another quote from that story...
I could go to my grave, and my tombstone could say, 'Here lies the dumbest CEO ever to live. He chose not to sell to Wal-Mart.'
I wasn't condoning nor condemning nVidia's move, just pointing out the similarities. ... or maybe a more accurate analogy would be 3dfx failing to get the SEGA Dreamcast chipset contract.

about a year ago
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For 2012's U.S. tax season ...

Stavr0 Re:If you're getting a refund... (526 comments)

This. A million times this.

Nobody should ever pay income tax deductions above the absolute minimum permitted by law. Do I have to include a cheque when I turn in my income tax paperwork?

Of course, but meanwhile that cashflow sits in MY bank account, which has side benefits of raising my number of free transactions, makes it easier to keep a minimum balance, helps get a better interest rate on progressive savings accounts, provides an extra cushion againts overdrafts ....

about a year ago
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Nvidia Walked Away From PS4 Hardware Negotiations

Stavr0 The Man Who Said No To Sony (255 comments)

There seems to be a lot of similarities to the Snapper Lawnmower story.

"Jim Wier believed that Snapper's health -- indeed, its very long-term survival -- required that it not do business with Wal-Mart. "

about a year ago
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RSA: Self-Encrypting USB Hard Drives for all Operating Systems (Video)

Stavr0 Re:does it have a FBI unlock code? (154 comments)

Failing that, drugs and a $5 wrench. [xkcd #538]

about a year and a half ago
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Why a Linux User Is Using Windows 3.1

Stavr0 Autodesk Sketchbook (415 comments)

Seems to do what's needed.

On a related note, has someone combined x86 emulation and WinE into a single package for Andro?

about a year and a half ago
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Hallowe'en is coming. Trick-or-Treaters who visit ...

Stavr0 Re:Trick or treaters who visit... (437 comments)

What joke? bloodhawk is correct: geekoid didn't put a snarkmark at the end of his comment therefore he was serious.~

about 2 years ago
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Stolen Maple Syrup Found and Returned To Strategic Reserve

Stavr0 Re:Carmel Colored Corn Syrup... (255 comments)

[spit-take]
Ouache. Kosse-ça, stie. Du crisse de sirop de poteau?

about 2 years ago
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Terabit Ethernet Is Dead, For Now

Stavr0 Copper? How quaint. (140 comments)

Shouldn't we pushing photons over glass by now. Fibre infrastructure has existed for decades now, isn't it time it was scaled down to individual computers and appliances?

about 2 years ago
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The History of the Floppy Disk

Stavr0 Track 0 rattle (204 comments)

I remember both Apple ][ and Commodore floppies would seek past the end of the rail to recalibrate track 0. The apple made a noise on power up but 1541s made a scary noise whenever formatting a new disk or trying to recover a read error.

After a while the rattle actually threw the head out of alignment as the pulley was slipping on the axle. I connected the read head to the microphone input of a tape recorder to listen to the signal strength as I adjusted the stepper motor alignment.

After a while the screw threads were worn and I had to tap&die them. Then I got tired of realigning the heads and drilled in a cotter pin to stop the pulley from slipping.

Good times.

about a year ago
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Great Open Source Map Tools For Web Developers

Stavr0 Favorite 'map' tools (34 comments)

The newest camera / smartphones have GPS chips to geotag pictures so they can be overlaid on maps. For GPS-less cameras:

EXIFtool

GPSbabel

Have a GPS device turned on and logging tracks, take pictures, use the tools to add geotags to pictures.

... or use EXIFtool to strip identifying and geographic information before posting a picture.

about 2 years ago
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How NY Gov. Cuomo Sidesteps Freedom of Information Requests With His Blackberry

Stavr0 A law? (306 comments)

Isn't there a law that mandates all official government written communications should be recorded?

about 2 years ago
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Android App Lets You Steal Contactless Credit Card Data

Stavr0 Re:Funny... (221 comments)

Nope. Contact-less is a US thing. Europe uses chip and PIN.

more than 2 years ago
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Apple Patents Polluting Facebook, Google Profiles

Stavr0 Re:Had an idea like this for Phishers (142 comments)

I had an idea like this once for responding to phishing e-mails. A phishing URL would be submitted and a fake identity would be created using a database of first names, last names, street names, cities, states, zip codes, etc. A phoney (but real looking) SNN and date of birth would be created as well as any other information. The form would be submitted and the fake identity would be stored in the phisher's database. Repeat this a few thousand times and the database's value would drop. Get enough people using this program and submitting phishing URLs and phishing in general would get harder to do successfully.

Sadly, I never implemented this idea so it can't be claimed as prior art.

AA419 had similar programs (Muguito, Lad Vampire) to "flash mob" scam sites and DDOS them into exceeding their bandwidth quotas. There was also some tools to fake-fill web forms as you mentioned above.

more than 2 years ago
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Conservatives' Trust In Science Has Fallen Dramatically Since Mid-1970s

Stavr0 Re:Sneering = lose (1128 comments)

Perfect example of where science becomes something to be feared:
- To those unbelieving of global warming (generally conservatives), the science indicates it may be real
- To those believing in global warming (generally liberals), the science cannot demonstrate it beyond a doubt
Science serves neither, so both sides will try to suppress it.

about 2 years ago
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Conservatives' Trust In Science Has Fallen Dramatically Since Mid-1970s

Stavr0 Inconvenient truths (1128 comments)

Science has this annoying tendency to reveal facts, and when these facts clash with one's ideology, it makes them uncomfortable.

Repeat that enough times and science becomes something to be feared. Can't have science go and ruin one's world view.

about 2 years ago
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The Sounds of Tech Past

Stavr0 Thanks to Pink Floyd (231 comments)

The Cash Register Chorus (Money), Clockwork chatter(Time), Radio Tuner's Tune(Wish You Were Here), Busy Signal Ballad, Operator Ode and Long Distance Lyra(Young Lust) are saved for the ages.

more than 2 years ago

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Stavr0 Stavr0 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Stavr0 (35032) writes "Reuters — The founder of Seagate Technology, now the world's largest maker of computer disk drives, died on Tuesday following complications from heart surgery, said Julie Still, a family friend and Seagate spokeswoman."

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freepay == *plonk*

Stavr0 Stavr0 writes  |  more than 8 years ago Anybody who has a freepay referral on their signature line will end up on my foes list.

uncreative separatists has a very good explanation on Why are the "freeIpod", "free iPods", "free TVs", "free PCs" schemes scams?

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In summary It's up to you to decide how to spend your time. But you should understand by now that, even if you manage to get your "free" thingy, an awful lot of people are unavoidably going to lose out. Why would anyone want to help this company spread even more marketing misery and woe throughout the world? I can't think of a terribly good reason.

However, it may make a little bit of sense to join if:

  • You're 18 or older
  • You're sincerely interested in signing up for one of the offered services even without the "free gadget" inducement
  • You realize it's going to be very difficult, if not impossible, to convince enough other people to join so that you can get your "free" gadget
  • You understand it's a pyramid scheme; few people will ever see a return
  • You know it will become increasingly more difficult to sign up new recruits; most people already know about it
  • You don't care about spreading more marketing woe throughout the world
  • You are willing to explain all this to the people you're trying to enlist
  • Very few people will honestly be able to meet all those conditions.

It's entirely possible the company running these scams is merely in the business of collecting names and addresses, and they aren't trying to "rip anyone off". I'm doubtful that is the case, but their actual motives don't matter. If they were truly trying to be honest, they would take the time to explain just how poor the odds were of actually receiving a "free" item... which would, of course, heavily discourage people from signing up in the first place.

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Metamod of 'The first Slashdot troll post investigation'

Stavr0 Stavr0 writes  |  more than 12 years ago Cool! I got this famous post #2850660 to metamoderate. Hmmm. Fair? Unfair??

Insane moderation stats:
Moderation Totals: Offtopic=223, Flamebait=4, Troll=26, Redundant=3, Insightful=59, Interesting=133, Informative=29, Funny=7, Overrated=10, Underrated=41, Total=535.

Jan 28: Second time at moderation, new stats:
Moderation Totals: Offtopic=362, Flamebait=4, Troll=27, Redundant=5, Insightful=93, Interesting=200, Informative=48, Funny=10, Overrated=11, Underrated=59, Total=819.

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