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SSD Failure Temporarily Halts Linux 3.12 Kernel Work

TheBig1 Re:Pathetic (552 comments)

backintime. I am using it, works great, and the restore functions are quite easy to use as well.

about a year ago
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Teacher Suspended For Reading Ender's Game To Students

TheBig1 Re:I haven't read it (1054 comments)

I would highly recommend it... the first four books (Enders Game, Speaker for the Dead, Xenocide, and Children of the Mind) are much better than the later concurrent-sequel / whatever you would call them books.

As for the original question... no, I cannot think of anything which could be remotely construed as pornographic; and I would rate myself as quite conservative when it comes to that sort of thing. Violence, mature situations, absolutely. I would say that it is appropriate for kids somewhere around 10 - 12+ years, depending on the child in question.

more than 2 years ago
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School Sends Child's Lunch Home After Determining it Unhealthy

TheBig1 Re:according to tfa slashdot (554 comments)

White bread is tasteless, textureless goo; I am all for food to taste good, but whole wheat bread (with extra grains such as flax and whatnot added for texture and taste, as well as nutritional value) is far ahead of white bread. Whenever given the chance, I pick whole wheat over white bread, and am very happy with that choice.

more than 2 years ago
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Fedora Aims To Simplify Linux Filesystem

TheBig1 Re:Not a Mac dumb down, please (803 comments)

You can enable some hidden setting somewhere to show hidden files, but then it shows it shows EVERYTHING, including dot files. There's now way to get it to show /bin, etc but not .bashrc and stuff.

Sure you can:
/Developer/Tools/SetFile -a v <File> #make a file / folder visible
/Developer/Tools/SetFile -a V <File> #make a file / folder invisible

more than 2 years ago
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Google Maps To Charge For API Usage

TheBig1 Re:Not a good move (141 comments)

Plus a $10 administration fee.

more than 2 years ago
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Can Newegg Survive the Post-PC Future?

TheBig1 Re:YES (559 comments)

The problem with this (from a manufacturer's POV) is that they cannot differentiate their laptops from others based on form factor. The Macbook Air, for instance, has its sole selling feature that it can fit in an envelope. If it was fit into a standard case, this would either not work, or would work for everyone.

As much as I would love a standard laptop case, I don't see this happening anytime soon... :-(

Cheers

more than 2 years ago
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Vision Problems For Some Returning Astronauts

TheBig1 Re:Lasik (203 comments)

LASIK doesn't have better outcomes; the success rates for PRK and LASIK are just about identical. However LASIK does give you faster healing. I opted to do PRK for my surgery. Even though it was about a month before I was back to perfect vision, IMHO it was worth it. Since there was no flap cut into my cornea, my eyes are now 100% healed (in fact the eye doctor couldn't even tell that I had had surgery). With LASIK, even though the flap does heal well, it is never 100% as strong as before. As another poster pointed out, though, even the USAF has authorized LASIK surgeries for their pilots for some years, so the differences are minimal. Cheers

more than 2 years ago
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Defunct Satellite To Fall From the Sky

TheBig1 Re:Those are actually frightening Odds (168 comments)

Umm, you are off by about 3 orders of magnitude... hint: there are not 7 trillion people on the earth.

more than 2 years ago
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Defunct Satellite To Fall From the Sky

TheBig1 Re:Discworld odds? (168 comments)

I have read all that are at the local library (which I am pretty sure is almost all of them). Highly recommended: he is one of the funniest fantasy writers I have read in a long time, definitely up there with Douglas Adams (and possibly even a bit better; blasphemy, I know!).

more than 2 years ago
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Steve Jobs, Before the iPad, On Why Tablets Suck

TheBig1 Re:that guy should play poker (279 comments)

Will they come in black?

Yes, but it will take 2 years and cost three times as much as the white version.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: What To Do With Other People's Email?

TheBig1 Re:happens even to uncommon names (619 comments)

I don't know what kind of trouble you can get into by receiving legal papers intended for someone else—it would be easy to run afoul of the insider trading rules in the case of a public company, or HIPPA rules for medical information.

I think you just found the missing link!

  1. 1. Send legal documents to wrong people
  2. 2. Sue them for opening said documents
  3. 3. Profit!

Cheers

more than 3 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: What To Do With Other People's Email?

TheBig1 Re:gmail issues (619 comments)

You can also use + after the name E.g. john.smith+amazon@gmail.com goes to john.smith's account. I use this (among other things like personal domain name, throwaway emails, etc) for reducing spam and telling where someone got my address from. If I get a spam to john.smith+amazon, I know it is Amazon who leaked my details. Cheers

more than 3 years ago
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Stallman: eBooks Are Attacking Our Freedoms

TheBig1 Re:Respecting freedom (510 comments)

The problem is that people will doubtless charge way more than is needed for this library. I can get a city library card for $12 / year, which lets me check out unlimited books, movies, CDs, magazines, use WiFi, etc. There are very few (if any) books that are not in the city library system. $12 gets you the ability to talk to a knowledgeable librarian (who is being paid a salary, remember), go to a number of nice buildings across the city, etc.

Given that the operating costs of a digital library are going to be far less than the cost of maintaining 17 branches across the city (building maintenance, salaries, book / media purchases, etc), you should be able to subscribe to an ebook library for a fraction of that. (Even if they wanted to charge the whole $12 / year and make a killing, even that would be fine). Fat chance of that happening, though... all these subscription services are far more than that.

Oh well, I guess I will just stay with my current B&M library for $12 / year (which, BTW, also has a huge number of ebooks available, plus even lends ebook readers out IIRC).

Cheers

more than 3 years ago
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Apple Plans New Spaceship-like Campus

TheBig1 Re:Design: lush forest, reality: drab carpark? (279 comments)

If Steve Jobs wants a lake and a forest around his building, then you can be damn sure he'll have a lake and forest around his building.

I think you are thinking of Steve Harper, not Steve Jobs...

more than 3 years ago
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Stallman: eBooks Are Attacking Our Freedoms

TheBig1 Re:I sort of agree (510 comments)

(it isn't against the law to use the public domain yet)

Don't worry, give it another couple of years.

more than 3 years ago
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Beta For Thunderbird 5.0 Released

TheBig1 Re:Disband it... (75 comments)

I use it (on OSX). I don't like the default Mail.app as it does some weird things with IMAP server read flags (at least the last version I used did this, it was some time ago so it may have been fixed). Plus, the cross platform Thunderbird lets me use it on Linux / Windows boxes (OK, no Windows for a couple years now, but when I used it at work, I had Thunderbird on it). Add Enigmail for GPG, and you have a nice little mail client. I have it download my GMail via IMAP, so if I need to check mail on someone else's computer, I can do that too via the web interface.

more than 3 years ago
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Using Flywheels to Meet Peak Power Grid Demands

TheBig1 Re:capacity (325 comments)

Sure, let's use one to power your wrist watch!

more than 3 years ago
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US Nuclear Power Enters the Digital Age

TheBig1 Re:Ooo! I can solve that one! (291 comments)

I would hope that there is a difference between employees working at a nuclear reactor (with strong procedures and training) vs. tellers at a bank (which is where at least one of these 'proof of concept penetration tests' that I have seen was done). As important as money is, nuclear power plants should have orders of magnitude better policies / training.

Cheers

more than 3 years ago
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Linus Renames 2.6.40 Kernel To Linux 3.0, Announces Release Candidate

TheBig1 Re:Why not use dates scheme? (378 comments)

For the first issue, why not call it 2011.06.01, 2011.09.16, etc?

The second issue is valid, if you expect revolutionary changes; however that does not seem to be in the cards for any time soon.

As for the last issue, what's wrong with counting to 2011?

more than 3 years ago

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