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Who Makes the Best Hard Disk Drives?

TheDarkener Seagate suuucks (444 comments)

I have had so many Seagate drives fail on me in the past 10 years it's not even funny. One client of mine had a Seagate fail in their server's RAID-1 array, then not more than a month later, the other one failed. Musta been a(nother?) bad batch.

Western Digital has always been a solid drive and that's what I recommend to my clients. Can't say much for the others, because I normally only deal with them when I'm replacing them - either for upgraded storage or because they've failed/are failing.

about 3 months ago
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Short Notice: LogMeIn To Discontinue Free Access

TheDarkener ChunkVNC (408 comments)

I'm very surprised nobody has mentioned Chunkvnc. It's just like UltraVNC Single-Click - requires no client installation, it's just a single .exe file you download (I provide mine on my support site's front page), double-click, and read a number to the tech connecting to you. The back-end repeater runs on Linux and Windows. Only thing is you have to use UltraVNC viewer to connect, which I use via Wine in Debian. Would be very nice to see ID# support for Linux-based VNC viewers so I could ditch having to use Wine. Also, some antivirus programs detect it as a malicious attempt for someone to gain access to your computer (VNC is an 31337 h4x0r util dontchaknow), but it's easy enough to add an exception in most cases. Also, since it's based on uVNC you can do file transfers, which is awesome.

Oh yeah, and it's F/OSS and free ($$). Donations are accepted on Chunk's website, however. (No, I am not affiliated with the project other than a happy user for about 8 years now, first with uVNC-sc and now Chunk).

about 3 months ago
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Using Nanotechnology To Build Thinner, Stronger Condoms

TheDarkener News Headline (253 comments)

HEADLINE: "Bill Gates is giving $100,000 toward making a new kind of 'nanoparticle' condom. It is touted as being more secure, more fun and more sensitive than the current type of condoms in use today. "

Wait for it......waaaiiiit fooooor iiiiiit........ BUT THAT ISN'T THE FIRST TIME HE'S PROMISED MORE SECURITY FUN AND PERFORMANCE IN ONE OF HIS INVENTIONS...HA! *drumfill*

about 3 months ago
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Encrypted Social Network Vies For Disgruntled Facebook Users

TheDarkener Re:Promises (162 comments)

Except that they don't encrypt your data, you do. Probably would have helped to RTFA, huh bub? =p

about 5 months ago
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Feedly Forces Its Users To Create Google+ Profiles

TheDarkener Re:What is the issue with creating a Google+ accou (251 comments)

I remember when some BBSes would require a real name only (no handles allowed). Those were usually creepy, Christian only or honeypot boards.

about 5 months ago
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Feedly Forces Its Users To Create Google+ Profiles

TheDarkener Re:All your accounts are belong to us. (251 comments)

Because it's redundant and unnecessary and has negative privacy implications? Because I want to at least *feel* like I have SOME sort of control over what I do online and where my personal effects end up? I know, I know, it's a lost cause I guess.

about 5 months ago
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Feedly Forces Its Users To Create Google+ Profiles

TheDarkener All your accounts are belong to us. (251 comments)

I'm f***ing sick of Google and their integration of Google+ into Youtube (and obviously their other, and 3rd party services). I don't like Google+. I like Youtube (less and less these days, however). I don't use GMail, or any other Google service (besides search when DuckDuckGo doesn't find me what I want). It's like they're trying to force-feed us their horrible social network via proxy (no pun intended). NO I DO NOT WANT TO POST MY YOUTUBE COMMENTS ON MY DESOLATE GOOGLE+ ACCOUNT. Just keep them separate, they were never meant to be tied together.

about 5 months ago
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Network Scientists Discover the 'Dark Corners' of the Internet

TheDarkener 4chan, craigslist (99 comments)

You know you were thinking of it while you read the title.

about 6 months ago
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Mark Shuttleworth Complains About the 'Open Source Tea Party'

TheDarkener Re:So much ego! (419 comments)

secretly idolize Steve Jobs...hahaha, you hit the nail on the head, friend. I could only imagine things turning out in a similar fashion if Apple actually had built upon Linux instead of BSD for OSX. Except Apple would have probably had much more influence because of their history and credibility.

about 6 months ago
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Mark Shuttleworth Complains About the 'Open Source Tea Party'

TheDarkener So... (419 comments)

Shuttleworth claims people that oppose his little project are doing so because of politics in open source, then in the same breath labels everyone who's against Mir "Open Source Tea Party" ?

Fucking hypocrite. You know, I used to love Ubuntu back in the day. At 10.04 I switched back to Debian because I was sick of feeling like I was being led forward on a dog leash. It hasn't changed. Mark hasn't changed, and he thinks he's some sort of open source leader, far beyond the little garden he's planted. There's a whole landscape of different vegitation, man, and you didn't create it all. Stop acting like you did.

about 6 months ago
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California Elementary Schools To Test Anti-Piracy Curriculum

TheDarkener It doesn't surprise me (356 comments)

I worked for California schools for 4 years as a technical consultant. It hurts me deeply to say, especially since my first son is just starting Kindergarten, that these schools really are going to go with whatever is recommended to them at the highest corporate/political level. I helped bring LTSP and thus Linux to thousands of elementary school kids over this period as a pilot (and after successful pilot, transition from aging Windows PCs in media/computer labs) in 7 schools. It felt so amazing for me to have the honor of exposing this many children to open source software. But, after the acting technoogy director retired, a new one stepped in and quickly pulled the plug on the whole setup, reverting back to Windows.

It's the same at deeply rooted non-profits for kids. I worked for Boys & Girls Clubs in California, doing the same thing - in addition to LTSP, though, we also had Linux on the back-end fileserver and firewall. It was a great setup. Then, we heard that Microsoft suddenly (and unexpectedly) had given them a grant for new PCs, on the condition that Windows was the only OS installed, and they essentially weren't allowed to "tinker" with them.

The RIAA and MPAA are very large and rich corporations. They have that much money to throw at conditioning young children that software is something that comes with many restrictions and cannot be shared freely, modified or "tinkered" with. Schools will go along with it as long as there's a benefit for them. The moral standing of the people at the top of the education system's pyramid aren't exactly the best, from what I've experienced, and I'm sure many of them have very close ties with other "industry" executives. Scratch my back, I'll scratch yours. Makes me think of "National Lampoon's Senior Trip". Ha!

about 7 months ago
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Student Arrested For Using Phone App To 'Shoot' Classmates

TheDarkener Ignore the bullying (706 comments)

It floors me how the school can not, at the VERY LEAST, sympathize with the kid and try to fix the issue of the initial bullying. But it seems like they're all still quite tied up in the whole...GO WILDCATS! GO SCHOOL SPIRIT!! WOOOOO!!!! bullshit that runs the school system. Now I want to download the app and go to the school, and "shoot" the ones who put him in juvie.

Now, am I going to get arrested for suggesting that?

about 7 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Hands-On Activity For IT Career Fair

TheDarkener /dev/urandom (121 comments)

+ Give them a hands-on demonstration of setting up a webserver in Linux.

about 8 months ago
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My SSID Is...

TheDarkener Re:Social Engineering option (458 comments)

A friend of mine's is "Disconnected". When you connected to it, it would say, "Connected to Disconnected".

about 8 months ago
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Illuminating Window-Less Houses With a Plastic Bottle

TheDarkener Re:Very cool idea, but (240 comments)

You mean they post lame comments on Internet forums to try and prop up their self-image?

about 8 months ago
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Illuminating Window-Less Houses With a Plastic Bottle

TheDarkener Very cool idea, but (240 comments)

What happens when night falls?

about 8 months ago
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Obama on Surveillance: "We Can and Must Be More Transparent"

TheDarkener Ignoring the U.S. Constitution = not abuse? (537 comments)

When asked about how his opinion of the surveillance programs have changed, he said his perception of them have not evolved since the story broke worldwide. "What you're not seeing is people actually abusing these programs."

So I guess bypassing the Fourth Amendment doesn't count as abuse.From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Search_and_seizure#United_States :

"A search occurs when an expectation of privacy that society is prepared to consider reasonable is infringed."

about 8 months ago
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Silent Circle Follows Lavabit By Closing Encrypted E-mail Service

TheDarkener Re:Nicely done (470 comments)

Real Americans aren't paying attention to R vs. D since many years ago. If you believe the consciousness of the majority of the American people align with what you see on your television from the U.S., you're just as ignorant.

about 8 months ago
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NSA Firing 90% of Its Sysadmins

TheDarkener Makes sense. (634 comments)

'At the end of the day it's about people and trust ... if they misuse the trust that they won't be honest with the American people about all of the ways the NSA is COMPLETELY IGNORING THE UNITED STATES CONSTITUTION, they can cause huge damage. To me. Look at my furrows of worry! I have a lot invested in this ride! Shut them up!'

*facepalm* Oh Bill Hicks, I miss you.

about 8 months ago
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Federal Judge Declares Bitcoin a Currency

TheDarkener What would happen if... (425 comments)

A couple thousand alternative currencies such as Bitcoin started surfacing? What would happen when the economy is completely watered down with different types of currencies just because people started using them as heavily as Bitcoin?

The IRS can "legally" tax barter agreements for their monetary value, just to tax trade.

I'm getting an image of an arrogant, bratty red faced child with their hands out, waiting for their piece of cake.

If Bitcoin can't exist outside of the economic iron fist, then what possibility do normal people have with turning it around?

about 8 months ago

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P2P Web Hosting Infrastructure?

TheDarkener TheDarkener writes  |  more than 3 years ago

TheDarkener (198348) writes "Is a redundant, decentralized and voluntary peer-to-peer network that focused on hosting web content (html/graphics/audio/video) possible? What are the pros and cons to this kind of network topology serving web content? Is the concept not practical enough to be adopted for those who would appreciate such a service? It seems that in thinking about the Wikileaks drama, Wikipedia funding drama, and other similar situations from the past (and future), a P2P network topology could potentially provide for resource sharing and redundancy."
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Adobe releases new 64-bit Flash plugin for Linux

TheDarkener TheDarkener writes  |  more than 3 years ago

TheDarkener (198348) writes "Adobe seems to have made an about face regarding their support for native 64-bit Linux support for Flash today, and released a new preview Flash plugin named "Square". This includes a native 64-bit version for Linux, which I have verified works on my Debian Lenny LTSP server by simply copying libflashplayer.so to /usr/lib/iceweasel/plugins — with sound (which I was never able to figure out with running the 32-bit version with nspluginwrapper and pulseaudio)."
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New Zeitgeist movie claims technology will save us

TheDarkener TheDarkener writes  |  more than 5 years ago

TheDarkener (198348) writes "The makers of the original "Zeitgeist" are back with a new movie, Zeitgiest Addendum. What makes this one interesting to the Slashdot crowd is that they are claiming technology, and only technology, will save the failing US monetary system. it explains, in detail, the root causes of what we're seeing with the US economic troubles today, and poses some very interesting solutions which include an outcome of machines and robotics taking over almost all manual labor as well as no exchange of money, barter, or other — for anyone. It is definitely worth the couple of hours runtime IMHO."

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