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Ask Slashdot: What Can I Really Do With a Smart Watch?

Trax3001BBS Re:Pebble? (219 comments)

Would the Pebble fit your needs?

"apps compatible with iOS and Android",

2 days ago

How Identifiable Are You On the Web?

Trax3001BBS Re:Identifiable enough that Google targets ads (159 comments)

Now if someone can tell me the full list of domains I need to block to prevent DoubleClick (also from Google) from serving ads, I'd appreciate it.

I use a HOSTS file, it serves me well; quite large at this time. I also take the time to read a sites TOS they will tell you what to block (though one link says they don't mention Flash Cookies (or one of the three mentioned).

Read the TOS of ROVIO.COM (Angry Birds); "sent overseas" well where?
When I last read it long ago it gave me a lot of sites to block; the most important being Flurry.com.

Angry birds (all of ROVIO.COM programs) collect your information then sells it to Flurry.com (It's Google) who in turn sell it to parties who wish to target ads to you.

Ever wonder why there are so many free game for your Cell Phone, they make money off of them selling to Flurry.com at the least. The information being sent or collected will or should be listed in a sites TOS. Most of the time you need to use your browser for Google's "Play Store" to get the website of the program your looking at.

about a week ago

Bellard Creates New Image Format To Replace JPEG

Trax3001BBS Re:Great... (377 comments)

I have always been under the impression that Jpg's and other graphic formats are already compressed (i don'thing BPM's are), and will sometimes grow larger if compressed again. Try this with a batch of Jpg or another graphic's format, it will be larger than the batch total. Sometimes by just a little; sometimes by a great deal.

Can't argue though as BPG seems to compress,while I figure with just more loss of the data you can see anyhow - JPG's line when it first came out.

about two weeks ago

Just-Announced X.Org Security Flaws Affect Code Dating Back To 1987

Trax3001BBS Re:What about XFree86? (172 comments)

Man, don't scare me. What should i consider "old"?

It's a state of mind really. I'm 61 and could be called old, hell I get senior discounts now.

I have no illnesses and feel as well as I ever have, or I could dwell on every ache and pain and start acting like I was 61 instead of a "kid" (say 35 yrs old : } ) still.

about two weeks ago

French Publishers Prepare Lawsuit Against Adblock Plus

Trax3001BBS Re:Deal with it, advertisers (698 comments)

Advertisement / marketing organizations that want the status quo to remain should not press the issue. Some simple facts are going to come out of any meaningful conversation on the topic:

1) we don't want your cookies. we didn't ask for them, and we don't like them.
2) we'll be happy to pay a small fee to not see your ads, and you won't see any of that $.

I have a stupid 4 second video that was part of a much longer post; Posted to a MineCraft website my son and I played on.

I had forgotten all about it till the e-mail started to come in, at this time it's seen around 430,000 unique views and nobody likes it (go figure), It's being seen out of conetxt.

I refuse to put any ads on it or screw with it in any way, it's as it was when it was first posted (other than it's description).

If you want to hunt it down, search for badactorep on youtube - of all my Gmail accounts that's the handle Google (gmail) stuck me with (and the worst of em all).

The demographics one can get from that amount of views is just amazing, one can really zero in on their visitors - and why I don't log onto sites unless I have a real need, like posting a new video to another account that is my main site (also no ads or overlays, just videos),

Trax3001bbs - always ad free :}

about two weeks ago

In North Korea, Hackers Are a Handpicked, Pampered Elite

Trax3001BBS Re:From as young as 17? (102 comments)

Man, those were my prime hacking years. If I was getting started that late, I wouldn't be any good until I was 30.

I started late as well (30 something) I was learning assemble language on the TRS-80 3, The AmigA while a great system stopped me cold (no programs, even the basic was very broken).

I tried to get my son to learn hacking or at the least assemble language he had no interest.

So tried hard, failed due to the system I was using.

about two weeks ago

Angela Merkel calls for end to net neutrality

Trax3001BBS Call that news? (1 comments)

I jest, but my ISP Charter is selling out to Comcast; Very soon I'll be lucky to get crawling speeds on a torrent, and I'm sure lose my UseNet which Charter provided free of charge (just part of your account).

about two weeks ago

Make a Kids' Power Wheel Toy Awesome for $500 (Video)

Trax3001BBS Re:fuck 4 fagorz (39 comments)

well-known by clicking here

/. is one of the few if not the only places one can post as Anonymous, this ability makes it as unique as it's articles (one stop catch up area).

Sad a Coward like you post such meaningless drivel with this freedom.

about two weeks ago

The Sony Pictures Hack Was Even Worse Than Everyone Thought

Trax3001BBS Too lazy to protect themselves (528 comments)

"In the letter, Sony defended its decision to wait five days to admit its security had been compromised and called on the government to help make the internet safer."

They asked for outside help (expected the government to stop it) and apparently took security a bit lax in one area.
"In the letter, Sony defended its decision to wait five days to admit its security had been compromised and called on the government to help make the internet safer." http://www.buzzfeed.com/tomgar...

I did get two free simple games over that one, I expect money this time they need to take their security a bit more serious. I mean even shutting down the gym (who knows why, terminals?

Once burnt twice shy, not something Sony is familiar with.

about two weeks ago

The Sony Pictures Hack Was Even Worse Than Everyone Thought

Trax3001BBS Re:Sauce for the goose; sauce for the gander (528 comments)


TL, DNR: 9 years ago, Sony was root kitting the machines of people who bought their CDs, and living about it.

Mark Russinovich of Sysinternals (at the time) has a very good article on this. You can learn a lot through it, least I did.

His first post I can't find in the time I have, is intense as well as much longer.

about two weeks ago

Introducing Slashdot Deals

Trax3001BBS Re:required e-mail (37 comments)

I couldn't get on unless I entered my e-mail to be spammed. WTF slashdot?? Poor form for a, usually, very respectable site

apparently my new e-mail is f**K@off.com

Agreed, I don't post a real e-mail address just to enter someplace. Sry /.

about two weeks ago

Want To Work For a Cool Tech Company? Hone Your Social Skills

Trax3001BBS Or wait for the Government to start a project (139 comments)

Get picked off the street and made a certified nuclear reactor operator in 18 months. They will do all of the training required, you just need to be serious in your studies. Especially when you haven't clue one on the subject :}

I do qualify it as a tech job, I could write much to back that up but it'd be just be a lot of junk you wouldn't wish to read.

Just saying fate works in odd ways. I was unemployed for close to two years prior.

about three weeks ago

Officer Not Charged In Michael Brown Shooting

Trax3001BBS Re: Pathetic (1128 comments)

You don't see this type of shit in open carry states.

Captcha: Lynched

I think the captcha bot is racist.


Boy talking about the wrong word for the subject :}

Both unfortunate as well as funny in a way (it was just it's time to show up).

about three weeks ago

The Cashless Society? It's Already Coming

Trax3001BBS Cash no longer talks I've found (375 comments)

Many times I've been refused a purchase as a credit/debit/card or check was required. Hard for me to beleive but I've been there.

I find a wallet makes my butt hurt so I carry just three cards I find of importance my debit card, drivers license, and library card - nothing else is ever required.

My debit card pays for everything, everybody is set up to accept it. Cash I give to the kids :)

As for pictures I always have my cell phone which I would never use for monetary transactions, Just four days ago (Black Friday) I had thought I had lost my cell phone even went back to look for it, was in my freaking back pocket pocket, found when it made one of it's noises; boy was I ever glad - but shows how easy it would be to lose ones ability to purchase or pay for anything if dependent upon a cell phone or such.

about three weeks ago

Voting Machines Malfunction: 5,000 Votes Not Counted In Kansas County

Trax3001BBS Error with electronic voting? How odd (127 comments)

They can be hacked, fooled, or in any number of ways made to provide bad numbers.

Paper ballots find their way to peoples home for safe keeping only to stuff the boxes themselves (cite:/. article)

But paper ballots are actually the only way to go and how I vote. but by mail only, I'd much rather stand in line to fill out my "paper ballet; I'm never sure it's filled out properly and counted or even made it to it's destination.

Yes electronic voting being outlawed long ago is my feelings on the matter; now voting by mail running a close second.

Note: I live in Washington State, I knew Charter lost (and crying) as I was headed to the school to vote, I still voted and the laws have since been changed to prevent that from happening again. But that was just the news services attempting to beat each other and just wrong.in so many ways.

about three weeks ago

How the World's First Computer Was Rescued From the Scrap Heap

Trax3001BBS Could of had one... (126 comments)

I had a chance to bid on an ENIAC at a Government auction, Looking at it, while it would be cool to have and show off, my entire 3 bedroom ranch house with an extension wasn't big enough to store it in; had to pass for obvious reasons.

I did ask about it, the high bid was $300 but refused as the precious metals were worth more than that.

But I did have a chance :}

about three weeks ago

Cops 101: NYC High School Teaches How To Behave During Stop-and-Frisk

Trax3001BBS Warrentless search, on me (481 comments)

Cops swarm the area arresting many, while there were problems with a stolen tablet (My Motorola Xoom) and my neglect to change the routers password (I thought the tablet long gone) I was working on my car all day got concerned and called 911 twice no answer (ever feel unwanted :) ).

Across the highway I saw lights flashing (cops telling me "I was covered I guess) I saw my out door light was out, fixed it (as was turning dark) at which time the area was swarming with cops, (while a set up I'm sure) they talked to a person who was said to of been behind me all day (a shooter situation ,me the target (kid you not) they arrested the neighbors with bails just to be troublesome.

I go into my house (not arrested nor talked to) three swat dudes are searching my place, as I mentioned not one word was said not even what they were looking for (my hard drives which I pulled earlier in the day due to a neighbor situation-if they had asked I'd of tossed the drives at them to get them out of there.

No warrant, nothing, and nobody has had a problem with it, friends or any legal advisory. A paper explaining somethings was to of been left behind which I found (thus knowing the bails) but I put it up for later reading - they took it the next day (I guess I have an open door policy I was unaware of).

No conclusions on my part to impart just what happened to me just a few months ago (close to my last log in), other than yes the cops can do what they wish (FWIW I'm white, blond hair and blue eyes, I don't see it as a racist situation).

This one swat dude was so computer blind he didn't find anything even if he was looking right at it, he set up a monitor very small and unseen video camera to see where I hid the drives (apparently talking could of compromise his identity) as soon as they left I pulled them out I had nothing to hide - the drives were imaged and case found to be of no importance (go figure).

I'm sure swat destroyed my mother board, and took out a few drives I'm still checking (do notice my last log in date, while a new mother board fixed my computer. I'm typing this from the library.

How bad were they? I had a very important drive (I felt) it was a 300 Gig USB drive, this "professional" picked it up to get access to the hard drives from the same case, Imaged them then put the USB drive back untouched. If it wasn't a hard drive he had no clue.

BTW nothing of any concern was found on my drives as some claimed (The tablet thieves) and any legal problems on my part over before they even started. One persons pr0n is another panic. I don't like gay pr0n but have yet turned anybody in over it.

With the tablet they dropped the router (not blocking anything), One was so proud of himself he left his name as well as editing my old post (which I keep for reference) so I came across as some clown. Him I plan on tracking down.

-Do note I have swat over someones word, while the FBI would of been following these type of files and notified the cops if they came into the area (my source is an older article on /.)

Yet when I saw my WiFi tablet on my router list I called 911 as due to it's limited range I knew where it was and damn close, 911 never showed or responded in any way.

Lots of info but where do you stop with a situation like I went through, I also made no claims or complaints I wouldn't know where to start.

Even if your aware of what to do, the cops follow their own laws and will arrest a teen if not given the proper treatment or the information they require, they can learn but can't practice it without problems which could very well mean a nigh in jail.

about a month ago



Researchers Clone Cells from Two Adult Men (stem cells)

Trax3001BBS Trax3001BBS writes  |  about 8 months ago

Trax3001BBS (2368736) writes ""Lanza’s group used caffeine to prevent the fused egg from dividing prematurely. Rather than leaving the egg with its newly introduced DNA for 30 minutes before activating the dividing stage, they let the eggs rest for about two hours. This gave the DNA enough time to acclimate to its new environment and interact with the egg’s development factors, which erased each of the donor cell’s existing history and reprogrammed it to act like a brand new cell in an embryo."

Stem cells is my take on this feat."

Link to Original Source

Damming news from Washington State

Trax3001BBS Trax3001BBS writes  |  about 10 months ago

Trax3001BBS (2368736) writes "Wanapum Dam has been found with a 65-foot (20 meter) crack. Water levels are being lowered to both reduce water pressure and give the inspectors access to the area.

"Earlier this week, an engineer noticed a slight irregular “bowing” above the spillway gates near where cars can drive across the dam.
When divers finally took a look under water they found a 2-inch-wide crack that stretched for 65 feet along the base of one of the dam’s spillway piers...

The artilcle goes on to say

"Even if the dam doesn’t fail, the significance of the damage is likely to require extensive repairs and that, too, could impact the entire Columbia River system.
“All these dams coordinate to generate energy on a regional scope,” Stedwick said. “If Wanapum is impacted, that has impacts on dams up stream as well as below.”

Up stream dams would be required to handle more water, the lower Dams means just one (Priest rapids Dam); after that is the last free flowing section of the Columbia river. Daily walks along that section I've seen it deviate (higher or lower) by amazing amount of water; it can handle it.
On top of this situation you have a large group of people that would like that particular Dam removed as well as the one above and below it (think of the fish!) http://www.npr.org/2013/05/15/..., after Priest rapids dam (down stream from Wanapum Dam) is the Hanford Nuclear Reservation http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/H... once the site for Plutonium production area. Either of which stand to get a lot of press from this.
Personally I'd like to give the engineer that noticed a slight irregular “bowing” and atta boy."

Link to Original Source


Dear Asus router user: All your Cloud are belong to us

Trax3001BBS Trax3001BBS writes  |  about 10 months ago

Trax3001BBS (2368736) writes "ARS is running an article about a vulnerability of ASUS routers that are becoming very popular at the moment -like connected USB devices being open to the world.

According to Lovett, the weakness affects a variety of Asus router models, including the RT-AC66R, RT-AC66U, RT-N66R, RT-N66U, RT-AC56U, RT-N56R, RT-N56U, RT-N14U, RT-N16, and RT-N16R..a when using AiCloud or FTP

-and this old news, come new again-
I have the AC66U router, but with the Asuswrt Merlin ROM http://www.lostrealm.ca/tower/... that took care of this vulnerability long ago. (Number 17) http://blog.ittoby.com/2013/01..."

Link to Original Source


Voyager 1 Has Left the Solar System

Trax3001BBS Trax3001BBS writes  |  about a year ago

Trax3001BBS (2368736) writes "Last year on July 27, 2012.

  The delayed announcement? Voyager 1 observed no change in the direction of the magnetic field, as had been expected.
"According to conventional wisdom, we'll know we've passed through this mysterious boundary when we stop seeing solar particles and start seeing galactic particles, and we also detect a change in the prevailing direction of the local magnetic field. ""

Link to Original Source

Light Bursts out of a Flying Mirror

Trax3001BBS Trax3001BBS writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Trax3001BBS (2368736) writes "You know the old question of the photon traveling at close to the speed of light passing near a black hole; how much speed will it acquire from the a gravity assist?

The answer I'm fine with is the photon ejects a gamma wave and maintains it's original speed.

How about the reflection from a mirror moving close to the speed of light. The reflection will pick momentum from the speed of the mirror.

Albert Einstein stating that the reflection from a mirror moving close to the speed of light could in principle result in bright light pulses in the short wavelength range

A team of physicists from the Max-Planck-Institute of Quantum Optics(MPQ) in Garching...created such a mirror in a recent experiment."The scientists used an intense laser pulse to accelerate a dense sheet of electrons from a nanometre-thin foil to close to the speed of light and reflected a counter-propagating laser pulse from this relativistic mirror.instead of moving faster (photons already travel at the speed of light),the reflected light is shifted in its frequency.

In the experiment, the incredibly high velocity of the electron mirror gave rise to a change in frequency upon reflection from the near infrared to the extreme ultraviolet up to a wavelength of 60 to 80 nanometre.

Moreoever (sic), the time duration of the reflected pulses was on the order of a few hundred attoseconds only (one attosecond is a billionth of a billionth of a second).

This experiment not only supports Albert Einstein's theory of special relativity, but attosecond pulses of light would allow the electron motion in atoms to be resolved,"

Source http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/04/130423134142.htm"

"Geckskin," a device that can hold 700 pounds on a smooth wall

Trax3001BBS Trax3001BBS writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Trax3001BBS writes ""For years, biologists have been amazed by the power of gecko feet, which let these 5-ounce lizards produce an adhesive force roughly equivalent to carrying nine pounds up a wall without slipping. Now, a team of polymer scientists and a biologist at the University of Massachusetts Amherst have discovered exactly how the gecko does it, leading them to invent "Geckskin," a device that can hold 700 pounds on a smooth wall"

Source http://www.umass.edu/newsoffice/newsreleases/articles/146885.php

"Previous efforts to synthesize the tremendous adhesive power of gecko feet and pads were based on the qualities
of microscopic hairs on their toes called setae"

To list a few."



Adobe releases emergency Flash update 2-20-14

Trax3001BBS Trax3001BBS writes  |  about 10 months ago

ASLR vastly decreases the chances that a remote-code-execution attack will succeed by loading downloaded scripts in a different memory location each time the computer is rebooted. The attackers behind the campaign discovered by FireEye found a way to bypass ASLR on computers running older software. Specifically, PCs running Windows XP, Windows 7 with the now-unsupported 1.6 version of Oracle's Java, and Windows 7 with a now out-of-date version of Office 2007 or Office 2010 don't benefit from the protection of ASLR.

Readers should remember that versions, 11.7.700.261, or earlier of Flash, regardless of the platform they run on, contain the underlying vulnerability.


BF3's window disappearing, appears BF3 has crashed, or BF3.exe stops

Trax3001BBS Trax3001BBS writes  |  more than 2 years ago

As you can see I'm awful wordy this is no exception, I had thought it already posted here...

---First you can fix BF3 very easily by reinstalling your audio drivers. (not so weird if you think about it.)

---- BF3's window disappearing or appears BF3 has crashed. ----

I couldn't play two or three maps of BF3 in a row without the BF3's window
turning Gray then disappearing, "BF3 window" because I thought it was due
to being full screen (in a way it was).

I didn't know if it was my setup, even server side or client side - the opportunity
to find that out was...blocked.

Understand my games ran just fine, then all of a sudden Gray, Black, and I'd
reboot myself to reset what might of been wrong (flush the ram).

I use the Event Viewer (eventvwr.msc) all the time. Win7's is much more useful
than the past Windows OS's but it was only showing a "0 (zero) bit bucket error" (nothing).

So took another approach, debugging the only .DMP file left from a crash and found my problem:
yep a "Windows User Experience Enhancement".

A Timeout Detection and Recovery error, in other words my video card was so busy it didn't
have time to report back it's well being - So the system would reset the video card, taking BF3 with it. While my video card is top of the line, BF3 graphics are rather intense.

My .dmp file was located here X:\Windows\LiveKernelReports\WATCHDOG\

There are registry entries that can fix this at:
the keys must be entered as they aren't there by default

TdrLevel - turn on and off Timeout detection
TdrDelay - change the time out period
TdrDdiDelay - time to reset the graphics stack
TdrLimitTime - time limit TDR's are allowed ( I'll be tweaking)
TdrLimitCount - number of TDR's are allowed ( I'll be tweaking)

Taking the easy way out I just disabled the TDR,

Recently I had rebooted and entered a map with the same players,
I had left. All the chat's were about the lag they were seeing, lot's of people,
lots of lag - not me, the game played just fine. Seems to be just a matter of time
before most are hit with the same problem, just they didn't crash or online to say
they had.

Collected at different times my Event Viewer error messages claimed:
I had run out of Graphic memory or so fragmented it was unusable, another:
"ReportDescription=A problem with your video hardware caused Windows to stop working correctly.",
yet another:
"The Desktop Window Manager is experiencing heavy resource contention.
Scenario : Video memory resources are over-utilized and there is thrashing happening as a result.

"Ultimately, this crash is due to game/software developers and graphics card
manufacturers (such as ATI/AMD and NVidia) developing buggy devices and
software and not playing by the rules and standards dictated for a specific
platform like Windows. There are many cases of similar events happening on
UNIX/Linux systems, so this problem is not specifically isolated to Windows." /Quote

My system:
ASUS P6X58D Premium MotherBoard
Intel Core i7-950 3.8Ghz 1.2 Volts
CORSAIR DOMINATOR 6GB TR3X6G1600C8D Memory 1806Mhz at 1.60volts
EVGA GTX 570 video card (not overclocked)
CORSAIR H-50 Cooling Hydro (CPU water cooler)
CORSAIR HX850 Silver Certified, Modular power supply
3 HD - 2 CD all unspectacular :}

where one should start - also a copy of what my debug output looked like (guess how I found the site).

TDR explanations, registry settings (Win7 and above)


Solved windows 7 event viewer not working

Trax3001BBS Trax3001BBS writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Working on a web site with kompozer, until then figured I'd place things that could help others here.

Like Windows 7's Event Viewer not working anymore, claiming the service isn't running

Bottome line:
The trick is to rename
to say:

RtBackup will recreate itself and everything will be back to normal.

Windows 7 event viewer (eventvwr.msc) has grown up.

Understand Win7 is a new OS for me installed for BattleField3. BF3 is also what I'm
mostly fixing or tweaking the OS for as well. This is also the first time I've ever used
permissions always installing windows on a FAT 32 format

XP and below you would use the event viewer to get a clue to your problem, with Win7 it
actually helps a lot.

I was using the event viewer to track down my problem of not being able to play BF3 2 or 3 games
in a row without the BF3 screen fading to gray then disappear, of course near the end where I'd
lose everything I'd gained.

Now weirdness enters the very day I took a serious approach at this problem.
I kept track of the times I was in game, it ended, the next started, and time of crashes
so I could track the times later in the Event Viewer.

Down to work I opened the Event Viewer and it won't, it quit working, claiming the service
needed to be running first, the service was indeed running.

The event viewer is dependent upon the Task Scheduler and it the event viewer, and between the two
there was a time I wasn't sure what if any services were working.

I tried a repair install of Win7 and couldn't because of SP1 - rough day I have another version of Win7
and two versions of XP I can boot into as well as the CD drives, I think I used them all to attack
the problem from the outside. Working with permissions (sidestepping them) and trying to get a copy
of Win7 to install. While maintaining everything or no data loss, I'm not one to format and start over.

Next day different approach - I finally found the answer at

The trick is to rename
To say:

RtBackup will recreate itself and everything will be back to normal. Simple as that.

I couldn't rename RtBackup. Working with permissions for so long I went into my XP64 OS to
work with it, only to find the directory was "Read Only" sigh...

BTW my cure all ERUNT wouldn't work (permissions) or this post would be much shorter or not at all.
Before I do anything I'll run ERUNT just in case. http://www.larshederer.homepage.t-online.de/erunt/


BF3 - how to cripple or crash any Windows OS with it.

Trax3001BBS Trax3001BBS writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Looking for a post I posted I came across this article (not the right one):

Battlefield 3 Performance: 30+ Graphics Cards Tested http://games.slashdot.org/story/11/10/29/1922214/battlefield-3-performance-30-graphics-cards-tested

I know how to crash a system with any video card running BF3, Bold statement as it's not totally the video cards fault and a crash isn't always the result; but you will have a lot of problems until you reboot.

Running BF3 without pagefile.sys or disk cache, will crash or or severely cripple the OS.

After playing for a while you will be asked politely to quit BF3 as your running out of resources - windows 7 also request shutting down it's charm (DMV.exe) and other services.

Thing here is all the requests are behind the BF3 game screen, you'll start loosing control of any equipment your in, or other odd stuff pertaining to input.

I have 6 Gigs of ram and BF3 is the only application where a Pagefile is required, even Photoshop runs without one now.

Yet for all it's problems BF3 is a very enjoyable game that I play daily but now with a pagefile on a slow drive. My video card: EVGA GTX570


I know! I know!

Trax3001BBS Trax3001BBS writes  |  more than 3 years ago

-Raises hand and gestures wildly-

A comment is generally a verbal or written remark often related
to an added piece of information, or an observation or statement.

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