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Ask Slashdot: Is Samba4 a Viable Alternative To Active Directory?

UncleTogie Re:No (388 comments)

Unfortunately, attempting to provision on a fresh Ubuntu 12.04 install with the following additional packages: build-essentials python-software-properties build-essential libacl1-dev python-dev libldap2-dev pkg-config gdb libgnutls-dev libblkid-dev libreadline-dev libattr1-dev openssl (please note these pre-requisite are not documented in the wiki) gives the following error: "libkdc-policy.so: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory" and I cant get an answer as to where to find or build this module or find such info in a web search. All in all, it has been a very frustrating experience.

According to their bug report on it, it was fixed in a beta release recently...https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/samba4/+bug/887537

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is TSA's PreCheck System Easy To Game?

UncleTogie Re:Yes (157 comments)

As a sting, this is pretty hopeless.

Naah, just needs the right media spin.

"A renegade group considered to be 'The Apostles of Bruce Schneier' were caught plotting to manipulate airline tickets for domestic flights.. TSA cavity search and film at 11...."

about 2 years ago
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NASA Testing Supersonic X-51A Jet Tomorrow

UncleTogie Re:Cost (214 comments)

Isn't there a pretty strict limit on the number of missiles it can carry? If an F-22 goes up with 8 missiles, it can only take out 8 targets (assuming all hit). After that, it can only bug out.

Depends on how good they are with that 20mm cannon mounted in the right wing....

more than 2 years ago
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Patient Just Wants To See Data From His Implanted Medical Device

UncleTogie Re:Is it worth it? (262 comments)

Did you just call DICOM proprietary?

Technically correct. It *is* a copyrighted standard, with the copyright being held by the National Electrical Manufacturers Association. When defining proprietary software as "computer software licensed under exclusive legal right of the copyright holder", this standard would fall into that category.

more than 2 years ago
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US Navy Admiral Questions Expensive Stealth Platforms

UncleTogie Re:Diplomacy does not always work (490 comments)

Just look at how well that trickle-down theory worked during the war...

Put another way, who benefited more, the workers or the board of Halliburton?

more than 2 years ago
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Is Phoenix the Next Silicon Valley?

UncleTogie Re:Born and braised (555 comments)

Yeah, there's a tech glut in the area, which makes it just that much harder for a deaf guy to find work in the field.

more than 2 years ago
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Sony's Thermal Sheet Good As Paste For CPU Cooling

UncleTogie Re:thickness (195 comments)

There's a major manufacturer already using pads for their motherboards. It ships with laptop motherboard replacements. It's a pain-in-the ass to work with, peels from the backing tape badly, and is a lot LESS convenient (for me) than thermal goo.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Add New Tech To Old Van?

UncleTogie Re:The Q-Bus (212 comments)

He can call the van the "Q-Bus". Now, how cool would that be?

It's all fun and games until John de Lancie gets abducted in one...

more than 2 years ago
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Cisco Pushing 'Cloud Connect' Router Firmware, Allows Web History Tracking

UncleTogie Re:Upgrade Instructions for Cisco Clients (351 comments)

As long as I have an out, if other people don't know or don't care about their security/privacy enough to protect it, I don't feel any special obligation to punish a company that exploits their ignorance.

....aaaand that's why we have Fox News...

more than 2 years ago
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Supreme Court: Affordable Care Act Is Constitutional

UncleTogie Re:First dissent (2416 comments)

Yeah, try "Phoenix, Arizona"...

more than 2 years ago
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ADA May Force Netflix To Provide Closed Captioning On Content

UncleTogie Re:Mixed feelings (694 comments)

And Netflix...is a private company...I could understand this maybe if it was a govt. entity, but how can they make a private company like Netflix alter their business model or software like this? The ADA is getting out of hand...

Since it's been a legal requirement for them to pass-through captioning/subtitling that's already been done, this isn't nearly the burden you think it is. In fact, for the last 5 years, all new TV material has been *required* to have captioning ( with a very few exceptions), so Netflix isn't going to have pay to have all their material redone.

more than 2 years ago
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Gamer Keeps Civilization II Game Going for 10 Years

UncleTogie Re:MORONS!!! (219 comments)

Agreed. As a news junkie, /. is just a little too slow with new stories, too.

more than 2 years ago
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Automated Dorm Room Causes a School Inquiry

UncleTogie Re:"...Causes a School Inquiry" (170 comments)

How many people die every year from fires caused by electrical modifications made by unlicensed people? Zero?

The number is much higher than zero, and you know it. If you don't know it, Google should be able to enlighten you.

more than 2 years ago
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SOPA/PIPA Would Directly Affect...

UncleTogie Re:Missing Option: (290 comments)

Someone has to organise the Internet though.

Yes, and politicians are the LAST group that should be trusted with said organization.

more than 2 years ago
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Is Twitter Aiding and Abetting Terrorism?

UncleTogie Re:Can't argue that Nitsana is wrong (315 comments)

You can have responsibilities without conscience.

Of course you can. It's called Congress.

more than 2 years ago
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World's Worst PR Guy Gives His Side

UncleTogie Re:Lack of character shines through.... (576 comments)

This makes me wonder if there are exceptions.

Being mostly deaf, I use IP-relay a lot, and use an IM client to access it. Does the simple act of logging my IMs turn me into a criminal?

more than 2 years ago

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In government service, brains not required...

UncleTogie UncleTogie writes  |  more than 7 years ago

UncleTogie writes "This wasn't too surprising what with the "we only use 10% of our brain" meme floating around, but I wonder how many others in the world's governments are afflicted... FTA:

Something that many people secretly believed has been confirmed: You don't actually need a brain to work in a tax office. A French civil servant has been found to have a huge cavity filled with fluid in his head — yet lives a completely normal life.

Extra-crunchy link goodness found here..."

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UncleTogie UncleTogie writes  |  more than 7 years ago

UncleTogie (1004853) writes "From Reuters: Dell Profit Down Sharply


SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) — Dell Inc., the world's second-largest personal computer maker, reported on Thursday a sharply lower quarterly profit while revenue fell short of Wall Street expectations, sending its shares down 1.7 percent.
Dell sees pressure on growth and profit margins in the next several quarters as it spends money to revamp its business, and Chief Executive Michael Dell called the latest results "disappointing."
The company lost market share to Hewlett-Packard Co. in the fourth quarter and in January, founder Michael Dell replaced Kevin Rollins as CEO following a string of disappointing earnings reports, slowing growth and complaints about poor customer service.

Why YOU think Dell took such a hit? Will Mikey be able to address the issues? What would you suggest Dell do?"

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Educating judges: Can Ray do it?

UncleTogie UncleTogie writes  |  more than 6 years ago

NewYorkCountryLawyer has been asked to provide a legal analysis of the RIAA tactics to a judicial magazine. From his blog:

I of course accepted the invitation, and submitted an article, entitled "Large Recording Companies vs. The Defenseless : Some Common Sense Solutions to the Challenges of the RIAA Litigations". In it I describe the RIAA litigation process and the challenge it represents to our adversarial system of justice, and make 15 hopefully constructive suggestions as to how the Courts can help to level the playing field in these cases.

Link to the blog can be found here...

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Support Net Neutrality, get laid???

UncleTogie UncleTogie writes  |  more than 6 years ago

The page [with NSFW pic, depending on where you work...] starts with a line guaranteed to catch a geek's attention:

I will make love with every virgin who defends the Internet.

Yep, she's got our attention, especially with that image and the next few lines...

Certain ISP's are planning to limit internet access in a way that infringes upon internet freedom or 'net neutrality'.

I'm using sex in a positive way to spread awareness. The reason why only virgins can apply is because I don't want to make this promise to such a large amount of people that I'll have to turn some down.

While this is an arguably new approach to changing the minds of people on the subject of NN, would it actually be effective?

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Potential parallels drawn to '1984' as HR 1955 passes House

UncleTogie UncleTogie writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Recently, the US House of Representatives passed HR 1955, the "Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act of 2007."

From the bill:

(3) HOMEGROWN TERRORISM- The term `homegrown terrorism' means the use, planned use, or threatened use, of force or violence by a group or individual born, raised, or based and operating primarily within the United States or any possession of the United States to intimidate or coerce the United States government, the civilian population of the United States, or any segment thereof, in furtherance of political or social objectives.

One of the main problems here seems that the wording is so vague that simply resisting arrest {an offense that, in the US, is generally considered to be using force} could be deemed prosecutable under the current draft. Some "thought crimes" also appear to be included.

Is this a valid concern? Should it be reworded? Dropped in the Senate? All copies buried in peat moss for three months and recycled as firelighters? {Insert CowboyNeal choice here...}?

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POST? What's that?

UncleTogie UncleTogie writes  |  more than 7 years ago And now, another Tale From The Shop....

A client comes in, carrying his SFF PC back in. He'd been earlier, insisting the PC had a problem. At that time, we tested it in front of him; everything tested fine and he left happy.

Flash forward to this afternoon. He'd called in, saying the PC wouldn't make it past POST. He was quick to tell us he'd worked in PC shops before, mainly on Macs. He felt he had his problem pegged. We brought it back to the bench, and after doing a quickie internal check [another tech had handled it this morning] we booted it.

What do I see? MemtestX86.

I ask him if the tech had checked the CD drive before he'd left earlier. Nope. I asked if he'd checked the drive SINCE he'd left the shop. Nope. When I popped our test cd out and rebooted, the PC booted normally.

My gripe? If you're going to present yourself as a tech, PLEASE make sure you've checked the obvious first. Find out where POST starts and ends, and RTFM....

I gotta admit, though, the look on his face was priceless.

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Hey, now YOU can pirate music anonymously for $8....not.

UncleTogie UncleTogie writes  |  more than 7 years ago And now, another Tale From The Shop....

Oh, for the love of Pete....
Why, oh why, is the basic RTFM mantra no longer preached?

I just had a client in asking for an "X-drive". When queried for specifics, he said this: "Yeah, my friend said there's an $8 cable called an 'X-Drive' that can keep people from telling if you pirate music." I'm not expecting people to list off the standard IRQs and I/O addys for the first four serial ports... I just wish people would at least get the basics down before they show up with these questions.

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How low can you go?

UncleTogie UncleTogie writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Holy hertz, Batman! Is THIS the subwoofer we've been waiting for?

While checking links back through a Slashdot story, I came across a post calling this "The Ultimate Subwoofer" or somesuch. I've really get sick of hearing "Ultimate" attached to products that're anything but, so I decided to check the link:

http://www.rotarywoofer.com/

If I'm reading these specs right, THIS is what I've been thinking of all these years. Bein' 70% deaf, I tend to notice bass better, and current subwoofers just don't seem to bring the punch I'm used to feeling around the actual event [Helicopters, explosions, etc...] that make me *feel* immersed. Has anyone else seen good bass response below 10Hz? Is the rotary sub just a scam? Do any of you have one?

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Would you take the Red pill or the Blue...?

UncleTogie UncleTogie writes  |  more than 7 years ago Aside from being fairly useless, This also struck me as having the potential for some Big-Brotherish nonsense. What does the Horde think?

From the story:
http://today.reuters.com/news/articleinvesting.aspx?type=companyNews&storyID=2006-12-15T154308Z_01_N15295031_RTRIDST_0_IBM-PHARMACEUTICALS.XML

"IBM said on Friday it has developed technology to help drug distributors, manufacturers and retailers prevent counterfeit drugs from making their way into the market. The product works using an existing technology: radio frequency identification devices (RFID) that each have a unique ID transmitted via tiny radio antennas incorporated into a drug's packaging."

Anyone else think this will really help, or will the RFID tags just be cloned on the fake pharmaceuticals?

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