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Mark Zuckerberg Speaks Mandarin At Tsinghua University In Beijing

UnknownSoldier Re:News for Nerds eh? (208 comments)


Next in the news! Mark Zuckerberg takes a shit. News at 11 !!


We Need Distributed Social Networks More Than Ello

UnknownSoldier Re:Who "needs"? (252 comments)

Exactly. With apologies to "Riddick" or "Tombs" from "The Chronicles of Riddick" ...

"You made 3 mistakes:
1. You assumed we need it distributed,
2. You assumed we need pseudonyms,
3. Lastly and most importantly, you assumed we need a Social Network."


The Classic Control Panel In Windows May Be Gone

UnknownSoldier Re:Just keep it off the servers.... (345 comments)

* Scanners and Cameras: sticpl.cpl
* Scheduled Tasks: control schedtasks
* Security Center: wscui.cpl
* Services: services.msc
* Shared Folders: fsmgmt.msc
* Shuts Down Windows: shutdown
* Sounds and Audio: mmsys.cpl
* Spider Solitare Card Game: spider
* SQL Client Configuration: cliconfg
* System File Checker Utility (Scan Immediately): sfc /scannow
* System File Checker Utility (Scan Once At Next Boot): sfc /scanonce
* System File Checker Utility (Scan On Every Boot): sfc /scanboot
* System File Checker Utility (Return to Default Setting): sfc /revert
* System File Checker Utility (Purge File Cache): sfc /purgecache
* System File Checker Utility (Set Cache Size to size x): sfc /cachesize=x
* System Properties: sysdm.cpl

* Telnet Client: telnet
* Traceroute: tracert
* User Account Management: nusrmgr.cpl
* Utility Manager: utilman
* Windows Firewall: firewall.cpl
* Windows Magnifier: magnify
* Windows Management Infrastructure: wmimgmt.msc
* Windows System Security Tool: syskey
* Windows Update Launches: wupdmgr
* Wordpad: write

Slashdot Beta sucks. /. lameness filter is fucking lame.


The Classic Control Panel In Windows May Be Gone

UnknownSoldier Re:Just keep it off the servers.... (345 comments)

* Hearts Card Game: mshearts
* Iexpress Wizard: iexpress
* Indexing Service: ciadv.msc
* Internet Properties: inetcpl.cpl
* IP Configuration (Display Connection Configuration): ipconfig /all
* IP Configuration (Display DNS Cache Contents): ipconfig /displaydns
* IP Configuration (Delete DNS Cache Contents): ipconfig /flushdns
* IP Configuration (Release All Connections): ipconfig /release
* IP Configuration (Renew All Connections): ipconfig /renew
* IP Configuration (Refreshes DHCP & Re-Registers DNS): ipconfig /registerdns
* IP Configuration (Display DHCP Class ID): ipconfig /showclassid
* IP Configuration (Modifies DHCP Class ID): ipconfig /setclassid
* Java Control Panel (If Installed): javaws
* Keyboard Properties: control keyboard
* Local Security Settings: secpol.msc
* Local Users and Groups: lusrmgr.msc
* Logs You Out Of Windows: logoff
* Minesweeper Game: winmine
* Mouse Properties: control mouse
* Mouse Properties: main.cpl
* Netstat: netstat
* Network Connections: control netconnections
* Network Connections: ncpa.cpl
* Network Setup Wizard: netsetup.cpl

* Object Packager: packager
* ODBC Data Source Administrator: odbccp32.cpl
* On Screen Keyboard: osk
* Opens AC3 Filter (If Installed): ac3filter.cpl
* Password Properties: password.cpl
* Performance Monitor: perfmon.msc
* Performance Monitor: perfmon
* Phone and Modem Options: telephon.cpl
* Power Configuration: powercfg.cpl
* Printers and Faxes: control printers
* Printers Folder: printers
* Private Character Editor: eudcedit

* Quicktime (If Installed): QuickTime.cpl
* Regional Settings: intl.cpl
* Registry Editor: regedit
* Remote Desktop: mstsc
* Removable Storage: ntmsmgr.msc
* Removable Storage Operator Requests: ntmsoprq.msc
* Resultant Set of Policy (XP Prof): rsop.msc

The lameness filter is lame ... will continue in part 3


The Classic Control Panel In Windows May Be Gone

UnknownSoldier Re:Just keep it off the servers.... (345 comments)

From a command prompt to start Explorer Here...
start explorer /e,.

Important ones

* Resource Monitor: resmon
* System Configuration Editor: sysedit
* System Configuration Utility: msconfig
* Task Manager: taskmgr
* Notepad: notepad
* Nview Desktop Manager (If Installed): nvtuicpl.cpl

I collected this list back in the WinXP days; funny how many of them still work.

* Accessibility Controls: access.cpl
* Add Hardware Wizard: hdwwiz.cpl
* Add/Remove Programs: appwiz.cpl
* Administrative Tools: certmgr.msc

* Character Map: charmap
* Check Disk Utility: chkdsk
* Clipboard Viewer: clipbrd
* Command Prompt: cmd
* Component Services: dcomcnfg
* Computer Management: compmgmt.msc

* Date and Time Properties: timedate.cpl
* DDE Shares: ddeshare
* Device Manager: devmgmt.msc
* Direct X Control Panel (If Installed): directx.cpl
* Direct X Troubleshooter: dxdiag
* Disk Cleanup Utility: cleanmgr
* Disk Defragment: dfrg.msc
* Disk Management: diskmgmt.msc
* Disk Partition Manager: diskpart
* Display Properties: control desktop
* Display Properties: desk.cpl
* Display Properties (w/Appearance Tab Preselected): control color
* Dr. Watson System Troubleshooting Utility: drwtsn32
* Driver Verifier Utility: verifier

* Event Viewer: eventvwr.msc

* File Signature Verification Tool: sigverif
* Findfast: findfast.cpl
* Folders Properties: control folders
* Fonts: control fonts
* Fonts Folder: fonts
* Free Cell Card Game: freecell
* Game Controllers: joy.cpl
* Group Policy Editor (XP Prof): gpedit.msc

The lameness filter is lame ... will continue


The Inevitable Death of the Internet Troll

UnknownSoldier Re:The troll is the canary in the coal mine (536 comments)

> Freedom of speech means tolerating some trolls. Better that than to lose that freedom.

Indeed. This same concept is called Blackstone Formulation in Justice.

"It is better that ten guilty persons escape than that one innocent suffer",


Speed Cameras In Chicago Earn $50M Less Than Expected

UnknownSoldier Re:Easy to solve - calibrate them to overestimate (397 comments)

Do you even understand what stopping distance or what reaction time means at all???

Why do you think driver's handbooks mentions Braking Distance along with Reaction Time??

It is important to note that the graph below illustrates the braking distance AFTER YOU HAVE APPLIED YOUR BRAKES. To this must be added a REACTION DISTANCE, which is the distance you travel from seeing the danger to putting your foot on the brake pedal. Since 3/4 second is the average reaction time, a motorist will travel 11 feet for each 10 m.p.h. of speed before hitting the brake. At 50 m.p.h. this distance would be 55 feet!

If you are doing 30 mph, this means you are traveling 30 mph * 5280 ft/mi / 60 mins/hr / 60 secs/min = 44 ft / sec. Let's even give you the benefit of the doubt and say your reaction time is 3/4 seconds -- far quicker then the average reaction of around 1.5 seconds.

* Your reaction distance is: ~0.75 sec to react to the light change * 44 ft / sec = 33 ft ! (Agrees with the estimate of 11 ft / 10 mph)
* Your braking distance is: 40 feet.
* Your total distance to stop is: 74 feet !

Which matches what this graph shows for the total distance to stop for various speeds:


This means that if the light turns yellow or red and if you are closer then 74 feet, you'll stop past the white line, well into the intersection.

ERGO, you should RUN the light to get OUT of the intersection.

Who ever told you to never run a yellow or red light was a fucking idiot.

3 days ago

An Algorithm to End the Lines for Ice at Burning Man

UnknownSoldier Re: Agner Krarup Erlang - The telephone in 1909! (339 comments)

Yeah this is basic Computer Science -- IIRC we studied this in the Operating Systems courses.

Check-in at the airport does this too.

4 days ago

Google Changes 'To Fight Piracy' By Highlighting Legal Sites

UnknownSoldier Re:Yeah, Good Luck with That (TM) (156 comments)

Yes, the ridiculous length is indeed a problem.

The "evils" of copyright was debated back in 1841 !!

"The easiest form of parochialism to fall into is to assume that we are smarter than the past generations, that our thinking is necessarily more sophisticated. This may be true in science and technology, but not necessarily so in wisdom."
  -- "Macaulay on Copyright"

4 days ago

Google Changes 'To Fight Piracy' By Highlighting Legal Sites

UnknownSoldier Re:Yeah, Good Luck with That (TM) (156 comments)

Correct. The dirty secret of Copyright is that it was invented by --> Publishers <-- to maintain control by preventing other publishers from making a profit !!

I've posted about this in the past ...

"The history of copyright law starts with early privileges and monopolies granted to printers of books. The British Statute of Anne 1710, full title "An Act for the Encouragement of Learning, by vesting the Copies of Printed Books in the Authors or purchasers of such Copies, during the Times therein mentioned", was the first copyright statute. Initially copyright law only applied to the copying of books."


"Pope Alexander VI issued a bull in 1501 against the unlicensed printing of books and in 1559 the Index Expurgatorius, or List of Prohibited Books, was issued for the first time."


"The first copyright privilege in England bears date 1518 and was issued to Richard Pynson, King's Printer, the successor to William Caxton. The privilege gives a monopoly for the term of two years. The date is 15 years later than that of the first privilege issued in France. Early copyright privileges were called "monopolies," ...


"In England the printers, known as stationers, formed a collective organization, known as the Stationers' Company. In the 16th century the Stationers' Company was given the power to require all lawfully printed books to be entered into its register. Only members of the Stationers' Company could enter books into the register. This meant that the Stationers' Company achieved a dominant position over publishing in 17th century England"

History of Copyright Law

4 days ago

Google Changes 'To Fight Piracy' By Highlighting Legal Sites

UnknownSoldier Re:Yeah, Good Luck with That (TM) (156 comments)


As a kid for the longest time I couldn't see or reason how simply copying a number* was illegal.

* Where on the Apple ][ //e this number was 2 nibbles / byte * 256 bytes * 16 sectors * 34 tracks = 278, 528 hex digits.

4 days ago

Google Changes 'To Fight Piracy' By Highlighting Legal Sites

UnknownSoldier Yeah, Good Luck with That (TM) (156 comments)

When "piracy" became hijacked from meaning the naval context, copying was rampant. In the 80's as kids we couldn't afford all the games so we (illegally) shared them. Hell, I got into computers simply because it was a fun challenge to "krack" software. In the 90's In college/university we used BBS's, FSP (how many know about _that_ protocol!!), FTP with hidden directories containing control characters, IRC with XDCC, binary newsgroup with split .RARs., in 2000's we used Torrents and/or P2P such as Emule, etc. It wasn't until years later did we learn that piracy = lack of respect for the author's distribution. As adults we buy things because we want to support the author(s) to produce more. And if it is crap we vote with our wallet -- and tell others to not buy it.

What is kind of ironic and completely counter-intuitive is that those who pirate tend to spend more but that is a discussion for another day. (Part of the problem is that certain "assets" are not even available to be legally purchased, etc.)

IMHO Piracy begins AND ends with education. Futurama's Bender made fun of this "archaic philosophy" that "Sharing is illegal" by joking "You wouldn't steal X, right? Or would I !" meme along with the popular "You wouldn't download car?" Because most people are able to separate the issue from money vs freedom. i.e. Artists want to share their creations. Consumers want to share those same creations -- that is what culture does -- preserves "popular" art in whatever medium. Unfortunately the context behind those same reason's don't always sync up. You have bands like The Who who don't care about "bootlegging"; other sellout bands like Metallica that only care about the money and could care less if fans help "market" the band.

Kids these day's aren't stupid. They are questing the status quo that: "Why is illegal sharing illegal? Because of arbitrary financial reasons??" id software created the shareware model -- give part of the game away for free, customers can spend money to buy the rest. These days Humble Bundles let people pay what they want. IMHO this is the correct way to do things. Compromise between 2 conflicting ideals. Open Source or Creative Commons is another approach.

Google making it harder to find digital goods is not going to change a dam thing. Google wasn't around when we were kids and piracy was rampant. Removing a search engine will only drive the process back underground when it peaked with The Pirate Bay in the mid 2000's.

Piracy has existed since the beginning of the network. Any technological means to try to remove it is like pissing in the ocean. Yeah good luck with that !

4 days ago

Python-LMDB In a High-Performance Environment

UnknownSoldier Re:Wikipedia article deleted (98 comments)

Some of Wikipedia's rules are ass-backwards asinine. Such as Avoid Trivia

One man's trivia is another man's noise.

Oh I see, so only if it is _popular_ does the "truthiness" count.

Fuck that. I want an _inclusive_ dictionary / encyclopedia / reference, not an _exclusive_ based on some "arbitrary" rules simply because something is not popular. I am there in the first place to _learn_ about things I don't know about ! Not because some asshat decided "not enough people care about this topic."

It is not like a extra web page take up THAT much storage in the first place.

about a week ago

Data From Windows 10 Feedback Tool Exposes Problem Areas

UnknownSoldier Re:As it is designed to do (139 comments)

Indeed. Reminds me of that old joke ...

"If builders built buildings the way programmers wrote programs, then the first woodpecker that came along would destroy civilization." -- Murphy's (Computer) Laws

While funny it is sad to see that the state of software really hasn't progressed much in the last 20+ years. Businesses still cut corner to minimize expenses. Programs still have shitty UI. Keyboard accelerators / shortcuts along with manuals have gone the way of the dodo. Help has moved to being online only -- with the help index being a complete joke lacking common search terms. We've gone from 1 MHz to 4 GHz machines which is over 3 orders of magnitudes difference and we _still_ wait. Every day we hear of yet-another-device (or company) getting hacked / p0wned / etc. Security is a complete joke at most places.

One of the few good things is that never before has so much computing power been so inexpensive.

Along the way we lost the "human element". We don't build machines for other machines for but for _people_ to use. Why do computers _still_ continue to suck? Because we doing it ass-backwards. We're forcing people to adopt to some shitty UI instead of making the computer adapt to us. But that isn't the complete picture.

There is a meta problem looming. This video seems relevant ...

about a week ago



Quantum Levivation

UnknownSoldier UnknownSoldier writes  |  about 3 years ago

UnknownSoldier (67820) writes "Wired reports that researchers at Tel Aviv University have discovered you can "lock" a magnetic field into place with a semiconductor. They have a very cool demonstration of a frozen puck and some of the neat things you can do with it while its orientation remains locked but its location is movable. Might someday we see high speed trains that will be "impossible" to tip over or a new generation of batteries with this technology?"
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