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Apple WWDC 2014: Tim Cook Unveils Yosemite

VValdo Re:Its Killer Feature (411 comments)

If I'm not mistaken, zram was called compcache or ramzswap and existed on the 2.6.28 kernel back in 2008.

about 2 months ago

Apple WWDC 2014: Tim Cook Unveils Yosemite

VValdo Re:RAM Doubler (411 comments)

RAMDoubler for Mac, where it started.

about 2 months ago

Huffington: Trolls Uglier Than Ever, So We're Cutting Off Anonymous Commenting

VValdo Re:Arianna Huffington? (582 comments)

Sounds like a fake name to me.

I suspect the Stasinopoúlou Post wouldn't have attracted the same traffic.

about a year ago

Limitations and All, Chromebooks Appear To Be Selling

VValdo Here's my magic formula for travelling.. (126 comments)

1 Samsung Arm CB + x2go + Chrubuntu (13.10 xubuntu) =

full access to running programs on my home Linux PC from anywhere, with HUGE battery life, at less than 2 lbs and $250. With x2go I can run applications remotely, and the chromebook only has to handle the UI, not the actual processing. As a result, I can run Intel apps and it feels pretty fast, even from 2000 miles away. If the computer gets stolen, it's only a loss of $250 as opposed to the thousands a lightweight laptop would cost, and the data is on my home computer, not the cb...

x2go btw is amazing, tunneling linux application's interfaces through ssh, so they feel like they're running on the chromebook, but aren't. If you can set up ssh, you can set up x2go.

1 year,17 days

Remote Linksys 0-Day Root Exploit Uncovered

VValdo Re:WRT54GL (133 comments)

I agree it's bad form not to put the router models in the summary. But from the press release...

Exploit shown in this video has been tested on Cisco Linksys WRT54GL, but other Linksys versions/models are probably also affected.

(emphasis mine)

Incidentally, re: the GL model of the Linksys-- the "L" I'm pretty sure stands for Linux, and was the model that was in response to everyone reinstalling dd-wrt and other firmware...

about a year and a half ago

New Call For Turing Pardon

VValdo Re:Agree complete (231 comments)

Steven Fry agrees:

With due respect to Stephen Hawking, let's not pardon Alan Turing. He did nothing wrong. Let's have him on a banknote. And Ada Lovelace too.

about a year and a half ago

Political Science Prof Asks: Is Algebra Necessary?

VValdo philosophy (1010 comments)

But it's not easy to see why potential poets and philosophers face a lofty mathematics bar

Spoken like a man who has never taken a philosophy class...

about 2 years ago

Facebook To Buy Instagram For $1 Billion

VValdo Re:One Billion? (162 comments)

Any recommendations anyone have for a good free Android alternative for something to take quick snapshots, apply a basic filter, and share them with people? Tried Vignette and Retro Camera and they both sucked compared to Instagram.

I am not a instagram (or facebook, for that matter) user, but I did take a quick look at Pixlr-OMatic and it's probably what you're looking for.

more than 2 years ago

End Bonuses For Bankers

VValdo Re:This violates the fundamental rules of capitali (548 comments)

Simple except that some banks are so big and entangled into the system that if they go down, it would start a chain reaction that would take down the entire financial system, destroying other banks, creating runs, destroying pensions, toppling industries and ultimately collapsing the entire world economy.

This isn't an ordinary situation with two lemonade stores competing against each other. These are companies that have gotten so huge that entire governments depend on their existence. The consequences of their failure is so significant that countries are forced to essentially pay them if they ever get in danger of bankrupcy. Hence the bailouts.

The "fundamental rules of capitalism" don't allow a company to profit exorbitantly to the point that any failure can tank the entire system. Reward requires risk. And the heads of these companies know that there is no risk really-- not to them personally because they have golden parachutes and bonuses that pay out before the cumulative damage to their companies is done-- and not to the company, because existentially losses will be covered by the government/people to avoid the destruction of the world economy.

So it's not so simple, really.

more than 2 years ago

Leonard Nimoy Turns 80

VValdo Re:Don't forget his other 70's TV series (165 comments)

Another series he did, besides "In Search Of..." (which was a cool show) from the early 80s that for some reason doesn't show up on his IMDB pagewas on Nickelodeon called

Standby... Lights Camera Action!

It was broken into segments where they showed "behind the scenes" making-of videos of movies including "Gandhi", "The Meaning of Life", and "Return of the Jedi" (examples here)


more than 3 years ago

Why the AT&T and T-Mobile Merger Is Bad For Consumers

VValdo Another good take... (367 comments)

Marketwatch had an editorial on this as well.

Who regulates this-- the FCC or the FTC?

more than 3 years ago

New Facebook Messaging System Announced

VValdo Zuckerberg == Case? (240 comments)

So is Facebook now officially the same thing as AOL from 15 years ago, minus keywords?


more than 3 years ago

T-Mobile G2 "Permaroot" achieved.

VValdo Oh, and I want to add... (1 comments)

Although scotty2 took the month-long lead in this effort, there are numerous others in the ragtag team of #g2root who deserve credit including tmzt, pershoot, cyanogen, IntuitiveNipple, Disconnect, cjb, paulobrien, teferi and more...

Instructions for rooting w/o using the VISIONary app are here, and may help address some issues with flashing (esp. pre-OTA) that people have reported. Check the XDA threads and wiki for additional info.


more than 3 years ago

LSE Breaks World Record In Trade Speed With Linux

VValdo Planet Money (452 comments)

Trading this fast brings the market closer to optimal economic efficiency, where prices at any instant accurately reflect value. Latency contributes to the very inefficiencies that you blame these "large investment firms" from profiting off of.

Let's just relax and listen to this episode of Planet Money on high-frequency trading.

I know. It's NPR. They fired Juan Williams. Whatever. (FWIW: on the Diane Rehm show from Friday, they defend Williams, say there was a "rush to judgement" and say that NPR went "off the handle". You'd NEVER see most news employees do that on-air.)


more than 3 years ago

Apple Deprecates Their JVM

VValdo Re:neooffice will be screwed (451 comments)

I thought the same thing. No mention of it at all on the trinity forum.

This isn't good. Neooffice has been an OS X treasure for what, a decade or more?


more than 3 years ago

China Now Halting Shipments of Rare Earth Minerals To US

VValdo Re:Trade relations game theory (738 comments)

It sounds like you're thinking of some variant of the prisoner's dilemma, which is a classic, basic example of a non-zero-sum game.



more than 3 years ago

Al Franken's Warning On Net Neutrality

VValdo Re:Quite possible (564 comments)

Franken asked the audience of bloggers how long it would take before the Fox News website loads significantly more quickly than the Daily Kos website.

The more likely model of what will happen is not that the internet companies will favor conservatives over liberals, but rather that they will favor companies by size.

Isn't that exactly what Franken suggested?

Fox News = big mainstream media
Daily Kos = small online-only political blog


about 4 years ago




VValdo VValdo writes  |  more than 2 years ago

VValdo (10446) writes "John Markoff's NYTimes story covers an amazing discovery by cryptographers who analyzed 7.1 million 1024-bit RSA public keys on the Internet and discovered about 27000 of them were insecure due to a bug in the generation of random primes. Their paper is here. My question: I've got a ton of RSA keys. Is there an easy way to test them?"
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T-Mobile G2 "Permaroot" achieved.

VValdo VValdo writes  |  more than 3 years ago

VValdo (10446) writes "After over a month of relentless hacking, genius scotty2 has finally smashed the G2's notorious emmc-read-only-on-boot mechanism, which had been incorrectly characterized in the press as a "rootkit". The hack involves several steps-- first achieving "temp root" through a fork bomb exploit, then running a specially crafted kernel module that power-resets the read-only emmc to bring it up in read-write mode. Finally, the bootloader is re-flashed, which permanently removes the read-only on subsequent boots. The whole process is said to be automated by tomorrow."
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SSD vs. HDD Benchmarks for the Relational Database

VValdo VValdo writes  |  more than 3 years ago

VValdo (10446) writes "When it comes to SSD performance, it seems most people focus on how fast Windows 7 boots up or how quickly Photoshop loads. That's all well and good, but how do SSDs compare with traditional hard drives in a server application like Postgresql? Here's someone who did actual benchmarks, and the results were fairly dramatic."
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Prosecutors Want "Open Source" AIG Investigation

VValdo VValdo writes  |  more than 4 years ago

VValdo (10446) writes "As you may recall, the citizens of the US shelled out about $85 billion to bail out AIG and its creditors (Goldman Sachs in particular) last year. But as 80% owners of AIG, we still don't know what happened exactly. That may change. In an NYTimes Op-Ed, former prosecutors (including former NY governor Eliot Spitzer) are calling for the US Treasury to force to AIG release its treasure-trove of emails to the public before allowing AIG to "break free" of our control. As the prosecutors put it, "By putting the evidence online, the government could establish a new form of "open source" investigation. Once the documents are available for everyone to inspect, a thousand journalistic flowers can bloom, as reporters, victims and angry citizens have a chance to piece together the story." Good idea?"
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First Review of a Production Android Phone is In!

VValdo VValdo writes  |  more than 5 years ago

VValdo (10446) writes "After much excited waiting, the very first review of a production Android platform smart phone, the T-Mobile G1, is online. And it is by and large positive. The only negative seems to be an attenuated battery life-- which hopefully can be addressed w/updates."

NeoOffice 2.2.1 Now A Free Download

VValdo VValdo writes  |  more than 6 years ago

VValdo (10446) writes "Just a heads up... Following a month or so of their Early Access Program, NeoOffice, the free Office suite for OS X has just released their 2.2.1 version. New features include support for the native Mac OS X spellchecker, support for the native Mac OS X address book, support for high resolution printing (more than the 300 dpi limit of previous versions), opening, editing, and saving of most Microsoft Office 2007 Word, Excel, and PowerPoint documents, and the latest features from 2.2.1, which is the code base for NeoOffice. X11 not required, but for those of you who actually WANT to use X11, check out the new RetroOffice."

VValdo VValdo writes  |  more than 7 years ago

VValdo (10446) writes "A very interesting issue was raised by Medialoper. Apparently, Microsoft's new media player, Zune, will allow sharing music with other players using DRM which causes the song to self-destruct after three plays or three days, whichever comes first. But what about music specifically licensed to encourage sharing but expressly prohibiting DRM? Sharing such music with Zune's DRM-encumberment would be creating unauthorized copies — something the RIAA likes to call "stealing" or "piracy". You might argue Microsoft isn't pirating anything here — just its customers. But as I recall, that was an excuse used by Napster 1.0, and it didn't work too well for them."

VValdo VValdo writes  |  more than 7 years ago

VValdo writes "At long last, NeoOffice 2.0 (a Mac port of 2.0.3) has released the first binary beta build (and 1st patch) to the general public — "Aqua" beta 3. (Screenshot 1, 2) Long-awaited improvements include UI Aquafication, native file dialogs, improved graphics, better performance, faster loading... oh yes, and native PowerPC and Intel support for Mac OS X 10.3+. Questions, comments, or bug reports? Check the Wiki and Forum. The two main developers, Ed and Pat, will have a booth at OOoCon. And for the last time — No, no, no! NeoOffice is *not* written in Java!!!"


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