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Data Archiving Standards Need To Be Future-Proofed

Z00L00K Keep your important data on current storage. (111 comments)

Keep your important data on current mainstream storage. This is the only way to preserve it - copy data from old disks to new disks whenever you upgrade.

Of course at each upgrade you can also discard a lot of data that isn't necessary, but pictures and similar stuff shall be preserved. Data formats for images have been stable for the last decades. Even though some improvements have occurred a 25 year old jpg is still viewable.

However some document formats have to be upgraded to latest version since especially Microsoft have a tendency to "forget" their old versions. You may still lose some formatting, but the content of the documents is the important.

2 days ago

Putin To Discuss Plans For Disconnecting Russia From the Internet

Z00L00K Re:bitcoin (240 comments)

Others can grab the IPv4 addresses that Russia is using today. Of course - Russia can start using the rest of the IP addresses that the world uses too.

2 days ago

Putin To Discuss Plans For Disconnecting Russia From the Internet

Z00L00K Re:OH NOES! (240 comments)

Well - when they figure out that the income channels that the internet provides suddenly stops they will probably take action.

2 days ago

Ask Slashdot: Have You Experienced Fear Driven Development?

Z00L00K Re:Wow... (232 comments)

And you still forget Management by Confusion.

5 days ago

Ask Slashdot: What is the best country to live in?

Z00L00K Iceland? (1 comments)

Maybe Iceland is what you are looking for?

Just consider that regardless of which country you pick there will be one catch or another...

about a week ago

Ask Slashdot: What to do after digitizing VHS tapes?

Z00L00K Upload to YouTube? (2 comments)

Upload them to YouTube? There they may be preserved for the afterlife.

about a week ago

Why Atheists Need Captain Kirk

Z00L00K Re:Waaa? (915 comments)

I agree - both do science, and they cooperate well on the science part, it's their ideals that differs and brings their petty bickering around - they don't agree upon if taking a humanitarian perspective of saving a life is the best way. Save one life - but what about the countless others?

"The needs of the many outweighs the needs of the one" - but that might not always be true, what if the one is the person with the key to the future?

about a week ago

Why Atheists Need Captain Kirk

Z00L00K Don't forget Scotty. (915 comments)

Quite interesting. They are the main characters, but don't count out Scotty.

When you have all four personalities then you also have something that can be found in some successful companies.
Kirk - the leader, emotional and active.
Spock - the cool logic mediator.
Bones - the humanistic perspective.
Scotty - the fixer geek.

about a week ago

Why Atheists Need Captain Kirk

Z00L00K Re:Waaa? (915 comments)

And of all emotions that have formed humanity curiosity is the most important. The questions of "Why" and "How" are more important for progress than hate and anger. Love is an important part of the progress too.

about a week ago

NSA Metadata Collection Gets 90-Day Extension

Z00L00K Re:New ports are coming to ease shortage with IoT (73 comments)

Which metadata do the NSA collect?

If you know that then you can "carpet bomb" them with useless metadata rendering the logging useless.

about a week ago

US Patent Office Seeking Consultant That Can Stamp Out Fraud By Patent Examiners

Z00L00K Indications of a corrupt system. (124 comments)

It feels like this is just one indication that the patent system is corrupt. How can you prevent that a patent isn't going through an application process without a flaw?

One way to weed out bad workers is to have a cross-examination of the patents. If there's a great deviation between the review results from the two reviewers (or three if you want to make it even safer) then it's an indication that one of the reviewers may not be doing his/her job. Of course - it's not a single patent that you can detect this on but a number of patents. So sometimes statistics is your friend - but it requires that the ones that review the statistics aren't corrupted.

about a week ago

School to fingerprint students to 'monitor their diets'

Z00L00K Re:possible health risk vector (2 comments)

Well - marginally considering all the door handles touched during the day, benches used by different pupils etc.

See this as an exercise for the immune system - keep it on top.

about a week ago

Ancient flying reptile was cross between a dragon and a pelican

Z00L00K Link to source? (1 comments)

And where's the link to the source?

about two weeks ago

Cuba Calculates Cost of 54yr US Embargo At $1.1 Trillion

Z00L00K Re:US is... (536 comments)

If you really want to mess up Cuba - drop the embargo and flood them with goods.

about two weeks ago

Information Theory Places New Limits On Origin of Life

Z00L00K Re:Empirical Data Trumps Information Theory (211 comments)

If it's unlikely that life can appear I think it's even more unlikely that intelligent life can occur.

I once did put what I thought was plausible figures into the Drake equation and ended up with a value of about 0.8.

Mostly because I think that the chance of an intelligent civilization is low. I find it much more likely for life to appear and spread in a galaxy than for intelligent life to appear that is able to develop technology.

about two weeks ago

WD Announces 8TB, 10TB Helium Hard Drives

Z00L00K Re:Helium? (296 comments)

Well - considering the amount of helium literally wasted in balloons this is at least a decent use. But otherwise I agree. Next step would be hydrogen drives.

about two weeks ago

To Really Cut Emissions, We Need Electric Buses, Not Just Electric Cars

Z00L00K Re:Trolleybus (486 comments)

And here's a video of one.

For buses on regular routes used for public transportation it's a viable alternative since they don't need to drag batteries around.

It's of course possible to have a smaller battery pack and a diesel engine as backup for cases when the overhead lines aren't available for one reason or another.

There are also extra-long buses used in public transportation systems.

Trams are also an alternative, but they have the disadvantage of holding up the line if there's a malfunction in one - or even multiple lines if the city traffic router have decided to make all lines intersect in a non-redundant manner.

about two weeks ago

BBC: ISPs Should Assume VPN Users Are Pirates

Z00L00K Re:So if I... (363 comments)

That depends on your isp, and what your purpose is.

about two weeks ago

BBC: ISPs Should Assume VPN Users Are Pirates

Z00L00K Re:So if I... (363 comments)

And if I want some privacy and protection against password snoopers for some features that I want to control on my home server I'm also by default a suspect by that logic.

The internet seems to be a new playground for Big Brother... Make sure that the sheep are walking as the government want.

about two weeks ago

It's Time To Split Linux In Two

Z00L00K Re:Said by someone who doesn't understand Linux... (7 comments)

I agree - there is no need to split Linux, the kernel itself is what you make it to be from the modules you select to suit your platform. There are also distros out there for almost any conceivable platform.

about two weeks ago



Swedish dad takes gamer kids to warzone

Z00L00K Z00L00K writes  |  about a month ago

Z00L00K (682162) writes "A Swedish father has come under fire for taking his two sons on a trip to Israel, the West Bank and occupied Syria in order to teach them the reality of war.

Meet Carl-Magnus Helgegren, a journalist, university teacher, and proactive dad.

And like so many other dads, Helgegren had to have the violent video-game conversation with his two sons, Frank and Leo, aged ten and 11 respectively.
"We were sitting at the dinner table last autumn, and my kids started telling me about this game they wanted to play, the latest Call of Duty game, and told me about the guns and missions," Helgegren told The Local on Friday.

So Helgegren struck a deal. The family would take a trip to a city impacted by real war. The boys would meet people affected, do interviews, and visit a refugee camp. And when they came back home, they would be free to play whatever games they chose."

Link to Original Source

Disconnection of subscription through Comcast Customer Service

Z00L00K Z00L00K writes  |  about 2 months ago

Z00L00K (682162) writes "A customer wanted to end his subscription by Comcast and recorded the call. It did take some interesting steps to even be allowed to end the subscription.

Please note: this conversation starts about 10 minutes in — by this point my wife and I are both completely flustered by the oppressiveness of the rep. So! Last week my wife called to disconnect our service with Comcast after we switched to another provider (Astound). We were transferred to cancellations (aka "customer retention"). The representative (name redacted) continued aggressively repeating his questions, despite the answers given, to the point where my wife became so visibly upset she handed me the phone. Overhearing the conversation, I knew this would not be very fun. ...

The conversation can be heard at Soundcloud:"


Pirate Bay judge 'biased'

Z00L00K Z00L00K writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Z00L00K writes "According to several sources like The Local and many Swedish newspapers it seems to have been the case that the judge in the Pirate Bay trial was biased.

The judge who sentenced four men to jail for their involvement with The Pirate Bay is also a member of the same copyright protection organisations as a number of the main entertainment industry representatives in the case, Sveriges Radio's P3 news programme reports.

This means that the trial may have to be redone."


Passive cooled case also looks cool

Z00L00K Z00L00K writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Z00L00K (682162) writes "As any of us know the fans are evil creatures hiding in our computers. Noisy and prone to give up at the worst possible moment. Ville 'Willek' Kyrö has now done something about this problem by creating the "Passive cooling consept case." The end result is a completely fan-less PC.

I have wanted to build a fully passively cooled computer case since I had my first Athlon Thunderbird 800 MHz. That time the fan noise was amazingly high, and manufacturers didnt much care about the noise levels, and didn't offer products for building a quiet PC. Nowadays a quiet PC is not much of a challenge to build, but totally silent? It would require that there were no moving parts at all. But of cource there has to be the compromise of a hard-drive. One could buy a SSD drive, but at least I don't have that kind of money to spend. :)

Infoworld has a Save Windows XP petition

Z00L00K Z00L00K writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Z00L00K (682162) writes "The magazine InfoWorld has started a petition in order to save Windows XP as a product.

Microsoft will end OEM and shrink-wrapped sales of Windows XP on June 30, 2008, forcing users to shift to Vista. (System builders, meaning those who do white-box PCs, can sell XP through December 31.) Don't let that happen!

Millions of us have grown comfortable with XP and don't see a need to change to Vista. It's like having a comfortable apartment that you've enjoyed coming home to for years, only to get an eviction notice. The thought of moving to a new place — even with the stainless steel appliances, granite countertops, and maple cabinets (or is cherry in this year?) — just doesn't sit right. Maybe it'll be more modern, but it will also cost more and likely not be as good a fit. And you don't have any other reason to move.
If this is good or not remains to be seen, but there are reasons to not move to Vista (yet), and even if not everyone loves XP it's wide-spread and well-understood (mostly) while a step to Vista can require the same amount of learning as a step to a different desktop like Linux or OSX."

Disabled runner may not compete with able-bodied.

Z00L00K Z00L00K writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Z00L00K (682162) writes "
A Paralympic gold medal winner will not be allowed to compete in the Beijing Olympics later this year after athletics' governing body ruled that his specially-designed prosthetic limbs gave him an unfair advantage over other runners.

The International Association of Athletics Federations ruled that Oscar Pistorius' shock-absorbing carbon-fiber prosthetics gave him a "demonstrable mechanical advantage" compared to able-bodied athletes.
All this according to an article at CNN.

Maybe he has an advantage during the race — but there are certainly disadvantages involved too. And it's not like this equipment will be useful to other runners. End result — a complete PR disaster."

DuPont dos not like piercing or tattoos

Z00L00K Z00L00K writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Z00L00K (682162) writes "The holder of the Swedish site is threatened by a lawsuit from DuPont for the use of the word "teflonminne". (Translates to "Teflon Memory" or "Teflon Storage" — essentially a linguistic joke that means that one has a brain where at least some information doesn't stick.)

The cause is that teflonminne infringes on the product name TEFLON that is registered by DuPont and that they don't like some of the information on his site, more specific two pictures, one of a pierced ear and one of a tattoo.

This is referred in an article in the Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet.

A name collection is also started in support for the current owner Stefan Svensson.

And a search on Google reveals more than 30000 uses of the word "teflonminne", and also that there are several other persons and organizations that has registered a domain name with this word.

(Sorry for only linking to Swedish pages.)"

Invention: Microsoft mind reader

Z00L00K Z00L00K writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Z00L00K (682162) writes "And finally in an article at NewScientist — just another proof that Microsoft are the evil overlords of the universe:

Not content with running your computer, Microsoft now wants to read your mind too.

The company says that it is hard to properly evaluate the way people interact with computers since questioning them at the time is distracting and asking questions later may not produce reliable answers. "Human beings are often poor reporters of their own actions," the company says.

Instead, Microsoft wants to read the data straight from the user's brain as he or she works away. They plan to do this using electroencephalograms (EEGs) to record electrical signals within the brain. The trouble is that EEG data is filled with artefacts caused, for example, by blinking or involuntary actions, and this is hard to tease apart from the cognitive data that Microsoft would like to study.

Read the full Microsoft mind reading patent application.
So one must ask: Will the next step be to mind-read you to verify that you aren't running a pirated version of their software?"

QuickTime plays havoc with RAID in Vista!

Z00L00K Z00L00K writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Z00L00K (682162) writes "This may be old news to some, but anyway...

According to an article there is a serious problem with Vista when Quicktime is used.

I thought I was just unlucky the first time but when something happens two times in the exact same fashion, you just got to check into it a little more.

System is Vista Ultimate 32-bit with RAID 10 on Intel ICH8R chipset. A couple of weeks ago I tried running a .mov file using Apple QuickTime software (latest version) and that is when things started to go downhill. The file seemed very slow to load and eventually QuickTime crashed after a lot of persuasion. Once QuickTime was closed, I was notified of a RAID error through the Intel Matrix Storage Console but the same thing will happen if you reboot during the lockup as well.
The problem here is that a rather normal application is able to cause data corruption on this level. This means that there is an obvious problem with Vista that can be exploited by malware.

Maybe it's the cause of "Beauty is only skin deep but ugly is down to the bone." from where I refer to that Vista has got a new skin of security but under the skin it's still the same ugly security handling."

Z00L00K Z00L00K writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Z00L00K writes "There is a collection going on to put Tux the Penguin on an Indy 500 race car at

Marketing Linux has always been a tricky proposition. As a community, we have relied on corporations who have a stake in the Linux operating system to market Linux to the world at large. Today, we have an opportunity to change that, and make Linux marketing as much a community effort as Linux development. That effort begins with the Tux 500 project.

Why not make a donation? Hurry up — it will end May 21, 2007."

Z00L00K Z00L00K writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Z00L00K (682162) writes "Now it seems like Blu-ray also is cracked according to "muslix64" in a post at Doom9.

The supposedly cracked film is "Lord of war" and playable with VideoLan.

It's just to continue to consider the fact that copy-protection only benefits those with resources to circumvent it."

Z00L00K Z00L00K writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Z00L00K (682162) writes "Wibu-Systems posts a chance of winning of 32,768 Euro via the Hacker's Contest 2007

The challenge is to decrypt the encrypted competition software that is to be protected with a CM-Stick/M for the USB interface. The first contestant who can enable the protected demonstration software to run without a CM-Stick/M and describe the right solution will win the prize of 32,768 Euro. The competition will be completed when the first contestant can enable the protected software to completely run without a connected CM-Stick/M and if the contestant has sent the hidden solution text to Wibu-Systems.

The conclusion of the competition will take place at CeBIT during a press conference on March 15, 2007, 1 p.m., room 13 in the Convention Center by C.E.O. Oliver Winzenried.

So any /.:ers that are up to this challenge may register (registration started January 17, 2007)."

Z00L00K Z00L00K writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Z00L00K (682162) writes "According to Swedish newspaper Ny Teknik (Swedish article, I haven't found any info about this elsewhere) Airbus moves all the A380 manufacturing to Toulouse instead of having part of the construction made at the Airbus plant in Hamburg.

One of the reasons behind the troubles with the Airbus problems is that different versions of the CAD program Catia was used in Germany and France. The Germans used Catia 4 while the French used Catia 5. Bloomberg has an old article about this.

I hope that somebody will learn a lesson from this and figure out that it is a good idea to be consistent of software use within a corporation."


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