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Military Drone Lost Over Lake Ontario

bandy Re:Bummer (258 comments)

7. Corpses, human and otherwise.

about 10 months ago

Mountain View To Partially Replace Google Wi-Fi

bandy Re:It never worked (69 comments)

And what makes you think that Google Fiber will actually be any better? Yes, I've used the Google Free WiFi in Mountain View. It was crap. What's now known as 1X celluar data service was faster and more reliable.

about a year ago

Silicon Valley's Loony Cheerleading Culture Is Out of Control

bandy Re:Or Maybe... (175 comments)

wasn't there already a story about females in tech?

Yesterday's (Monday's?) story about whether Grace Hopper could get hired in today's SV.

1 year,17 days

London Bans Recycling Bins That Track Phones

bandy Re:Removing bins will not fix underlying problem (179 comments)

The issue here isn't that MAC addresses are unique, it's that users aren't bright enough or are too lazy to turn off wi-fi detection when they're not using it.

Exactly. As to the "large" address space - it's large if the random-number generator is actually random and has been seeded with a unique value. We've seen lots of bugs and exploits show up because those two conditions were not met.

about a year ago

London Bans Recycling Bins That Track Phones

bandy Re:Removing bins will not fix underlying problem (179 comments)

"Very small" - how many problems have we seen where the RNG used hasn't been adequate or was seeded with the same value across multiple devices?

about a year ago

FreeBSD Co-founder Jordan Hubbard Leaves Apple To Join iXsystems

bandy Re:Ronng! (58 comments)

Welcome to the first church of appliantology! the white zone is for loading and unloading only!

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: Light-Footprint Antivirus For Windows XP?

bandy Re:Haven't found one yet. (294 comments)

Another vote for MSE. It Works.

about a year ago

Camera Technique Captures New View of Space & Time

bandy Re:$85000 camera? (75 comments)

Because people have no sense of history. Instagram isn't (necessarily) cross-processing. Most of the effects just make photos look as if you've stored them in sunlight for a few years. Photos back then didn't look like that - they were a bit grainier than what we expect now, but they certainly didn't look washed out.

about 2 years ago

Sophos Anti-Virus Update Identifies Sophos Code As Malware

bandy Re:Don't they test these things before deploying?? (245 comments)

Android rootkits, too, have been flagged (on windows) for a long time because "it's malware from a software/hardware manufacturer's point of view".

about 2 years ago

Bill Clinton Backs 100 Year Starship

bandy And what happened to Icarus? (299 comments)

Someone missed a few fine points when the read the Cliffs Notes for Greek Myth.

about 2 years ago

Study Finds New Pop Music Does All Sound the Same

bandy Re:The most used ten chords (576 comments)

Route learning? "First play this, walk to the center of the stage, play that, kneel, play the other thing, stand up, go back to the bassist and play this again." Or do you mean "rote learning"?

more than 2 years ago

Is It Time To End Our Love Affair With the QWERTY Keyboard?

bandy Re:No (557 comments)

Pounds Sterling. Fucking limey.

more than 2 years ago


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Laid off, looking for work

bandy bandy writes  |  more than 10 years ago

I got laid off last month so it's time to look for another job. I'm not picky - I'd rather be working than not working. Unix/C/Networking, or a combination thereof - I'm flexible. Drop me a line if you want a copy of my resume.



bandy bandy writes  |  more than 10 years ago As a dyed in the wool /bin/csh user [1981-] I must admit that the current version of bash is quite the sweet treat. It has been the default shell on the linux laptops I've been working on for Tadpole and my fingers have grown used to it, so much so that I changed my Sun account to bash and will be changing my home accounts as well when I get home tonight.

The compelling feature? Emacs-style command line editing. I got used to this when I was with Cisco, and even enabled it in the csh-variant I used there on their Sun servers. It wasn't a big enough win that I went for it at home, but I have been a file-name-completion fan since I hacked it into an early version of csh back in '83.

Time for more Jelly Bellies....


Java Desktop

bandy bandy writes  |  more than 10 years ago

Of course, they don't have ACPI enabled by default - this requires a recompile....which takes forever even on a 2.4GHz lapdog. Yawn.


Sun's "Mad Hatter"

bandy bandy writes  |  more than 10 years ago Not only is the Sun Java Desktop, aka "Mad Hatter" a collection of useful Office-like desktop apps, it's also a nice linux distribution based on SuSE. It's significantly improved in end-user friendliness over the base SuSE Professional, more polished for sure.

JoeBandy says "Check it out."


distros part deux

bandy bandy writes  |  about 11 years ago Returning to a fresh copy of RH9 I was able to enable the ACPI support, but it doesn't accurately reflect the battery/ac status. Naughty naughty.

SuSE is still rocking, with the caveat that although I turned on 3d support in the vid driver, the games still report it as not being enabled.

Vine Linux 2.6 has problems with the lapdog, but 2.5 seems quite well-behaved....aside from not having ACPI support out of the box. It's time to break out my "Noodle Words" book and learn some katakana and hiragana.



bandy bandy writes  |  about 11 years ago

After a very long time I'm back to installing Linux again. Way back when it was Slackware, if only because it had a picture of J.R. "Bob" Dobbs on the cover. It ran decently well but it wasn't my main operating system.

Some time after that, I again wanted a Linux to try out and a friend gave me Red Hat cds. No go. Just wouldn't install, no matter how hard I beat upon it. My friend runs Red Hat and doesn't have a problem with it, but he indicated that for those of us he has given a set of the disks to, there have been zero successes. Oh well.

Now I'm working for an outfit which hopes to sell Linux laptops in addition to laptops.

As time has passed during my seven plus years in ISDN land, the distro landscape has changed a little bit, and for the better. It seems as if Red Hat is the dominant player in the US market, possibly because of all that publicity during their IPO. Europe, on the other hand, wants SuSE. SuSE, it turns out is descended from Slackware, which is now called a hackerish release.

SuSE's laptop support is near-superb, although it required a re-configure and re-compile of the kernel in order to enable the battery info. I'm typing on it right now. The gecko is cute, too. The mini-PCI 802.11b works right out of the box.

Red Hat, on the other hand, seems to be stuck in the past. It has some APM support, or so it claims, but it doesn't register anything on our laptops. The guy from RH told one of our guys to try the "Taroon" beta [2.4.21 kernel] and it would "just work". Chy'eah, right. APM is still brain-dead, ACPI support is in the kernel but there's no way to turn it on, and "make xconfig" is plain broken. The wireless card doesn't work, either. I'm backing down to a fresh RH9 install and will patch in the ACPI code from SourceForge.

In stark contrast to the quick install SuSE gave me after I had managed to scramble the kernel and its modules a few days ago, Red Hat's seems to be pessimised. The CD spins up, it reads something goes to install it, the CD spins back down, then the system hangs for a bit before going on to the next package.

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