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Ask Slashdot: Are You Apocalypse-Useful?

blackest_k Re:Medical doctor (727 comments)

In a post apocayptical world, you would have to have amniesia to not get a working electricity supply back fairly quickly. The obvious renewable is wood and with water that gets you steam which can drive a turbine which drives a generator. Would it really be so hard to ramp up to modern civilisation? Its not like we would have to invent things more reimpliment the things that already have existed in one form or another.

While i happen to have a plc that would run off 12 volts. its basically relay logic anyway so scavange from a few cars and i can automate from that basis. probably the two most important things needed are electricity and refridgearation. computers would be one of the best accelerators of recovery.

4 days ago

Canonical Shutting Down Ubuntu One File Services

blackest_k Re:It's a pity (161 comments)

Yes, but it is a learning experience, once you have been burned you should learn that you need at least 2 copies and if it matters a third at least.

Actually it would be a good idea if say office programs would save in a couple of locations by default and perhaps some versioning as well.

about two weeks ago

Canonical Shutting Down Ubuntu One File Services

blackest_k Re:It's a pity (161 comments)

grive is available as a linux client for the google gdrive. It syncs a folder to the gdrive so you don't have to be on a particular computer/phone/tablet or operating system.

It's pretty useful especially to students, they get network storage in the college but its not really much use to them outside of the college most use unbacked up usb sticks which is fine until they fail...

about two weeks ago

Indie Game Jam Show Collapses Due To Interference From "Pepsi Consultant"

blackest_k Re:Darmok and Jalad at Tanagra (465 comments)

typically downed tools and walked off the job.

They put down the tools they were working with and walked off the job.
Or Down tools we're on strike.

usually its some form of strike action followed by up tools and back to work.
in this case they stopped work and walked out.


about two weeks ago

OKCupid Warns Off Mozilla Firefox Users Over Gay Rights

blackest_k Re:Im all for human rights... (1482 comments)

well your free to do as you please but for mint 16 and probably ubuntu users this snippet may be of interest

You can use this PPA: https://launchpad.net/~dirk-co... ... 2-backport. Just open Software Sources from your menu, go to PPA, click Add, and enter this: ppa:dirk-computer42/c42-backport

It gives you iceweasel at version 24 (you can also keep firefox v28 but not run both at the same time).
Personally I think its a reasonable compromise.

about two weeks ago

The 3D Economy — What Happens When Everyone Prints Their Own Shoes?

blackest_k Re:Automobile tires? (400 comments)

A lot has changed in 30 years :) though steel is still crystalline:) There has been some increase in knowledge since my day (we used electron microscopes and we liked it) cold drawing of steel takes some force hard to imagine it being done on less than an industrial scale. anyway agreed we're in violent agreement :)

I guess it might be possible to make composite materials by 3d printing in quite complicated forms but generally the strength is never going to match our metals and alloys.

about three weeks ago

WSJ: Prepare To Hang Up the Phone — Forever

blackest_k Re:It is the single most reliable piece of tech (449 comments)

Trouble is your broadband typically relies on pots to work, cable tv providers don't reach everybody even in cabled area's.

I live in an area where there is never going to be cable tv its uneconomic for them to lay cable this far out. DSL via the phone line is also not possible due to distance from the exchange and 3g barely works.
Cell service is adequate for text messaging but making voice calls is tricky you have to be in precisely the right place for you and the person you are talking too to hear each other.

when it rains the 3g service becomes intermittent. Even the satellite tv broadcaster needs a pots connection to use their broadband option.

about three weeks ago

The 3D Economy — What Happens When Everyone Prints Their Own Shoes?

blackest_k Re:Automobile tires? (400 comments)

You cannot 3D print out high tensile strength steel wire, because that strength comes from the orientation of the atom and molecules. That orientation is achieved by drawing it through a die.

no it isn't Steel is an alloy of primarily iron crystals with interstitial carbon atoms which lock the slip plains of the iron crystals. There is a lot more to it than that but making a high tensile steel wire is not like making a rope although it is drawn done through dies. But you are right you will not be 3d printing a high tensile steel wire but not for the reasons you have stated.

about three weeks ago

Ask Slashdot: How To Handle Unfixed Linux Accessibility Bugs?

blackest_k Re:use a user-friendly operating system (266 comments)

Yesterday I was involved in an issue installing reason5 on a mac running maverick
it doesn't work using normal instalation methods.

Later versions version 6 and version 7 do but require more resources and a new licence. There is more than one program on OSX which doesn't work with Maverick.

I did get it working by installing the (3.9GB) demo version of reason 7 it patched the system and while having that open and running I was able to install reason 5 (it overwrote the reason 7 files) a couple of files also had to be copied into the reason folder from the reason5 install disc. However once i'd done this Reason version 5 was installed and running correctly.

So from my experience with OSX I'd have to conclude that it is user friendly except for the times when it isn't.
Much like other operating systems really.

I do wish developers would try to be helpful when their programs crash or fail. Or failing that a program like snoopdos from the Amiga would be wonderful. This program would monitor a program and tell you where it succeeded or failed. The Amiga used shared library files much like .dll files on windows Snoopdos would tell you the version number it was looking for and if it failed it might be something like arp.lib version 1.4 and version 1.3 was installed so it would normally be a matter of finding version 1.4 or later putting that in the libs folder and then the call would succeed. The nice thing about libs was that later versions extended functionality but never removed existing functions. Other calls might be for a particular font to be loaded and you would know that was needed to get the program to work. I know Amiga os is a dinosaur in todays world but they got a few things spot on.


about three weeks ago

Ask Slashdot: How To Handle Unfixed Linux Accessibility Bugs?

blackest_k Re:What the hell is wrong with some people? (266 comments)

Most posts on Slashdot are unhelpful drivel, although some are golden.
How do comments made on slashdot relate to Linux?

Did he mention the system used to work as expected, and now is broken?

I read your comment why wouldn't I have read the summary? but yes it is at the top of the page if you use your page up button you can check for yourself. do you have a UI that allows you to do that? You might consider my reply insulting but look at what you wrote.

If I was a Linux advocate, I'd be ashamed of the community over stupid crap like this situation.

which community? which situation? That a Slashdot story has a lot of crappy comments? That you post flamebait and it gets modded insightful? As a member of the same species as yourself its a sad situation to see posts like yours and the story was overstated. A feature of sticky keys was broken.

from latter posts it appears there is a patch for it, but it appears that it has to be approved and tested by one guy who is overworked, thats not a good situation but perhaps someone who has the knowledge and ability to work on X might step up to help out.


about three weeks ago

CISPA's Author Has Another Privacy-Killing Bill To Pass Before He Retires

blackest_k Re:Nice Summary (138 comments)

As God is my witness, I thought turkeys could fly! :)

keywords turkey helicopter and thanks giving if you don't get the reference.

about three weeks ago

AMD Develops New Linux Open-Source Driver Model

blackest_k Re:Why, oh why? (142 comments)

they have some shockingly badly supported gpu;s on netbooks. that with cinimon are running the cpu at 250% at idle due to software rendering. with mate its around 5% idle. But no 3d anything and im sure the gpu could work quite well

about a month ago

Don't Help Your Kids With Their Homework

blackest_k its not the grade that matters particularly (278 comments)

I guess it depends on the parent but homework seems to something that involves parents with their kids lives you know where they talk to them.

I think that beats sitting in front of the TV and just providing meals and a change of clothes. It also involves the parents with the kids progression through school. Teachers don't really have enough time in a lesson to make sure the kids are actually learning what they are supposed to be learning.

It seems to get worse as the kids get older, teachers tend to become baby sitters rather than educators. Its great when you find a teacher who manages to raise an interest in their subject for a kid but we all pretty much know which teachers educated us and which were in the same room for a year or two.

I really don't get on with these studies that try to say homework is worthless it isn't and just gives parents an excuse not to spend time with their kids.

about a month ago

The Era of Facebook Is an Anomaly

blackest_k Re:The Internet Changes Everything (260 comments)

I think you forgot about the 1% or so of useful information from our friends and family, that is the reason for having a facebook account, but the internet is not facebook, most people I know don't use slashdot for example but slashdot does cater to some of my interests. Soylentnews is now overlapping quite nicely with slashdot similar subjects but a lot less spammy trolls. It's probably not going to stay that way.

There are quite a few other sites I use as well such as photography sites , gardening sites and others ebay is useful to me for buying relatively obscure items that are not available locally. there are local market place sites to use as well for example donedeal.ie is good for finding cars in ireland adverts.ie can be a handy place to find items locally.

So honestly facebook is just a feed to me of things i might actually care about and a lot i don't. I don't think i am unusual in using it that way. The instant messaging side of facebook is also handy when there is something i want to talk about with a particular person.

I honestly don't believe facebook has what it thinks it has, because most of the stuff that matters to people is not done on facebook and g+ is a complete failure because it doesn't provide anything that is of any use. one feed of mostly useless crap is enough.

about a month ago

Hungarian Law Says Photogs Must Ask Permission To Take Pictures

blackest_k Re:I hope they get things sorted out before July (149 comments)

That might be the case, I've seen conditions that say something like by entering the event you are concenting to be filmed ect. This was for a rock concert in the uk at sheffield arena. This was posted at every entrance into the place. I would imagine it would be part of the terms and conditions of tickets for the Hungarian GP.

Incidentally a lot of places require you to have public liability cover of several million as a photographer or you will not get access. which kind of makes sense even if most of the time its never needed. (was a case of a photographer stepping back knocked into an old lady who went over and cracked her skull freak accident but it was worth his premium) Track side photography has even higher insurance requirements.

This new law in Hungary is ripe for abuse, never again can compromising pictures of politicians and celebrities be taken.

On the otherhand you could argue that there are some times it would be better for people involved if there was no picture. On thursday i was on my way home and came upon a car on its roof that had just crashed, I stopped and helped unfortunately one lad died later at the scene. There are photo's of the car on several news websites and it feels quite raw seeing it there just for me and it must be worse for the families of the kids that were in that crash. Feels a lot different when you crawled in through the window and found it impossible to do anything to help the kid trapped inside. does there need to be a picture?

about a month ago

School Tricks Pupils Into Installing a Root CA

blackest_k Re:In their defence. (417 comments)

It is a boarding school, maybe 35 hours might be spent in a classroom, just a small fraction of the 168 hours they are at the school for during term time. Some might not even go home during the shorter breaks like a weeks half term.

The school has the responsibility for those kids 24/7 most of the year. It may seem a little harsh but these kids are not destined to work in factories or Mcdonalds. Their parents are paying a lot of money to have them study there.

It is a difficult role the school has to take on the role of parent or guardian which does mean filtering the content the kids are exposed to. If a parent wants to provide an unfiltered connection they probably could afford to do so but would be discouraged from doing so. It's a guilded cage for the kids but when they are adults and have their own kids they will probably make the same choice.

about a month ago

High Court Rules Detention of David Miranda Was Lawful

blackest_k Re:Of course it's "lawful" (169 comments)

It's not so daft allowing some prisoners to vote in elections. Think about why you are locking them away and why you are releasing them.

People go to prison for breaking our societies rules, it's pretty pointless releasing them if they have no way to re engage with society in a lawful way. It's better for society for prisoners to be released and get jobs and become a productive part of society again. If these prisoners can't be integrated with society then its likely they will prey on the community instead. Then we end up paying to keep them locked up instead this time for longer and even less chance of being able to reintegrate.

If your saying to people you have no part in our society then what reason do they have to have any regard you your family your property ever.

about 2 months ago

Are You a Competent Cyborg?

blackest_k Re:We are cyborgs, here are the facts (101 comments)

384 although my preference is (32 x10) + (32 x 2) I was figuring out cubic concrete say 4.5 * 5 * .1 2.25 but twice as deep 4.5 .15 deep 3.38 near enough. There is a lot of mental math that you can breakdown this way.

about 2 months ago

EA's Dungeon Keeper Ratings Below a 5 Go To Email Black Hole

blackest_k Re:Works for Slashdot as well... (367 comments)

some of us haven't bothered using our mod points one way or the other. Think of it as a taster of what beta is going to do to this site. The boycott starts tomorrow. For a week.

Hopefully Dice will get the message, without the many people who contribute to slashdot the site is worthless.
How do you think slashdot is going to be without its core contributors? I think you're starting to see it already.
next week will be worse much worse.

about 2 months ago

Sony Selling Off VAIO Computer Business

blackest_k Re:Remember folks (204 comments)

slashdot always has been a noisy site.
slashdot beta is awful and not what any of the people who contribute to the site want.
There really is only one place to organise any form of protest against the proposed changes and that is slashdot.
Even the trolls are protesting slashdot beta, I tend to think more in the nature of trolling than protesting. on the positive side there seems to be less of the usual trolling posts.

It's out there now that there is going to be a boycott of slashdot from the 10th to the 17th
I don't think it matters by how much the traffic drops more who decides to boycott the site and that really needs to be the registered users who contribute to the site.

What makes Slashdot good is the writers who contribute on a regular basis. We may not get paid and we don't always get modded up to +5 but without us slashdot becomes a sewer with no redeeming features. At least for a week. Even if you can't give up slashdot for a week, don't post don't moderate. Just let the anonymous cowards do their thing. Apologies to the ac's that do make positive posts as ac but even as an ac don't
bother commenting. let the trolls run riot for that week.

A week of no posts worth reading should make dice realise that without the freely given contributions from us slashdot is worthless.it will be effective. What can dice do? get the editors to post while all of slashdots real writers take a break. Set timothy and soulskill the task of moderating the entire site and without positive content what will they moderate?

Like christmas future in a christmas carol let them see what slashdot can become, just for a week.

There is a value in slashdot but like myspace that value can go down as well as up.

about 2 months ago



Does Google need to weed its walled garden?

blackest_k blackest_k writes  |  about a year ago

blackest_k (761565) writes "Google has a major problem called Airpush and they seem to be ignoring it, its been around for two years already.

Airpush is an ad framework api which an increasing number of applications seem to be using. The first you know of your infestation is when a Star pops up in your notification tray. Clicking on this Star takes you to an advert of dubious quality which can be anything from a 12 euro a month subscription taken from your phone bill for one ringtone to win a gift voucher from a local chain.

These ads arrive fairly regularly each morning on your notification bar. So what you may ask? just uninstall the app thats generating these notifications, but it is not that easy as the offending app is not revealed.

With 163 installed apps on my system, I was struggling to find the culprit. I tried deleting running apps but still missed. Luckily as my net was slow one morning i caught sight of a url api.adpush and googling that I found

a small free tool which identifies — Airpush — LeadBolt — Appenda — IAC — Moolah Media It doesn't block the ads but it does let you uninstall the source.

it found two apps on my tablet with the airpush framework.

Problem solved, for now. With updates to installed apps comes the possibility of this framework being part of the update Seems there have been cases of Apps that have updated and suddenly started with this behaviour. These apps are in the Play Store and there are many more like them.

Googles PlayStore is essentially a trusted repository, but by allowing these apps into the Playstore Google is betraying the trust of its users, developers and hardware manufacturers.

I don't have a problem with Ad supported apps. If the Ad becomes an issue I can buy the paid version or uninstall it. With the Adpush framework you have to look quite a bit harder.

The 10 innocent apps I deleted trying to remove this over the last month, now have lost revenue from their civilized ads. Many users are out of pocket and some may be unaware that there is a leech attached to their phone bill. If Android is untrustworthy then people will choose an alternative costing the hardware manufacturers too. If this applies to Android is it also the case with Chrome?

Google needs to nip this in the bud, without trust the Playstore is useless. You might as well use third party app stores with pirated content because the walled garden is no longer safe.
It is time for Google to start weeding out these unacceptable applications.


Gary Friedrich, created Ghostrider, now he has to pay Disney for doing that

blackest_k blackest_k writes  |  more than 2 years ago

blackest_k (761565) writes "Basically, Friedrich created the character of Ghost Rider for Marvel in the '70s. It's not a matter of dispute, it's just a fact. Marvel owns the rights to the character and has ever since Friedrich signed his creation over to them three decades ago. However, before the first Ghost Rider film was released, Friedrich sued all involved under the belief that while Marvel undoubtedly owned the comic rights, he owned the film rights and should be involved both creatively and financially. He lost that lawsuit. That's not where things ended, though.

Friedrich has since made no further claims to the ownership of the character, he has, however, attempted to rightfully claim authorship of him in his private life. He's attended comics conventions and the likes as a paid guest, using his status as the creator of an iconic comic (and now film) character as his main source of income now that he's 68 years old. However, Marvel is still demanding in a court of law that Friedrich pay them the approximately $17,000 he's earned in retirement by acknowledging he's the creator of Ghost Rider.

Yes, you read that correctly. Marvel, a company that was recently purchased by Disney for $4 billion, is demanding that the person who created one of its most iconic and enduring characters — a person who is now 68 years old and is more or less broke after years of legal struggle — pay them his remaining $17,000 for having the gall to make money off of his history with the character.

The guy is 68 now and to pursue him for even being able to say 'yes I did that' stinks to high heaven
If any one wants to donate to help gary they can do so at this link http://www.steveniles.com/gary.html"

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Porn at the university of hawaii

blackest_k blackest_k writes  |  more than 2 years ago

blackest_k (761565) writes "When xxx domains went online many organisations bought domain names to avoid porn sites appearing using their name. One that didn't is the University of Hawaii which is now calling for tougher laws. Should there be tougher laws to outlaw this or was the xxx domain range created with the intention that people would be forced to buy xxx domains or face the consequences?"
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Samsung says you've been framed

blackest_k blackest_k writes  |  more than 4 years ago

blackest_k (761565) writes "They certainly seem to be having a laugh

Samsung in April released a digital photo frame with a fairly unique feature "
In addition to running photo slide shows in a variety of formats, the SPF-87H can be linked to a computer and serve as a secondary mini-monitor. With its Power Saving feature, the photo frame runs on minimal power through its USB cable. "

Sounds good and useful , thinking dual head netbook maybe?
Unfortunately Samsung have messed up big time the supporting software has gone awol. www.displaylink.com has no drivers for these devices and Samsung has only released drivers for XP sp2 and Vista. Forget about does it run with Linux in response to a query on their website for windows 7 drivers. They suggest

We suggest you to use the Photo frame on Vista Operating system till further update is released for the Photo
frame. "

It Seems like Microsoft caught Samsung napping with the surprise release of windows 7.

For people interested in this technology, there are companies which get it.
which doesn't work as a photo frame but is a working usb monitor with a touch screen and drivers for Windows Linux and OSX

Lilliput computing have a USB Monitor released as well and are working on a touch screen version due to go in production in about a month.

The Displaylink hardware continues to improve http://www.displaylink.com/displaylink_hardware.html with higher resolutions being supported

It's a crying shame Samsung have messed up what could have been the best selling digital frame / mini monitor this christmas."

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psycho-acoustic simulation

blackest_k blackest_k writes  |  more than 4 years ago

blackest_k (761565) writes "A federal judge on Thursday ordered a Santa Cruz company to immediately quit selling Beatles and other music on its online site, setting aside a preposterous argument that it had copyrights on songs via a process called “psycho-acoustic simulation.”

A Los Angeles federal judge set aside arguments from Hank Risan, owner of BlueBeat and other companies named as defendants in the lawsuit EMI filed on Tuesday. His novel defense to allegations he was unlawfully selling the entire stereo Beatles catalog without permission was that he — and not EMI or the Beatles’ Apple Corp — owns these sound recordings, because he re-recorded new versions of the songs using what he termed “psycho-acoustic simulation.”

Risan faces perhaps millions of dollars in damages under the Copyright Act. And copyright attorneys said his defense was laughable and carries no weight. If successful, however, it would have turned copyright on its head, leaving musical rightsholders defenseless against wanton infringement.

“They’re hosed. ” said Scott Mackenzie, a Dallas copyright attorney
The sites still up and streaming for free, http://www.bluebeat.com/ and seems to be open to listeners everywhere even on Linux. How long can it last?"

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ARM-based netbook's just $73

blackest_k blackest_k writes  |  more than 4 years ago

blackest_k (761565) writes "The Chinese manufacturer SungWorld has released a sleek-looking netbook that runs Windows CE 5.0 on a Via-manufactured ARM SoC (system on chip). With a 7-inch 800 x 480 pixel display and a weight of 1.54 pounds, the device will sell for just $73, according to the Shanzhaiben.com website.

but can it run Linux?"

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Hotmail Service Broken for Tethered Users

blackest_k blackest_k writes  |  more than 4 years ago

blackest_k (761565) writes "Microsoft has been making changes to Hotmail and not all of them are good. There are a small but determined group of individuals who use a tethered mobile phone to connect to the Internet, perhaps your away from home or havent got the option of fixed broadband, perhaps you have an Iphone or one of the many Smartphones that run windows mobile no matter which Microsoft has decided that your device isn't capable of displaying a standard web page and now automatically redirects all requests from 3g phone connections to http://mobile.msn.com/en-us/default.aspx no matter how many times you enter www.hotmail.com.

It wouldn't be so bad if Microsoft would even acknowledge the issue, http://windowslivehelp.com/community/p/48389/198405.aspx#198405 shows that my original thread posted in the hotmail community forums has been moved, to perhaps hide the issue, searching round there appears to be a number of people with this problem such as iPhone users now unable to access hotmail.com with safari for example, sad thing is i've used my hotmail account since dialup days using a 14.4k modem while a download speed of 0.371Mb isn't exactly fast these days its still faster than the old modems which had no issue connecting.

All thats really required is a simple user option to choose which hotmail interface to use. All the microsoft drones will say are things like "I've moved your post here in Non Hotmail Questions Forum.

If you are having issue accessing your account in your mobile phone, I have to refer you to Microsoft Mobile Support Team. To contact them, please visit the link below:


Totally ignoring the fact its not a problem accessing from a mobile phone but a problem accessing hotmail when the connection is made via a mobile phone.
To add to the issue Hotmail can only be forwarded to another Hotmail account, thus ensuring no simple way of transfering your mail to Gmail for instance, where you get the interface you want and not the one Microsoft wants you to have.

Apparently this change was made within the last three weeks or so perhaps if Hotmail gets enough complaints from disgruntled users they might see sense and give the users of the Hotmail service a choice. I hoped using a non ISP email account I had escaped sending all my contacts a new email address every time i changed provider. Hotmail has decided to bring the bad old days back. This issue doesn't effect HSPDA Usb Dongle users just ones using cell phones to connect."

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My first commercial Website venture.

blackest_k blackest_k writes  |  more than 5 years ago what this is all about Phelans Guest House. and phelans restaurant

are my first offerings for a commercial website. I've designed these sites using a fluid three column layout and have set some useable minimums for column widths.

The real difficulty with getting a project like this going is you need exposure and pagerank and thats not easy in this day and age

so one of the things i read is that having Phelans Guest House. and phelans restaurant linked from big sites such as slashdot increases page ranking and thus reduces the cost of advertising with google.

Omg you are actually reading this entry , ok then let me tell you about phelans guesthouse and restaurant.

my sister-in-law reopened phelans after it had been closed for two years so its a new startup with no customer base.

I was asked to make her a website to attract visitors from all over the world and to be honest it is a beautiful guesthouse nicely decorated family friendly sat in the county about two minutes from blarney.

The Ensuite Rooms are clean and the power showers are brilliant, the cooked irish breakfast I got each day was excellent and value for money.

The Restaurant has a good irish menu with items such as bantry mussels lambshank steak and other traditional dishes the sea food is fresh and delicious. Its an ideal place for a romantic meal for two, something about the irish countryside brings a special flavour to dining at phelans

blarney itself is a village famous for one thing the blarney stone and this has a long history Phelans Guest House blarney stone. and phelans restaurant blarney stone

I thought I might bring a little more to the site by including local history and movies movies about ireland

maybe there is more i can do?

I hope you find time to visit the site and leave a message about your thoughts on it if you wish to help make this a successful long term project I would appreciate any links to the sites phelans restaurant blarney stone adding on any site I like google but I think gaming such as pool and darts and systems should result in quality improvements and lower advertising costs

I love the place and i really want it to be successful thanks for your help -john


blackest_k blackest_k writes  |  more than 8 years ago

Can you read this?

Olny srmat poelpe can.

cdnuolt blveiee taht I cluod aulaclty uesdnatnrd waht I was rdanieg. The phaonmneal pweor of the hmuan mnid, aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deosn't mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoatnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteer be in the rghit pclae. The rset can be a taotl mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit a porbelm. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe. Amzanig huh? yaeh and I awlyas tghuhot slpeling was ipmorantt!

amazing isn't it It was posted by an annonymous coward but i like it:)


blackest_k blackest_k writes  |  more than 8 years ago I occassionally help out at an internetcafe in lincoln they have a website at Sun Cafe for some reason google doesnt know about the site and so it is invisable hopefully google will spider my journal entry and find links to the suncafe yes i know i am link whoring but come on one link :) probably Sun Cafe is invisable as it is totally written in flash don't blame me I never wrote it.


not my ip address

blackest_k blackest_k writes  |  more than 8 years ago

I know slashdot has its share of trolls and there is a high percentage of noise but why can't slashdot do something a little less moronic tham ip banning, I guess on the plus side it will ban morons...

I find myself in a block of banned ip addresses it isn't my ip address but one of my isps proxys that got banned unfortunately any port 80 traffic goes through that proxy by default. 8080 port traffic doesn't or at least slashdot doesn't see that it does probably it goes 8080 proxy 80 proxy my ip still but slashdot is only looking at the proxy for its ban.

so why do /. do it this way?
i guess + side i am not a moron and have the knowledge to side step the ban
- side there are a lot of trolls who obviously side step too.

thing is it is possible to correctly identify my ip address and not my proxy
and sooner or later the 8080 proxy i use now will get banned.

to be fair there is a troll problem and something needs to be done but there are a few steps which could be taken.
ban certain ips for annonymous coward usage
majority of trolls post a/c
ban on karma in combination with ip
expire the bans say 6 months max
ban specific ips not proxys

maybe specific ips would be harsh just because my nieghbor is a troll should i be banned when my isp rejiggles my ip address.

but surely if nothing else put a 6 month expiry on bans.

well least i can post with this proxy and i know how to find another proxy if this goes down. another plus point when my isps port 80 traffic got blocked for some reason 8080 still worked fine..


when windows goes down

blackest_k blackest_k writes  |  more than 9 years ago

It seems to be inevitable that sooner or later some nasty piece of spyware or virus is going to bring down your windows system and you will be forced to reinstall the operating system and because of the registry all your application files as well.

So how best can you protect yourself when this happens? Norton ghost seems an almost ideal solution. A clean windows install, all the applications you use setup and ready to go.

however the problem is the user data and settings is it possible to maintain these on d: drive and be able to restore a ghost image without losing data, Email seems to be the most difficult to preserve. often the choice of where your address book and your mail resides is made by the email program and not by the user.

is it possible to keep user data away from the c: drive or has Microsofts design team ensured that in the event of losing your operating system you have the choice of losing your data and system configuration or long hours reinstalling applications, leaving orphaned program files.

Is it possible to have a system back in a clean and stable condition in under an hour without committing yourself to daily, hourly backups just in case.

can the updates to your applications, virus definitions, spyware definitions extensions to firefox and bookmarks be automatically setup once the image has been restored.

has anyone got a good rescue plan to save thier pc or is it inevitable some data loss is going to occur?
I ask you the slashdot readership for your thoughts and advice. on the best strategy to ensure as painless a restore as possible.



moderating on slashdot

blackest_k blackest_k writes  |  more than 9 years ago

after many months of meta-moderating on slashdot I finally got mod points.
It was an interesting experience.

I decided from the beginning that I wanted to moderate up comments rather than down and to choose to mod up good comments which hadn't been moderated already.
choosing not to moderate on funny.

the actual moderations turned out to be rather different from that. I did mod down 1 or 2 comments. It's a difficult job mainly because all the mods are looking to use their mod points so each time you get to a story. you find very little that is obviously worth moderating upwards. Moderating on slashdot is like cleaning toilets not a nice job but somebodys got to do it.

It appears to me that some moderations are made by following the herd ie if its already been moderated as interesting then a lot of moderators also mod it interesting also. Or it could be in the scramble to moderate a new story before the trolls flood the thread moderators are modding the same un modded comment at the same time. so a qualifies as interesting post (just) gets modded as a +5 which is a little undeserved.

Maybe moderators should be able to cancel a moderation but then again the point is to refine the threads so users don't have to read the crap that gets posted to slashdot (often literally). There may well be a good arguement for raising the 5 point maximum at least from a users point of view. ie the highest moderation a storie gets is +5 but the users can add + points for interesting and informative mods and extract this from the mire so they only read highly moderated posts which are interesting and informative instead of reading comments which are slightly interesting and informative started on +2 with karma bonus got a single point as interesting and the user given +2 dragged it up to 5

one of the hardest moderations to make is informative. Especially when the story is talking about things that a non specialist would know little about.

in the uk there was a program called call my bluff where two panels of 3 would take a barely known word and one panel would present 2 false definitions and 1 true one and a member of the other panel would try to decide which one was true not an easy task sometimes.

so to try to avoid being made to look like an idiot a moderator has to check the links given and see if there is a valid point being made. I think modding interesting can be a reasonable copout meaning it sounds good but may not be true I don't want to research this. informative hopefully means that the moderator has checked the facts.

all in all 4 days to give out positive moderations is very little time to do the job well. maybe the moderation system should be changed to giving out 5 + moderation points and say 15 negative mod points that way moderators can clear the way for other moderators to get to the good comments without swiming through the cess pool which is slashdot at 0 or -1

but when your moderating on slashdot you are reading at -1 and looking for abusive moderations some might say. your should be swimming in the cess pool
you might say...

well not really moderations get meta moderated so someone abusing the power to mod down will be caught and lose the ability to moderate. is it really necessary for every moderator to read the white noise ie firstpost goatse and other obvious crap that gets posted in every comment thread.

There is one type of moderation which I really do not like seeing and I had it applied to me once. when I posted how to process real audio streams. The information is available if you look for it and relatively simple to do once you know how. but obviously Real do not want you doing this i thought that it would get posted as informative i didnt post links to anything just described a process it got modded down! why was this because it was politically incorrect to describe how to save Real Audo streams and save them. maybe content providers would stop providing real audio streams and a secure method would replace it.

would real sue slashdot for allowing this information to become common knowledge.

the ability to save a real audio file is useful, for example I know there is an american radio station which has all 12 of the original series of the hitch hiker's guide to the galaxy and i can sit here anytime i want and listen to the streams but by saving the streams and converting to mp3 you can make a cd or load on an ipod or whatever and listen on your car stereo on long road trips instead of the alternative.

If you have any experience of bbc radio4 you probably have heard a number of radio plays and you too probably have sat in your car at journeys end listening to the end of the play.

so i think i was being informative but someone thought i was being dangerous.
not good and maybe one of the reasons there seems to be an antislashdot movement
maybe this journal entry will be considered anti slashdot but its not intended to be. just recording my experience and asking a few questions.

well final words moderating is difficult and extremely time consuming to do well. hopefully my moderations improved your experience of slashdot. someone wrote somewhere that more negative moderation occurs on slashdot than positive and after moderating I agree, there is good reason for this because honestly the good comments are floating in a sewer.


are some of our Gui's fundamentally wrong.

blackest_k blackest_k writes  |  more than 9 years ago

Are our gui's badly designed?
There are two fundamental orientations landscape and portrait. Landscape works very well for pictures and portrait very well for text. I don't think many people will disagree with that. now look at your computer screen it is landscape ideal for viewing pictures but not so good for viewing text.

Portrait orientation works very well for text, but our gui's are not making the most of our vertical space in fact they squeeze the vertical space even smaller with title bars, toolbars and menu bars. at the same time the width of the screen tends to be under utilised.

It's hard to visualise how much better a portrait orientated page is without trying it.


allows you to download a trial version of pivotpro which allows you to reorientate your screen. However it is not a good solution since most crt's do not like working on thier side.

A better method would be to move as much as possible from the top to the sides
(most ide's have dockable toolbars) It may be something only linux could do to allow moveable menu's as well.

I know a lot of developers read slashdot so how about it can you put more flexabilty into our gui's or are we going to be stuck forever with a gui which inhibits reading of text.

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