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Why Run Linux On Macs?

burne Re: a better question (589 comments)

Surface Pro 3s are basically superior in every way when compared to shipping MacBook Air systems. They run Windows, but nothing stops you from running whatever you want in a VM.

Keyboard, trackpad, storage, battery life. (2.5 hours, versus 12 for the MBA? You kiddin' me?)

about a week ago

UK Suspect Arrested In Connection With PSN/XBL 'Lizard Squad' Attacks

burne Wrong guy (55 comments)

By the time this filtered through your TELEX British police already admitted they assume they have the wrong guy:


about two weeks ago

Ask Slashdot: Sounds We Don't Hear Any More?

burne Re:Sorta related... the teletype machine (790 comments)

I still have this fax-to-email service running. For about 25 doctors and lawyers and one banker.

Most of them still use my complimentary email-with-pdf-to-printer-program.

Old technologies emulated by modern equipment.

about two weeks ago

Professor: Young People Are "Lost Generation" Who Can No Longer Fix Gadgets

burne Re:Dupe (840 comments)

Drop in a LED (or worse: 'realy sheep shinese HID') and have your car impounded because you used replacement parts that weren't part of the original certificate of road-worthiness, and hence you made your car not roadworthy and thus illegal to drive in. Since you were driving at the time the fine officer stopped you...

(that cool headlight set will cost you several thousand dollars and a six months not having access to your car..)

about three weeks ago

Professor: Young People Are "Lost Generation" Who Can No Longer Fix Gadgets

burne Re:Dupe (840 comments)

wrong, we over 50 were taught to fix shit, starting at age 10 in my case.

I wasn't taught anything. I started to disassemble things early on. That was satisfying for about a year. Then I started trying to reassemble what I disassembled. Often things that were broken started working after me reassembling things and replacing broken parts.

When I was 8 my aunt gave me a broken radio. I discovered disco and a few years later punk and electronika. When I was 10 a neighbour gave me a broken TV, and a few weeks later a broken shortwave receiver. I was watching SSTV from half a world away a few months later.

I can't repair my current computer, phone, tablet, tv, etc. I can order the right part and swap that, but swapping sub-assemblies isn't 'repairing'.

Fixing shit is in my competence-envelope but current technology is mostly unfixable, unless you have unlimited facilities available.

Oh, I'm under-fifty.

about three weeks ago

New Year's Resolution for 2015

burne Re:Missing Option (214 comments)

Suspense? Displayport has pretty decent drivers these days.

(His third display is connected via USB..)

about three weeks ago

New Year's Resolution for 2015

burne Re:Missing Option (214 comments)

5760*1200*32, thank you very much..(Actually on a Mac Mini, to add to the suspense..)

about a month ago

South Korea Says Nuclear Reactors Safe After Cyberattacks

burne Re:WHY? (54 comments)

Most currently active reactors were designed, built and certified in the sixties and seventies. All systems in those plants are 60's or 70's electronics. Most won't even have something as modern as a pdp-8 to control stuff. Go watch the China Syndrome if you need a reminder.

Interfacing 40 year old control electronics to modern computers is more than a 'airgap'. It's more like your kid trying to explain GTA4 to a stone age caveman without a computer present.

about a month ago

The Dutch Village Where Everyone Has Dementia

burne Re:$6k to 7$7k/month (231 comments)

Is what a nursing home costs in the US.

For about 3500 euro a month you can live here: http://www.rosorum.nl/locaties...

(ignore the language, click the photos..)

A partner requiring no care is something like 800 euro a month extra. Both prices will be for the smallest suite in the complex, and are 'starting at', but, 7K a month will buy you a lot of care.

Mind you: Dutch healthcare won't cover that kind of care. Hogewey is accessible to (severe) dementia-sufferers but has a waiting list of about a year.

about 2 months ago

Four Dutch Uberpop Taxi Drivers Arrested, Fined

burne Re:News at 11. (282 comments)

TCA, the largest 'traditional' taxi switchboard used to stand for "Taxi Criminals Amsterdam', not 'Taxi Central Amsterdam'.

Much of the TCA 'staff' had 2-3 feet dossiers at the local prosecutors.

Uberpop is a threat to local mafia.

Need I say more?

about 3 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Best PDF Handling Library?

burne Re:Why? (132 comments)

Other people have politicians that require you to use open source if available.

about 6 months ago

Hundreds of Cities Wired With Fiber, But Telecom Lobbying Keeps It Unusable

burne Re:Annoying. (347 comments)

The core issue is whether a government should be providing a service.

Is a road, street lighting or waste disposal a 'service'?

Is intarwebs a service?

about 8 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Do 4G World Phones Exist?

burne Re: Nexus 4? (259 comments)

It's almost like you are in the middle of Montana..

about 8 months ago

Harvard Study Links Neonicotinoid Pesticide To Colony Collapse Disorder

burne Re: Who would have guessed? (217 comments)

Enough neonicotionoid progress and you might have nothing left to eat. Or take turns pollinating the plants that will become your food with a brush.

about 8 months ago

Massachusetts Court Says 'Upskirt' Photos Are Legal

burne Re:A new law in not what is needed (519 comments)

> Sharia Law is over there . . . .

I'm pretty sure Sharia law predate cameras by a good eleven or twelve centuries.

about a year ago

Will Microsoft IIS Overtake Apache?

burne Re: why not? (303 comments)

> Windows can't run a month w/o needing a reboot

Regardless, I reboot all my linux, unix and bsd boxes once a month too. Just to be sure anything can rebooted by a noc monkey without disturbing my sleep.

During daytime, yes. Redundancy is a lie unless you test it periodically.

about a year ago

Google Buys Home Automation Company Nest

burne I'm torn (257 comments)

between spending those modpoints,

and saying the inevitable 'all your temperatures are belong to us'


1 year,13 days

Mobile Banking Apps For iOS Woefully Insecure

burne Re:You Must Be Crazy ... (139 comments)

No need to, it's built into the OS. It even has a nice cli to handle starting, stopping and logging. ttysnoop.

However, getting sufficient permissions is the hard bit, especially for a remote attacker.

1 year,16 days


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