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Google Just Made It Easier To Run Linux On Your Chromebook

by (1706743) Re:Pedantic, but... (169 comments)

You should be modded +5 insightful-yet-depressing ;)

3 days ago
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Google Just Made It Easier To Run Linux On Your Chromebook

by (1706743) Pedantic, but... (169 comments)

I think they mean "GNU/Linux," as Chrome OS runs the Linux kernel.

4 days ago
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Fake Engine Noise Is the Auto Industry's Dirty Little Secret

by (1706743) Re:Just give the option to turn it off... (808 comments)

Though I suspect this mandated noise will be very different from the faux muscle car roar. Longer wavelength sounds are harder to localize, which makes much of the deep growl of a V8 -- real or simulated -- less useful than, say, the backup beep of a large truck.

about a week ago
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Your Entire PC In a Mouse

by (1706743) Re:HDMI cable dangling around? (165 comments)

Yeah, sounds cumbersome. That said, there are the rather slick looking super thin HDMI cables: http://www.monoprice.com/Produ... (no affiliation to monoprice, just like their stuff)

That said, is there a power-over-HDMI spec, or does it need a separate cord, too?

about a week ago
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The Most Popular Passwords Are Still "123456" and "password"

by (1706743) qwerty? (197 comments)

My password is ',.pyf, you insensitive clod!

about a week ago
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Librem: a Laptop Custom-Made For Free/Libre Software

by (1706743) Re:TFA (227 comments)

Sadly, it doesn't look like it has a TrackPoint-style mouse -- something I've grown rather fond of (just to preempt the oblig replies: http://xkcd.com/243/).

about a week ago
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Belgian Raid Kills 2, Said To Avert "Major Terrorist Attacks"

by (1706743) Re:BAU (257 comments)

evil false religion (source cited: the Quran)

Out of curiosity, what would you consider a "true" (not false) religion?

And by not giving "a fuck about religious freedom," what exactly are you advocating? The thought police?

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Migrating a Router From Linux To *BSD?

by (1706743) Re:What's the big deal? (403 comments)

Running Debian unstable. SystemD comes along, and suddenly, machine won't turn off. Oh, silly me, I should be running "poweroff," instead of "halt" -- nevermind that "halt" had worked flawlessly for me on all my machines in the past.

Another time, I reboot my server, and bam, nothing. So I hook up a monitor, and the USB disk -- which had an fstab entry which never gave me any problem -- caused the machine to not boot up because the disk wasn't connected. Maybe I had been getting error messages about the disk not being there, but previously, if the disk wasn't there it still booted (unless, you know, it was /).

Anecdotal, yes, and arguably my fault...but c'mon, I don't want an entirely functional system just breaking. Does not inspire confidence.

about two weeks ago
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Radio Shack Reported To Be Ready for Bankruptcy Filing

by (1706743) Re:Sad to hear (314 comments)

At least where I live, the local Fry's has a fair selection of electronic components. But it's a very large store, with the vast majority devoted to its more Best Buy-esque inventory.

about two weeks ago
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SystemD Gains New Networking Features

by (1706743) Re:Fuck Me (553 comments)

Parallel startup?

And even this is -- in my experience -- terrible on systemd. My admittedly-"old" (2009-era i7 laptop), with systemd, will sit at a (text-only) login screen for 10 seconds or so before it's responsive (type username, hit enter, password displays in cleartext because the "password:" prompt hasn't even shown up). Meanwhile, the disk is whirring away trying to start Postgres, etc. So yeah, you technically got me my login prompt nice and fast, but it's completely useless.

And, like you said, I don't reboot my laptop much (that's what suspend-to-RAM is for...), and my desktop/server just stays on all the time.

about two weeks ago
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Authors Alarmed As Oxford Junior Dictionary Drops Nature Words

by (1706743) Understandable, given the market share (174 comments)

I'm assuming they kept "iPhone" and "Android," and just removed "Blackberries"...

about two weeks ago
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PC Shipments Are Slowly Recovering

by (1706743) Re:PCs are still awesome imo (130 comments)

3) I like a nice big clear monitor to work on, no tablet comes close

Yeah, I find it very annoying though that high resolution monitors are still very expensive -- my tablet has a 2560x1600 display, and the entire tablet cost the same as the cheapest 2560x1600 display from newegg. I know pixel count isn't the only thing that contributes to monitor cost, but seriously, if I can buy a 2560x1600 touchscreen display + ARM SoC + 2GB RAM + stereo speakers + wifi + bluetooth + ... etc., it would be nice if I could *just* buy the screen (albeit it a little larger form-factor) for, you know...less. But perhaps I'm just being picky =)

about two weeks ago
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Fluxbox 1.3.6 Released

by (1706743) Re:Congrats (63 comments)

I actually haven't played around with too many tiling wms -- I used dwm for awhile, but that is somewhat limited. I switched to i3 and it just does everything I need it to do -- very simple, great multi-monitor support, and I can tile/arrange things pretty much exactly the way I want. That said, I'm sure there are other great tiling wms that would do exactly what I want, too =)

about three weeks ago
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Lawmaker's Facebook Rant Threatens Media For "Unauthorized" Use of His Name

by (1706743) Re:Delauter Effect (136 comments)

Wait...is that the same Frederick County Councilman Kirby Delauter as this Kirby Delauter?

about three weeks ago
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Tips For Securing Your Secure Shell

by (1706743) Re:new goals (148 comments)

I think we should just do the opposite of everything in the article, and then start scp'ing that He-Man video back and forth.

about three weeks ago
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The Luxury of a Bottomless Bucket of Bandwidth For Georgia Schools

by (1706743) Re:In other words, it's a Utility. (117 comments)

How much do you pay for your electricity? Surely the IRS is getting their grubby hands on every joule there as well? Is it exorbitantly expensive?

Chances are it's about the same price you pay for gasoline, per unit usable energy.

about three weeks ago
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The Luxury of a Bottomless Bucket of Bandwidth For Georgia Schools

by (1706743) Re:For what? Nobody can download that much pron... (117 comments)

Sustained, sure -- but if I'm sending a large file, backing up remotely, etc., then unless it's faster than my disk, it can be improved.

At my university we have (legitimate) 100Mbps connections -- for surfing the web, sure, it doesn't much matter. But for reasonably large files (disk images, backups, etc.), it's still a bottleneck.

about three weeks ago

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DIY SMS controlled power outlets

by (1706743) by (1706743) writes  |  more than 4 years ago

by (1706743) (1706744) writes "Although proprietary solutions do exist, it's possible (and easy!) to control power outlets/lamps/etc. via SMS – with no special hardware and no subscription fees (I'm not affiliated with any proprietary solution — no Slashvertisement here). All you need is an SMS-capable cell phone, a Google Voice account, ssh access to a box with an email account, an old computer, some relays/TRIACs, and a little time to kill. Aside from the cell phone, and possibly your email server, there are no monthly costs. In addition to switching off lights and appliances, you can run arbitrary commands on your computer this way (yes, there may be a few security implications with that...). Here's a simple howto."
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