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Robbery Suspect Tracked By GPS and Killed

caluml Personal location tracker (450 comments)

I've written a little Android app that updates a webpage with your location. I've thought that people with an expensive sports car might like to use it by leaving it in their glove box when their car is serviced, and seeing if the garage takes it on a "Ferris Bueller" style jaunt around town.

about 3 months ago
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Discrete Logarithm Problem Partly Solved -- Time To Drop Some Crypto Methods?

caluml Re: Almost first post! (114 comments)

I didn't think this was possible (as I run NoScript, Firefox and Linux), but apparently it might be, under IE on Windows, with WMI.

var locator = new ActiveXObject("WbemScripting.SWbemLocator");
var service = locator.ConnectServer(".");

// Get the info
var properties = service.ExecQuery("SELECT * FROM Win32_NetworkAdapterConfiguration");
var e = new Enumerator (properties);

Jesus, that looks horrible. I would hope that you have to add sites to your Local Intranet zone or whatever it's called these days before it'll work.

about 3 months ago
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Discrete Logarithm Problem Partly Solved -- Time To Drop Some Crypto Methods?

caluml Re:Almost first post! (114 comments)

Your MAC address isn't visible outside your local subnet. Slashdot has no way of knowing your MAC address. (Unless perhaps you're using IPv6 without privacy extensions enabled, but I'm guessing Slashdot is years away from IPv6.)

about 3 months ago
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Snowden Used the Linux Distro Designed For Internet Anonymity

caluml Re:Amnesic? (171 comments)

Interesting - so an amnesiac would also be amnesic? Are there any other words that have similar examples like this?

about 4 months ago
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Snowden Used the Linux Distro Designed For Internet Anonymity

caluml Amnesic? (171 comments)

The Amnesic Operating System. Shouldn't it be amnesiac? Or is this another English/American English difference like aluminium?

about 4 months ago
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Snowden Used the Linux Distro Designed For Internet Anonymity

caluml Comment subjects suck (171 comments)

And it's Slashdotted.

about 4 months ago
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Mt. Gox Questioned By Employees For At Least 2 Years Before Crisis

caluml I wouldn't want to be Mark Karpeles at all. (134 comments)

I wouldn't want to be Mark Karpeles at all. He's going to have annoyed a lot of dodgy characters who want their money back. I think he'll be looking over his shoulder for the rest of of his life.

about 5 months ago
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West Nile Virus May Have Met Its Match: Tobacco

caluml Re:Good stuff? (54 comments)

Well, that's what I get for jumping to conclusions!

about 5 months ago
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West Nile Virus May Have Met Its Match: Tobacco

caluml Good stuff? (54 comments)

Nicotine also helps patients with Parkinsons - maybe it's worth using patches?

about 5 months ago
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Daylight Saving Time Linked To Heart Attacks

caluml Re:A simpler cure (240 comments)

300 million people

It also happens in other countries.

about 5 months ago
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Oracle Discontinues Free Java Time Zone Updates

caluml Re:there's always Joda Time... (405 comments)

Joda Time is brilliant.
It's a pleasure to use, and obviously was created by people who thought long and hard about it, and had suffered with the problems of the standard Java date/time libraries.

If you still use Date or Calendar, then check out Joda Time.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Why Do Firms Leak Personal Details In Plain Text?

caluml Re:Name and address? (252 comments)

"Want to know how much my flat is worth and what I paid for it? Did I pay taxes last year, and if so, how much?"

Yes! Finally!

about a year ago
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Cell Phones As a Dirty Bomb Detection Network

caluml Re:lead lining (103 comments)

"it would just force these hypothetical dirty bomb enthusiasts to line the bomb container with lead"

A friend of mine works for a company making detectors for ports.

I said to him "But terrorists will just ship them in in lead-lined boxes", and he told me that that would cause a measurable drop in the background radiation which would trigger suspicions.

about a year ago
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Microsoft Reads Your Skype Chat Messages

caluml Re:Damned if they do... (275 comments)

I once renamed shutdown.exe from the Windows resource kit to DONOTRUN.exe, and sent it in a mail round to the company (in the I love you/Melissa days), warning people in the subject, and message to NOT RUN THE ATTACHED attachment.

People then started coming to me complaining they'd lost work because their computer had shutdown.

It's amazing, it really is.

about a year ago
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Police Capture Second Marathon Bombing Suspect in Watertown, Mass.

caluml Re:Rights. And stuff. (773 comments)

Urg. That ampersand in the URL makes me twitch. Surely that's not a valid part of the URL, unless it's in a list of parameters?

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Best To Set Up a Parent's PC?

caluml Ubuntu (418 comments)

I set up my mother with Ubuntu, and she loves it. She appreciates the "tidiness" of the desktop, and the simplicity of it all.
I left her set up with the ability to sudo, but with the warning that "there be dragons", and to contact me.
I set up OpenVPN so I could always SSH on, and fix anything.

The only time I've ever had a problem was when my sister's Windows-using ex boyfriend tried to install something, and stuffed up the firewall rules. I simply talked her through sudo iptables ... and I popped on and fixed it. And then reminded her about the dragons.

Years of trouble-free computing.

about a year and a half ago
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Kim Dotcom Reveals Mega Will Offer 50GB of Free Storage

caluml Re:Similar System - ScatterBytes (203 comments)

Ambiguous pricing:

From the main page: 1.95c GB-Mo *
From the stats page: Storage Rates (USD) per GB * 30 Days Storage Charge (Client Node) 1.95c

Note the "USD" mentioned.

Make your mind up, and make it obvious. Either it's $1.95, or it's $0.0195. Personally, I wouldn't bother with the cents. At first, I thought, wow, $0.0195 per GB/month - that's really good.

This is like the Verizon maths problem all over again.

about a year and a half ago

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POLL: If Slashdot had to be re-written - what

caluml caluml writes  |  more than 6 years ago

caluml writes "I think this would just be interesting to see what people would pick.

POLL:
If Slashdot had to be re-written — what language should it be written in?

Perl
PHP
.NET
Java EE
Lisp
ColdFusion
Erlang
Ruby on Rails
Python
CwBN-0.0.3-patchGRITS"

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Violent porn media to be illegal to possess in UK

caluml caluml writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Backlash writes "Massive surveillance? Check. Building a DNA database? Check. Laws against thought crime? Not yet, but coming very soon.
The UK government is soon to pass legislation that would criminalise possession of certain types of "violent" pornography, even if it was part of a consensual session between two adults.
Lord Wallace of Tankerness pointed out an ideological schism during last week's debate in the House of Lords.
"If no sexual offence is being committed it seems very odd indeed that there should be an offence for having an image of something which was not an offence," he said. "Having engaged in it consensually would not be a crime, but to have a photograph of it in one's possession would be a crime. That does not seem to make sense to me."

First they came for the people that viewed "violent" pornography, and I did not speak out."

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US visitors to Slashdot now make up less than 50%

caluml caluml writes  |  more than 6 years ago

calum writes "Interestingly, US visitors to Slashdot now make up less than 50%, according to Alexa. (Canada, the UK, Australia and Germany in 2nd to 5th place respectively.) While of course this is not the most accurate method of measuring, it seems that the Slashdot FAQ might need to be updated.
It might also be interesting for the Slashdot site owners to allow users to put info relating to country of birth, country of current residence, nationalities held, and languages spoken in their user prefs, to help build up a more complete profile of the type of people visiting the site."

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What If Gmail Had Been Designed by Microsoft?

caluml caluml writes  |  more than 6 years ago

caluml writes "There is a humourous look at "What would happen if Microsoft had designed GMail". Gems include: "Another security measurement we'll add is that you won't be able to log-in with just username anymore but are required to enter the full username@gmail.com. Furthermore, we will change the browser URL from http://gmail.microsoft.com/ to the more professional looking http://by114w.bay114.gmail.live.com/mail/mail.aspx?rru=home.""
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caluml caluml writes  |  more than 6 years ago

caluml writes "Browsers are one of the most common ways that malware gets onto your system. And if they get in, as the user account you're using now — what files would they have access to? Probably all your important stuff — vids, music, documents, etc, right? This shows how to run your browser automatically as another user, using sudo.
This mini-Howto shows you how to run Firefox as another user, using sudo"
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caluml caluml writes  |  more than 7 years ago

caluml writes "I am looking at getting more into music making, and buying some decent-ish synthesisers.
Most sequencing software out there is for Mac or Windows, neither of which I have.
Can any Slashdotters give me their recommendations for Sequencers, Audio Editors, and Software Multitrack recording software. (I have looked at Audigy and Audacity, but wonder if there are any others that have proved themselves good.)"
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caluml caluml writes  |  more than 7 years ago

caluml writes "A female's tongue-in-cheek look at men who love Linux finds some interesting results. Among them are: We're passionate (and that rubs off in the bedroom too), not shy about spending our earnings, are problem-solvers, and are deep thinkers.

We need to make sure sites that lots of women read know about this!"

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