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Google Receives Takedown Request Every 8 Milliseconds

camperdave Re:Well... (83 comments)

I'm hoping that Google has no automation for takedowns, and only one person responsible for doing it, and that that person is handling requests on a first come, first serve basis.

1 hour ago
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Your Phone Can Be Snooped On Using Its Gyroscope

camperdave Re:I give up... (80 comments)

It won't work. They'll be able to track you through the "hole" you leave by not having a trackable smart phone.

3 hours ago
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Why Chinese Hackers Would Want US Hospital Patient Data

camperdave Re:It's not the heart transplant people that want (163 comments)

Getting a record that is close to your own would be of no benefit. If you need a heart transplant, you get the records of a patient that is worse off than you, so that you can gain a better position on the transplant waiting list.

yesterday
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Why Chinese Hackers Would Want US Hospital Patient Data

camperdave Re:I'm not so sure.... (163 comments)

Yes, the summary's idea that one could get a heart transplant with faked records is baloney.

I couldn't make sense of the summary, at first. If my medical condition is bad enough that a transplant is needed, then why should I need someone else's medical records? My own would do.

On the other hand, I suppose someone's glaucoma could get me medicinal marijuana...

yesterday
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Of the following, I'd rather play ...

camperdave Re:Solitaire (271 comments)

I stopped playing it, the cards kept flying off the car's dashboard as soon as you get the windows down on the highway

They have Solitaire for Linux now.

2 days ago
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Of the following, I'd rather play ...

camperdave Re:bridge is social too (271 comments)

Around here, the main problem with bridge is that nobody knows how to play it - not as in they're bad, but in that they are only vaguely aware that it is a card game.

2 days ago
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Of the following, I'd rather play ...

camperdave Re:Shall we play a game? (271 comments)

It's too old. People born after that movie came out have children of their own now. Wargames was closer in time to the first Playboy magazine than to the present. It predates the Simpsons for Pete's sake.

2 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Would You Pay For Websites Without Trolls?

camperdave Re:Has trolling gone downhill? (378 comments)

When did the definition of troll change from "someone who is rational, polite, intelligent, and articulate, but who deliberately advances a minority opinion or deliberately misunderstands an issue in order to enjoy the anger and argument this causes from others" to "someone abusive"?

It didn't. Or rather, it has always been so. Trolls are a subset of abusive folk.

2 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Would You Pay For Websites Without Trolls?

camperdave Re:Websites? (378 comments)

I'd pay for roads without tolls.

2 days ago
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Daimler's Solution For Annoying Out-of-office Email: Delete It

camperdave Re:Not a bad strategy (229 comments)

It won't work. You also need one more thing: a sender that pays attention to the out of office message. When I see an email which has a subject line that says "Out of office", I don't bother reading it. I just delete it. Obviously the recipient got the email; they just won't respond right away.

2 days ago
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Daimler's Solution For Annoying Out-of-office Email: Delete It

camperdave Re:This isn't about technology (229 comments)

Technology isn't the issue here - obviously you don't need special software to auto-delete emails.

The real issue is that Daimler is allowing its employees to do this without fear of reprisals from management.

Yeah. That'll last until the first upper manager misses an important email because he forgot to reset the out of office flag.

2 days ago
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Why the Public Library Beats Amazon

camperdave Re:Libraries are one thing Amazon is not (165 comments)

Whereas Amazon has ample table space, quiet study areas, and you can browse through every part of every book in stock.

about a week ago
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Password Gropers Hit Peak Stupid, Take the Spamtrap Bait

camperdave Re:Don't be silly (100 comments)

There's no such thing as 'Peak Stupid'. Every time someone gets to the top of the current peak, the fog clears and another mountain of stupid looms in front of them.

Yeah, but that doesn't mean the have to climb it.

about a week ago
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Password Gropers Hit Peak Stupid, Take the Spamtrap Bait

camperdave Re:Maybe I'm new at this.. (100 comments)

I don't fully understand this term "Peak Stupid"...

It's the name of the mountain under which the most secure mail server complex exists. After decades of trying to get past the defenses, the password gropers have finally hit Peak Stupid.

about a week ago
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Password Gropers Hit Peak Stupid, Take the Spamtrap Bait

camperdave Re:One script kiddie made a mistake (100 comments)

One could argue that Peak Stupidity might correlate with Peak Population

about a week ago
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Password Gropers Hit Peak Stupid, Take the Spamtrap Bait

camperdave Re:Peak Stupid (100 comments)

So is trying so hard to coin a phrase like "peak stupid".

I was going to comment that they would have an easier time trying to make "fetch" happen, but with stupidity always on the rise...

about a week ago
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Password Gropers Hit Peak Stupid, Take the Spamtrap Bait

camperdave Re:This guy might be overvaluing his files (100 comments)

What's "peak stupid" here is the submitter not understanding how spamming works before posting on it.

Isn't it even more stupid to assume that stupidity has a peak in the first place?

about a week ago
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Google's Satellites Could Soon See Your Face From Space

camperdave Re:Our they could use Planes (140 comments)

Does Google actually even own satellites, or are they just buying imagery from someone?

about a week ago
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Slashdot Asks: Should Schooling Be Year-Round?

camperdave Re:No, school should not be year-round. (421 comments)

Missing comma and the "because" definition of "for": With 5 children, my mother in law (a retired Catholic School Teacher) told us to Home School, for public and some Christian Schools were not good anymore.

about two weeks ago
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European Rosetta Space Craft About To Rendezvous With Comet

camperdave Re:Why aren't space pictures better? (62 comments)

Wow! Rosetta must be in a really peculiar part of space indeed if noise can be mis-interpreted as signal, flipping bits in such a way as to fool the the error correction coding, finding only those pieces of the data stream that are part of the image telemetry, working its way backwards through the compression algorithm (which has its own error detection protocols) so as to affect only the specific pixels required to blur the image.

about two weeks ago

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HUGO Winning Author Daniel Keyes has died.

camperdave camperdave writes  |  about 2 months ago

camperdave (969942) writes "Author Daniel Keyes, 86, died June 15, 2014.

KKeyes is best known for his Hugo Award winning classic SF story “Flowers for Algernon” (F&SF, 1959), the Nebula Award winning and bestselling 1966 novel expansion, and the film version Charly (1968).

Keyes was born August 9, 1927 in New York. He worked variously as an editor, comics writer, fashion photographer, and teacher before joining the faculty of Ohio University in 1966, where he taught as a professor of English and creative writing, becoming professor emeritus in 2000. He married Aurea Georgina Vaquez in 1952, who predeceased him in 2013; they had two daughters."

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SpaceX to unveil manned Dragon Capsule.

camperdave camperdave writes  |  about 3 months ago

camperdave (969942) writes "SpaceX CEO Elon Musk is set to unveil the Dragon V2 at a media event from Hawthorne, California, tonight at 7 pm. Pacific. The ‘Dragon V2’ is an upgraded, man rated version of the unmanned spaceship that has made several successful cargo trips to the International Space Station. The new craft will carry a mix of cargo and up to a seven crewmembers to the ISS. According to Musk, this is "Actual flight design hardware of crew Dragon, not a mockup,"

Following the space shuttle’s forced retirement in 2011, US astronauts have been totally dependent on the Russian Soyuz capsules for ferry rides to orbit and back. The crisis in Ukraine, which has resulted in some US economic sanctions imposed against Russia, also has the potential to threaten US access to the ISS as the Russian government considers reciprocal sanctions of its own.

“Sounds like this might be a good time to unveil the new Dragon Mk 2 spaceship that @SpaceX has been working on with @NASA.” Musk tweeted.

SpaceX is one of three commercial space companies competing for funding from NASA's Commercial Crew Transportation Capability program.

Anyone wishing to watch the unveiling can join the webcast at www.spacex.com/webcast at 7:00pm Pacific, 10:00pm Eastern."

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How Do You Sort?

camperdave camperdave writes  |  about 6 months ago

camperdave (969942) writes "I was recently going through a pile of receipts and other papers to put them into date order. Lacking one of those fancy sorting sticks they have at the office, I wound up with all sorts of piles and I was getting confused as to which pile was for what when it struck me: Why don't I use one of the many sorting algorithms I learned back in my computer science classes? So swept all the papers back into the box and did a radix sort on them. It worked like a charm. Since then, I've had occasion to try quicksorts and merge sorts.

So, when you have to physically sort things, what algorithm (if any) do you use?"
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Doug Engelbart, inventor of computer mouse, dies at 88

camperdave camperdave writes  |  about a year ago

camperdave (969942) writes "Douglas Engelbart, inventor of computer mouse and so much more, passed away in the late hours of July 2 at his home in Atherton, California. He was 88 years old.

The idea for the mouse occurred to Dr. Engelbart in 1964 while he was attending a computer graphics conference. He was musing about how to move a cursor on a computer display.

In December 1968, he set the computing world on fire with a remarkable demonstration before more than a thousand of the world’s leading computer scientists at the Fall Joint Computer Conference in San Francisco. In what would later be known as "The Mother of all Demos", he sat on stage in front of a mouse, a keyboard and other controls and projected the computer display onto a 22-foot-high video screen behind him. In little more than an hour, he showed how a networked, interactive computing system would allow information to be shared rapidly among collaborating scientists. He demonstrated how a mouse, which he invented just four years earlier, could be used to control a computer. He demonstrated video conferencing, teleconferencing, hypertext, word processing, hypermedia, object addressing and dynamic file linking, and a collaborative real-time editor."

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Falcon Launches, Dragon in Orbit

camperdave camperdave writes  |  more than 3 years ago

camperdave (969942) writes "At 10:43 EST today, SpaceX launched a Falcon9 rocket topped with their Dragon capsule. The objectives of today's launch are: Launch and separate from Falcon 9, orbit Earth, transmit telemetry, receive commands, demonstrate orbital maneuvering and thermal control, re-enter atmosphere, and recover Dragon spacecraft. The launch was scheduled for earlier today, however telemetry problems forced a delay.

Dragon is a free-flying, reusable spacecraft being developed by SpaceX under NASA's Commercial Orbital Transportation Services (COTS) program. SpaceX plans on ferrying astronauts and supplies to the international space station later next year."

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I look forward to the first snowfall...

camperdave camperdave writes  |  more than 3 years ago

camperdave (969942) writes "I look forward to the first snowfall...

        * with a childlike sense of wonder
        * as a reminder to install snow tires
        * meh
        * with a sense of dread
        * It doesn't snow around here
        * because CowboyNeal shovels my driveway"
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Leslie Nielsen, actor, dead at the age of 84.

camperdave camperdave writes  |  more than 3 years ago

camperdave (969942) writes "Leslie Nielsen, star of Forbidden Planet,The Poseidon Adventure and most famously for the Airplane! and Naked Gun comedies, has passed away at the age of 84. For the past twelve days he had been in hospital fighting a case of pneumonia. Nielsen has appeared in over 100 movies as well as numerous television shows, and is probably most remembered for his role as Lt. Frank Drebin in the Naked Gun films."
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When Digital TV Broadcast begins, I will...

camperdave camperdave writes  |  more than 5 years ago

camperdave (969942) writes "When Analog TV Broadcasts end, I will:
  • Not care. I don't own a TV.
  • Keep watching via cable.
  • Use a settop box.
  • Break down and get a dish.
  • Stop watching TV.
  • Buy DVDs instead.
  • Fire up a bunch of torrents.
  • Be busy reading Slashdot.
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Star Wars, The Clone Wars

camperdave camperdave writes  |  about 6 years ago

camperdave (969942) writes "I'll see Star Wars, The Clone Wars:
  • The first day it comes out.
  • When it gets to the cheap theatres.
  • Once it hits DVD.
  • When the torrent finishes.
  • If my Significant Other drags me out to see it.
  • When Hell itself freezes over.
  • Not even if Hell freezes over.
  • Only if CowboyNeal buys the popcorn.
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Shuttle Repairs Not Needed

camperdave camperdave writes  |  about 7 years ago

camperdave (969942) writes "Apparently, the astronauts won't have to fix the gouge in the heat shield tiles after all.

"After a week of intense scrutiny and a battery of tests, mission managers concluded that the small, but deep, divot in Endeavour's undercarriage will not require repair during a planned Saturday spacewalk, said John Shannon, chairman of NASA's STS-118 mission management team."
From what I understand, there is a structural support frame directly behind the gouge and the NASA folks seem to think this will conduct enough heat away from the shuttle's hull to prevent a melt through."
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camperdave camperdave writes  |  more than 7 years ago

camperdave (969942) writes "Natasha Stillwell, one of the hosts of Daily Planet, will be doing her last show tonight, Fri., Feb. 2 at 7 p.m. ET/8 p.m. PT. She has been a fixture on the Discovery Channel's science magazine show since 2002, serving as a co-host alongside Jay Ingram.

It has been a difficult decision to leave Discovery Channel and Canada, but I'm excited about applying my experience to new broadcast opportunities in the U.K.," continues Stillwell. "In the last four years I've been lucky enough to travel the globe, bringing the wonderful world of science back to Canada. It's been a rollercoaster ride of once-in-a-lifetime experiences since the day I arrived; from tracking jaguars in the Argentine jungle, to conversing with robots in Japan and washing the windows of skyscrapers in downtown Toronto! I owe a massive thank you to Paul Lewis and Discovery Channel for the opportunity to work on Daily Planet and I'd like to thank the Canadian public for their warmth and generous support during my time in this magnificent country."
Natasha will be returning to the United Kingdom to pursue professional opportunities closer to her family.

More details here. No announcement has been made yet as to who will be Jay's new co-host."
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camperdave camperdave writes  |  more than 7 years ago

camperdave (969942) writes "I am in the process of building a system for a friend. She would like a video capture/TV tuner card of some sort. I have no experience with these devices, so I would like to get the opinion and advice of the Slashdot community. What are the advantages/disadvantages of using PCI based cards vs USB devices? Are there features to look for, such as mpeg encoding? Any caveats, thing to avoid?"

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2011 Sigs

camperdave camperdave writes  |  more than 3 years ago The following is a list of sigs I have had, or will have (in no particular order).

  1. Well, my days of not taking Slashdot seriously are certainly coming to a middle...
  2. I am a vampire. I may ponder, or mull, or mediate, consider, ruminate, or think about...
    ...but I never reflect.
  3. Flying cars: Bringing stupid into the third dimension.
  4. For there ain't no Bottle in all the world
    Like that dear little Bottle of mine.
  5. It's not how much gold there is, but who's wielding it.
  6. "This is E.G. Marshall inviting you to return to our Mystery Theater for another adventure in the Macabre. Until next time, pleasant dreams?"
  7. If the lessons of history teach us any one thing, it is that no one learns the lessons that history teaches.
  8. Woah... Frogger flashback!
  9. What happened?
    He was starting to make sense. So I shot him.
  10. Build a better mousetrap and patent lawyers will beat a path to your door, carrying cease and desist letters.
  11. I'm gonna develop grass that only grows an inch and a half tall, and retire on the hush-money from the mower companies.
  12. I resent that. I am not sleeping on the job. I'm thinking laterally... with my eyes closed.
  13. adoxography: (n) 1. Skilled writing on an unimportant subject. 2. Any Slashdot posting.
  14. What fun it is to laugh and sing a slaying song tonight!
  15. If money is power, why don't we fix the dollar to the kilowatt?
  16. Buy our vacuum cleaners. They really suck!
  17. The pen was considered mightier than the sword until it was discovered that a sword could hack off a person's hands.

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OldSigs2

camperdave camperdave writes  |  more than 3 years ago The following is a list of sigs I have had, or will have (in no particular order).

  1. Is a Turing test valid if the human is an idiot? (From ivan256)
  2. Lost: one compass. If found, please return to the guy wandering aimlessly in the woods.
  3. The myth ain't busted 'till Savage and Hyneman blow something up.
  4. "Despite being an elegant and technologically sound solution, I think IPv6 will be adopted universally within a few years." - Sybert42.
  5. To destroy Paminella's tower, bake the hall in the candle of her brain.
  6. Honey, I'll be honest with you. If I could think of an excuse that you would buy, I'd use it.
  7. Maple Flu: A disease affecting Canadians; most prevalent when Canada Day (July 1) does not fall on a weekend.
  8. Camping Tip: You can duplicate the warmth of a down-filled bedroll by climbing into a garbage bag with several geese.
  9. Wild berries can be poisonous, or even cause hallucinations.
  10. Camping Tip: In an emergency, a drawstring from a parka hood can be used to strangle a snoring tent mate.
  11. Camping Tip: The guitar of the noisy teenager at the next campsite makes excellent kindling.
  12. Patents force people to work around patents.
  13. I ache therefore I am, or in my case, I am therefore I ache - Marvin the Paranoid Android
  14. When you talk about damage radius, even atomic weapons pale before that of an unfettered idiot in a position of power.
  15. Never ask a Canadian about global warming during the winter. They'll just say, "Bring it on!"
  16. Camping Tip: Bear bells provide an element of safety for hikers in grizzly country. The tricky part is getting them on the bears.
  17. Camping Tip: Navel lint makes a handy fire starter.
    Warning: Remove lint from navel before applying the match.
  18. We used to watch 2D video on a 3D box. Now we watch 3D video on a 2D box.
  19. Why is the sky blue?
    Well, molecules in the air scatter blue light from...
    I asked why, not how.
  20. Tango Lima; Delta Romeo.
  21. It's not how much gold there is, but who's wielding it.
  22. "This is E.G. Marshall inviting you to return to our Mystery Theater for another adventure in the Macabre. Until next time, pleasant dreams?"
  23. If the lessons of history teach us any one thing, it is that no one learns the lessons that history teaches.

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OldSigs1

camperdave camperdave writes  |  more than 3 years ago The following is a list of sigs I have had, or will have (in no particular order).

  1. "I'm not impatient. I just hate waiting" - My Dad
  2. "Any landing you can walk away from is a good one" - Flight Sim Pilot
  3. Life is an adventure
  4. Wake up, Zeke! The day ain't gonna waste itself.
  5. The chicken and the egg came at the same time... along with the toast and orange juice.
  6. There are two kinds of people in the world. Those who are me, and those who wish they were me.
  7. Life... It's what happens around you while you're busy reading Slashdot...
  8. We don't inherit the Earth from our parents. We borrow it from our children.
  9. Can't sig now. Gotta read Slashdot.
  10. But, you have access to the greatest source of knowledge in the universe.
    Well, I do talk to myself sometimes, yes.
  11. "It is my firm belief that helicopters fly because they are so ugly that the ground repels them." - Pittance
  12. Freedom is not just another word for doing whatever the US says.
  13. Everything I needed to know about life, I learnt from reading "Everything I needed to know about life" posters.
  14. We have a blind date with destiny...
    ...and it looks like she's ordered the lobster.
  15. Eyes sore and red from reading Slashdot long into the night?
    There's a Visine for that.
  16. If my dad took a photo, would that make him a "papa"-razzi?
  17. Before: 2 Sith, 100s of Jedi.
    After: 2 Sith, 2 Jedi.
    Qui-gon was right. Anakin did bring balance to the force.
  18. Where can I get one of these?
  19. Mental note: If you're going to clone a grand army, make sure the prototype is a good shot.

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Quotes, Sayings, etc.

camperdave camperdave writes  |  more than 7 years ago

  1. Patience is not learned , it is practiced.
  2. It is by the juice of the coffee bean that thoughts acquire speed, the teeth acquire stains. The stains become a warning.
  3. Differences of habit and language are nothing at all if our aims are identical and our hearts are open.

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Sigs

camperdave camperdave writes  |  more than 7 years ago The following is a list of sigs I have had, or will have (in no particular order).

  1. I ache therefore I am, or in my case, I am therefore I ache - Marvin the Paranoid Android
  2. When you talk about damage radius, even atomic weapons pale before that of an unfettered idiot in a position of power.
  3. Never ask a Canadian about global warming during the winter. They'll just say, "Bring it on!"
  4. Camping Tip: Bear bells provide an element of safety for hikers in grizzly country. The tricky part is getting them on the bears.
  5. Camping Tip: Navel lint makes a handy fire starter.
    Warning: Remove lint from navel before applying the match.
  6. We used to watch 2D video on a 3D box. Now we watch 3D video on a 2D box.
  7. Why is the sky blue?
    Well, molecules in the air scatter blue light from...
    I asked why, not how.
  8. Tango Lima; Delta Romeo.
  9. It's not how much gold there is, but who's wielding it.
  10. "This is E.G. Marshall inviting you to return to our Mystery Theater for another adventure in the Macabre. Until next time, pleasant dreams?"
  11. If the lessons of history teach us any one thing, it is that no one learns the lessons that history teaches.

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