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Recycling an Android Phone As a Handheld GPS?

chx1975 Pockets. I haz them. (328 comments)

One word: Scottevest. I have a jacket and pants from them which i mostly use as travel clothing and it eats up a notebook, a nook, bose noicecancelling headphones and more small gadgets than you can count. (oh and their performance t-shirts are awesome for exercise)

more than 4 years ago

Cache On Delivery — Memcached Opens an Accidental Security Hole

chx1975 Firewall? (149 comments)

I run my memcacheds behind firewall. I thought that the basic server security rule was that you firewall everything opening ports very cautiously as necessary.

more than 4 years ago

How Can an Old-School Coder Regain His Chops?

chx1975 Drupal (565 comments)

While Drupal is PHP and as such some here will snicker at it if your motives for reentering the field is profit then this is where the money is. The global demand for good Drupal coders is WAY higher than the supply and if you are a seasoned hacker, learning PHP is almost just adding $ signs before the variable names in C and getting used to the server-browser separation. Good senior software engineers who know how to deliver instead of being a junior code monkey are even rarer.

more than 4 years ago

Long-Term Liability For One-Time Security Breaches?

chx1975 How can this problem even exist? (119 comments)

The chain of events should look like: you go into a bank and ID yourself with a piece of government issued photo id. Then you can open an account or get a mortgage. Otherwise, you can't. Next up, to do a credit transaction when the card is not physically present, you get a text on your mobile phone that you need to send back. Everyone has a goddamned mobile phone capable of sending messages. By the way? This is how it works in many European countries. Also, for online purchases, virtual cards especially one-time virtual card numbers should be used...

more than 4 years ago

A Composer's-Eye View of the Copyright Wars

chx1975 Re:context of use not considered? (973 comments)

Hm. I make living off free software so I am the last person who would advocate heavily for paid software. But, then again who the fuck you think you are to say "no software worths $1000"? If the software compared to a free one allows me to earn just $2000 more in, say, a year -- which is not unheard of because paid software often has better UX, compare OmniGraffle to Dia for christ's sake -- then how investing that $1000 was not the right choice??

more than 4 years ago

SanDisk WORM SD Card Can Store Data For 100 Years

chx1975 Re:Most likely scenarios (267 comments)

They have interfaced SD card readers to the ZX Spectrum which is more like 30. Beyond that there are not really any computers worth mentioning. It's not impossible that you will be able to read it for quite long.

more than 4 years ago

'Peak Wood' Offers Parallels For Our Time

chx1975 Re:Easter Island (604 comments)

As Jared Diamond says in Collapse that's not true! There were smaller and smaller trees re-growing and the island being covered by great trees were just a distant memory. It did not happen like 'dense forest -- all big trees felled - - barren' but rather gradually and slowly.

more than 4 years ago

Best Solutions For Massive Home Hard Drive Storage?

chx1975 Sans Digital TowerRAID TR8M (609 comments)

This puppy can be had for 200 bucks and hosts 8 disks off 2 SATA ports. You can easily host two of these with practically any PC that has 4 internal SATA ports as brackets are readily available. I have even seen low profile brackets which carry 4 SATA ports to the outside via an SFF-8470 connector and then a breakout cable is again readily avaible. Even Mini-ITX boards tend to have 4 SATA ports these days. Drobo clone recipe based on ZFS

more than 4 years ago

Drupal Multimedia

chx1975 Re:Custom CMS (130 comments)

And, of course, your site thrown together in a couple hours will scale (just in case it needs to), will be stable and secure.

more than 4 years ago

Low-Power Home Linux Server?

chx1975 Re:Smallest Linux server (697 comments)

Also, SheevaPlug. You can add storage to this via SD cards and USB.

more than 4 years ago

Warez Moving From BitTorrent to Conventional Hosting Services

chx1975 Re:captain obvious (366 comments)

What do you pay for? You do not pay to download warez. You pay for the capability to download. As long as there is any legal stuff to download, it's fine and there always be. If these services do not happen to hold a record of what particular usernames download, then there is no evidence what so ever.

more than 4 years ago

Bank Goofs, and Judge Orders Gmail Account Nuked

chx1975 Re:Can the Poor SOB sue for damages? (594 comments)

Uh oh. so you run your own server and NOT comply with a judge's order? I do not know USA laws but if that's not a federal offense I have no clue what is.

more than 4 years ago

Doing the Math On the New MacBook

chx1975 Pointless comparison (783 comments)

All these techie blogs... listen, the average Mac consumer is not even reading your blog, gotcha? Yeah, a number of programmers use Macs but the average user is absolutely not into computers. Mac computers are their own niche segment and noone else competes there. Saw those "I am a Mac and I am a PC" ads? The most important message is not that the PC is inferior but that these are separate markets.

more than 4 years ago


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