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Alternatives To Paypal's Virtual Credit Card Service?

commanderfoxtrot Re:How do I check my account once a week when... (242 comments)

One bank I used in the UK had a great question. "What is your grandfather's name"?

When I pointed out that I had two such grandfathers (each with different names), the call handler seemed rather surprised.

more than 4 years ago
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Developing a Niche Online-Content Indexing System?

commanderfoxtrot Re:Just migrate it to VMware or KVM (134 comments)

Mod parent up!

Nothing necessarily wrong with the DOS program anyway- if it works, why break it?

You should be able to run it pretty easily with either a virtual machine or an emulator- you can then look at extracting from it the data and migrating it to a flashier site. Sticking with the DOS program sounds like the simpler solution for now.

more than 4 years ago
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New Jersey Outshines Most Others In Solar Energy

commanderfoxtrot Re:Financing (240 comments)

If the taxpayer wasn't funding your solar panels, it would be financially unviable.

Sadly, solar power at this level will always be pointless- far better to spend our taxpayers' money on something meaningful (e.g. a good power station) than waste time and money on subsidising PV panels on individual houses.

I wish you well with your payback in 12 years!

I hope governments (US and UK) stop subsidising these panels and let them succeed or fail on their merits, instead of an opaque quasi-benefits system.

Is solar power a viable power option: 1000km x 1000km of Sahara solar power is enough to power the world

more than 4 years ago
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Why OpenBSD's Release Process Works

commanderfoxtrot Re:Summary? (310 comments)

Can I vote for Theo to "help" manage X now?

more than 5 years ago
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OpenOffice 3.1 Released

commanderfoxtrot Re:You don't want antialiasing (327 comments)

I'm still amazed that RISC OS fonts looked so good back in the 1980s... that's 20 years ago.

Word in Windows still gets its kerning wrong.

more than 5 years ago
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Website Security Without Breaking the Bank?

commanderfoxtrot Re:Better tools, good process, learning from other (195 comments)

You can write insecure websites using pretty much any tools, but if you're using MySQL and PHP, especially if you're using other peoples code in your app, you're probably going to end up with a security nightmare, regardless of how hard you try.

That's the problem.

Most of the pros on here can write good-quality, secure code, in PHP, RoR, whatever.

It's the external libraries which are the gap. For example, look at phplist, which is used in many places. Now, every installation of it needs to be upgraded. Now. Right now.

Unless you're a 100% fulltime sysadmin, you haven't got the time to be reading the security lists hourly and upgrading phplist etc when required.

The OP is really asking: how do I make sure phplist and the other hundred Ruby gems or PHP add-ins are up-to-date and safe? And keep them that way?

more than 5 years ago
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Tapping the Earth For Home Heating and Cooling

commanderfoxtrot Re:"little known" ??? (215 comments)

That's the first info I've seen on these implemented on a larger scale.

However- presumably the ground will heat up with these systems. If it's one house in a million, it won't be noticed. But say if all of London switched over, the ground might increase by a few degrees.

Does anyone know what effect this would have? We already have the "urban heat island" effect from lots of ACs and tarmac/concrete... this could just make it worse.

I've no idea if there would be an appreciable difference, but I haven't seen any analysis of it.

more than 5 years ago
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Distributed "Nuclear Batteries" the New Infrastructure Answer?

commanderfoxtrot Re:Critical (611 comments)

as for spoiling the view, that imo is a lesser price to pay for true clean power...

So you'd be happy to block in all your windows with energy efficient materials to reduce heat loss?

(Unless you live next to a concrete prison) there's always going to be a point where you say "no, I don't want power that much that I would spoil the view".

Anyway, wind power has SO many problems (e.g. power distribution, only working when windy & warm enough etc) that I really can't see how it would function in a purely objective free market ie one without "green grants".

more than 5 years ago
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Examining the Beginnings of the RTS Genre

commanderfoxtrot Re:Um, duh? (135 comments)

Spring looks really good. I haven't played any RTS (nor any games really) since Dune II or C&C II: Red Alert, as they became far too fiddly for a normal person to play.

Seems that Spring has lots of "sub games" - I've looked over the website and there's no pointer to a basic, fun game. Should I download Complete Annihilation?

more than 5 years ago
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Oracle Adds Data-integrity Code To Linux Kernel

commanderfoxtrot Re:Terribly old news (53 comments)

Thanks for that summary. It's been many years now since I kept up with the kernel changelogs and articles... the kernel now Just Works.

more than 5 years ago
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Waste Coffee Grounds Offer New Source of Biodiesel

commanderfoxtrot Re:won't somebody think of the mornings? (276 comments)

I was wondering what happened to all those coffee grounds.

I put mine into a worm-farm, which makes great compost, although in small (household) quantities.

I hear many Starbucks happily give away their grounds to gardeners. Otherwise, where does it go? Landfill.

Cue more questions on "Is putting compostable ingredients into landfill good? Will it compost?"...

more than 5 years ago
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The State of UK Broadband — Not So Fast

commanderfoxtrot Re:Fast enough... (279 comments)

We're about seven miles from the exchange.

Fastest we can get (reliably) is about 1.5mbps.

Didn't stop us being forcibly upgraded from our "1.5 mbps" service to the bright and sparkling "8 mbps" service...
Now it seems the router/exchange tries really hard to get us value for money and the connection is more unreliable than before. Lost packets... high latency.. (Someone will point out that BT blocks unreliable slow connections down to something like 140kbps- yes, happens frequently).

I'd rather pay for the old, "slower" service.

(I'd also point out that the average person on Facebook wouldn't know the difference between 1mbps or 8mbps)

more than 5 years ago
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New Denial-of-Service Attack Is a Killer

commanderfoxtrot Transcript (341 comments)

Do people really have time to listen to podcasts unless they are commuting?

Is there a transcript???

more than 5 years ago

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