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The Hackers Who Recovered NASA's Lost Lunar Photos

cream wobbly Re:Hackers? (88 comments)

The Jolly Roger as we call it? Ah there's the proof then. They're clearly crackers.

yesterday
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Ask Slashdot: What Tech Products Were Built To Last?

cream wobbly Re:ipad v1 (694 comments)

Sorry to hear about your son. Such a loss would be difficult to bear, and I hope your iPad can do its part to fill his place.

Or isn't that what you meant?

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Tech Products Were Built To Last?

cream wobbly Re:MacBook Air 13 Inch (694 comments)

Last generation 15" AlBook from 2005 and 4th gen iPod from 2004.

I have some Sennheiser earbuds from 1995.

These really don't cut it though. I have an early 60s Triang 00/H0 model of the BR 70000 Britainnia if that helps, but it's not really "tech".

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: System Administrator Vs Change Advisory Board

cream wobbly Create company "Service Packs" (293 comments)

Or RHN Satellite. Or Spacewalk. Same diff.

Don't put each patch through change control. Create patch sets. Document them using Mediawiki. You can easily turn a list of RH[BES]A numbers into URLs to the Red Hat website's errata article, using sed or awk or Powershell, and wrap those into a wikitable. Put the relevant dates into the wiki article, list the approvers' names, and add any third party packages if you use any. Give it a name like "[Company] Service Pack 2014Q2", and bullet-list the highlights like the new kernel and glibc version, Flash, Firefox, Java, and mix in a few CVE numbers for laughs. If the reviewers balk at the size of the patch set, go over their heads and explain the catch-22 they've exposed.

about a week ago
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Slashdot Asks: How Do You Pay Your Taxes?

cream wobbly Re:fix the tax code for the 99.9% (386 comments)

When I'm Emperor, I'll implement a landlord's tax and duty on import/export. Three rates of tax for everyone, three thresholds below which no tax is paid. Very simple, gets the job done, and it would only require three people in government to handle the workload: a sysadmin, a junior sysadmin, and a manager to answer the phone and put paper in the printer.

about two weeks ago
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OpenBSD Team Cleaning Up OpenSSL

cream wobbly Re:"Ancient." "Cruft." (304 comments)

"ancient [...] build junk" is clear. Ancient junk.

"cruft" is open to interpretation. On its own, the meaning is clear, but when someone who dedicates his professional career to Unix mentions "windows-specific cruft" (small "w") after a mention of "lame platforms" then it is going to take a very convincing backpedal from the author to deny that currently supported versions of Windows are not tarred by that brush.

OpenBSD should continue to strive to be the paragon of security and stability it always has been. I just hope that this is not at the expense of feeding those virtues back upstream, because it should not also become an ultra-secure, ultra-stable dead-end.

about two weeks ago
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Can the ObamaCare Enrollment Numbers Be Believed?

cream wobbly Re:Fuck Obamacare (723 comments)

The same way they dare fine you for not buying roads, police, fire, etc.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Start With Linux In the Workplace?

cream wobbly Replacing bloatware with bloatware (452 comments)

Instead of monkeying around with Libreoffice and Firefox, go with Chrome and Google apps. Disparate desktops become common thin clients, you get to manage them basically as "end user servers", the question of backups can be quietly forgotten about. Mobile users are no different. Get them Chromebooks. But before all that, make sure you buy a mask and cape. Because you will be a superhero.

Or you could take a more nuanced view, but this is /.

about two weeks ago
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How interested are you in Virtual Reality tech?

cream wobbly Re:VR again? (202 comments)

Pff. No it's not. It's like someone saying they're not interested in television until it's colour. Or electric cars until they can go 600 miles between charges and 20 years between battery changes. Or buses until they start serving my neighbourhood.

You don't quite get this "patching" lark, do you? Throwing up your hands and saying "TOO HARD!" is evidence you've not even heard of the progress that's being made in this area -- currently restricted to medical sight recovery. The enormous (and rather obvious) difference between using the eyeball and signalling on the optic nerve is that image quality and FOV is dependent upon the reliability of the user's eye. Retinal, fluid, lens, and corneal abberations all contribute to degrade the incoming image. Imagine also being able to see colours outside the "visible" spectrum.

Sure, I'm piqued by VR. But I'm really, really interested in direct optic nerve signalling.

about three weeks ago
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How interested are you in Virtual Reality tech?

cream wobbly Re:VR again? (202 comments)

Correct, a 100 degree field of view is "a fair bit less than what human's (sic) naturally perceive".

It's also not far outside the technical definition for tunnel vision:

"Tunnel Vision" is the term often used by or for people whose unaided visual field widths are less than 90 degrees.

http://www.abledata.com/ableda...

about three weeks ago
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How interested are you in Virtual Reality tech?

cream wobbly Re:VR again? (202 comments)

I want to see a game with "chicken head bob" instead.

about three weeks ago
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How interested are you in Virtual Reality tech?

cream wobbly Re:VR again? (202 comments)

VR will catch when the visor shows a picture which covers the entire field of view.

Exactly this.

Until someone can safely project images directly into my optic nerve, I'm not interested. (And I'm serious about this.)

about three weeks ago
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An Engineer's Eureka Moment With a GM Flaw

cream wobbly Re:Obligatory Fight Club (357 comments)

RTFA, please.

Mr. Hood came to realize that G.M., and the supplier that made the part, Delphi, had quietly changed the switch sometime in 2006 or early 2007, making it less likely that an unsuspecting driver could bump the ignition key and cause the car to cut off engine power and deactivate its air bags.

Of course, it may very well be that the key spontaneously rotates in the lock in normal use, but I think we can safely surmise that GM is in trouble because people hang stupid shit off their keychains.

And of course people hang stupid shit off their keychains. (I do.) And any engineer who designs a piece of equipment for the way it should be used rather than the way it will be used, then they should look for work elsewhere. And anyway, this should have come up in testing. Since it did not, GM needs to hand out more keychain knick-knacks to its testers.

What puzzles me, given that the technical details of the fault are not being made public, is that okay, I can see a bump turning the key from "on" to "accessory", where ignition is cut, hence power and brake servos become unavailable. This is safe! You can coast to a halt from 75 mph. You'd be in a fix if there was an accident happening up ahead. I cannot accept that the key turns all the way around from "on" to "lock", where the steering column locks. And further to that, you have to disconnect the battery terminals in order to "deactivate its air bags" (as any service manual will tell you).

It's hard losing someone you love, but blaming someone else will, to repeat TFA, not bring your daughter back. I will certainly not let my children drive alone until they're competent drivers.

about three weeks ago
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Time Dilation Drug Could Let Heinous Criminals Serve 1,000 Year Sentences

cream wobbly Re:Ridiculous. (914 comments)

Switch it around. The punishers got out of serving punishment, which makes them better people.

The civilised response to crime is correction. Sure, you're not going to correct and reintegrate the parents of that 4 year old child by giving them a hug and a holiday. Correction should be humbling, by degrees, based on the crime committed. ...which naturally raises the question, please can we first stop making schools the way prisons should be? Can we make them places of education instead of depravation?

But anyway, parents who torture, starve, and murder their own child need a loooooooong time to have their behaviour corrected. So sure, go ahead. Just don't expect students taking the exams in the current "corrections" facilities not to take a drug that could allow them to spend a month on a four hour exam...

about a month ago
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It's True: Some People Just Don't Like Music

cream wobbly Re:Mind = Blown (268 comments)

e.g. zydeco, Appalachian, Mongolian throat warbling. Or if you take a truer definition of "classical music", then medieval, baroque, renaissance, early and late romantic, contemporary, etc.

about a month and a half ago
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It's True: Some People Just Don't Like Music

cream wobbly Re:Mind = Blown (268 comments)

The questionnaire is flawed because it asks questions about involuntary reactions. I'm a classically-trained violinist, and if I started fidgeting or humming or dancing, I'd be out on my ear. That clamped my scores down a touch.

It also places a monetary value on obtaining new recordings. The study fails to account for cost-free music, whether that's from YouTube, the wireless, borrowed from the library or a friend, or downloaded for free (legally or illegally). I can get all the music recordings I want for free just by trawling YouTube. I'm thankful for this since otherwise I would only listen to music I've bought previously (which I still do anyway). My failure to devote a portion of my income to music products meant I returned low scores on that count too.

And then there's emotional involvement. For reacting emotionally to music it asks about "certain music": the peak involvement; but for social connections, it is seeking an average, which can only really be interpreted as a median. When I listen to something someone else posted on YouTube, then no, I do not feel any social connection with those gazillions of others who've thumbed it up or plussed it, nor with the man with funny hair who pushed the "go" button on his fancy sequencer software. Again, this limited my score.

So, as one of the most involved musicians in my circle of musician friends, I scored less than 30% for most, and less than 40% on the rest.

Which goes to show people who make survey questionnaires are a bunch of knobends.

about a month and a half ago
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Hubble Witnesses Mysterious Breakup of Asteroid

cream wobbly Re:/. is dead (69 comments)

What, and where. Just in case you can't find it.

about a month and a half ago
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Time sucked into Netflix or similar, weekly:

cream wobbly Re:Units? (146 comments)

He might want to check his heart. It only flashed once. So did all the others. A better title for that comic might be "period".

about a month and a half ago

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Canon copiers to tell tales

cream wobbly cream wobbly writes  |  more than 3 years ago

cream wobbly (1102689) writes "Company secrets disappearing out the door? Canon can help. Their newly announced photocopiers include OCR software that prevents copying of and reports on certain keywords. What with cellphones being so prohibitively expensive these days, this couldn't have come sooner."
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