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US Links North Korea To Sony Hacking

dargaud Re:I don't see the big deal here. (174 comments)

Also the fact that the DPRK is ready to put its cards down for a mere movie should be considered a good thing. This way we can be (somewhat more) ready against them for when the shit really hits the fans. It's not like they can repeat the same attack with as much success, and it's never guaranteed that you'll find another vector as successful.

9 hours ago
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Backblaze's 6 TB Hard Drive Face-Off

dargaud Re:Meaningless (159 comments)

I always wondered if Google and other huge outfits get prototype drives well ahead of the market. Those 20Tb drives have to be tested somewhere before they are introduced next year, right ?

yesterday
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NASA Study Proposes Airships, Cloud Cities For Venus Exploration

dargaud Re:it can be air filled (193 comments)

Survive an Earth asteroid strike for one.

Yeah and then what ? It's not like you can find raw material to rebuild civilization when you are suspended 20km up in the air...

yesterday
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NASA Study Proposes Airships, Cloud Cities For Venus Exploration

dargaud Let cool (193 comments)

I like the idea of building a gigantic monomolecular sheet at the L1 point of Venus to reflect/deflect part of the sunlight, letting Venus cool off. Below a certain temperature parts of its atmosphere start to condense, also dropping the air pressure by a significant amount. Possible terraforming in a much easier way than on Mars, hardly any high tech involved except for a sheet factory and tanks of raw material at L1.

yesterday
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Ask Slashdot: Best Software For Image Organization?

dargaud Re:Keep It Simple (258 comments)

There are plenty of tools or scripts that will rename your files according to the time the image was taken. Make sure you use some variation of YYYYMMDDHHMMSS as it's in lexicographic order when sorting. I wrote my own.

3 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Software For Image Organization?

dargaud Re:Simplest is best (258 comments)

Exactly. Using the filesystem is the best and simplest method. I have images ranging 150 years and 10 Tb using this method and I can find things in a few seconds, either with the find command or by zeroing on the date. Fo old scans that aren't dated precisely you can simply use 'YYYY-event" or 'YYYYMM-event'. And it works on any OS and any media (CD, HD...) so you KNOW it'll still work when your granchildren will want to sift through your images.

3 days ago
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Blade Runner 2 Script Done, Harrison Ford Says "the Best Ever"

dargaud Re:Why does this need a sequel? (294 comments)

Interesting post.

Since you mention it I'd like to ask a question about the pictures in the movie. I saw the movie several times but could never figure out what is seen on the picture is actually zooms on, the one with the room and (?) mirror. I'm sure it's on some FAQ somewhere but never dug into that.

4 days ago
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AI Expert: AI Won't Exterminate Us -- It Will Empower Us

dargaud Re:programming (414 comments)

'taught' not 'tought'. Long day.

about a week ago
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AI Expert: AI Won't Exterminate Us -- It Will Empower Us

dargaud Re:programming (414 comments)

Probably not. I guess it will be some emergent behavior. And teaching. LOTS of teaching. A baby isn't intelligent from birth, it takes... err... quite a while. The AI, a true AI, will show whatever way it's tought. My hope is that it won't come out of the NSA servers... But I'm not an optimist.

about a week ago
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Warmer Pacific Ocean Could Release Millions of Tons of Methane

dargaud Re:How about a straight answer? (329 comments)

Here's a different way to look at it: have you ever heard of the carboniferous period ? It's the 50 million years period between the time plants invented lignin and became trees (300MY ago) and the time when microorganisms evolved a way to digest it. During this period trees that died didn't rot. They just piled up. And other trees grew on top to hundreds of meters of depths. All that accumulated carbon is still around, in the ground, in form of coal of petroleum. But it took humans barely 200 years to release a good part of it into the atmosphere. Draw your own conclusion...

about a week ago
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How Relevant is C in 2014?

dargaud Several reasons (640 comments)

One of the main reasons is that entire operating systems are written with it. When there are operating systems written from scratch in Erlang or Java or Go or whatever, then and only then we'll see C start to fade away. Until then it's here to stay. All the other reasons are secondary: ease of use (gcc test.c; ./a.out), widespread availability from tiny micro-controllers to behemoth supercomputers, low overhead, precise and full control of everything to the bit level, huge choice of well tested libraries, etc... That's why I regularly try and learn new languages but most of what I do is in C.

As to why there are more threads related to C++ on the Internet, easy, it's because C++ is a lot more complicated and complex to grok. I need as much help as I can with some of its tortured constructs and seldom used idioms. C is more straightforward (even if there are plenty of tricky things in it, which the seasoned programmers will either know how to use or steer well clear of).

about two weeks ago
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Google Hopes To One Day Replace Gmail With Inbox

dargaud Re:Who's their test group? (239 comments)

Google Keep is great for that, no need to involve email.

about two weeks ago
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The Cashless Society? It's Already Coming

dargaud Re:You can pry my wallet from my... (375 comments)

Stores must love you when you pay a 1$ bread with a credit card and most of it stays in the pocket of the CC company...

about two weeks ago
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Football Concussion Lawsuits Start To Hit High Schools

dargaud Re:Here's an idea (233 comments)

Yeah, who thought that playing violent games such as football, lacrosse or hockey in college is a good idea anyway. Or anywhere for that matter, I find those sports violent and stupid. There, I said it. It's better than people going at war or tribes throwing feces at each others, but barely.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Making a 'Wife Friendly' Gaming PC?

dargaud Re:No Way Out (720 comments)

Think about what you are doing and what you can split on a dual setup (headless server+laptop) like I described. You don't need the most powerful system in existence to develop nowadays. Unless you compile X11 or KDE every 10 minutes. Even the Linux kernel compiles from clean in a few minutes on my laptop.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Making a 'Wife Friendly' Gaming PC?

dargaud Re:No Way Out (720 comments)

In that same situation, I replaced a powerful and nosy desktop behemoth I'd been upgradiung for 15 years by a tiny and quiet headless linux Shuttle server that sits in a bookcase shelf next to the cable modem, always on (local NFS server, virtual machines via rdesktop, web server, family image server, media server, etc); and a powerful large screen laptop I close when I'm not using.

about three weeks ago
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Debian Forked Over Systemd

dargaud Re:What a horrible name (647 comments)

wondering how Linux should be pronounced

You should fork the pronunciation then. That's how the open source world works, no ?

about three weeks ago
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Russia May Be Planning National Space Station To Replace ISS

dargaud Re:Why such a short lifetime ? (236 comments)

Nut that's the point of doing it modular: send a new module every few years, retire one every few years, this way you don't need to dump the whole thing at once and start over.

about three weeks ago
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What is your computer most often plugged into?

dargaud Re:UPS (236 comments)

Same experience here... until I changed brand of UPS. APC absolutely sucked, I had something like 10 different ones (I run a lot of hardware) fail in various ways. Since I changed brand: no more problems. I don't even remember what I have now since it's been under the desk for years without me needing to look.

about three weeks ago
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Google Launches Service To Replace Web Ads With Subscriptions

dargaud Re:Adblock... (319 comments)

I don't know what they mean by 'host' but 'hosts files' are a complementary solution to adblock. And yes it is spam, and since you are all anonymous cowards don't expect a discussion on that.

about a month ago

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Ubuntu closes longstanding bug #1

dargaud dargaud writes  |  about a year and a half ago

dargaud (518470) writes "Mark Shuttleworth of Ubuntu fame has closed the primal bug on launchpad, standing since 2004 and titled "Microsoft has a majority market share", due to the 'changing realities' of tablets, smartphones, wearable computing..."
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Ask /.: are home drones a possibility ?

dargaud dargaud writes  |  more than 2 years ago

dargaud writes "I live in an alpine setting and I'd like to be able to remotely view various remote valleys to check for ice formations for winter climbing. I wonder if there are cheap drones that could do that. Requirements would be: GPS guided on a preset route (no remote control necessary, and anyway there's no line of sight), at least 20km autonomy, 1 or 2 cameras on the sides to record valley walls, easy launching and autonomous landing (parachute?) at predefined point, ground detection to avoid crashes (if preset route is wrong or GPS echoes on valley walls as is often the case). Is there anything commercially available cheap enough, or any DIY that doesn't require a year of assembly ?"
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You can say that the Taser kills (in France)

dargaud dargaud writes  |  about 6 years ago

dargaud writes "Although in the US Taser International is known to sue anybody who claims tasers contributed to the cause of death of people (even going as far as changing causes on death certificates), in France things now go the other way. A communist leader was sued by the company after claiming in an interview that tasers had killed 150 people in the US and Canada. And they lost yesterday (link in french) after failing to prove otherwise. It's the 2nd victory for free speech in the country against the company which is trying to sell its devices to police forces. But where the story gets even more interesting is that 6 staff members of the company were arrested while spying on the political leader..."
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dargaud dargaud writes  |  more than 8 years ago

dargaud writes "I just received a spam message that was so geeky that I held my finger off the delete key in curiosity: it's the usual pump'n'dump scam, but in ASCII art ! The message contains only numbers and spaces, but when read in a monospaced font it spells a stock reference 11 characters high and contains nothing else. The hitch is that in the usual windowed mail reader it's pure giberish so I doubt this new attempt at evading spam filters will catch on."
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dargaud dargaud writes  |  more than 8 years ago

dargaud writes "The Washington Post (reg necessary) is running a story about yet another airport paranoia: MPAA sponsored DVD sniffing dogs! Two dogs have been trained to recognize the smell released by the plastic of pirate DVDs. The catch? They smell just like legal ones..."

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