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Thousands of Leaked KGB Files Are Now Open To the Public

davesag The Sword and the Shield (95 comments)

The Mitrokhin Archive was published in book form over 14 years ago. See https://www.goodreads.com/book...

It's a dense read but fascinating. Having all that in a searchable archive is worthwhile but it's not the first time this information has been revealed to the general public.

about 7 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Does Your Employer Perform HTTPS MITM Attacks On Employees?

davesag Many hotels do this too (572 comments)

Many of the hotels I've stayed in iver the years, both major chains and smaller boutique hotels, and in several countries, have attested to MiM my secure mail server or http a sessions. Similarly I caught the Qantas lounge in Sydney trying this a few years ago. I never use hotel internets any more or airline lounges' wifi - it's just too creepy.

about a year ago

Searching the Internet For Evidence of Time Travelers

davesag Re: Whew. (465 comments)

Presumably such a Time Traveller would have been given some training, or read up on the history of the time they are travelling to. Though, perhaps not, given the way some people behave now when they travel between countries. Maybe time travellers are accidental - that that also seems unlikely. In fact the whole existence of time travellers seems unlikely, deliberate or not.

1 year,27 days

Ask Slashdot: What Are the Books Everyone Should Read?

davesag Books that affect the way you view the world (796 comments)

Here's a short list of 32 book's I've read that really affected how I look at the world (with links to Goodreads):

0) The Dancers at the End of Time Trilogy by Michael Moorcock - A literary dandy of a series. Short, sweet, funny and eternally optimistic. Stays with you.
1) The Illuminatus! Trilogy By Robert Shae and Robert Anton Wilson. - Truly hilarious - the literary equivalent of taking LSD. Once you've read it you'll never see the world in the same way again. This book invented the Illuminati conspiracy myth as we know it today.
2, 3, 4, 5) Hyperion / The Fall of Hyperion / Endymion, The Rise of Endymion by Dan Simmons - Heavy, difficult, big-idea science fiction / space opera set in a deeply religious future. The end made me cry. (Also check out Drood by Simmons. It's creepy and great.)
6) Solaris by Stanislaw Lem - a moving and beautiful critique of the scientific process - also made me cry. (read any Lem you come across, it's all great)
7) Gravity's Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon- a monster of a book - took me 3 years to read - but worth every bit of it. Affects how you perceive the world. (Also worth reading the companion so you can see what you missed the first time around)
8) Accelerando by Charles Stross - Truly a book for our times. Read any Stross, it's all pretty good.
9) The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov - funny, trippy satire of the soviet era and religion.
10) The Sacred Book of the Werewolf - Funny, especially if you've read The Master and Margarita by Bulgakov but ultimately this is a book about the nature of perception and reality.
11, 12, 13) American Tabloid / The Cold Six Thousand / Blood's a Rover - James Ellroy. - Shocking, funny, tense, amazing. You'll never look at US politics in the same way again. Very few sentences longer than about 4 sentences unless it's dialogue, newspaper extracts or wiretap transcripts.
14, 15, 16) The Baroque Cycle by Neil Stephenson - Terrific fun nerd core historical adventure that reveals the history of money and science. Then go read all of Stephenson's other books, especially Cryptonomicon, Snow Crash, The Diamond Age and Anathem.
17) The Gulag Archipelago by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn - scary because it's true and increasingly relevant. You'll look twice at train carriages after reading this.
18) Any / all of the Culture books by Iain M Banks, but especially Surface Detail.
19 and 20) The Commonwealth Saga by Peter F Hamilton - pure fun space opera.
21) The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams. Should be mandatory reading for everyone.
22 and 23) Animal Farm and 1984 by George Orwell - Also should be required reading.
24) Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut Jr. And indeed any KVjr
25) Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell - funny, clever, trippy and interestingly structured.
26, 27, and 28) The Road, No Country for Old Men, and Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy - bleak and terrifying each in their own way. Amazing writing.
29) Flood and Evolution by Stephen Baxter - post apocalyptic funtimes.
30) World war Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War by Max Barry - best zombie book ever.
31) Bitter Seeds by Ian Tregillis - Demons vs Ubermench during WW][. Scary and weird but creepy good fun.

I could go on but if you get through all of these you'll never look at the world in the same way again.

1 year,30 days

Startup Touts All-in-One Digital Credit Card

davesag Re:Great for CC scammers (222 comments)

Here in oz tap-to-pay is the latest thing. You just tap your card on the device and the payment happens - no signature, no nothing. It's valid for purchases up to $100 and it's brilliant. Paying for your cab is just a quick tap and you are gone, none of this printing receipts for you to sign, or having to member PINs.

Of course it's susceptible to theft etc, but clearly it's not such an issue for the banks or they'd not all be tripping over themselves to roll it out everywhere.

about a year ago

Inside the Guardian and the Snowden Leaks

davesag Re: Reference Newspapers (239 comments)

Certainly the New Yorker has shown it doesn't know the difference between "insure" and "ensure". That error appears three times in their article. Standards sure have slippedâ¦

about a year ago

Apple Unveils iPhone 5C, iPhone 5S

davesag Re: Hand over your fingerprint! (773 comments)

I'm not sure fingerprints taken at birth would be much good to anyone.`

about a year ago

Will Robots Replace Rent-a-Cops?

davesag Re: This sounds familiar... (157 comments)

Oh for fuck's sake it's 15 seconds to comply. If you are going to quote of if the most excellent scenes in cinema history get it right please.

about a year and a half ago

Book Review: The Healthy Programmer

davesag Re: Rreasonable response (461 comments)

The book has been in beta as an ebook for about a year. I admit I was one if those beta readers, alas I never actually got around to opening it. The hard copy version is sitting on my dining room table right now glaring at me.

I guess I should actually read it at some stage.

about a year and a half ago

DEF CON Hackers Unveil a New Way of Visualizing Web Vulnerabilities

davesag Re:Clever it might be, but the UI sucks big time (57 comments)

Be that as it may, it's profoundly useless if you can't edit the root URL however.

Also, given the UI swiftly becomes a morass of swirling links, pinning one down to doubly click on it is next to impossible. The back end of this might be great but the UI is total shit.

about a year and a half ago

DEF CON Hackers Unveil a New Way of Visualizing Web Vulnerabilities

davesag Clever it might be, but the UI sucks big time (57 comments)

I mean seriously, you can't even edit the goddam URL field; hovering over nodes makes them glow (wooo) but clicking does nothing. Maybe it's an issue with the Unity plugin (yeah, Unity! seriously. FFS)

File this under "utter shite"

about a year and a half ago

Microsoft Stock Drops 11% In a Day

davesag Re:Metro UI (467 comments)

You obviously don't know anyone with kids then. I'd say pretty much every household I visit has at least one iPad (often 1 per child). Add to that a plethora of iPod Touches and iPad minis. Go to any airport lounge and you'll see more iPads than you can poke a shitty stick at. I guess it's because I live in a first world country though.

about a year and a half ago

Microsoft Stock Drops 11% In a Day

davesag Re:Metro UI (467 comments)

Wow thanks, I've been a Mac user since 1984 and I never knew about command` until I read your comment. You've just made my Sunday! Is there a similar command keystroke for switching through tabs in a single window?

about a year and a half ago

Compared to my 1st computer's memory ...

davesag A mete 33 years later (587 comments)

The first computer I ever coded on was an IBM System 470 (in 1980, i was in High School and they had a deal with the Angle Park Computing Centre) and I believe it had a massive 4K of memory. My current iMac has 16GB of RAM and the new one being bought for me for my new job will have 32GB of RAM. The System 470 had tape drives which held 512K per tape. My iMac has 3TB internal fusion drive + another 6 TB of Thunderbolt drives attached to it. The System 470 had no graphics at all, just a paper card reader and printer. The iMac has a 2GB Graphics card.

about a year and a half ago

Snowden Is Lying, Say House Intelligence Committee Leaders

davesag Did he make up those PowerPoint slides too? (749 comments)

If, as the USG is saying, Snowden is lying, can we also assume that he invented those PowerPoint slides too? And if so, wouldn't the slides look nicer? Seriously if you were going to make that stuff up, you'd make it look nice too.

about a year and a half ago

Flying Bicycle Is Real, Takes First Flight

davesag Noisy isn't it. (123 comments)

Seriously I think the greatest invention of the 21st C could be silent fans. That bike looks like great fun but the noise is a killer.

about a year and a half ago

"Dramatic Decline" Warning For Plants and Animals

davesag Re: Yep (696 comments)

Actually the jury is in and industrial emissions and deforestation are guilty as charged. There is nothing more tiresome than a climate sceptic trotting out utterly debunked bullshit.

about a year and a half ago

UK Passes "Instagram Act"

davesag Photos jn Instagram, Flickr, et al all are not orp (230 comments)

Any photos in *your* Instagram feed, Flickr library, etc are not orphaned under the terms of this act as they are explicitly associated with a user account and, in the case of Flickr have one or more of several licenses already attached to them. The article is the usual Register FUD.

about 2 years ago



Scanning APS negs — What's best?

davesag davesag writes  |  more than 3 years ago

davesag writes "I have hundreds of old rolls of photos taken with APS film and I want to scan the negs at a decent resolution, and preserve the XIF data that is stored with the shots. I've searched all over the place but not found any decent suggestions for how this might be done. All the old film-scanners are either 1 photo at a time jobs, or require me to pull the film from the canister to scan. I want a scanner that I can just pop the APS film canister into and hit a button. But is there such a thing? Surely some slashdot reader has solved this problem before."


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