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Tiny Fanless Mini-PC Runs Linux Or Windows On Quad-core AMD SoC

dfsmith Re:Perhaps at last an affordable mini PC? (180 comments)

I got an nVidia ION-based Asus Aspire Revo PC a few years back. It worked fairly well, gets nice and warm, and is still in service as my Kodi box, NAS/backup server (eSATA+GbE with RAID) and secondary DNS/DHCP. It does leave out the PCI slots from the reference platform though.

I'm currently evaluating a $150 (from Fry's) Asus VivoPC as my next primary server. Dual core, hidden micro-PCIe, SATA and USB3. So far, so good.

about two weeks ago
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The Next Decade In Storage

dfsmith Re: Technologically maybe... (93 comments)

When I got my first CD-ROM drive, it was half speed (75kB/s). Oh yeah! It was awesome—I wish I still had some of those early CD-ROM demos. (The Intel monk/book of the dead one sticks in my mind: it talked to you!)

about two weeks ago
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Is Kitkat Killing Lollipop Uptake?

dfsmith Re:Why do I want to upgrade? (437 comments)

I guess changing the calendar's "week view" from 7 days to 5 days is part of their 20% play-at-work scheme. (It also only displays a fixed time span, because who would want to see your appointments for the whole day?)

about two weeks ago
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Tips For Securing Your Secure Shell

dfsmith Use telnet (148 comments)

The telnet protocol can be made very secure with the right software in place.* But it's only useful when you have a pre-agreed algorithm.

* Use the data stream to carry benign traffic. Encode your critical message elsewhere, e.g., the inter-packet delays, typos, a secondary (intermingled) TCP stream, TCP retries, TCP checksum, window lengths, header packing.

about two weeks ago
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Writer: How My Mom Got Hacked

dfsmith Re:Not always (463 comments)

The value you stated is complicated. Either

  • Pay $1200/year for backups, where the availability of the data clearly didn't affect the viability of his business, or
  • Pay $500 occasionally and in the process have plausible deniability for the data lost and an insurance claim.

Tough call, depending on his business.

about three weeks ago
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Writer: How My Mom Got Hacked

dfsmith Re:rsync -b (463 comments)

an external HDD plugged into a raspberry pi costs almost nothing, and is pretty easy to set up for anyone with even moderate scripting skills

The sentiment is sound, but in many cases, the RPi+storage+time costs more than the $500 ransom.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Are Progressive Glasses a Mistake For Computer Users?

dfsmith Digital progressive lenses (464 comments)

I went through two rounds of cataract correction surgery, so my medical plan allowed me to experiment a bit with replacement lenses. In the end, I found that a larger spread of focal range (top to bottom) suited me better (I think my original corrections were -4 to -3, and settled on -4 to -2). A also found I liked the "digital" layout (small infinity at the top, wide screen-distance, small near distance) over the standard layout (wide infinity, narrow mid, narrow near).

about three weeks ago
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At 40, a person is ...

dfsmith Re:It's all relative (286 comments)

Kilobytes! You were lucky! In my day we 'ad to work with less that 1 kilobit and a 9 character display.

about a month ago
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Computer Error Grounds Flights In the UK

dfsmith Re:"Computer" failure? (68 comments)

Anything other than "scary computers" being the cause would be nice.

Skynet?

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Software For Image Organization?

dfsmith Re:There's only one image organizing program (259 comments)

I run a Linux kernel on 4 out of the 5 PC/laptops I own, and spend 90% of my time screen-time on them. I organize my photos in <shameface>Adobe Photoshop Elements Organizer 8</shameface> on Windows. Elements can be made to tag the metadata into the JPEGs so that its database can be reconstructed just from the files, and it has a reasonable tagging interface. However, my photos probably only amount to 500GiB or so, going back to the 1990s, and I don't bother with raw, so my load isn't high.

about a month ago
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FTDI Reportedly Bricking Devices Using Competitors' Chips.

dfsmith Re:Is this legal? (700 comments)

I suspect FTDI's counter-argument would be:

"Our driver detected an anomoly with the 232 chip, and reassigned its PID to prevent possible future serious damage."

about 3 months ago
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GNOME 3 Winning Back Users

dfsmith Re:Responding to feedback (267 comments)

..."people hate change but they'll learn to love it"

It's mostly true. The early Gnome 3 annoyed me so much ("I want my clock on the bottom of the screen, dammit!") that I changed to KDE4 and XFCE (on low memory systems). KDE was infuriating, but once I'd figured out how to disable, e.g., Akonadai and Konqueror, I learned to like it. (Dolphin is good! Window title bars on the left edge is a godsend for widescreen use.) XFCE was similar enough to Gnome 2 for me not to notice it much.

about 4 months ago
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Infected ATMs Give Away Millions of Dollars Without Credit Cards

dfsmith Re:These on XP? (83 comments)

...and software updates are usually distributed by bank internal networks

I'm not sure I like the idea of rogue ATMs on the internal bank network.

about 4 months ago
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IBM Solar Concentrator Can Produce12kW/day, Clean Water, and AC

dfsmith Re:OK (268 comments)

So figure this thing can be built for 20k. And you manage to save $1k a year. It will take 20 years to pay off...

That's at $0.05/kWh. In California the CPUC demands $0.34/kWh if you run more than 4 light bulbs.

about 3 months ago
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Remote Exploit Vulnerability Found In Bash

dfsmith Re:one-liner df.cgi, uptime.cgi (399 comments)

The package man2html (installed by default on my server) had a cgi script starting #!/bin/sh. Urk.

about 4 months ago
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Now That It's Private, Dell Targets High-End PCs, Tablets

dfsmith Re:board of directors is the problem not Wall Stre (167 comments)

Apple is somewhat special. See, for example:

Institutional ownership of Apple shares has declined as funds question the company’s ability to increase revenue long term, Morgan Stanley said in a report this week. Apple’s 30 largest shareholders own a record low 30 percent of shares outstanding, down from a peak of 40 percent in 2009, according to the report.

about 4 months ago
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Now That It's Private, Dell Targets High-End PCs, Tablets

dfsmith Re:board of directors is the problem not Wall Stre (167 comments)

Boards are typically appointed by the shareholders. A large proportion of shares (majority?) are held by "Wall Street" as part of mutual funds, etc.

about 4 months ago
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Direct Sales OK Baked Into Nevada's $1.3 Billion Incentive Deal With Tesla

dfsmith Re:Suercaps (149 comments)

Using wikinumbers, here are some relevent energy densities.

  • Li-ion battery: 100 to 265Wh/kg (900 to 1900J/cm3)
  • Supercapacitor: 0.5 to 15Wh/kg (no volumetric density easily obtainable).

Here's a press release from some company that claims 60Wh/l (~200J/cm3) from their research supercaps.

about 4 months ago
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AT&T Says 10Mbps Is Too Fast For "Broadband," 4Mbps Is Enough

dfsmith AT&T executive 45mph speed limit (533 comments)

How can we mandate that AT&T executives must not drive faster than 45mph, which is as fast as you need to go to get basic transportation?

about 5 months ago

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Unofficial patch extends Windows XP support

dfsmith dfsmith writes  |  about 10 months ago

dfsmith (960400) writes "Many companies, my employer included, have stopped supporting Windows XP starting today. Luckily, a couple of engineers at Microsoft have released simple patch to extend XP support. "Our patch extends March indefinitely. For example, with the patch, today is March 32nd. And we wish you Merry Christmas later this month, on March 300th!", explained Rolf Paoli. Seems like an ingenious way to fix an awkward problem."

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