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The Case For Flipping Your Monitor From Landscape to Portrait

dindi Big monitor? (567 comments)

In reality what you might be looking for is a decent size monitor. I worked for a while on an iMac (29 or 27 or whatever the biggest was 3 years ago) ... and with a portrait 19 Dell it was pretty good. I had all the code on the iMac, and site + firebug or 3 terminals (running console apps on servers) were on the dell.

Currenty I am running 3x 23 1080p monitors and I feel your pain. The monitors have no decent mount and so I am stuck in a "widescreen gaming" setup for now.

I actually have a 3x23'' 1080p linux desktop, and 3 macs on 3 other monitors for work. I have communications on one (mail, office, skype, etc), some house controls on the other (music player/etc) ... and one for web testing for web projects (or monitoring interfaces for non-web daemons/servers).... In addition I have a 1080p 42 inch TV with a mac mini in the office for video/music playback (tube amp for music and DTS for movies) ...

It is a little overkill, but I never have a "where do I put this window so I can always see it" problem :) .. works well if you both run servers and write code....

Switching between windows is really a time waster multitasker process interrupting horror. Easier to say "these 2 are for terminals, these are for netbeans, and the big one is where the site is tested in 4 different browsers"

BUT ...

However, what I am really looking forward to is a price drop on the 4K TVs. a 46''-ish 4K would get rid of multiple cards, converters, eyefinity, xinerama, and all the shit that complicates life on both OSX/ Linux / Windows.

about a month and a half ago

Bitcoin Is Not Anonymous After All

dindi And that killed the whole article (115 comments)

" Moreover, the popular anonymization network "Tor" can do little to guarantee Bitcoin user's anonymity, since it can be blocked easily"....

What does this sentence even mean?

Bitcoin (Litecoin, Maxcoin, *coin (ok, most) ) can use a proxy. This proxy can go through TOR, I2P, 55 VPNs zig-zagging over the globe.

Bitcoin is Anonymous as you don't need to provide your identity. All transactions are however public: visible in the blockchain. It is like imagining a big mess of encrypted emails that everyone hosts on their machines, but you can only read the ones (spend bitcoins from) you have the key for.

Did I mention: you don't need to run a full node, and you can also use an on-line wallet.

Simple recipe:
1. mine some bitcoins
2. get a VPN
3. Use the VPN to get a free email address (google, riseup or else)
4. Use the VPN to get a VPS hosting
5. set up TOR on VPS hosting (hidden service)
6. and/or set up I2P on VPS hosting (eepsite)
7. Install Bitcoin, Litecoin, *Coin on the machine and run a full node through the VPN, TOR, I2P or combination of them
8. Use the VPN, TOR, I2P (or a combination of them) to access the machine where
9. Use the command line interface to send funds
10. Use any of the libraries to write your own web service to talk to the daemons to manage your funds

There ... find the IP where it came from.... found it ?

Rinse, repeat:

1. buy raspberry PI
2. buy throw-away anonymous SIM online (through VPN, I2P, TOR, with bitcoins)
3. install TOR, VPN, I2P, solar panel, gsm modem, Bitcoind, *coind on raspberry PI
4. Take a long ride from home where there is still reception, climb a tree/rock/old building/tower. Install it there ...

Found my IP ?

and so on ...

Or did they mean: if you just run a full node from home and accidentally connect to one of their servers they propagate, they can see where the transaction was coming from the first time ?
bitcoind --printtoconsole

about 2 months ago

Do You Need Headphones While Working?

dindi Re:Audio books (262 comments)

After trying to get the Takeshi Kovacs trilogy from Audible ($30+/pop) and realising that most of the author's books are not available in my country (stupid)...
I figured, that I could buy the same books on dvds. MP3 format, not linked to any Audible or other account, and for $10 or less. Tantor media.

I also don't like physical formats and CD/DVD is the ultimate nightmare for me (I have one working cd drive remaining in my MBP) but with this pricing you can get 3-4 books for the price of the audible one.

Just got Thirteen (Black) and Market Forces, $10 shipped too:O

about a year ago

OCZ May Be On Its Last Legs

dindi Re:Tiniest violin (292 comments)

Except for the people who don't own a single optical drive. Not trolling, Being an Apple user first I freaked out. Then now back to Linux and somehow don't miss them. So when I put a server and a desktop machine together, I didn't put an optical drive in them at all.

I think the right way to do it is to give users a bootable USB drive. Or offer the download with a utility to make a drive bootable.

I have probably 50 driver CDs in a shelf I never opened and this plastic nonsense has to end right now.

my 2c ...

about a year ago

OCZ May Be On Its Last Legs

dindi Re:Tiniest violin (292 comments)

You seem to have a different experience I run OCZ in 3 24/7 machines ( 2 OS/x 1 linux) ... the only SSD drive that failed on me was on my Macbook Air, and it was a Samsung, and it was a "freeze, then all data gone and drive unrecognisable" nasty failure (thanks Apple for time machine, really) ...

The OCZ drives are Vertex 4 and Agility 3 drives (latter in the Linux box, crunching data all day, writing to a mysql db non-stop - data collection app) ..

I am happy with the drives, but would double-think getting a Samsung or Kingston (knowing the filed drive and the total crap quality of several sticks I own)...

about a year ago

I'd prefer my money be made of ...

dindi Re:Electrons and math? (532 comments)

Actually, not. Prime coin is more about "usable" or "practical" math. Then there are a load of other coins. Some of them with a pretty reasonable exchange/sale value ...

But .. just trolling, really ... yes.. could have said bitcoin as well ..

about a year ago

How Your Smartphone Can Spy On What You Type

dindi Kinesis Advantage with buzzer (77 comments)

I wonder what this little app would do with the keyboard I am typing on. First of all, it is a mechanical keyboard with cherry MX browns. Second, I have the "buzzer" function on that simulates "clicky"-ness, since it is not a real clicking switch (though tactile) like e.g. the blue one or the real buckled ones.

I am not saying it would work better or worse, just curious if it would work on a Kinesis and how much the "clicker" and the totally odd shape of the keyboards would disrupt the functionality.

Anyway.... my phone is usually on airplane mode when I enter the house and is redirected to a landline that has an Asterisk box on it... then the Asterisk box' FXO is carefully disconnected, so no calls in, no calls out:). That's the way I like to handle phones and phone calls.

about a year ago

Malware Now Hiding In Graphics Cards

dindi Re:Mine it (125 comments)

Almost as useless and annoying as mining primecoin then :)

about a year ago

Malware Now Hiding In Graphics Cards

dindi Mine it (125 comments)

That is why I mine crypto currencies with my graphics card 24/7 and liquid cool them.

The overclocking burns the malware out, then the distilled water flushes it out. My 99.8% pure silver kill coil takes care of any remaining parasites - just in case the UV lighting didn't burn them to death already....

about a year ago

The Internet Society is Unhappy with U.S. Govt's Internet Spying Tactics

dindi Re:Crypto ?? Anyone... ANYONE? (107 comments)

I know I2P ...

And agree with mostly what you say. However I think ANY crypto would be better than NO crypto. I think we can agree on the following:

sending a PGP encoded mail out on my connection that has a bitcoin purchased (no payment info) VPN, maybe even do that over TOR (shit or not) makes things a little more complicated for whoever that wants to see that mail and where it was coming from.

That said, a friend argued, that if I started using crypto chat over Skype (OTR with Adium or Pidgin) then I would draw attention. Which might be true. That is why EVERYONE should start using it, so it will require crazy amounts of computing powers to figure out what the hell is happening on the wire.

Realistically, we could also go back to remailers. If it is 2048 +bit encrypted, the remailing would occur, else, it wouldn't.

I mean, with a little effort we could make it really hard for the snoopers.

my 2c :)

about a year ago

My favorite season:

dindi Re:Favorite color (346 comments)

HAhah.... I live in Costa Rica... Dry season and Wet season. People keep insisting it is winter and summer, though we are on the north hemisphere and wet season coincides with summer on the north hemisphere and the driest dry is Dec/Jan when it is the coldest elsewhere.

about a year ago

The Internet Society is Unhappy with U.S. Govt's Internet Spying Tactics

dindi Crypto ?? Anyone... ANYONE? (107 comments)

And still, people use gmail, hotmail, Facebook, mobile me ....

Even worse: no one uses crypto. PGP is there. TOR is there (OK, with some problems with the latter),. a 4096bit key is a tough cookie to crack. There are 2-3 click installers for almost every OS (linux, win, osx, ios and android).

There is also OTR chat for chatting.

Still, I cannot convince one single person to use it, even for business matters that shouldn't go through mail servers and chat servers in clear text form.

I am talking about programmers, technical managers and system administrators, who find these tools either unnecessary, or too bothersome to use..... So how will average Joe convince grandma, grandpa, and uncle Joe to install these tools and go through the incredibly long (5 minute tops) learning curve and start using the F@#$@#$ tools?

Let's use diaspora, go back to vote-in BBS systems with made up names and use crypto ... but no... people are upset about their privacy while posting borderline illegal videos with under their own name with location services stamping info into the media.

ARE WE STUPID or what ?

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: Does Your Work Schedule Make You Unproductive?

dindi Re:Best is two shifts with some recovery time betw (311 comments)

I was whining about the price tag too. Finally I got one and it is the best ever investment (after a Kinesis keyboard and a quality trackpad) ...
I was going nuts over ambient noise at the office where I was abroad, plus being winter I had to have the heater on at the hotel.
I first got a "noise cancelling" Sony, that turned out a joke, then tested the Bose QC 15 at Best Buy with the airplane noise simulation ....

I had various fans at my home office before my Bitcoin miners went water cooled, and without them it was unbearable. As of other noises: it is actually capable of levelling the sound of a (just in front of my open window) lawnmower to a level, where I can listen to music on a really low level and only hear the occasional bursts of RPM adjustments caused by whatever stuff the mower is chewing through...

Trust me. BUY ONE. You won't regret it. I am not a Bose sales person, nor do I like their products too much, but the QC 15 is simply great.. It also sounds really good with movies, music, though it is a little heavy on the bass.

Hope this helps...

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: Attracting Developers To Abandonware?

dindi Re:Android is not Linux ... (321 comments)


Can that achieve hearing god through your speaker cat /boot/vmlinuz >> /dev/speaker (or audio, or sound or .. .whatever your device creates)

about a year ago

Japan Controls Rocket Launch With Just 8 People and 2 Laptops

dindi Re:Small solid rocket (94 comments)

The Millennium Falcon needed no ground crew at all, just a wookie and a pistol slinging smuggler.. Who by the way shot first.

about a year ago

German Data Protection Expert Warns Against Using iPhone5S Fingerprint Function

dindi Border control (303 comments)

Does that appear to you, that every time you enter *certain* countries they ask for your full fingerprint? Then as we know they swap this data with other governments for no good reason.

You cannot use your fingerprint for anything.... it is almost like tattooing a QR code on your forehead and using that for authentication purposes...
OK. maybe not that bad, but pretty close. Did I just watch to much mission impossible and think that they can take my fingerprint, then 3d print it to a condom and use it to unlock my whatever they want to unlock?

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: Attracting Developers To Abandonware?

dindi Re:Android is not Linux ... (321 comments)

I could have done a lot of things, you are totally right.

Or I could have just set a cron job up or a shell script to do them .

Don't get me wrong, if I cared for phones I would be programming for them probably (I am actually mostly working with Java console apps these days that process/monitor data) ...

The big difference is that when you have the power of command line, you don't have to "write a program" for every little stupid task you want to achieve.

Compare the effort of setting up a cron job (to stay with the example) to send you the location of the phone every 5 minutes.
In cron (given that you have a theoretical program called GPSutil and SMSutil) would be
crontab -e; put time, path GPSutil --currentlocation| SMSutil 12345667 ....
in an other 10 minutes of tinkering, if there is no net, you could log it to a file, then send the batch when there is net again.

You can also install the dev tools, start reading the API, the docs, figure out how to compile .. set up an app, see how you can run that in the background, use a crapload of unnecessary resources to keep an app running, automate its startup, check (if possible) how to restart if it fails ... write the app, deploy.. blablabla...

And solution 2 is perfect ... will take you from cold start .. at least 2 weeks.. more if you are not a Java dev.

Solution 1 for someone using linux for almost 20 years : 15-30 minutes, if you really polish it.

It is like the thing I always tell to the windows admins/programmers:
solve this problem: open a file, and replace every instance of "blabla" but only if it is the first word on the line with a tab before.....

You can write an app and regex, you can install VI or SED.... the difference, is that my preferred OS (osx or linux) comes with that installed, I just need to chain them together to get what I want .. and I am done before you found it on google what to install

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: Attracting Developers To Abandonware?

dindi Re:Android is not Linux ... (321 comments)

You get me completely wrong .. what I am missing is what makes Linux more for me than Windows and in certain ways then Apple...

Let me give a simple example: plug in a USB cable and pull up PPP to have a radio-lett net on the device. Or
while true; do cat /dev/whateversensor | something.sh; sleep 1; done (or the same from cron) ..

There is a hook for this too just like there is a program for everything in Windows. Why I use Linux and OSX is so that I don't have to install an app for every little stupid task, nor do I have to write a complete application... because I have an OS that gives me resources and tools to work with I can chain together to do something.

Don't get me wrong I love Java (I actually do, and for a net/console app that is my first choice many time with 50/50 between Java and PHP for the web (PHP for practicality of "you can host it for cheap anywhere") ..... ..

As I said.. this was years ago, I did not do the research, I heard "linux os" and I expected something as "embedded" as a WRT linux.... limited, but more than just a Kernel ......


about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: Attracting Developers To Abandonware?

dindi Re:Android is not Linux ... (321 comments)

Funny you mention this. When I got my first (and last) Android phone, I was honestly expecting a somewhat functional/scriptable Linux environment with Perl, some web server, and a sane package manager. I imagined that I would be able to script behaviour and set up a cron job to make a call or connect to the net......
I did not even consider, that what I was getting was nothing like that. Besides this little surprise I hated the phone, the experience, everything about it.. including the uselessly slow emulator and the whole eclipse-based dev environment.

about a year ago

Promising Vaccine Candidate Could Lead To a Definitive Cure For HIV

dindi Re:Not gonna happen (185 comments)

Flu, MRM, probably others too. Mercury and typhoid monkey kidneys they use for the cultures are a bit of a turn-off. The lack of testing is an added plus. While MRM vaccines were tested separately, there was never a clinical trial of the mixture. And they give that to 3 year old kids in most everywhere. Some of these kids suffer serious damage to their digestive tract. Not proven but suggested by many, that this damage can be linked to the sudden onset of autism. One that in many cases can be fully or partially cured by a special diet (mostly plant based, free of chemicals).

If it is not too "tin-foil-hat" an interesting watch on the subject is "Are Vaccines safe"..

about a year ago


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