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Sheikh Carves His Name In Desert So It's Visible From Space

drachenstern Re:Meters and miles? (336 comments)

[http://maps.google.com/maps?q=hamad&hl=en&ll=24.342718,54.36636&spn=0.139665,0.264187&sll=24.342718,54.36636&sspn=0.139665,0.264187&t=h&radius=9.98&z=13](http://maps.google.com/maps?q=hamad&hl=en&ll=24.342718,54.36636&spn=0.139665,0.264187&sll=24.342718,54.36636&sspn=0.139665,0.264187&t=h&radius=9.98&z=13)

Whatever it is, they need to make the URL available ;)

more than 2 years ago
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Hard Drive Overclocking Competition From Secau

drachenstern Re:First Post (162 comments)

Using multi-TB scratch disks on SSD would kill the SSD in a matter of months, as opposed to years on rotating disks.

more than 2 years ago
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Tags?

drachenstern I don't have most of the formatting. (3 comments)

I don't have most of the formatting. I've pretty much given up on reading most of the stories. I don't get FoF or foe or friend tags. I've tried emailing the team through the feedback system and gotten NOTHING.

more than 3 years ago
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Anniston, Alabama To Censor Employees' Facebook Pages

drachenstern Re:1st A... (338 comments)

Or do what I did, and move out of the town.

8 years ago and counting.

more than 3 years ago
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All browser except IE have supported supertags for years ..

drachenstern Re:bleh (7 comments)

Have you shared this particular treewalker? I wouldn't mind having an already developed bit of code for this in case I start using the idea when I build a webapp this summer for myself (where bending the rules for demonstration is much easier to pull off than at the office ;) )

more than 3 years ago
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California County Bans SmartMeter Installations

drachenstern Re:Grow Ops in Marin? (494 comments)

Of course I know that every meter is absolutely positioned, I didn't mean that they needed to look all around when they got there, I meant that you only needed a few men on staff to do site visits as a normal course of action. Which costs more, 30 meter readers on staff or 3 "inspectors"?

And you have to admit most smart meters don't know their actual location on their own, it's the coordinating central office computers that store that information. Yes sure, some models may have that as a feature/benefit, but it's not a requirement.

As for which uses more energy, I would have to do the math and I've not yet had my coffee, but at a few partial-amps per device it would take quite a few homes to equal the cost of one truck. Plus, power plants have more efficient means of energy extraction than a truck does so I don't know what those conversion factors look like.

more than 3 years ago
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California County Bans SmartMeter Installations

drachenstern Re:Grow Ops in Marin? (494 comments)

As someone who writes analysis code for the readings collected by smart meters, do you know how easy it is to isolate unusual activity by studying the averages versus actuals on a system like this and then send a few men out to do an inspection in a specific area versus the fleet of vehicles needed (carbon footprint) to read all those meters?

And I'm not going to go into the privacy concerns cos smart meters only relay usage, they know nothing about their installed locations.

I think this is about pot myself.

more than 3 years ago
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Greetings Dear Friend,

drachenstern Re:And (4 comments)

No but I would still forward it to an office of the military (who the hell handles this sort of thing? JAG?)

more than 3 years ago
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New Years resolution #2 - Celebrate the death of "Geek Chic"

drachenstern Oh sure Barbie, NOW you admit it! :p ;) (15 comments)

Better to say you were doing 3 months for possession, or that you took the time off to get a sex change.

I can't help myself ;) I thought it was hilarious ;)

more than 3 years ago
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New Years resolution #2 - Celebrate the death of "Geek Chic"

drachenstern Re:Leet Geek (15 comments)

lmfao, that's funny.

more than 3 years ago
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Barbie has a new toy at work ...

drachenstern Re:Burn it in first (5 comments)

idk, if this is coming from some place like Dell or HP, I might trust it, depends on the specs. HP does that for you if the server is rigged enough, their diagnostics put a full load on the CPU/RAM (and by inheritance, the rest of the basic subsystems that deal with CPU/RAM) but not the hard drives for up to 24 hours before shipping. On average it's 6-8 hours of dedicated testing.

So if it came completely prebuilt from a big shop, I would trust it...

more than 3 years ago
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CIA Launches WTF To Investigate Wikileaks

drachenstern Re:FML (402 comments)

Sadly I haz no modpoints, this was teh funniez

more than 3 years ago
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Apple, Microsoft, Google Attacked For Evil Plugins

drachenstern Re:Oh okay, but what about Mint (293 comments)

So your aspiration in life is to work at McDonalds and hope to serve Bill Gates? Wow, what an aspiration...

more than 3 years ago
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Apple, Microsoft, Google Attacked For Evil Plugins

drachenstern Re:Yes (293 comments)

Because not all extensions can be "disabled" from the UI. Then there's others, like Java, which don't remove old versions... go figure.

more than 3 years ago
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Apple iOS 4.2 Hands-On

drachenstern Re:Does not require extra purchase (212 comments)

I'm considering buying the iPad, have been. I want two for my house. I'll likely purchase an iPad before I purchase any other Apple computing device aside from the two iPhones my wife and I carry.

You were saying?

Oh that's right, YOU'RE A TROLL! Begone forthwith

more than 3 years ago
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The 30-hour-plus work day.

drachenstern Best words I ever hear (11 comments)

Oh, btw, the customer loves it!

I absolutely love to hear those words. Makes everything else worth it.

more than 3 years ago
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The battle continues - laptop w. 1TB hd, bluray burner

drachenstern Re:Sure... (4 comments)

yeah, I'm about 3 years into mine, figure I got another 18 months tops, but I really want something with a better resolution than what I have now so I figure I'll see what's going on in mid-Feb.

Keep up with the pricewatching ... I'm still listening ;)

more than 3 years ago

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RIM Announces Blackberry Ent. Server - Personal

drachenstern drachenstern writes  |  more than 4 years ago

drachenstern writes "FTA: Research in Motion has officially introduced BlackBerry Enterprise Server Express, a free version of BES intended for small to medium sized businesses running Microsoft Exchange. BES Express is expected to ship in March and works on Exchange 2003, 2007, and 2010 as well as Microsoft Small Business Server 2003 and 2008."
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Only one 2008 Presidential Candidate in Texas

drachenstern drachenstern writes  |  more than 5 years ago

drachenstern writes "Quoting a political blogger we see that

Bob Barr is slated to be the only presidential candidate on the ballot in Texas after Republicans and Democrats missed the Aug. 26 deadline to file in the state.

"Unless the state of Texas violates their own election laws, Congressman Barr will be the only presidential candidate on the ballot," says Russell Verney, campaign manager for the Barr Campaign and the former campaign manager for Ross Perot. "Texas law makes no exceptions for missing deadlines."

and here's the website in question: http://www.sos.state.tx.us/elections/candidates/general/2008gensbs.shtml"
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drachenstern drachenstern writes  |  more than 7 years ago

drachenstern writes "My company is looking for a rackmountable powered USB hub in a 1U formfactor, preferably not more than two inches thick. I would like to find one with between four and seven available ports, so no exotic chipsets are required. Even though I've tried all of the regular search methods, and made quite a few phone calls, I have not been able to come up with any leads. I figure the most responsible action I can do at this point is to ask for help, and who better to ask about wierd or unusual hardware items than the slashdot crowd. Can anyone help me?"
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drachenstern drachenstern writes  |  more than 7 years ago

drachenstern writes "My wife has an iPod video, and for my nephew we picked up a Disney Max Mix (you'll notice they haven't even put the product on their site for support) so he could watch videos. However, now we cannot find any sites which offer an iTunes style video download process for WMVs, although we are very impressed with the streaming video options. So my question to the Slashdot crowd is where can users download WMV or similar videos which can be easily transferred to portable media players so that we can all appear to be the respective heroes of our Christmas toys wonderlands this season?

Just for the record, we've tried all the usual suspects, including the Rhapsody network, Urge, Napster, AOLMusicNow, and even out of desperation confirmed that Wal-Mart and the Zune Marketplace do not offer this service. For those keeping score at home, we are looking to download youngster appropriate materials, including Disney videos. He's at that age that he is into Hannah Montana and the Cheetah Girls."
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drachenstern drachenstern writes  |  more than 7 years ago

drachenstern writes "My wife is fast becoming a non-luddite, and after I managed to drag her kicking and screaming into the local Apple Store at the local mall, I showed her the iPod nano. She instantly keyed into the photo-slideshow capability, and so now would love the idea of being able to tote all her favorite albums and clear pictures on one small device. The issue: Her laptop is Windows XP — Home (SP2) and all her songs are in WMA format*. So my question, my fellow Slashdotters, is what digital media player would you recommend for (my wife or) an up-and-coming technogeek?

For the record, I am down to the new Zen V Plus or the Nano, but I am not enough of an audiophile to know about all the different players on the market right now. While I would just change the formats on the songs that I would listen to, I don't think that she will be willing to learn how to do that, considering that we have verging on 20 gb of 64-128 kbps encoded songs."

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Ok what the hell is up with the classic frontpage and my slashboxes?

drachenstern drachenstern writes  |  more than 4 years ago

I try to reset them, they don't come back, I leave it alone for a few days, random things come and go...

Anyone else having index issues besides me? I'm not overly in love with the firehose (although I do pick it over on occasion) but to have my index start jerking about after being rock solid steady for years ~ that's not going to make me love the firehose guys!

So, I'm looking for feedback from my fan/freak/foe/whatever base, are you guys having any issues? Should I goto hemos or cmdrtaco directly for routing on this one? Did I miss something somewhere saying they had a horked index?

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drachenstern drachenstern writes  |  more than 7 years ago

The reason they use such a bad default is because a lot of programs require admin rights to run and your average user doesn't want to bother (or doesn't know how to) use the "runas" feature.

No central registry system.

This is the engine that let's windows run what so many users call useful programs. What I don't get is why MS didn't design windows to use 2 class branches on the reg. It has one for local_machine, but I see that it needs one for current_user as well. Then they should include under user's profile a "My Installed Programs" folder. This would allow users to install all the little cutesy fartsy programs that they usually whine that they need admin rights for, and when I log in as Admin, I don't have hijacked toolbars and everything else. Of course, this would require a massive rewrite of the API libs (okay, this is a minor rewrite) and all of the MSI/installer files in use almost globally, which write the regkeys, because there would need to be two apis, one for LM_Class_Register and one for CU_Class_Register as well as the token unreg functions, etc.

Can anyone else find the flaws in this, in that this process would really allow people to do what they're wanting, where the viruses and such that piggyback in would only have CU access, not Admin. Also, the bloaters on the system could easily be identified:

"Who has a 15GB user's directory? Okay, time to talk to xxxx." Maybe they have a big program that would be usefully installed on the LM, or maybe they use that big program on several machines, but they don't want to install it on every machine on the network (for roaming profiles) and they actually installed it to a "C:\USER_NAME\Programs" directory instead of to "C:\"&&WINDOWS_DEFAULT_INSTALLATION_PATH**&&"\Programs". This would imply a user that would probably be better classified as a "Power User" because they know what they're doing if they differentiate drive locations like this, but that's another threaded discussion.

With any luck, MS has foreseen this and decided to write it in, but in all likelyhood, no. Sadly, it's going to be no. Mark my words.

Back to your point, the registry is the better tool for these users (those who are not admin, e.g. home users) needs, and I wholeheartedly agree with your point. How many users could be expected to find every .rc, .ini, .cfg or whatever you want to call it on their system if The Registry was not around. But the flipside is, how many users know about The Registry? Yeah, they've heard about it, and how it can cause problems. But can they navigate it? And Windows does have plenty of CL tools for doing things with the system. The register/unregister dll program runs either as an api or CL.

Insofar as Mac goes I definitely agree that the install process is much easier, as is working with the .sit (right, or sft?) format. But users are becoming more familiar with the whole compressed format on Windows.

Okay, now I'm donning my flame-retardent suit, go!
** Where this is applied via my plan, such that instead of "C:\Program Files" you also have "C:\Documents and Settings\USER_NAME\My Installed Programs" etc, etc, etc.

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