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The Google+ API Is Released

drewzhrodague Re:Too little, too late? (154 comments)

Keep appealing, and answering the name changer thingy. After a bit of complaining and reporting, they now allow me to use my official pseudonym.

about 3 years ago

Are 'Real Names' Policies an Abuse of Power?

drewzhrodague My Pseudomyn is Blocked by Google+ (318 comments)

My profile with a pseudonym, Drew from Zhrodague, is blocked by Google+, despite my repeated requests. I've been posting on the Internet for a long time as such, and even my resume, business cards, printed authorship credits, and other online profiles identify me as such. I'd love to use Google+, but there is currently no way for me to do that. I do not use my real birth name online, for obvious reasons.

more than 3 years ago

Is Google+ a Cathedral Or a Bazaar?

drewzhrodague Re:No anonymity (200 comments)

They specifically state it does not need to be your real name.

Except that I am blocked because my name, Drew from Zhrodague, does not fit their Terms of Service. Google+ has my profile blocked:

Hi, Thank you for contacting us with regard to our review of the name you are trying to use in your Google Profile. After review of your appeal, we have determined that the name you want to use violates our Community Standards. You can review our name guidelines at If you edit your name to comply with our policies in the future, please respond to this email so that we can re-review your profile. Sincerely, Duyen The Google Profiles Support Team

more than 3 years ago

Is Google+ a Cathedral Or a Bazaar?

drewzhrodague Re:Why not both? Or None? (200 comments)

Huh. Facebook doesn't let me use my real online name, Drew from Zhrodague. LinkedIn allows this just fine. I am still blocked by Google+, since I use the name Drew from Zhrodague, and not my birth name. They've ignored my contributions to O'Reilly and Associates as Drew from Zhrodague, two other mentions on Google Scholar, and countless years and accounts posting also as such. So far, I can't enter the town of Google+, can't +1 anything, and can't post pictures or other stuff. Other (more famous) people can get into Google+ with their chosen names. I will either have to wait for them to unblock me, or I will simply lose interest - my bazaars and cathedrals must be elsewhere.

more than 3 years ago

Netflix's New Web Interface Gets Thumbs Down From Users

drewzhrodague Re:Breaking story (267 comments)

Hopefully, during the post-mortem after their upgrade, they will read this article on Slashdot, and use it and the other sites talking about this to positively update their website. Also, I'll bet some of the usability people were given the smackdown over someone's ego-trip. It shows in the design. I know they have usability people there. Let 'em do their thing -- they already know how it is supposed to work.

more than 3 years ago

Cable Channels Panic Over iPad Streaming App

drewzhrodague Netflix funding movies and television (346 comments)

With competition like this, I'm starting to think Netflix producing its own content is a great move.

Is this how Sci-Fi, Bravo, A&E, TBS, etc., all started to produce their own shows? I welcome this from Netflix, Hulu, Microsoft, or any other vendor -- give us more science-fiction. How do I tell them this with my dollars?

more than 3 years ago

FCC To Open Up Vacant TV Airwaves For Broadband

drewzhrodague With any luck (187 comments)

If they're planning on using bands within or nearby the current digital channels, I suspect that folks may be able to hack the current lineup of WRTs to spit out an ATSC signal. This would actually be really good thing for the diy crowd. Everyone needs their own pirate TV station. I haven't seen any F/OSS ATSC modulation code in the wild yet though.

about 4 years ago

Skype Files For IPO

drewzhrodague Good Luck, Skype (87 comments)

I'm a long-time Skype user, and while it isn't my favorite application, it certainly works, and connects me to people around the world (for work). Good luck, Skype. I do hope this brings plenty of improvements and functionality. If not, we'll use something else!

more than 4 years ago

Anti-Speed Camera Activist Buys Police Department's Web Domain

drewzhrodague Use ads (680 comments)

Y'know, this guy can make back his $90 and then some by putting ads on the site. The PD must have already setup links everywhere, all he has to do it set it up, sit back, and collect a check. What are the chances this guy will be sued?

more than 4 years ago

Germany Demands Google Forfeit Citizens' Wi-Fi Data

drewzhrodague Re:Privacy laws (318 comments)

geolocation, which is what Google obviously wants them for

Bingo. A neat idea made almost moot with GPS chips in cell phones. If you know where the WiFi is, you can look up the location of the WiFi via Google -- without a GPS. I mentioned in a similar /. article about which I think maps whichever radio they're able to get data from.

I experimented with this stuff back in 2002 when I created, which is a wardriving map application, which harvests data from wardrivers. I'm not a math guy, so I used a weighted average for estimating the WIFi signal source. Mapserver is kinda neat too, which I used since Google Maps didn't exist yet.

more than 4 years ago

Testing and Mapping a Cellular Data Network?

drewzhrodague Placelab? (114 comments)

There is the project, but their mailing list has died down over the years.

more than 4 years ago

The Futurama of Physics

drewzhrodague Oblig. Suppository (150 comments)

"Good news, everyone -- it's a suppository!"

Sorry, I had to, please forgive me mods!

more than 4 years ago

Blippy Exposes Credit Card Numbers Through Simple Google Search

drewzhrodague Re:Philip Kaplan? (95 comments)

That was my thoughts. And mobog, and a few other experiments. Glad to see the guy still kicking, if it is the same Phil.

more than 4 years ago

Cacti 0.8 Network Monitoring

drewzhrodague Re:Cacti is one helpful tool (45 comments)

I was wondering how Cacti relates to Nagios. Do the both do the same job or compliment one-another? In four words the post you're complaining about answered that question nicely.

I am a longtime user of cacti, and dealt with MRTG before then. Nagios is designed for simple on-off monitoring. It does this very well. If you need pager rotation schedules, nagios is prolly your best bet. I like wowing the executives with pretty color graphs, and that is a job for Cacti. You can visually see the impact on the system of jobs running on your MySQL servers. You can see when script kiddies attack your Apache hosts and then get blocked by your scripts. And it looks great printed full-page on the new color laser printer you should be taking advantage of. Unless you need something expressly wacky, or a difinitive pager rotation, cacti and related modules (thold) can monitor your whole computing environment, and page you when there are problems. I've had trouble handling cloud management, mostly due to new machines spawning, and old machines dying. I'm sure others have had similar issues. It is a pain to run scripts to add new hosts, and manage removing hosts that have been terminated.

more than 4 years ago

MythTV 0.22 Released

drewzhrodague Re:I for one welcome... (329 comments)

You were doing great up until that "it works on everything" part. Plenty of folks have pulled their hair out with Myth in the past and you make it sound like a breeze. Look at the numbers of folks posting here that have given up on it and you can plainly see it's far from easy. I for one hope that this version is VERY good but please, the rah rah it works great stuff can be saved - most of us know better having tried it already.

In my experience, it does work on every PC I've run it on. It even works on my OSX work laptop.

I have had trouble getting crappy hardware to work, but I can hardly blame MythTV. Once it works, it just keeps working. I think some people may have a hard time figuring out how to install drivers and getting their machine to work in the first place. This is when I switched from Centos over to KnoppMyth. Installed, detected my new PVR-150, and worked until successive upgrades.

Now I have three and a half computers dedicated to MythTV. One is a recording-only host that connects to the CableTV HDHomerun. One was driving my analog projector until the projector power supply went -- it recorded from the Antenna HDHomerun. Then I have another one with my old PVR-150, which also drives the old TV downstairs. The other half is the master backend and MySQL database with no tuner. I am using Centos, and the atrpms yum repositories.

I just did a channel-scan after my upgrade, and I seem to have more channels, and also the audio channels from my sub-basic Comcast cable feed. I think I get more enjoyment out of harvesting television shows than I do by watching them. Think Captain Kirk's head on a 6-foot screen.

more than 4 years ago

MythTV 0.22 Released

drewzhrodague I for one welcome... (329 comments)

I for one welcome our MythTV .22 Overlords!

I've been using MythTV for a bunch of years now, and I find it an absolute blast. It works on every PC I can find, and even on my work OSX laptop, which still lets me watch The It's Alive Show while I'm hacking away. It even eats the commercials, and does a better job with digital television signals. I can't wait for multirec support for my HDHomeRun.

If you haven't tried MythTV recently, check it out again.

more than 4 years ago

Mafia Sinks Ships Containing Toxic Waste

drewzhrodague Reprocessing nuclear waste? (401 comments)

Is it possible that these mafia people are stupid? Imagine we can reprocess nuclear waste, in many of the ways that slashdotters will include below. Now this nuclear waste conveniently stored underwater, is fuel that we can use to power our toys with. This is assuming that there wasn't any damage to the containers, and a big cleanup isn't required. Hopefully, when the world comes to its senses, and makes better use of its resources, we won't have these kinds of problems. (It always drives me crazy that there are organizations that will burn or throw away or sequester potentially useful materials. Sure mercury is poisonous. Extract it from your waste, and sell it to someone that needs it. The same with CO2, and even radon. I wonder about gold production from mining landfills.)

about 5 years ago

Up To 90 Percent of US Money Has Traces of Cocaine

drewzhrodague Re:Cocaine, ho-hum, what about radiologicals? (441 comments)

...or beta blockers or digitalis or any commonly prescribed drug...

Boy do I wish they gave out digitalis as a commonly prescribed drug. And cyanide.

more than 5 years ago

A Standardized OS For Robots

drewzhrodague Re:Kinda of already do (184 comments)

no filesystem, just raw writes and reads to that card. and no I don't need JFFS to wear level it, SD cards have that built into their hardware.

You still have an operating system, which interfaces with the hardware, and tells it how to write. You must be working with tiny specialized robots.

When you do something like this, you'll realize that we do in fact need more of a modular operating system and environment to work with in order to do some of the larger tasks. And you'll still need logs from each device.

more than 5 years ago



DTV Coupon Program coupon - Did you use yours?

drewzhrodague drewzhrodague writes  |  more than 6 years ago

drewzhrodague writes "I received my coupon from the TV Converter Box Coupon Program, and took a look at their list of eligible devices. They all look pretty limited, and I wasn't able to find one completely covered by the coupon. My thinking is that if I invest in something like this, of what value is it to nerds like us, when compared to the many (cheaper?) computer-based DTV tuners available? I wasn't able to find hard details in any reviews I found online so I figured I would just ask the /. community: Have you taken advantage of your DTV converter box coupons, what device(s) did you buy, and how are you using 'em? Are any of these devices usefully hackable?"


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