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Ask Slashdot: Remote Support For Disconnected, Computer-Illiterate Relatives

drfreak File splitting (334 comments)

I can't speak to your other questions except the last one. You can get around email size limitations by uuencoding the attachment and splitting it into multiple files and the uudecoding them to merge them back into a single file. Software such as 7-zip will do this too. Back in the modem days it was a very useful tool to break up a file so a couple of failed deliveries wouldn't screw up the whole download. Just request the part you didn't get. I think Usenet still uses it for posting a file in multiple messages. As for email plugins that do this automatically, I don't know but it wouldn't surprise me if they exist.

about two weeks ago
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In Letter To 20 Automakers, Senator Demands Answers On Cybersecurity

drfreak Re:Grumpy? (80 comments)

(I'm currently 100% immune to remote hacking)

100% Immune, eh? Mind that air-gap!

about 10 months ago
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GNU Hurd 0.5, GNU Mach 1.4, GNU MIG 1.4 Released

drfreak Re:Proposal: (206 comments)

You must be new here. You forgot to add "Profit!"

1 year,3 days
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GNU Hurd 0.5, GNU Mach 1.4, GNU MIG 1.4 Released

drfreak Re:Proposal: (206 comments)

If you mean free as in the users can freely access the source code and it will always remain in such a state, then the GPL is freer..

Is that "freer" as in "beer"?

1 year,3 days
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Interactive Nukemap Now In 3D

drfreak Does this mean (192 comments)

a more accurate version of the original Nuclear War game can be done? The original version always seemed to side with Ronny Raygun.

about a year ago
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Why Your New Car's Technology Is Four Years Old

drfreak Re:Not to mention... (455 comments)

I imagine frequency causing more damage in theory than duration or amplitude. If even a low-amplitude vibration happens to be at the resonant frequency of key components in the laptop that would most certainly be more damaging than violent shaking at a frequency the innards can tolerate.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Do You Still Need a Phone At Your Desk?

drfreak Although I telecommute nearly 100% of the time, (445 comments)

I still need a desk which exists in my home-office. As for the desk phone? VPN access to the corporate VOIP network is all I need and a headset. I'm grateful to work for such a forward-thinking company which realizes many office norms are a thing of the past in the information age.

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Linux Game For Young Kids?

drfreak Re:Don't give him a game (338 comments)

I've been playing video games since my dad brought a 2600 home at age three-four. In my adult years the gaming had waned but my interest in computers has never relaxed. For someone who never properly completed high school and college, I'd say I'm doing pretty well for myself now. I hate that kids these days hang out on skype, warcraft, and Facebook nowadays and don't do shit otherwise though; on the other hand, maybe a new market will open up for them in the future as it did for me...

about 2 years ago
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Linus Torvalds Answers Your Questions

drfreak Re:boring (326 comments)

Linus may sound douchey at times but I agree he has earned that right. On the flipside if you had a project turn into such an ingrained day-to-day OS I bet you'd be a bit proud too. Pride is not douchey when it is well placed such as in Linus' case.

That said, I've seen some pretty crazy things come from RMS and he gets nowhere near as much flak for it. Remember, this is the guy who helped kick-off the free software movement and was involved in many of the lesser-appreciated userland tools we all know and love and/or hate (sorry emacs, I'm a vi guy). He deserves just as much respect too, but the way he carries that weight is far different.

Between Linus and Richard, they are probably the two iconoclasts who kicked off the whole free software movement. First there was Richard with the free userland tools and then Linus with the kernel which made them truly free from bottom-to-top. Back in the day when Linux wasn't "ready" and BSD was still in litigation Richard stepped up and gave us tools which could compile and run freely and just about any Unix platform. Back when dialing up to a Unix box was the only way to get internet, apps like screen gave me warm fuzzies.

I wouldn't call either a douche, even though they may do douchey things sometimes. They are allowed. We all do it to one degree or another.

about 2 years ago
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Linus Torvalds Answers Your Questions

drfreak Re:boring (326 comments)

I can't find a translation for ONBEKOMMERT. What does it mean?

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Actual Best-in-Show For Free Anti Virus?

drfreak Re:Consider MSEE a "fix" for broken windows. (515 comments)

The Antitrust suit was all about Microsoft's anti-competitive practices, such as making you pay for Windows when you buy new PC and punishing vendors who sold PCs with anything else. Those days are over. Yes, they caught flak also for bundling IE but most importantly making sure other browsers ran like shit.

Bundling AV is not an anti-trust issue because you can always uninstall it and run whatever you want...

about 2 years ago
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Star Trek Tech That Exists Today

drfreak Re:Teleportation remains elusive (207 comments)

The camera flash also changes your state, but nobody is saying that the picture isnt a picture of you or that you are meaningfully different since the moment the light hit you.

Oh really, then why do Native Americans traditionally hate having their picture taken because they believe it steals their soul? Maybe they were on to something... :)

about 2 years ago
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Do Tech Entrepreneurs Need To Know How To Code?

drfreak Re:We need more DEVELOPERS! (202 comments)

Dude, when you are a junior or come straight in the door, you will never see anything more than 100k. Those higher-level kind of jobs aren't typically advertised because word-of-mouth gets you right into them due to experience and connections.

about 2 years ago
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Do Tech Entrepreneurs Need To Know How To Code?

drfreak Re:We need more DEVELOPERS! (202 comments)

Most people don't understand how much money and time it takes to build a business. Being an employee has its drawbacks for sure, but with a properly negotiated salary you are leaps and bounds above what you'd make as an owner unless you have major success which for a new company usually takes years.

I have a friend who owns his own company. I make great money but I'm sure he makes much more. The time he has to spend keeping things running is ridiculous though compared to my responsibilities, and those responsibilities are full-time!

about 2 years ago
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Do Tech Entrepreneurs Need To Know How To Code?

drfreak Re:We need more DEVELOPERS! (202 comments)

Agreed, but actually coding and creating solutions does. I've had this kind of conversation with my friends lately. You can't declare yourself as cool or knowledgeable because the people who interact with you and the things you produce reserve that right. You know you are a developer when you write the first thing people actually start using besides yourself and they rely on you for its stability and ongoing improvements.

Many people argue that writing an app in Access does not make you a programmer, but if you actually made something they enjoy and rely on, then the platform and language cease to matter. I agree most Access apps are dogshit, but as long as there isn't something just as cheap and useable to replace it I will button my lip.

about 2 years ago
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Robot Learning To Recognize Itself In Mirror

drfreak Re:Narcissus (133 comments)

Historically self-aware programs do not crash in the sic-fi realm. They only crash when given a duality which cannot be resolved, such as being married. :)

more than 2 years ago
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OnLive Acquires OnLive

drfreak OnLive is dead. (154 comments)

Long Live OnLive!

more than 2 years ago

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What is your best hacking and/or DOS story?

drfreak drfreak writes  |  about 8 months ago

drfreak (303147) writes "I started using the Internet early in the upper 1980's. Back then most people didn't have direct access. We'd dial into a server instead which gave us shell accounts to play with and use text-based content such as UseNet and IRC.

Even with the net being that limited many of us forged our first attacks; often just to mess with our friends but sometimes also to punish an adversary. It was all in good fun back then and no real damage was intended. It also gave my friends at the time and myself a lot of new experience coding because it is always more fun to have a goal when writing a script or program than to just do "Hello World."

Ok, so I'll disclose my personal favorite: Hanging out on EFNet IRC a lot, I was always attracted to the misfits called "Operators" which actually ran (still do) the network and hanged out there. Many people (including myself) have tried and failed to hack that channel and kick all the operators out as a badge of honor. Knowing I didn't have the skill at the time to write a bot to do it, I took a bare-bones approach and read the IRC RFC looking for loopholes.

My Friends and I were so intent on hacking IRC we experimented with creating our own network of servers just to see how they operated. While doing that I had an epiphany that there was no limit on how many people can be listed in a -o message. The only limit was in the client, which was typically four.

So, I convinced a friend who was an IRCop to give me an O: line to test my new server. I then commenced to login via telnet masquerading as said server and de-op nearly everyone on #twilight_zone. The only thing which prevented my success was I was typing the list by hand and someone joined at the same time so didn't get de-opped. I was banned forever from that channel for managing to de-op a few dozen people in one line, but I still felt successful for pulling off something a regular bot could never do by my own hands in a telnet session. The only reason I wasn't banned from that network forever was out of respect for the research and attention it took to pull off the attack. I also had no idea what social engineering was back then but it was key to getting server-level access.

So what are your early benign hacks, folks?"
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I want to ride my Motorcycle, I want to ride my Bi

drfreak drfreak writes  |  more than 2 years ago

drfreak writes "I just bought a new Ducati Monster 696 for Christmas (Merry Christmas to me!) and am wondering how many other slashdotters like to ride. Please chime in with your own personal motorcycle and why you like it.

I picked the 696 because it is a perfect entry-level bike having not ridden in over fifteen years. I am enjoying the chopped cafe style as well and the sound and torque. Not only is the bike easy to ride in street traffic, but it can also really take off on the freeway."

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Finally, SMS text messages redeem themselves

drfreak drfreak writes  |  more than 3 years ago

drfreak (303147) writes "Apparenly when a suicide bomber was busy rigging explosives up in her safe house, an SMS text message caused the explosives to trigger prematurely. I'm thinking about submitting this story to The Daily WTF as well. What idiot would allow any incoming SMS to trigger the bomb? :)"
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Scribd switches to HTML5

drfreak drfreak writes  |  more than 4 years ago

drfreak writes "This story from OSNews describes Scribd, a site for uploading and reading documents, switching from Flash to HTML5. The major reason for their decision was that HTML5 now supports all the major points of their previous functionality and so they saw no point in using Flash any more. The big improvement in the rollout is that documents are now first-class citizens of HTML and no longer need to sit in a Flash "Window". Check out this demo to see it in action."
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OSX Leopard has a PE Loader?

drfreak drfreak writes  |  more than 6 years ago

drfreak writes "Apparently, OSX Leopard now has the skeleton of a PE Loader in it. Check out this article on OSNews: http://www.osnews.com/comment.php?news_id=18982 Rumors are spreading that maybe Leopard will include native Win32 support in the future. Myself, I think it would be more possible that .NET may be ported to it, as the CLR requires a PE loader."

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