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My most recent energy-saving bulbs last ...

droopus LEDs (278 comments)

I bought two cases of LEDs for $2.99 each at Costco (one 60W equiv, one 75W) . Yep, $2.99. I replaced every bulb, inside and outside my house and it's really nice. The color is the same all over the house, and knowing I won't have to change one till I'm well past 60 is VERY Cool.

about 3 months ago

My most frequent OS migration path?

droopus Re:Apple to Windows (413 comments)

The 1200 was second gen Amiga. My first was a 1000 (with the optional 256k RAM module in front) and I preferred it to my Mac. I remember spending $600 for a RAM module the size of a hardback book that hooked to a huge port on the side and gave me (gasp) 1MB of RAM. That was enough to run the whole OS in RAM. This was my bbs machine, and my CI$ and Genie box. I used a C128 to run Quantum Link.

I got a 3000 in 1990 but soon went Mac and Linux for good.

about a year and a half ago

Hallowe'en is coming. Trick-or-Treaters who visit ...

droopus Gonna need a Costco run... (437 comments)

As always, I will be distributing beer and fried chicken embryos.

That is how we celebrate Halloween in France.

about 2 years ago

Google Fiber rolls out synchronous gigabit broadband

droopus Re:Symmetrical not synchronous. (2 comments)

Yep, indeed so. I submitted that ten minutes after I woke up and twigged the error after some coffee. Sorry about that.....

more than 2 years ago

Audio Surveillance, Intended to Detect Gunshots, Can Pick Up Much More

droopus Re:"They don't turn on unless they hear a gunshot. (215 comments)

Ok, obviously none of you guys are marksmen, or are forgetting ear protection tech. Let me give you an example which should clarify this and give further clarity to the "always recording" argument.

Guns are LOUD...a lot louder than they seem on tv...typically 140 - 190db. When there is a gunfight in a room and people have a conversation afterwards on tv, I chuckle. Unless they are wearing hearing protection (colloquially: "ears") all they would hear after the gunfight would be ringing. It is mandatory on most outdoor ranges and all indoor ranges that people wear hearing protection. Three or four .45ACP shots in an indoor range without protection, and you're deaf for at least the rest of the day.

Cheap hearing protection tends to be earplugs or big muffs, like you might see on an airport runway. But competitive marksman typically use electronic "ears" that permit normal conversation via an external mic on the headphones (and in fact amplify normal sound up to 45db), but shut down for any gunshot, essentially a fast audio gate. And they work flawlessly.

Once you turn them on, they are always listening for any sound above 85db, which they will attenuate by at least 30db, usually much more. How is that possible, if they have to "hear" the sound before they protect your ears from it? Because they are insanely fast, on the order of 1 - 1.5 ms.

I suspect similar technology is being used in the "gunshot detection systems" and it is very possible to only record the gunshot if the threshold is above 85db.

more than 2 years ago

LulzSec Member Pleads Not Guilty In Stratfor Leak Case

droopus Re:Been there, done that. (89 comments)

I did not get Fed bail, but I was released for 14 days to get medical treatment I could not seem to get in Feds. After 14 months at Wyatt I was getting serious chest pain (probably from being in a constant combined state of fear and incredulity) and was getting no treatment at Wyatt. I petitioned my trial judge, and she ordered me sent to FMC (Federal Medical Center) at Devens, MA.

I arrived there and was immediately put in SHU (Special Housing Unit - the "Hole") and ignored for 22 days. My family and attorney were told I was "on the compound but not accepting calls or visitors." After three weeks of no contact, my attorney issued a writ of habeas, I was released from SHU, ordered to call my attorney and family, and tell them I was alive and well.

I was assigned a cell with an piece of shit - an AOL chatroom child molester, and there I stayed for another three months. Not a single medical procedure was performed on me. Finally, I came to an agreement with the Government: they would permit me to be released for fourteen days for medical treatment, if I would plead guilty to one count, and do five years. Blackmail? Obviously. But it was the best I was going to get, so I agreed.

I was released on a million bail (surety) and $10,000 cash. I put up my house and had to write a check (my wife did, actually) for $10,000. An ankle monitor was strapped on, and I was told I would only be permitted out of the house for medical appointments, to which I would be accompanied by police. I was told that if I stepped one foot out of the house without authorization, or my bracelet went off, I would be instantly violated, and lose my home and the $10,000.

Fourteen days later, after having a heart cath and a stent, I was back in court. I pleaded guilty to one count, and 90 days later was sentenced to 60 months. The $10,000 check was returned and surety voided the day I pleaded. I was a first-time offender, so you can freely assume Hammond will not even get the "lenient" treatment I received.

I should probably write a book, I suppose.

more than 2 years ago

LulzSec Member Pleads Not Guilty In Stratfor Leak Case

droopus Been there, done that. (89 comments)

I spent 52 months in Feds from 2006 - 2010. IMVHO, this is what's happening, at least on the legal side. He will never get bail. He's innocent till proven guilty, of course, but fed bail is supposedly all about flight risk. "Danger to the community" implies guilt so it can't be used..technically. The question for the Magistrate (who usually decides bail, not the Trial Judge) is: does a set of conditions exist which will assure the defendant's appearance at court? And that, is typically up to the US Attorney or AUSA. I did not get bail and was held at Donald W Wyatt Detention Center in Central Falls, RI for 22 months before finally pleading out.

If Hammond goes to trial, he will never get out. 92% of all fed criminal cases plead out. Why? Because when the choice is possibly three mandatory life sentences vs five years, you end up taking the lesser of two evils. The Feds add all sorts of sentencing enhancements to make it so risky to roll the dice with a jury, it just isn't worth it. I was not guilty of the offense it was claimed I committed, but I couldn't risk the rest of my life on being able to convince 12 people too stupid to get out of jury duty.

Hammond's other option is USSG 5K1.1 (Sentence reduction for substantial assistance in convicting another criminal.) The Government must submit a motion for this reduction, IF they like what you snitch. There are other options such as the Safety Valve (for which Hammond is not eligible due to previous offenses. Rapper T.I. got out of prison after like 18 months for machine guns and silencers because he gave the Government substantial assistance. Real gangsta.

If Hammond miraculously gets out anytime within the next ten years, he got a 5K1.1, most likely. When the feds want you, you're fucked.

more than 2 years ago

Smearing Toddler Reputations Via Internet: Free Speech Or Extortion?

droopus Re:I had a run in with her... (213 comments)

Hm, interesting. I might indeed be able to offer a little, and anything to put this harpie off the net is worth a shot. Let me read and think.

Thanks again...

more than 2 years ago

Smearing Toddler Reputations Via Internet: Free Speech Or Extortion?

droopus Re:I had a run in with her... (213 comments)

Hah, cool! Thanks for the link, and the vote of confidence. I appreciate the current links..I'll pass the data on to the appropriate folks.

I'd have to think about releasing the brief. I would rather it not become evidence in some future action. Maybe in the future...

Thanks again!

more than 2 years ago

Smearing Toddler Reputations Via Internet: Free Speech Or Extortion?

droopus I had a run in with her... (213 comments)

I had the dubious honor of having to deal with this piece of shit about two years ago.

Many years ago, I worked on a project called Movielink which was one of the first "download now, watch later" movie services, originally under the auspices of Sony Pictures. We launched a beta site in 2001, and I left to work on other projects.

Ten years later, I was contacted by one of the (ex) Sony Pictures folks, asking for help with a net stalker. All he had was a bunch of threatening emails, one of which had been sent from a standard mail client not Hush or a remailer. The IP was pretty easy, since it pointed to a group of properties (on one big plot) all owned by this Cox woman. (150 Grave Creek Rd, Eureka, MT 59917, 710 Grave Creek Rd, Eureka, MT 59917, 830 Grave Creek Rd Eureka, MT 59917) Once uncovered, she pulled out the stops and registered every possible permutation of my friend's name with "fuck" preceding or appended to each name. She must have registered fifty domains, and was making ridiculous claims about patent theft, and directly asking my friend for money to "shut down her investigative efforts."

We got lucky, I guess. In the cleartext email, she directly threatened my friend that she would "ruin him just for fun." Since she was in court with Obsidian, I wrote an amicus (jailhouse lawyer, remember? B) and promised I would send it to the Court and Obsidian's counsel the next day if she didn't transfer every domain with my friends name to him immediately. No threats. We never heard from her again, but every domain was transferred to my friend.

Her site still tops her own Google results. Why is this still a civil issue?

more than 2 years ago

Leap Day, to me, means ...

droopus Re:There's no way (337 comments)

Well, are you accounting for the yearly Slashdot 5DigitUID Impregnation Day every June 1?

Might be a correlation....and the reason they all look like Taco. B)

more than 2 years ago

Virtual Reality Helmet Designed For Deep Space Surgery

droopus Re:Always about Size (83 comments)

Hey why not actually RTFA?

The whole point of CAMDASS is to eliminate communication delays by making the entire unit autonomous, with all the data necessary for surgery already on board.

more than 2 years ago

Kazakhstan Disables the Internet , Telecomix Restores

droopus Don't they have all that K? (156 comments)

Kazakhstan greatest country in the world.
All other countries are run by little girls.
Kazakhstan number one exporter of potassium.
Other countries have inferior potassium.

Kazakhstan home of Tinshein swimming pool.
It’s length thirty meter and width six meter.
Filtration system a marvel to behold.
It remove 80 percent of human solid waste.

Kazakhstan, Kazakhstan you very nice place.
From Plains of Tarashek to Norther fence of Jewtown.
Kazakhstan friend of all except Uzbekistan.
They very nosey people with bone in their brain.

Kazakhstan industry best in the world.
We invented toffee and trouser belt.
Kazakhstan’s prostitutes cleanest in the region.
Except of course Turkmenistan’s

Kazakhstan, Kazakhstan you very nice place.
From Plains of Tarashek to Norther fence of Jewtown.
Come grasp the might penis of our leader.
From junction with the testes to tip of its face!

more than 2 years ago

Steve Jobs Dead At 56

droopus Never met him.. (1613 comments)

I did some consulting for Apple, but never met Steve.

I have to say, that he affected my life more profoundly than any other person I never met.

RIP Steve.

about 3 years ago

How often do you put pen to paper?

droopus Pen? (241 comments)

Many years ago, both the Americans and the Soviets were discovering the difficulty of writing in space. A few civilian Americans developed the Space pen. Called the AG7, the ballpoint is made from tungsten carbide and is precisely fitted in order to avoid leaks. A sliding float separates the ink from the pressurized gas. The thixotropic ink in the hermetically sealed and pressurized reservoir is claimed to write for three times longer than a standard ballpoint pen. The pen can write at altitudes up to 12,500 feet (3810 m). The ink is forced out by compressed nitrogen at a pressure of nearly 35 psi (240 kPa). Operating temperatures range from 30 to 250 F (35 to 120 C). The pen has an estimated shelf life of 100 years. They are very, very expensive, as you might expect.

The Russians used a pencil.

about 3 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Best Way To Destroy Hard Drives?

droopus Re:How we do it in the bush / desert / veld (1016 comments)

Magnets? Incantations? Sand?

Dude. You know what a splitting maul is? It's a combination sledge/axe that splits logs.

1) Place drive on log

2) Apply high velocity force vectored through the head of said splitting maul in a 180 degree path.

3) Pick up halves and repeat step 2 if desired.

4) Drop quarters off the end of the dock into LI Sound.

Why get all complicated?

about 3 years ago

I am preparing for Hurricane Irene ...

droopus Re:I go through this almost every year (147 comments)

Um, how do you prepare the dog food? Do you try and disguise the taste, or just add water and savor the "meaty gravy?"

more than 3 years ago

I am preparing for Hurricane Irene ...

droopus But it's warm out... (147 comments)

I'm used to preparing for serious winter storms. (Fairfield Co, CT.) It's weird to be preparing for one when it's warm, and a hell of a lot easier.

Riding mower in garage...check.
10 spare gallons for the genny...check.
Well pump battery at 100%...check.
Huge flashlights charged and ready....check
Barbecue propane full & spare.....check.


I'm good. B))

more than 3 years ago



Google Fiber rolls out synchronous gigabit broadband

droopus droopus writes  |  more than 2 years ago

droopus (33472) writes "I had to read this a few times before I discovered it was not a misprint. Google Fiber has arrived in Kansas City, promising, get this...synchronous 1000Mbit to the home. Google says there will be no monthly bandwidth caps, and no overages. It even comes with 1TB of cloud storage through Google Drive.

I personally use Optimum Ultra and thought I was hot with 100/15. When Fios started offering 300Mbit downstream I thought that was crazy fast but gigabit both ways?

Now here's my question: other than running HD streams to a dozen 60" monitors, what could a single user possible do with gigabit Internet?"

Apple announcement - The Beatles?

droopus droopus writes  |  more than 3 years ago

droopus (33472) writes "According to the WSJ, the fallout from the EMI-Citigroup mess seems to involve Apple who apparently have finally snagged The Beatles for iTunes.

It's a big announcement, but what is the real business positive here? The remastered mono and stereo Complete Collection has been out for a while, and there are lossless flac and ogg torrents anywhere people choose to look. Is it really such a big deal?"

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Is a curveball an optical illusion?

droopus droopus writes  |  more than 3 years ago

droopus (33472) writes "We've all seen great curveballs, even from AJ Burnett once in a while. The average curveball hurls toward a batter at around 75 mph, accentuated by a 1500-rpm spin. From the moment the ball leaves the pitcher's hand, it travels a smooth, consistent, parabolic arc. There's no disjointed change in its motion from beginning to end.

Yet as the ball nears home plate, the batter observes a sudden jump in its trajectory, the notorious break. A new study in PLoS ONE argues that the discrepancy between the physics and the perception of the curveball may be all in the mind, more specifically, an optical illusion created by the batter's eyes and brain.

Baseball has always been a game of statistics and illusions but now maybe we're seeing why a well-pitched baseball is so damn hard to hit. Video too!

In addition, there's a link to researcher Arthur Shapiro's lab website which has lots of nifty optical illusion things to play with."

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Supreme Court Eyes RIAA ‘Innocent Infringer&

droopus droopus writes  |  about 4 years ago

droopus (33472) writes "The U.S. Supreme Court is weighing into the first RIAA file sharing case to reach its docket, requesting that the music labels’ litigation arm respond to a case testing the so-called “innocent infringer” defense to copyright infringement.

The case pending before the justices concerns a federal appeals court’s February decision ordering a university student to pay the Recording Industry Association of America $27,750 — $750 a track — for file-sharing 37 songs when she was a high school cheerleader. The appeals court decision reversed a Texas federal judge who, after concluding the youngster was an innocent infringer, ordered defendant Whitney Harper to pay $7,400 — or $200 per song. That’s an amount well below the standard $750 fine required under the Copyright act.

Harper is among the estimated 20,000 individuals the RIAA has sued for file-sharing music. The RIAA has decried Harper as “vexatious,” because of her relentless legal jockeying."

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Touchscreen Voting Machine Hacked to Play Pac Man

droopus droopus writes  |  more than 4 years ago

droopus (33472) writes "It turns out paperless touch-screen voting machines are actually good for something after all. Two computer security researchers recently hacked this Sequoia AVC Edge to play the classic arcade video game PacMan. They picked up the machine after it was decommissioned in Virginia in a statewide purge of paperless voting machines.

J. Alex Halderman, of the University of Michigan, and Ariel J. Feldman from Princeton University simply swapped out the PCMCIA card in the machine where the voting software is stored and replaced it with one loaded with PacMan. They pulled this off without disturbing the tamper-evident seals on the machine; they simply unscrewed the compartment where the card is housed, and slipped in their home-brewed version.

Of course, ES&S and Dominion still insist the machines are "totally foolproof.""

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