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Top Counter-Strike Players Embroiled In Hacking Scandal

emj Re:wouldn't even be reported (217 comments)

There is, in fact, a well-documented "conspiracy",

As you say there is a toxic culture in some places and if you stand up and fight besides these people you have lost, or if they fight for you cause. It's a common problem.

2 days ago
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MARS, Inc: We Are Running Out of Chocolate

emj Re:The Fix: Buy good Chocolate! (323 comments)

It's like wine, beer and safran I don't buy it to get drunk/fat, I like it because it taste good. 95% of the chocolate bars I buy, costs $7, the other 5% are $2 and $18.

about two weeks ago
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How To End Online Harassment

emj Just watch one video or read one post.. (834 comments)

This is obviously to some part selective bias, but I only see the bad things done to Quinn and Sarkeesian, and the defense of those actions from GamersGate people. All those links are just further evidence of that.

about two weeks ago
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The Other Side of Diversity In Tech

emj Re:Irony (441 comments)

Much of her argument comes down to the fact that she wants to work with people who look and act like her, not like me.

No she says it's hard to fit in if there is no respect for diversity. It's your choice to make the interpretation that belittles her opinions about diversity. Group-think is comforting when you are in the group, but doesn't really work when you widen your horizon.

about three weeks ago
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The Other Side of Diversity In Tech

emj Re:Tech Up Bringing? (441 comments)

[..] it's quite reasonable for anyone to want to have folks at work that they can relate to [...] It's pretty uncomfortable being the only dad at a kid's birthday party.

No! It's about people being more including, and you can't ever be including if you are always in your own non-diverse bubble. I have no problems being the only dad at birthday parties, vice versa for my girlfriend. I have heard some stories told about fathers the eighties when it wasnt normal to split parental leave, but now days it's normal and you get no funny looks. But we do get 480 days of parental leave to spend for 7 years, so there is more to play with.

about three weeks ago
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The Most Highly Cited Scientific Papers of All Time

emj Re:When is something well-known enough to not cite (81 comments)

I've had (clearly non native) reviews complaining incorrectly about English constuctions that I've used, and recommending I get a native English speaker to review it. The nerve of that is quite astonishing and it would be funny if such reviewers didn't generally revel in making the life of authors as miserable as possible.

You know I have lots of friends who work with native speakers to make their texts easier to read, strange constructs is just one thing they remoev.

about a month ago
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Energy Utilities Trying To Stifle Growth of Solar Power

emj Re:They will move to a different charging model (488 comments)

The utilities model is based on the notion that you can recover your capital costs (and more) over the lifetime of the plant. The rapid rise of solar in particular is putting that at risk, and utilities are caught between a rock and a hard place. They can fight by keeping power costs low, and lose, or they can fight by raising their power costs--however they want to do the accounting--and also lose.

Utilities are infrastructure, it is possible to seperate the big plants from the network, it's already done in many places. The question is how much of the network should the customer pay for and how much should the generator pay for. Solar is putting that to a test.

55% of my electric costs is network related, for some houses it's 90% of the cost..

about 2 months ago
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Why Women Have No Time For Wikipedia

emj Re:perhaps men and women are different? (579 comments)

Perhaps you could expand on how Facebook emulates what you see in the yard with girls? It really has never occurred to me. Please remember that your own experience is a very small sample, and your opinions will rule over your experiences (some kind of personal conditioning, the exact term in english alludes me atm).

about 3 months ago
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NSA Considers Linux Journal Readers, Tor (And Linux?) Users "Extremists"

emj Re:Not a big surprise (361 comments)

Sources for that claim PLZ?

RSA, Cisco?

about 5 months ago
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A Bike Taillight that Goes Beyond Mere Taillighting (Video)

emj Re:Great job David! (86 comments)

I do expect my investment in an onboard camera to pay off, unfortunately, when one of these bumbling fools gets too darn close for comfort. Sorry, but stupidity should pay a price in real life. Why should I get stuck with the bill because I drive carefully and you do not?

Well you are driving around in a massively dangerous thing that destroys the lives of so many people, that's why you should pay when you hit a person. Because when cars are driven too fast, anything above 30 km/h, they kill people.

about 6 months ago
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Comcast Predicts Usage Cap Within 5 Years

emj Re:2 kinds of countries in the world (475 comments)

Regulation is only part of the problem, I've heard complaints about the US being too conservative against new broadband tech. One of the reasons why you are getting usable broadband now and not 15 years ago.

about 6 months ago
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Comcast Predicts Usage Cap Within 5 Years

emj Those can not be real costs (475 comments)

Here in Sweden we pay up to $8000 for a fiber connection to a house, there are lots of appartments that get it a lot cheaper though (for free).

about 6 months ago
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Microsoft Cheaper To Use Than Open Source Software, UK CIO Says

emj Re:Familiarity (589 comments)

I've never understood what exchange+óutlook actually gives you, please enlighten me. I supported a couple of houndred people using exchange in grad school, the most complicated question I got was how to make your address book sync properly. It might be all those extension that people write for Exchange, which sync to strange places.

about 7 months ago
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Microsoft Cheaper To Use Than Open Source Software, UK CIO Says

emj Re:Recruiting policy (589 comments)

I support a few Motif apps at work. but what is this "without any problem" phenomenon you speak of?

Indeed AFAIR Motif Apps were a problem back in the day.

about 7 months ago
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Volvo Testing Autonomous Cars On Public Roads

emj Re:No way I could trust a self-driving car (98 comments)

Once self-driving cars hit the road in any numbers, it will become really, really expensive to try to be a jerk in traffic. No speeding. No lane cutting. No tailgating. No weaving. No nothing - just follow the traffic flow and the law to the letter and spirit or you will get reported. And of course your insurance rate will like go up, simply by being a human driver.

It's not clear that they will be allowed to record all that, at least not in Sweden, which this story is about. Privacy problems and all that.

about 7 months ago
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UAV Operator Blames Hacking For Malfunction That Injured Triathlete

emj ... badabom (178 comments)

Thats the same kind of person who blaems typos on there keyboard.

I see what you did their!

about 8 months ago
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Unreal Engine 4 Launching With Full Source Code

emj Re:If it's such a great development environment... (149 comments)

In the old times, FPS was not about multiplayer. I stopped playing them around the time it became like that.

That would be around 1996 when Quake was released.

about 8 months ago
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Church Committee Members Say New Group Needed To Watch NSA

emj Re:really? (143 comments)

The devil you know.

about 8 months ago

Submissions

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Booting Linux in five seconds on EeePC

emj emj writes  |  more than 6 years ago

emj (15659) writes "At the Linux Plumbers Conference Arjan van de Ven, Linux from Intel demonstrated a Linux system booting in five seconds. The hardware was an Asus EEE PC, which has solid-state storage, and the two developers beat the five second mark. They had to hold up the EEE PC for the audience, since the time required to finish booting was less than the time needed for the projector to sync. "Done booting means CPU and disk idle," Arjan said, but it did not include bringing up the network completly."
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Open Source GSM base station software

emj emj writes  |  more than 6 years ago

emj (15659) writes "Software defined radio has really come a long way, here's a summary about the OpenBTS software that lets you run a GSM base station with GNU radio. All software isn't available yet, but the OpenBTS people made a field test at Burningman in August and have a nice page describing the tech they brought with them. If that's not enough, the hardware they used can be used with GPS receiver software as well."
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Screen with 180 degress field of view

emj emj writes  |  more than 6 years ago

emj writes "Who wouldn't want to be immersed in a 3D world, a gamer has actually has invented just this, jDome a 180 degree FOV screen. All you need is a semi-transparent back projected dome, and setting the in game field of view to 180. At a preorder cost of just $200, it is a lot of immersion per dollar, considering that a full VR-cube will cost you a million bucks. Watch the high res video of jDome or settle for the YouTube version on the home page."
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Laptop memory upgrade without getting heat

emj emj writes  |  more than 6 years ago

emj writes "Is it possible to upgrade the memory of an old laptop without getting a big heat output from the new memory modules? I recently added an old 256MB module to my laptop, but this increased the heat output and is making the fan run non stop. What should you look for in memory chips when you want low heat, low power and lots of RAM? (heat sinking is not an option)"
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Drag and Drop upload on webpages

emj emj writes  |  more than 6 years ago

emj (15659) writes "Now there is an extension for Firefox that can upload files by using drag and drop, some sites e.g. Gmail you can now drop several files and they will directly be added to the upload form. The question is when this will become standard in all browsers considering the amount of people doing this the first time they try to attach a file."
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Command Line life partner wanted

emj emj writes  |  more than 6 years ago

emj (15659) writes "Craiglist offers an interesting approach to finding a life partner , summmary: "There is a sad truth to the world today. I am part of a dying breed of people known as "shell users." ... Because there are fewer and fewer of us, I must help keep our lineage alive. I am looking for someone to help me do this. I need a woman (obviously) who is willing to raise a child with me in the method of Unix."."
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Mounting filesystems with out root

emj emj writes  |  more than 6 years ago

emj (15659) writes "An LWN article talks aboutpatch by Miklos Szeredi enables an unprivileged user process to call the mount() system call and and have that call actually succeed. The setuid mount utility is no longer needed, giving users more flexibility in setting up their environments. One might well wonder why this change to mount() is called for, given that users have been able to do unprivileged mounts for years, but this lets people mount without editing fstab,"
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emj emj writes  |  about a year and a half ago

I really can't stand these audio based ads that Slashdot has started running, I have no problem with advertisement I think it actually adds to the experience, lots of stuff that I use I've found via ads. So please slashdot stop running these Microsoft server 2012 or what ever, or at least make them pay more, I mean I do notice them more when they start playing in some background slashdot tab.

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My URL is my content

emj emj writes  |  more than 5 years ago

A great inebriate hacker once told me "I schould build a content provider service, where the content is in the URL"... It took me about two years to understand what he ment, I think he ment that you can store data in "the cloud" or in the ether between the tubes. So I give openssl and some perl to make it look better:

echo "oh man where is this stored really? The intertubes?" |openssl base64 | perl -pne 'BEGIN{print "data:text/plain;base64,"} chop; END {print "\n"}'

Result:

data:text/plain;base64,b2ggbWFuIHdoZXJlIGlzIHRoaXMgc3RvcmVkIHJlYWxseT8gVGhlIGludGVydHViZXM/Cg==

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Making sha1 hashes for backup and integrity checking..

emj emj writes  |  more than 5 years ago This will link one hash to one file, so if two files have the same hash the latter will overwrite the formers name. Thanks to Perl oneliners and lost+found recovery for inspiration.

find -type f -print0 |
xargs -0 openssl sha1 |
perl -ne '
sub parsesha1{
$sha1=substr($_,-41,40);
$filename=substr($_,5,-44)
}

&parsesha1;

$file_hashes{$sha1}=$filename;

END{
foreach $hash (keys %file_hashes){
print "$hash:",$file_hashes{$hash},"\n"}
} '

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