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ChromeOS Will No Longer Support Ext2/3/4 On External Drives/SD Cards

eric31415927 There is a real problem (344 comments)

If Google had scripted
chgmod 777
everytime a device were plugged in, I suppose people would be complaining about how everyone had access to their files.

about two weeks ago

NVIDIA Presents Plans To Support Mir and Wayland On Linux

eric31415927 Bluish People (80 comments)

I remember watching blue people in flash videos.
At the time, I blamed NVIDIA / vdpau.
However it was really Adobe Flash crossing red and blue that caused me to see smurfs everywhere.

about two weeks ago

The Greatest Keyboard Ever Made

eric31415927 Re:Still being made... (304 comments)

I was about to post the same thing - but name the business as well - Unicomp

It's a good choice, especially if you want a foreign Moldel-M keyboard.

about two weeks ago

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

eric31415927 Forget their computer (334 comments)

You could pay about $100 per year to use Skype to call their telephone whenever you want.
Alternatives to Skype exist.
Calling cards are possible (I've had success buying from

You wouldn't be able to attach any photos, but they're not fun with dial up anyway.
You would have to call your parents when you are all awake, but calls are more personable than email.

about a month ago

High School Student Builds Gun That Unlocks With Your Fingerprint

eric31415927 Re:999 (600 comments)

For the given purpose, 999 is a very large number.
What sort of firearm requires more than 999 different people to use it regularly?
A rifle for people learning to shoot might be used by thousands of people over its lifetime, but not all of these people need regular access to the firearm. When a person will never use such a farearm again (i.e. he or she passes a course), that person's fingerprints should be erased from the weapon's memory.
If a weapon could conceivable be used by more than 999 people on a regular basis (perhaps a backup weapon for a number of military units), perhaps it shouldn't be fingerprint locked in the first place.

about a month ago

Anti-Ebola Drug ZMapp Makes Clean Sweep: 18 of 18 Monkeys Survive Infection

eric31415927 Human Subjects (91 comments)

When the human testing starts, should it be old people first? afftected-continent people first? family-receives-high-payment people first?

I think they should be volunteers at the very least.

about 2 months ago

Microsoft Releases Replacement Patch With Two Known Bugs

eric31415927 Re:Other strange update issues.. (140 comments)

My experience somewhat mirriors yours:
On the 2nd Tuesday, I connected my Win7 box to the Internet to install the 2nd Tuesday patches.
After reading a Slashdot article, I uninstalled two patches on the bad-patch list.

Yesterday, I connected it to the Internet to install the August 27 patches.
This was a no go. Windows Update was broken and the Windows Update Troubleshooter was no use.
Only a rollback to a mid-July restore point got the machine going properly again.

My Windows box (which is not my main box) is generally off the Internet, so I don't know why I patched it so promptly.
In the future, I'll wait a few weeks longer before applying patches.

about 2 months ago

Chinese Researchers' 'Terror Cam' Could Scan Crowds, Looking for Stress

eric31415927 Pre-Crime Social Dangerousness (146 comments)

Stop the crime before it happens.
Someone should make a movie about this.

about 2 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Life Beyond the WRT54G Series?

eric31415927 TOR (427 comments)

I hear these onion routers are all the rage now.

about 2 months ago

My degree of colorblindness:

eric31415927 Re: Different colors (267 comments)

I pass the colour-blindness tests very quickly with each eye. However, colour intensity varies between my eyes. One eye sees a bright world. It's a more faded world with the other eye. I attribute the difference to ageing rods/cones/whatever. I didn't have this problem when I was younger.

about 2 months ago

How long ago did you last assemble a computer?

eric31415927 Re: Home-Built PVR (391 comments)

I use an external Silicon Dust Home Run, which picks up OTA signals.

about 3 months ago

How long ago did you last assemble a computer?

eric31415927 Home-Built PVR (391 comments)

A simple PVR doesn't need the bells and whistles of newer computers. I recently purchased the components and assembled one.

about 3 months ago

Favorite "Go!" Phrase?

eric31415927 Atari (701 comments)

In the game of go, calling Atari is encouraged among novice players.

about 3 months ago

New Digital Currency Bases Value On Reputation

eric31415927 Death (100 comments)

So what are the value of Bob bucks when Bob dies?

about 3 months ago

German NSA Committee May Turn To Typewriters To Stop Leaks

eric31415927 Handwriting (244 comments)

Physician handwriting is as indecipherable as Navajo code talk.

about 3 months ago

The Lovelace Test Is Better Than the Turing Test At Detecting AI

eric31415927 Re: Computer Chess (285 comments)

Chess algorithms are a measure of the budding ability of programers.

When you can write a chess algorithm that can beat yourself at chess, ...
(When you can snatch the pebble from my hand, ... [Kung Fu])

about 3 months ago



Poll Suggestion: How do you keep your software updated?

eric31415927 eric31415927 writes  |  1 year,22 days

eric31415927 (861917) writes "1) Automagically — no questions asked
2) Command line — old school
3) Simple graphical frontend — i.e. Aptitude
4) Full GUI — i.e. Google Play, Mac Store, Windows Update, Synaptic
5) Update schmupdate — I don't have time for updates!"


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