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Curiosity Detects Mysterious Methane Spikes on Mars

fireman sam Love it (1 comments)

Curiosity has no one to blame. NASA proves that "he who smelt it, dealt it"

4 days ago
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FBI Analysis of Wiper Malware Finds Korean Language Packs, Hard Coded Targets

fireman sam This reminds me of... (1 comments)

This reminds me of the indestructible passports found in the rubble at ground zero.

Or what about this... the malware was created in South Korea by a phone manufacturer / electronics company that competes with Sony?

Nah, they're friends with Amerika.

about three weeks ago
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ReactOS inches closer to becoming true Windows XP clone (New Shell and NTFS)

fireman sam Re:Polish a turd... (3 comments)

So, not only are they going for binary compatibility, but also stink compatibility. cool.

about three weeks ago
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x is bad for x? (Continuation)

fireman sam Hmmm (3 comments)

but y?

Won't someone think of the y!

about three weeks ago
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Robot makes people feel like a ghost is nearby

fireman sam Glad to hear (1 comments)

I'm not schizophrenic as I know aliens control my movements and they are not just hallucinations.

about a month and a half ago
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The Airplane of the Future Won't Have Windows

fireman sam Re:What is the benefit? (7 comments)

Once they remove Windows, the planes won't suffer from BSOD failures.

about 2 months ago
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80s ads are responsible for the lack of women coders

fireman sam I call BS (3 comments)

Computer science sucks as a career option. Once it was seen as an art form, now it is nothing more than a place on a factory production line with fucked up deadlines set by people who have no fucking idea what it takes to write a hello world program. Of the two sexes, women were the smart ones who saw that computer science was heading for the shitter and got out early. It's just the dicks like myself that sit in a dark room squinting at a bunch of monitors with chronic back pains and little social abilities that have continued in the career choice of everyone's bitch.

I fucking hate computers.

about 2 months ago
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The Physics Of Space Battles

fireman sam But... (1 comments)

The assertions based are based on current technology and surely at that point in our future where we find ourselves locked in an interstellar battle against aliens, we would have developed flight systems that are capable of simulated planetary based flight (that is, deal with all the thrust to change directions crap) as well as a vast improvement in weapons technology to allow high intensity energy weaponry be accurate enough over long distances.

about 3 months ago
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"Shell Shock" Is a Non-Issue On OS-X Systems

fireman sam Are you sure (1 comments)

I just ran the script on OSX Mavericks with all updates and I get the following:

shell$ env x='() { :;}; echo vulnerable' bash -c 'echo hello'
vulnerable
hello
shell$

about 3 months ago
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Previous owner's call activity log available on prepaid phone numbers

fireman sam Call them (1 comments)

Have some fun with the numbers. You can assume that some of the recipients will still have your number in their phone so when you call them they will think it is the previous owner.

Some ideas:

- Pretend you're an emergency worker and there has been a serious accident
- Pretend you're previous owner's boss/teacher and enquire as to why you saw them working at a brothel
- Pretend you're the police and the phone is evidence in a murder investigation.

Notes:
- for best results it's best to do some background checks on the previous owner. Send SMS messages in different tones to different numbers to ascertain what gender and age group the previous owner fits.
- don't actually do this (but if you do, post your results)

about 3 months ago
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Did Microsoft Just Reveal the New Windows 9 Logo?

fireman sam Re:meh (2 comments)

What is the point of this minimalistic approach to UI elements these days. We all have computers capable of displaying millions of colours yet we have UI designs that are more plain than a blank piece of paper. Perhaps they know that after WWIII we will all be using C=64 or (insert 80s tech here) and the minimal approach will be necessary.

 

about 4 months ago
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You Have Your Windows In My Linux

fireman sam I remember the days (1 comments)

Where I would spend my weekends hacking on the Linux kernel to get my hardware working, or building the latest release of KDE or Gnome or FVWM or (insert incomplete OSS project here). I also remember the days when all of my hardware would stop working as a newer kernel was pushed down the update pipe. But I most fondly remember the day I turned on my new Mac and realised that this is what Linux has wanted to be for so many years.

Instead of copying the processes of Windows, with its fundamental differences, why not focus on copying the processes of OSX (I know I'll probably be shot right now).

To quote a friend: "It can be said that when a Linux user/hacker switches on a Mac for the first time, they say a silent prayer of thanks - this is what they have been looking for all of those years"

For those who don't want new hardware but want something that they can continue hacking away with half complete drivers, have a look at the good work done by the hackintosh community - it is what got me to the point of buying a Mac.

about 4 months ago
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What You Wish You'd Known Starting Out As A Programmer

fireman sam Re:Python in 1968 (2 comments)

My wish is simple, that I had the foreknowledge to see that this once art form would become the lowest level in the IT universe. Programmers are the only people who can produce the product and they make is seem easy - therefore everyone who cannot program thinks it's easy and expect everything to be done in 20 minutes.

We were once the masters of the black arts of computing. Bending this strange hardware to our will with nothing more than a few commands (or a few thousand), and now we are nothing more than cattle being forced to rapidly spew out hack upon hack in order to push the next bullshit feature into a product that is held together with sticky tape and a bunch of #ifdefs. We are never given time to craft a response to the problem given to us, it's all just hack it up and we'll fix it next time. It's always next time. When will next time finally become this time?

If I knew how shit it would be, I would have thrown away my c64 and my VZ-300 and played in the garden with friends.

about 4 months ago
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Cause of global warming 'hiatus' found deep in the Atlantic

fireman sam In other words (2 comments)

We have no fucking idea, but keep giving us money. Thanks

about 4 months ago
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Solved: why the Moon's far side looks so different

fireman sam Obvious (2 comments)

Everyone's ass looks different to their face (well for most people this is true)

about 5 months ago
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A Physicist Says He Can Tornado-Proof the Midwest with 1,000-Foot Walls

fireman sam cool (1 comments)

Let's just fuck with the environment a bit more - nothing bad can happen. Why doesn't he attempt to stop tidal flows eroding our coastlines with 1000 foot walls. In fact why not stop the planet from spinning all together.

about 6 months ago
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The US Government Has No Idea How To Solve A Problem Like Snowden

fireman sam Simple (1 comments)

Snowden isn't the problem, the US government's insistence it is under attack from everyone and its belief that it needs to monitor everyone is the problem.

about 6 months ago
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Android 5 is coming, and only Google knows what's in it.

fireman sam Re:LibreDroid (2 comments)

I believe they have in the cyanogen mod - see http://www.cyanogenmod.org/

I've never used it personally as I don't have any android devices, but I know others who do.

about 6 months ago

Submissions

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Gimp 2.6 classic look

fireman sam fireman sam writes  |  more than 4 years ago

fireman sam (662213) writes "When gimp 2.6 came out a while back may people did not like the new look empty image window and missing toolbox menu. People complained but the developers said no to adding an option to revert the look and functionality of gimp. But now someone has stepped up and had released a patch against 2.6.8 that reverts to the toolbox menu and removes the empty image window. Gimp classic has been born.

http://sourceforge.net/projects/gimp-classic/"

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What do you do when your admin is a monkey

fireman sam fireman sam writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Our IT department is run by brain damaged monkeys writes "I have written a server that runs on Linux. This server is fairly simple in that it receives a connection and then forks to let the child process deal with the connection while the main process waits for more connections. I'm sure everyone who has done anything related to IT administration would have administered a server which does the same.

This morning I received an email from the administrator of the system stating "I recently setup some monitoring for the number of server processes on the servers. I noticed more than 1 (up to 3) server processes were on some of the servers, but only for a few seconds before disappearing. Are you able to see why this might be happening?"

Our company will soon be placing in the hands of this monkey the keys to a world wide distributed network of these servers plus hundreds of supporting servers and components.

How best do I voice my concerns to management? As a lowly programmer who has only had Linux experience since 1995 I hold no weight when it comes to decision on IT, whereas this monkey has managed to peel the free CD of Monkey IT monthly and install the latest free distro makes the decisions.

It is a scary world we live in."

Journals

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You can't post to this page

fireman sam fireman sam writes  |  more than 9 years ago Well, it appears that whenever I attempt one of my witty, or insightful comments I recieve the above mentioned error.

It appears that my ISP http://tpg.com.au/ has installed a transparent proxy that is either has a blocked IP address, or allows connections from any host.

This sucks.

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Interesting weekend

fireman sam fireman sam writes  |  more than 9 years ago

I've decided to use my journal as an entry point for interesting fire calls I attend. Let this be the first.

Last saturday afternoon just after 4pm, North West Sydney was hit by a decent storm. There was a lot of electrical activity that passed almost directly over my house.

I had just finished covering my cars with tarps and blankets to protect from the hail when the pager was activated. "Structure alight". I put on some of my gear and headed off to the station. Have you ever noticed that people will always drive slowest when you are in a hurry.

I get to the station just as the first truck has just left, grabbed the rest of my gear from the back of the car and jumped on the second truck.

A minute later we were there. Myself and my "buddy" jump out and went straight across to the first truck, "donned" our BA (breathing aparatus) sets and headed in.

The top floor two storey house was well involved. We entered via the front door in an attempt to gain access to the fire. As we entered the roof and air conditioner collapsed onto the floor before us. So we attacked what fire we could see from just in the door.

Shortly aftwards, the second team entered from the rear of the house and they too attacked the fire from the ground floor.

After a few minutes, the fire was less out of control. We made our way up the stairs to the landing. Every room was alight. The two teams began knocking down the fire in the rooms and the roof (what was left of it). We had gotten most of the fire when my warning whistle sounded.This signifies that I have up to 5 minutes of air left (if I was at rest). So my team had to make our way back down to the BACO (Breathing Aparatus Control Operator) get all the BA equipment off replace the cylinder and have a rest. The replacement crew took over and knocked the rest of the fire out.

Once the inital threat was over the salvage began. We moved all the furniture out of the ground floor and into the garage (which was not damaged).

After everything was completed, we returned to the station at 6:30pm (approx).

We had a 15 minute break then both trucks were back on the road to help with the storm damage. This was mainly trees across roads, power lines, driveways, on houses.

Finished and back at station at about 10pm.

All in all, it was a good way to help the community.

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8 days

fireman sam fireman sam writes  |  more than 9 years ago

8 days without coke. I feel much better, though I'm still not sleeping well. Oh well.

After about 5 days the pain in my legs and back was almost unbearable. I couldn't keep my legs still for any length of time without aching. The headaches got worse and didn't ease until 2 days ago.

I was a smoker for 16 years (started at high school) and it was far easier to give up cigarettes than it was to give up coke. The withdrawal symptoms for giving up smoking was also far less. So watch out all you coke heads.

My resting heart rate is now down to 65 bpm (from 90) my weight is now 65Kg (from 60Kg).

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The power of Coke

fireman sam fireman sam writes  |  more than 9 years ago

Well it has been three days since my last drink of Coca-Cola and let me say they have been the worst.

Some history:

I started becomming a heavy user when I began working from home. I would consume up to 10 cans of coke per day and some days not eat. This has been going on for about 2 years. My teeth have softened and I have had 7 teeth pulled and the rest will follow soon.

My health:

Physically I felt good and could walk for hours on end (averaging 6Km/h). But if I was to do anything more strenuous I would tire very quickly. My resting heart rate was around 90 bpm, my body temperature was constantly high (about 1K above normal). Doctors put this down to a high metabolism. My weight is constantly 60Kg. I cannot gain weight.

The last 3 days:

Since my last can I have slept around 40 hours. I cannot walk properly because of pains in my lower back and legs. I have had a constant (dull) headache. To counter some of the symptoms I have been taking 500mg of Paracetamol and LOTS of water (about 5 to 6 Litres).

I anyone knows how long the pains will last could they tell me. Thanks

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