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Ask Slashdot: Good Hosting Service For a Parody Site?

geminidomino Re:I don't follow. (113 comments)

I'm crazy curious about WTF is in Poland that anyone in the US would even recognize enough to be worth parodying.

All I can come up with is CDProjekt, but I've never heard of them being "Heavy-handed" like TFS mentions..

2 days ago
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Debian Talks About Systemd Once Again

geminidomino Re:Sorry it's freebsd FTW (517 comments)

I honestly can't say. I've only been messing with it in a testing/dicking around capacity, and haven't been swimming in free time for the past month or so. Hopefully someone lucky enough to be doing it full time will post and let us know.

Still, it's a damn sight better than "make buildworld" was (yes, it's been that long)

3 days ago
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Debian Talks About Systemd Once Again

geminidomino Re:Hope! (517 comments)

whether we want a better functioning OS or an OS that adheres to the mindset that I think attracted many of us to Linux in the first place

There's precious little evidence that systemd makes for "a better functioning OS" and plenty that the people behind systemd don't even understand how the OS functions -- and that's on a practical level, not a "OMG UNIX Philosophy is so 1980s" level.

3 days ago
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Debian Talks About Systemd Once Again

geminidomino Re:Sorry it's freebsd FTW (517 comments)

I used to use FreeBSD back in the day and I gotta say, pkgng is looking like it's pretty slick at solving the #1 reason I moved away from it (too much of a PITA to keep many heterogeneous servers up-to-date)

3 days ago
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Debian Talks About Systemd Once Again

geminidomino Re:Some Sense Restored? (517 comments)

Unless, of course, you have a database backend for anything on your web server. If the apache daemon can access it, so can the asshat who exploited it for a shell.

3 days ago
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Lead Mir Developer: 'Mir More Relevant Than Wayland In Two Years'

geminidomino For teh codes, stupid! (221 comments)

"MIR" is just a simple caesar cyphering away from "NIH'.

3 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Handling Patented IP In a Job Interview?

geminidomino Re:Leave them off your resume. (224 comments)

If you mention an open source project you've worked on would they expect to get copyrights on all your contributions? Why should a patent be any different?

With some of the contracts these fuckers try to push, that's not exactly an over-the-top concern.

5 days ago
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VeraCrypt Is the New TrueCrypt -- and It's Better

geminidomino Re:Vera (220 comments)

Nicely played. :D

about a week ago
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Password Security: Why the Horse Battery Staple Is Not Correct

geminidomino Re: symbols, caps, numbers (546 comments)

It gets hashed down to 28-64 characters and written into the database?

about a week ago
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What's Been the Best Linux Distro of 2014?

geminidomino Re: Slackware (302 comments)

I'd say it's more of "bypassing the absolute worst of each worlds." The closer I can get to "apt-get upgrade", the better. But it looks like pkgng might have that mostly covered for most of what I'd need to set up.

When crunch-time passes, I'll experiment a little more deeply into it, but I'm glad to see there's been so much improvement. I loved me some FreeBSD back in the day.

about two weeks ago
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What's Been the Best Linux Distro of 2014?

geminidomino Re: Slackware (302 comments)

I've been playing with pkgng/pkg a bit, it does look much nicer. That's a good change, imo. Ports are nice, and I know that back in the day they were FreeBSD's "thing", but when you've got a few dozen servers to update, waiting to compile each update is kind of a dealbreaker.

about two weeks ago
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What's Been the Best Linux Distro of 2014?

geminidomino Re: Slackware (302 comments)

Playing with it a bit before bed tonight. Looks pretty slick.

Dear gods, though... they're still shipping it with sendmail? O_O

about two weeks ago
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A Critical Look At Walter "Scorpion" O'Brien

geminidomino Re:Mediocre? How about godawful? Terrible? (193 comments)

I finished that one just a few weeks ago. Thankfully the next one is due out in a month or so. :)

Hopefully there's not too much of a lag for the audiobook - they make the 4 hour drive to Dr. Girlfriend's place up north much more bearable, and Kobna Holbrook-Smith definitely does the writing justice.

Yes, indeed. I'm reading the fourth book (Broken Homes) now and I'm really enjoying his writing style, the setting, the characters -- pretty much the whole package.

And they're just fun to read. :) That's frequently missing these days, with all the crapsack countries and grimdark being all the rage.

about two weeks ago
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A Critical Look At Walter "Scorpion" O'Brien

geminidomino Re:Mediocre? How about godawful? Terrible? (193 comments)

I turned the TV off and read a book about a English policeman who is also a wizard, which was far more believable that the utter crap which Scorpion was

Rivers of London series, by any chance?

about two weeks ago
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The Malware of the Future May Come Bearing Real Gifts

geminidomino "Evolved strains?" (103 comments)

Is this guy new here or what? Ostensibly useful ("friendly", since TFS apparently wants to anthropomorphize software) programs that carry a nasty payload that doesn't trigger immediately? How's that any different from 20 years ago, when they were called "trojans?"

about two weeks ago

Submissions

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New Zealand Schools find less structure improve childrens' behavior

geminidomino geminidomino writes  |  about 9 months ago

geminidomino (614729) writes "A research project involving eight schools in Dunedin and Auckland report that loosening rules on the playground may lead to fewer incidents of bullying, vandalism, and injury. One principal opines ""The kids were motivated, busy and engaged. In my experience, the time children get into trouble is when they are not busy, motivated and engaged. It's during that time they bully other kids, graffiti or wreck things around the school."

As one might expect, the article states that there was a lot of resistance to the project, and I'm kind of surprised they got as many administrators to sign on as they did. The story may be premature, as the article states that "the results of the study will be collated this year," but it may be interesting to see how the numbers shake out."
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Google Blocks Privacy Scraper "Scroogle"

geminidomino geminidomino writes  |  more than 4 years ago

geminidomino (614729) writes "According to a message from Daniel Brandt that appears when attempting to use the scraper at http://scroogle.org/ "Scroogle has been blocked" by google. According to the message, the simplified interface that the scraper has used for several years has been replaced with a redirect to an ad for IE8 and a link to the google toolbar (seen here). Mr. Brandt goes on to say that he has contacted Google to find out if this is a policy decision or if there is another interface that may be use, and is awaiting their response, although I must admit that his tone does not sound optimistic."
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Apple Geeks? Help me out!

geminidomino geminidomino writes  |  more than 8 years ago

Given the flakiness that is dvdauthor, I'm playing with the idea of getting a Mac Mini for dvdauthoring.

This is strictly a hobby, so I'm really not looking to spend $500 on software on top of the cost of the compute r (though this would be a good excuse to finally get myself a Mac!)

So what I mainly want to know is: how advanced is the DVD Authoring software bundled with the Mac Mini?

Can it:
Create Detailed menus, with clips, etc? (dvdauthor can do this)
Apply subtitles to the stream during authoring, from .srt format? (dvdauthor can't do this)
Work directly with file formats other than raw mpeg2 video and ac3 audio (built in demuxer)? (dvdauthor can't)

I want more than the simple "click and drag" style level of control.

Is it doable, or am I hoping for too much?
Thanks for any help.

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Something I wrote up.

geminidomino geminidomino writes  |  more than 10 years ago

Don't really give a rats ass whether anyone likes it...

Immortal Banner

When you were born, you stood for all that was good.
Courage, Freedom, Respect, and Honor.
Always were you regarded above all others,
for this was your birthright, your place.

Legions of warriors fell in your name
And met their gods with great pride
In life your likeness graced their chests
And embraced their bodies when they died.

In the mists of two centuries gone past
The glory that is yours has faded
Yet, striving against oblivion, you march on
As the minds of your children forget you.

Your face now serves the cause of evil,
Etched in the surface of tyrannical stone
Though you still fight, you are disgraced
Through no misdeeds of your own.

Do not weep for the past
Nor lament the sins of your children
For some remember who you are
dreaming and striving for your return.

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