×

Announcing: Slashdot Deals - Explore geek apps, games, gadgets and more. (what is this?)

Thank you!

We are sorry to see you leave - Beta is different and we value the time you took to try it out. Before you decide to go, please take a look at some value-adds for Beta and learn more about it. Thank you for reading Slashdot, and for making the site better!

Comments

top

Developer Loses Single-Letter Twitter Handle Through Extortion

gnapster Re:Sounds like a lawsuit waiting to happen (448 comments)

Not here in the USA. I have never seen a chip-and-PIN-capable reader here at the point of sale. Not all countries are as advanced and security-conscious as, say, the United Kingdom.

about a year ago
top

Developer Loses Single-Letter Twitter Handle Through Extortion

gnapster Re:Sounds like a lawsuit waiting to happen (448 comments)

The reason is to verify that the number stamped into the plastic is the same as the number encoded on the magstripe. It's really easy to overwrite magstripe data. I have been asked to confirm the last four at grocery stores; they usually ask for the card, but if you recite the last four, it's usually satisfactory.

about a year ago
top

Developer Loses Single-Letter Twitter Handle Through Extortion

gnapster Re: (448 comments)

If I can update the IP range, what is to prevent the attacker from doing the same? It's not like my ISP tells me when their servers are going to change my address. I understand, in general, how whitelisting works, but I don't know how it is handled by the registrars who provide this service.

about a year ago
top

Ask Slashdot: Best Cross-Platform (Linux-Only) Audio Software?

gnapster Re:Thank you to the submitter (223 comments)

I see. Well, good luck with your quest.

about a year ago
top

Ask Slashdot: Best Cross-Platform (Linux-Only) Audio Software?

gnapster Re:Thank you to the submitter (223 comments)

I'm not familiar with EAC, but I did catch the bit about moving away from XP. That is why I mentioned wine. Wine supports some software better than others, and EAC seems to work well. (Now that I look in their database, it appears that Polderbits is not listed, so all bets are off.) Are you acquainted with Wine?

Based on your description, it seems like Polderbits would suit your needs better than EAC since it is designed for the purpose of archiving analog audio, while EAC seems geared towards digital audio. It may be that neither one can be made to work well under Linux, but it sounded like you were interested in possibilities, so I shared the one that came to mind. YMMV.

about a year ago
top

Ask Slashdot: Best Cross-Platform (Linux-Only) Audio Software?

gnapster Re:Thank you to the submitter (223 comments)

If 'better than Audacity' means (for you) good at recording albums and splitting tracks, then you might want to check out Polderbits. I used it for the purpose of digitizing cassette tapes many years ago, and I'm sure it has only gotten better. In terms of general features it is very limited compared to Audacity, but it is good at automatically detecting sensible places to split tracks. It is only released for Windows, but it may run in Wine.

about a year ago
top

Ask Slashdot: Best Cross-Platform (Linux-Only) Audio Software?

gnapster Re:Wat (223 comments)

It's rare to find an engineer that can write well[...]

For all the grousing that goes on here in regard to grammar in slashdot entries, one might think such engineers would not be so rare, after all.

about a year ago
top

Call Yourself a Hacker, Lose Your 4th Amendment Rights

gnapster Re:Stallman would have something to say about this (488 comments)

Does the wait staff at that Dennys have a high rate of turnover? Sounds like they need to add "cool with open carry" to their job listings. :c)

about a year ago
top

Why Does Windows Have Terrible Battery Life?

gnapster Re:How do you compare for phones? (558 comments)

Well, sure. I was responding to the 'no dual-booting phones' portion of your comment, but it is true that no amount of Linux will help us compare Windows to iOS. (Well, perhaps that is not true. One day we may be able to install roughly the same Ubuntu on a Nokia Lumia as well as an iPhone. That might give us some kind of transitive benchmarks.)

about a year ago
top

Why Does Windows Have Terrible Battery Life?

gnapster Re:How do you compare for phones? (558 comments)

The Nexus 4 can allegedly run both Android and Ubuntu: http://www.ubuntu.com/phone. I have not tried it, and I don't think there's a dual-booting bootloader yet, but it sounds interesting.

I know they both use the same kernel (more or less), but the software ecosystem is probably quite different, including the power management.

about a year ago
top

Ask Slashdot: Do You Use Markdown and Pandoc?

gnapster Re:Markdown is gaining popularity again (204 comments)

Have you ever used TeXmacs, and do you have an opinion of it? I suspect you have, since "what you see is what you mean" is a phrase of which they are quite fond.

For those who have not: TeXmacs is a graphical editor which implements the typesetting rules from TeX in an editor whose interface is inspired by emacs. (M-x commands, and all.) It does not use LaTeX as an intermediate rendering engine. I used it for a while. It has some virtue.

about a year ago
top

Leaked Manual Reveals Details On Google's Nexus 5

gnapster Re:Crazy tech? (177 comments)

Hear, hear! Moderation is first about sifting threads for quality discussion. Rewarding and penalizing commenters comes later. I wonder, does the grandparent also never mod down anonymous comments?

(Posting non-anonymously as I haven't had any mod points since Saturday.)

about a year ago
top

Georgia Cop Issues 800 Tickets To Drivers Texting At Red Lights

gnapster Re:Wonder how many of those are overturned (1440 comments)

FYI, Automatics can be stopped/started from the neutral gear just as well as from park. Just keep your foot on the brake.

A fair point, which had completely slipped my mind.

about a year ago
top

Georgia Cop Issues 800 Tickets To Drivers Texting At Red Lights

gnapster Re:Wonder how many of those are overturned (1440 comments)

I lived in Scotland for a spell, and (while I didn't do any driving there) I used to see billboards encouraging people to actually shut off their engines while stopped at a light. Blew my mind. To be fair, the lights there have a half-second yellow-red combo to indicate that the lights are about to be green again. But I am genuinely curious what the laws in the US might have to say about (a) putting an automatic transmission in park and (b) switching off the engine while at a light.

about a year ago
top

Georgia Cop Issues 800 Tickets To Drivers Texting At Red Lights

gnapster Re:Easy pickings (1440 comments)

Has Waze really gotten better in this regard? I stopped using it after a couple of months because it was always pestering me with alerts that were tens of miles off my course. I think the idea of crowdsourcing traffic patterns is brilliant, but the idea of social driving is bizarre.

And don't get me started on the new Google Maps. It is unusable in landscape mode, which is how I mount my phone to the dashboard. The controls take up so much space that there is no room left on screen for the map.

about a year ago
top

Ask Slashdot: How Best To Synchronize Projects Between Shared Drive and PCs?

gnapster Re: stop trying, use git instead (238 comments)

I guess my first line above could have been paraphrased like this:

You mean like this?--

Not really, because that solution is a poor shadow of svn's sparse checkouts.

Your point, however, stands: it is clear that – whatever sparse checkout features git may have – git's 'sparse checkout' abilities were added because of popular demand, not because sparse checkouts are a good idea. You obviously view them as a crutch, and I have no argument; I even believe I can see where you're coming from. If I invested the time necessary to master git, and spent time collaborating with others and sharing my code, I would probably reach the same conclusions.

about a year ago
top

Verizon's Plan To Turn the Web Into Pay-Per-View

gnapster Re:Same old song and dance (332 comments)

That seems pretty clear-cut, since HTTP doesn't protect the IP address or domain name you request. If you're communicating with IP's of Facebook, Facebook pays Verizon. If you're communicating with IP's of /., then /. gets charged.

about a year ago
top

Ask Slashdot: How Best To Synchronize Projects Between Shared Drive and PCs?

gnapster Re: stop trying, use git instead (238 comments)

Well, that's most of the way there but it still requires downloading the whole repository first, and then some configuration, and you have additional unnecessary directory structure.

However, upon reflection, I'll agree that it is probably better for the OP to go all the way and make a repo for each project, which is the standard practice with git. But I'm not convinced that sparse checkouts, as described in your link, is a drop-in replacement for svn.

about a year ago
top

Ask Slashdot: How Best To Synchronize Projects Between Shared Drive and PCs?

gnapster Re:stop trying, use git instead (238 comments)

Thanks a lot! Last time I had looked for such a feature in git, it didn't exist. I do understand that the git philosophy is to make many discrete repositories rather than one repo with many projects organized in subdirectories. It just seemed that sparse checkouts were a closer analogue to OP's current situation, which might mean a lower learning curve. Although as I think about it, making several sparse checkouts for different projects is nigh-indistiguishable from cloning several discrete repositories, from the user's perspective.

about a year ago

Submissions

Journals

gnapster has no journal entries.

Slashdot Login

Need an Account?

Forgot your password?