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Microsoft Introduces Build Cadence Selection With Windows 10

i.r.id10t Does this work? (62 comments)

cat c:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc\apt\sources.list

?

5 hours ago
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Ubuntu Turns 10

i.r.id10t Re:Unity is rubbish. Systemd is rubbish (109 comments)

In my case, Ubuntu was very close and 10.04 was working great for some very non-technical people who wanted to check facebook and gmail and write the occasional paper.

Then the gnome3/unity crap started....

Now they are very happy with Mint and the MATE desktop.

2 days ago
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No More Lee-Enfield: Canada's Rangers To Get a Tech Upgrade

i.r.id10t Re:Enfield .303? Wow!! I know these rifles. (296 comments)

The flood of Indian Ishsapore Enfields that hit the surplus market a few years ago are all 7.62 NATO ...

2 days ago
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If Your Cloud Vendor Goes Out of Business, Are You Ready?

i.r.id10t Re:Local Backups (150 comments)

Additionally, in a year you may get much more for your $10 per month. I'll give an example using Linode - when I first started using them 10+ years ago, I paid $20/mo for 32mb ram and a few gigs of storage, and about 20 gigs of transfer IIRC. I still pay $20/mo... but I now have not quite 50gb on SSD drives, 2gb of ram, and 3tb of transfer.

about a week ago
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VeraCrypt Is the New TrueCrypt -- and It's Better

i.r.id10t Re:You'll give them the password (220 comments)

Darn near 100% of 'em too, depending on how you do your polling....

about a week ago
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How Poor Punctuation Can Break Windows

i.r.id10t Re:Assumptions (94 comments)

Never trust any user or environment supplied stuff, always validate everything.

Signed,

Little Bobby Tables

about two weeks ago
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The Greatest Keyboard Ever Made

i.r.id10t Re:Sturdy (304 comments)

As the BOFH says, you should be able to console someone by beating them about the head with your console

about two weeks ago
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Code.org: Blame Tech Diversity On Education Pipeline, Not Hiring Discrimination

i.r.id10t Re:I'm glad SOMEBODY finally said this (227 comments)

Since the plural of anectdote is data....

I've noticed at most one or two females in the 4 sections of Linux Admin I teach in a year. I have noticed that I'm now getting close to an even mix between black, white, and hispanic males. Only 2 or 3 orientals in the 10 years I've been teaching the course. This is at a community college in the same town as a major state university.

about three weeks ago
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Code.org: Blame Tech Diversity On Education Pipeline, Not Hiring Discrimination

i.r.id10t Re:I'm glad SOMEBODY finally said this (227 comments)

Apparently, it's only "real" discrimination if the victim isn't a white man.

FTFY

about three weeks ago
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Marriott Fined $600,000 For Jamming Guest Hotspots

i.r.id10t Re:Not surprised in the least (278 comments)

I just stayed at a fancy hotel in Boston, they wanted $20/day internet access (wired or wireless).

First night I was actually able to connect to the public library a few blocks down the road, but it was VERY slow (3k/sec). After that first night, I was never able to reconnect....

Then I found out the hotel has internet connected TVs, so I plugged my *nix laptop into one of their jacks, got DHCP, and did a (ze)nmap scan to find all the other TVs. Picked one at random, grabbed its MAC address, and spoofed it on my network card. Wallah! Free access.

Charging for 'net access in a $50/night room I can understand - even if it is $10 or so. A $500/night room though should come with free wireless.... strangely in my travels, many cheap places (ie the $50-80/ngiht places I pay for) give free wireless, free coffee, sometimes some sort of free breakfast service, etc and the expensive fancy hotels (that my filthy rich relatives use and pay for, which is why I ended up in one in Boston) not only don't have these as free, but the prices they charge are outrageous ($24 for 2 eggs over medium, hashbrowns, bacon, toast vs. the same meal at Dennys, Waffle House, Perkins, any local diner, etc. for under $10).

about three weeks ago
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Building Apps In Swift With Storyboards

i.r.id10t Re:They are right to say storyboard ... (69 comments)

Ah, so it implements the one thing I really miss about using VB for quick utility programs - drag and drop your GUI design, create buttons, etc. and then only write code for the various events (like heyThisButtonGotClicked(), etc). After that Java seemed like it took pages of code just to draw a button on a field to click..

about three weeks ago
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State of Iowa Tells Tesla To Cancel Its Scheduled Test Drives

i.r.id10t Re:OK, so set up a tiny company owned "dealership" (335 comments)

So much like the firearms business...

Your local FFL dealer can order a Savage rimfire rifle from one of several wholesalers. But lets say you want a configuration that the factory doesn't offer (say, heavy barrel, target iron sights, wood stock). You can call the factory, place your order, they will charge you full MSRP for it, and ship it to your receiving FFL dealer. He/she will do the paperwork and background check, charge you $10 to $100 dollars, and you have the rifle the way you ordered it from the factory. Or your dealer can call, bypass the wholesalers on a config they don't carry/offer, and Savage will sell to him/her at the price the wholesalers charge.

Some online sellers/wholesalers of ammo, etc. also do storefront business in some states. They don't allow online orders from those states tho - cusomters must go thru the brick-n-morter place.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Pick Up Astronomy and Physics As an Adult?

i.r.id10t 2 ways (234 comments)

1) Find your local planetarium and get involved. They may need/want volunteers to conduct shows, etc.

2) Find a local community college that offers an AA in astronomy or similar field.

Now, these may be unreliable for you, but the community college I work at has both an AA for astronomy, one for physics (both for transferring to a state university) but we also have a kick ass planetarium that is managed by one of the new Star Gazers. So, at least if you are in N Florida, it could work.

about a month ago
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Browser To Facilitate Text Browsing In Emergencies

i.r.id10t Re:lynx! (40 comments)

elinks can be compiled with graphics support, allowing you to browse with images in a console as well (need gpm too or a touch screen equivalent).

And doesn't Stallman claim to surf the web via some hackery involving wget and email?

http://article.gmane.org/gmane...

about a month ago
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AT&T Proposes Net Neutrality Compromise

i.r.id10t You mean... (243 comments)

You mean just like we can do now assuming our ISP treats all traffic equally? Isn't QoS supported by most home type routers, even without having to flash it with dd-wrt or tomato or whatever?

about a month ago
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The FCC Net Neutrality Comment Deadline Has Arrived: What Now?

i.r.id10t Re:What now? (131 comments)

Out of curiosity, what is the least corrupt part?

about a month ago
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Turning the Tables On "Phone Tech Support" Scammers

i.r.id10t Re:How about (210 comments)

I got called by one last Friday night. Kept him on the phone for almost an hour, playing along. Even gave him clues I wasn't on windows (ie, when he asked me to run eventviewer I described the output of top, including clueless worrying about zombie processes).

Finally told him I had to go pick up my daughter and that I'd been screwing with him. He called me a "miserable son of a bitch" and hung up.

Kinda felt that it was my duty to keep him occupied, after all each minute I was screwing with him was a minute he wasn't scamming some truly helpless user "out there" somewhere.

about a month ago
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Text While Driving In Long Island and Have Your Phone Disabled

i.r.id10t difference between driver and passenger? (364 comments)

How would a system tell the difference between a driver and passenger in the car?

about a month and a half ago

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Happy Sys Admin Day!

i.r.id10t i.r.id10t writes  |  more than 5 years ago

i.r.id10t (595143) writes "Just a reminder to my fellow users out there — today is Sys Admin Day. Celebrated on the last Friday of July, we should all take the opportunity to send a thank you to the people that keep our infrastructure going. Of course, I'm sure a pizza or a few pints wouldn't be refused either..."

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