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A Library For Survival Knowledge

jago25_98 Sell it on HDD (266 comments)

Can someone sell it on HDD or DVD for me please? Unreliable connection here...

3 days ago
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The CDC Is Carefully Controlling How Scared You Are About Ebola

jago25_98 I will be in Conakry, Guinea on Monday. (478 comments)

I will be in Conakry, Guinea on Monday.

There's a lot of rubbish that seems to be going on with Ebola. I get the impression that people are fatigued after hearing about hyped up pandemics that came to nothing previously.
I disagree on this one. It's about as communicable as the common cold. 4 days survival on cloth based cash & 3 months in males. 8,000 cases but possibly 10x more as these are in areas that are such a mess.

People are also dismissive I think also because most cases are black people, frankly. It's Africa so we think we are better equipped. Don't mess around, call it for what it is - we think we are superior. Maybe we are better equipped but I look at the hygiene of every day people in Europe, USA, Australia... it's all the same - bad. Nobody washes their hands before eating. When did you see anyone use the washroom to only wash their hands in a restaurant? It needs a lot more than that. People need to wash cash and wipe down keypads. It requires a change in thinking. This change in thinking isn't going to happen until a lot of people are dying.

West Africa is the biggest oil and gas exporter now and interests from the west seem stronger than anywhere in the world. As such flights to there to and from places like the UK, France, Netherlands, Norway are going to continue. Screening or at least some help for people would be a good idea regardless of Ebola.

about three weeks ago
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BitHammer, the BitTorrent Banhammer

jago25_98 Traffic shaping. Prioritise not ban! (429 comments)

For the love of god.

Packet prioritisation! It's not hard. The prio chain in iptables has been around for ages exactly for this purpose. Please, please please prioritise traffic rather than attempting to ban it.
If you can ban then you should be able to traffic shape.

about three weeks ago
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Invasion of Ukraine Continues As Russia Begins Nuclear Weapons Sabre Rattling

jago25_98 Let money fight, not people (789 comments)

Stop talking Putin and Obama. Start talking Gazprom, Chevron, Koch brothers, Altai pipeline. Compare Monsanto's unchecked power to Gazproms power for Russia - it's like 2 sides of the same coin. Does it really matter if commies invade the capitalists or the capitalists invade the communists? To people in power of course it does, but to you and it seems to me to be the more of the same. Not worth dying for. So I'm not going to pick up a gun. Both sides know this so they will have to false flag to make me bait me into picking up a gun and fight for those company resources again.

Some of us stand together in acknowledging the powers that try to cause us to fight on their behalf. Which ever side you've been born, married or bought into you should be of the same opinion. Both sides lie the same. We all know this now because we have friends and family on either side.

Related /. article was regards that typical Americans hold no democratic power, confirming our thoughts that it's corporations all the way. As I say, it's similar both sides of the water. Russia is money, USA is money, China is money. It's been said many times but drop trying to think it can be about anything else. Money may make it about something else for it's interests but you are free to ignore the bait. Like a devil free to test you (or an attractive woman testing to see if you're a worthy suitor), you don't have to respond. That can be difficult but it's one thing you can always have the option of.

To reiterate, I've no problem with ordinary Russian citizens. Or American citizens. Or Europeans. We're not enemies. We know that's just a construct. Same for Muslims or whatever it is I'm told to start hating next.
It's stating the obvious. But I read the responses here and I feel the need to state such a simple thing.

If you're Russian I wish you good luck in weaning off of your powers above you. Likewise for either side in rooting out corruption and this kind of power play.

And now for some folly. Nostrodamous prediction is for ISIS & friends to come out of the middle east, ebola to complicate a war between Russia/China(East) & Nato etc (west).

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Dead Is Antivirus, Exactly?

jago25_98 Choosing app scanners (331 comments)

How's about choice in the service that advices whether an .apk is safe or not? At the moment we generally have to choose Apple or Google. Apple abused their position by blocking Bitcoin apps and others already. If there was a free market in this choice then the market could correct the problem.

about 2 months ago
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Do Apple and Google Sabotage Older Phones? What the Graphs Don't Show

jago25_98 Re:Planned obsolescence (281 comments)

Perhaps the concept is taken too far.

But I have spoken to chemists at major firms who were able to confirm they have been requested to weaken the product. By that I'm talking specifically on that silver-grey plastic that wears through to black over time, if you know that effect?

Sometimes the cheaper products can last longer because they don't have the smarts to design in something that fails... and we're blown away when we find that cheap product that turns out to be a better than the label standard.

How many sneakers do you know that have black and not white sole trim?
I've seen wetsuits without the seams glued down. That's no mistake since it was common to every Billabong Oscillator and not just a single line. I won't buy from them again. Now we have weaker suits... but it's OK because the stretch is a feature...

In every buying decision I expect trouble. Time to get creative. Glue those seams down /before/ they fray. Expect everything to break, whether it's deliberate or not. So when I buy a new rucksack I'm prepared to melt down the nylon thread to stop it fraying further. When I buy a phone I always go for something that has solid support on Cyanogenmod. And I never buy a new phone because it is hard to tell if it's been proven with developers yet. Same for laptops and everything.
It's cynical but it works.

Regards upgrade cycles. It's a tough one because in a sense a maker is entitled to do this. That's why an open phone like the GeeksOne is worth looking into regardless of the quality of the thing itself (!). I have had tons of old hardware that could be perfectly useable today had it not been for obfrustrications on the software side. You get to a point where you just have enough of this stuff. It's not just the money, it's just that you get to like something and you want it to be reliable. It's about efficiency too. When I buy something new the first thing I'm thinking is how long is this thing going to be useful for before it's incompatible.

People just seem to have a blind spot for this. How many times do they have to get shafted before they learn? Often it;s because they just want to buy, to buy anything... just because they want the buying experience to fill some sort of deficiency in their life. I know I've done it!

about 3 months ago
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FreeBSD 9.3 Released

jago25_98 Licensing does effect end users (77 comments)

I don't code and rarely recompile. But I do take an interest in licenses since I find it has an effect in both my user experience and also my interaction with the community. This is what users need to understand.

I buy older cars rather than BMW because I don't want to have to find an authorised garage and pay the premium to decode the onboard computer for the repairs. Likewise, a difference in license can make a difference. In linux vs BSD there are probably some difference which I tend to summerise in my head as:
- if BSD can do it, then the functionality is probably safe in the free software world; it's going to be there in the future and if it's not then a company can be paid through closed software to fix the void
- if linux can do it then the function is less likely to be something to rely on, but it's better than closed software

"Finally, the license. I'm neither a programmer nor a recompiler so my use of BSD licensed software is essentially identical to my use of GPL software ('free as in beer', with the occasional bug report). For purists and programmers, there is a difference in what is and isn't allowed under the respective licenses."

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Would It Take For You To Buy a Smartwatch?

jago25_98 swap batteries... what happened? (427 comments)

Why don't people like to swap batteries or devices designed to charge that way any more? Be it smartphones, electric cars or.in this case watches.

about 4 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Would It Take For You To Buy a Smartwatch?

jago25_98 silent vibrate. phone on wrist. chakra. watersport (427 comments)

I liked the idea of that kickstarter waterproof thingy. Would be nice to have a phone on my arm while surfing... Only the boss can then bug me and its not really very waterproof.

I view it as a phone that you strap to your wrist. I only wear watches for travel. A phone that you strap to your wrist is just a little bit more convenient. You have vibrate better. Its also away from centre of the body so its a little away from your chakra line if you go in for that kind of thing.

about 4 months ago
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Wikipedia Mining Algorithm Reveals the Most Influential People In History

jago25_98 'influential' = proxy term (231 comments)

A better description would be the aggregate of our group tribe. We only have space for so many people in our heads so we simplify with fame. Perhaps the average store is 120 people to match the tribe size we are evolved for?
So influential is pretty close a term in that these are the names in our mind so just because of that they are also a good bet as to influence... Just its only a bet.

Comparing cultures is interesting. Quite a gap for English and Chinese but less so for Russian. If you were a strategist you can then surprise that China/USA are more different than Russia/USA. Apply this again to different countries and we can start to map out political likely strongest and weakest links between countries. A map from this contrasted to an economic might be able to highlight any differences and the result would be areas either of future change or recent moves.

about 5 months ago
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A Measure of Your Team's Health: How You Treat Your "Idiot"

jago25_98 Emotional Intelligence - searchterm or buzzword? (255 comments)

Such warm and fuzzy articles aren't welcome here. We're interested in evidence.
We wonder whether it's best to cut a member loose or support. What about the top end of the bell curve? How are they treated? Are they operating at max? Perhaps that's something the idiot might be able to notice while everyone else is busy producing?

Without a decent study, who's to say?
I would like to link to an article and contribute something of substance but I'm not quite sure what to search for. I'm finding studies confirming leadership - need to search more to find anything referring to a group.
Perhaps the search term (buzzword?) for the article should be 'Emotional Intelligence'?

Going along that line the article is part of a group of ideas that people management is more important than technical skills. Both can be taught but our teaching skills are better at the technical. Maybe that's why knowledge is hoarded, damaging a company. In those smelly, fuzzy hippy companies where people, you know... have a good team feeling dare we admit the potential is better there?
- or is that just trendy to say that?

  Like I say, need more info. It is out there but engineers don't like to admit it. It's good to just say how you feel without feeling inhibited - just totally honest. You should be able to do that at the same time as being good and fair. It's not an easy skill to learn. Women and gay men do a better job? Maybe but can be pretty catty too.
It's a real joy to meet people who are both technical and socialable. Even more a joy to be at ease with those people so you can just get on well. People who listen, and where you can treat each other rudely but we all know it's OK.

I do agree with the article that the idiot treatment is a marker - they're not saying anything more than that.

My own view - treat a weak member positively, everyone has something to give. And fire them if that's the right decision.

about 5 months ago
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UPS Denies Helping the NSA 'Interdict' Packages

jago25_98 2 intrepretations (207 comments)

The only thing in the statement of possible value is that UPS don't break security for just anyone. Well, isn't that expected... law and part of conditions of posting? If not, then there is possibility of interpreting this statement at face value.

However, if secure postage in terms of the law is guarenteed anyway then this statement says _nothing_. And if a statement says nothing then the purpose is clear - they are desperately trying to sub communicate under a gag order. Trying hard to highlight the problem to those who can read between the lines to bring attention to the economic damage gag orders are having to the economy.

I don't know if UPS ensure any security of packages so I don't know which it is - maybe you do.

about 5 months ago
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China May Build an Undersea Train To America

jago25_98 Building bridges (348 comments)

Let me add to this with a reminder for readers.

China first started making things for other countries as a mode of defense thousands of years ago.

Instead of spending money on standing armies, resources are spent on supporting economic dependence from other countries. This is more efficient. It is also less open to abuse.

The USA points out that this defensive move can be abused. It can be - but at cost. At least it is skewed towards the defensive. I'm not saying to be complacent. China plans 100's years ahead while we only have rich families planning ahead. America is not a million miles away with the petrodollar.

Propaganda or not, the poetic image of literally building a bridge between east and west (which are currently in economic war over natural gas in Ukraine) should not be lost in this discussion.
My god, how can that be overlooked? What are we to miss that!?

about 6 months ago
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Shunting the FCC To the Slow Lane

jago25_98 Throttle a hedge fund, establish legal presedence (194 comments)

Great idea, but I can't see it making much impact by single websites.

Who would be an entity sympathetic to this to do this for large scale effect? ISPs? A hosting company of significant size? Actual infrastructure?

Would bringing this forward really help?
  -or just speed up the effect of net neutrality erosion?

Perhaps it's already in effect. Certainly you could become a millionaire off this by throttling a hedge funds connection. After you do that, the legal precedence response should hep fix the situation. If it doesn't, just enjoy your sangria in the sun... and send me some btc as an afterthought eh?

about 6 months ago
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China Censors "The Big Bang Theory" and Other Streaming Shows

jago25_98 Re:I think it is three things (166 comments)

Absolutely.
The poke in the eye is that when you hear about the show your first thought might be that finally, here's a show on TV that's actually taking note of who you are. Finally something on TV not dumbed down? Could this be like discovering 2am Open University programmes?? Another Monty Python?!

  Then you watch it... and as the bad laugh track comes in your heart sinks as you realise it's just another bad sitcom.

  It's the most popular show at work other than Game of Thrones. Sheldon is alright, but seems like a one man show.

I guess this is the fault of TV in general; lack of specialisation. Other groups , such as old people have the same problem; nothing on TV for them to watch.

about 6 months ago
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Jenny McCarthy: "I Am Not Anti-Vaccine'"

jago25_98 Improve the delivery/preservative method and it's (588 comments)

Can't we just agree that the preservative and delivery method needs to be improved? Vaccines are one thing but the way they are packaged is another. If the vaccine is delivered to the body without the need for heavy metals then this sorry argument could be put to bed.

  It's not about the vaccine, it's the packaging that's an issue here.

about 7 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Are You Apocalypse-Useful?

jago25_98 Water, warmth (737 comments)

From mobile life, major immediate problems encountered:

- staying warm and healthy
- moving around; fuel
- clean water, staying clean

These are major, major problems. If you've lived in a campervan for any amount of time, lived in a swat, a yacht or on the street you'd know it. Desalination is too inefficient. Carrying the water in a squat is the biggest chore. Bums are usually dirty.

Electric is less of a problem these days.

Other stuff beyond this is more interesting - can anyone locally remember how to be a blacksmith or carpenter? That kind of thing. But you can muddle through it because it's not an immediate problem that's killing you. The water, warmth, fuel thing is the big problem.

  Maybe it's not so far fetched either. There's a war breaking out over fuel right now on the edge of Europe.

Main things I think to learn are how to stay warm without heating and how to clean water.

Most of the professions are surely going to go out of the window-irrelevant. Would hobbiests come to the fore or is that disillusion dreaming?
Poor people are going to be best suited to this. Anyone who knows how to sew their own socks. So to that matter then the less professionally successful then could that be a good thing? It's difficult to simulate, we'd have to look to history. If someone is successful in a company environment then there's an advantage there to organise people - no change there?

about 7 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Preparing For Windows XP EOL?

jago25_98 Is upgrade to win7 a fix? (423 comments)

Is an upgrade to Win7 in these kinds of situations really any fix? Likelihood is that we'll see the same situation come round again in a few years time.

Sometimes it's possible to skip a whole stage, for example, NT to Win7.

That's the logic anyway, for people who don't trust the upgrade cycle, usually burnt from vendor lock-in.

about 7 months ago
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SF Evictions Surging From Crackdown On Airbnb Rentals

jago25_98 Similar in Spain. (319 comments)

The market clearly wants to move in direction on this one. When the market is restricted in one area it flows out in another. So where will the money flow instead? AirBNB needs to assist in automatic tax collection.

We have the same problem in Spain. Millions of people bought homes here and have been subletting them to cover the cost. Then the hotel licensing law became enforced and this has helped depress the market even more.

This effects everyone including myself in a number of ways even though I don't own a home.

I am in Spain for 6 months a year, 2 months at a time. As a result of this 3 month law I have to live in hostels estranged from the local population. I want to buy a place but factoring in being unusable to use my home for what I want, such as renting out when I'm not there, I will only pay 40% less the previous prices.

This is really crashing the market even harder than it already is. People, the market are trying to come up with ways to survive and they're being crushed at every turn - just like like in Argentina.

There comes a point when people have nothing left to lose - I see a lot of homelessness and squatting now in the empty houses. People are ready to change these rules through violence.
With the financial switcheroo in the world this is only going to become more common. I suggest studying criminality so at least you are prepared when you finally can't play by the rules any more.

about 7 months ago

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Mt.Gox halts trading

jago25_98 jago25_98 writes  |  about a year and a half ago

jago25_98 (566531) writes "Mt.Gox users today were greeted with the message: "Trading is halted until 2013-04-12 02:00am UTC to allow the market to cooldown following the drop in price. Read more details on the support. Additionally trading fees will not be charged within 48 hours of trading resuming (until 2013-04-14 02:00am UTC)."

Mt.Gox previous announced lag via Facebook due to high usage including >20,000 new user registrations/day.

Discussion on the forums included talk of DDOS lag on many Bitcoin sites, high frequency trading with the additional load this creates and other exchanges continuing to trade, extreme arbitrage opportunities and the influx of new users repeating the 2011 high pattern. There has also been talk of concerted pump and dump attack that could be affecting new eurozone users, the ability of the exchange to handle the business and also the possibility of a positive outcome for competing exchanges. At the time of writing there appears to be no technical reason for the swing and the resulting response from Mt.Gox.

At the time of writing, price has varied between ~$55 and ~$240."

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My sdf.lonestar.org being used for spam too

jago25_98 jago25_98 writes  |  more than 10 years ago

I feel my account at sdf.lonestar.org is being used for this but I have no way of getting in
contact and can't login to fix it!

Anyone know how to get in contact?! It's especially annoying as I paid for the service.

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Qued posts since disable

jago25_98 jago25_98 writes  |  more than 10 years ago

Subject: Focus on accessibility and killer apps

For me:

- never cheap enough; any price is a liability to carry round
- size/weight (I decided to go for a p800 phone to cut on size)

Features:

- ABILITY TO STORE AND RECALL NOTES quickly and efficiently. Writing to a txt file is fine but should be able to search it quickly. Automatic tagging of date is nice too. Easy input and easy to see display!!
- maybe a calender
- maybe a calculator
- if it was very cheap GPS or similar / maps / similar

What I don't need:

- media features; it's a luxury not needed
- colour screen
- more gumpf

All I really need is a digital piece of paper. But to do this it comes back to those basics of:

- battery life
- easy input
- clear output (display)
- size
- price

They should concentrate on getting these basics right! I feel people really aren't interested in anything but the

'killer apps' like:

- reading/writing
- map viewing
- translation (the universal translator is feasible; speech rec -> txt -> translation -> speech?)
- diary

^ but these are all I an think of

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Comment posting disabled 2/9/2004 - subnet?

jago25_98 jago25_98 writes  |  more than 10 years ago

Oh dear, someone on my ISP has been a git. I'm pretty sure it's not my brother. Checking my posts I can see that someone doesn't seem to be using my account as expected.

Was able to post:
1/9/2004: 11pm
Not able to post:
2/9/2004: 12.22pm

"Due to excessive bad posting from this IP or Subnet, comment posting has temporarily been disabled. If it's you, consider this a chance to sit in the timeout corner . If it's someone else, this is a chance to hunt them down. If you think this is unfair, please email moderation@slashdot.org with your MD5'd IPID and SubnetID, which are "404a0a932302b4e3ed1b8****" and "7a8559e45ee5605*****" and (optionally, but preferably) your IP number "195.***" and your username "jago25_98"."

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