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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 two weeks ago

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 two weeks ago

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 two weeks ago

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 two weeks ago

Ask Slashdot: Are Linux Desktop Users More Pragmatic Now Or Is It Inertia?

jago25_98 Android etc showed me customisation isn't a big de (503 comments)

I've played ages ago. But that was then and now
bored of that. So just want things to work. Still like to play but more interested in other things now. For me Android showed me how it can be and since then I don't want to play with interfaces.
I don't customise my phone anymore, I don't even play games.
I don't know... just prefer more interesting projects now

about 3 months ago

200 Dolphins Await Slaughter In Japan's Taiji Cove

jago25_98 the case for preferential treatment (628 comments)

Agriculture, specifically intensive farming is of course greater impact then this. That is true. So in that sense why bother with this?

Here's why. Its not good for our well being. If we treat animals with brutality then is it no surprise that our enemy in war shows no mercy?
With farming the whole thing is hidden from us from birth to packet. That doesn't make it OK but it does reduce the damage to us.

But critically it can be argued that WE are semi aquatic marine mammal and these animals are close relatives since we moved out of the sea... Taking in the psychology are they closer to us than apes - our fat distribution matches theirs not an apes. We have the dive reflex.

You can say dolphins are cute but isn't that for a reason? A conversation with a dolphin is easier than a cow. Our ease of compassion is due to them being similar to ourselves.

Really its best to observe the ratio of canines vs masticating teeth under your nose - eat meat appropriately - sometimes, not all the time.

about 3 months ago

U.S. Teenagers Are Driving Much Less: 4 Theories About Why

jago25_98 Urbanisation? (635 comments)

Motivation for me in Europe, in order:

lack of city parking,
cost of fuel,
getting ripped off by garages on jobs too big for me to do myself,
hirecar cheapness in general,
folding bicycles

I think also bigger cities are a factor. For anyone living in a city a car is more of a pain. It really divides people into countryside people and city folk.

As an aside... guys making the rules in the cities and capitals especially have absolutely no idea what it's like to wait for a bus in the countryside that never comes. Outside the city (which almost always are horrible places I don't like to be...) the car is nearly always completely indispensable. Suggestions of bicycles and non self maintainable batteries are so out of touch of non urban living.

about 3 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Command Line Interfaces -- What Is Out There?

jago25_98 cat /dev/urandom /dev/audacity would be nice (383 comments)

Great question.

Bitcoin: https://github.com/spesmilo/sx , GoxCLI
Calandar; 'cal'
wget, curl with cut, grep & awk
mplayer... with acsii output, transcode,
irc bots such as malware command and control interfaces - are there benign examples?

There are very few financial command line tools. It's strange but there doesn't seem to be a way to buy or sell securities, forex or futures.

Can anyone tell me why you can't |pipe| GUI programs....? Why can't you pipe audio live from /dev/urandom from a terminal to audacity for example?

about 4 months ago

Employee Morale Is Suffering At the NSA

jago25_98 absolutely (841 comments)

but let me finish that with stating the obvious, when obvious needs stating: ...and if you can't answer with an waterproof convincing answer then you have to stop doing what it is you're doing.

But what you don't do is whine about how ungrateful people are for the work you do when you've abused power. Can't really blame all on the NSA though - power will always be abused so it should not be given and instead processes to prevent it engineered.

about 4 months ago

195K Bitcoin Transaction

jago25_98 This is financial, not tech news (167 comments)

This article is more at home on a financial site than a tech site. The radio tapping article is much more appropriate. With less comments in this article that's a good sign

about 4 months ago

Rigging Up Baby

jago25_98 Re:Roly-Poly! (117 comments)

I think I'll have to do the same if my wife makes me wear one of these to work again under my willy warmer

about 5 months ago

Linux Format Magazine Team Quits, Launches New Profit-Donating Mag

jago25_98 Remember the AmigaFormat laughs? (90 comments)

I bought last months LinuxFormat and it had really lost it's soul. The magazine seemed to have already died a few months before.

The main thing about LF 2-5 years ago was the humour. I think there was some kind of handover from AmigaFormat where you had guys like JonoBacon taking over. The big thing though was that it had a sense of humour. It was very funny, and in a British way too. That made it stand out from everything else, only Micromart sometimes had something a bit like this but that's been inconsistent.

Jono Bacon went on to Ubuntu as community manager and also wrote Art of the Community (which I'd like to point out is currently down from ~£40 to £4 on Amazon!). Kind of a shame the old crew aren't back together in entirety. I hope this new project can grab the attention.

I can see lots of people talking about the community donation aspect but for me the first thing that struck me was that this could have elements of the LinuxOutlaws style humour to it too. That would be great but it's no guarantee.
  Having a community involvement in any way makes the whole thing that more interesting.

By the spirit of RMS I bless this project

about 5 months ago

Britain's Conservatives Scrub Speeches from the Internet

jago25_98 Funding opportunity (234 comments)

Many might think "problem"...
    I think "opportunity"!

I've written before how the archive can do a lot more than it presently does. For a start, it could be used as evidence. So how do we make money out of this? Well, the archive only goes so far in what it stores. If there is a page that we want to be stored for longer and more securely then we should be able to pay for that. More securely? How's about paying for it to be backed up to a p2p network, similar to SatoshiProof. You then charge a small fee extra for the service.

Of course, you could do the same for following or not following robots.txt but this is closer to messing with the integrity of archive.org

Just make sure this upper tier in the 2 tier system is genuine new functionality.

about 5 months ago

Linux Kernel Running In JavaScript Emulator With Graphics and Network Support

jago25_98 No joy here (177 comments)

Stuck at "Loading kernel and hard drive image" for me under windows, online an offline, Chrome and IE.
I must be cursed.

about 5 months ago

Where Does America's Fear Come From?

jago25_98 Tough at the top. So imagine a higher top. (926 comments)

I've been poor (but I was not), and I've been what I thought was rich. This is what I'd say about fear.

To answer this question one source of inspiration could be high stakes investment psychology. The more you have the more you fear to lose. The more you fear, the more you fear to lose. Arrogance blinds us to reality.

Fear of an easy life?
It's tough at the top.

So.... dream of a higher top.

about 5 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Good Satellite Internet For Remote Locations?

jago25_98 Not going to happen. This is the ~best you'll get (175 comments)

Last I looked I think it was Globalstar who will be offering always on internet soon for portable phones, different from the dialup per minute. That might make basic mobile email a bit more usable. This isn't what you're looking for but I think that's the most use you're realistically going to get without a more exact location to research.

Even though internet is probably very poor and slow where you're going it's likely to be better than satellite.

Here's another option. Look into prepay and/or contract mobile phone data. In most countries in SA it's more expensive but still going to be better than satelite. If you want bandwidth you can chain them together - can someone explain how to do that on linux? I remember hearing about a kickstarter project that does it on Windows in a blackbox kind of way...

Also look into striking up deals with any place that has a decent connection and then using a VPN.

about 6 months ago

Mobile Devices Banned From UK Cabinet Meetings Over Surveillance Fears

jago25_98 Re:FOSS propaganda opportunity knocks (116 comments)

Yes I've heard that too, certainly for the UK and USA. To protect the airwaves. Not sure about the EU or other countries. The radio firmware would have to be supplied closed... any source code shouldn't be leaked...

about 6 months ago

Mobile Devices Banned From UK Cabinet Meetings Over Surveillance Fears

jago25_98 FOSS propaganda opportunity knocks (116 comments)

Wait. Maybe we could make an exception for a fully open source, well code reviewed phone?

Oh, it doesn't exist does it.

OK, troll over. Just another opportunity to show that open source does have a unique selling point and it's not being capitalised on.

about 6 months ago

OpenPhoenux Neo900 Bills Itself As Successor To Nokia's N900

jago25_98 Need one for free (111 comments)

I have an old n900 at home. I'll be sitting this one out as I don't like resistive screens.
If you can show you're a developer with some projects under your belt who can help this project just send me a message and I'll send you my phone


about 6 months ago

NSA Broke Into Links Between Google, Yahoo Datacenters

jago25_98 Re:I'm for this (394 comments)

Let's not shout about this or they'll start arresting random people to get the figures up and support the funding party

about 6 months ago



Mt.Gox halts trading

jago25_98 jago25_98 writes  |  1 year,12 days

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."

Link to Original Source



My sdf.lonestar.org being used for spam too

jago25_98 jago25_98 writes  |  more than 9 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.


Qued posts since disable

jago25_98 jago25_98 writes  |  more than 9 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)


- 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


Comment posting disabled 2/9/2004 - subnet?

jago25_98 jago25_98 writes  |  more than 9 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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