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Hundreds of Thousands Turn Out For People's Climate March In New York City

jandrese Re:Largest Climate march in history (191 comments)

I love that story because it compared a shot of the Mall after the Inauguration to a shot of the Mall after the Tea Party protest, even though the Tea Party protest wasn't at the Mall. So it's true the Mall was very clean after the Tea Party protest. The entire story is as true as it is disingenuous.

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Hundreds of Thousands Turn Out For People's Climate March In New York City

jandrese Re:Largest Climate march in history (191 comments)

Someone found litter in NYC. Stop the presses. The whole environmental movement is a scam!

yesterday
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Ask Slashdot: Is iOS 8 a Pig?

jandrese Re:No issues here (489 comments)

Maybe your flash or memory is failing? My 4s has had no issue with crashes or slowness with iOS 8. Maybe if you did a full device reset and then reinstalled your apps and resynched your content?

2 days ago
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Dremel Releases 3D Printer

jandrese Re:Wrong type of machine for Dremel (104 comments)

I'm a little surprised someone hasn't come out with a machine that does both. You extrude the parts with a regular disposition machine, then it goes back over the model with fine tools to do cleanup and fine detail work. Probably a little too complicated for the industry currently, but it's something I could definitely see in a premium product at some point.

4 days ago
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Sapphire Glass Didn't Pass iPhone Drop Test According to Reports

jandrese Re:Bullshit (207 comments)

I have a 4s that hangs out with my keys in my pocket and the glass looks as good as the day it came from the factory. The thin bevel around the edge however has turned brown and looks like a moonscape. I am seriously impressed by the amount of abuse it has taken without acquiring a single scratch.

about a week ago
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iPhone 6 Sales Crush Means Late-Night Waits For Some Early Adopters

jandrese Re:I just want the new Nexus. (222 comments)

The only real feature of note was Apple Pay, which might finally make NFC payments take off in the US. It's been a technology that should have hit it big a couple of years ago, but has never seen much consumer buy-in for some reason.

about two weeks ago
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Report: Microsoft To Buy Minecraft Studio For $2bn+

jandrese Re:No. (368 comments)

Which clone would you recommend? I've seen a whole lot of half finished ones that maybe have terrain generation and let you walk around. Sometimes they even have caves, but usually not monsters, animals, NPCs, etc.... I have yet to see one that's anywhere close to feature complete.

about two weeks ago
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Report: Microsoft To Buy Minecraft Studio For $2bn+

jandrese Re:No. (368 comments)

Or worse, you go to a lot of work to make a nifty DLC that adds like machines to process ore or something, and everybody goes: We already have a half dozen fan made mods that do that and do it better, no thanks. The Minecraft modding community is ridiculously large, especially given how hostile Mojang is to the mod community (not only is there no API, but they obfuscate the class names and make people re-reverse engineer the stupid game on every release, so mods go out of date quickly if they're not actively maintained).

about two weeks ago
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Apple Announces Smartwatch, Bigger iPhones, Mobile Payments

jandrese Re:Before and After (730 comments)

I have the same thing written on my card and I get asked probably 75% of the time for my ID. This is the Northern Virginia area though, where maybe people are more security conditioned?

about two weeks ago
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Tesla Plans To Power Its Gigafactory With Renewables Alone

jandrese Re:WIl they use my tax money? (260 comments)

BMW for one. Germany has been very aggressive in pushing green energy.

about two weeks ago
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LLVM 3.5 Brings C++1y Improvements, Unified 64-bit ARM Backend

jandrese Re:Oh good. (99 comments)

Man, if only there were some way to look up information you don't know. Some service you could type a clearly easy to search for string like "llvm" into to get as much information on the topic as you need...

Are you reading Slashdot in print form in some place with no internet access? Do you have to call your secretary so she can type out the comments on a punched card to feed into the internetotron?

about two weeks ago
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Mozilla 1024-Bit Cert Deprecation Leaves 107,000 Sites Untrusted

jandrese So 3/4 of them would have already failed? (67 comments)

It sounds from the writeup like most of the sites in question are defunct and that's why they're using out of date crypto. Few sites that people actually visit would appear to be affected.

about two weeks ago
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Raspberry Pi Gets a Brand New Browser

jandrese Re:Raspberry Pi is not slow (107 comments)

The only thing I did for thermal management was start the thermal monitor applet in the tray. The processor never gets above 60C or so with the stock (lack of) cooling, and that's within its threshold. I even have it in a little plastic case with poor ventilation.

about three weeks ago
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David Klann Talks About Using Open Source Software in Broadcast Radio (Video)

jandrese Re:Boasting about uptime ... (35 comments)

Nothing is more 90s then having to reboot just because you applied a patch to an application. The only thing you should need to reboot for is kernel upgrades, and it seems like that is exactly what happened here.

about three weeks ago
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AMD Releases New Tonga GPU, Lowers 8-core CPU To $229

jandrese Re:I PC game, and have zero reason to upgrade (98 comments)

But even at 4k resolution you're still using textures designed for a 720p display, because it's a port of a game that was optimized to fit on a single disc and run a 720p.

about three weeks ago
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Raspberry Pi Gets a Brand New Browser

jandrese Re:Raspberry Pi is not slow (107 comments)

For what its worth, I've been doing work where I have to run Wireshark, Libreoffice, and Chrome on a Pi all at once and it handles the job admirably. Everything is a little pokey like you might expect, but it's really quite usable. One thing I cannot recommend enough: Make sure you go back to the raspi-config program and make sure your board is configured for "max factory OC", which allows it to run at 1Ghz instead of the stock 700Mhz. My board has remained rock solid, and thanks to the OC also bumping the memory clock the board is nearly twice as fast. It makes a huge difference in day to day use.

about three weeks ago
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Raspberry Pi Gets a Brand New Browser

jandrese Re:An improvement (107 comments)

No doubt that Midori was horribly out of date and mostly worthless, but Pis have had Google Chrome in the repo forever now and it works just fine. Can you compare Chrome and Epiphany for functionality and speed? I do most of the browsing on the Pi with Chrome and other than needing a couple of seconds to render most pages it works just fine.

about three weeks ago

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Help save historic space data

jandrese jandrese writes  |  about a year and a half ago

jandrese writes "The Lunar Orbiter Image Recovery Project has been recovering and digitizing NASA's old images from the Apollo program from dusty old tapes found in a barn. They are using modern techniques on the old data to achieve stunning results from the old material, but have run out of funding and are looking for help. They have a very modest goal of $75,000 and only 5 days left to reach it."
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Verizon CEO: US #1 in Broadband; Because I say so

jandrese jandrese writes  |  more than 4 years ago

jandrese writes "Verizon CEO Ivan Seidenberg went on the record with the Council of Foreign relations to say that the US has far and away the best Broadband in the world, and that the European model has not served its customers nearly as well as the US model. Also how the FCC is making a big mistake if it starts regulating broadband and wireless.

Murray: So on the measures that matter most to you, where does the United States rank in terms of

Seidenberg: One. Not even close.

Seidenberg then goes on to explain how Verizon has laid more fiber than all of the telecom companies in Europe combined, and how Europeans have to carry multiple cell phones if they want to avoid roaming fees. He also promises to go after wireless bandwidth hogs."
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1.474 Gigapixel image of the Inagural Address

jandrese jandrese writes  |  more than 4 years ago

jandrese writes "David Bergman used a gigapan Imager to create this stunning 1.474 Gigapixel image of the inaugural address by taking 220 images with his Canon G10 with the robotic mount quickly and precisely aiming the camera for every shot. A fullscreen version of the image viewer is also available. The level of detail is amazing, you can almost read the band's sheet music."
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Clear Channel wants to clean up XM/Sirius

jandrese jandrese writes  |  more than 6 years ago

jandrese writes "It seems that Clear Channel's terrestrial stations are tired of the XM and Sirius counterparts being free from the FCC decency guidelines, especially after they are forced to pay $1.75 million in fees. To fix the problem they are asking the FCC to impose additional restrictions on the pending XM and Sirius satellite radio merger. In particular, they want the FCC to apply the over the air decency guidelines to all channels on satellite radio. The worst part is that the FCC has not rejected this idea out of hand."
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jandrese jandrese writes  |  more than 7 years ago

jandrese writes "LONDON (Thomson Financial) — Microsoft Corp and Apple Inc could face a possible lawsuit for failing to include measures to control access to copyrighted material in products such as Vista OS, iTunes and the iPod, two companies have warned.

Media Rights Technologies and BlueBeat.com have issued cease and desist letters to both companies and to Adobe Systems Inc and Real Networks — which produce the Adobe Flash Player and Real Player respectively — for actively avoiding their X1 SeCure Recording Control, which they said is an effective copyright protection system.

I guess DRM companies have gotten so used to suing their customers that suing potential customers seems like a good idea."

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Why does C not have a heap checking function?

jandrese jandrese writes  |  about 7 years ago One of the things that has bothered me from the first day I learned about the Memory Management in C over a decade ago is how there is no apparently method in C for knowing how much memory is allocated behind a pointer that you are passed. I asked my teacher back in the day how we would prevent stuff from running off of the end of a buffer if we can't find out how big a buffer is and he just shrugged his shoulders and said "very carefully". It is no surprise to me that buffer overflows are by far the most common form of exploit on C based languages. The worst part is that a lot of that could be avoided with one simple function:

int heapsize(void* buffer, void** start);

Passed in your target pointer it would set the start pointer to the start of the buffer and return the length of the buffer in bytes. Now you would know exactly where your pointer is and how many bytes are left. Bounds checking suddenly gets really simple and buffer overflows, while not completely a thing of the past (lazy programmers would never check), appear far less often.

The normal argument against this function is "it's your program, you should know how big the buffers are", but frankly in an age of libraries and team coding this is just not true.

The worst part is that C already knows this stuff. It has to or the "free" command would not work. It is just hidden away and impossible to get at for some reason. Even with the many revisions of C over the years, it seems like this is one feature we're never going to get. I wonder why?

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Mkisofs

jandrese jandrese writes  |  more than 10 years ago Why in the world does mkisofs have such a crummy method for specifing what files you want burned?

In case you don't know, here's how it works, you specify one or more directories after the options to mkisofs like so:
mkisofs options_here directory1 directory2 etc...
If directory1 contains the file foo and directory2 contains the file bar, your CD will have foo and bar on the root. Directory1 and directory2 are gone.

This design is as frustrating as it is stupid. If you want to burn directories like that you either have to create a third directory and temporarily move them in there, or create symlinks in the third directory and turn on the (unreliable) -follow-symlinks option (hope you don't have any symlinks in those directories that you cared about).

The worst part is, the correct interface is trivial to implement. If mkisofs didn't get rid of that last directory, it would work perfectly. Using the above line you would get a CD with directory1 and directory2 at the root. If you want the old behavior, all you would have to do is explicitly glob the files like so:
mkisofs options_here directory1/* directory2/* etc...
Maybe it's time to pull out the source...

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S-Box mod chip

jandrese jandrese writes  |  more than 11 years ago I've had the S-Box (also called the NeoKey) installed in my PS2 for some time now, and there are a few things I need to get off my chest:

  • Installation: The first problem was that the documentation was wrong. I apparently have the generation 3 PS2, but it has all of the markings of a generation 1 PS2. When I talked to one of the vendors about it, they said that Sony has been doing that to try to thwart the modchip crowd. Ok, they can't do anything about that. What they could do is actually mention that somewhere. I went to at least a dozen different mod sites and none of them had any sort of waring about that whatsoever. Also, they all appear to have copied the instruction pages from a single source, lock stock and barrell. The originals weren't very good though (the pictures were kinda small and fuzzy). Finally, as for the actual process of installation, it was no too bad, except that the PS2 has an incredibly compact PCB, my pencil tip soldering iron was almost too big for that tiny little patch I had to solder on. I'm also not sure if that USB port will ever be usable again (I suspect not). Fortunatly almost nothing on the PS2 uses the USB port.
  • Import/Burned PSx games: The chip works as advertised sometimes, and lets me play DDR on my US PS2, however it is rather flaky, only working about 50% of the time and requiring a reboot the other times. I've found that it works best if you power the PS2 completely off (using the switch in the back) and back on when trying to play an import. It does blink ALL of the time when it is on however, which is rather annoying (fortunatly the light is covered up by the controller plugs).
  • Import/Burned PS2 games: there were some conflicting reports on the sites about support for Ps2 games. Apparently you need a Gameshark, and even then you can only play PS2 games that are burned on CDr. I suppose that would be fine for pirates, but all I really care about are import games. I guess I'll just be playing the PSx imports instead. Also, instead of a Gameshark, I already had a Code Breaker. The Code Breaker is apparently not sufficent, as it does not work. Actaully, I havn't had a gameshark to test with either, so I don't know if it works at all.
  • Final Verdict: If your soldering skills are only so-so, and you only want to play PSx games, and don't mind a bit of a headache in the install procedure, then this is an acceptable modchip. It is also reasonably inexpensive compared to some of the more full featured mods.

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