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Sophos Free A-V For Mac May Kill Time Machine Backups

kdawson Comment from G. Cluley of Sophos (133 comments)

I've added a comment from Sophos's Graham Cluley to the end of the blog post. He/they have been quite responsive, especially given that the free A-V product comes without official support. Apparently I am the only one ever to have reported such a problem with Time Machine.

more than 3 years ago
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Sophos Free A-V For Mac May Kill Time Machine Backups

kdawson Re:Assuming this is true.... (133 comments)

My backup disk is a Time Capsule, whose internal disk is connected only wirelessly. Probably doesn't count as direct-connected. Does it therefore use sparse bundles?

more than 3 years ago
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Sophos Free A-V For Mac May Kill Time Machine Backups

kdawson Re:Assuming this is true.... (133 comments)

FYI, I'm not using filevault, just individual files to be backed up... but TM uses sparsebundles in ways I don't begin to understand. One respondent via Twitter suggested that Sophos may have simply been in the process of deleting the entire sparsebundle -- i.e. the entire lot of backups -- when I killed its process. No idea if this is correct. I hope Sophos eventually provides some insight.

more than 3 years ago
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Book Review

kdawson Doesn't work that way (1 comments)

Anyone can write a book review and submit it here. We don't write reviews.

more than 4 years ago
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Big Trip 2010: No. 8

kdawson Did you go by/through Crab Orchard? (2 comments)

Not if you were shunpiking; it's right astraddle of I-80. That's where my bride & I passed a fine 3 hours after a blowout, at speed, on a blind curve of the freeway, in a minivan loaded way beyond the point of reasonableness.

more than 4 years ago
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Big Trip 2010: No. 5

kdawson KOA? (3 comments)

When I first crossed this great land, east to west it was, in times prehistoric, I stayed in KOAs. Didn't have MiFi though.

more than 4 years ago
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Knuth has a Challenge for Hackers

kdawson Re:bad link btw (5 comments)

Um I think that's sorta the point. you're supposed to break in there.

more than 4 years ago
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Adobe trys to slow down HTML5

kdawson Adobe already answered this (3 comments)

See http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=1548268 , comment from Larry Masinter of Adobe, who filed the procedural objection, which is publicly available ( http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/www-archive/2010Feb/0002.html ).

more than 4 years ago
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Sourceforge Bans the "Evils" from Free Software

kdawson Re:We've requested comment from corporate overlord (7 comments)

Got an initial response; more to come. It's worth noting (as Arabcrunch does) that Google Code bans participants from that same list, as well.

more than 4 years ago
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Academia not amused by Neanderthal lawsuit

kdawson Re:Human evolution and the missing link (3 comments)

The collective Google-fu of assembled Slashdot editors was not up to the task of finding any trace of this story on the Net. I suspect a prank.

more than 5 years ago
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Slashcode host to malware forum

kdawson Looking into it (1 comments)

Thanks for the heads-up.

more than 5 years ago
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kdawson: Firehose Link to the Story Submission

kdawson Link to original submission (2 comments)

We have never done anything to make those links to the original submission appear; they were auto-inserted by the editor we use. A new editor is in beta here internally and some of us are using it on a few stories. I can't remember if yours was one I edited in Betaedit but it is likely. The fact that it didn't insert that link is a bug which I will report.

I'm trying to find out now how to add your original link as Related. If I can't do that I may add a note to the story with it.

more than 5 years ago
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SAP - Open source friend or foe ?

kdawson Re:My first slashdot article (3 comments)

Yes, quotes are fine. In published stories, the entire submission appears inside double-quotes (i.e., it's what you said). Therefore any quotes used inside the sub should be single quotes. Almost nobody knows this, even frequent submitters; and the submission form doesn't make it clear,. So we (editors) fix up the quotes.

more than 5 years ago
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What is wrong with my resume?

kdawson Might be nothing wrong with your resume, but... (1 comments)

Companies don't reply now. Simply sending a resume with a cover letter is a recipe for circular filing. A published opening may garner thousands of resumes. While it would be nice in theory if the best candidate among those thousands was the one who got the offer, no one has the time to wade through them all. A "satisficient" candidate will be selected from among those (probably scores of them) who ask their buddies, current employees of the target company, to hand-carry their resume in to the hiring manager, and put in a good word.

more than 4 years ago
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Slashdot Anniversary: 42 -71, MA, US

kdawson Re:Non-agenda (47 comments)

Missed the xkcd event so i'm inclined to show up for this one.

about 7 years ago

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Emergent Gravity Disproved

kdawson kdawson writes  |  more than 3 years ago

kdawson writes "A paper up on the ArXiv claims to disprove the gravity-from-entropy theory of Erik Verlinde, which we discussed soon after he introduced the idea in a symposium late in 2009. Archil Kobakhidze says that experiments measuring the effect of gravity on quantum particles (neutrons in this case) match results expected from classical Newtonian gravity, not Verlindian entropic gravity. Here is Kobakhidze's paper (PDF)."
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Dancho Danchev Claimed Located

kdawson kdawson writes  |  more than 3 years ago

kdawson (3715) writes "A Bulgarian newspaper carries a report that missing security researcher Dancho Danchev has been found — and is in a mental institution (link is a Google translation of the Bulgarian original). The article claims that 'according to reliable source of [the newspaper] Dnevnik he was placed in a Bulgarian psychiatric hospital since December 11.' I hope more will eventually be revealed as to where Danchev spent the 3 months preceding that date. During the bygone Soviet era, 'psychiatric hospital' didn't have the same connotations it might in the West."
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For Mac developers, Armageddon comes tomorrow

kdawson kdawson writes  |  more than 3 years ago

kdawson (3715) writes "David Gewirtz's blog post over at ZDNet warns of an imminent price collapse for traditional Mac applications, starting tomorrow when the Mac App Store opens. The larger questions: what will Mac price plunges of 90%-95% mean for the PC software market? For the Mac's market share? Quoting: 'The Mac software market is about as old-school as you get. Developers have been creating, shipping, and selling products through traditional channels and at traditional price points for decades. ... Mac software has historically been priced on a parity with other desktop software. That means small products are about $20. Utilities run in the $50-60 range. Games in the $50 range. Productivity packages and creative tools in the hundreds, and specialty software — well, the sky's the limit. Tomorrow, the sky will fall. Tomorrow, the iOS developers move in and the traditional Mac developers better stick their heads between their legs and kiss those price points goodbye.'"
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EasyDNS Falsely Accused of Unplugging WikiLeaks

kdawson kdawson writes  |  more than 3 years ago

kdawson (3715) writes "EasyDNS, a DNS and hosting provider, was mistakenly identified in press accounts as the entity that knocked wikileaks.org off the Net. It wasn't them, it was EveryDNS, a completely separate outfit. EasyDNS suffered a series of online reprisals as the false attribution spread. When WikiLeaks approached them to add to the robustness of their DNS support, EasyDNS said yes."
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Google, Microsoft Cheat on Slow-Start. Should You?

kdawson kdawson writes  |  more than 3 years ago

kdawson (3715) writes "Software developer and blogger Ben Strong did a little exploring to find out how Google achieves its admirably fast load times. What he discovered is that Google, and to a much greater extent Microsoft, are cheating on the 'slow-start' requirement of RFC-3390. His research indicates that discussion of this practice on the Net is at an early, and somewhat theoretical, stage.Strong concludes with this question: 'What should I do in my app (and what should you do in yours)? Join the arms race or sit on the sidelines and let Google have all the page-load glory?'"
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Five Times the US Almost Nuked Itself

kdawson kdawson writes  |  about 4 years ago

kdawson (3715) writes "io9 has a scary outline of >a href="http://io9.com/5664390/5-times-we-almost-nuked-ourselves-by-accident">five times the US came close to letting the nukes fly, by accident,"
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Solar neutrinos may affect radioactive decay rates

kdawson kdawson writes  |  more than 4 years ago

kdawson (3715) writes "First researchers from Purdue noticed a yearly periodicity in the decay rates of radioactive isotopes on earth. A Stanford emeritus professor suggested they look for variation on the timescale of the sun's rotation, and they found a 33-day component in the variability. Quoting: '"It doesn't make sense according to conventional ideas," Fischbach said. Jenkins whimsically added, "What we're suggesting is that something that doesn't really interact with anything is changing something that can't be changed."'"
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Netflix Drops $1B For Streaming Content

kdawson kdawson writes  |  more than 4 years ago

kdawson writes "The NY Times is reporting that Netflix will pay almost $1B to add on-demand titles to its stable (press release). 'Ted Sarandos, the chief content officer for Netflix, said he was essentially taking the "huge pile of money" that Netflix paid in postage for DVDs by mail — about $600 million this year — "and starting to pay it to the studios and networks." Wall Street analysts estimated that Netflix would pay about $900 million over the course of five years to Epix, a fledgling competitor to HBO that holds the rights to the film output of Paramount, Lions Gate and MGM. ... It was the second film deal for Netflix this summer, coming a month after a pact with Relativity Media...'"
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FCC Wants Proposals To Manage White Space Database

kdawson kdawson writes  |  more than 4 years ago

kdawson (3715) writes "A year after voting unanimously to open 'white space' frequencies for unlicensed use, the FCC has now issued a public notice seeking database proposals (PDF). Howard Feld explains in his blog posting: 'At last! We can get moving on this again, and hopefully move forward on the most promising "disruptive" technology currently in the hopper. And move we are, in a very peculiar fashion. Rather than resolve the outstanding questions about how the database provider will collect money, operate the database, or whether the database will be exclusive or non-exclusive, the Public Notice asks would-be database managers to submit proposals that would cover these issues. ... I label this approach "good, but weird."'"
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kdawson kdawson writes  |  more than 7 years ago

kdawson (3715) writes "(From the see-it-when-I-believe-it department) We're already wary of trusting that photos we see online or in print represent unaltered, unmanipulated reality. Techniques of computational photography that have been demonstrated at graphics conferences show how the lighting in a room, the position of the camera, the point of focus, and even the expressions on people's faces can all be chosen after the light is captured. The moment that the picture so beautifully captures may never have actually happened. The article calls this development "arguably the biggest step in photography since the move away from film.""
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kdawson kdawson writes  |  more than 7 years ago

kdawson writes "Gary Stock, the guy who invented the Googlewhack, tried a bit of Google election predicting last night. Using a methodology that is entirely indefensible, and which he does not try to defend, Stock asked Google to call the results on Michigan's five referendum questions. The result: Google's answers to two questions were spot-on, two questions were answered correctly but underrepresented the 'yes' vote, and one question was reversed. An 80% accuracy rate has got to beat any number of the pollsters and pundits who have been shouting at us since last August, no?"

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